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Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 2:05am

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So, what are your favorite TV shows?

For mine... see my new post. smile

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Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 2:22am

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Some running favorites are...
- Entourage
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- The Office

Older favorites are...
- Seinfeld
- Arrested Development
- 24 (I've lost interest recently)
- Monk
- Law and Order

Newer favorites are....
- Breaking Bad
- Worst Week

Honestly, I like a lot of TV shows. Even more obscure (in terms of quality) ones like Psych or Pushing Daisies I found pretty intriguing. TV varies for me, but every now and then something good comes along.
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 2:28am

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Wow I didn't think anyone here watched TSCC. Here's my list(not by preference)

1. 24: Great story, Great action, Great acting, nuff said.

2. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Smart, thrilling, terminator

3. Supernatural: The only show that's both scary, funny, and smart without being cheesy.

4. Smallville: Cool stuff happens from time to time. Plus the effects are cool.

5. Scrubs: Straight up funny as crap.

6. Prison Break: Same as 24 but smarter and more thrilling(on a good season)

7.Law & Order SVU: Always un-bore me. These people are creative with their stuff
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 2:38am

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Arrested Development

Seinfeld

The Office

Flight of the Conchords

Curb Your Enthusiasm
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 2:40am

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Kenny vs Spenny
Nip Tuck
South Park
Gangland
Locked Up
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 2:53am

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1. The A-Team
I've never watched a show more consistently fun that this. Pure 80s cheese.

2. Firefly
The fact that Joss Whedon got so monumentally screwed over causes me daily pain. Well, maybe not daily, but the point is... it's great sci-fi.

3. Star Trek: TOS
'Nuff said.

4. Hogan's Heroes
Yes, I love old television. Sue me.

5. The Office (US)
Again, 'Nuff said. I'd like to see the UK version for comparison.
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 2:58am

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Lost

Heroes

Lie To Me

How I Met Your Mother

The Office

Prison Break

Family Guy


Are the best shows out there. Period. Nothing Better. Comma. Except for In-N-Out Cheeseburgers. Period.
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 3:27am

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Burn notice.
Spin city.
That 70s show.
First wave.
How it's made.
The greatest Amaerican hero.
Wings.
Firefly.
Outer limits.
Hunter.
Simon and Simon.
Magnum P.I.
My own worst enemy. Not too bad.
Farscape.
Babylon 5.
Terminator.
Supernatural.
Heroes. 1st season.
Deadzone.
Stargate SG1.
Misfits of science.
Exo squad.
Dragonball Z.
X-files.
Battle Star Galactica.
Hercules.
Zena.
Highlander.
Fat Albert.
Andromeda.
Werewolf.
Wonder years.
Night court.
Cheers.
Everthing Star Trek.
Reboot.
Beastwars.
MightyMax.
Invisible Man.
All the D.C. animated series.
Spider-Man. M.t.v. series.
Beavis and Butthead.
Tom and Jerry.
Popeye.
Scooby Doo.
Gargoyles.
Avatar.
Thundercats.
Silverhawkes.
Transormers.
Wonder woman.
Bionic woman.
Six million dollar man.
Night man.
Max headroom.
30 minute meals.
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 3:29am

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-Family Guy
-Fringe
-Prison Break
-Lost
-The Simpsons
-MTV
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 3:30am

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Current
Extras
The Sopranos
Gilmore Girls
Firefly
Entourage

Honorable mentions/Old favorites: Friends, The Wire, Seinfeld, Weeds, Croc Files, Boy Meets World, The Office (US), Arrested Development, Curb, House, 24, X-Files, Rocket Power, Doug
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 3:52am

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LOST (downloads from iTunes, I watched the first 4 seasons in about three months)
Star Trek TNG (best of the franchise)
Firefly (I bought the season on iTunes)
South Park
Red Dwarf (I bought them on DVD best UK Sci-Fi ever)
Dr. Who (The original BBC with of course Tom Baker)
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 4:00am

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1. Scrubs- ER with the best comedy twist on earth.
2. Lost- Some say you cant really watch it if you havent seen it from the beginning...I started at Season 2 went back to season 1 and caught up with it...I love the mind games and the questions.
3. Malcom in the Middle- Sorry, i have this thing for really distraught comedies smile
4. Ghost hunters- Ghosts, scary houses, high tech equipment...yay.
5. NCIS- I love military related crime shows...who doesnt?


OLDER:
1. Saved By the Bell- Zach Morris...need i say more?
2. Bear in the Big Blue House- LUNA AND MOUSE AND BEAR AND LUNA AND BEAR...
3. Slime Time Live- Slime that tastes like cake batter...COME ON.
4. Surface- SCIFI's best show...period.
5. Invasion- It was a pretty cool show, and it came on right after lost too.
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 4:13am

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-Smallville
-Monk
-Chuck
-Heroes
-Burn Notice
-Legend Of The Seeker
-Reaper
-The Office
-King Of Queens
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1. Firefly
Brilliant. Highly funny, clever, dramatic and filled with awesome characters.

2. Star Trek TNG
Simply fantastic. Great loveable characters, interesting stories.

3. Prison Break
Yes, it's cheap. But it's highly entertaining.

4. House MD
Hehehehehehehe...

5. Star Trek DS9
Especially the last 3 seasons. Slow start, but a fantastic end.

6. Rome
Excellent little series

7. Band of Brothers
Really good miniseries as well

8. Lost
Started off fantastic, lost me by now. But I started, so I'll finish it.

9. Extras
"This is acting..."
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 8:50am

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1. Battlestar Galactica
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
3. Lost.
4. Futurama
5. Alias
6. Firefly
7. The Prisoner
8. Game On
9. Coupling
10. Psych

Currently watching:
24, Prison Break, Fringe, Dollhouse, TSCC
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 9:09am

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In no particular order -

* Babylon 5
Best science fiction show of the 1990s for my money. Ridiculously low budget at times with some creaky sets, cheap CGI and occasional wobbly acting, but one of the best stories ever told on TV. If you like intelligent ideas and storytelling over flashy production values, you'll love it.

* Battlestar Galactica
best science fiction show of the 2000s for my money. Ridiculously high budget at times with some amazing sets, absurdly good CGI and a regularly great cast, plus one of the best stories ever told on TV. If you like intelligent ideas and storytelling with flashy production values, you'll love it. (see what I did there?) It's also the best (only?) political show since The West Wing.

* Firefly
Never known a show to be so good in so little time. Tragic.

