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    Long Live The Idiot Box! A Random Favorites Thread



    Because I am bored, yet too lazy to organize a list of my favorite shows. There is one I prize over all the others. More on that later.

    Shows Covered So Far:

    1. Spaced (Channel 4)
    2. Psych (USA Network)
    3. 24 (FOX)
    4. The X-Files (FOX)
    5. Seinfeld (NBC)
    6. Veronica Mars (UPN, CW, Hulu)
    7. LOST (ABC)
    8. Stranger Things (Netflix)
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    Spaced



    Yes I am aware this show only ran two seasons. Yet it covers more in those two seasons than most shows do in 8. Spaced is a wonderfully very British comedy that is sitcom without the laugh track, letting us into the lives of Tim and Daisy. Naturally they like one another however in typical sitcom fashion this is not fully expressed by either one. I forgot how I watched this show originally, yet it is on tons of streaming services now so it must still be quite popular.

    Also what a cast: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost before SOTD turned made them known everywhere. Jessica Hynes who has a nice comedic touch. Mark Heap and Katy Carmichael having this bizarre yet oddly nice on/off relationship that mirrors the two major players. And Julia Deakin as their land lady, who suspects something is up but can't quite prove it. I almost wish there had been another season yet 2 was good enough. Best to go out on a satisfying high note.

    TV Network This Was On: Channel 4 (in the UK!)

    Favorite Character: Mike Watt

    Favorite Episode: Epiphanies
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    Wahoo! More posts tomorrow cause my phone is almost dead.
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    I'm watching.
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    Us (J. Peele, 2019) ☆
    Archer, S12 (A. Reed, 2021) ☆
    Infinity Train, Book 1: The Perennial Child (O. Dennis, 2019)
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S8 (D. Goor/M. Schur, 2021) ☆
    Spielberg (S. Lacy, 2017) ☆
    Central Park, S2a (J. Gad/L. Bouchard/N. Smith, 2021) ☆
    Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2 (C. Palmer, 2021) ☆
    Central Park, S1 (J. Gad/L. Bouchard/N. Smith, 2020) ☆
    Vivo (K. DeMicco/B. Jeffords, 2021) ☆
    Batman: Gotham Knight (S. Nishimi/F. Higashide/H. Morioka/Y. Aoki/T. Kubooka/Nam J./Y. Kawajiri, 2008) ☆

    First time ☆

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    Psych



    Odd that more people don't praise Psych as being a really good, maybe even great, modern day spin on Sherlock Holmes. It even came out before the BBC Sherlock, which I also love. This show wisely ran it's course and bowed out after 8 seasons, although there was a movie that came out last year that I have to see. I've seen every episode of Shawn and Gus' hilarious and entertaining adventures in sunny Southern California. USA actually has some good shows and is an example of how cable is often better than network TV.

    Oh and the Yin and Yang arc was really creepy for a comedy show. Having Corbin Bernsen play Shawn's dad was a nice touch. James Roday and Dulť Hill have excellent chemistry together as two best friends willing to investigate any and all crimes. I love the whole cast btw, as Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson are great foils as the two cops that put up with the main characters' silly behavior.

    I also like that the Psych followed the wise sitcom rule of not running for more than 8 or 9 seasons. Leave the audience wanting more, not less is always good. While I thought the series finale was a mixed bag I still didn't mind it too much. Sometimes the end of a show is really tricky.

    TV Network This Was On: USA Network (Mericah)

    Favorite Character Woody the Coroner

    Favorite Episode: Tuesday the 17th
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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I like lists like this.
    Thanks. I just didn't feel like organizing one and I have a lot of favorites.
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    24



    The Jack Bauer Power Hour is one of those action shows that had an impact on not just TV but even movies. A lot that was done during and after the show's run was influenced by 24, although of course 24 took after other movies and shows as well. Kiefer Sutherland was an excellent choice in the lead role, showing that he wasn't just an 80s guy although he did good work back then as well. The show had a fantastic cast also and contained multiple compelling storylines every season.

