Your Ten Favorite Shows Currently on Television

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Currently screening new episodes as of this year on your local (US/UK/whatever) networks, can be on hiatus. No sports events.

1. Breaking Bad
2. Louis
3. Mad Men
4. Justified
5. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
6. Treme
7. The Venture Brothers
8. 30 for 30
9. The Daily Show
10. Peep Show

Also not bad: Better Off Ted, Doctor Who, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Jeopardy, Archer, Parks and Recreation, Metalocalypse, Frisky Dingo, Bill Moyers, 106 and Park, Frontline, Warehouse 13, America's Best Dance Crew, Sunday Best

Also watchable: Work of Art, Top Chef, Children's Hospital, The Office, Sesame Street

What am I missing?

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:13 (nine years ago) link

apparently I'm missing that Better Off Ted and Frisky Dingo were canceled; bummer.

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:18 (nine years ago) link

Bill Moyers is retired BTW

No order

Mad Men
30 Rock
It's Always Sunny
Justified
Friday Night Lights
Fringe
Dexter
Daily Show
True Blood
Parks & Rec

I guess I could pick 10 shows from the Cooking Channel. Now that L O S T is done, I don't watch anymore scripted tv.

Donovan Dagnabbit (WmC), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:26 (nine years ago) link

Doctor Who
Burn Notice
House
Peep Show
The Inbetweeners
Sherlock

God, turns out I really don't watch much telly, or particularly like the stuff I do watch. This is hard. Stuff I do watch all the time like The Apprentice and Strictly Come Dancing and Coronation Street and Lie To Me and Spooks barely seem worth a place in a list, but might have to get forced in purely in the absence of anything else.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:29 (nine years ago) link

Much as anything, I'm looking for suggestions.
Dexter burnt me out after two seasons. True Blood/30 Rock/Fringe/Burn Notice/House have each got one or two episodes of watching until I realized they weren't for me. I've bumped up Friday Night Lights on the Netflix instant watch. InBetweeners is on the tivo now. Is Sherlock worth torrenting?

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:36 (nine years ago) link

and why isn't there anything worth watching on american network television?

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:37 (nine years ago) link

Sherlock totally worth torrenting, yes.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:38 (nine years ago) link

gave up on 30 rock after two episodes? problem lies inside you

I really should give 30 Rock a go. Do I need to start from the start?

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:40 (nine years ago) link

i find tina fey deeply unfunny in the same way that i find jerry seinfeld deeply unfunny. it's my right as a us citizen.

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:42 (nine years ago) link

i will check out sherlock.

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:42 (nine years ago) link

There's a thread on here somewhere (possibly full of spoilers though, unless you're familiar with the base material). It's superficially at least a bit reminiscent of the most recent series of Doctor Who (it's also helmed by Steven Moffatt), so if that's your bag, it's worth a go.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:46 (nine years ago) link

x-post Fine, but maybe amend you question to "why there isn't anything worth watching on US TV for people with huge blind spots?"

you say blind spots i say good taste
i kinda gave up on doc who this past season but if sherlock's as good as the eccleston/tennant years, i'm in.

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:48 (nine years ago) link

the thick of it
curb yr enthusiasm

(huge gap)

the daily show
30 rock

uhm

no time for the prussian death cult (nakhchivan), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:48 (nine years ago) link

Oh, forgot the Thick of It was just on hiatus. Yeah, that.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:50 (nine years ago) link

No particular order

Burn Notice
Mad Men
True Blood
Big Bang Theory
Community
30 Rock
Parks & Rec
Louie
Doctor Who
Being Human

Also: Justified/warehouse 13/eureka

I watch too many shows

VegemiteGrrrl, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:51 (nine years ago) link

Shiting shite, I forgot about Being Human as well. I seriously have the memory of a goldfish for shows when they go off air for a bit (would probably have forgotten Peep Show as well if someone hadn't mentioned it first)

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:57 (nine years ago) link

Modern Family
Parks & Rec
Community
30 Rock (though increasingly less so)
Peep Show
Top Gear
How I Met Your Mother (though increasingly less so)

Hmm, no dramas.

Used to watch Top Chef and Project Runway but got bored.

Super Cub, Monday, 6 September 2010 19:00 (nine years ago) link

I'll have to check out Burn Notice. I figured it was about on the level of the Closer--not bad, but nothing special.

I'm anticipating Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire.

you say blind spots i say good taste

Challops of the Day, right here.

I really should give 30 Rock a go. Do I need to start from the start?

Not really, but depending on to whom you talk, the first season has some excellent, excellent episodes.

30 Rock (eff all the apostate haters)
America's Next Top Model
Friday Night Lights
Treme (though I'm still catching up on it)
Doctor Who
So You Think You Can Dance
Project Runway (ES <3 SA)
ABDC

Damn, I don't even remember what else I watch now. Fringe was only OK with very sporadic bursts of brilliance this season.

