3 TV Shows you should be watching part VIII

I started my 3 TV Shows You Should be Watching series 4 years ago as a way to convince people that Yes, there are worthwhile things to watch on television.  You just have to know where to look.  And by worthwhile I don’t mean television that will inspire you, teach you, change the world, or help you find God.  It isn’t elitist television.  It’s just good television.

Good television can be thought provoking, engrossing, stupid and funny.  Much like the man you love I’m sure.

Before I get to the latest list I thought it would be a good idea to recap the list of 19 shows on my Shows You Should be Watching lists so far.  If you click on the link in each show title it will bring you to the original post on it with a description of the show and video.

 

Nurse Jackie – I still love this show fiercely.

Boardwalk Empire – Even with one of my favourites, Steve Buscemi, this show lost me in the 3rd or 4th season.

Breaking Bad – For once the critics got it right.  Voted the best television series of all time by many.

How to Make it in America – Cute, little known show that’s worthy of searching out.

Damages – Great series I still think back on.

Bored to Death– Like “How to make it in America”, another small, short lived series that’s worth finding.

Downton Abbey – What’s to say?  I can only say good things about each and every episode.

Summer Heights High – The epitome of stupid, funny television.

The Killing – The most haunting show I’ve ever watched.  The look, the feel, the topic.  It’s wonderful.

The Wire – Watch it.  Just watch it. Also one of the best series ever made.

The Big C – Funny, poignant, horrifically sad.

Homeland – Homeland has lost me this season.  I wouldn’t care if Carrie tripped on a flatbread and toppled headfirst into a malaria well.

Call the Midwife – Perfect.  Just perfect.

Scandal – I still think Scandal is a great show but it still isn’t on the same level as shows on specialty networks like FX, HBO or Showtime.

Brooklyn 99 – Still my go to show when I need a quick and guaranteed laugh.

Orphan Black – Good on you Canada.  One of the best shows on television.

Veep – Very close to being the funniest show on television thanks to inspired casting. And writing.  And everything else.

Moone Boy – Touching, warm, thoughtful, funny.  Everything someone who reads Maeve Binchy wants.

The Mindy Project – The funniest show on television. Full stop.

Now I know at this point all of you are screaming in your head OMG!  WHERE’S JUSTIFIED?!  WHERE’S GAME OF THRONES?  WHERE’S THE LITTLEST HOBO?  If they aren’t on the list I either a) don’t like them  b) like them but not enough to recommend everyone watch them or c) haven’t watched them.  You can feel free to add your favourites into the comment section.

So what do I have for you this time around?

A show I hated the first go round then gave it another shot.  And I’m glad I did.

A show recommended by my friend Jamieson who tends to have similar tastes as I do.

A show apparently everyone in my family was watching but me. Even Fish  Pedicure, who normally only watches movies and tv shows that feature actors so old most of them died from rickets.  Again, I didn’t like the first episode but pushed through and am now HOOKED.

Here we go.

 

F A R G O

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Fargo tells the story about a series of unlikely and brutal murders that take place in a small Minnesota town. Part comedy, part drama, all entertaining. Despite what it says at the opening of the show this is not based on a true story. That is an homage to the movie Fargo which said the same thing at the beginning of the film.  Which also was not based on a true story.

 

American Horror Story

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American Horror Story is a show that changes completely from season to season. The storyline, characters, plot, location … EVERYTHING … changes every single season.  Many of the cast members stay on and play different characters from one season to the next. The one thing that stays the same is that every season is  dark.  Truly, deeply dark and scary. From the creators of the show Glee comes something gruesome. I love it.

 

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Around Christmastime my family was sitting around and somehow the topic of this show came up.  One by one everyone mentioned they were watching it.  My sister Pink Tool Belt said she was on the phone to her son in Vancouver one night and they realized they were both watching it. Fish Pedicure and her kids watched it.  EVERYONE knew about this show but me.  Why would no one tell me?  What else was going on in the family that I didn’t know about.  Was I adopted?  Could everyone else speak Armenian?  Was my childhood home  built on the sacred graves of  razzmatazz circus performers?  WHAT?? WHAT ELSE?

So I kicked everyone out and found The Curse of Oak Island to watch.  I blew threw all of the episodes in 3 days over the Christmas break.  Which is kind of a miracle because I was bored to death in the first episode.  But still … I wanted to know what happened.

The Curse of Oak Island is a reality show, along the same lines as Gold Rush Alaska, that follows 2 brothers as they put every cent they have (and many more cents) into uncovering a treasure that may (or may not) be buried on a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.  Over the past 200 years 6 treasure hunters have died looking for what some say could be anything from regular old pirate treasure to The Ark of the Covenant.  The lure of Nova Scotia’s Oak Island has reached as far as Franklin D. Roosevelt who had the island searched to Errol Flynn who wanted to search the island but never did because the rights to search it already belong to someone else.  John Wayne.

