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 (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 loved season 1 of lodge 49 but it's sorta lightning in a bottle and the first ep of season two hit me cold.
succession is kinda the best thing on tv right now by far.
my gal is binging all of mindhunter right now but - unless it is innovative or utterly exemplary - I'm pretty tired of police procedurals and serial killer stuff.
I tried Steven Universe (i think i'm just too old) and GLOW (fond memories of the actual show but it didn't quite land for me)
i appreciate the recommendations though!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 September 2019 18:21 (one week ago) link

I'm pretty tired of police procedurals and serial killer stuff.

does not compute πŸ™ƒ

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 16 September 2019 18:24 (one week ago) link

i loved season 1 of lodge 49 but it's sorta lightning in a bottle and the first ep of season two hit me cold.

I thought this too at first but then this week's ep was the best one yet

Simon H., Monday, 16 September 2019 18:25 (one week ago) link

fwiw mindhunter is utterly exemplary ymmv

Mordy, Monday, 16 September 2019 18:26 (one week ago) link

well i DO love jonathan groff. Perhaps I'll join in the middle with her.
Can anyone rep for the Elena Ferrante HBO show?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 September 2019 18:29 (one week ago) link

surprisingly, the current (last?) season of Preacher has sped up and has had pretty consistently good episodes

untuned mass damper (mh), Monday, 16 September 2019 19:37 (one week ago) link

I've fallen behind on The Terror s2 and it hasn't hooked me as the first season did, but it's pretty solid

couple of good AMC days between Lodge 49/Preacher/The Terror and then I've been slowly creeping through Rubicon while in the app

untuned mass damper (mh), Monday, 16 September 2019 19:38 (one week ago) link

if i had the brain to handle it i'd love to see a year-end ilx "best of tv" poll of some sort. anyway aside from righteous gemstones (great) and south side (not bad) and good aug/sept premieres i should check out?

I'm a board man. Board man gets paid (Will M.), Monday, 16 September 2019 19:57 (one week ago) link

Succession is probably my favorite show that's on right now

untuned mass damper (mh), Monday, 16 September 2019 19:58 (one week ago) link

tbh I revisited Rubicon recently and it hasn't held up as well as I hoped

Simon H., Monday, 16 September 2019 20:00 (one week ago) link

Will M: I am kinda hopeful/looking forward to:
Stumptown
Unbelieveable
The Unicorn (Goggins!)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 September 2019 20:28 (one week ago) link

I would also be very glad to see an eoy TV poll on here.

This is kind of very repetitive of ulysses' list, but these have been my favourites of late:
Lodge 49
Terrace House
Stath Lets Flats
13 Reasons Why
Jane the Virgin
GLOW
Veep
Dead to Me
The Amazing Mrs.Maisel
The Good Place
Pose
I Think You Should Leave
PEN15
Dear White People
Good Omens
Russian Doll

tangenttangent, Monday, 16 September 2019 20:33 (one week ago) link

interested in the new amazon rotoscope series by the creator of bojack horseman (undone), plus the new netflix show unbelievable

Mommy...can I go out and VAPE tonight? (voodoo chili), Monday, 16 September 2019 20:33 (one week ago) link

the mythology-heavy episode this week was, imo, incredible

Otm. I enjoy Blaze and Dud's sense of wonder so much.

tangenttangent, Monday, 16 September 2019 20:38 (one week ago) link

Terrace House
Stath Lets Flats

uk only, yes? tell me more?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 September 2019 20:47 (one week ago) link

also, this looks pretty good!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w54yW2Ur50

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 September 2019 20:55 (one week ago) link

I'm not so much looking forward to Stumptown as resigned to the fact that I'm gonna watch at least 2-3 episodes. But there's a Native actress in it who I really liked on Longmire, so there's that at least.

There's some new mystical-procedural show just called Evil coming to CBS with Mike Colter, so I'll check that out, too.

I fucking hate Succession. I don't understand how anyone who works in media would enjoy watching fictionalized versions of their evil masters, other than self-abnegating masochism. Of course, self-loathing is pretty much a prerequisite for working in media at this point, so that probably does explain a lot.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 16 September 2019 20:56 (one week ago) link

the funny thing about that new Colter CBS show is that they bought ads on the fronts of busses all over NYC, so no matter where I go at a crosswalk, I see a bus with EVIL written on its grill, bearing down on me

the thing with succession is that i hate everyone on it and i enjoy seeing them slowly destroy one another. it's cathartic.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 September 2019 20:59 (one week ago) link

was that alia shawkat??? xxp

Mordy, Monday, 16 September 2019 21:14 (one week ago) link

yep with a shaved head apparently!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 September 2019 21:16 (one week ago) link

first i thought it looked like one of those gun control activist kids

Mordy, Monday, 16 September 2019 21:17 (one week ago) link

uk only, yes? tell me more?

Stath Lets Flats is a deeply charming Channel 4 comedy (it's on their player if you can get it?) about an ineffectual estate agent and his family. It has a similar-ish vibe to the UK Office in its cringey realism, but with much more compassion for its characters. The first season is great, but the second season is fully hilarious.

