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Postby ZeroSum » Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:51 am UTC

Jericho
House, M.D.
The 4400
Traveller

In that order. I'll save my analysis until others have posted.

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Postby mrguy753 » Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:53 am UTC

Freaks and Geeks! Freaks and Geeks! It's on DVD now.

Also, heroes.

For pure entertainment value, any of the following crappy reality shows: American Idol, America's Next Top Model, So you think you can dance, and all those ones bravo puts out.
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Postby Castaway » Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:55 am UTC

Law and Order
The Sopranos
Entourage
House
Curb Your Enthusiasm

and anime. lots of anime.
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Postby mrguy753 » Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:58 am UTC

oh! I forgot!

Arrested Development. That show is HIlarious.


Also, NBC's thursday comedy lineup (In the U.S. here). The Office, My Name is Earl, Scrubs, and 30 Rock.
Especially 30 Rock and The Office.
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Postby The LuigiManiac » Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:00 am UTC

Good Eats
Canada's Worst Driver/Handyman (take turns airing seasons)
Survivor
The Amazing Race

*shifty eyes*
Mythbusters

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Jeopardy!
Wheel of Fortune
The Price is Right (but will never be as good anymore, due to Bob's retirement)
Family Feud


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Postby Castaway » Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:04 am UTC

Oh, i completely forgot how much ass jeopardy kicks.
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Postby mindless_drivel » Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:54 am UTC

I only allow myself to get addicted to two shows at a time or else I'll never get anything done with my life. Right now my obsessions are Lost and Heroes. I watch 30 Rock occasionally too.
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Postby Alisto » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:14 am UTC

Heroes
Battlestar Galactica (I'm holding out hope that the show will return to its former awesomeness)
Scrubs
The Office (US version, bitches)
My Name is Earl
October Road
MacGyver
Space: Above and Beyond

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Postby Phenriz » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:21 am UTC

Alisto wrote:Heroes
Scrubs
The Office (US version, bitches)
Space: Above and Beyond

(you didn't say they have to be current)



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Postby apricity » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:44 am UTC

Current(ish) shows: Gilmore Girls, Heroes, Everwood, Grey's Anatomy, Family Guy, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, AND OH GOD I FORGOT, Scrubs.

Old school: Nickelodeon. Fo' shizzle.
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Postby 3.14159265... » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:52 am UTC

Star trek shows
Just for laughs
The simpsons
South park
Daily show
Colbert report
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Re: Great TV Shows

Postby Gelsamel » Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:16 am UTC

ZeroSum wrote:House, M.D.
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Postby Owijad » Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:33 am UTC

Haha, my mom can't stand that show. He she can't hear the dialogue over the ringing of her bullshit detector.
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Postby Rockapotamus » Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:48 am UTC

Kenan and Kel.
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Postby Phenriz » Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:51 am UTC

Forgot:

The X Files
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Re: Great TV Shows

Postby Barbie » Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:22 am UTC

Gelsamel wrote:
ZeroSum wrote:House, M.D.

I love House because it generally doesn't use any tricks to "hook" you. There are very few inter-episode suspense tactics or elaborate ongoing plotlines that place an expectation on the viewer to watch every episode. It doesn't force a commitment on you, it is just a straight-up, no-gimmicks, excellent show.

The first half of season 3 was dull (imo), because it relied on these types of tricks. They seem to have moved past that phase now, and are back to just focusing on producing a good show.

PS: Though I have not had the committment "forced" on me, I have watched every single episode.

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Postby hermaj » Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:27 am UTC

Boston Legal :D I love a show that can laugh at itself.

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Postby Alisto » Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:31 am UTC

I like House. The medical stuff barely interests me, largely because I don't know what the hell they're talking about most of the time. As such, they could be telling me that the patient is suffering from unicorn-leprechaun syndrome and I'd have no choice but to believe it. But the House character makes the show worth watching.

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Postby Mathmagic » Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:54 am UTC

mrguy753 wrote:Arrested Development. That show is HIlarious.

