3 TV Shows You Should be Watching.
Part II

I hate it when people say there’s no good television.  Television is better now than it’s ever been.  Granted, when you look at it proportionately it kindda sucks.  There are approximately 1 billion channels and possibly 10 or 20 really good shows.

But still.  That’s 10 or 20 really good shows!  Probably even more, I’m feeling kind of stingy with my accolades today.  It’s my nature.  I think it’s from living in the Northern Hemisphere without adequate Vitamin D.

A few months ago I introduced you to 3 Shows You Should Be Watching that you possibly weren’t.  They’re the kind of shows that you cannot WAIT for them to air.  Lost was one of those shows as well, but I didn’t include it because I figured you’d already seen Lost.  Not exactly a “hidden gem”.  But while we’re on the subject, if you haven’t watched Lost, you should stop reading this post and go out and buy the DVD set or download it right NOW.  Lost has the most captivating series pilot I’ve ever seen in my life.  I DARE you to watch the first episode and not be hooked.

I got off track there for a second … I got Lost I guess you could say -heh, heh.  So, today I have for you another 3 shows you should be watching.  If you don’t like these shows, you’re stupid.

Sorry … I should really start taking Vitamin D.


How to Make it in America


from HBO

How to Make it in America follows Ben and Cameron, 20-something Brooklyn guys as they try to start a clothing line in New York City.  Any show that stars Kid Cudi and Luis Guzman is O.K. with me. GREAT show opening too.

How to Make it in America Show Opening

How to Make it in America Season 1 Trailer




from FX

 Damages stars Glenn Close as a lunatic. sociopathic lawyer.  Each season revolves around a single case.  It is easily one of the best shows I’ve ever watched.  Completely and totally addictive.  The first season also stars Ted Danson who is fantastic.

Damages Season 1 Trailer


Bored to Death

dramedy/ heavy on the comedy 

from HBO


Bored to Death is a comedy starring Jason Schwartzman as a struggling writer who decided to try his hand at being a private investigator.  Also starring in the show are Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson.  Both are brilliant, but especially Ted Danson.  Who knew Ted Danson was such a great actor?

 Behind the Scenes of Bored to Death



So there you have it.  3 television shows to consider the next time you think “Uch, there’s nothing on television“.    If you don’t like these shows, you’re almost stupid.  Better, yes?


  1. Jo says:

    Okay, you have some good shows listed, but I’m totally surprised that NO ONE even mentioned my favorite! Starts again January 5th on public tv, Downton Abbey! Those of us that love it are addicted to it! I highly recommend it! You can catch up on it by renting it, going to your public library and checking it out or watching on Sunday nights the older episodes. Please try DOWNTON ABBEY! You won’t regret it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jo. This is just one of many lists of TV shows you should be watching from my site. Downton Abbey is indeed on another list. :) In fact, if you look at the bottom of this post, the next list of shows is probably in the “other links you’d like” section, just before the comments. ~ karen!

  2. Nikki Kelly says:

    Speaking of good shows to watch, you should have a list of shows that are completely rediculous but incredibly enjoyable. Mine:
    1. Gossip Girl
    2. Revenge
    3. It’s a tie between Hawaii 5-0 and Person of Interest

    Nikki @ the ambitious procrastinator

  3. Seb says:

    You should all check out Community. It’s just brilliant…and also if there’s anyone who hasn’t seen it yet Battlestar Galactica is my all time favourite..

  4. Tobi says:

    Love Damages, but can NOT watch it at night, because I think about it…I’m not scared (obviously), because it isn’t a horror show, but it gets my mind moving, and then I can’t shut her down. Netflix is so great for shows like this. I am also loving MadMen, even though I didn’t think I would.

  5. Caroline says:

    I am going to have to watch a few of these – I haven’t been pulling my weight in tv viewing lately! My husband is hooked on Boardwalk Empire and my guilty pleasure is True Blood or “the vampire porn show” as my fella calls it!

