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Chrissy

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Shows over here are shown on various different channels so not sure if they're 'cable TV shows' 

NCIS is my favourite, love Gibbs.

Banshee is a close second.  We've just finished series 3 over here with the fourth and final one in production in America.  Would never have realised it but the lead actor in that is Australian.   

I'm falling out of love with Rizzoli and Isles though - its getting to be too much like a sitcom, always starts and ends in Maura's kitchen!

Missed Wayward Pines on Fox over here but hoping it repeats soon.

Like a lot of people I really enjoyed True Detective series one but hated series 2 and didn't get past episode 4.  Vince Vaughan just could not pull off his character.

Mysticpt - agree about The Wire.  I watched the first episode and didn't like it at all and never bothered trying again even though everyone tells me it gets better and to stick with it. 

I love Castle too, although do miss the writers poker sessions since SJ Cannell passed away


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Shows over here are shown on various different channels so not sure if they're 'cable TV shows' 

NCIS is my favourite, love Gibbs.

I love Castle too, although do miss the writers poker sessions since SJ Cannell passed away



Hi Chrissy ...  :)

Last night was the premiere of NCIS Season 13  ...  excellent episode ...

Castle premiered this week also but I haven't had the chance to watch ...

Those two are network TV, not cable here ... 

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Shows over here are shown on various different channels so not sure if they're 'cable TV shows' 

NCIS is my favourite, love Gibbs.

I love Castle too, although do miss the writers poker sessions since SJ Cannell passed away



Hi Chrissy ...  :)

Last night was the premiere of NCIS Season 13  ...  excellent episode ...

Castle premiered this week also but I haven't had the chance to watch ...

Those two are network TV, not cable here ... 


I can't wait for series 13 but we're always behind in the UK x

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Banshee is a close second.  We've just finished series 3 over here with the fourth and final one in production in America.  Would never have realised it but the lead actor in that is Australian.   



Yes!  another Banshee lover!  this show is so well done for what it is.  crime/action/violence just this side of believable.  glad to see someone else here enjoys as well.  sometimes I cannot believe what I am seeing....

MikeH, I think for you and some others, this show would be right up your alley!
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Banshee is a close second.  We've just finished series 3 over here with the fourth and final one in production in America.  Would never have realised it but the lead actor in that is Australian.   



Yes!  another Banshee lover!  this show is so well done for what it is.  crime/action/violence just this side of believable.  glad to see someone else here enjoys as well.  sometimes I cannot believe what I am seeing....

MikeH, I think for you and some others, this show would be right up your alley!


I think Mike H would really like it actually. I usually record shows and watch them days later but Banshee is always viewed 'live' it is so unbelievably believable. And often shocking but with good backstory to warrant the shock factor. It's a shame they're ending after this series but I understand their reasons. Just got a friend into it and he's been lucky enough to watch the whole 3 series one after the other! Other than that I didn't really know anyone else who loved it as much as I do!! Until now

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ah, good to know re Banshee.  I didn't realize it was ending after the next season.....tho I am always surprised when it is renewed...I just don't know how they will be able to top themselves.  if I thought anything goes before, knowing this is the last season coming up, I can only imagine how wild and crazy things will get!
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http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/leaving-town-the-creator-of-cinemaxs-banshee-explains-why-hes-ending-the-show/

Here is show creators explanation. I'd agree. And season 4 is only going to be 8 episodes I think. I'm excited to see what happens between Hood and Proctor

