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2013-11-27 06:38:31 PM  
No WKRP Turkey episode?
 
2013-11-27 07:48:12 PM  
Nice to see "Spaced" get some love. One of my all time favorites.
 
2013-11-27 07:51:31 PM  
Invasion

I humbly submit a superior alternative:

i40.tinypic.com

Bonus: Available streaming on Netflix.
 
2013-11-27 07:55:26 PM  
No Highlander, Babylon 5, Archer, Dead Like Me, Farscape or any of the Star Trek series?
 
2013-11-27 07:58:46 PM  

dripping with sarcasm: No WKRP Turkey episode?


It's on hulu and it'll be shown four times starting now on Antenna TV.
 
2013-11-27 07:59:32 PM  
And Farscape is back on netflix streaming.
 
2013-11-27 08:06:49 PM  

Badgers: No Highlander, Babylon 5, Archer, Dead Like Me, Farscape or any of the Star Trek series?


Archer is still fairly new, so I can see skipping it for this list.

I heartily agree with the rest, though.
 
2013-11-27 08:07:57 PM  
Homicide: Life on the Street is one of those shows I wish Netflix would pick up and stream. I was a little too young to be watching it when it was running, but I watched it anyway and was blown away by its style and black humor.
 
2013-11-27 08:10:15 PM  
In a turn of circumstance that I still don't quite understand, the last season of Breaking Bad was released on Netflix yesterday, and I have the first two discs today

/I am truly thankful
//I have SO been waiting for this...
///NO SPOILERS, PLEASE
 
2013-11-27 08:10:45 PM  

I found the BBC version of House of Cards not nearly as entertaining as the Netflix remake.


The idea of Great Britain having a king was not shocking or interesting to me.

 
2013-11-27 08:14:14 PM  
Ctrl + F "The Prisoner"
no results

List fail.
 
2013-11-27 08:20:36 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: I found the BBC version of House of Cards not nearly as entertaining as the Netflix remake.


Watched about an episode and a half of the Netflix version but just couldn't get into it. I think it was the fact that all the characters just seem so despicable it's hard to root for or identify with anyone.
 
2013-11-27 08:28:07 PM  
The only show you needed on Thanksgiving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsWKTcZ6fWA
 
2013-11-27 08:28:20 PM  
Larry Sanders and Dobie Gillis FTW
 
2013-11-27 08:39:05 PM  

Badgers: No Highlander, Babylon 5, Archer, Dead Like Me, Farscape or any of the Star Trek series?


Babylon 5, Seasons 2-4, would be the three-day weekend.
 
2013-11-27 08:40:03 PM  
No MST3K?
 
2013-11-27 08:40:57 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Badgers: No Highlander, Babylon 5, Archer, Dead Like Me, Farscape or any of the Star Trek series?

Babylon 5, Seasons 2-4, would be the three-day weekend.


But a great one

/loves me some Bab5
 
2013-11-27 08:41:31 PM  
List completely fails without Columbo.
 
2013-11-27 08:42:25 PM  

fusillade762: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: I found the BBC version of House of Cards not nearly as entertaining as the Netflix remake.

Watched about an episode and a half of the Netflix version but just couldn't get into it. I think it was the fact that all the characters just seem so despicable it's hard to root for or identify with anyone.




I think that is one of the points, there are no good guys in Washington. Just people with their own agendas.
 
2013-11-27 08:43:39 PM  

Pincy: List completely fails without Columbo.


Damn, now I have the strongest craving to watch that.
 
2013-11-27 08:45:53 PM  
Black Books is very enjoyable.
 
2013-11-27 08:45:56 PM  
No South Park Thanksgiving episodes?
 
2013-11-27 08:47:07 PM  
Spaced is a terrific show.
 
2013-11-27 08:47:16 PM  
Hrm, Black Books sounds kinda cool. Anybody recommend it?
 
2013-11-27 08:48:54 PM  

DeltaPunch: Hrm, Black Books sounds kinda cool. Anybody recommend it?


