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What television series would you recommend to someone to start from scratch?

For instance, I’ve never watched Lost but I don’t think I could handle 7+ years or whatever it was of shows mainly because I heard the show ended up like X-Files where the creators were kind of winging it.

Any suggestions?


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on Apr 29, 2012

 Watching thread.

House goes off the air this season. It's all I watch. I don't know what I'm going to do after it's gone.

 

**Highly recommend Firefly , though it's just one season and the 'Serenity' movie. Definitely worth watching. My problem was I was so hooked I ended up watching all of it in a weekend.

 

If you're into it (Japanese series kind of like Ultraman) and going for nostalgia, I would also offer up 'Space Giants'. As a kid, it was the first time I ever saw a series have an actual 'ending', not to mention the ending was epic. These were giant space robots that 'transformed' into rockets. It sounds corny and cheesey (and is to a point) but had great continuation and tied up everything in the final episode and climaxed with an awesome battle on the moon.

on Apr 29, 2012

Pretty hard to recommend without knowing your taste/what you're looking for, but most of the good ones have already been said. Probably my favorite series are (in no particular order):

Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

Babylon 5 (really cheesy to start but just keeps getting better and better)

Firefly (Its cancellation is still one of the great crimes of the new millennium)

Game of Thrones (Just don't watch it with the kids)

 

Drama:

House (The 2nd and 3rd seasons are just pure gold, great mix of cleverness, humor, drama and medical mystery... things start to go downhill around season 5 but it's still worth watching just for Hugh Laurie)

Boston Legal (Great mix of legal drama & sillyness, James Spader and William Shatner are great together)

The Wire (Pure Excellence)

 

Sitcom:

Spin City (Great series until Michael J. Fox had to leave because of his Parkinson's. Didn't work too well after they replaced him with Charlie Sheen)

Big Bang Theory (Because geeks are funny)

Frasier (a classic, consistently funny throughout its 11 seasons)

Arrested Development (slow moving, but the quirky humor snowballs every episode, only 2 1/2 seasons)

on Apr 29, 2012

PoSmedley
Ultraman

Now that brought back some memories.

on Apr 29, 2012

jackswift85
Pretty hard to recommend without knowing your taste/what you're looking for, but most of the good ones have already been said. Probably my favorite series are (in no particular order):

Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

Babylon 5 (really cheesy to start but just keeps getting better and better)

Firefly (Its cancellation is still one of the great crimes of the new millennium)

Game of Thrones (Just don't watch it with the kids)

 

Drama:

House (The 2nd and 3rd seasons are just pure gold, great mix of cleverness, humor, drama and medical mystery... things start to go downhill around season 5 but it's still worth watching just for Hugh Laurie)

Boston Legal (Great mix of legal drama & sillyness, James Spader and William Shatner are great together)

The Wire (Pure Excellence)

 

Sitcom:

Spin City (Great series until Michael J. Fox had to leave because of his Parkinson's. Didn't work too well after they replaced him with Charlie Sheen)

Big Bang Theory (Because geeks are funny)

Frasier (a classic, consistently funny throughout its 11 seasons)

Arrested Development (slow moving, but the quirky humor snowballs every episode, only 2 1/2 seasons)

 

+1 for the scifi choices and Frasier, House is obviously good choice too, dont know much about the rest, might give it a try myself

when we are at the sitcoms, i would add the english ones, especially Black Books, IT Crowd and Father Ted - they are brilliant. Different kind of humor to both shows like Frasier and BBT, but equally good, if not better on occasion 

on Apr 29, 2012

I can't recommend season 1 of Doctor Who. 1964 was not a great year for television and many of the episodes were destroyed by the Cybermen in an attempt to take control of Earth. I would start in the 70's with color and a more entangled plot. There is a convenient time shift at which you can start watching, though i forget where it is. From there you only have about 30 seasons to present events. Certainly the best show ever made. Also, the longest show ever made. You really can't go wrong there.

on Apr 29, 2012

Doctor... who?

on Apr 29, 2012

Folks mentioned some shows on Fx like Sons of Anarchy, so I'll throw Justified out there. 

on Apr 29, 2012

Rule number one of watching Doctor Who:

 

Don't ask what his name is.

on Apr 29, 2012

WebGizmos

WebGizmo that ending was so terrible!  In the finale when the villain was backed into a corner, she should have chosen to prematurely age herself, claim another credible identity like her own mother, and when the hero demands fingerprints show the police they've been aged away.

 

Edit: Because there is a warrant out for her arrest >>> some prisons are without bars.

on Apr 29, 2012

seanw3
Rule number one of watching Doctor Who:

 

Don't ask what his name is.

 

The name is obviously... Tom Baker... the only real Dr.

on Apr 29, 2012

scorpNZ
Who can forget the A-Team or the Original Mission Impossible

I try....

on Apr 29, 2012

I try harder

on Apr 29, 2012

I always thought Face was a remarkably charming fella

on Apr 29, 2012

Hell on Wheels.

Can't believe it took 59 replies to show up.  Season 1 was awesome.  Great cast, well-written, quirky.

Picked up for season 2, not sure when 1st episode airs.

on Apr 29, 2012


Quoting scorpNZ, reply 43Who can forget the A-Team or the Original Mission Impossible


I try....

 

& for starkers

 

 

In that case how bout the 6 million dollar man or buck rogers 

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