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    Great Shows You May Have Missed

    I figured this was as close to a place to put this, electronics, since this stuff is online, or through a home entertainment system. A lot of great stuff on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, etc. This was born from going off topic on another thread, and there was plenty of stuff I never saw originally, and if friends didn't bust my chops, I still wouldn't have given any of these a try. In case you didn't know, if you have cable, or satellite, with HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, AMC, etc. you can access most of all their original stuff on a Desktop, Laptop, iPad, and with Apple TV, or just an HDMI Cable, on your TV/Home Entertainment system. So if you never saw the Sopranos, for example, you have another chance.
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    I am going to start by throwing a handful of stuff I never watched when it was originally on. I got bugged into watching by various friends, and I cannot believe how good some of this stuff was. The best part is there is no rush (but sometimes they do pull stuff off at certain times, so you should check if you find something you like) but if you don't like it, you invested 30 minutes, or an hour.

    I think we should try to not give too much away. Just common courtesy, especially if you are recommending the show. My little review of Breaking Bad is going to seem like I am blowing it. What I say is all in the first episode.

    Mad Men - absolutely incredible show. Never watched it originally. Finally tried it while I was distracted, actually doing something else, and thought it sucked. After about a year of abuse from people that I trust their opinion, gave it another try, but actually paid attention. It is better than great. The sleazy underbelly of the advertising industry, and the exploits of a guy with some pretty deep hidden secrets. Sounds like a snoozefest. Trust me, the show is amazing.

    Breaking Bad - another amazing show. Aside from what most people know, a high school science teacher gets some really awful news about his health, hooks up with an old student, starts cooking Crystal Meth and dealing, all because he doesn't want to leave his family strapped for money (pregnant wife, special needs son). This show gets into the roots of evil, and again, maybe sounds less boring than Mad Men, but nothing incredible, right? This show is not to be missed, and is f'ing great on so many levels, but next to impossible to really explain why without giving too much away. By the way, his brother-in-law is a DEA agent.

    Deadwood - This was on HBO originally in 2004. If you like Justified, the star Tim Olyphant, got his start from this show. Is it as amazing as Breaking Bad, no, but it is well worth your time. And Deadwood really existed, and some of the characters were really part of our American fabric. I really cannot see anyone that likes what brings us to this forum not liking this show.

    I have more, but agree, disagree, add your own, or comment on my three openers. We tried this with concerts and it was a pretty great thread. Hope this one is too!
    Last edited by MSA77; 08-20-2016, 07:59 PM.
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      #3
      Deadwood was awesome.

      Black Sails
      Spartacus (all)
      The Shield (FX)
      The Last Kingdom (Netflix, but was on BBC)
      The Black Adder
      John Adams
      Penny Dreadful
      Oz
      Into the Badlands (AMC)
      Ash vs. Evil Dead
      Gotham
      True Detective
      Banshee
      Narcos (Netflix)
      Fargo (FX)
      Peaky Blinders
      Power

      I have more, but I'm terrible at writing reviews...so I just listed them.
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        #4
        Originally posted by sheeple View Post
        Deadwood was awesome.

        Black Sails
        Spartacus (all)
        The Shield (FX)
        The Last Kingdom (Netflix, but was on BBC)
        The Black Adder
        John Adams
        Penny Dreadful
        Oz
        Into the Badlands (AMC)
        Ash vs. Evil Dead
        Gotham
        True Detective
        Banshee
        Narcos (Netflix)
        Fargo (FX)
        Peaky Blinders
        Power

        I have more, but I'm terrible at writing reviews...so I just listed them.
        Well done! My reviews suck. I don't want to ruin anything, but I sort of want to at least give enough to explain why a show is worth trying. I have no idea if I even came close. I was going to do The Shield in another post, along with Sons of Anarchy. Kurt Sutter, the creator and show runner of "Sons" started as a staff writer on The Shield, but by the end, he was the head writer, and so respected, they gave him his own show. In the other thread, where we veered way off topic, I actually mentioned the Shield and SOA. Sutter did one more after SOA, The Bastard Executioner, but it didn't get enough traction. I liked it, but I could see why it needed a niche audience.

        I wont go through your whole list, as to save some stuff, but Oz was epic, and another older HBO show that shouldn't be missed is Carnivale. Penny Dreadful was great, and the fans got beat with a unscheduled early demise, Narcos was great, and for those that don't know, it is about the richest, and most ruthless drug lord ever, Pablo Escobar. The guy amassed billions, and a new season is coming soon. True Detective season 1 was also epic. There was one episode (every episode was great, as well as the entire first season) but without ruining it for anyone - the episode starts when he goes back to hook up with the outlaw biker gang - some of the best shit I ever saw. Season 2 had an all new cast, it was, IMHO, absolutely worth watching, but the first season was so intense, it had a lot to try and live up to. They may bring back the cast of Season 1 for Season 3.

        Peaky Blinders, Fargo, Black Sails are on my list, from friends, and I will add the other ones you mentioned to it.

