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The Perfect TV Diet: What Shows You Should Watch to Stay Healthy

Are you wondering how to best balance all the great TV out there? We've got the perfect system.

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In today’s day-and-age of “peak TV,” so much of the conversation about television focuses on which shows you should be watching. Well, what kind of shows you watch is just as important as which specific shows you choose to engage with in your spare time.

For instance, if you merely chose your shows by which ones are “the best,” your lineup may look something like this:

“O.J. Made in America”
“The Americans”
“The Night Of”
“Game of Thrones”
“The People v. O.J. Simpson”
“Fargo”

The above list is a combination of the three highest-rated programs of the 2016 season (according to Metacritic) and the three most nominated series at this year’s Emmys. Do you notice anything similar between the six shows? Other than two programs focusing on O.J. Simpson, the commonality across all six is their general genre: drama. They’re all dark, heady, hour-long dramas.

If these shows were all you had time to watch, even over the course of a month or two, you might find yourself with a bleak outlook on life. Or maybe you’re just a little more serious than normal. Or maybe you just miss laughing and relaxing while watching TV. That’s why, no matter how you watch TV — weekly or long binges — it’s important to strike a balance between genres when you’re selecting shows.

Enter Very Good TV Podcast. IndieWire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers use this week’s podcast to try to create the ideal TV diet; leaving wiggle room for you to pick your own shows, but providing guidelines as to how to set the best rotation between a variety of programs. Much thanks to our dear listener Robert for helping to come up with the idea.

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