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How to get over a TV show

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Bex Rangel, Reporter

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Weeks of staying up till three a.m. and hours in front of a screen could never prep you for the series finale. Getting the news that your favorite television show has no plans of another season have the potential to hurt more (“Girl Meets World,” anyone?)

No, television series do not go on forever. However, there are other ways to keep the TV spirit alive.

Look through the suggestions tab.

If you happen to have finished a series on streaming sites like Netflix or Hulu, there will be a display of about three or more shows that are similar to what you just watched.

Shows as old as “Friends” or “The X-Files” often have actors with projects similar to their previous–Courteney Cox (“Friends”) starred in a webseries called “Web Therapy” as Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) starred in other shows like “The Fall.”

If you watched episodes as they aired, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to hop onto IMDb, a site that lists actors and presents other films and titles that viewers also enjoyed, or at least saw. Clicking and searching could take a bit longer if you’re the indecisive type, although it could be more helpful if you’re looking for a mood change.

Read the book version.

If you’re a TV fanatic like me, you’ll quickly realize that most shows are based on books. Although television programs are often easier to take in, fans are often pleased with, if not prefer, the book version. One or two details may be easier to describe in words, completely changing the plot of the story.

Other shows may be based off of comic books, graphic novels, or manga. Books like these typically take less time to read and the art for these works are entertaining on their own.

Fans of “Sherlock (BBC)” applaud the series for its modern day twists and find it interesting to compare the text to the script. Shows like “Tokyo Ghoul” are based on manga, and though these types of shows are typically much different from the original series, the art is often reflective of the original creator and portray fundamental parts of the plot.

Read more about it on the internet.

If it exists, it must be online. This can be truly helpful if there were certain scenes that didn’t make sense, as other fans often love to write about character development, archetypes, and tropes.

“House,” an eight-season masterpiece, can be hard to follow from episode one, what with all of the medical terms and its quirky characters. The internet will always gladly explain these things to you.

Create art for the show.

In this day and age, it isn’t uncommon for people to have creative ability. If you like sketching, drawing, or just creating art in general, feeding other fans’ cravings is just another way to help yourself out of the post-series muck. Many artists find that flexing their abilities and creating art for their favorite show help pick up tricks of the trade–it gives them another reason to practice.

Similarly, those who enjoy writing may find fan fiction entertaining. It’s an arguable topic, however most authors know that writing just anything, about anything, is how writers become better. Make it easier on yourself and write about something you love.

TV shows with large fanbases include “Gossip Girl” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Watch the show again.

Simple, but effective. Watching your favorite scenes on a loop could potentially be more entertaining than it sounds, and even watching the show again may help you see a detail that you missed before.

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