I just can’t

I confess that I get irrationally angry when watching the standard level of shows on Netflix and Amazon. I can’t stand how many huge gaps are in the storyline or how many stupid inconsistencies there are. I’ll start watching and within a half hour I’m annoyed. Is there NO decent writing anymore? I don’t pay for cable and I’m ready to ditch these overpriced streaming platforms that constantly disappoint. Is there anywhere to see intelligent programming that isn’t just documentaries or instructional?

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Jan 8, 2024 at 6:29pm

That's because the majority of people watch shows passively while multitasking on the net, so they don't see the holes in the plot lines. The streaming platforms know this because so few people complain, so they can deliver a mediocre show.

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Film Worker YVR

Jan 9, 2024 at 9:11am

Sounds like you might like The Criterion Channel, which is curated movies from the past, mostly. Basically everything on it will have been significant in its time, and is hopefully good. Also includes a lot of interviews with the creative teams, trailers, etc. Cheaper than Netflix, I think about $100/ year.

I'd also recommend looking at Kanopy, a streaming service supported by public libraries (ie free with a VPL card). You get limited "tickets" per month, but roughly 5 features a month seems enough for me, especially when paired with another service.

Another option is to rent individual movies through a service like AppleTV or YouTube (I haven't done this yet). Yes, it means paying per movie, but at least you'd be choosing exactly what you want to see.

I think writing for film and television has always been hard, and usually sucks. It's a process to find the gems, but there are many. Part of the problem with new productions is that they haven't been left to sit and see whether they have value beyond being new. Streaming services such as Netflix HAVE to make a ton of new (possibly crap) shows in order to fill the home page so you don't feel like you're wasting money (that's why you can't hide shows you've seen or will never watch, they need to pretend there is much you want to see). Especially now that there is a focus on profit for shareholders rather than gaining subscribers and prestige, you'll see quantity over quality being a priority, I believe. Not that there won't be new shows that'll be awesome, there'll just be an even worse ratio of good to bad.

Hope you find something you enjoy!

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jeff

Jan 10, 2024 at 9:28am

Check out the free streaming apps like Plex or Jupiter may as well not pay for crap

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My Netflix/Youtube channels stopped

Jan 12, 2024 at 1:05pm

and now I really miss them. I had a lot of stuff on My List on Netflix.

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