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on 29 Nov 2011 07:56

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TV Shows I would love to watch

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People who added this item 869  Average listal rating (441 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating 9.4 
1. The Wire (2002)


What is it about?

Set in Baltimore, this show centers around the city's inner-city drug scene. It starts as mid-level drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale beats a murder rap. After a conversation with a judge, Det. James McNulty has been assigned to lead a joint homicide and narcotics team, in order to bring down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Avon Barksdale, accompanied by his right-hand man Stringer Bell, enforcer Wee-Bey and many lieutenants (including his own nephew, D'Angelo Barksdale), has to deal with law enforcement, informants in his own camp, and competition with a local rival, Omar, who's been robbing Barksdale's dealers and reselling the drugs. The supervisor of the investigation, Lt. Cedric Daniels, has to deal with his own problems, such as a corrupt bureaucracy, some of his detectives beating suspects, hard-headed but determined Det. McNulty, and a blackmailing deputy. The show depicts the lives of every part of the drug "food chain"...

People who added this item 2160  Average listal rating (1293 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating 9.5 
2. Game of Thrones (2011)


What is it about?

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive. The dominant families are the Houses Stark, Lannister, and Baratheon. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard, Lord Stark, to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen's family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The friction between these clans, and with the remaining great Houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, and Tyrell, leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest North. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits...

People who added this item 1671  Average listal rating (1022 ratings) 8.9  IMDB Rating 9.6 
3. Breaking Bad (2008)


What is it about?

According to Bryan Cranston, the term 'breaking bad' is a southern colloquialism and it means when someone who has taken a turn off the path of the straight and narrow, when they've gone wrong. And that could be for that day or for a lifetime.

Informed he has terminal cancer, an underachieving chemistry genius turned high school chemistry teacher turns to using his expertise in chemistry to provide a legacy for his family... by producing the world's highest quality crystal meth.

People who added this item 788  Average listal rating (403 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.7 
4. Boardwalk Empire (2010)


What is it about?

It is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky interacts with several historical figures in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who look up to him. The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky's lifestyle—expensive and lavish for a county political figure.

People who added this item 3024  Average listal rating (1852 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
5. Dexter (2006)


What is it about?

Meet Dexter Morgan. By day he's a blood spatter pattern expert for the Miami Metro police department. But by night - he takes on an entirely different persona: serial killer. But Dexter isn't your average serial killer as he only kills people who fit a very prolific and precise "moral code" taught to him by his late father Harry (he didn't kill Harry, honest), and developed very thoroughly throughout each kill. While dealing with his daily activities and his boss, Sgt. Doakes, the one man who may or may not know the truth about his after-hours activities, he is given a friendly message by a guy referred to only as "The Ice Truck Killer" - a crime scene where there is no blood. This shocking discovery turns Dexter's world completely upside down. The Ice Truck Killer wants Dexter to play his game and Dexter is very eager to take on this cat-and-mouse chase throughout Miami.

People who added this item 692  Average listal rating (359 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.9 
6. Deadwood (2004)


What is it about?

The town of Deadwood, South Dakota in the weeks following the Custer massacre is a lawless sinkhole of crime and corruption. Into this uncivilized outpost ride a disillusioned and bitter ex-lawman, Wild Bill Hickok, and Seth Bullock, a man hoping to find a new start for himself. Both men find themselves quickly on opposite sides of the legal and moral fence from Al Swearengen, saloon owner, hotel operator, and incipient boss of Deadwood. The lives of these three intertwine with many others, the high-minded and the low-lifes who populate Deadwood in 1876.

People who added this item 1375  Average listal rating (849 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 9.6 
7. Band of Brothers (2001)


What is it about?

This is the story of "E" Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from their initial training starting in 1942 to the end of World War II. They parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day in support of the landings at Utah beach, participated in the liberation of Carentan and again parachuted into action during Operation Market Garden. They also liberated a concentration camp and were the first to enter Hitler's mountain retreat in Berchtesgarten. A fascinating tale of comradeship that is, in the end, a tale of ordinary men who did extraordinary things.

People who added this item 266  Average listal rating (137 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
8. The Kingdom (1994)


What is it about?

The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science. A rash of uncanny occurrences, however, begins to weaken the staff's faith in science--a phantom ambulance pulls in every night, but disappears; voices echo in the elevator shaft; and a pregnant doctor's fetus seems to be developing much faster than is natural. At the goading of a spiritualist patient, some employees work to let supernatural forces rest.

People who added this item 1249  Average listal rating (878 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
9. Alias (2001)


What is it about?

