TV Shows

I was wondering what people are watching. What's good on the tv, both new and old?

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milkbox's picture

I'm a serial tv junkie... best of the bunch recently has been "Luther" on BBC... first season is on Netflix, and you can get newer episodes on Comcast on demand... solid (and pretty twisted) detective story with Idris Elba from the Wire...

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I'm hooked on The Tudors.

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"An Idiot Abroad-The Bucket List" Science Channel at 10 pm on Saturdays. Currently waiting for the first episode of "Life's Too Short" which starts on soon on HBO. Also, HBO's "Luck"...great show...love Dustin Hoffman, and love stories about the track.
And unfortunately, addicted to "The Voice".... the antithesis of 'American Idol". When not watching those, the Food Network is always on. My new show on there is "Heat Seekers"...watching two guys eat food so hot it makes them turn red and cry.

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I thought the Tudors was ok but not because of anything they did.. I'm just not a fan of shows like this. Luther sounds great and since I have Netflix I'll be sure to check it out. Please people, keep the suggestions coming.

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Susquehanna's picture

Hockey, most stuff on adult swim, some things on comedy central. Anything I'm interested in on TCM.
The only things I'm religious about are tosh.0 and the Walking Dead.

jbette01's picture

Walking Dead.

Lauraska's picture

I've been watching the Cooking Channel alot on the weekends while doing stuff around the house. I discovered two shows that I'm loving - "The Supersizers Go..." and "Two Fat Ladies." The Supersizers was a show done by the BBC a couple years ago where a food critic and his actress friend immerse themselves in a specific historic era, right down to eating the cuisine, wearing period garb and participating in a daily schedule that mimics what folks of that time did. Two Fat Ladies is super awesome because it's...well...two fat ladies...cooking. But they're funny.

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Dr_Fish's picture

I'm happy that Walking Dead is back. Luck hasn't really grabbed my interest but I'm willing to watch a few more episode. I can't wait for Game of Thrones to come back.

KingDingAling's picture

I LOVE The Walking Dead. Great show. I'm actually watching the pilot episode of Luther right now.

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austen's picture

American Horror Story - not sure if its on Netflix or not.
Drinking Made Easy
Luther is great.
Downton Abbey
Mad Men - new season starts March 25th
Freaks and Geeks
Homeland

george's picture

Can't remember the last time I got into a series but I'll pretty much watch Anthony Bourdain doing ANYTHING and for sheer dummy entertainment I still like "Amazing Race" just for the exotic locales.

Most of my TV viewing is sports or Turner Classic. Honestly, I'd rather watch a 'Bewitched' rerun for the 574th time than most of the dreck sitcoms I've seen lately.

That said, I have a strong opinion on what NOT to watch, and that would be the sheer embarrassment known as "The Chew" that ABC airs daily, to their eternal shame.

If you EVER find yourself watching this program, just stop. Do ANYTHING else. Iron clothes, make a stew, go run naked in traffic. ANYTHING. Just save yourself from it.

It's too late for me. I'm drawn to it that way people gawk at a horrible car wreck---knowing better but unable to avert their gaze.

But it is so very wrong. From the forced, painful levity to the awful cooking to the 'lifestyle' advice that makes you want to ride a unicycle over the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Do not watch The Chew.

codergrrl's picture

I, too, would watch Anthony Bourdain read the phone book.

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austen's picture

His new show Layover is pretty good.

austen's picture

Portlandia!

th's picture

Justified. Walking Dead.

I'm excited about starting Boardwalk Empire on DVD.

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OK - so - the Wire - I bought my parents the complete series, and have never watched it (more than random episodes here and there).

I've been tempted to borrow it and plow through - but will I be sucked in? Like completely? To the effect of putting off showering and walking the dog to watch just one more episode?

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austen wrote:
OK - so - the Wire - I bought my parents the complete series, and have never watched it (more than random episodes here and there).

I've been tempted to borrow it and plow through - but will I be sucked in? Like completely? To the effect of putting off showering and walking the dog to watch just one more episode?

It's a distinct possibility, but it's worth it. It might be actually about Baltimore, but you can see a lot of Philly in it too.

sdm's picture

I've tried three times to make it through the first season. I've only made it 7 episodes in. I need to watch it with someone who really likes the show and can help get me through season one. Most people I've talked to just tell me to skip it and begin with season two.

