Monday, June 6, 2016

My Top 10 Current Television Shows

In the past 5-7 years, the quality of television has increased drastically. So drastically in fact, that one could argue it has surpassed movies as far as entertainment is concerned. The sheer level of acting and writing talent in the television world is a sight to behold. 

Another important change, talent aside, is the recently new development of television shows being written in a serialized format (one story told over an entire season or seasons), as opposed to an episodic "story of the week" format. 

When you combine these two changes, it is no wonder that people are now preferring television to movies. After all, you can only get so attached to a character or story in a two-hour movie. In a serialized television show, however, you follow the story over the course of years (literally). It is like a series of novels unfolding in front of your eyes. 

I developed my own personal top 10 list of current television shows. If you have not seen these, I highly recommend checking them out :)

#10 The Blacklist

James Spader's role as Raymond Reddington is one of the greatest performances on television today. Reddington, an international fugitive and the most-wanted man in the world, willfully turns himself in to the FBI in the very first episode. While explaining the motives behind Reddington's mysterious motives and background, the show takes the viewer on an amazing journey, spanning several countries and continents. 

                             #9 Daredevil

I just recently binge-watched two seasons of this show on Netflix in about two days whilst eating large quantities of ice cream. What a wild ride it was. Marvel stories, while entertaining, are not generally known for deep acting performances. Daredevil, however, is a wonderful exception. Additionally, Vincent D'Onofrio (who has always been among my favorite actors), plays one of the most well-written, and non-cliched, villains in TV history. 

#8 House of Cards

As a person who has always had a deep love for politics, I find House Of Cards to be a fascinating show. The show centers on Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey), a ruthless (and in many ways, sociopathic) Member of the United States House of Representatives, and his unhealthy quest for power. There is also an amazing side-story involving his complicated relationship with his wife.

#7 Walking Dead

I will admit that I have never been a big fan of the zombie genre, so I watched the first episode of this show a few years ago with some skepticism. I was wrong. Wow. This show is about so much more than "zombies". In fact, zombies probably only compromise 5-10 minutes of each episode. It is a story about the search for self, and the struggle to hold on to who we are, in a post-apocalyptic world. 

#6 True Detective

If I had to proclaim one acting performance as the best I have ever seen on television, it would be Matthew McConaughey's performance as internally-turmoiled FBI agent Rustin Cole. The story involves the search for a serial killer in 1995, and is told in haunting flashbacks by Agent Cole and his partner (played by Woody Harrelson). 


#5 Homeland

Homeland is a superbly executed and complex story involving a CIA agent played deftly by Claire Danes. Danes suspects that a recently freed Marine prisoner of war is actually a terrorist who has been indoctrinated during captivity. The tension reaches a fever pitch as the truth is slowly revealed. 

#4 Hannibal

Hannibal is a "prequel" of sorts, as it centers on Silence of the Lamb's legendary villain Hannibal Lecter during his days as a psychotherapist. The acting is among the best I have ever seen in the history of television. And the writing is pure poetry. Witnessing Dr. Lecter in sessions with patients, knowing all the while that he has a deep-seeded psychopathy, is simply captivating. An interesting development occurs when one of Dr. Lecter's patients begins to suspect that there is more to him than meets the eye. That patient? An FBI agent and criminal profiler. The battle of wits becomes more tense with each and every episode. 

#3 The Americans

As espionage shows go, this one tops Homeland by a slim margin. The Americans is a story about a seemingly typical American couple, who are in fact Russian spies that have integrated themselves into American society. Their goal: to conduct deep undercover operations and transmit sensitive and highly-classified information back to Moscow. The story takes place in 1981, during the Cold Ward. Complicating matters, the couple's next door neighbor is an FBI agent who is working on a classified investigation involving two unknown Russian spies...unaware that he is living right next door to them. 

#2 Game of Thrones

It is quite simply the most complex, vast, and elaborate story ever produced in the history of television. It revolves around seven royal families/kingdoms as they vie for the claim to the Iron Throne of the mythical land of Westoros. Characters that you love will die, while characters that you loathe will not. This is the most non-clich├ęd show I've ever seen, and I absolutely love that. Nothing is black-and-white - all the character's morality (or lack thereof) is relative. It's not about good guys versus bad guys, it's about the struggle for survival.


#1 Fargo


It would have taken a show of epic proportions to supplant Game of Thrones as the #1 show on my list. And the murder mystery Fargo is just that. Fargo is an anthology series (each season with a separate story line and characters), a rarity on television. Both seasons take place, as the title alludes, in the city of Fargo, North Dakota. The acting and writing is, quite simply, the best that I have ever seen. And it is not even close. From Billy Bob Thorton's role as villain, To Colin Hank's (Son of Tom Hanks) role as conflicted police officer, the acting is simply an art form. 

What is your current favorite TV show?

202 comments:

  1. I loved Fargo and Homeland, and of course Game of Thrones has to be on the list, it's just brilliant! I'll have to check the others out though I've heard good things about all of them. Great list! - Tasha

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  2. sounds you are lucky to find time and watch such great T.V shows ,i always loved detective stories whether in t.v shows or movies ,i saw many times the movie Along came the spider and so many others ,

    now a days due to my job i hardly find time for t.v but however i manage to watch prime t.v dramas daily from 8pm to 9pm.
    your shows have variety in their subjects and must be great entertainment with learning

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  3. I love Orphan Black - great series and amazing acting by Tatiana Maslany who plays about 22 different roles, I think. I can also recommend Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt if you like wacky comedies.

