Back in late 2008, after almost a year of writing for Blogcritics, I discovered something about most TV websites. They don't suit my tastes. You see, I'm a fan of TV but when I'm done watching an episode I want to talk about it and share a thoughtful, analytical, and constructive discussion with other viewers. Very few sites offer that anymore. They did once upon a time, but in the past ten years most online commentary has turned very negative. Far more critical than constructive. (Not to say there aren't good sites out there, there are. You'll see those sites listed in our recommended sites list.)
Nowadays, a lot of TV sites often rehash the same TV news or gossip that's been reported a hundred times over. They don't go for the in-depth reviews and thought provoking commentary. Most enforce 500 to 1000 character word limits in their articles and try to get their reviews up right away after airing, hardly enough time to take a strong look at what aired. And they certainly don't control the fan behavior in the comments. Most of the comments involve fan fighting and insults and really take away from the spirit of the article, which is to promote the TV show.
Back in 2008 I started a desperate search to find a fan friendly environment to talk about my new favorite show, Supernatural, and couldn't find one. Most of the sites that covered Supernatural either didn't have great episode discussions or showed a bickering fandom that had no respect for each other. I knew that wasn't representative of the general viewing population. Given my skills as a software developer as well as a writer, I built and created The Winchester Family Business, a new kind of fan site. We do news on that site, but our bread and butter has become the detailed reviews and meta analysis. We value commentary and discussion over the general fan stuff. Sure, we have fun too (who doesn't enjoy a shirtless Winchester) but we like to analyze the show from all angles. In two years the site has grown tremendously and is considered to be one of the best (and biggest) Supernatural fan sites out there. At least one where people are encouraged to show love for their show and still act like adults. We've grown from one writer (me!) to fifteen and counting. Our visitors love our concept and don't feel intimidated by posting.
I've had the honor of meeting casts and producers from other TV shows thanks to my visits to Comic Cons and decided the time was right to take what we're doing on The Winchester Family Business and expand it to other TV shows. Most of the shows on this site will start off being programs related in some way to "Supernatural" and the Sci Fi genre. Not limited to though. We love geek culture as well, which is why "Mythbusters" will be profiled. We love "Chuck," "The Vampire Diaries," "Smallville," "Nikita," "The Walking Dead," upcoming shows like "Arrow" and "Revolution" and even shows that don't quite fit in genre television but still mean something to us, like "Breaking Bad" and "Hawaii Five-0". The list is going to keep growing. There are no limits when it comes to TV! We will talk about networks in general too and the decisions they make. I sincerely doubt you'll be reading about "Jersey Shore" here. There isn't much to discuss there!
The name "TV For The Rest of Us" was inspired by none other than Frank Costanza, the absolutely insane father of George Costanza on "Seinfeld." He created his own holiday, Festivus, because he was tired of the commericalism of Christmas. The tagline was "Festivus for the rest of us." That spirit matches what we want to do here with TV commentary. Except I don't think you'll be seeing the feats of strength or airing of grievances. However, I am willing to make the aluminum pole our mascot!
It's my goal as we build and grow to make TV For The Rest of Us the site you think to come to after an episode airs and you've got questions or just want to read good commentary. We'll also have some fun previews and discussions. Hopefully you'll even feel free to post a comment or get involved in a discussion. Commenting is optional though and lurkers are most welcome. As for anyone that doesn't want to respect other viewers or a TV show, there's plenty of other places out there with you in mind. For "The Rest of Us", we love TV and want to talk about it.
Editor in Chief, Site Creator, Developer, and Head Writer: Alice Jester
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