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I love TV shows. I actually enjoy much more TV stuff than movies these days. Not sure why, it's just the way I roll. Most British stuff generally sucks, so I enjoy my TV imports via Sky or "other" methods. What gets to me about so much American TV is that things just don't last. I know it's all about the advertising and ratings of shows that determine whether or not things continue, but I often feel (like football managers) they're just not given long enough to prove themselves at times. I went through this last year with Studio 60 which I thought was a great show, and I couldn't believe it when that didn't last. I'm not sure if it's the American people who grow impatient or the TV companies (I'm guessing the later), but these days I tend to wait until well in to the first season of a US show before I commit time to watching it - at least that way I know I may not be wasting my time.

So anyway, here (in no particular order) is my list of stuff I'm digging at the moment (as I mentioned, mostly US imports):

Two & A Half Men - still damn funny even though the kids an annoying teenager now. It really is easy to watch while you're eating dinner or half concentrating on a major BES issue!!! I'm hearing on the blogs that another 3 seasons have been ordered.

Battlestar Galactica - In its last season I believe, but I've really enjoyed this show, and it's quite possibly been the best Sci-Fi in years due to the spiritual, religious and political overtones involved.

Heroes - to be honest I'm starting to grow a little tired. Since the restart of this season (episode 15 onwards) it's been a little dry to get going and I'm not sure what's left in it. I'm still watching it and giving it time, but I feel some of that first season magic has been lost. I hope they get it back.

Reaper - quality show which I've had a lot of laughs watching. I think it's about to spin up again with a fresh season that I'm looking forward to. My only concern with Reaper is that it's a one trick pony and that utimately (like My Name Is Earl) what I love about it will eventually bore me.

The Big Bang Theory - probably my favourite comedy at the moment. Maybe I enjoy it so much because I'm a geek (not as smart as their characters mind you!!) but it really does crack me up. The characters are superb, especially Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon so well it's almost believable! I hope this stays on and I've read that it's getting another season.

The Beast - this is an interesting one. I've only season the first two episodes so far, but I'm interested enough to give it a few more. Patrick Swayze acts the part well in this and the show has dark overtones which I really dig.

CSI Vegas - I'm one of those people that's done the CSI stretch. As unrealistic as it is, I do enjoy some of the story lines and the show 'looks cool'. Since William Petersen left it has staggered a little, but I really like Laurence Fishburne and only wish he'd gotten in on the show earlier.

Ross Kemp Return To Afghanistan - If you haven't seen this, try to because it really is an amazing documentary. I'm not sure you lot in the US get to see this show, but if you see it for download then grab a copy. Ross Kemp was a soap actor who went on to do a bit of drama before getting in to documentaries. He did the 'Ross Kemp On Gangs' series initially where he spent time with gangs such as MS13, the Sicarios and the Mungiki learning about their motivations, beliefs and so on. His reporting is honest and excellent, and the style in which it's done is very neutral. A couple of years ago he did Afghanistan and has gone back again for this most recent series.
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Old 03-09-2009, 05:34 PM
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I've only seen two of the shows on your list.

Heroes... completely shit the bed. Total disappointment. Season 1 and 2 were great, and it's been a downward spiral ever since. I don't even DVR it anymore.

CSI Vegas... mostly agree with you on this one, but for me the show started staggering after Warrick Brown was killed. Laurence Fishburne is one of my favorite actors and I think he fits in really well with the rest of the cast.
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Two & A Half Men - Love this show. We actually watch this almost every night.

Battlestar Galactica - Never watched it, but my husband is addicated to it, and has a season pass for it on TiVo.

Heroes - Watched it religiously until this season. Missed a couple shows and realized I didn't feel like watching it. Mostly because my friends who still watched it said it started to suck.

Reaper - Never heard of it...

The Big Bang Theory - Also never heard of it.

The Beast - I did watch one of these episodes, and actually liked it. But not enough to look for it to watch again.

CSI Vegas - Used to watch this one a lot. But after whats-his-face got buried alive in the box, and Sara started to pout so much, it no longer interested me. I'm so glad Sara is gone. I do like Laurence Fishburn.

Ross Kemp Return To Afghanistan - Never heard of it.

Now for mine...

Gary Unmarried - I didn't really care for the main character guy until now (oh, and he was in Ghost Whisperer for couple of season and had a good character there). This one is kind of like Two and a Half men get divorced and have 2 kids.