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Postby Peshmerga » Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:57 am UTC

I don't particularly like Arrested Development. Planet Earth is a pretty nifty show, even with the blatant political agenda. Simpsons, of course- Futurama, Family Guy (not lately), etc.

I'm not a big fan of TV.

Oh, Whose Line Is It Anyways is probably the best thing ever.
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Postby Mathmagic » Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:07 am UTC

Peshmerga wrote:I don't particularly like Arrested Development. Planet Earth is a pretty nifty show, even with the blatant political agenda. Simpsons, of course- Futurama, Family Guy (not lately), etc.

I'm not a big fan of TV.

Oh, Whose Line Is It Anyways is probably the best thing ever.

Which "Whose Line"? Americano or Brit? I absolutely HATE the Brit, but maybe because they're so monotonous...and...bad. But Drew Carey rocks.

Apart from AD, I'll make a point to sit down and watch CSI: Las Vegas, and I'll watch any other CSI variety when it's on and I'm flipping through the channels. I don't really watch anything else, but only because I don't really have time to watch TV. I love movies though.
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Postby Gelsamel » Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:40 am UTC

http://www.politedissent.com/house_pd.html <--- House medical reviews.

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Postby evilbeanfiend » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:02 am UTC

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Postby Toeofdoom » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:37 am UTC

Chasers war on everything *Snipe me, bitches*

and Roboguy. It's played pretty much weekly on aussie television (or was last time I checked) so it must be good, right? Actually its a tv show me and a few friends made, its quite funny, just search for it on youtube.

apart from that, cant think of much.
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Postby damienthebloody » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:49 am UTC

lately:

house
cracker
firefly
twin peaks
arrested development
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Postby Rodan » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:06 am UTC

Firefly
Futurama
Wonderfalls
(those are the top three)
Daily Show/Colbert Report
South Park
Arrested Developement
Robot Chicken
Who's Line is it Anyway?
QI (though, I've only seen clips from youtube, but I really want the DVD...)

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Postby Mother Superior » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:22 am UTC

Simpsons (well, seasons 1-9 anyway)
Futurama (best show ever? Possibly.)
Firefly (also best show ever? Possibly, despite the logical ramifications)
House MD
Heroes
Battlestar Galactica (season 1 was fucking brilliant. 2 was very good and 3 was both awesome and crap at times)
Freaks and Geeks
QI (I love Stephen Fry)
Boston Legal (No-one on TV right now makes me laugh more than James Spader and William Shatner)
Scrubs (though for some reason, I haven't watched it lately)
Whose Line is it Anyway?

I'm sure I'm forgetting some.
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Postby evilbeanfiend » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:32 am UTC

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Postby popple » Fri Jun 01, 2007 1:15 pm UTC

simpsons,
family guy,
futurama,
stargate (SG-1 and Atlantis, not sure which i prefer),
QI


The thing about House, is that the main character is played by Hugh Laurie, he is NOT meant to be American, whenever I watch House (which isnt often) I'm always thinking of him in Blackadder, it's confusing.
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Postby SecondTalon » Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:24 pm UTC

Just going to mention ones I haven't seen mentioned.

Newsradio, when Phil Hartman was still among the living.
Reboot, though it's highly possible I've got too much nostalgia in it.
The Twilight Zone. In black & white.
Blackadder Goes Forth.
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Postby peter » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:07 pm UTC

House
Entourage
The Office (US)
In that order.

