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The summer hiatus marathons have begun!

My plans for TV catchup this summer:

Mad Men - throughout the spring, I've been slowly working on this. I'm up to 3.06, the infamous riding lawn mower episode. Been watching these through Netflix, so I'm waiting on the next disc to arrive. I'm still not sure whether I think it's "the greatest show ever" - I think I'm too much of an adrenaline junkie for that. But I do appreciate the attention to detail and highly cerebral way the characters and plots are handled. It's just so... slow? Like a fine wine that has to be savored. I think it'll be good to watch season 4 live, and let each episode turn over in my brain for a week. DONE

Breaking Bad - I just started this on Wednesday... and I'm up to 2.10. OH. MY. GOD. This is addicting! I finally gave it a chance based on Alan Sepinwall and Myles A. McNutt's glowing reviews (two TV reviewers I follow on Twitter). Honestly, if I had known it had an element of secret identity, I'd have been watching from the premiere! That is my one bullet-proof kink, man. Who else watches this, f-list? DONE

Black Books - I got the DVD box set at Christmas, and we've watched just the first two eps. It's cute - and I loved Father Ted (one of the creators is the same). But it's not something I'd marathon. Eventually we'll watch them all.

Other stuff I'm pondering:
**Better Off Ted DONE
**New Doctor Who STARTED
**Drop Dead Diva (forgot to list this before!)

ETA:
**Vampire Diaries DONE
**Cougar Town
**Spaced STARTED
**United States of Tara
**Iron Man: Armored Adventures
**Party Down
**Friday Night Lights ABANDONED, sorry.
**Sanctuary
**Primeval

Any other recs? (And why specifically do you like those?)

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arabian
Jun. 4th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
You MUST start with Nine, good call.
BOT is hilarious.

Recommendation?

THE VAMPIRE DIARIRES!

I know it sounds crazy, the first couple of episodes are meh and teenage whiny, but around ep 4 it starts getting good and then good shortly (real shortly -- like ep 6) becomes great and then shortly (real, real shortly -- like ep 7) becomes amazing and it's a roller-coaster ride of OHMYGOD! until pretty much the end. The acting, directing and writing are top-notch. Ian Somerhalder (always good) is a revelation. The pacing is, simply put, the absolute BEST I have EVER seen on a television show.

I LOVE IT SO MUCH! I'm not a big rewatcher of whole episodes, scenes sure, but whole episodes? Nah. I've rewatched the entire season THREE TIMES in under a month already. AND IT'S STILL UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME.

Ahem, so yeah, I'd suggest The Vampire Diaries.
htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
I will definitely keep those two on the list. :)

I've really been thinking about Vampire Diaries... I will definitely consider it!
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htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
I watched one season of Bones, but I never got really involved with the characters. It's probably too procedural as well. That goes for House as well, and Criminal Minds I've never seen, but I suspect I'd feel the same...

I DO watch Dexter, and LOVE it. It's that secret identity thing, I swear.

And I watched AD from the beginning and loved every second. I also watch Glee, though my love is waning. :)
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ndnickerson
Jun. 4th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
OH MAD MEN. i do adore mad men. and it is quite a slow burn. (can't wait until you finish S3.)

have you been watching justified?

otherwise... hmm. are there any other shows you're thinking about doing? i've been watching 30 rock and i'll do better off ted once i'm as caught up on that as i can be. and i've heard the wire is amazing.
htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
I think S3 has been the easiest to watch more than one in a row - I think the more empowered Peggy becomes, the better I like it. :)

I tried to watch Justified when it first came out. Couldn't get through the pilot. Sell me on continuing?

I've been watching 30 rock since catching up at season 2. It's fun! :) I've heard great things about Better Off Ted, so I'm sure I'll like it. As far as The Wire... do you know if there's a secret identity element? ;)
skalja
Jun. 4th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what else you watch, but I highly recommend Psych (comedic police procedural ... well, for certain definitions of police XD) and second Criminal Minds (dramatic police procedural).

Oh, and you're a Spectacular Spider-Man fan, right? Iron Man: Armored Adventures is not quite as awesome, but still great fun.
htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I watch Psych, it's one of my faves! ♥ And has secret ID in spades... ♥♥

The de-aging aspect of Iron Man: Armored Adventures always turned me off it. Sell me on it a little more?
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mark_clark
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Did you finish watching season 1 of White Collar??
htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
No, I never did... just lost interest. What are the things that you like about it -- any secret ID stuff going on?
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narniadear
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
You have to start New Who from Nine anyway. It's all beautifully connected in only a Russell T. Davies sort of way. And Nine is just awesome. :D
arabian
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
I heart RTD and his Who soooooooo much. :D
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ferdalump
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
So much love for 'Mad Men' ♥

I also really like 'Big Love.'
htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm enjoying it... it's just... slow. I'm really liking Season 3 more.