Sydney Bristow is a young, athletic, college graduate who was recruited her freshman year as a secret agent for SD-6, a top-secret branch of the CIA. After a few years -- after Sydney confides her lifestyle to her boyfriend, the evil head of SD-6 -- Arvin Sloan, has him killed. Sydney learns that SD-6 is part of a rogue international agency called the Alliance of 12, out to rule the world. She becomes a double agent, working with the real CIA to bring down SD-6 with the assistance of her handler, Michael Vaughn, and her estranged father Jack Bristow -- also a double agent. Along the way, Sydney fights various rival agents, rival terrorist groups, and traitors all the while keeping her cloak-and-dagger lifestyle a secret from her friends.

People who added this item 1645  Average listal rating (1106 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 9.1 
10. Arrested Development (2003)


What is it about?

Michael Bluth, a widower with a 13-year-old son, named George-Michael, is forced to keep his large and dysfunctional family together after his father is arrested for shifty accounting practices at the family-owned conglomerate and the Bluth family assets are frozen, making each member of the eccentric family panic. Michael's snobbish mother, Lucille, finds herself living alone in a penthouse without the financial means to maintain it, while Michael's two brothers, GOB and Buster, and his sister Lindsay with her husband Tobias and her daughter Maeby also find themselves having to recreate their lifestyles to fit their new financial status.

People who added this item 1191  Average listal rating (785 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.7 
11. The Office (UK) (2001)


What is it about?

A mockumentary about life in a mid-sized suboffice paper merchants in a bleak British industrial town, where manager David Brent thinks he's the coolest, funniest, and most popular boss ever. He isn't. That doesn't stop him from embarrassing himself in front of the cameras on a regular basis, whether from his political sermonizing, his stand-up 'comedy', or his incredibly unique dancing. Meanwhile, long-suffering Tim longs after Dawn the engaged receptionist and keeps himself sane by playing childish practical jokes on his insufferable, army-obsessed deskmate Gareth. Will the Slough office be closed? Will the BBC give David a game show? Will Tim and Dawn end up with each other? And more importantly, will Gareth realize what a hopeless prat he is?

People who added this item 1995  Average listal rating (1238 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 8.1 
12. True Blood (2008)


What is it about?

The series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid living in Louisiana who can read people's minds, and how her life is turned upside down when the Vampire Bill, walks into her place of employment two years after vampires 'came out of the coffin' on national television.

People who added this item 585  Average listal rating (366 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.8 
13. Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999)


What is it about?

He's got it all: a loving wife, good friends, a successful career, a great home..what could possibly go wrong for Larry David? Seinfeld co-creator Larry David stars as himself in this hilarious, off-kilter comedy series that presents an unflinching, self-depreciating depiction of his life

People who added this item 2302  Average listal rating (1532 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.8 
14. The Office (US) (2005)


What is it about?

A remake of the hit 2001 BBC TV series The Office (2001), this is a mockumentary that documents the exploits of a paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Made up of head chief Michael Scott, a harmlessly deluded and ignorantly insensitive boss who cares about the welfare of his employees while trying to put his own spin on company policy. With an office including the likes of various peers who have their own hangups, The Office (2005) takes a look at the lives of its co-workers: bored but talented salesman Jim, his mildly sociopathic, butt kissing enemy Dwight, mildly righteous receptionist Pam, and indifferent temp Ryan.

People who added this item 1170  Average listal rating (731 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.5 
15. Pushing Daisies (2007)


What is it about?

Ned possesses the unique talent of being able to bring the dead to life merely by touching them. However, the person may remain alive only for one minute, or else someone else dies for them. A second touch will render the person dead again, unable to be revived. Through his connections with PI Emerson Cod, Ned revives his childhood sweetheart, Chuck. The trio, aided occasionally by Olive Snook, helps solve the mysteries of various murders, whose murderer is often surprising.

People who added this item 903  Average listal rating (552 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
16. Freaks and Geeks (1999)


What is it about?

It's the 1980s and at McKinley High, there's two different groups of teenagers, the Freaks with cool and charismatic Daniel Desario and tomboy Lindsay Weir and the Geeks with Lindsay's shy younger brother Sam, gentle Bill Haverchuck, and self-proclaimed ladies' man Neal Schweiber. The show chronicles the normal teen/adolescence problems any teenager goes through including acceptance, drugs, drinking, and bullying.

People who added this item 345  Average listal rating (194 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
17. Big Love (2006)


What is it about?

The series revolves around Bill Henrickson, his three wives (Barb, first/legal wife; Nicki, second wife; and Margene, third wife) and their (combined) nine children. Henrickson lives with his family in three neighboring houses in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

People who added this item 2771  Average listal rating (1790 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 8.6 
18. Prison Break (2005)


What is it about?

