Originally Posted by Aleron Ives
The main use of this forum section is for people to complain, though. If you read most of the topics for most of the shows, you'll see people doing the same thing in each one. It seems kind of rare for people to spend time lauding shows here; the only recent topics I can think of with more praise than criticism are the ones for The Americans and Orphan Black. If the show was good, people would probably just enjoy it and let the topic die. We come here to vent. Even if it's futile, it makes us feel better (but not watching at all would probably be the best medicine for what ails us).
You just cited two shows that are very, very good with very, very little to complain about. Others that I can think of that fit into that category are 'Breaking Bad' and BSG. Those are entirely different kinds of discussions because they were entirely different kinds of shows - the very cream of the television crop.
LOST was that way too, for the first 5 seasons or so. There was a little grumbling in S-3 when the storyline got bogged down a bit with a captivity plotline that kind of went nowhere, but by and large the discussions in the thread were full of interesting speculation and praise for the show's execution and inventiveness. And then came S-6 when it all went haywire, and the thread comments reflected that change in quality.
As I said in my previous post, if CBS had gone with a straight by-the-book adaptation this thread might be full of those kind of comments as well. Instead of....well, you know....well deserved grumbling. It coulda' been a contenda'.