ER - Last season. About 3 seasons too late. Although this season has been pretty good so far. I like the characters that they've brought back for cameo's or short stays.

Medium - Ok, so Allison can get a little, um, whiney at times, but it's fun to try and put the pieces of the puzzle together thru all her weird dreams.

MASH - Ok, old show, but we still watch it. Even my daughter recognizes 'Hawkeye' now when he is on newer shows.
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The Big Bang Theory - Also never heard of it.
Joolie, If you haven't watched you need to. Every IT geek has to enjoy it at some level. Its on Monday nights at 8:00 PM. I am watching it right now actually.

My wife heard me laughing from the other room knew exactly what I was watching. The only thing she was concerned about was it I was recording it. hehe

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I tried, I really did try to watch it. But I just couldn't do it.
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The Big Bang Theory is what we named our puppy after - Sheldon. It's the best show on TV, bar none.

If The Reaper was on a major network (no offense to The CW), it would have already been cancelled. They have not renewed it for a third season, so the end may be near. After seeing some episode previews for this second season, I'm glad I stopped watching it after a few episodes.

Gary Unmarried is a really sad show. I know, it's a comedy and it has it's moments, but Jay Mohr is BRILLIANTLY funny... just not in this show. Honestly, this show is the epitomy of a bad move. When Jamie King left the show (I'm assuming she's not coming back), they removed one of the best things the show had... a beautiful girl. Mohr is very awkward in the show. The son is a horrible actor. The therapist/boyfriend is also very awkward and a horrible actor. There's ZERO chemistry between ANY of the actors and the show really isn't THAT funny. It looks like it will be renewed, although I don't see how anyone likes that show more than Worst Week (which will likely get canned).
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Joolie, how can you not find Big Bang Theory funny - it is brilliant (and like Two & A Half Men, is a Chuck Lorre show).
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I have a personal oath to never watch anything that has the characters from Roseanne in it. Except for Dan Goodman.

Ok, maybe not, but I just can't stand the one guy on Big Bang that played David on Roseanne. Scary that I remember the character name.
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Two & A Half Men - This show is hilariously awesome. The relationship between Charlie and Allan is priceless.

Heroes - I'm easily amused so the show still keeps me interested.

The Big Bang Theory - This show is great, nothing like a bunch of dorks with the HOT chick next door. Plus, Sheldon is hilarious. Especially when he tries to smile.

Gary Unmarried - Jay Mohr is great in this show, I've always got a kick out of him anyways.

Now, for a few of mine:

CSI - I always liked the original and it's kept me interested the whole way through. They've lost quite a few cast members lately including William Patterson(Gil Grissom), I haven't watched it much since Laurence Fishburne took over. We'll see how it goes.

24 - Even though it's now in season 7 and there isn't much more they can do with it I still like. Nothing like Jack Bauer saying dammit and son of a bitch repeatedly while killing some terrorists. Plus, there are always explosions Did I mention that I'm easily amused?

Lost - I'm liking Season 5 so far, yes it's far fetched but who gives a shit? It's TV, not real life. Would you really care to hear about survivors that found an island with no Polar Bears, Black Smoke monsters or hidden bunkers everywhere? I sure don't. If you don't like this show you have no imagination.

Family Guy - This continues to make me cry. The Simpsons have gotten boring. They've got nothing else left to do any more. But Peter Griffins stupidity still makes me laugh my ass off.

The new adventures of old Christine - I was never a Seinfeld fan, I might get shot for saying that but I don't care. But this show is great, the dude that plays her brother is hilarious and so is Barb's character.

Fringe - This show takes a different spin toward the paranormal. It's good to see Joshua Jackson get a solid role, he's a decent actor.

Honorable mentions:

King of Queens
Yes, Dear
The Sopranos
The War at Home
Prison Break
Three's Company


Holy crap I watch to much TV. If anybody needs me I'll be outside looking at that strange orange ball in the sky.
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In my opinion, Lost and House are really the only watchable shows on TV.

I'm pretty sure I hate Fringe, yet I find myself watching it every time it's on. I haven't figured out why I can't get away from it yet.

The current season of 24 is pretty entertaining, and I'll continue to follow it. I'll never get tired of watching Jack Bauer choke people into submission.

I just purchased Season 2 of The Tudors (Showtime). Season 1 was really good and I've been looking forward to Season 2 for a while now.

