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on 27 Oct 2010 01:10

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Reasons I still watch TV

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1. Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000)
The first couple times I saw this show, I couldn't get into it. I think it mostly had to do with being unable to understand Meatwad at first. Fortunately that changed somewhere along the way & I fell in love with it. Master Shake never fails to make me laugh and their rogues gallery is full of hilariously incompetent villains (especially the Mooninites, of course).

Note: I haven't watched the show since it's changed names.
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2. Archer (2009)
I came into this one as a fan of Adam Reed's previous work (Sealab 2021 and one of the best shows ever, Frisky Dingo). It's nowhere near as good as either of those, but it's entertaining.

The second season was much funnier and all around better than the first, which made me very happy. Hopefully that will help attract and maintain a larger audience.

Note: Currently working my way through season 3.
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3. The Big Bang Theory (2007)
Ever since a friend of mine bought me the first season on DVD so I could watch it I've been hooked. As someone who grew up being interested in comic books and sci-fi, I appreciate the show as much for its pop-culture references as its wit. This is one of the few sitcoms that rarely (in fact, almost never) insults my intelligence. And I love it for that.

Note: I've watched through season 4, so clearly I'm not keeping up with this one as well as I used to.
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4. Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Steve Buscemi is awesome as Nucky Thompson, and I'm really digging the whole gangsters during prohibition theme. But it's Jack Huston's Richard Harrow that's elevated the show above just being another gangster show. The first season got better as it went along, and I'm anxiously awaiting season 2.

Note: I still need to start watching season 2. Kinda forgot to keep up with this show.
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5. The Boondocks (2005)
I loved the comic strip & was heartbroken when it ceased running. Thankfully Aaron McGruder decided to turn it into a cartoon, and the results have been very rewarding. The show still retains the humor and social commentary I enjoyed from the strip, and I love that it invokes some anime influences too. The only time I complain is when Riley gets more time than Huey, since Huey to me has always been the heart & soul of The Boondocks.

Note: Still haven't watched anything beyond season 2.
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6. Childrens Hospital (2008)
Got into this one via word-of-mouth and it's hilarious. Rob Corddry has created an awesome show, and the fact that he's working with former members of The State definitely adds to my enthusiasm. I just wish there was more of it to watch...hopefully it'll stick around a while.

Note: Well, it's still around, but I haven't watched any more of it yet. And at this point I've forgotten how much of this series I've watched so I'll probably have to start over.
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7. Community (2009)
Another show my girlfriend brought to my attention. The moment I saw Ken Jeong was involved I figured it'd be worth watching for him alone, and it is. But the rest of the cast is excellent as well, especially Donald Glover and Danny Pudi. Their running bit during the credits has become one of my favorite things to watch, as it's always off-the-wall (and I'd be surprised if it's scripted since it always plays as improv).

The fall season in 2010 elevated this series in my estimation by veering off into unexpected territories. My favorites were the Halloween episode that was an homage to zombie films and the Alien films, and the Christmas special where all the characters were animated to resemble the old Rankin/Bass Christmas specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Then spring 2011 came along and provided even more great, memorable episodes (my favorite being the My Dinner with Andre meets Pulp Fiction one).

This may be my favorite show on TV.

Note: This is the one show I never fail to miss, even though season 4 sucked. Hoping the return of Dan Harmon will restore the show to its greatness in season 5.
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8. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)
Getting into this show wasn't easy for me. When I watched the first 2 seasons I found myself hating the characters and wondering why I was watching this show, yet when each episode was on I couldn't get enough of it. By the end of season 2, I'd accepted the fact that I'm clearly not supposed to like the main characters and from then on my appreciation for the show has deepened more and more. I love the way they push boundaries into uncharted territory, and Danny DeVito is especially great in his role.

Note: I'm all caught up on this one too.
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9. Metalocalypse (2006)
If Spinal Tap were death metal and had a cartoon, this is what you'd get. At first I loved it for the ways it poked fun at every aspect of heavy metal, but as it's gone on I'm equally invested for the ongoing battle between the band and the government forces that want to stop them.

Note: Haven't seen season 3 or anything beyond that yet.
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10. Superjail! (2007)
I got into this show via friend recommendation. It's ultraviolent, random, and hilarious. Probably not for everyone, but I definitely enjoy it & think it's one of the better Adult Swim shows.

