questionswhat television series do i need to start…

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I've heard Person of Interest is very good. I've added it to my list for cold weather catching up. I need to catch up on SO many other programs I've been missing!

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@cengland0: For some reason I almost always catch the last 5 minutes of that show... Need to remember to set the DVR. Those five minutes seem midly funny but without the rest of the program for context I know I'm missing the big picture.

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I guess I should have mentioned that I subscribe to cable and Showtime. No netflix and no online streaming YET. Thanks for the posts!

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Go out and rent / buy the first two seasons of The Walking Dead while you are DVRing the third season which starts October 14th. Extremely well written, great characters... just a terrific show.

Note: the seasons are short compared to network TV seasons. You can easily catch up...

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If you want to be totally shocked and say WTF, watch Sons of Anarchy on FX. I've been wathing it since day one, it's just an incredible show.

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Grimm. Also enjoying revolution and elementary this year. Haven is pretty good as well.

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Jericho! a must watch only two seasons IMHO is one of few TV shows that deserved more seasons.

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@tarasadies: Just read up on The Walking Dead on wikipedia and I'm interested. I will definitely check it out! Thanks

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@okham: I have the first three episodes of Revolution on my DVR. I just haven't felt the need to watch it yet.

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Since you have Showtime, the current shows to watch would be Dexter and Homeland. If you can get previous seasons, it would help understand them. With Dexter, read the original book, Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.

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-Breaking Bad: Probably the best show ever made. Entertaining, suspenseful, morally challenging, and tremendously acted. A show that should not have ever been made (a show about making meth should not have found a mainstream audience), but a juggernaut that gets better with each season.

-Walking Dead: A practically unprecedented exploration of post-apocalyptic humanity and civilization. Damn entertaining, too.

-Sherlock: PBS's reinvention of Sherlock Holmes, using source stories updated to modern times, is some of the best TV today. Mindbending, clever, fun. Acting and writing are awesome, and each 90-minute episode (there are only 6 total) is a masterpiece.

-Mad Men: Duh.

-30 Rock/Community/Parks&Recreation: Centerpieces of modern television comedy's golden age; whip-smart, frenetic, needlessly nerdy.

-Downton Abbey: I know, I know. But it's effing great. Part Dickens, part Austen, part period piece soap opera. Again, great acting, production values, and set design.

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@jimmyd103: I've seen the first episode, and it was enough to hook me in. Hulu will have to suffice for the other 2, as Castle has priority :)

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We don't subscribe to premium channels but have just started watching Boardwalk Empire on DVD from Netflix. Wow! I can't usually sit through several episodes in a row of any show but this is really good.

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@dupedyetagain: Looks like I might be busy... Most of these are relatively established, right? I mean they are beyond their third or fourth season.... I know Thirty Rock is ending soon and I'll probably wait to pick it up the entire series on DVD

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I'm surprised there hasn't been a Honey Boo comment yet!

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I was going to say Walking Dead but someone beat me to it. I didn't see Newsroom mentioned. It was a summer series so you'd need to track down back episodes. I love True Blood, but it isn't to everyone's tastes. Blue Bloods and The Good Wife provide solid storytelling. I have a huge TV viewing list, there are at least 30 shows that I follow. But a lot of my favorites like Haven, Supernatural, and Strike Back are just for fun. I am still waiting to be blown away by new series this year.

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Deadwood and Justified are two I'd recommend based on the other shows you've mentioned.

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Dupedyetagain and I must have similar taste in tv. Love the PBS Sherlock series! Benedict Cumberbatch is a spot on modern Holmes.

Also love Downton Abbey first because of the storylines and second because of the time period, setting and costuming. It might require going back through the first two seasons to start watching season three and have it make sense though.

Also love Big Bang Theory...

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i cast a vote for Once Upon a Time...this may be one of the few tv shows i would even buy.

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I agree with a lot of what's been said here. Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, if you want an older show that you can catch up on, but it's done - The Shield was great for many seasons.

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@Dupedyetagain: Sherlock is a BBC miniseries. PBS licenses it for US markets.

Lately, I've been catching up on Nikita, Grimm, and Flashforward.
Another vote for Revolution.
Other favs include Psych, Dark Angel (who doesn't love Jessica Alba?), Once Upon a Time.

