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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

i'm not going to say too much about s4 cause i don't want to spoil anything by mistake as i can't remember what was in the first 3 episodes and what was in later ones
phenomene always gets put in the same kind of plots yeah, at some point it feels like maybe they shouldn't still be using a spy whose cover was blown with both iranian secret services and the mossad

Jibe, Thursday, 10 October 2019 12:36 (one month ago) link

"just another random French seismologist, why do you ask?"

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 10 October 2019 13:46 (one month ago) link

haha exactly... "mais je suis sismologue" in a tiny voice has become a running joke at home

Jibe, Thursday, 10 October 2019 14:41 (one month ago) link

gah

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 13 October 2019 21:18 (one month ago) link

maybe xpost to trenchant commentary

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 13 October 2019 21:55 (one month ago) link

Lodge 49 finale was fantastic, and the season was mostly very strong. I hope it comes back.

Simon H., Sunday, 13 October 2019 23:35 (one month ago) link

Is there a Lodge 49 thread?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:08 (one month ago) link

nah, I don't think enough of us watch it to really justify it, plus in all likelihood it just ended for good

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:09 (one month ago) link

just started watching it a couple weeks ago due to the simon h love for it. couple episodes in, hasnt really gone anywhere yet but im intrigued.

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:12 (one month ago) link

i will jump into season 2 soon enough (got distracted after the second episode but have the rest on hand) and would encourage a thread

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:12 (one month ago) link

The reason why I ask is because I just spent a week and a half in LA and 5 different people recommended it to me. I've only watched the premiere and loved it. Yesterday I mentioned the show by name (not by @) to 2 people (an ex-ilxor & a semi-famous musician) who sang it's praises and within hours, two of the major actors liked and retweeted my tweet.

Anyways, I'll watch some more and try to come up with some thread worthy discussion unless any of you want to beat me to the punch. I'm way behind so I'll try to keep my spoiler binders on.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:19 (one month ago) link

fine, my arm's good and twisted

signs and symbols: AMC's LODGE 49

Simon H., Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:19 (one month ago) link

here to recommend new Nancy Drew based on first episode. The production style is very Riverdaleian (dark & foggy) and she kinda gives a goody-two-shoes Veronica Mars vibe which I like. Scott Wolf is her Dad tho which is weird bc he looks the same age as her lol

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 15 October 2019 19:06 (one month ago) link

https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/sunnyside-pulled-from-nbc-schedule-will-finish-season-as-digital-only-series/ar-AAIPLRE
this sucks, show was touch and go but in the right direction

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 20:39 (one month ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EHLYmc7U0AEVSga?format=jpg&name=small

this has got to be one of the ugliest-looking shows ever broadcast on tv right

na (NA), Friday, 18 October 2019 20:03 (one month ago) link

ugh

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EHLYmc7U0AEVSga?format=jpg&name=small

na (NA), Friday, 18 October 2019 20:03 (one month ago) link

I'll admit I found Bob's Burgers ugly when I first watched it (grown to love it, of course). I've kind of half-watched this one a few times and it doesn't bother me.

nickn, Friday, 18 October 2019 20:40 (one month ago) link

I thought I'd be done with Evil by now, but this week's episode went much darker than I expected, so I'm even more on board now than I was at first.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 18 October 2019 20:52 (one month ago) link

i tried watching Bratz of the Hill for one episode; it's horrible.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 18 October 2019 21:00 (one month ago) link

xpost ooh good to know
I was getting kind of mad at how they kept cheesing it out

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 October 2019 05:03 (four weeks ago) link

Evil is a weird show. The Kings really lucked out by getting Mike Colter to be Actually Hot Priest.

Simon H., Saturday, 19 October 2019 06:28 (four weeks ago) link

they are so facepalm about technology, v corny & DO U SEE. like black mirror but even worse.

I’m working through Good Wife & am up to s4 and still find it maddeningly uneven, like there’s 1 great ep for every 3 average & then 1 super-stupid technology episode that makes me want to rage-quit

Evil is like that rollercoaster now distilled into every episode. It feels like it’s going to be great at the start, then dips to average 2/3 of the way through & goes super-stupid at the end.

I think the best thing they have done was the Braindead tv series (that crazy show where politicians got alien bugs in their ears & went mad) it was so broad that it was ok for them to go super stupid because the whole thing was silly fun.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 October 2019 15:54 (four weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

made it through one episode of The Morning Show with its ripped-from-the-headlines plot, indulgent acting and terrible script; that was enough.

tried, really tried, for Ms. Fletcher because Kathryn Hahn is a fucking treasure but this thing is tonally a disaster, poorly written and mostly seems like an excuse to show stills an video of penetrative porn and naked hahn. a waste of a great cast and a promising concept.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 07:37 (one week ago) link

Swapped Hulu for Netflix and am now watching Bonus Family (Swedish "comedy" about a couple, their kids, and their exes) and La Casa de Papel (Spanish crime show about a team of thieves who take over a mint; called Money Heist in English for some reason even though The House of Paper is a much better title). Tried one episode of Mindhunter, not sure if I'll go back for more.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 12:34 (one week ago) link

how do you get apple tv+? do you have to have apple tv?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 12:38 (one week ago) link

I was similar after one ep of Mindhunter but it's worth it imo. (Just finished the book it's based on, too)

kinder, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 13:31 (one week ago) link

Money Heist is so much fun.

