I have never wanted to love a show as badly as I wanted to love St. Elsewhere. It’s pretty much the grandfather of modern doctor shows, it helped launched the careers of Denzel Washington and Tom Fontana (among others), and it’s widely regarded as one of the most substantive ensemble dramas of all time. My father used to rave about it when I was a kid, and I have a life-long slavish devotion to shows where someone yells “stat!” (Really, anyone yelling “stat.” Come to mama.) And yet… it just does nothing for me. At all. I could not be less jazzed about St. Elsewhere. I slogged through a solid six episodes on Hulu, and still can’t escape the thought that the opening theme song is the most exciting part of the entire show.
Bring it, PopWatchers: What classic (or newly “classic”) TV shows have let you down? Were you never able to see the big deal about Buffy? Does I Love Lucy leave you cold? Is All In the Family all its cracked up to be?