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Jeff C.
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I'm interested to hear what everyone's favorite show is. For me, it's Game of Thrones. Before Breaking Bad went off the air, I would have said that, but now it's over.

What about you guys?

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The best show on the air right now is probably Game of Thrones. Overall, sum-of-all-qualities style. What's supposed to compete with it? But it's certainly not for everyone. Archer's the same way, though they're certainly tiring out the premise.

Agents of SHIELD could have been a popular answer, but it's just a bad show.

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Your title is asking what is the best show but your first sentence is saying favorite show. Not to nitpick, but for me those are two different things. [Razz]

The best show is GoT. My favorite show is The Newsroom.

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I'd say "Sherlock."

Second place: "Hannibal"
Third place: "Game of Thrones"

Honorable mentions: "Shameless" and "Adventure Time." I don't think either show gets the accolades it deserves.

I recently marathoned "Breaking Bad" after not watching its initial run. It would certainly warrant a spot if it was still on.

I'd say those shows are a perfect combination of entertainment and quality. Of course, there are plenty of other shows that I obsessively love while recognizing their terribleness.

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I'm hard pressed to really give the title to anything right now. But "Newsroom" is probably where I'd put the "best of" marker.
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Sherlock, Newsroom and GoT for me.
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I hate Game of Thrones. Just wanted to put that out there.
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As a book reader now there are several points in the adaption process that irk me a lot.
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Justified.
Walking Dead.
Masters of Sex.
Americans.

And for the record I am very much enjoying Agents of SHIELD, which, while not on my list of best, is in no way bad.

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Oh man, I forgot Justified. Just another couple months for a new season to start.
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While there are many shows I am watching right now, these are the ones that I always go to first on my DVR.

The Good Wife
Newsroom
Saving Hope (downloaded from Canada)

I also enjoy Masters of Sex, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead but I tend to let them build up on my DVR. I only get 1 show a night, and then if I am lucky.

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Samprimary
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Agents of SHIELD is actually the kind of show I don't know how I could ever consider it good. The most aptly it's been described is as CSI: Marvel

I don't consider it as horrible as others do but when even AVC is getting extremely tired of it, and it's well on track to have lost half its viewers, yeahh.

Walking Dead goes in the ambiguous category of something I see the obvious qualities of but just can't stand. That was mainly a character issue. Like, as in it had character(s) that violently chased me off of watching the show, with prejudice.

Newsroom is good. Sherlock carries on adroitly and continues to be bolstered by sharp writing and lucy liu.

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Newsroom is not good Samp what are you saying?
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You're confusing Elementary with Sherlock.
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ah gdi. yes I meant the one not with bendytoots crumblebarf.

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Newsroom is not good Samp what are you saying?
You're right, sorry. I must have taken leave of my senses. Newsroom is literal vomit oozing out of a tv set
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Literal? That doesn't happen to my tv set.
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Newsroom's that reality tv show starring juggalos living in a manhattan flat running a 'massage' parlor, right? The one with the One Direction song as the opener?
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Aros
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Doctor Who is the best show on tv. Your argument is invalid.
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I think "Suits" is the best show on TV currently. Perfect cast and great writing. Plus the theme song is catchy.
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quote:
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Doctor Who is the best show on tv. Your argument is invalid.

I call this Nerdholm Syndrome
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I still watch Supernatural as it airs, I don't do that with Walking Dead or Doctor Who.
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Ehh, Doctor Who is WAY more consistent. Pfffft . . . Game of Thrones has only had, what, three good seasons?
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I've decided to revise my "best of" label. Well not so much revise as add an addendum to.

If we're giving comedy shows a separate category, I'll add "The Crazy Ones."

I'm not a huge fan of Robin Williams these days. I absolutely love some of his movies from the 90s and early aughts, but he has this schtick that's just overplayed for me. I feel like people laugh at him sometimes out of obligation or expectation instead of him actually being funny.

But the cast has absolutely outstanding, out of this world chemistry. They fit together perfectly, and they are written perfectly. It's too bad Sarah Michelle Gellar mostly has to play the straightman on the show, while the men mostly get to act like children, but it's still hilarious.

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If comedy gets its own category then Modern Family is at the top, hands down. I could watch that show all day.
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I think Robin Williams' comedy is atrocious (I haven't seen "Crazy Ones") but when he plays a straight character I've found him to be really good. Insomnia, One Hour Photo, The Final Cut. The movies weren't all perfect movies, but he was great in them.

Hobbes [Smile]

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I mean stuff like Mrs. Doubtfire is still hilarious, and he's done a lot of other really funny stuff. His silly-serious movies like Patch Adams are amazing.

"Crazy Ones" is worth watching for the ensemble cast. Give it three episodes (I didn't like the first one).

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Sitcoms?

Modern Family
New Girl
Brooklyn Nine Nine

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I didn't like either of the movies you just mentioned. I stand by my original statement.

I can only think of two comedies I enjoyed that had him as some level of star. Back when Disney was making the definitive kid's summer films I liked Aladdin (the movies wasn't exactly a comedy, but the kids movies always had a lot of comedy in them, and his was definitely a comedic role). The only other one was the comedy/drama The Birdcage in which he played, amusingly as a homosexual, the straight man to Nathan Lane's comic character. All the rest of his comedy I find over the top, overly manic, and under thought.

