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2013-08-31 12:17:32 AM
I'll add Rizzoli and Isles, not a great show but a good show.   Hell on Wheels is pretty good as well.
 
2013-08-31 12:34:59 AM
I'd add Grimm, both seasons are now on Amazon Prime.
 
2013-08-31 12:59:13 AM
Veep and Orphan Black are both excellent (and on the list).  I'm tempted to call foul on some of their recommendations, and there are other shows that are criminally missing, but I haven't seen a lot of them.

Also very worth checking out if you haven't been following them:  Suits (USA), Covert Affairs (USA), The Newsroom (HBO), Continuum (SyFy), and Falling Skies (TNT).
 
2013-08-31 01:16:22 AM
I got the first half of Breaking Bad season 3

/I'm good
 
2013-08-31 01:28:23 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Also very worth checking out if you haven't been following them: Suits (USA), Covert Affairs (USA), The Newsroom (HBO), Continuum (SyFy), and Falling Skies (TNT).


All excellent shows.

I've got to second TFA's recommendation of Broadchurch.  We're anxiously waiting for the next episode.
 
2013-08-31 01:34:26 AM
I've got my own binge.  And then Broadchurch
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2013-08-31 04:17:39 AM
Though I really wanted it to be good, Gillian Anderson's The Fall is terrible.

There is this very unbelievable serial killer and in the five episodes of the first season, they do figure out who he is, but not at all through the police work of anyone, including Gillian Anderson. The serial killer makes a mistake and that's that.

There are a dozen other subplots about Northern Ireland politics that are never resolved. Stay tuned for Season 2, but nuh uh, not me.
 
2013-08-31 04:20:03 AM
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2013-08-31 04:24:14 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I got the first half of Breaking Bad season 3

/I'm good


I'm rewatching the entire series at the moment,I'm 5 episodes into season 1 and dammit I had forgotten how farking funny Breaking Bad could be and why I liked Walt as a character.
 
2013-08-31 05:04:01 AM

RoyBatty: Though I really wanted it to be good, Gillian Anderson's The Fall is terrible.

There is this very unbelievable serial killer and in the five episodes of the first season, they do figure out who he is, but not at all through the police work of anyone, including Gillian Anderson. The serial killer makes a mistake and that's that.

There are a dozen other subplots about Northern Ireland politics that are never resolved. Stay tuned for Season 2, but nuh uh, not me.


Agreed!
 
2013-08-31 05:12:16 AM
Glad they put Banshee in there. Such a guilty pleasure. Nothing high brow about it but it is a great, grimy, nudity filled, ultra violent, action / noir story that I went back to week after week.
 
2013-08-31 05:13:01 AM
I'm rebinging on some old favorites.  The early Dexter.  Monarch of the Glen and Highlander which both make the lusty teen in me briefly alive again even though they're extremely cringe worthy today.  I'm being sentimental, but it's not always a bad thing.
 
2013-08-31 05:27:56 AM
I'm watching all 3 seasons of The Walking Dead this weekend
 
2013-08-31 05:44:13 AM
I tried The Fall and it put me to sleep.  I wanted to like it, because Gillian Anderson, but no.
Also her accent was less convincing than some of Mulder's conspiracy theories.

Orange is the New Black is kind of a chick show but I still watched it all.  It was all right.
House of Cards, on the other hand, was really great.
I also burned through the first half of S5 of Breaking Bad (still a great farking show, I'm MAD that AMC requires you to have a TV provider to watch episodes on their website) and S6 of Burn Notice (John C. McGinley basically playing Dr. Cox for the first half was great).  Watch them if you haven't.

Not sure what I'll watch next.
 
2013-08-31 06:21:47 AM
I've seem a few of those, The Bridge and Scandal are pretty good. Moon Boy was about the dumbest thing I've seen in a while and I don't want to get started on how big a pile of shiat Parenthood is. I can't understand why so may people enjoy watching a family that's so highly dysfunctional they're borderline psychotic.
 
2013-08-31 06:44:44 AM
If you want something campy, I recommend Cleopatra 2525. Shame it got cancelled after season 2.
 