* The Wire
Best cop show that isn't really a cop show ever made. Equal, non-judgemental assessment of the cops, the dealers and the takers. Epic, with actors so good that it feels more like a documentary than a fictional show. McNulty is a real person.

Anybody in the UK that hasn't seen The Wire, it starts on BBC2 tonight. Get to it.

Edit: I'm amazed how much TV some of you guys watch! When do you find the time? smile

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Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 9:52am

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24
Lost
The Office
CSI Miami
CSI NY
The Mentalist
Bifg Bang Theory
2 and a Half Men
Scrubs
Southpark
Family Guy
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Band of Brothers
Myth Busters
Cold case
Fox and Friends
Eleventh Hour
Flashpoint
Numb3rs
Without a Trace

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Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 11:32am

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scrubs
lost
the office (UK version NOT US)
scrubs
smallville
scrbus
red swarf
scrubs
futurama
scrubs
erm.....scrubs
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 12:18pm

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1. Prison break
2. the simpsons
3. xena the warrior prinsesse
4. Hercules
5. king of queens
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 4:59pm

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1. Firefly

Best show I've ever seen. That's all I can say.


2. LOST

Simply amazing. Many people have left the show or don't like it/get it anymore. I had never seen Lost a year ago, then I got converted by a hard-core Lost fan and here I am...one of them.

3. Star Trek: TNG

Remember watching this in kindergarten and not understanding that much (although I do remember trying to explain Warp 9 to one of my friends at 5 years old. He didn't get it lol.). I've since re-watched the entire series and it's just great. Granted I don't know Kirk that well, but Picard will always be my favorite Captain (apart from Malcolm Reynolds of course).


6. Seinfeld


Who doesn't like Seinfeld? Oh yeah, that one guy in my class... crazy


7. Scrubs

Hilarious. Often very random, but never as lazy as Family Guy or as dumb.
Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 9:11pm

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Posted: Mon, 30th Mar 2009, 11:59pm

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Staff Only wrote:

1. Firefly

7. Scrubs

Hilarious. Often very random, but never as lazy as Family Guy or as dumb.
Before you make the judgement Family Guy is lazy and dumb... have you even seen a family guy episode? Family Guy is seriously one of the best shows that has even been on t.v. biggrin
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1 The Office - US version because Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson are awesome.

2 The soup - All I have to say is Spaghetti cat.

3 The simpsons - Yup.
Posted: Tue, 31st Mar 2009, 6:29am

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ALF.
Posted: Tue, 31st Mar 2009, 12:05pm

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Airsoft Studios wrote:

Staff Only wrote:

1. Firefly

7. Scrubs

Hilarious. Often very random, but never as lazy as Family Guy or as dumb.
Before you make the judgement Family Guy is lazy and dumb... have you even seen a family guy episode? Family Guy is seriously one of the best shows that has even been on t.v. biggrin
I have seen several seasons, but I personally think that their big mistake was evolving the characters. I liked Stewie better an evil genius than as a gay baby. And why is Brian suddenly not a dog?

Also I think Blue Harvest is the best SW parody I have seen and can't wait for Something, something, something Dark Side to come out.

I don't think the show itself is lazy or dumb, but lately it has had alot of lazy and dumb moments lately. Scrubs has much less of that while still being random.
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24
Heroes
House MD
Dexter
Hell's Kitchen is awesome too twisted
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Firefly
The West Wing
Prision Break (season one)
Akira
Black Books
Master Chef (yea thats right razz)
Batman, Animated series
Family guy/American Dad
Simpsons (old ones)
Robot Chicken
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Hogan's Heroes. (No contest.)
Mythbusters. (Same here.)
Home Improvement. Crude but funny.
Posted: Tue, 31st Mar 2009, 4:20pm

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Ah, so many. Even though some of them aren't even airing anymore:

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Probably the show I've laughed at the most. The cast is absolutely awesome. It's like Seinfeld except all the main characters deserve to burn in hell because they are just awful people.

Lie to Me
This just started, and I'm in love with it. Tim Roth does an absolutely wonderful job as the main role, and it's extremely fascinating to watch.

Fringe
Ohhhh, God. This isn't very old either, but Abrams is pretty much mindf-cking us all again with another really confusing and convoluted story that will most likely be spread out into an infinite amount of seasons. ...But I'll still be watching it because it's effing awesome. smile

The Office (Both US & UK)
The US one is starting to suffer which makes me sad. They need to find an old formula, and somehow readjust. All of the old rivalries and interactions between the characters are like... gone. And it makes no sense. I haven't seen a decent Jim/Dwight prank for a loong time.

The UK version will always have a special place in my heart. Ricky Gervais is a genius.

Extras
Again, Ricky Gervais is a genius. This show is absolutely great with some famous people deliberately making asses out of themselves.

Chappelle's Show
There is something wrong with you if you don't like this show. My God.

South Park
Crude, offensive, but somehow giving points about issues and exploiting the idiocy in the world. The Jonas Brothers episode hit home. "Baay-beh!"

Psych
I absolutely love this one. Especially the writing. Sometimes the humor is hard to keep up with.

Tarn wrote:

Babylon 5
I almost forgot this! The finale is probably the most heartbreaking finale. Ever. Somebody who would know what to do with it needs to remake this show because it would be... amazing. It was way ahead of its time.
Posted: Tue, 31st Mar 2009, 5:06pm

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Late to the thread, sorry if it's been mentioned a couple times already.

1. Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

My obvious first pick. How can you go wrong when the shows main character is basically nothing more than an anthropomorphic mop? He's much more than a mop though he's CAPTAIN CAVEMAN, a club-wielding, crime-solving hominid that was frozen in a block of ice for thousands of years. Now that is some bad ass shite right there. What's more, our hero is joined by three super sexy TEEN ANGELS. I know what you're thinking and yes, Cap'n Caveman does take all three of his babealicious Angels to pound town on a regular basis.

For those of you not familiar with this amazing television program. Here's a youtube link to the show's intro sequence:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD36ZhpHPpE
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Aye Babylon must have been the best I've ever watched. Got every season, every movie, ever made twisted Damn I got to watch those again.
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1. Arrested Development

2. Scrubs

3. The Office
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia- easily one of the funniest shows ever created; attacking things no one else will. The pilot episode is one I've transferred to and from every portable device I've had over the years- and one I watch all the time; I still stand by it as the funniest single episode of television I've yet to see. The subject? Racism and homophobia. God, great comedy.

Curb Your Enthusiasm- Larry David being Larry David. Who knew it'd be so goddamned hilarious?

