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Title: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Blackinfinity on July 31, 2010, 08:17:09 PM
Alright, I need some good TV series to watch... which would you recommend and why ???

Some of my favorite tv series include LOST, battlestar Galactica, Dark Angel etc.

I am currently watching Caprica which is related to Battlestar Galactica...it is quite good..but the ambition and budget I think is lacking...
But I like how they mix the the real world with the virtual world.

I have also been thinking about to begin to watch Star trek once for all..I have only seen maybe 1-2 episodes on tv long time ago..
I doubt it is as good as Battlestar Galactica though...
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: cromag on August 01, 2010, 02:15:44 AM
We don't have cable, but I watch some television shows on Hulu, etc.

Right now my favorites include Eureka and Warehouse 13.  The scientific underpinnings are laughable, but the shows are fun!  A new show on the SyFy (really, what was wrong with SciFi???) network called Haven looks fun -- it seems to be loosely based on Steven King's The Colorado Kid.  Basically, these are science fiction shows with a second focus on comedy, relationships, etc.  Not very deep. but fun  --  and at the end of the week, there's nothing wrong with fun!

Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Scott M2 on August 01, 2010, 08:43:31 AM
Joss Whedon created several excellent series for TV.

Since you have an indicated preference for sci-fi start with Firefly.

If you enjoy the writing & characters in Firefly, proceed to Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel.
I realize they sound quite dumb looking from the outside - but they are powerful & emotional television.
(The first season of Buffy is the weakest, hang in till season 2 and things get darker/stronger/more emotional.)

Firefly & Buffy/Angel can all be purchased for very reasonable prices now and will entertain you for many, many months.

I've only seen part of Dollhouse - but I'm told that 1/2 way through the 1st season it kicks into gear.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Dave Michuda on August 01, 2010, 04:04:50 PM
I second Scott's recommendation of Firefly, one of my favorite series of all time.

A current series that I like a lot is Fringe on Fox.  The third season will start this fall.  It's produced by J.J. Abrams of Lost.  It's sort of like an updated X-Files, FBI investigators looking into bizarre phenomena with an overarching storyline about an alternate universe.  A very well done show.

Unrelated to the sci-fi theme but a great show I'm currently watching on DVD is Arrested Development.  Ridiculously funny & ahead of it's time.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: uhurit on August 01, 2010, 07:49:07 PM
If you like intensive stuff and always wanted to let your employees have it big time ;), I enthusiastically recommend Hell's Kitchen and Masterchef
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: jkn on August 02, 2010, 05:54:11 AM
Firefly - and then watch the movie Serenity.

Arrested Development - holy cow, yes yes yes.  You won't be sorry even though there's nothing sci-fi about this brilliantly written, acted comedy.

Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: mgriffin on August 02, 2010, 08:46:24 AM
Arrested Development is fantastic, but a lot of people wouldn't enjoy it.

Too many great shows lately have been killed prematurely.  Firefly, Deadwood, Arrested Development.

Going into Firefly, you have to be aware that it lasted less than a season, and Serenity follows on from there but doesn't exactly provide closure.  Prepared to be pissed off that it was never allowed to develop all the way, but don't miss it because of that.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: petekelly on August 02, 2010, 02:08:40 PM
'The Royle Family'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theroylefamily/index.shtml
Quintessential British humour (big in Finland apparently)
Doesn't get much more unglamorous than this.

or

try 'Shameless' for a more hardcore take on low-life culture (not recommended for more sensitive souls)
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/shameless
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Scott M2 on August 02, 2010, 04:13:21 PM
Another series you wouldn't expect to be good at all - but is very good
is Friday Night Lights. Excellent writing/acting/directing.
Very enjoyable even if you're not a sports nut.

A series that you would expect to be good (by Aaron Sorkin) and is very, very good is West Wing.
Try the first season and see if you get hooked.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: hjalmer on August 03, 2010, 10:17:37 AM
american pickers

long time buds cruising america for lost gems and eccentric angels     h
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: darkenedsoul on August 06, 2010, 10:15:16 PM
Doctor Who (new season, new doctor) on BBC America, Fringe (lead female is kinda hot in a girl next door kind of way IMHO), Burn Notice (Gabriel Anwar looks SO HOT all ripped/in great shape for a semi-waify way and show is cool cuzz it has Bruce Cambell in it ;-)  Eureka is also cool show on Sci-Fi (SyFy - wtf was with that name change anyways? STUPID!).