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  4. Hi Keith - I don't watch many series ... some I see here, but often miss episodes. Time - but good to have the listing ... glad it's asparagus time and you can watch with dripping Hollandaise sauce over some fresh asparagus ... Cheers Hilary

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  5. Spring watch, nothing like it.

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  6. House of Cards is right up there for me . . . Excellent reviews!
    I spend more time with "book in hand" than watching the tele although you are tempting me to "move my stick" and check out some of your top #10!

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  7. The walking dead. The walking dead, the walking dead

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  8. Oh dear. I haven't seen any of them. Television just doesn't do it for me.

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  9. I hate tv series! The only ones I watched this spring were both Spanish - Velvet & Tiempo entre costuras. These mainly to listen to the language.

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  10. Hello Keith, I have not seen any of your top ten. I have heard a lot about the Walking Dead, seems very popular. I like comedies. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

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  11. I haven't seen or heard of any that you mentioned. In fact, only yesterday I wondered about getting rid of the TV. Perhaps my area doesn't allow for decent programmes.

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  12. Always live to get a good reco for a show. You have a few I love (GOT, Americans, HOC) have you tried Mr Robot, Vikings, Orphan Black, orange is the new black, Sparticus? I also like Outlanders.

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  13. I rarely watch TV but am a huge Walking Dead fan and love Modern Family, too. The Walking Dead is about discovering who you truly are and about people coming together. It's as much about the bonds that tie the characters together as it is about the apocalypse.

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  14. I watch little TV. The only series (other than the World Series) that I have watched in the past two years have been Madam Secretary. Some of these sound interesting. Thanks for telling me about them. (I am curious about Fargo)

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  15. I quit watching tv when "mystery science theater 3000" went off the air. tv rots the mind; I'd rather read a book instead.

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  16. I haven't seen anything current. I'm glad to hear the quality is good though!

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  17. Fargo - wicked cool choice for number one. Such a clever show and so out there sometimes.
    I'm also digging The Flash.

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  18. I haven't watched most on your list. Cards and Thrones we started but didn't care for. We have watched Blacklist, but I thought this last season was just plain silly.

    I did recently watch Longmire and thought it was terrific.

    Oh, I also watched a season of Homeland and wasn't terribly eager to get back to it although I might yet.

    Do I sound hard to get along with? :). My daughter says that I am too fussy when it comes to movies and such.

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  19. An interesting list...I've not had a television for years and watch most of my content via internet and subscription services. I've always enjoyed UK and European programing more than most American stuff and most days prefer to read...I'm curious though about German programing where you live since you did not mention it...Thanks for coming by today. Hope you're doing well.

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  20. Whoa, haven't seen any of these. I did see the movie Fargo and if the show is anything like that it should be great.

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  21. Not a tv watcher, but you almost have me convinced to go check some of these out. I have watched several seasons of Walking Dead on dvd, and was enthralled.

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  22. I don't really get to watch TV much these days. So I don't really have any current favourites. I'm not sure when the last time I watched a current program was. It was a few months ago.

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  23. I love "The Blacklist"...I'm a big fan of James Spader and always have been.

    The first season of "Fargo", in particular, with Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman was brilliant. I loved it.

    I lost interest in "Homeland" after Damien Lewis' character got killed off. I guess I was sulking because I really like his character.

    I don't mind "The Americans"...and I've only watched a couple of episodes of "Hannibal"...maybe I should pick up on it again.

    The others I've not yet seen, but will do. I've three seasons recorded of "Game of Thrones" to catch up on. And the others I do want to see.

    I loved "Mad Men", and am sad it's finished. I like "Castle" for its good humour and its no longer, either.

    I loved "Dexter", but he is no longer either. I thought it was a great series. Whew! That should do me for now. :)

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  24. Hiya Keith! I like Blue Bloods, but my all-time fav series was West Wing. I missed a lot of the series when I took my granddaughter in because there was no time for tv, so... I binged watched all 156 episodes this year. Still think it's brilliant.

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  25. Oh my, I've never seen any of these and many I've never heard of.

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  26. I rarely turn on the TV anymore. I've never seen any of them, in fact
    most of them, I've never heard of...... I gues a repeat of Tom above.
    Perhaps, come winter, I'll turn on the TV again.

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  27. I have never watched Game of Thrones, I am intrigued,,,

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  28. Keith, I have never watched one of these... I find I am less and less interested in TV as I get older... I like a few comedy's like The Big Bang Theory that makes me laugh hysterically and I do like Criminal Minds, I am invested in those characters... I rarely pick up a new TV show, it would have to grab my attention from day one xox

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  29. Book readers here, although we are enjoying Grace and Frankie with our Saturday night pizza. The first few episodes were really fun, the second season so-so, so far.

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  30. All I've seen are Game of Thrones and House of Cards. And I'm now waiting for the next seasons of both to arrive here. Exceptional. Thanks for your list. Maybe some more for us to check out.

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  31. Blacklist is #1 for me! I also love 'How to Get Away With Murder,' 'Major Crimes,' Any of the 'L&O' shows, and I have been watching 'United Shades Of America' on CNN ... I really, really, really like that one!! I think you would like that one too! Really makes you think....

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  32. Seen them all at some point besides The Blacklist. Homeland I stopped, loathed the whiny angst crap and Danes is just too nuts.

    Of those currently on The Walking Dead, Supernatural, Fargo and The Flash are my tops. I like Game of Thrones too, but most of each episode is talking. So many characters all they do is talk, then something happens for 2 minutes and it's back to talking lol House of cards was great, besides stupid season 3.

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  33. The only one I've seen is Game of Thrones. And I love it!

