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What Are Some Good TV Shows To Watch?  
User currently offlineAA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 622 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1989 times:

What are some good TV shows?

I am running out of good episodes of TV to watch and I just haven't discovered any good shows. I generally prefer American TV.

What are some of your favorites?

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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2784 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1973 times:

The Walking Dead!

I am totally hooked on it, Season 3 is almost over (2 ep left) and then the looooong wait until October. RAHHH!

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1272 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1971 times:

All of the following are fantastic:
Breaking Bad, Burn Notice (possibly the deepest, best executed tv series ever), Castle (watched a few episodes of that this evening), Justified, Leverage, The Good Wife, Warehouse 13, White Collar.

Less so (but still worth mentioning) are Community and Covert Affairs.



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3308 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1939 times:
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Here are my favorite shows, in no particular order.

COMEDY:
Modern Family
Psych
Big Bang Theory
Community

DRAMA:
Castle (has comedic elements)
Shameless (US version)
White Collar
Covert Affairs
Rookie Blue

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User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
Person of Interest
Vikings
Suits
Dr. Who
Strike Back
Flashpoint
Vegas
Elementary
Justified
Covert Affairs
Arrow
Motive



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User currently offlinemt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6615 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1910 times:
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Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):

What are some of your favorites?

A bit old - but Battlestar Galactica was one of the best shows i have seen



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2808 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1884 times:
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Some of my favorites are:
How I met your mother
NCIS
NCIS:LA
Duck Dynasty (my newest addiction)
Suits
White Collar
Workaholics (it's a bit of an immature show, but I think it's hysterical)
The Newsroom
Mad Men
Thats about the extent of TV that I watch. I'm more of a movie guy.
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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7534 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter):
What are some good TV shows?

.
Person of Interest



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User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

Archer. Why aren't you watching Archer?

It's one of the funniest, smartest comedies on TV right now.



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User currently offlineklm672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2471 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

My friend got me hooked to Its Always Sunny in PHL.

User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3308 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1826 times:
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Quoting MrChips (Reply 8):
It's one of the funniest,

No.

Quoting MrChips (Reply 8):
smartest

No.

Quoting MrChips (Reply 8):
comedies

That's a stretch.

I've tried it. Really, I have. Forced myself to watch the first 6 episodes, and then asked other people what their favorite episode is. I just can't do it. The humor is crass and childish, the animation is annoying at best, and there's just nothing intelligent about it. I love offensive humor (see: Family Guy) but something about Archer I just find ridiculous and stupid.

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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

Quoting TheCol (Reply 4):
Vegas

CBS is irking me in how they've replaced it with a show called "Golden Boy" that was supposed to air on Fridays. New episodes start airing again on April 5 and they cut the season to 21 episodes instead of the 22 episode order that CBS did after it did well early on. It's a good show and there's a lot of interesting stuff in Ralph Lamb's life that they could mine for many seasons, but I'm beginning to think that it may not get renewed for a second season by CBS (I think the show if not picked up CBS could potentially be picked up by a network like TNT , USA or even FX.).

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 6):
Mad Men

April 7th needs to hurry up and get here.......

Quoting MrChips (Reply 8):
Archer. Why aren't you watching Archer?

It's one of the funniest, smartest comedies on TV right now.

  

This season has had some of the best moments, especially Pam and Cheryl (Krieger has had some odd ones as well.). The two-part season finale this season has the potential to be epic since the episode will be a crossover of sorts with Sealab 2021 (One of the first series that Archer creator Adam Reed created back when he was involved with Adult Swim.) with Captain Murphy being voiced by Jon Hamm. It's also time for a Babou spotting as he's yet to turn up this season.......

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 1):

The Walking Dead!

I am totally hooked on it, Season 3 is almost over (2 ep left) and then the looooong wait until October. RAHHH!

I finally got around to starting to watch it prior to Season 2 as they were running Season 1 one weekend but lost interest after the fifth episode. I think I was more interested in spotting all of the locations since the show is filmed in and around the Atlanta area.

Looking at everyone's suggestions, no love for Sons Of Anarchy? I've been hooked since the very first episode and it's one of the best series on TV in my opinion. It doesn't get much love from the Emmys or Golden Globes, but so what.....


User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2808 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1803 times:
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Quoting MrChips (Reply 8):
Archer. Why aren't you watching Archer?

I don't understand that show. It seems to be loved and hated. I can't find anything funny about it.