I miss Six Feet Under. That was probably my favorite series of all time.
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I almost forgot about House. Good show, love the humor but I think I would kick his ass if he was a real doctor.

I also forgot Supernatural. Good show about 2 brothers fighting demons, ghosts, etc... The story lines are ok and the humor is pretty good. It's in it's fourth season now and I'm still amused by it.
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I'd agree on The War At Home. I really enjoyed that show and was annoyed when it got canned. I gave up on Lost in Season 2 and 24 got too far fetched after season 3 for my taste (like CSI isn't.....go figure)!!! I hated the first 3 episodes of Family Guy I watched but I soon came to realise the brilliance of the show and enjoy it a great deal now. I would like to see Futurama back as a weekly show and can't believe The Simpsons are going to get like another 3 seasons (great show, but I've been watching it since I was 12 years old or something). The Sopranos is one I'm sad about. When this was on I was never at home so didn't get to watch it until a few seasons in, at which point it seemed a waste of time. I keep saying one of these days I'm going to get them all in and start watching from the beginning because I sense I missed something really good there (plus the Mafia is a hobby of mine I like to read about).
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I had a lot written up, but I accidentally clicked the backspace key while not in the box. Sigh.

The Mentalist - Sarcastic and witty. I wish they'd focus more on the Red John storyline, but this is the most popular new drama on TV for a reason.

Lie To Me - High hopes, hard crash. They annoy the living hell out of me when they point out every little hand gesture, facial expression, and body shift throughout the entire show. And I know, this is what the show is about, but I believe it'd be a more successful recipe had they went with the 'A-HA!' moments at the end of the show.

Life - One of my personal favorite shows, but I'm not sure if we'll be seeing it return next season.

Chuck - Appears to be suffering from sophomore blues. This was once one of my favorite shows.

24 - Return to Glory. This brings back memories of the first three seasons and made up for the crap that was the past two seasons within one or two episodes. I once again curse the TV for ending the hour each week... and that's a good thing.

Heroes - Disappointment does not convey the way people felt about this show. Bring back the writers that made it a hit early on and correct the mistakes made by the people who were in charge and you have a hit once again. This new storyline is expected to be character-driven and the best since the show started... let's just hope people still watch it.

Lost - Time travel has never been popular in America. Throw in the science behind it and cater towards an educational and geek crowd and you lost the normal people. With that said, they are expecting to end this season and hit on into next season with some heavy-hitting plots, ultimately leading to a conclusion of the show. I'm excited about what's to come, but they just need to hurry up and get past this particular storyline (which seems to be happening, even though they're stuck in the 70's now).

House - Used to be witty. Used to be funny. House and Cuddy will be starting a relationship soon. The original three doctors are about to make a huge re-splash back into the spotlight.

The Big Bang Theory - We named our puppy after Sheldon Cooper. I think that says it all. My favorite show on TV.

Secret Life - HAVE THE BABY ALREADY, PLEASE GOD! I hate this show. Brandee loves it. Blah.

Dollhouse - Hmm. Another Joss Whedon show that will get the axe. It's not on The CW, so expect to see this end before it gets another season.

One Tree Hill - Brandee made me watch this show a few months ago, starting with Season 4. We watched that season, the next season, and caught up with all of the episodes from this season (6th)... in less than one week. I really like this show for some reason.

True Blood - We watched the entire first season in a weekend. There are things that I don't like, but it's a good show nevertheless. And obviously with it being on HBO, it has a bit of extra umm... stuff that makes it even better.

Trust Me - Hrm, I'm still not sold on this show. There were high hopes for Eric McCormick's return to TV, but Tom Cavanagh is not Debra Messing (although I thought Cavanagh's Love Monkey was axed way too soon).

Raising The Bar - I really like this show a lot. Between Natalia Cigliuti (RTB) and Sarah Shahi (Life), these are two of the most beautiful girls on TV right now. Oh, and the storylines for this show - although having the same general formula - definitely modernizes the Law & Order genre for the younger generations.

Oh yeah, Rescue Me and The Tudors start back in 3 weeks. SOOOOO happy.
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I agree, the Big Bang is awsome, Joolie, my wife hates it too. I also enjoy House, Two and a half men, and how I met your mother.

It's funny talking about TV, I can't remember the last time I actually watched a program that was not recorded. Even if i want to watch it, I pause it for about 15 to 20 miuntes so I can FFwd through the commercials.
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The Mentalist - Started watching about a month ago, really like watching it.

