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Old 07-18-2014, 12:51 PM   #31
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Once I got around to starting in on all of those 1st season episodes of TNT's "Perception", I just kept on going, glad I didn't have to wait a week between each one.
I've never even heard of this show. What's the general concept?
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:53 PM   #32
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I'd add Lillehammer, and Orange is the New Black, both on netflix.
We are huge OITNB fans! What is Lillhammer about?
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Old 07-18-2014, 12:54 PM   #33
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I binge watched the first three seasons right before season 4 began. Awesome show!
I watched the first 44 episodes in 10 days!

It was painful having to go week to week once caught up.

(I just realized it was 44 episodes and not 34 like I'd said previously. Wow.)
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I watched the first 44 episodes in 10 days!
Wow! That's some serious TV watching!
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:23 PM   #35
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Wow! That's some serious TV watching!
My wife was out of the country. Worked out pretty well for both of us.
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We are huge OITNB fans! What is Lillhammer about?
It's about a NY mobster that goes into witness protection and when they ask him where he wants to live he says "Lillehammer, I saw it in the Olympics, beautiful place."

It's mostly a comedy with some violence. The mobster is played by Steven Van Zandt, he was on the Sopranos, though this show has no connection to the Sopranos, Steven is playing basically the same kinda guy he did on the Sopranos.

Apparently the name of the show is spelled Lilyhammer, hunh...
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:00 PM   #38
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I like Justified a lot. Timothy Olyphant is one of the main reasons I want to watch Deadwood. I watched the first season of The Killing, but got kind of bored and didn't continue beyond that. I found it to be one of the most excruciatingly slow shows I've ever seen. Slow isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I tend to watch a lot of TV late at night, and I kept falling asleep during it.
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Based on what you've said so far, excluding any shows not mentioned, I'd watch these:

Absolute Must Watch
The Wire
Deadwood

Highly Recommended
Damages
Six Feet Under
Rome
The Americans

Worth Considering
Strike Back
Masters of Sex

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Breaking Bad
Fargo (TV Series)
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I also enjoyed the first season of The Bridge and Defiance.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:12 PM   #41
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Hulu+ now has 3 and half seasons of Blue Bloods. Overnight they added 11 episodes from season 4.
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Old 07-18-2014, 05:55 PM   #42
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I'm surprised that not a single person recommended Episodes. I have a friend who absolutely raves about it!

It is pretty good, but Veep is better.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:03 PM   #43
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Wow! That's some serious TV watching!
Game of Thrones is extremely addicting. They end each episode in such a way that you HAVE to see the next one to see what happens. I can't imagine having to wait a full week between shows, but I suppose I'll find out next Season. Game of Thrones is THE quintessential Binge watching show.
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:28 AM   #44
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I've never even heard of this show. What's the general concept?
The guy who was Will on Will and Grace (to which I never paid any attention) is quite good as a well-regarded as a published scientific author and brilliant neuropsychiatrist who teaches at a university where the guy who was Geordi La Forge has a recurring part as a fellow faculty member who has some bureaucratic oversight of him and tries to get him to do "social" stuff to help with funding and such.

Said neuropsychiatrist is also called upon for crime investigating assistance almost every episode by a former student who is now an FBI agent.

And just to make his life really interesting, the show's real hook is that he's schizophrenic, which leads to interesting hallucinations (which create the opportunity for more guest star appearances than might exist otherwise--I thing Judd Hirsch does Freud in one episode).

It would be best to start with the first episode and work your way forward, as there are elements that are developed slowly across several episodes that wouldn't make a lot of sense viewed out of order.

And of course my explanation does not begin to do it justice, but the fact that TNT has kept it on helps a little with my anger at them for not keeping King and Maxwell.
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:55 AM   #45
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We watched a couple episodes of The Good Wife, but couldn't get into it. We should probably give it another go. Unfortunately, my wife accidentally came across a huge spoiler about it. I don't know what it is, but it sucks that she will have that knowledge from the very beginning.

We also tried to get into The Newsroom and couldn't. Some Sorkin show immediately click for me (The West Wing), while others don't.
When The Good Wife was first being promo'd, it came across as all about "woman cheated on by politician husband", so I gave it a miss.

But my mom watches, so I've been around some when it's been on, or been being played back on her TiVo, and it actually seems to have turned out to be a very good lawyer show, with serious takes on serious contemporary legal issues.

