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Old 01-18-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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Transatlantic TV Recs

So recently I've been watching far more US shows than UK ones, even though I'm British, and it strikes me that not a lot of people over here have heard of shows like Community and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

It got me thinking that I've probably missed some great American TV shows, and you guys have missed some gems from the UK. So this thread is for people on both sides of the Atlantic to recommend their favourite tv shows to their transatlantic cousins, be it comedy, drama, panel shows etc.

For my part, a small range of starters I'd recommend:

From the UK:
  • Sherlock
  • Green Wing
  • Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
  • Life on Mars
  • Frozen Planet (David Attenborough's a God)

From the US:
  • Breaking Bad
  • Community
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Friday Night Lights

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Old 01-18-2013, 10:14 AM   #2
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Archer is a good one I've only recently started watching.

Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 but only because of James Vanderbeek.

Modern Family is pretty top notch.

And if you like IASIP then The League might be up your alley as well.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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Sanders what's the show/series about two blokes going about the English countryside solving murders

someone rec'd it to me, said it's "more like a movie"

I think it has murder in the title
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:43 AM   #4
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Errrm not sure, maybe Midsomer Murders? wouldn't describe that as movie-like in the slightest though...or good, for that matter.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:53 PM   #5
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ya it's midsomer murders

I think by movie he was just referring to each episode being very long and self contained, which is not normal in the US

it's no good?
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:17 PM   #6
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Yeah each week is a different murder, the body count in Midsomer is ridiculous. I've not seen an awful lot of it, and it's quintessentially English, but there are better murder mystery programmes out there, like Waking The Dead.

Oh, another show well worth watching is Luther. Idris Elba playing a flawed cop, pretty gritty
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #7
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The American version of Wilfred is pretty awesome. I've also been enjoying a British show called Misfits.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:32 AM   #8
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misfits is pretty entertaining
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:59 AM   #9
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Yeah misfits is decent, but it's one of those shows that didn't fare well at all when it was remade in the US
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:35 AM   #10
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Yeah misfits is decent, but it's one of those shows that didn't fare well at all when it was remade in the US
do you mean unlike every show that had been remade in the US


oh man how can you forget The IT Crowd

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Old 01-20-2013, 10:37 AM   #11
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idk I like the remake of The Office, once it took on its own personality. Yeah The IT Crowd's class too, and has several of the cast of Darkplace in it.
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big bang theory

thats one top show


about the only decent yankee export for some time
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:50 PM   #13
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Yeah I enjoy it but it gets a lot of stick. Still prefer some of the other US comedies though
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I understand why it gets criticised. It's pretty archetypal and it relies on those stereotypes for its humour.
So it's extremely unfunny.

But I like its storylines
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I really can't stand canned laughter, but apart from that I think it's harmless enough
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Canned laughter is ok

Overused canned laughter is not
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:52 AM   #17
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big bang theory and it crowd both suck
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midsomer murders is awful

oldie but a goodie: prime suspect (uk version).

i've got something called the shadow line stored on my tivo which sounds interesting but could be a bit silly, i think. any opinions?

the first season of the American the killing was pretty good, but it lost its energy near the end. shoulda kept it to one season, i think.

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I'd totally forgotten I'd seen The Shadow Line. That was a pretty good series actually from what I remember, think it'd be worth a watch
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Need some new TV shows. Have The Wire and Mad Men downloaded. Might check out Parks and Recreation. What else is there? Looking for sitcoms and/or gritty drama/thrillers.

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Modern Family is pretty top notch.
I think this is something that only Americans will really appreciate tbh
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:21 PM   #21
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The first episode of The Following just aired, that was pretty sweet
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:35 PM   #22
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You ever seen Wire in the Blood?

One of the most gritty TV series I've ever seen

any good murder mysteries like that?
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:21 PM   #23
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Waking The Dead's pretty good
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:48 PM   #25
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:43 PM   #26
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Boardwalk Empire
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Boardwalk Empire is required viewing. No debate.
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Boardwalk Empire is required viewing. No debate.
No Debate? What makes you think its no debate.

I probably dont like shows where people get killed, I probably like comedy shows like IT Crowd.

Route: "whoa buddy, I'm sorry, I didn't mean no harm..."

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Relax....I'm just pullin ya' leg

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Only thing better than what happened to Gyp would be if Kenard from The Wire got the shit kicked out of him. That little bastard.
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