Daria Law (Leee), Monday, 6 September 2010 19:07 (nine years ago) link

Crap, I forgot Project Runway! :(

I also watch Top Chef, though it's not a favorite. PR is much more enjoyable.

VegemiteGrrrl, Monday, 6 September 2010 19:19 (nine years ago) link

What is the thick of it?

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 19:52 (nine years ago) link

TV series which preceded In The Loop (and on which it's sort of based). Government satire with heroic amounts of excellent swearing in it.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 20:17 (nine years ago) link

yeah you don't need to watch the first 4 seasons of 30 rock to be able to follow the new season (PREMIERING SPETEMBER 23 OH YEAH) but it's like, highly recommended!

max skim (k3vin k.), Monday, 6 September 2010 20:37 (nine years ago) link

more or less in order:

mad men
breaking bad
curb your enthusiasm
community
louie
it's always sunny in philadelphia
30 rock
justified
parks & rec
treme
(law order SVU)

basically what everyone else is watching. been thinking about trying out friday night lights, but i'm worried i won't understand any of it, with the football and all

sonderangerbot, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:10 (nine years ago) link

mad men
breaking bad

well.... that's about it.

lieutenant jimmy john (kelpolaris), Monday, 6 September 2010 21:22 (nine years ago) link

With football and Friday Night Lights--it's the industry of the town, in the same way showbiz is for LA in "Entourage" or meth is in "Justified." Not all that hard to follow.

no idea what in the loop is either
i kinda gave up on curb around season four, did it pick up in quality?

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 21:28 (nine years ago) link

In the Loop is the film version of The Thick of It (this could take a while...)

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:33 (nine years ago) link

forks, after season four there is leon and the seinfeld reunion so i would say yes. maybe skip season five until later.

sonderangerbot, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:35 (nine years ago) link

Thick of It had something to do with Steve Coogan, didnit?

Breaking Bad
Mad Men
Project Runway
True Blood
Antiques Roadshow

Jenny, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:03 (nine years ago) link

Is an Armando Iannucci thing, Coogan collaborator.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thick_of_It

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ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:06 (nine years ago) link

Top Chef - prior to this season, at least
My Boys
Community
Parenthood
Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother

haven't really gotten into any new HBO/other dramas since Generation Kill. Hoping Boardwalk Empire is worth watching

a cross between lily allen and fetal alcohol syndrome (milo z), Monday, 6 September 2010 22:14 (nine years ago) link

love you for starting this thread forks;

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Mad Men
Community
Dexter
Louis
The Venture Bros
30 Rock
Parks & Recreation
Modern Family
Archer

Also watchable: Family Guy, American Dad, HIMYM, Doctor Who, House, TDS, The Office, Glee

Mordy, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:18 (nine years ago) link

Oh, Modern Family, yes. I forgot about that one.

Sherlock looks interesting, too. I will definitely check that out.

Jenny, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:19 (nine years ago) link

I really need to get into Glee. Every time I've seen it (twice, and some clips here and there) it looks exactly like my kind of thing.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:24 (nine years ago) link

Mad Men
Community
Parks & Recreation
30 Rock (though I'm becoming less charmed by it)
Pawn Stars
American Pickers
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report
The Closer
House, M.D.

I watched the first season of Breaking Bad, but never came back to it. I need to catch up. Modern Family is promising based on a couple episodes from later in the season that I saw (it started out really blah). I didn't watch Louis, will torrent it. Didn't have room for Futurama, though I might substitute it in place of 30 Rock. Party Down, r.i.p.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:28 (nine years ago) link

Oh yeah, and It's Always Sunny. I like it, but it's still a really spotty show. Some eps are masterful, some are total dreck.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:30 (nine years ago) link

Oh shit, yeah, forgot about Futurama.

Mordy, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:30 (nine years ago) link

ALSO Friday Night Lights. Can't say enough good things about it, especially about Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler...perhaps the greatest husband/wife duo ever in an American tv drama.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:31 (nine years ago) link

been thinking about trying out friday night lights, but i'm worried i won't understand any of it, with the football and all

It's not a football show, really. It's a character-driven drama. The football is a backdrop that's incorporated in a way anyone anywhere could understand it.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:33 (nine years ago) link

alright i'm convinced. need something to fill the gap between new mad men eps.

sonderangerbot, Monday, 6 September 2010 23:08 (nine years ago) link

You'll, of course, want to start at the beginning, but here's how I rank the seasons:

3 > 1 > 4 >>>>> 2

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 September 2010 23:40 (nine years ago) link

Breaking Bad
Louie
Mad Men
Daily Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Community
Parenthood
Archer
Children's Hospital
Late Late Show

avant-sarsgaard (litel), Tuesday, 7 September 2010 00:05 (nine years ago) link

You'll, of course, want to start at the beginning, but here's how I rank the seasons:

3 > 1 > 4 >>>>> 2

Concur, though I'm almost tempted to say that you can skip the entirety of season 2.