2013-08-31 06:48:34 AM
If you're into travelly/adventurey things, I'll add 'Long Way Down' with Ewan McGregor and some of his friends. The basic premise is that he and a friend drive motorcycles from the northern tip of Scotland, to the southern most point of Africa. It's pretty enjoyable, and at 10 episodes, you can get through it pretty easily.

There is also 'Long Way Round' but I haven't found that one yet. It was a previous one they did from London to New York.
 
2013-08-31 07:07:30 AM
Is this one of those lists where you're supposed to guess which ones are fake?

I pick Top of the Lake, Orphan Black, and Banshee.
 
2013-08-31 07:21:49 AM
And there's always Dr. Who.
 
2013-08-31 07:24:26 AM
I will be doing an under the dome marathon.
 
2013-08-31 07:24:49 AM
Luther (it's all up on Netflix, except the last series, which just aired) The final episode is one of the most satisfying TV finales I've ever seen.

Jack Taylor (Netflix) I can't say enough good things about this series.  I've never seen such a perfect antihero as a protagonist.  And I want a Garda coat!
 
2013-08-31 07:26:39 AM
Strike Back should be on everybody's list. Season one has a bit of a different feel from the rest on the series as it is more drama driven, you can tell that Cinemax took over after season 1, but in general it is a sit back, strap in, get your popcorn and get ready for the ride type of show.

Also if you are into English TV you should try Luther with Idris Elba and line of Duty with Lenny James.
 
2013-08-31 07:32:57 AM

Dwight_Yeast: Luther (it's all up on Netflix, except the last series, which just aired) The final episode is one of the most satisfying TV finales I've ever seen.


I concur.  Possibly my favorite gritty detective show.  Idris Elba's best work to date.

/always saw a bit of Harry Bosch in DCI Luther
 
2013-08-31 07:41:09 AM

TuteTibiImperes: Veep


TuteTibiImperes: The Newsroom (HBO)


I want to say, you're bad and you should feel bad.

TuteTibiImperes: Orphan Black


TuteTibiImperes: Continuum (SyFy), and Falling Skies (TNT).


But then you totally went and redeemed yourself.

To be fair, there is no accounting for taste for good reason.

I'll third Broadchurch. d/l and watched in two nights. Nothing groundbreaking but it is good tv and ~Tennant~
 
2013-08-31 08:12:58 AM
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2013-08-31 08:31:06 AM

jakomo002: I concur. Possibly my favorite gritty detective show. Idris Elba's best work to date.


Did you notice that the series actually ends with a RickRoll?
 
2013-08-31 08:32:02 AM
I agree with "Broadchurch".  Of course, Tennant is usually excellent, but there's a surprising number of one-liners that relieve the tension without breaking it.  That's a VERY rare feat for a mystery show.

Also, I have to toss in "In the Flesh."  It's only three episodes, but it's wonderful.
 
2013-08-31 08:33:28 AM
My recommendations: Luther (Idris Elba's finest work), House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Jericho, Hatfields & McCoys (Kevin Costner one, not the crap Christian Slater rip-off), Hell on Wheels, and Southland. Only the last one is NOT on Netflix.

The Investigation Discovery reality crime shows (such as Nightmare Next Door, Solved: Extreme Forensics, and Disappeared) are HUGELY addicting, and surprisingly underrated on Netflix, but not for everyone.
 
2013-08-31 08:36:45 AM

cartersdad: I will be doing an under the dome marathon.


You'll be disappointed. Really wanted to like Hank from Breaking Bad on this one, but his character is very unlikable, and his dumbass teenage son is killing the show with his bad acting and poor caricature of a rebellious teenager.
 
2013-08-31 08:42:59 AM
I got 6 books from the library.

reading The Caine Mutiny.
 
2013-08-31 08:46:58 AM

BalugaJoe: I got 6 books from the library.

reading The Caine Mutiny.


Just don't lose your monocle.

Tom_Slick: I'll add Rizzoli and Isles, not a great show but a good show.   Hell on Wheels is pretty good as well.


So do those two lez out or what? That's heavily intimated in the 100 commercials/day they run for it.
 
