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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sherlock totally worth torrenting, yes.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

i will check out sherlock.

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

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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?"

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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.

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 19:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

What is the thick of it?

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

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

mad men
breaking bad

well.... that's about it.

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

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.

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 21:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 21:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Breaking Bad
Mad Men
Project Runway
True Blood
Antiques Roadshow

Jenny, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh shit, yeah, forgot about Futurama.

Mordy, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

sonderangerbot, Monday, 6 September 2010 23:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (seven years ago) Permalink

*Crosses fingers for The Expanse*

groovypanda, Saturday, 12 May 2018 20:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Seems like Crawford was a complete ass then. Shame, as he's a great actor

http://www.vulture.com/2018/05/damon-wayans-tweets-about-on-set-injury-clayne-crawford.html

groovypanda, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:24 (one month ago) Permalink

maybe he didn't get that he was supposed to be like the mel gibson on the set of the original lethal weapon, not like the mel gibson getting pulled over by a cop in real life

both involve cops, maybe easy to confuse

mh, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 14:23 (one month ago) Permalink

wow that is disappointing

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 May 2018 14:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Although the hysterical replies to those tweets are quite amusing/depressing #NoClayneNoWatch

groovypanda, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Although I remember being devastated as a kid when I found out Ponch & Jon from Chips hated each other in real life

groovypanda, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:13 (one month ago) Permalink

I remember hearing that Jon thought he was going to be the star/heartthrob with a Latino sidekick, but the more charismatic (and better looking) Ponch got most of the attention. My sisters got teen mags back then and Ponch had much more coverage.

nickn, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Talk about self-delusion; Jon looked like a thumb in a blond wig.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:34 (one month ago) Permalink

otm

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 02:36 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm dying up here, and Atlanta. these are the only two shows i can bear to watch nowadays

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 21 May 2018 03:02 (one month ago) Permalink

I just finished Atlanta S2, goddamn so good

i’m way behind on Expanse but loving it.
dragging it out now that its cancelled 😫

i’m still behind on Westworld. But less motivated to catch up. the blurry timeline thing is driving me fucking nuts. its so disorienting it makes me kinda angry

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 21 May 2018 03:46 (one month ago) Permalink

have we talked about Barry already? I was sort of on the fence bc storylines about acting have never been that interesting to me. then in ep3 Winkler had the line 'gum is at the REGISTER, Barry' and now I properly love it.

kinder, Monday, 21 May 2018 12:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Can anyone remember the name of a french series that lasted two seasons where a bunch of kids die in a bus accident then come back to life and the dam they went off breaks?

Right column Leftist (sunny successor), Monday, 21 May 2018 15:59 (one month ago) Permalink

les revenants

Clay, Monday, 21 May 2018 16:06 (one month ago) Permalink

ah yes. thanks!

Right column Leftist (sunny successor), Monday, 21 May 2018 17:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Rosanne has been cancelled, as a result of Barr's latest racist tweet.

nickn, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 18:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(As noted on the Roseanne thread, of course.)

nickn, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 18:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Reverie was kinda cool, saw the pilot.

It’s an AI matrix game kinda show with super cool fox and occult imagery. It’s not original but it looks great and is some comfort pablum

synonym toast crunch (Ross), Friday, 1 June 2018 16:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Fx

synonym toast crunch (Ross), Friday, 1 June 2018 16:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

is killing eve streaming anywhere?

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Friday, 1 June 2018 16:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i dunno but a few forgiveably unrealistic moments aside (has no one in this show ever heard of "backup"?) it's pretty irresistible, which I'm mainly putting down to the two lead actresses who are reliably fantastic

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 1 June 2018 17:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It’s streams on BBC America I think.

Heez, Friday, 1 June 2018 17:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

been watching the newest arrested development eps & then tried that new hbo succession show ~ can't shake how much the main son's voice sounds like gob

johnny crunch, Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I thought that after hearing the commercial!

mh, Saturday, 9 June 2018 02:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

anybody watched patrick melrose? mainly wondering how it stacks up to the books

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:09 (one week ago) Permalink

I watched 3 episodes and hated every moment. Adult Patrick was such an asshole that I could not possibly care less about how he got that way, and Child Patrick was such a bland void that I didn't care at all about his off-camera suffering.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:29 (one week ago) Permalink

ah ok nm then

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:30 (one week ago) Permalink

lol i checked it out myself and i really like it. extremely faithful to the books but not without its own sense of play. takes advantage of the opportunity to be more visually funny than textually, though the inner monologue/hearing voices scenes don't translate well (sometimes i think the show is cherrypicking the least remarkable phrases from the novel but it's hard to tell). i also question putting the second book first but i guess drugs are more exciting and romantic than members of the english aristocracy insulting each other over dinner. looking forward to mother's milk in the hopes we spend less time with patrick bc he gets tiresome in the books too and his secondary role in that one is almost a relief. even then, cumberbatch is pretty good in this. hugo weaving was a perfect choice for david

