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Talking about TV program in English!


Types of Television shows


Sitcom (situation comedy)


Soap Opera


Travel/ Holiday

Kids/ Children's


Comedy Drama

Teen Drama

Romantic drama

Family Drama

Medical Drama

Legal Drama

Crime Drama

Horror Drama

Historical Drama /hɪˈstɔːrɪkl/

Space Drama

Political drama

Musical Drama

Reality TV

Game show

Talk shows

Variety shows

Sci-fi and fantasy


Other vocabularies:








Cable TV




The show is on

On the air


The Simpsons has been on the air for over twenty years!


Super funny

Action packed




TV commercials

Phrases for talking about a TV show:

“My favorite program is…” 
“I love watching…” 
“I adore watching…” 
“I hate watching…” 
“I can’t bear/ stand watching…” 
“That program keeps me on the edge of my seat” 
“I can’t bear to miss an episode of…” 
“The special effects are…” 

Describing good TV Shows

Why do you like that program?

I like/ enjoy/ love it because:

  • It's so awesome
  • It's really great
  • It's amazing
  • That show is hilarious
  • It's super funny
  • It's fascinating
  • It's a really interesting show
  • It's interesting/ exciting/  fascinating
  • It's great fun 
  • It's Uplifting
  • It's realistic
  • It's Amazing 
  • It's Addictive 
  • It's Stimulating
  • It's Thought-provoking

Describing bad TV Shows

Why don't you like it?

I dislike it because it's:

  • terrible
  • lame
  • awful
  • boring
  • frustrating
  • mindless
  • not funny 
  • too emotional/ too fake = cheesy
  • scary
  • depressing 
  • sad 
  • boring
  • unrealistic
  • soppy /ˈsɑːpi/


“I think soaps are boring.”
“In my opinion, news and weather programs are usually depressing.” 
“Most sports programs send me to sleep, but I quite enjoy watching tennis and volleyball.” 
“I love comedies – I always feel optimistic and happier after having a good laugh.” 
“I love watching most types of films – even tear-jerkers.” 
“I find wildlife documentaries totally thought-provoking. “ 

Other vocabularies:




Season premiere

Season finale:  


Part 1: Talking about TV habits

Do you watch much TV?

I go through phases

Sometimes I get really into a show

I binge - watch a show over a few days

I put something on in the background while i'm doing other things


How much TV do you watch?

What was the last show you really got into?

Have you ever binge - watch a show?

Do you like to put TV on in the background when you're doing housework

Yes/ No

Not really

I used to, but now i'm too busy, I don't have time

Feel guilty

Get into 


I got into photography when I was a teenager

Get addicted to


It's fun to

Part 2: 

Part 3:

Part 4: Talking about a TV show you dislike

Put something on in the background

Go through phases

Get into


At some point

Get tired of

Take a break

Get addicted


How much TV do you watch?

What was the last show you really got into?

Have you ever binge-watched a show?

Do you like to put TV on in the background when you're doing housework?

Different ways to watch TV

Broadcast TV = traditional TV

Streaming services

Old fashioned


A choice of channels

To be a big sports/ music/ game show... fan

That makes sense

At a specific time

Skip the ad breaks

Ads = advert = advertisement



How do you watch TV?

Do you watch broadcast TV, streaming services or both?

Which one is better?

Why is it better?

How to describe a TV show

What kind of thing do you watch?

It depends

Put on 

or something

Stand up comedy

and things like that

What's it about?

Who's in it?

Is it funny/original/ exciting?

You know what?

Check it out

Take a look

Where's it on?

Big name actors

What kind of thing do you watch?

I mostly watch crime series

I watch a mix of documentaries and medical drama

I watch a bit of everything


I'm watching 



Go downhill

Make no sense



Plot threads


No spoilers!

An ending 


A happy ending

A sad ending

Get distracted

Naked = nude


Prevent someone from doing something

  • I’m watching a sci-fi show called The Expanse. It’s about human society in the future, when people live all over the solar system, and the tensions between different factions. The main story is about the discovery of alien life on one of Saturn’s moons. It doesn’t have any big-name actors in it; I haven’t seen most of the cast anywhere else. I think it’s quite original, although the story takes some time to get really interesting. I watched it on Netflix, but I think now it’s only on Amazon video.

4. Talking About a TV Show You Dislike

How to Talk About TV - a woman with a dislike face

  • It went downhill in later seasons.
  • Some storylines made no sense.
  • There was a lot of padding.
  • Every episode finished with a cliffhanger.
  • They had a lot of plot threads to resolve.
  • No spoilers!

Can you describe

  • How often do you watch TV?
  • What do you usually watch on TV?
  • What kind of TV programs do you usually watch?
  • What kind of TV shows do you dislike? Why?

  • What is one of your favorite TV shows?
    • Why do you like it?
    • When is it on?
    • Does you father like it, too?
  • Will you watch TV tonight?
    • If so, what will you watch?
  • What did you watch on TV yesterday?
  • Do you like ___? (Insert the name of a TV show.)
  • Do you prefer listening to the radio or watching TV?
  • Do you think it is good for children to watch TV?
  • Do you think TV is educational?
  • Do you think there is too much violence on TV?
  • Do you think that TV is a good thing?

  • What are the advantages of watching TV?
  • What are the disadvantages of watching TV?
  • What is your favorite program on cable TV.
  • What channel is your favorite channel? Why?
  • What TV commercials do you like?
    • Why do you like it?
    • Which ones do you hate?
  • What's your favorite commercial?
  • What is the purpose of advertising a product?
  • When you drive or walk, do you get distracted by advertisements on buses or billboards?
  • When you go food shopping, do you buy foods you've seen in TV commercials?
  • Do you like the _____ advertisements? If not, why? (You can substitute any company's name.)
  • Do you think it's right to see naked women in TV commercials selling beauty products?
  • What types of TV program are there?
    • Which type do you like best?
  • When do you usually watch TV?
  • Do you think that TV makes people lazy?
  • Do you think too much time is spent watching TV?
  • Does TV make a person passive? Does TV take away a person's ability to think for himself or herself?
  • Do you think that TV prevents people from communicating?
  • What do you think of TV shows that are designed to "discover new talent?"
  • If you couldn't watch TV at home but had to stay there, what would you do?
  • Could you live without TV for a week?
  • What do you think about reality shows?
  • Would you participate in one if you were invited?
  • Which channel do you like the best?
  • Do you like watching TV alone or with your family?
  • Who decides what to watch: the parent or the child?
  • What do you think about Reality Shows?
  • Is television one of the best inventions of all times?
  • Why do you think television industry is so successful?
  • What do you think of the "rubbish" programs on TV which are only dedicate to gossip about famous or pseudo famous people?
  • There is a famous English saying that goes "you are what you eat." Does this apply to television? Can the programs you watch affect your behavior?
  • What kind of entertainment do children like?
  • Do you think children watch too much TV these days?
  • What are the benefits of being an EU member?
  • What are the drawbacks of being an EU member?
  • Do you think that every future politician should be vetted for security reasons?
  • Who is the most controversial politician in your country?
  • Do you think there are any possible dangers to society from the material broadcast on TV channels?
  • How do you feel when watching explicit scenes on TV with your parents? How do your parents usually react?
  • Does violence on TV influence some young people to engage in violent behavior?
  • What do you think should happen if a cell phone rings in class?
    • In a restaurant?
    • In a movie theater?
    • During a concert or speech?

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