2013-08-31 08:57:07 AM
Ones I've seen:

The Americans: Great show. Captures the 80s cold war feel and very well done for a spy drama. Can be a bit over dramatic at times but definitely watch worthy.

Elementary: Terrible. Watch the superior British Show Sherlock instead of this campy dumbed down version.

The Fall: Much better than I expected. Serial killer shows are so popular right now I figured this would be a "me too" show. Gillian Anderson played her part wonderfully and I can't wait for season 2

Hannibal: Good show would be better if it weren't on NBC. The level of gore in the crime scenes appears very out of place considering everyone goes out of their way to not swear.

Orange Is the New Black: Great show. I was expected a comedy version of an all female OZ but it isn't. The characters seem alive and Crazy Eyes deserves a nomination and a larger role next year.

Orphan Black: Best sci-fi show on TV? Probably.

Person of Interest: Lame another procedural show but I never made it past season 1 and people say it gets better.

Shark Tank: Another crappy reality tv show

Veep: Not nearly as funny as I was expecting but watchable.
 
2013-08-31 08:58:10 AM

The Banana Thug: cartersdad: I will be doing an under the dome marathon.

You'll be disappointed. Really wanted to like Hank from Breaking Bad on this one, but his character is very unlikable, and his dumbass teenage son is killing the show with his bad acting and poor caricature of a rebellious teenager.


Big Jim is more likable in the tv show than the book. In the book he approaches comic book levels of ridiculous megalomania
 
2013-08-31 09:04:25 AM

Carth: Elementary: Terrible. Watch the superior British Show Sherlock instead of this campy dumbed down version.


Yeah, it's pretty boring. Sherlock's a prick and as far as I can tell he doesn't do a lot of "sleuthing".

Hannibal: Good show would be better if it weren't on NBC

It is good. Goriest show on TV though, and that includes the other serial killer show, Dexter, that' on Showtime
 
2013-08-31 09:06:12 AM
The first 2 episodes of Silk is on PBS on Demand.
 
2013-08-31 09:12:37 AM
Started watching Battlestar Galactica. Think I'm going to finish the whole series in 3 days
 
2013-08-31 09:31:00 AM
I watched the premier of "The Bridge" and it showed promise, but didn't finish the second show.  I guess they were trying to develop the characters, but it seemed to drag on and on, like a soap opera.  Anybody here recommend giving another try?
 
2013-08-31 09:33:02 AM
The Banana Thug * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-08-31 08:36:45 AM cartersdad: I will be doing an under the dome marathon. You'll be disappointed. Really wanted to like Hank from Breaking Bad on this one, but his character is very unlikable, and his dumbass teenage son is killing the show with his bad acting and poor caricature of a rebellious teenager.
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Yeah... he's a pretty good actor on breaking bad but he's just awful on UTD. Though, no one is particularly good.

And it's not like it's bad directing, Jack Bender (who directed all the best lost episodes) directed the 2nd episode and even he couldn't make it good.

I do like both of the hot chicks (the goth/emo one and the one that keeps getting locked up and beaten), they're actually pretty decent actors...at least, compared to everyone else. Especially the goth/emo one.

Dean Norris tries too hard to just have a scowl on his face at all time and it just doesn't work.
 
2013-08-31 09:41:04 AM

carnifex2005: Glad they put Banshee in there. Such a guilty pleasure. Nothing high brow about it but it is a great, grimy, nudity filled, ultra violent, action / noir story that I went back to week after week.



There's one GREAT reason to watch Banshee:

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2013-08-31 09:46:54 AM

SoupJohnB: I watched the premier of "The Bridge" and it showed promise, but didn't finish the second show.  I guess they were trying to develop the characters, but it seemed to drag on and on, like a soap opera.  Anybody here recommend giving another try?


I recommend giving it another try.

One thing I think everyone should know going into the show is that the main character is on the spectrum. Half the shiat she says does not make any sense and it comes off as bad acting IF you're not aware of her autism firsthand. I watched the first episode without knowing she's disabled and her social cues were just off-putting.
 
2013-08-31 09:47:16 AM
How can they possibly not mention Bates Motel? Definitely worth a binge.