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  34. You have quite a good list here and surprisingly, I haven't seen any of them, but heard of quite a few of them. My husband tends to "control" the remote here so we tend to watch of course his interests, which these would not be in them.

    I do agree with you, the serial nature of the shows does help with character development and loyalty towards a show.

    betty

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  35. I wish I had time for TV big sigh..

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  36. Maybe that's why I have been watching the same Soap for 50+ years? It's like I know the people. Like they are family. Well--not like anyone in my family, thank goodness, but I do get involved in the different roles and the people playing those roles. Some of the actor's on my Soap have been playing the same role for 30 years. I've watched them grow up.

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  37. I want to try Walking Dead and House of Cards.

    This year we watched all of Dexter, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, and last year we watched Weeds. We checked all of them out at the library. I liked them all. I may have to watch Orange is the New Black again to piece it all together.

    I tried the first season of Better Call Saul, sequel to Breaking Bad. The first disk kept skipping. It was so slow in comparison to Breaking Bad. It's rated high, but we just couldn't get into it. I think maybe we should try it again(?) I may give it a go, but right now we're too busy to watch anything. We might decide to go with Walking Dead or House of Cards

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  38. I only ever watch movies through a DVD player on my TV so I can't comment on these shows, but I wanted to stop by and thank you for taking time to read my blog post and leave a comment :)

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  39. We dumped television again because it's expensive and there is so little shows of interest. We now have Netflix and Amazon Prime. We have enjoyed lots of shows. Black List is one and I love House of Cards. We also enjoy Grey's Anatomy and Bones. I love that there aren't any commercials.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  40. I don't watch a lot of TV besides FoodTV, HGTV and news but my daughter loves Game of Thrones. I have to be careful not to give anything away if I might spot it on social media, as in some cases she is not caught up on the series.

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  41. From your list, I've watched The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I watched the first House of Cards, but it just didn't grab me. Same thing happened with Orange is the New Black. Other shows I've loved include: Grey's Anatomy, Lost, American Horror Story, Gilmore Girls, Friday Night Lights, and Heroes.

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  42. Don't see any series right now.

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  43. Wow - this list includes so many shows I love - House of Cards, Homeland, Game of Thrones & Fargo! I have friends who are pushing me to try The Walking Dead...zombies aren't my thing but since you say they aren't yours either...maybe I'll give it a shot. The Americans is on my list also!

    natslife6@blogspot.com

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  44. what a great list...i haven't heard of several of these but surely will check them out...I don't watch a lot of tv...and when I do, it's a lot of re-uns of olden favorites....thanks for the review...and thanks for coming by to see my silly boots full of flowers..:)

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  45. i don't really watch t.v. but it is good to read that the quality of the shows is better, even good. i hear so much about game of thrones but the theme just doesn't interest me!!

    we rent movies and have been so disappointed lately, really disappointed!! perhaps we should pick one of your choices and try to connect with it. fargo might be a good place to start with it's #1 rating, and easy to pick up story line at the beginning of each season!!!

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  46. Thanks for the excellent reviews/suggestions! :)

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  47. Grey's Anatomy is top of my list always, followed by Lucifer, The Messengers, The Catch, I Zombie, 30 Degrees in February, Grace, Dexter, House of Cards, Fargo, The Walking Dead, Sense 8, Land Girls, Halt and Catch Fire, Z Nation, Fringe, Happy Valley and George Gently to name a few and not in any specif order (loved them all). Hoping some of them come back with another season soon. We watch on Netflix and Hulu only because regular cable TV and dish networks are too expensive here, or at least for us. If you're looking for something different I hope you'll try one of these like 30 Degrees in February is about Swedes living in Thailand and is quite different. Halt and Catch Fire is an old series about the first computers. The Bletchly Circle is about women code breakers during wartime and quite the drama. Happy watching everyone!

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  48. Walking dead and game of thrones are the only two here I watch regularly. I've been enjoying the new "Lucifer."

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  49. I rarely watch TV but I do like So You Think You Can Dance and my sister told me about The Good Wife so I am watching episodes on Amazon Prime of that when I can :-) Hope you are having a wonderful Monday!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  50. I'm with you on GoT and TWD (especially the early seasons of TWD.) Haven't watched Fargo yet, but it's on my list. :)

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  51. I have not seen most of those, bu I do watch The Blacklist. I read they were planning a spin-off, but not sure if that is just a rumor or what.

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  52. I love many of these shows. I too think James Spader's acting on Blacklist is something else! I am not able to watch much TV currently, as I'm on antenna, and often get no channels come in, and also recently lost netflix due to economic issues. But if I get it again, I want to catch up on Homeland, The Americans and House of Cards. I've never seen Fargo (outside of the original movie) or Game of Thrones.

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  53. I like shows where you don't have to think too much - ABC supplies my favorites - Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, and the comedies, The Middle and Modern Family. I also liked The Family and am so mad they cancelled that one!

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  54. Hello Keith. That's one great list you've put together all right. I still need to check out Hannibal. I guess the reason is I didn't want Silence, one of my all-time favorites, to be tainted by a dreadful series. But... now I know I'll be fine;) I'll go and check it out.

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  55. Thanks for the detailed descriptions of these series, Keith. I love James Spader, so I should check out "The Blacklist." And another one that really piques my interest from your list is "House of Cards." Will have to see if the library has these available!!

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  56. This binge watching is a real thing and characters do take on a sense of realism as the stories progress. Although I have not gotten into any of the ones you mentioned, I did get into Merlin one long weekend and became enchanted by the characters and storyline.

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  57. The only one I watch on this list is The Walking Dead. Though I had wished I had watched Game of Thrones and Homeland when they first started.