My wife really likes it but I could just never quite get into it.  It's not bad, but it's no IT Crowd.  Of course, that may be a very unfair comparison.  Few shows live up to the genius of IT Crowd.
 
2013-11-27 08:55:30 PM  

Pincy: DeltaPunch: Hrm, Black Books sounds kinda cool. Anybody recommend it?

My wife really likes it but I could just never quite get into it.  It's not bad, but it's no IT Crowd.  Of course, that may be a very unfair comparison.  Few shows live up to the genius of IT Crowd.


Because of Black Books, I watched a Dylan Moran stand up comedy special streaming on Netflix. I recommend you watch his standup routine before watching Black Books, because his evil character in Black Books can be too much sometimes, and the special is funny.
 
2013-11-27 08:58:42 PM  
I've watched some episodes of The Rifleman while cuddling with one of my FWBs. Normally not into westerns, but the stories pull me in.

/no torchwood?
 
2013-11-27 09:01:17 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: I found the BBC version of House of Cards not nearly as entertaining as the Netflix remake.


I liked the original when it first ran (yes, I'm old).  But I rewatched it recently before the Spacey version premiered and I was surprised and let down by how one-dimensional the characters were.  It's one of the rare times that the remake is better than the original, though Sir Ian Richardson's Urqhart is still one of the best TV villains ever.

DeltaPunch: Hrm, Black Books sounds kinda cool. Anybody recommend it?


It's excellent.  It may take a couple of episodes to get into, but once it starts rolling and you commit to the characters, it's one of the funniest things on TV in the last decade.  There's one episode ("Grapes of Wrath") which may be the best piece of comedy to run on TV since Fawlty Towers' "The Germans".
 
2013-11-27 09:09:06 PM  

fusillade762: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: I found the BBC version of House of Cards not nearly as entertaining as the Netflix remake.

Watched about an episode and a half of the Netflix version but just couldn't get into it. I think it was the fact that all the characters just seem so despicable it's hard to root for or identify with anyone.


I never understood this type of critique. Why would you have to identify with any particular character?  House of Cards is pretty damn funny and horrifying at the same time. It almost parodies itself with how outrageous it gets, but Spacey seems to understand that and it makes him mesmerizing. I can't identify with anyone on that show, because it's so far outside my experience and worldview, but it's still compelling.
 
2013-11-27 09:09:28 PM  

dopekitty74: I've watched some episodes of The Rifleman while cuddling with one of my FWBs. Normally not into westerns, but the stories pull me in.

/no torchwood?


I watch The Rifleman pretty much daily on the local broadcast channel. Great show

/if you like that one, you might like Have Gun, Will Travel: a personal favorite
//this guy who wrote a lot of those shows made this other show later? It was called, like, Star Trek, or something
 
2013-11-27 09:10:47 PM  

Pincy: DeltaPunch: Hrm, Black Books sounds kinda cool. Anybody recommend it?

My wife really likes it but I could just never quite get into it.  It's not bad, but it's no IT Crowd.  Of course, that may be a very unfair comparison.  Few shows live up to the genius of IT Crowd.


Sounds like you never saw the episode of Black Books that had Manny and a piano in the same room. (Won't spoil it, but it was one of the funniest things I've ever seen.) I'd put Black Books above Spaced but below IT Crowd. (And I put Father Ted above IT Crowd.)

On a different note, a friend suggested I watch this decade-old show, kind of like a Western set in space. Anybody have any strong opinions about it?...
 
2013-11-27 09:17:12 PM  

bill4935: Sounds like you never saw the episode of Black Books that had Manny and a piano in the same room. (Won't spoil it, but it was one of the funniest things I've ever seen.) I'd put Black Books above Spaced but below IT Crowd. (And I put Father Ted above IT Crowd.)


Bill Bailey is excellent.  If you like Black books, check out his stand-up work and his appearances on various English quiz shows like Quite Interesting and Have I Got News for you (you can find them on YouTube).
 
