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What was your favorite TV show?

Asked by RandomMrAdam (1640 points ) August 1st, 2012

I just finished another TV series and need a new one to dig into. Since having Netflix, I have finished several series including Lost, Nip/Tuck, IT Crowd, The Office (US), Arrested Development, Better off Tedd and some others I can’t think of off the top of my head. I liked LOST a lot, earlier seasons more-so than the later ones, but was satisfied overall. Nip/Tuck was great, so was IT Crowd, The Office, and I LOVED Arrested Development and Better off Ted.

I am more of a comedy buff, but anything with good plot and solid acting will grab my attention. I was considering the following:
– Breaking Bad
– Battlestar Gallactica
– The Sopranos
– Dexter
– Curb Your Enthusiasm (Though I have seen episodes here and there, haven’t watched through series)

I am sure there are a variety of others that are great, which is why I felt the need to ask those on fluther. Feel free to mention what you think of the list I posted, as well as any other great shows that you have enjoyed. I prefer shows that have concluded already, but obviously not required as you see Breaking Bad listed above.

These don’t have to be readily available on Netflix, just so long as the show isn’t too difficult to find online somewhere. Please no spoilers!

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tom_g's avatar

Six Feet Under

EDIT: Oops – comedy…Have you watched “Louie”? Great show.

zensky's avatar

STNG, LOST
Seinfeld, Fraisier, Happy Days

RandomMrAdam's avatar

@tom_g – Yes, I finished Louie on Netflix, but I think thats just 2 seaons. I loved that show.
@zensky – I’ve watched Seinfeld and quite a bit of Frasier. Happy Days I remember watching as a child, but wouldn’t mind going through it again. Seinfeld is one of, if not my favorite show of all time.

RandomMrAdam's avatar

@zensky – I considered STNG. Older show, but I like Star Trek a lot. I would love to see a new Star Trek show come to TV.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Game of Thrones. Fantasy with gore and nudity. I haven’t read the books and I am not going to read them any time soon, but it’s not required to understand the plot.

Fawlty Towers. Comedy series about an arrogant bastard running a hotel.

RandomMrAdam's avatar

@Michael_Huntington, my brother has been trying to get me to watch Game of Thrones forever now. I’ve heard only good things about it, even from those people who read the books. So I’m assuming it’s an excellent show. I definitely plan to watch that sometime, but I may wait until they conclude one more season. I hate waiting a week between each episode :).

I have not heard of Fawlty Towers oddly enough – I will look into that. Thanks for the suggestions!

ragingloli's avatar

Deep Space 9

gondwanalon's avatar

I haven’t watch TV shows for about 20 years. I tried but nothing really interests me.

When I was a kid in the 1960’s I was captivated by a TV series simply called “Combat”. I was surprised to recently discover that the show is every bit as good as I remember it. I bought the entire 5 year series of every episode.

The acting, stories, sound and filming are superb. I can feel the pain of the complex human struggles and sacrifices. I just get drawn into the victories and tragic losses. Sometimes the endings are left on an up note while others just leave you hanging up in air. All the time I’m left with a feeling that we are so fortunate that the “Great Generation” was there to protect our freedom and way of life during WWII. God bless them.

rojo's avatar

Also a Fawlty Towers fan, along with Monty Pythons Flying Circus, Red Dwarf,
Lost, Northern Exposure, Big Bang.

ucme's avatar

Fawlty Towers

Kardamom's avatar

I’m going to start over. My linkies are not working right now, so forgive me, you’ll have to look them up manually. This is a list of my favorite comedies and dramas.

The Nanny

M*A*S*H

NCIS (current)

Star Trek (TNG and Voyager)

Sherlock (current)

Fraiser

Monk

House

Grace Under Fire

Roseanne

Quantum Leap

Just Shoot Me

Moonlighting

Veronica’s Closet

China Beach

Scrubs

Boston Public

Cybill

Chicago Hope

Body of Proof (current)

News Radio

Murphy Brown was also very funny, but it used a lot of political stuff that was current at the time. I’d love to see a modern version of Murphy Brown, but I still think it’s worth watching for the hilarious ensemble cast and quick witted dialogue.

reijinni's avatar

Doctor Who
Top Gear
Mythbusters
Boston Legal

zenvelo's avatar

@gondwanalon Combat was a great show.

For laughs, Hogan’s Heroes is timeless.

I always loved All in the Family but the shows were too contemporary, they aren’t funny 40 years later.

RandomMrAdam's avatar

@reijinni – I have seen some Boston Legal. Great show from what I’ve seen. Gotta love Shatner.

digitalimpression's avatar

I thought “Wilfred” was pretty funny.

TexasDude's avatar

The Adventures of Pete and Pete. (90s surrealist Nickelodeon sitcom)
Parks and Recreation. (Ron Swanson is one of the greatest characters on tv today)
Undeclared. (I can’t watch this without getting super nostalgic for college)
Summer Heights High. (Great Australian absurd comedy)

Mr_Paradox's avatar

Doctor Who
Shelock (Masterpiece version)
White Collar
M*A*S*H
Haven’t seen the Game of Thrones series but I have read most of the books and their good.

cazzie's avatar

Wilfred is hilarious. I liked Dexter and Breaking Bad as well. Don’t miss Firefly. Firefly is epic. I am liking Game of Thrones, but watching it makes me think I need to read the books. I think I am past the point and I really need to read the books. It is a well done TV series, though, for the genre.

flutherother's avatar

It’s going back a bit but the Phil Silvers Show is still pretty good.

Brian1946's avatar

I still love Leave It To Beaver and Seinfeld.

X Files used to be my favorite show, but I haven’t acquired a desire to watch it again.

reijinni's avatar

@RandomMrAdam, I really would have liked it somewhat better if Scott Bakula was on that show.

WestRiverrat's avatar

All in the Family, Gunsmoke, and Rat Patrol were my favorites all time.

Band of Brothers is the closest to contemporary.

anartist's avatar

NCIS. I love the characters. [I used to work right next door to them in real life—nobody that cool on staff]
For all-time favorite Max Headroom.
And good shows die, like Murphy’s Law, and CHAOS while bad shows live—that bimbo CIA one.
I’ve never seen 6 feet under or the sopranos because I never get premium cable. But I think I would have liked them.

SuperMouse's avatar

I am in full agreement with Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you enjoy that you might check out The Larry Sanders Show. I am also a sucker for Frasier.

For dramas I suggest Friday Night Lights and St. Elsewhere.

GracieT's avatar

I used to love Northern Exposure and STNG while I was in college. (Then again, I loved Anamanics and Tiny Toon adventures, so draw your own conclusions!) After college I loved the West Wing, and now it’s, of course, NCIS and MythBusters..
Fawlty Towers is great British Television, but then again so is everything else on the BBC.

DaphneT's avatar

Anything put out by the BBC and by Boston’s Public Television. A lot of these are available on Acorn Media dvds from what I can tell. I’ve always liked the Mystery series. And you can always find good period pieces. I’ve also wanted to finish the Farscape series, just to see how it ended. If you like sci fi, Andromeda, Babylon 5, Jericho, and a few others.

mazingerz88's avatar

You’re on the right track if you follow up with Dexter. Then the Sopranos. Both could get very addictive.

Adagio's avatar

I really enjoyed:

6 Feet under
Foyles War (BBC)
Boston Legal

AshlynM's avatar

Home Improvement
Wings (1990)
Seinfeld

Sunny2's avatar

I can’t think of All in the Family without enjoying the argument between Archie and his son-in-law about whether to put on your shoes and sox, sock/shoe sock/shoe or sock/sock-shoe/shoe. It still make me laugh.

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