Solid list. Striking omissions from my vantage point would be ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (FOX) 2003-2006, BREAKING BAD (AMC) 2008-, and (the most striking) THE PRISONER (ITV) 1967-68.
Thanks. I'm not sure I can come up with any good reason why, but I find it very difficult to find Jason Bateman or Michael Cera funny. Thus, I've never been able to make it through a single episode of Arrested Development
. I've had, it seems, 20 different friends all tell me to watch Breaking Bad
, it's on the to do list. And yes, if I had continued my personal list past 25, The Prisoner
would have made it on there somewhere.
Jeremy, have you watched Friday Night Lights? If not, based on your list (and the similarity of our tastes), I think you'd probably like it.
Not yet, but from what I've heard, it does sound like I'd like it. It's nice to know there's a few good long running shows out there I haven't seen yet.
I loved what I've seen of some shows, but haven't seen enough to really add to the list (Caprica, Treme); there are some that I'm sure will be on my favorites list when I actually get around to them (Justified, Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, Mad Men); there are some shows that I like but have sort of fallen out of love with (Lost, 24, X-Files).
I know what you mean with 24
, but a couple years later, after it finished running for 8 seasons, it does seem sort of like an epic now. For all the fun that is made of FOX, they dealt pretty intelligently with the tensions between keeping order and preserving freedom, between security and civil rights with the story of Jack Bauer. It's a show that I'm always going to remember the 2000s by. It could be pretty devastating at times, but then again it never would have existed were it not for 9/11.
Very fancy! A favorite in my household as well
25 - The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. (FOX) 1993-1994
Which reminds me that I completely forgot Jack of All Trades
- a very very silly show, but one you'd probably like if you fondly remember Briscoe County.
It's astonishing (or perhaps not) how closely our tastes align. Of the twenty-five discontinued shows you list, five are absolute favorites of mine, two are "liked what little I saw," one is terrific, though not a favorite (Firefly), one is waiting for me to get around to it and the rest are on my to-see list.
Since you enjoy mysteries and crime stories, you really really
need to get around to seeing The Wire
sooner than later. It would be tremendous to read your take on it if it inspired you to do more writing on your website (which I'd bet it would). The others are worthy of being on your "to see" list, but it's hard to put into words the experience of finishing up five seasons of The Wire
. We obviously don't see eye to eye on the occasional film or cultural debate topic, but given that we both love the Sherlock Holmes stories, our tastes would have to align somewhat.