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  58. I have to agree completely with your views on television. For over a decade we had (by choice) no television and did not miss it in the least. Our kids insisted that there were great shows that we needed to see so we bought a television and have Apple TV. We are hooked on Blacklist and just finished Fargo Season 2. Kirsten Dunst's character was great. We loved season 1 of True Detective.

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  59. I've heard good things about a number of these but haven't seen them (some because I don't have netflix or cable premium channels). But I'm very into Brit TV and am sad about the end of Wallander. Lots of good mysteries coming up on PBS this summer though and I'll be there!

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  60. Hi, Keith! Great to see you back to blogging!

    I love The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I also really enjoyed Humans, and I hope they continue the series. I really wanted to enjoy Turn, but I am relentlessly bored by the main characters and only interested in the Benedict Arnold, Peggy Shippen, John Andre subplot.

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  61. I don't watch much TV so the only one I've seen is Walking Dead.

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  62. You have quite a list. I'm a Lucifer fan.

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  63. Hands down, it's gotta be the Walking Dead. I also like to balance the zombies out with a fair dose of Masterpiece on PBS. ;)

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  64. Have you wateched 'The Returned'..... it is all in French with subtitles but the first two seriese have been gripping.

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  65. Great list! We are about to start watching the second season of Bloodlines which has recently returned to Netflix. We loved the first season and are eager to see what happens next.

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  66. Great list Keith. I am waiting with baited breath for the next season of m favorite Longmire. Love it and love the books. The books are different than the TV series. And I just binge watched season 3 of Peaky Blinders; fascinates me in part as my grandfather was born in a London slum in 1890.

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  67. Wow! I haven't seen any of those shows. We liked Once Upon a Time, Elementary, Wallender, Houdini and Doyle, Big BangTheory....

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  68. I have not seen any of the shows in your list, Keith. I have to admit that I enjoy the Food Network, and none of the shows on your list are on that channel. I also enjoy America's Got Talent, especially since Simon Cowell is one of the judges this season. I watch The Bachelor and Bachelorette from time to time, but I really miss the old family friendly shows such as Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Andy Griffith Show, I Love Lucy...just to name a few. :)

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  69. I saw one or two episodes of The Blacklist, but it was bit too intense for me. Haven't seen any other shows on the list - I'm more into comedy myself :-) But I'm really looking forward to the Amazon pilot The Last Tycoon. I hope it's going to be a good show and will go into series!

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  70. I have not seen any of these since I don't have netflix and, actually, don't want to get too hooked to too many shows. I had to giggle at the pic you chose for The Walking Dead (which never interested me). There is a man and a kid tending to their garden while Zombies are drooling at the fence behind them. I would have liked to have seen True Detective. Lector and some others are just too depressing sounding to me. I watch Grimm, Pit Bulls and Parolees, Dancing With the Stars(Yes I admit it), Mysteries Unknown and movies

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  71. I've only seen one show on your list and it's the Blacklist which ranks high on my list along with Person of Interest and Blindspot. My favorite show is called "Bitchin' Rides" where Dave Kindig and his amazing crew take you through the process of phenomenal design and unbelievable restoration of rusted, decades-old cars. I just can't get enough of that show!

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  72. I have watched Blindspot and Quantico recently and always enjoy the Big Bang Theory and documentaries.

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  73. Our tastes differ widely. I cannot stand any of these shows. And as I've grown older, I look for good comedies which are impossible to find, so we buy full seasons of "Frasier," "Cheers," "Mary Tyler Moore," "Friends," etc., and enjoy very much watching these without commercials.

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  74. You've hit on a number of my favorites. I love Daredevil, Fargo and Game of Thrones. I cringed through every episode of Hannibal but wow, what an ending. I used to watch The Walking Dead but it lost me somewhere along the way.

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  75. I don't really watch too much television but I do enjoy a good fantasy/drama - I like Once Upon a Time - it's a cheesy show and sometimes the actors are cringe worthy, but the complex story line and the way the writers can make just about anything happen (because magic haha) keeps me hooked. There are also a few couples I ship hardcore on that show <3

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  76. I don't watch any of these shows that you've listed. My favorite show at the moment is The West Wing. We are struck by how the political impasses have stayed the same for so long. If Netflix still had Six Feet Under and Northern Exposure for streaming, we would watch those as well.

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  77. I've never seen any of these, and only even heard of 4 of them! There's so much good stuff around and only so much time : ) Will have to make a note of some of your list for future reference.

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  78. I must shamefully admit I haven't seen any of the shows that appear on your great, detailed list.
    In fact, I don't watch TV much, and I have no favorite shows, except perhaps, british series such as the historical period drama 'Downton Abbey'.

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  79. We don't watch anything but movies on DVD now, Coronation St. from the UK was the last show that I did watch, gave that one up too about 3 years ago. I find most of the TV shows now just too violent and gruesome to appeal. Sounds like you've got some favs you enjoy though Keith. Hugs to you and Beate. :-)

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  80. I think one of the best shows on TV is "Quantico." It keeps viewers guessing, and the revelation at the end of the first season about who the terrorist was came as a delicious surprise.

    You love politics? Easy for you to say, you stinker. You ran away to Germany, so you don't have to deal with the circus we have going on over here now. Unbelievable!!!

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  81. I haven't seen any of those shows! :O I used to be so in love with Vincent D'Onofrio, around 10 years ago. He's been in so many great movies, not to mention LOCI. The one new show that I did watch last summer and liked a lot was Impastor.

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  82. I never, ever watch current shows, and don't even know what's on. I am enjoying Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, and The Fugitive.

