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A perfect ending to a perfectly Bad show!
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Duck Dynasty
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I don't do reality TV, ironically the scripts they use are too manipulative ;)
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This one is unscripted.
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This one is unscripted.


That is what they all say, don't believe it.
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If it was scripted, they wouldn't be able to say Grace at meals.
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I don't follow that logic, people pray on TV all the time. Walt prayed on breaking bad last night.

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That was one of the things that they said in an interview that the producers wanted control of. Just watch one 1/2 hr episode.

I have never watched Breaking Bad and do not even know what it is about. Was he praying before a meal, or what.
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I see, well I'm kinda ethically opposed to reality TV, but maybe someday. We are so behind on shows right now as is.
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i love breaking bad and i love duck dynasty,   i fought the hype for years with duck dynasty but finally a month or so back caught a rerun and now we love the darn show,   two totally different shows,   but i kinda agree with Travis on this one,  i believe it is scripted to a point....

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"to a point" are the key words. That's how I found Duck Dynasty too. It was on before Longmire and I had some time.

I watched a preview of Breaking Bad and it looks really good, so I will watch an episode tomorrow.
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Here, on the border of American TV Empire, we are able to follow just few of the shows you mentioned above.

Said that I loved LOST as the best TV serie ever, I understand it wasn't on cable TV so it didn't fit the purpose of the thread (I understand the same for Dr. House MD and some other TV shows not mentioned for the same reason).

Choosing among those you mentioned, I'd say:
The Wire (a TV masterpiece)
The Games of Thrones
Spartacus
Longmire
Rome
CSI

I've just started Breaking Bad and it's pretty good so far. Still in my TBW list: Rizzoli & Isles, Broadwalk Empire, Treme.

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I had forgotten 'Boardwalk Empire' ...  Very enjoyable, thanks for the reminder ...
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OMG you guys Rectify is so amazing!! Season 1's 6 episodes are out on DVD so it should be easy to find. Unique but has similarities to True Detective and The Killing and even The Last Kind Words.
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ah, looks like the 1st 2 seasons are available here on Netflix Canada so i will check it out.  thanks

fyi, i heard the Breaking Bad spin off Better Call Saul will debut in Feb.......tho as much as he is a fun character, not sure they needed to do this, but we shall see......

not that many good shows on cable i am liking right now......but we are watching Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.  finished season 2 of Orange is the new Black, got better as it went along, not great but a good show.
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Mystic, below is a critic's picks for best of 2013 to give you ideas. I'm looking forward to trying The Returned, Broadchurch and The americans.

1. Breaking Bad (AMC). What more could possibly be said about this show that I (and many others) haven't said already? I'll tell you this -- it's inconceivable to me how this could be anything other than No. 1.

2. Broadchurch (BBC America). Impressively concise and a perfect melding of place, plot and people. This murder mystery just gutted you at every turn, but the next episode couldn't come fast enough.

3. The Returned (Sundance Channel). Absolutely mesmerizing and one of the creepiest, most compelling and original series I've seen in ages.

4. Game of Thrones (HBO). This is epic storytelling at its finest.

5.Orphan Black (BBC America). A brilliant dark-horse entry into the drama race that was ignored until the phenomenal performance of its star, Tatiana Maslany, couldn't be ignored. What a wonderful story and a surprise.

6. The Walking Dead (AMC). It's not about the zombies. This enormous hit was (like stablemate Breaking Bad), one of the few series most viewers had to watch immediately in real time. Gripping television.

7. The Americans (FX). My pick for the best new American drama, this Cold War spy story has great writing, superb actors and never dips into the absurd. Excellent period details and intrigue.

8. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix). Although House of Cards got most of the early attention, this is the show that plunged the Netflix flag deepest into the drama terrain. Wildly entertaining, funny, heartfelt and original.

9.Rectify (Sundance Channel). Slow TV at its finest -- a series that was contemplative, disturbing and surprisingly life affirming down to its troubled soul.

10.Mad Men (AMC). It may be the new sport to tear down Mad Men -- and certain episodes and a varnish of familiarity made that easier than in years past -- but this is still one of the brightest lights in television and has spent six seasons (more than any other series on this list) in the realm of greatness. That can't be diminished.

11. Southland (TNT). The last great cop show.

12. Top of the Lake (Sundance Channel). This disturbing series had its own rhythm and pace, shot through with exceptional acting and distinctly untamed writing. A strange, sad delight.

13. Boardwalk Empire (HBO). Even though it often lacks the compelling watch-it-immediately narrative track of others shows, Boardwalk Empire has never lacked for ambition and finesse (writing, acting) -- and this season the series grandly realized its potential.

14. The Fall (Netflix). Gillian Anderson is completely riveting as the enigmatic British detective called in to help a flagging case of unsolved murders in Northern Ireland. This five-episode series slipped under almost everyone's radar, thus making it one of the bigger surprises of the year, creatively.

15. Justified (FX). In the same year that Elmore Leonard died, the best embodiment of his work lived on in this series, which gets increasingly better each season.

16. Masters of Sex (Showtime). This is a series that's smart about sex, provocative in all the right places and another bright light in the freshman class of American shows.

17. The Wrong Mans (Hulu). What a refreshing find this was -- a tone-shifting thriller cut up with comic moments and a clever sense of small-town absurdity in the face of real-world danger that never felt forced.

