When you don't want to watch it anymore
Whoa! I'm blowing your mind, right? You are an adult. Watch the stuff you like, and when you don't like something, turn it off.
"We’re dragging ourselves through shows that we don’t like or that aren’t actually any good at all, because we’ve become convinced that we owe it to them," wrote the Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg in a recent review of House of Cards. This is prestige TV Stockholm syndrome. House of Cards is garbage -- I bailed after the first season -- and if you stop watching, Kevin Spacey will not show up at your house to strangle your dog.
The amount of hand-wringing and chin-stroking about whether or not people should or should not be consuming mediocre television shows has become absurd. Do you find the main characters of Love grating, and you don't see where it's going after three episodes? Go read a book. Are you exhausted by the increasingly improbable twists on Homeland? Try knitting. Do you still watch Grey's Anatomy? Get help.
Again: you are an adult. You don't have to finish doing most things. For example, I don't feel like writing about this anymore. Boom. Done. See how easy that was?
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Dan Jackson is a staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment, and for the record, he watched all of Lost and would watch it all again. He's on Twitter: @danielvjackson.