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24 March 2009 @ 10:44 am
Fishing for series recs  
On the subject of TV, does anyone want to throw out some suggestions for our TV night? We've been doing this for six or seven years now every Wednesday; it started out Movie Night and settled into DVD night instead. We just finished up Scrubs and Burn Notice, and have Being Human queued up for this week, but we are running a little short on shows.

Our habit is one longer drama and one shorter light subject. So far we have done:

Red Dwarf
Adventures of Brisco County Jr
Veronica Mars
Life on Mars
Doctor Who (9 and 10)
The Wire
Burn Notice

ETA: Forgot Worst Jobs in History, fun Channel 4 Tony Robinson quasi-doc

I favor shows with likeable characters; I can forgive much else if I enjoy hanging with the people. It's nice if they avoid idiot plotting, and we don't have a lot of patience with the mediocre; the last seasons of Red Dwarf and Veronica Mars and the first season of Blackadder all got the hook due to quality issues. Heroes and Supernatural are right out, because hot men do not balance out racial and gender skank for me, and zdashamber is not a fan of Lost.

We are starting to consider nonfiction shows, old shows are just fine (note the Brisco County in that list), and anime is okay with me though I don't know if tersa and zdashamber are fans. I'm thinking of suggesting Ashes to Ashes, since we enjoyed Life on Mars, and Alton Brown's Feasting on Asphalt series and The Tick cartoon has come up. What else do people want to toss up as suggestions? I've heard good murmurs about Leverage, and Merlin enjoyed a brief vogue on my friends list a few months back (though there seemed to be somewhat of a "silly show, but fun" vibe.)

Pimp your show! Feel free to link this post to other people, if you want them to pimp shows too.

(temporary TV icon enabled, but I'll come up with something else later)
Alix (Tersa): Arnold--contemplative (tersa)tersa on March 24th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
I started watching (the first 2 eps) of the BBC "Merlin" back around Christmas, and wouldn't mind continuing to watch that.

ebonlock rec'ed me another BBC show, "White Chapel", last night, which she described as a murder-mystery show set in modern day, but the murders seemed tied in with the Jack the Ripper murders (I have the DVD of eps).

I think I have all or most of "Leverage" on DVD already waiting for me to watch.

I think we're not short on dramas at all, it's the short fluffy stuff we're short on. :)
Scarlett Girl: Gen - ted - tv addict - a_galscarlettgirl on March 24th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Leverage would be my rec. Its smart, fast and funny with a hint of angst that catches up with you. It snuck up on me how much I loved it.
(no subject) - tavella on March 25th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Cyrano: Blipvertcyranocyrano on March 24th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
I can't recall if anybody has already pooh poohed these, but they're all shows I'm considering watching.
Deadwood is probably too grim.
Queer as Folk might also be.
Six Feet Under
Arrested Development
The 4400
West Wing

That's all off hand. I should actually do some work.
Cyrano: Blipvertcyranocyrano on March 24th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Well. Farscape and DS9 are on my list too, but too bad on me.

Lie to Me has been okay thus far, but not so I'd stand up for it. Kind of like House, but with more corpses.
The one episode I saw of Weeds was funny.
How I Met Your Mother
Invader Zim (I've seen this one)
Alias? I occasionally hear good things about this.
Highlander? See above.
(no subject) - tersa on March 24th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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I DON'T LIKE ANGRY FUTURE ROMULANS: it makes my heart feel good!!bossymarmalade on March 24th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Twin Peaks
Homicide: Life on the Street (especially if y'all enjoyed The Wire)
Little Mosque on the Prairie

I love them all!
Lauratavella on March 24th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
James Nicoll has mentioned "Little Mosque on the Prairie". What's the skinny on it? Apart from presumably it's about a rural mosque :)

I quite liked H:LotS in the day, but I caught a couple of episodes on cable a year or so back and discovered it hasn't really aged that well, sadly.
(no subject) - bossymarmalade on March 24th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Kent: tv-Popularkent on March 24th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Freaks & Geeks, and then Undeclared when you're through and want some more. (These are Apatow's high school and college years, before the 20/20-something slacker comedy period he's in now.) Boy do I miss those shows.

How I Met Your Mother is great, too. Arrested Development is superb!

Popular was quite subversive and funny, although it ends quite abruptly and has some uneven periods.
Lauratavella on March 25th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
I'm getting lots of _How I Met Your Mother_ recs. It sounded really gimmicky and 'how does this work beyond a season' from the concept, but I gather it has overcome that?
(no subject) - kent on March 25th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
Madeline the Edifyingzdashamber on March 24th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
I am all over The Tick (animated or live, actually), thanks for remembering that one! Ashes to Ashes also.

I can't think of much stuff, though I've been considering for awhile. Not my forte. I was sort of thinking about suggesting that we spend part of the evening as a project night, quilting and talking or something.
Cyrano: Sudden but Inevitablecyranocyrano on March 24th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Bah! Talking!
(no subject) - zdashamber on March 24th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Elspethelspethdixon on March 24th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Cities of the Underworld. Crazy obessive guy with a video camera explores dangerous and possibly condemned tunnels under a variety of famous cities (Paris's sewers, the limestone caverns under Budapest, New York's abandoned subways stations, freaky underground tunnels in Edinborough, etc.). It's addictively entertaining, and little history lessons on where various underground things came from are included.