2013-11-27 09:18:40 PM  

dopekitty74: I've watched some episodes of The Rifleman while cuddling with one of my FWBs. Normally not into westerns, but the stories pull me in.

/no torchwood?


I would only vote for Torchwood if they stipulate that nobody watch Miracle Day. I still can't believe how bad that was.
 
2013-11-27 09:28:14 PM  
No recommends for the Seinfeld episode where Jerry pictures Kramer's head on a turkey?

Play it just before serving time. Your guests will be so pleased.
 
2013-11-27 09:29:41 PM  
is there no love for square pegs?

also, rockford files still kicks ass even if jim always got his beat
 
2013-11-27 09:30:09 PM  
Hooray, a recommendation for Coupling.  One of my favorites.
 
2013-11-27 09:31:06 PM  
When I was living without cable, I picked up MeTV and Retro TV, it introduced me to The Rifleman, MASH, Naked City, Highway 66, and most importantly, my all-time favorite, I Spy.   

I highly recommend any of those, but especially I Spy.  Bill Cosby & Robert Culp have a chemistry that still holds up almost 50 years later and the stories, cheesy as they may be sometimes, really show some cool scenery around the world.  Mainly though, the back-and-forth between the two leads is worth it.
 
2013-11-27 09:33:08 PM  
Black Books, Spaced and Father Ted are all highly recommended. Father Ted is one of the best things ever written for TV. (What would you say to a nice cup of tea, Father? Feck off cup!)
List needs Pushing Daisies, Trailer Park Boys, Lost Room, Nathan Barley, Monk and Neverwhere They're all great binge-watching material.
 
2013-11-27 09:44:33 PM  
Or, you could watch the live stream of Joel from MST3K hosting a marathon of six MST3K episodes at mst3kturkeyday.com starting at noon ET.
 
2013-11-27 09:52:00 PM  
www.bbc.co.uk

Ahem?
 
2013-11-27 09:59:39 PM  

ProdigalSigh: [www.bbc.co.uk image 396x222]

Ahem?


If you are at least 25 years old and haven't seen every episodes of Are you being Served twelve dozen times, there's something wrong with you.

/used to run five nights a week on PBS
//and there are only about 30 episodes.
 
2013-11-27 10:01:32 PM  
It's a venerable cornucopia, well excluding the jew, Marshall Herskovitz. I'll tune in somewhere, once I'm drunk.
 
2013-11-27 10:04:06 PM  

ProdigalSigh: [www.bbc.co.uk image 396x222]

Ahem?


Looks British.
 
2013-11-27 10:04:12 PM  

Omahawg: is there no love for square pegs?

also, rockford files still kicks ass even if jim always got his beat


While the Rockford Files is cool because there is some continuation of narrative, it gets boring if you watch too much of it all at one time, as the episode format is always the same.
 
2013-11-27 10:06:50 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: While the Rockford Files is cool because there is some continuation of narrative, it gets boring if you watch too much of it all at one time, as the episode format is always the same.


Why didn't they ever remake that? They remake everything else. I'm thinking Jason Lee.
 
2013-11-27 10:07:27 PM  
A Thanksgiving weekend, the complete set of "Bottom" on DVD, and I'm set.

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-11-27 10:09:11 PM  

Pincy: List completely fails without Columbo.


Alternate episodes of Columbo and Quincy

So. Much. Win
 
2013-11-27 10:11:08 PM  
I'll throw in a recommendation for the Australian show "Rake". Sort of a House type anti hero, but a lawyer. Fantastic cast, great guest stars (Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffith, Toni Colette, the usual Aus suspects) and really top notch writing. Only 2 series of 8 eps each. Easily the equal of any top tier US cable show.
 
2013-11-27 10:26:39 PM  

dripping with sarcasm: No WKRP Turkey episode?


Yeah, that's a major fail for avclub right there.