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codergrrl's picture

I did the same thing, got it on Netflix to see what everybody was talking about.
Gave up after the first episode. Wasn't anything I hadn't seen before. I'd rather watch "The First 48".

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Atomic Larry's picture

I used to like Anthony Bourdain but now his shtick kinda gets on my nerves. Ok we get it: You don’t like tourists. And gastropubs. And foodies. ....too bad he doesn’t realize were it not for all of those things he wouldn't have a show.

Atomic Larry's picture

I got semi-addicted to Boardwalk Empire last season. ...oh and I like Bill Maher too. despite his bad hair. looks like i am keeping HBO.

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Oh I think he knows. He's alway got the "too cool for the room" vibe going on, but I liked him since I saw him judge on Top Chef, and he had no problem giving an honest opinion. I like people who speak their minds, whether you agree or not.

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Bourdain also had an amazing guest appearance on Yo Gabba Gabba, which was hilarious in a way that only adults could appreciate. This has cemented Yo Gabba Gabba as one of our favorite kids shows, second only to Sesame Street of course.

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Breaking Bad.
Arrested Development.
Six Feet Under.
Parenthood.

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bozoloper's picture

Matt Benatar wrote:
Parenthood.

say it ain't so.

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serious "Justified" marathon going on.

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bozoloper wrote:
Matt Benatar wrote:
Parenthood.

say it ain't so.

Of the heaps of garbage that K watches, this is a legitimately good show. It might be my sinking standards, but I do think it's good when I catch it. Reminder: you like Counting Crows.

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Matt Benatar wrote:
bozoloper wrote:
Matt Benatar wrote:
Parenthood.

say it ain't so.

Of the heaps of garbage that K watches, this is a legitimately good show. It might be my sinking standards, but I do think it's good when I catch it. Reminder: you like Counting Crows.

meredith is in love with that show, too. i may be extra hard on it just because i write off all tv she likes.

now look, you're broadening my original statement. august and everything after is a fine album. recovering the satellites was, eh. the rest are horrid. i will not be associated with anything from the shrek years.

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"Long December" is a good song. IF YOU'RE A CHICK!

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codergrrl wrote:
"Long December" is a good song. IF YOUR A CHICK!

a. that's on recovering the satellites which is firmly in the "eh" category.

b. YOUR is a good word if you're in possession of something.

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codergrrl's picture

Don't deflect the point with English.

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meredith's picture

Matt Benatar wrote:
bozoloper wrote:
Matt Benatar wrote:
Parenthood.

say it ain't so.

Of the heaps of garbage that K watches, this is a legitimately good show. It might be my sinking standards, but I do think it's good when I catch it. Reminder: you like Counting Crows.

i LOVE parenthood. maybe bozo will actually give it a chance now.

i'll be the first to admit that i have mostly terrible taste in TV. most of the shows i watch are reality competition shows, like top chef, hell's kitchen, and project runway. i also love intervention.

other classics that i'll watch for the rest of my life are seinfeld, arrested development, and freaks and geeks.

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codergrrl's picture

Almost forgot..."Louie", (when it comes back on)...and "Shameless"...which could also be called "Kenzo's on Parade".

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th's picture

I was a big fan of "The Shield"

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Shameless is great. I haven't tried watching Louie yet. I started The Shield awhile back but lost interest. Maybe I should give it another go.

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codergrrl's picture

I don't know if they have "Louie" on Netflix, or on Demand...but its stunningly uncomfortable, funny and true. He's the best stand up working today, now that Patrice is dead.

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sdm's picture

The 2nd season of Louie is one of the best seasons of TV I've ever seen.

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codergrrl's picture

Thats what can happen when you give a great talent complete creative control. Down to the music.
The major networks better be paying attention.

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Matt Benatar's picture

Louie is great. It's crass, honest, emotionally articulate, shot well, and weirdly structured.
I'm reaching here, but right after Louie was Wilfred, which was surprisingly funny. It was kind of psychedelic and dark, which I usually appreciate. It also had one good subtle dog joke in each episode, that you'd have to be a dog owner to even catch.

