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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:20 PM   #1
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Recommend Some TV Shows

I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some TV shows to start watching?

I feel like I'm running out of stuff to watch, and I'd really like to be introduced to some new shows.

The shows I current like are:
  • Frasier
  • Will & Grace
  • The Simpsons
  • Family Guy
  • Lost
  • Fringe
  • Star Trek TNG, VOY and DS9
  • Friends

I sort of like 'House' but I find it a very shallow show (some what like CSI) with no real, deep, meaningful character development.

I dabbled with Grey's Anatomy and Supernatural for a while there, but it didn't keep me coming back for more .

I'm not a fan of depressing, grungy action stuff, but mostly comedy and science fiction.

Ideally I'm looking for something that's still airing, and less than ten years old.

What do you recommend?
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:24 PM   #2
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Battlestar Galactica
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:26 PM   #3
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Battlestar Galactica
Nip/Tuck
Gossip Girl (very funny and well-written, believe it or not)
I bought the first episode of Battlestar Galactica from iTunes... but I didn't follow what was going on. They were running away from these alien people every 52 minutes or something. Confusing!

Nip/Tuck does not appeal.

What is Gossip Girl about?
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:28 PM   #4
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I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some TV shows to start watching?

I feel like I'm running out of stuff to watch, and I'd really like to be introduced to some new shows.

The shows I current like are:
  • Frasier
  • Will & Grace
  • The Simpsons
  • Family Guy
  • Lost
  • Fringe
  • Star Trek TNG, VOY and DS9
  • Friends

I sort of like 'House' but I find it a very shallow show (some what like CSI) with no real, deep, meaningful character development.

I dabbled with Grey's Anatomy and Supernatural for a while there, but it didn't keep me coming back for more .

I'm not a fan of depressing, grungy action stuff, but mostly comedy and science fiction.

Ideally I'm looking for something that's still airing, and less than ten years old.

What do you recommend?
based on what you list, you might like

Burn notice
The mentalist
Psych
Life
Life on Mars
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:31 PM   #5
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What about Dexter?

My partner has similar tastes as you seem to have (he loves Family Guy, Star Trek, Fringe, Simpsons, Lost) and ended up loving it.
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:32 PM   #6
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What is Gossip Girl about?
It's a completely silly show about wealthy teens in NYC and their shenanigans. It's also about their parents. It's bubble gum- but it's damn good, well-written, funny bubble gum. Even my elitist filmmaker friends watch it.

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What about Dexter?

My partner has similar tastes as you seem to have (he loves Family Guy, Star Trek, Fringe, Simpsons, Lost) and ended up loving it.
Yes! Dexter is great!
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:36 PM   #7
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Get the first seasons (or all of them) via the library/Netflix and enjoy.

I've been going back to stuff on DVD now and I watch that more than regular TV.
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:39 PM   #8
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24. Probably should start watching since Season 1 though.
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:43 PM   #9
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:47 PM   #10
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I'll give a second vote for Burn Notice and Psych.

You may also want to try:

How I Met Your Mother
Big Bang Theory (Hey, if we geeks need to make fun of ourselves!)
Stark Trek Enterprise (Not the best of the ST universe, but I like Scott Backula)

And, of course: Futurama! It has science fiction AND comedy!
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:54 PM   #11
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For me The best TV Show is Futurama. It has 4 seasons and 3 movies, 4th coming soon. Recommend it!
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 03:57 PM   #12
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My two three favorites:
  • LOST (Wednesdays at 9:00, ABC)
  • Brothers & Sisters (starring Sally Field; Sundays at 10:00, ABC)
  • House (Mondays, FOX)

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I started a thread that turned out to be really helpful in this area.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=617228
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They've only aired one episode, but the new ABC series Castle, starring Nathan Fillion, was very well done. Of course, I'm a big fan of Capt. Tightpants, and he's basically the same irreverent smart@$$ character without a ship and a gun. YMMV
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 04:28 PM   #16
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Big Bang Theory on Monday nights on CBS. It's 4 computer nerds with a hot neighbor chick. It is very funny.
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Old Mar 13, 2009, 10:02 PM   #17
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ShaunPriest lists his location as Omicron Persei 8 so I'm going to assume that he/she (probably he) has heard of Futurama.

