I have one more week of free Amazon Instant video and I want to watch a good, edge of your seat type show.
I've already watched 24, Prison Break, Damages, X-Files, Lost, The Event, Breaking Bad...
Any other shows that are like the ones I just mentioned? I like a good conspiracy.
Sons of Anarchy
Fringe is the only one worth anything on that list.
The first season of "Heroes" is good cheezy fun, but it SUCKS after that.
"Fringe" takes a good long while to get going, but by the end of the first season it's good, and it just gets better and better through season three.
Call the Midwife
I was just going to say if you do Heroes do not go past the first season (in retrospect it was starting to have some problems even before the S1 finale). It was not really constructed to go past one year, and they struggled to figure out what to do with it in the remaining seasons. The first half of the first season was fun though. Sylar was so much better when he was mainly shown briefly lurking in the shadows.
I have been meaning to watch Fringe myself. I have also heard it takes awhile for it to really take off, so don't judge the series by the first season.
Homeland is the show to watch if its available.
I just finished a week of pet sitting for friends. They had Showtime on Demand and I watched the entire first season.
Knew nothing about Homeland other than it just recently swept the Emmys. So, I tuned in out of curiosity and was hooked halfway into the first episode.
Intelligent, witty, edge of your seat, thriller.
You will not be disappointed.
Southland if it ever comes back.
I think I saw a commercial advertising Fringe reruns on the Science channel. It was a little confusing and I only saw the commercial once, it definitely had something to do with Fringe and I was hoping it was about syndicated reruns. I've never seen a single episode but I'm curious about it.
Sons of Anarchy is good. I resisted watching because I wasn't interested in bikers. But when I got Amazon Prime I checked out SoA. I was hooked immediately.
I'm watching Last Resort (ABC), Revolution (NBC). First episode of Arrow on CW was so good. The new Beauty & Beast was actually better than I thought it would be. As for shows that have been around a while, you can't go wrong with Luther (BBC).
R10, you're only hooked because of the hot blonde guy from Queer As Folks.
Ok I just googled it, and The Science Channel bought the syndication rights to Fringe, and will begin airing them soon. So if you get that network on cable, no need to use up your last week on Amazon for it.
Revenge for a good dose of trashy soap
Homeland is excellent, riveting TV. The past two episodes of the new season have been must-watch TV.
I cannot find the first season of Southland anywhere; other season are around. I don't get it.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
I did see Homeland and I liked it very much.
R10, I feel the same way about bikers. That's what's keeping me from watching it, but you say it hooked you? Why?
Right now, I'm thinking Luther. I don't think I can do Fringe in a week.
You can do "Heroes" season one in a week though.
A lot of Sons of Anarchy is family melodrama. The family just happens to run the main chapter of a biker gang. And the biker gang is tied into law enforcement in a small California town. It's more interesting than just drugs, whores and violence. And the actors are pretty good.
What about Brotherhood? Any good?
Sons of Anarchy is only good because of Peg Bundy. I usually watch the show while doing something else. It's waay too plot-driven w/ little care for character development.
Heroes, season 1 is alright. But skip every other episode.
I've been watching "lie to me" on Netflix. Tim Roth is hot.
"Well?" is the best one on that list.
The Wire - best show ever.
Battlestar Galactica: the SyFy Channel re-imagined version. If you like a good drama that happens to be set in a science fiction world.
FlashForward: very interesting premise that plays out well for the first half of the season. But the last few weeks show the signs of them trying to rework the program (they had a lengthy hiatus midseason) and it wasn't for the better.
Fringe (if you can get through the first two seasons)
R27, it's only the first 2/3rds of the first season of Fringe you have to "get through". After that it's damn good... well, up until this current season.
I didn't really get into it until the third season -- the first two seemed like a knock off of X-Files (although admittedly, I didn't watch every single episode.)
Haven't watched any of the current season yet either, but I've been told that it was unexpectedly shortened and suffers for it.
As far I'm concerned the only scripted drama show on TV worth watching is PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS Thursdays at 9PM). It has Jim Caviezel (The Count of Monte Cristo and he was Jesus), Michael Emerson (Ben Linus on LOST), Taraji P Henson (Everything but amusingly played Brad Pitt's Mother in Benjamin Button) and Kevin Chapman (Played Terrance in season 1 of RESCUE ME). It's got just about everything you could want in good escapist TV: Action (Lots of car smashing and window breaking), Twisty head scratching plots, evil villains (very evil) but best of all great chemistry between the 2 male leads--one is is a devastatingly handsome 1-man killing machine and the other a nerdy, bespectacled snarky billionaire tech genius who somehow manages to come off as sexy in spite of his lack of height and looks. (But of course, I always find a brainy man sexy).
i gave up on person of interest halfway through season 1. did it ever get ant better with her chasing and the super computer..... i was bored it never evolved
of the ops original pick - only one worth it is fringe. watch a whole bunch and its hookable. the thing is you have to give it til the 2nd half of the first season where everything starts to kick in (the snoglobes...)
The best show no one is watching is Parenthood.
"Brotherhood" is a good show R21. I'd recommend "Game of Thrones" if it's on Amazon.
If you care for British mysteries, [italic]Foyle's War[/italic] is on Amazon. It's set on the south coast of England during WWII. The mysteries are tied into the war - sabotage, profiteering, sympathizers.
I just finished the first season of Luther and I loved it.
I'm not normally attracted to black men, but Idris Elba is the hottest man ever. He's just as hot as Luther as he was as Stringer Bell in The Wire. He's the epitome of masculinity whether speaking with an American or British accent.
I agree, OP.
[quote]i gave up on person of interest halfway through season 1. did it ever get ant better with her chasing and the super computer..... i was bored it never evolved
My understanding is that it got a lot better in the second half, and is even better this season. But I haven't ever seen an episode myself, this is just what I heard.
If you want an edge of your seat show, you can't do better than MI-5. Think back to 24 in its first season or two when it was great....then crank the tension/suspense up several notches, and you have MI-5.
luther is very good
R31, yes, PERSON OF INTEREST got better around Episode 9. The rest of the first season as amazing.
Season 2 is doing very well, too.
Game of Thrones.
Heroes suffered from the same thing many shows started to suffer from at that time. With the fear over their heads of whether or not the network would keep them going they blew all their wad right up front. The result is they burned through a few seasons worth of story. Eli Stone also suffered from this by revealing in the first season the reason for Eli's visions.
I'd go for Luther if they didn't stray from the plot with his emotional issues. I'll take Dexter, Breaking Bad over that cheese any day.
Luther is short enough for you to be able to watch and enjoy.
Brotherhood is really good. Very dark. I liked it a lot but the last season was not as compelling.
MI-5 (called Spooks in the UK which is slang for spies, changed for obv reasons) is good too.
The Good Wife is quite fun.
Have you seen the "Prime Suspect" (original) series, OP? Helen Mirren as DI Jane Tennyson. Great acting...strong supporting casts. Holds up beautifully.
Enjoyed Luther. Just saw it. Also Justified, Fringe, and I'm curious about MI-5 and The Wire.
Fringe starts on the Science Channel on Nov 20. Just saw the commercial.
Second vote for "Foyle's War" intelligent and beautifully done.
Heroes is so stupid. Don't even bother starting it.
Watch Alias if you haven't yet.
r47 are you OP? The Wire will change your life. Definitely watch it. Everyone should.
I just found that Amazon Prime carries the [italic]Prime Suspect[/italic] series. Series one was made in the 80s and looks pretty good for the period. Ralph Fiennes had a tiny scene as a victim's boyfriend.