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Tell me a TV show you like, and I'll tell you another one you'll like just as much.* And in many cases, where to find it.




*to paraphrase [livejournal.com profile] sloganeer

Date: 2008-01-25 01:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-01-26 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Northern Exposure, also the X-Files. NX, you want to watch the first four and a half seasons, all in a row. You can stop after Joel leaves. XF, go back and restart at the beginning and watch through season 6.

Also Dexter and Big Love. Big Love has Grace Zabriskie holding a chicken, and Dexter has people periodically in boxes full of blood.

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Date: 2008-01-25 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hetrez.livejournal.com
Keen Eddie.

Date: 2008-01-25 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sloganeer.livejournal.com
Aw, Keen Eddie. That one was gonna be good.

Date: 2008-01-26 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Green Wing and Life on Mars; LoM for the fish-out-of-time-and-space cop show, and Green Wing for Julian Rhind-Tutt and any adjacent wackiness. Watch the entirety of both shows; that's 3 seasons x 6 episodes each of Green Wing, and 2 seasons x 13 episodes of LoM.

Date: 2008-01-25 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Sports Night.

Date: 2008-01-25 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notpoetry.livejournal.com
Sports Night.

Date: 2008-01-26 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
30 Rock and M*A*S*H, obviously. You should also go back and watch MASH from the 3-8 seasons, or even just watch seasons 4 and 5 with a new eye.

This new sitcom, "Big Bang Theory" is showing some promise, and has the we-need-to-change-the-world motivation behind the awkward-men-and-women-being-dorky-and-not-knowing-how-to-relate humor, not unlike SN.

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Date: 2008-01-25 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moireach.livejournal.com
The Office.

Date: 2008-01-26 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Green Wing. Awkward love, painfully awkward bosses, workplace exhaustion, pranks, and a fair dose of "I can't believe they just did that" TV subversion.

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Date: 2008-01-25 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rossetti.livejournal.com
ugly betty! or 30 rock

Date: 2008-01-26 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
30 Rock is the love child of Sports Night and Arrested Development, so if for some reason you haven't seen either of those shows in their entirety, you should do that.

And I recommend The Comeback, with Lisa Kudrow. Ugly duckling stumbling, awkward and hilarious assistants, workplace hijinks.

Date: 2008-01-25 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_abulafia/
Did you ever try ReGenesis?

If you like Stephen Fry: Absolute Power (I think you'd really like Absolute Power, actually, even if you don't particularly like Stephen Fry; I give it my highest recommendation) and QI.

As far as new stuff goes, Fairy Tales is not as bad as I was expecting it to be, but the episodes are all stand-alones (and there are only three so far; and of those, I've only watched the second and the third), so it doesn't feel like a real series. I don't remember if you've mentioned watching it, but Life starts out pretty good, and gets better as it goes along. The main point of attraction is Damian Lewis, and the writing for his character.

Date: 2008-01-25 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_abulafia/
Also, I sometimes find myself marathon-watching episodes of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

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Date: 2008-01-25 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] growyourwings.livejournal.com
supernatural, boston legal, torchwood, battlestar galactic (new version

Date: 2008-01-26 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
NCIS, baby. It's like the Boston Legal of forensics shows, it's rich with boyslash, it's compulsively watchable, funny, and with a great cast of characters who work together awesomely as a team, and who grow and change over the course of the series. Start with S3 if you want to catch up fast, otherwise go back and start at the beginning so you get to meet Kate, not just Ziva.

And of course Buffy, if for some reason you haven't seen it. Watch through season 6.

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Date: 2008-01-25 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sloganeer.livejournal.com
Sesame Street.

Date: 2008-01-25 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flouritephoenix.livejournal.com
Ohhh, lemme chime in here. Between the Lions. It's the early 21st Century Sesame Street. Chicken Jane!

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Date: 2008-01-25 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selenak.livejournal.com
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and if you say Moonlight, I shall be severely disappointed, Miss.

Date: 2008-01-25 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jood.livejournal.com
But it won a People's Choice award!

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Date: 2008-01-25 05:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ratcreature
Avatar the Last Airbender.

