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Best TV: What Is The Best Thing You Have Watched On The Small Screen?

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Best TV: What Is The Best Thing You Have Watched On The Small Screen?

I thought there might be a need for a thread for anyone to just post a rec for the best TV shows, old or new, that they are watching now, like or loved, or loved but can't find anywhere.

I am liking:
For All Mankind. The new Apple TV+ Ronald D. Moore show that asks the question how would history have changed if the Soviets had beaten the Americans to the moon by a few weeks.
It's a drama mixing fictional characters, with real characters, and slowly twisting historical events.




From The Earth To The Moon (1998)
Always a favorite of mine. The Imagine/Tom Hanks produced 12 part HBO mini series about the Apollo program.
Not a documentary, but 12 stories dramatizing different aspects and the human stories involved in that massive undertaking. Getting a man to the moon in 9 years.

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For All Mankind is ok for the 3 eps I've watched. Kind of interesting, but also kind of pointless. I loved From the Earth to the Moon.

I think the best thing I ever watched on TV was Band of Brothers (HBO). It was amazing and I could watch it over and over again. It also seems to withstand the test of time (being almost 20 years old). There's some stuff I enjoyed very much in my youth (the 80s) but it's hard to watch old shows like that now.

My Runner-Ups:

Deadwood
The Leftovers (Season 2 to be specific).
Lost
Game of Thrones (first 5 seasons)
Doctor Who (2005) - First 6.5ish seasons
Breaking Bad

Deadwood is my favourite TV show of all time, but BoB is a miniseries so it win's on technicality :)

I'm sure there's a few more I'm not thinking of.

There's plenty of shows I watch and enjoy. There's very few that feel like 60 minutes passed it 2 minutes.
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Nov 7th, 2019 7:01 pm
For All Mankind is ok for the 3 eps I've watched. Kind of interesting, but also kind of pointless. I loved From the Earth to the Moon.

I think the best thing I ever watched on TV was Band of Brothers (HBO). It was amazing and I could watch it over and over again. It also seems to withstand the test of time (being almost 20 years old). There's some stuff I enjoyed very much in my youth (the 80s) but it's hard to watch old shows like that now.

My Runner-Ups:

Deadwood
The Leftovers (Season 2 to be specific).
Lost
Game of Thrones (first 5 seasons)
Doctor Who (2005) - First 6.5ish seasons
Breaking Bad

Deadwood is my favourite TV show of all time, but BoB is a miniseries so it win's on technicality :)

I'm sure there's a few more I'm not thinking of.

There's plenty of shows I watch and enjoy. There's very few that feel like 60 minutes passed it 2 minutes.
I found the first episode of FAM good but a bit slow. I liked the series much better as it progressed, though. I think it has the potential to become really intriguing as it diverges further and further from history. If they don't get too wild with the alternate future plot points.

Come to think of it I don't think I ever completed BoB. I was on board for 4-5 episodes, and somehow got side tracked in the middle.

Personal Favorite Doctor Who, new era, episodes: 3-1 Smith and Jones, 3-10 Blink, 5-1 The Eleventh Hour, Waters of Mars,and Planet of the Dead, specials.

I liked the first season of Warrior last year.
Big budget action set in a messy, corrupt,1890's San Francisco china town. Beautifully choreographed fight scenes. Tongs, Prostitutes, crooked Politicians and cops, and Kung Fu, Whats not to love.

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All the BBC Earth docs; Blue Planet 1&2, Planet Earth 1&2, Life, The Hunt, Dynasties, Frozen Planet, Human Planet etc. They are all epic.
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ndiniwachojeff wrote:
Nov 7th, 2019 10:29 pm
All the BBC Earth docs; Blue Planet 1&2, Planet Earth 1&2, Life, The Hunt, Dynasties, Frozen Planet, Human Planet etc. They are all epic.
Anything with David Attenborough works for me.

I also like his 3 part series about the origins of, and different evolution's of, flight, Conquest of the Skies.
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I would add The Americans, The West Wing and Better Call Saul to some already mentioned, they stand the test of time pretty well.
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I would add The Americans, The West Wing and Better Call Saul to some already mentioned, they stand the test of time pretty well.
Really liked the first season of The Americans, but just missed the boat on subsequent seasons.
The West Wing is a classic, no one makes smart political commentary shows like that any more. Then again, no one but Aaron Sorkin has that kind of commitment. Who else could essentially write four whole seasons of a show themselves, and be willing to do enough coke to kill a herd of elephants to accomplish it. That's commitment to ones art.
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idiotcanuck wrote:
Nov 7th, 2019 10:55 pm
Anything with David Attenborough works for me.
Even though it’s the same footage, the ones narrated by other people just aren’t as good. That man is a treasure.
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ndiniwachojeff wrote:
Nov 8th, 2019 7:26 am
Even though it’s the same footage, the ones narrated by other people just aren’t as good. That man is a treasure.
I would be happy to just be alive and drawing breath at his age. He's tramping through rain forests, performing in and narrating new projects every year.
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Recent favorites - The Deuce, Mindhunter, Chernobyl, Ozark, Stranger Things, Wu Tang Of Mics and Men, When They See Us, Black Mirror, Westworld

All Time favorites - The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Chappelle's Show, LOST, Breaking Bad, Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, The Office, Entourage

zod wrote:
Nov 7th, 2019 7:01 pm
Deadwood is my favourite TV show of all time, but BoB is a miniseries so it win's on technicality :)
Did you watch the Deadwood movie yet and what did you think? I only watched the series within the past year and thought both were incredible. Definitely a top all time series. It was cool seeing the cast I knew like Unser from SoA and Skylar from BB looking younger in those earlier roles
ndiniwachojeff wrote:
Nov 7th, 2019 10:29 pm
All the BBC Earth docs; Blue Planet 1&2, Planet Earth 1&2, Life, The Hunt, Dynasties, Frozen Planet, Human Planet etc. They are all epic.
Thanks for reminding me that I still need to check out the recent "Our Planet". Planet Earth 2 is probably the most visually stunning thing ever shot and it's awesome that it's all just real life.
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We need some specific Pron recs?
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ReeGee wrote:
Nov 9th, 2019 6:05 pm
Recent favorites - The Deuce, Mindhunter, Chernobyl, Ozark, Stranger Things, Wu Tang Of Mics and Men, When They See Us, Black Mirror, Westworld

All Time favorites - The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Chappelle's Show, LOST, Breaking Bad, Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, The Office, Entourage




Did you watch the Deadwood movie yet and what did you think? I only watched the series within the past year and thought both were incredible. Definitely a top all time series. It was cool seeing the cast I knew like Unser from SoA and Skylar from BB looking younger in those earlier roles



Thanks for reminding me that I still need to check out the recent "Our Planet". Planet Earth 2 is probably the most visually stunning thing ever shot and it's awesome that it's all just real life.
Thanks.
When They See Us and Mindhunter weren't on my radar at all. I will have to check them out.
Chernobyl was a great show. Like watching a car crash, but facinating.

I also really liked Manhunt:Unabomber on Netflix a few years back. About profiling and using it to catch Ted Kaczyinski. Sam Worthington, Paul Bettany, Chris Noth. Great acting from all, especially Paul Bettany.

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idiotcanuck wrote:
Nov 10th, 2019 10:11 am
When They See Us and Mindhunter weren't on my radar at all. I will have to check them out.
Chernobyl was a great show. Like watching a car crash, but facinating.
When They See Us and Mindhunter are similar to Chernobyl in the sense that they're based on real events which are hard to believe really happened but they did. There's also a Oprah special on Netflix where she interviews the real people When They See Us is based on. It's such a messed up story

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