Quoting srbmod (Reply 11):
CBS is irking me in how they've replaced it with a show called "Golden Boy" that was supposed to air on Fridays. New episodes start airing again on April 5 and they cut the season to 21 episodes instead of the 22 episode order that CBS did after it did well early on. It's a good show and there's a lot of interesting stuff in Ralph Lamb's life that they could mine for many seasons, but I'm beginning to think that it may not get renewed for a second season by CBS (I think the show if not picked up CBS could potentially be picked up by a network like TNT , USA or even FX.).

I really hope they don't cancel it. Tuesdays have become CBS night on my television. My roommate and I get all the chores or assignments we need to get done at sit down at 7 and turn on CBS. Watch the NCIS shows and Vegas. They've got me hooked.

Quoting srbmod (Reply 11):
April 7th needs to hurry up and get here.......

I couldn't agree more! Though word on the street is last season will be up on Netflix March 25th... Looks like I'm going to be busy for a couple days!
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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 12):
I couldn't agree more! Though word on the street is last season will be up on Netflix March 25th... Looks like I'm going to be busy for a couple days!

I've got all five seasons on Blu-Ray, so the waiting hasn't been too hard there.

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 12):
I really hope they don't cancel it. Tuesdays have become CBS night on my television. My roommate and I get all the chores or assignments we need to get done at sit down at 7 and turn on CBS. Watch the NCIS shows and Vegas. They've got me hooked.

I've rarely watched it when it aired, as for most of the season it was coming on at the same time as Sons Of Anarchy and I would watch it the next day or so on demand. I've kept doing it even after SOA was done for the season, as I just got into the habit catching it the next days or so on demand.

The ratings have dropped for the show, which is why they're moving the show to Friday nights (which is almost a death sentence) and cut back the number of episodes. The problem with the major networks like CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox is that they expect hits and really don't want to take the time for a show to get traction. Cable networks like TNT, USA, FX, AMC, etc. have a bit more patience and allow most shows a chance to develop (Although they do cancel series after a single season if the ratings were never too good.). NBC back in 2009 canceled Southland about two weeks prior to the premiere of Season 2 (which they had initially delayed a month in order to "better promote it") and TNT picked the series up and is now in its' fifth season. If CBS were to cancel Vegas, TNT might be a perfect fit for them and not just because TNT airs the old NBC series "Las Vegas" (After NBC canceled that show, I pretty much quit watching that network.).


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10107 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1783 times:
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Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 10):
Quoting MrChips (Reply 8):
It's one of the funniest,

No.

Quoting MrChips (Reply 8):
smartest

No.

Quoting MrChips (Reply 8):
comedies

That's a stretch.

I feel that way about...

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 3):
Big Bang Theory

I actually watch it every now and then (because it's on all the freaking time) just to see if I will laugh. I generally don't.

Most of my TV watching is movies or reruns, so unfortunately don't have any good advice....



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User currently offlinekeuleatr72 From Germany, joined Apr 2008, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1770 times:

Here are my favorites:

Game of Thrones
Southland
Sherlock Holmes
Breaking Bad
Justified
House of Lies
Modern Family
South Park
Family Guy
The Simpsons
American Dad
The Cleveland Show

Two or three years ago my list was a lot longer. But I stopped watching the CSI´s and other shows.

[Edited 2013-03-19 14:54:02]

User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2453 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1734 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 6):
Duck Dynasty (my newest addiction)

Mine too! It's definitely not a show that tests the brain, but man, it can be hilarious!

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 14):
Big Bang Theory

I actually watch it every now and then (because it's on all the freaking time) just to see if I will laugh. I generally don't.

Well, to each his own. Not every show is going to tickle everyone's funny bone.



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User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 11):
but I'm beginning to think that it may not get renewed for a second season by CBS

Doesn't surprise me, the budget for that show is quite pricey. The basic networks aren't willing to go big on shows that can't make #1 on prime-time. Person of Interest will probably go the same way soon. I'm surprised it's made it this far already.

Quoting srbmod (Reply 11):
(I think the show if not picked up CBS could potentially be picked up by a network like TNT , USA or even FX.).

Hope so.

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 6):
The Newsroom
Quoting mt99 (Reply 5):
Battlestar Galactica

2 very good shows. I watched them season by season when they were released. I hear the Newsroom is starting up for another season.

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 6):
Duck Dynasty (my newest addiction)

That show is getting too scripted. Ice Pilots and Ice Road Truckers are going that route as well.



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2808 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1699 times:
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Quoting TheCol (Reply 17):
I hear the Newsroom is starting up for another season.

Yeah I can't wait! I heard it should start back up in June.