    The ticking clock aspect worked and is not just a gimmick, and the show only had one bad season and a few solid ones amongst mostly great seasons. The show also will be seen in the future as a look into America post 9-11 and how the War on Terror changed this country, for better or for worse. I feel it was for the worse, and this show reflects that in it's battered, tired hero who has definitely seen a lot of crazy shit and survived. Oh and that final season was ridiculous in a great way. Nice send off. President Palmer still has my vote and Charles Logan is still one of the best villains of all time.

    TV Network This Was On: FOX (back when they were good)

    Favorite Character: President David Palmer!

    Favorite Episode: Jack in the gun store. Fans know which one. That knife to the back of the neck kill is still brutal.

    I might come back and write more on this later. Have to go to work.
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    I still need to finish 24's last couple seasons. My roommate and I BURNED through that show staying up most of the nights and barely sleeping..."just one more"...

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    I still need to finish 24's last couple seasons. My roommate and I BURNED through that show staying up most of the nights and barely sleeping..."just one more"...
    It's awful past season 4. When everyone becomes a mole and everyone becomes a bad guy they just ran out of shit to do. They should have made more seasons with President Palmer.
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    I still remember the shock of [
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    Last Seen:​
    Us (J. Peele, 2019) ☆
    Archer, S12 (A. Reed, 2021) ☆
    Infinity Train, Book 1: The Perennial Child (O. Dennis, 2019)
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S8 (D. Goor/M. Schur, 2021) ☆
    Spielberg (S. Lacy, 2017) ☆
    Central Park, S2a (J. Gad/L. Bouchard/N. Smith, 2021) ☆
    Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2 (C. Palmer, 2021) ☆
    Central Park, S1 (J. Gad/L. Bouchard/N. Smith, 2020) ☆
    Vivo (K. DeMicco/B. Jeffords, 2021) ☆
    Batman: Gotham Knight (S. Nishimi/F. Higashide/H. Morioka/Y. Aoki/T. Kubooka/Nam J./Y. Kawajiri, 2008) ☆

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    I still need to finish 24's last couple seasons. My roommate and I BURNED through that show staying up most of the nights and barely sleeping..."just one more"...
    The last season ruled.

    Also Duke S5 was one of the best as was the last season. 6 was not good but 7 and 8 were solid. I think 4 is the best.
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    Oh man. God I loved 24. I remember next to nothing about actual plotlines in any of the seasons. I just remember the feeling I had when watching it.

    I also remember being half in love with Tony Almeida and nearly quit the show when he "died".

    Also, Chloe is obviously the best character in this show. I disliked her because I was relatively young and didn't quite understand what she brought to the show. I get it now, though, and what an inspired addition to the cast.

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    Quote Quoting amberlita (view post)
    Oh man. God I loved 24. I remember next to nothing about actual plotlines in any of the seasons. I just remember the feeling I had when watching it.

    I also remember being half in love with Tony Almeida and nearly quit the show when he "died".

    Also, Chloe is obviously the best character in this show. I disliked her because I was relatively young and didn't quite understand what she brought to the show. I get it now, though, and what an inspired addition to the cast.
    Yeah they kind of mishandled Tony later on. Oh well. Chloe rocks so much and I'm glad she was with Jack in the last season again.
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    I've seen two episodes of Spaced and not a single episode from either of the two other series listed so far. But keep 'em coming!
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    Quote Quoting DFA1979 (view post)
    Yeah they kind of mishandled Tony later on. Oh well. Chloe rocks so much and I'm glad she was with Jack in the last season again.
    24 had some pretty good supporting characters, particularly in the early seasons. I also remember liking George Mason and Michelle Dressler a lot. And Nina was great as Jack's best friend before the reveal.
    Last Seen:​
    Us (J. Peele, 2019) ☆
    Archer, S12 (A. Reed, 2021) ☆
    Infinity Train, Book 1: The Perennial Child (O. Dennis, 2019)
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S8 (D. Goor/M. Schur, 2021) ☆
    Spielberg (S. Lacy, 2017) ☆
    Central Park, S2a (J. Gad/L. Bouchard/N. Smith, 2021) ☆
    Batman: The Long Halloween, Part 2 (C. Palmer, 2021) ☆
    Central Park, S1 (J. Gad/L. Bouchard/N. Smith, 2020) ☆
    Vivo (K. DeMicco/B. Jeffords, 2021) ☆
    Batman: Gotham Knight (S. Nishimi/F. Higashide/H. Morioka/Y. Aoki/T. Kubooka/Nam J./Y. Kawajiri, 2008) ☆

