Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Top Ten Favorite Television Shows of All-Time

I wanted to do a little something different today...a top 10 list! I don’t watch a lot of live TV but I do love watching shows on DVD and DVR when I can. I have decided to compile a list of the top 10 shows that I have ever seen.


LOST
LOST, a show about 48 marooned survivors of a plane crash, may be the most multi-layered show that I’ve ever seen. After watching the first episode (by far the best pilot episode that I’ve ever seen), I was simply transfixed. The survivors, stranded on a remote south pacific island, have to band together in order to survive. LOST is a show about unexpected connections and the human search for meaning. Through personal stories of life, death, rebirth, and redemption, LOST takes us on an amazing journey.



ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
Quite simply, the most cerebral comedy that has ever graced the airwaves. The story of the disgraced Bluth family, and the son who tries (and tries and tries…) to hold them all together, is wonderfully written and well-crafted. It only lasted 3 seasons, but it was the best 3 seasons in the history of comedy.


DEXTER
I finally began watching this series on DVD two years ago and it quickly became addictive. The show takes a completely new approach to the serial killer genre…by actually making the serial killer the star (and narrator) of the show. The fact that Dexter adheres to a strict moral code, only preying on murderers, makes the show uniquely fascinating. Through his narration we get a glimpse into his mind and find that he’s one of the most complex characters in television history. What complicates the story even more is that Dexter actually works for the Miami Metro Police Department as a Blood-Spatter Analyst – which often results in him investigating his own crimes…awkward.


DAMAGES
I enjoy television shows with complex plots, and Damages definitely does not disappoint in that regard. This fantastic legal thriller is rather unique in that the actual ending is offered in little “flash forwards” throughout each season. Therefore the real mystery is not the ending, but the events that led there. The acting in this show is also top-notch, as Glen Close’s portrayal of ruthless litigator Patty Hewes is one of the finest acting jobs in the history of television.


GAME OF THRONES
One of my coworkers bugged me for months about this series so I finally gave it a try. All I can say is WOW. It’s the grandest and most epic television series I’ve ever seen. It’s so Multi-layered and ambitious. It follows the battle between three royal families – the Starks, the Lannisters, and the Targaryens. The casting is flawless and the writing is absolutely beautiful. You must watch this show…like now.


PARKS AND RECREATION
I finally began watching this show on DVD last summer and I immediately fell in love with it. It’s the best comedy on TV at the moment, by far. The ensemble cast works perfectly together, and the character of Leslie Knope is among the most lovable on television.


Homeland
I love espionage. It’s my favorite genre. Sadly, television has never really been successful in tapping into this genre (with the possible exception of ‘24’ and ‘Alias). Homeland nails it. What an amazing show. Homeland is sophisticated, intelligent, complex, and rewarding. It centers on a troubled CIA operative (Played expertly by Claire Danes) and her suspicions that recently-freed marine POW is actually a terrorist. Perfectly paced and finely acted, Homeland is the best espionage show ever to grace the airwaves.


JUSTIFIED
Since the setting for this show is the small town where my father and his family was born and raised, I admit to being a bit biased. That being said, Justified quickly rendered my initial biases obsolete, as it quickly became one of the more entertaining shows I’ve ever seen. The story of Rayland Givens, a Miami-based U.S. Marshall banished to his hometown of Harlan, KY as punishment for killing a suspect, is the latest in a long line of great shows from the FX network.


THE WIRE
The most realistic crime drama ever made. Set in inner-city Baltimore, The Wire is in many ways a story of moral relativity in which conventional “good guys and bad guys” do not exist. Everyone is conflicted and compromised and everyone has an agenda. Unlike other police procedurals (ahem, Law and Order), The Wire sheds light on the urban drug problem from every conceivable angle - including political undercurrents that contribute in ways that are seldom publicized. The Wire, with each storyline stretched over the course of an entire season, unfolds like a great novel .

 
SIX FEET UNDER
I decided to save this for last because it was, without question, the best television show that I’ve ever seen in my life. No show has ever packed the “emotional punch” or made the viewer truly care about the characters in the way that this show did. Television, for the most part, is merely entertainment. Its purpose is to amuse us or to take our mind off of other things. Seldom does a show change the way you view life altogether, but that’s exactly what this show will do. Six Feet Under is about the Fishers, a family that runs a funeral home in California. It explores life, death, and everything in between. It was mainly a show about everyday life and the joys, pains, tears, laughter, loves, and bonds that make us human. What an amazing show it was.

What is your favorite television show/shows?

165 comments:

  1. Man, the only one in that list that I watched was Lost. I don't have much to watch right now. House ended last year and Fringe just ended here recently. I'm into those quirky kinda shows. Started watching The Following and its pretty good so far.

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  2. Would it shock you to know I got rid of our television about ten years ago and we don't miss it even a little bit? Unsurprisingly, I've not seen any of these but am getting ready to start on the Game of Thrones books.

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  3. Past or present? Past it was Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, all Star Trek shows, Eureka, X-Files, and M.A.S.H. Present it's Psych and The Mentalist.

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  4. Well, I don't watch much TV, so although I've heard of these shows, I've never seen almost all of them. I did watch Lost for awhile, but didn't stay with it completely. My two daughters do watch television regularly, and they'd be more familiar with your list. As for hubby and me, we take things, now and then, mostly movies, and just watch that. We're really out of touch with what's going on in TV land!

