Something like Breaking Bad, The Wire, Sopranos, Damages... I started watching Dexter but I hated it.
In addition to the 4 shows I listed above I've already seen and like to one degree or another:
There are sentient beings who liked "Lost"? That show was nothing but religious pandering.
The Bridge - just started last week on FX, or you can watch the original Nordic version Bron/Broen online with subtitles through Dailymotion or Youtube.
Orphan Black and The Americans
American Horror Story
Dexter (Season 1-4)
R6, you couldn't even finish reading OP's first sentence?
Sons of Anarchy is great. I like it a whole lot better than justified
The Shield was a great show
R7, eat a dick.
I second Sons of Anarchy.
So, R6, I guess the answer is "no." No, you couldn't even finish reading OP's first sentence.
I like Wallander.
The English version has Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hiddleston. It's not a series with one long story but the stories are really good.
I'm a skimmer.
Thanks for the suggestions. I forgot to list Boss as one I've seen...great show! Saw Mad Men too.
I loved Justified! I just watched the first two episodes of Sons of Anarchy. It's okay. Don't know whether I'll keep watching.
And again, I hate Dexter! I love crime shows and thrillers but making some kind of hero, or even anti-hero, out of a serial killer who gets off on torturing people, even the most vile people, disgusts me.
Orange Is The New Black
Another vote for Sons of Anarchy. I didn't think it would be something I'd like, but so many of my friends recommended it, I had to give it a try.
LOVE IT. My partner and I burned through all five seasons in a month.
Also, like R8, loved The Shield and am digging Ray Donovan.
[quote]I just watched the first two episodes of Sons of Anarchy. It's okay. Don't know whether I'll keep watching.
Me again (R17 ) It took me until the third/fourth episode, then I was hooked. It just keeps ramping up with each season.
Thanks, R18. I think I'll keep watching.
Probably not what you're looking for but shows I have been addicted to include The Good Wife (legal drama) and The Mentalist (police procedural drama).
Game of Thrones
Six Feet Under
I'll second Mi-5--there are years of it, and both episode-long stories and longer arcs. Beloved characters are killed with impunity, though.
Orange is the New Black.
The Voice of the Night
Bates Motel is surprisingly involving.
I only saw the first two episodes of Cinemax's Banshee but want to see more. (Cant find it anywhere online.)
R26 torrents baby
Hell on Wheels, excellent drama about the building of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. Season 3 starts in August; Season 1 is available on DVD and Season 2 will be released on DVD on Tuesday.
Stick with Justified. Kurt Sutter has made it very clear that SoA is based on King Lear and has a 7 year series arc. After I watched it go to hell in Season 4 and read that, I got off the train.
[quote]After I watched it go to hell in Season 4 and read that, I got off the train.
R30 Sons of Anarchy
That Charlie Hunnam is a hot little cutie, but way too nice for this role; he lacks an edge I feel is necessary to making this role realistic.
I didn't know he played gay in Queer as Folk...damn! I'm in love!
I love 'Hung'
Thomas Jane as a male whore was hot.
The Newsroom is worth a watch. Season 2 premieres tonight.
Also, 'OZ' had some great scenes, especially Christopher Meloni in the shower naked or having sex with Lee Tergesen. Hot, hot, hot!
What R34 said. And John Gallagher, Jr., and Thomas Sadowski are eminently fuckable. I wish it were in Aaron Sorkin's purview or point-of-view to refocus the romantic triangle they're in so that they end up in bed together instead of one of them and Maggie.
And yet another vote for MI-5.
If you have Netflix, House of Cards (I could not stop watching and was staying up until 2 am during the week. Not a good idea but it's addictive)
try siberia just started and pretty good so far
[quote] That Charlie Hunnam is a hot little cutie, but way too nice for this role; he lacks an edge I feel is necessary to making this role realistic.
In the first few seasons he was too nice. This last season was kick ass, hard core fabulous.
I watched some of the episodes of QAF with Charlie in them and can not believe that is him. It's like it's a totally different person. When I first realized that he had been on the British version, I thought he would be playing the Brian Kinney type character. Damn was I wrong
He has a new movie coming out "Pacific Rim".
Hulu has [italic]the Take[/italic], a four-part series starring Tom Hardy and Shaun Evans as gangster cousins. Brian Cox plays the prison-bound mob boss. There's a hot scene in part 1 when Hardy, just released from prison, is fucking his wife from behind, very trashy, also funny.
I would avoid The Newsroom at all costs, unless you like an elderly, straight white male preaching to you.
If you can handle some gore, try The Walking Dead. The first season is excellent. The quality drops off some after that, but it's still one of the best shows on TV right now.
Six Feet Under
Orphan Black (tho it took me 4 episodes to get into it)
[quote]That Charlie Hunnam is a hot little cutie, but way too nice for this role
His character evolves into a sexy, hard core bad ass. His evolution is one of the things I love about the show. Things that happen change him. I love how all of the characters evolve and change. The way you meet them in season one is not at all how you find them down the line.
[quote]In the first few seasons he was too nice. This last season was kick ass, hard core fabulous.
Totally agree R39
I forgot to add I've also seen House of Cards and Queer as Folk (American version).
I started Walking Dead...did NOT like.
The Good Wife looks interesting. Is it anything like Damages? Because that show was like crack.
What about Scandal?