And it's got Christine Baranski in the supporting cast, which is always a good thing.
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:14 PM   #46
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I loved the first five, plus Bates Motel and Jackie.

I recently watched 'Nip/Tuck' on Netflix, for the first time and enjoyed it a lot. It's kinda twisted so if one has delicate sensibilities it might not be for them.
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I watched the first season of The Killing, but got kind of bored and didn't continue beyond that. I found it to be one of the most excruciatingly slow shows I've ever seen. Slow isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I tend to watch a lot of TV late at night, and I kept falling asleep during it.
The Killing is extremely slow. I binge watched it - as many as four episodes a day when I plowed through it. I don't think I could have stood the slow pace if I had to wait a week for each episode, but binge watching it, well I loved it.
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No love here for House of Cards? I love that series.
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We watched a couple episodes of The Good Wife, but couldn't get into it. We should probably give it another go.
it moves very slowly until about halfway through season 1, and then something happens...the writing, direction, production, acting, chemistry...it just all starts to click. from then to current, i've really enjoyed (almost) every ep.
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:11 PM   #50
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We decided to start with Shameless, but to my surprise, the first two seasons are not available for me to stream for free, not even on Showtime Anytime. I find this rather annoying to say the least. I don't know if this a Comcast thing, or it's simply unavailable to everyone. Oh well, I guess we're gonna have to pick another show.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:40 AM   #51
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I've never even heard of this show [Perception]. What's the general concept?
Monk, except I don't think it's _supposed_ to be a comedy. There is a little bit more emphasis on the puzzle than the character byplay, which is good because the characters are not as interesting. Overall it's not terrible if you liked Monk.
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It is pretty good, but Veep is better.
I really enjoy Episodes. As for Veep. Meh. Couldn't watch anything after the first couple of shows.
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I'll second the affirmations for Masters of Sex and The Americans. Bates Motel is also quite good (S2 was a great deal better than S1 for me).

Haven't seen Sherlock mentioned here yet; I'm about to get started.
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Monk, except I don't think it's _supposed_ to be a comedy. There is a little bit more emphasis on the puzzle than the character byplay, which is good because the characters are not as interesting. Overall it's not terrible if you liked Monk.
I said he was schizophrenic, not OCD.
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I received the first two seasons of Shameless on blu-ray today. I really don't understand why it costs $25 to stream the season in HD, but only $17 buy it on Blu-ray. Who in their right mind would pay more for the streaming version. The Blu-ray offers better audio and video quality, includes an UltraViolet digital copy, and comes with a bunch of bonus material. On top of that, you can sell the Blu-ray when you are done watching it and recoup some of your money. The pricing model just doesn't make any sense to me.
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I received the first two seasons of Shameless on blu-ray today. I really don't understand why it costs $25 to stream the season in HD, but only $17 buy it on Blu-ray. Who in their right mind would pay more for the streaming version. The Blu-ray offers better audio and video quality, includes an UltraViolet digital copy, and comes with a bunch of bonus material. On top of that, you can sell the Blu-ray when you are done watching it and recoup some of your money. The pricing model just doesn't make any sense to me.
Can't you also rip the DVD to your hard drive so you could watch it on your TiVo etc? Seems like the best of all Worlds.
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Sopranos
Lost
Friday Night Lights
Breaking Bad
The Shield
The Americans
Modern Family
Mad Men
Sports Night
Homicide Life on the Street
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Perception vs. Monk

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I said he was schizophrenic, not OCD.
Plus he's a crime-solving consultant for the FBI and not a crime-solving consultant for the police department. Plus his caretaker/assistant is a man not a woman, his law enforcement boss vice versa, the comic sidekick is a prosecutor rather than a police lieutenant. Instead of a haunting dead wife he has hallucinations of a former (partly imaginary) lover. His reasons for not taking his medications for his condition are different.
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Lots of good shows on your list but, by far, the best is Deadwood. We watched it twice. The first time as it was airing on HBO and then we binge watched it again a few summers ago when he had exhausted everything that we had DVR'd.

Of course we were a lot less busy in those days.
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Agree with many that others have suggested and especially like these:

Six Feet Under
Nurse Jackie
Shameless
Sopranos
Damages
Breaking Bad !!!!!!!!
Rescue Me
Mad Men
Oz
Orange is the New Black
House of Cards
The Good Wife
Modern Family
Masters of Sex
Ray Donovan
True Detective
The Americans
The Wire
The Riches
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I haven't, but plan to watch....Game of Thrones, Justified...
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