Is there a TV show from your childhood that has always stuck with you? Can you remember the last show that left you speechless? TV is extremely popular in the English-speaking world, and most people - at least from younger generations - could probably answer these questions easily. Because TV is so popular nowadays, it is a very common conversational topic.

In the following article you will be introduced to a number of phrases that you can use in your own conversations about TV. Let's get started!

Questions about TV

Asking others questions about their favorite TV shows is a fantastic way to get them to open up and talk to you. In this table we'll look at a number of questions that you can use to do this.
Do you like to watch TV?
 
What kind of TV shows do you like?
 
What's your favorite show?
 
Have you seen the new season of Found?
 
Do you have cable TV?
 
Which streaming service do you have?
 
What did you think about the latest episode of Light?
 
Do you enjoy game shows?
 
Have you seen the new mini-series, Ashleigh's World?
 
 
Do you enjoy game shows?
If you want to know whether somebody likes a certain TV genre, then ask them by using the sentence pattern Do you enjoy + GENRE?. Depending on their opinion of the genre, they could respond in many ways. One way to respond to our example question is Yes, I usually watch them once or twice a week.
Have you seen the new mini-series, Ashleigh's World?
If you want to know whether someone's already watched a certain show, then use the sentence pattern Have you seen + SHOW?. They may respond differently depending on whether they have already seen the show or not. A possible response to our example question is I watched it last week with my girlfriend.

Talking about TV

Want to talk about the last season of your favorite show, or about how you watch too much or too little TV? This table introduces you to phrases that are useful for talking about TV.
I enjoy watching the Mystery Channel.
 
I don't watch much TV.
 
I watch too much TV.
 
I missed last season so I need to catch up.
 
The newest season of Light is supposed to be really good.
 
I binge-watched the last season.
 
Last night's episode was so intense.
 
Streaming services are too expensive.
 
I always have to channel-surf until I find something good.
 
I want to cancel my cable subscription.
 
Commercials are so annoying.
 
 
I enjoy watching the Mystery Channel
If you'd like to tell someone what TV channels you like, then use the sentence pattern I enjoy watching + CHANNEL. The person you're talking to might then respond by asking a follow-up question like What's your favorite show?.
I always have to channel-surf until I find something good
To channel-surf is a colloquial way to say that you switch TV channels quickly and repeatedly. You usually do this to find something good to watch.

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most essential English phrases for talking about TV?
  • Do you like to watch TV?
  • What kind of TV shows do you like?
  • I enjoy watching the Mystery Channel.
  • I don't watch much TV.
  • Have you seen the new season of Found?
  • I missed last season so I need to catch up.
  • I binge-watched the last season.
What are the most popular kinds of TV shows in the U.S.?
A wide variety of shows are broadcast in the United States, but some of the most popular are sports games, comedy and late night talk shows, game shows, and reality TV. Most popular TV channels are also available on cable.