What is it about Big Love you like? Sell me on it? :)
kablamooo
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to get not lazy and watch Breaking Bad. I love Bryan Cranston.

Recommendations- Dexter, Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara.
htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
It's AMAZING. He's WONDERFUL. So different than his comedic work. Your heart bleeds for his predicament, seriously.

I already watch Dexter (♥♥♥), but tell me why you like Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara?
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solitary_zero
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
YES YES TO DOCTOR WHO!!! :D Definitely start from Nine!
htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, I intend to! Just gotta wait 'till it comes up in my Netflix queue! ♥
spiletta42
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Good call on Doctor Who, and I've heard excellent things about Better Off Ted. I can't see this post and not rec Stargate SG-1, of course, since it's my all-time favorite. And speaking of older shows, have you seen Roswell? I won't claim it's the greatest show ever, but it's a very fun and very ficcable show.
arabian
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Better of Ted is INSANELY hysterical. One of the absurdist funniest shows I've ever watched.
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januaried
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
I watched the first episode of Mad Men but couldn't get into it - the whole 'boy's club' atmosphere kind of freaked me out and I didn't want to find out if the whole show was as depressing as that episode. Does it get better?
arabian
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
If you didn't like it from that, trust me, you won't like it. I watched it, felt that way, but because of the critical kudos forced myself to watch two more episodes. Still didn't like it, stopped. Finally, friends/family convinced me to give it another try. I managed to watch another five or six episodes, but it was through sheer force of will. Just not my cup of tea.
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lightningmoon09
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Doctor Who is an awesome choice. Mad Men though is more of an acquired taste. Season 3 isn't their best season though
htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Interesting - I've liked Season 3 the best of all of them so far! I could actually watch 2-3 at a time, unlike before.
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fairfax_verde
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I was a little hesistant to rec "The Vampire Diaries" because it's my guilty pleasure, so I'm glad to see others have recced it as well :) It's great fun. And yes, you do have to endure the first few episodes, which are silly/dull, but it's worth it. Ian is amazing.

My husband loves DW, and I think I could get into it if I put some effort into paying attention to it, but I can't seem to work up the enthusiasm somehow.
arabian
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Have you rewatched the series? I did and actually found that other than ep 2, even the early ones are much better upon rewatch. I think it's because you know the characters better (obviously), but also because there are so many more layers to read into their interactions knowing all we do down the road.

I'm so obsessed with TVD! Ian? No words. I am now tracking down everything he's ever been in (and rewatching his Lost stuff), and he's yet to disappoint me yet. LOVE HIM.
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ncc_gqmf
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
I absolutely recommend Better off Ted, unless you don't want to deal with the heartache of watching a brilliant-but-canceled show. It's genius writing, and Portia de Rossi is one of the funniest TV actresses to exist.

I can't remember if you watch United States of Tara, so if not, I also highly recommend that one. It's not at all what you would think when you hear "written by Diablo Cody." It's awesome.

You might check out Cougar Town, also! It's not for everyone, but I think it's awesome, and it's so refreshing to have a show that's actually about women and their lives that isn't Sex and the City.
htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm okay with the Brilliant-But-Canceled thing. I'm used to it, *sigh*

Tell me more about United States of Tara. What is it exactly that you love?

And I actually watched the season finale of Cougar Town, just to taste test it. It was amusing, but not laugh-out-loud funny. If I knew the characters better, I'd probably have liked it better... I am going to give that one a go from the beginning, for sure. :)
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veritas724
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
BETTER OFF TED!

Haha erm I hit "post" before I was done with the comment...

I just started marathoning that show two weeks ago and I LOVE IT. It's a shame I got into it literally weeks after it got cancelled but it's totally worth marathoning anyway. Portia de Rossi is incomparable.

Also we Legend of the Seeker fans are gunning for a third series so it's a good time to get into that show (but I'm not sure you're a fan of the fantasy genre so I understand if it's not your cup of tea).

Edited at 2010-06-04 06:32 pm (UTC)
htbthomas
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Awesome. Can't wait to enjoy it. :)

I do watch Seeker! Or at least I did. :( I hope it really does come back, because it was awesome.
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