Why Do Some Bad Shows Do So Well?

A lot of television shows are not your favorite programs, and only a few pertain to your liking. This can be for many reasons, but the majority of people can recognize a low-quality show fairly quickly.

Low-quality is not synonymous with low-budget. There are some high-budget films and shows with repulsive content.

So, why do some shows do well even though they obviously suck so much? 

They keep producing content. Plain and simple.

It may not be quality but it’s consistent and people look for new content whether or not it’s good.

Advertisments don’t discriminate. If a show is getting negative attention, it’s still counted as good publicity all the same.

Good shows often run out of content because they try so hard in a world of people who don’t appreciate the effort. They aren’t willing to ruin their reputation by selling out. 

So, what does this lesson tell us?

It tells us that whether or not we think our content is good enough, there are always going to be successful opportunities for consistent production. Don’t create just for money, but don’t make your best content your only content.

Opportunities Don’t Create Themselves

There is a lot to be done in the world right now. Is it really so hard to be successful?

There are machines taking over jobs everywhere, but don’t those machines need people to maintain them?

There are many jobs outsourced, but new companies are being born every month.

There’s a lot of competition in the art industry, but there’s always room for the next best.

There are a lot of games in the world, but people are going to keep playing the newest games.

Just start improving your portfolio. Don’t try to be creative, just create.

Don’t settle on a job. Get your career.

Don’t accept rejection. Seek opportunities elsewhere. 

How to Make a Successful Pilot

From analyzing the best cartoons, I’ve noticed a similar pattern despite having no other obvious similarities.

Pilot episodes are usually terrible or slightly unbearable when compared to its subsequent season, but they still strike interest and have lots of potential.

What separates a successful pilot from a really bad one?

Plot. The plot has to be versatile, and you have to be able to stretch that pilot’s plot into 20 hours minimum. If you think about all the shows on TV, they all have really flexible, simple taglines that you wonder about before giving the show a chance.

Don’t just write a pilot episode. Write a general synopsis for your 100 hours of anticipated episodes.

If you have bad art, you’re in the pool with everyone else. You can hire an artist.

TV shows are more than movies. Often there is a budget difference, but TV is a favored medium.