An engineer (Wentworth Miller) installs himself in a prison he helped design, in order to help his brother (Dominic Purcell), a death-row inmate who insists he did not commit the crime for which he has been sentenced to die and help him escape.


Note: I'm interested in ONLY the first season. I mean, How many times are you supposed to break out from jail?!?

People who added this item 936  Average listal rating (555 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.2 
19. Dead Like Me (2003)


What is it about?

Meet Georgia Lass (who prefers to be called George). She is a young Seattle college dropout who is unhappy with life. She is always at odds with her mom, Joy. One day coming back from her temp job as a filing clerk, she is hit by the toliet seat of the re-entering Space Station Mir. Finding out she is now dead, she is recruited to become a grim reaper. As in life, she is a pain in the butt in death. She does not like the details of her job, and is always at loggerheads with her boss Rube. Her fellow grim reapers don't really take much of a liking to her either. She also learns grim reapers don't even get a free ride in death, as they must hold down regular jobs along with their death duties.

People who added this item 773  Average listal rating (489 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
20. Lie to Me (2009)


What is it about?

Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the police etc. fail to go the extra mile. So he can afford to constitute a team of his own, which like clients and others has to put up with his mind-games.

People who added this item 808  Average listal rating (447 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.2 
21. The Tudors (2007)


What is it about?

This costume drama features England's splendid Renaissance dynasty under King Henry VIII. Beginning in Season 1 when Henry VIII was growing desperate for an heir and growing distant from his first wife, the series moves quickly to the period when Anne Boelyn became his obsession. During this time Cardinal Wolsey rose to become the power behind his throne, ruling ruthlessly and nearly absolutely while Henry (played by Johnathon Rhyes Meyers) for the most part followed the Cardinal's advice, maneuvering through a series of betrayals and plots against him. When Anne Boelyn plays much harder to get than any woman ever has, Henry begins to search for a way out of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon, so that he can make Anne his wife. Needing a divorce, Henry turns to Wolsey, who promises to help him create waves of backlash from the church, as well as the Spanish Habsburg dynasty and its overseas empire...

People who added this item 1133  Average listal rating (626 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
22. Rome (2005)


What is it about?

In this British costume drama, the turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest, is sketched both from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, and from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families.

People who added this item 4094  Average listal rating (2680 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.9 
23. House M.D. (2004)


What is it about?

The series follows the life of anti-social, pain killer addict, witty and arrogant medical doctor Gregory House with only half a muscle in his right leg. He and his team of medical doctors try to cure very ill ordinary people in the United States of America.

People who added this item 3096  Average listal rating (2172 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.5 
24. Scrubs (2001)


What is it about?

Scrubs focuses on the unique point of view of its main character and narrator, Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) for the first eight seasons, with season nine being narrated by the new main character Lucy Bennett. Most episodes feature multiple story lines thematically linked via voice-overs done by Braff. According to Bill Lawrence, "What we decided was, rather than have it be a monotone narration, if it's going to be Zach's voice, we're going to do everything through J.D.'s eyes. It opened up a visual medium that those of us as comedy writers were not used to." In every episode J.D. has many comical daydreams as well as many "situation comedy" style lines, which are often a result of improvisation. At the end of most episodes, J.D. summarizes the story's theme in a sequence of shots that show how it has affected each of the characters.

People who added this item 2769  Average listal rating (1855 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.6 
25. The Big Bang Theory (2007)


What is it about?

Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper are both brilliant physicists working at Cal Tech in Pasadena, California. They are colleagues, best friends, and roommates, although in all capacities their relationship is always tested primarily by Sheldon's regimented, deeply eccentric, and non-conventional ways. They are also friends with their Cal Tech colleagues mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali. The foursome spend their time working on their individual work projects, playing video games, watching science-fiction movies, or reading comic books. As they are self-professed nerds, all have little or no luck with popular women. When Penny, a pretty woman and an aspiring actress originally from Omaha, moves into the apartment next to Leonard and Sheldon's, Leonard has another aspiration in life, namely to get Penny to be his girlfriend.

People who added this item 2169  Average listal rating (1558 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
26. Sex and the City (1998)


What is it about?

A sensuous and ironic sitcom about four young, desirable, virtually inseparable New York bachelorettes who lead and confide in each-other their ever changing and confusing sex lives, as different as their natures. Carrie Bradshaw is a charming petite columnist, and often the narrator of the story, either writing her copy or off screen, constantly tossing up and rejecting different views on just about anything that does or might impact modern women's sex lives; she tries almost everything, is constantly disappointed, but always seems to return to a certain Mr. Big. Miranda Hobbes is a red-hair lawyer determined to score professionally and to be tough in love to, yet her only faithful lover is an insecure nerd. Charlotte York is a gallery-managing wasp from a prestigious, super-rich family, with high old-fashioned moral standards for her lovable but insecure self but unfortunately almost impossible to live up to for any lover...