Agree with:

Vikings
Top of the Lake
Orange is the New Black
Call the Midwife (Seriously!!!! It is really good)


Would add:

House of Cards
Continuum
Hell on Wheels
Copper
Longmire


Plan to check out:

The Americans
The Bridge
Moone Boy
 
2013-08-31 09:48:36 AM
Even though it doesn't come out on DVD until Sept 17th, yall should check out "Bates Motel":

http://www.amazon.com/Bates-Motel-Season-Vera-Farmiga/dp/B00DNUSFZQ/ re f=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1377956819&sr=8-2&keywords=bates+motel

/Vera Farmiga BETTER get the Emmy for best actress this year, damnit!
 
2013-08-31 09:50:23 AM

WhyteRaven74: And there's always Dr. Who.


Good point. I just finished watching "In the loop" and will be starting "In the thick of it" so I can get a good idea of what our next doctor's personality will be, LOL!

/Malcolm Tucker is my hero!
//farkity-bye!
 
2013-08-31 09:51:59 AM

The Banana Thug: My recommendations: Luther (Idris Elba's finest work), House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Jericho, Hatfields & McCoys (Kevin Costner one, not the crap Christian Slater rip-off), Hell on Wheels, and Southland. Only the last one is NOT on Netflix.

The Investigation Discovery reality crime shows (such as Nightmare Next Door, Solved: Extreme Forensics, and Disappeared) are HUGELY addicting, and surprisingly underrated on Netflix, but not for everyone.


Do you watch "Snapped" on Oxygen? Just curious
 
2013-08-31 09:54:50 AM
I whole heartedly recommend the Australian series "Rake". Two series of 8 episodes, so it's easily watchable in a weekend binge. Fantastic cast and writing plus some top guest stars (Hugo Weaving [as a farking cannibal no less], Rachael Griffiths, Toni Collette). Sort of House, if House was an Aussie lawyer, but far,far better written and acted and much,much more nuanced.
 
2013-08-31 09:58:54 AM

mafiageek1980: Even though it doesn't come out on DVD until Sept 17th, yall should check out "Bates Motel":

http://www.amazon.com/Bates-Motel-Season-Vera-Farmiga/dp/B00DNUSFZQ/ re f=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1377956819&sr=8-2&keywords=bates+motel

/Vera Farmiga BETTER get the Emmy for best actress this year, damnit!


Simulpost LOL and I agree about Vera Farmiga!
 
2013-08-31 10:03:51 AM
Hit & Miss. Chloë Sevigny plays a transsexual hit man who finds out she has a son. Only six episodes to watch but a good series.
 
2013-08-31 10:24:05 AM

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Seriously that is the worst show SyFy has crapped out in years. The chick is ugly and the story is like Harry Potter level stupid. I literally couldn't make through the pilot and I have a strict policy of giving a show, any at least three episodes if it looks interesting but it was just too corny.
 
2013-08-31 10:34:25 AM

Carth: Ones I've seen:

The Americans: Great show. Captures the 80s cold war feel and very well done for a spy drama. Can be a bit over dramatic at times but definitely watch worthy.


This show panders to dumb teabaggers with fantasies about scary communists.

Its grade school level writing that pushes thinly veiled right wing propaganda, and on top of that comes off more like a soap opera than a spy thriller.
 
2013-08-31 10:39:33 AM

johnnyboog: SoupJohnB: I watched the premier of "The Bridge" and it showed promise, but didn't finish the second show.  I guess they were trying to develop the characters, but it seemed to drag on and on, like a soap opera.  Anybody here recommend giving another try?

I recommend giving it another try.

One thing I think everyone should know going into the show is that the main character is on the spectrum. Half the shiat she says does not make any sense and it comes off as bad acting IF you're not aware of her autism firsthand. I watched the first episode without knowing she's disabled and her social cues were just off-putting.


Read the premise before I watched the show, and researched the AS variant of autism.  Nearly a match for the character and behavior of a woman for whom I once worked.  A wizard at certain things like math and budgets, but no social skills whatsoever.  People on her payroll went out of their way to avoid her, unless absolutely necessary.
 
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