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  1. ace57

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    I don't look at TV much and can see why. Anyone really like the shows that's on now days or am I missing something?

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    You're missing nothing I'm aware of.

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    am I missing something?

    Nope.

    I watch mostly Science, and History these days...
    I can't stand any of the "Sitcoms".


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    Like anything, you must select carefully and anything worthwhile is usually few and far between.

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    Most stuff on Network Tv sucks, but AMC, Showcase and HBO are doing some good stuff, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Walking Dead, Homeland, Royal Pains and Strike Back

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    Nope. Every time I go to a friend of family member's house I am reminded why I don't pay for TV. Most of it is the lowest form of trash I could imagine.

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    I just listen to the radio most of the time.To much garbage on the tube to suit me..

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    My only escape from housewives of......where ever, is when my little guy gets to watching Phineas and ferb... but Football season is just around the corner.

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  9. ace57

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    but Football season is just around the corner.

    Thank God.

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    I find on cable, there are shows like never seen before on television, a real break from the network crap shoved down our throats since the 70's. Examples:
    1. Breaking Bad, on AMC is one of the best television shows I've ever seen (ranks up next to "The Wire" in my book).
    2. Mad Men is very well written and I enjoy every episode
    3. Hell on Wheels is probably the best western I've seen on television
    (All these are on AMC...)
    4. Southland on TNT is one of the best cop shows I've seen in a long time (close to "Homicide" quality).
    5. Battlestar Galactica on SyFy was the best science fiction show ever on television. Sadly, the SyFy channel has not been able to come up with any suitable replacement.
    6. I don't have premium channels, but get the "Dexter" series each season thru Netflix. It is a very good show.
    7. I never miss an episode of "The Walking Dead", very well written and acted.
    8. Falling Skies on TNT isn't bad

    Before you think I don't watch network tv, well, I don't much but "Lost" held my rapt attention thru every season. This past season, I only watched "The River" on network tv. (it was OK)

    Back track 15 years ago and I'd be hard pressed to come up with any decent television shows. Homicide for sure and perhaps NYPD Blue. Pressure from the cable folks has made everyone step up their game, my opinion.

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    Nope. Every time I go to a friend of family member's house I am reminded why I don't pay for TV. Most of it is the lowest form of trash I could imagine.

    This says it all. I'm always complaining about TV to my sister. I mean, "16 and Pregnant". Now, who wants to watch that junk. Then you have the History Channel that airs "Ice Road Truckers or "Ax Men". What is there about history with those shows? If it's a History channel, there would be history oriented. Then you've got AMC network that shows CSI Miami one right after the other. That's not a movie. Commercials are what really hack me off. They go on and on and on...If it wasn't for the great reception I'd tell Comcast to come get their box and just use their Internet service. TV for sure sucks.

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    Al looks like we have pretty similar tastes in TV. I left out Falling Skies and Southland but love them. Falling Skies is getting interesting with the Skidders rebelling.

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    Hells Fire,I didn't have cable till they came out with that digital shit.I'm out in the country and with the didgital,I lost all the channels I had gotten with rabbit ears.

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    I second or third the Breaking Bad suggestion. By far it is the best show I have ever watched on television. The writing, acting, directing are all top notch. The first of the final 16 episodes of the series starts on Sunday. 8 episodes this summer and then the final 8 episodes air next summer. It will be sorely missed when it is all over.

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    Amen to what Ace57 wrote. Even cable channels like Discovery, TLC and A&E (which once stood for "Arts & Enterainment TV" believe it or not) have been ruined by the plague of reality show garbage. If it weren't for Netflix and a few good shows like those mentioned above, and movies on the excellent TCM, I wouldn't even watch TV. We watch some excellent series out of the UK like Foyle's War, Doc Martin, A Touch Of Frost, etc and vintage TV shows like The Rockford Files (one of the best shows ever on TV IMHO) on Netflix Streaming.

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    I should add that I hate reality programming and avoid it like the plague. I don't think I've every seen a reality program and hope to keep that streak alive. I'll read vs. watch that crap.

    I'm a cheapskate and old school, so no fancy DVR for me. I still have a couple of VCR's and tape most shows, than blow thru the commercials. AMC has very limited commercials, so they are good to watch live.

    The wife has been watching the new "Dallas", but I find it to be pure garbage.

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    Mad Men, Dexter, and The Walking Dead are some of the best shows ever put on television! There is some quality stuff out there. You just have to take the time to separate the chaff from the wheat.

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    I watch Burn Notice pretty religiously on Thursdays in the summer on USA Network. It's a great show if you like spy type stuff. American Pickers in History Channel is pretty good as well.

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    Doc Martin, my wife is watching it right now, Modern Family, movies, tv shows on Netflix, AMC, TCM, Baseball, Grand Slam Tennis, that about it.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAlDbP4tdqc

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    3 Shows I watch Dexter, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead. Best three shows on tv. Other than that it is just Netflix.

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    I haven't had TV for over 2 years now, I don't feel like I have missed much.

