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Worth Watching TV Shows

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Hello.

So, you probably know that it's "off-season" for most (all?) of the currently running shows. That's why I want to hear some good shows, that I might not be aware off.

So far my list would be:
LOST
Dexter
X-Files
House
Big Bang Theory
Mad Men
The Office (It's horrible, don't even know why I keep watching it)
Supernatural
Numb3rs

I think that's it, if I'm not forgetting anything.

Enlighten me!

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  • Aside from Doctor Who, I only watch sitcoms. Oh, and Castle. These are all the shows I watch, starting from my number 1 favorite.
    Community (One of the best sitcoms ever. I'll fight any man who thinks otherwise)
    Parks and Recreation (Most of the time, it's better than The Office (US) in my opinion. Though it only starts getting good after the first season/sixth episode)
    Modern Family (Might not be groundbreaking or anything, but it's got great writing and great acting)
    30 Rock (Would have been higher on the list, but it kinda lacks character development, so the jokes are pretty much the same. Still, it's got the best quotes and one-liners in TV history)
    Episodes (It's hilarious, but it's also depressing for me. British humor always has that effect on me)
    The Office (Both versions, in my opinion. There is no law that states that you can only enjoy one of them, though the UK version is canceled, and the US version is turning into a loyalty show, something that you watch simply because it's there, even though it's starting to go bad)

    And, some the cancelled shows that I loved are:
    Arrested Development
    Better Off Ted
    Reno 911
    Spaced

  • Get Smart
    Gilligan's Island
    Sanford and Son
    The Beverly Hillbillies
    The Addams Family
    The Munsters
    The Fugitive
    Monk
    Psych
    Scooby Doo Where Are You
    The Funky Phantom
    Batman (with Adam West)
    Batman (with Mark Hamill)
    The Maxx (because Dashing says so and that's good enough for me)
    Morel Orel (for above reasons)
    Fullmetal Alchemist (NOT BROTHERHOOD!)
    Firefly
    Cowboy Bebop
    Darker Than BLACK
    Black Lagoon
    Now and Then, Here and There
    Princess Tutu
    Detective Conan
    Crayon Shin-Chan
    Paranoia Agent
    Ghost in the Shell: 2nd Gig
    Eureka Seven
    Babylon 5
    Star Trek (with Kirk)
    Futurama
    Courage the Cowardly Dog
    The Simpsons
    The Venture Bros.
    12 Oz. Mouse (one of those get it or you don't ones)
    Spicy City (look up the Manos Hands episode on Youtube)
    Sam and Max: Freelance Police
    Thundercats
    Sonic SatAM
    Taz-Mania
    House
    Father Ted
    The Mighty Boosh
    Stargate SG1
    The Walking Dead
    Breaking Bad
    The Sopranos



    But mostly Get Smart.

  • @Secret Fawful said:
    Spicy City (look up the Manos Hands episode on Youtube)


    Yeah, they shouldn't have canceled that. I thought there were some awesome stories there.

    Hey, guys. What are your opinions on laugh tracks?

  • Lost
    Twin Peaks - If only for the first season alone (though I actually really enjoyed the second as well)
    M*A*S*H
    Doctor Who
    Monk
    Seinfeld

  • @allaboardfilms said:
    Twin Peaks - If only for the first season alone (though I actually really enjoyed the second as well)
    M*A*S*H
    Seinfeld



    HOW COULD I FORGET M*A*S*H. That one is close to my favorite show ever. Also Frasier and Cheers.

