TV Shows


Published July 17, 2010

Are you feeling like watching a good tv series but don’t know where to start ? Allow me to give you a helping hand.

Comedy
The last few years we’ve seen a new golden age for comedies. These are the ones I like the most:

  • 30 Rock – Tina Fey was head writer for saturday night live (SNL) from 1999-2006 and was responsible for the epic show’s great success in those years. After leaving SNL she created 30 Rock starring herself, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan and others. The show centers around a woman head-writing a variety show, like she did at SNL, dealing with her relationships with the stars, writers, producer and manager. I consider Tina as Jerry Seinfeld’s female counterpart, and with her range of talents and projects she even surpasses him. This show is the best and I can’t get enough of it. The show has already aired four seasons and NBC has picked it up for more.
  • How I met your mother – highly recommended, reminiscent of friends, but the writing and format is newer, cleverer and I think funnier. They just finished season five a while ago, so you have loads of episodes to watch.
  • Modern family – They just finished airing season one a short while ago, and like the office, this mockumentary does not disappoint. It’s about an unusual extended family, like non-other to ever be aired on TV. Very well written, with great characters, it’s a hilarious show that you are sure to love.
  • The office (US version) – this is a true classic, which manages to keep me laughing with every new season. Obviously Steve Correl is amazing, but the rest of the cast are funny as hell too. If you have an office job, as most of you do, this is a MUST.
  • The Big Bang Theory – A show about a group of scientist geeks. You won’t find tech humor anywhere else on mainstream TV. It’s quite funny, even though it’s a bit cheesy.
  • The Sarah Silverman Program - Female comedian Sarah Silverman, breaks the social norm with her shock humor, satire comedy show. It Aired for three season, and although it’s not for everyone, there is nothing quite like it.
  • Real Time with Bill Maher – Although it’s not really a comedy, rather a talk show hosted by the political comedian Bill Maher, I highly recommend it for its humor and intelligent debates, guests and panels. Laugh & think at the same time, not bad.

Dramedy
This is one of my favorite genres. Combining Drama with Humor, makes the drama less cheesy, and the humor more subtle and usually darker, which makes you think while you laugh – a great combination !

  • Entourage – This show has led HBO’s lineup for most of the past seven seasons it has aired. If you haven’t watched it, I’m sure you at least heard of it. Pure hollywood fun — big houses, amazing cars and beautiful babes, not to mention the one and only “Ari Gold”, which is such a great character we named our son after him.
  • United States of Tara – The wonderful film actress Toni Collette stars in this special dramedy, as a mother and wife suffering from a split personality disorder. Whenever she is stressed, she transforms into one of her alternate personalities: wild and flirty teenager T; old-fashioned housewife Alice; and male, loud, beer-drinking Vietnam vet Buck. The show’s executive producer is Steven Spielberg, which might explain how they managed to get Toni Collette in the leading role. In any case it’s currently one of my favorite shows.
  • Nurse Jackie - A dark comedy from showtime. Starring Edie Falco (i.e. Carmela Soprano), as the pain killer addicted nurse, who sleeps with the hospital’s pharmacist to get her drugs, yet cares about her patients more than anyone else. It’s not an easy show to watch, but Edie is a great actress and deserves a chance. So watch at least one episode before you decide.

FICTION/SCI-FI

  • True Blood – Vampire fever has never been bigger in the United States, and this series from HBO is banking big from it. Creator – Alan Ball, the creator of the dark drama Six Feet Under, based his new show on the book series The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. The show is a huge hit, and has the highest rating a HBO series has received since The Sopranos. The show is very provocative, with loads of sex, blood, depicted violence and humor. It’s by far the most high-profile fiction show on TV, and as such is a must see.
  • Fringe – Created by J. J. Abrams, “LOST”‘s creator, fringe is somewhat of the new “X-Files”, only the overall story has been crafted from the get-go and not clumsily created as the series progressed. It’s simpler and easier to watch, and if you miss an episode, that’s OK. One definite advantage it has over lost, is that it’s mysteries are revealed and explained as the plot unfolds, unlike lost where every revelation is tangled up in new mysteries.
  • CapricaThis show is a Battlestar Galactica Spinoff which tells the story of the 12 colonies and the creation of the cylons before the first Cylon war. It stars the great Eric Stoltz (“Killing Zoe”) as the “Creator” and focuses on corporate, political, familial, and personal intrigue. With an interesting techie backdrop and high quality production, this series is a must for SCI-FI lovers and Battlestar Galactica fans.

Drama

  • Mad Men – Wonderful award winning show about ad men in the 50’s and 60’s. It’s a brilliant show, with wonderful actors playing great characters. It has an extremely authentic feel, and touches on issues from personal, social, corporate to political. It’s one of the best drama to ever air, and you should definitely check it out.
  • Dexter – Another great show from showtime, starring Micael C. Hall, as the most lovable serial killer in TV history. The portrayal of dexter by Michael is amazing, and though the rest of the cast doesn’t do as well, he manages to carry the show on his shoulders, pretty much, by himself. Season 5 is scheduled to Air sometime in Sept. so get ready… Here’s Dexter !

6 comments on “TV Shows

  1. I think ‘Breaking Bad’ deserves a mention in the honours section,
    some interesting new comers i checked out are ‘Neighbours from Hell’ (animated comedy)
    and ‘Lewis Black Root of all Evil’

    • I love Lewis Black and vaguely recall hearing something about it, but don’t believe i ever watched it, so i’ll definitely check it out and update as needed.

      I haven’t watched ‘Neighbors from Hell’ either, so i’ll give it a shot too. I should add another section for Animated Shows anyway. I’m missing some other genres but this should be a high priority.

      I did watch a few episodes of ‘Breaking bad’, but didn’t get hooked, so I can’t recommend it. Not that its a bad show, I just don’t feel a lot of people would enjoy it that much. But as the summer season has little new TV to offer, I might watch it some more and change my mind :)

      I really appreciate your thoughts, so 10x !

  2. I agree with Jo and breaking bad is also a favorite of mine. I guess we dont need to mention Weeds since it is a given we are all already watching it?

    • Actually, I don’t think Weeds was very popular here. Perhaps it was at the beginning, but then when it started taking a more depressing tone, many stopped watching it. But don’t get me wrong, I haven’t missed a single episode :-)
      In any case I think the show is over, as I see no mentions of a 7th season.
      It was fun while it lasted !

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