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Buzz In: To Which TV Shows Are You Emotionally Attached?


Some TV shows are just like candy: They're sweet, they're satisfying, but when they're over, I don't think about them anymore. Other TV shows, though, are like a long-term relationship: I analyze the characters, pick apart the plot lines, and dream — like, actually in-my-sleep dream — about joining the cast on some wacky adventure.

There's a new study out that claims to measure which TV shows make viewers feel a true, genuine connection to the plots and characters. It's an interesting concept, but the results seem a little off to me. Their no. 1 show is Survivor, which . . . OK, obviously, it has fans, and it's been around a long time, but every year's cast is different; can you even be emotionally connected to a show with that much built-in turnover? On the other hand, Heroes, House, and Grey's Anatomy all show up in the top 10, and they certainly seem like more plausible candidates.

That got me thinking about my own emotional connections to TV shows. There was a time when I couldn't get Grey's Anatomy out of my head, but that's mostly over; these days, I suppose I do the most thinking about Friday Night Lights. What about you? Which shows make you feel the most emotionally attached?

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