I believe I have armed you with what I think are some of the best and best kept secrets on television. You may now take on the weekend without fear of boredom.  Without fear of wasting your time on a subpar television show.  Without fear you won’t have an excuse to ignore the laundry, cooking, kids and cleaning.  So go forth and download.

Special thanks to Jamieson, my secret filled family, and the razzmatazz group of big footed clowns.

Have a good weekend!

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136 Comments

  1. SusanR says:

    Don’t have TV, but I would add ( from Netflix and Amazon):
    Broadchurch!!!!!!!!!!!
    The Escape Artist
    Blacklist
    The Bletchley Circle
    The Fall

    I agree The Killing is well done.

    • Emily Carver says:

      LOVE Blacklist !

      • carswell says:

        Happy Valley is another good and gritty Brit cop series on Netflix is another good one – if you liked Broadchurch, The Killing and The Fall. Oh, Scott and Bailey is good too. I’ll look out for Blacklist.

        Like Karen – I got bored with Boardwalk Empire by the end of the fourth season. Even so I forced myself to wade through the fifth just to see where the characters wound up. I’m sorry I did. I’ve not seen the series Fargo – but the movie is on my top ten list. I agree that Call the Midwife is a perfect gem.

        Downton Abbey is starting to bore the heck out of me, I’m sad to say and I wasn’t thrilled about where The Fall ended in season 2.

    • LisaB says:

      Love Broadchurch….. Also Hinterland. Any sort of bleak, BBC police drama apparently.

    • Cindy says:

      The Bletchley Circle, Broadchurch and The Fall I highly recommend.

  2. Sheryl says:

    OMG, you’ve gotta give Shameless a try. Funniest black humor comedy of all time. Also, Hannibal, not just black humor…just dark. One last show that I think is hilarious and NO ONE has ever heard of is Getting On. Another black comedy. Do you sense a theme here?

    • Karen says:

      Shameless is on one of my lists, I have no idea how I missed listing it! Great show. I tried Hannibal, I kind of found it tedious. :/ ~ karen!

    • Karen says:

      It’s NOT. It’s not on any of my lists! I have NO idea if the post disappeared or if I only included it in one of my newsletters. (I always talk about what I’m reading, listening to, watching and wanting.) Anyhow, Shameless definitely goes on my top shows list next time! ~ karen

    • Alex says:

      I first saw Getting On when I was flying transatlantic. I laughed so hard that people around me got concerned. My daughter is a hospital doc, she said that the sad thing is that it is absol true.

      Also try “The Thick of It” to see Peter Capaldi in full blow running the UK Govt. His character is modelled on Tony Blair’s real life executive aide, Alastair Campbell and he is apparently pretty true to life. Watch out, everyone!

  3. Lynn lagimoniere says:

    Geez Karen you mentioned so many shows I have never even heard of … Now I need to go on a hunt , Breaking Bad was a good one even hubby agrees with . I have been hooked on White Collar of late . If I could find it in the store I would just buy it an save my internet for other things . Living in the country we do not get the Internet packages or service city folks do. You really did a good job picking I think. Oak island I watch on occasion but not faithfully even knowing the background, just can not commit to it glad you can though.
    Netflix is great but oh how it can hook a person ….

  4. Tracy says:

    Hey Karen – have you watched Orange is the New Black? It’s not for everyone, but it’s worth a watch! 😉 I gotta see if Fargo is on Netflix!

  5. Tracy says:

    Oh – and AHS this season (Freak Show) — what a wild ride from start to finish! I think it was the most gruesome yet. I will be sad if Jessica Lange doesn’t come back again.

    • Karen says:

      I couldn’t watch anything past the back story of Pepper this season. It cut me for some reason. Ask my friend Jamieson. I sent him a picture of me horrified and bawling during it. ~ karen!

      • Jodi T. says:

        I couldn’t get into this season! I love 1-3 and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jessica Lange, but I kind of found it stupid… I’m probably going to end up giving it another try when it comes out on DVD so I can watch without interruption… Maybe that’s why I lost interest. It’s not often anymore that I watch “real TV”, I usually watch Netflix, and I think I’ve become spoiled to the immediate satisfaction of GIVE ME THE NEXT EPISODE. 🙂

        I watched Breaking Bad all the way through because of your recommendation. Loved it.

      • Vicky says:

        I cried when ********* (edited by karen so as not to reveal show spoiler) but stuck with the show. It was worth it.

      • Kim from Milwaukee says:

        Karen, you have to finish watching the rest…Neil Patrick Harris is in a couple stories, and the ending was quite beautiful. When the incident with Ma Petite happened I cried…Pepper’s story was really rough as well. But it was worth pressing one til the end.

  6. Raymonde says:

    Sherlock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Hazel says:

    Grimm. I love Grimm. But watch it from the beginning, or it will make no sense at all.

  8. sandra says:

    Supernatural. Dark. Funny. Creepy. Scary. Weird. I’m hooked!

  9. kathy says:

    Fargo…is in North Dakota, not Minnesota.

