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#1 Edited by leftie68 (215 posts) -

My wife and I have just finished watching the season finale to Lost. We thoroughly enjoyed the series. I personally loved the character development and pacing of the show. Well, we enjoyed watching the show together and I wanted to get the giant bomb community's suggestions on the T.V. show series we should embark on next (Perferrably something we can get via Amazon Prime/Instant video or Netflix). My wife doesn't like a lot of nudity in the shows we watch, so keep that in mind. Series we have already seen and enjoyed watched include, Dexter, 24, and various comedy shows like Friends, Arrested Development and Frasier. Thanks for your comments and suggestions.

#2 Edited by betterboulder (190 posts) -

Fringe - Smart pseudoscience problem of the week type show. Slightly more lighthearted than Xfiles

Community - Hilarious comedy

Sherlock - Funny crime show with great characters

Monk -Same as above but not British

#3 Posted by Roxasthirteen (55 posts) -

Have you watched Breaking Bad yet? I can't recommend it enough. It handles the pacing and character development exceptionally well, and it's available on Netflix instant!

#4 Posted by matthias2437 (985 posts) -


#5 Posted by NTM (7516 posts) -

Star Trek.

#6 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -

Deep Space Nine: the first season is kinda rough but it gets soooo good.

Buffy the vampire slayer: solid gold

Strangers with candy: very very funny.

Parks and recreation: kind of like the office but ALOT better.

#7 Posted by leftie68 (215 posts) -

Breaking Bad looks interesting, we might have to give that a shot...anyone watch and enjoy Prison Break?

#8 Posted by Lava (672 posts) -

If you like Friends you would probably like That 70s show or How I Met Your Mother, oh and Big Bang Theory. People have different opinions on House, but I thoroughly enjoy it and highly suggest it. If you need something short Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is only a season but is some of the best TV I have ever seen.

#9 Posted by nickux (1385 posts) -

Breaking Bad - Unlike most shows that have subsequent seasons that aren't quite as good as the first (like Lost), Breaking Bad is a rare thing where each season is better than the one before it.

Twin Peaks - see how much this show inspired Lost and many shows to come

#10 Posted by Redbullet685 (6066 posts) -

Mad Men

#11 Posted by JacDG (2128 posts) -

Friday Night Lights, Chuck, Gilmore Girls (don't hate, that show is fantastic.), How I met your Mother, Veronica Mars.

#12 Edited by Mutley (300 posts) -

Top Recommendation from me- Breaking Bad.

Bar none, One of the most best TV shows I've ever watched.

I would also recommend Sherlock, Its funny and very intelligent with great writing from Steven Moffat.

Community and Park Recreations are quite funny to watch too.

EDIT: I was going to suggest Boardwalk Empire but it does have nudity in it, But if you're open to it I would recommend checking it out too.

#13 Posted by LastNinja (281 posts) -

Boardwalk Empire - Brilliant, but there is some nudity.

Breaking Bad - Already mentioned several times, its simply a really great series.

If your willing to go back in time a little bit:

Crime Story - Michael Mann crime goodness, classic.

On the Air - David Lynch humor, need I say more.

#14 Posted by YI_Orange (1169 posts) -

I second Buffy, Community, and Parks and Recreation.

Parks and Rec starts off a little iffy, but gets really good in season 3.(3 seasons available on netflix)

Buffy, season one again kinda iffy, but the rest, especially the middle of the series is brilliant. If you like Joss Whedon I highly recommend it. (entire series available on netflix)

Community is hilarious. The third season is kind of hit or miss, and a little less funny but more entertaining in other ways. Personally, I really enjoyed the 3rd season. I am worried about the 4th though.(not available on netflix streaming)

Oh, and speaking of Joss Whedon, watch Firefly and it's movie Serenity. It's only 1 season, but a really enjoyable season.(Both the season and the movie are available on Netflix)

I'm also going to Second Breaking Bad. Just watch it, you'll understand.

@Lava: Just going by your criteria, I never really cared for Friends and dislike Big Bang Theory. What are the chances I would like How I Met Your Mother? Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan make me want to give it a shot, but I'm very hesitant. Well, that and I feel like if it has 8 seasons it has to be doing something right.

#15 Posted by doobie (605 posts) -

@leftie68 said:

Breaking Bad looks interesting, we might have to give that a shot...anyone watch and enjoy Prison Break?

the first 2 seasons of PB are excellent. then it goes down hill pretty fast.

#16 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -


it's standard sitcom stuff. people harp about how great it is but at the end of the day it's just a run of the mill sitcom. nothing special about it.

