Ok. I know we've had similar threads regarding tv shows, in particular a specific thread for fave cartoons. But I'm not interested in any particular genre. I want to know what your fave tv shows are? period. What shows have you bought dvd boxsets for? What shows do you wish would be released on dvd? What show would you recommend as a "must-see" to somebody?
See where this is goin?...
I'll start us off.
1. Firefly - I've always been a fan of Whedon. His characterizations and dialogue have always been top notch, but with Firefly we saw him take a step away from his usual target-audience and attempt something fresh and original. Containing one of the greatest gang of misfits to ever grace the screen, Firefly had the potential to surpass the established "greats" as the best ever sci-fi show.
2. Deadwood - What to say? If you haven't seen Deadwood yet, you're missing out. The series is a Western set in the 1870s in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. At the time, Deadwood (a real town in the modern state of South Dakota) was little more than a makeshift camp, but it was a popular destination for those prospecting for gold in the Black Hills. Casting a giant shadow over all is a blood-soaked king, Gem Saloon owner Al Swearengen, possibly the best, most complex, and mesmerizing villain seen on TV in years. Over time, each of the characters will forge alliances and feuds, cope with disasters (such as smallpox), and move - almost invisibly but inexorably - toward some semblance of order and common cause. Making it all worthwhile is David Milch's masterful dialogue - often profane, sometimes courtly and civilized, never perfunctory - and the brilliant acting of the performers.
3. Scrubs - One of the funniest shows on tv. A cast of relative unknowns when the show began, they gelled into a great team. All the performances are top-notch, most notably those of Dr. Cox and The Janitor. Despite the typically irreverant humor found in the series, almost every episode contains a strong moral message (yet done in style). A must see program for everyone.
4. My Name Is Earl - A new favourite of mine, but featuring one of my all time favourite actors (Jason Lee). The premise is pretty basic; a guy's done wrong all his life and when something finally goes right for him karma steps in and has its say. So then Earl decides to make a list and repay all the people he wronged in his past. But as the saying goes, "Karma's a b****" and completing his list might just take a while.
5. The Simpsons - A classic. Nothing more need be said.
I left out a whole bunch of shows that I enjoy and tried to stick with those that are my absolute faves. I also didn't want to be at the computer for 3 hours thinking of shows I like, so this'll do for now. If I see something I want to change then I'll edit later.