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#1 Posted by ShalashaskaUK666 (529 posts) -

So I was a huge fan of LOST, Prison Break and 24.

I've also chewed my way through all of The Shield and Breaking Bad, which were both fantastic. What are some good new shows that have overarching storylines, not just week-by-week individuals like CSI? I'm currently watching Touch and finding it pretty lame, and I also finished Alcatraz, but both of those shows whilst hinting at larger stories, had separate plotlines for each week.

What should I check out please?

#2 Posted by Baillie (4173 posts) -

There's not much just now, really. Game of Thrones? What about going back and watching The Sopranos?

#3 Posted by Philantrophy (354 posts) -

Not in anyway new, but you should check out The Sopranos.

#4 Posted by SlasherMan (1725 posts) -

If you liked Lost, you might like Once Upon a Time. It can be rather obnoxious with the whole lovey dovey nonsense, but it's worth tolerating for everything else that it offers IMO.

There are plenty of other good shows that satisfy your requirements too: Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Mentalist, Fringe, Supernatural. Life was pretty great, too bad that only had 2 seasons (still worth watching if you can find it). I'm sure there are more that I'm forgetting right now, but these should keep you busy for a while.

#5 Posted by Baillie (4173 posts) -
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Dexter
  • Fringe
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Once Upon a Time (My girlfriend loves it)
  • Sherlock (Although there has only been three 90min long episodes)
  • The Sopranos
  • Spartacus
  • The Walking Dead

I can't fully recommend them all, but I've seen at least a couple of episodes of all of them. All pretty good.

#6 Posted by LiquidElite (88 posts) -

fringe is pretty good. supernaturals first few seasons are awesome, dexter is consistently good. but people have already said these. Did you try flashforward? "A mysterious event causes every single person in the world to simultaneously lose consciousness for 2 minutes and 17 seconds" i haven't seen may episodes but from what i did it was interesting,

#7 Posted by ShalashaskaUK666 (529 posts) -

Ah thanks guys!! Yeah I forgot to mention I've seen all of Dex and Sherlock (the latter being one of the best shows in years), I also watched the pilot for Walking Dead but I think I have zombie-fatigue just from the sheer amount of games and stuff that has them in. I do hear good things though, I'm guessing WD picks up, because EVERYONE is talking about it!

Watching the QL of Game of Thrones made me think I should watch that, so I think I'll give The Walking Dead another crack first, and failing that, Game of Thrones!!

Oh actually, I heard the makers of Prison Break made a show called Breakout Kings? Has anybody watched that, and if so, is it worth it?

Cheers guys!!

#8 Posted by Baillie (4173 posts) -

@ShalashaskaUK666: Never watched Breakout Kings. I never heard great things, and I've just had a look and it's been cancelled. I loved prison break, but season 2 and 4 aren't anywhere near as good as the other two. Being in prison made that show better.

#9 Posted by Tylea002 (2295 posts) -

You didn't mention the Wire in your post, so I'm here to mention The Wire for you.

If you haven't, watch it.

If you have, watch it again.

#10 Posted by Benny (1953 posts) -

Yeah Game of Thrones dude. I envy you being able to watch almost all of seasons 1 & 2 back to back.

#11 Posted by MocBucket62 (1229 posts) -

Try Friday Nights Lights sometime. Patrick was right on about the series during the Battleship quick look, whether you like football or not, its a great drama series.

#12 Posted by hastapura (19 posts) -

Justified. Also, Homeland.

#13 Posted by Marcsman (3198 posts) -

Homeland

Game of Thrones

Boss

Person of Interest

#14 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

Check out awake. It's currently airing on NBC and definitely worth watching.

#15 Posted by pyromagnestir (4324 posts) -

Checks to see if Game of Thrones has been mentioned (Yep.)

Checks to see if Justified has been mentioned (Yep.)

Checks to see if Boardwalk Empire has been mentioned (Yep.)

Guesses Mad Men might not be your thing. (That's too bad, but some shows aren't for everybody)

Shouts "THE WIRE!"

Leaves thread.

#16 Edited by doobie (605 posts) -

Life on Mars (UK)

Sherlock

sorry you said running at the moment. niether of these are but are both great

#17 Posted by mordukai (7150 posts) -

@Baillie said:

  • Sherlock (Although there has only been three 90min long episodes)

Six.

