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Reality TV I can get behind--

"Long Way Round" on Bravo. Ewan McGregor and his pal Charlie Boorman (yes, John Boorman's son) ride motorcycles "over 20,000 miles, [traversing] the longest continuous landmass on earth through the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Siberia, Alaska and Canada before arriving in the Untied [sic] States" (Bravo site).

And the official site says it is (or has been) seen on Sky as well, for those with UK cable or whatever...

My DH used to work for a motorcycle dealer & ride on a daily basis, so he really likes the show. Plus, Ewan & Charlie are not only fun, but they really miss their wives & children, which is sweet.

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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Beth, I've been hooked on this show as well. The excitement between Charley and Ewan is contagious, and the cultures and people they've experienced so far has made me want to strike out myself. And they're hilarious together.

There is also a book out as well, though I'm not sure if it's distributed in America yet or not, and the DVD and CD soundtrack will be available in December.

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Does this have to be current shows? I'll assume not:

1. Deadwood

2. The Wire

3. The Office (British)

4. Creature Comforts (British. inspired by Nick Park, of Wallace and Grommet fame. Rent it from Netflix!)

5. Whose Line is it Anyway

6. Simpsons

7. Curb Your Enthusiasm (sometimes)

8. Hockey Night in Canada

9. The Derren Brown Show (British. I don't know if that's the title but he's kind of like David Blaine but more psychological. pretty crazy stuff)

Guilty Pleasure: Trading Spaces, whatever Bob Ross the painter's show was called,

I'm watching the first season of Lost and I am compelled to keep watching, but I can't say that I like it. I feel too manipulated. And the value of every show is resting on a future explanation that might suck.

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Whatever my wife puts in our Netflix queue ;)

We're not watching TV this summer (what bliss to not be!), but did watch JoArcadia on disk, and now she has Gilmore Girls coming. I remember liking GGirls; we used to get watch it some years back. Otherwise

* Gray's Anatomy (liked the earlier part of the season better)

* Extreme Makeover Home Ed. (Liked the first season the best, second OK, but they've sold out now)

* Lost (still good . . .

. . . although there seems to be a trend for me in that I grow tired of a show after a 2-3 seasons)

* Alias (again, I remember liking the first few seasons better)

* Seinfeld &

* Simpsons

Adding: The only time I've ever had cable channels was in college, and the one year of college I had a TV it was my roommates — and I was an architecture student that year. Time for TV was out of the question!

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Is there any way we can list shows that are no longer on the air? Every post mentions current shows (since the thread started, like, two years ago). Aside from Lost, ever show I ever liked got cancelled.

A couple of posts have mentioned shows on DVD, so why not? Is there a thread for "your favorite shows of all time"?

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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We bought cable for my father in law and the world cup. Now he's gone but my wife is addicted to this show, and I can't cancel the cable.

I think I'll nominate her for it, but she dresses better than everyone I've seen so far. She just wants the $5000 and a week in NYC.

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A couple of posts have mentioned shows on DVD, so why not? Is there a thread for "your favorite shows of all time"?

Heck, here I go--

Currently, the only shows I watching that haven't been cancelled are Lost, 24 and the Unit (if only for my Mamet fix). Other favorites, almost all of them shot down in their prime: Firefly, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Space: Above and Beyond, Tour of Duty, Early Edition, Due South (before the last two seasons went haywire, at least), Millennium, American Gothic and Monk. I didn't list the last one with the "on air" bunch because I've only been watching it on DVD.

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Currently, my wife and I wading thru the Entourage DVD's because we dont have HBO. We're about midway thru season two and enjoying it immensely.

Add The Amazing Screw On Head to that list.

Waiting anxiously for Lost and Survivor Cook Islands this fall.

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Homicide: Life on the Streets

I actually got grief pangs every Friday night for several months after this was canceled. There's been nothing like it since, on network TV, anyway.

Tour of Duty

This was the Vietnam show that aired around 1987-88, right? My sister and I watched this faithfully! Great show, and a sadly premature demise.

Millennium

For the first season and a half, I thought Chris Carter would actually top his own X-Files, then the best show on television, IMHO. But by its third and final season, Millennium had crapped out, and Carter could only wrap it up with a somewhat unsatisfying X-Files episode. At its best, this show was so smart and dark and scary and foreboding. (I'd add Carter's Harsh Realm as a prematurely canceled gem, at least judging by the three or four episodes that Fox aired.)

Monk

Has Monk been canceled? I thought it just started a new season? My wife likes this one better than I do (I liked it more before they replaced Sharona :(M-m-m-my Sharona ...), but I get a little weary of the murder "mysteries" which are paper thin. Shalhoub is a joy to watch in the role, though.

