Your Ten Favorite Shows Currently on Television

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Currently screening new episodes as of this year on your local (US/UK/whatever) networks, can be on hiatus. No sports events.

1. Breaking Bad
2. Louis
3. Mad Men
4. Justified
5. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
6. Treme
7. The Venture Brothers
8. 30 for 30
9. The Daily Show
10. Peep Show

Also not bad: Better Off Ted, Doctor Who, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Jeopardy, Archer, Parks and Recreation, Metalocalypse, Frisky Dingo, Bill Moyers, 106 and Park, Frontline, Warehouse 13, America's Best Dance Crew, Sunday Best

Also watchable: Work of Art, Top Chef, Children's Hospital, The Office, Sesame Street

What am I missing?

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

apparently I'm missing that Better Off Ted and Frisky Dingo were canceled; bummer.

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Bill Moyers is retired BTW

No order

Mad Men
30 Rock
It's Always Sunny
Justified
Friday Night Lights
Fringe
Dexter
Daily Show
True Blood
Parks & Rec

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

I guess I could pick 10 shows from the Cooking Channel. Now that L O S T is done, I don't watch anymore scripted tv.

Donovan Dagnabbit (WmC), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

Doctor Who
Burn Notice
House
Peep Show
The Inbetweeners
Sherlock

God, turns out I really don't watch much telly, or particularly like the stuff I do watch. This is hard. Stuff I do watch all the time like The Apprentice and Strictly Come Dancing and Coronation Street and Lie To Me and Spooks barely seem worth a place in a list, but might have to get forced in purely in the absence of anything else.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Much as anything, I'm looking for suggestions.
Dexter burnt me out after two seasons. True Blood/30 Rock/Fringe/Burn Notice/House have each got one or two episodes of watching until I realized they weren't for me. I've bumped up Friday Night Lights on the Netflix instant watch. InBetweeners is on the tivo now. Is Sherlock worth torrenting?

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

and why isn't there anything worth watching on american network television?

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Sherlock totally worth torrenting, yes.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

gave up on 30 rock after two episodes? problem lies inside you

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

I really should give 30 Rock a go. Do I need to start from the start?

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

i find tina fey deeply unfunny in the same way that i find jerry seinfeld deeply unfunny. it's my right as a us citizen.

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

i will check out sherlock.

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

There's a thread on here somewhere (possibly full of spoilers though, unless you're familiar with the base material). It's superficially at least a bit reminiscent of the most recent series of Doctor Who (it's also helmed by Steven Moffatt), so if that's your bag, it's worth a go.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

x-post Fine, but maybe amend you question to "why there isn't anything worth watching on US TV for people with huge blind spots?"

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

you say blind spots i say good taste
i kinda gave up on doc who this past season but if sherlock's as good as the eccleston/tennant years, i'm in.

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

the thick of it
curb yr enthusiasm

(huge gap)

the daily show
30 rock

uhm

no time for the prussian death cult (nakhchivan), Monday, 6 September 2010 18:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh, forgot the Thick of It was just on hiatus. Yeah, that.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

No particular order

Burn Notice
Mad Men
True Blood
Big Bang Theory
Community
30 Rock
Parks & Rec
Louie
Doctor Who
Being Human

Also: Justified/warehouse 13/eureka

I watch too many shows

VegemiteGrrrl, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Shiting shite, I forgot about Being Human as well. I seriously have the memory of a goldfish for shows when they go off air for a bit (would probably have forgotten Peep Show as well if someone hadn't mentioned it first)

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 18:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Modern Family
Parks & Rec
Community
30 Rock (though increasingly less so)
Peep Show
Top Gear
How I Met Your Mother (though increasingly less so)

Hmm, no dramas.

Used to watch Top Chef and Project Runway but got bored.

Super Cub, Monday, 6 September 2010 19:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'll have to check out Burn Notice. I figured it was about on the level of the Closer--not bad, but nothing special.

I'm anticipating Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire.

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 19:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

you say blind spots i say good taste

Challops of the Day, right here.

I really should give 30 Rock a go. Do I need to start from the start?

Not really, but depending on to whom you talk, the first season has some excellent, excellent episodes.