    • Karen says:

      Indeed. The TV series, named Fargo, however .. isn’t. The small town it is set in is in Minnesota. And the small town isn’t called Fargo. It’s simply the title of the show. ~ karen!

  10. Jennifer says:

    I have never been much of a TV watcher. However, a little over a year ago my husband had a heart attack, was hospitalized for 5 months and put on the transplant list. While we patiently wait for a miracle, we have taken up a new hobby…binge watching. It’s horrible, I hate it…yet I can’t stop!!

    Some of our favs:
    Peeky Blinders
    True Detective
    Lilyhammer
    The Affair
    Game of Thrones
    Vikings
    Fargo
    Ray Donovan

    Hopefully we will get the call soon and I can put this horrible addiction to rest…or at least at bay!!

    Thanks for sharing your favs!

  11. gloria says:

    LOVE Moone Boy. Now how about some more Hulu favorites of mine, like, Whites, The IT Crowd, and Miranda, The Supersizers Go…, The Wrong Mans (sic), and Spy? Oh then there’s Vera, for straight up brilliant Brenda Blethyn acting and gorgeous scenery. I really got pulled into Single-handed, another one I found on Hulu. The setting is as much a character as any of the people. So much so, that I took to Google Earthing all over the area where it was filmed. The landscape is hauntingly beautiful and a little depressing at the same time. So then, that’s a bit more than 3. Oops.

  12. Cynthia says:

    Yes, The Us version of Shameless is great, the UK version sucks big time.

    Hannibal. Did anyone mention True Detective for last year’s list? If not, whack it on this year’s list.

    • carswell says:

      True Detective! Yes, yes, yes.

      And I’m anxiously awaiting the imminent release of season three of House of Cards.

    • calliek says:

      Seriously? I love the UK version of Shameless but think the US version is terrible. But I find that about most shows that jump the pond- the American copies never quite live up to the original British series. Guess i just appreciate British humour.

      • Karen says:

        I started the UK version and knew I’d love it but I honestly couldn’t decipher the accents! I’m usually pretty good with that but I got frustrated and stopped watching it. Maybe I’ll try again because I really did know I would love the UK version. ~ karen!

  13. Jennifer says:

    I forgot one. You MUST check out Enlightened! Laura Dern is amazing in this drama, comedy and often uncomfortable series!

  14. Cynna says:

    My favorite is Revenge. It had me hooked from the start. Other than that,I really don’t watch a lot of TV.

  15. Kevin says:

    Gracepoint is haunting and beautiful, so is True Detective.
    Broadchurch is the British original of Gracepoint, equally beautiful and haunting, but expressed differently…

    • Grammy says:

      I loved Broadchurch, so didn’t bother with Gracepoint. Did you see both? Did you like the American version?

      • julie says:

        Hey Grammy…I watched them both last season…I liked Gracepoint fine, but it was SO MUCH like Broadchurch…slight twist at the end, but the dialogue even was so similar I found it a bit tedious…watching the second season of Broadchurch now but will be skipping Gracepoint this year (unless I’m desperate lol).

        • Jan in Waterdown says:

          Watched both, imho, Broadchurch was better . . . better direction, cinematography, acting . . . although Gracepoint was good. I thought the characters were more complex and interesting in Broadchurch. They were very one dimentional in Gracepoint. David Tennant speaking with an American accent was just plain weird! We put on the closed captioning to help with some of the dialogue.

  16. Kevin says:

    The Slap, an Australian production based on Christos Tsiolkas’s novel of the same name, is interesting to watch as it explores mulitple viewpoints and consequences rippling out from a single incident where a noisy brat is slapped at a party…

    • carswell says:

      I’ve had that in my Netflix queue for a while but haven’t got round to watching it yet. I was wondering what it might be like.

  17. Kevin says:

    The Flash. Plain silly fun entertainment.
    & that’s my three favourite TV shows…
    :”)

  18. Kathy says:

    I agree with so many on your list, Karen… and I see I have been missing out on so many others!

    Ones you left out that I love: House of Cards and Sherlock! How could you?! 😉 I am also looking forward to watching the mini-series The Slap and Better Call Saul. And I hear good things about The Americans, as well as the new show Fortitude. Do you know them? And finally… being a resident of Minne-so’-tah for ten years, Fargo is pretty darn close to how life in rural MN actually is. And sad to say, the original movie is pretty spot on as well. lol

    • Laurie says:

      Yes, the Americans!
      I loved Broadchurch, Veep, Sherlock and Bored to Death to setup my TV tastes and the Americans is my only show where I am watching as it airs. I love it too much to wait, and season three just started on FX. You can catch the whole series on Amazon Prime.
      Fun 1980s costumes, but everyone looks hot -not hokey. Death Comes to Pemberley’s Mr. Darcy plays a Russian playing an American who loves America and his kids. Felicity (keri russell) is a badass Russian spy and its just a sexy damn romp.

