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rather than polluting the movies thread and other threads with talk about tv shows, let's discuss here. From another thread:
Yeah Justified is awesome. Well paced, good story lines, dark humour. Looking forward to the next season.
Treme: Also awesome, great music, slow paced, not much happening and all of the focus on personal development. Love it. It's been renewed for a third season as well.
Game of thrones just looks like Spartacus blood and sand set in a different era. Not really my thing (but i liked the boobies)

Other shows i watch:
american dad
family guy
archer (2009)
boardwalk empire
breaking bad
californication
curb your enthusiasm
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hung
psychoville
sons of anarchy.
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Just started watching CSI season 1.

Other favorites would be:

NCIS
CSI: NY
True Blood (even though it's just fucked up)
Dexter (seen only a few episodes and can't convince the wifey to watch)
The Mentalist (haven't seen seaon 3 finally, so no spoilers please)

Nothing else really. No cable or sattelite for me, and don't watch much tv to begin with.

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I gave up on True Blood as the last season didn't do much for me and i got bored of it. Same with Fringe.
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Don't have a TV, but I have been watching the new Psychoville on iPlayer.
So wrong it just has to be right.

Two words: Tina Turner.

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chickenf1sh wrote:
Don't have a TV, but I have been watching the new Psychoville on iPlayer.
So wrong it just has to be right.

Two words: Tina Turner.

YES! That was brilliant. On par with the best from League of Gentlemen.
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chickenf1sh wrote:
Don't have a TV, but I have been watching the new Psychoville on iPlayer.
So wrong it just has to be right.

Two words: Tina Turner.


that kept me laughing every time it popped into my head for a good week after Very Happy

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i love csi new york and standard csi tho i think its running out of steam a bit since grissom left an theres not enough langstone Smile psycoville is ace as is being human the last series was immense

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Wilhelm_Stroker wrote:
I gave up on True Blood as the last season didn't do much for me and i got bored of it. Same with Fringe.


I guess I am just a bit curious as to what happens with Sam and Lafayette.

Plus my wife has read most of the books and wants to see where the show goes.

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If I'm not mistaken it veers away from the books quite a bit in the later seasons. I did enjoy the first 2 seasons but the last couldnt get my attention anymore.
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I can't watch any current American tv, 95% dross. I do have a soft spot for swords and sorcery so that Game Of Thrones sounds interesting. I had high hopes for Spartacus too, expecting something along the lines of 300, but it is one of the biggest piles of steaming horseshit I've ever seen. As has been every American thriller/drama/sci-fi show I've attempted to watch. Look at the remakes of V, The Prisoner and The Bionic Woman, appalling crap. Yes, I know there are probably a few jewels to be found amongst the shite, but I don't have the patience or time to bother watching enough TV to find any of them. The only shows I am currently going out of my way to cach are Spooks and Peep Show. The new Psychoville hasn't hit here yet.

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My tastes are usually pretty similar to Mr Stroker...and I also agree with him on True Blood...I had to jump ship...it became a soap opera...cant watch it anymore...the last season of Big Love sucked also and the finale was criminally bad...


Along with the aforementioned,I look forward to the 3rd and final season of Eastbound &Down(I'm Kenny Powers,bitch!)....a new season of Bored to Death will be cool also...funny shows...


I would recommend the HBO miniseries The Pacific also...it's a Speilberg production but don't let that scare you off...it had a few schmaltzy moments but not enough to distract...probably the most brutal battle sequnces I have ever seen...unrelenting...

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yep i just watched all pacific, i think it did well in mixing up the humdrum with the insane intensity, better realism i imagine. the mad logisictic scale of the operations as well as how relatively shit it seemed the troops were looked after compared to things are now.

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blackmark wrote:
yep i just watched all pacific, i think it did well in mixing up the humdrum with the insane intensity, better realism i imagine. the mad logisictic scale of the operations as well as how relatively shit it seemed the troops were looked after compared to things are now.




Well put,Marky....it was cool to see a show that didn't approach war from the perspective of the practice of generals...rather it was from the perspective of the grunts in the field...it concentrates on 3 different squads and are largely unrelated yet it managed to remain coherent...great show that I will probably watch again in the future...

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Yeah the pacific was good.
I have yet to make it through the first episode of Bored to death. It was a bit ahem boring to me.

Not enough love around here for Hung btw. Very funny and very subtle given the subject matter.
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[quote="Wilhelm_Stroker"]Yeah the pacific was good.
I have yet to make it through the first episode of Bored to death. It was a bit ahem boring to me.

Not enough love around here for Hung btw. Very funny and very subtle given the subject matter.[/quote




I am gonna check out Hung soon....they just put them up in the On Demand section...been meaning to watch for a while...