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All time favorite shows:

Hill Street Blues

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Any Dodger game with Vin Scully announcing

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Homicide

NYPD Blue

The Lone Ranger

All in the Family

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Currently, my wife and I wading thru the Entourage DVD's because we dont have HBO. We're about midway thru season two and enjoying it immensely.

A friend of mine, with whose taste in film and TV I usually agree, recently recommended Entourage to me. I watched the first episode and it didn't really do anything for me. I laughed maybe once or twice and wasn't really interested in the story.

What is it that you like about the show? Does it get better? Am I missing something?

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Monk

Has Monk been canceled? I thought it just started a new season? My wife likes this one better than I do (I liked it more before they replaced Sharona :(M-m-m-my Sharona ...), but I get a little weary of the murder "mysteries" which are paper thin. Shalhoub is a joy to watch in the role, though.

New episodes of Monk are running now on USA, and continue to be a pleasure. I find myself liking Natalie as well or better than Sharona.

The new USA show that follows, Psych, co-stars Dul

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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Agree with Alan about The Closer, except that Kyra Sedgwick's accent seems to be sliding over into parody. She could use a coaching session with an actual Georgian. Otherwise, she's great and so is the rest of the cast.

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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Heck, I never watch TV, aside from the NHL Playoffs, 'cause I'm Canadian. Actually, this is my first post in this section. But anyway, I have THREE all-time favourite shows. Two are quite old, the other is quite ... odd. Please forgive me:

Monty Python's Flying Circus

Fawlty Towers

Spongebob Squarepants

Go ahead and stone me for that last one. ::blush:: But I really do like it.

I think I'll just leave now ...

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Uh...

COPS? Hehehe. This was true up until fairly recently, I admit with chagrin.

House. This is, however, getting thin for me. Great idea, but how long can they go w/ it?

CSI - I loved this show when it first came on... along with the rest of the American public. But it, too, is getting thin. VERY thin. I'm not sure I'll continue tracking it.

Judging Amy -- both my wife and I's favorite show, which is probably why they CANCELLED it a while back.

CNN -- Because I believe as long as I'm going to torture myself with television, why not get a double-dose?

TMC (Turner movie channel).... not a "show", though. Same with Sundance and IFC, I guess. Maybe a thread called "favorite TV channel"? Hehehehe.

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Yeah. I saw the one where an Arizona Minuteman went to live with Mexican illegals for a month in L.A. I was very impressed with the context and that show, though matchups teased at the end of the show were not a draw. The Babe was not impressed overall, sadly.

"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

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A friend of mine, with whose taste in film and TV I usually agree, recently recommended Entourage to me. I watched the first episode and it didn't really do anything for me. I laughed maybe once or twice and wasn't really interested in the story.

What is it that you like about the show? Does it get better? Am I missing something?

Yeah it gets better. Rent the first season and watch a couple episodes per night-- it's a blast. But chances are, if you have no interest in young Hollywood or the business side of the entertainment industry, you probably wont enjoy it.

Season two began a little flat-footed, but warmed up considerably mid-season. My wife and i have enjoyed it so much we're considering getting HBO again, just so we can watch season three.

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What is it that you like about the show? Does it get better? Am I missing something?

Yeah it gets better. Rent the first season and watch a couple episodes per night-- it's a blast. But chances are, if you have no interest in young Hollywood or the business side of the entertainment industry, you probably wont enjoy it.

Season two began a little flat-footed, but warmed up considerably mid-season. My wife and i have enjoyed it so much we're considering getting HBO again, just so we can watch season three.

Agreed. I LOVED entourage and ended up watching the first two seasons in a mere two weeks. The Aquaman storyline is fantastic. And this is also one of the few shows where I appreciate the celebrity cameos, because they serve the story by making it seem more real.

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I'm with you Plankton; I love the Squarepants! It should have been on my list.

Yeah it [Entourage] gets better. Rent the first season and watch a couple episodes per night-- it's a blast. But chances are, if you have no interest in young Hollywood or the business side of the entertainment industry, you probably wont enjoy it.
That might be my problem. I couldn't care less about young Hollywood and business. I like shows for the stories and the people.
I LOVED entourage and ended up watching the first two seasons in a mere two weeks. The Aquaman storyline is fantastic. And this is also one of the few shows where I appreciate the celebrity cameos, because they serve the story by making it seem more real.
I might give it one more shot, watch a couple more episodes.

What about the cameos in Curb Your Enthusiasm? They worked pretty well I thought.

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What about the cameos in Curb Your Enthusiasm? They worked pretty well I thought.

I think so too. Also Larry David pops up in an episode of entourage as well, as he knows Ari. Definitely works into the "reality" angle both shows are playing.

Or maybe it's because they have some of the same producers. ;)

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