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Top 10 favourite tv shows, the ones you absolutely can't/couldn't miss....

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LittleAbruzzenBear Sun 14-Oct-12 13:52:30

The X Files
Desperate Housewives
The Walking Dead
Lost (I did not like the ending though, a cop-out)
Dawson's Creek
Battlestar Galactica
Tour de France
Revenge (a new entry in my chart!)

I love escapist, American television in other words....that and looking at France and fit men in lycra.

NetworkGuy Sun 14-Oct-12 14:37:12

Have had Sky since February this year (and had little/limited TV in previous 5 years, so have not seen much of 24, Lost, Hustle, etc)... right now I particularly like:

Have I Got (a bit more) News For You
Russell Howard's Good News
Continuum (SyFy)
Person of Interest (Alibi)
Castle (Alibi)
Criminal Minds (Sky Living)
Bones (Sky Living)

ran out at 9 and then thought of

Dynamo (OK, rather like Derren Brown - find the shows challenge belief!)
(Dynamo seems to only be on Watch now and then)

I have no idea how many of these would now be 're runs' for others who have been viewing TV all through the last 5-10 years, and of course, with 'new' shows such as Continuum, how long they last will depend on US viewing figures, as some get killed off far too soon (IMO).

NetworkGuy Sun 14-Oct-12 14:44:46

Looking again at my list, mine also seem to be of the American escapist category (+ crime of course), but I do enjoy some Brit content, too...

Similarly for my taste in films... mostly US and mostly 'action' / sci-fi (typically Bruce Willis, etc) though Jason Statham films also on list.

LittleAbruzzenBear Sun 14-Oct-12 14:47:38

Castle looks good and I love Nathan Fillion, but I've missed them all so probably too late to start watching, ditto Homeland. So much UK tv is reality-based, I get sick of it really. I do like Luther though and Above Suspicion.

That are on at the moment?

In no particular order;

Teen Wolf
Vampire Diaries
Once Upon a Time
Doctor Who
Hawaii 5-O

(Bubbling under would be all those US police procedurals, so CSIs, Criminal Minds, shoving Alphas in here too)

I love things like QI and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, but I don't stress if I miss episodes.

Ooohh I'm liking Continuum so far (all of two episodes!) and I've got strangely hooked on Person of Interest (at least another season of that as S2 has just started in the US, although I'm watching it UK pace)

LittleAbruzzenBear Sun 14-Oct-12 15:09:06

I forgot Grimm, Sherlock, Merlin and Hawaii 5-0. I like CSI: Miami too. I will have to check out Continuum.

snapespeare Sun 14-Oct-12 15:24:02

Doctor who
Anything Derren brown
anything Tim minchin

In the past
Six feet under
Lost (but felt utterly betrayed by the ending)

I can't run to 10. smile

FrankelSaysRelax Sun 14-Oct-12 15:24:03

Doctor Who
Buffy (when it was on)
Big Bang Theory
West Wing (when it was on)

NetworkGuy Sun 14-Oct-12 16:12:15

OP - while Castle sometimes has some corny lines, it's worth going back to the start (think they have shown 4 or more series in the last few months, one after another, like a continuous loop [Criminal Minds also] so you could most likely go back to the very start if you can spare the time.

Worth checking on > Wikipedia < for the first series episode names (only 10 in series 1) so you can start from the beginning, seeing as the TV schedules can be especially poor at showing series numbers / episode names.

Nancy66 Sun 14-Oct-12 17:00:01

I don't have 10 current ones. So historically, programmes I have loved and never missed:

The Good Wife
Curb your Enthusiasm
The Big Bang Theory
The Royle Family
Early doors
The Sopranos
Coronation Street

LittleAbruzzenBear Sun 14-Oct-12 19:25:47

Thanks Network I'll check that out.

