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Old June 21 2013, 01:25 AM   #1
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Recommend to me some old TV shows

I'm caught up on all the newer TV shows I want to be caught up on (Except Game of Thrones, but I finished season 2 and 3 isn't on iTunes yet), and I just got through power-watching Community and Parks and Rec, and got through all the Star Treks except the original in the last year and a half.

So I'm looking for more shows to watch. I'm in the middle of Twilight Zone which is excellent but not always something I'm in the mood for. I've seen Twin Peaks and The Prisoner already, and the first few seasons of Columbo, but there's tons of shows I haven't seen. Hill Street Blues, MASH, about a zillion sitcoms I avoid out of bias against sitcoms.

What do you recommend? Preferably something on Netflix and long. Serial preferred, episodic is fine, something that isn't too formulaic.

I just remembered I never got through The Wire so maybe I'll go back to that.
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Old June 21 2013, 01:32 AM   #2
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The original Knight Rider.
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Old June 21 2013, 01:47 AM   #3
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Mission Impossible
Night Gallery
The Avengers
Trailer Park Boys
Blake's 7
Dark Shadows
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Old June 21 2013, 01:47 AM   #4
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Dead like Me. Cute sarcastic girl gets hit in the head by a toilet seat that fell off the Mir Space Station. Before she goes to heaven, Cute girl has to work as a Grim reaper collecting the souls of the dead for Mandy Patinkin.

The Middle Man. Everything from Comicbooks is real and that is how the world really works, and some one has to stand between al that and normal people. The Middle Man has also taken on a cute sarcastic female apprentice.

Pushing Daisies. The story of a pie maker who can bring people back from the dead with a single touch, briefly until he touches them again and they die again forever permanently. The Pickle is that he brought the cute saccharinely sweet girl he loves back from the dead and now they can never ever ever touch each other again. They also fight crime.

Wonderfalls. The Universe animates the plastic trinkets (with cgi) in a Niagara Falls gift shop, who order a cute sarcastic girl into going about insane ridiculous tasks which eventually makes the world a better place.

Journey Man. Slow, almost awful in the beginning. But by the end it's a pretty solid series about time travel starring Owen from Gray's Anatomy and (young) Moon Bloodgood from Falling Skies. Seriously the first couple episodes are unforgivably bad, but the Producers get their shit together and turn it around.
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Old June 21 2013, 01:49 AM   #5
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The Shield
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Old June 21 2013, 01:49 AM   #6
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The original Knight Rider.
I was watching season 2 of Sabina the teenaged Witch last night and someone was trying to prove that they were with it, so started talking about how "cool" last nights episode of TEAM Knightrider was.
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Old June 21 2013, 01:50 AM   #7
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Freaks and Geeks
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Old June 21 2013, 02:02 AM   #8
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Magnum P.I.

Northern Exposure (but skip the last season)

St. Elsewhere

E.R. (is it considered "old" now?)

Xena

WKRP
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Old June 21 2013, 02:04 AM   #9
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The Avengers (old British spy show, not the Marvel superheroes)

Kolchack: The Night Stalker

Xena: Warrior Princess
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Old June 21 2013, 02:37 AM   #10
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Twin Peaks
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Old June 21 2013, 03:07 AM   #11
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The shield
The sopranos
Babylon 5
Farscape
Hill street blues
Nypd blue
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Old June 21 2013, 03:27 AM   #12
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Party Down
Thriller
Freaks and Geeks
Entourage
Surface
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Old June 21 2013, 03:52 AM   #13
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If you haven't already seen them, I highly recommend The Wonder Years and Family Ties, both available on Netflix. I'd seen bits and pieces of these shows throughout the years, but now I've been sitting down and watching them in full, and they are really great. The Wonder Years is my top choice. It has a lot of variety to it; certain episodes are very poignant, serious, and even heartbreaking. And then the very next episode will be really hilarious and light-hearted. It's really a classic show that I love spending my time on.

Another suggestion, also on Netflix and still airing new seasons, is Bones. A really awesome show, and not as formulaic as it may sometimes appear!
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Old June 21 2013, 04:22 AM   #14
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The Rockford Files is on Netflix, six seasons, 120-ish episodes. One of the greatest detective shows, great writing (David Chase got his star there), a wonderful sense of humor and a terrific ensemble of recurring characters.
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Old June 21 2013, 04:37 AM   #15
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Dead like Me. Cute sarcastic girl gets hit in the head by a toilet seat that fell off the Mir Space Station. Before she goes to heaven, Cute girl has to work as a Grim reaper collecting the souls of the dead for Mandy Patinkin.

Wonderfalls. The Universe animates the plastic trinkets (with cgi) in a Niagara Falls gift shop, who order a cute sarcastic girl into going about insane ridiculous tasks which eventually makes the world a better place.

Journey Man. Slow, almost awful in the beginning. But by the end it's a pretty solid series about time travel starring Owen from Gray's Anatomy and (young) Moon Bloodgood from Falling Skies. Seriously the first couple episodes are unforgivably bad, but the Producers get their shit together and turn it around.
Thos were all decent enough shows to pass a few hours but they were too good to last and so were unfortunatly cancelled. But still worth a look.
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