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  83. I enjoy THE BLACKLIST due to Reddington deftly portrayed by James Spader. DAREDEVIL too is a fun watch. I am mourning the loss of PERSON OF INTEREST, even going back to rewatch the whole series.

    If you like FARGO, I believe you may enjoy PREACHER. Amazon has the hour long pilot for free currently.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting so I knew you had been there. :-)

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  84. I'm currently watching the Homeland series on Netflix. Really enjoying every episode of this great show

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  85. Makes me almost want to watch television. But, no. I'll just read your reviews!

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  86. I find interesting The black list I see sometimes.
    And I love Dowonton Abbey is my favorite but is finishing now.
    Hugs to Beate. Miss her.

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  87. My twins (have 21) see Game of Thrones every sunday.
    Hubby and I cant talk when they see the show :)

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  88. My twins (have 21) see Game of Thrones every sunday.
    Hubby and I cant talk when they see the show :)

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  89. I've heard lots of people rave about many of the shows on your list and I have to admit I'me intrigued about many of the ones you mention. Because I sit behind a desk all day I try not to sit at home just watching TV and when I do just sit to relax I try to read instead. But I think binge watching might just be the way to go. I did that with Downton Abbey one weekend. Downton Abbey is probably the last type of show that I watched that was in a series format and I loved it!

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  90. Some of the ones on your list are on my list too! I'm not sure I have a favorite though. You did give me some to check out, thank you!

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  91. I think you right - TV is better than movies on the whole these days. I've binge watched a number of the series on your list and can't wait for the next seasons to start.

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  92. I've been enjoying "Murdoch Mysteries" from streaming Netflix. Most episodes are quite good and the characters are fun.

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  93. Having lived in countries where satellite tv has been a bit haphazard and naff, Keith, I've largely lost my taste for regular tv watching. The only programme I've seen from your list is a couple of the early series of Game of Thrones.

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  94. Great list and I haven't seen any of them. I don't watch much TV anymore. Nice Post.

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  95. Wow! We are on opposite ends of the spectrum on this one. I just canceled my satellite as I told them there was nothing but propaganda in the media including the weather and the shows were disgusting. LOL! But you are young and male and I am old and female. So much seems to be violent and of that a lot is violence against women...I couldn't believe there was actually a show specifically about those crimes. I've lived a long life and I have learned to be careful of what I expose myself to and what images and/or thoughts occupy my brain. I am probably overly empathetic but I do think that our country (I can't speak for others) puts an extreme focus on violence in the media be it t.v. movies or games. There's a philosophy and it might even be part of a religion that our world is what the majority of the unconscious minds perceive and right now I really don't want much to do with "our world". I know people say "it's only a movie or a show" but in my mind someone is thinking those thoughts and what kind of a mind is that? I didn't mean to "rain on your post" but it is me just slowly and physically leaving this world behind....hopefully for a better one!

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  96. Thank you for info, Keith! My faves on Ukrainian TV I watch at my computer. :) thanks for stopping by!

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  97. I'm not much of a TV or movie watcher, but I did watch the first couple of seasons of Game Of Thrones and True Detective after they were available on Netflix. The quality has definitely gone up but I don't enjoy the high level of violence in so many of today's shows.

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  98. Hey Keith,

    Good grief, dude, TV in Germany appears to be full of American shows. Rather like TV in the UK these days.

    My favourite TV show is "The EU Referendum Show", which, in between American shows, is the only other thing on TV in the UK, these days.

    As you were, Keith!

    Gary

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  99. I'm with you on six out of ten, and I wish I had the time to watch your other four picks. Maybe this summer....

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  100. The Walking Dead. You've got me interested in checking out Fargo!

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  101. Love Blacklist and GOTs. I also love Wentworth (Australian Female Prison Drama) and Outlander. The Americans looks good.

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  102. Agh! So true what you said about Tv starting to replace movies. While I really like the IDEA of TV shows, I find that I actually get bored fairly quickly - after so long, all the mystery and excitement has faded, so around the second season my interest wanes somewhat.

    Recently, I've been watching Lost, which is super old, I know, but I was little when it first was airing.

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  103. My top favorite is Game of Thrones

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  104. We, too, noticed a number of years ago that TV had become better. My husband had an explanation for that - it's "depression TV." During tough economic times, people tend to stay home more and watch (and demand) better TV.

    I have to find a new favorite show...my current one (The Good Wife) just ended. And now I'm curious - do you get all these U.S. shows in Germany? Do you watch them in English or German?

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  105. Hi, I watch many of the same shows. Haven't watched House of Cards yet but have dvds. Homeland is one of my favorites, but I must say my all time favorite; a masterpiece in storytelling and acting is Breaking Bad. Nothing on the big or small screen compares.

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  106. My favorite is NCIS. I blame my husband. He was watching a marathon on USA Network a few years ago and I got into it. :) Have a great week!

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  107. Since March of 2013, I've lost much of my ability to focus - both on television and my (formerly beloved) books.
    ... But!, I'm working my way back. I adore James Spader!

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  108. Some of my favorites have been Walking Dead, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, and a guilty pleasure is Once Upon a Time.

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  109. WALKING DEAD and GAME OF THRONES are 2 of mine.
    I also like ELEMENTARY and the new show HOUDINI AND DOYLE.

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  110. I don't want tv, don't own one. But I take faith that these are high quality shows.

    When I'm at the gym, I tend to watch the Food Network. Truth be told, if a remote is in my hand, I will look for the Kardashians. I know, embarrassing. Thus, I don't trust myself to own a tv.