The Office (US)- One of the most consistently-good and well-blended mix of slapstick, emotional moments, and awkward humor I've ever seen. I absolutely hated the UK The Office, but I find Carrel hilarious and perfectly at home in Michael Scott. Aside from Charlie or Mac on Always Sunny, Michael Scott is one of the most oddly-hilarious characters I've yet to see on TV. So well structured, written. Even in the preposterous parts.

Lost- Don't start with me, I'm Lost's bittch, and I've accepted it.

Entourage- How could no one mention this already? The Wire is fine and all, but when I don't want to watch a dreary-fest, I turn to Entourage. Always fun, always original, and always with Ari Gold. Watch this show if you haven't already. You'll blaze through the story and want more and more in a matter of days if you're anything like me. It keeps you hooked.

Arrested Development- The funniest show, the best show, and the best cancelled show ever created. Period. My all-time favorite.

Smallville- I haven't watched it in about 2 and a half years, but I used to be a Smallville fanatic- and stand by it as one of the greatest scifi series' ever created. Tom Welling is Superman in it, and as you see him grow up in the lengthy duration of the series (now in season 9) you really appreciate this. Always excellent technical and production values, always intriguing premises- I'm sad I left Smallville in the dust. A truly excellent show.

Breaking Bad- A very odd dramedy. Terrific, but odd. Definitely worth a watch.

Prison Break- It's since lost its luster, but Prison Break was a show that capitalized unimaginably on its rather straightforward and thinly-stretched premise. The first season is amazing, thrilling, and looks and plays like a thriller movie. Terrific. Just.............terrific.
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I've never understood why Arrest development is so high regarded. I tried very, very hard to like that show, but it just felt... lame.

1. "It's always sunny in Philadelphia" (Ridiculously entertaining, and the most reliably funny show I've ever seen)

2. Season 1 of "Flight of the Conchords" (The most perfectly tuned dry humor I've seen)

3. The office (US). The only show I've ever watched every single episode of. Really well balanced drama and comedy, without getting overly serious or unrealistically goofy.


I also used to really enjoy "Smallville" and "The Shield". I've seen a few episodes of Prison Break and thought it seemed quite intriguing.
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Bryce007 wrote:

I've never understood why Arrest development is so high regarded. I tried very, very hard to like that show, but it just felt... lame.
It's odd, there are some things that everyone seem to like but I don't. E.g. Family Guy really doesn't do it for me.
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Am I the only one who enjoyed 'Jericho' for it's short lived season and a half? I thought that show was fantastic, and it really was a pity when it was canceled for a second time..
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Dragonball Z
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Something I forgot to mention because it was a long time ago...

MURDER ONE.

The first season of that show was astoundingly good. Took a similar approach to pacing as 24, but was vastly more intelligent and subtle. The bald lead guy was fantastic - annoyingly I've never seen him in anything else.

Also, honorable mention goes to Dark Skies, a late-90s conspiracy show that never quite found its feet, but which had an utterly genius premise (each season was set in a different decade, starting in the 60s, leading up to the 1990s, with the finale to play out 'live' on Millennium Eve). Unfortunately it only lasted one season. sad
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Most of my fav shows have already been listed, although there seems to be a distinct lack of decent UK comedy being mentioned. So here's my favourite UK satire.

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle - Stand-up show with a few sketches thrown in. From the guy that did the "Jerry Springer" opera, but has been doing extremely funny and clever stand-up for a long time before that.

Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe - Basically a guy ranting about TV and other media, and some funny insights into how TV actually gets made. There's also a new series called Newswipe, which I haven't had a chance to watch yet, but I'm expecting it to be equally good.

Brass Eye - Spoof news show. About 10 years old now, but has hardly aged at all and is still very funny. Where else can you see Simon Pegg put in the stocks for being a paedophile.
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I'm surprised that no one in the UK mentions Red Dwarf probably one of the funniest Sci-Fi comedies ever made. I also just bought season one of 24 and stayed up all last night watching eight episodes, very addictive.
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so here is my top 5 list.

1 Prison break
2 xena the warrior princess
3 supernatural
4 smallville
5 csi

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Posted: Sat, 23rd Oct 2010, 11:35pm

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Wow, this is old.

At any rate, since last time, I have discovered a new series that contains some of the best comedy TV episodes EVER. Very clever show.

Community. Episode 23 is my favourite TV episode of any show ever.
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My updated Top 5:

5. Castle: Normally I hate crime shows, but Castle is fun, fresh, and energetic. I love that it doesn't take itself too seriously, often making fun of the typical crime-show cliches. Nathan Fillion is great as always, and I love catching all his subtle (and some not so subtle) Firefly references.

4. Fringe: Easily the best show on TV right now (at least... the best show I watch). At first, it seemed like a cheap X-Files clone (just replace "aliens" with "alternate universes"), but it has grown into something much more. With phenomenal acting (John Noble needs an Emmy) and fast-paced storytelling, Fringe is one of those rare shows that continually delivers goosebump-inducing scenes week after week.

3. Star Trek (Original Series, Next Generation): I grew up watching re-runs with my dad, and have since become a huge fan. I can't say I'm a trekkie, because I haven't quite seen every episode, and I don't know a whole lot of the backstory like I do for Star Wars. However, I realize now that Star Trek is more powerful than Star Wars. To me, it defines what science fiction is all about.

2. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: This show is easily the best part of the Terminator franchise... yes, even better than James Cameron's movies. In fact, it surpasses the films in just about every category, including acting and emotional power. I really loved the fact that they avoided the "terminator of the week" shoot-em-up scenario, often taking a different, wildly creative approach. Of course that's why it declined in the ratings... but it's also why it was so good. The cast was just phenomenal. Lena Headey is a better Sarah Connor than Linda Hamilton, and Thomas Dekker is easily the best John Connor. Summer Glau and Garrett Dilahunt completely nailed their roles as good and bad terminators, respectively. Brian Austin Green was just badass as Derek Reese. I would do anything to get this show back on the air.

1. Firefly: The director of the sci-fi film I'm working on recommended this to me. It is now my favorite thing ever. That is all. smile

EDIT: Some other shows I'm currently watching:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: After a below-average film premiere, this show has become quite good. It still however, suffers from the occasional weak episode... perhaps featuring Jar Jar, or becoming too bogged down in politics (Episode I style). But when it's on... it's really on. It's become a really intense show... sometimes I'm a little shocked that they've gone so far in a kid's show. In fact, Cartoon Network actually censored this clip from this season's premiere.