Terrace House is on US Netflix I think? Low key high intensity Japanese reality TV. Its thread will give you a better sense of what it's like.

That Paul Rudd show looks promising.

tangenttangent, Monday, 16 September 2019 21:28 (one week ago) link

can't get channel 4 in the states but i have methods. will take a peek.
terrace house is like actual reality reality eh?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 September 2019 21:55 (one week ago) link

I'm enjoying Fosse/Verdon (on BBC iPlayer) a lot. Michelle Williams is so great in it.

nate woolls, Monday, 16 September 2019 22:36 (one week ago) link

can't get channel 4 in the states but i have methods. will take a peek.

fwiw I'm in New Zealand and watch BBC & Channel 4 no problems thru an Android box with a VPN

nate woolls, Monday, 16 September 2019 22:39 (one week ago) link

Xps Heavily edited and with a prominent studio-based panel analysing everything (which is the best part), but realer than a lot of realities.

tangenttangent, Monday, 16 September 2019 22:42 (one week ago) link

ooooh realer than real

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 September 2019 22:55 (one week ago) link

interested in the new amazon rotoscope series by the creator of bojack horseman (undone)

Six episodes into this and it's excellent. Definitely recommended

groovypanda, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 07:06 (six days ago) link

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/sep/16/100-best-tv-shows-of-the-21st-century
any of my britishers itt want to weigh in on if any of these are worth the hunting down? None of them are readily available stateside that I know of.
Shadow Line
Fresh Meat
Inside #9
Utopia
Nathan Barley (oooh, Chris Morris? I should look into this.)
This is England
Nighty Night

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:07 (six days ago) link

nighty night definitely.

nathan barley i enjoyed at the time but was a total bust commercially (ratings dipped below the measurable threshold at some juncture i seem to remember) and is very fixated on its fairly hyper-specific milieu of early 00s london rich boy media wankers. written by charlie broker, the black mirror guy

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:14 (six days ago) link

Utopia was a wankfest imho

Simon H., Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:15 (six days ago) link

i'm very glad i saw that link though as i've never heard of the Brass Eye: Paedogeddon special and I'm watching it now.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:17 (six days ago) link

I still quote Nathan Barley on occasion, guiltily

there are some definite precursors to the current influencer/edgy troll culture in the show

untuned mass damper (mh), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:36 (six days ago) link

I liked Fresh Meat although I seem to remember the last series being a bit weak.

nate woolls, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:56 (six days ago) link

I loved Nathan Barley when it came out but I tried to rewatch it again somewhat recently and i just couldn't get through it.

Yerac, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:59 (six days ago) link

Enjoyed Shadow Line at the time. But part of that may have been the Line of Duty type water cooler speculation each week.

Inside No 9 is generally great and a couple of episodes are fantastic.

groovypanda, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 21:36 (six days ago) link

Nathan Barley is amazing and 100% worth finding.

tangenttangent, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 22:06 (six days ago) link

Nathan Barley is bfillinat aargh tt posted first

imago, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 22:06 (six days ago) link

okay, I snagged a few eps each of everything listed there (excepting this is england, which looked kinda lame); will report back.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 22:08 (six days ago) link

I still quote Nathan Barley on occasion, guiltily

there are some definite precursors to the current influencer/edgy troll culture in the show

― untuned mass damper (mh), Tuesday, September 17, 2019 1:36 PM (one hour ago)

toby you rimlicker!

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 22:08 (six days ago) link

nathan barley perhaps most noteworthy for its 'adult in the room' character also emerging as its antagonist, a theme which resonates nicely with the uk political and cultural scene nowadays

imago, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 22:10 (six days ago) link

totally fucking mexico

untuned mass damper (mh), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 22:53 (six days ago) link

β€œwhat are your top five supermarket wines?”

untuned mass damper (mh), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 22:55 (six days ago) link

is something brilliant happening?

imago, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 23:07 (six days ago) link

"It's Swift as 'Jackass'!"
"Or even faster!"

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 23:09 (six days ago) link

I hated Nathan Barley with a passion, what few eps I saw. I viscerally hated them all so much I couldnt watch it. WHich is odd because I love the other Morris stuff Ive seen like BrassEye and his turns in IT Crowd.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 23:10 (six days ago) link

BTW I cant load the whole thread to check but anyone seen Dead Pixels? Cant work out if I liked it or the tropes were all really bloody lazy.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 23:11 (six days ago) link

okay stath lets flats is very funny

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 19:57 (five days ago) link

Dead Pixels got about two appreciative posts on the uk comedy thread, me and someone else. i liked it, as a gaming outsider.

koogs, Friday, 20 September 2019 15:19 (three days ago) link

weirdly i just started watching that last night while looking around for something new to watch. 3 eps in and i am really not a fan, maybe that'll change. can't stand the writing for meg so far, it's probably the most heinous "dude writing a woman" writing i've seen in a long time. gonna give the season a chance, because everyone seems to enjoy it?

I'm a board man. Board man gets paid (Will M.), Friday, 20 September 2019 20:40 (three days ago) link


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