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Escapists, my dad and I have watched older TV shows for a while now, and no we're trying to find something else to watch. Some we recently watched were Firefly (liked it) and Rome (REALLY liked it). Normally, we don't really watch anything currently on TV (except Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Colbert Report, etc.)

What are some older/current TV shows that you would recommend others too watch?

Doc Martin is a great medium length British comedy-drama. Basically an immensely successful and respected but socially awkward London surgeon develops a fear of blood and retrains as a GP. He moves to a small town and constantly butts heads with the locals. A really brilliant show, Martin Clunes (Dr. Martin) really carries the show with the persona he created.

Just give the pilot a go.

Regnes:
Doc Martin is a great medium length British comedy-drama. Basically an immensely successful and respected but socially awkward London surgeon develops a fear of blood and retrains as a GP. He moves to a small town and constantly butts heads with the locals. A really brilliant show, Martin Clunes (Dr. Martin) really carries the show with the persona he created.

Just give the pilot a go.

Thanks for the recommendation, I always enjoyed British humor.

Doctor Who Classic and 2005 are great.

Tanis:
Doctor Who Classic are great.

Grammatically incorrect but accurate. Also, 30 Rock. Go get dat.

Well there is Awake that is going on right now. It is an interesting twist on the "cop drama" genre. Its on Hulu.

You should give the good Star Treks a shot (Original, The Next Generation and Voyager) as well as Stargate SG-1 Atlantis if you liked Firefly.
As for sitcoms, I suggest Friends, Still Standing and Grounded for Life.

I don't know how you two feel about anime, but I'LL suggest a few of those as well. Neon Genesis Evangelion is pretty good (though a bit of a mind fuck), as is Blue Gender and Cowboy Bebop.

twistedmic:
You should give the good Star Treks a shot (Original, The Next Generation and Voyager) as well as Stargate SG-1 Atlantis if you liked Firefly.
As for sitcoms, I suggest Friends, Still Standing and Grounded for Life.

I don't know how you two feel about anime, but I'LL suggest a few of those as well. Neon Genesis Evangelion is pretty good (though a bit of a mind fuck), as is Blue Gender and Cowboy Bebop.

Both of us have seen a few episodes of Next Generation, good show. Funny enough, he did suggest about Stargate as a possibility.

Do those sitcoms you mentioned have laugh tracks? Nothing annoys me (or him) more than excessive laugh tracks.

I've seen a bit of anime (Death Note, Soul Eater, etc.) Him, I don't think he'd like anime too much.

PsychicTaco115:

Do those sitcoms you mentioned have laugh tracks? Nothing annoys me (or him) more than excessive laugh tracks.

I've seen a bit of anime (Death Note, Soul Eater, etc.) Him, I don't think he'd like anime too much.

I'm pretty sure that none of the shows I mentioned had laugh tracks and I know they weren't filmed in front of a live audience (they can be just as bad as heavily-used laugh tracks) but I can't be completely positive about that.

twistedmic:

PsychicTaco115:

Do those sitcoms you mentioned have laugh tracks? Nothing annoys me (or him) more than excessive laugh tracks.

I've seen a bit of anime (Death Note, Soul Eater, etc.) Him, I don't think he'd like anime too much.

I'm pretty sure that none of the shows I mentioned had laugh tracks and I know they weren't filmed in front of a live audience (they can be just as bad as heavily-used laugh tracks) but I can't be completely positive about that.

Thanks mate.

Personally, I just don't like laugh tracks/studio audiences. I want to laugh when I FEEL like it, sometimes it just seems forced.

Using a laugh track wrong, just for an example, is The Big Bang Theory. It annoys me greatly :/

Well, if you liked Rome (I've been watching it myself recently, I'm a few episodes into season 2), I can recommend some good historical dramas. If you want more of Rome, you can go for I Claudius - it's fine with age, and is littered with good actors from WAY back when - BRIAN BLESSED, John Hurt is a fantastic Caligula, and it has Patrick Stewart WITH HAIR. More recent historical pieces would include the Borgias (second season coming up, Jeremy Irons is great as Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia)).