        Lastly, not an old show, but you would have a lot of catching up, but I never in a million years thought I would like it, but Homeland is a great show. There are a few other current shows between seasons, like Billions, but I will save some for later posts.

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          Strike Back

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            #6
            Originally posted by Malaka View Post
            Strike Back
            This show was recommended by a bunch of friends and I couldn't find it, then it slipped my mind, and I forgot all about it. When I saw your post, it sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it. Now I know why I couldn't find it, the first few seasons weren't shown in the States, but then they retroactively started showing it, because they apparently realized it was a huge mistake to not show it here. Like most of these shows, friends that are familiar with my tastes told me I would think it was great.

            It is available on Amazon Prime right now!
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              #7
              Dexter... what show makes you root for a serial killer to not get caught? Some good humor and great characters along the way including John Lithgow as a serial killer.
              Last edited by John060404; 08-20-2016, 10:05 PM.

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                #8
                If you like Black Adder, go and watch the comedy show "Father Ted".
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by MSA77 View Post

                  Well done! My reviews suck. I don't want to ruin anything, but I sort of want to at least give enough to explain why a show is worth trying. I have no idea if I even came close. I was going to do The Shield in another post, along with Sons of Anarchy. Kurt Sutter, the creator and show runner of "Sons" started as a staff writer on The Shield, but by the end, he was the head writer, and so respected, they gave him his own show. In the other thread, where we veered way off topic, I actually mentioned the Shield and SOA. Sutter did one more after SOA, The Bastard Executioner, but it didn't get enough traction. I liked it, but I could see why it needed a niche audience.

                  I wont go through your whole list, as to save some stuff, but Oz was epic, and another older HBO show that shouldn't be missed is Carnivale. Penny Dreadful was great, and the fans got beat with a unscheduled early demise, Narcos was great, and for those that don't know, it is about the richest, and most ruthless drug lord ever, Pablo Escobar. The guy amassed billions, and a new season is coming soon. True Detective season 1 was also epic. There was one episode (every episode was great, as well as the entire first season) but without ruining it for anyone - the episode starts when he goes back to hook up with the outlaw biker gang - some of the best shit I ever saw. Season 2 had an all new cast, it was, IMHO, absolutely worth watching, but the first season was so intense, it had a lot to try and live up to. They may bring back the cast of Season 1 for Season 3.

                  Peaky Blinders, Fargo, Black Sails are on my list, from friends, and I will add the other ones you mentioned to it.

                  Lastly, not an old show, but you would have a lot of catching up, but I never in a million years thought I would like it, but Homeland is a great show. There are a few other current shows between seasons, like Billions, but I will save some for later posts.
                  Yeah, Sons of Anarchy was another great show. I couldn't get into Bastard Executioner....not sure why. Didn't grab me. Enjoyed Carnivale as well. Was rooting for Brother Justin Crowe the whole time. I started watching Homeland too. Couldn't get into it. I may give it another shot.

                  Absolutely love True Detective and enjoyed Season 2 as much as season 1. Spartacus was another great one. The fight sequences were fantastic and I thought the dialogue was pretty good too. IF you like that period I'd also recommend Rome.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by SteveT View Post
                    If you like Black Adder, go and watch the comedy show "Father Ted".
                    I'll check that out.
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                      #11
                      Awesome thread idea. It has become hard to find entertainment that doesn't have a political message poorly woven in.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by John060404 View Post
                        Dexter... what show makes you root for a serial killer to not get caught? Some good humor and great characters along the way including John Lithgow as a serial killer.
                        Dexter is another show I have been tortured for not watching. I doubt the show would have the huge following it has, if it wasn't worth it. Another on my list now. To answer your question, another show where you root for the serial killer was Hannibal. I couldn't believe the graphic violence a network (it was on NBC, not cable) let on regular TV. I am no fan of NBC, as they are way too close to politics, and their news coverage is the most biased there is. That said, Hannibal was an amazing show, and was cancelled most likely for pushing the envelope too far. You would think the source material was way too played out, but the acting was top notch, and the storyline was great. If it goes on Netflix (it may be already) or NBC puts it on their website, watch it - you wont regret it.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Ellar View Post
                          Awesome thread idea. It has become hard to find entertainment that doesn't have a political message poorly woven in.
                          Agreed. I actually refused to even try Homeland because I saw some stupid and wrong article saying how it was going to move away from Islamic terrorism to some PC crap in an upcoming season, before I ever watched it. That next season was far from PC and was all about drone strikes. As I said earlier, this was a show I expected to hate, but I tried it. The show is pretty amazing, with twists that will really blow you away.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by SteveT View Post
                            If you like Black Adder, go and watch the comedy show "Father Ted".
                            Welcome to the continuation of our prior discussion!
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                              #15
                              On Netflix I just burned through Daredevil S2, and it's very good but it's a slow burn. You've got to really make it through the first few set up episodes, which seems to be a thing for the Marvel Netflix shows. I hope the next batch have faster pacing, for a change. If violent, gritty anit-hereos aren't your thing, then check out Stranger Things, also on Netflix.

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