Quoting TheCol (Reply 17):
That show is getting too scripted. Ice Pilots and Ice Road Truckers are going that route as well.

Yeah they're trying to control it too much. Which is a shame. You can tell the kids look like they aren't too sure what to say. I still think it's hilarious though. IRT has always seemed a little scripted to me. The only big reality show that doesn't seem too scripted anymore is Deadliest Catch.
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User currently offlineronglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

The only good American TV is the British stuff on PBS.

User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1657 times:

Quoting TheCol (Reply 17):
Doesn't surprise me, the budget for that show is quite pricey. The basic networks aren't willing to go big on shows that can't make #1 on prime-time. Person of Interest will probably go the same way soon. I'm surprised it's made it this far already.

ABC, NBC and now apparently CBS have not been successful trying to take a page from Mad Men and do a show set in the 1960s. The sort of ratings Mad Men gets on AMC are great ratings for them but awful ratings on the broadcast networks. The cable networks aren't as ratings driven as the broadcast networks, but shows like Mad Men, Walking Dead, Breaking Bad garner some decent ad money for cable. The ad money even becomes an issue in regards to keeping a show on that network, especially if the show is very popular. Season 5 of Mad Men was delayed partially because of AMC being locked in contract negotiations with Matt Weiner over money. AMC wanted to further cut cast members as well as cut 2-3 minutes from the show in order to air more commercials. They got the run time cut, but they didn't get everything they wanted.

Some of these networks will throw money away on pilots. NBC spent something like $13 million on the pilot episode of a Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane and was part of the reason why they didn't pick it up (That and it didn't get too good of ratings when they aired it as a special at Halloween.).

One of the reasons why NBC canceled Las Vegas several years back was due to how expensive the show was to make and they had already pared the cast down for what was the final season.


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4900 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1635 times:

Quoting ronglimeng (Reply 19):
he only good American TV is the British stuff on PBS.

Things have changed in the last twenty years. Nothing on PBS to match these ground breaking shows:

The Sopranos
The Wire
Mad Men
Breaking Bad
Justified
Battlestar Galactica.
Lost
Louie
Deadwood

HBO started the TV revolution in the US with the Sopranos. The quality of writing on these shows breaks new ground and puts a lot of literature to shame.


For sheer enjoyment, I would also recommend:

The Killing (based on a Danish show).
The Walking Dead
The Americans
Rubicon (cancelled)
Homeland
Caprica (cancelled).

I do think there are great shows coming out of the UK and I love many of them. So give US TV a chance!


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2850 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

I just finished watching season 2 of Suits. Great TV series. I'm in love with Sarah Rafferty's character Donna.

I'll be soon watching season 3 of Game of Thrones. I can't wait!

I have yet to discover Homeland.



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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3038 posts, RR: 36
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1607 times:
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I will add my votes for:

Mad Men (almost here almost here!!!)
House of Lies
Breaking Bad
Dr Who
Walking Dead (though I don't watch it anymore i have to admit, it is still a great series)

Also add:
Grey's Anatomy
Scandal

and I'm pinning hopes on the brand new Bates Motel, but we will see on that one.



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1560 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 21):
HBO started the TV revolution in the US with the Sopranos. The quality of writing on these shows breaks new ground and puts a lot of literature to shame.

If it wasn't for the Sopranos, you likely wouldn't have Mad Men, as Matthew Weiner's spec script for Mad Men (written in 1999) is what got him hired as a writer on the Sopranos and later was a producer of the show.

FX was probably the non-premium cable channel to start the revolution. Shows like The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me are what led to series like Sons Of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, etc. being picked up by the channel. FX used to be nothing but reruns of old Fox TV shows and that's far from the case now. Fox is likely to split FX this fall into two channels, with FX being their channel for dramas and FXX/FX2 being for comedies (Fox is turning Speed into Fox Sports 1 and Fox Soccer Channel is likely to be turned into a second FX channel.) similar to Time Warner's TNT and TBS channels.

Quoting comorin (Reply 21):
Breaking Bad

I never could get into it, as I can't see Bryan Cranston as anything other than Hal on "Malcolm In The Middle".


User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3038 posts, RR: 36
Reply 25, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1570 times:
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Quoting srbmod (Reply 24):
I never could get into it, as I can't see Bryan Cranston as anything other than Hal on "Malcolm In The Middle".

