Looking To Start Watching a New TV Show

I recently got Netflix and want to get into a new TV through the instant streaming.  
 
Which should I watch first? I don't really know much about any of these shows, and have never watched any of them before in my life, but I know they're all (so I've heard) somewhat good. 
 

  • Doctor Who
  • Dexter
  • Lost
  • Heroes
  • Weeds
  • Californication
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Edited by SJSchmidt93

I recently got Netflix and want to get into a new TV through the instant streaming.  
 
Which should I watch first? I don't really know much about any of these shows, and have never watched any of them before in my life, but I know they're all (so I've heard) somewhat good. 
 

  • Doctor Who
  • Dexter
  • Lost
  • Heroes
  • Weeds
  • Californication
Posted by Breadfan

The first season of Heroes are very good, though the series seemed to fall apart after that. Californication has its moments, I got tired of watching it after a few seasons.

Edited by Meowayne

Watch the first four episodes of LOST. 
 
The fourth episode - "Walkabout" - is what turned many sceptics into believers, and when I had to pinpoint the moment when I decided I would watch this show to the end, it is these legendary 45 minutes. 
 
Lost will blow you away, OR if the first four episodes don't do it for you, you have every reason to skip it and don't come back. In that case I'd say go with Dexter.

Posted by MAN_FLANNEL

Lost is good, haven't seen any of the other ones.

Edited by Bombs_Away
@SJSchmidt93:
Lost, Heroes and Weeds. Watch them now. Just do one at a time though, so you can immerse yourself in them. Actually, Weeds you don't have to immerse yourself in, it'll be a bit of light relief after Lost and Heroes.
 
Californication isn't that good...
 
Doctor Who is shit...Don't put yourself through it.
 
Haven't seen Dexter, heard good things about it though.
Posted by sopranosfan

My choices would be 

  1. Lost
  2. Dexter
  3. Doctor Who
Posted by Geno

I would say Dexter is the best out of those, but keep in mind that it's very violent and could be disturbing to some people. 

Posted by TomA

Doctor Who. Why is this even a question?

Posted by TheFreshmaker

Definitely LOST.  Like Meowayne said though, give it a good 4 episodes before you give it up.  The show is absolutely brilliant, but its more methodical pace (especially early on) isn't for everyone. 

Posted by TimeWaffle

Dexter is really really good and i would say move on to lost after you finish dexter

Posted by HandsomeDead

Oz, The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men and Deadwood are 5 of the best shows ever, get them watched instead of childish shit like Dr. Who and the cliffhanger reliant Lost.

Edited by Godlyawesomeguy

Real Time With Bill Maher premieres Febuary 12th (I think) on HBO. 
Posted by Fripplebubby
@HandsomeDead said:
"  the cliffhanger reliant Lost. "
As long as you get the DVD set, this doesn't make a difference, and the overall quality is pretty good. Though watching one episode a week (or 2 weeks, I don't know) would be kind of annoying. But damn, that first season is good. 
Edited by IzzyGraze

Oh man...ok umm...ugh that's a tough choice. It depends what you like the most. I'd say Lost is the biggest time sink since they end EVERY episode with a cliff hanger so you'll just watch more...and more..and...well you get the idea. It's in its 6th season too. Weeds, I'd say, is the worst one on that list. It's still a great show but eventually I just stopped caring. Lady just makes more and more bad decisions and you're just like...ugh why Nancy why?!
 
Only the first season of Heroes is really good so you can pound that out pretty quick. There was the writer's strike halfway through one of the seasons then when the writers came back they spent a while just trying to undo the damage. Too 'grand scale' now. So yeah.
 
I'd say the best choices would be "doctor who" or "californication".
-David Tenant of Doctor who is amazing! Think of it like James bond IN SPACE! Has a bunch of gadgets, every lady wants to screw him and every man wants to be him. Except he's a quirky funny kinda nerdy guy. First season is alright but David Tenant comes in the second season and it just takes off!
 