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Thursday, 14 June 2018 21:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Is there a KILLING EVE thread? It's fantastically enjoyable. Even better than Fleabag. It's not out in the UK yet but well worth bingeing.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 14 June 2018 22:16 (one week ago) Permalink

i watched the first ep of Cobra Kai - total corny fan service but i kinda like it. I also like to think that they maybe cheaped out on production to pay for johnny’s 80’s douchebag soundtrack: Poison & Foreigner lol

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 15 June 2018 03:03 (one week ago) Permalink

I binged all of Cobra Kai in like two days, it's better than I expected, the arcs and characters went differently than I had anticipated.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Friday, 15 June 2018 03:46 (one week ago) Permalink

glad to hear it!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 15 June 2018 03:54 (one week ago) Permalink

episodes 2 and 3 of patrick melrose were outstanding, wow

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 15 June 2018 03:58 (one week ago) Permalink

GOLIATH continues to be one of the dumbest, most preposterous series around but also basically a must-watch for Nina Arianda

Simon H., Saturday, 16 June 2018 13:02 (one week ago) Permalink

new season adds Mark Duplass, David Cross, and James Wolk and none of them add anything so far

Simon H., Saturday, 16 June 2018 13:07 (one week ago) Permalink

I didn't love the first season, but it was good enough that I was willing to come back, but not if David Cross is in it.

Similarly, I'm giving up on Animal Kingdom - a show I liked - because they've added Dennis Leary to the cast this season.

grawlix (unperson), Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:20 (one week ago) Permalink

I've watched three episodes and so far Cross is in...one scene? And doesn't seem to be important at all? Very strange casting.

It's funny you mention Leary, since the most ridiculous part of the show is the array of beautiful women who are into Billy Bob's character despite the fact that he's a perma-drunk fuckup, which reminds me a lot of Leary on Rescue Me

Simon H., Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:28 (one week ago) Permalink

I simply won't watch anything with David Cross, so strong is my revulsion

rip van wanko, Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Bill Hader's show Barry is pretty good! Strong supporting cast, inc. Henry Winkler as a hammy (naturally) acting coach.

Dan I., Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:53 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah I enjoyed Barry although Anthony Carrigan was the best thing in by along chalk. Not sure we need any more seasons of it though, especially given the finale.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Saturday, 16 June 2018 17:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, Hank the Chechnyan! They did a great job of getting a fresh take on the by-now stock character of the comedy Eastern European gangster

Dan I., Sunday, 17 June 2018 16:42 (one week ago) Permalink

ok, props to GOLIATH for the batshit penultimate episode of its new season, which manages to hold off on its title card until 41 minutes in

Simon H., Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:38 (six days ago) Permalink

Joe Pera Talks with You is the first new show I’ve really liked in at least a year.

Chris L, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 01:15 (six days ago) Permalink

that show rules. it's somehow funny and gentle and comforting and weird all at the same time. very unlike the other adult swim shows

na (NA), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 02:16 (six days ago) Permalink

It’s very funny and has a tremendous amount of heart and integrity. I guess it goes to show adult swim is still willing to do something radically different, other than give a show to any woman.

Chris L, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 07:48 (six days ago) Permalink

OK I just finished it last night and was not expecting nor was I prepared for the turn in the last episode.

Simon H., Monday, 25 June 2018 11:13 (six hours ago) Permalink

I guess saying what major recent arthouse picture it reminded me of might constitute a spoiler so I'll just say I hope it gets picked up for another season.

Simon H., Monday, 25 June 2018 11:23 (six hours ago) Permalink

I like it a lot - it reminds me of my partner's hometown in western Ontario.

There's a weird tension to it, too - you expect every scene to end with some cheap gag to undercut the earnestness, but it never comes. Or if it does, the gag itself is just as earnest.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 25 June 2018 11:32 (six hours ago) Permalink

Yes, the tone is very carefully managed, as is the writing/design of "Joe Pera," the character

Simon H., Monday, 25 June 2018 11:45 (five hours ago) Permalink

Yeah - I don't want to look at his other stuff on YouTube in case he's acting out of character and it spoils the effect.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 25 June 2018 11:54 (five hours ago) Permalink


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