I'm going to be recommending other people recommendations:

Comedy: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Tim and eric Awesome show Great job!

Dramady: Weeds

Drama: Dexter


although Dexter can be incredibly hilarious.

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2 and 1/2 men. A brother, divorced and with a son, moves in with his rich, womanizing brother. Very funny. Mondays at 9, 8 central.
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It's a completely silly show about wealthy teens in NYC and their shenanigans. It's also about their parents. It's bubble gum- but it's damn good, well-written, funny bubble gum. Even my elitist filmmaker friends watch it.
+1. I'm getting hold of season two tomorrow after I get back to the UK - I'm looking forward to it.
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Old Mar 14, 2009, 04:42 AM   #22
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Criminal Minds

I also watch Entourage, Gossip Girl & The Office.
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I second Battlestar Galactica. You need to give it a second chance though. By the sounds of it you bought the first episode of season 1 which means you've skipped the 2003 Mini-series.
Watch the mini-series and it will all make sense.
Amazing show......
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Old Mar 16, 2009, 09:53 AM   #24
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For me The best TV Show is Futurama. It has 4 seasons and 3 movies, 4th coming soon. Recommend it!
I love Futurama, but I have been left disappointed by the movies.

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My two three favorites:
  • LOST (Wednesdays at 9:00, ABC)
  • Brothers & Sisters (starring Sally Field; Sundays at 10:00, ABC)
  • House (Mondays, FOX)
I love LOST, it is currently one of my favourite shows.


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House & Monk.
I find House far too repetitive.

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2 and 1/2 men. A brother, divorced and with a son, moves in with his rich, womanizing brother. Very funny. Mondays at 9, 8 central.
This sounds very interesting - I'll try downloading a few episodes.

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Dexter
Two and a Half Men
Criminal Minds

I also watch Entourage, Gossip Girl & The Office.
I'll have to download some Dexter too.

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I second Battlestar Galactica. You need to give it a second chance though. By the sounds of it you bought the first episode of season 1 which means you've skipped the 2003 Mini-series.
Watch the mini-series and it will all make sense.
Amazing show......
Okay, I bought the first part of the mini-series from iTunes (this explains why I was confused watching the first episode of Season 1 of the TV show!)... there is something about this show which I just don't like. The space scenes are weird too! I am willing to watch the other 3 parts of the mini-series due to all the recommendations here. Does it get better?
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I wouldn't recommend How I met Your Mother at all, it's not even funny; sometimes they try to make a joke but it's not funny. Here are my recommendations:

- Family Guy
- Two And A Half Men (One of the best sitcoms shows I've ever seen)
- The Soup (Weekly show which makes fun of some of the tv's reality shows and hollywood gossip)
- Everybody Hates Chris (It's kind of entertaining when you have nothing to do)
- Fringe (Seems good so far, first episodes are interesting although I still have to catch up)
- The Mentalist (Tells us the story of how a Famous-Fake-TV Mentalist lost his daughter and his wife to a serial killer who hasn't been caught, he gets a job at the CBI playing as a Mentalist, a person who can read the mind and make you think things that you want them to think).
- CSI Las Vegas (Now that Grissom and Warrick are not there, the shows seems to be less boring, plus Lawrence Fishburne is the new star there (yes, that guy from Matrix).
- Heroes (You have to love watching a show where ordinary people have extraordinary abilities, it's not like a superheroes series it's more like you are in the kitchen and you discover that you can heal faster than anyone else, but then there are people who want to hunt you down because they think you're a menace for the nation). I like it a lot, some of the heroes can: travel through time, absorb powers, heal, read minds, super-charge your powers, talk to machines, etc.).
- The Hills (I'm just kidding, I hate The Hills).
- G's To Gents (From MTV, gathers 16 gangstas trying to turn them into Gentlemen. Is a reality show from MTV, I honestly hate realities but this one got my approval)


And that's about it.
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