  6. Sarah says:

    Bored to Death sounds awesome…sadly I don’t think we have it here in Australia :(

  7. Anemone says:

    I really was looking for a new series to get obsessed with. I’ll check them out. I love the walking dead too. Might be going on a series marathon soon.

  8. Jerrica says:

    I love TV these days! So much to watch so little time. Good time to own a DVR :) I was so mad when Bored to Death got cancelled! Check out Downtown Abbey and Dexter.

  9. Patti says:

    I love Damages, can’t say enough about the acting, the writing, everyone is perfectly cast in that one. Hell on Wheels is another perfectly awesome show and the lead actor is a stone cold fox. I never miss Sons of Anarchy either, also with a lead I wouldn’t kick out of bed. Another very good series called Brotherhood, played on Showtime but it ended around 2009, Netflix has it. Absolutely wonderful and yes, I watch entirely too much tv!

  10. Korrine Johnson says:

    I am loving Shameless, and the new series House of Lies. LOVING. THEM.

  11. Karen says:

    My husband and I just finished watching the series finale of Lost a couple nights ago. It took us a few months to watch the whole series… but it was so worth it! It was the best show I’ve ever seen.

    Thanks for the TV tips Karen. Gotta love Jason Schwartzman!

  12. Annie says:

    I agree with you; yes, the sheer number of bad shows have increased but there are also lots of fantastic shows. More than ever before!

    We are addicted to “The Good Wife”; start with the 1st season and just crank your way through to the current one. And don’t let the title put you off; the lead character is not some meek little housewife as I erroneously thought when I first heard the title of the show. Husband and I are both hooked.

    “Breaking Bad”, best thing on TV. Amazing show. Like Good Wife, get the 1st season and allow yourself to get totally sucked in. Bye, bye, see you in a few weeks when you catch up!

    “Justified”, riveting, awesome, wonderful. Equally awesome to the other two. Previous seasons also on DVD for rent.

    Those are my top three at the moment. :)

    Could not get into “The Wire” even though we watched Season One and we’ve heard over and over it’s the “best show ever shown on TV” yatta yatta. Season One was good but oh-so-depressing. Then Season Two started out the same way and I just couldn’t do it again, so it’s on hold. We want to try again someday but honestly…like “Boss” it’s very well done but so freakin’ dark and depressing, I like my drama mixed up with at least a little bit of humor or lightness or normalcy, not just relentless “LIFE SUCKS” repeat repeat repeat.

  13. jen says:

    LOVE Bored to Death! So sad that it’s no more. :( Will also ditto the comment about BBC Sherlock. I’m absolutely obsessed with Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead.
    As for LOST, you can watch the entire series on Hulu.com!

  14. Lauren says:

    Just discovered American horror story on fx. Actually scary and a lot of fun!!!!

  15. amanda says:

    oh i’m going to look these up. i’m always looking for new shows to watch! thanks for sharing!

  16. julie says:

    LOVE Damages!!! [ew, Ted Danson’s character was so very creepy!] And I was so surprised to find out that Ellen [Rose Byrne] is Australian! Excellent boring American accent :) I like Downton Abbey mostly for the sets/costumes.

  17. Janet says:

    Thanks for the list..I will have to check these out. Right now, I am infatuated with Downton Abbey.

  18. Anna says:

    No one has mentioned Downton Abbey, I think it is the best thing happening right now, I eagerly await the next episode!!! And the clothes and settings, amazing!

  19. How to Make it got cancelled :( I loved it too!

  20. Joanne says:

    Perfect timing. We just finished the entire five seasons of Friday Night Lights which was not the BEST television ever (the BEST in my humble opinion is The Wire – HBO) but very entertaining. And this coming from a non-football fan. It’s on Netflix!

    • Karen says:

      Joanne – The Wire is actually widely agreed upon as being the best television show ever made by fans and critics alike. ~ karen

      • Joanne says:

        I am a genius then. :)

        • Patti says:

          True. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show as good as the Wire. Ever. It’s just so good.

          I’m digging Prison Break, right now. Six Feet Under Dead like me, BUFFY, Californication, Carnivale..

