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Staff Rants: TV Shows

We’ve all binged a show, even though we know we shouldn’t. Here’s what our staff has to say about the Golden Age of TV — or so they say.
Grace Halio

On Netflix-Induced Pain

Jake Capriotti, Photo Editor

As a young boy growing up in Arizona, I was not fond of many television shows. One show that I was emotionally invested in, however, was the phenomenon that is Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” I enjoyed it because it was a show that had so much heart and knew when to end; three amazing seasons and then nothing more. So when I heard that Netflix had acquired the rights and made plans for a live-action series adaptation, I was met with a mix of emotions. While it would be great to see this series again, I must never forget that I have been hurt by a live-action Avatar adaptation before. M. Night Shyamalan, you broke me (I know, how dare I speak ill of an NYU Tisch alumnus). Even though the original creators are in charge of this adaptation and it will be casted by non-white actors, which gives me hope, I beg of Netflix not to break my heart again.

On “Suits”

Arvind Sriram, Sports Editor

I’m just going to keep it short and sweet: please do not create another spin-off of “Suits!” The ending was perfect, so just leave it alone! Also, “Pearson” (the first spinoff) was a flop, so that’s that.

On “The Biggest Loser”

Helen Wajda, Deputy Opinion Editor

After going off the air briefly due to controversy, NBC’s weight loss competition show “The Biggest Loser” is back, with a new supposed emphasis on wellness. I don’t have the space here to dive into all of the reasons why this show is extremely concerning and abusive, but I will say this: pushing people to lose as much weight as possible over a short period of time (in this case, about 30 weeks) is not healthy or ethical, and changing the language around the show’s premise to focus on health doesn’t change the show’s promotion of thinness as best. Watch the show if you want to, but don’t kid yourself and say that its apparent transformation is any healthier than the transformations that the contestants themselves undergo. 

On Reality TV

Kim Rice, Deputy Copy Chief

Reality TV is not the same anymore. I would even dare to say it sucks now. I wasn’t allowed to watch TV on weekdays, so I would watch a lot of repeats on the weekends, and reality TV never let me down even when I would rewatch the same episodes. Something about watching men and women fight to the extreme over (and a lot of the time with) people they would obviously not care about in the real world just did something for me. But something about reality TV today is just not the same. The people are different — we could have never had a Ronnie and Sammi love-hate relationship on TV now. Can you imagine a man attempting to throw a woman’s bed out of the window on a TV show now? Never. But it was done and it was aired and no one cared. Literally if they weren’t fighting each other, anything can be said or done and it was aired. I mean we even have “Bad Girls Club,” which literally waited until the women were on top of each other, slapping each other before they broke up fights. Reality TV just can’t do that anymore and so you just get petty arguments and lying; it’s fun, but not as fun as these shows were.

On “The Office”

Gabby Lozano, Deputy Opinion Editor

Where do I begin? Leave it to a group of mundane employees capitalizing on the intricate complexities of the American workplace to make you fall in love with Dunder Mifflin. By season three you’ll even feel convinced that, wherever you go, there’s an invisible camera waiting for you to throw a quick shrug during the awkward, uncomfortable encounters life throws at us.

While this extreme appreciation for the show is totally normal and acceptable, let’s be clear — liking “The Office” is not a personality trait. 

If you find yourself repeating “Beets, Bears, Battlestar Galactica” or “Dwight, you ignorant slut” far too often, please do us (and your Tinder swipes) a favor and love yourself. Experience a broken outlet at Bobst, go to Palladium to eat cold pasta made by rat chef Remy himself. Do something, do anything, just please don’t base your personality around a show that everyone is starting to rewatch for the fifth time.

On “South Park”

Emily Dai, Deputy Opinion Editor

As one of the longest-running TV shows still on air, “South Park” has severely damaged political discourse by propagating the idea that caring about anything is stupid.

Opinions expressed on the editorial pages are not necessarily those of WSN, and our publication of opinions is not an endorsement of them.

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About the Contributors
Jake Capriotti
Jake Capriotti, Photo Editor
Jake is a senior at Tisch studying film and television and has been with WSN since Spring 2020. He is an Arizona native and that is his one personality trait. Outside of WSN, Jake specializes in portraiture, performance and unit stills photography as well as being the official photographer for the NYC OffBrnd Dance Team. You can find him on Instagram @capriotti.jake and maybe he'll DM you some memes.
Arvind Sriram
Arvind Sriram, Sports Editor
Arvind is a first-year intending to study Economics and Journalism. He's from Arizona but proudly proclaims himself as a New Yorker despite living here for only three months. If you want to debate obscure sports topics such as the most valuable role players in the NBA, hit him up on Instagram @arvindsriram04.
Helen Wajda
Helen Wajda, Opinion Editor
Helen is a junior double majoring in Childhood/Special Education and English. She's from Upstate New York (actually Upstate, not Westchester) and enjoys making extremely specific playlists when she's not writing. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @helenwajda.
Kim Rice
Kim Rice, Copy Chief
Kim is a junior (ahhhhhh) double majoring in Journalism and Politics. A born and bred New Yorker, she does say things like "cawfee" and "dawg" but please don't ask her to repeat the words for you, it's kind of annoying. You shouldn't be bumping into her really, but from a safe distance you can find her drinking an iced coffee, walking around, just taking everything in. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter @k_r_630 to see and hear random thoughts and pictures of things you can easily see and think yourself.
Gabby Lozano
Gabby Lozano, Dining Editor
Gabby Lozano is a senior studying Global Liberal Studies and minoring in food studies. After NYU, she aspires to work as a digital reporter or producer, but her dream is to become the next Anthony Bourdain. When she's not in school or at WSN, you can find her in the kitchen burning garlic or going for a run along the East River. Follow her latest eats on Instagram @gabriellalasagna.
Emily Dai
Emily Dai, Opinion Editor
Emily is a sophomore studying Politics and Economics. She is from Richmond, Virginia and is passionate about presidents, Pride and Prejudice and public transportation. Reach her on Instagram @emliydai for podcast recommendations and Supreme Court discourse.
Grace Halio
Grace Halio, Editor-at-Large
Grace Halio has spent the past three years working at WSN because her job has an actual title, unlike her concentration in Gallatin. She's studying how journalism and public art can be narratives for social and climate injustice, but has a soft spot in her heart for New York Fashion Week and all things Features Desk. A Long Island native, she could likely live off of bagels. Grace spent her spring 2016 semester studying in Florence, Italy. Unfortunately, she did not turn into Lizzie McGuire; fortunately, she ate a lot of cheese. She looks forward to returning to the motherland. In the meantime, however, you can find her fighting for the necessity of the oxford comma and making pasta for dinner six nights a week. Follow her on Twitter to see her creative 140 character complaints or on Instagram to take a peek at how she spends her free time.

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