It was, strangely, Jeff the Liar, son of William the Barely Known, - who first became concerned [and] it was Annie the Dayplanner, herself a recovering headcase, that recognized the signs of coming doom.
There is skill to it. More importantly, it has to be joyful, effortless, fun. TV defeats it’s own purpose when it’s pushing an agenda, or trying to defeat other TV or being proud or ashamed of itself for existing. It’s TV, it’s comfort. It’s a friend you’ve known so well, and for so long you just let it be with you and it needs to be okay for it to have a bad day or phone in a day.