Google Something Clever 2.0: Season Finale Affective Disorder

May 17, 2012

Season Finale Affective Disorder

Although I mention season finales below, there are no spoilers.

I can't take too many more season finales. Yesterday, after watching the "Glee" finale, about halfway through the penultimate episode of "House" (sorry, always wanted to use that in a sentence), I noticed that I was feeling really depressed, and had been for a couple days.

They say that smiling can make you happy, and frowning can make you sad. Is it possible that watching all this tearjerking TV is throwing me into a funk? A few of my shows are ending this year, which means a five episode arc of sad. A lot of comedies even throw in a bittersweet moment or two towards the end of the season. I looked back and realized that lately, I've been watching almost nothing but shows that give me shiny eyes (it's not crying if it doesn't run down your face).

Just to name a few, "How I Met Your Mother," "Parks & Recreation," "Fringe," "Glee," "Harry’s Law," "House" and "Desperate Housewives" have all made me sniffle over the past week or so. It's too much! I feel like I did in the days after my son was born, when there were so many hormones running around inside me that I cried over a gift of chicken wings and my cat snubbing me.

I tested my theory by turning off the TV and reading a magazine. Within 20 minutes, my "depression" went away. Am I just a wuss who's sad about imaginary people, or is there real science behind this? Once I delete a show from my DVR, I'm done with it. I don't sit around pondering the results of show choir Nationals or alternate universes. But the feeling lingers.

I'm running another test. I'm going to watch the "House" finale next week with a big fake smile plastered on for the whole hour. I'll let you know how it works out.