Note: There are 3 seasons of this now? I've still only watched the first.
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11. The Venture Bros. (2003)
The first season hooked me by the way it parodied Johnny Quest (I'm a sucker for a well-done parody). What's impressed me the most though as the series has progressed is the character development of the Ventures' rogues gallery. In most shows the villains are static characters, but here some of them have been explored in depth and given an equal share of the spotlight. Add to that the awesomeness of Brock Samson and the fact that there's a supporting character created in Hunter S. Thompson's image and I can't help but keep watching.

Note: I'm caught up through season 4 on this one. Still need to watch season 5.
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12. The Walking Dead (2010)
I came into this one as a fan of the comic books, which are very well-written and put together, and as a fan of zombies in general. The pilot episode was Amazing, and the episodes that followed did a good job of establishing the characters and the world they're trying to survive in. I like that it's not just an adaptation of the comics, as that prevents my knowing what will happen down the line.

The second season wasn't as good as the first due to a variety of issues, but the zombie scenes keep me coming back & it looks like they could easily improve things in season 3. If they don't completely drop the ball I'll stick with it.

Note: Season 3 was better than 2 I thought, but my wife didn't agree & quit watching it with me. As a result I have yet to finish season 3, though I've watched most of it.
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For the most part, I hate the TV. However, some shows are worth watching and keeping up with. If these shows went off the air I could give up TV forever. (Admittedly, I have a long way to go.) But until then, this is what I'm watching...

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Dec 21 13:54
Very interesting list!

I despise TV so bad... I don't watch it at ALL nowadays!!!

When I heard about "Lie to me" with Tim Roth, I had the same reaction as you but didn't watch it yet though. Now, you confirm it is good and I'm really anxious to see this.

Check my list and tell me what you think : http://www.listal.com/list/my-favorite-tv-shows-johanlefourbe
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 8 1:48
I agree completely about the state of television today,
if there is one show a season that I really like, I feel fortunate -
Big Bang Theory is one of the reasons I still watch to,
there is a lot I can relate to with that show, and as you said -
I love all the pop culture and movie references -
All the other shows I like seem to be dropping off like flies -
so I am turning to Netflix to re-watch some of the old classics I enjoyed - watching The Odd Couple this weekend -
great show from back when Television was Televisdion -
but my Father always called it a vast wasteland :)
Posted: 2 years ago at Aug 13 2:04
I especially agree with Community, Archer, It's Always Sunny, and The Walking Dead!
Posted: 1 year ago at Aug 19 21:42
I still love the older Aqua Teen Hunger Force episodes due to the nostalgia. I don't like how they keep on chaining the name of the show in the past few years now.
Posted: 1 year ago at Aug 20 0:07
Wow this list is outdated now. I need to update it later tonight.
Posted: 1 year ago at Aug 20 2:23
I am going to try and start a TV log in September - been busy this Summer catching up on Dexter and The Sopranos with library DVDs - both great shows - as for network shows airing now, still not much I watch besides Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, but there are some new shows I'm looking forward to :)
Posted: 12 months ago at Aug 21 0:21
@portlander - I don't keep up with upcoming shows anymore. At this point I'd prefer to watch shows that are finished instead of trying to hop on new ones. I will say though that I dig what Netflix does with their original shows...I love that they add them in full seasons instead of having to wait for more episodes. I've only watched one of their new shows (season 4 of Arrested Development doesn't count), but plan to check out one or two others.

Course, watch my wife find some new show she wants to watch & her convince me to watch it with her. Heh.
Posted: 8 months, 4 weeks ago at Nov 24 1:17
I agree with all the shows I've seen on this list. Love Aqua Teen Hunger Force, I watched the first episode of Superjail yesterday and I couldn't stop laughing while watching. I need to watch more Archer to give it an accurate rating and sadly I've only seen one episode of It's Always Sunny in Philidelphia despite the fact that I have the first two seasons on DVD. As for The Big Bang theory, I enjoyed the first season and the beginning of the second season, but I thought it went downhill when I first saw the episode where they try to teach Sheldon to drive. I gave up after watching the ninth episode of that season, but I may try watching the other episodes to see if it gets better. I might make a belated New Years resolution to watch at least one episode of The Walking Dead before the year ends just because I haven't seen one episode of it.

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