Stargate Universe: I haven't seen the film, or the other shows... but I saw the premiere of Universe, and I've been watching it ever since. So far, I think it's rather good... but it often tends to run into a rut of slow, boring, and/or lazy storytelling. If it weren't for these "lapses", it would be a great show.

The Big Bang Theory: Gotta love nerd humor. smile
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I wasn't here for this thread the first time around, so I suppose I'll contribute now that its been resurrected.

-Doctor Who (from Hartnell to Smith)
-X-files
-Lost
-Fringe
-Mystery Science Theater 3000
-Jack of All Trades (Bruce Campbell series)
-Smallville (although some seasons were just plain bad, especially season 3)
-24
-The Event (so far)
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Everybody loves Raymond: I just think it's awesome. Possibly my favorite aspect is how it manages to make most of the characters jerks, but still really likeable. And it's able to take them out of that mold on occasion to show that they're not really bad people. Besides this, I think the acting is great and the writing is really good, Peter Boyle and Brad Garrett being especially funny. I don't know many other sitcoms, so I don't know how it holds up to others, but I just find it really funny.

Mythbusters: I'm 15. I like explosions. Is an explanation necessary?
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Wow I didn't think anyone here watched TSCC. Here's my list(not by preference)

1. 24: Great story, Great action, Great acting, nuff said.

2. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Smart, thrilling, terminator

3. Supernatural: The only show that's both scary, funny, and smart without being cheesy.

4. Smallville: Cool stuff happens from time to time. Plus the effects are cool.

5. Scrubs: Straight up funny as crap.

6. Prison Break: Same as 24 but smarter and more thrilling(on a good season)

7.Law & Order SVU: Always un-bore me. These people are creative with their stuff
I hate reading old posts!! These don't sound like me writing at all! Although not much have changed as I still do watch Smallville and Supernatural regularly.
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Wow, my original list has changed a bit seeing as how I hate several of the comedy central shows on there.

10- Criminal Minds
9- Blue Bloods
8- Law and Order
7- The Goodwife
6- The Big Bang Theory
5- The Mentalist
4- NCIS
3- Hawaii Five-O
2- Doctor Who
1- Two and a Half Men
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Has anyone checked out Will Arnett's new show, "Running Wilde"? It's like a new Arrested Development. Granted, not nearly as clever, but it certainly has its laugh out loud moments. My guess is that it will develop (no pun intended) into an excellent show. It has a lot of potential.

Since the last time I posted here, I've also discovered the miracle of Fringe (an absolutely brilliant show) which almost replaces the hole left in my heart from Lost (though to be honest, nothing will ever truly fill that role). The new season of the Office is fantastic and refreshing, especially the last episode "The Sting". Some of the best laughs I've had in a while.
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Seems like I'm a bit of a loner in the fact that I've thoroughly enjoyed True blood up to this point and am eagerly looking forward to the next season.

Besides that I'd place Lost, Heroes, Firefly and Supernatural in my favs list. Not much to say about them that hasn't already been said apart from echoing the tragic cancellation of Firefly. Serenity is my most watched film besides Terminator 2 and Welcome to the Jungle/Rundown and 300.
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Thrawn wrote:

Has anyone checked out Will Arnett's new show, "Running Wilde"? It's like a new Arrested Development. Granted, not nearly as clever, but it certainly has its laugh out loud moments. My guess is that it will develop (no pun intended) into an excellent show. It has a lot of potential.
Tons of potential, absolutely destroyed by how horrible the young girl is. I like almost everything else, and that Alan Alda impersonation floored me, but that girl kills it for me.
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Hmm, well I watch far too much TV I expect. Some of my favourites, in no particular order:

Doctor Who,
Torchwood,
Blakes 7,
Star Trek (most),
Stargate (all),
CSI (all),
Killer Instinct,
Spooks,
House,
Prison Break,
Black Books,
Smallville,
The 4400,
NUMB3RS,
Fringe,
You Have Been Watching,
BSG,
Blackadder,
Bonekickers,
The Professionals,
Merlin,
FlashForward,
Chuck,
The Big Bang Theory,
Knight Rider (both),
Sarah Connor Chronicles,
Family Guy,
American Dad,
Firefly,
The Sweeney,
Have I Got News For You,
The IT Crowd,
Father Ted

EDIT:
Being Human,
Sherlock,
Mock the Week

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Such a tough quesstion, and it varies so often that I can't really rate a top 10 - but for different reasons I do like...

*Dr Who - so enduring, and always creative and solid. And Amy Pond at the moment.
*Criss Angel Mindfreak - I love skilled magicians, Criss Angel reminds me of the very worst that magic has to offer - cheap gaffs, camera manipulations, obvious confederates/shills, clumsy 'live' inserts, tacky beyond belief. I watch his TV show sometimes just to stagger myself at how gauche it is.
*Derren Brown - a much better magician, a far more honed stage persona, and actually has some talent, too. Not all of his stuff, but some of the tricks/shows are understated and rather engaging. If you like mentalism, watch his special "The Heist" - excellent.
*Harry & Paul (comedians, sketches) are variable - great characterisations, the gags sometimes rely on repetition and familiarity, but when they get it right, wonderful. I like the sketches with some element of pathos - comedy needs texture. In with Harry and Paul, I'd add Armstrong and Miller and Mitchell and Webb.
*Sherlock was the surprise hit of the year - Moffatt reimagining Sherlock Holmes in modern London. Very good, 90-min episodes, only 3 made for pilot, we will se it come back I'm sure.
*The Inbetweeners has been mostly good and still quite fresh
*Spooks has gone a bit off the boil but is still enjoyable

But I know in a few months my answers would probably be different again.
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pdrg wrote:

...And Amy Pond at the moment.
+1.
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Right at the moment I'm mainly enjoying....


Merlin - it might be a Saturday evening family show, but it hits its tone absolutely spot-on every week, and very cannily shifts between arch campness, pulp adventure and genuine drama.

Supernatural - only just started watching this. Better than expected. And The Comedian is in it.

Caprica - only seen the first few episodes. Not sold on it yet, but it's certainly intriguing.

Fringe - just started watching this. It's possibly the stupidest, most ridiculous show I've ever watched (surpassing even Lost), but it's quite entertaining. Tonally it really needs to figure out what it is.
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Fringe - just started watching this. It's possibly the stupidest, most ridiculous show I've ever watched (surpassing even Lost), but it's quite entertaining. Tonally it really needs to figure out what it is.
WHAT?! Please explain. Did you start from the beginning? Where in the show are you? What makes this the most ridiculous? Have you even seen the last two seasons of LOST? (Hey, I like LOST, but even Damon admits that they jump the shark every week.) What is so stupid about it?

