@ Meg: I remember you talking about FNL in the Buffy the Vampire/TV thread a while back. So should I take it that you did get to the episode “The Son”?
Yes it was excellent, really teary stuff Matt has the honour of being on my home page:)
^ Haha, he is!!! Go 7!!! In that pic I imagine him thinking “Man, I can’t wait to get home and get my Member’s Only jacket on”
5 stars indeed
My top six is probably:
The West Wing
After that it’s tough to rank shows like Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Jericho, Lost, Damages, The Good Wife, Sports Night, Homicide, Extras, The Office, Peep Show, Game of Thrones, Terriers (****ing bring back Terriers you stupid ##$%ing tv execs! how can a show that good get axed that fast?) etc, but those would all be somewhere in my top 30.
And that’s just English language tv from the last few years! If we’re talking international stuff or older tv, it gets a lot harder to rank things. I just started watching Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed, and I need to see The Singing Detective again, among many other missed tv shows from the old days (the 80s!).
Curb your enthusiasm, Lost, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Office
1. Breaking Bad (I postponed sex for this)
2. Game of Thrones (flawless casting)
3. The Killing (eats Walking Dead for breakfast)
4. Carnivale (needed shock therapy after finding out it was cancelled)
5. Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch)
6. Fringe (a word for how good this show is doesn’t exist in this dimension)
7. Dexter (how will it end?!)
8. In Treatment (who else has seen this masterpiece?)
Haven’t seen: The Wire, Mad Men, Lost, Deadwood, Firefly, Six Feet Under
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Mildred Pierce (miniseries, technically, but its awesome)
The Avengers (not the superheroes)
Dexter (first four seasons only)
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Armando Iannucci Shows (really overlooked , only six episodes!)
The Day Today
Blackadder (first season)
The Simpsons (obviously)
Still haven’t seen all of Deadwood, haven’t seen any of Mad Men, The Wire, The Sopranos, Firefly, Six Feet Under, Lost, Game of Thrones etc.
" haven’t seen any of Mad Men, The Wire, The Sopranos….. Lost, Game of Thrones"
Holy cannoli, what are you doing?!!! Watching movies instead of TV?!!!
Seinfeld and Curb..
Game of Thrones is definitely growing on me but I definitely wish a few of the characters weren’t malicious a-holes. ;)
They’re either remorseless murderers or defenseless innocents, no middle ground. It’s like a period piece for a made up period, in that, like Mad Men, it focuses entirely on the eccentricities of the time. Like, don’t these people occasionally have periods of time when they aren’t fucking prostitutes?
Parks & Recreation
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Classics/Shows No Longer Running New Episodes:
Friday Night Lights
The Golden Girls
All in the Family
Rocky & Friends
Batman: The Animated Series
The Ren & Stimpy Show
Classic Looney Tunes Shorts
The Twilight Zone
Freaks & Geeks
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
*-that will actually get me back on Netflix with new eps.
Trying to get into The Wire.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
I’m trying, Captain, I’m trying!!
I don’t like television. I watch some cartoons, but as far as everything else goes, nothing really catches me. I did watch the first episode of The Network and thought it was ok. May watch another.
@EJW0422: Haha, OK. Out of those you listed, I think that the Sopranos and Mad Men are far and away the best, and thus should be your highest priority (I love The Wire as well, though I don’t quite the fawning adoration for it that many do)
But I will also say that if you are watching those shows, they can be pretty bleak. So it might be good to alternate seasons with a season of Friday Night Lights, which is not only one of my favorites, but really the only great TV show that is ultimately positive and life affirming. At any rate some thing to offset the existential dread :)
Jirin said “Game of Thrones is definitely growing on me but I definitely wish a few of the characters weren’t malicious a-holes. ;) They’re either remorseless murderers or defenseless innocents, no middle ground. It’s like a period piece for a made up period, in that, like Mad Men, it focuses entirely on the eccentricities of the time. Like, don’t these people occasionally have periods of time when they aren’t fucking prostitutes?”
First off, regarding there being no middle ground, I know what you are saying, but I am curious how far along you are, as this definitely changes. I won’t say anymore for the sake of potential viewers/readers though :)
Also, about “don’t these people occasionally have periods of time when they aren’t fucking prostitutes”. One of the aspects of the books that always bothered me a bit, is that every one of the POV characters (and the majority of the major characters in general) are highborn, nobility. I understand the choice to do that, but in a time and place where the common folk are getting SO fucked over, it just seems odd to glaze over their troubles for the problems of the affluent.
As far as the TV show, I am assuming you are referring to Roz the prostitute, a character almost entirely made up for the show. Part of the reason for her was to have a recurring character that was a common person, but at the same time, her sole relationship to the narrative is how she mingles with these wealthy and powerful people because of her prostitution, so to show her time when she is not at work, though perhaps interesting, would be disruptive to the narrative. It’s unfortunate that we don’t get any “common folk being common folk”, but it’s the nature of the beast.
At any rate, try to stick with it through the end of the first season :)
Just finished the 4th season of Breaking Bad, so I am all caught up now for the new one. Holy cow this show is amazing.
game of thrones at the minute is a very captivating series, along with breaking bad.
CSI of all kinds
Law And Order, spin offs included
Twin Peaks and some episodes of M*A*S*H (till I got bored of the characters).
But I’m not very consequent in watching TV shows. Basically just using them to get my mind off work and stress…
(And this might be an off topic question, but what’s the point in the “laugh track”? It annoys the heck out of me and makes it impossible for me to watch any sitcoms or anything in that vein… I was pleased by the fact that M*A*S*H didn’t have as much of it as other TV series…)
VERONICA MARS – Don’t sleep!
I’m Alan Partridge. Don’t believe that one has been mentioned either.
Just watched Breaking Bad Seasons 1-4 in one week. It is an astoundingly good drama about one man’s descent and all those he takes along for the ride (and what a wild ride). Two of the funniest characters in TV too, to give the show a nice balance (Saul Goodman and Hank the brother-in-law DEA agent are hilarious and brilliantly played). It’s also very rare, in my experience, to have tension so tight as that involved in some of the episodes (I’m thinking about the “One Minute” episode, and Season 4’s finale “Face Off”).
Yep, it’s a brilliant show. Wait until you’ve caught up. It looks to be ending in fine form.
As far as comedies, Arrested Development was the last one I watched.
Currently watching Game of Thrones, Dexter (which really should have eneded a few seasons ago), Mad Men, Homeland, and about to start The Wire.
I love catching up on shows on Netflix. We watched S1-4 of Breaking Bad in about two weeks.
I watch a good amount of TV and enjoy a lot of it, but Breaking Bad is just in a whole other class.
Better than most movies, even some great ones in my opinion.
I’m watching The Shield now, it’s pretty good so far, Though not as great as I’ve heard. Maybe it gets better.