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Help me pick a new show to watch!

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Adam1115, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Dec 23, 2013 #41 of 170
    ebockelman

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    Chuck recently hit Netflix. It's definitely worth watching.
     
  2. Dec 23, 2013 #42 of 170
    Steveknj

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    Loved that show, especially early on. Toward the end it got a little hokey, and I think their budget was cut so some of the special effects were a bit lacking. But this was definitely a show I liked as much for the characters and the chemistry between them than the actual plots. Nice eye candy of course, and I have to say, perhaps the best use of Dolby Digital of any show I've watched before and since.
     
  3. Dec 23, 2013 #43 of 170
    betts4

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    Eureka!
     
  4. Dec 23, 2013 #44 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    I Have been binging on SoA and can't get enough of it. I never thought the show would interest me, but after so many years of hearing how good it is, I had to give it a try when I found it available on Amazon Instant Prime. Now I can't get enough, I watched 9 episodes yesterday.

    The Shield is next, but that's different. I watched the first episode and didn't like it, but I'm willing to give it another look.
     
  5. Dec 23, 2013 #45 of 170
    astrohip

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    SoA is a show I have often told myself I should watch, but have never gotten around to it. Maybe over the break...
     
  6. Dec 24, 2013 #46 of 170
    bengalfreak

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    You always have to give a great show at least two eps. I missed out on The Wire for years because I hated the first episode. And its the Greatest of All Time.
     
  7. Dec 24, 2013 #47 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    That doesn't even make sense to do.

    How many episodes are we supposed to give shows that we don't like? and how are we supposed to know that a show is a "great show" (and who decides that?) when after we watch one episode we think it sucks monkey butt? What about the shows that we don't even bother to try because we don't think it's something we'd even like? Are we now required to watch every new show?
     
  8. Dec 26, 2013 #48 of 170
    Steveknj

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    Exactly. And one person's great is another person's terrible. My criteria is:

    1) If I like it during the pilot, I'll stick with it until it sucks two or three consecutive episodes. Or I just lose interest. If that never happens, I'm all in.

    2) If I don't like the pilot, but I see that there's some potential. I'll stick with it a couple of more episodes. (30 Rock, The Goldbergs fall into this)

    3) If I don't like the pilot and it just plain sucks. I'm gone (any number of shows)

    4) It might be the best written or best developed show of all time, but if the topic doesn't grab me, I'm not going to bother (The Shield. Friday Night Lights...shows that just didn't compel me to even bother because I knew I wouldn't like it because of the topic).
     
  9. Dec 26, 2013 #49 of 170
    mr.unnatural

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    I tend to set up recordings for any shows that get decent reviews or early word of mouth prior to airing initially. If I like the first couple of episodes I'll stick with it. Otherwise, I cut it from my lineup as I just don't have the time to watch every show on TV. I've cut quite a few shows that are still very popular, mainly because they started getting too repetitive and not breaking any new ground (all of the CSIs, Law and Orders, The Mentalist, et al).

    If I hear down the road that the show has gotten a huge following and people are raving about it I may give it a second look. I didn't start watching Mad Men, Breaking Bad, or The Big Bang Theory until the 2nd or 3rd season, mostly because I didn't know much about them initially. There have been lots of great shows that started off slow and eventually evolved into great TV. Seinfeld and M*A*S*H are two such shows, as well as many others. I had a hard time getting into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I hung around because I knew Joss Whedon would have a few tricks up his sleeve to turn things around. The show is now starting to gel and it looks like it could get interesting. If anyone but Joss Whedon had been involved I probably wouldn't have stuck with it.
     
  10. Dec 26, 2013 #50 of 170
    Steveknj

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    M*A*S*H I liked from the get go, and in fact the first three seasons are probably the best sitcom episodes collectively of anything I've ever watched. Seinfeld I agree with but came back after a coworker raved about it (in retrospect, those first few episodes weren't that bad in that we know the characters and what they were trying to do NOW). I did the same as you with Breaking Bad (still didn't like) and Mad Men (liked a lot). Agents? I thought the first couple of episodes were pretty good, but I've quickly gotten bored with it. It's on my almost ready to drop list. I find it not "super hero-y" enough for me to find it fun and not "sci-fi" enough to be interesting. It's just kinda boring. Hopefully it will pick up. The only Joss show I liked was Dollhouse, so maybe that's why I'm not enjoying it as much as you. The Big Bang Theory pilot was pretty bad, but I saw the potential in it so I stuck with it and it got much better as it went along.
     
  11. Dec 26, 2013 #51 of 170
    bruab

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    Two. People will tell you (us). Still required. No, just the good ones.

    Stay near your phone for further instructions.
     
  12. Dec 26, 2013 #52 of 170
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Thank you.
     
  13. Dec 26, 2013 #53 of 170
    Fahtrim

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    Do not try to adjust your television set.
     
  14. Dec 26, 2013 #54 of 170
    danielhart

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    Wow. Only one mention of Game of Thrones?

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  15. Dec 26, 2013 #55 of 170
    danielhart

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    for the OP:

    Game of Thrones (HBO on demand or bittorrent). Pure brilliance. Hands down best thing on TV right now.
    Orange is the New Black - Great new show made for netflix. Better than House of Cards imo (although that is a good show too if you like political dramas)
    The Wire. First season is simply brilliant - rest of series is good but doesn't live up to the greatness of season one

    Sons of Anarchy - very fun although the writing gets frustrating and lazy at times
    Six Feet Under - see comments for the wire
    Mad Men - some love it, some hate it. i love it
    Deadwood - solid throughout. Make sure you use subtitles
    Boardwalk Empire - great first season then uneven

    Dexter - last few seasons it fell apart but otherwise a fun show

    Oh yeah - I almost forgot. The Walking Dead. Pure guilty pleasure.
     
  16. Dec 26, 2013 #56 of 170
    replaytv

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    I just got Boss from the library and really like it.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1833285/

    I would like to watch a crime series that gives the clues to solve the crime. I saw a movie that did that years ago and it kept me interested and involved. Is there one like that?
     
  17. Dec 26, 2013 #57 of 170
    bruab

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    The old Ellery Queen show used to have Ellery pause and talk to the audience and enumerate the clues before he revealed the solution: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072496/?ref_=nv_sr_2
     
  18. Dec 26, 2013 #58 of 170
    daveak

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    Duck Dynasty. Especially when the series still had Phil Robertson. ;)
     
  19. Dec 26, 2013 #59 of 170
    replaytv

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    Thanks, I will pick it up at the library.
     
  20. Dec 27, 2013 #60 of 170
    bengalfreak

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    Sure it makes sense. If there is a show that is, pretty much, regarded as great, both ratings wise and via critical acclaim, you should give that show more episodes to grab you than a show that is brand new and has no track record. I tried watching the first episode of The Wire several times and didn't like it. But because it had such a fantastic track record, someone was able to talk me into giving it several eps. to get going and I am glad they did, its my favorite show of all time.

    Conversely, I did the same thing with Mad Men and never got into it. But I don't regret giving it an extended trial.
     

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