Those are the only shows I watch. I never turn on the TV besides when they are on, since all my extra time is spent playing 360.
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Postby Darth Eru » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:11 pm UTC

House
Heroes
Family Guy, although this isn't as great as it used to be.
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:30 pm UTC

Shows I presently watch or have watched recently:

CSI: Las Vegas (Seasons 1-5 mostly...some season six)
Law & Order (Back in da day w/ Jerry Orbach & Sam Waterson)
Law & Order: SVU
House
The Simpsons (older episodes are full of win. Newer episodes...not so much)
Fairly Oddparents
Danny Phantom (if I can catch it)
Jimmy Neutron
World's Wildest Police Videos - any version/variation of that name
Ghost Whisperer
Pimp My Ride (earlier seasons...with West Coast Customs BITCHES!)
Family Guy
Ed, Edd, and Eddy

Shows I've watched in the past, and would still watch if I saw them:

Animaniacs - very full of win.
Tiny Toons
Ducktales
Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers
The X-Files (First 3 or 4 seasons only...before they got too "anti-guvmint-guvmint-cover-up"ish)
The Muppet Show
PRG

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Postby Woxor » Fri Jun 01, 2007 3:49 pm UTC

Six Feet Under. This one gets a lot of flak, I think for being pretentious (it is, a little), but for some reason I thought it was awesome. Totally well-written, well-acted, and well-directed drama about life and death and modern existentialism.

The Sopranos. Everybody knows it. Awesome sense of realism, with just the right combination of indulgent mafia intrigue and psychological character portraits.

Then there are a ton of great comedies out there: the Simpsons, Arrested Development, Family Guy, South Park, My Name is Earl, The Office (both versions are good, but for whatever reason I find the American version easier to get -- I think this style of humor literally needed to be translated from British to American).

One that I don't think gets enough of the spotlight is King of the Hill. Having grown up/lived in several places in Texas, I find it funny on a personal level, but every character in the show is hilarious. I suppose a great deal of it is funny because it sounds like "lol Texas cowboy howdy" parody but is, in fact, exactly what Texas is like.

Then of course I'm a Daily Show fan, but I'm one of the heretics who's starting to like the Colbert Report even better.

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Postby miles01110 » Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:44 pm UTC

The Office was *so* much better in seasons 1 and 2. Season 3 kinda sucked.

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Postby Belial » Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:35 pm UTC

One that I don't think gets enough of the spotlight is King of the Hill. Having grown up/lived in several places in Texas, I find it funny on a personal level, but every character in the show is hilarious. I suppose a great deal of it is funny because it sounds like "lol Texas cowboy howdy" parody but is, in fact, exactly what Texas is like.


Girl, being a texan, agrees with you. Also, her father practically *is* Boomhower, so I tend to believe her.
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Postby Woxor » Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:53 pm UTC

Belial wrote:Girl, being a texan, agrees with you. Also, her father practically *is* Boomhower, so I tend to believe her.

Heh, that's funny because the other three main guys (Hank, Bill, Dale) are the types I'm more familiar with. My mom is definitely Peggy Hill, which is creepily oedipal since Peggy is possibly my favorite character on the show.

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Postby Belial » Fri Jun 01, 2007 6:55 pm UTC

Seriously, I've understood all of three fucking words that man has said the entire time I've known him. Seriously.

And yet, he seems to like me. I think I nod and smile convincingly.
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Postby rockintom99 » Fri Jun 01, 2007 7:18 pm UTC

Despite how reluctant I am to actually watch *tv*, I have gotten myself quite addicted to Scrubs... through perfectly legal means, of course :)
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Postby RealGrouchy » Fri Jun 01, 2007 10:03 pm UTC

Match Game and the original Hollywood Squares were great in their day. M*A*S*H is great any day.

TLC had a show in the '90s called "Connections" that was absolutely fascinating. PBS's Nova is the closest now, I guess. PBS has many of their Frontline documentaries available for free viewing online, including their famous "A Class Divided" from the early '80s.

As for recent shows, I'd have to say TDS, TCR (though that's a fad that will eventually pass), Futurama, and to a lesser extent Family Guy (due to its contemporary cultural references).

But the truliest great show goes, I think, to Father Ted.

Most of the newer ones you people have mentioned started after I quit TV a couple years back (I get my dose of TCR and TDS online). Since I have not seen them, they must therefore suck.

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