Not a dumb question!
I hopped onto the TPP train pretty early (around the 2nd badge of gen 1, I think), so it was still a fresh concept for everyone, which made it really exciting. I never watched for extended periods of time, but I did keep up with it on a day to day basis, and even participated sometimes. After we beat the elite four, though, I stopped paying attention.
But as a concept, I think TPP is pretty genius. It’s a very unique social experiment, and accomplished its goal magnificently. This video explains how I feel about it better than I can.
I mean, I feel ya; watching Red aimlessly meander through the Team Rocket base for hours drove me up the wall too. But as a complete package, TPP is pretty tight.