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    Sons of Anarchy, Walking Dead and pretty much anything about serial killers. I used to love a show called Brimstone, featuring John Glover as the Devil. Awesome show, but it got cancelled. Believe it or not, I also followed Joan of Arcadia! That show got canned just as it was hitting its stride, I thought.

    I'm a bit of an oddball as I don't watch sports, except Gold Cup and World Cup football (soccer, for my fellow Americans).

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    I only religiously watch the walking dea, other than that I switch between discovery, hiistory and comedy central. Period. Hopefully I can watch something there, usually I read though

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    We don't own a TV (I guess it's been about 8 years now), but we have internet and watch Netflix shows from time to time. I find it difficult to talk to some people - since I have no idea what programs are showing now. The last time we had a TV, the most popular show was "Who Wants to be a Millionaire".

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  26. juni

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    There are lots of great shows! At the moment I like Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, The Office, Parks & Recs and Big Bang Theory. I'm also watching Supernatural, starting from season 1.

    Pawn Stars, Whale Wars, Masterchef (the british version), Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares are other ones I enjoy if they happen to be on when I turn on the TV.

    Why do I think the last decade has been a true golden age for TV? (Shows like House, Band of Brothers among many others)

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    Not sure if they've been mentioned, but Justified and Sherlock (BBC/PBS) are consistently great.

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    The new Sherlock series is excellent.

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    not missing much if I dont have AM talk raido on I have the history discovery or military channel on.

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    Cheap sensationalism, brainwashing Sheeple and offering programming just entertaining enough to keep them from noticing how far the wool is being pulled over their eyes.

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    We ditched cable when we moved into the apartment 5 months ago, and honestly, I don't miss it in the slightest. I pay $8 a month for a Netflix subscription, and that keeps me more than happy. Between a few pretty decent movies and a lot of old TV shows that I enjoy and can watch any time, it's good enough for me. I was at my parents house last night and watched an episode of Charlie Sheens new show "Anger Management." That dude and everyone associated with that show needs to hang it up immediately if not sooner.

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  32. juni

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    Cheap sensationalism, brainwashing Sheeple and offering programming just entertaining enough to keep them from noticing how far the wool is being pulled over their eyes

    More like connoisseurs of fine entertainment.

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    Pretty much the only thing I look forward to is Beavis & Butthead. Anything else is just cannon fodder to fill up time. World Of Jenks is good too.

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    Nope. Every time I go to a friend of family member's house I am reminded why I don't pay for TV. Most of it is the lowest form of trash I could imagine.

    +1

    Cheap sensationalism, brainwashing Sheeple and offering programming just entertaining enough to keep them from noticing how far the wool is being pulled over their eyes. [:wink:]

    +1

    I find it difficult to talk to some people - since I have no idea what programs are showing now.

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    We don't have cable. We do have Netflix and watch a few shows but that's minimal.

    We were visiting my parents last week and watched some show on DIY called 'Kitchen Crashers' and I thought 'What the hell has happened to people's attention spans?!?' because this show couldn't focus on a single item without the camera moving, zooming, rotating or flashing for more than 2 seconds. Between that and the constant sexual innuendo's (really, it's a kitchen renovation show...) I was happily reaffirmed in our decision to be cable free.

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    I have a Roku streaming device I get Netflix Hulu+ Acorn tv(British) thats all I pay for so I can catch up on any shows that way. I went from paying $160+ a month for cable and internet to less then $40 a month really the only thing I miss about cable TV is Baseball.. I like to take a lazy day and watch 4 or 5 episodes of what ever TV show I may be in to all at once.. and with this Roku I get over 100 free channels that have movies and sports and TVshows like Seinfeld Barney Miller ect ect those are on Crackle so I'm happy with what I watch I think what some people watch is crap but I dont have to watch it with them very often

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    Personally, I only watch the MTV. You know, for all the good "music" programming!

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    "The Walking Dead" on AMC is about the only thing worth watching these days (although the comic book is better.) I don't watch much TV anymore either.

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    I must admit that we watch some garbage from time to time. Anything Gordon Ramsey is OK by us. Can't wait for that Hotel Hell show to start. We watch Walking Dead of course. Netflix is a great thing as we can pick and choose, we're waiting for the second season of Sherlock to show up there and I'm watching the Jeremy Brett incarnation in the meantime. There's good TV out there to be found, it just takes a little effort I guess.

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    I like old westerns. Time was they had half a dozen on each week like Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, and Death Valley Days. I guess your likes/dislikes in TV is like everything else-depends on your taste and age primarily. Sitcoms are about as stupid as it gets. Some of the best I've seen on TV this past year have been Band of Brothers, The Green Mile, Titanic discoveries and The Hatfield's and McCoy's. I'd like to see the Lone Riders again or Once Upon a Time in the West. Those are excellent movies.

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    Greetings all,

    TCM. Turner Classic Movies is about all I sit down and watch anymore.

    And, of course, Top Gear(UK) on BBC America. Best show on TV!

    Just a reminder:
    TCM is showing the best pipe smoking movie of all time, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse, this Sunday, July 15th at 4:30pm EST.


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  41. juni

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    Love that movie. I have it in my classics section on our media server (a Boxee + network drive + HD TV setup).

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