          Rookie Blue is kind of like Grey’s Anatomy with cops in Canada, but hey – I like cops, and CANADA, so WOAH! (And that Sam is a hunk of a fellow..)

          Also, I am continually impressed and blown away by Flashpoint. Filmed in the Toronto area and so well put together and filmed. Definitely one of my favourites. IN THE WORLD. (HD is hot, too)

          Canadian television lives!!!! LOVE IT!

  21. kelly says:

    Another t.v. paradox is the sets we are watching are either really, really big or really, really small. Honestly, watching a show on your cell phone? Of the networks shows, I thought someone would mention Modern Family. It has got to be one of the funniest shows ever on television. The Good Wife and Prime Suspect are also great dramas with strong female leads.

    • Karen says:

      Kelly – Love Modern Family. The shows I mention in these posts are usually things that are more off the radar. Things people wouldn’t have heard of or known about. That’s all. ~ karen!

  22. KatyKazoo says:

    Well, if everyone has not seen “Justified”, they will be dee-lighted when they watch the last two seasons and start watching this season. Timothy Olyphant is one of those actors who could read a phone book but instead is provided with stellar script.

    Also, “Sons of Anarchy”. Riveting!

    • linda says:

      KatyKazoo those are exactly the two I am currently hooked on.

      Katey Sagal is outstanding in Sons. Who knew.

      There is another British show (I mention Misfits as the first one on the previous tv post) called Outnumbered. A family with three hilarious children. Partially improvised too which makes it even better.


  23. Susan says:

    People, people, people…. have none of you seen “Planet Earth” ???? The soothing voice-over, amazing cinematography and beautiful places within our reach leaves me speechless. every. time. Even my teenager likes to watch it !! (mom-bonus-alert! we actually spend time together without drama)
    On the totally opposite end of the spectrum, I cannot not watch “Revenge” and live vicariously through the main character “Emily” ! She vows to (and accomplishes) individually pick off all who participated in and killed the first man she ever loved with her whole heart, her father. I mentally replace a characters face with the face of one of my own choosing and then ……well let’s just say, I get it all off my chest during the show and I feel my own desire for revenge is somehow satiated and resolved. The slate is clean…I know, I know, it sounds sick but hey it works for me !!

  24. Jane says:

    Damages is good but nothing, I repeat nothing, beats Breaking Bad – which I also got from you.

  25. Tickled Red says:

    I’m with you Lost was super…and then well, I was going in circles at the end. You know, Lost ;D Okay you have me intrigued, I’ll give these 3 a try. I’m off to be a couch potato.

    • Karen says:

      Good for you! Winter is definitely couch potato time. Winter and rainy days. Winter and rainy days and days where it’s sunny but there’s something good on television. ~ karen

  26. Roxanne Lucchesi says:

    I agree. Sherlock is amazing. I cannot wait for season 2 to come to the US. I hear it is even better than the 1st season.

  27. ELISE says:


  28. Susie says:

    These all look great Karen…..alas, I don’t get HBO. : (
    But, I’m loving Once Upon a Time and Alcatraz – both are great and I don’t have to pay extra for the channels they’re on!! : )
    (p.s. Thx for the daily chuckles!)

  29. Kari says:

    Bored to Death is brilliantly funny; I love it! Two others that I highly recommend: Homeland and Game of Thrones.

    • OOOH Game of Thrones! YES! Saw it, loved it. Hubby said the first 15 minutes of the 1st episode was on of the scariest things he’s seen. He isn’t a fan of that sort of fantasy (I won’t repeat what he said when the first Lord of the Rings ended with Frodo and Sam getting in a boat) so he taped the shows for me. And got me the book for xmas. Can’t wait for the next season.

  30. Definitely agree re: Damages. That first season was insane. I usually pride myself on ‘getting it’ before the end but it had so many twists and turns…

    It is on Netflix too :-)

  31. Rebecca says:

    I have been trying to get my friends to watch Damages for months now! I think it’s easily the best show I’ve ever watched. Thank you for putting it on the list.

