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(Yet another what are your favorite) and must-watch TV series?

My list would probably be:

  • Better Call Saul
  • Black Mirror
  • Black Sails
  • Fargo

Edit: Everything else that comes to mind: Rick and Morty, How It's Made, Trailer Park Boys, Breaking Bad, Parcs and Recreation, The Office, Berserk, Cosmos (Original), Planet Earth, Blue Planet.

38 comments

  1. [3]
    meghan
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    avatar the last airbender westworld gravity falls

    avatar the last airbender
    westworld
    gravity falls

    12 votes
    1. Silbern
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      And don't forget the sequel, Legend of Korra! Both of those were so much deeper and better then Nickelodeon cartoons have any right to be, I'm still astonished they ran them.

      avatar the last airbender

      And don't forget the sequel, Legend of Korra! Both of those were so much deeper and better then Nickelodeon cartoons have any right to be, I'm still astonished they ran them.

      6 votes
    2. geosmin
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      Westworld is the only show I watched all the way through and didn't like. Season 1 was decent to disappointing, season 2 was antagonising.

      Westworld is the only show I watched all the way through and didn't like. Season 1 was decent to disappointing, season 2 was antagonising.

      3 votes
  2. [3]
    Neverland
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    Since no one has mentioned it yet, I just have one which had somehow slipped by me until this weekend: Netflix's Altered Carbon It is very dark, cyberpunk, high budget, sci-fi. It brought up some...

    Since no one has mentioned it yet, I just have one which had somehow slipped by me until this weekend:

    Netflix's Altered Carbon

    It is very dark, cyberpunk, high budget, sci-fi. It brought up some serious topics which I would like to discuss at a later date here on Tildes.

    edit: spelling

    10 votes
    1. [2]
      geosmin
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      This is one I wasn't able to get more than a couple episodes in without giving up. Should I give it another go? Like most (really all) TV SciFi it seems to barely skim the surface of topics better...

      This is one I wasn't able to get more than a couple episodes in without giving up. Should I give it another go?

      Like most (really all) TV SciFi it seems to barely skim the surface of topics better explored in literature while having too much focus on things like interpersonal drama.

      1 vote
      1. Neverland
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        The topics are likely better served by the written word, but I liked the series on the whole. I would recommend watching at least a couple more.

        The topics are likely better served by the written word, but I liked the series on the whole. I would recommend watching at least a couple more.

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    1. goob
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      I love these kinds of comedies that aren't all about cutting people down, but based on people that actually want to be good to each other. I put Parks and Rec in that category also.

      I love these kinds of comedies that aren't all about cutting people down, but based on people that actually want to be good to each other. I put Parks and Rec in that category also.

      1 vote
  4. [3]
    agentsmith907
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    The Wire, hands down one of the best TV shows I've ever seen. Just finished my second watch through and it was even better on the 2nd viewing. Mr. Robot Mindhunter The Crown Westworld Better Call Saul

    The Wire, hands down one of the best TV shows I've ever seen. Just finished my second watch through and it was even better on the 2nd viewing.

    Mr. Robot

    Mindhunter

    The Crown

    Westworld

    Better Call Saul

    9 votes
    1. [2]
      piepoter
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      Oh I can't even begin to tell you how much I adore Mr. Robot. Hands down one of the best shows to come out in the past century. The character and world building are amazing and the cinematography...

      Oh I can't even begin to tell you how much I adore Mr. Robot. Hands down one of the best shows to come out in the past century. The character and world building are amazing and the cinematography is stunning. That one episode that was made to look like one shot?????? Haven't seen Westworld or The Crown yet but Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad were great too. Truly the era of good TV shows

      1 vote
      1. agentsmith907
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        The 1st season of Westworld is much better than the 2nd. Going to be a long wait for Season 3.

        The 1st season of Westworld is much better than the 2nd. Going to be a long wait for Season 3.

        2 votes
  5. Stardivarius
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    Breaking Bad and Lost (still need to finish this one) are the two that come to mind when thinking of live-action shows. I'm more into cartoons such as: South Park Rick and Morty Bojack Horseman...

    Breaking Bad and Lost (still need to finish this one) are the two that come to mind when thinking of live-action shows. I'm more into cartoons such as:

    South Park

    Rick and Morty

    Bojack Horseman

    Steven Universe

    6 votes
  6. rodya
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    Twin Peaks, of course!

    Twin Peaks, of course!

    5 votes
  7. [3]
    Silbern
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    I would recommend Warehouse 13, West Wing, White Collar, and although it's not technically a TV show per se, Amazon's Man in the High Castle is outstanding. Edit: also, I need to add the original...

    I would recommend Warehouse 13, West Wing, White Collar, and although it's not technically a TV show per se, Amazon's Man in the High Castle is outstanding.

    Edit: also, I need to add the original Law & Order to this list. It's old and has a ridiculously large amount of episodes across 20 seasons, but it's really worth a watch, at least part of it.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      wise
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      Warehouse 13 for real? I'd never thought I'd see it recommended as a must-watch! I love that show!! Also I just finished first season of White Collar and although I am enjoying it, I like...

