The MacRumors TV Show Recommendation Thread

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by sammich, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. sammich macrumors 601

    sammich

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    Hi fellow MR'ers.

    I, like many of you, am an avid TV Show watcher and collector. And every so often a member posts a new thread asking for something new to watch. So I've decided to start this thread in the hopes of collecting what the MR consciousness likes to vege out on.

    So before we begin just some rules:
    • Choose your 5 favourite shows of any time
    • Nominate ONE show in your list to be your absolute favourite/recommendation (this will count double in the votes)
    • If you cannot name one, you may add a 6th show to your list
    • You may post more than once, but I will only count your latest 5/6 shows.
    • Please follow the example formats below, otherwise I may not count your vote.
    For example, House will count as 2 votes:
    House
    How I Met Your Mother
    Scrubs
    Top Gear
    The Office​

    Or, each vote has equal weighting:

    House
    How I Met Your Mother
    Scrubs
    Top Gear
    The Office
    30 Rock​

    That means each vote you cast needs to add up to 6.
    I'll try to update the votes once a day at least.

    Vote away!
     
  2. sammich thread starter macrumors 601

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    #2
    Votes counted up to post 80.
    Votes cast: 256. Voters: 44.

    IMDb, Wiki__ 17 | Dexter
    IMDb, Wiki__ 17 | House
    IMDb, Wiki__ 14 | Top Gear
    IMDb, Wiki__ 10 | The Office (US)
    IMDb, Wiki__0 9 | Arrested Development
    IMDb, Wiki__0 9 | The Big Bang Theory
    IMDb, Wiki__0 8 | Lost
    IMDb, Wiki__0 7 | South Park
    IMDb, Wiki__0 5 | 24
    IMDb, Wiki__0 5 | Breaking Bad
    IMDb, Wiki__0 5 | How I Met Your Mother
    IMDb, Wiki__0 5 | NCIS
    IMDb, Wiki__0 5 | Scrubs
    IMDb, Wiki__0 4 | Archer
    IMDb, Wiki__0 4 | Futurama
    IMDb, Wiki__0 4 | I'm Alan Partridge
    IMDb, Wiki__0 4 | The Wire
    IMDb, Wiki__0 3 | Burn Notice
    IMDb, Wiki__0 3 | Chuck
    IMDb, Wiki__0 3 | Doctor Who
    IMDb, Wiki__0 3 | Friends
    IMDb, Wiki__0 3 | Modern Family
    IMDb, Wiki__0 3 | Mythbusters
    IMDb, Wiki__0 3 | Prison Break
    IMDb, Wiki__0 3 | Six Feet Under
    IMDb, Wiki__0 3 | The Pacific
    IMDb, Wiki__0 3 | The Sopranos
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | 30 Rock
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | Bones
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | Community
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | Curb Your Enthusiasm
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | Family Guy
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | FlashForward
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | Frasier
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | Heroes
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | Nip/Tuck
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | Peep Show
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | Rome
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | The League of Gentlemen
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | The Office (UK)
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | The X-Files
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | Two And A Half Men
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | V
    IMDb, Wiki__0 2 | White Collar
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | 8 Out Of 10 Cats
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Band of Brothers
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Big Love
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Black Books
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Boston Legal
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Californication
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Coupling
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Criminal Minds
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | CSI
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Curb Your Enthuiasm
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Desperate Housewives
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Dirty Jobs
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Flash Forward
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Flight of the Conchords
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Fringe
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Frisky Dingo
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Glee
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Grey's Anatomy
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Homicide: Life on the Street
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Jeeves & Wooster
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Keeping up Appearances
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Law & Order
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Legend Of the Seeker
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Lie to Me
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Married With Children
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Merlin
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Metalocalypse
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Nathan Barley
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Numb3ers
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Nurse Jackie
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Phoenix Nights
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Rescue Me
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Robin Hood
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Royal Pains
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Saturday Night Live
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Seinfeld
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Spaced
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Star Trek the Next Generation
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Star Trek Voyager
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Stargate
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The Apprentice
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The Closer
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The Equalizer
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The Inbetweeners
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The IT Crowd
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The Mentalist
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The Mighty Boosh
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The OC
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The Ricky Gervais Show
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The Tudors
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | The Ultimate Fighter
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Treme
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Ugly Betty
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Weeds
    IMDb, Wiki__0 1 | Whose Line Is It Anyway?
     
  3. sammich thread starter macrumors 601

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    House
    How I Met Your Mother
    Scrubs
    Top Gear
    The Office

    Feel free to make some comments here too.