#18 Posted by Clonedzero (4200 posts) -

since all the obvious choices have been mentioned, i'll say battlestar galactica?

#19 Posted by dropabombonit (1490 posts) -

Mad Men, that is all

#20 Posted by Baillie (4173 posts) -

@mordukai said:

@Baillie said:

  • Sherlock (Although there has only been three 90min long episodes)

Six.

Huh, yeah I don't know why I said three. I was probably going to say three in each season, or something.

#21 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

@ShalashaskaUK666: I've watched the first episode of Breakout Kings. I thought it was incredibly corny and uninteresting. Then again, I didn't like Prison Break either, so Breakout Kings might be right up your alley.

#22 Edited by porkstone (8 posts) -

House of lies

#23 Posted by RedRoach (1191 posts) -

How the hell has no one said Sons of Anarchy? Probably my favourite show and I've seen most of what's been said here.

#24 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

I've been watching The X-Files a lot recently. It's not really that great, but it's definitely a classic and there are a ton of episodes.

#25 Posted by mordukai (7150 posts) -

@Baillie said:

@mordukai said:

@Baillie said:

  • Sherlock (Although there has only been three 90min long episodes)

Six.

Huh, yeah I don't know why I said three. I was probably going to say three in each season, or something.

Thankfully there's going to be a third season at some point. Maybe once Freeman finish his work on The Hobbit unless they can find a way to squeeze filming for Sherlock in the middle of it. If Jackson is doing the shooting like he did with LOTR then I can't see Freeman having the time to do it in the next year.

UGH! I am so torn here. On one hand I am a huge Tolkien fan and lets face it, Freeman was put on this earth to play Bilbo Baggins, but him and Cumberbatch do such an amazing Sherlock and Watson.

#26 Posted by Paindamnation (805 posts) -

Awake.

#27 Posted by djn3811 (56 posts) -

House M.D. unfortunately just ended last night but it's been one of my favorite shows for a while. Its 8 seasons long so there is definitely a lot watch (170+ episodes).

#28 Posted by Jayzilla (2562 posts) -

@dropabombonit said:

Mad Men, that is all

Best acting, writing, and costumes on TV.

#29 Posted by rflx (576 posts) -

There's a shocking lack of Sons Of Anarchy recommendations in here. One of my favorite shows by far, and I'm also a fan of The Wire, The Sopranos, The Shield, etc.

#30 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5828 posts) -
@Tylea002 said:

You didn't mention the Wire in your post, so I'm here to mention The Wire for you.

If you haven't, watch it.

If you have, watch it again.

this is good advice
#31 Edited by Paindamnation (805 posts) -

@ShalashaskaUK666 said:

So I was a huge fan of LOST, Prison Break and 24.

I've also chewed my way through all of The Shield and Breaking Bad, which were both fantastic. What are some good new shows that have overarching storylines, not just week-by-week individuals like CSI? I'm currently watching Touch and finding it pretty lame, and I also finished Alcatraz, but both of those shows whilst hinting at larger stories, had separate plotlines for each week.

What should I check out please?

You'd like White Collar as well. Person of Interest is a really really good show as well. White collar is on Netflix too. Smallville was good to me as well. and The Office.

#32 Posted by mosespippy (4185 posts) -

I've been into British stuff recently. The Robin Hood series from a few years back was pretty good. Skins is fantastic, even the terrible American version had it's high points. Black Mirror is great TV but it's not an overarching drama. It's more of a series of unrelated one off dramas. There's only been three episodes so you can watch them pretty quick. And as others have mentioned, Sherlock is really good.

#33 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5008 posts) -

Band of Brothers.

#34 Posted by Kenshinfan818 (60 posts) -

If you're going old school check out Buffy, Angel, and Firefly. All are pretty rad.

#35 Posted by HrMagni (95 posts) -

Ef you havent seen it The Wire, a great serie and definitely an overarching storyline.

#36 Edited by BulletproofMonk (2721 posts) -

Justified just ended its third season. It's the best show on TV right now. 

#37 Posted by fraser (478 posts) -

I'm gonna take "on the go" to mean "eternally relevant" and say Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.