Mr Stroker,give Bored to Death another chance...it's a bit quirky and odd ball and New York-centric but it's very funny once you get used to the characters...it's a slow burn kind of humor...it didn't grab me immediately either but now I love it...Ted Danson's character is one of the funniest to come around in quite a while...

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I'm going to have to step in here!

my favourites (recommended)

Boardwalk Empire
Its an enjoyable series, but I do think it is slightly overrated. The series counts too much on Steve Buscemi's performance and I think some of the other cast members don't deliver too strong of a performance. The storyline is nothing special, it's been done before in more modern settings (Brotherhood for example). Still, visually and atmospherically I liked it so far.

Deadwood
The first two seasons are classic imho. The third season suffered a lot from lack of funds and inspiration. But the first two seasons I thought were great.

Eastbound and Down
Just brainless fun. Enjoyed both seasons and looking forward to the third and final one as some have stated

Metalocalypse
Part of Adult Swim. Probably the funniest show of the lot. It's about metal! It does get a bit old after a while.

Oz
This one you either love or hate. It has a special atmosphere, it does come over as a little dated if you watch it now, it was in the end the first HBO series I think. Nevertheless, I think it is one of their strongest shows yet.

Sopranos
I think everyone has seen this by now. Last couple of seasons the series weakened a lot, especially the schrink bit started to get really tedious, but still a classic

About some of the shows mentioned :
True Blood I think is just horrible. It has no redeeming value other than almost being soft porn with a few "hot" actresses. The plot, actors and script just fail. Better of reading the books imho.

The Pacifiic was great, but I lacked the emotional connection that I did make with Band of Brothers. Graphically, it's amazing though.

I completely agree with Doomride on Big Love. I found it to be an amusing series at first, but by the fourth season, the novelty wore off. It had some amazing moments but also a lot of cringe worthy moments.

Treme was good, but I don't see a second season interesting me that much. I think the series could have stopped right there. John Goodmans character did a lot for me.

Sons of Anarchy I've not yet watched enough of, but I'm liking it so far.

Classics like The Shield and The Wire needn't be explained further.

I'm currently looking into Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

And I did have a soft spot for "Party Down", I have to admit it. But that one got scrapped after two seasons!

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joeki wrote:
I'm going to have to step in here!

my favourites (recommended)

Boardwalk Empire
Its an enjoyable series, but I do think it is slightly overrated. The series counts too much on Steve Buscemi's performance and I think some of the other cast members don't deliver too strong of a performance. The storyline is nothing special, it's been done before in more modern settings (Brotherhood for example). Still, visually and atmospherically I liked it so far.

Deadwood
The first two seasons are classic imho. The third season suffered a lot from lack of funds and inspiration. But the first two seasons I thought were great.

Eastbound and Down
Just brainless fun. Enjoyed both seasons and looking forward to the third and final one as some have stated

Metalocalypse
Part of Adult Swim. Probably the funniest show of the lot. It's about metal! It does get a bit old after a while.

Oz
This one you either love or hate. It has a special atmosphere, it does come over as a little dated if you watch it now, it was in the end the first HBO series I think. Nevertheless, I think it is one of their strongest shows yet.

Sopranos
I think everyone has seen this by now. Last couple of seasons the series weakened a lot, especially the schrink bit started to get really tedious, but still a classic

About some of the shows mentioned :
True Blood I think is just horrible. It has no redeeming value other than almost being soft porn with a few "hot" actresses. The plot, actors and script just fail. Better of reading the books imho.

The Pacifiic was great, but I lacked the emotional connection that I did make with Band of Brothers. Graphically, it's amazing though.

I completely agree with Doomride on Big Love. I found it to be an amusing series at first, but by the fourth season, the novelty wore off. It had some amazing moments but also a lot of cringe worthy moments.

Sons of Anarchy I've not yet watched enough of, but I'm liking it so far.

Classics like The Shield and The Wire needn't be explained further.

I'm currently looking into Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

And I did have a soft spot for "Party Down", I have to admit it. But that one got scrapped after two seasons!





Great post here....

I loved Deadwood also but it will always suffer being given the axe early and never being able to properly conclude the story...but a great,great show while it was around..."Swearengen,cocksucker!!!!!"



I fucking love Sons of Anarchy and anything the great Kurt Sutter is involved in...the 2nd and 3rd seasons are by far the best of the 3 and I can't wait for the new one...


Party Down was fucking hysterical...wish it would have lasted longer...



Havnt seen Metalocalypse but was always curious about it...

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Some that we forgot to mention:

Six Feet Under : very good, But I'll never watch it again. fitting end for a change!

Mad Men : Clever, funny at times but it sort of lacks a point for me and I've never watched it completely up to this point.