Fringe has:

- Great story arc
- Great (and some lame) monster of the weeks episodes
- The best acting on TV (see John Noble)
- Some of the most impressive VFX on TV

I'm going to be a bit rude (and jump to conclusions) and accuse you of dissing the show because it's written by Kurtzman and Orci (who are with good reason some of the highest paid screenwriters in Hollywood) and we all know how much you hate everything about Transformers 2 (who doesn't?). You have to remember that the Writer's Strike hit TF2 and Bay (yes Bay) spent a lot of time writing the script during the strike himself (that explains a lot right?). Between and Fringe and Star Trek I'd say that Kurtzman and Orci deserve all the money and none of the hate.

Let's hear the defense, Tarn. wink
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Tarn wrote:

Fringe - just started watching this. It's possibly the stupidest, most ridiculous show I've ever watched (surpassing even Lost), but it's quite entertaining. Tonally it really needs to figure out what it is.
WHAT?! Please explain.
Well, firstly, you're assuming that stupid and ridiculous means 'bad', which I didn't say. In fact, I quite clearly said that it was entertaining. smile

Did you start from the beginning?
Yes.

Where in the show are you?
Just finished the 3rd episode.

What makes this the most ridiculous?
I'm afraid I don't have time right now to make a list. smile

The juxtaposition of a very serious tone with completely absurd, made-up, plot-device-tastic 'science' is the main problem, though.

Have you even seen the last two seasons of LOST? (Hey, I like LOST, but even Damon admits that they jump the shark every week.)
No, I only made it to halfway through season 3 due to the exceedingly dodgy writing. And, yes, I've heard that it gets much better later on, and I may one day watch the rest of it.

Fringe has:

- Great story arc
I've not watched enough to know how good the arc is, but it certainly has potential.

- The best acting on TV (see John Noble)
Clearly you have yet to watch The Wire.

- Some of the most impressive VFX on TV
True.

Although the 3D location titles are ridiculous, pointless and distracting. They're a fun idea that should never have made it past the pilot.

I'm going to be a bit rude (and jump to conclusions) and accuse you of dissing the show because it's written by Kurtzman and Orci (who are with good reason some of the highest paid screenwriters in Hollywood) and we all know how much you hate everything about Transformers 2 (who doesn't?). You have to remember that the Writer's Strike hit TF2 and Bay (yes Bay) spent a lot of time writing the script during the strike himself (that explains a lot right?). Between and Fringe and Star Trek I'd say that Kurtzman and Orci deserve all the money and none of the hate.

Let's hear the defense, Tarn. wink
TF2 being utter dreck has nothing to do with my opinion of Fringe.

I love the new Star Trek film, but I'd also say that most of its flaws are due to the screenplay and the awful plot. However, many of its strengths also come from the same screenplay, so it evens out.
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Fair enough. I didn't like the 3D Location titles at first, but they become a benchmark of the show and are used for "Crowning moment of awesome" reveals later on.

The serious tone + pseudo-science is the premise of Fringe and I don't think the premise of a show can make it stupid (Dollhouse comes close). It's how the show handles itself that makes it smart or stupid. King Kong is pretty stupid on paper, but is to me completley non-stupid in every way (talking about the 2005 King Kong) even though it borders on giant gorilla/blond lady romance.

My point about LOST was that LOST is so far out/over-the-top in season 5 and 6 that even if someone "woke up" and it was all a dream it would be the most ridiculous dream anyone has ever dreamed and the fact that someones subconscious came up with that would be implausible in itself. As I said; I like LOST, but it's almost unfair what Darlton get away with on the show. Granted they lost half their fanbase, but they did so much insane craziness that any other TV-show would rather get canceled than even think about trying that it's just unfair. Why does LOST get to be so high above the shark that the shark didn't even see the jump? If any other show tried that they would be canned faster than anyone could say Lapidus. What I meant was that you can't even begin to say "Surpassing even LOST" without seeing season 5 and 6. NOTHING will ever surpass LOST.

In any case I promise that when season one's last shot comes around (I hope you haven't been spoiled) you'll completley "get" Fringe and understand exactly what they were trying to do all along. You haven't really seen any of the good episodes yet. The season takes off at the end of episode 10 - Safe. The really great episodes of season 1 are:

- Ability
- Inner Child
- The Road Not Taken
- There's More Than One of Everything

There are other very good ones, but look out for those. smile

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Looking forward to it. I've heard a lot of people say that it gets vastly better later on and in s2.
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Tarn wrote:

Looking forward to it. I've heard a lot of people say that it gets vastly better later on and in s2.
Yes, I can wholeheartedly say this is true. Having been a huge X-files fan, my reaction to almost the entire first season of Fringe was basically, "Ok, its enjoyable, but feels like a purposeful rip-off of the X-files, but slightly less entertaining." I also found myself watching Fringe because it was pretty good, but never found myself feeling like I really wanted to see each new episode. In fact, both my wife and I didn't even bother watching season 2 until someone told us that it got better. We went back and caught up, and things really started getting vastly more interesting roughly halfway through season 2. Now that we're well into season 3, I can say that its probably my favorite show right now.
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Fringe really picks up speed at about the 11th or 12th episode of season one. From then on, it's very much decided what it is, and where it's going. I'm sure they're still making it up as they go along, but it's at least as enjoyable as Lost, and worth it just for John Noble's acting, and their incredible guest casting.

alienux wrote:

Now that we're well into season 3, I can say that its probably my favorite show right now.
Season 3 has been great so far. It's hard to believe we're only four episodes in!

Also, in regard to my earlier comment about Running Wilde: The real thing that Arrested Development fans should be watching is The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. It's like the opposite of Running Wilde; written and created by, and starring David Cross, with Will Arnett in a recurring guest role. And instead of being kinda funny, and kinda irritating, like Running Wilde, Todd Margaret is 100%-solid hilarious. I loved Cross on AD, and all of his standup, but I'd say this is the best thing he's done since Mr. Show.
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Aculag wrote:

Also, in regard to my earlier comment about Running Wilde: The real thing that Arrested Development fans should be watching is The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. It's like the opposite of Running Wilde; written and created by, and starring David Cross, with Will Arnett in a recurring guest role. And instead of being kinda funny, and kinda irritating, like Running Wilde, Todd Margaret is 100%-solid hilarious. I loved Cross on AD, and all of his standup, but I'd say this is the best thing he's done since Mr. Show.
Oh sweet Jebediah, I remember reading about this show ages ago, thanks for reminding me!

