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#1 Bentham
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The following is a list of shows which I personally recommend. I recommend ALL shows on this list. If you've heard something bad about these shows, at least give the ones available on HULU a chance.

Rule of thumb:

  • NEVER base a show on the first episode--especially heavily serialized shows.
  • Don't judge a show based on someone else's opinion--who knows? Maybe you'll like it. Give it a shot.
  • Everything on HBO is almost always good 

 


 

Entire Series Available on Hulu I Recommend that ALL Watch these shows (Click on Picture to Watch):



 


The Following Shows Only Have a Limited Amount of Episodes on Hulu:

 







 


Comedy

 

  1. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-Present)


    What can I say about Curb your enthusiasm? This is simply the greatest comedy ever made. I can totally relate to Larry David's quirks and crazy preferences. This show deals with many social situations, and is the perfected version of Seinfeld. The show is largely done in mockumentary st-yle where the main character is Larry David himself featuring many cameos of great comedians and actors. The show deals with Larry's interactions with the world, and his dislike for many people.

  2. Seinfeld (1989-1998)


    Seinfeld is also up there with Curb. It also deals with many social situations, however, I hated season 1, and I just find Larry David to be much more fascinating; although, George Costanza is an excellent depiction of Larry. You really can't go wrong with this show. It's a masterpiece. This is also one of the only network shows where the show ended on a high note. Oddly enough, Seasons 8 and 9 are considered to be the best seasons of the show.


  3. Entourage (2004-Present)



    If you're a guy, you'll like Entourage. It's just pure escapism. The show is about a up and coming actor and his friends; prepare to see what it's like to be an actor, including all the parties, girls, money, stuff, etc.. The show is hillarious at times, especially the agent: Ari Gold. I really recommend this show. Give it a shot, it's been hailed as Sex and the City for men.
     
  4. Eastbound and Down (2009-Present)
       

 


Drama/Sci-Fi/Whatever

 

  1. Six Feet Under (2001-2005)


    No other show has ever impacted me as much as SFU. The show is about death, and how some go about in dealing with it. I don't want to give too much away, but I still think about the characters and their lives to this day. The show made me appreciate life and the people around me. This show is 5 seasons, and it's perfectly paced; the series finale is the best I've ever seen. The show ended brilliantly, and I feel that this is truly one of the greatest shows of all time.


  2. The Wire (2002-2008)


    The Wire is different than most of the shows on this list for one reason: it's real life. Never before have I witnessed such realism in a television show--or film, for that matter. The Wire is not just a show about cops busting criminals, it's a deep look at every aspect of Baltimore. Each season focuses on a different aspect of the city: drug trafficking, the ports, bureacracy, the school system, and the press. This show is regarded as the greatest show in the history of  television, and I'm inclined to agree. Initially, it may seem boring, but keep watching, as it only gets better.

  3. Mad Men (2007-Present)




  4. Dexter (2006-Present)


  1. Band of Brothers (2002)




  2. Oz (1997-2003)


  1. John Adams (2008)




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No love for Supernatural :(
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No love for Supernatural :(jg4xchamp

That show is actually on my "To-Watch List." I've heard alot of good things about it. 

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[QUOTE="jg4xchamp"]No love for Supernatural :(Bentham

That show is actually on my "To-Watch List." I've heard alot of good things about it. 

season 1 is kind of slow and inconsistant, but season 2-4 are freakin awesome

Especially Season 4 :)
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[QUOTE="Bentham"]

[QUOTE="jg4xchamp"]No love for Supernatural :(jg4xchamp

That show is actually on my "To-Watch List." I've heard alot of good things about it. 

season 1 is kind of slow and inconsistant, but season 2-4 are freakin awesome

Especially Season 4 :)

There's four seasons!? Wow, I thought there were only two. What other shows do you watch, my good man?

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[QUOTE="jg4xchamp"][QUOTE="Bentham"]

[QUOTE="jg4xchamp"]No love for Supernatural :(Bentham

That show is actually on my "To-Watch List." I've heard alot of good things about it. 

season 1 is kind of slow and inconsistant, but season 2-4 are freakin awesome

Especially Season 4 :)

There's four seasons!? Wow, I thought there were only two. What other shows do you watch, my good man?

Its meant to be a 5 season series, its mostly been a hidden series because its on CW.and CW=lame

I watch Entourage from time to time, Dexter(mostly because Locke said it was awesome).

I still follow Smallville, only because I love Superman but god that series needs to die

Season 1 of Heroes was good, but then the show betrayed me with high amounts of suck...