It's where we got the giant underground converter room under Grand Central from for the salt aliens fic.

Lonesome Dove and Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (series one and series two of a Canadian-produced Western very, very loosely based on Larry McMurtry's novel - it's essentially the fanfiction future adventures of Newt Call and his slashy antagonist Civil-War-era-Tony Stark Clay Mosby). Series two is the best of the two, IMO, with an really likeable if slightly anachronistic female gunsmith, but both of them are fun Westerns - and LD: TOY is the only tv western other than Deadwood that I've ever seen have a Chinese recurring character (okay, he runs an opium den, but it's at least an acknowledgement that Chinese immigrants existed). Warning for dead girlfriend/wife angst on the part of both leads.

And in the "so bad it's good" category:
Dante's Cove. Possibly the worst gay supernatural-themed soap opera ever filmed (actually, it's probably the only gay supernatural-themed soap opera, but if there were two dozen of them, this show would probably still be the worst). It's like Dark Shadows, if Dark Shadows starred a bunch of gay porn stars and had a script drafted by badfic writers. And included full frontal nudity and semi-explicit sex.
Lauratavella on March 24th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Cities of the Underworld sounds interesting! We've done docs before, Worst Jobs in History, which I need to add to that list up there.
Seth Adam Sherdjfanboy on March 24th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)

Charlie Jade (south africa) - one season wonder
The West Wing (US) - six great seasons, one iffy (fifth)
The Tripods (UK) - 25 eps. based on the first two books
Lauratavella on March 24th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
I had someone on my friendslist who was a huge fan of Charlie Jade, can't remember who, but I thought it was Canadian at the time. And I didn't even realize it was science fiction (having just looked it up.)

Hmm, SciFi (oh, I'm sorry, "SyFy") is running it, wonder if we should nab an episode.
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on March 24th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Sports Night. Only two seasons; the first is somewhat better than the second, so the second season is only astonishingly good.

And second the rec for West Wing.
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on March 24th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
hm, everybody told you why.

Sports Night - because its cast is great, because it has very clever dialog, because it has nothing to do with sports, because the leads are all very very good at their jobs (even as they are often quite dysfunctional at other parts of their lives), because it occasionally gutpunches you like Scrubs does.

West Wing - because its first four seasons are written mostly by Sorkin (like Sports Night was), because it has a terrific cast, and because Bush is no longer president.
(no subject) - tavella on March 24th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
DNA: Nommotleypolitico on March 24th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
West Wing, seasons 1-4 (5-7 are iffy)
Hustle - British show, about a group of con-artists. Better acting and plot than Leverage, and I liked Leverage.
Babylon 5
How I Met Your Mother - the only comedy I even make a half-hearted attempt to watch

And a bunch of anime:
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Martian Successor Nadesico
Cowboy Bebop
Serial Experiments Lain
Lauratavella on March 25th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Everyone seems to be recommending Leverage, so I think I'll suggest that as our sequel to Being Human.

I've seen Lain, Bebop, and NGE, but I never did finish Nadesico. Might have to suggest that if people are up for anime.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on March 24th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Psych is amusing. Big Bang Theory is hysterical. I've quite enjoyed Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. In Plain Sight is a good show and should be out by now since season two is due to start soon.

The Dresden Files is out, and it's only one season. Bones is a good series if no one's easily grossed out. NCIS is good. I'm enjoying Lie To Me, but it's only just in its first season, so not out on DVD yet. I enjoyed 7th Heaven, though it can be kind of 'after-school special'-ish. Likewise, The Secret Life of an American Teenager has been a good show, but heavy on the 'very special episode' quality. A guilty pleasure for me is Ghostwhisperer - sometimes it's just very melodramatic and silly. Sometimes it makes me cry. :) I'm a sap.
Lauratavella on March 25th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Watched Dresden files with katchoo_too, but it was good enough not to mind again, and I've thought about reccing T:SCC. What is "In Plain Sight" about?
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my cock still thinks you're a superhero: always and ever i'll never let gomumblemutter on March 25th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
fyi, skanky gender issues <---merlin, so if you can't look past those in supernatural you probably will not enjoy merlin.

leverage! is awesome! a+!!!

also are you watching psych? i think everyone should be watching psych! also i agree with the person who recommended terminator: the sarah connor chronicles.

Edited at 2009-03-25 12:04 am (UTC)
Lauratavella on March 25th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Mild skanky gender issues I can usually cope with. I.e., I could tolerate Veronica Mars's gender skank up until the whole "Despite supposedly being competent, I will sob and flail uselessly while my asshole boyfriend saves the day" second season finale, at which point I was done with the show. So it is bad to that degree, or just the usual American television average?

I adored the characters on Psych, though I didn't love that the concept was based on tricking and to some degree humiliating people; there was a bit where he decided to help buff his 'psychic' credentials by revealing personal bits about people in the station that really grated on me. On the other hand, really charming characters (Dule'!) so I wouldn't mind catching up too much.
(no subject) - mumblemutter on March 25th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC) (Expand)