Stephen Green writes,
Friends was new last night, so Melissa and I settled in on the sofa to watch. (In my defense, I know that it isn’t as good or as funny as it was the first three or four seasons. But I’ve got nine years invested in the show, and I’ll be damned if I’ll stop watching now. Besides, after that uninteresting second season of Enterprise, the only shows I still watch are Friends, Will & Grace, QE, and E/R. (And yes I know E/R has gotten old, too — but the same argument holds for it as holds for Friends.))
I do the same thing: Watch shows that now suck just because I want to see what happens with the characters. It’s like those color episodes of the Andy Griffith show from after Don Knotts left the cast–I know they’re not going to be funny, but I watch them anyway.