Other than that I still watch some Office from time to time or 30 Rock.
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jg4xchamp, I love your new avatar and sig. Bentham, you have great taste in comedies, I would add Rescue Me for drama.
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jg4xchamp, I love your new avatar and sig. Bentham, you have great taste in comedies, I would add Rescue Me for drama.mitu123
HAZE-Unit came up with the whole thing, I like it as well :)
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[QUOTE="mitu123"]jg4xchamp, I love your new avatar and sig. Bentham, you have great taste in comedies, I would add Rescue Me for drama.jg4xchamp
HAZE-Unit came up with the whole thing, I like it as well :)

I see, I congratulate him as well.
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[QUOTE="jg4xchamp"][QUOTE="mitu123"]jg4xchamp, I love your new avatar and sig. Bentham, you have great taste in comedies, I would add Rescue Me for drama.mitu123
HAZE-Unit came up with the whole thing, I like it as well :)

I see, I congratulate him as well.

That is definitely one fine babe. 

oh, and JG, good on you for watching Dexter. 

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No Scrubs = failed list.
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No Scrubs = failed list.Wasdie

Scrubs is not worthy enough to go on a list with Arrested Development and Curb your Enthusiasm. 

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No Scrubs = failed list.Wasdie

Agreed.

I'd also put Seinfeld at No.1 instead of Curb your enthusiasm.

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The Wire. Simply superb storytelling. My favorite TV crime drama of all time. Dexter follows close behind. Not a bad episode between the two shows.
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Never seen curb your enthusiasm Seinfeld is okay Office is good Arrested Development, once you get to characters, is great Never seen Chuck ------------------------------------------- Six Feet Under is too... emotionally manipulative to be worth watching. Lost is good Never saw The Wire Nor Mad Men Dexter is awesome Haven't seen any of the rest except Firefly, which is also awesome.
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ey, bentham, check out Bones as well. I also like How I Met Your Mother for the general sitcom type show
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I would agree with the above with Bones and Supernatural

But I would add for current shows Doctor Who, Torchwood and Doll House

You need to watch more Star Trek also

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But I would add for current shows Doctor Who, Torchwood

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yes yes yes.. supernatural, bones, doctor who, and torchwood. You have your homework, Bentham =O
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ey, bentham, check out Bones as well. I also like How I Met Your Mother for the general sitcom type showJandurin
I love Bones. Brennan and Booth have great chemisty.
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I would agree with the above with Bones and Supernatural

But I would add for current shows Doctor Who, Torchwood and Doll House

You need to watch more Star Trek also

HarlockJC

Dollhouse started out meh, but the season started to get really interesting towards the end. I recommend the 13th episode, Epitath One..It's pretty damn awesome and probably the best ep of the season.

Of course, fox never aired it in their infinite wisdom.It's on the DVD/Blu-ray and Amazon has it for download.

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[QUOTE="mitu123"]jg4xchamp, I love your new avatar and sig. Bentham, you have great taste in comedies, I would add Rescue Me for drama.jg4xchamp
HAZE-Unit came up with the whole thing, I like it as well :)

Champ, I approve of the avatar and sig. Very, very hot, my friend! 8) 

Also, on topic, Bentham, that's a great list. I love Curb Your Enthusiasm and I especially love Lost. And given your name and avatar, I assume you love Lost as much as I do. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship ;) 

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I would like to add a recommendation. It's known here in the USA as MI-5, but in the UK it's known as Spooks. Freaking awesome Spy drama if you are into that kind of stuff. It just finished it's seventh season (series). The most remarkable thing about this show is that the cast is almost completely different from when the show started, but still is able to maintain it's quality with the cast changes.

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[QUOTE="HarlockJC"]

But I would add for current shows Doctor Who, Torchwood

Jandurin

yes yes yes.. supernatural, bones, doctor who, and torchwood. You have your homework, Bentham =O

Did you see the final 5 of torchwoord....God those were so good

Some of the best TV ever

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Never seen curb your enthusiasm Jandurin
Do it now!
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[QUOTE="Wasdie"]No Scrubs = failed list.Bentham

Scrubs is not worthy enough to go on a list with Arrested Development and Curb your Enthusiasm. 