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  5. Have never watched any of those shows. :-) Isn't it wonderful, how we are each individuals. :-)

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  6. its funny...i have only ever watched one of these...i have heard of them but...the following, which is on right now, is really good...i enjoyed LOST...miami vice was my fav growing up...have also enjoyed JAG...CSI, the first 4-5 years...actually i like Fallen Skies as well...

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  7. My favorite is THE WALKING DEAD - yes, it's got lots of zombies, but at its heart it's a human drama about survival and choices. The acting and the writing are excellent.

    I watched the beginning of LOST, and then got, well, lost. :)

    I've got a few of the ones you mentioned on my list to check out one of these days.

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  8. The only series that you mentioned that I watched was Six Feet Under. I loved it for sure.

    Have you watched Downton Abbey? Third season just ended...I liked that one a lot.. I have a few friends that have loved Doc Martin.

    Your summaries of some of your favorite series inspire me to give them a try. I think I will start with Game of Thrones!

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  9. Seen most of them. Love Lost, except the STUPID ending. Damages was great, Justified I like, Dexter, Game of Thrones and Homeland are very good too. Haven't watched the rest on your list.

    Mine is:

    24
    Stargate Sg1
    Stargate Atlantis
    Chuck
    Monk

    Those are the tops, then it just goes from there.

    Due South
    Jag
    Eureka
    Lost
    Damages
    Psych
    The Walking Dead
    Jericho
    The Pretender
    Dexter
    Falling Skies
    Gargoyles
    X-men TAS
    TMNT
    Spiderman TAS
    Ducktales
    And I'll stop now haha

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  10. I have watched a few of those shows, but really only a few episodes 'cause my friends watch them.

    My favorite show by far is Once Upon A Time. I'm a total sucker for fairy tales and I love that the story line is so intricate.

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  11. I like lots of these shows too! Right now (in my opinion), I think the best show on TV is The Walking Dead. I also love True Blood, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Girls, The Following (new show with Kevin Bacon- really good) just getting into Downton Abbey!

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  12. Interesting post. I don't have a favorite show because I don't watch TV at all.

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  13. I haven't watched any of these with the exception of Lost. I don't watch much TV (just an hour at lunch time). We tend to buy the DVDs. I'm almost through my Criminal Minds fix. Then it's time for my Lost fix. I bought the first season (which I haven't finished yet), and my son decided to buy me several more seasons for my birthday and Christmas. Looks like I'm going to be busy for a while. :D

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  14. This is like my TV wish list what you have up here! I have been slowly watching Lost and I watched all Six Feet Under (Seriously how did they come up with such a great show?!?!) and I want to watch Dexter, The Wire, and Homeland. Homeland I can't wait for season 1 to be on DVD!!!

    My favorite TV shows would have to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Auction Hunters, The Big Bang Theory, Charmed, The Twilight Zone, and The Closer!! =)

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  15. Well since I do not have cable nor satellite I have only seen LOST and it was fascinating I really was sad that it ended but loved the way it did.
    A friend recommended Arrested Development for us on Netflix so I will be checking it out. Seems I am missing a lot living in the boonies:) B

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  16. I've never really seen any of those shows. Some of my favourites are comedy panel shows, sitcoms, and the occasional cartoon.

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  17. I'm a sucker for old Britcoms - like Keeping Up Appearances!

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  18. I don't really watch tv...News in the morning and old shows like Murder She Wrote at night as background noise...but I do want to watch Game Of Thrones! Every now and then, I will get hooked on a show, and that one seems like a good candidate.

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  19. My favorites are The Following, Haven, Big Bang Theory, Being Human, Grimm, Stargate Sg1 (not on anymore but I have the DVD's)The Glades, Justified, Falling Skies, Destination Truth, Ghost Hunters, Finding Bigfoot, etc.etc.

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  20. I don't have access to most of those unless I pay dearly.
    Lost eventually lost me. I loved it in the beginning but got frustrated with it the last year. Sometimes I felt the writers were "jumping the shark" to keep us uncomfortable and off balance.
    My must watch TV is Marlins baseball from April to October when I don't even flinch at the awful price for the privilege to watch.

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  21. We've got an eclectic conglomeration of faves: Downton Abbey, Restaurant Impossible, The Soup (our main source of news), Gold Rush, Breaking Bad, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    In the past, we loved The Killing and 24.

    In reruns, we LOVE The Office (pre-2009 or so). I like Portlandia a lot, but my husband does not.

    Oh, and I watched the entire series of Maude a few years ago. God, I love Bea Arthur.

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  22. The Sopranos,Six Feet Under, The Wire,Downton Abbey,Dexter,30 Rock, The Office and Breaking Bad.
    But the best for me were the situation comedies in the 60's.
    Leave it to Beaver was great as were many other shows at that time. The latest fave is Call the Midwife.

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  23. AH! Superb choices there! LOVED Lost, Damages , The Wire, Homeland and Game of Thrones is the best thing on the planet. Ever. I would also add Suits and Breaking Bad to your awesome list.

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  24. Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Doctor Who, Psych, Robin Hood (BBC), The Pretender, A-Team (the good ol' cheesy one), 21 Jump Street (Johnny Depp. 80's. 'nuff said. ;) lol).
    Those are prolly my top top faves. they're all so good. :D

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    1. AND SHERLOCK (BBC)!! haha! How the heck did I forget Sherlock. :D It's practically my very favorite. :D

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  25. If we're talking of all time then (about to show my age): Quantum Leap, The West Wing, Buffy, House, Coupling and Press Gang (a UK kids show from late 80s/early 90s).