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  111. I don't know no one of this, I very rare look at TV for a documnentation, koncert, circ or ballet (things, what we haven't in our small town).
    The onliest TV-show, what I saw, was "The Tribe", that was a joy to see all the colorful creative kids and I'm a big fan... but in general, the TV is the most unnecessary item for me. Have no time to look, or better: have so many wonderful books and things, what I more like to do -

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  112. I should mention The 100, on netflix. I binge watched the latest season before losing netflix. I loved it! I also loved Bates Motel. It's quite good, I think, quite twisted, and sometimes, often, tongue in cheek.

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  113. We don't watch much TV other than nature programmes, science programmes, the Simpsons and tennis! We started watching the Walking Dead, loved the first series but gave up during the 2nd series as the show seemed to not be going anywhere at that point.

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  114. Hello,
    Great post with all those fantastic movies.
    A good selection.

    Greetings, Marco

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  115. I prefer tv serials to movies, Keith. And my favorite is Blacklist, especially James Spader as Raymond. It was shown here some weeks ago, the last series I've seen recently and was very surprised by its final scenes.

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  116. There are a few of these shows that I've never watched, but Game of Thrones and Fargo are great choices for the top two.

    - Zach (http://fadetozach.blogspot.com)

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  117. The Game of Thrones is what I'm loving now. Can't wait for the future episodes :D I also want to try your other suggestions. Thanks for sharing!

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  118. I'm watching Fargo right now and I am blow away by how amazing it is!!! It rivals Breaking Bad. Totally agree with you.

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  119. Wow I have not watched any of these shows, and hve not heard of some of these-looks like allot of good actors ae in them

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  120. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I concur on the tv shows. Have a great day!

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  121. Brilliant list and I agree with most of the list. Top notch acting and series. Greetings!

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  122. Hi! I like to watch TV programs about nonfiction theme. Thanks for sharing.

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  123. We have totally different taste in tv ;)
    I did watch all eps of Hannibal though, cos it was freaky

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  124. I love House of Cards. Internally, I wrestle with being fascinated as well as disgusted with how our political leaders are portrayed. Great list!

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  125. Each title is appealing to me, a little suggestive of what will happen, but I haven’t seen any of these. My favorites are from the history channel of cable TV and sports, especially tennis and figure skating.

    Yoko

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  126. I agree with you that TV has really taken a giant step forward in terms of writing and production--it's really amazing to see all of the new shows coming out. I can't even keep up! I think I'm starting to enjoy them more than movies because there's so much more time to lay out plots and develop characters, and since I'm such a bookworm, I really appreciate those two aspects versus big-screen CGI effects. (Though I do still enjoy my action movies from time to time!)

    I just got done watching the first season of True Detective and loved it! Matthew McConaughey did such an amazing job. I'd really love to see Fargo and The Americans, they both sound really good. I can't wait for the next season of TWD, I've been binge-watching each one as it comes out on DVD. So good.

    I watched a couple of seasons of Game of Thrones but I'm one of those nitpicky people who almost always prefers the book to the movie/TV show, and it just wasn't as good for me as the books. I guess in general I enjoy original shows much more than adaptations!

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  127. Before saying which are my favorite I'll let you know something I noticed in me lately; due to my daily watching of tv shows, the other day when I wanted to watch a movie at home I noticed that by the 50 minute I start becoming restless. Really. I couldn't understand and then it hit me - my mind and body was formatted for the duration of a tv show episode. It was a scary notion. One I'm now battling by returning to movies I haven't watched... I also learned that I was letting spoilers and critics influence my movie wants. No more!
    From the ones you watch I want to start watching The Blacklist. And I watched the last season of House of Cards but I'm not sure I will watch it so passionately the next season(s). (I like to see something happen. Not only in the world but in shows. They are entertainment... right... but I need something "more". I need to witness some justice, some hope... and this last season was a bit of a disappointment... I always feel that when a movie or a show don't hold up for what I'd like to see on real life I'm somehow vouching for that lack.. it's hard to explain...
    I watched Game of Thrones, up to the Red Wedding, and no more. A bit due to that line I explained before...
    And for fun and still curious - and when nothing happens or I think it will happen I give up on a show - I watch:
    Tyrant
    Wayward Pines
    Person of Interest (on the verge of giving it up)
    Mr. Robot
    Elementary
    Blindspot
    The Night Manager
    (Waiting for Prison Break to return)
    And I'm sure there are some more that are "on break" and I can't remember right now...

    I watch for leisure at the end of the day. But not to abstract from (real) life. So I expect to see things really happen and not being dragged along - sometimes - surrealistically so there can be, like, 10000 Seasons of nothing whatsoever.

    Take Care!
    T

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      Colony
      The Last Kingdom
      How to get away with Murder (to rollercoaster in the last season I hope we can return to the moto of what the program seemed about...)
      Crossing Lines
      SUITS (I kind of - meaning I'm stll curious so I'll just have a look - gave up because beyond the show insisting on a line I couldn't agree on, the fans were brutal online).

      I always read this when feeling "guilty" for giving up a show: "A couple of weeks ago, I argued that our relationship with television has become dysfunctional: We’re dragging ourselves through shows that we don’t like or that aren’t actually any good at all, because we’ve become convinced that we owe it to them."

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  128. Thank you for your visit to my blog, which has been much neglected . I definitely will have to find Hannibal!

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  129. Hi Keith, thanks for the recommendations! One of my favorites, 'The Good Wife' is over, so I am sad about that. I love 'Madame Secretary' and most comedies like 'The Big Bang Theory'. I also love the true crime shows such as '48 hours' and 'Dateline'. I don't know why. Maybe because I have known some real psycho's in my time.....Lol!