Along the sci-fi line, Star Trek's been mentioned and it's definitely good - best place to start is probably TNG. If you want something more recent, or darker and story arc driven, you could try the new Battlestar Galactica. And of course, there's always Doctor Who - like any show, it can be hit and miss at times, but when it hits, it HITS, and if you want to see an example of that, find 'The Waters of Mars', damn that's good.

As for British humour, I'm only going to make one suggestion so as to drive it home well: BLACKADDER. Watch it. Season 1 is different than the others, so try starting on Season 4 or 3 first, but it is good. Rowan Atkinson being CLEVER and funny, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, top of their game.

Other good stuff? Game of Thrones is excellent, a thoroughly medieval tone in a fantasy world where the fantasy isn't stealing the stage, but the intrigue, setting, and characters are. If you want a more modern political drama, try the West Wing - great ensemble, stellar writing, and still relevant to today's politics in almost every single way (More low tech. That's pretty much it) despite it ending almost a decade ago. You want something that's all about characters and character development? Watch Season 1 of LOST, then keep going if you want to follow the plot further. The list goes on, but that should be enough to get you started, I think.

Justified - Cop show in the South

Grimm - cop show with fairy-tale monsters

Castle - cop show with Nathan Fillion

The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. - Western with Bruce Campbell

Starship Troopers: Roughneck Chronicles(I don't know if it holds up, but it was sick back when it originally aired)

Eureka

Robot Chicken

Alphas

I really started digging Parks and Rec. Funny show.

I'd give Scrubs a shot. My favorite comedy bar Seinfeld. Also...

And maybe The Shield. Gritty cop drama that's really fucking great. My favorite show of my existence so far. Though Breaking Bad is slowly catching up...

Archer, Game of Thrones, Suits, Modern Family, Community, The Wire, Supernatural, Chuck (this one's objectively not very good but I still like it so just try the first episode), Arrested Development, Scrubs.

Breaking In - its hilarious :P and almost just started Season 2 ^^

I'd recommend Red Dwarf and Blackadder. From newer ones: Breaking Bad, IT Crowd, Sons of Anarchy, Life on Mars, Game of Thrones. That's all I can remember right now.

IF you like sci-fi like Doctor Who then i recomend the Torchwood seires, make no mistakes in thinking that it is as light hearted as the Doctor Who seires though, it is much darker.

Also if you like your crime programs then i would also recomend criminal minds.

If you liked Rome, you might like Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Note that the series constantly improved throughout the season. Also note that season two -- subtitled "Vengeance" -- suffers greatly from the loss of Andy Whitfield and bad CGI.

You might take a look at Farscape too. This one's not for everybody though: some of the show's main characters are animatronic and prosthetic aliens which is a thing a lot of people don't like. Personally, this is my all-time favorite.

Game of Thrones is awesome too. If you like it, don't forget to read the books which are better still. It's way better than the Sword of Truth series they tried to adapt for the small screen: Legend of the Seeker. No wonder they cancelled this show after the second season.

As some have mentioned, Castle is a good show too. I also enjoyed Hung and I'm still watching Fringe. I also liked Battlestar Galactica, the original as well as the 2004 reimagined series. You might also enjoy Flash Forward, a show I found enormously entertaining.

The first season of Dexter is also very good. The latter seasons are some kind of roller coaster ride -- a lot of ups and downs. Overall, Dexter still is better than a lot of other shows.

Misfits- Its this British tv show about some kids who while serving community service get caught in a freak storm which gives them super powers, like mind reading, time travel, invisibility etc. Its really good, and the way the plot flows and how they use there powers are really interesting and it's also funny, due to one of the characters called Nathan

The I.T Crowd, Peep Show, Outnumbered and The Inbetweeners are good british comedys.

I also really recomend the new doctor who series, some episodes are really interesting.

Check out Batman: the Animated Series. And Spartacus. Those are excellent

PsychicTaco115:
Escapists, my dad and I have watched older TV shows for a while now, and no we're trying to find something else to watch. Some we recently watched were Firefly (liked it) and Rome (REALLY liked it). Normally, we don't really watch anything currently on TV (except Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Colbert Report, etc.)