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  26. half of them are on my list too :)
    it's amazing how far apart we live and still we connect with similar things !!

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  27. I do not watch reality tv - I don't get premium channels, but I have watched some of your favorites on Netflix i.e., Damages, Homeland and The Wire. Currently, I am thoroughly enjoying Netflix production of "The House of Cards" and on network tv I like The Good Wife, Suits and of course Downton Abbey!

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  28. Interesting! I haven't ever watched any of the shows on your list. Our favorite show to watch during the winter season is UT basketball!:-) I also enjoy American Idol at about this point in the season until the end. The Biggest Loser also serves as an inspiration to me. Wheel of Fortune is also one that I don't like to miss.

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  29. I am confused. Where is Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

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  30. I haven't heard of any of these...
    My favorites are That 70s Show, All In The Family, Boy Meets World... the oldies...

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  31. Nothing beats SIX FEET UNDER!!!!! I am so glad you put this in here - in fact, I scrolled down first before reading to see if you have Six Feet Under in the list :-).
    And yes, Dexter is AWESOME!

    I will definitely look into Damages and The Wire.

    I would recommend you watch Nip/Tuck - quite an intense show but if you can handle six feet under, you can handle anything :-).

    Also, the sitcom How I Met Your Mother :-).

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  32. LOST is pretty interesting, but I haven't watched any of those. I'm more into drama/ suspense/ challenge type thing, like lifetime movies, survivor, amazing race, the challenge, big brother and also I love Investigation Discovery:)

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  33. I've not seen any of those but I know how popular they are!
    I tried to watch Game of Thrones but could not take the killing of the deer and the bloody gore in the first five minutes! (I tried...:( )
    Every winter we watch the complete Northern Exposure series. Never tire of it.
    The Daily Show and PBS stuff. Oh, and The Bachelor! There. I said it!!!!!! :)

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  34. Hi Keith!
    I enjoyed your top 10 so much! We don't have all the premium cable channels, so I haven't seen all these.

    LOST is one of my top 10 for sure! When we were on the North Shore of Oahu last summer we snuck onto a restricted resort property and found a trail to where some of Lost was filmed. We were snagged by a foursome as we crept along the golf course. They asked us to take their picture for them. It was hilarious.

    Game of Thrones would also be in my Top 10 ~ as would the books by George R.R. Martin. I think they are second to Tolkien in fantasy.

    We got The Wire for Christmas, but our DVR broke, so we're on hold until I return from Canada and replace it.

    The original Star Trek is also in my Top 10. I remember when it came out in the late 60s, and it was revolutionary at the time. I still love it. Some of the episodes were a little hokey, but many were profound.

    Based on your list, I would have to recommend Breaking Bad to you. We're in Season 3 now, but on hold. It is amazing ~ another Top 10.

    And the HBO series of Rome ~ phenomenal! I'll have to keep thinking. Love Survivor, maybe not Top 10. One more definitely Top 10 ~ a Masterpiece Theatre production called The Jewel in the Crown ~ amazing!

    Have a good one!

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  35. I use to enjoy Northern Exposure a few years back. I like to watch the Middle and the PBS station. I know borrrrring :)

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  36. Great list, Keith! I love Parks & Recreation. I'm adding Mad Men to your list...

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  37. you hit on some great ones! my current 'won't miss - EVER!' are dexter, justified, homeland, scandal. i do like game of thrones, boardwalk empire, true blood.

    LOVED 6 feet under, the wire, west wing. the wire and west wing really challenged your mind to keep up.

    and i watch the NCISs, the CSIs, and a few other similar cop/crime scene/medical examiner type shows. survivor is the only reality show i watch - and have since the first season.

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  38. What a well-thought out and detailed post!! I add Rome, Deadwood, Mad Men and of course Downton Abbey. Thanks for your list and being here Keith.

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  39. I can't believe how many people say they don't watch television. Some of those you listed I have never heard of but I did love Six Feet Under, Lost and Game of Thrones my own favourite was Thirtysomething and Bang Goes The Theory for a comedy show - I would have to give it a lot more thought if I wanted to come up with a top ten.

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  40. That's an excellent list of shows, almost all of these are known for outstanding characters, plots and writing. I'd have the Star Trek series on my list as a show whose vision and message can stand the test of time (few can.)

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  41. Great list, Keith! I have not seen many of the ones you list, but I do enjoy "Justified" a lot, and we're watching "Homeland" on DVD and enjoying that. I like "Person of Interest" and "NCIS"--and I love the old "Law and Order"! :-)

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  42. I have never watched any of the shows you mentioned. Today I like Bones, Castle, Body of Proof, Blue Bloods and all of the CSI shows. I can't forget my favorite soap, The Young and the Restless.

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  43. I only watch a few regular shows, otherwise it's movies or books.

    Rizzoli and Isles
    Elementary
    Lost Girl
    Castle

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  44. I'm embarrassed to admit that I haven't seen any of the shows on your list. I'm hopelessly out of touch when it comes to TV. I'm addicted to PBS and love "Downton Abbey".
    I suppose I like documemntaries more than anything. And I loathe the endless so-called "reality" shows that have infected Prime Time.