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@jimmyd103: Yes, most are relatively established; Mad Men (5(?) seasons), Breaking Bad (5 seasons). 30 Rock (8, but started getting great about 5 eps in), Community (4), and Parks & Rec (5, but seriously don't watch season 1, which even its creators acknowledge sucked) end this year on half-season orders (NBC announced that it is cutting these genius shows in order to, unfortunately, "broaden" its comedy and audience. Its new "broad" comedies debuting this fall are predictably horrendous).

However, Sherlock (BBC, not PBS!) is only six 90-minute episodes total. Downton Abbey also is only two seasons, a total of less than 20 episodes.

I would recommend thinking of what your ideal type of show is, and trying a few episodes of all that seem to match in this forum. Only finish those you like; you'll know quickly whether any of these shows are your speed.

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@sully51: That's absolutely right. I must have PBS on the brain from Romney gloating about gutting it. So much for one of the only good channels.

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Sons of anarchy. As Howard Stern said recently, it's poorly written and over the top acting yet I love every second that it is on.

also, I am just starting Wilfred and so far I am liking it.

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Breaking Bad
Walking Dead
Community
Band of Brothers
Game of Thrones
Carnival
Spaceghost
Lucy Daughter of the Devil
Perfect Strangers

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@dupedyetagain: Understood. Thanks again for the insights.

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I almost mentioned Sons of Anarchy, but like True Blood, it's definitely something you have to have the stomach for. Didn't think of Justified, but it's a good one. Just writing now to add Hell on Wheels if you like westerns. It's a good story in a genre we don't see a lot of anymore, and beautifully shot. I also quite enjoyed Longmire over the summer. It's a cop show of a different breed, with richly textured characters. I've only seen one episode so far of Vegas, but Dennis Quaid's character reminds me of Longmire, and the show looks like it may be a winner.

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Alphas: If you liked what Heroes tried to do, then this show pays off in episode one. Regular people with superpowers working as a team to take down other people with superpowers. Be careful this show is addictive.
Lost Girl: If you liked Buffy. This show is about the Fae. The main character's power is to feed off life energy. Dark Faerie and Light Faerie both fight to get her to join their respective side, but SHES HER OWN WOMAN.
Portlandia: Mr. Show is the closest relative to this show, fun for kids to watch, lots of goofy humor.
Revenge: Office favorite.

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@dupedyetagain: best show ever made? disagree. although not a bad watch, (I have seen all of them) there are better out there. No shout out to Dexter on your post?

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@davidschronic: No Dexter love for the pathetic reason that I have yet to see it (with a few exceptions, if it's not on Netflix or Hulu, I probably haven't seen it--though I've seen all of Curb, Sopranos, Weeds, US of Tara). But everyone tells me Dexter is terrific. I did see the pilot and thought it was great.

As far as "best _ ever," just depends on what you like. I can't remember any other show with so clear a vision as to its visual style, philosophy, and sense of purpose. It is in turns exciting, unbearably suspenseful, entertaining, complex, scary, thought-provoking, intelligent, funny, and heartbreaking.

What do you recommend as better shows?

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Married....With Children. Eleven seasons of irreverent humor.

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Watch DEXTER!! LOVE LOVE LOVE that show....also The Walking Dead is such an amazing series....both of those are guaranteed satisfaction.

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Nerdy/geeky:
CHUCK

Fairy tale:
GRIMM
ONCE UPON A TIME

Crime drama:
NCIS
PSYCH
MONK

Medical Drama/Comedy:
ROYAL PAINS

Comedy:
FRASIER
NIGHT COURT
FAMILY TIES
GET SMART
WINGS
BARNEY MILLER
THE COSBY SHOW

Animation:
ROBOTECH
6TEEN
STAR WARS: CLONE WARS

Superhero:
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
WONDER WOMAN

Sci-Fi:
STAR TREK
FIREFLY

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@jimmyd103: Good choice. Revolution is decent. Notice I didn't say fantastic or wonderful, just decent compared to what's out there. I'm disabled and end up with many sleepless nights and a close to max DVR. Thank goodness for On Demand.

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@lavikinga: Person of Interest is better than many.

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@cengland0: One of the funniest shows in production.

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@jimmyd103: No need, just buy a coffee and sit on the bench inside the doors at Wal~Mart while your significant other shops. You can watch 5 different episodes all at once.

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@davidschronic: My absolute favorite, never missed an episode and yes, I have them all on my dvd shelf was The Shield. Totally over the top crime drama that had me hooked for seven years.

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@hessem: Don't forget that Martin Freeman is possibly the best Watson ever.