  19. Grammy says:

    Foyle’s War is some of the best TV ever. We bought the first six seasons on DVD because we couldn’t find all the episodes on TV. It’s on PBS here in the U.S. Season 8 is about to begin.

    • gloria says:

      I agree. Really liked Foyle’s War. George Gently (I know, odd name, but great show) is another terrific crime/mystery/detective series. So cool to see how the English dealt with the 60s. Or at least the writer’s take on how the English dealt with the 60s.

    • Erin says:

      Another vote for Foyle’s War – the family knows not to even think about interrupting when it’s on.

    • Marilyn says:

      Finally, a show I actually watch. This is one of the finest shows on TV. No sex or overt violence, just great acting and the writers are top notch. I also like Vera, Inspector Linley Mysteries, Inspector Frost, Last of the Summer Wine, Poirot and Midsommer Murders. (I didn’t misspell Midsommer, it is the name of an English town where at least two and up to four murders are committed every week and have been for 17 seasons! Must have run out of locals to kill by now.) Miranda is really funny. Bletchly Circle, Call The Midwife, Father Brown, Yes Prime Minister (incredibly funny and probably quite true), Sherlock, Doctor Who and re-runs of The Carol Burnett Show rounds out my TV viewing. As you can see, I really like Brit shows and not much else. Can’t get into Downton Abbey. Never could, though my husband will kill anyone who interrupts him during an episode! Tried Game of Thrones – don’t see the point, though hubby likes it. Most of the others listed, I have never even heard of. I live in Canada, so we probably don’t get a lot of the listed programs, which may be why I have never heard of them. Oh yeah, I madly love True Blood, especially the theme song. (I adore anything with a Vampire in it!)

  20. Tasha says:

    Curse Canadian Netflix! Seriously, I never get to watch what I want to watch. Or what other people tell me I would like to watch.

    That being said, my current addiction is Supernatural. Much fun. And Brooklyn 99, which is apparently the only show my husband, my nine-year old son, and I can agree on for Friday night pizza night.

  21. Barb says:

    Fun topic. We dumped cable about 6 months ago and haven’t missed it yet. We get everything from Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Friends tell me this won’t work for sports fans or news addicts but we are neither. I am happily binge-watching many shows. I thought Fargo was top notch. And agree about The Killing an got the same feeling with Broadchurch. Some of my faves:

    Broadchurch
    True Detective
    American Horror Story (daughter got me hooked on it)
    Top Of The Lake
    Wallander (Kenneth Branagh version – haven’t watched the original)
    Sherlock
    Luther
    Almost anything about detectives, crime, sleuthing from the BBC – nuts for them!
    Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – a bit silly but the outfits and hats are amazing!

  22. Mantha says:

    Grimm – Definitely watch from the beginning.
    Orange is the New Black – So good, but the first episode can almost make you not want to watch.
    House of Cards – No other TV show has given me so many ‘Holy Crap! I did not see THAT coming’ moments.

  23. Jenny W says:

    I can not be the only person on here that watched the first 8 episodes of OUTLANDER !?! (It returns for the next 8 episodes in April) It is fantastic – like watching the books come to life, only with no disappointment.

    • Cheri says:

      Oh I am so in love with Outlander….. I recorded the first 8 episodes and have been reading the books.– Did you also see The White Queen? Oh my gosh.

    • JMC says:

      Thank you Jenny I was reading through the comments and wondering that too. Much to like about this show including a very nice to look at guy!

    • Lynn Johanson says:

      Outlander, sigh. So wonderful! The acting is great and the story line fascinating and I really appreciate how the Scottish landscape plays such a strong part. If you haven’t found it yet, it is worth searching for!
      Vera, yes
      Miss Fisher, yes
      Old Tricks, yes
      What would we Americans do without access to BBC productions…..

  24. Melanie says:

    I got hold of The Mindy Project on your recommendation and I LOVE IT!!! I laughed my way through season 1 and 2 in about a week 🙂 Thank you for introducing me to the best time waster in a long time!

  25. Ann says:

    We dumped cable also and depend totally on 2 network channels we can get with an antennae and Netflixs. There are many great suggestions above that I need to see if they are available at the moment. Right now I am watching Call the Midwife and it is great. Very very close to the book and great acting. I love the character of Chummy, could not have found a better person to play her.

  26. Michelle says:

    TRANSPARENT!!!!!

    RUN TO YOUR TV
    TURN IT ON
    NOW!!!

    I’M SHOUTING BECAUSE ITS THAT GOOD!
    DO IT!

    • Karen says:

      omg, lol. I tried Transparent the other night and I hated the characters so much I couldn’t watch more than 2 episodes. I absolutely love Jeffrey Tambor in it, but … couldn’t get past everyone else. Give me a few months and I’ll try it again. ~ karen!

