Binge-worthy TV Shows for Isolation

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  1. Vidiot

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    Hollywood, USA
    Noted Hollywood writer Ken Levine just posted an interesting list of TV shows for people who are confined to their homes and want to take in some great shows they haven't seen before. Here's his list:

    For sitcoms I would say Everybody Loves Raymond, 30 Rock, Becker, Fawlty Towers, The Coupling (British version), Black Adder, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, and Taxi. And if you want to go way back, The Phil Silvers Show and the 39 classic episodes of The Honeymooners.

    For dramas, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Mad Men, Justified, Killing Eve, Hustle (British show), The Fugitive, The Rockford Files, Columbo, Hill Street Blues, The Practice, L.A. Law, and Lost (just don’t count on a great finale).

    I’m not a sci-fi or horror guy so there are a lot more if you’re into those genres.


    I don't agree with all of Ken's choices, and I think some (particularly L.A. Law) are really dated and tough to watch today. I recently tried to watch Star Trek: TNG and Deep Space Now, and threw in the towel because they all looked like late-1980s TV. Just too slow, creaky, and cheap-looking for me (but I get that the shows had big fans back in the day). I would add to Mr. Levine's list some more-recent dramas along with some classics from the past:

    Better Call Saul
    Game of Thrones
    West Wing
    (at least the first 4 seasons written by Aaron Sorkin)
    The Avengers (at least the Diana Rigg episodes of the classic UK series)
    The Prisoner
    Mad Men
    (but know going in that the alien conspiracy will never be explained)
    House of Cards (great until Kevin Spacey left)
    Twilight Zone (the 1960s B&W version; I'm not a fan of any of the reboots, in general)

    and for comedies:
    I Love Lucy
    (also really dated, but it's a classic for a reason)
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Monty Python's Flying Circus
    (a late-'60s/early '70s show that still holds up today)
    Larry Sanders (one of the greatest satires about TV ever)

    I could watch any of these right now and not get bored or tune out. We just binged on Rick & Morty on Cartoon Network and we enjoyed it very much and look forward to new ones. That's a show I had intended to watch several years ago, and only just now got around to it because of the isolation thing. I also discovered a whole bunch of "adult" cartoons in the last few years that I'd recommend to anybody, including Bojack Horseman, Venture Bros., Big Mouth, F Is for Family, and a few others, but be warned that these ain't exactly for kids.

    There's only a handful of shows in history that I'd say never jumped the shark, and those would include The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Honeymooners (at least the classic 39), Fawlty Towers (which only did 12 episodes), and probably Breaking Bad as well. The Writers Guild of America produced their list of the 101 best-written TV shows ever made, and there's some good contenders in there:

    The 101 Best-Written TV Shows: 'The Sopranos' Tops WGA List | HuffPost
  2. LeBon Bush

    LeBon Bush Hound of Love

    BIG thumbs up on your additions - we're eagerly awaiting each week's new episode of Better Call Saul at the moment :righton: and Curb Your Enthusiasm, what a fantastic show. Some episodes had my stomach hurt because I was constantly laughing. Unbelievable most of the dialogue on that show is improvised.

    Community was also a great show. As are, in my opinion:

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Misfits (the british show)
    Babylon Berlin
    Black Mirror
    Rules of Engagement
    Parks & Recreation
    Fresh Off The Boat

    And, for some cheesy 70s fun, The Love Boat.
  3. Jerrika

    Jerrika Mysterious Ways

    The Vampire Diaries
    The Sopranos
    Sons of Anarchy
    Game of Thrones
  4. fitzysbuna

    fitzysbuna Senior Member

    Doctor Who
    Life on Mars /Ashes to Ashes
    Person Of Interest
    The Middle
    Red Dwarf
  5. Oliver

    Oliver Bourbon Infused

    Peaky Blinders
  6. bartels76

    bartels76 Forum Hall Of Fame

    Six Feet Under
    trust me on this
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  8. RayS