I agree, Scrubs isn't in the same league as those 2 shows, though it's still good.
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Breaking bad and Weeds needs moar love.
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Breaking bad and Weeds needs moar love.jechtshot78
YES, Breaking Bad is a terrific show.
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[QUOTE="Jandurin"][QUOTE="HarlockJC"]

But I would add for current shows Doctor Who, Torchwood

HarlockJC

yes yes yes.. supernatural, bones, doctor who, and torchwood. You have your homework, Bentham =O

Did you see the final 5 of torchwoord....God those were so good

Some of the best TV ever

'twas good, though the first episode was unbelievably great, and the other 4 were less great
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I recommend SportsCenter
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I recommend SportsCenterCouth_
pfft. Wow, your sig is neat :P
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I would like to add a recommendation. It's known here in the USA as MI-5, but in the UK it's known as Spooks.

heretrix

My friend went to England a few months back and met the crew of Spooks. She took pictures and everything. The crew weren't even mad that tourists walked onto the set, in fact, they were rather pleasantly surprised that there were people in the US that watchd it. 

Apparently, the crew were all really nice people. 

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Lol, none of my regular shows is there :P

(Bones, CSI:Miami, Smallville, Scrubs)

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#33 organic_machine
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Lol, none of my regular shows is there :P

(Bones, CSI:Miami, Smallville, Scrubs)

IronBass

Bones is a really good show. I don't watch the others though. 

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Lol, none of my regular shows is there :P

(Bones, CSI:Miami, Smallville, Scrubs)

IronBass

CSI: Miami cannot compare to the original. That list is lacking in CSI.

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[QUOTE="IronBass"]

Lol, none of my regular shows is there :P

(Bones, CSI:Miami, Smallville, Scrubs)

organic_machine

Bones is a really good show. I don't watch the others though. 

You don't watch Scrubs? And I can't really get into Bones and Lost sadly, they aren't bad, just not for me.
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scrubs sucks, and i mentioned bones
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You don't watch Scrubs? And I can't really get into Bones and Lost sadly, they aren't bad, just not for me.mitu123
Well, IMO, Bones gets slightly repetive. And Lost dragged a lot in seasons 2 and 3. They picked up in 4 and 5 quite well, actually. A lot of people stopped watching Lost in either season 2 or 3 because they thought the show was going to continue to drag.
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[QUOTE="mitu123"]You don't watch Scrubs? And I can't really get into Bones and Lost sadly, they aren't bad, just not for me.organic_machine
Well, IMO, Bones gets slightly repetive. And Lost dragged a lot in seasons 2 and 3. They picked up in 4 and 5 quite well, actually. A lot of people stopped watching Lost in either season 2 or 3 because they thought the show was going to continue to drag.

yeah i quit lost then watched it again once season 3 was complete. Bones is a bit repetitive, but I find the characters and situations rewarding enough to overlook it.
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yeah i quit lost then watched it again once season 3 was complete. Bones is a bit repetitive, but I find the characters and situations rewarding enough to overlook it.Jandurin

Yeah, you're right, the characters are really great. I haven't actually watch Bones in a while. I need to watch it again. It was really great. 

And about Lost, it got so good in season 4 when the writers said, "Okay look. We need to write out the rest of the show, we can't go on improvising like this." Season 5 was incredible. And season 6 hopefully is as good. 

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Season 5 was incredible.

organic_machine
except the freaking season finale. i really didn't like it :S
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[QUOTE="mitu123"]You don't watch Scrubs? And I can't really get into Bones and Lost sadly, they aren't bad, just not for me.organic_machine
A lot of people stopped watching Lost in either season 2 or 3 because they thought the show was going to continue to drag.

Same here, you knew!
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[QUOTE="organic_machine"]

Season 5 was incredible.

Jandurin

except the freaking season finale. i really didn't like it :S

I was so depressed when 

[spoiler] Locke wasn't actually Locke the entire time. [/spoiler]

!

I really have no idea where they are going with Season 6. I had some idea at the end of Season 4, but now I have no idea. 

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Would anyone mind if I made a retort to this topic? My own list that is? :P
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Would anyone mind if I made a retort to this topic? My own list that is? :PCook66
You may do no such thing. :|
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Would anyone mind if I made a retort to this topic? My own list that is? :PCook66
do it
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I'm gonna give you guys a heads up for this coming season. The Human Target is a lot of fun and could turn out to be pretty good. I dug the pilot quite a bit. It's starring the guy that played Olivia Dunham's boyfriend in the first few eps of Fringe.

I get to see all of the upcoming pilots for the new season before they air. It's a sweet job perk (most of the time).

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neat I usually just wait for entire seasons of shows to finish before bothering with them I hate commercials, and I hate waiting a week between shows. I like to watch 2-3 eps a day on weekdays and as many as 8 or more on weekends, if the show is compelling enough and I have time. Stupid waiting :x
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Two brand new sci-fi type shows this season that are so far so good are Defying Gravity and Being Human
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no How i met your mother?
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no How i met your mother?Ontain
i mentioned that, too :P