*Checks for a way to get it in Canada*
*Finds nothing, starts Torrent*
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Pooky wrote:

*Checks for a way to get it in Canada*
*Finds nothing, starts Torrent*
Your piracy will be well rewarded within the first five minutes of the pilot, I assure you. wink
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That has a brilliant title, I'd watch it based on the title alone!

Alas, I don't torrent any more (traffic shaping kills the connection if it sees torrent activity - and seeing as I share that connection with another business, it's just not right...)
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Aculag, thanks for the heads up on the show. I heard about it once after finishing Arrested Development, but I never really looked into it, thinking it was using the popularity of the "Tobias" to make a knock off. I'll trust your judgment enough to give the pilot a try wink

Tarn, keep watching Fringe until at least midway through the second season. The first few episodes were "meh" to me as well, but it goes on to become a very different (and drastically better) show by the end of the season. Also, in my opinion, season two had a slow start at the beginning with some rather poor writing, but soon surpassed season 1 in greatness by the third or fourth episode. So yeah, keep on watching, for ye will be rewarded. To those who enjoy the show, while there is some great acting by John Noble, let's not forget Jared Harris in his brilliant supporting role.
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Due to busy time schedule i watched only some selected shows, which are:
Family Guy
Smallville
Lost
NCIS

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I really don't watch much TV at all actually. But Beavis and Butthead is the best thing ever created.

I just can't get enough of that show. And I hear they're making some new ones also.
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I really don't watch much TV at all actually
I haven't had a TV for over 5 years now. smile

I don't take it anyone watches "breaking bad"? Just started with it after getting it recommended by a friend and so far, I rather like it. Fantastic acting by the main protagonist and a rather interesting mix of thriller, drama and lough out loud dark comedy.

If you're into that kid of thing, I can recommend it.
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Breaking Bad is pretty much the best show around these days.
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We've got like 3 HDTVs and two projectors, and yet in my apartment we've yet to plug in anything but one of the projectors and never have watched any live (or otherwise) television this season/semester.

Kinda sad, actually. I love TV, I wish I still had (or made) time for it, or at least more enthusiasm. The Office, Lost, Always Sunny, and Entourage used to be my grind weekly. Now, it's just- 'maybe keep up with stuff on Hulu, maybe' days. Shows how (show)times are changing. Sad, really sad, for my own subconscious/lack-of-motivation-to-watch-it's sake.
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Since my post in this topic I've added Mad Men, Dexter, Flight of the Conchords, Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Breaking Bad, Southpark (don't know how that was absent from my old list), Eastbound and Down, Spaced, 30 Rock, Rome, and Boardwalk Empire.

I can't narrow down top favorites any more, too much good stuff.

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Dated List
Extras
The Sopranos
Gilmore Girls
Firefly
Entourage

Honorable mentions/Old favorites: Friends, The Wire, Seinfeld, Weeds, Croc Files, Boy Meets World, The Office (US), Arrested Development, Curb, House, 24, X-Files, Rocket Power, Doug
Here's what's on my 'recommended' list that I'm working on catching up with:

Deadwood
6 Feet Under
Fringe
Alias
Oz
Band of Brothers
Robinhood
The Pacific
Sherlock Holmes
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd


I love good television, I aspire to write for TV one day. I'm aiming to watch strictly critically/cult acclaimed series, and if anyone has any recommendations I'll be sure to check it. But I recommend pretty much all of the above in terms of quality, other than some nostalgic honorable mentions.
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At the present my favs are Merlin and Tv burp- genius. I also like Family guy and American dad as well as all the panel shows on telly- Buzzcocks, have i got news, mock the week etc.
Also, really enjoying the repeats of Due South on BBC2- they're typically 90's but i have fond memories of them.
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I watch a lot of TV. A lot. But I pride myself on only watching the best stuff. smile I could list a bunch of shows that have already been listed (Dexter [despite a weak season thus far], Breaking Bad, Arrested Dev, FotC, Community, etc) so I'll do something a little different:

Shows You (Probably) Don't Watch, But Should:

Archer

What it is: Yes, it's animated - get over it. smile A raunchy 'mile-a-minute joke' show in the vein of Arrested Dev set in a fictional spy agency. (Even has Judy Greer from AD)
Who it's for: Perfect for fans of Arrested Dev and Always Sunny. Quick pacing, and a good range of jokes from subtle callbacks originated from previous episodes to overt schtick.
Don't watch if: You are offended by sexism, narcissism, general non-political correctness.
Try starting here: Amazon has a fantastic 2 minute preview of Episode 3 which sets the overall tone to the show. Hulu used to have the entire season available, but now have pared their selection down dramatically. The entire first season can be streamed off Netflix.

The Good Wife

What it is: A drama centering on the behind-the-scenes world of Chicago law and politics. Title is lame (and certainly scares a lot of guys away, since the lead is a strong female), but this is far and away the best drama on network TV. Extremely mature and nuanced, it certainly feels like a cable show at points. Not as polished as Breaking Bad or Dexter, but certainly amazing for CBS. Every episode has been a winner thus far, and they have really guided the stories and characters exceptionally well up to this point. Far more accessible than a show like Mad Men.
Who it's for: Fans of fantastic TV writing and acting, people who are intrigued by moralities of law and politics in today's world of the 24-hour news cycle.
Don't watch if: You don't want to commit to multi-episode/season-long story arcs or if you get bored without gunfights.
Try starting here: I would highly recommend starting with the pilot. Someone seems to have uploaded it to YouTube in 5 parts, but if you can get a DVD or other copy, that'd probably be a better viewer experience. smile

Terriers

What it is: Underdog show of the year, this oddly-named show follows two unofficial PI's on the West Coast. Every episode is very fresh - the writers know what you expect, and often take the stories in a (satisfying!) sharp turn which never leave you feeling cheated. Acting is tops as well, and only 8 episodes in, you can certainly catch up to the current episode.
Who it's for: This is actually a pretty broad appeal show, but poor marketing decisions (and being on a cable network) means not too many people are watching...help change that trend! smile Fans of crime shows (Law & Order, CSI, etc) who know the tropes of these shows will especially get a kick out of Terriers.
Don't watch if: You can't invest in characters and follow (sometimes) tenuously explained plot.
Try starting here: Firstly, check out the awfully good (and catchy!) theme song. Then, try watching the earliest episode you can get your hands on...whether that is episode 3 or 4 off of Hulu or the pilot by alternate means.