John Adams : great actors delivering great performances, but painfully boring at times.

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I loved Carnivale also but it was another that suffered from being given it's premature walking papers...they still did an admirable job wrapping it up but I can only imagine how much greater it could have been with more time...


I'm a big Weeds fan also...


Anyone ever watch Dead Like Me???

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I'm waiting for "The Walking Dead" to reappear in October.

It has it's down moments (i.e. sappy romantic) but all-in-all
a well made zombie series. I think i'll re-watch the 1st season
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Sash73 wrote:
I'm waiting for "The Walking Dead" to reappear in October.

It has it's down moments (i.e. sappy romantic) but all-in-all
a well made zombie series. I think i'll re-watch the 1st season
this weekend.




Yeah,I enjoyed it also despite some of its flaws...I can only imagine it is one of those shows that will get better as it finds itself...this next season should be better...wonder when it starts back up?

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Oh and by the way Arrested Development is one of the most criminally overlooked comedies of all time...

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I only watched the first two episodes of "The Walking Dead". It sort of lost its lustre after having read the comic...anyone one else suffer from that?

Carnivale has come recommended from several people, I might have to queue that one up.

Damn, I always thought I didn't watch a lot of television haha. Now that I see myself in this thread, I'm quite baffled.
I think I don't actually watch it that much, but when I stay in and don't go out drinking or to a gig or dance in the weekend, it's easy to get caught up in a series and just ahem, acquire them through the interwebs and before you know it its 4am and you've watched two or three seasons. Obviously being in the old continent, we don't get all these series airing weekly. Especially if you don't have cable like myself.

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doomride wrote:
Sash73 wrote:
I'm waiting for "The Walking Dead" to reappear in October.

It has it's down moments (i.e. sappy romantic) but all-in-all
a well made zombie series. I think i'll re-watch the 1st season
this weekend.




Yeah,I enjoyed it also despite some of its flaws...I can only imagine it is one of those shows that will get better as it finds itself...this next season should be better...wonder when it starts back up?

myepisodes.com has it for 31-10. It was ok, but nothing really special.
Oh and Party Down is brilliant. Loved it. Carnivale I still need to finish watching..
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Just watched the latest episode of Ideal.

Great comedy stuff with a strange edge. Bonus points for having Mark E. Smith as God in a previous series and using The Fall and Coil and incidental music.

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joeki wrote:

The Pacifiic was great, but I lacked the emotional connection that I did make with Band of Brothers. Graphically, it's amazing though.


Yeah, I agree with this Joeki. BoBs had a lot more of a poetic almost lyrical touch to its story telling that I really love so The Pacific would never live up to that for me but I did still like it a lot. I'm glad that TP went in a different direction with its story telling though when all is said and done. It is a lot more in your face and relentless in places, a real shock to the system as far as its battle scenes goes.

I have read a fair amount of the Walking Dead comic (been a fan of Charlie Adlards since his days on The X Files comic) and I think the series lives up to it very nicely so far. Can't wait for season 2!

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Great comedy stuff with a strange edge. Bonus points for having Mark E. Smith as God in a previous series and using The Fall and Coil and incidental music.


I remember being very suprised that an episode in series 2 I think had a Squarepusher track on the soundtrack. They know there music on that show! I have not seen the episode with Mark E Smith in yet but I really want to.

The episode where Moz accidently ends up taking acid at a wedding reception and the copper dudes head turns into a giant squid all to LCD Soundsystems Yeah still brings a broad smile to my face. Fuckin' classic comedy and a great acid sequence!

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For what i've heard all the writers from the first season were fired and replaced with freelance writers. They plan on incorporating more from the comic book. Abd they have the entire cast back which is rare. I guess its a 50/50 shot.

I haven't seen The Pacific yet but Band of Brothers was great. I recently re-watched the entire series this past winter. Every episode was awesome.
I'm kinda torn on The Pacific--if it's worth the time to get into or not.
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I think my problem is that TV is an incidental in life, I'll just watch whatever is on for an hour or two in the evening when I'm sitting down. I never go out of my way to watch anything. Sounds like there are probably a few decent shows out there that I would probably like, given the chance. I've had every episode of The Wire sitting on a hard drive at home for over two years now, and have only made it through one episode, that's how bad I am!

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I hadnt really kept up with TV other then Adult Swim in quite some time until of course I met the misses a couple years ago and we moved in together.. Some of the crap I keep up with now..