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  45. I dedicated an hour a week and endless conversation over 7 years with LOST. It will always be favorite show without the ending.

    Supernatural
    Justified
    Walking Dead (recently)
    Alaska State Troopers
    Top Chef

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  46. I'm such a loser that the reason I've never seen any of those shows is because I only watch quality reality shows like The Bachelor and Mob Wives. Yep, that's where all the REAL drama happens.

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  47. How come "DEADWOOD" isn't on your list? I have just discovered all these shows, all seasons, are available on my computer!

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  48. I just started watching lost from season 1. Almost done with season 2 and I'm hooked! I looove it!

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  49. We don't watch TV except for movies on DVd but do enjoy the old series The Fugitive that was just released on DVD a couple of years ago. David Janssen's acting is so amazing, this is a timeless kind of series that still speaks volumes in so many ways. Very worthwhile checking out.

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  50. I LOVE Game of Thrones. Amazing. I pretty much love all HBO shows (have you seen Girls or True Blood?). I'm sad to say I never watched Six Feet Under. I wish it was on Netflix!

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  51. LOST had the best ending I've ever seen. It was perfect!! Seems half the fans loved it and half did not. Best show I've ever seen.

    I would add Walking Dead to your list though!

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  52. I've not owned a television in years and stream my entertainments via the 'puter. I'm also a bit of documentary geek. Even when I had a TV, I watched a lot of PBS. As far as shows I like[ed] it'd probably be;

    [in no particular order]

    Northern Exposure

    Carnival

    Farscape

    Nova

    Nature

    Walking with Dinosaurs

    Star Trek; The Next Generation

    CSI

    M*A*S*H

    Behind the Music

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  53. YES to Parks and Rec!!! Also love The Office and since I am a female of course, Sex and the city,lol

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  54. I am so clueless when it comes to tv shows. However, you list does sound interesting. I am somewhat into movies though. Did you watc the Oscars?

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  55. Game of Thrones looks FANTASTIC... where can I see this!!

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  56. My family loves Dexter, I don't watch a lot of TV myself, mostly HGTV and FoodTV and news!

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  57. I Love Lucy, 24, The Office, Law & Order, Chopped...to name a few. :-)

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  58. Would you believe I haven't seen any of your favorites? Where have I been? ;)

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  59. My daughter watches most all of these. I love Downton Abbey, Parenthood, Big Bang Theory, Biggest Loser, and The Middle. For reruns I love Seinfeld, King of Queens and The Office (older ones).

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  60. I haven't watched most of these - although I did like Arrested Development. I was completely Lost somewhere in the third or so season of Lost and gave up. I'm trying to catch up on Mad Men - but just can't seem to find the time.

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  61. I agree, Six Feet Under, best show ever. I loved Soprano's. I watch "House Hunters International" religiously. I am fascinated by the people who just sell everything and go to a new country. (I think deep down that is who I am, who I want to be: an explorer, wanderer) I also watch that show about Alaska where they showcase a couple families that live off the land.

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  62. I am not a TV person however, I own Arrested Development. I friggin' LOVE that show! I've also enjoyed Twin Peaks, but you have to be a weirdo I think.

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  63. The only one of the shows on your list that I've seen is LOST (which I loved, by the way!)

    My top picks:
    Star Trek: (any of them) for having the sheer audacity to imagine what our world could be like, how we progress in the future.

    Fringe: I thought the finale was a bit disappointing, but otherwise I loved everything about this show -- the way science and feeling were blended together. And Walter. You gotta love Walter.

    Awake: I was so upset that this only ran for one season, but it was beautifully wrapped up. This show explored so many ideas -- life, love, loss, and the nature of reality.

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  64. The only show I used to watch that is on this list is "Lost." When it first came out, I was a routine and scheduled watcher of the program. I think I kept with it for two years, but stopped somewhere before the smoke monster ... I don't really remember. I have heard excellent things about Six Feet Under, though! For me, that's what a show should do, make you FEEL. I think I may check that out sometime.

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  65. It's so strange for me to say this but I've never watched any of those shows. Well, no, I've seen parts of The Wire back in the day and actually thought it was pretty cool.

    I used to be a huge TV junkie growing up as a kid but now, I rarely watch newer shows and only use my television for dvds/blu-rays. I was really into the Sopranos and Law & Order: SVU but those are the last few programs I've enjoyed enough to keep up with.

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  66. That's funny the only one of those shows I liked is Dexter.
    My favorite shows are..
    Criminal Minds
    Law and Order SVU
    Supernatural
    The Vampire Diaries
    Grimm
    Teen Wolf
    NCIS
    Once Upon A Time
    Person Of Interest
    Sanctuary

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  67. I have not seen any of your favorites... I gave up watching new shows about 5 years ago... almost everything I do watch is just about finished. I hope to give up TV one day... I am working on it :)

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  68. I like Dexter, too... but my favorite is The Mentalist.

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  69. Embarrassingly enough I've never watched any of your favourite shows!
    However, if I ever have time to start watching a new show I will definitely pick one of the one's you recommended.

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  70. We agree on a lot of these.

    But you forgot Always Sunny in Philadelphia. :-)

    Pearl

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  71. I've got four main ones on my list: The Walking Dead, Supernatural, American Horror Story and a blast from the past: X-Files. I think I love The Walking Dead better than anything I've watched before as a series. Having Netflix surely helps watch things I'd not ordinarily try.