Lie To Me - Catch it when I can, it's amusing at times.

Chuck - Watched it first season, lost interest.

24 - NEVER miss it, I Tivo it and then archive it to another HD so I can convert it over to my Bold and watch it when bored at work or out with the wife shopping.

House - NEVER miss this one, I love watching the repeats also since I didn't really start watching it until last year. Been watching repeats as I can.

Dollhouse - Jury's still out on this one, just started so I can't really get into it.

NCIS - I NEVER miss this, love the 3 hr runs they do during the week on USA network and watch it as soon as I get home, I catch things that I missed before and some shows I don't remember seeing. Of course Ziva helps a lot.

The Unit - Another show that I really like watching. Got mad at the wife when she changed my tivo to record one of her reality shows because she was already recording 2 in the living room and couldn't record the 3rd.

ER - I haven't been able to get into it this year becaue of Burn Notice. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up now that Burn Notice is done until summer.

Burn Notice - HUGE Fan of this show. Another that I tivo and archive off.
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I agree, the Big Bang is awsome, Joolie, my wife hates it too. I also enjoy House, Two and a half men, and how I met your mother.

It's funny talking about TV, I can't remember the last time I actually watched a program that was not recorded. Even if i want to watch it, I pause it for about 15 to 20 miuntes so I can FFwd through the commercials.
I download everything, as opposed to watching live TV or using the HD-DVR. Hell, I *try* to use the DVR, but I end up downloading the shows and streaming them to my XBOX on the TV upstairs and just end up having to delete the DVR recordings. If I'm questionable about a show, or end up getting too far behind due to other shows, I simply create a folder with their name (E:\TVShows\Criminal Minds, for example) and just archive the downloaded shows to that location. The Spring and Summer seasons make for great times to play catch-up. All other shows that are actively watched are kept in the TVShows directory (E:\TVShows\house.517.avi, for example). I delete them as I watch them.

And to keep up with my shows and what I've downloaded and what I've watched, I use MyEpisodes.com. It's a free AJAX-based service that is more or less a show manager. I'd be lost without it, to be perfectly honest. It even has a nifty little 'Time I've Wasted' feature:

Episodes: 2064
Minutes: 110820
Time Wasted: 2 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 23 hours

...and that doesn't include shows that I've since removed from my list (Gary Unmarried, The Unit, etc). And I believe this only covers the last 3 years.

I stream from Windows Media Center to my PS3 downstairs and my XB360 upstairs. These are perhaps the two best inventions, although I've found that the PS3 is a wee bit too picky and now prefer my XB360 (especially since it's no longer overheating and dying now that I'm on Unit #3).

We watch live TV for things like American Idol or something else. Brandee still hasn't gotten completely adapted to the way I watch TV, of course.

I'm an addict though. Today's modern technology has allowed me the ability to actually watch ALL of the shows I want to watch in my own time (I have yet to watch ANY of the episodes from this season's Criminal Minds nor any of the last 1.5 seasons of Californication). Five to ten years ago, this wasn't necessarily possible (even with TiVO and early DVR technologies, you were still rather limited on what you could watch and how long you had it available for viewing).
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I'm very much the same. All my TV shows are downloaded to my media PC which is networked up to a Popcorn Hour (which oddly enough has a BitTorrent client built in to it if you wanted to download straight to that box - though you'd need to install a hard drive in it and I'm not up for the additional noise that would cause during playback)!!!. It' s an excellent piece of kit as it'll play just about any format you chuck at it. I'm a bit of a media ponce and won't watch anything under 720p these days which is fine as long as you have the storage space!
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A colleague suggested that I watch Breaking Bad on AMC. This is definitely a character-driven series and it moves at a fairly slow pace. But it's one damn good show. The first season is only 7 episodes and the second season will air its third episode tonight. GREAT show, though!
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OK, nobody talk about the last episode of Battlestar Galactica yet. I've got a Hi-Def copy of the final double episode, but I'm getting a new recliner chair delivered tomorrow and I'm waiting until it arrives before I lounge back and watch the crucial finale!!!

In other news, along with Two and A Half Men I'm glad to see Big Bang Theory has grabbed another couple of seasons - it's my favourite show bar none at the moment!!!
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Without giving anything away... It good that it wrapped almost everything up, but a little disapointing at the same time.
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For me personally, House without question is one of the best shows on TV, and, I can't stand TV!
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OK, if you haven't seen the last episode then stop reading this post because I'm about to discuss the last fracking episode!!!!

