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Favorite TV shows you’ve watched/are watching
20 April 2013
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Oh, I forgot about Bob's Burgers. How could I, given I watch Archer too (though I didn't much like the crossover episode between the two). I think it's funny Dr. Phil is shown outside the US.

I've never had cable, so I've missed out on a lot of shows and there are just too many to catch up on. My all-time favorite shows are The X-Files and Twin Peaks. But, man, did those crash and burn towards the end.

Of British shows I've loved, when I was a teen, we were lucky to get on PBS Monty Python, Dave Allen at Large (so I especially appreciated Benny Hill's parody of him), Are You Being Served. And later I was a huge fan of As Time Goes By.

Also love The Young Ones and Blackadder. On Hulu, besides the sadly departed Mongrels, I got to catch up on The Inbetweeners, Black Books, Whites, Spaced and a little of Peep Show. But the last one gave me a bit of vertigo, so I stopped and caught up on That Mitchell and Webb Look instead. I still giggle at the Can People Levitate sketch.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

1 September 2013
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Oh I love Bob's Burgers, the best thing about Sundays! Absolutely my favourite program that isn't "Breaking Bad" or "Mad Men". I wish I could see "Archer" too (Jon Benjamin! Jessica Walter!) but my stupid cable TV provider canceled that channel a few weeks after I caught my first episode. Looked enjoyable, too. Grrr.

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1 September 2013
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I hardly ever watch TV anymore nowadays between the job and the 3 year old monopolizing the TV with Disney Junior. (If I never watch Sofia The First ever again, it'll be a blessing.) When I do, it's usually stuff I watch with the wife (Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife), baseball (like vonbontee is with hockey, that's me with baseball), and sometimes the occasional foray into stuff like Man vs. Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Come to think of it, the last show I watched religiously was Ed, and that was in 2000-2001! I used to watch Adult Swim in the Sealab 2021/Tom Goes to the Mayor/Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law/Robot Chicken days, but that channel more or less belongs to my older stepsons now.

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1 September 2013
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I recently ditched my cable and went the Netflix route.  The Canadian selection isn't that great, so I got an IP blocker and signed up for the U.S. version.  What a difference!

I'm just catching up on Breaking Bad before the big finale.  With such a massive selection of shows, I might even try to check out some of the "best" episodes of some long-running series.  I'm thinking I might do overviews of stuff like 'Leave It To Beaver' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'.  And I've only watched about half of the Twilight Zone episodes, so I guess I'll have to add those in as well.

And they even have a handful of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episodes!  YES!!!  Man, I used to love watching that at work, in between loading car parts onto 727s.

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2 September 2013
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My favorites, past and present, include The Odd Couple, The Honeymooners, Monk, Psych, Longmire, White Collar, Person of Interest, NCIS, Frasier, The Big Bang Theory and Keeping Up Appearances.

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2 September 2013
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I like the early series of The Big Bang Theory but the most reason season (6) was pretty poor in comparison. Its one of the most difficult things in TV land, how to keep a show fresh over a long period of time. Its the same with Not Going Out, the most reason without Tim Vine was almost unwatchable and virtually laugh free.

Nowadays the programmes I watch are CSI (the Las Vegas series (Grissom still rules but DB is cool, far better than Langston)), The Apprentice, Masterchef (tho by the end im normally tiring of it) & Only Connect. The Fall on BBC 2 earlier this year was really good. Cant think what else. Columbo is still the master of all detective programmes tho Sherlock is very good and im looking forward to Doctor Who with Peter Capaldi. Generally I tape things off the tv and watch them later, shuffling thru the ads.

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2 September 2013
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One thing I always enjoyed about British TV is how it's often made to run for 2 or 3 short series (or 'seasons', for us on this side of the pond) or 8-10 episodes, with a clearly written story arc and a definite conclusion.

That way, you get a story told with a sense of purpose, and the ending is often figured out by writers well in advance.  By the end, the audience is left wanting more instead of exhausted from 8 seasons and 200 episodes.  

Three excellent examples are the original 'The Office', the brilliant 'Life On Mars' (look it up! It was made into a poor and quickly-cancelled U.S. series) and its own spin-off 'Ashes To Ashes'.  

