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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) link

Sherlock totally worth torrenting, yes.

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

i will check out sherlock.

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

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

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

What is the thick of it?

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

mad men
breaking bad

well.... that's about it.

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

Oh shit, yeah, forgot about Futurama.

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

I'm loving WWDITS. I'm not necessarily sold on the location (although that was partially overcome last week with the story in Manhattan) but the cast is seriously strong and the addition of the new vampire types is inspired.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:13 (two months ago) link

I Think You Should Leave on Netflix is excellent and just about 75 minutes for the whole season. These are not series! These are a special chopped up!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 25 April 2019 20:13 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

oh god the newest WWDITS guest stars

mh, Monday, 13 May 2019 23:49 (two months ago) link

SO good

deus ex majima (Will M.), Monday, 13 May 2019 23:51 (two months ago) link

..and the baby!

mh, Monday, 13 May 2019 23:52 (two months ago) link

Yeah. Didn't twig who Garrett was until he went on about stabbing.

groovypanda, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 08:14 (two months ago) link

Chernobyl is fucking crushing.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 23:25 (two months ago) link

debating whether I need my existence destroyed this week by watching

mh, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 00:09 (two months ago) link

I can’t see ever watching that, no matter how good it is.

DJI, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 00:52 (two months ago) link

cosigning WWDiTS, last week’s ep was so great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 01:48 (two months ago) link

pushing Gentleman Jack on every thread i can still.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 15:26 (two months ago) link

Anyone watching 1969 on ABC? It's a one hour news show that looks at events from that year in each episode. They've done Apollo 11, Manson, Ted Kennedy/Chappaquiddick, and last night the Black Panthers. Pretty watchable even though an hour still isn't enough to explore the themes.

nickn, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:49 (two months ago) link

Oh, is that an actual series? I flipped past the Manson one and the Chappaquiddick one and was wondering what the hell the deal was.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:53 (two months ago) link

Seems to be, they've had 4 that I've seen now over the past month, and it may have started before that.

nickn, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 18:33 (two months ago) link

I have thought about I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson every single day since watching all six episodes in one sitting a month ago.

charlie brown from outta town (GM), Thursday, 16 May 2019 01:18 (two months ago) link

Is anyone else watching Fosse/Verdon? it is my favorite show right now, I love it so much.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 May 2019 01:30 (two months ago) link

I have thought about I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson every single day since watching all six episodes in one sitting a month ago.

― charlie brown from outta town (GM), Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:18 PM (fifty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i've been haunted by the realization that i have no good car ideas

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 May 2019 02:12 (two months ago) link

who is the most popular now, paul?

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 May 2019 02:13 (two months ago) link

a GREAT steering wheel that doesn't whiff out of the window while i'm driving

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 May 2019 02:43 (two months ago) link

lol

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 May 2019 02:44 (two months ago) link

TC TUGGERS

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 16 May 2019 02:45 (two months ago) link

season 3 of Colony (usa / Netflix) is pretty good (best season so far), but the show's dead / been cancelled

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 16 May 2019 06:44 (two months ago) link

Really enjoyed Colony. It got better with every season.

And talking of Colonies, I see that Fox has cancelled The Passage too after just one season which is a shame as the books are great.

groovypanda, Thursday, 16 May 2019 08:02 (two months ago) link

some enterprising individual created a focus group man soundboard: http://www.mfrederickson.com/ithinkyoushouldleave/

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Thursday, 16 May 2019 15:55 (two months ago) link

I’ve just finished bingeing Better Things, Dietland, almost done with You’re the Worst and s2 of Fleabag is up next. What else should I add to my list? I don’t have a tv so I watch everything on Hulu/prime/Netflix.

just1n3, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:28 (one month ago) link

imo: Ramy(h), Nathan For You (h), Patriot Act (n), Joe Pera Talks With You (h), Catastrophe (a), Happy Valley (n), Russian Doll (n), Killing Eve s1 (h), American Vandal s1 (n), The End of the Fucking World (n), Bob and David (n), pen15 (h), The Bisexual (h), Shrill (h), Big Mouth (n), Search Party (h), Chewing Gum (n), Tuca and Bertie (n), I Think You Should Leave(n) , Crashing (n)... in roughly that order.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 05:09 (one month ago) link

plenty more too but i think that should keep you for a minute!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 05:09 (one month ago) link

this is pretty great for a first episode
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO1Sfb-j9FU

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 21:02 (one month ago) link

haha yes

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 22:17 (one month ago) link

No offense but Chernobyl’s not that funny. Kind of don’t get the hype.

— Einstürzende Louboutin (@negaversace) June 5, 2019

Simon H., Wednesday, 5 June 2019 05:24 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjIxuIlYSjQ

totally sold on this idea; famous people seem to get a huge kick out of meeting other famous people who have no idea who they are and it's fun to watch

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:14 (one month ago) link

yes! it’s so delightful

the first ep w James Van Der Beek was great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 22:48 (one month ago) link

I tried watching Euphoria but stopped watching ten minutes in when it reached the part with the clowny 5 year-old white boy drug dealer Who's Been Through Shit

don't know how anyone continued watching after that

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Sunday, 23 June 2019 20:29 (four weeks ago) link

I finally went back to The Tick (after I saw it was cancelled) & am loving it. Feel like an idiot for dismissing it after the pilot ep :( It’s really enjoyable.