-Californication is sort of a "High fidelity" tv show. Guy has a bit of a punk attitude from the 80s and has a real problem with commitment. It has been described as a Modern man's love story. We try our best but we always screwing things up. It's a great show and the only one on your list, other than weeds, which has half an hour episodes...at least without commercials it is.
 
Then there's Dexter. Not really a "light" show. I'm not sure if I could gorge myself on ONLY Dexter. Might make me a bit loopy. I'd say choose one of the others and watch Dexter at the same. Dexter is very good. Not sure what else to say about that show.

Posted by HandsomeDead
@Fripplebubby said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
"  the cliffhanger reliant Lost. "
As long as you get the DVD set, this doesn't make a difference, and the overall quality is pretty good. Though watching one episode a week (or 2 weeks, I don't know) would be kind of annoying. But damn, that first season is good.  "
Yeah, I liked the first season, but once they got into the hatch, it all went downhill. Too many episodes where nothing would happen then in the final shot, someone would find something mysterious that wouldn't ever get a resolution.
Posted by Meowayne

Dexter is much worse and much shameless with its cliffhangers than Lost. 
With Lost, especially in the first two seasons, many Episodes have a very, very good sense of closure and conclusion, and cliffhangers are a natural part of the story and pacing.
Dexter episodes usually have a very clearly defined ending, but then they just tackle on the first minute of the NEXT story onto the end of every episode so that people keep on watching.

Posted by Coolarman

A show i would recommend is "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" 
 
But don't watch the first season cause its garbage. Start with the second season when Danny Devito joined the show 
 
Filthiest show on Television but very funny

Posted by onimonkii
@coolarman said:
" A show i would recommend is "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"  But don't watch the first season cause its garbage. Start with the second season when Danny Devito joined the show  Filthiest show on Television but very funny "
the first and third seasons are the best dude.
 
also, you'd have to get it on disc, but check out burn notice it owns
Posted by MarkWahlberg

LOOOOOST. FINAL SEASON STARTS THIS WEEK HOOOLY SHIIIIT. 
 
that is all.

Edited by SJSchmidt93
@coolarman: I've watched quite a bit of IASIP, and it's hit and miss. 
     
Some episodes are embarrassingly bad, others are simply amazing.  
 
@onimonkii said:
" @coolarman said:
" A show i would recommend is "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"  But don't watch the first season cause its garbage. Start with the second season when Danny Devito joined the show  Filthiest show on Television but very funny "
the first and third seasons are the best dude.  also, you'd have to get it on disc, but check out burn notice it owns "
Yes, I already watch Burn Notice.
Posted by onimonkii

ok. i don't watch any of those other shows, sorry.
 
i heard chuck was good i'm about to get into that

Posted by HandsomeDead
@Meowayne: Dexter is a bad show so it's not really excused.
Posted by Laticsfan

Heroes - Loved the first season then it fell down a slippery slope.
 
Lost - Watched the first 3 seasons then began to get disinterested.
 
Doctor Who - at least watch the episode blink, one of the best episodes of any series I have seen.

Posted by RiddleBrother
@SJSchmidt93 said:
" I recently got Netflix and want to get into a new TV through the instant streaming.  
 
Which should I watch first? I don't really know much about any of these shows, and have never watched any of them before in my life, but I know they're all (so I've heard) somewhat good. 
 
  • Doctor Who
  • Dexter
  • Lost
  • Heroes
  • Weeds
  • Californication
"
Lost. Final season starts tuesday, never been a better time to get caught up in Lost-mania.
Posted by swamplord666
@MarkWahlberg:  i'm definitely hyped for this... mostly to see if they can tie all the loose ends and make this the best show ever... or make it the worst show ever by having so many unsolved problems.
Posted by Shermanator

Dexter

Posted by Vinchenzo

Psych, even though it's not on the list. Or Dexter. Whatever, I don't give a shit what the fuck you watch.

