3 TV Shows You Should be Watching
Part IV

Fall is officially underway here in Canada.  I mean, unless you count the fact that up until last week it was still around 90° outside with a humidity level somewhere between indoor pool and rainforest.

This week things have cooled down a tiny bit and the nights are getting darker earlier.  Which means … a) I can get into my pjamas earlier and b) I can sit my flannel clad ass on the couch and watch television earlier.

I don’t ever really seem to do that, but I like to know it’s an option.

In honour of the impending gloom (which I quite like) of winter and the television watching it brings with it, I have for you Part IV of 3 TV Shows You Should be Watching.

First make sure to browse the rundowns of Part 1,  Part II and Part III of this series.

Before I get in trouble, I should mention that all these shows … have been recommended to me by the house’s resident TV critic, the fella.  He is also the resident farter.  You may recall he often watches television while farting.  A situation for which we have implemented the “toot muffler”.  A blanket he  drapes over his lap/torso area as soon as he sits on the couch.

Here we go … 3 TV shows that deserve your attention.



The Wire

Premise:  The drug trade in Baltimore.  The series focuses on the dealers, cops, government officials and the school system and how they all affect each other.



The Wire debuted in 2002 to low ratings and not a lot of fanfare.

It never won a major television award.

 It has since been heralded as the greatest television drama of all time.

(5 seasons originally aired on HBO)

Language in this trailer is NOT safe for work.

Unless you work on a dock or in a locker room.



The Big C 

Premise:  Suburban mom is diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma.


(note: the fella does *not* think this show should go on “the list”)

(I … on the other hand … do)



The Big C stars Laura Linney as a suburban housewife diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma. The series also stars the great Oliver Platt and features Precious actress, Gabourey Sidibe.  Part of what I like about this series (and this is kind of a ridiculous reason to like a show) is it’s only a half an hour long.  But, like Nurse Jackie, its half hour packs more entertainment than 95% of the hour long shows out there.

3 seasons, with 4th and final season to air in 2013.

Airs on Showtime.




Premise:  An American soldier who returns home after being missing for 8 years in Iraq is heralded by the government as a hero.  He is also suspected to be plotting a terrorist attack against his own country.





Homeland stars she of the longest torso in the world, Claire Danes as FBI agent Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis as the suspected Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody.

Won the Emmy for Best Drama Series in 2012.



So the next time you think to yourself. Here I sit. With my flannel clad ass. And there’s *nothing* to watch on television. … Think again.


  1. Mandy Carroll says:

    I just started watching Sons of Anarchy…and for some odd reason I am hooked..big time….

  2. Kristina says:

    The Big C is incredible. Haven’t seen the others, thanks for pointing them out. The burning question is does Mandy Patinkin sing in “Homeland”? He always seems to work it in somehow.

    Newsroom is also awesome. And we are all big Dr. Who fans at my house (I know, cue groans, but I have teenagers, plus it’s really pretty fun…)

  3. Shauna says:

    I really like Damian Lewis. He was in a short-lived, but cool, snarky show called Life that I really liked. Well, I really liked his character. This show sounds pretty good too.

  4. Jasmine says:

    Homeland is seriously good! My man and I watched the whole first season in one weekend which is quite unusual.

  5. Barbie says:

    Thanks…..I will be checking a couple of those out further! :) WAY better than what I have been watching!

  6. Sheri says:

    I hate the fact that all the big networks keep pushing out reality shows, they are the downfall of our society. I stopped watching t.v. on a regular basis about 4 years ago when they cancelled 5 shows that I was watching. Now I watch sparadically at best, my new favourite is Copper on Showtime, other then that I usually watch the original CSI, the odd comedy if in the mood, Food Network or HGTV. And if I didn’t have kids, I probably wouldn’t have t.v. at all and just stick with watching the odd show here and there from the internet.

  7. LoriD says:

    Love The Big C and Breaking Bad. Just finished watching the whole series of Arrested Development (again).

  8. Robbin Caskenette says:

    I love The Big C! Saw the first season on the W Network and then bought the second on iTunes. So, so funny!

  9. Michelle says:

    I so loathe most television right now. I’ve been wanting to catch The Big C, I’ll que that up. The one show my husband and I were hooked on though, was The Network on HBO…watched all 10 episodes in one week, so good!
    ps…love your garden!!!

  10. Debbie R says:

    Have you tried watching Duck Dynasty. Makes me want to pee my pants every week it is so funny. No drama, just laughter. Sometimes a body needs just funny. Try it, on A & E.

  11. gogothrift says:

    YES!!!! Love Boardwalk Empire

  12. Lisa says:

    I agree with Cindy – love Boardwalk empire. My husband is only off Tues and Wed nights so we finally get to watch it together tonight. We don’t have Showtime so I’m missing a lot of good shows over that way. Might have to start renting some seasons! Been looking for a good 1 hour drama to latch on to so I may have to check out one of these.