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  72. My favorite is Homeland. Also just finished watching The Take yesterday and loooooved it.

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  73. I've watched three of them on your list.
    Dexter
    Damages
    Six Feet Under
    and liked all of them.
    I find it a little disturbing that I like Dexter so much! : )

    You've given me some ideas of shows to get from Netflex.

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  74. Forgot to say what my favorite show is.
    It's a British show called As Time Goes By.

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  75. there are few series i haven't watched yet, so cheers I definitely check out Parks and recreation and damges...like now

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  76. I totally agree on Lost and Parks & Rec! I was obsessed with Lost and we'd have viewing parties at our apartment with all our friends. Ahhh, memories. I remember when they first showed the hatch and I freaked out. Also, when the men in the boat saw Walt and said "We're gonna have to take the boy." So many moments that stand out!

    Right now we are in love with The Walking Dead. It's my favorite show by far. A close 2nd is Suits. It's a smart, fast paced legal show on USA.

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  77. I was fascinated by the Wire. Couldn't stop watching, and yet I really didn't enjoy it. Does that mean I liked it or not? I don't know!

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  78. I don't actually watch any of these! Dang! My faves:

    -Dead like me
    -Pushing Daisies
    -Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends (I know it's a cartoon. I don't care.)
    -Clone High (see above)
    -Big Bang Theory

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  79. I've only seen half of the shows on your list (Lost, Arrested Development, Six Feet Under, Dexter, and The Wire) but I agree with their placement. Since I've not seen the other five, here are five of my suggestions:
    -Battlestar Galactica (tied with Dexter for my favorite show)
    -24 (tied with Lost for my second favorite)
    -Mad Men (though it doesn't air often enough)
    -Daybreak (regrettably cancelled after one incredible season - Netflix it!)
    -Scandal (may just be a phase but this is the most addicting show I've ever seen)

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  80. Leslie Knope is my hero. I want to love my job like that! I love her!!
    I love all your selections! Lost totally had me at the 1st episode too.
    Oh!! Big Bang Theory!! Do you watch that?! It's hilarious!

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  81. I don't watch television all that much but Six Feet Under was de best! My heart is now with Downton Abbey.

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  82. I don't watch a lot of television so the shows you mentioned...I haven't seen them, to be honest. My favourite shows are among the classics such as gameshows from the 50's, 60's and 70's, Bewitched, The Waltons, Touched by an Angel, Highway to Heaven, I Dream of Jeannie, The Andy Griffith Show, Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

    My current favourites: Mystery Diners, Restaurant: Impossible, Undercover Boss (although none of the networks I get currently air it), Criminal Minds, and documentaries on the Titanic, animals and history.

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  83. I am probably two years behind on Justified but I LOVE that show!!!!!!!!!!!

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  84. Many of these shows are ones that I wish I had started watching when they first started! Well, for current shows, We like Modern Family, The Middle, Dr. Who, Elementary, Monday Mornings.

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  85. Well, if you are talking abut all tine I would have to add Seinfeld, Saint Elsewhere, Picket Fences, and Monk.

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  86. I loved Dexter and Six Feet Under. Lately thanks to Netflix I've been watching Wallender, both the BBC made in Sweden, and the Swedish version which I liked slightly better than the BBC but found them both great. Like Bones and The Big Bang Theory. My old favorite was Northern Exposure. I crashed through Netflix's House Cards, 13 segments in three days and am now watching the old BBC House of Cards. Evil.

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  87. Lost, Grey's Anatomy (when it first started), Castle, Little House on the Prairie, 48 Hours, Unsolved Mysteries, Golden Girls, The Cosby Show, Dateline and What Would You Do?

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  88. i've only watched game of thrones and arrested development out of these 10 and they're both good. i don't even know where to begin with my favourites, there's so many! x

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  89. 24
    Law & Order (all of them) -- the saying in my house is, "There's always a L&O on in Julie's world") :)
    ER
    Castle
    Little House on the Prairie
    Golden Girls (Betty White still is amazing!)
    The Cosby Show
    Seinfeld
    The Closer
    Major Crimes

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  90. Love, love Arrested Development and Park and Rec. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a new favorite. The Office, Pushing Daisies, Alias, The Big Bang Theory, X-Files, Once Upon a Time, and a guilty pleasure - the Vampire Diaries. We all have our weaknesses... :)

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  91. Wow... the only one I've seen is Game of Thrones (You know its a book series, yes?). I watched the first series of Lost and lost interest. Watch Bones!

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  92. I liked Lost and Six Feet Under. I never saw the others; however, I used to be a big fan or Quantum Leap and I currently watch Once Upon a Time. I don't watch TV shows much, so it's great to find one show that I like to watch regularly.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/02/wordless-wednesday-frickin-elephant.html

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  93. My husband and I love Dexter, Game of Thrones, and Arrested Development! My other favorites are Modern Family, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Walking Dead, and I used to like True Blood until this last season. My guilty pleasure: Full House. Still.

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  94. Haven't watched any of these except six ft under. Have to get onto it!

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  95. My list mirrors yours almost exactly, except for the ones like Homeland and Game of Thrones that I've heard nothing but good things about, just haven't seen myself.

    I would only add Scrubs and Friday Night Lights to that list

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  96. I haven't seen any of these shows. I recently started watching Downton Abbey...and am enjoying that show!