Daria Law (Leee), Tuesday, 7 September 2010 04:04 (nine years ago) link

Louie
Doctor Who
Sherlock
Community
Parks and Recreation
The Office
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Big Love

tricked by a toothless cobra, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 07:46 (nine years ago) link

not currently on, but the girl and I are LOVING Slings and Arrows and everyone with instant watch netflix should try the first season.
A few missteps, but on the whole, very good.

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 9 September 2010 01:19 (nine years ago) link

lmao I chronicled this earlier but I thought it was so bad it made me quit the show on the spot

Simon H., Wednesday, 4 December 2019 14:38 (two months ago) link

oh man i loved it. quaid so deliciously evil. they've always had these cartoonishly malevolent villains.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 14:51 (two months ago) link

and... ileana douglas!!!! this show has always had such incredible women in it.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 21:21 (two months ago) link

"looks like the nut business is swingin..."

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 21:35 (two months ago) link

There's so much about this that reminds me of Breaking Bad. The southwest desert locations, the inventive camerawork, the mile-wide surreal streak, the cartoonish villains, the selfishness and venality, the beating pulpy noir heart. It's got better/stronger/more interesting women in it. I guess the big difference is that it's good guys/bad guys rather than a 'conflicted' lead and I have to say it's fucking refreshing. I love Billy Bob so much. 'I'm going to sue your ass in Blackwood County, you bet your ass I will'. GO OFF KING

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 5 December 2019 11:15 (two months ago) link

mrs fletcher is good, the porn stuff is a lil reductive but otherwise all the characters are really strong in their own way imo idk im digging it a lot

johnny crunch, Friday, 6 December 2019 13:36 (two months ago) link

okay, let's do this.
Best TV/Web/Streaming Series of 2019 - Poll Nominations Closing January 5

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 7 December 2019 07:21 (two months ago) link

using a Showtime trial and I’m getting into On Becoming a God in Central Florida

not everything is clicking for me a couple episodes in, but the deeply cynical turn that happens early in the series is amazing and Kirsten Dunst is killing it

mh, Saturday, 7 December 2019 19:13 (two months ago) link

Started the end of the fucking world.

I don’t know. Why would he want to kill this girl who likes him?

treeship., Sunday, 8 December 2019 00:35 (two months ago) link

Obvs thats kind of a dumb question. But he seems less plausible psychologically than the girl. Her performance is honestly quite good.

treeship., Sunday, 8 December 2019 00:38 (two months ago) link

Work in Progress on Showtime's first episode was really good. Like really really good! I'm kind of excited by how good it is out the gate.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 December 2019 04:39 (two months ago) link

they should probably change the title

10,000 mani-gecs (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 December 2019 13:34 (two months ago) link

probably; it appears to refer to the hero's journey but it comes off sounding confused.
it's very sharp.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 December 2019 16:04 (two months ago) link

Just started the BBC 2 show "Mum"
Expect I'll knock out all three seasons before Monday.
Why didn't anyone tell me about this? It's very well written and beautifully acted; perfect domestic dramedy theater.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 21 December 2019 23:06 (two months ago) link

oh and the second episode of work in progress cements it as a wonder for me; love what it's doing in every way.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 21 December 2019 23:06 (two months ago) link

(or is Mum considered uncool in the uk for some reason)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 22 December 2019 01:33 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I haven't seen Mum but it's on my list. Annoyingly the pan-BBC search that powers iPlayer won't find it so i have to use the A-Z listing.

Tonight I watched the first episodes of both Shrill and Work in Progress and both were fucking excellent, and both weirdly had small parts for Julia Sweeney, looking exactly the same in each one.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 6 January 2020 22:37 (one month ago) link

i knocked out all three seasons of mum pretty quick; if you like Shrill and Work in Progress, you'll love mum

All three are great!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 6 January 2020 23:11 (one month ago) link

I can't be bothered to google, so what's Work In Progress, and where can I watch Shrill?

kinder, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 23:20 (one month ago) link

Work in Progress is a dark comedy on Showtime:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai8TD3aFn8M

Shrill is on Hulu

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 04:16 (one month ago) link

Shrill also on iPlayer

Doubling down on out of date information (aldo), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 06:04 (one month ago) link

Ooh thanks

kinder, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:28 (one month ago) link

re: julia sweeney and the legacy of Pat
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/arts/television/julia-sweeney-pat-snl.html

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:29 (one month ago) link

It’s also on the BBC tv app thing!