Yerac, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:43 (one week ago) link

you need to get apple tv+ via any smart device shop. they have a free week warm up, then it's five bucks a month. also, piracy.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:38 (one week ago) link

huh! i can get it for PS4?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:22 (one week ago) link

hm, apparently not:

Apart from Apple devices, the Apple TV app is slowly making its way to popular smart TVs and streaming devices. On launch day, you can find it on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and recent televisions from Samsung. It’s also set to arrive on TVs from LG, Vizio, and Sony. Some of those TVs already support AirPlay 2, so you can send Apple TV Plus from your iPhone to the TV screen even if the app isn’t yet available.

The downside of streaming Apple TV Plus through some of these platforms is that they lack features like Dolby Vision and Atmos (though basic HDR10 should be there).

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:25 (one week ago) link

piracy it is then

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:26 (one week ago) link

the truth is out there

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:27 (one week ago) link

Is anything good on Apple TV+? A couple things look interesting, like Dickinson, but I haven't bothered watching

I got my free year with a new phone, or so I am led to believe by the roughly dozen push notifications I received

mh, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:23 (one week ago) link

i am going in over the next week or two but Morning Show was so predictable and bad and slick that i'm a bit wary. Gonna try See, For All Mankind and Dickinson next.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:28 (one week ago) link

I have heard absolutely nothing good about See.

Simon H., Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:38 (one week ago) link

tried, really tried, for Ms. Fletcher because Kathryn Hahn is a fucking treasure but this thing is tonally a disaster, poorly written and mostly seems like an excuse to show stills an video of penetrative porn and naked hahn. a waste of a great cast and a promising concept.

― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, November 4, 2019 11:37 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

yeah this show is v bad

ت (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:40 (one week ago) link

I am duty bound to check it out bcz of Tom Perotta but it doesn't look great.

Simon H., Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:41 (one week ago) link

splitting the story between hahn and her explicitly terrible son was a horrible idea. everything is telegraphed. the sex and nudity is unnecessary and not erotic. the music cues are atrocious. the dialogue is stilted and dumb. hard pass.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:52 (one week ago) link

I watched the first episode and thought maybe it was off to a bumpy start, but apparently not. I do not care about the horrible son and figured he'd be mostly out of the picture :(

mh, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 18:37 (one week ago) link

that's how i approached the second episode. it got much worse.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 18:44 (one week ago) link

also the "she's totally gonna fuck the kid who her son bullied" subplot is just rancid stuff.

Hahn is SO GOOD though, even in this, and it's such a bummer that she's being used as a pass-through for this pseudo-empowering horseshit.

this is spoilerish but gives you a sense of how risible and dumb the show gets: second ep ends with her preemptively breaking up a date and going back to the senior home to swim naked in their pool where she meets and embraces jerk off grampa. it somehow plays even stupider than it sounds.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 18:46 (one week ago) link

i have watched first 3 eps of The Morning Show
tonally it’s weird & awkward & modern newsroom shows are not my favorite bc theyre so on the nose

but i am interested to see more episodes to see if it plays out the way i think/hope it might

but also i just want to see Reese Witherspoon & Jennifer Aniston have more screen time together, they are both p good in this!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:03 (one week ago) link

To plug a show no one has yet mentioned on this thread: Cinemax's Jett is really fun, starring Carla Gugino in Elmore Leonard mode a la Karen Sisco.

Simon H., Wednesday, 6 November 2019 04:25 (one week ago) link

i understand that Search Party S3 has been in the can for months

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 9 November 2019 00:32 (one week ago) link

Evil (appropriately) deployed the term "Fleabagging" this week.

Simon H., Saturday, 16 November 2019 07:39 (two days ago) link

i still cant tell if i love or hate this show
it’s like the Kings have invented their own genre of that pretends so hard that it’s not cheese & then randomly is like SURPRISE! CHEESE!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 16 November 2019 07:51 (two days ago) link

the good wife was basically the same thing but stretched over longer

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 16 November 2019 07:52 (two days ago) link

What really "impresses" me about it is how hard it swings, often in the same scene, from goofy wink-nudge shit to full-on serial child murder

Simon H., Saturday, 16 November 2019 07:54 (two days ago) link

yeah that’s def what keeps me watching

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 16 November 2019 16:28 (two days ago) link


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