  32. Karen says:

    YES.. YES… Bored to Death is a great little show! I love Danson’s completely neurotic character!! {{SADLY}} There will never be another Six Feet Under…..

  33. Barbie says:

    …..so I guess I “should” watch the trailers….OK….I’ll watch the trailers.

  34. Barbie says:

    I almost don’t want to watch these trailers….because I really LOVE that feeling of “I can’t wait to watch my show tonight” feeling….I am hooked on a couple of really stupid stupid shows….I won’t say what ones because it will make me totally uncool! LOL!

  35. marilyn says:

    too busy watching the chicken video…

  36. I must be living under a rock…I’ve never even heard of any of these….except Lost of course. I’ll check them out though Karen! Thanks! xo

  37. Mary says:

    In my humble opinion, SHAMELESS is the best show on the air. William H. Macey stars – need I say more?

    • [email protected] knack says:

      Yes! SHAMELESS great!

      • Deb says:

        I subscribe to Showtime for a few months every year JUST so I can watch Californication and Shameless. Love them both so much I can’t wait until they come out on DVD…like I do with True Blood…

    • cristinemcc says:

      I watched the BBC “Shameless” & LOVED it! I love William Macy but have been disappointed with the UK to US versions. I’ve found that the UK versions are far superior with the one exception of “Being Human” & I haven’t seen the US version of “Shameless yet.

  38. “I hate it when people say there’s no good television. Television is better now than it’s ever been.”

    Well said Karen! My husband and I often hear this too. The way I see it, is that it is similar to looking in the fridge and saying there’s nothing good to eat.
    To get good TV on the screen viewers have to do a bit of work like buy the cable package, find the shows by checking out the networks webpages, reading reviews. A PVR solves the problem of shows airing at inconvenient times. When that is all done, then there is always something good on TV.

    There are so many good shows airing through out the year I don’t have time to watch them all. Saying there’s nothing good on TV is like saying there are no good books in the library or nothing important or interesting on the internet.

    I’m curious as your lists often include the stuff we like. How do you hear about new shows?
    Btw, did you watch American Horror Story? Oh And Damages is one of THE best!

    • Karen says:

      LeeAnne – The fella is obsessed with television shows. He finds them, I watch them. Sometimes we don’t agree, but not often. (he likes Boss, I think it’s terrible) ~ karen

  39. Trysha says:

    Breaking Bad.
    But above all, Breaking Bad.

    Did I mention Breaking Bad??

  40. Susan says:

    Bored to death! My son in law told me to watch it! I couldn’t find it… I was looking for Boardwalk to Death! Thanks Karen! You are right again… I am stupid!:-)!

  41. Julie shinnick says:

    I agree the beginning of lost was fantastic…..but after a while I got sick of them retracing the story after every ad-break….ugh….What about 6 feet under??

  42. Amie says:

    Get out of my head!

  43. Sandra says:

    I love all these shows! Unfortunately both How To Make It In America AND Bored To Death were cancelled by HBO last month D:

  44. Lisa says:

    Don’t forget the new weekly series ‘The Firm’. It’s a take-off of the John Grisham best-seller, ‘The Firm’, with Mitch as the main character. There’s a large overplot, with weekly shorter sub-plots, and boy, does it keep you on the edge of your seat. Well-written and very good!

  45. Chelle (@Asheyna) says:

    You really should add the BBC’s Sherlock to that list. Utterly brilliant.

    • I loved Sherlock too. I’m afraid I’ve not seen the other ones… Karen, my homework has been set.

    • I agree with Chelle: Sherlock is awesomely good. Martin Freeman has been a favorite since The Office, but just the sheer fact that the lead actor’s name is Benedict Cumberpatch should be enough to entice you.

      • Cassandra says:

        Ahaha! I was just going to comment saying the same thing.
        The BBC version of Sherlock is beyond amazing, the acting, the writing.
        The first season is on Netflix, and the second can be found online or it will be shown on PBS in a few months.

  46. Liapez says:

    This weekend I discovered The Walking Dead and my husband and I got hooked.

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