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

xpost

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

Not sure anyone else here watches it but The Magicians is back

groovypanda, Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I tried The Magicians again but I just can't take the clunky, contrived plot mechanics. When Bacchus was like (supposedly offhandedly) "dude there's a BACK DOOR for magic" I switched it off.

DJI, Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:17 (one month ago) Permalink

the pilot ep of alone together on free form network was really good/funny

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Grown-ish (Black-ish spinoff) is SO good
i love it

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 00:34 (one month ago) Permalink

i tried that 1 too, seemed fine but not for me

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 02:45 (one month ago) Permalink

boooo

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 03:09 (one month ago) Permalink

The End of the Fucking World (on Netflix in the US) is well worth the trouble, though it flubs the landing and begins to wane and wobble in the last episode or two with the writing for the supporting cast.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:34 (one month ago) Permalink

in retrospect thought the end of the fucking world was trash

kolakube (Ross), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:36 (one month ago) Permalink

i was sold for the first four episodes are so; it lost its way around then. bears very little resemblance to the comic!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Anyone else watching Lovesick? So in love with this show right now

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 05:17 (one month ago) Permalink

meeeeeeeee

i’m halfway through s3, binged the first 2 yesterday.
really loving it

makes me harken back to my first 2 share houses after uni (minus most of the romantic angst)

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 05:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Dark ist gut! It's more like Lost than Stranger Things, though. But, you know, good Lost, not final season Lost.

Dan I., Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Didn't realize it until recently, but "soap opera/thriller about intertwined families in a small town that is experiencing a supernatural/science-fictiony event" is kind of a not-uncommon genre, isn't it?

Dan I., Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:33 (one month ago) Permalink

which is to say it kind of reminds me of the Leftovers, too.

Dan I., Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Or Fortitude!

DJI, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 02:47 (one month ago) Permalink

i think it's kinda cool that Grown-ish is kinda bad but still watchable in almost the EXACT same way that A Different World was.

scott seward, Thursday, 18 January 2018 18:45 (one month ago) Permalink

the newest ep about the basketball player was kinda dumb & boring :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 January 2018 19:47 (one month ago) Permalink

First ep of The Chi did not hit expectations. Acting is generally good but the writing is superstandard and the plot had enough cliches to fit in on any episode of whatever law'n'order is these days. Willing to give it a few episodes to figure it out but my guess is this will more likely need a season or two to, um, properly season.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 18 January 2018 19:52 (one month ago) Permalink

i thought the writing of the first episode of The Chi was good, especially the brother's speech at the funeral. There were some holes/implausibilities in the plot for sure.

horseshoe, Thursday, 18 January 2018 19:57 (one month ago) Permalink

it is mystifying to me that people like this is us

horseshoe, Thursday, 18 January 2018 19:58 (one month ago) Permalink

i agree

i watched 3 episodes waiting to not hate it & bailed.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:01 (one month ago) Permalink

i wonder if it's because sterling brown is so good? but that just makes me mad, like his talent is being thrown into a hole of poop.

horseshoe, Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:02 (one month ago) Permalink

xp i gave all credit to that funeral speech (which included him talking about how his dead 16 year old brother was a virgin) to jason mitchell, who was lifting the material up imo

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:04 (one month ago) Permalink

no, the line about how this shit didn't even seem real rang deeply true to me. that actor is great, for sure.

horseshoe, Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:05 (one month ago) Permalink

and, regarding this is us, i adore mandy moore and still can't bring myself to watch it.

horseshoe, Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:08 (one month ago) Permalink

i love milo v, mandy & sterling, but they are def wasted. whole thing plays like a tin-eared, bad faith version of a Lifetime movie

i hate the Toby guy so much
SO much

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:35 (one month ago) Permalink

i watched the this is us pilot and thought it was horrible. and I really liked Parenthood.

Spottie, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:15 (one month ago) Permalink

co-sign

Simon H., Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:16 (one month ago) Permalink

i really wanted to love this is us to replace the Parenthood hole in my heart and i like a lot of the people on it but the tearjerk trolling is over the top even for melodrama. every episode has to end with some lump in throat moment. i didn't make it through the first season. which seemed endless.

scott seward, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:17 (one month ago) Permalink

i liked seeing jess and mandy in the flashbacks. that would have been a good show. cut out everyone else.

scott seward, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:18 (one month ago) Permalink

plus if you really think that major dad is gonna make me cry you got another thing coming and i am a diehard simon & simon fan so no hate or whatever.

scott seward, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:18 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah it def makes me appreciate Parenthood way more

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:21 (one month ago) Permalink

ugh that shows tries to play so hard on cheesy emotions it's so corny.

the only character that is not insufferable is the second husband of the Mandy Moore character imo

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Holy fuck at how bad Britannia manages to be.

groovypanda, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Another co-sign on This is Us. I made it through two episodes. It's just misery porn where the money shot is "more suffering". Reminds of the Waking Dead. And my life, at times.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:43 (one month ago) Permalink

but my wife watches it and I like hanging out with her whenever I can so I sit through it and make jokes that drive her mad.

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:47 (one month ago) Permalink

ugh that show is awful

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:48 (one month ago) Permalink

lol i could not imagine you liking at all

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:50 (one month ago) Permalink

but my wife watches it and I like hanging out with her whenever I can so I sit through it and make jokes that drive her mad.

― (•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:47 PM (two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lmao this is exactly my situation now. im usually watching a game on my computer when she watches it now so its on in the background and i just eye roll at her or make some lame joke about "why are they yelling and/or crying again?"

Spottie, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:52 (one month ago) Permalink

my gf watched it and she doesn't watch anything so i was like "ok i will give this award winning/nominated show a shot" and... yeah wow i am glad i am not the only one who isn't enjoying this is us. sterling k brown & mandy moore are great but the rest of the show i just awful. i however (so far) do not hate toby, he's one of the least grating parts of the show imo (yes he is grating but not in the ~same way~ so at least he's like... a breath of fresh air)

flippy bard (Will M.), Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:55 (one month ago) Permalink

and you have to understand, i LOVE stuff like this. i am a Once & Again superfan. i will watch all these army wives. but this one is a wasted opportunity. plus, i hate the sister and the actor brother. and they have lots of plots.

scott seward, Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:57 (one month ago) Permalink

AGREE

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 January 2018 22:57 (one month ago) Permalink

amazon cancelled One Mississippi which is bullshit

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 19 January 2018 21:13 (one month ago) Permalink

turns out they were only a mile from cancellation : /

omar little, Friday, 19 January 2018 21:24 (one month ago) Permalink

i imagine they'll (or someone'll) give tig a new show that isn't ck produced

flippy bard (Will M.), Saturday, 20 January 2018 22:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Sky Atlantic have started showing season three of Gomorrah in the UK

groovypanda, Friday, 26 January 2018 14:27 (four weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Anyone still watching Jane the Virgin? I really enjoyed the first season then lost patience at the start of the 2nd. But I want something escapist to watch that's not sci-fi or murder-y.

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:39 (one week ago) Permalink

glad to see some SMILF love here, I finally watched this and it's great. Yeah dumb name but the cast and writing are great across the board.

akm, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:28 (three days ago) Permalink

i really like the comedy central dark workplace comedy "corporate." sometimes it's a little try-hard with the darkness but overall it's really funny and unique and looks better than every other comedy tv show.

na (NA), Thursday, 22 February 2018 18:51 (yesterday) Permalink

Late heads up that Fox are repeating the first season of Legion from tonight (early hours) here in the UK

groovypanda, Thursday, 22 February 2018 22:45 (yesterday) Permalink


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