Everything on Adult Swim, favorites being 12 Oz Mouse, Superjail, Children's Hospital, Squidbillies, Robot Chicken and ATHF (Havent seen the new Aqua Teen Patrol whatever yet though)
Dexter
Mad Men
Game of Thrones
Boardwalk Empire
Walking Dead
30 Rock
White Collar
In Plain Sight
The Increasinly Poor Decisions of Todd Margrret
Law And Order SVU/Criminal Intent/and the new Los Angeles one
Very anxiously awaiting the next season of the V remake too. I want that lizard bitch DEAD already.
Cant stand CSI but we religiously watch NCIS and Criminal Minds (their respective spin-offs SUCK though even LL Cool J and Forrest Whitaker couldnt save em) even down to the myriads of re-runs A&E and USA show every day.

Oh and I just saw a commercial on HBO last night NEW SEASON OF CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM IS COMING!! Ive seen tons of em before but I finally started getting the DVDs from Netflix to watch em in order.. Still got like 3 seasons to go!

Thats pretty much the current stuff. Loved Six Feet Under, still watch re-runs of Mr.Show, Seinfeld and Arrested Development all the time.. Other than that Im pretty much at misses Mono's mercy watching stuff on Bravo like those damn Real Housewives shows..


Blip - About Game of Thrones, theres plenty of sword in it but no sorcery to be seen yet. I think they left that out in particular to appeal to the non-d&d geek types.. Its still great though. Lots of fucked up backstabbing and death and a rad midget too.

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ideal is ace last night was funny paul weller cropped in moz's dream an the pizza was funny i wont say any more cos itd spoil if but i knida guessed what was coming

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Watched Ep4 of Psychoville last night: holy fuck.
It appears to have morphed into a gripping thriller on top of the horror/comedy, as well as parodising horror & thriller ideas at the same time.
They've torn up the rulebook and burned the leftovers. What Hattie did at the end was Shearsmith & Pemberton looking us straight in the eye, dropping their trousers and wiping their arses with our expectations. "You think you know where we're going next?", they say, "Fuck you, bitches, you haven't got a clue." This is masterful and audacious TV. Shearsmith & Pemberton are at the top of their game right now.

Best bits:
"Jesus, it's like something out of Saw"

Tealeaf's reaction to the contents of Hoyti Toyti's cellar (Daniel Kaluuya's delivery is spot-on so many times).

Anything with David & Maureen in it.

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I have no idea what Psychoville is but you guys are making it sound very intriguing...

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6 episodes into Game of Thrones, I can deffo say : LIKE!


Land of perpetual snow, guarded by the "Black" (must be a reference here right?). Talk of 9 year long winters (winter is coming!), Wolves, dragons and a midget that basically owns everyone. But no gay magic (so far!).
Loads of blood (and nudity). But most importantly, things are moving ahead at an incredible tempo! So much has happened already, and I think a lot more will happen.

Get on this people! Episode 7 airs Sunday.


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Anyone ever watch Lead balloon with jack dee and is it any good?

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doomride wrote:
I have no idea what Psychoville is but you guys are making it sound very intriguing...

check it out, it's brilliant. Was discussing this with Sidney James today and we both agreed the second season is much better, darker and more intriguing than the first season. Which was awesome anyway.
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zerosignel wrote:
Anyone ever watch Lead balloon with jack dee and is it any good?


Love it. Comedic tragedy and nihilism.

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Sidney James wrote:
zerosignel wrote:
Anyone ever watch Lead balloon with jack dee and is it any good?


Love it. Comedic tragedy and nihilism.


Think i shall make the purchase, I have been eyeing it up for a bit. The boxset of series 1-4 is out soon so i shall wait for that.


As posted in the other thread for people who have not read. Bad news for psychoville fans.


http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2011/05/27/13370/psychovilles_ratings_horror

I dont think the BBC can blame them for this though with little to no mention of series 2 starting i almost missed the first episode. The halloween special got a bit of hype too so i dont know why this has been ignored.

As for myself just started watching Human planet, As far as nature documentaries go the BBC are miles ahead of anyone else


One more i need you guys to help me with is "haven" its based on a stephen king short story. Looks interesting but its not out on DVD here so was looking for peoples opinions. Might have to get a region 1 copy

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doomride wrote:
Anyone ever watch Dead Like Me???


yeah--it was cute. watched it after watching some of Pushing Up Daisies--both had a Tim Burton-lite thing that made it a fine watch with the lady of the house.


also--agreed on Arrested...


Game of Thrones--having read all the books some years ago, I am pretty impressed how well the show nailed the look i imagined for the environments and characters. And I do like that Sean Bean.

Mono--yeah, the books aren't too sorcery-ish--and the show is cleaving very close to the books. It's fairly down to earth stuff for the fantasy genre. Nary a unicorn or elf in sight. There is some supernatural stuff, though--as seen in the first part of episode one.

Speaking of the Bean, anyone ever see The Dark? A Welsh--i think?--mythology tinged moody horror(?) piece. It was pretty decent I recall.
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