The Best TV Series!

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
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#81
But last week a series premiered that wasn't even on my to watch schedule, that could easily end up my favourite new series this year:
Mr. Robot. A hacker against the capitalism symolized by the firm: "E(vil) Corp". A nerdy setting, an interesting plot, great acting and Christian Slater - it's has it all :)
Funny you should mention it. I saw 1st episode last night and it's awesome. Haven't seen Slater in a while, he was big star in the 90s but he hasn't lost his skills.
However the main guy is more interesting to me but great characters overall.
I really hope it keeps up this quality.

I need to get back on Halt and Catch Fire ;)
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
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#82
Currently watching Firefly. It's considered a cult sci-fi classic, but I had never gotten around to watching it. It does live up to the hype though. I absolutely love it. I'm nearing the end of season 1 now though, and seeing as that there's only the 1 season, I am dreading the final episode.

Take my love, take my land;
Take me where I cannot stand.
I don't care, I'm still free;
You can't take the sky from me!
 

Mohammed Al Mulla

Owns a Ring of Power
#83

ReguIa

Journeyed there and back again
#85
@btkong great lists.

I'm also watching Mr. Robot right now and I agree it's very good.

The ''Started but stopped'' list is almost identical to mine. I'm curious how far you got into Person of Interest before you quit? I remember giving up half way into season 1 years ago but then I decided to give it another try a few months ago. It's one of the best shows I've seen. At first it's a pretty standard show but it becomes so much better. Definitely worth giving another try. 10/10

Same opinion as you regarding Heroes. Are you going to give the ''continuation'' a chance? I've seen the trailers and it looks promising.

IMO don't give Arrow another chance. I just can't get past the bad writing and especially the horrible acting. Why can't they hire people that are both attractive AND talented??

I've seen the first 2 seasons of Hannibal and I strongly recommend it. Writing is great as well as the acting and the effects and cinematography are stellar.

I didn't see Fringe, Supernatural or Sherlock in any of the lists. Have you seen any of them? Fringe is fantastic sci-fi with good writing and spectacular acting (mostly from John Noble's character. One of my favorites in all of television). It also has a solid ending.

Supernatural began as a pretty OK show but seasons 1-5 is absolutely fantastic. The rest after that is still pretty good but can't compete with seasons 1-5. Give it a try it's so worth it.

I watch mostly fantasy/sci-fi type shows. My taste in TV and movies is pretty much the same as with books. But despite that the best show I've ever seen is Sherlock which is nothing like fantasy or sci-fi... If you haven't seen it give it a try. It's so good!!
 

btkong

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#86
I watched the first season of person of interest. It had potential and I liked the main actor. I'll probably add it to my 'paused watching but has potential and will get back to it sometime' list. Now that you said it gets better, I'll give it another think.

Heroes Continuation -- I don't know anything about that. They are finishing it off?

Arrow -- porn for girls. Nough said.

Fringe, I saw the first season. I loved it. Second season started to put in an overall plot, but I got sidetracked and put it aside after a few episodes. I need to finish this one though.
 

sopranosfan

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#87
Hey @btkong have you read the Wayward Pines trilogy? If so how does the show compare to the books? I really liked the books, I remember feeling it was a mashup of Twin Peaks, Lost, and something else I forgot. I haven't watched the show yet because I tend to work while Primetime TV is on.
 

btkong

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#88
Hey @btkong have you read the Wayward Pines trilogy? If so how does the show compare to the books? I really liked the books, I remember feeling it was a mashup of Twin Peaks, Lost, and something else I forgot. I haven't watched the show yet because I tend to work while Primetime TV is on.
Never read the books. In fact, I didn't even know there were any. I've finished Season 1 of the series though and it's what you'd expect from a M Night Shamalayan film -- dark, moody, with a lot of twists. The acting is good (they have a number of well known big actors and even a few academy award nominees). The plot is strange, but it works.

Think of it as a more moody, more horror tinged version of Lost, kind of. And the Twin Peaks reference is apt -- I think the setting is similar -- a small town in the midst of the mountains.
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
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#89
Fringe is fantastic sci-fi with good writing and spectacular acting (mostly from John Noble's character. One of my favorites in all of television).
It's one of my favorites as well. I've been looking for something with the same feel but I couldn't find anything.

Supernatural began as a pretty OK show but seasons 1-5 is absolutely fantastic. The rest after that is still pretty good but can't compete with seasons 1-5. Give it a try it's so worth it.
I watched I think every season except the last two...to me this series started out good, but then it turned to be more of a comedy and antics and it became my guilty pleasure. The earlier seasons were more serious and I preferred that tone. The later seasons became more of a fan service, antics and constant gay innuendo jokes which I liked as well, but the show just lost that edge for me.
 

sopranosfan

Journeyed there and back again
#90
Never read the books. In fact, I didn't even know there were any. I've finished Season 1 of the series though and it's what you'd expect from a M Night Shamalayan film -- dark, moody, with a lot of twists. The acting is good (they have a number of well known big actors and even a few academy award nominees). The plot is strange, but it works.

Think of it as a more moody, more horror tinged version of Lost, kind of. And the Twin Peaks reference is apt -- I think the setting is similar -- a small town in the midst of the mountains.
I found them while looking for books for the reading challenge, and they fit the bill of a short trilogy that was free on Kindle Unlimited. I read all three books in 2-3 days, so it isn't a big time investment. I remember that some of the twists being obvious and some being not so obvious. The big one was a real surprise but I wouldn't be surprised if they changed it for the show.
 

