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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?


CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Past shows i am still emotionally invested in- Six Feet Under, Buffy, Angel, MASH, Little House on the Prairie, The Cosby Show, Muppet show, Old SNL. Now shows- Battlestar, Heroes, LOST, Dexter, Scrubs, Shows I started out LOVING but quickly fell out of love with: Greys Anatomy, desperate housewives, Sopranos.
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 9 years
I love Heroes, CSI, and Pushing Daisies! Can't wait!! :)
rainonme224 rainonme224 9 years
Friends Grey's Anatomy Prison Break One Tree Hill When I was little: Full House
popsplenda popsplenda 9 years
Swingtown! And now its fate is up in the air. And the networks wonder why people don't want to invest in watching new shows. Maybe it's because they are never given a fair shot at succeeding and building an audience? Also: Madmen Survivor Big Love Weeds
polly17 polly17 9 years
FNL, Veronica mars, ugly betty, gossip girl, house, and grey's anatomy... the most current one is True blood!! lovin itt
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Some people seem to be just listing the shows they watch. I think that the question is supposed to be which shows do you feel emotionally invested in, like if one of the characters gets married or someone dies, do you actually care? Like I watch Gossip Girl and Grey's Anatomy because they are interesting, but I don't analyze it afterwards or get upset if someone breaks up. I already posted some of my favorites, but I think you can get invested in reality shows sometimes. It depends on the season, but I get really emotional sometimes during The Amazing Race. I remember when host Phil Keoghan cried when Charla & Mirna got eliminated, and it made me cry because it was so inspiring to see Charla (who's a little person) get so far in that competition. I don't really feel that way about Survivor though.
yeokr yeokr 9 years
though to be fair to OTH, the emotion this season has been real - with Q and the drama surrounding Brooke, my heart hurts at the end of it.
yeokr yeokr 9 years
GREEEEEEK for sure. and OTH because it is the first show that i started from the beginning, so even though i find it unbelievably cheesy at times, i can't give it up. i have also watched Grey's Anatomy from the beginning and i still care about the characters. i physically hurt a little when things don't work out for Jim and Pam on the Office, and for Michael too when he is so painfully awkward. randomly, i have had 2 dreams in the last week that were The Duchess, even though i haven't seen the film. i think it partly has to do with the fact that i toured one of the homes of the Duke of Devonshire last summer, so i can really see some of the surroundings.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
DEFINATLEY the O.C. sooo obsessed with it still.
devioussmileox devioussmileox 9 years
i would have to say there is only one that i have an EMOTIONAL connection to: SUPERNATURAL. i cry, i laugh, i scream at the tv. it gets me everytime. love those winchester boys.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Buffy, Angel, Scrubs, Bones, Eureka & Little Bear.
Deidre Deidre 9 years
I like this differentiation, Buzz -- there are definitely shows I love to watch, but I may not think of the characters as people I actually care about. For current shows, the characters that I have an EXTREME attachment to: Lost, Mad Men, The Office. It's that way with every single character on those shows, and they're all big ensembles! Even when I hate something the characters may do, they still all manage to be empathetic and I still secretly want to root for them. That's a great writing/acting combo right there.
kittyhill kittyhill 9 years
Bones, Scrubs, NUMB3RS, Psych, & Monk.
jgulli3 jgulli3 9 years
My so called life & Gilmore Girls!
Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
Battlestar Galactica. When I was younger it was Dawsons Creek. I lost my father when I was pretty young and I could always relate to Joey.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
The Office, Lost, and Project Runway
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl and The Biggest Loser!
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 9 years
Buffy, Angel, Gilmore Girls, Firefly, Veronica Mars, Mad Men and House!
hanako66 hanako66 9 years
I am attached to every show I watch (TV is my hobby, btw, so that includes MANY shows). I wouldn't have given that answer a few days ago....I found myself crying like a baby watching One Tree Hill last week. I would have NEVER though that show would have me so involved, but there I was. So my answer is every show that I TIVO and watch regularly:)
blondie829 blondie829 9 years
Friday Night Lights, 90210 (Original), Dexter, The OC, and Alias
lellybear lellybear 9 years
I'm so obsessed with supernatural. oh i love me some Winchesters. also love psych, house, arrested development and how i met your mother.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Supernatural and Numb3rs are my big two, but I'm also pretty attached to House and Veronica Mars.
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
For me NOW it's Grey's and Ugly Betty Before that it was Buffy and 90210. Yes they were shallow shows, but come on, who DOESN'T want to be rich and spoiled like on 90210 or a kick ass vampire slayer (Or at least the friend of one!) LOL
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
Gossip Girl and the Office. Also Secret Life of the American Teenager this summer. I love the Tudors, but it is hard to get emotionally attached when you kinda know historically what will happen.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Pushing Daisies, Arrested Development, Mad Men, The Office, Heroes (even though I have to admit getting to stare at Zachary Quinto is part of the appeal). I could also list shows from my childhood but I want to keep the list short and current. I also got attached to Wonderfalls for the short time it aired. I don't know why Fox bothers picking up good shows. From showing currently airing I would probably list Pushing Daisies as number 1. I started watching starting with the second episode and felt attached to it right away.
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