    First time ☆

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    The X-Files



    I must confess I have not seen the second X-Files movie, or viewed any of the new seasons. However I have seen the rest of the show and I love it even though Seasons 7 and 9 were merely solid. I actually really liked Season 8 though and Seasons 3-6 are exceptional and very memorable. I dig the first two seasons a lot but they are mostly set up, although Season 2 does have some pretty stellar moments. Mulder and Scully are a fine duo with obvious chemistry from the beginning, with her as the skeptic and him as the true believer.

    After going back through the show again on Netflix all the way I realized that poor AD Skinner has the thankless job of protecting his two agents and trying to keep those really in charge from kicking Mulder out. I also liked Doggett and Reyes as the new additions in the last two seasons, and they were necessary since the two leads stopped being heavily involved with the show. Originally I liked the Cigarette Smoking Man the best yet I found him to be not as compelling as I originally thought when I first watched the show. That and the original series finale sucked pretty bad, yet doesn't take away from show's good aspects.

    TV Network This Was On: FOX (Once again when it was a good, fun network)

    Favorite Character: Walter Skinner

    Favorite Episode: Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man
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    I've seen two episodes of Spaced and not a single episode from either of the two other series listed so far. But keep 'em coming!
    I think you would like Spaced. The rest, probably not.
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    Quote Quoting Philip J. Fry (view post)
    24 had some pretty good supporting characters, particularly in the early seasons. I also remember liking George Mason and Michelle Dressler a lot. And Nina was great as Jack's best friend before the reveal.
    George Mason rules. Michelle was great too, and Nina was probably the second best villain after Logan. Like I said, that entry will probably earn an extended post later on at some point.
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    Seinfeld



    Back when I was a kid, NBC was the king of comedy. They had a Thursday night block that was the envy of other networks. Seinfeld was the one I loved the most, simply because it was hilarious, dark and all around wonderful. Elaine, Jerry, George and Kramer were the dream team of comedy and the show would have been funny even if there wasn't a laugh track. I think It"s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is the closest thing to a modern day version, however sometimes that show can get too dark. Seinfeld always managed to straddle that line without crossing it, although that was probably because it was a network TV show.

    I have found memories of viewing the reruns endless times on CBS of all channels, and I saw the series finale when it aired. I was not a fan, although perhaps that was the only way they could end things. There will probably never be another network sitcom quite like Seinfeld, and maybe that is for the best. I am tempted to do a rewatch yet I have way too many other shows demanding my attention currently. One day.

    TV Network This Was On: NBC (Used to love it, now meh)

    Favorite Character: George

    Favorite Episode: The Alternate Side
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    I really hope Rescue Me makes the list.

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    I really hope Rescue Me makes the list.
    Never saw it. Sorry. I'm behind on both HBO and FX shows.
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    Quote Quoting DFA1979 (view post)
    Never saw it. Sorry. I'm behind on both HBO and FX shows.
    It goes a little long those last season or two, but the overall arc is incredible (about firefighters dealing with aftermath of 9/11). Its also incredibly funny. Its a rare show that can make me cry laughing and cry sad in same episodes, but a few did.

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    It goes a little long those last season or two, but the overall arc is incredible (about firefighters dealing with aftermath of 9/11). Its also incredibly funny. Its a rare show that can make me cry laughing and cry sad in same episodes, but a few did.
    Any show that goes from 13-ep seasons to something longer is always a warning sign.

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