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Old November 9 2012, 01:09 PM   #1
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What landmark shows have you missed?

A bunch of us of are thinking of having a Firefly first-time watch and it got me thinking/wondering what landmark shows people might have missed? And why. My list would include:

West Wing (just started S2)
24 (after S1)
Twin Peaks (though have seen Fire Walk With Me)
Bab 5 (gave up after few eps; ditto Farscape)
Lost
any Irwin Allen series (though have seen Voyage To... movie)
Blakes 7
Red Dwarf (bar couple of episodes)
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Old November 9 2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

- Lost (Watched the first 2-3 episodes and then gave up on it.)
- 24 (After the useless twist at the end of S1 just for the sake of adding a shock moment I simply didn't give a damn anymore.)
- Twin Peaks (Only ever watched the pilot.)
- Red Dwarf (Couldn't stand more than part of the pilot.)
- NYPD Blue (Never really got into that one.)
- Alias (Tried some episodes, but never really got the point of hunting after Rambaldi's magic toilet seat and other stuff the bored-to-death writers pulled out of their ass.)
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Old November 9 2012, 01:35 PM   #3
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

The West Wing. I've seen most of Season One, but that's about it. I really do want to watch the whole show, just haven't gotten around to it yet. Some folks in the IRC chat on election night insisted I watch it, so once I get some spare time in my TV queue I definitely intend to begin making up for my oversight.
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Old November 9 2012, 01:39 PM   #4
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

Having just finished S1/started S2 of WW, I'm really enjoying it; writing. acting, camerawork. Even the unexplained disappearance of a major character hasn't bothered me as they didn't seem to be doing much anyway. I'm curious whether they're able to keep quality for the entire seven series.
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Old November 9 2012, 01:44 PM   #5
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

Based on what I've seen of S1 of TWW, I think I know which character you're talking about. They really did seem pretty useless.

I've heard that the show experiences a dip in quality in the middle seasons, but picks back up again towards the end.
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Old November 9 2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

I never saw any Lost. I've seen fragmentary episodes of West Wing, which generally convinced me the show wasn't worth my time (it just seemed so damn obnoxiously smug, in an preening, unlikeable way - the same reason I generally avoid anything with Aaron Sorkin's name on it, from The Social Network down to Newsroom).

I did see a couple of episodes of The Office back when it was on, but I never found it or Ricky Gervais very funny and thus never bothered with the American remake. Likewise, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel were programs I was quite adamant about not getting the point of when they were airing.

Past part of the first movie and fragments of episodes never really watched The X Files.

Beyond that, eh. There are other shows I didn't watch in first run but later have (because I was too young, or not interested, or it was unavailable or whatever) so I think those are some of the bigger shows.
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Old November 9 2012, 04:05 PM   #7
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

I really want to catch Breaking Bad. I haven't seen it because I missed it initially and it probably needs to be watched from the beginning. I'm slowly starting Homeland which I just didn't have time to get to initially.

Also didn't watch X-Files, didn't appeal to me at the time but I can't really say why. I enjoy Fringe though so I've been thinking about checking it out sometime.
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Old November 9 2012, 04:19 PM   #8
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

I missed The Wire and Babylon 5.
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Old November 9 2012, 06:08 PM   #9
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

Lost
The Wire
The Sopranos
Mad Men
Breaking Bad
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Old November 9 2012, 06:42 PM   #10
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

Never seen Breaking Bad. I've seen like two episodes of The Sopranos. Haven't missed it, and didn't understand why people would waits years for a new episode. I watched one episode of The Wire. I watched one or two episodes of Babylon 5 before losing interest, and returning to watch it all during its fifth season. I couldn't sit through a whole episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer or Angel. I found them obnoxious and cheap looking. That is until two years ago when I watched them both from beginning to end and thoroughly enjoyed them. I skipped firefly when it aired and bought the DVDs at deep discount when almost the whole of this board and especially Lindley seemed to rave about them (good advice.). 24. Like a poster upthread, I found season one's shock ending to be more than a little pointless. Didn't watch the show again until like it's fifth season. I'm sure I'll get around to the previously mentioned shows eventually when I'm in the mood.
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Old November 9 2012, 06:46 PM   #11
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

I've never seen a full episode of M*A*S*H.
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Old November 9 2012, 07:13 PM   #12
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

There are a lot of popular, highly-regarded series that I just never watched (or perhaps just sampled an episode, but never committed) for one reason or another. I'll probably never go back to watch, in part because many of these series just don't really interest me.

24
Babylon 5
Breaking Bad
Law & Order
Mad Men
NYPD Blue
The Shield
The Sopranos
The West Wing
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Old November 9 2012, 07:24 PM   #13
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

Recently caught up with Arrested Development. Just now getting around to The Shield.

Still sitting forelornly in my queue: The Sopranos and Six Feet Under. Someday, someday...

I tried watching The West Wing and Buffy, but neither grabbed me.

Took me a couple tries to get into The Wire, but I'm glad I did!

I gave up on Mad Men at one point but then I relented. I guess the quality compensates for the fact that I largely find the characters tiresome. Backburnering Betty helped a lot.

I've seen fragmentary episodes of West Wing, which generally convinced me the show wasn't worth my time (it just seemed so damn obnoxiously smug, in an preening, unlikeable way - the same reason I generally avoid anything with Aaron Sorkin's name on it, from The Social Network down to Newsroom).
Same here, smugness is a deal killer for me. Can't stand anything from Sorkin.
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Old November 9 2012, 07:32 PM   #14
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

I never had any interest in 24 even when it was on, but that Homeland's scribes are veterans of the show is I guess retroactively interesting to me. And I never did watch Forbydelsen or honestly most of the Nordic noirs that it's been in vogue for British channels to import - Borgen being the sole, albeit excellent, exception.

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Recently caught up with Arrested Development. Just now getting around to The Shield.
Weird you'd put it like that as I just finished Arrested Development today (in conclusion: it was pretty funny) and The Shield was one of a half-dozen programs I was considering checking into next.

I mean, it has Walton Goggins. That has to count for something.

I gave up on Mad Men at one point but then I relented.
The thing about Mad Men is I stopped watching it in the second season and then could never remember why I did, because I really enjoyed the first season an the amount of the second season I saw. I've since caught up with it, and continue to find it really excellent top tier television.
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Old November 9 2012, 07:38 PM   #15
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Re: What landmark shows have you missed?

Thank you for all the contributions so far and interesting to see the breadth of series and which ones come up a lot. There's quite a few others have mentioned I haven't seen either I enjoyed The Shield a lot but lost interest by final series. The only one on my original list I feel I must get round to seeing one day is Twin Peaks, which I've heard mixed things about. Mind you, that seems par for course for poor old Lynch
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