You didn't start at the begining did you? You have to start BB at the 1st episode, you'll adjust your Hal into Walter very nicely. And for a laugh, there are lots of fan fic postings that BB is the prequel to Malcolm   



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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5488 posts, RR: 13
Reply 26, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

Here are some current and past show reruns worth watching in no particular order:
  • Leave It To Beaver: The fantassy life 1950's style.
  • The Twilight Zone (original Rod Serling series)
  • Two Broke Girls (They're hot especially the leggy skinny blonde)
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
  • Excused (guilty pleasure)
  • Jerry Springer (family reunion time)
  • Perry Mason
  • Underdog
  • Batman (1960's kitsch over the top campiness)
  • Cold Case
  • CSI Miami
  • Criminal MInds (newer episodes with Joe Montagnia)
  • Route 66 (episodes with George Maharris)
  • I Love Lucy
  • Three Stooges (shorts from 1940's with Curly are the best, the ones with Shemp are second best)
  • Brady Bunch (guilty pleasure/later episodes, Marcia looks hot in those mini skirts and shows some trim)
  • Alfred Hitchcok Presents
  • The Amazing Race
  • Various HGTV shows
  • Lifetime premier movies that have plenty of hot women in some mode of crisis.



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User currently offlineronglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1566 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 21):
HBO started the TV revolution in the US with the Sopranos.

You're right. I was forgetting the Sopranos. I've never seen anything better in 56 years of viewing.

I posted in haste....and in error.


User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5488 posts, RR: 13
Reply 28, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

Quoting ronglimeng (Reply 27):

I can't believe I forgot the Sopranos!


American Dreams
Madmen
The original Outer Limits, the remake wasn't bad either.



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7534 posts, RR: 24
Reply 29, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 28):

I'm surprised you didn't include M*A*S*H, Cheers and/or the original Hawaii Five-O.

I guess the right question to ask the OP is whether he's only interested in shows currently airing (vs. syndicated reruns) or any show, current or not.



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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1641 posts, RR: 2
Reply 30, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

The Walking Dead sucks now. Its a bunch of p***y $ht1t. Show has lost the edge.

American Pickers is great.
Big rig bounty hunters
Undercover boss is good.
Hell's Kitchen
Master Chef


THE BEST SHOW IMO is "The Vikings" . Hands down! I would pick it over the walking dead any day.
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User currently offlinefinnishway From Finland, joined Jul 2012, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 31, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

My favorite TV shows are CSI: NY, Nashville, Southland and Top Gear.

[Edited 2013-03-20 16:37:11]

User currently offlineLH7478i From Germany, joined Jan 2012, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

How I Met Your Mother
The Big Bang Theory
Two and a Half Men
Blue Mountain State
House of Lies
Suits (Wow!!)
Californication
Entourage
Anger Management



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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1876 posts, RR: 10
Reply 33, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

I don't watch much TV these days, but these are the shows (in order of favourites) I watch online whenever there is a new episode:

Suits
Archer
Bar Rescue
Kitchen Nightmares
American Dad

...and I can't believe nobody has mentioned this one:

Mayday/Air Crash Investigation

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 22):
I'm in love with Sarah Rafferty's character Donna.

Back off! Donna is mine!  

But honestly, I haven't been able to find anybody who doesn't love Donna. She's one of my favourite characters on TV.

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 10):
Quoting MrChips (Reply 8):
smartest

No.

Yes. You might not like the show for other reasons, but the fact is that there is a lot of subtle humour among the more brash stuff. There are a lot of references that the average person probably wouldn't get.

I find it similar to Family Guy (although I don't really find Family Guy that funny). There's a lot of crude, in-your-face humour, but they mix in some cultural references and jokes that goes over the head of many people. Seth McFarlane is actually a really smart guy.



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User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 3):
Big Bang Theory

...is one of the most offensive TV shows out there today, bar none. Maybe because the show hits close to home, but I don't really care for the fact that they predicate their "humour" on making fun of stereotypes. It's easy because "nerds"/smart people don't have anyone to stand up for them. Could you imagine if they made fun of black people? Or LGBT people? The outrage would be unprecedented.

Chuck Lorre is literally human trash. I can't stand any of that schlock he tries to pass for entertainment.

Quoting srbmod (Reply 11):
This season has had some of the best moments, especially Pam and Cheryl (Krieger has had some odd ones as well.). The two-part season finale this season has the potential to be epic since the episode will be a crossover of sorts with Sealab 2021 (One of the first series that Archer creator Adam Reed created back when he was involved with Adult Swim.) with Captain Murphy being voiced by Jon Hamm. It's also time for a Babou spotting as he's yet to turn up this season.......

I'd say this season wasn't quite as good as the third season, but the "Live and Let Dine" episode this season, I would say, is pretty much the best episode of Archer yet. Anthony Bourdain was absolutely brilliant!