Hobbes [Smile]

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Arrested Development just came out with a new season. They haven't announced a follow-up, but streaming is a new medium. I'd say it should still be counted as "on the air". It would have my vote as best current comedy. Some critics hated the new season -- I thought it was genius. The new format gave them room to do what they did before only better; the script was extremely layered, with each episode building off the ones before. It was a carefully orchestrated comedy that re-contextualized every incident so perfectly as to create a miasma of plot and perspective. Freaking brilliant.

Our last discussion about comedies, Arrested Development seemed to be the all-time favorite. I favored Spaced and Black Adder, but I was in the minority. . . .

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Robin Williams is a fantastic standup. As far as his acting? He coasts by purely because of his enormous charisma. It's too bad he hasn't had any truly solid roles. Sure, a few dramas, but nothing where he's really had to flex.

I'm thinking he needs to be a Marvel superhero. . . .

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You haven't seen "Father of the Year", have you?
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My List:

1) Game of Thrones
2) Homeland
3) House of Cards
4) Orange is the new Black

I MIGHT add Almost Human after a few more episodes. I enjoyed the pilot episode on Sunday night quite a bit. And, well....Karl Urban.

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I enjoyed the pilot as well. They cast the roles well, thus far.
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Robin Williams as a superhero huh?

Super Fury Manic Man!

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this is weird but honestly my favorite show still airing new episodes right now is Comedy Bang Bang on IFC.

and I also watch real shows!

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Louie (if we're not counting british television)

Also, since Stone Wolf brought it up, The Americans is a solid show.

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For comedy, it's Modern Family and The Middle. The Middle is terribly underrated.
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A few shows I'm really into right now:

Arrow
Once Upon a Time
Brooklyn Nine Nine (best new comedy I've seen)
The Blacklist (amazing new show)

Anybody watched these?

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Even though it's not as strong as it was last season, the show I am currently watching that best balances execution, conception, and polish for me is Elementary.
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Justified for me, although I'm not sure it will ever re-gain the heights of the second season.
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quote:
Originally posted by Jeff C.:
A few shows I'm really into right now:

Arrow
Once Upon a Time
Brooklyn Nine Nine (best new comedy I've seen)
The Blacklist (amazing new show)

Anybody watched these?

I will have to give Arrow another try. The pilot last year did not do much for me.

I am not enjoying Once Upon a Time this season. Not being in the "real world" loses its charm for me. Hopefully they will get back to that. I was hoping every season would see them interacting a little bit more with the rest of the planet.

I agree with Brooklyn Nine Nine.

Have not seen The Blacklist.

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I think that Key and Peele probably the funniest show on television--everything is at least pretty funny, and at times it's intelligent, insightful, pointed, and witty all in one.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Jeff C.:
A few shows I'm really into right now:

Arrow
Once Upon a Time
Brooklyn Nine Nine (best new comedy I've seen)
The Blacklist (amazing new show)

Anybody watched these?

I will have to give Arrow another try. The pilot last year did not do much for me.

I am not enjoying Once Upon a Time this season. Not being in the "real world" loses its charm for me. Hopefully they will get back to that. I was hoping every season would see them interacting a little bit more with the rest of the planet.

I agree with Brooklyn Nine Nine.

Have not seen The Blacklist.

I agree that Once Upon A Time loses some of its charm when it's not in the real world. At the same time, Peter Pan is a damn interesting character.

Arrow got really good, especially so far in season 2. They've explored a lot of darker themes that you normally wouldn't see in a superhero show, such as Smallville. Also, Ollie is a flawed character (unlike Clark Kent). The story actually moves forward at a fairly rapid pace, but it doesn't feel rushed. Because they have flashbacks to his time on the island, you see two stories---one is an origin story, while the other is the present superhero-in-action story. It's great, because we're not forced into watching four seasons of Ollie becoming Green Arrow. Season 2 also introduces more superheroes, and is about to introduce the Flash, who will then get his own spinoff show. Huzzah!

The Blacklist is amazing. It's basically James Spader being awesome with other people who aren't James Spader running around and being less awesome. You need to watch it. He's Walter White level cool.

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quote:
Originally posted by JonHecht:
I think that Key and Peele probably the funniest show on television--everything is at least pretty funny, and at times it's intelligent, insightful, pointed, and witty all in one.

Agreed!
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lolmost human is lookin' good so far
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quote:
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lolmost human is lookin' good so far

It's expensive and it's on Fox, so it will get cancelled.
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Anyone else excited for True Detective?
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Shows I keep up with (that means I watch an average of one episode a week, though it may not be the day it airs and is almost NEVER at the time it airs):

Supernatural
Doctor Who
Sleepy Hollow
Sherlock (laughs sadly)

Shows that I like and watch, but don't try to keep up with regularly:

Walking Dead (though this is mainly because my daughter and husband really like it, I'm kind of indifferent)
Elementary
Arrow

I suspect that Almost Human might make it into List #2.

<looks back over list>

WOW. I am a nerd.

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sherlock is the show you can keep up with and presumably be a hibernatory creature as well
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