  27. ~JackieVB says:

    I never thought I would like The Walking Dead until I watched it. I was home sick with the flu and caught a marathon of it. It is amazingly good and much deeper than you think it would be. Looking forward to Better Call Saul – hope it’s good. Sherlock is fantastic – does anyone know when it’s coming back? And I love Outlander too – beautiful Jamie…I mean scenery.

    • carswell says:

      I gotta say – the Walking Dead finally sold me on the whole zombie thing.

      • Melissa D says:

        If you live in ATL it’s even more fun. Although I died when the “CDC” was revealed to be the old building SciTrek, where we all used to have science field trips as kids. (Actual CDC buildings are just office towers, really.)

        Andrew Lincoln’s GA accent really redeems any small quibbles. Best I have ever heard!

    • Stela says:

      It’s back February 8th!! Can’t wait!

  28. Suanne says:

    Unfortunately, my fav just had its last episode this past week…..but PARENTHOOD was an awesome series. If you get a chance to rent the series….do it. Soooo sorry it’s over. It was a good ride. 🙁

  29. alison harper says:

    I had never read your TV show recommendations before, but I just read through the list and saw a bunch of shows I love– The Killing, Damages, Nurse Jackie.. So that’s a good barometer for me on the rest the shows I can tune into during the friggin cold evenings. Thanks.

  30. Karol says:

    I tend to watch light, funny shows, but we got hooked on Fargo. OMG, I became an instant Billy Bob fan. LOVED it!

  31. Janet says:

    We love Suits. And while we completely loved season one of Broadchurch, season two isn’t doing it for me. They seem to have changed their filing method and it’s no longer as hauntingly beautiful to look at as it was last season. House of Cards is another fave and we can’t wait for it to start again in a few weeks! We’re working on liking Schitt’s Creek (Eugene Levy’s new Canadian comedy) and it has its brilliant moments, but I haven’t completely made up my mind yet. And I completely agree with you – Mindy is the funniest show on TV.

  32. Karen says:

    Bomb Girls–Women working in a Canadian munitions plant during WWII. Just the clothing alone makes it worth watching!
    Family Tree–A Christopher Guest series in which a British guy looks into his ancestry. The main character’s sister wears a monkey hand puppet at all times (yep, you read that correctly). That monkey has the best lines in the show!!!!

  33. Carol says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE watch Dr. Martin. It is the best show on this earth!!! really!!
    He’s a doc that moves to a small village in Cornwall and has a fear of blood. It is so funny and he is so mean.

    GREAT SHOW!

    The village he moves to is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

    I know you will love it!

    • Kim from Milwaukee says:

      Oh yes, I second the vote for Dr Martin!!! I love that little village!

    • Kelli says:

      can’t believe how much I love this show and never wanted it to end (I hear they’re still filming in 2015). This show gave me giant fantasies of moving to Port Isaac (Port Wen on the show). I agree, it’s glorious.

      • Marti says:

        Martin isn’t “mean.” He’s misunderstood. If you really watch it closely, Louisa pretty much expects him to read her mind. He makes perfect sense, and she is every bit as much to blame for their sad little relationship.

        Let’s all move to Cornwall. I hear the pasties are good.

  34. Rebecca says:

    I still think about Damages too. Glenn Close is amazing, all around, but definitely in that show. The Killing was great. Orphan Black is by far the best tv show I’ve watched! And The Mindy Project!!!! I’ve seen most of the shows you’ve listed and besides Shameless, I don’t have any great recommendations but your list has come at a perfect time because I am interested in getting hooked into a new show. Oh! Someone mentioned Ray Donovan…I got hooked. It’s a good one. And Sherlock, I watched that entire show in a weekend. I couldn’t stop. I love tv.

  35. sheri says:

    I lOVED The Killing, but thought the last season sucked. I hated how they seemed to rush to the end and I didn’t find it as detailed as the other seasons and I hated that in the end they put them together, seemed like a cop out to me. I can’t try AMS, it freaks me out as well as The Walking Dead, I have tried twice to watch and can’t make it past the first episode, I’m a crying blubbering mess. I’m going to give Fargo a try, it’s filmed some where around here in Calgary. Great list.

  36. Ev Wilcox says:

    Downton Abbey, Selfridges, The Paradise, Call The Midwife. On Netflix: House of Cards, and would you believe, Poirot! Watching all the Poirot episodes, on the 4th season now. It is mildly funny, and love the cars, clothes, buildings, etc. Nice relaxing entertainment. As far as regular TV, The Big Bang Theory, though I think it has lost something over time. Tired of cop shows.

  37. Maggie L says:

    I have to add to this list. Karen, you seem to have a bad girl side – where is SONS OF ANARCHY?!!! I finished watching this show (started after it was completely finished and watched all 6 seasons in about 2 weeks!) right before Christmas and am still having withdrawals. The music is great too. MUST WATCH. If you hate it then you are weird and I might have to disown you lol.

    Also, what about Orange is the new Black? This show is hilarious!

    XOXO,
    Maggie

  38. Darlene Cox says:

    lilyhammer cracks me up!