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good article, thanks for sharing.   I have read all his books as well, and you wouldn't know that the writer of ,among others, This Is Where I Leave You (the inferior movie version came out last fall) would be the same person behind Banshee...
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i have not even heard of Banshee but i will find it now!!    thanks for the heads up Chrissy and mysticpt
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I also love Walking Dead, have only just started watching and am about to start season 3.
I was disappointed with Wayward Pines, if movie/tv people think books are good enough to be made into tv series, why mess with them.
Others I like are,
Falling Skies (now finished)
The 100
Supernatural
Grimm
Longmire
NCIS (not the spinoffs)
Person Of Interest
Castle
Bosch, I think
Game of Thrones, despite all the hoopla, I've never seen it, probably will eventually.
Have you guys seen any of the Jack Taylor series, I've watched a few episodes and I like it but I'm not keen on the guy playing Jack or the changes to the book but it's nice to have visuals of Jack's city.
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I'm happy to hear that the early reviews of Fargo season 2 are very positive. After the debacle of True Detective season 2 its a relief to hear that one of my favorites recasted more sucessfully. BTW remember to watch Mr Robot, it's great stuff.
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I really appreciate how MetaCritic compiles critics' top ten lists to summarize the year. It was really helpful for me to discover shows like The Americans, Rectify and The Returned in the past. The # to the left of the show is their metacritic percentile score. I've watched and liked/loved 7 of top 12. Note Fargo's easy win, although I slightly preferred season 1 of Fargo I have no quarrel with it as the number 1 show of 2015.




TV Shows Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2015
TV Show / Network# 1st Place# 2nd Place# OtherPoints
196 Fargo (FX)23432109
279 Mr. Robot (USA)742857
383 Mad Men (AMC)31223.556.5
480 The Leftovers (HBO)7616.549.5
592 The Americans (FX)183049
693 Transparent (Amazon)4525.547.5
791 Master of None (Netflix)1434.545.5
878 Better Call Saul (AMC)1025.528.5
991 Game of Thrones (HBO)321427
1078 UnReal (Lifetime)0120.522.5
1182 You're the Worst (FXX)101922
 78 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)111722
1381 Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix)1312.521.5
1484 Hannibal (NBC)301221
 76 The Jinx (HBO)101821
 77 Empire (Fox)011921
1783 Catastrophe (Amazon)0215.519.5
1890 Veep (HBO)2011.517.5
1990 BoJack Horseman (Netflix)011517
2078 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)1110.515.5
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i have a new number one show,  i recently purchased Cinemax for a month because mysticpt had mentioned a show called Banshee.   what a great show,  me and the wife watched all three seasons in two or three weekends time,  love it,  great concept and great action in this show.  yeah it may not be the best acting at times, but man is it powerful, you really never know whats going to happen next.  



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hey MikeH, glad you enjoyed Banshee.  this is a great show, and not sure why the mainstream critics have not embraced it more.  for what it is, it is very well done.  to find actors who can kickass and act pretty decently as well could not have been easy.  for example all the love a show like Mad Men gets, even tho it rebounded a bit this year, it's best years were behind it.  not sure why Banshee cannot get some love.  anyway, looking forward to the final season coming up, sorry to see it go, but logically I guess it makes sense storywise.

if you like Banshee, you should check out Jessica Jones on Netflix.  another kickass show that is well written for adults.  dark, gritty, very good.

we have just started watching season 2 of Fargo and so far pretty good, looking forward to finishing this soon.

the funniest show of 2015 in my opinion has got to be Catastrophe which is on your list Travis.  my sister told me about it last spring and we just finished watching the 2nd season.  each season is only 6 half hour episodes, and it is laugh out loud funny.  highly, highly recommend this one.

the 2nd funniest show imo would have to be the great Master of None featuring Aziz Ansari.  I didn't have many expectations for this show as I was not a parks and recreation fan and that is all I really know him from, but wow this show is good.  funny, great writing that tackles relationship issues, etc in a realistic but still funny way.  kind of a lighter Louie, which is also great.

watched 2 episodes of Mr. Robot and just haven't gotten back to it yet......probably will at some point.  just hasn't grabbed us yet and then other shows came along......

just binged the newly released 2nd season of Transparent and it is as good as the first.  lots of stuff happening here with all the characters.  certainly a show outside the box, but it tells its stories very well.  good cast, funny and dramatic.

Better Call Saul was good, but not great yet imo.  not sure going back in time was the right way to go.  yes it is nice to see Mike, but the actors are not getting any younger and there is no sense of danger as we know Saul is ok in the future with all his limbs, etc.  some good episodes, but pretty slow going so far, hopefully it picks up the pace for season 2.

could not get into Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the characters were just a lil too grating, a lil toooo much.

I try Veep every once in awhile, but just cannot get into it.  I like Julia and lots of other good actors on the show, but just doesn't work for me for some reason.

anyway.....blah blah blah.....HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!