Edited by PenguinDust

I haven't seen everything on your list, but the last two seasons of Dr. Who with David Tennant were really stellar.  I haven't seen the newest Dr. episodes yet.  I enjoyed Psych, but it's kind of a one-trick pony in my opinion.  It's good fun but nothing you need to commit yourself too.  Heroes really isn't worth your time anymore.  The first season was good, the second okay and third just bored me to tears.  I haven't seen any of the 4th.  
 
I have two more you might want to consider, Breaking Bad and Stargate UniverseBreaking Bad is on AMC cable channel.  It's about a high school teacher who becomes a drug chemist.  It's stars Malcom in the Middle's dad, Bryan Cranston.  It's two seasons deep so far with the third to begin in March.  Stargate Universe is a dark scifi drama set in the familiar franchise universe.  It draws much more from Battlestar Galactica than either of the previous Stargate series.   Also, unlike the previous shows, there is a long story arc to the series.  In other words, one show leads to the next.  It's still in the middle of season 1. 

Posted by Meowayne

Try this.
 

   
Man, following this story for the last five years was just so goddamn good. And yes, I know, THIS VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILERS, but it is by far the best Lost-Trailer out there, and I would say that without knowing what you're looking at and with only seeing it once, it won't ruin anyone's enjoyment of the series.
Posted by Tordah

I've only seen Lost and Dexter out of those, but I can highly recommend both of them.

Posted by AhmadMetallic
@HandsomeDead said:
" @Fripplebubby said:
" @HandsomeDead said:
"  the cliffhanger reliant Lost. "
As long as you get the DVD set, this doesn't make a difference, and the overall quality is pretty good. Though watching one episode a week (or 2 weeks, I don't know) would be kind of annoying. But damn, that first season is good.  "
Yeah, I liked the first season, but once they got into the hatch, it all went downhill. Too many episodes where nothing would happen then in the final shot, someone would find something mysterious that wouldn't ever get a resolution. "
how about some spoiler discretion ? 
 
 
Anyway, i pick Lost all the way..
Posted by iam3green

i say weeds i heard that show is good. i don't know anything about it except it has to do with weed.

Posted by SJSchmidt93

So I went ahead and watched the first two episoes of Dexter and find that, while it's nothing mind-blowning or amazing, it's a solid show.  
 
I find the story a little hard to follow and confusing, but I still like it. 

Posted by LiquidPrince

Smallville/Supernatural.

Posted by Soundwave123

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I belive I have made my point......Lost.

Posted by TheHBK

WWF Monday Night Raw.  Jeff and I watch.

Posted by DAFTPUNK

DEXTER!!!!!!!!

Posted by AlexB

Watch Lost definitely, IMO the only thing worth watching on TV.

Posted by Subject2Change

Dexter
Breaking Bad
Deadwood
Dead Like Me
Oz

Posted by wrecks

LOST!

Posted by sorryawkward

Start watching Lost. You're only a million seasons behind. It'll take a week or two of non-stop watching to get caught up.

Posted by JokerClown88
@Meowayne said:
"Watch the first four episodes of LOST.    The fourth episode - "Walkabout" - is what turned many sceptics into believers, and when I had to pinpoint the moment when I decided I would watch this show to the end, it is these legendary 45 minutes.   Lost will blow you away, OR if the first four episodes don't do it for you, you have every reason to skip it and don't come back. In that case I'd say go with Dexter. "

This.  500%
Posted by Heartagram

Dexter is the best show on television period the end. Lost is okay in the first 4 seasons but season 5 is so bananas i just lost interest no pun intended

Posted by EVO

Six Feet Under is probably my favourite series ever after Simpsons, but Weeds keeps getting better and better.

Posted by ahriman22

Weeds.
 
Also wipe lost of that list.

Posted by masternater27

Not even close for me, Dexter.  Followed by Weeds, Californication in 2nd and 3rd.

Posted by artofwar420

First season of Heroes, yes, but stop there.

Lost I hear is good.

Weeds... it's the fuckest uppest.