  39. Jody says:

    Karen, there is a very dark side to you. But also a very funny side. All I have to say is Martin Freeman needs to stop Fargo so he can have time for Sherlock. Luvin’ Sherlock.

  40. Karin K says:

    BLACKLIST. There’s plenty to find wrong with this show, as pretty much every actor other than James Spader needs major development, and the story line requires occasional suspension of disbelief (though not nearly as often as Scandal) but James Spader…my God what an actor. His character alone will hook you. House of Cards is also a great show, and I think someone in Hollywood needs to put Kevin Spacey and James Spader together in the next big brilliant script.

    • Carla says:

      I agree with you about James Spader – wow! I kind of hate the rest of the show (especially the terribly acted girl), but am hanging in there since he is terrific!

  41. Alex says:

    Karen!! Rush to watch RAKE – the TV show made for you. It’s Australian, hilarious, dramatic, quirky, intelligent and very, very, very, fast paced. Everything you are except the down under bit! Stick with the first episode while stuff gets going. The payoff is tremendous. Don’t even think about looking at the American, watered-down, pale tea apology of a copy.
    First two seasons are on Netflix. Watch out for Toni Collette’s guest spot as the sexually rapacious Australian Premier in some episodes, she’s fa-b-ulous dahling.

  42. carswell says:

    I don’t know if it’s been mentioned yet – but the Endeavour series (it’s on Netflix) is wonderful – they are about Inspector Morse’s early days as a policeman.

    And yeah, Rake is pretty funny in a dark way.

  43. Marie-chantal Lafrenière says:

    Hi!
    I will certainly discover some new addictives there !!!..maybe I should also take a new gym subscription !

    I think you might like Orange is the New Black and Broadchurch….I also LOVE 19-2, I watch it in french but there is a remake in english (why not a traduction???) who’s suppose to be good ON Based on the award-winning Québec series of the same name, 19-2 is a richly-nuanced and character-driven drama surrounding the daily lives of two unwilling partners of the Montreal Police Department …. if you want to see the dark side of the moon.
    Bien le bonjour!

    • pat says:

      I watch the English version of 19-2. It’s very good. Closest cop show to the real thing IMO. The episode two weeks ago at the school was amazing.

  44. Patti says:

    I’m loving right now …
    Enlightened (hb0) Laura Dern is so good…she plays slightly manic and crazy to perfection and I can’t wait to see what she does in each episode.
    Peeky Blinders (netflix) about a gang of thugs in turn of the century Ireland. Awesome lads!
    The Affair (showtime) hmmm. what can i say…thought provoking.
    I know everyone raves about The Wire … I tried a couple episodes and I was so lost. Gave up on it. Also agree with Homeland, what happened? I don’t even care anymore.

    • Alex says:

      Yeah, Peeky Blinders is great. Set in turn of the century Birmingham, not Ireland, altho many of the characters are newly arrived Irish. The Peeky Blinders really existed. They were brutal gangsters who sewed razor blades into their peak caps, the better to butt opponents with. Not v endearing but you can’t help but get involved as the series goes on.

  45. Ron says:

    Top Of The Lake has to be one of the most eerie, thought provoking miniseries I have ever come across. Despite initial indications that the series would not continue, it has been announced that there will be a second season.

    You can read about it here — http://tinyurl.com/mg8zsus

  46. Diane says:

    You left The Walking Dead off the list!!! OMG!!!

  47. Conrad says:

    I miss the HBO series “6 Feet Under.” Quirky and delightful.

  48. Joann Ritter says:

    Nothing makes me laugh more than The Big Bang Theory. Love it.

  49. Love the shout-out to The Littlest Hobo. My husband loves this show, and as a high school teacher has made it his mission to pass it on to the next generation.

  50. Aysha says:

    I 2nd Endeavour! So good a young Morse what’s not to love.

  51. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    If you loved the American version of The Killing (and I did), you will love the original Danish version. Trust me, after 5 minutes you won’t even realize you are reading subtitles. Also the original Swedish/Danish version of The Bridge. This is the best show I have seen in ages. Both seasons of both shows were riveting.

    Spiral from France is also very good. Another gritty crime show. I’m kicking myself because Netflix had the seasons 1-3 on forever but I hadn’t gotten around to watching it. Then of course when I did, there is only season 4 available. It was still good even without some of the back stories.

  52. Elen Grey says:

    I LOVE Orphan Black. Now, I must check out The Mindy Project. Cheers!

  53. Dawn says:

    Thanks to this post and the subsequent comments, I now have some great options—thanks to you and everyone who suggested shows! We got rid of cable two years ago, and between Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus, we’ve watched so much great stuff and saved a ton of money!

  54. Jennie Lee says:

    “Oak Island” sounds intriguing; I read about the story of it when I was a teen. I had heard that “Outlander” was a big disappointment to fans of the books?? I know this topic is TV, but I’m reading the last book in the “Outlander” series now, and I LOVE this series! If you think this is just some “bodice-ripper” trashy romance series, please think again! I am in awe of the writer. This is story-telling at its best. Period.