Date: 2008-01-26 07:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Do you watch Cowboy Bebop? Not quite as questy but still pretty damned awesome. Also the Tenth Kingdom, which was a miniseries, definitely brings the questy save-the-kingdom fantasy adventure, and is live action.

And Jeremiah. For mood and principle.

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Date: 2008-01-25 05:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aurora
Life on Mars.

Date: 2008-01-26 07:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Keen Eddie, which was cancelled before its time, is the definite choice. And if you haven't started watching The Wire, it's time.

Also find Eleventh Hour, starring Patrick Stewart -- only four episodes, but you'll like 'em.

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Date: 2008-01-25 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aud-woman-in.livejournal.com
China Beach

Date: 2008-01-26 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
M*A*S*H, obviously, and if you haven't seen it in a while I recommend starting with season 3 (or, if you don't mind missing out on Trapper and Blake, start with season 4) and watching through to season 8.

And Dana Delaney did show up on a couple episodes of thirtysomething...

Date: 2008-01-25 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebrooklynw.livejournal.com
Star Trek, The original Series

Date: 2008-01-26 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Doctor Who, the Fourth Doctor, Key to Time arc.

And Farscape.

Date: 2008-01-25 11:26 pm (UTC)
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
From: [personal profile] andraste
Babylon 5!

Date: 2008-01-26 07:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Well, Jeremiah, if you haven't seen it, and it pairs nicely with the first season of Dark Angel.

And if it's a space show you want you can't do better (other than B5 itself) than DS9. Start at the beginning and watch the whole series through.

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Date: 2008-01-26 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furies.livejournal.com
::coughs:: joan of arcadia. (if anyone says anything about jennifer love hewitt, i will scream.)

also, bones, new bsg, alias. also gilmore girls, anything sorkin, mash.

for the record? i know you know me super well, but i don't really get british humor all that much. i know, i know. i fail at life.

Date: 2008-01-26 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Dead Like Me. Grumbling antiheroine has to serve out her destiny saving people's souls, and periodically Mandy Patinkin bursts into song. Also, cute undead British guy. Also, a generous amount of girlslash and three hot girls with whom to do it.

Wonderfalls, also, and, because I know you, not because it resembles any of the above, you should watch the British show Teachers. At least the first season, poss the first two.

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Date: 2008-01-26 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandysbitch.livejournal.com
Are all the answers to this exercise Thirtysomething?

You know, I vaguely remember that show. I remember that in my early feminist days it pissed me off because Hope had a baby and didn't want to go back to work. Uh - I'm less insensitive now. I remember it was good though. It was unlike anything else on TV at the time.

Date: 2008-01-26 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Yeah, it had a problem toward glorifying breeders/housewives/whatever, but I think it ultimately shot itself in the foot, because the character most universally beloved is Melissa, and she's the only one not married off at the end of the series.

There is some horrible forward retconning about it, however; Gary's ghost shows up at Ellyn's wedding and whispers to Michael: "Don't worry about Melissa. She marries Lee and they have a great kid." Which in one way -- because Melissa really, really wanted a kid, and for an arc considered becoming a single mom, and that storyline never resolved so it was nice to hear that Melissa had a kid -- was kind of excusable -- but it would have been better if it had just been "she has a great kid," and left out all that heteronormativity, blah.

Still, it's unlike anything that was on TV at its time. You should download.

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Date: 2008-01-26 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tangleofthorns.livejournal.com
Friday Night Lights.

Date: 2008-01-26 07:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
The Unit. Dennis Haysbert et al. Stories of a special ops unit, and also the stories of their wives back home on the base. Written and created by David Mamet.

Date: 2008-01-26 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] likethesun2.livejournal.com
Slings and Arrows!

Date: 2008-01-26 07:20 am (UTC)

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Date: 2008-01-26 11:07 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-01-26 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamsab.livejournal.com
Dexter, but also Dirty Sexy Money, which has Peter Krause, fucked up families, possible incest, and a cast of thousands. You'll like it!

Date: 2008-01-27 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Friends, Judging Amy, 30 Rock, Xena: WP
...weird combination, I know.

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