18. The Bridge (FX). Another strong freshman series (again from FX), but with less polish and confidence than The Americans. Nevertheless, there was a lot to like here heading into next season and a lot of potential built into it.

19. Luther (BBC America). In this third season, Luther was prone to more crazy twists than really necessary but otherwise had enough grit in the dialogue and more than enough material for Idris Elba to elevate with his magnificent acting and commanding presence.

20. House of Cards (Netflix). It could be the hype, the big-name castmembers (and director) combining with Netflix spending lavishly on it that somehow created this unfortunate narrative that House of Cards wasn't all that good. Not true -- it was actually very good (and entertaining) in all the right places. It got overshadowed by Orange Is the New Black, but that doesn't diminish the fine work weaved throughout this series.

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hey, some of these shows i watch and they are great. 

i think i mentioned Luther and if you get a chance to watch this (netflix i think) it is very good.  Idris Elba really gives a great performance as this character.  edgy and violent, not for everyone.

we still watch Mad Men, but yea, not as good as it once was, recycling storylines, etc.  but very good cast and the show looks great.

Walking Dead is still great, hasn't had a jump the shark moment yet, some episodes meander, but excellent drama.

Boardwalk Empire i watched the first season, but i guess i wasn't compelled enough to come back for more.  with my full time job plus the store, not as much free time to watch TV so if a drama doesn't really grab me, i don't stick with it.  it was well done, great acting, just maybe too many characters to keep track of

House of Cards we tried, but my wife wasn't that into it (too many characters, hard to follow) but i want to give it another chance at some point.

Breaking Bad was of course great and i am proud to say i watched from day one, not a bandwagon jumper, but either way, if you haven't, you need to watch.


i will have to check out if the Returned and Broadchurch is available here.  i have heard of the Americans, just haven't gotten around to trying, maybe someday if you like it.

sorry to see my guilty pleasure Banshee did not make the list.  this is a fun show with good acting, lots of action, great hand to hand fight scenes, great villians, drama.  i am really looking forward to season 3.

most of these others i have heard of, just not enough time........just like with books, always love to read more than i can.


oh, and i should mention the TV series Fargo.  a very good movie, and the series is also very very good.  great performances, great drama.  highly recommended
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I started Luther and loved it, not sure why we got off track. I'm resisting Walking Dead for some reason. I've got Top of the Lake on my DVR and going to give that a try. I'll check out Banshee. Interesting that sundance is producing some highly regarded shows considering how under the radar that network is.
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I've been watching 'The Fall' ...  Excellent and I really like the way it is filmed, rather slow but not stalled, just enough to let you absorb ...
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I've been watching 'The Fall' ...  Excellent and I really like the way it is filmed, rather slow but not stalled, just enough to let you absorb ...


The Fall looks good, I binged this weekend and watched all 8 episodes of The Returned which was amazingly captivating and The Americans which is very good, with potential, season 2 is higher rated than season 1 so I think I will stick with it.
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After all these US Tv shows I'm finally suggesting something different.
In these days in Toronto has been presented "Gomorra", the first attempt by italian producers to run a show suitable for international (read american) market.
Set in Naples, it's the story of a mob (named "camorra" in that area) family busy with mob wars and internal turnover.
IMHO it resemble to first season of The Wire but taking only the "bad guys" side (no police involved in this show) POV.
It shows the worst side of Italy but anyway it is very credible and interesting.
Based on a blockbuster true crime novel (they made also the movie 3 years ago) written by a young journalist, Roberto Saviano, that since the book was out lives under guard by the police because of lot of threats he received from the mob.
If it will be ever aired in your country, I suggest to take a look.

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I've just watched 'Hell on Wheels' which wasn't mentioned here and really enjoyed it ...  Waiting for the next season on Netflix ...

I think I will watch 'The Shield' ...  I did see a few episodes back when it was originally on TV but I missed most of them and all the later seasons ...

Any new recommendations ? 





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I've just watched 'Hell on Wheels' which wasn't mentioned here and really enjoyed it ...  Waiting for the next season on Netflix ...

I think I will watch 'The Shield' ...  I did see a few episodes back when it was originally on TV but I missed most of them and all the later seasons ...

Any new recommendations ? 




We've started Broadchurch and it's excellent so far. I really liked the Returned which is French, creepy and somewhat reminiscent of Twin Peaks. Fargo seems to be topping most of the best of 2014 lists.
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I was late to the party, but we just finished watching House of Cards.  it was excellent!  how is Spacey not winning best actor?  maybe now that Cranston is out of it, he will win next year.  looking forward to Season 3 this Feb.

I am looking forward to watching the final episode of season one of the Affair when I get home (it aired last night on showtime).  this is a great series.  great acting, great locations, just a great great show.  highly recommend this one.  good mystery with great family drama

I see Broadchurch is now on Netflix so I will be getting to that soon, looks good!


and Travis , I tried season one of Rectify , but I just didn't feel it....found it slow and at the end I felt nothing at all was really resolved.  I know there is season 2, but not sure I will go back...


Keyes, the Shield is one of my all time fav shows.  good edge of your seat drama.
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and i agree that Fargo was a great series.  we rewatched the movie just before the series, and it was interesting to see how some threads were picked up all these years later.  not sure season 2 can be as good, but i see they have cast Kirsten Dunst and it will take place in the past featuring a 33 year old version of Molly's father (the Keith Carradine character).
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