30 Rock (eff all the apostate haters)
America's Next Top Model
Friday Night Lights
Treme (though I'm still catching up on it)
Doctor Who
So You Think You Can Dance
Project Runway (ES <3 SA)
ABDC

Damn, I don't even remember what else I watch now. Fringe was only OK with very sporadic bursts of brilliance this season.

Daria Law (Leee), Monday, 6 September 2010 19:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

Crap, I forgot Project Runway! :(

I also watch Top Chef, though it's not a favorite. PR is much more enjoyable.

VegemiteGrrrl, Monday, 6 September 2010 19:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

What is the thick of it?

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 19:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

TV series which preceded In The Loop (and on which it's sort of based). Government satire with heroic amounts of excellent swearing in it.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 20:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah you don't need to watch the first 4 seasons of 30 rock to be able to follow the new season (PREMIERING SPETEMBER 23 OH YEAH) but it's like, highly recommended!

max skim (k3vin k.), Monday, 6 September 2010 20:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

more or less in order:

mad men
breaking bad
curb your enthusiasm
community
louie
it's always sunny in philadelphia
30 rock
justified
parks & rec
treme
(law order SVU)

basically what everyone else is watching. been thinking about trying out friday night lights, but i'm worried i won't understand any of it, with the football and all

sonderangerbot, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

mad men
breaking bad

well.... that's about it.

lieutenant jimmy john (kelpolaris), Monday, 6 September 2010 21:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

With football and Friday Night Lights--it's the industry of the town, in the same way showbiz is for LA in "Entourage" or meth is in "Justified." Not all that hard to follow.

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 21:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

no idea what in the loop is either
i kinda gave up on curb around season four, did it pick up in quality?

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Monday, 6 September 2010 21:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

In the Loop is the film version of The Thick of It (this could take a while...)

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

forks, after season four there is leon and the seinfeld reunion so i would say yes. maybe skip season five until later.

sonderangerbot, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

Thick of It had something to do with Steve Coogan, didnit?

Mel Gibson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the current King of Sweden (President Keyes), Monday, 6 September 2010 21:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

Breaking Bad
Mad Men
Project Runway
True Blood
Antiques Roadshow

Jenny, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

Is an Armando Iannucci thing, Coogan collaborator.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thick_of_It

xpost

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

Top Chef - prior to this season, at least
My Boys
Community
Parenthood
Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother

haven't really gotten into any new HBO/other dramas since Generation Kill. Hoping Boardwalk Empire is worth watching

a cross between lily allen and fetal alcohol syndrome (milo z), Monday, 6 September 2010 22:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

love you for starting this thread forks;

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Mad Men
Community
Dexter
Louis
The Venture Bros
30 Rock
Parks & Recreation
Modern Family
Archer

Also watchable: Family Guy, American Dad, HIMYM, Doctor Who, House, TDS, The Office, Glee

Mordy, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh, Modern Family, yes. I forgot about that one.

Sherlock looks interesting, too. I will definitely check that out.

Jenny, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

I really need to get into Glee. Every time I've seen it (twice, and some clips here and there) it looks exactly like my kind of thing.

ailsa, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Mad Men
Community
Parks & Recreation
30 Rock (though I'm becoming less charmed by it)
Pawn Stars
American Pickers
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report
The Closer
House, M.D.

I watched the first season of Breaking Bad, but never came back to it. I need to catch up. Modern Family is promising based on a couple episodes from later in the season that I saw (it started out really blah). I didn't watch Louis, will torrent it. Didn't have room for Futurama, though I might substitute it in place of 30 Rock. Party Down, r.i.p.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, and It's Always Sunny. I like it, but it's still a really spotty show. Some eps are masterful, some are total dreck.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh shit, yeah, forgot about Futurama.

Mordy, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

ALSO Friday Night Lights. Can't say enough good things about it, especially about Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler...perhaps the greatest husband/wife duo ever in an American tv drama.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

been thinking about trying out friday night lights, but i'm worried i won't understand any of it, with the football and all

It's not a football show, really. It's a character-driven drama. The football is a backdrop that's incorporated in a way anyone anywhere could understand it.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 September 2010 22:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

alright i'm convinced. need something to fill the gap between new mad men eps.

sonderangerbot, Monday, 6 September 2010 23:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

You'll, of course, want to start at the beginning, but here's how I rank the seasons:

3 > 1 > 4 >>>>> 2

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 September 2010 23:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Breaking Bad
Louie
Mad Men
Daily Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Community
Parenthood
Archer
Children's Hospital
Late Late Show

avant-sarsgaard (litel), Tuesday, 7 September 2010 00:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

You'll, of course, want to start at the beginning, but here's how I rank the seasons:

3 > 1 > 4 >>>>> 2

Concur, though I'm almost tempted to say that you can skip the entirety of season 2.

