Dark Side to Loving International TV


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So if you read this blog, you probably know I’m a fan of international TV. And if you don’t, then you know now. But there’s a dark side to watching shows from other parts of the world, even as near as Canada.

All seasons aren’t always available.

You cruise along through episodes. You may even check online–carefully, of course, to avoid spoilers–to see how many episodes there are. And then you hit the end of the line of your source, without the numbers matching up. It’s frustrating, that’s what it is.

You know that out there, somewhere, the episodes wait to be watched. Maybe you can pay for them, through streaming or DVD, but that can get expensive, and that only works if the DVD is the right region for your DVD player. Often, you can’t, and you have to sit with the frustration of knowing it’s just out of reach.

They say patience is a virtue, but whoever “they” are, they started saying that long before we grew accustomed to having anything we wanted the moment we wanted it. BBC got it right with “Doctor Who,” which returns this Saturday (!) with the premiere of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, and all the world gets to enjoy it at once. Well, nearly at once, given the wibbley-wobbleyness of time.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the mini-trips and cultural snapshots I get from my international TV shows. I just wish I could get all the seasons of them.

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