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:30 (one month ago) link

Shrill, that is.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:30 (one month ago) link

Just started The Witcher and it's extremely entertaining so far

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:40 (one month ago) link

^^^ we loved it

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:42 (one month ago) link

I can't watch The Witcher because a) the name sounds like a thrash metal band from South America and b) Henry Cavill looks like one of those rubber human-shaped sparring dummies come to life.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 17:16 (one month ago) link

I couldn’t deal with that stringy video game hair.

DJI, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 17:35 (one month ago) link

y’all missing the r-rated Xena, Warrior Princess you never knew you needed

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Thursday, 9 January 2020 02:30 (one month ago) link

Yeah, that's a thing I definitely don't need.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 9 January 2020 02:35 (one month ago) link

I need to pick The Witcher back up. I watched one episode and had to look up what was going on.

Yerac, Thursday, 9 January 2020 02:50 (one month ago) link

and then I fell down a rabbithole of how action dudes do a several day course of dehydration to look really ripped for big scenes.

Yerac, Thursday, 9 January 2020 02:51 (one month ago) link

guys, motherfucking POTTERY THROW DOWN is back on!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 11 January 2020 07:20 (one month ago) link

I read in the NYT yesterday that there were 532 scripted series on TV in the USA last year.

Fuck off, television.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 11 January 2020 13:37 (one month ago) link

First episode of Avenue 5 was generally good. Not as many jokes as an episode of Veep but will definitely keep watching.

groovypanda, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 08:22 (one month ago) link

I'm only two episodes into Work in Progress (mentioned upthread) but I'm really enjoying it. Took me until halfway through the first episode for it to click; the dead therapist and some of the "awkward" humour established a tone that I thought I would find off-putting, but by the time Abby goes on her date with Chris (and especially when they run into Julia Sweeney), I was relieved to see that the show wasn't just going to be a parade of humiliations. I think I'm already developing a bit of a crush on Theo Germaine, though I'm not sure if its the actor or the character (they left little impression on me in The Politician).

Great musical cues as well. I noticed that Phosphoresent song that that was big a few years back, and I liked whichever song it was that played earlier in the first episode as well. Why don't TV shows list songs in their credits?!

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:16 (one month ago) link

crowdsourced, but:
https://www.tunefind.com/show/work-in-progress/season-1/94556

Watched the first episode of little america and it was VERY good; looking forward to more.
Currently on deck: I Don't Want to Get Hurt So I'll Max Out My Defense, Hands off Eizuken ep 2, Picard, Nora from Queens, 68 whiskey
i also started watching an aussie show called The Other Guy that is very much in the vein of You're the Worst and is, so far, pretty good.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:29 (one month ago) link

Thanks!

(pretty sure the other song I liked was the Yo La Tengo, btw)

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:30 (one month ago) link

I own (and wear) the shirt Chris wore to the wedding and it freaked me out that he had it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:33 (one month ago) link

Mr Veg and I are watching Spinning Out on Netflix. We’re 4 eps in and i like it a lot. Lots of ice skating <3

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:52 (one month ago) link

[spoiler guarded] as Julia's husband in ep 3 of Work in Progress had me laughing loud enough this morning to nearly wake up a sleeping household.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Friday, 24 January 2020 17:19 (one month ago) link

same

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 January 2020 17:20 (one month ago) link

ffs I watched 3 episodes of Deadwater Fell and it's really terrible. Save yourselves!
I will obv have to watch the final ep to confirm it's as bad as it is.

kinder, Thursday, 30 January 2020 22:05 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

i just watched all 4 episodes of Deadwater Fell mistakenly thinking that David Tennant's character was the one who did the rescuing, not the one who was rescued. (rescue itself was at night and one scottish man with a beard looks pretty much like the next in the dark).

odd seeing the woman from the good fight (Cush Jumbo) with long hair and speaking in her original(?) accent.

koogs, Sunday, 16 February 2020 20:21 (one week ago) link

Mystic Quest Raven's Banquet on Apple is... okay? I'm a sucker for video game centered sitcoms. The delivery is pure Always Sunny and the acting is pretty solid but it's predictable as hell and generally never gets past third gear.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 22 February 2020 16:57 (one week ago) link

Gentefied, on Netflix, is pretty good. Smart and funny and none of the characters are total assholes whom only the writers find sympathetic.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 22 February 2020 20:13 (one week ago) link

Beforeigners, on HBO Europe, is a car crash of SF-themed procedurals (Alien Nation comes to mind) - not particularly great, but compellingly not bad either.
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/02/review-time-travel-and-murder-combine-in-hbos-riveting-beforeigners-series/#p3

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 24 February 2020 19:30 (five days ago) link

I'm going to be re-activating my HBO subscription next month for the second season of My Brilliant Friend and am definitely planning on watching Beforeigners.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 24 February 2020 19:41 (five days ago) link

Have watched the first episode of Beforeigners and I'm in

groovypanda, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 08:57 (four days ago) link


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