#7640006 Apr 07, 2013 at 10:59 PM · Edited 12 days ago
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Thought we could have a thread where you can recommend good tv shows old and new shows

I thought I could start listing some many of them might be obvious but if you have not seen them you have to fix it as soon as possible

    Completed shows
  • The Wire [Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers, and law enforcement]
  • OZ [A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants]
  • Battlestar galactica [When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth]
  • Rome [A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic got canceled after 2 seasons]
  • Generation kill [A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003]
  • The Sopranos [Modern day morality tale about New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, as he deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life]

    New or ongoing shows
  • The americans [Centers on Russian deep-cover spies operating in the United States in the 1980s]
  • Game of Thrones [Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros]
  • Vikings [Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok the greatest hero of his age]
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#7640033 Apr 07, 2013 at 11:06 PM
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Scott will chime in here with every TV show known to mankind...lol.

Currently enjoying Game of Thrones, especially since Sean Bean left

Also loved BSG, even with it's quirky-ness at time. FRACK!

Scrubs - funny as hell for me and slowly working through all the seasons.

Big Bang Theory - another great geeky comedy that I can't get enough of. Bernadette is so damn hot

Next one I'm going to watch is Persons of Interest. Seen the odd few episodes but seems quite easy to watch TV
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#7640061 Apr 07, 2013 at 11:14 PM
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Community - disbarred lawyer who faked his college diploma has to get an honest one - joins local college

Spartacus: Blood And Sand - only this season is worth it, for visuals and language alone

Shield - cop drama series about anti-drug unit that may be bigger arseholes than the guys they are catching - starring legendary Michael Chicklis and Walton Goggins

Justified - Timothy Olyphant as US Marshal in backwater town in Kentucky, full of rednecks and hilarious moments and morons, but somehow still solemn, deep and downright disturbing at the moment, by some magic it feels realistic. Also has probably one of the coolest quotes ever uttered on TV ("Next one's coming faster")
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#7640129 Apr 07, 2013 at 11:31 PM
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Better off Ted - If your a fan of Community or Arrested Development then this is a must watch.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - So awesome but so wrong, be sure to get up to at least season 2 when Danny Devito joins the show.

Archer - Because don't we all want to be a secret agent? (also has a few of the arrested development cast in it)

Veep - written by Armando Iannuci so hopefully dont need to say any more

Castle - interesting take on the normal "cop buddy" type of procedural crime show, fun and entertaining (also start Nathan Fillion)
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#7640185 Apr 07, 2013 at 11:43 PM · Edited 12 days ago
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fuck i forgot its always sunny in philadelphia i dint list show like scrubs and big bang cues ther generic sitcoms that everyone has seen or is watching. and if you whant a real nerd sitcom you got it crowd
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#7640338 Apr 08, 2013 at 12:30 AM · Edited 12 days ago
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Red Dwarf - A classic sci-fi comedy, can't smegging get enough of it!

Lie to Me - Catching criminals with psychology... grrrreat.

The Mentalist - See previous.

QI - The endless torrent of quite interesting random facts is just titillating.

Doctor Who - Sorry, but can't resist a good sci-fi show.

Peep Show - An outrageously funny series by Mitchell and Webb.

An Idiot Abroad - An honest travel show through the eyes of Karl Pilkington.

Alas Smith and Jones - A bloody good sketch show.

Not the Nine O'Clock News - See previous.

Penn & Teller: Bullshit! - Lots of religious fuckwittery and general humbug debunked comedically.

Pasila [Finnish] - A hilarious adult cartoon about a police department located in Pasila. Introduced me to the concept of a "Phil Collins Hangover".

Those are some I can think of off the top of my head.
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#7640433 Apr 08, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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Totally agree with Red Dwarf and Battlestar Galactica although that is not how you spell FRAK Gaz

and since my taste is unusual in some ways I have only one thing that is a MUST WATCH and that would be

Black Books an amazing brit-com that is best to watch with a significant reserve of wine (preferably red)

Also, for lovers of military tactics and shennanigans: Special Ops Mission One special ops veteran against a couple of pro soldiers carrying out an impossible mission in each episode, usually succeeding ... must warn: I was not able to find a good quality version anywhere on the internet.
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#7640582 Apr 08, 2013 at 01:37 AM
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I do like Doctor Who, except the Matt Smith and Sylvester McCoy Doctors. They just don't quite cut it for me.

Also, Being Human.

NCIS, mainly for Abby.

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#7640748 Apr 08, 2013 at 02:37 AM
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Let's see if I can name some that haven't already been listed!

Touch - Kiefer Sutherland stars as the father of a very autistic boy (Jake) who can see patterns of the universe in numbers. Very cleverly done, the first season was a little slow in places but the second season really starts the ball rolling.

Arrow - A "graphic novel" conversion, but pretty good: a millionaire rich-kid gets shipwrecked and stuck for five years on a deserted island and, when he eventually gets rescued and comes back to his home-city, he comes back with almost inhuman fighting-skills and a target-list of names of people who're poisoning his city, given to him by his father before he died in the shipwreck.

Elementary - I groaned when I heard a US studio was re-making Sherlock Holmes, but it's actually pretty good: Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock, and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson (his sober-companion). JLM seems to portray Sherlock quite well as arrogant and believing he is intelligence-wise above everyone else.

Red Widow - A relatively new show, in which the wife of a criminal has to take over his business interests when he is murdered by one of the criminal kingpins a partner of his stole from.

Lost Girl - Easy to watch (in the style of Angel/Buffy) supernatural show about a succubus caught in the middle of a battle between Light and Dark in the city she now lives in.

