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  •  Disagree but.. (1+ / 0-)
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    k9disc

    There are some great shows on TV.. Justified is one of them.

    To me, in no particular order:

    Game of Thrones (HBO)
    The Good Wife (CBS)
    Shameless (SHO)
    Homeland (SHO)
    Justified (FX)
    Archer (FX)
    Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Mad Men (AMC)
    Switched at Birth (ABCF)
    Walking Dead (AMC)

    Honorable mentions because I love them but they are pulp enjoyment:

    Supernatural, Lost Girl

    In general, as long as it's not a reality show, I'll give it a try.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 04:59:25 PM PDT

    •  Good list (4+ / 0-)

      add Hell on Wheels, Southland and Sherlock and it would be damn near perfect.

      •  It's hard to consider Sherlock (3+ / 0-)
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        Which is completely and totally brilliant as a series, because it's so far really been what, 6 TV movies in a 3 movies per season format?   I don't know how to loop that in with 12/24 episode runs.   But it is fantastic.

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 05:04:08 PM PDT

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        •  hey now, size does not matter (3+ / 0-)

          but thats just how the British do their shows. They tend to be longer and no commercials, no bullcrap filler to please every segment of the audence and just straight to business awesomeness.

          At an hour and a half an episode that is still 4 and a half hours of tv. That is really not that far off of some american shows that have 8-10 40 to 1 hr episodes.

          Be it Luther, Misfits, Mirror Black, Sherlock, Wallander etc, its just how drama series tend to happen over there.

          •  It does make me miss (2+ / 0-)
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            LieparDestin, FiredUpInCA

            The qualification of what used to be "Mini-Series" event television (Roots?)  Etc.   We just don't do that much.  

            I don't see Misfits or Luthor that way, they are 6 or sometimes 10 eps.. etc.   I'm OK with that, like Shameless/etc. which are 13.   But just 3 which are movie format doesn't strike me as a proper "series" but an event.. they can pour much more money and break them farther apart then how we view a series.

            Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

            by Chris Reeves on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 05:52:07 PM PDT

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            •   Good point. (1+ / 0-)
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              FiredUpInCA

              John Adams would be a good example I guess. Or the Pillars of the Earth adaptation.

              I usually consider 'series' a multiple season event with a beginning middle and end to a particular set of events, only for the same characters etc to take on new evens the next go around all while having to deal with the consequences of the previous seasons.

              A miniseries is more of a longer movie to me.

              On a different note, I hear they are doing a Season 2 of the new Vikings show on History Channel. Glad thats one going to get more story-telling time.

              •  Agreed.. And Pillars of the Earth (1+ / 0-)
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                Was a great miniseries.   Really worthwhile.  

                Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

                by Chris Reeves on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 06:39:40 PM PDT

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                •  I think they did justice to the book (0+ / 0-)

                  for sure. I am just finishing up World Without End, and while it has its moments it feels a little rushed or something at times. I realize there is a lot of ground to cover but there is not a lot of time to come to know the characters.

    •  Walking Dead (2+ / 0-)
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      the first and last two episodes of each season are really awesome, and should encompass the entire season itself.

      Really, they should have four-episode seasons and call it a year.

    •  No Southland? No Downton Abbey? (2+ / 0-)
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      Also, Scandal on ABC is another great show, particularly for the ensemble. Also, watch for a show called Suits on USA network which comes on during the summer and is a terrific show.

      I am eager to see what changes Aaron Sorkin will make on the HBO show Newsroom, a show with lots of potential, but had a tendency to be quite wordy in typical Sorkin fashion.

      "Do they call you Rush because you're in a rush to eat?" -"Stutterin' John" Melendez to Rush Limbaugh.

      by Nedsdag on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 06:18:31 PM PDT

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      •  Some of your examples (1+ / 0-)
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        Really enjoyed Downton Abbey, but it's first season was far better than the following.

        Suits is a great/fun summer show; in the category with things like Burn Notice.. great blast of old school entertainment... definitely good for a hot Saturday off the DVR.

        Newsroom had such potential.. but outside of being wordy, it too often puts people into situations that seem ridiculous or just too happenstance.. "oh, by miracle circumstance, I know someone who knows the real story"..

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 06:42:09 PM PDT

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