Product Type: other TV channels
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Member Name: m_illie
Advantages: Good for comedy shows
Disadvantages: Bad for challenging viewing and certain audiences
E4 is an accessory channel to the standard Channel 4. I would describe it as a kind of young adult version of its predecessor mostly composed of comedy and drama shows, usually from the Unite States. It runs practically all day with the shows on later into the night/early morning often being repeats from very early on in the series. Show lengths vary from 30 minutes to an hour with a total running time not including advert breaks 27 and 49 minutes.
As I mentioned E4 tends to only really show comedies and dramas. Occasionally it will also feature a movie typically on a weekend at 9pm which usually tend to continue this theme, with movies featured recently including Mr and Mrs Smith and Grease. Many of the shows featured are light entertainment and also tend to have canned laughter (a pet hate of mine) such as the Big Bang Theory. They tend to be very up-to-date with showing series soon after they're released in the US and maintaining the sequence of the series (which again can be very frustrating if you have watched much of the series already). I do enjoy their selection of shows on offer with my day to day favourites being How I Met Your Mother and the Big Bang Theory which run at around 5-6pm which is perfect for me as its just when I arrive home.
Their daytime viewing is a little less entertaining and it does tend to be comprised of older shows/series. One show they never fail to be showing at around 1pm is Desperate Housewives which they have shown for almost the entirety of the series, which as it finished at 8 series' is pretty repetitive. While there aren't really shows I absolutely hate featured on the channel one of my major issues with it is how limited the target audience is and like I said how repetitive they are in their choice of viewing.
While often something we very easily overlook I do think adverts are a major issue in whether I regularly frequent a channel. For example, I find it much easier to watch BBC 1 for more than a single show as its adverts are short and feature only that specific channel. One thing that frustrates me is when adverts seem to go on forever and they don't necessarily relate to the channel at all (for example, I have noted that cartoon/children channels sometimes have adverts on banking/loans which I find inappropriate). E4 does not do this which means I don't really mind sitting through the adverts and they tend to pass pretty quickly.
As I mentioned previously the target audience of E4 is very restricted. The shows are clearly aimed at a younger audience yet probably a little too blue/risque for children. They tend to be shows that brink on risky as they don't feature swearing or violence but do tend to have adult themes such as sex and relationships. If you don't enjoy comedies and are looking for something a little more serious then E4 is definitely not a channel for you and I would probably recommend More 4 which has more stimulating shows such as Time Team and property shows (although one's opinion of stimulating is obviously subjective - you might not enjoy these at all!) if you wish to stick with the Channel 4 name.
I would recommend E4 if you are interested in very light-hearted not exactly gripping shows. While the drama shows they feature can be somewhat interesting, I wouldn't say they are my favourite and I would prefer other channels like Sky Atlantic (or simply online surfing for specific shows) for this. I think it is enjoyable but not captivating and so is good to watch your favourite shows, as opposed to leaving the channel or to catch whatevers on.
I regularly watch shows on E4 as I do quite enjoy some of the shows they have on offer. In fact compared with some other channels I must admit I like more shows overall than I do with others. However, I am sitting comfortably in their target audience which means that I'm perhaps supposed to like the shows they have on offer and so it might not be quite as enjoyable for others.
Summary: A decent enough channel if you're looking for comedy shows