    • calliek says:

      I am a reader first and always cringe when I hear of my favourite books being turned into movies/tv. Outlander is wonderful- the casting is excellent, the costumes and scenery are stunning, and while not word for word true to the books, the tone and the character development is bang on. It does not disappoint!

      • Lynn Johanson says:

        I second that motion. The author is a consultant on the show and is very happy with the series. I too have read all the books (more than once) and am very happy with the series.

  55. michelle r says:

    The Vicar of Dibley. Loved this show , soooo funny. Wonderful cast of quirky British characters. But alas it’s not on anynore.

  56. Vanessa says:

    BBC’s Sherlock is hands down one of my favorites. It’s witty, visually appealing, and down right fun. It’s on Netflix now so check it out.

  57. Allison D. says:

    We have loved Peaky Blinders on Netflix– we burned through the first 2 seasons, and it is fantastic! Tom hardy has an awesome role in Season 2– his character is the perfect amount of unhinged. It’s similar to Boardwalk Empire (horse gambling vs. prohibition liquor) and the writing and action is fantastic. I think you’d enjoy it! 🙂

  58. Vanessa says:

    I am surprised at how similar our taste in TV is.
    Last weekend my husband was out of town and I binge watched American Horror story Season 3 (Because season 2 at the asylum freaked me out too much) and the Tudors. I know the Tudors is kind of old now, but they are all on Netflix so no waiting!!
    My daughter is trying to get me to watch Orange, but I’m dragging my feet.
    I want to look up True Detective.
    I am completely OVER reality tv, so I don’t know if I’ll get to Oak island, but I did try Mindy because of you, (and Rhea Perlman, saw that she was going to be on and couldn’t resist) so, maybe.
    And Netflix keeps trying to force me into “Peaky Blinders” but I don’t know…
    Sherlock on BBC is wonderful!!! Its big problem is there are only 3 episodes a season. THREE!! that’s it.
    And Outlander is really good too. 🙂

    Happy viewing!

  59. Bonnie says:

    I love House of Cards, but I find it to be the scariest thing I have ever seen, probably because I fear it is true.

  60. Sheri says:

    Fortitude
    Galavant

  61. sj says:

    If you like Foyle’s War, definitely check out Doc Martin. Helps to see first episode to understand how it came about, but what a cast of quirky characters. And the scenery steals the show. Gorgeous.

    • Kelli says:

      I have a TV that I rarely if ever, watch, so I waited until Netflix could keep up with my binge-ing. And I’m thrilled that “all things sci-fi” and fantastic have now become somewhat mainstream. So I’m a little late to the party, but so far my faves have been:

      Sherlock (the wait between new seasons is beyond painful, but the payoff is glorious)
      Doc Martin (so beyond wonderful, I barely have the words to describe it)
      Black Mirror (like Outer Limits pushed to the outer limits)
      Fringe (just so I could say I did a Fringe binge)
      Eureka (5 seasons was NOT nearly enough, IMHO)
      Agents of SHIELD (some of the best fun on TV!)
      Being Human (original UK version; Russell Tovey is a scream…literally)
      Keen Eddie (one of THE BEST, most quirky shows to ever grace TV; died after one season because it was too clever for its own good – can only be found on DVD, and even the DVDs don’t have the original soundtrack, very disappointing. Fell in love with Mark Valley here)

  62. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Sherlock for sure . . . I am hooked on Benedict Cumberbatch! Just saw him in The Imitation Game and he was effin’ brilliant! Also, love Top Gear on BBC . . . totally pointless but very entertaining . . .

  63. Laura Bee says:

    There’s a time in the afternoon when I watch a few shows with my four year old. Octonauts has some awesome characters. The creature(s) in each episode are hilarious. The voices! Peg + Cat is really well done, intelligent & she learns all about numbers & patterns. And it’s funny!

    The last episode of Call the Midwife I watched was great. With the agoraphobic mother.

  64. Shauna says:

    Based on your recommendation I finally started watching Boardwalk Empire a week or two back. I’m only in season 1 – about to finish. I’ve also started watching The Mindy Project which is fun after a heavy show. New show that I love and blew through both seasons (only 6 episodes in a season) in 4 days is Peaky Blinders. It’s the same time period as this season’s Downton Abbey but on the other side of the tracks. There are gangsters, but it’s not the same as our gangsters (a la Boardwalk Empire) and there’s a fair amount of interesting political goings on and whatnot. Loved it and watched them all super fast. It’s a BBC show and can be found on Netflix right now.

  65. We actually just started watching Fargo and weren’t we surprised to learn that just the week before, we had lunch in the very restaurant that the cops dad owns on the show. The actual owner is not nearly as pleasant as the guy on TV…lol but the food is great.

