Back in the day, they used to call them ‘water cooler’ shows: those TV programmes that had people talking about them in their tea break at work the next day, obsessed with the latest plot twist, the most hated characters, the will-they-won’t-theys and the haves-versus-the-have-nots.
We lived for those shows, gossiping over who shot J.R., or when David and Maddie would get together. We still do - we just do it in short bursts on social media, and we don’t have to wait the next day to find likeminded people to natter to.
Of course, in all that excitement it’s easy to lose track of your critical faculties… because many of these fun, exciting, shows don’t actually make a whole lot of sense.
Perhaps the high concept is nonsense, or the central plot arc has one major, inescapable hole in it that wrecks everything. Perhaps the show doesn’t actually work in the way that everyone thinks it does.
Maybe the protagonist (or the antagonist) acts in an utterly baffling, nonsensical way… or maybe it’s just that the whole show is so irredeemably stupid that you want to pick it up and shake it to see if a toy car falls out from where its brain should be.
Like an angry Santa, I’m here to present you with a gift of ten recent well known, popular TV shows that, when you think about it a little, don’t really work. No, no. Don’t say anything. You’re welcome.
Oh, and here be spoilers...