#17 Posted by ArmedBear (223 posts) -

I recommend Coupling. Me and the ex watched it twice, once before and once after the split, and that show never failed to make us giggle.

#18 Posted by doobie (605 posts) -

the UK Life on Mars is fantastic if you can track that down i recommend that.

#19 Edited by pyromagnestir (4333 posts) -

I watched the first season of Prison Break back in the day. It was, entertaining enough, I guess. But I quickly gave up on it. Not a ringing endorsement, that.

Some shows available on Netflix instant I will give a ringing endorsement to, however, are...

First the dramas:

You seem to already be intrigued by Breaking Bad so that's good.

Mad Men

Battlestar Galactica


Doctor Who

Terriers (special emphasis on this one it only lasted one season before being canceled but that one season was fucking brilliant please give this a look, also it doesn't end on a extreme cliffhanger or anything, it wraps up quite nicely for a one season show)

And comedies:

Parks and Recreation. Although the first season was not so great. The first season was only 6 episodes long, though, so it's quick to trudge through.

Better Off Ted (again, this one I want to give an extra bump and say please look it over, it only went 2 seasons, but those 2 seasons were brilliant)



And 2 I haven't seen but are supposed to be great

Friday Night Lights

Downton Abbey

#20 Edited by Lava (672 posts) -

@YI_Orange: Well I am four seasons in and I am absolutely loving it. It's really funny and it is a show that has managed to keep running jokes going for many seasons. Neil Patrick Harris is absolutely fantastic. I was hesitant at first to start it because I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it or anything; but after my girlfriend got sucked into it she pestered me until I broke down and started watching it too. I've heard it compared to Seinfeld, but with a lot of heart behind it. You care about the characters and there are emotional moments but it never stops being funny.

@JacDG: Gilmore Girls is absolutely fantastic. More people should watch and enjoy that show.

#21 Edited by MetalBaofu (1429 posts) -

Doctor Who

Breaking Bad

The Shield

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Modern Family



#22 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -


Breaking Bad

Doctor Who

The first three seasons of Monk

#23 Posted by optimusprime223 (399 posts) -

@JacDG said:

Friday Night Lights, Chuck, Gilmore Girls (don't hate, that show is fantastic.), How I met your Mother, Veronica Mars.

I agree with the statement about Gilmore Girls. However, when you have watched the entire run at least 5 times over the course of an 18 month period, it can get annoying. Or maybe it was the wife forcing me to watch it so much. Also, Fringe and Dexter.

#24 Posted by LastNinja (281 posts) -

I second Justified and Mad Men.

#25 Posted by Bait003 (37 posts) -


#26 Posted by BoFooQ (714 posts) -

I just got done with terriers and it was pretty good. The Other Guys, not the movie, is a great funny buddy cop show. Other things on netflix are Trailer Park Boys, or Sports Night. I also enjoyed Gilmore Girls, thought the show was good, but too many love triangles shifting back and forth.

#27 Posted by LastNinja (281 posts) -

Oh and I find the show Girls pretty damn entertaining too.

#28 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -


Mad men

Breaking bad

Friday night lights

Doctor who

The wire


#29 Posted by stinky (1551 posts) -

@DoctorDanger99 said:

Strangers with candy: very very funny.

first time watching it, i couldn't take how ugly the main character was.

but man, one of the best shows ever. grows on you.

#30 Posted by TheHT (11664 posts) -

Game of Thrones


Breaking Bad

The Walking Dead

#31 Posted by DoctorDanger99 (686 posts) -


i know! you spend the first couple of episode thinking,"what the fuck is this shit?" then before you know it your in preverted heaven!

#32 Posted by Kiri90 (261 posts) -

I agree with the shows that everyone else has mentioned, and one that you guys might enjoy--that is available both on Netflix and Amazon--is Sons of Anarchy. When reading the description for the show I wasn't too interested, but then a friend told me how great it was, so I watched it....and you know what, I agree! I think the show is very entertaining and enjoyable.

#33 Posted by Nilazz (627 posts) -

Breaking bad, the best thing on tv the right now.

#34 Posted by MocBucket62 (1261 posts) -

Game of Thrones and Friday Night Lights are two shows I recommend.

#35 Posted by wewantsthering (1586 posts) -
  • Breaking Bad
  • Sherlock
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Pushing Daisies
#36 Posted by SpartanAmbrose (834 posts) -

Breaking Bad. I feel like watching the first 4 seasons again just thinking about it.