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Matt Benatar wrote:
Louie is great. It's crass, honest, emotionally articulate, shot well, and weirdly structured.
I'm reaching here, but right after Louie was Wilfred, which was surprisingly funny. It was kind of psychedelic and dark, which I usually appreciate. It also had one good subtle dog joke in each episode, that you'd have to be a dog owner to even catch.

we watched the first couple episodes of wilfred. i liked it a lot. for some reason i just completely stopped, i keep meaning to go back. the episode where he tries to poison him with chocolate is great.

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I'll admit to watching 'Hoarders' on more than a few occassions. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't enjoy seeing people living with cat skeletons and piles of soiled adult diapers in their kitchen?

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george wrote:
I'll admit to watching 'Hoarders' on more than a few occassions. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't enjoy seeing people living with cat skeletons and piles of soiled adult diapers in their kitchen?

meredith is a fan of that one, too. it's better than intervention. that show always interferes with my evening beers.

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th's picture

'Hoarders' = motivation to clean the house.

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austen wrote:
OK - so - the Wire - I bought my parents the complete series, and have never watched it (more than random episodes here and there).

I've been tempted to borrow it and plow through - but will I be sucked in? Like completely? To the effect of putting off showering and walking the dog to watch just one more episode?

The Wire is the best series HBO has ever done .

But right now . The walking dead , revenge , The big bang theory , Mike and Molly is absolutely hilarious and two broke girls

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th wrote:
'Hoarders' = motivation to clean the house.

Yeah, everytime I see my dad watching that show, I start screaming about how "Why are you laughing, this is you"...and threaten to throw away his bicentennial 7-up bottle, (real glass, and misformed! "It could be worth something some day!")

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"Wilfred" is absolute genius as well...it defies description, but on more than one occasion, the sentence
"Close your eye, Bear"...enters my head and I crack up all over again. I have to admit, it took me one or two episodes to really just accept the premise.

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codergrrl wrote:
"Wilfred" is absolute genius as well...it defies description, but on more than one occasion, the sentence
"Close your eye, Bear"...enters my head and I crack up all over again. I have to admit, it took me one or two episodes to really just accept the premise.

i love wilfred! the peanut butter episode was disturbing, though. haha.

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george wrote:
I'll admit to watching 'Hoarders' on more than a few occassions. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't enjoy seeing people living with cat skeletons and piles of soiled adult diapers in their kitchen?

I will admit to stopping for Hoarders, Intervention, Say Yes to the Dress, Teen Mom, House Hunters International and basically anything on HGTV. Whatever. Same reason why I dont feel the need to defend liking bad Beyonce songs - life is too short to be high brow all the time. Sometimes its good to embrace transient crap for what it is - brain bubblegum.

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jbette01 wrote:
george wrote:
I'll admit to watching 'Hoarders' on more than a few occassions. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't enjoy seeing people living with cat skeletons and piles of soiled adult diapers in their kitchen?

I will admit to stopping for Hoarders, Intervention, Say Yes to the Dress, Teen Mom, House Hunters International and basically anything on HGTV. Whatever. Same reason why I dont feel the need to defend liking bad Beyonce songs - life is too short to be high brow all the time. Sometimes its good to embrace transient crap for what it is - brain bubblegum.

i stayed over my parents' house last night after having had my wisdom teeth extracted, and my mom and i watched three hours of "say yes to the dress". every minute was pure bliss. i bought my wedding dress two months ago, and i could totally relate to those poor brides-to-be, having all of those hideous dresses forced upon you by relatives. finally, i found one that everyone liked, but, most importantly, i absolutely loved.

“Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you.” – David Foster Wallace

sdm's picture

I often get sucked into Storage Wars marathons. It makes me feel wrong inside and that I should probably seek out some sort of support group.

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codergrrl's picture

On a different tangent completely, I heard about a guy who bought a safe on Ebay, and when he opened it there was like $26 grand inside. Thats what everyone in Storage Wars is hoping for.

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sdm's picture

Well there's also the fact that the owners of those storage bin companies often go through them first to make sure nothing of any *real* value is there after auction.

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Lauraska's picture

Got another - Southland

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george's picture

The Price Is Right (but only in the hope that the "Yodeling Man" makes an appearance).

