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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. Jan 2, 2014 #141 of 170
    waynomo

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    And if you want documentaries Independent Lens on PBS is a great source.
    Set up a season pass for it and just watch/record the ones you're interested in.
     
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    Adam1115

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    Ok you're right. Big Brother is a competition to see who can put up with listening to Courtney Stodden talk the longest. :p

    It's still trying to attract viewers who like to watch drama vs. a show about something. I get that most of them have some sort of fake drama to spice things up, making less of a distinction between the two.

    I do! My favorite channel is the Smithsonian channel. BTW, documentaries are scripted. Sometimes even exaggerated. :D

    No I just like to watch cool old stuff and how much it sells for. I also like to watch cool classic cars doing burnouts. That's it.
     
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    Steveknj

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    I love American Experience. Sometimes American Masters. More real than any reality show :)
     
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    daveak

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    Reality TV. Where the cameras are recording as many as 6-7 days a week and for usually most of the day - and you only see an hour or two of the recorded material they want you to see. So you will believe the story they want to tell - the storyline they believe will give them the best ratings. Cynical, a little. I am sure there are some directors and producers that want to tell the real story, but money (and ratings) are sure to be a corrupting influence. And money and ratings will keep you employed and the money flowing.

    The true story? If it is a good one that means money and ratings... It would be fun to see a reality show during filming and production and then see it on TV, even if I had to sign a NDA. I really would love to see the process.
     
  5. Adam1115

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    Sons of Anarchy- :thumbsdown:
    The Wire- :thumbsdown:
    Better of Ted- It's ok, not THAT funny...
    Farscape- Woa. Weird. I might watch a couple more.
    The Shield- :up: But wife hates this show. I love it.
    Sons of Anarchy- :thumbsdown:
    Justified- :thumbsdown:
    Fringe- :thumbsdown:
    House of Cards on Netflix- :up: We both love this!

    I'm surprised nobody mentioned True Detective, but I didn't like it...
     
  6. waynomo

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    I'm surprised there aren't more vote for Game of Thrones. I haven't watched an episode, but surprisingly my wife said she was interested so I started recording yesterday. They are running 3 episodes a night till I guess the runup to season 4.

    I did see a couple of mentions of Orphan Black. My son recommended this to me. They just started rebroadcasting season 1 getting ready for season 2. I haven't seen any, but I'm actually pretty excited about watching this for some reason. Also my son has never led me wrong with a TV recommendation with the exception of Squidbillies.
     
  7. TonyTheTiger

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    I guess you didn't like Sons twice!!!!


    Oh, and your choices show a distinct lack of taste! ;)
     
  8. markymark_ctown

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    Started watching season 1 "The Americans" a couple of weeks ago. We're hooked and now caught up in season 2. Great TV...
     
  9. Zevida

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    Curious how many episodes you gave each show before deciding on them. Justified definitely gets better, especially towards the end of season 1 and is dynamite in season 2. (But then I loved it from the start.)

    It hadn't started airing before the last post prior to this one. :p
     
  10. Steveknj

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    What's the norm that you should give a show you don't like before giving up on it? I go no more than 5, and usually less. I gave Justified 3 before I decided it's not for me.

    Then I'll add it:

    True Detective :up:

    I would also change Fringe to a :up: - but I think you have to like that sort of show going in.
     
  11. waynomo

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    Some shows I won't even finish watching the pilot.
     
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    Fringe started off interesting, but after a few decent episodes it became ridiculous.


    Recommendations:

    Game of Thrones (duh)
    The Borgias
    Episodes
     
  13. Zevida

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    For me really depends on the type of show. I am usually a pretty good judge of if I'll like something or not, so I don't typically end up trying stuff I don't like. But I've given up on shows 20 mins into the pilot and halfway through the third season.
     
  14. Crow159

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    To add a few more to my list from the first time (Glad you liked House of Cards :)):

    Banshee - Cinemax original show, just finished up with season 2. Good action
    Strike Back - also on Cinemax, we think it's like 24 with cussing and sex scenes. :)
    The Killing - on AMC, Wife liked this one. I think another season is being made for Netflix.
    The Walking Dead - On AMC, if you like Zombie movies.
     
  15. Steveknj

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    For me, if I'm into the third season there has to be SOMETHING I liked about the show at one time or another. Take Revolution. I really liked the first season, especially the first half. But when it took it's hiatus and came back, it seemed to have lost something. Still I stuck with it because I really liked what I had seen. I watched this season, about 5-6 episodes and I was really bored with it, and then they did the unthinkable with one of the big baddies and I swore I would stop watching if they did that (I don't want to spoil what happened). It had gotten so ridiculous that I couldn't watch anymore. But I stuck with it for as long as I did, because I liked something.

    Then there's another popular show which I was told that was the best on TV. I watched a full season, and still didn't like it. I watched half the second season and STILL didn't like it. But was told...oh, it gets better the second season, or the third season. How long do you watch something you clearly don't like because it might "get better?"

    My TV schedule is so crowded these days that I am less likely to give something a shot longer than 2-3 episodes. I find myself struggling to stay caught up, and, sure I could binge watch, but when? Summer? Well summer is for baseball and catching up on MOVIES I've saved up all year that I didn't have time to watch :) I might pick ONE series to squeeze in there. Last summer it was Mad Men. This summer it's going to be The Blacklist and maybe Dexter (I'm at the beginning of S3).
     
  16. Zevida

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    Oh, yeah, totally. I watch as long as I enjoy it and then I stop.
     
  17. Adam1115

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    Exactly this! I liked the first few episodes, then it just became unbearable because it was so over the top.
     
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    Seven...
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    I thought the middle of the series was a little "out there" but I thought the last season was great.
     
  20. Adam1115

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    I like the Shield but I don't know how much longer I can deal with the camera moving all over the place like a home movie. Why do they do that?
     

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