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  97. I absolutely love Parks and Rec, mainly because of Leslie Knope. I'm planning to start watching Game of Thrones and Homeland to see what all the hype is about.

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  98. I can't wait for Game of Thrones to start up again the end of March!

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  99. I remember enjoying "Six Feet Under". Other than that I'll watch anything with spaceships, Tom Selleck, Jack Benny or Joan Hackett in it --and, understandably, time travel.

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  100. Most TV shows I can take or leave, but the show "Scandal" is pretty amazing. I used to really like "West Wing", too.

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  101. Loved LOST but was frustrated by the ending. Monarch of the Glen, Sherlock, Doc Martin, White Collar, Pushing Daisies, No Reservations. Sherlock is probably my favorite show ever. If only there were more than 7 episodes per season!! Grrr

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  102. Though I have never seen any of those but your description made the post so interesting, enjoyed reading .

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  103. I don't know any of them, lol, I'm terrible about it (tv shows) I know! I have heard of Lost though.

    I like the travel channel sometimes, but they hardly ever show any travleing when I visit. :)

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  104. I totally gave up TV a couple of years ago. My move to France prompted that (too much work to watch French TV!) and I really wasn't watching much before that anyway. Most of those shows I've heard of; a few I haven't. Never watched even the old ones. Guess I got hooked on HGTV and left weekly shows behind. I don't miss TV AT ALL!

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  105. Well, this is a question; Edge of Darkness (BBC 1980s (?)), Band of Brothers

    I'll keep thinking!

    SM

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  106. I will check out your sugestions, definately!
    (When I have the time, that is)

    I like CSI (all series), Cold Case and some series regarding health or the human mind (Grey's Anatomy and some tv series from AXN, FOX or TLC :P

    Take care
    P.S.: Keep writing, I really like your posts, my friend

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  107. All these series sounds interesting unlike the women dominated Indian television shows, where there is a permanent place for almost tears.

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  108. oh that's so easy (could never get into Lost though I have all 6 Dvds andI don't watch it)
    so my ten fav...
    1} Fringe...the things they could have done with one of the best show ever, I guess people were too scared
    2) Grey's Anatomy
    3) The 4400 (that it was cancelled was almost as painful as Fringe)
    4) Supernatural (scared the living daylights out of me, and why of why does Jeffrey Dean Morgan always have to die, first in Angel, then in Grey's Anatomy as Denni and then John Winchester the dad in Supernatural) can't that great actor have a bloody show of his own and not die
    5) Medium
    6) Angel
    7) Bones (so much prettier when he gets mad)
    8) The Mentalist
    9) Charmed (Supernatural was created by the same people that made charm, some of the same stories appear but in Supernatural it is truly scary, not so in Charmed)
    10)an Older show called Guardian (featuring the artist in Mentalist) I really like that show of course, cancelled

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  109. mostly watching some british cop shows now, but anything goo, which isn't much now a days I enjoy

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  110. Oh and as some said and I had forgotten: The Pretender... great post, and fun

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  111. and also I don't watch tv don't have cable only order DVD, it's fantastic, plus you get the gag reels and the history behind everything it's wonderful, and neve ever any commercial...

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  112. This was a very interesting post reading all the reviews. I have not viewed any of these shows except for the last one 6 feet under. and I agree an excellent show. That was back in the day when we really enjoyed HBO glued to the tv to watch the sopranos, 6 feet under, and Deadwood-after those shows ended the following year we found nothing we enjoyed so ended HBO, and now can not afford those premium channels-but whenever they show a free weekend-just have not seen anything I would want to pay for.
    My absolute favorite was Deadwood. we have re watched that entire show in the past twice now.

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  113. Dexter, Breaking Bad, Seinfeld, Big Bang Theory, Sex In The City, House Of Lies, Girls, Revenge and anything with Real Housewives in it, lol. Oh, and No Reservations.

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  114. Ouch, all I've seen of these is "Homeland" and "The Wire". What does that say about me, I wonder?

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  115. I don't watch much TV at all, Keith, but if I did, I'd probably start with your list. Game of Thrones sounds awesome.

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  116. I tend to veer towards comedy, so apart from GoT and Six Feet Under (the first one is OK, the second one I loved), I can also say 'ditto' to Arrested Development.

    Parks and Recreation is on my 'must see' list, but ones I love include:
    Modern Family
    Frasier
    Friends
    Entourage
    30 Rock
    New Girl
    Big Bang Theory
    Black Adder series two, three and four
    Inbetweeners
    Seinfeld

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  117. Wow Keith, not saying I'm jealous, but I believe you can put up a photo of a cereal box and get like a zillion comments! :)
    And no, I'm not going to cry...
    I think I'm going to have to do the old ask a question at the end of my postings, approach. Anyway....

    I much prefer British shows. Top two favourites, Coronation Street and The Inbetweeners. And Keith, guess what, in Britain, you need a TV license. Heck, I haven't even passed my test and having an "L" sticker on my TV screen is most annoying. Be well and with that, I shall now go and check out Farcebook....

    Gary

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  118. Yes to Lost and 6 Feet Under. I haven't seen the others, but we don't watch a lot of live TV either. We wait for a show to end then rent the whole series and watch them back to back. My favorites have been The Sopranos, Deadwood, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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  119. A lot of these I haven't watched but I have heard good things about. Dexter is at the top of my list as well. I always have to wait for it to come out on DVD to catch up! I will check some of these out because I know some of them are on Netflix. Thanks for sharing.