Well I sat back last night and watched the finale of Battlestar Galactica. These are always emotive topics because fans of the show always end up getting split when it comes to the end!!! I have to say though that I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt that, after the four years of travelling through space, they deserved the ending they got.

As quoted by a post I read on a blog somewhere this morning, Galactica does seem to have been a “Noah’s Ark” TV series. God creates humanity and (through humanity) God creates the Cylons. Then, when God decides that things aren’t working out well, God decides to wipe everyone out and start fresh. He decides to do this with a human/cylon hybrid. So the entire series is just showing us how God manipulates events so that virtually everyone is killed except for God’s chosen Eve, who is put in the right place to start things over. Presumably, God has done this many times before and will probably do it again.

Depending on how you read it, Starbuck turned out to be (as I had expected) an angel. She had obviously died earlier in the series but was sent back by God to help complete his ‘plan’. This is further enhanced by Sam telling her at the end that he would “see you on the other side” – she was already there, but had not yet ‘ascended’. There had been so many references to Starbuck being the “harbinger of doom” and that she “will kill them all” that I was convinced for a while she was going to lead them all to disaster. It didn’t occur to me that the hybrids were correct and that she would kill them all, but that ‘them’ were actually the cylons and not the humans. In theory she bought death to the cylons when she planned the destruction of the resurrection hub.

Hera becoming the “mitochondrial Eve” was a bit predictable as we knew somehow that this child would be the rebirth of humanity if she lived long enough to breed.

I really like the tone taken with the virtual Baltar and #6. Obviously these guys were angels of some sort too, but with sinister demonic overtones, and while in some cases they were instrumental through the power of suggestion to their respective hosts, they were in many cases also observers of events. They reminded me of Bartleby and Loki from Dogma, and if anything I think they were that type of ‘fallen angel’ or messengers of Satan.

The ending for Bill Adama was probably one of the only bits which disappointed me. To assume he left his only living son (and Saul Tigh) to go and live in a cabin on his own for the rest of his life seemed a bit stupid to me. I can understand that Chief Tyrol wanted no company but his own given his rough sequence of events, but it seemed out of character for Bill Adama.

All in all it was a pleasing end for me, and one that’s thought provoking (which I always like)!! For me this has been the best Sci-Fi I’ve probably ever watched, and is certainly the benchmark that I will measure future Sci-Fi shows against. What’s been so interesting about it is that the Sci-Fi element has often been secondary to the politics and spiritual overtones of the show, and yet it’s worked brilliantly. I’ll definitely miss it, but for me it’s ended at just the right time before the tipping balance sent it the wrong way. I think I'll have trouble enjoying another Sci-Fi show for a while, that's for sure.
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My 2 cents on it (no particular order besides when they are on in the week):
Amazing Race-this is the only 'reality' show I can watch. Its always entertaining and I just like to see the places they visit. And the stupidity of some people, though this season they are all pretty strong teams.

Breaking Bad-glad I saw Otto post on this b/c it is fantastic. I watched it from the start--it was pitched as a dark comedy, and the comedy that is there is about as dark as night. Its more drama, but they throw in moments that make you smirk. The acting is great--I think they portray all the emotions of the characters better then any other show. Catch up on this show and watch if you aren't already.

24-I have watched the show from the start, and though some seasons are better then others, you really can't go wrong. I love that the show is so deadly serious about everything. Where Lost characters sometimes say lines that are kind of a wink/nod to internet fan forums, there is no ironic humor in Jack shouting (for the 739th time) "We are running out of time!"

House-I really like House, though if I honestly think about it, I don't know why. The main character is an ass and the main plot of each show is about the same. But I still watch it weekly.

Chuck-Liked Chuck from the start, though I can see some weaknesses. It gets a bit repetitive some weeks as far as Chuck and his girl--will they or won't they, and will Chuck get the Intersect out of his head--so close, but then they kill the only person who knows about it (until next week). The other characters do carry the show a lot though--Casey is always hilarious and the BuyMore crew is usually pretty funny.

