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minh
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USA
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Posted - 02/08/2012 :  10:27:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Last summer my sister introduced me to "White Collar". After prodding from several friends I 'discovered' "The Big Bang Theory" over the holidays.

So what other fun shows have I been missing out on ?! Please share your recommendations, I need some quality knitting time in front of the TV :)

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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 02/09/2012 :  06:40:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Portlandia! Although you may not get much knitting done - the show is so engagingly quirky and funny I find I can't take my eyes off the screen. But there you have it, my recommendation. Not deeply epic, just funny, funny, funny.

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purlewe
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Posted - 02/09/2012 :  08:28:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Leverage. I love heist shows, and I love the actors in this. You can get the first 3 seasons on netflix!

Jeeves and Wooster. I watch these about every other month. And some of the scenes are filmed at Highclere, which is where Downton is filmed.

And I always love to go back to some old favorites. All Creatures Great and Small, Waiting for God, and As Time Goes By.

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One Stitch at a Time
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Posted - 02/09/2012 :  09:39:51 AM  Show Profile Send One Stitch at a Time a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you have Netflix, look for Arrested Development, Frasier and an English show called Miranda. All excellent.

If you are not watching 30 Rock, which I think is on opposite Big Bang Theory, check it out also.

I'm going to check out Portlandia - I love quirky humor.

Nanci
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Lanea
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Posted - 02/09/2012 :  11:45:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Justified! It's the most informed, least insulting shows about Appalachia I've ever seen. And it has an amazing cast and great writing--it's based on an Elmore Leonard story, so that would have hooked me no matter what. Timothy Olyphant, Margo Martindale, and Walton Goggins are like a perfect storm of actors.

I loved the first couple of seasons of Sons of Anarchy, but it's getting increasingly coocoo. (If any of you are fans of the original Queer as Folk, Charlie Hunnam is astounding as Jax. But of course he is.) The cast is excellent, and the Hamlet references are interesting, though less important as the show progresses.

If you are a Hulu user, the British series Misfits is not to be missed. It's like a cross between Heroes and Skins, but far far better than either.

For comedy, I second Clara's Portlandia recommendation, but I would watch Carrie Brownstein brush her teeth, so I will admit my bias. I also love 30 Rock (which has a very different view of Appalachia--Jack Brayer is actually a very talented clogger) and Parks and Rec.

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purlewe
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Posted - 02/10/2012 :  07:56:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OH and I should say.. if you like tv crime/police dramas.. Luther recently blew me away. 2 seasons only, and the 2nd season is only 4 eps? but a GREAT British crime show. Idris Elba is unbelievably wonderful (and HOT!)

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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 02/10/2012 :  08:28:49 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I recently starting watching Lost Girl on Sci Fi channel.
It is kinda fun. On the order of Grimm and Once Upon A Time.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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marjotse
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Posted - 02/11/2012 :  11:50:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit marjotse's Homepage Send marjotse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I quite like Luther and love Sherlock (the modern day setting).

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sherrya
Warming Up

USA
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Posted - 02/11/2012 :  1:27:44 PM  Show Profile Send sherrya a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm a big NCIS fan, but then again it could be that I'm a big Mark Harmon fan, oh those blue eyes!
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Patshere
Chatty Knitter

171 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2012 :  6:28:31 PM  Show Profile Send Patshere a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love Netflix...taking your advice and watching Luther while knitting on my new Catkin using pink and green color ways of Dirty Water Dyeworks.
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purlewe
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Posted - 02/11/2012 :  8:55:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OH! Yes to Sherlock! In fact, they talk about how they tried to make Luther as a smart, modern day SHerlock. Someone who sees things others don't b'c of his enormous intellect.

Patshere.. I hope you like Luther as much as I did.

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Patshere
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Posted - 02/11/2012 :  9:05:06 PM  Show Profile Send Patshere a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've now watched the first three episodes of Luther. Who has been a character more menacing than Alice Morgan? And Lucient Burgess? Yowza, what a creep.
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agnesgooch
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Posted - 02/12/2012 :  07:29:04 AM  Show Profile Send agnesgooch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I caught Luther on-line since I don't get BBCAmerica on cable anymore. I loved it! Then I happened to be browsing recently and saw that there was a second season. I watched the four episodes and waited patiently for them to add more. Then I realized (after looking up the series on imdb) that the four episodes were the entire second season. I sure hope they make more Luther.

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kbshee
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Posted - 02/12/2012 :  11:36:11 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We've been watching The Borgias, Big Love, The Wire, and Boardwalk Empire on Netflix (disks, not streaming). Will also start watching "Lilyhammer" on Netflix streaming (The Sopranos meets Northern Exposure, starring Steven Van Zandt). And you have watched The Tudors, haven't you? Another great British series is State of Play (much better than the US movie) and House of Cards (also coming to Netflix streaming later this year, but the Brit version is terrific).

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minh
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Posted - 02/12/2012 :  9:03:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you, thank you, thank you! My Netflix queue is long and I will be a busy stockinette knitter :)

Isn't it interesting that so many British shows were mentioned? I thought of stocking up on DVDs in the UK but did not think they would work on our DVD player because of the zones.

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marfa
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Posted - 02/13/2012 :  08:52:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit marfa's Homepage Send marfa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do.

Great topic, Minh! We have basic cable & we borrow the HBO shows from the Library. Recently I borrowed HUNG, the 1st 2 seasons: I knitted & stayed glued to the TV through all the DVDs. (My sweetie was away for 2 days so it was a guilty pleasure!) Everything about it was wonderful - the writing, the actors, the premise (yes, it is wacky), the scenes of down-on-her-luck Detroit, the music.

Any other fans?

SAVING GRACE & NURSE JACKIE are pretty interesting shows too - both feature excellent, awesome actresses w/ Holly Hunter & Edie Falco.

Martha

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azblueskies
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Posted - 02/13/2012 :  12:10:52 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Enlightened (HBO) and Southland (TNT) are two I like. Oh, and Modern Family. And I'm climbing onto the Downton Abbey wagon....thanks!

Added: Big C and Nurse Jackie.



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Milinda
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3817 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2012 :  6:15:32 PM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sherrya

I'm a big NCIS fan, but then again it could be that I'm a big Mark Harmon fan, oh those blue eyes!



:: NO KIDDING! That man was gorgeous when young but he is stupendous at 60! Yowza! Hey, did you hear that they are going to have Jamie Lee Curtis on to spar with him? The dance of the Silver Foxes between those two.

M L
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Milinda
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3817 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2012 :  6:17:42 PM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Downton Abbey, of course, even have my husband hooked now that there is no football.

I am a big fan of The Good Wife, The Mentalist and Person of Interest. And no, I don't work for CBS. LOL

M L
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mjhealy
Warming Up

68 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2012 :  6:39:52 PM  Show Profile Send mjhealy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Second your recommendation of Nurse Jackie. Funny, sad, poignant and thoughtful. My favorite character is Mrs. Akalitus, the nurses' supervisor.

Akalitus: I know Michelle Obama.
Father: Excuse Me?
Akalitus: You heard me.

My guilty pleasure of late is AMC's The Walking Dead. Zombie apocalypse, but such good storylines. I look down at my knitting during the gruesome scenes. First new episode last night since November and I postponed watching Downton Abbey until tonight.

Martha H.

p.s. Thanks Minh for starting this great conversation.
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agnesgooch
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573 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2012 :  02:50:04 AM  Show Profile Send agnesgooch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, I love The Walking Dead, too. I also can't wait until April 1st, when the new seasons of Game of Thrones and The Killing start.

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