The Following - Kevin Bacon stars as a recovering alcoholic FBI agent on the trail of a notorious serial killer, who seems to have almost psychic powers when it comes to influencing and controlling his "family" of fellow killers.

Awake - Not watched much of this yet, but the concept is very interesting: A cop wakes up after a car accident, to find out that his wife died in the accident, and it's now just him and his son. However, a few days later, he is then talking to his wife about how they cope with their son dying in the car accident. It seems his world is flipping between the two "realities", and he has to struggles to work out what's going on before he goes insane (if he hasn't already).

And, a slightly older one, which restarts in June...

Burn Notice - An FBI spy who gets blacklisted and dumped in Miami with no money, no credit history, etc has to then use his skills as a spy (along with his friends, and occasionally his family) to get by. Amusing in places, especially since it has Bruce Campbell in it.
#7641259 Apr 08, 2013 at 06:16 AM
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Chuck: Spy comedy

Torchwood: Dr Who spinoff, everything after season 2 should be ignored

Supernatural: Pretty standard monster hunter series. I have only made it to season two so far, so it may suck later.
#7641307 Apr 08, 2013 at 06:39 AM
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24 is one of my favourites. I loved every minute of it.

Game of Thrones is awesome so far, just annoying me that I will have to wait a year in between seasons. I have only watched the 1st 2.

A gold oldie is Spaced, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at their best

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#7641366 Apr 08, 2013 at 07:07 AM
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If you hated to wait for the tv show you dint read the books didd you we had to wait for 5 years for A Feast for Crows and then 6 years for A Dance with Dragons and thers still 2 books to be made
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#7641816 Apr 08, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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The Inbetweeners: One of the best british comedy's in my eyes, basically a tv show that similar to american pie. Also a very funny movie to go along with it.

Hustle: Modern day robin hood style show about con artists in London, basically they target rich arseholes con them through some genius ideas.

Spooks: A show based on MI5 agents a very critty drama series but brilliant.
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#7642025 Apr 08, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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To repeat what has already been said,

The Shield, The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Battle Star G, Walking Dead, Dexter

Currently watching Archer (funny as), Breaking Bad

Stuff that has not been mentioned

Deadwood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfMSxf6P_AM

you think thats old look at the next two :-)

Monkey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2huJqFsFDE

Blakes 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMjYChwuqMI

and this just cracks me up
Eastbound & Down http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bgDaVLCaBzQ
#7642029 Apr 08, 2013 at 12:11 PM
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'Allo 'Allo! is a British sitcom broadcast on BBC One from 1982 to 1992 comprising eighty-five episodes. The story is set up in a small town café in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. It is a parody of another BBC programme, the wartime drama Secret Army

Although each series is set in a different era, all follow the "misfortunes" of Edmund Blackadder (played by Atkinson), who in each is a member of a British family dynasty present at many significant periods and places in British history. It is implied in each series that the Blackadder character is a descendant of the previous one, although it is never mentioned how any of the Blackadders manage to father children

"Grimm" is a drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales. After Portland Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, "Turn the Beat Around") discovers he's descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a "Grimm."
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#7642204 Apr 08, 2013 at 01:03 PM
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Most things have been covered but I present you with a couple of my favourites:
  • Alias: JJ Abrams' pre-Lost spy drama featuring Jennifer Garner (and Victor Garber as my personal favourite, gentle-psycho-dad Jack Bristow). Ran for five seasons after which it reached a definitive end - and a series actually concluding is always a plus in my books. Followed Sydney Bristow as a spy for the CIA, countering terrorist networks and attempting to recover artifacts of the prophetic inventor Milo Rambaldi - a fictitious amalgamation of Leonardo da Vinci and Nostradamus. Bad guys a-plenty, everyone's a spy, and explosive barrels are everywhere - basically it was fucking awesome!
  • Band of Brothers/The Pacific: Off the back of Saving Private Ryan, both of these HBO 'mini-series' are much more like an extended episodic film, but if somehow they passed you by you should really amend that (more so Band of Brothers - The Pacific was a little lacking IMO).
  • M*A*S*H: Comedy series from the 70's which came about off the back of a film of the same name. This followed the exploits of US army medics in the Korean war, mixing comedy hi-jinks against the background of a theatre of war. Clearly written as an analogue to the Vietnam war.
#7642378 Apr 08, 2013 at 01:50 PM · Edited 11 days ago
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Can't believe I forgot about 'Allo 'allo! and Blackadder... shame on me.

Edit: Come to think of it, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the original BBC series, is also worth seeing.
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#7643381 Apr 08, 2013 at 05:30 PM
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How has no one mentionen True Blood yet?

Basicly it's Vampires having Sex in the Southern Parts of America.

Hyper Rational female Anthropology Professor solves crimes.

Cowboy Bebop
Greatest Anime Series ever created, about Bounty Hunters in Space.

A smart & cynical girl goes through teenage life as a proud outsider in a world of mainly idiotic teens and condescending adults.

A group of desperate fugitives from an interplanetary tyranny find themselves in control of a massively powerful starship. Featuring an Undead Assassine and the Head of a Robot madly in Love.

Top gear
May, Hammond and Clarkson duing interessting and funny shit with cars. Also lots of really fast and great cars.

From the top of my head and IMDB
#7643522 Apr 08, 2013 at 05:58 PM
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#7643381 L3the wrote:

How has no one mentionen True Blood yet?

Basicly it's Vampires having Sex in the Southern Parts of America.

#7644038 Apr 08, 2013 at 07:24 PM · Edited 11 days ago
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fringe was brilliant also suits is very good as well .Haven on SyFy if you want a good comedy then fawlty towers was great only 12 episodes and there was one from michael pailin called ripping yarns only 10 or 12 of them .