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  120. Lost is just the kind of film that I like and I will look out for it.
    Thanks for sharing your favourites.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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  121. Have you ever watched "Rome". If no, do it... it's amazing! I became really sad for a week cause of the fate of Cleopatra and Mark Antony! haha it's really intense

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  122. Like you I don't often watch tv but I have found Netflix to be wonderful for having tv shows to watch when I do feel like sitting on the couch. and what do you know, I started watching Lost just a couple months ago and am loving it. Just hoping that they can continue the magic past the first season.

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  123. Being British, some you may not have heard of some but a quick google or youtube visit could help. I'm a comedy nut, mostly.

    1. The Blue Planet
    2. The Tudors
    3. Two and a Half Men (up until Charlie's death)
    4. Judge Judy (my guilty pleasure - not missed an episode in 15 years!)
    5. House
    6. Mock The Week
    7. The Thick Of It
    8. The Walking Dead (the guys love it but I think it's shit)
    9. Bottom
    10. Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee

    THE MENTALIST or anything with Simon Baker in. Sometimes I forget there's a storyline going on........

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  124. My husband and I are completely obsessed with Dexter. We are even putting together our very own Dexter tour of the places they shot Dexter in Miami ;-)

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  125. I'm the worst person to ask since I read instead of watching TV, but I do watch and enjoy the Daily Show about once a week and occasionally Masterpiece Theater (still need to catch up on Downton Abbey season 3). If I were to watch one of the shows you recommended, it would be Homeland. I love Claire Daines in movies and I've heard such good things about the series. Old series I've enjoyed in the past are Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Northern Exposure, Flight of the Concords, House of Eliot, Upstairs Downstairs, Downton Abbey, House of Cards (British version), Jeeves and Wooster, Fawlty Towers, Inspector Morse and Poirot. You might notice a British trend - my husband is British and a TV junky.

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  126. Andy Griffith is my all time favorite. My current faves are the BBC Sherlock and Dr. Who!

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  127. Well. I grew up without a TV so I don't really watch much TV. I just started streaming some BBC shows on Netflix, my current fave is the Vicar of Dibley. And I've got Downton Abbey, Doc Martin, Prime Suspect and Monarch of the Glen on instant queue. The shows that I DVR and will not miss...How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, Big Bang Theory, CSI, Deadliest Catch. There are some that I'll watch if they are on, but don't care enough to DVR. In the summer we do DVR the Tour de France and a couple of other cycle races. LOST was one of my faves when it was on and I never missed an episode. March Madness is another must see TV.

    I hate to admit it though I do use the TV as a babysitter if I'm trying to get ready in the morning or cook dinner. I put on PBS and put the kid in front of Sesame Street or another cartoon and get my stuff done. I tell myself they are educational shows.

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  128. I haven't seen any of these shows (although I've got the 'Game of thrones' book). What's wrong with me?

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  129. I keep saving these shows for when I am too old to move around and TV is a last resort for entertainment, but I have seen several seasons of "Six Feet" and a season of "Dexter" which got a little toooo unbelievable. Maybe "Downton Abbey" is more my speed!

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  130. I have not watched any of these shows, although I have seen a few episodes of both Damages and Game of Thrones. I actually have S1 of GOT and S1 & S2 of Damages and would like to watch them soon. (I found them all on sale once and the two seasons of Damages came in a combo pack.) Have you considered reading Game of Thrones? I've heard the TV show follows the book closely but people have greatly enjoyed both. I'm halfway through the novel right now.

    Hmm... my favorite shows... I love the classics, like I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeannie, The Addams Family and The Munsters. I'm also one of those who thinks that Boy Meets World is one of the best, if not the best, show ever. And I'm so excited for Girl Meets World! For more recent shows, some of my favorites include Veronica Mars, Hart of Dixie, Moonlight, Friends, Sex & the City and Big Bang Theory.

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  131. We recently got Apple TV and I'm getting into watching TV shows that either I missed because something else was on during that time, or I just never knew about them. We're currently catching up on the ever popular Downton Abbey. We have every episode of Lost - such a great show. Many of your favorites were/are also favorites of ours, and you've given me some new ones to try on for size. I'm definitely going for 6 Feet Under and Game of Thrones. Currently, we rarely miss Parenthood, Elementary, or Person of Interest. Oh, and Modern Family. We're also geeks for just about anything on Food TV.

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  132. Okay, so I don't really watch TV, except when I visit friends and family. My dream is to live in a house with no TV eventually, until then, I ignore the one that is there. I love music more! Should do a Top Ten of music soon.

    The TV series that I did and sometimes still do, enjoy watching, are as follows:

    1) Medium
    2) The Mentalist
    3) The Big Bang Theory
    4) Friends
    5) Charmed
    6) MacGyver (when I was a kid!)
    7) Star Trek
    8) Batman
    9) That 70's Show (Crazy stuff! :) )
    10) The Savage Eye (a funny Irish tongue in cheek comedy, based on current happenings and life events! ) :)

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  133. game of thrones!!! less than 30 days!!
    reading a book ahead, i know whats coming! ah!!

    and p&r, yay!
    no cheers? or seinfeld? so serious! for the most part... stimulating =)

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  134. I loved LOST so much...until the last episode. What a great show. Believe it or not, I have not seen any of the others. I will not watch Dexter because I do not want to see the gruesome content, but I will definitely watch some of the others on DVD or Netflix. I love Glenn Close.

