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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

Dannemora is really good, and almost exactly the right length. still shocked that Stiller directed it.

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Monday, 27 July 2020 20:08 (two weeks ago) link

Arquette, Dano, del Toro and the husband (don't have his name handy) all great in it.

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Monday, 27 July 2020 20:13 (two weeks ago) link

Anybody watching Lovecraft Country? The trailers look exciting, but I haven't had anyone recommend it to me.

DJI, Monday, 27 July 2020 20:19 (two weeks ago) link

It doesn't premiere for two more weeks. I liked the book a lot but am wary of the show.

I've been watching season 1 of Hannibal and enjoying it - kinda - but I think I might be done. I'm nine episodes deep now and having read summaries on Wikipedia, I'm definitely not watching seasons 2 or 3.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 27 July 2020 20:26 (two weeks ago) link

hannibal s2 is like....one of the best things ever

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Monday, 27 July 2020 20:29 (two weeks ago) link

agreed completely

Clay, Monday, 27 July 2020 20:58 (two weeks ago) link

oh youve got to finish hannibal

Spottie, Monday, 27 July 2020 21:06 (two weeks ago) link

yeah i can't think of a show that would be served worse by wiki plot summaries than hannibal.

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Monday, 27 July 2020 22:06 (two weeks ago) link

Hannibal is top ten all time, full stop.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 27 July 2020 22:11 (two weeks ago) link

Search Party - s3 is by far the dumbest but this is fine, if stupid, low stakes television

aw man, worse even than s2? I was really disappointed by s2 (s1 was so good!) but was debating giving s3 a shot anyway...

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Monday, 27 July 2020 22:14 (two weeks ago) link

i loved s2 though it was very different. a much darker show than s1.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 27 July 2020 22:18 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, search party has unfortunately chosen to chuck all the larger and more interesting existential themes from s1 out the window. I think it's still worth watching for casting (cole escola!) and just for shits and giggles but keep your expectations low.

Everyone is Dannemora is impossibly good but Patricia Arquette as Tilly and Eric Lange as Lyle were painfully effective. The weight and the jaw prosthetics!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjoKJllxneE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvrVGiA0ePc

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 27 July 2020 22:18 (two weeks ago) link

don't

tell

AAAANNNYYYYYBOOODYYYYYY

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Monday, 27 July 2020 22:46 (two weeks ago) link

Sweet, didn't know there was a TJ & Dave improv series. Thanks for the heads up, forks, and I second your recommendation. They do improv for people who think they hate improv.

Why does this relates to Yoda? (Old Lunch), Monday, 27 July 2020 22:57 (two weeks ago) link

@ulysses THAT was Lyle?! holy shit. he was also great in a tricky role as the sympathetically inept detective on Unbelievable

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Monday, 27 July 2020 23:30 (two weeks ago) link

the 'stache and makeup and the extra pounds do a lot of the heavy lifting, but still, goddamn.

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Monday, 27 July 2020 23:31 (two weeks ago) link

Can I start Hannibal at S02E01?

Ariana Grindr (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 00:43 (two weeks ago) link

I'd watch the s1 finale first maybe but I am notorious about not being a purist when it comes to skipping seasons. hannibal s1 is mostly very good tho tbh

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 00:45 (two weeks ago) link

need to start from the beginning imo. I loved Hannibal S1 & S2. S3 was even more stylized and it had a narcotic quality that was hard to get into at first.

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 00:47 (two weeks ago) link

but I ended up liking it, and the ending was...

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 00:49 (two weeks ago) link

the abstract extremes of the first half of s3 are my favorite parts of the whole show

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 00:51 (two weeks ago) link

season one gets referred back to pretty often, you should watch it

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 01:22 (two weeks ago) link

Sweet, didn't know there was a TJ & Dave improv series. Thanks for the heads up, forks, and I second your recommendation. They do improv for people who think they hate improv.

― Why does this relates to Yoda? (Old Lunch), Monday, July 27, 2020 6:57 PM bookmarkflaglink

had no fucking idea this was the Sonic commercial dudes

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 01:25 (two weeks ago) link

season three is as i’ve said on the hannibal thread is as beautiful and immersive an aesthetic experience as they come, each episode like prism built out of dreams and memories. i don’t see much of a decline in quality from the first half to the second but i know ppl are less thrilled with the red dragon stuff

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 01:26 (two weeks ago) link

well i think i know what show i'll start on next

Lady Antibody (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 01:27 (two weeks ago) link

I didn't see a decline in S3 but overall it was so extremely morose, it was hard to take at first. I really loved the ending, hope there is some future for the series

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 01:32 (two weeks ago) link

I gave Corporate a shot, seems somewhat like Silicon Valley meets Office Space. (Also a script that seems kind of like it was written by Reddit dudes.)

In that vein I've been watching Silicon Valley again, it's mostly solid but some hasn't aged too well. TJ Miller sporting his "I know HTML (How To Meet Ladies)" t-shirt, a fair bit of sexist humor, the stereotypical woman of color prostitute...

locked in a death spiral of vindictive gatekeeping (viborg), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 09:20 (two weeks ago) link

Simon: Lol, i loooooooved that episode end. My partner and i have taken to calling each other "Lyle" when we catch each other in particular dumb moves.

