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Author Topic: So..... What SERIES show I start now???  (Read 4213 times)
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« on: July 06, 2010, 02:56:35 PM »

Ok....

Tracey and I are stay-at-homers, always have been. We took on Breaking Bad well into the 3rd season by downloading and watching EVERY EPISODE over a 3 day (or so) weekend. Nothing beats watching a series that follows a time-line where every episode is a cliff hanger, especially back to back in a mad-marathon where everything is always fresh in your mind.

Working now on Burn Notice catching up quickly - although it really doesn't FORCE a time-line and not the most serious story lines ever, we have watched earlier shows and newer ones WITHOUT missing much. I enjoyed Monk tremendously although the plotline always exposed the killer around minute 12 of the episode (just an observation) as does Psychic - both series had a storyboard that made solving them simple, but still enjoyable.

Still want to catch the Shield but it hasn't worked out so well for us yet - long story.

But, we enjoy serious stories, some sci-fi twists are okay, but no continual lust or love themes (nothing with the name Housewives in it), teen BS or mindless stuff - we enjoy shows that require thinking, learning the characters and honestly awaiting the next show. I've talked many series we've enjoyed: from shows that were thrown off a cliff like Millennium with Lance Hendericksen, now Flash Forward, and then there's the X-Files, to the gut-twisting series like OZ on HBO - likely my favorite series ever,  the great Dexter and the first 3 seasons of Weeds - since then, toss it in the trash where it belongs.

I can't name all the great series, the first one I remember enjoying when relatively young was Family with the Oh-so-cute Christie McNicole (replaced in my heart by Ally Sheedy from Wargames) but so much for my youthful crushes.

Of course there was Columbo who ALWAYS showed you WHO did it, but then you watched Columbo figure it out - where Banacheck (sp) showed the crime take place, but it was almost impossible to figure out HOW it actually was done. There was Mission Impossible (I thought much better than Man from Uncle) and lots of great TV through the eighties and nineties although much was comical or at least very light in tone.

Just looking for series that have taken you to placed only books can. Gladly will love to hear about movies you enjoyed that never made it to my screen too.

SO, WHAT SERIES DO YOU SUGGEST and HOW ABOUT MOVIES THAT MAY HAVE NOT MADE A BIG DENT IN THE THEATERS?

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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010, 04:33:20 PM »

You'll never try it but "Glee." A friend told me to watch it for my stepdaughter. Now even my boyfriend is hooked, though he'll deny being a Gleek until the day he dies. He is the one that remembers to turn the show on  grin

Friday Night Lights, especially the first season, available on Netflix. I couldn't get into-or figure out-Lost... until we watched it three episodes at a time, then it was great. Then I got lost again.

I had a crush on Mannix when I was seven. Mike Connor's old pictures still make my heart go all a-flutter. I don't know why I'm the only one.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010, 05:30:09 PM »

Warehouse 13
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2010, 06:02:22 PM »

Me and my 3 year old are watching season 1 of Star Trek TNG right now as I type.   He is wearing his brown Stark Trek shirt (with the classic Enterprise) and has learned everybodies names now.  One of the few shows out there that he can watch and I can tolerate.
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2010, 06:10:22 PM »

i like warehouse 13 and Eureka.  both start this week.  one tonight, i think.
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2010, 09:16:29 PM »

Let me see if I can cover these so far...

We watch Glee, very talented crew indeed and nice escape from a serious world of drama TV.

Warehouse 13 (interestingly) was one I looked over today at Fancast, but then realize they don't have too many episodes, so I need to go hunting.

Eureka (as well as a show I really enjoyed the 4400) hit Sci-Fi around the same time and I caught few Eureka's, time to check it again.

StarTrek TNG was a great series which I have seen every episode of many times - I have to say though my favorite was Voyager, I just think their stories were so much richer, although the cast of TNG was perfectly built! Deep Space Nine was almost painful to watch, it was like going to a funeral every night with such dark times in the Universe.

Friday Night Lights, I guess the "theme" of anything football turned us off from watching it, but I'm sure that it had little to do about sports and more interactions.

I wanted to mention other shows I enjoyed over the years, Picket Fences, Northern Exposure, Third Watch, The GREAT "Jericho" (who's second season was SAVED by FAN-MAIL to CBS) So many shows, not even counting the MADE FOR TV from Book stuff - which I think The STAND and "IT" were two of the better ones - more so because of Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown in It - wow what a character.