How could I forget ER Snapespeare! I loved that, especially series 1-4. It was quite a trailblazer in tv at that time, the fast pace and dialogue, the camera-work.....

limitedperiodonly Mon 15-Oct-12 09:16:12

Am in hospital ATM. Poor little me. Address for flowers and chocolate to come. Have enough drugs. Delayed coming in so I could get sky+ down to a reasonable amount. Yes , I am telly-obsessed. Down to 85% that's not enough I told you I was obsessed. Am in showbiz journalism (arts and entertainment when writing for posh papers grin so can watch previews online. Sadly there's no free wifi in here. Bloody nhs cuts. Don't they know I may go into terminal decline? grin.

Will sort this out later. I am ignoring the perfectly reasonably-placed Downton thread on here but have had a massive rant to mnhq about the dolt who posted a spoiler on Aibu. I know Downton is predictable but there are some standards. wink

Anyway looking forward to walking dead and American horror story - content is too adult for the fx channel site so it's on fox international so I can get them today.

True blood and nurse JACKIE.

Homeland, Downton and good cop can be watched on I player but I have to work out how to delete things I've recorded.

Did I say I was obsessed?

BlingBubbles Mon 15-Oct-12 17:47:21

In no particular order:

Greys anatomy,
Private practice,
Game of thrones,
Sons of anarchy,
Modern family
Big Bang theory

BlingBubbles Mon 15-Oct-12 17:47:44

Oh I forgot true blood!

kekouan Mon 15-Oct-12 18:03:34

True Blood
West Wing
Big Bang
Game of Thrones

(and Miranda)


Coronation Street
The Good Wife
Father Ted
Not the 9 O'Clock News
My Name is Earl

Another one here who had Downton spoilt by that thread sad

CookieRookie Mon 15-Oct-12 18:09:41

In no particular order:

Air Crash Investigation (I think I like to torture myself - I'm terrified of flying hmm)
Masterchef Aus
Trauma in the ER
I didn't know I was pregnant
Birth stories
Barefoot Contessa (or as we call it in this house - Bare Fuckin Tessa!)

Love babies and food grin

Finbar Mon 15-Oct-12 18:15:58

Nurse Jackie
The Good Wife
The Thick of it
Nurse Jackie ( again!)
Dr Who
Criminal Minds (SO GOOD!)
The Middle

So many US programmes though! oh well.

myalias Mon 15-Oct-12 18:23:20

Nothing at the moment but loved
My so called life
This Life
The Office
Ashes to Ashes
Our friends in the North
The Apprentice
Sex and the City
Prime Suspect

Oh yes, Our Friends in the North, just brilliant. Wish they would repeat it.

limitedperiodonly Tue 16-Oct-12 10:23:56

whoknows it's hard to miss spoilers like "who'd have guessed that everyone died" in thread titles but I've learned to avoid likely threads and topics and be alert to spoilers in copy posted by idiots and do a little hop with my eyes.

I'm enraged by the number of people in my job who can't tell the difference between a review or profile and giving the whole plot away.

Sometimes they do it because they're stupid and sometimes it's because they've a word count and CBa to think of words not lifted from the screening notes.

I used to have a secretary who'd vet contributed copy for spoilers. I miss her.

limitedperiodonly Tue 16-Oct-12 10:30:49

Forgot dexter, weeds and modern family. Am refusing to accept that Shiny Dave really likes it. I think a box set was placed on his shelf along with the other things in the number 10 flat to give the impression that he and his droopy-drawers wife were just like the rest of us.

Limited - yes, it's quite an art trying to write reviews without spoiling, I notice it reading them on Amazon. I did one of those MN book swap things last year and found it quite challenging to review without spoiling. I'm on a long running Corrie thread which we all agreed upfront would be spoiler free and it's nice. I'm on the long Downton one but avoided it on Sun/ Mon on purpose.

Piggychunk Wed 17-Oct-12 08:11:00

The Wire
Band of Brothers
24 ( although didn't like the later series )
True Blood
Game of Thrones
Downton is a fav too

So much good TV!!

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