Just some of the shows I DVR/watch.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Blackinfinity on August 07, 2010, 08:30:46 AM
Thanks for all recommendations

I have now downloaded Firefly, and it better be good, and with an IMDB rating of 9.5 it must be very good.

I will look in to the other recommendations also, thanks. 
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: DeepR on August 07, 2010, 05:31:03 PM
I watched entire Deadwood in a matter of weeks. I miss Al Swearengen already.. :)
I'm pissed off there's no 4th season because it was cancelled. What a bloody shame!
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: LNerell on August 09, 2010, 10:09:25 AM
Thanks for all recommendations

I have now downloaded Firefly, and it better be good, and with an IMDB rating of 9.5 it must be very good.

Firefly is kind of an oddball show. Think western in space with horses and spaceships! I thought the show had really good character development considering how short it lasted. And as JKN said check out the movie Serenity as it takes off literally where the series ended and concludes it pretty well.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: mgriffin on August 09, 2010, 10:13:06 AM
I watched entire Deadwood in a matter of weeks. I miss Al Swearengen already.. :)
I'm pissed off there's no 4th season because it was cancelled. What a bloody shame!


Same here.  At the time they stopped the show, the plan was to release 1-2 feature-length movies on HBO to wrap up the series, but they postponed them until it was finally too late -- all the actors had moved on, all the sets were dismantled, and it would have been too hard to get everyone back together.

Sometimes I think they offer possibilities like this so people aren't quite as mad when they hear about the cancellation.  Maybe they never have any intention of offering any kind of closure.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: MarkM on August 14, 2010, 08:22:06 AM
Doc Martin
http://www.hulu.com/doc-martin
A wonderful ensemble cast of top-notch British character actors. It's a very funny and intelligent show about a brilliant surgeon with a horrible bedside manner who develops a blood phobia and relocates to a small seacoast village to become their town doctor.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Blackinfinity on August 15, 2010, 04:28:20 PM
Thank you, I have now watched the first season of Firefly, it was really good!
But still strange that it did receive 9.5 on imdb. Especially for this kind.
I must think it appeals to a wide audience, and to both genders.

Now I will download the film Serenity, after that I am not sure what I will watch.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Dave Michuda on August 15, 2010, 09:13:57 PM
Mark,

Thanks for the heads up on "Doc Martin".  I just watched ep1 season 1 and am looking forward to more.

Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: MarkM on August 16, 2010, 05:36:55 PM
Dave, each episode gets better and better. Despite his horrible bedside manner, the Doc becomes an endearing character as time goes on.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Blackinfinity on August 18, 2010, 10:07:34 PM
I have now seen serenity, it was a good film..a quite good ending to the tv series I suppose...

I will now download Twin Peaks, I have heard a lot of good things about it, and I know David Lynch is one of the directors.
Usually Prefer Sci-fi ..but since David Lynch is director I need to see it.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: ambient789 on August 19, 2010, 06:40:37 PM
I have now seen serenity, it was a good film..a quite good ending to the tv series I suppose...

I will now download Twin Peaks, I have heard a lot of good things about it, and I know David Lynch is one of the directors.
Usually Prefer Sci-fi ..but since David Lynch is director I need to see it.



You wouldn't happen to enjoy older British Comedy?? Just asking. I may try to obtain "Yes, Minister" sometime this fall. From what I heard, you don't need to understand Brit politics to enjoy the show!
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: LNerell on August 20, 2010, 12:15:34 PM
You wouldn't happen to enjoy older British Comedy?? Just asking. I may try to obtain "Yes, Minister" sometime this fall. From what I heard, you don't need to understand Brit politics to enjoy the show!

I remember seeing that show years ago, it wasn't bad. Its not the first show I think of when someone mentions older British comedy shows. I usually think of Monty Python or The Young Ones.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: APK on August 20, 2010, 01:52:12 PM
British comedy ::::

- The Mighty Boosh
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Blackinfinity on August 20, 2010, 03:09:55 PM
British comedy ::::

- The Mighty Boosh


I did not make this thread to get recommendations for comedy, actually comedy makes me only depressed often, unless I am in an unusual good mood.
Of course there is different kinds of of comedy, I can like dark comedy, but there is too much silly comedy that only makes me feel depressed.