Since I'm bored - and drinking - I'll run down my opinion of their choices (and also provide everyone the list so you don't have to bother clicking their link)

1: Bewitched.  I watched so many episodes of this show while growing up I don't need to see it anymore, but if you haven't seen it, give it a try.  It's pretty good.  Samantha Stevens is hot.
2.   Black Books.  And interesting show.  I never got into it too much, Its humor might be too subtle for most American audiences or maybe it wasn't that funny most of the time.
3.   Baseball - no opinion.  Never heard of it.
4.  The Bernie Mac Show A truly underrated show by a great comedian, may he rest in peace.
5.   Cheers - I hate that show.  All the characters are annoying and not funny (except for Rhea Perlman)
6.   Coupling - If you haven't seen it, watch it.  It's one of the few shows I'll rewatch over and over.  I think I'm caught in the giggle loop.  Also I know you're not supposed to stick your dick in crazy, but I love Jane
7.   Deadwod - haven't seen it.
8.   Dick Van Dyke Show - see previous comments about Bewitched
9.   Father Ted - never watched, no opinion
10.   Fawlty Towers - Yeah, if you haven't seen this, you need to watch it.  Que?  Don't mention the war.
11.   Hill Street Blues - I tried to watch this.  I even have it on DVD.  just couldn't get into it.  I suspect it's overrated.
12.   Homicide: Life On The Street -crapola
13.   House of Cards - yeah, it's a bit dated and British, but I watched it after seeing the Netflix version.  It's worth it.  Watch the Netflix version too.  I recently heard Netflix paid $100 million to make it.  WTF?  Worth it for viewers, maybe not for Netflix
14.   I, Claudis - NW/NO
15.   Invasion - NW/NO - never even heard of it.
16.   The Larry Sanders Show - who the hell cares?
17.   The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis  - yes.  This is a great show.  Bob Denver plays the beatnik before he got stranded on that godawful island.
18.   The Monkees - NO, just no.  Unless you're into that crap
19.   Moonlighting - NW/NO
20 - Naked City - NW/NO, but it has the word "naked" in the title so maybe give it a shot?
21.   Peter Gunn - Yes, good show.  It's worth it just to hear the theme song.
22.   The Rifleman - Good show.  Chuck Connor is badass.
23.   The Rockford Files - Yeah, not for me
24.   Rubicon - NW/NO
25.   Six Feet Under - NW/NO, but is on my list of things to watch
26.  Oh, fark it - too many for me, but ThirtySomething sucks and Twilight Zone is awesome in case you've been living under a rock and never saw an episode   Twin Peaks is also good.

Missing from the list:

The Shield ("The good cop left for the day.  I'm a different kind of cop")
Hawaii Five-O (the original, not the shiatty remake - "Book 'em Danno")
Trailer Park Boys (This flew under my radar until someone on Fark linked to a clip)
Mile High (It's funny and the stewardesses are hot)
Yes, Minister (If you liked House of Cards, you'll probably like this)
The Prisoner ("I am not a number, I am a free man!")
Sleeper Cell (I stumbled across this on Netflix.  It makes 24 look like the Brady Bunch meets the Keystone Kops)
Red Dwarf (but only up to a point.  It got old and pointless after a few seasons)
 
2013-11-27 10:27:09 PM  

Third Day Mark: When I was living without cable, I picked up MeTV and Retro TV, it introduced me to The Rifleman, MASH, Naked City, Highway 66, and most importantly, my all-time favorite, I Spy.   

I highly recommend any of those, but especially I Spy.  Bill Cosby & Robert Culp have a chemistry that still holds up almost 50 years later and the stories, cheesy as they may be sometimes, really show some cool scenery around the world.  Mainly though, the back-and-forth between the two leads is worth it.


Fun fact: I Spy was the first show to feature a black man beating up a white man and the black man was the hero.

Bill Cosby broke many a barrier in his early days before the ugly sweaters.

Often during the show he slips bits of his comedy routine in when patter is needed.
 
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