ReguIa

Journeyed there and back again
#91
I think Jim is a good main actor but I like the other ones more. There will be a lot of new characters introduced later on and they're all great.

Not really sure about Heroes. I get the feeling it's kind of like a reboot because there are so many new characters. Only a few from the original will return. I did read that they only planned a 1 season story arc and that's it, so perhaps they're going for an ending.


Fringe, I saw the first season. I loved it. Second season started to put in an overall plot, but I got sidetracked and put it aside after a few episodes. I need to finish this one though.
If you loved the first season you should definitely get back to it. It's without a doubt the weakest one. Season one sets up the entire groundwork and focus a lot on the characters. Once that is established they really get into the crazy stuff!

But the best thing about the show is the relationship between Peter and Walter.

I watched I think every season except the last two...to me this series started out good, but then it turned to be more of a comedy and antics and it became my guilty pleasure. The earlier seasons were more serious and I preferred that tone. The later seasons became more of a fan service, antics and constant gay innuendo jokes which I liked as well, but the show just lost that edge for me.
Yea I feel the same way. It's a shame they got away from the horror vibe of the first couple seasons. IMO seasons 6-10 are pretty good. They have the occasional superb episode, but overall the seasons and story isn't structured well. They seem to plan as they go along.
Unlike the first 5 seasons which they had planned out from the start. Season 5 has a great finale that works as a series finale too. So I always say watch the first 5 and then quit if you don't want it to get dragged out.

Supernatural 1-5 is a MUST see though!
 

Anti_Quated

Journeyed there and back again
#92
Wrapped up Parks & Rec last night with the wife. The final season was shorter, and didn't have the same comedic aplomb that the preceding seasons had. That said, it was a marvellous show, ample character development and running jokes, and made me appreciate the benefits of a good comedy to break up the dark, nasty intrigue and egregious conflict of the bulk of the shows we otherwise watch.
It also made me yearn enormously for a trip to Yosemite or Yellowstone - gorgeous scenery. I read that of the 3 million or more visitors to Yosemite each year only 1% or so of the actual park is visited/utilised with any frequency. So much blossoming wilderness for me to explore! Sigh... one day.
 

Sir Arthur

Journeyed there and back again
#93
I read that of the 3 million or more visitors to Yosemite each year only 1% or so of the actual park is visited/utilised with any frequency. So much blossoming wilderness for me to explore! Sigh... one day.
Most folks stick to the roads, boardwalks, and visitor centers. Fine by me. Those two parks are amazing places, but my personal favorite is North Cascades National park. One of the least developed, and least visited. If you really want to explore N. American wilderness it's hard to beat. You can charter a small boat to take you up 50 mile long Ross lake, deep into wilderness. Then start hiking west, over a couple mountain passes, past glaciers, and through dense old growth forest of giant cedars and firs. It's about 5 days of hiking for most people.

* Had to edit that. Hike west not east. The downside to having lived many years on both sides of the continent is I seem to forget what direction the ocean is. *
 
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Anti_Quated

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#94
Most folks stick to the roads, boardwalks, and visitor centers. Fine by me. Those two parks are amazing places, but my personal favorite is North Cascades National park. One of the least developed, and least visited. If you really want to explore N. American wilderness it's hard to beat. You can charter a small boat to take you up 50 mile long Ross lake, deep into wilderness. Then start hiking east, over a couple mountain passes, past glaciers, and through dense old growth forest of giant cedars and firs. It's about 5 days of hiking for most people.
This is a brilliant recommendation. My wife and I have a big fat America trip planned for when the kids have left the nest, so I'm always on the lookout for more nuanced and less tourist-laden opportunities to explore the natural landscape. LA, NY, meh. I'll take Roosevelt's hardier forays as the example to follow, and add this to the list. Much appreciated!
 

MrMarbles

Fought a battle in the name of the old gods
#95
Still catching up on Mr Robot. Such a great show, like has already been mentioned. Extremely self assured.

Other than that, just finished Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you love 30 Rock, you will love that show. Luckily I happened to love 30 Rock a whole bunch, so I can't wait for season 2. Probably my favorite comedy of the last year.
 

Crimson King

A farm boy with a sword
#96
Some of the ones I'll mention are still airing, but well:

Seinfeld
The Sopranos
Breaking Bad
House of Cards
Game of Thrones
Cowboy Bebop (I know it's an anime, but I love it)
 

ReguIa

Journeyed there and back again
#98
The peak is during season 5 but after that it's just not the same. Continue on after season 5 if you feel like it, but don't have too high hopes.

The creator Eric Kripke left after season 5 because he felt the story he envisioned had been told. The ratings were still good so of course the network wanted to keep the show going.

I didn't even hesitate though, at that point it was my favorite TV show so I continued on and I don't regret it. It isn't as amazing as it used to be, but there are still some pretty fantastic episodes and stories here and there.
 

Anti_Quated

Journeyed there and back again
#99
I'm rather glad I stopped at season 5, albeit unintentionally. I hate to see a good show go downhill. Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood - the list goes ever on, sadly, it would seem.
 

MrMarbles

Fought a battle in the name of the old gods
I watched the first season of person of interest. It had potential and I liked the main actor. I'll probably add it to my 'paused watching but has potential and will get back to it sometime' list. Now that you said it gets better, I'll give it another think.
I just saw the first episode and felt the same way. Will keep watching :)