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Recommend us some TV series?

The OH and I recently finished re-watching Babylon 5 and finished watching the fourth season of Heroes. He informed me that our Netflix queue was getting a little thin on series and said I could suggest up to five series to put on the queue.

So what should we watch?


Captions or subtitles required. (Sadly many BBC series don't have them.) We prefer shows that actually end. Reasons we have bounced off some shows: too silly, too much like real life, don't care about or like any of the characters, inexcusable sexism (don't ask how we managed to get hooked on Heroes). We are impatient so we have to like the show within the first episode or two. (Don't ask how we managed to get hooked on Babylon 5.)


On the queue already:
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Being Human
Big Bang Theory
Black Jack
Boondocks
Gankutsuo
Ken Burns' Jazz
Life on Mars
Playing Shakespeare
Samurai Champloo
Terminator: Sarah Connor
The Wire
Trigun


Series we've liked:
As Time Goes By
Barchester Chronicles
Coupling
Cowboy Bebop (anime)
Firefly
Genshiken (anime)
Ghost in the Shell (anime)
Hellsing (anime)
Heroes
Kaze no Yojimbo (anime)
Last Exile (anime)
Princess Nine (anime)
Red Dwarf
Star Trek:TOS (but none of the later ones)


Series we tried and didn't like:
Beauty and the Beast (inexcusable sexism)
Bleach (anime—doesn't actually end)
Dr Who (Tom Baker version—too silly)
Kamichu (anime—too silly)
Princess Tutu (anime—too silly)
Six Feet Under (didn't care about the characters)
Stargate SG-1 (inexcusable sexism)
Vicar of Dibley (too much like real life)


Series the OH has vetoed:
Battlestar Galactica
Dr Who (any version)
Lost

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mamatiger
Oct. 17th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
You watched *all* of Heroes? Wow. That's dedication.

Recommendation: watch Fringe! It might take a bit to grow on you, but John Noble is just a revelation as Walter Bishop. It's been unbelievably awesome this season. (Being Human, UK version, is awesome also, no clue how the USA version will turn out.)

Nikita probably isn't on Netflix yet, and is exceptionally silly, but it passes the Bechdel test in spades every week, and Maggie Q is tres adorable.

If it's avoiding sexism you want, you can't do much better than The Closer. The recent season eps featuring Kyra Sedgwick facing off against Mary "President Roslin" McDonnell -- oh, my. It would be a spoiler to explain why their relationship is so exceptionally awesome though.

(I adored Beauty and the Beast, mostly because of Ron Perlman's performance. They did eventually get over the "rescue Catherine every week" plot device. It is however pretty dated by this point, and the bizarre decision to [redacted spoiler] ruined it for me anyway, George RR Martin or no George RR Martin.)
firecat
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I liked Beauty and the Beast too but the OH didn't. I know what the spoiler is.
miz_geek
Oct. 17th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
How about Farscape and Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
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firecat
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! We do have Pinky and the Brain on our queue. We tried Animaniacs a while back but the OH says that the characters remind him of obnoxious kids in high school so he doesn't like it.
elainegrey
Oct. 17th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
In the past year we've been engaged with MI-5 (spies), Wire in the Blood (profiler), and Waking the Dead (police procedural on cold cases). Currently we're watching the intense eight episode Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th century England.

I think i've enjoyed the British contemporary police procedurals because they have been more unpredictable due to the cultural gap. But oh, my. There's still an issue with Catholics.


ETA: I'm pretty sure the first three have subtitles: we were getting the DVDs and if we forgot the subtitles in the beginning, we had to turn them on pretty quickly thanks to the British accent.


Edited at 2010-10-17 02:19 pm (UTC)
firecat
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I knew about MI-5 and I'm glad to get a recommendation for it.

I guess neither of us would be particularly upset by anti-Catholic stuff.
elainegrey
Oct. 17th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
What do you mean by "shows that actually end." Each episode is self contained? Each episode resolves the immediate story arc, but an arc continues? No cliff hangers?
firecat
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
I mean "show has a story arc that resolves in less than, say, 60 episodes."

We gave up on Bleach because it has 240 episodes and counting.
starcat_jewel
Oct. 17th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
NUMB3RS and Eureka are both very good; they're still ongoing, so I don't know whether they'll actually come to an end or not.

Sherlock is serious crack, but it's brand-new (only 3 episodes out AFAIK); if you can handle the idea of an AU contemporary Sherlock Holmes, I'd say it's worth a try.

I'd recommend Bones, except that it went completely off the rails after 2½ seasons. However, the first 2 seasons each have a fairly complete internal story arc.

I have no idea whether any of these have captioning or not.
firecat
Oct. 17th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Especially for explaining about Bones. I saw a bit of one episode and really didn't like it and wondered why people raved about it. Maybe I saw something after the 2d season.
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treacle_well
Oct. 17th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I'd recommend Farscape. There's some silliness, but it's not all silly, and takes a deep dive toward dark in later seasons that pulled me right along, even through some excessive somethingness.

Am curious as to why the OH vetoed Battlestar Galactica (unless it was the original series, in which case I completely understand.)

BTW, I loved Gankutsuo

One series that I kept watching even though I didn't think I was liking it (or maybe was just thinking it wasn't the kind of think I like) was Utawarerumono so I'd recommend giving that a try as something that was enjoyable enough and managed to carry me from episode to episode and thus might do the same for other. But it seems it's no longer available on Netflix instant watching and for some reason they don't have the DVD--it's now listed as one of the items available for saving.
treacle_well
Oct. 17th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Just realized I don't know if Farscape has captioning or not.
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selki
Oct. 17th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
I really liked Homefront, set just after WWII in Ohio. I don't know if it was captioned. Grappled with racism, classism, union struggles, McCarthyism, sexism, had characters I cared about, light moments, and serious eye candy. 2 seasons.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homefront_%28U.S._TV_series%29
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101121/
sophy
Oct. 18th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sad BSG is vetoed. :(

Is the note about Star Trek to mean you don't want to watch any of the other series or just haven't yet? If you're up for them, I highly recommend Star Trek: Voyager, especially if you like good character studies and kick ass female leads.

I'd give a Buffy rec, but you most assuredly won't really like it until at least season two, if not even later. But it really is worth it for the later seasons if you could force yourself to get through them.

Seconding the rec for Fringe. Also, if you like spy shows at all, you might like Alias.

Don't know about captioning or subtitles for any of them, so you'd have to check that out.
firecat
Oct. 18th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
Star Trek: I liked TNG and DS9 (I didn't see all the episodes of DS9), but the OH didn't like them.

I wanted to like Voyager but didn't (I saw 3 or 4 episodes, I think).
pachamama
Oct. 18th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
For sheer goofy sci-fi-spy fluff, Chuck (though one story arc tends to lead directly into the next)

My daughter just introduced me to The Gilmore Girls -- we're midway through season 2 and like it very well so far.

There's a British series I love called Outnumbered. It is only partially scripted, with huge chunks of really funny improvisational stuff.

pachamama
Oct. 18th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
oh and it's been recommended already, but Numb3rs is good
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firecat
Oct. 19th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
This is very helpful! It sounds like y'all and we have similar tastes, based on your enjoyment of Ken Burns and B5, and your dislike of ST:TNG and Six Feet Under (EXACTLY).
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