      Warehouse 13 for real? I'd never thought I'd see it recommended as a must-watch! I love that show!!

      Also I just finished first season of White Collar and although I am enjoying it, I like Elementary more for casual watching. White Collar sometimes feels a bit too broish and makes me think of the song "cool guys don't look back at explosions" all the time haha.

      1. Silbern
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        Yeah, it was awesome! Warehouse 13 had such a unique premise with the artifacts idea, it tied together history in a really cool way, and it stayed remarkably fresh throughout it's run. The only...

        Yeah, it was awesome! Warehouse 13 had such a unique premise with the artifacts idea, it tied together history in a really cool way, and it stayed remarkably fresh throughout it's run. The only tragedy is the ending - unfortunately, I think they ran out of money to fund it at the end, and it ended pretty abruptly :/ but I think it still totally deserves a spot as a must watch!

        White Collar relies on some pretty corny running jokes, and Niel especially is pretty OP. The character development is also not very good, imo; the characters do get fleshed out with time, but don't really evolve outside of their initial boundaries. I don't want to be any more specific since you're only at season 1, but you'll see what I mean. That being said, it has some very creative heists, and unlike a lot of shows, I didn't get bored with watching it over time because the episodes aren't as formulaic as many other crime shows, like Hawaii 50. Focusing on art and monetary crimes, instead of murder like nearly every other crime show, further makes it stand out :D And the character relationship between Niel and Peter is pretty fun to watch play out over the series. But it's probably the weakest of my suggestions... I still enjoyed it though, and I haven't heard much mention of it :D

        1 vote
  8. [2]
    hungariantoast
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    HarmonQuest gave me a good laugh and is a great take on pen and paper entertainment Mindhunter made me desperate for a second season. About the early days of criminal profiling at the FBI Mr....

    HarmonQuest gave me a good laugh and is a great take on pen and paper entertainment

    Mindhunter made me desperate for a second season. About the early days of criminal profiling at the FBI

    Mr. Robot is a good and unique show, lots of hacker culture

    Narcos is another that I like, and does a great job exploring the story of Pablo Escobar

    Patriot (2017 Amazon) is a really great take on spy thriller

    Not necessarily a TV show, but all of the Sharpe movies are fantastic and I highly recommend them, especially if you like Napoleon or Sean Bean

    The Americans just wrapped up, and is another great take on an already familiar spy thriller setting

    The Civil War and The Vietnam War by Ken Burns are great documentaries, if you count those as shows

    3 votes
    1. Fin
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      I just hope mindhunter season 2 doesnt turn out like true detectives season 2

      I just hope mindhunter season 2 doesnt turn out like true detectives season 2

      1 vote
  9. Crespyl
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    Most of my recent favorites have been mentioned elsewhere, but two shows that kind of came out of nowhere and really impressed me are Atlanta and most recently Barry. Not coincidentally, they both...

    Most of my recent favorites have been mentioned elsewhere, but two shows that kind of came out of nowhere and really impressed me are Atlanta and most recently Barry.

    Not coincidentally, they both feature Hiro Murai as director (Atlanta is pretty much belongs to him and Glover, while he guest directed several episodes of Barry), and feel very unlike anything else on TV right now.

    Atlanta is kind of dry/black comedy/drama about a black man trying to find his way through life and managing his cousins fledgling rap career. It tends to alternate between slightly more conventional serial episodes moving the plot forward, and the more out-there standalone episodes focusing on a side character or specific moment.

    Barry is also a comedy/drama about an ex-military hitman in LA, who's questioning his career choice and desperately wants to reinvent himself as an actor. The dialogue and comedy feels very fresh and uniquely funny, especially a young Chechen mobster (who's really just a very nice guy at heart), while still managing to carry a lot of emotional weight for the main characters.

    Edit, I'll throw in another recommendation for Better Call Saul, the next season (soon!) is one of my most anticipated shows. I really think it's as good, if not better, than Breaking Bad itself was.

    3 votes
  10. [2]
    Jankinator
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    The Leftovers is my favorite show. Only 3 seasons and 28 episodes to boot. The first season struggles a bit, but finishes with a strong second half. Seasons 2 & 3 are masterpieces. It is certainly...

    The Leftovers is my favorite show. Only 3 seasons and 28 episodes to boot. The first season struggles a bit, but finishes with a strong second half. Seasons 2 & 3 are masterpieces. It is certainly the most emotionally powerful show I've ever seen. I think about it on a daily basis.

    3 votes
    1. Fin
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      Seriously. The ending of season 2 was just...wow. Haven't had the courage to watch season 3.

      Seriously. The ending of season 2 was just...wow. Haven't had the courage to watch season 3.

      2 votes
  11. jacebot
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    Ozark recently got me sucked in. I am fan of Jason Bateman acting and characters. Excited about the new season. Curious about the Mayans MC coming, however, skeptical. Curious to see how Orange...

    Ozark recently got me sucked in. I am fan of Jason Bateman acting and characters. Excited about the new season.

    Curious about the Mayans MC coming, however, skeptical.

    Curious to see how Orange ends as well.