Louie

What it is: Almost an extreme 'Seinfeld' for the 21st century. Very raunchy (lots of rough language, situations, storylines, etc) makes it feel like an HBO show at times. This show is tough to classify - it goes from comedy to soberingly serious with surprising dexterity. Recurring themes are growing old and being dissatisfied with life, but even as a younger viewer, I still very much enjoy it. Format is half hour, split between two main fictional narratives, each bookended with comedic stand-up.
Who it's for: Fans of self-depricating humor (sorta like an inappropriate Conan, I guess), a mature and somewhat patient/forgiving audience that can power through polarizing material.
Don't watch if: If you can't handle adult themes/language.
Try starting here: The third episode is one of my favorites. Features Ricky Gervais in the first plot and has fantastic stand-up all throughout. If you want just a taste of the show, here's a great standup, and a funny clip or two. Entire first season available through Hulu and Netflix streaming.

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Runners Up:

The League If you are into (American) football at all, and like raunchy comedy, watch this. I'm a casual football fan, but the first season of this show ranks with some of my favorites. Very quick pacing, and semi-improvisational. Actors are obviously having fun on the show, which is infectious.

Breaking Bad With Dexter's continuing slide, this show went from being a close #2 to a solid #1. Impeccable acting and writing. The best on TV. A bit indulgent in the third season, but in a good way. Fantastic cinematography and plotlines that explore and dissect a world unfamiliar to most of us. Probably too well-known to be in the list above, but not universally known enough to leave it off entirely.

Boardwalk Empire Fantastic new show for this year, with amazing production design and above average writing. I prefer binging on a few eps a time rather than going week-to-week with this one because once you watch one ep, you won't want to stop.

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If you watch these shows, congrats on your good taste. If not, try at least one out! smile

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I love good television, I aspire to write for TV one day. I'm aiming to watch strictly critically/cult acclaimed series, and if anyone has any recommendations I'll be sure to check it. But I recommend pretty much all of the above in terms of quality, other than some nostalgic honorable mentions.
If you only watch 1 of the four I posted at the top, I think Louie would be up your alley. Not very mainstream, but I think you'd appreciate it. Plus, they usually throw a few Irish jokes in there once and again wink The penultimate episode, in particular, is interesting - straight drama with no comedy centering on Irish-Catholic guilt. Give it go, and report back via the forums or the alternate contact info you have for me...



And damn, that was a long post. The things you can do while Final Cut incessantly renders...
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Archer and Louie are definitely some of my favorite comedies.

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I think Breaking bad is an amazing Programme! It's such a shame that they don't seem to be planning on showing series three here in the UK. Series one and two were fantastic.
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rogolo wrote:


If you only watch 1 of the four I posted at the top, I think Louie would be up your alley. Not very mainstream, but I think you'd appreciate it. Plus, they usually throw a few Irish jokes in there once and again wink The penultimate episode, in particular, is interesting - straight drama with no comedy centering on Irish-Catholic guilt. Give it go, and report back via the forums or the alternate contact info you have for me...

And damn, that was a long post. The things you can do while Final Cut incessantly renders...
I'll watch 'em all, but that sounds great. Will indeed report back. Good post and recommendations. If you've not yet seen 'The Sopranos,' I'm sure you'd love it. That's my #1 anyways. Dissects not only an unfamiliar world, but a fascinating fictional mind over the course of the 6 seasons in a really brilliant way.

I'm 4 episodes into 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,' and it's fantastic so far. Thanks to whomever recommended this (Aculag?). By far the most embarrassing show I've ever seen, they've pushed the envelope beyond 'The Office,' 'Extras,' and others, in that respect. Really funny and good.

Goddard, you should find a way to get ahold of BB season 3 online, it's great. 4 is going to be amazing.


On the subject of getting hold of TV shows, there really needs to be a subscription service like Netflix streaming, or a commercial streaming service like Hulu, that has a legitimate selection of shows from beginning to end. Right now, piracy and illegal streaming are really the only good ways to 'rent' a show from the beginning to end. Some things people sit through every week on network television makes me sad, so much is out there. Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, and On Demand all have so much potential. Networks are getting better and better at offering shows to internet viewers, but we need some kind of revolutionary commitment or something.



EDIT- Dexter is not getting worse in my opinion. Season 1 was the best because it was new, but I think it's just changing up a bit right now and taking a little bit to settle into it. John Lithgow was fantastic in season 4, and this last episode of season 5 was perfection. So many great lines, suspenseful scenes, hilarious moments (Masuka miming the hypothetical crime), and just good plot progression and development. One of the best episodes of the show by far.
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Aye, I'm about 4 seasons into Sopranos. Haven't watched in a few months, but I plan to finish before the end of the year. Hopefully knowing about the ending scene will take a bit of the sting out of it... wink

As far as Netflix Streaming goes, they've made a lot of great strides in getting streaming clearances. Case in point - the recent deal with NBC to stream the entire catalog of 30 Rock, The Office, Law and Order SVU, BSG, Monk, Friday Night Lights and lots of SNL. In fact, in the month I've had Netflix, I've only watched 1 out of the 2 DVDs they sent me, while I've streamed ~15 movies, the entire first season of Prison Break, half a season of Pawn Stars, and a handful of Office eps. Streaming is much more convenient for me, and I've found myself watching (or queuing) lots of movies I've been meaning to see forever, but never really got around to (Moon, Fargo, Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo, Brick, Amelie, Oldboy, Being John Malkovich, etc). Since they have said they're looking to move towards a streaming-only model, I would image their Watch Instantly catalog will only continue to get more robust. Not bad for $9/mo.

Looking forward to watching the last two eps of Dexter if you say it's picked up steam. I'm probably just being overly sensitive to Clyde Phillips leaving, and was probably predisposed to being overly critical this season. However, with the erratic/sloppy character shifts and performances that border on irritating (roadkill guy), I can only hope they can salvage the season. (Oooh, just checked - Wendy West wrote this weeks episode which you said is perfection...considering she wrote the Thanksgiving episode last year, my excitement has gone up 2 notches! wink)
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If you understand the ending scene of The Sopranos, it's actually the best ending in television history (imo). It may not feel resolute at first. Just pay attention to how it's done, but don't spoil yourself past what you already know. It's more brilliant when it unfolds in front of you. People who criticized it missed it, and it requires attentiveness, thought, potentially a replay, and/or follow up. People who want a movie or anything past season 6 missed the point.