[quote] The Good Wife looks interesting. Is it anything like Damages? Because that show was like crack.
It's good, but it's not at all like Damages. It's like the legal version of ER.
The Take is really good too. That was the first time I ever saw Tom Hardy acting and I watched it a few weeks before his Batman movie came out. The media kept talking about the actor in Batman, but they always showed him in his costume, so I never realized it was him. When I finally saw his bare face, I yelped (mary!!) because I automatically thought he was that evil guy from The Take
Boardwalk Empire will addict you.
Season for tease looks AMAZE
check it out.
Some people didn’t like it, but I really enjoyed the Kevin Bacon show The Following on Fox this spring.
But I watched the entire season in a marathon (over 3 days) which didn’t allow me a lot of time to ponder how over-the-top some of the ideas were. I think that makes a difference for some shows. It was a fun ride since I didn’t think about it too much.
It did have one of the worst season finales though of any shows I watch. I don’t mean the quality of it was any different from the rest of the show, but it was the kind of cliffhanger where you have no idea what characters could be returning for another season.
I'll second Hell on Wheels and Wallander and Six Feet Under . . .
And add to the mix
Inspector Morse (hard to find, but excellent)
Sorry, that should have read
Try The Nanny. I find this endlessly entertaining.
Oh Hell on Wheels, YES!!!
Yes, Orange is the New Black, definitely. You can binge watch on Netflix streaming.
Since Big Brother is unwatchable right now, my new guilty pleasure is "Whodunnit?" Sunday nights on ABC.
The commercials for it looked stupid so I decided to pass on it but yesterday, ABC played eps 2 and 3 in the late afternoon. I am now HOOKED! It's like watching "Columbo" and you have to REALLY pay attention.
Is anyone watching the show on NBC with Bear Grylls? It looks like a hybrid TAR and Survivor. It's on tonight at 9 PM ET.
Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes are both great British crime shows with a hint of sci-fi.
Are you open to any comedy, op?
SouthLAnd, definitely. It has one of my all-time favorite gay characters.
Ray Donovan is terrible. Don't listen to those people. The Bridge might fall apart, but it's worth a try. SoA does fall apart, but apparently the latest season was pretty good.
Orphan Black is really good, even if sci-fi isn't your thing. A lot of people I know don't care for sci-fi and they loved the show.
Only 10 episodes. Main gay male castmember (he plays the brother Felix, who's fucking amazing) and female bisexual castmember.
Plus, one of the hottest men, Dylan Bruce, as a romantic interest. We get to see his ass. We also get to see Felix's ass.
Dylan Bruce's hotness linked.
The writing on Ray Donovan is not as great as expected, but the acting is, and that's what's keeping me watching. Some great performances there.
Another one for Orphan Black
Ray Donovan lack something. Pacing? I thought it was a snooze.
I admit it. I'm addicted to Big Bang Theory. I can't help it.
I'm in the middle of the third season of Sons of Anarchy. Can't say it's my favorite but I like it.
I never even heard of some of the shows mentioned above. I might watch the UK version of QAF next, just to see Charlie naked. He's very cute, but still not buying him as a big bad biker. He reminds me of a little kid trying to be tough.
Shameless, Freaks & Geeks
"Addicting"? You mean addictive.
I found Friday Night Lights very addictive, and I don't even like football.
New show: Orange is the New Black Old show: Six Feet Under.
Person of Interest is pretty good.
I really liked "Vikings", which aired on the History Channel a few months ago. It follows a small Viking community, where one upstart Viking (Travis Fimmel) starts changing the rules. He wants to explore further distances (to find new places to pillage) than what the village chief has sanctioned. Soon he's the conquering hero, but has a target on his back because of his brash ways. On one of his raids, he takes a celibate monk back to his village, as he can speak their language. They have a very UST laden relationship (the monk is invited into the bed with Fimmel and his wife).
Travis Fimmel is a former model. He's very intense in this series -- it will have a 2nd season next year.
What about this did you like? The first ep was tepid and I wasn't able to last 30 minutes into ep 2. Terrible acting and writing.
What do you like about Lilyhammer, r75, please? I'm also looking for something new to watch.
[quote]He's very cute, but still not buying him as a big bad biker.
You will...He *is* kind of a Mama's boy, especially in the first couple of seasons.
Besides you have all the other guys. I think Chibs and Opie are pretty hot too.
You are watching way too much TV, go out and join a gym.
Sounds as though you'd like Deadwood.
The BBC's "The Shadow Line" is absolutely brilliant! It's one of the most gripping and compelling things I've seen in a long time.
I'm watching the first episode of Lilyhammer and I'm just not getting it.
The mafia guy is a cartoon stereotype of a NY gangster nothing much more.
I'm discerning about the TV I watch and these shows won't disappoint:
BSG (first 3 seasons were awesome)
Dr.Who (2005-2010 story arc)
Torchwood (overlapping storyline with Dr. Who)
Scandal is great, completely addicting. (Someone asked above)
Luther, a BBC series starring Idris Elba as a detective with a new psychopathic criminal to catch every episode. It's on Netflix.
Arrow is cheesy crap. It's got abs, that's about it.
Watched the first episode of The Fall.
Pretty interesting but dark and I don't like the sexualization of violence towards women. The show lingers a bit on the women as targets of rape. It's not comfortable.
r87 You say that like it's a bad thing? I love when he does those climbing chin-ups.