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    Hmm, that's hard.

    Top 5 (in no particular order):

    - Black Books
    - Blackadder
    - Jeeves and Wooster
    - Poirot
    - and either Mad Men or Downton Abbey

    Honorable mentions:
    - House MD
    - Sopranos
    - 24 (at least the first few seasons, 2 and 4 are the best IMHO)
    - Yes, Minister / Yes, Prime Minister

    I don't really think of Monty Python's Flying Circus as a series. My favorites seem a bit heavy on the costume side and you can probably entertain me with most halfway decent crime/mystery show (Sherlock is cool and I am currently bingewatching Elementary, still not exactly sure on the latter, many twists are predictable but so far I stil enjoy it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelric View Post
    Battlestar Galactica (the reboot, not the original): Showed that gritty, dark science fiction can be done well as a serious drama on TV. Yeah, the ending sucked. But that can't take away from the rest of the series.


    New BSG is, bar none, my favorite tv series ever. I don't even think the ending is terrible. I mean it's absurd from a 'this is what a group of people in this situation would actually do' PoV, but I honestly can't think of a better way they could have neatly tied the show up. And it's got emotion. Oh, the emotional power! I think other BSG fans know which scene I mean. Oh, and the music! My forum handle is one of the songs that Bear McCreary wrote for the series.

    Anyhow, the rest of my list:

    2. Game of Thrones Not as good as the books, but I still can't wait to get caught up on this one.

    3. Dexter I thought the show's premise was so ridiculous when it first aired that I made no attempt to watch it for years. But after getting a recommendation from my mother of all people, and then giving it a try I was instantly hooked. It does get pretty silly in places; I'm sure that any trained psychologists who watch the show can't help but roll their eyes, but oh man, is this show full of gritty interesting questions!

    4. Friends There are other sitcoms I thought about putting here -- Frazier and Seinfeld come to mind -- but Friends remains my #1 source of weird-shit-I-have-to-stop-myself-from-blurting-out-at-odd-times.

    5. Psycho Pass Again, there are a few animes I thought of putting here, all of them dark. Deathnote and Darker Than Black come to mind. But I think Psycho Pass is the best; it's reasonably fast-paced, not too much fan service, and it's gritty and dark without expressing hopelessness. The first and last scenes of season 1 are priceless mirror images of each other.

    Honorable Mention: 30 Rock and Parks and Rec both made me incredibly uncomfortable for 2-3 episodes each, but when I got over it...well, pure hilarity ensued.
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    I dont ever really get connected to a show to get into it. Ill watch bits and pieces of a show and move on to something else. But I suppose if I had to:

    Reality TV:
    1) Survivor
    2) The Mole

    Comedy:
    1) Friends
    2) Malcolm in the Middle
    3) House

    Drama
    1) Breaking Bad
    2) Cold Case

    Mystery: (Including those above & my own personal favorite category)
    1) The Mole
    2) Whodunnit
    3) Harpers Island
    5) Whodunnit

    Some of the mystery ones are a bit stupid and cliche but what can I say I love predicting the ending. Gives me somthing to think about.

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    Just picking 5 is difficult for me, but off the top of my head I'll go with:

    1) Full House

    2) Friends

    3) Boy Meets

    4) Degrassi

    5) Avatar: The Last Airbender

    Honorable mentions to:
    - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    - Law & Order: SVU
    - Supernatural
    - Drake & Josh (My favorite show as a kid, don't judge. I love Dan Schneider's shows!)
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    Huh. I thought I already posted in this thread.

    Futurama
    M*A*S*H
    Fringe
    Parks and Recreation
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine


    I love TNG too, but I just think DS9 has a better story and more fleshed-out characters.

    Honorable mentions must be given to Adventure Time, and most seasons of The X-Files. (Wow, those shows could not be more dissimilar.)

    I love the first ten or eleven seasons of The Simpsons, but it hasn't been good in so long, I just can't bring myself to count it.

    And I think of Sherlock as more of a long mini-series, like Hornblower and Jeeves and Wooster.

    Okay, I'm done. (Probably.)

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    Parks and Recreation
    Gilmore Girls
    BBC Sherlock

    I used to really like Bones and House as well. But they both dragged on for way too long and the later seasons are dumb.
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    The wire.
    'One of (Lucas) Cranach's masterpieces, discussed by (Joseph) Koerner, is in it's self-referentiality the perfect expression of left-hemisphere emptiness and a precursor of post-modernism. There is no longer anything to point to beyond, nothing Other, so it points pointlessly to itself.' - Iain McGilChrist

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    "Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
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    Can't get it down to 5, there's a 3 way tie for 4th, have to do top 6:
    1. Glee - shut up, I'm well aware of its flaws and love it anyway. It's my happy place. I love the music and performances most, and the cast is incredible. They did way more with the material they were given than should have been possible. I'm looking forward to seeing where they all go from here. Kurt is my favorite character. At first glance he seems like a total stereotype but the deeper you look he has layers upon layers upon layers of depth with a core of pure steel, pluck, and endless compassion. Chris Colfer is incredible.

    2. Doctor Who - RTD/Tennant Era is my favorite but there is something to like about every Doctor. I like that it is a witty romp of an adventure story but not at the expense of depth.

    3. M*A*S*H - My dad's favorite show, been watching it since I was tiny and no matter how many times I've seen an episode it never fails to make me laugh. TV comfort food.

    4. Firefly - Im a sucker for quirky Whedon wit and characters.

    4. The West Wing - The quick, intelligent and hilarious banter

    4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - again, Whedon wit

    Basically, give me interesting, deceptively deep characters and lots of wit and snark and I'm happy.

    Honorable mention to: Angel, Sherlock, The Flash and the early seasons of Supernatural.
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