I try a Netflix subscription from time to time, usually canceling after a couple of months or so of disappointment with the streaming selection. It's great that it's heading in that direction (full catalogue with day-after-broadcast), but that's a small selection, considering I'm caught up on most of the NBC shows I'm interested in. If it were to offer that from ABC, Fox, CBS, Showtime, HBO, AMC, IFC, etc. and any subsidiaries, then there'd be no reason for cable and DVRing new episodes. You can just stream from a device to your television, and so many are capable. I'd be willing to pay extra for additional selection, even pay and sit through commercials. I think cable is dated, and since I *can* get shows online on my computer with sparse advertising, I see no reason to even subscribe to television cable. Just wish it were totally central, legal, etc. I'm surprised there isn't yet, given how long iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, etc. have all been around offering streaming video that can easily be played on a home entertainment system. Maybe I just have high expectations for development rate in that regard. It would also be great if it were combined with something like Youtube, so independent artists could get their stuff out there within the same service. That'd be ideal I'd say, if it were done well.
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I use Netflix on my XBOX to stream most of the movies and TV shows I want, and select them using the app on my iPhone so that if the XBOX isn't popping up suggestions or categories I want, I can just select directly on my phone and have it show up on the XBOX queue instantly.

I've watched literally hundreds of movies and every single episode of The Office on Netflix, and since one account is spread across myself, my little brother's XBOX in another city, and my parent's computer, it more than pays for itself at like 6 bucks a month.

Yeah, sometimes I end up watching Netflix's 'suggested' Instant Queue movies, like 'Weekend at Bernie's' when I really want to watch 'The 25th Hour'. But who cares? It's allllllll good. smile
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loved 24 and prison break but they are both done and dusted. My new love is the walking dead. It stole the ratings on AMC last night being the leading show on the network that had the most viewers in any premiere for the station. I have been following the comic since it started back in 2004 so its awesome to see it on the big screen, the characters match their comic book versions almost perfectly. Not to mention like the comic they forced their point that they don't care about showing kids getting killed in the show.
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Ben, let's not pretend like Weekend at Bernie's wasn't a towering cinematic achievement...
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I didn't read the comics, but The Walking Dead blew me away. Who knew that the best zombie movie in years would be in the form of a TV premiere directed by Frank Darabont? Apart from a few iffy composites, and some familiar faces, it's not hard to forget that you're watching a 2010 AMC series, and not a classic horror film. It's slow, taut, brutally gory, gets-under-your-skin creepy, emotional, organic... By far the best hour of television I've seen in quite a while, and one of the most daring shows of all time, for sure. Not only in content, but presentation. It is masterfully done. I can't wait to see what happens next.

The part in Atlanta where the horse goes down... Holy sh*t.
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yeah the walking dead comics were blatently made to be a tv show, especially as there are currently 78 comics and counting. in some comics you dont see any action at all, it will spend the whole issue showing the people doing their day to day things and having causal conversations about randomness or your typical domestic arguement you get with couples. this alone makes it more realistic especially when they spend 3 panels talking about how they miss using a clothes cleaning product and chocolate. one thing to remember though if they follow the tv show right up to where the comics are now. this isnt a zombie show. this is a story about human survival, emotion and physical endurance when the lights go out, the law has no meaning and social behavior falls apart. the zombies are just background characters that make survival even harder. something the comics did very very well.
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Awesome! Thanks for the heads up videofx and Aculag, didn't know Darabont's show started. I looove zombie stuff. Great pilot, looks really promising, a really gripping hour of television. So excited about this.

I've recently caught up on Desperate Housewives, which I haven't seen in ages, and it has been as good as ever where I left off at the end of season 4; as well as 'The Office,' which I personally don't think 'jumped the shark' at all. I quit after Jim and Pam were about to get married, and I'm glad I took a break because I've really enjoyed the episodes up to this point. They better give Carrell a good farewell, I don't have too much faith in the show after he's gone. Especially if he just straight disappears.

It's great being caught up on this much good TV, to ration out each show sparsely, one week at a time. Though I love marathons.
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Thought I'd bump this topic as some shows wrap up their seasons soon, or already have.

The Walking Dead had its finale, and it was pretty good. I figured Darabont would have more talent with keeping the writing enticing. Don't get me wrong, it's a good show, but he's a revered screen writer. The acting and directing were stronger in the finale, and the first episode, but I hope they are just kind of getting used to it. I see a lot of potential in season 2, and I'm glad they left it open the way they did. A zombie serial drama series has never been done, so as a zombie geek, I'm lovin' this.

Boardwalk Empire season 1 was pretty fantastic. Some absolutely brilliant writing, and the execution is unbelievable. I look forward to seeing this develop. I love the characters, the acting is brilliant, and what's going on in the show is simply fascinating. Much better and more interesting to relate to than text on the subject. I have yet to see this Sunday's finale, but I've heard its fantastic and look forward to it.


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Other shows that have already aired that I've watched in November that have blown me away have been HBO's 'In Treatment' and 'Bored to Death'--both amazing shows that get my approval stamp.

In Treatment' is a teleplay, following the sessions of 4 different patients each season, with the 5th episode in a 5 week run, the main character played by Gabriel Byrne sees his own therapist to reflect on his life and sessions. I've finished the first season, and each season is very much like a novel. You hear everything the characters are thinking pretty much, and you follow them for several sessions, each season is around 40 30 minute episodes. This is an American adaptation of the award winning Israeli series 'BeTipul,' and the adaptation has been extremely critically acclaimed for its first season. I have yet to see season 2 and the current, but season 1 is the one to watch. Season 2 and on follows new patients.

'Bored to Death' stars Jason Schwartzman as a Craigslist unlicensed private detective who is also a novelist. His best friend is played by Zach Galifianakis who is a comic book artist, and his other best friend and mentor/boss is played by Ted Danson, who is a high level editor addicted to partying well into his years. The show surrounds the ridiculousness of the detective scheme, with the three characters getting into ridiculous situations. So far with 2 season completed, it's developed really well.

And finally the British series 'Skins' seems to have the potential to top the Sopranos and Lost for me, on my list of favorite shows of all time. I've started it recently. I can't even put my feelings for this show into words, but I'll just say that it's brilliant so far, and really relatable to me. It's about a group of British students at a kind of British college-level prep school. So far there has been 4 seasons, following 2 generations of characters. Unfortunately, apparently a remake is being produced by MTV for American audiences, which there is absolutely no reason to do, we speak the same language. The show is focuses on the teens' lives and touches on controversial issues that are presented in life, such as substance abuse, sex/lust, mental illness, among other things. It's not for the faint.
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There are very great favorite tv shows.
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FXhomer116932 wrote:

There are very great favorite tv shows.
There sure is.