#37 Posted by theguy (796 posts) -

The Wire

#38 Posted by Rabid619 (1106 posts) -

Breaking Bad (The most consistently great show I've ever seen, seriously this is a must)

Game of Thrones



The Walking Dead (Sometimes great, but occasionally stumbles into mediocrity)

#39 Posted by Undeadpool (4986 posts) -

@leftie68: Community is definitely a go-to. Easily three of the best seasons of TV ever produced.

Archer- if you like your comedy actiony and you can handle some MASSIVELY un-PC humor.

Spaced- it's like Big Bang Theory but actually witty. And British. And from the people who would go on to make Shawn of the Dead/Hot Fuzz.

How I Met Your Mother- REALLY wanted to hate this show, but couldn't bring myself to once I actually watched it. VERY subversive.

The Shield- great, gritty cop drama.

Sons of Anarchy- like The Shield, but from the other side of the law.

#40 Edited by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Doctor Who. It's totally cheesy and British but I love it to death. Start with the 2005 David Eccleston version.

Edit: Okay, some other duders beat me to it. For more British TV, check out Coupling, Green Wing, and Black Books. Oh, and I can't forget Top Gear.

#41 Posted by Bane (435 posts) -

On Netflix Instant:

  • Heroes (all four seasons)
  • Jericho (cancelled after two seasons unfortunately, both seasons available)
  • Rescue Me (all seven seasons)
  • The Tudors (all fours seasons, some nudity)
#42 Edited by SmithCommaJohn (144 posts) -

My recommendations mostly repeat what's already been said, but here goes:

  • Buffy and (to a slightly lesser extent) Angel
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003 version - start with the miniseries which may be sold/listed separately from the first season)
  • Firefly
  • Mad Men
  • Breaking Bad (probably the best show on TV right now, and one of the best shows ever made)
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • The Shield
  • Weeds (The quality of this show varies widely from season to season, but it's a fun ride for the most part. But it contains a fair amount of nudity.)
  • Sherlock
  • Archer (one of the funniest shows I've ever seen)

If I remember correctly, all of these are available on Netflix streaming.

#43 Posted by tphickma (62 posts) -
@leftie68 twin peaks
#44 Posted by Chalian (216 posts) -


#45 Posted by Smashlampjaw (220 posts) -

Game of Thrones


The Walking dead

South Park

Its always sunny in Philadelphia

#46 Posted by mosespippy (4365 posts) -

Whenever I see people asking for recommendations for TV the first show I think of is Skins. Unfortunately there is a fair bit of nudity in season 1 so you could pick it up at the start of season 2 (but you'd be half way through the character arc for this set of characters) or at the start of season 3 (which is the beginning of a new set of characters). I also don't think it's available for streaming in America so I don't know how you'd get it. Youtube apparently. I generally think if someone likes the first 15 minutes of Skins they'll enjoy the whole run, even though it is more serious than it starts out as. The American version of Skins has some interesting changes but is not good.

Gilmore Girls is pretty good too but in a very different way.

#47 Posted by Revan_NL (346 posts) -

He said his wife doesn't like nudity and some of you are recommending Game of Thrones????? Ontopic: Fringe, as mentioned by many, it's from the creators of Lost Chuck, a good mix of action and comedy Nikita (the new series): just go an watch this it's really good

#48 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

Surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet, but Freaks and Geeks is perhaps the best show I've ever seen, and perfectly encapsulates the high school experience.

Most other shows have already been recommended (I'll second Pushing Daisies though, that's a great show to watch, especially with a significant other), but if you're looking for a good Drama/Comedy, check out Battleground on Hulu. It's about a senate campaign, and mixes the political idealism, wit, and drama of The West Wing with the goofy antics, awkwardness, and style of the Office.

Speaking of which, how has no one mentioned The West Wing, yet? I never actually got past the fifth season, but the first four are incredible television.

#49 Posted by Cathryn (549 posts) -
  • Alias (another JJ Abrams show about spies -- the first three seasons are especially fantastic)
  • Veronica Mars (noir detective series about a teenaged girl trying to find the murderer of her best friend, amazing writing)
  • 30 Rock (Hilarious comedy about making a late-night TV show. Tina Fey is a genius)
  • Mad Men (Great period drama that deserves all the love it gets)
  • The Good Wife (mature, well-written legal drama with great dialogue)

These are my personal faves -- I especially recommend Alias if you liked Lost. Hope you find some stuff you enjoy :)

#50 Edited by YI_Orange (1169 posts) -