  • The Soup: All the guilty pleasure TV can offer you, without the guilt.
    And MST3K

  • Star Trek TOS
    The Pink Panther
    Stromberg
    Pastewka
    Schillerstraße
    Wikkie und die starken Männer
    Battlestar Galactica
    Raumpatrouille Orion
    Captain Future
    Family Ties
    The Muppet Show
    The Twilight Zone
    Futurama
    The Munsters
    Kottan ermittelt
    Die Maus vom Mars
    Mr. Moto
    Club 2
    Scheibenwischer
    Charlie Chan
    Irgendwie und Sowieso
    Dorfers Donnerstalk
    Dr. Psycho
    Luzie, der Schrecken der Straße
    Twin Peaks
    Magnum
    Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt
    Pan Tau
    Herr Rossi sucht das Glück
    Schmidteinander
    Die Harald Schmidt Show
    Die Sendung mit der Maus
    Wissen macht Ah!
    Alpha Centauri

  • @tredlow said: Yeah, they shouldn't have canceled that. I thought there were some awesome stories there.

    Hey, guys. What are your opinions on laugh tracks?



    Horrible and it usually gives bad first impressions of the show.

    Thanks for all the shows you've listed so far, guys!

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    Did anyone mention Red Dwarf? 'cause Red Dwarf.

    And laugh tracks depend on whether they're actually covering something funny or not. If it's on a show that's not funny, then it makes you think the audience was high. If it's on a show that's really funny, it draws you in an makes the jokes that little bit better.

    So I guess it depends really. Red Dwarf went from having one, to not, to having one, to not again. I think it was better with, but that's just me.

  • @Darth Marsden said: Did anyone mention Red Dwarf? 'cause Red Dwarf.

    And laugh tracks depend on whether they're actually covering something funny or not. If it's on a show that's not funny, then it makes you think the audience was high. If it's on a show that's really funny, it draws you in an makes the jokes that little bit better.

    So I guess it depends really. Red Dwarf went from having one, to not, to having one, to not again. I think it was better with, but that's just me.



    In my opinion, the thing about laugh tracks is that it points out jokes. Not good jokes, but every joke. Every sitcom makes bad jokes, with or without laugh tracks. There has to be at least one or two jokes in a sitcom that really just didn't have laughs. The trick is to make the ratio of bad jokes small compared to all the good jokes.

    When a sitcom tells a good joke, people will laugh at it and remember it, with or without laugh tracks.

    However, when a sitcom tells a bad joke, that's when laugh tracks starts to be a disadvantage. In a show without laugh tracks, when a joke falls short, the show will move on and viewers forget about it. However, with laugh tracks, the show will pause while the audience laughs, but not the viewers. Laugh tracks sort of point out the bad jokes as much as the good jokes. This is why I stopped watching The Big Bang Theory after 3 seasons, there was a joke in the episode "The Pants Alternative" that suffered exactly this.

    Another thing that I don't like about laugh tracks is the wasted time. I remember hearing that, out of 30 minutes of a laugh track sitcom episode, 10 is dedicated to commercials, while 5 is dedicated to the laugh track pauses at the end of jokes. That time could have been spent on plot development, character development, or, hell, more jokes.

    Also, though I'm not sure if every laugh track sitcom is like this, I'm sort of sick of multiple-camera setups in sitcoms. It really limits how much techniques and editing style can be used in a sitcom, making the show feel static and sort of emotionless.

    Now, I'm not saying that all laugh track sitcoms are bad, since most of the awesome old sitcoms use laugh tracks, and there are unfunny laugh track-less sitcoms out there. Shows like Seinfeld, Frasier, Friends, etc. were great, but I kinda wish that modern sitcoms wouldn't use it anymore.

    Anyway, I've been meaning to check out Red Dwarf. That would mean watching about 9 seasons. Then again, it's a British sitcom, so that's probably about 60 episodes, right?

    Oh, and I watch Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim. I know Cartoon Network really shouldn't have live-action shows, but after seeing Childrens Hospital, I was hooked. It's the Police Squad of medical dramas.

    And HBO's animated version of The Ricky Gervais Show. I know, it's basically just the podcast, but I've never listened to the podcast, and the animation is pretty cool. Also, I heard that they'll be using new audio in the future instead of using existing podcasts.

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