Daria Law (Leee), Tuesday, 7 September 2010 04:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

Louie
Doctor Who
Sherlock
Community
Parks and Recreation
The Office
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Big Love

tricked by a toothless cobra, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 07:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

not currently on, but the girl and I are LOVING Slings and Arrows and everyone with instant watch netflix should try the first season.
A few missteps, but on the whole, very good.

Gulab jamun (Gulab Jamun) into the syrup please. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 9 September 2010 01:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

Dan is fuming.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Monday, 8 October 2018 21:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Alex basically has to share the money with the others if he wins

imago, Monday, 8 October 2018 21:26 (two months ago) Permalink

He gave Dan only 2!! Dan gave him 5! Oh god this is dreadful

imago, Monday, 8 October 2018 21:41 (two months ago) Permalink

This is going to be the most Pyrrhic victory ever, unless he gives...half of it to Dan

imago, Monday, 8 October 2018 21:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Maybe even all of it lol

imago, Monday, 8 October 2018 21:43 (two months ago) Permalink

He's proven himself to be just the teeniest bit of an utter dick.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Monday, 8 October 2018 21:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Sian just called herself "a little bit Butters".

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Monday, 8 October 2018 21:45 (two months ago) Permalink

he's a youtube comedian who used to work for unilad. He's definitely an utter dick

Number None, Monday, 8 October 2018 21:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Twitter is apparently siding with Alex over Dan, interestingly

imago, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Dan was being a dick when they met, which suits the knee jerk.

As opposed to Alex, who's just a jerk.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Monday, 8 October 2018 22:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Channel Four has wrought the tragedy of our age. GIVE HALF OF IT TO DAN

imago, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:03 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah this is a bit grim tbh

Number None, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:12 (two months ago) Permalink

This is the most traumatic thing ever

imago, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:13 (two months ago) Permalink

I...he....I mean, I was rooting for him but now I regret it all

imago, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:14 (two months ago) Permalink

we are all complicit

Number None, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:15 (two months ago) Permalink

perhaps that was the point all along...

Number None, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I feel used.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Monday, 8 October 2018 22:18 (two months ago) Permalink

they probably should have rigged it so that 2nd place in the public vote won at least

Number None, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:19 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah this feels like some diabolical derren brown morality play

imago, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Was really expecting an ‘If you have been affected by any of the issues in tonight’s show...’

tangenttangent, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:24 (two months ago) Permalink

The kicker is it was Sian that won him it.

Alex gave everyone 1 except Dan who he gave a 2. Freddie gave everyone 1.

If we assume Dan gave Kate 5 and Sian gave Freddie 5 they cancel out and rule out Dan and Sian - even if they give each other 5 they cap out at 7/8 which isn't enough.

Dan gives Freddie 3 I reckon (which is what he gave him in the last scoring) so Sian gave Kate 4.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Monday, 8 October 2018 22:33 (two months ago) Permalink

alex handing out those marks was the real dark twist

imago, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:35 (two months ago) Permalink

also, the public presumably voted for Alex/Kate for "playing a good game" and in the assumption that Sian or Dan (the previously popular players) would win the 50k

Number None, Monday, 8 October 2018 22:41 (two months ago) Permalink

if it is your intention to make me hate whatever this show is sight unseen you have succeeded

please for the love of “Dan” START YOUR OWN THREAD

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 01:28 (two months ago) Permalink

I finally watched s1 of The Sinner - def the best of the recent spate of Gritty Crime Thrillers where people have Dark Secrets, mostly due to the fine performances and relatively restrained dialogue. How's s2?

