Recently, I started watching Disjointed, Netflix’s latest original series that premiered on August 25. It’s a story about a marijuana dispensary owner in Southern California named Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (played by Kathy Bates) and the trials and tribulations that come with owning a legal cannabis shop and being an advocate of its healing powers and other medicinal benefits. Although reviews have been mixed, I personally found the show to be really funny. The actors deliver the perfect blend of adult humour and sarcasm with the spoof ads in between scenes being a personal highlight. Also, the show’s premise itself says a lot about how far we’ve come as a society where the legalization of marijuana (for recreational and medicinal purposes) is becoming more widespread and accepted.
One criticism of this show was the apparent over-usage of the laugh track which I thought was interesting – I didn’t realize how many people out there actually have such a dislike for it. Have we forgotten that most, if not all sitcoms from our childhood had laugh tracks? I have watched comedies without laugh tracks (like the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and while it can work for some shows, but I personally don’t think the audience laughter deters from this particular show at all. In fact I think it helps enhance the humour of the show. I suppose those opposed to it would argue that they don’t need a laugh track to tell them what they should find funny. I am personally so accustomed to hearing it that I would feel that something was missing from the show if it wasn’t there.
Anyways, that’s the extend of my plug for this show – have a peak at it if you’re interested.
What got me thinking in watching this was just how incredibly inundated we have become with digital television. At any given time, there is a new show emerging on Netflix. Disjointed is the latest show, but before that was Atypical, and before that Friends From College, and the list goes on. I feel like this dramatic change in how we consume television is just fuelling our ADD more and more. I find it really hard to stick with one show consistently because after just a few episodes, yet another new show has popped up, deterring our attention. For example, I was pretty hooked on the Scream TV series and How to Get Away with Murder but have since trailed off without after just watching one season because of all the new shows aka distractions that caught my attention.
There are advantages to binge watching shows – especially when you’re behind and wanting to catch up, (I charged through the entire Breaking Bad series in 2013 in order to get caught up in time for it’s big series finale later that year) but I find that it can also be the cause of losing interest rather quickly.
What’s your take on this? Do you enjoy binge watching a show having watched an entire season in one sitting or do you miss the good ole days of watching an episode of your favourite sitcom once a week allowing the suspense and anticipation to genuinely build up?