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What To Say When Someone Asks, ‘What’s Your Favorite TV Show?’

This week's "Very Good TV Podcast" tackles the difficult question and defends their own favorites.

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Whether on a first date, at a job interview, or just having a casual conversation, everyone has encountered the question, “What’s your favorite TV show?” Some people have an automatic answer, while others have to contemplate for a minute. Especially now, in the age of peak TV, it can be tough to dig through tons of great TV shows and choose an all-time favorite.

To help narrow down the choices and answer this question, Very Good TV Podcast has compiled a list of tips to take into account.

  • Consider whether you’re answering subjectively or objectively.
  • Be declarative.
  • Don’t say, “Oh, there are just so many shows!”
  • Don’t pretend you’ve never been asked before.
  • Don’t be embarrassed by your choice — or qualify it.

For more advice, and to hear Ben and Liz break almost all of the aforementioned rules in defense of their favorites, listen to this week’s podcast above.

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