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  130. house of cards - yes!

    in the past was

    sons of anarchy
    breaking bad

    but current ones that isn't for everyone but is so good - Call the Midwife.

    Also love Orange is the New Black

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  131. Enjoyed reading your descriptions of the shows. The Americans sounds fascinating. I don't watch any tv except American Ninja Warrior once a week...the feats of athleticism on that show are pretty awesome! On weekends I watch episodes of series from the 60s-90s online. Currently I'm working through The Rockford Files, and I'm pretty much through all The Fall Guy episodes that are available.

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  132. i gave up showtime and hbo in the past year, so miss homeland and game of thrones, now.

    thank you for your kind comment, keith.

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  133. The first 2 are most intriguing. The story-line very much away from the usual makes the difference. Have not seen a number of the rest though.

    Hank

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  134. Currently I am immersed in Lost. Yes- I missed it when it was on and now I am watching multiple episodes a day and getting caught up bit by bit. I just started season 3 so I have a ways to go. I do love serial tv shows though and after I finish Lost I may check out one of your other recommendations. I have been reading The Game of Thrones, so I am definitely curious about the show. Thanks for sharing! :)
    ~Jess

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  135. I like politics too! My husband also watches Walking Dead, his nephew acts in the role, Eugene Porter, the guy with the mullet. Have a nice day.

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  136. Daredevil is the only show I've watched on your list and I love that show! The characters are so real and complex. My other current favorites are Sherlock, Person of Interest, Limitless, and The Flash.

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  137. An impressive top 10. Great reviews! I am going to have to start watching these shows. You have definitely peaked my interest.

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  138. Homeland is the only one we have watched!

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  139. The Blacklist and Game of Thrones! Excellent! Thanks for sharing your top 10!!! I agree, t.v shows have changed so much!

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  140. Believe me or not but I don't watch series and from those you mentioned I can't recall even one name LOL!

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  141. that's true, tv's become pretty great in recent years! out of these, i love got, hannibal and homeland. fargo, true detective and house of cards are on my to-watch list. i've only seen one episode of daredevil and didn't get into it but might give it another go! and maybe i'll check into the other ones as well since your taste seems to be good, haha! xx

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  142. Wow. I haven't watched any of these. I'm pretty much hanging on to reruns of "Seinfeld" just hoping that something wonderful and new will suddenly appear on tv.

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  143. I used to be absolutely addicted to Pretty Little Liars, I feel like the quality has really gone down after 4. The last two seasons haven't interested me as the first four, and I'm not sure whether to be relieved or upset that it's ending. It'll always hold a special place in my heart.
    Other than that, I love sitcoms and reality TV. My favorite sitcoms include Modern Family and The Middle, and my favorite reality TV shows include The Little Couple, My Giant Life, and Naked and Afraid. I watch a little of everything!
    peridotcove.blogspot.com

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  144. Did you see Vikings yet? It's really good!

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  145. I was just thinking that I needed to do a TV show update post for my blog. Kind of ironic. Anywho, I need to watch a lot of these, but I love Daredevil and GoT. I also watch The Walking Dead, but I just haven't caught up on this season yet.

    Happy watching!

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  146. Haha! Wow, your list is fantastic, but I guess I'm not much into TV anymore! The only show on your list that I've seen was two episodes of Fargo before I decided it was too gory for me! Most of what I watch are the period dramas on PBS.

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  147. I didn't realize you and I shared such similar tastes in television, Keith. Being down with migraines once a week give me plenty of time to find shows to pass the hours. TWD is up there as is GOT and HOC. I watched the first season of True Detective but lost interest in the second, I tried several episodes, but meh. Right now, as you know, I am digging Preacher (it is way out there!) and Feed The Beast on AMC. I tried to find the first season of Fargo on demand but they didn't have it. I was so bummed.

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  148. I've enjoyed the BlackList and Game of Thrones. There's a new one I've been watching, called, Lie to Me. It's an interesting crime series that takes a look at peoples' body language to determine if they are lying.

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  149. It is a conundrum. Our tastes are at odds, but we agree on Blacklist, Game of Thrones, but most of all, Fargo. Didn't think the TV series could even come close to the movie, but it's darn close.

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  150. My hubby enjoys some you have on this list as well.

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  151. My attitude about television is the complete opposite of yours. : ) I am not impressed with tv at all and don't watch it.

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  152. My wife and I just caught up with Breaking Bad late last year. :-) That probably tells you all.

    Greetings from London.

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  153. Great list! I agree tv has gotten a lot more interesting lately. I am currently obsessed with Gomorra. Not sure if you get it though. It's an Italian Mafia series set in Naples and it's really intriguing! Hope all is well friend. Have a great week!

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  154. Fascinating list....enjoyed! Thanks:)
    -Jennifer

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  155. To be honest , I don't watch much of tv . Probably an hour a day !

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  156. Fargo is epic! Check out Mr. Robot. And another favourite: The Fall (on Netflix).

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  157. I wouldn't have though you would be a tv watcher. I stopped watching a few years ago. Granted, we don't get the shows here that are available elsewhere ... or I guess we could to some degree, but we cancelled our satellite subscription. I haven't watched serial television since the days of Knots Landing and ER. :)

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  158. Interesting collection there.
    Outlander is my favourite.

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  159. Hello there and thank you for commenting on my blog pictures!
    I am in total agreement on your run down of great TV shows.
    My top favorites are Game of Thrones and Penny Dreadful .. Fargo is a fix I need too .. haha
    The complaint I have for many movies and some TV shows is reviving old themes and story lines to make an "updated version" to "sell" ... it shows total lack of imagination and pure laziness to double up on DONE deals.
    Some people are snobbish about watching TV ... I say so what.
    Watch what you enjoy .. life is short !

