On a first date, “what TV do you watch?” can be a minefield. If you can’t agree on a single show, it’s a pretty huge indicator that things won’t work out.
Here’s what you’re telling your date when you say your favorite TV show is…
Game of Thrones: You are extremely emotional, and Facebook needs to know about it.
Archer: You’re an asshole. But a really funny asshole.
Hannibal: You’re a little mentally unbalanced, but not as mentally unbalanced as your shrink.
The Office: You want to fall in love and get married, and you don’t care who knows it.
Arrested Development: You could never date someone who didn’t love “Arrested Development” (minus the fourth season).
Veronica Mars: You’ve had a hard life, but it’s only made you stronger.
True Blood: You’re real kinky, and totally open about it.
Scandal: You’re a workaholic who seriously needs to get laid.
Grey’s Anatomy: You’re going to have sex in an elevator and regret it.
The West Wing: You’re a really good person, but you’re kind of annoying.
The Newsroom: You’re a questionably good person, and you’re kind of annoying.
The Mindy Project: You’re so single it hurts.
Fringe: When you were a kid, your parents never let you stay up to watch “The X-Files.”
How I Met Your Mother: You have a cheesy catchphrase for every occasion.
Parks and Recreation: You’re clever, but not as clever as you think you are.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: You always go for the unattainable ones.
Firefly: Your last good relationship was over 5 years ago.
Dollhouse: You’re gorgeous, but also kind of a mess.
30 Rock: You want a partner who can beat you at Trivial Pursuit.
Happy Endings: You’ve taken at least 1 improv class.
Battlestar Galactica: You spend a lot of time writing very deep, thoughtful emails and never sending them.
Portlandia: You’re a hipster, but you don’t THINK you’re a hipster.
New Girl: If you’re a girl, you want to be Zooey Deschanel. If you’re a guy, you’re in love with Zooey Deschanel.
Justified: If you’re a guy, you want to be Timothy Olyphant. If you’re a girl, you’re in love with Timothy Olyphant.
Dexter: You have a dark secret that you think no one knows about. (They do.)
Homeland: You’re a woman who thinks you’re incredibly good at your job, but no one else appreciates it.
Mad Men: You wish you could smoke in your office (but you’d never actually do it).
Doctor Who: You can recite every Time Lord incarnation in chronological order, but you’ll forget your date’s name at least twice.
Suburgatory: You grew up in the suburbs, and secretly miss it.
Coupling: You’re an anglophile.
Lost: You’re a masochist.
Felicity: You wish you were back in college.
Law & Order: You have a firm belief in structure and would never stop what you’re doing while a cop asks about your whereabouts last night.
Law & Order: SVU: You have a firm belief in structure and would never stop what you’re doing while a cop asks about your whereabouts last night, and you’re a woman.
Pushing Daisies: As a child, you wished your life had been narrated by Roald Dahl.
Cougar Town: You have a tight group of friends who love to judge people. Also, you have a drinking problem.
Borgias: You’re a history buff with a serious sex drive.
Raising Hope: Your family is…well…let’s just say no date will meet them ’til the wedding.
Nurse Jackie: You might be a secret drug addict.
Spartacus: Your kitchen contains at least one tub of Creatine.
The Vampire Diaries: You publicly scoff at Twilight but you’ve read every one of the books cover to cover.
Teen Wolf: You have serious ’80s nostalgia, and too much time on your hands.
Girls: You’re a 24-year-old woman or a 54-year-old man.
Sons of Anarchy: You’ll order Coors Light on a first date.
Friday Night Lights: You sometimes think about quitting your job to become a marriage counselor.
The IT Crowd: You constantly resist the urge to answer every question with, “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”
Storage Wars: You’re a compulsive gambler.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: You’re a city-dweller with a white collar job.
Sex and the City: You often wonder if the best times in your dating life are over. And you may be right.
The Good Wife: You used to watch “Sex and the City” religiously.
Sherlock: During the date, you’ll mention Benedict Cumberbatch no less than three times.
Elementary: You haven’t seen “Sherlock” but you’ve heard it’s good.
The Voice: You don’t have cable.
American Idol: You love commercials.
Modern Family: You’d never admit it, but you call your mom every day.
Gilmore Girls: You’re sweet to the point of getting taken advantage of by jerks. Still, you never lose the sweetness.
Dancing with the Stars: You own an item of clothing covered in sequins.
Revenge: You wish you lived in the Hamptons.
The Big Bang Theory: You may have a mild case of OCD.
Bones: You love people with mild cases of OCD.
Two and a Half Men: You’re my mom.
Vegas: You’re obsessed with this clip. Who could blame you? It never gets old.
Glee: You got cut from your high school musical and never got over it.
Smash: You grew up in New York City.
Nashville: You want to get married just so you can be a celebrity for a day.
Shameless: You’ve been to at least 1 AA meeting.
Project Runway: You would kill to be Tim Gunn’s best friend.
The Mentalist: You’re vertically challenged, but hot.
American Horror Story: You still have issues with your mother.
Colbert Report: You can quote at least one line from a Christopher Guest movie.
Antiques Roadshow: You’re over 35.
The Sopranos: You’ve never been to New Jersey.
The Wire: You’re a TV critic.
CSI: You were born before 1970.
The Bachelor: You will text your friends every single word that he said after the date, and discuss ad nauseum.
Downton Abbey: If you’re a woman, you’re extremely sentimental. If you’re a guy, you’re trying to convince your date that you’re extremely sentimental.
The Real World: You’re a drama queen.
Jersey Shore: You’re a tan drama queen.
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: You’re a drama queen with an adrenaline streak.
The Walking Dead: You own at least one comic book.
Breaking Bad: You failed high school chemistry.
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