Two guys at work have now convinced me to download Stargate TV series, according to them it is the best space tv seires, but on the other hand they have not seen battlestar galactica.
I told them..they have really missed something... I strongly doubt Stargate is as good.

Star trek I will watch also as I mentioned..but.. it is is soo many seasons...and I know the nerd factor is quite high...but it is a series I really need to see some time..
But I think I will begin with stargate.





Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: LNerell on August 23, 2010, 08:49:55 PM
Stargate is almost like Star Trek in that it was on for so many years and their where a few spin off series. Its hard to compare it to Battlestar Galactica, most of the shows where a lot lighter then BG, at least compared to BG's first two seasons, the show lost me at the start of season three. One of my all time favorite shows was the original Prisoner from the 1960s. I think you would probably like that. I'm rewatching the remake from last year, I don't think its as good but I am enjoying it more then I did the first time around.

As for The Mighty Boosh I managed to catch an episode, frankly I thought it tried too hard. I'd rather watch The Goodies instead.  ;D
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: APK on August 24, 2010, 06:55:30 AM
As for The Mighty Boosh I managed to catch an episode, frankly I thought it tried too hard. I'd rather watch The Goodies instead.  ;D

Difficult to judge The Boosh by a single episode ... some are not so good. But when they are good they are great. They are an acquired taste though.

The Goodies ... wow, that takes me back.  ;D
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: petekelly on August 24, 2010, 07:08:00 AM
 
The Goodies - Ecky Thump indeed !
The Mighty Boosh - like the curates egg - good in parts

I quite like 'The IT crowd' (UK), 'The flight of the Conchords (NZ) and 'King of the Hill' (US).
I find very little 'modern' comedy to be particularly funny actually. However, I can watch 'Father Ted' indefinitely.

We all need a good laugh these days !

cheers
Pete
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: jkn on August 24, 2010, 07:15:40 AM
Twin Peaks is definitely an experience.  You just have to kind of let it sink in.  The mood is the key I think. 
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Blackinfinity on August 25, 2010, 03:32:36 AM
Twin Peaks is definitely an experience.  You just have to kind of let it sink in.  The mood is the key I think. 


I have seen some episodes already, yes, it has a very good and dreamy/cosy atmosphere..And also quite cheesy but in an good David Lynch fashion...I love to watch at night...in this autumn darkness.. it will be interesting to see how the series involve..every one I have talked with does like it.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Blackinfinity on August 25, 2010, 04:19:27 AM
I can recommend a german tv series called "Heimat" one of the best I have seen...it is both philosophical and artistic...quality stuff.
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Seren on August 25, 2010, 04:38:14 AM
The Goodies and the Young Ones (takes me back too).
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: drone on on September 07, 2010, 12:58:46 AM
Farscape (great sci-fi series)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (every bit as good as Seinfeld, if not better)

The Shield (lost track of the later seasons, but I remember the first couple were awesome)
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Mikeyboy on September 07, 2010, 03:19:29 AM
The Goodies and the Young Ones (takes me back too).

Recently bought the Bottom box-set - every episode is brilliant, toilet humour at its finest  :D
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: cromag on September 08, 2010, 12:10:57 PM
A couple 70s sitcoms:

Barney Miller
The Bob Newhart Show
Title: Re: Recommend some good tv series please ?
Post by: Bebbo on September 09, 2010, 12:15:22 PM
Alright, I need some good TV series to watch... which would you recommend and why ???

Some of my favorite tv series include LOST, battlestar Galactica, Dark Angel etc.

I am currently watching Caprica which is related to Battlestar Galactica...it is quite good..but the ambition and budget I think is lacking...
But I like how they mix the the real world with the virtual world.

I have also been thinking about to begin to watch Star trek once for all..I have only seen maybe 1-2 episodes on tv long time ago..
I doubt it is as good as Battlestar Galactica though...


For anyone in the UK I'd recommend Benidorm which is being repeated at the moment.