    There was a time when I almost gave up watching House, but now it's back on top and just so enjoyable to watch. Every character is good on screen, not least of all 13 :)
     
  4. ethical macrumors 68000

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    #4
    The Big Bang Theory
    How I Met Your Mother
    South Park
    Top Gear
    Grey's Anatomy (new addition to your list)
     
  5. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    #5
    Dexter
    Nip/Tuck
    The Peep Show
    The Apprentice
    The X Files
     
  6. iBlue macrumors Core

    iBlue

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    #6
    Dexter
    Six Feet Under
    The Sopranos
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    House
    Scrubs

    (I was having trouble deciding between House and Scrubs and although they're both based around medicine, they're very different shows. So I won't pick a favourite for the double vote but if I were to do that it would definitely be Six Feet Under. It was a masterpiece from start to finish. The camera work was stunning and the characters were brilliant. A very close second would be Dexter.
     
  7. stridemat Moderator

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    #7
    Scrubs
    Top Gear
    Heroes
    The Pacific favourite
    The Big Bang Theory
     
  8. King Mook Mook macrumors 6502

    #8
    Jeeves & Wooster (hilarious show, btw, and watch it if you love British comedy)
    Keeping up Appearances (another hilarious British show)
    Boston Legal (terrific show, even if you don't normally like legal drama, as I find it a drama but more of a comedy)
    House
    Arrested Development

    King Mook Mook
     
  9. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    #9
    Homicide: Life on the Street
    The X-Files
    House
    Doctor Who
    The Equalizer

    BTW ... Saw the pilot of the X-Files the other night (via Netflix/Wii). It's amazing the show made it to a second episode.

    mt
     
  10. King Mook Mook macrumors 6502

    #10
    And also, another terrific show is Doctor Who, and if you haven't seen it, watch it! The David Tennant ones are terrific!

    King Mook Mook
     
  11. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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  12. sammich thread starter macrumors 601

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    A mix of new and old, and long running shows. Quite a seasoned couch potato are we? :) Keeping Up Appearances somehow appeals to everyone, classic show!

    But which 5 are you choosing or are you sticking with 6?
     
  13. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Chuck
    Lost (but not for much longer)
    Merlin (it's on SyFy after getting canceled from one of the networks)
    Heroes
     
  14. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
    Spaced
    Phoenix Nights
    I'm Alan Partridge
    The League of Gentlemen
     
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    #16
    Rome
    The Tudors
    Star Trek the Next Generation
    Dexter
    Dirty Jobs

    For any of the HBO/Showtime series you need to see them in their unedited format not hacked up for regular commercial television.

    It's really quite tough choosing a top 5 list as there are so many great series that have been produced by Showtime, HBO, Discovery and History. Those are the networks I mainly watch with the exception of Star Trek repeats and V (though V really is not very good).
     
  17. noaccess macrumors 6502

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    Six Feet Under
    Arrested Development
    30 Rock
    Nurse Jackie
    Glee
     
  18. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    House
    Friends
    The Big Bang Theory
    The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
    Top Gear
     
  19. sammich thread starter macrumors 601

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    Alright added the first round of votes up to the voter before me. Umm, can you do an anchor link in BBcode? This just loads a new page/tab.

    Apologies for the unsorted-ness, my C++ is still scratchy.

    Note: If you could try and stick to the 5 (with favourite)/6 (without fav) shows rule it would be better cos it would keep the results more uniform. But rules are made to be broken. I can't stop you :p
     
  20. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Sorry, I missed out my favourite! I have edited my post to show my favourite and you can update the poll results accordingly :)
     
  21. capoeirista macrumors 6502

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    I'm Alan Partridge
    The Wire
    Flight of the Conchords
    Peep Show (Maybe you'd like to take out the 'The' above Sammich, sorry for being a pedant)
    Nathan Barley
     
  22. sammich thread starter macrumors 601

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    Sorry, not sure what you mean by the 'The'?

    EDIT: oh I got you now.

    EDIT: updated again, it's unsorted though. I need some sleep and possibly someone's C++ help later.
     
  23. ethical macrumors 68000

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    You mention you're going to be pruning the list when it gets too long... how will you decide what to cut off? Get rid of the bottom X%?

    It might be worth only including shows that are still in production/between seasons? There are a lot of really old shows in that list.

    EDIT: Also, you've got X-Files twice.
     
  24. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a

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    House
    Dexter
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    The Office
    Nip/Tuck
     
  25. sammich thread starter macrumors 601

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    I'll prune them as I see fit. I'll post the entire list on pastebay or somewhere similar when that happens.

    There many sources of old shows, and leaving them out just because they are no longer being made wouldn't be right. Something as good as Fawlty Towers needs to get represented as well. Although, chances are that people will list much more recent shows than classic. Would people like me to lift the max number of shows to list to like 10? That way older shows can get represented.

    Thanks, I dump the votes into a text file to process, and these little nuances in typing are hard to pick up manually. What's worse is that the string comparison is case sensitive. Sigh.
     

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