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Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

*Not sure if this belongs in the TV section* it is not a technical post but rather a "how to waste time in a valuable way" post.

So, given that House of Cards - Season 3 was released on Netflix a couple days ago, I thought that after I get through that season, I might be desperately looking for a new time-wasting joy.

Here are my top 10's. They are N.American centric and exclude the "HIMYM/Friends" types that most Canucks don't love (although they seem quite popular for 2nd language English speakers).

Hoping that some collective brainstorming may lead to some gems that I have missed.

In no real order - just what I would watch first if given a choice.
1. Archer (animated) - (ongoing - Season 6 mid)
2. Arrested Development: maybe a movie coming? otherwise finished
3. Game of Thrones (coming soon)
3. The Office (UK for quality, US for quantity): both ended
4. Parks and Recreation: last season on at the moment - early seasons are better.
5. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (on Season 10 I think).
6. True Detective (starting season 2 in 2015 I think).
7. Sherlock (think it is slated for 2016).
8. The Wire (maybe the best series ever - drama).
9. Homeland (getting better after a rough 2/3rd season). ongoing
10. oh, hot damm, Breaking Bad (maybe the best of all).

New favourites/ other good ones.
1. As mentioned: House of Cards (US) - K. Spacey at his best. - ongoing
2. Walking Dead - ongoing
3. Flight of the Conchords : finished

Still not sure about: though quite popular
1. Sons of Anarchy
2. Community
3. Entourage
4. hmm - thinking... Curb your Enthusiasm had its moments.

Also miniseries - mostly HBO
1. Band of Brothers
2. Generation Kill
3. The Pacific (not as good at the first 2).

I'm also enjoying some youtube older documentaries. Too many to list here but I like "World at War" - I think an older BBC production of 26 parts. I would be for-sure interested to hear about the ones that are older than 10-15 years old for the non-fiction ones, as they are more difficult to find.

Not sure about the exact details of what is legal in CH. I have heard different views on online access to media, but I have used Solarmovies.is/so in the past, and lately have been using an app called Popcorn time - something new I think. Vodlocker and 1channel.ch were both good in the past though I haven't needed to look much lately.

In any case, would appreciate hearing -- particularly from the Brits -- if there are series that I missed that are of similar sense of humor/interest.

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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

Peaky Blinders.
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

None of the above. Seriously.

The fact that I wouldn't watch any of them if you paid me perhaps indicates why I shudder at the very thought of binge-watching.

Although I suppose I sometimes used to watch several episodes of Red Dwarf, Blackadder and the like back-to-back, but once you've memorised every scene it loses its appeal.
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Old 28.02.2015, 14:26
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

Black adder, keeping up appearances, due south, dr quinn, perfect strangers, fawlty towers, mc guiver, the a team, mission impossible...

Recent ones? None. Unless you pay me. Then we shall see
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

Orange Is the New Black! and
my secret shame: Gossip Girl.
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Old 28.02.2015, 15:56
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

There are lots of ideas here...

good TV series recomendations..... ?
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

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There are lots of ideas here...
good TV series recomendations..... ?
Thanks a lot for pointing this out. I initially searched with a few series' titles but nothing much came up (more on that later).

And, lol, thanks also to Ace1 for the comment :
None of the above. Seriously.
The fact that I wouldn't watch any of them if you paid me perhaps indicates why I shudder at the very thought of binge-watching.


I guess I left myself open for some proper criticism of my tastes in TV, but I think it is a generation gap phenomenon or a 2-sides-of-the-Atlantic thing, because I asked around at work and according to my age range, along with where I was born, my list hits most of the series that basically created the concept of binge-watching-TV. I think, however, that it was a British lady who technically finished all 13 episodes of the new season of House of Cards -- or at least who "tweeted" her success of it so publicly -- and with the apparent interest (again, by # of tweets sent) during the super bowl this past year, I wonder now if CH-bound expats properly represent "the masses" back in our home countries.
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The obvious answer is likely no, but maybe I am proverbially *peeing* up the wrong tree in seeking mainstream guilty-pleasure on-demand TV here on EF, and should rather stick to sites like 9gag or hmm, well anything that The Atlantic/The NewYorker magazines stamp as "must see's this season"

But maybe not representing the so-called masses is not a bad thing... I may not have the royal-tastes of someone who actually doesn't watch TV/movies (seriously Ace1, that seems almost strange to me, and I am the 30mins-1hour/day type most of which is cooking shows post-work time, CNBC or [enter whatever morning news is on between 710-730am]), but I doubt I fulfill the hallowed characteristics of the average middle-N.American TV-junkie: as Ricky Gervais explained:

Ricky Gervais: I say tour, LA and New York, theyíre the main two. I didnít do the middle bit, um. Nothing wrong with the middle bit, if youíre watching the DVD.
(audience laughs)
I love the middle bit, I love the middle bit. I love all of America.
(audience laughs)
I do- um, I do Iíve got a film coming out.