    RayS A Little Bit Older and a Little Bit Slower

    Out of My Element
    The Office
    The Office
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  9. Conestoga Rankin

    Conestoga Rankin Tito, King of the Streets

    Brooklyn 99
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  10. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    The Capture. You'll guess the ending but it's great the way they get there.
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  11. Bruce Racket

    Bruce Racket Forum Resident

    The Knick - One of my favorite series of all time. Set in The Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900. Amazing period piece. Clive Owens character is based on this man : William Stewart Halsted - Wikipedia
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  12. rmath84

    rmath84 Forum Resident

    I can't watch any of those older comedies because of the laugh tracks, they bother me now. 30 Rock is great though.

    I find Murder She Wrote like comfort food but it's off Amazon now. Early season of Monk are good but he gets too cranky in the later seasons. I'm enjoying Star Trek :TNG but being very selective to mostly watch Data, Q, or Picard centric episodes.

    The Mandalorian is also getting another run through.
  13. PH416156

    PH416156 Alea Iacta Est

    No Buffy the vampire slayer?
  14. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    My tv binge watching thread must have inspired you. :)
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  15. Obtuse1

    Obtuse1 Forum Resident

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  16. Gord D

    Gord D Forum Resident

    The wife and I have been binge watching The Big Bang Theory. Never watched it before. Great writing and acting. One of the few shows that actually make us laugh.
  17. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

  18. It was superb.

    Of near equal quality in feel and texture, bingeing isolationists should consider Babylon Berlin.

    Of course Boardwalk Empire.

    How depressing, huh? There's always The Office. I've been bingeing that one. I keep forgetting that I now have every Seinfeld, yet I've never seen a single one.
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  19. DetroitDoomsayer

    DetroitDoomsayer Forum Middle Child

    Detroit, Michigan
    All Netflix:

    Babylon Berlin
    Lady Dynamite
    Schitt's Creek
    Parks and Recreation
    Peaky Blinders
    The Crown
    Sex Education
    Grace & Frankie
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  20. Mystery Science Theater 3000
  21. Graham

    Graham Forum Resident

    London, UK
    No mention of The Wire or Deadwood?!
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  22. Paul_s

    Paul_s Forum Resident

    Columbo is great, love watching an episode every now and then. My pops used to watch Hill Street Blues in the day - something I should watch as I was too young back then to appreciate it.

    Some of my recommends;

    Miami Vice (the original series - up to Season 3).
    Mysterious Cities of Gold (cartoon TV series from the early 1980's - great adventure series for kids and adults. Great story telling, music, animation)
    The Equalizer (original series with Edward Woodward)
    The Invaders (Quinn Martin)
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  23. fenderesq

    fenderesq In Brooklyn It's The Blues / Heavy Bass 7-7

    Brooklyn - NY
    I was just reading through the list with no expectations of adding a 'Like' anywhere even if I liked a show as this is pretty much really just a list of favorite shows... which is OK but there are no real revelations... however; I found Peaky Blinders to be such an exceptional show I had to give it a 'Like' right from Nick Cave's theme song all the way through. The writing, story lines; the direction, the acting; the characterizations all excellent across the board with a special nod to Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons a Conservative Jewish gangster. The art direction; the visuals and cinematography are uniformly stunning and man that soundtrack throughout is outstanding.
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  24. Trying to think of ones not mentioned.... any of the Star Trek series, Ozark, original Outer Limits, Stranger Things, Fargo.
  25. Unknown Delight

    Unknown Delight Alan Myers Jazz Heads Unite!

    Star Trek ( 1960s Original Series )
    Doctor Who ( 1970s '4th Doctor' episodes with Tom Baker )
    The Carol Burnette Show ( 1970s / early 80s )
    M*A*S*H ( 1970s )
    All In The Family ( for a good laugh )
    The Muppet Show ( 1970s episodes )
    Batman : The Animated Series ( fantastic 1990s animated noir )



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