Because it is the most significant televisual event since Quantum Leap, and I do not say that lightly.

#38 Posted by Sander (414 posts) -

The Pacific
Luther
Homeland
 
All others have been mentioned. And if you're into lawyers and the most uncompromising anti-hero this side of Dexter, you'll like:
Damages

#39 Posted by paulmako (47 posts) -

Did I hear someone say The Wire? Yes? Good.

Seriously, watch The Wire.

#40 Posted by laserbolts (5322 posts) -

@dropabombonit said:

Mad Men, that is all

I just started watching Mad Men through netflix and im on about episode 8 or something. Does this show ever pick up or is that what to expect until i'm caught up?

#41 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

Dexter

Also, Heroes season 1 was amazing.

#42 Posted by ThePickle (4182 posts) -

@Jayzilla said:

@dropabombonit said:

Mad Men, that is all

Best acting, writing, and costumes on TV.

Game of Thrones would like a word.

Best acting? Jon Hamm's the only one who seems to give more than 50%

Best writing? Don Draper says some stuff, his wife's a bitch, he fucks some other lady, repeat and collect Emmys. Throw in a boring subplot involving one of the awful side characters and it gets called one of the best shows on TV.

And costumes? It's suits and dresses from the 60's. Nothing spectacular.

#43 Posted by Soapy86 (2621 posts) -

@Clonedzero said:

since all the obvious choices have been mentioned, i'll say battlestar galactica?

Listen to this man.

#44 Posted by Soapy86 (2621 posts) -

@ThePickle said:

@Jayzilla said:

@dropabombonit said:

Mad Men, that is all

Best acting, writing, and costumes on TV.

Game of Thrones would like a word.

Best acting? Jon Hamm's the only one who seems to give more than 50%

Best writing? Don Draper says some stuff, his wife's a bitch, he fucks some other lady, repeat and collect Emmys. Throw in a boring subplot involving one of the awful side characters and it gets called one of the best shows on TV.

And costumes? It's suits and dresses from the 60's. Nothing spectacular.

Your opinions are bad and you should feel bad.

#45 Posted by ThePickle (4182 posts) -

@Soapy86 said:

@ThePickle said:

@Jayzilla said:

@dropabombonit said:

Mad Men, that is all

Best acting, writing, and costumes on TV.

Game of Thrones would like a word.

Best acting? Jon Hamm's the only one who seems to give more than 50%

Best writing? Don Draper says some stuff, his wife's a bitch, he fucks some other lady, repeat and collect Emmys. Throw in a boring subplot involving one of the awful side characters and it gets called one of the best shows on TV.

And costumes? It's suits and dresses from the 60's. Nothing spectacular.

Your opinions are bad and you should feel bad.

Not sure if disagrees...

...or just wanted to quote Futurama

(two can play this game)

#46 Posted by SpartanAmbrose (834 posts) -

The Wire and Homeland.

#47 Edited by Bollard (5551 posts) -

@Baillie said:

  • Sherlock (Although there has only been three 90min long episodes)

Six, I think, if you count season 2.

EDIT: Just to clarify, also, this program is freaking awesome.

Double Edit: Someone already replied to you with this, so I apologise for saying it again.

#48 Posted by Baillie (4173 posts) -

@Chavtheworld said:

@Baillie said:

  • Sherlock (Although there has only been three 90min long episodes)

Six, I think, if you count season 2.

EDIT: Just to clarify, also, this program is freaking awesome.

Double Edit: Someone already replied to you with this, so I apologise for saying it again.

Thanks. I know I made a mistake. I HATE THESE FORUMS. Hate.

#49 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

Awake was fantastic, but the stupid ass NBC put it in its worst time slot with its weakest lead-in so they had to cancel it. Seek it out on Hulu or something.

#50 Posted by benspyda (2034 posts) -

@MrKlorox said:

I've been watching The X-Files a lot recently. It's not really that great, but it's definitely a classic and there are a ton of episodes.

I've been watching them from the beginning for last 5 or so months, I'm about 3/4 through season 6. The first 3-4 seasons are really great, but the stories start to become hit and misses beyond that. But despite its violent themes its great light entertainment. (Although most of the time its a new story per ep other than the main plot episodes with the black goo).

Also Luther is one the most awesome shows in recent memory.