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  160. Keith, if you like The Americans, look for the 1991 British 4-parter called Sleepers, set in 1965 England.

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  161. I'm not much of a television-watcher, except Masterpiece Theatre, and documentaries. The constant broadcasting of advertisements every few minutes takes my interest in the program away.
    My husband likes the BlackList..
    ~Jo

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  162. Guess what I have not watched any of these shows I am not sure what that says about me.

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  163. Okay Keith, I am going to watch Fargo.
    A friend of mine told me how excellent it is...and now your rave review.
    GOT is by far my favorite show to watch. I make a huge production on Sunday nights...
    I'm also addicted to the Tiny House shows. And Flippin' RV's. Stuff like that.
    Gonna downsize! :))

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  164. Watched all of series of 3 of Vikings between London and Melbourne last week - what an epic!

    Cheers (and sorry about the slowness of my visit) - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  165. I haven't seen any of them! Thanks for the list.

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  166. Hello! I feel honoured that you popped by my little corner of the Internet :-) my scrolling finger hurt by the time I got here! I'm a self confessed TV addict. I've only just binge watched The Walking Dead and I was HOOKED! One I can recommend to you is Falling Skies. Very much like WD but with Aliens instead of zombies. Fargo is on my to do list.

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  167. A fantastic list of shows, which includes two of my favourites (Hannibal and The Walking Dead) I also loved Breaking Bad and American Horror Story.

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  168. Oh gosh...shame on me...I haven't watched any of these!
    My current favourites are "The Musketeers", "Supernatural", and "Vera"...I absolutely adore all three! :)

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  169. I can't say I've seen any of the shows you mentioned in your list. I don't really watch tv that much. I find that I often have too much else that needs doing and watching tv isn't really high on my must-do list. I have been watching The Flash recently and enjoying it though. Have you seen it?

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  170. We tried Fargo. It was too dark for me--even though I really liked the main character. My husband dragged me into The Walking Dead, and while I sometimes love it, I sometimes hate it. Like the end of the last season. *hisses* My favorites are more along the lines of The Last Ship (if you haven't seen this one, you really REALLY should), Agents of Shield, Arrow, iZombie, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Supernatural, and (as cheesy as it is) Scorpions.

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  171. I liked Vikings, but its off for a few months. I also like science shows, and Expedition Unknown. Archeology interests me as it incorporates history. Not a big sitcom or sports watcher, only baseball (having previously grown up in the USA).

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  172. How have I managed to miss all this TV? I only know Homeland and the Americans and I've missed the last few series. I love The Bridge. All 3 series have been excellent and I can't fail to mention both Montalbano and Young Montalbano. I miss them!

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  173. I don't watch much TV but we like NCIS and BBC's Father Brown. Obviously we are murder mystery fans!

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  174. It's true that these tv serials have become popular, and I enjoy them. I confess I like to wait until I can watch them a season at a time, so I don't have to wait from week to week for the next installment…
    =)

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  175. I'm not an avid TV watcher but I do like the English shows best. Started watching "Night Manager"

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  176. We had almost given up on TV until we decided to subscribe to Netflix and Amazon prime! Now we don't have enough time to watch all the good things there are out there. (And I can't even remember the last movie we saw in a theater... Or on TV for that matter ... Totally agree that today's serialized TV is much better.

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  177. Supernatural and Outlander ;-)

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  178. I loved the Walking Dead! It's disappointing over here as all of my favourites have ended for the season: Rizzoli and Isles, NCIS, I Robot, Fear of the Walking Dead but there's always the re-runs to keep me going until Autumn :)

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  179. We'd get along fine--great list! I liked the whole list---but don't have Netflix. I think that's soon changing! I love Kevin Spacey, and I've heard great things about HoC. I agree about TWD---people who don't watch think it's all about zombies! It's really about survivors and their stories..it draws you in. I barely see zombies anymore. They're kind of "background" to me!
    Gotta start getting Netflix!

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  180. YES YES YES to this entire list!! I need more time to waste in front of the T.V. When I run out of episodes of a favorite series, it's almost like that feeling I get at the end of a really good book. Almost.

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  181. Sadly enough the only one I've seen is Walking Dead and all of the different versions of it. Its not something i would watch, but I rather got sucked into it, so there's always that.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes I am trying to post again. Maybe I can be more consistant? Maybe?

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      I have tried watching Preacher and just can't seem to get into it. The Scottish guy is a vampire. That's about all I have been able to figure out and even that doesn't make much sense to me.

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  182. Walking Dead is the only one I've seen. Will have to check them out if they're available.

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  183. I'm with you on Game of Thrones OE, and will add Outlander, fabulous!

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  184. I'm with you on Game of Thrones OE, and will add Outlander, fabulous!

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  185. Person of Interest, hands down! (thanks for the visit to my little blog, btw).

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  186. I watch and enjoy The Americans, House of Cards, Homeland, and Game of Thrones. Another show I found really fascinating was "Man in the High Castle" which had as it premise the fact that Nazi Germany and Japan won WWII and now occupied the USA. I will have to look at soem of the other shows you recommend. Thanks, Keith!

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  187. The Blacklist and Hannibal for me.
    The series got loads of style, making evil chic.
    And I read my GoT...

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  188. My favorites are Walking Dead, And Black List. I used to be a big fan of Banshee and Game of Thrones but since I no longer have those stations, im left behind.
    Lisa

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  189. I've caught up with The Walking Dead, love it. They have a show about Lector!? I'm hunting Netflix or Hulu for Hannibal series.

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