Fringe-Best new show on TV. I started watching b/c I loved the X Files and expected similar, which it sort of is. But what has hooked me is the weird humor in it, especially the exchanges between Walter (the crazy scientist dad) and Pacey (can't remember his name on the show now b/c its been off for weeks )

Lost-Probably my favorite show of all time, and continues to impress this season. I love that they can answer some questions every week, yet raise a dozen more. I do sometimes get frustrated at the lack of answers to some questions, but I feel very invested in the characters. And knowing that there is a finite time left helps because you aren't worried it will be canceled before you find stuff out (i.e. Pushing Daisies I'm tilting a 40 for that show)

Life On Mars-I have really liked this show and thought it had potential but apparently ABC doesn't agree and its been cancelled. Two more episodes, but at least they get to wrap up the story (unlike the previously mentioned Pushing Daisies--RIP)

Burn Notice-No one I know watches it, but it is one of my favorites. I love the mix of action and humor, especially with Bruce Campbell (Sam).

The Office-Its just hilarious. They have had some clunkers, and they've gotten into some ridiculous stuff (I know its TV, but the thing that hooked me in the start was the fact that even the absurd stuff was only about 2 degrees off what you saw in your own office daily), but I still catch it weekly and always laugh.

30 Rock-this is the funniest show on TV right now, but not enough people are watching. So many people I know saw it once and were like, ehh. I don't get that--it is great. I laugh my ass off every single week. Great characters and the funniest non-sequiter stuff throughout every show.

The Soup-Joel McHale is hilarious, and they poke fun at all the junk stuff I never watch. Always funny.

Jeopardy-Used to watch it all the time, then just quit for years and have gotten back into watching it nightly. Makes me feel smart (some nights).

Dirty Jobs-This isn't a can't miss show for me, but whenever I am flipping around and catch it, I end up watching. I like Mike Rowe's sense of humor. He seems like a fun guy to have a beer with.

Sons of Anarchy-This is an FX show about a biker gang in CA. I really like the show. Its not the best acted show, and it obviously tries to be over the top most weeks, but I always catch it. Its currently between seasons--I think it will be back in summer.

I also like Family Guy--I don't watch consistently but it is always freaking hilarious. And I like How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory but there is no room on the DVR Inn on Monday nights to get them weekly. I used to catch them on line, but I haven't watched either all season--maybe I will catch up on DVD.
Plus I watch Good Eats a lot because Alton Brown is entertaining and it makes me want to cook the stuff he makes (though I never do). Plus Alton lives near me, so when he shops at the Harry's in Roswell, I think "He's at my Harry's--cool!"
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It's funny talking about TV, I can't remember the last time I actually watched a program that was not recorded. Even if i want to watch it, I pause it for about 15 to 20 miuntes so I can FFwd through the commercials.
Yes--I've been known to work a couple of sudoku puzzles or (gasp!) read while a show is sitting on pause just to avoid commercials.

And the crazy thing to me is that this is how my kids will know TV. Example: last year we rented a condo at the beach for a week. One evening we are watching TV and my 6 year old got up to go to the restroom and says "pause it please". I told her "I can't--there's no DVR here". She looked at me totally perplexed and says "Huh?" because she just doesn't get the concept of not being able to pause TV. Amazing.
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Well I see Fox have announced their line up for the coming season, and I'm happy to see that Dollhouse has been renewed for a second season. This hasn't aired in the UK yet, though I assume it will at some point, but I've been watching Fox rips. I've really enjoyed this show, though I know it has had some mixed reactions that led to speculation over its future when pitched against the likes of the Sarah Connor Chronicles (now axed) and Chuck. I freely admit that it got a little shaky here and there with some dull episodes, but what I think has saved the show is the incorporation of an underlying theme (Alpha) as opposed to just a different storyline/personality for Echo with each new episode. I think there's a lot of potential for this show and I'm eager to see the second season kick in.

There seems to be a bit of a hole coming up in my TV schedule - all the CSI's are nearing season end, as is Two & A Half Men and Big Bang Theory, but I've still got a few episodes of The Beast to watch. I've just got hold of the first few episodes of Tim Roth's new drama Lie To Me, so I'm going to check that out later this week. I’m also thinking about taking this opportunity to watch a TV show I never got round to watching when it was on and promised myself I’d get round to it at some point – The Sopranos. Oh, I also still have to watch the last 3 or 4 episodes of Heroes (which I put on the back burner because I was getting bored with the shows direction)!
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No love for Boston Legal, a little bit of an older show. But hysterical and witty at the same time. Its off the air now though, last season was the last one
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Boston Legal had some of the best looking women and some great storylines, but just like The Practice, it started to go off the deep end towards the end. I didn't really enjoy it for the last two seasons, possibly more.
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