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TammySwansonTwo Mon 11-Dec-17 22:43:10

Finally got around to watching Sons Of Anarachy and one of the series finales has me sobbing like a child. I often think there's nothing new to watch, but there are so many great older shows that people have missed out on.

My biggest recommendation would be The Shield - watched that back to back a few years ago, well after it aired, probably the best TV series I've ever seen.

Aside from the obvious (Breaking Bad, Dexter, Mad Men etc), which other long-since finished TV shows would you suggest?

My list would also include Carnivale, and 30 Rock because it's bloody hilarious.

Beerwench Mon 11-Dec-17 22:46:43

Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Just discovered them this year and I seriously missed out.
and now have a slightly disturbing crush on Gene Hunt

biscuitbasket Mon 11-Dec-17 22:49:49

I was surprised by how great afterlife was (especially if you love a good sob)

BackforGood Mon 11-Dec-17 22:57:33

How far are we allowed to go back ?

I'd recommend:
Tenko
Roots
Holocaust

I also enjoyed Duchess of Duke Street
Upstairs Downstairs

Much more recently I like The Big C

PaxUniversalis Mon 11-Dec-17 23:15:55

The Wonder Years
Magnum P.I.
Brideshead Revisited
Twin Peaks
Charlie's Angels
China Beach
Dynasty

SueGeneris Mon 11-Dec-17 23:18:29

The Wire

Though I think a lot of people will have seen it

SheRaaarghPrincessOfPower Mon 11-Dec-17 23:18:39

Parks & Recreation
ER

HughLauriesStubble Mon 11-Dec-17 23:18:57

House MD
ER
Sopranos
The Wire

SheRaaarghPrincessOfPower Mon 11-Dec-17 23:19:19

Sorry, ER is definitely one of the obvious ones.

HughLauriesStubble Mon 11-Dec-17 23:19:22

Six Feet Under

Oswin Mon 11-Dec-17 23:19:46

Arrested development is hilarious.

NapQueen Mon 11-Dec-17 23:19:48

Gavin and Stacey.
Bottom.

MrsFionaCharming Mon 11-Dec-17 23:21:02

We recently rewatched Due South and really enjoyed it. I’m hoping to convince DP he wants to watch Superman: The Adventures of Lois and Clark next.

afrikat Mon 11-Dec-17 23:26:18

I loved Lois and Clark!

For me:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Angel
Firefly
The Gilmore Girls

I agree with The Shield and Sons of Anarchy. Both excellent with brutal endings (cried my eyes out at SoA)

Chrys2017 Mon 11-Dec-17 23:29:30

NYPD Blue
Damages
Another vote for The Wire—best TV series I have ever seen. I've never watched The Sopranos though... (yet)

Some of them don't age as well. I've tried to revisit X Files and Wonder Years, having had fond memories, but couldn't bear either of them.

Weedsnseeds1 Mon 11-Dec-17 23:30:01

One Summer. It's about a group of Lacs from Liverpool that went on a school trip to Wales.
Won't give away the plot but it's on YouTube.
Brass. Victorian melodrama piss take.
Brideshead Revisited.
Tenko.
The Camomile Lawn.
The Forsyte Saga.

Weedsnseeds1 Mon 11-Dec-17 23:30:40

Also Coal house at war.

PringlesSmoothie Mon 11-Dec-17 23:31:58

Keeping up appearances.

Sunset Beach....not! But remember that?!

PaxUniversalis Mon 11-Dec-17 23:32:10

@Chrys2017
I've tried to revisit X Files and Wonder Years, having had fond memories, but couldn't bear either of them.

What was wrong with The Wonder Years when you watched it for the second time? I used to love it.

PaxUniversalis Mon 11-Dec-17 23:33:59

@PringlesSmoothie
Sunset Beach....not! But remember that?!

I think I remember it. Lots of fake tanned actors and lots of wooden acting?

FranKubelik Mon 11-Dec-17 23:35:13

The West Wing and Cracker

budgiegirl Mon 11-Dec-17 23:36:49

The West Wing, and MASH

PidgeonSpray Mon 11-Dec-17 23:37:10

Mainstream...
- 24
- ER

Offbeat...
- Nurse Jackie
- Saving Grace

Comedies...
- VEEP
- curb your enthusiasm

Cult...
- Twin Peaks

Guilty pleasure/easy viewing...
- pretty little liars

LRL2017 Mon 11-Dec-17 23:37:55

Only fools and horses! Doesn't matter how
Many times I watch them, still love them!

80sMum Mon 11-Dec-17 23:38:13

Fawlty Towers
The Good Life
One foot in the grave

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