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 01:33 (two months ago) Permalink

s2 is even better. great story + Carrie Coons!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 01:41 (two months ago) Permalink

I really love the idea of a series that only keeps one character as a constant and they're more of a featured character than a lead one.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 01:45 (two months ago) Permalink

agreed!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 01:48 (two months ago) Permalink

pullman is so good in that show

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 04:21 (two months ago) Permalink

squinty and beardy is my favorite pullman

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 05:21 (two months ago) Permalink

it was the last episode and it's about a dozen posts. Get over yourself

Number None, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 06:38 (two months ago) Permalink

vg already asked a few days ago that a new thread be started, quite reasonably i think, and was totally ignored. quite rude imo. she's entitled to a little giving out over it. in that light your further rudeness is p indefensible

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 07:54 (two months ago) Permalink

People seem to be discussing current TV shows on this thread e.g. the conversation about The Sinner above

Don't see why a few short exchanges about another current TV show is so damn objectionable

Number None, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 08:00 (two months ago) Permalink

that's ok you don't have to! just trust others if they say so!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 09:19 (two months ago) Permalink

it was the last episode and it's about a dozen posts. Get over yourselfIt was more like 50+ posts but yeah, it's finished now

groovypanda, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 09:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Starting from and accepting the premise that all Gritty Crime Thrillers where people have Dark Secrets are completely ludicrous (which is an accurate and factual premise), The Sinner has been among the least ludicrous. I was very skeptical but ultimately sold. Love Pullman in unstable mode (a la Zero Effect and Igby Goes Down). This season was my introduction to Carrie Coon, and I will be delving further into her oeuvre, because she is good.

Werther Down the Spiral (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 12:28 (two months ago) Permalink

*fans self*

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 12:51 (two months ago) Permalink

This season was my introduction to Carrie Coon, and I will be delving further into her oeuvre, because she is good.

Watch The Leftovers immediately. She's amazing in it. She's also very good in Fargo Season 3 (she's not in 1 or 2).

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 13:05 (two months ago) Permalink

I have no idea why I didn't watch the third season of Fargo after watching (and increasingly enjoying) the first two. I have a very good idea why I didn't watch The Leftovers (Lindelof), but I've heard enough good things that I suppose I'll get there eventually.

Werther Down the Spiral (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 13:09 (two months ago) Permalink

The Leftovers is really good. The second season is the strongest, the third the weakest, but they're all good to great.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 13:23 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I just finished Lodge 49 after I saw Simon H recommending it. It’s like Foucault’s Pendulum crossed with Six Feet Under. I wasn’t initially convinced, but it gets under your skin as it slowly unravels. There’s so much about debt and desperation in there that’s very relatable, but it retains hope and lightness like nothing else, though never in a saccharine or implausible way. It’s the (mystical) community above everything else and I thought it was just the best. So, thank you! Anyone know of anything else current that’s mining a similarly low-key, philosophical and emotionally intense ore?

tangenttangent, Thursday, 25 October 2018 19:06 (one month ago) Permalink

imo: the good place, tho not very low-key

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:35 (one month ago) Permalink

xpost, I also really liked the first 2 season of Fargo but have been unable to make it through the first episode of Season 3.

Yerac, Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:37 (one month ago) Permalink

maybe Rectify if you haven't seen it?

(not current, but recent)

Number None, Thursday, 25 October 2018 21:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Maybe the Leftovers - especially s2 & 3

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 October 2018 01:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm all caught up with The Good Place (and it's great), but Rectify and the Leftovers I will give a try.

tangenttangent, Friday, 26 October 2018 07:02 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah Leftovers s1 is a little patchy but the highs are high. s2 course-corrects on the stuff that doesn't work pretty much immediately.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 26 October 2018 10:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Rectify is AMAZING but a little less cute than Lodge 49

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 26 October 2018 14:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I haven't seen Lodge 49 yet, but Rectify is sublime. Not strictly current, but imo Enlightened fits your brief as well

rob, Friday, 26 October 2018 15:00 (one month ago) Permalink

a lot of time in the air lately and i have finally managed to watch UnREAL which is like..... the greatest show??!? feel pretty dumb for having missed this when it first came out. binged the first four eps of S1 and each of them is just so perfectly put together.

also been enjoying "i'm dying up here" though i'm not sure i'll stick with it. characters and milieu are fun but for all its ambition i'm not quite feeling the stakes

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 5 November 2018 10:05 (one month ago) Permalink


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