What are some older/current TV shows that you would recommend others too watch?

Since you mentioned Rome (which I also enjoyed)...

Spartacus: Blood and Sand
- From the creator of Xena, Warrior Princess (and staring Lucy Lawless in seasons 1 and 2), the story of Spartacus... with a visual aesthetic reminiscent of the movie 300.

And, speaking of Firefly...

Castle
- Nathan Fillian (Mal) is a mystery novelist who ends up working with the NYPD to solve New York City's most macabre and bizarre murders while seeking "inspiration" for his newest novel series. Makes a number of amusing references to Firefly, including the Halloween episode where Castle dressed up as a "Space Cowboy" - in his Mal Reynolds costume from Firefly.

Hrm.. some shows that are finished

Jericho was pretty alright, it was interesting to see where some of these actors ended up after the show dissapated.

In that same vein, I liked last summers Falling Skies, and it will be gearing up to start airing its second season in a few months, so backtracking through last season might be a good idea now.

Spartacus is pretty enjoyable if you liked the old Herecules & Xena series, but be forewarned its practically softcore gay porn at times, if that sort of thing offends you. Also if your going to watch it, watch it in the season order, Blood & sand > Gods of the Arena > Vengence (though hypothetically you COULD switch Blood & sand and Gods of the arena around as GoA is technically a prequel to blood and sand. But it was aired B&S>GoA.Vengance.

Archer if you like comedy and animation
Shin Chan if you like comedic anime

Babylon 5 if you want non star trek/wars esque scifi and looking for a LONG series.

Battlestar Galactica if your looking for a much shorter series.

Rome is... Ok, got sort of tired and tedious though.

A few more, but ill let others make suggestions.

Ok first off HBO shows are where to get good modern drama's nowadays

this includes but is not limited to

game of thrones
boardwalk empire
the wire (still criminally under-rated, one of the best tv shows of all time)
band of brothers
the sopranos
the pacific

But yeah hbo is generally the best place to look. If i could pay a few pound a month and have unlimited access to their stuff i would do it quite happily.

The Wire, Generation Kill, Homicide: Life on the Streets, and Treme. Yeah I'm a fanboy.

Deadwood, Ian McShane is the god of expressive profanity.

The only two I can think of that no one and mention yet is The Mighty Boosh and Father Ted.

bahumat42:
Ok first off HBO shows are where to get good modern drama's nowadays
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This is pretty true. Also If your not able or willing to pay for HBO, FX networks is like a mini HBO in the drama department with an abundance of very solid series like Sons of Anarchy, The riches (while it lasted) The Shield, Rescue Me and a few others.

The first five seasons of Supernatural are absolutely terrific. I can't recommend the show enough. Season six was kind of "meh" for me at the beginning, though it started getting better. Season seven I thought started good, but began to decline. But like I said, can't go wrong with the first five (as the show was SUPPOSED TO BE!).

twistedmic:
Blue Gender

OH GOD! SOMEBODY ELSE THAT REMEMBERS BLUE GENDER!!! HAPPY DAY!

If you're looking for good drama, HBO is definetly the way to go. Their shows promises quality (in a few cases it doesn't, but still).

If you're not looking for good drama, then go away, peasant!

viranimus:
Hrm.. some shows that are finished

Jericho was pretty alright, it was interesting to see where some of these actors ended up after the show dissapated.

In that same vein, I liked last summers Falling Skies, and it will be gearing up to start airing its second season in a few months, so backtracking through last season might be a good idea now.

Spartacus is pretty enjoyable if you liked the old Herecules & Xena series, but be forewarned its practically softcore gay porn at times, if that sort of thing offends you. Also if your going to watch it, watch it in the season order, Blood & sand > Gods of the Arena > Vengence (though hypothetically you COULD switch Blood & sand and Gods of the arena around as GoA is technically a prequel to blood and sand. But it was aired B&S>GoA.Vengance.

