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Old 03-21-2016, 04:06 PM   #1
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SOAK: What should we BINGE on NEXT?

My wife and I have started catching up on some of the great shows that are out there that we missed. Unfortunately, we started with Game of Thrones and then went straight on to Downton Abbey. Those are two TOUGH acts to follow.

I realize we stated with arguably the two best Binge watching shows in the history of the World, but is there a distant 3rd someone can recommend? We need something good to help us get over mourning the loss of Downton Abbey.

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Old 03-21-2016, 04:35 PM   #2
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Breaking Bad
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lots of good stuff really. Hard to say without know what you haven't seen and like, and what you have access to.

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lots of good stuff really. Hard to say without know what you haven't seen and like, and what you have access to.
I absolutely LOVED both Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. Both completely different shows. The similarity is in their overall greatness. Great writing, great characters, great story lines.

I'm wondering if there is anything else out there that would rank with those two. I have heard a LOT about Breaking Bad. That's on my list. Does it rate with #1 and #2? I have Netflix, PRIME, Apple TV, etc. and have access to pretty much anything out there.

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BB is good, but probably a half step below those.

The Sopranos
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Old 03-21-2016, 05:00 PM   #5
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Old 03-21-2016, 05:09 PM   #6
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A lot of the UK crime shows are excellent:

Broadchurch
Luther
Life on Mars (not the US version)
The Fall
The Escape Artist

Highly recommend all of these (and probably more).

Sherlock (in a different vein)

Jessica Jones (unlike any other superhero/comic adaptation)

House of Cards (US version, haven't seen UK)

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Old 03-21-2016, 05:21 PM   #7
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A lot of the UK crime shows are excellent:

Broadchurch
Luther
Life on Mars (not the US version)
The Fall
The Escape Artist

Highly recommend all of these (and probably more).

Sherlock (in a different vein)

Jessica Jones (unlike any other superhero/comic adaptation)

House of Cards (US version, haven't seen UK)
Just got a Netflix subscription so we could watch "Orange is the new Black" and "House of Cards" So far, I like HOC a lot. I think I'm already hooked on that one. It helped that I've been hearing the Poltical Pundits talk about the show in regards to this crazy Primary we're in. It's definitely looking like a good one.

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BB is good, but probably a half step below those.

The Sopranos
The Wire
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Great suggestions, but I've seen all 3. Six Feet Under was also excellent from that era.

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Old 03-21-2016, 05:28 PM   #9
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I absolutely LOVED both Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. Both completely different shows. The similarity is in their overall greatness. Great writing, great characters, great story lines.

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Just got a Netflix subscription so we could watch "Orange is the new Black" and "House of Cards" So far, I like HOC a lot. I think I'm already hooked on that one. It helped that I've been hearing the Poltical Pundits talk about the show in regards to this crazy Primary we're in. It's definitely looking like a good one.
OITNB is good, but it doesn't come close to the greatness you refer to. Sopranos and The Wire have it. I believe House of Cards does too, but I confess I don't care for political dramas so that one isn't on my list.

The show I absolutely think has it: The Americans. Top notch writing. Astounding acting, even from the kid actors. It's just starting its fourth season so it's also timely.

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Old 03-21-2016, 05:30 PM   #10
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House of Cards is a good choice. My wife likes it more than I do.

Breaking Bad, after which you can catch up to Better Call Saul

Sherlock

The Americans

Fargo

True Detective (season ONE)

Homeland was pretty good for at least a couple seasons. Opinions differ after that.

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Old 03-21-2016, 05:54 PM   #11
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NCIS, you can watch all 12 seasons (except the current) on Netflix streamed.

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You have to watch Breaking Bad!

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Old 03-21-2016, 06:19 PM   #13
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Old 03-21-2016, 06:26 PM   #14
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To add to the great shows already listed, I would suggest "Orphan Black". Not as well know, but absolutely wonderful with some of the best acting I've ever seen.

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Old 03-21-2016, 06:27 PM   #15
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Definitely Breaking Bad. And Veronica Mars for lighthearted fun.