And before you point out how miserable you think R. Gervais is, I have to admit that I haven't found much of his material since the original UK Office to be worth a second watch.
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My list of favourite comedians -- in case you feel like pointing out the deficiencies here also, or better yet, suggesting good alternatives : in chronological order, is...

Eddie Murphy,
Chris Rock,
Dave Chappell
Russell Peters (current champ)

Yeah, I do see the pattern and I do accept that I am likely compensating for not being all that cool by watching cool-ethnic comics talk about cool ethnic ideas and cool ethnic situations.
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I guess my sense of what makes for good TV has evolved some over the years -- or maybe it is just stuck ~8 years back when I had access to TV on a regular basis (as mentioned, I only recently bought a TV here in CH).

In any case, thanks very much "gata" for those classics that I so desperately needed a name-reminder; to Charlotte G for giving me a reason to try out gossip-girl and orange is the new black (sometimes all it takes is one single 2nd opinion), and to hannah'sauntie for the direction to that more-comprehensive thread of like-minded persons with what seems like similar tastes to mine.

I will refrain from taking the "none. seriously" overly personally as I have just earned my [junior-g men badge] on EF after 4 long years of trying to stay interested and undeterred by what seems at times like an overwhelming dose of cynicism and resentment of English speakers living here... so I'm aiming to hopefully "add" positivity and optimism and not start taking away just yet (save for my macbook sales ad - coming soon to an EF thread near you! - but that is more like a limited time only giveaway!!! lol ).

In any case, if one person benefits from my re-calling the last 20 HBO/ IFC/ AMC series (that is give or take what I listed I realize now), then I feel like I contributed some; and hopefully that leads to continued support/and feedback (or more likely direction to an appropriate thread) on any questions or comments I have.
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Also, I am 4 episodes deep in to the spin-off of Breaking Bad -- Better Call Saul -- and I'm not ready yet to pass on it (a good sign since I am quite picky in only having 15 shows that I enjoyed over ~15 years...).

And for anyone on the fence of trying out any of my suggestions, I found that checking IMDB for similar-suggested movies (in the same idea as TV) or in at least giving them a half-season to prove worthy, are two requirements for gaining cult-binge status in my library.
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Finally, I dislike the search function on EF (apologies if that is any one person's doing) and I actually encourage ppl to check out that popcorn-time app for apple-products... it is surprisingly simple (though I'm unsure about its legal status in CH) and makes binge-TV-watching much easier if you do decide to walk down the road of no-return.

PS, No one mentioned any awesome BBC documentaries from the 70s-80s. I was really aiming to get that discussion going.

As I pointed out, the only binge-worthy series I have found so far is the great war documentary "World at War". I have since stumbled on a good one on Al Jazeera called "The Secret of the Seven Sisters". And there are some entertaining ones (though a bit new-aged and journalistically and at- times ethically questionable) coming out of Vice News... they tend go off the deep end looking for edgy content.
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Anyhow, just to bump this thread up and hopefully find some news on 2014-2015 movies and TV worth a look-see. And to subconsciously plant /sow the seeds of discontent with the search functionality on this site.
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, The Middle..
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

Check out Elementary, the American version of Sherlock.
Tommy Lee Miller and Lucy Liu star and its at least 10 times better than Sherlock (which I think is crap).

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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

west wing
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

Breaking bad, peep show, extras, prison break (first two seasons)
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

It's got to be The Sopranos, possibly the best telly ever.

We are wading through The World At War right now, our eldest is studying history and finds it informative as well as reassuringly accurate on the bits he already knows; it's absorbing to watch for all of us.

Our Friends In The North was a series we loved about 20 years ago, it had an amazing cast including Mark Strong and Daniel Craig, but according to a recent interview by Christopher Eccleston who starred in it as well, also some terrible wigs. A small price to pay for some excellent viewing.

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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

The 100

Orphan Black
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

  1. Archer for the win
  2. Sons of Anarchy for sure, but season 6 doesn't do it for me that much
  3. House of Cards
  4. True Detective - even my TV-hating gf was totally hooked; saw everything in a single sitting
  5. Two and a Half men; up to and including season 8
  6. Strike Back; best action series
  7. Game of Thrones
  8. Breaking Bad, but you have to endure some very slow seasons (I'm looking at you season 1!)
  9. NBC's Life with Damien Lewis - short lived but totally awesome
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

  1. Kung-Fu Panda
  2. The Adventures of Puss in Boots
  3. Transformers Prime
  4. LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

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  1. Kung-Fu Panda
  2. The Adventures of Puss in Boots
  3. Transformers Prime
  4. LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

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You should give ninjago a chance. It's quite good....or so I've been told...
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

Justified http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1489428/

The Americans http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2149175/?ref_=nv_sr_1

House of Lies http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1797404/?ref_=nv_sr_3
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Empire. Season 1 should be 1 torrent by now.
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Also... FARGO, a must watch. (British interest too with Martin Freeman)
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Re: Top 10 binge-watching TV shows

I like Arrested Development a lot (finally picked up netflix!)

Hubby and I discovered Chuck. We've been trying to watch some before bed, and we end up watching one too many and go to bed too late.
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