OL: the TJ & Dave series is eight 50 minute improv sessions; they're basically all great. If you knock those out, there's a documentary called "Trust Us, This Is All Made Up" that offers another hour plus some process notes with the two of them by interview. I saw them live at Town Hall some years back and it was not the greatest set. It's a game of chance!

Neanderthal: One of the weird things about the modern world is that the "sonic guys" are both comic geniuses.

Rip: Hannibal is a fine wine to be savored; I wouldn't leave out anything tbh.

Viborg: Corporate occasionally wallows in its own jaded dipshittery but it's always self aware and doesn't really punch down. I like it a lot and respect its unwillingness to try to be likeable.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 17:19 (two weeks ago) link

yes I appreciate how deliberately not appealing or charming the main Corporate guys are

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 17:32 (two weeks ago) link

and I just watched the s3 premiere of Corporate and it was delightful. amazed that despite being years late they were still, AFAIK, the first to use the nightmarish youtube algorithmic "children's videos" as fodder for dark laughs

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 04:14 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, that was inspired.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 04:34 (two weeks ago) link

I'm strongly considering making separate click polls for the best series endings of the 00s and 10s. I'm compiling lists for both right now...I think I have most of the obvious ones in, but pls suggest notable series that you wouldn't want to see forgotten, especially non-US stuff and anything else that might escape typical radar (like animated/kids' series for instance, though I have Adventure Time in there already and I'm considering whether or not Steven Universe makes the cutoff - inclined to say no)

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 12:39 (one week ago) link

the spoiler alert polls

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 13:35 (one week ago) link

Umbrella Academy S2 was great, a marked improvement on S1

shout-out to his family (DJP), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 14:29 (one week ago) link

I might check it out if I keep hearing good things. I liked some individual elements of s1 but the A plot, most of the dialogue and a bunch of the supporting/tertiary characters (especially the hitmen...complete waste of time) were a total drag

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 14:36 (one week ago) link

I liked all the characters but thought some of the s1 pacing was sloppy (although I'm rewatching it with my partner and it seems that things are moving along faster than I remembered; Leonard is interesting way earlier than I expected him to be, for example). s2 has some necessary plot contrivances but by the time the threads start converging mid-season, it gets very engrossing.

shout-out to his family (DJP), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 14:41 (one week ago) link

lol DJP, my very opinionated TV friend online was loudly proclaiming the opposite ("it was so much better in Season 1!!!"). that makes me more curious

guess I'll watch both and inform whichever of you that is wrong that they are wrong.

XVI Pedicabo eam (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 5 August 2020 15:06 (one week ago) link

You know what's surprisingly fun to watch for me, a childless american man in his 40's?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nv1m-aTCZI
this show is fucking great!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 6 August 2020 05:38 (one week ago) link

Umbrella Academy S2 was great, a marked improvement on S1

― shout-out to his family (DJP)

Could only bear three episodes of the first season, I found it terribly derivative.

chap, Thursday, 6 August 2020 10:15 (one week ago) link

I think you’d like the second season of UA Simon, I thought it improved on season 1 as well. It’s a lot funnier now too, which helps (I’m thinking Gerard Way had more input on this season than before, some of the lines are very... him.)

Roz, Thursday, 6 August 2020 10:39 (one week ago) link

Diego is much-improved as a character

shout-out to his family (DJP), Thursday, 6 August 2020 14:45 (one week ago) link

enjoyed s1 in the beginning, thought it got markedly worse as it went along.

i do find it amusing that diego's power is basically 'knives.'

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Thursday, 6 August 2020 14:45 (one week ago) link

basically a gritty reboot of hank azaria's character from mystery men

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Thursday, 6 August 2020 14:46 (one week ago) link

I think the most interesting thing about the show is the interplay between the siblings and s2 leans into that much more along with better individual arcs for everyone (including Ben!)

shout-out to his family (DJP), Thursday, 6 August 2020 14:50 (one week ago) link

Corporate started out kinda shocking this week but ended up in a more normal/standard place. For a few minutes there I truly thought maybe they'd lost their minds.

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Thursday, 6 August 2020 14:52 (one week ago) link

Did that High Fidelity show get dramatically better in the second half? Never watched it, but I seem to remember it getting terrible reviews after the first few episodes, but suddenly lots of people are sad it got canceled.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 6 August 2020 14:52 (one week ago) link

i think the social media hullaballoo (hula-balloo?) is mostly about losing a show with a black female lead moreso than people enamored with the actual quality of the show
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/zoe-kravitz-high-fidelity-hulu-diversity-1234729635/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 August 2020 20:12 (three days ago) link

I thought the 2-3 episodes of High Fidelity I watched were terrible, it just stole so liberally and unimaginatively from the movie

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Monday, 10 August 2020 20:35 (three days ago) link

Finally finished season 3 of Goliath. Pretty unsatisfying overall; it seemed really messy and flailing compared to the two previous seasons, with a lot of threads left dangling but in a way that made me dread, rather than hope for, a season 4. At this point I'm happy to walk away with positive memories of the first season.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 10 August 2020 20:40 (three days ago) link

it was less than the sum of its parts by the end. no big twisteroo. i still loved it though.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 10 August 2020 20:48 (three days ago) link


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