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Old 03-21-2016, 06:54 PM   #16
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If I had to pick top five to binge... excluding the two you've seen...

Breaking Bad (a top 5 show ever)
The Wire (also top 5)
Sopranos
The Americans
LOST

I think these series lend themselves to binging.

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Old 03-21-2016, 06:59 PM   #17
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I liked The Wire OK, but it wasn't as great as everyone makes it out to be. It's kind of like Homeland. Has some good and some not so good seasons.

I don't think Sopranos holds up that well. It was good at the time, but I've tried to rewatch and couldn't get in to a second viewing.

LOST was really hit and miss. The first couple seasons were good, but it really fell off a cliff in the last couple seasons and the end sucked.

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Old 03-21-2016, 07:06 PM   #18
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I second the votes for the Americans, Breaking Bad, and the BBC Sherlock with Cumberbatch. And I throw in an Aussie good time mystery series set in the 20's that is a good follow after Downton Abbey, IMHO. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

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Old 03-21-2016, 08:37 PM   #19
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What? No love for Upstairs, Downstairs?

I mean the original TV Series (1971–1975), not the modern sequel (2010–2012). If you want a streaming source, it's on Acorn TV: https://acorn.tv/franchise/upstairsdownstairs

And there's The Duchess of Duke Street (1976–1977), which has been published on DVD - not sure if it's available to stream.

Lots of good content on Acorn TV, including:
Brideshead Revisited
Foyle's War
I, Claudius
Jeeves and Wooster
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Prime Suspect



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https://acorn.tv/browse/browseall

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Breaking bad is up there with the top shows you listed for sure.

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Hell on Wheels (Netflix), in anticipation of series finale this summer on AMC.

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Old 03-22-2016, 12:46 AM   #23
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I love Game of Thrones, but I think Breaking Bad is a "better" show. And then move on to Better Call Saul.

Fargo is really good, too. As is The Americans.

A great show I haven't seen mentioned yet is The Shield.

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We watched like 2/3 of the episodes and never finished. It's really slow. They seem to be building to something, but it's taking forever to get there and it's not that exciting.

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Old 03-22-2016, 02:42 AM   #25
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If you like the BBC's Sherlock series, then try binging on the Elementary series. It's an American Sherlock Holmes series set in New York. Both series are good.

Currently available on Hulu Plus. If you are a Hulu Plus member, there is no charge. Unfortunately, the current TiVo Roamio Hulu Plus application is flawed, so I recommend using a non-TiVo device to watch Hulu Plus.


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Old 03-22-2016, 04:44 AM   #26
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Let me add my vote to the chorus for the following:

Breaking Bad
Fargo
The Americans
Better Call Saul (after you're done with Breaking Bad)
Friday Night Lights

If you like comedies, I'd recommend bingeing the following:

Curb Your Enthusiasm
Veep
Silicon Valley
Arrested Development

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As Barey suggested Six Feet Under. That and Breaking Bad are my top two all time favorite/best shows ever.

Also check out Black Mirror.

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Another vote for breaking bad and orphan black.

Also firefly (followed by the movie serenity), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and Angel when you get to season 4), and my all time favorite, Veronica mars.

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If you like comedies, I'd recommend bingeing the following:

Curb Your Enthusiasm
Veep
Silicon Valley
Arrested Development
Any other suggestions for lighter fare? We have trouble finding stuff to watch because my husband doesn't like dark and depressing. GoT is the exception, but he won't watch most of what's been listed in this thread.

We love silicon Valley and AD. I watch veep, but he doesn't like political stuff. Curb is a great suggestion.

Current shows we watch are Big Bang, Mindy project, life in pieces, person of interest, full frontal, the Simpsons, and last week tonight (which I realize runs counter to what I said about political...), and the Muppets.

I'm drawing a blank on what we've watched in the past.

I like modern family but he's neutral.

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I found Utopia to be a good binge. British Sci Fi - just 2 seasons. Excellent cinematography & production. A bit violent & dark, but interesting story & characters.

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