TV Shows - What's Next For Me?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by és:, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. és: macrumors 6502a


    Whilst I like film, especially for comedy, I don't believe it can touch TV shows for character story, depth or story. I've become a massive fan of TV Shows over the last couple of years. The US has this locked down, as far as I'm concerned. In England it is rare to have a Drama series that touches the quality of the US shows. My favorites are probably 'The West Wing' and 'Six Feet Under'.

    The problem is that in my search for the best TV series, I've watched a lot of the classics and have become a bit of a TV Show nazi and can't stand bad writing - so what is next?

    The West Wing - Done
    The Sopranos - Done
    Six Feet Under - Done
    The Shield - Done
    24 - U2D*
    Heroes - U2D
    Lost - U2D
    Dexter - U2D
    Grey's Anatomy - U2D
    Dirty Sexy Money - U2D
    Life - U2D
    Chuck - U2D
    Prison Break - U2D
    Two And A Half Men - U2D

    * Up to date.

    Those are the ones that I can think of, there might be some others that I've omitted. However, I need my next marathon of TV shows! The ones that jump to mind are 'Deadwood', 'The Wire' (which I watched 2 episodes of and didn't like but have since been told by everyone that it's amazing) and I've even been recommended 'Entourage' - and I have no idea what that is.

    Any ideas?
  2. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Try Nip/tuck. It's completely naughty, delicious fun. Also Battlestar Galactica.
  3. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    If you are in the UK i am not sure what is available.

    if you like comedy, i think "The IT Crowd" is brilliant. I am told that "Father Ted" is as well.

    Would also very highly recommend "Sport Night" - it was one of Aaron Sorkin's first series - exceptional. "The Wire" is incredible but you need to get thru the first couple of episodes to get into it.

    "Arrested Development" is one of the best comedies, hands down.

    Have not watched it yet, but apparently "Mad Men" is incredible.
  4. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    I can't watch Mad Men. It's like watching a show about my daily life, since I'm in advertising. The scenery and clothes have changed, but the business hasn't. :)
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Arrested Development, Desperate Housewives and Nip/Tuck, that's where it's at for good TV.
  6. és: thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Interesting. I've just looked it up, assuming that it was really old but it seems to be current. Si-Fi.

    I might check that out.

    Is it fast paces like The West Wing and Studio 60? I loved, truly loved, The West Wing - so I'll definitely be looking that up.

    Yeah. I've heard that at least 10 times. I'm going to force myself to buy the first season on DVD and then I can't let it slip from my grasp.

    I've heard of it but not seen any of it. Another one to add to my list.
  7. Vader macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2004
    Saint Charles, MO
  8. és: thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Any chance of a bit of a run down of the first two and the last one?

    Thanks to all the people offering up comedy - I should have specified that I'm looking for a bit of an epic drama.
  9. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    OK here are a few:
    The Inbetweeners
    The IT Crowd

    House M.D
    Brothers and Sisters
    Desperate Housewives
    Big Bang Theory
    How I Met Your Mother
    Prison Break
    'til Death
    The Office
    30 Rock
    My Name Is Earl
  10. Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
  11. és: thread starter macrumors 6502a


    I watched the first 6/7 episodes of the fringe (and the mentalist) and just had to dump it. Didn't have enough meat for it to hold my attention.

    House has popped up quite a few times, though. Seems like a goer
  12. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Nip/Tuck- just so over the top.
    Entourage - Great HBO series, but most of them are.
    Oz - Another great HBO series.
    30 Rock
    Rescue Me
  13. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    If you like Sci-Fi, Battlestar G is where it's at! Great writing (mostly) and excellent action. Make sure you don't get the 70's version by mistake...

    As far as current shows, those mentioned by others are all pretty good.

    Check out NBC's Life. It's a cool, hip and edgy show. The lighter side of crime fighting, not a comedy, per se, but it's got some hilarious moments and great characters.
  14. és: thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Yeah, definitely on the list now.

    Yep, I'm up to date with life. Damien Lewis is an exquisite actor and Sarah Shahi si stunning.
  15. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    yes it is - and if you loved the west wing you should also love sports night - maybe even more.

    for an opposite of that, you could look at "twin peaks" - slow but brilliant in its own way. if you like complexity and something really well written it is great.

    "mr show" is another genius comedy.
  16. drichards macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2008
    Check out some preview ep rips on

    Entourage is a sometimes comedic capture of the larger than life moviestar persona of Vincent Chase, his brother Johnny Drama, friend Turtle, and manager Eric Murphy. Turtle has a name but I'll let you watch all five seasons to find out what it is. Jeremy Piven is the real shining star as Ari Gold, Hollywood super agent. The boys are from Queens, living the life and struggling to make it at times. Its lighter than the other two programs.

    Rescue Me is a fireman's drama. Denis Leary stars as Tommy Gavin, recovering alcoholic FDNY firefighter in post-9/11 New York. The crew lost Tommy's cousin Jimmy Keefe in the towers and each of them are dealing with post traumatic stress and family issues in their own way. Tommy has a very close relationship with Jimmy's widow Sheila, and his wife Janet doesn't appreciate that Tommy is always working while she is struggling to raise his two daughters and his son Connor at home alone for extended periods, because of the long hours of the FDNY.

    Mad Men is a drama set in 1960s New York, at the Sterling Agency on Madison Avenue. Its a historically accurate take on the high life in the 60s. Drink. Smoke. F*ck. Advertising executives living a fast life in New York, its one of the best shows on basic cable.
  17. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    The only show I watch outside of really bad crap is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. I never got much into the other Law & Order series, but I absolutely love SVU. The storylines can get gritty and downright disturbing at times, and some of the twists and turns really catch you off guard.

    Of course, it has it's boring or predictable episodes, but those are few and far between.

    Unfortunately, I have watched almost every episode from all 10 seasons now within a year, so my viewing has slowed.
  18. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Based on your list, I think you'd like Breaking Bad.

    I'm something of a TV snob myself and I consider it one of the best shows on TV from the past couple of years, and certainly the single most underrated.

    There's only been seven episodes due to the writer's strike, but I believe it's coming back to television soon...
  19. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    The new incarnation of Battlestar Galactica is amazing. I think you'll love it. It's very smart and very intense.
  20. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    Definitely watch Entourage! I started watching it not to long ago and watched seasons 1-4 nonstop along with season 5. And besides, Vincent Chase is hott!
  21. leishan macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2005
    If you want something funny, check out Weeds.
  22. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    while it was only on for one season, its definitely worth watching FireFly. one of the best shows ever. imo of course.
  23. liquidtrend macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2008
    youve already got most of what i would suggest.
    and while im thinking about it...i sure hope a new season of dexter comes out.

    but you dont have any house?
    if youre looking for an interesting story with a great build of characters, house is a must look into!
  24. rageboi macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2008
    * Sex and the City
    * Brothers and Sisters
    * Dirty, Sexy Money
    * Skins (U.K.)

    They are on my top list...

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