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Mystic,
Stick with Mr Robot through episode 4, I was a bit iffy until that episode. I just finished season 3 of Rectify and wow what a show. Not much action but it goes interior on people like no show since 6 feet under. Surprised season 3 did not tally on this list as other seasons did. Season 3 was not as ground breaking in it's cinematography and a bit more normal than 1&2 but I loved it. A lot of us prefer books that are character driven, this is character driven TV. 
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I've been watching 'Ripper Street', and I find it well done and interesting ...  Also watched all the seasons of 'Boston Legal' and enjoyed them as much, if not more than the first time viewing ... 'Peaky Blinders' was a surprise, wonderfully done ... Has 'Hell on Wheels' been mentioned ?  Excellent so far ... I watch on Netflix, so I am a season behind in many series ...
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I was pleased to receive an email from Netflix that they had added Series 9 of "Foyle's War" to its new listings yesterday so I watched the first of the new three episodes on New Years Eve. I doubt we'll see any further episodes of this fine show though. I'm a big fan of the British detective series that were played on PBS's Masterpiece Theater. Other favorites are "Inspector Lewis" and "Midsomer Murders."
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I watched the first 2 seasons of Bosch and the series has grown on me. I liked season 2 better than 1, although the actor playing the villian was excellent. Great acting all around, Titus is not how I pictured Bosch in my head but that's okay as he does a great job. The actress playing Maddie is fantastic! Irving is stellar. Jerry Edgar is kinda monotone but he did better in season 2. I like the way they have modernized it and combined 3 books into a season. It doesn't take take risks like say a Breaking Bad but that is fine as the quality is there.
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its not cable,  but Wayward Pines season 2 started last night,   what a crock.....




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not sure if im going to watch the series now,  soooooo far off the books now its not the same,    i guess you could still say based on Blake Crouch's world.   now its just another run of the mill stupid scify series.    



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yea, my wife and I watched the first season and as one who really enjoyed the books and one who never read them, we both knew we were watching something that didn't make a lot of sense and just wasn't very good or our cup of tea.  too many other shows to get to so we will be taking a pass on season 2 (I cannot believe there is one.....)
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I never got around to watch season 1, partly because the reviews were decent but not excellent and I loved the books. Now the reviews for season have dropped considerably compared to season 1 (46% compared to 66% on metacritic), so I doubt I will ever watch season 1, maybe when I retire ;)
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Is anyone else watching "The Night Of" on HBO?  It is a limited series of 8 episodes so you don't have to invest the next few years waiting for a new season. It is four episodes in and really excellent so far. Richard Price is the co-creator, writer and executive producer, and is also a crime novelist.  I read The Whites which he wrote under the name Harry Brandt.
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OK, my wife and I are heading to our cottage in 3 weeks time on the shores of Lake Huron.   There is no cable TV (we like it that way)  but there is a TV set with a DVD player and we always take a season of something to watch..............usually just one episode in the evening or a couple in the afternoon if it's a rainy day.    We took Dexter for about 8 years until it finished, and absolutely loved it !   Then last year we tried Orange is the New Black, and we just never got into it at all..................watched about 5 episodes and never finished it.   

Using the information in this thread and some other research, I have some finalists for this year.  It will be Season 1  as we have not seen any of these.

The Fall
The Americans
Fargo
Six Feet Under
The Wire
Broadchurch
Banshee

Let me know what you all think.  After all, since you can all give me great book suggestions,  I see no reason why that wouldn't spill over into other forms of entertainment.


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Hey Tiger I have heard good things about all these shows but have only seen Fargo, Banshee, and my favorite show of all time Six Feet Under.
My wife and I watched the first two seasons of Orange Is the New Black and thought it was okay we tried the first episode of the third season we looked at each other and we're like can't be bothered so we have never gone back to it.
Fargo is amazing both seasons and Banshee is great but super violent my wife can't believe what she is seeing sometimes, lol
Have a great trip and I don't think you could go wrong with any of these choices :-)
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Tiger, the only one on the list that I have seen it The Wire and I loved it.
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