New season of Endeavour started up on PBS this week, def one of my current favorites

Big Little Lies new season is great so far

keen to watch Stumptown when it starts up

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 23 June 2019 21:32 (four weeks ago) link

Finally finished Season 1 of The Terror on Hulu. It was really good, except for everything involving the polar bear monster.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Sunday, 23 June 2019 22:52 (four weeks ago) link

I dunno whether to post this here or in the gay thread but I am currently OBSESSED with this season of Are You The One on MTV. I've never seen this show before but the all-bi angle of the season piqued my interest and I gotta say, I'm beating myself up for not watching this show sooner. I dunno if it says more about me or Drag Race but when it comes to queer reality TV programming, this has so far given me more joy than the last few seasons of Drag Race combined. It's so good.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Saturday, 6 July 2019 22:47 (two weeks ago) link

I tracked down the second season of The Sinner after hearing it pretty much unanimously praised as a step up from S1 and....I don't agree! I love Carrie Coon but I didn't find her or the cult especially interesting, and basically the entire reveal set was easily guessed less than halfway through the season.

Simon H., Monday, 15 July 2019 20:26 (six days ago) link

I concur

It was ok and was a little less topsy-turvy compared to the first season where they threw in more intrigue as it went on, but it lacked in charm

untuned mass damper (mh), Monday, 15 July 2019 20:35 (six days ago) link

yeah it took me like 6 months to get through. i really did not like the acting from the kid, it was pretty distracting for me.

big city slam (Spottie), Monday, 15 July 2019 21:25 (six days ago) link

pullman was good tho

big city slam (Spottie), Monday, 15 July 2019 21:25 (six days ago) link

Yes, though the sexual antics of s1 were more novel than the kiddie trauma of this one (yes I get that they're connected)

Simon H., Monday, 15 July 2019 21:41 (six days ago) link

agree. i frame the show solely as a character study on Ambroze and that helps me enjoy it more.

big city slam (Spottie), Monday, 15 July 2019 21:47 (six days ago) link

Ya for sure. Pullman is good at the sputtering sad guy thing.

Simon H., Monday, 15 July 2019 22:00 (six days ago) link

My other long train ride watch was the "No-End House" season of SyFy's horror anthology series Channel Zero, which didn't quite blow me away but did impress me enough to seek out the two following seasons. (I watched the first ep of the first season, starring Paul Schneider, some time back, and it didn't grab me,)

Simon H., Tuesday, 16 July 2019 17:52 (five days ago) link

New season of Endeavour started up on PBS this week, def one of my current favorites

Agreed. I liked the overall arc of the season with the mixing of the old/new police forces and the resolution of "justice for George" plot. Was nice to see one character's relative redemption. Maybe a bit disappointed that the bad guys weren't of larger scope, given their impact on the Morse character to date. Thaw's Morse always struck me as having a tragic love in his past driving his bachelorhood, which they may or may not use Joan Thursday to explain. Was happy that she started a new career this season and was more independent, as that eases the "Joan in fridge" worry. Wouldn't be unhappy if they didn't directly connect the two versions' romantic sides.

The final note of Endeavour's new digs being recognizably Morse's apartment was cool. Surprising, too, how Bright has evolved into a favorite character.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:09 (five days ago) link

I've only heralded The Sinner in the context of its genre (of which I've seen enough other examples at this point to say it's just not my thing). Outside of that context, yeah, it's a fairly boilerplate show which gives Pullman a chance to do that unbalanced shtick he does so well. More than anything, it made me wish he'd done a Daryl Zero series.

Logy Psycho (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:28 (five days ago) link

Having seen a fair amount of gritty murder mystery type series, I do think S1 was a cut above. S2 was a bit more standard-issue, and the plot really didn't hold up to even the slightest scrutiny. (Without spoiling anything, the Hannah Gross character's predicament could have been much more simply/easily solved, for example.)

Simon H., Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:36 (five days ago) link

Of course, S1 has the luxury of leaning so heavily on the absurd but well-acted conceit of almost total memory loss that gets "fixed" at a pace that suits an eight-episode season. S2 does the same with characters strategically withholding information, which *feels* more contrived even though it isn't, really.

Simon H., Tuesday, 16 July 2019 18:39 (five days ago) link

Jessica Biel was surprisingly pretty good in the first season, too.

untuned mass damper (mh), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 20:07 (five days ago) link

Yeah she was way more compelling than you'd expect, cementing my suspicion there are v few bad actors, just shabby material and unimaginative casting.

Simon H., Tuesday, 16 July 2019 20:13 (five days ago) link


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