Happy 11th birthday to TMINE!

A birthday cake

Crikey. How did that happen?

Time has flown again, since an amazing 11 years ago, The Medium Is Not Enough emerged blinking into the world, primed to make sarcastic comments about foreign TV, with reviews of Prison Break, Supernatural, and Global Frequency. That last one was well worth the viewing time I expended on it, obvs.

What have we learnt in the past year then?

  • Now that we’ve reached ‘peak TV’, there’s an awful lot of quite good television out there, but not a lot of very good television
  • Australian TV is quite definitely on the rise
  • UK TV is now pretty much unwatchable, with a few notable exceptions
  • Remakes are big and it takes only about a year for good ideas to get recycled
  • Despite its rep, only about half of Netflix’s original output is any good and almost none of the comedies
  • If a TV show is good, Amazon will now probably acquire it and start showing it before the ink on the press releases is dry
  • Many shows are now waiting until the seventh episode before they get really good (cf The Magicians). They’re also getting cancelled since everyone’s given up on them by then
  • Being good and getting decent ratings isn’t enough to keep a network show on the air any more – it’s got to fit with a brand (cf Limitless)
  • Conversely, being bad and getting poor ratings isn’t enough to get a network show cancelled any more – if it fits with a brand (cf Rosewood)
  • Even I have forgotten about the Carusometer, judging by the fact I didn’t include it in last year’s history of TMINE

An awful lot of lessons there, but I could probably go on. I’ll also throw it open to you guys: have you learnt any TV lessons in the past year?

As always, a great big thank you to all the regular commenters, without whom I’d have packed up years ago and done something useful with my mornings and evenings instead, such as jog or go to the gym: Mark Carroll, GYAD, JustStark, benjitek (I wonder what happened to him… you all right, benji?), Andy Butcher, bob and tassiekev. Also, a big thanks to everyone who even left a single comment in passing. 

Same time next year everyone?




  • nightsun73

    This year I have watched very few series week on week. I now tend to wait until a second series is announced before strating, I have wasted too much time on shows that get cancelled at the end of the first series.

  • JustStark

    Mm, internet cake.

    So, eleven. That's, like, 1440 in internet years, isn't it? Well, congratulations. There are many worthwhile TV series that I wouldn't have seen without this site to find them for me, and many others that I would have wasted time watching I have managed to avoid.

    Not to mention being able to vicariously experience the craziness of modern superhero comics without having to, you know, actually read the things.

    So, here's to the future.

  • JustStark

    I'm exactly the opposite: I just watched the end of the first series of Colony and I'm really annoyed that it its set up for a second series, instead of properly finishing the story.

    These days I'd like to know going into something that I'm making a limited time commitment which will provide a story with a beginning, middle and end, not something that might eat up years and years and years…

  • GYAD

    Congratulations!

    There's a lot of TV sites out there but I have to say this one has the best coverage, TV history and – all importantly – a good sense of humour.

    Here's to many more years…

  • Mark Carroll

    Happy birthday indeed. Definitely happy to echo others' comments regarding your finding us good series and protecting us from bad with some much appreciated humor along the way. This solidly remains one of the very few blogs I follow.

    I should focus on what I've learned. Mostly, to drop things: if my family like them but I stop showing them, usually people don't actually say anything so they obviously didn't care all that much. And, especially, dropping shows that look like they're running for many seasons while making it up as they go along: they're rarely worth ongoing effort.

    You might be right about UK television. I like some of the documentary miniseries and a couple of the panel shows are fun (e.g., Would I Lie To You?) but much of the rest disappoints.

    The main lesson for me is yours of a lack of very good television: along with dropping things, there really isn't much that I positively should be finding a way to watch, amid the abundant light entertainment. Though, it's been frustrating that decent shows are spread thinly across so many services: Netflix, AMC, HBO, Amazon, etc.

  • bob

    Happy birthday!

    “Despite its rep, only about half of Netflix's original output is any good and almost none of the comedies”
    I've actually been enjoying Casual of late. I should be tired of attractive people with such great jobs they rarely seem to work moaning about the dating scene… And yet somehow I still watch that genre.

    Shame about Limitless. And the state of UK tv.

  • I missed Casual because it was on Hulu and I didn't think there was any choice of it ending up in the UK. Colour me surprised when it arrived on Amazon. Still haven't got round to watching it yet. Might give it a go if you think it's good?

  • Thanks everyone! Glad to have saved you all time!

  • JustStark

    I've just got the disk of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt; only watched one episode, it was okay, not stellar, but okay. I will see how the rest is.

    Anyone seen Difficult People? This really makes me want to watch it: http://kenlevine.blogspot.co.u

  • Mark Carroll

    Ha, one thing I was going to mention but edited out was how I'd let our Hulu subscription lapse.

  • bob

    Hulu! Doh. I seem to be having a weird blindspot where I assume that anything on my Roku is Netflix…

    It's pretty decent. I like it as much as I like “You're the Worst” though for Casual there is more of a family-support as opposed to friend-support aspect.

  • I might give it a whirl then

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