TV-shows I finally managed to watch

People who added this item 2038  Average listal rating (1388 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
27. 24 (2001)


What is it about?

Federal Agent Jack Bauer can't afford to always play by the rules. As a member of the L.A. Counter Terrorist Unit, Jack must stop bombs, viruses, assassination attempts, and usually save someone he cares about at the same time. Every season of this series has 24 episodes, each unfolding in real time following a consecutive hour in one very bad day.

Note: I'm interested in ONLY the first season which I, as a matter of fact, have on DVD already for more than 1 year but I never take the time to watch it...

My verdict: I thought it was pretty good. As I expected, the concept of real time action is pretty cool and entertaining. However, during a standard 2 hour thriller, you always have a few improbable twists, can you imagine how many improbable twists they manage to fit in in 24 hours?!? Still, Keith Sutherland really rocks this performance and it is rather fun to watch.

Will I watch the 2nd season?
Fat chance...
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People who added this item 1878  Average listal rating (1194 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.7 
28. The Walking Dead (2010)


What is it about?

It is centered on Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer from Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun by zombies (or "roamers"), society collapses, and the remaining humans are forced to live in hiding to survive.

Deputy Rick Grimes, who was shot and ended up in a coma for an indeterminate time. When he awakens, he finds a post-apocalyptic world overrun with the walking dead. He leaves the hospital and discovers his wife and son are missing. Rick arms himself and, after hearing a rumor from a survivor, begins a perilous journey for Atlanta, where the CDC is said to have set up a quarantined safe-zone in the city and where his family may be hiding. During his journey, Rick sees the devastation left by the "walkers" (a nickname given to the zombies). Upon reaching Atlanta, he soon discovers that the city is overrun by the undead and is no longer safe.

My verdict: I'm not sure what to make of this one... Like the giraffe pointed out, the 1st episode was pretty awesome and the whole thing is really well directed, written and acted. However, does it add anything to the whole zombie genre? I'm not so sure... Furthermore, the ending of the 1st season with the doctor was really not convincing. Still, I definitely enjoyed it though. Eventually, I have watched the 2nd season. My god, there is a lot of talking on this one... Nick loved it as much as the 1st season but I thought it was really heavy and demanding (suicide, people killing each other, executions,...). At the end, I was really drenched emotionally. Still, strong directing, very good acting and some very well rounded characters, absolutely.

Will I watch the 3rd season? I watched it with Nick, my step-son and he absolutely loved the 1st and 2nd season so I'm pretty sure we will watch the rest eventually.
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As you may know or not, I watch tons of movies and, lately, I don't watch TV shows anymore. It is actually a shame since there are some pretty good shows out there. Anyway, this my wish list.

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Dec 2 23:17
Love The Big Bang Theory, the DVDs were on sale during Black Friday weekend, so I snapped up the first four seasons - Sheldon is one of my all time favorite TV characters.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Dec 3 7:36
@phillydude, At my new work, I have 2 colleagues who are huge fans like you so it made me really curious.
Edit: 2 years, 9 months ago
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 2 17:26
I try The Office (US version), but it didn´t make me laugh (maybe I should try Uk´s)
About True Blood I just watched the first season, I liked it but I not planning to keep watching it.
I can recommend House, Dexter, Lie to me, The Big bang Theory and 24 (was really adictive!).
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 2 17:58
you should add Fringe to the list, it's so good :)
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 2 18:29
@Cintia, I'm not really a fan of Joshua Jackson so I will pass on this one.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 2 22:00
The Wire, Dexter, Breaking Bad, and Freaks & Geeks are on my want-to-watch list too. The Walking Dead is worth watching just for the first episode alone, and some others of these (e.g.: Pushing Daisies, Arrested Development, Boardwalk Empire) are definitely worth watching.

Only one here I've seen & dislike is Scrubs, but I seem to be in the minority on that one.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 2 23:08
You have some pretty great shows here. I hope you'll get the time to see most of these. From my behalf I would recommend The Walking Dead, Dexter, Game Of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Freaks and Geeks and even Pushing Daisies...

I'm actually thinking of watching Curb Your Enthusiasm too, seems like a good show.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 3 0:39
six feet under. how i met your mother
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 3 6:10
@Noodles, I have already seen 'Six feet under', the whole thing. Indeed, a great show. 'How I met your mother' doesn't interest me at all.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Feb 3 8:16
I like Scrubs (Seasons 1-8, Season 9 sucked) and LOVE Arrested Development. Haven't watched the rest but I probably should.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 24 22:12
I dont recommend Dexter,The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory.

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