 

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2 September 2013
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I discovered 'Tbbt' quite late so I've still only seen the first complete series and a few episodea from some of the later ones. I heard everyone talking about it, so I just had to see what all the fuss was about. It's good (and the only example of me liking, or rather "getting" American comedy), but I think it's a bit OTT sometimes, which puts me off a bit.
Telly's not much good here at the moment, though things should improve over the autumn when the school's go back.
The new series of Q.I. is starting on Friday (yay!), so it's not all bad.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

2 September 2013
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I'm catching up on "The Supersizers Go..." series on Hulu. It's addictive! I've watched the Ancient Rome and 80s episodes so far.

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4 September 2013
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I'm still watching Revenge via the internet, as the channel decided to stop showing it halfway through the season, as Dallas ended too and they were always shown after each other.

I really like Dallas too, by the way. Started watching it with my mom because I was bored and couldn't do anything else, but then after a few episodes, I was hooked.

Oh and Revenge is just really good. It's put together so well, can't believe how the writer came up with all those scenarios.

5 September 2013
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I've gotten addicted to another British comedy, Fresh Meat, through Hulu.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

6 September 2013
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^ I find it quite interesting you ''understand'' and, weirder still, like British comedy; all the Americans (and a Canadian) I know really just don't, at all.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

6 September 2013
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fabfouremily said
^ I find it quite interesting you ''understand'' and, weirder still, like British comedy; all the Americans (and a Canadian) I know really just don't, at all.

Honestly, I think it's the childhood love of The Beatles that led to an early appreciation of British humor. As I mentioned upthread, I loved Monty Python, Dave Allen At Large and The Young Ones when I was a teen.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

6 September 2013
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Dave Allen was fantastic as were Monty Python, never liked the Goons tho and never even heard of Fresh Meat (a strange desire exists to call that Meat City).

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6 September 2013
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^^ I caught a little bit of the Goons on YouTube and I kind of got it, but I need to watch more of it. I liked the sketch shows John appeared on like Not Only... But Also - the one where he was jumping around with the balloon and the other where he was the doorman.

Fresh Meat is a dramedy by the Peep Show team about a house of misfit college students. There are two seasons so far and I think they're shooting the third right now. The plots get a bit melodramatic at times, but overall it might be the best show about college life I've seen.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

6 September 2013
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Not Only... But Also with Dudley Moore and Peter Cooke is still very good. I'd like to see more of Do Not Adjust Your Set which has three of the Monty Python team in it. The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, who were of course in Magical Mystery Tour, appeared in each episode.

Don’t make your love suffer insecurities, trade the baggage of self to set another one free. ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)
25 October 2013
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Is it a bit pathetic that all week I look forward to a Friday night so I can watch Room 101 - Have I got News For You - QI?

Maybe I should make more effort with my social life, but it's hard when I can get my pj's on and curl up in front of that instead ahdn_george_08

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25 October 2013
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Most of the shows I am watching at the current moment are mostly Halloweenish: American Horror Story: Coven, Witches of East End, & Ghost Hunters. The Big Bang Theory is the only not Halloweenish. a-hard-days-night-paul-8

meanmistermustard said
I like the early series of The Big Bang Theory but the most reason season (6) was pretty poor in comparison. Its one of the most difficult things in TV land, how to keep a show fresh over a long period of time. Its the same with Not Going Out, the most reason without Tim Vine was almost unwatchable and virtually laugh free.

 

I prefer the early seasons more as well too and glad to know I am not the only one. I like it still even if its to AS funny as it once was. 

 

In regards about Americans liking/understanding British humor, I like a few British shows as well. Monty Python, Fawlty Towers,occasionally I watch Doctor Who or The Graham Gordon Show.  I enjoy the dry humor/sarcastic humor better than the "American" slap stick humor which has been over done; however, one of my favorite American comedians is Roseanne Barr and she does sarcastic comedy. 

25 October 2013
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fabfouremily said 

Maybe I should make more effort with my social life, but it's hard when I can get my pj's on and curl up in front of that instead

That is one of our favorite things on earth to do. Nothing beats a comfy pair of PJ's and a great book/show/album, etc... Especially when the weather is poor.

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25 October 2013
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fabfouremily said
Is it a bit pathetic that all week I look forward to a Friday night so I can watch Room 101 - Have I got News For You - QI?

Maybe I should make more effort with my social life, but it's hard when I can get my pj's on and curl up in front of that instead ahdn_george_08

 

No. Not all of us are creatures of the night (cue Susan Sarandon in about-to-burst bra singing that song in Rocky Horror)... even in my swinging 20s, I wasn't one for late night escapades.

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