Archer if you like comedy and animation
Shin Chan if you like comedic anime

Babylon 5 if you want non star trek/wars esque scifi and looking for a LONG series.

Battlestar Galactica if your looking for a much shorter series.

Rome is... Ok, got sort of tired and tedious though.

A few more, but ill let others make suggestions.

Did Rome start getting that way in the second season? Because I kind of thought the same thing too, but I really wanted to see how the story would end up

Are you in to the movie or entertainment business? Try The Critic. It's a great show about just that. It only lasted two seasons, but you can find all of the episodes on YouTube.

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However, I have noticed one problem with the show: It's for people who really know enough about the industry. Most of the jokes might go over people's heads due to the number of references of movies and actors. Maybe that's why it lasted for as long as it did. Still, give it a shot. I'd be happy to be proven wrong.

If you like british sketch comedies like Monty Python's Flying Circus, then a good one to check out is A Bit of Fry & Laurie. Or of course Flying Circus itself. At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set are both similar to that show.

Scrubs is a show I really enjoyed. Eureka is another series I enjoy, sort of like Scrubs with mad scientists instead of doctors.

There's Firefly of course which I loved. I enjoy the new Doctor Who series. I enjoy the Warehouse 13 series, or at least the first season of it. Haven't seen the second yet.

Mad Men is pretty interesting... though it's kind of iffy at times in quality. House is more of a serious or dark comedy show that manages to entertain quite a bit.

The Mentalist and Psych are both similar detective shows, with Mentalist being more serious in nature with Psych as more of a comedy. Psych seems like it could almost be a prequel to Mentalist.

For Anime, there's GunXSword and Trigun. Both are smiliar and good series in my opinion. FLCL is a fun, shorter series. Full Metal Panic! and it's spin offs are funny with a decent amount of action. It isn't the best series but it's far from bad. Excel Saga is a good random comedy as well.

PsychicTaco115:

Did Rome start getting that way in the second season? Because I kind of thought the same thing too, but I really wanted to see how the story would end up

Others may have liked it more, but to me personally I started loosing interest in about the second half of the first season. It wasnt bad. It was very well made like other HBO shows, but it sort of grew kind of wearisome to me. I think for me, it was the constant barrage of roman sounding names of note you needed a checklist to keep track of who was fucking over who as the names just became a big blur of names ending in Us.

War Penguin:
The Critic

I agree. I loved the Critic. However it presents some problems for someone who didnt watch it during its run. The show was HEAVILY dated. Even more so than say Family guy is today. So a lot of the humor is going to be lost today on someone who was not immersed in american pop culture circa 1990 with references like "Whoomp, there it is" a TON of Bill Clinton Jokes and just about anything in that window from 1995 - 2000.

Another, dated comedy, but no where near as bad is Married w/ children. Some of the best late 80s early 90s comedy, period.

War Penguin:
Are you in to the movie or entertainment business? Try The Critic. It's a great show about just that. It only lasted two seasons, but you can find all of the episodes on YouTube.

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However, I have noticed one problem with the show: It's for people who really know enough about the industry. Most of the jokes might go over people's heads due to the number of references of movies and actors. Maybe that's why it lasted for as long as it did. Still, give it a shot. I'd be happy to be proven wrong.

Actually, I hope on becoming a film director myself one day. Thanks for the recommendations, all who posted (and those who might later.)

Most of what I would suggest has been mentioned... but I'll second 'em anyway
-Babylon 5 for a long, well-made space epic.
-The IT Crowd - if you want something geek-centric but can't stand Big Bang Theory.
-Generation Kill - hard to find a more honest look at modern war. Only thing that comes to mind is Restrepo... but that's more disturbing than entertaining, according to my roommate.
-Archer - irreverent comedy, douchebag tropes and spy tropes. If these things appeal to you, try it out

PsychicTaco115:
I've seen a bit of anime (Death Note, Soul Eater, etc.) Him, I don't think he'd like anime too much.

-Black Lagoon. The anime that I always show to people who don't like anime.

Go watch Psych. It's funny I promise. It's like Medium except that the main character only pretends he's psychic.

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