I'm looking forward to the season finale too...if it's as good as the Season 3 finale was, it should be brilliant. Who's willing to bet Ray gets paralyzed again?   

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 33):
Yes. You might not like the show for other reasons, but the fact is that there is a lot of subtle humour among the more brash stuff. There are a lot of references that the average person probably wouldn't get.

I find it similar to Family Guy (although I don't really find Family Guy that funny). There's a lot of crude, in-your-face humour, but they mix in some cultural references and jokes that goes over the head of many people. Seth McFarlane is actually a really smart guy.

Thank you! Sure, Archer's humour is really shallow on the surface, but if you can get the historical and pop culture references, you'd be surprised just how deep the jokes really are. Pretty much every joke and plotline in Archer during the last three seasons has made reference to something.

As for Family Guy, it used to be funny, but they're just recycling the same old gags over and over now. Non-sequitur is funny the first couple times, but after the fiftieth? not so much. Plus, while Archer puts the joke in front of you and expects you to figure it out yourself, Family Guy beats you over the head with it.



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Reply 35, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1503 times:

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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4900 posts, RR: 16
Reply 36, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 25):
Quoting srbmod (Reply 24):
I never could get into it, as I can't see Bryan Cranston as anything other than Hal on "Malcolm In The Middle".

You didn't start at the begining did you? You have to start BB at the 1st episode, you'll adjust your Hal into Walter very nicely.

Please listen to him, srbmod! Don't miss on eof TV's greatest shows!

Quoting srbmod (Reply 24):

FX was probably the non-premium cable channel to start the revolution. Shows like The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me are what led to series like Sons Of Anarchy, Justified, The Americans, etc. being picked up by the channel.

Yes, you're right, I didn't think of that. At the same time, kudos to AMC too for raising the bar.


User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3308 posts, RR: 13
Reply 37, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1462 times:
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Quoting MrChips (Reply 34):
Could you imagine if they made fun of black people? Or LGBT people? The outrage would be unprecedented.

I'm one of the nerdiest people you'll ever meet. I love the show. They make fun of promiscuous girls (Penny), people with social disorders (Sheldon/Amy), homosexuals (Raj's comments/mannerisms), Indian people (Raj), Jews (Howard), etc. Family Guy should also offend you. The Simpsons should also offend you. As for the LGBT community, what about Will & Grace? What about The New Normal? What about Modern Family? You may not like the humor, but I really don't think Big Bang Theory is any more or less offensive than other television. Just because the other shows don't make fun of Ners, you're offended by this one and not them? Be proud of who you are. A smart, motivated, hard-working dude who might know more than is good for him. I'm exactly that, and I carry it proudly.

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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1876 posts, RR: 10
Reply 38, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1461 times:

Quoting MrChips (Reply 34):
...is one of the most offensive TV shows out there today, bar none. Maybe because the show hits close to home, but I don't really care for the fact that they predicate their "humour" on making fun of stereotypes. It's easy because "nerds"/smart people don't have anyone to stand up for them. Could you imagine if they made fun of black people? Or LGBT people? The outrage would be unprecedented.

Well if you think about it, Archer makes fun of nerds too (Cyril), as well as black people (Lana), LGBT (Ray), and even has references to Nazis (Krieger)...but nobody I've never heard any outrage from anyone.

I personally find The Big Bang Theory to be pretty hilarious. It has a lot of smart humour which I like. Jim Parsons is also one of my favourite characters on TV (apart from Donna of course   ).

Quoting MrChips (Reply 34):
I'd say this season wasn't quite as good as the third season

Agreed. My favourite episode is "The Limited" from season 3. Especially the last scene where Archer is arguing with Babou in the back of the cop car...I think I laughed myself to tears!



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 39, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1428 times:

Quoting MrChips (Reply 34):
Thank you! Sure, Archer's humour is really shallow on the surface, but if you can get the historical and pop culture references, you'd be surprised just how deep the jokes really are. Pretty much every joke and plotline in Archer during the last three seasons has made reference to something.

The writers are pretty clever, as they will even reference shows that the actors have been on as well as some of the prior shows Adam Reed and Matt Thompson were involved with. In some ways, it's James Bond and Get Smart mixed with Arrested Development.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 38):
My favourite episode is "The Limited" from season 3. Especially the last scene where Archer is arguing with Babou in the back of the cop car...I think I laughed myself to tears!

Babou rules and it's time for him to show up this season (Reggie the Lemur showed up earlier in the season.).


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