It’s been a long time since I’ve told you about some of my favorite websites, so I thought this type of post would be a nice change of pace from what I usually write about. Anyway, as an avid television viewer, I freely admit that I’d be lost without the help of Television Without Pity, also known as TWOP to its legions of fans.
TWOP is a site that provides detailed recaps of the most popular TV shows on the air today, and also gives users the opportunity to discuss their favorite shows on dedicated message boards. TWOP features a stable of highly talented writers who handle the recaps for such shows as Brothers and Sisters, Dancing With the Stars, Survivor, Ugly Betty, Lost, and a whole lot more.
As I said, these recaps are very detailed (often running to 14 pages or more for an hour-long show) and are usually funny as hell. In fact, sometimes the snarky recaps are even more entertaining than the shows themselves! Case in point: read any of the Alias recaps by Erin (they’re doing site maintenance over at TWOP right now, so I can’t link directly; sorry). I became so addicted to those that I would TiVo all Alias episodes and not watch them until Erin’s recaps were available. Then I’d sit on my couch with my laptop and read along as the action unfolded on the screen. I’m telling you, that was the best way to enjoy Alias!
The forums are also great because it gives me a chance to see how other viewers are reacting to my favorite shows. I often find that I’m in the minority in terms of what I consider good television and what I consider cheesy melodrama, but I don’t really care about that. I like what I like, so what can I do? I still enjoy reading opposing viewpoints, however, and the posters on the TWOP forums are generally articulate, insightful people with IQs well above what you’d expect to find on an Internet message board.
If you’re not checking TWOP for recaps and discussions about your favorite TV shows, then you’re missing out on some great stuff! Go over to the site and get acquainted with it before the new fall season starts; you’ll be glad you did!