Very Serious: Can I Lie About Having Seen TV Shows?

- Very Serious: An Advice Column By Kelly Conaboy -
Very Serious: Can I Lie About Having Seen TV Shows?

Kelly Conaboy is writing an advice column for Dipp readers. It's going to be very serious. So serious, in fact, we named it Very Serious: An Advice Column by Kelly Conaboy. Just email her at with your most crucial conundrums and each week, Kelly will solve one lucky reader's biggest problem. You can read all of Kelly's excellent advice here.

Dear Kelly,

I don’t usually watch the TV shows everyone is talking about, but I want to be a part of the conversation. Is it okay to scan recaps and pretend I watched White Lotus?




Hm. I’m trying to think if I’ve done this. Twice in my professional career I’ve had to pretend I watched Game of Thrones, a show I have never seen, in order to interview celebrities about it, and that involved recap scanning and other research. One of those celebrities was Vanderpump Rules’ cast member Stassi Schroeder. Reading it over now, I think I did a decent job of pretending I knew what any of the words meant in, for example, this question: “What are you feelings about Daenerys burning down King’s Landing in the latest episode?” What does that mean, Brittany? I still don’t know.

In this example, I did what I had to do in order to do my job without watching what would probably amount to a month of nonstop television; television featuring like … dragons, or whatever Game of Thrones was about. Did I feel bad about it? Sort of. I certainly felt uncomfortable, and I was certainly afraid of any responses that would necessitate follow-up questions for which I was unprepared. But should you feel bad about it? Let’s see.

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