  66. Angela Wells says:

    The Walking Dead, the best show on TV right now and the new season starts Sunday. It’s just such a well acted and great show and the zombies are really second to the great story of Rick and Co. I agree with most of your picks. You may also want to try The Fall on Netflix only. House of Cards also very good on Netflix only. People that say there are no good shows on much only be watching network TV. Suits is good too.. .. I could keep going ……..

  67. Cynthia says:

    “Dead Like Me”. Narrated through the eyes of a girl who has died and instead of going to heaven, she gets reassigned as a Grim Reaper to assist others who die and go to the other side. She is part of an ecclectic group of other Grim Reapers who are given assignments when they meet regularly at their favourite diner. The group leader is acted by Mandy Patempkin ( a guy). It’s life affirming, quirky and hilarious. Because she is dead, she gets to secretly go back and watch her family unravelling after her death.

    “Dead Wood”. Set in the gold rush era in the 1800’s based loosely on the real town of Dead Wood and real events. Starring Timothy Yummarse Olyphant and Ian McShane as Swerringen. Other fascinating characters include the woman who plays Calamity Jane. Try to get over the shock of the swearing and adult themes as you’ll need to get used to it. It doesn’t stop. The flow and cadence of the spoken language is fascinating and beautiful. Lots of setting up businesses, making homes in the wilderness, hookers, brothels and carnivorous pigs. Something for everyone.

    “Outsourced”. Set in a call centre in Mumbai which sells novelties and sex toys online. Hilarious.

    • Karen says:

      Deadwood is one of my favourite shows of all time. ~ karen!

    • Grammy says:

      Wow! Dead Like Me was one of my (and my husband’s) favorite shows ever! It’s been so long gone now, I’d completely forgotten it, but we liked it so much at the time that I bought the DVDs so we could see them again and again someday. It’s raining today (and we’re in California, so no complaints!) and we were thinking it would be a good time to watch some good TV but couldn’t think what — now I’m going to pull out Dead Like Me and binge watch it while a pot of beans simmers and some veggies roast in the oven. This is like a perfect day.

  68. Cynthia says:

    California C#cksucker…..bwahaha. (dont go mad on me peoples) It’s dialogue from the show.

  69. Sylvia says:

    Hi…I’m a new subscriber to your blog….LOVE IT! I also love your top three TV shows. I don’t have much TV time, but I bought all the Breaking Bad DVD’s and marathoned through them. WOW!
    Just a reminder. “Better Call Saul” 2 night premier is on Sun and Mon on AMC. I can’t wait!
    Happy viewing.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Sylvia! Welcome to my site. I’m almost afraid to watch Better Call Saul. I know it’s not going to be anything like Breaking Bad. Rationally I know that. But once I watch it I’m sure that rationality will go out the window and I’ll be furious it isn’t anything like Breaking Bad, lol. ~ karen!

  70. Jules says:

    On Netflix: Scott and Bailey. Yes, it seems like a procedural cop drama – but all the main characters are complex engaging women. I’d loved it and felt a bit sad how uncommon it was for women to be presented as powerful, capable and career driven. These women are smart and compelling.

  71. Kim says:

    When I finally got around to having Netflix, all of my friends begged me to watch Breaking Bad, so of course I rebelled and watched Sons of Anarchy first. I totally loved, loved, loved SOA. I then watched BB and was bored out of my gourd – fell asleep through most of the episodes. So I say, if you enjoyed BB, then buckle your seatbelt and give Sons a try. So flipping good! It’s seriously been 2 months since the show ended and I still think about it – how many TV shows can you say that about?

    Two thumbs up for your nod to the Mindy Project. Makes me laugh every time. I enjoy Blackish too – that’s probably my new favorite comedy.

  72. Janice Wedderspoon says:

    I liked Bates Motel. Just to see what Vera Farmiga was wearing!

  73. Janice Wedderspoon says:

    I love Suits!

  74. Sondra says:

    I LOVED The Killing. It was haunting and captivating and I couldn’t get enough of it. Seasons 1 and 2 were phenomenal, and season 3 was pretty good too, but I having a hard time get into season 4. Have you watched Season 4, it is good?

  75. Jamieson says:

    You’re very welcome! I’m glad you keep coming back for more recommendations and that I’m able to sate you most of the time. AHS never seems to wrap nicely. The last couple of episodes tend to fall with a thud. The first season is still my favourite because of its playfulness mixed with the dark scariness.

  76. Thingstring says:

    If you like The Killing, try also The Fall with Gillian Anderson. And another gem like Bored to death is Man seeking woman, surreal and hilarious.

  77. Netflix-gotta see Foyle’s War. SUPERB!!! And of course, Outlander on Starz!

  78. Donna says:

    Longmire
    Blacklist, but please replace the female lead. soon
    Americans,
    Doc Martin, hysterical
    Vicar of Dibley, also hysterical
    Foyles War
    Midsummer Murders
    British version of men behaving badly with Martin Clunes who plays Doc Martin
    Modern family
    Big Bang, the older episodes were best
    Donna

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