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george wrote:
The Price Is Right (but only in the hope that the "Yodeling Man" makes an appearance).

I live vicariously through any contestant that gets to play Plinko, myself.

Love is a Mattlefield.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm

Love is a Mattlefield.

meredith's picture

Matt Benatar wrote:
Curb Your Enthusiasm

love.

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Thought you'd all like to know Lovey's fave show, although I'm sure it's obvious.

Million Dollar Listing, of course!

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Ru Paul on Logo and Fox News.

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milkbox's picture

maybe I'm tipping my nerd hand, but I'm surprised no one's mentioned Battlestar Galactica or Dr. Who... Battlestar is my favorite space soap, ever... I find that I can only watch scripted tv... except for maybe Iron Chef, Japan... Chairman Kaga is the King of the Cosmos...

sdm's picture

I'm actually watching the Doctor right now. David Tennant *and* Catherine Tate together on TV? Genius. BSG sits in the absolute upper echelon of TV and I firmly believe 100 years from now no science fiction show will have even come close to matching it.

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Kenzo's picture

Catherine Tate is better at sketch comedy than on Who.

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sdm's picture

While that is true, anytime she is on TV I am happy. This past week's Office was the best episode I've seen in recent memory all because of her.

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sdm's picture

Also, Eastbound and Down comes back tonight for it's final season. The next 8 Sundays are going to be the best I'll have all year.

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milkbox wrote:
maybe I'm tipping my nerd hand, but I'm surprised no one's mentioned Battlestar Galactica or Dr. Who... Battlestar is my favorite space soap, ever... I find that I can only watch scripted tv... except for maybe Iron Chef, Japan... Chairman Kaga is the King of the Cosmos...

The Nerdist. (bbc) Long live Captain Jack Harkness.

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sdm's picture

I'd let that beautiful man buy me a drink anytime.

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Lauraska's picture

sdm wrote:
Also, Eastbound and Down comes back tonight for it's final season. The next 8 Sundays are going to be the best I'll have all year.

Yes! DVR is set.

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codergrrl wrote:
The Nerdist. (bbc) Long live Captain Jack Harkness.

yes... also: IT Crowd, Pulling, Peepshow, UK's Shameless and (the guiltiest pleasure of them all) UK's Skins.

I really should cancel Netflix instant.

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The uncensored version of Spartacus: Blood & Sand. The version airing on cable cuts out all the fun bits. I got the full version that aired on New Zealand TV.

Tis a shame the lead actor passed away.

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Were you the person I was having a conversation with about the censored vs. uncensored versions of the show?

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sdm wrote:
Were you the person I was having a conversation with about the censored vs. uncensored versions of the show?

Nah. I didn't even know the show even existed until I watched one episode (uncensored) on SkyTV.

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dan

Firefly.
I'm nothing if not current.

Before that, it was the final season of The IT Crowd.

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spacemonkey wrote:
Ru Paul on Logo and Fox News.

Ru Paul is on Fox News? I gotta check that out!

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I have to say, Californication is one of the most underrated shows on tv. Hank Moody is the man.

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meredith wrote:
i stayed over my parents' house last night after having had my wisdom teeth extracted, and my mom and i watched three hours of "say yes to the dress". every minute was pure bliss. i bought my wedding dress two months ago, and i could totally relate to those poor brides-to-be, having all of those hideous dresses forced upon you by relatives. finally, i found one that everyone liked, but, most importantly, i absolutely loved.

Hijack -- I cant wait for your wedding pictures. Continue TV thread.

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jbette01 wrote:
meredith wrote:
i stayed over my parents' house last night after having had my wisdom teeth extracted, and my mom and i watched three hours of "say yes to the dress". every minute was pure bliss. i bought my wedding dress two months ago, and i could totally relate to those poor brides-to-be, having all of those hideous dresses forced upon you by relatives. finally, i found one that everyone liked, but, most importantly, i absolutely loved.

Hijack -- I cant wait for your wedding pictures. Continue TV thread.

your wish will be granted in mid-july. :)

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Thank God TV stinks now im reading, the few shows I watch the new show on HBO Luck can not get into, I do like the show on Show time Shamless very funny , I'll read till the Phillies start.