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  135. Of the ones you listed I have to give thubs-up to Damages. I loved it, even though I only watched the first season. I'm a Glenn Close fan, in fact I had a crush on her when I was a teenager. Something to do with falling for women with strong personalities! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  136. Without a moment of hesitation: LOST. Best show ever. I watched it AFTER it was all done and quickly became addicted. I had a serious case of withdrawal afterwards too, searching for fans of the show to discuss what I had watched/realized etc. But at this point (years later), no one cared as much anymore. I even looked for on-line forums!! haha.

    My second favourite show is Sex and the City. I've watched my box of DVDs 8 times. I know the show my heart. I've gone to New York and did the SATC tour. Fantastic.

    I don't know many of those shows but my husband was talking about Games of Thrown yesterday and I'm curious to watch it now.

    And after your description, I'm definitely going to check out 6 feet under.

    Thanks for the great review!

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  137. thanks for the info--i loved arrested development---honestly--i mainly watch reality tv--i know--embarrassing huh---i am really wanting to start at the beginning with "downton abbey"

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  138. Great list my favorite are Breaking Bad, Terriers, Lights Out, Lost, Mad Men, The Wire, and I have seen the first four seasons of Six Feet Under but have yet to finish the series.

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  139. hmm…I have so much trouble doing top ten lists, but always enjoy reading others. I guess it's just difficult for me to choose a definitive order and all. But, I'll give it a shot:

    1.) Fringe
    2.) House
    3.) Eureka
    4.) The Killing
    5.) Law & Order SVU
    6.) Supernatural
    7.) CSI
    8.) Family Guy
    9.) NCIS
    10.) The Walking Dead

    Walking Dead and Killing are relatively new shows, which I feel kind of weird including them in a top ten all time list, but quite frankly can't remember the shows I liked in the 90's and 80's, I know bad right? But I find myself really liking shows that seem to get cancelled after a season or so, and then there are other shows that have only been around a short while, like Grimm that I like a lot as well.

    Thank God You didn't ask about Movies, it would be nearly impossible for me to pick only 10. Interesting responses here. You know, i saw the first season of Game of Thrones, but have been slogging through Clash of Kings so didn't want to watch the second season until I finished it, half way still, too many other books to steal me away. So looks like by the time I get up to Dance of Dragons I'll have to go ahead and buy the entire series box set or something.

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  140. That's a strong list! I love top ten lists. And lists in general.

    Anyway.

    Have you watched Parenthood? I'm not sure what you're doing with your life if you haven't seen it. All of it.

    Thanks for the list!

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  141. I love six feet under and arrested development, they're two of my favourites as well.

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  142. I like Game of Thrones, but I've been a devoted reader of the books for probably more than a third of my entire life. I've even met the author. I'm a little bit frustrated with the show and I guess I can't help being bothered by people just liking the show. The books impacted me so much, and continue to do so -- they're so meaningful to me and I feel like other people don't understand why now that the show exists. BUT! I'm trying to not be so petty about it, hahaha (and hopefully I'm getting better).

    I think I'm going to steal this idea from you as well and do a Top 10 of my own... I seriously love television, more than I love movies.

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  143. Oh Boy, I am really out of the loop. I have never watched ANY of these, in fact the only one I heard of was Six feet Under. I have TV but rarely turn it on.

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  144. Lost lost me in season 2 but Arrested Development always has me in stiches and 6' Under was/is utterly brilliant.....am I the only person on the planet for whom The Wire just didn't do it???? No Sopranos....!!

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  145. I swore not to get hooked on television, but I just started watching lost last month. It's really good. :)

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  146. Oh dear, I haven't seen any of those. My husband is the TV watcher in the family and some of the stuff he watches does not appeal to me so I go read or work in another room.

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  147. I have to agree with you about Parks and Rec and Arrested Development. And I'm pleased to read that you think so highly of The Wire. I have the first season of that waiting to be viewed. But I also have the full seven seasons of Homicide: Life on the Street which we're in the process of seeing (me for the first time - Frank a long time fan of the show). I'm enjoying it immensely and look forward to more of the same with The Wire.

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  148. I am tremendously upset that they are canceling parks and rec:(

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  149. Out of all the TV shows that you mentioned that I have actually seen, I love also! I am going to have to check out the others you recommend. I actually have Homeland season one waiting for me to pick up at the library right now! I am excited to start it.

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  150. I am not sure if I'm proud or embarrassed that I have not seen any of these shows that you posted about???

    I watch Wheel of Fortune to keep my mind active as a puzzle solver and the weather...call me a dork

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  151. Hey,
    I'm so glad I found your blog! We have 6 favorite shows in common! :)

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  152. LOVE most of these shows! Great choices. I have been trying to get my bf to watch "Six Feet Under" with me since I have the first season on DVD. But he mostly enjoys comedies. Oh well, I will have to just re watch it on my own! One show I would add would be "Prison Break." Great show!

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  153. Some of my favs are: Gossip Girl, Sons of Anarchy, Top Gear, Swamp People, How I Met Your Mother, Roseanne... That's about it actually.

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  154. I found your post- we DO like a lot of similar shows! And now I have some ideas for what to watch next!

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