Just had John From Cincinnati flash through my head - I still don't know what to think of that show: I though that it took a long time to set interesting characters in to place - too long. By time the first season finale' aired, I had enough interest to await a second season... too bad I heard 3 weeks earlier it had been canceled. 
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2010, 05:17:07 PM »

Here's a couple of musicals.."Little Shop of Horrors" "The Best Little brothel in Texas" and "1776"

Si Fi  "Frankenfish" and "Anaconda" the first one and "The day the Earth Stood Still" original

Funny stupid  "Baseketball"

Horror "Dead Alive"  "Army of Darkness"

As you may notice these are a little off the beaten path.  I'm also the only one in my area with a gravel driveway.
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2010, 07:07:17 PM »

Or you can wait until 17 September 2010, for the second half of Caprica to come back on TV.
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2010, 07:14:01 PM »

i am going to try Haven on syfi.  i don't do to many new shows, but this looks like it has potential.
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2010, 08:30:06 PM »

Some of these are good, some interesting, and others to pass the time.

Reaper
Dead Like me
Tru Calling
Threshold
These have all canceled. Still running...

In Plain Sight
White Collar
The Good Guys... New this season 4 episodes so far
Memphis Beat... New this season 3 or 4 shows

 
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2010, 08:41:49 PM »

I love Hulu.com - They have every last episode of stargate SG-1 - spun off from the movie which I thought should have been 3 hours long to get all the story in. I enjoyed the dresden files, which is an actual wizard who is a consultant to the (SF?PD) it was cancelled but they have all of it and if I remember correctly each episode stands alone. They have the Firefly series. - How about I make this short? They have series upon series' upon series you can choose from - (even I dream of Jeannie and other oldies- if you want retro) If Hulu has stock I really should buy some - have a look at their inventory - there's a good chance something will spark your interest.
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« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2010, 09:49:39 PM »

It is amazing how many scifi people are on here and into bees.  Maybe that is why my wife is not into the bees?
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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2010, 10:51:09 PM »

I just love the Tudors. You can rent the first 3 seasons on Netflix. I am now waiting for the 4th season to come out.
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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2010, 11:07:47 PM »

i like warehouse 13 and Eureka.  both start this week.  one tonight, i think.

Warehouse 13 wasn't cancelled? started again?  grin
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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2010, 11:08:41 PM »

Some great stuff above - I have to start with Army of Darkness, a cute followup to the best campy horror film ever EVIL DEAD 2. Dead/Alive for those who haven't seen it is known as the most guts and gore movie ever (strickly head count) but also campy, humor such as someone grabbing you by the head and pulling your head off with your entire spine and the infamous running through the house with a lawn mower held high in the air slicing and dicing anything that got in its way.

Baseketball was cool mainly for my love of Matt Stone and Trey Parker (creators and voices of South Park  for those who don't know) two geniuses of cartoon comedy that parodies current events like no other show.

Anaconda may not have been my favorite genre of its type, but seeing John Voight get it was worth the wait. Hope I'm not mixing up 1 and 2?

There was an earlier film than the Day the Earth Stood Still with Peter Graves as a scientist who thought he was talking to Mars, but actually was talking with a Russia or German outpost on a mountain cliff - the amazing part was they had a HDTV (I'm talking flat panel on the wall in HD (as a really good old B&W movie gets - which is pretty dang good) the TV was wall mounted and he had a WIRELESS channel changer, and apparently was watching a LIVE broadcast over a network or more advanced TV Station) amazing, amazing, amazing - I have to search this, hold on....

1952 RED PLANET MARS http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045073/ - if you can find this at hulu or fancast, check it out if only for the amazing technology that they foresaw in this.
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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2010, 11:28:22 PM »

We love to rent the cheesiest "B" movies for a laugh. One favorite (there are many) is "Zombie strippers from hell".

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« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2010, 12:13:42 AM »

i do that too, or watch the syfy movies on the weekend.  they are the worst!  my husband wonders why i pay for netflix if that's the kind of stuff i am going to watch   evil
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« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2010, 12:44:11 AM »

We love to rent the cheesiest "B" movies for a laugh. One favorite (there are many) is "Zombie strippers from hell".

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« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2010, 08:37:22 AM »

It is amazing how many scifi people are on here and into bees.  Maybe that is why my wife is not into the bees?

  My wife is the same way I get the eye roll when I get psyced up about stuff like the si fi original "Dinocrock vs Supergator"
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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2010, 10:49:21 AM »

Not sure about the timeline aspect, but I enjoyed Human Target.  I thought it seemed like a Bondesque movie every Wednesday, only better.  Smiley  I liked it, because it did not seem to take itself too seriously.  It was fun to watch and had fairly interesting characters. 

Other than that don't always have time to watch...
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