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Ridiculously Good TV Shows

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by mellowinman, Jul 7, 2014.


  1. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    OK, you all know I'm one of those "you kids get off my lawn" types. Never like anything new.

    I've noticed this trend of powerwatching TV shows, on Netflix, or other sources.

    It started with a show some people at work kept insisting I watch.

    Weeds. It was entertaining; and something I had never seen before. I watched it enthusiastically, and starting watching three or four episodes in a row.

    Then it was over.

    All that walking around on the ground was really cramping my high.

    I discovered some others, and then I finally took my first baby steps to the granddaddy of all sordid, freakish, nasty modern shows.

    BREAKING BAD.

    Since then, I've discovered, Orange is the New Black, Continuum, Orphan Black, and my current favorite:

    Lilyhammer.

    Steven Van Zandt, from the E Street Band as a mafia guy, which is a similar character to what he played on The Sopranos.

    So I will never again say, "whatever happened to all the good TV shows?"

    Because today they are making shows with amazing acting, writing, direction and production values.

    And I watch all of them with NO COMMERCIALS AT ALL.

    God bless us, every one.
     
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  2. DeathFromBelow

    DeathFromBelow Never Forget. Banned

    Dec 23, 2010
    Horten, Norway
    Lillyhammer is way overrated. And this is coming from a Norwegian, who should be proud that we are able to produce anything besides oil. But no.

    True Detective and Game Of Thrones are good though. Probably due to the lack of Norwegians. Except that one guy in GOT. Has a mighty beard.
     
  3. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    I'm a huge Orphan Black fan as well. Started watching randomly and loving it. I've resisted Breaking Bad, binge watched Weeds like you did along with Shameless, Hemlock Grove, Orange, etc.

    Yes, the TV gods are pumping out some amazing shows with limited commercials. It's a good day.
     
  4. cleary

    cleary

    Apr 19, 2013
    NSW, Australia
    Sub'd :)

    Can't believe Game of Thrones is not mentioned yet. Also, given this forum's propensity for Ocelots, Archer.
    Others that ruined my life:
    Initial D, Sopranos, Battlestar Galactica, Sam and Max: Freelance Police

    Others that I enjoyed thoroughly, but didn't give up food, shelter or "companionship" for:
    Ripper Street, Agatha Christie's Poirot, Sherlock with Benedict Cumberpatch, Misfits

    I will approach your suggestions with care, thank you.
     
  5. zontar

    zontar

    Feb 19, 2014
    J-5
    Current shows?
    I'll go with Sherlock--well it's sort of current--even though the next series is currently scheduled in 2016.
     
  6. Definitely

    Definitely Banned

    Suits is on Candian Netflix only (USA Network show), but it is quite possibly the greatest show I've ever watched. Worth heading over to www.hola.org and downloading the browser extension to access Netflix from here to watch it (it's how I watch American Netflix). A very close second is Psych. I love Doctor Who as well, but the fanbase for time-travelling aliens is significantly smaller than law dramas and detective comedies.
     
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  7. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    Breaking Bad is and will always be at the top of my list. I don't think any show will be able to top it, for me anyway. You either rabidly love it, or you think it's overrated and you're sick of people talking about it.

    Lilyhammer was great too. I also think Orange is the New Black is one of the best shows to come out in a while too.

    Bates Motel is actually really good if we're going back to network shows.
     
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  8. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    True Detectives was really, really good. I also question why Walking Dead hasn't been included so far.
     
  9. Suits is on Netflix in the UK too.
    White Collar was pretty good too.

    Archer is most definitely worth a watch!

    Spooks (MI-5 in the US), Dr Who, Sherlock, Luther.
     
  10. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    bombay
    top gear
    trailer park boys
    sopranos
    the wire
     
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  11. blue4

    blue4

    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    I'm liking the same shows currently.
    After lily hammer try The Americans and House of Cards. Both excellent.
     
  12. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

    Sep 26, 2011
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Dead Wood
     
  13. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010
    Winnipeg
    Lilyhammer just plain sucks.

    Breaking Bad is the best of all time.
     
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  14. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Carnivale was great. Ended right as it was getting amazing.
     
  15. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Battlestar Galactica.
    The good one, not that 70s schlock I grew up with.
     
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  16. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    +1 to Battlestar Galactica (when they were making it) and Sherlock (when they get around to making a new episode - though I'm glad they take the time to do it right).

    And on the comedy side, the IT Crowd - my family power-watched our way through every available episode of that, fantastic show, pretty much the Office meets Big Bang Theory.

    Oh, and the old 70s Muppet Show.
     
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  17. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    Yes, definitely House of Cards and the IT Crowd.

    Lilyhammer takes a little while to get going, I think. I really enjoy that one for being very different.
     
  18. I never see Justified getting any love. one of my favorite shows.
    that and Archer.
     
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  19. machine gewehr

    machine gewehr

    Sep 17, 2005
    Istanbul
    I can recommend Fringe and Dexter for ~one hour drama.

    Lately, I loved The IT-Crowd, Black Books as short comedies.
     
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  20. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Ray Donovan.
    Breathtakingly good!
    Imagine a Southie gangster double crossing the boss and his dad, using the funds to bankroll a semi legit "cleaner" service to Hollywood stars who have ffed up.
     
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