  13. Jules says:

    thanks for this Karen! There is nothing I like more than looking forward to relaxing and watching a good show- BY MYSELF- Im watching Nurse Jackie now on Netflix and love it- have loved every reccomendation you have made so added the above to my list!!

  14. Karen says:

    All I can say is how can shows like Big Brother or The Bachelor stay on the air…..what is wrong with this picture? Who cares who gets a rose, people. Don’t we all have your own lives to worry about? Anyways, being a sci-fi geek, most of my shows never make it past one or two seasons. I really enjoyed Battle Star Gallactica. One of our own Canadian actresses Trisha Helfer, made that show a hit along with others!

  15. Reg says:

    Loved, loved The Wire. It was great to see some of the actors from that series in other productions for the same network. Homeland sounds good, haven’t watched it yet. I have to confess I’m a True Blood fanatic. It certainly isn’t for everyones taste, but put that tall blonde Swede on TV and I’ll watch him read the phone book. Yes, I am embarrassed to admit it.

  16. Ann says:

    Oh, and the new season of Dexter is so close I can taste it!! To bad we have to wait to download it from Showtime til at least Thanksgiving. That is when we get to go somewhere that has enough bandwidth that we can actually get all the episodes available by then.

  17. Deb says:

    Just recently became addicted to Hell on Wheels. It is a western about building the railroad. The gorgeous main character, Cullen Bohannon, is played by Anson Mount and he may possibly be the best looking dirty guy on TV. Google it if you don’t believe me. Anyway, it’s on AMC and just about done with the second series, but I have DirecTV and both seasons are available on demand. New favorite show (since Breaking Bad is done for the season).

  18. Gayla T says:

    After watching several family members die of cancer in the last 5 years I don’t think I’d enjoy the Big C. The other two look scary. Has everyone seen Bambi? It’s pretty scary too as Bambi’s mommy gets killed but unlike real life his daddy steps up to the plate and saves him from a devestating wild fire. It keeps you on the edge of your seat but stll worth it for action packed drama. No nightmares like the first couple of times I watched it so I’m good to go.

  19. Janie Farmer says:

    I think I’m living on a different planet…or under a rock. Have never watched any of them (including Parts 1, 2 & 3)and have never heard of some of them.

    • Karen says:

      Janie – I’m not surprised you haven’t heard of them. I feature shows that usually aren’t big Network hits and that a lot of people have never heard of. That’s the point of this post … to introduce people to shows they might not be aware of. They are all wayyyyyyy better than anything you’d ever see on network TV. ~ karen!

  20. Anemone says:

    Will you be showing us how you harvest your sweet potatoes whenever they are ready. I planted but I have no idea when and how to dig them up.

  21. Anemone says:

    I really wanna see the big C. I am in the middle of several series. Old series from few years ago. I like Sci fi and space kind of series but I don’t like some of the new ones. The Wire looks good btw. I will check it out. There are soo much good shows old and new. If you know of any good comedies… share. I love Hot in Cleveland.

  22. My fella and I have been watching the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire”……omg, so good!!! It has become our nightly thing once kids in bed. If I have to work, he is not allowed to watch it without me!!! lol


  23. Jan says:

    Breaking Bad. Yes! Add “Justified” to the list too.

    • Karen says:

      Jan – I’ve actually tried Justified but don’t like it. True story. ~ karen

      • Jan says:


        Try again. The fella will love it. After 3 episodes I couldnt stop watching it. BTW!! Way to go Homeland!!! Best actor, best actress and best dramatic series!! Yay!

  24. Alyssa says:

    Believe it or not, I had never, ever seen Lost until it came out on Netflix. I had heard of it, how it was “soooo good” but dug my stubborn go-against-the-flow heels in. Fast forward to this winter – pregnant self finding something to pass the dull nights while hubby is away in the oilfield. Hooked on Lost. Probably not the best idea to watch it alone, in the dark, tired, over imaginative prego brain – three or four episodes of Community later, I finally fell asleep after the first episode.

    Downton Abbey – my hubs, who hates anything period drama related, loved it.

    I <3 Damian Lewis, possibly because he bears a striking resemblance to my man (sorry for all the better half references, he must influence my tv more than I realize.)

  25. Tricia Rose says:

    I have just watched Breaking Bad all the way through for the second time, and enjoyed it more.

    • Jackie MacDougall says:

      Breaking Bad and The Wire, two of the best series ever we are just about to start Battlestar Gallactica (not the campy 70’s one…). Also, we really like The Killing on AMC the home of the unforgettable Madmen!

      • Shauna says:


        My husband thinks that Battlestar Gallactica could quite possibly be the best t.v. show ever made. I was dubious (thinking of the campy 70’s version) and sat down to watch a few episodes and thought it was good enough that I had to get up and leave so I could start watching it from the beginning. I haven’t yet, but someday. Too much good t.v., not enough time in my day;)

      • Karla Duell says:

        My hubby loved this series so much that I went out and bought him the entire series on DVD. I started it and couldn’t stop. I think I watched the entire thing in a couple of weeks. That much of one show causes you to speak like the characters. I said “frack” a little too much!!

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