    And I need to watch Mr. Robot. Been putting it off for awhile.

    Also was suggested Fargo (the series - enjoyed the movie) - thoughts anyone?

    Other than that, just awaiting like everyone else on STs3, GoT end season, and so on.

    3 votes
  12. Bear
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    Star Trek, in general (Pre-Discovery is markedly different, and the era that I prefer) (Netflix/CBS All Access) Babylon 5 (Amazon Prime Video) The Orville (Trek, in all but name, and very good!)...
    • Star Trek, in general (Pre-Discovery is markedly different, and the era that I prefer) (Netflix/CBS All Access)
    • Babylon 5 (Amazon Prime Video)
    • The Orville (Trek, in all but name, and very good!) (Hulu)
    • The Golden Girls (Hulu)
    • Perfect Strangers (Hulu)
    3 votes
  13. precise
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    Killing Eve, best show I've scene in quite a while. Mr. Robot, Season 1 is probably some of the best television I have EVER scene. House M.D., loved that show. Kind of shallow humor at points, but...
    • Killing Eve, best show I've scene in quite a while.
    • Mr. Robot, Season 1 is probably some of the best television I have EVER scene.
    • House M.D., loved that show. Kind of shallow humor at points, but the longterm storyline is great.
    • M*A*S*H, I still watch this weekly. It is a bit before my time but it is a great window back into the Vietnam war, attitudes there in. It is also hilarious.
    • Star Trek The Original Series and The Next Generation, my two favorite Star Trek productions. Not discounting the others, but those two are the best series produced so far in my opinion.
    • Phineas and Ferb, no explanation needed.
    2 votes
  14. samhh
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    My partner and I recently finished watching Seinfeld for the first time. That's a really outstanding comedy. Office US and Friends are in that same bracket. Friday Night Dinner is a little known...

    My partner and I recently finished watching Seinfeld for the first time. That's a really outstanding comedy. Office US and Friends are in that same bracket.

    Friday Night Dinner is a little known UK comedy that I'd recommend.

    1 vote
  15. BetaMaleBill
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    Breaking Bad - As a sometimes Albuquerque area resident, I really appreciate the sense of place and attitude they put into that show. I'm also pleased to see that continuing in Better Call Saul....

    Breaking Bad - As a sometimes Albuquerque area resident, I really appreciate the sense of place and attitude they put into that show. I'm also pleased to see that continuing in Better Call Saul.

    Batman The Animated Series - My favorite superhero series in any format. Batman has the best rogues gallery and they all get a moment in the spotlight.

    Preacher - Another comic book inspired pick. They have really stuck to their source material for the most part. Any changes make sense in the overall narrative of the story they are telling in that format.

    1 vote
  16. [2]
    hightrix
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    Fringe - I just love that show. Battlestar Galatica - Quintessential space opera Firefly - I can watch this over and over The Orville - Star Trek but Seth McFarlane Dr. Who - Yep Ghosted - Campy,...

    Fringe - I just love that show.
    Battlestar Galatica - Quintessential space opera
    Firefly - I can watch this over and over
    The Orville - Star Trek but Seth McFarlane
    Dr. Who - Yep
    Ghosted - Campy, crime of the week, buddy cop show
    The Good Place - Great actors, worth a check out
    Arrested Development
    The IT Crowd

    And the shows I spam while doing other things:

    How I met your Mother
    Parks and Rec
    The Office
    Brooklyn 99
    My Name is Earl
    Community
    Seinfeld

    Ok, that's probably enough. What can I say, I like sitcoms and sci fi :)

    1 vote
    1. dysfunctional_dad
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      I'm glad to see you mention Fringe, great show

      I'm glad to see you mention Fringe, great show

      1 vote
  17. eve
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    Brooklyn 99 - super funny, always great. Santa Clarita Diet - a surprisingly well acted and thought out show that is very enjoyable (also timothy oliphont and Drew BerryMoore make a really great...

    Brooklyn 99 - super funny, always great.
    Santa Clarita Diet - a surprisingly well acted and thought out show that is very enjoyable (also timothy oliphont and Drew BerryMoore make a really great acting duo. Who knew?)
    Parks and Rec
    Avatar the Last Airbender

    1 vote
  18. Grim
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    Scrubs Inside No 9 (Especially if you enjoy Black Mirror) My Name Is Earl

    Scrubs
    Inside No 9 (Especially if you enjoy Black Mirror)
    My Name Is Earl

    1 vote
  19. Shirley
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    The West Wing The Newsroom Both of these were written by Aaron Sorkin and they are incredible pieces of television. If you like one you'll almost certainly like the other; I recommend starting...

    Both of these were written by Aaron Sorkin and they are incredible pieces of television. If you like one you'll almost certainly like the other; I recommend starting with The West Wing because it's simply excellent. There's a lot of addictive TV hours here so don't start watching just before exam season!

    This is powerful television and a must-watch for anyone with a screen. I cannot recommend this enough. The emotional connection you form with these men is astounding.

    Some other series that I thoroughly enjoy, but won't recommend as strongly as the previous three:

    • 9-1-1
    • Archer
    • Atlanta
    • Black Mirror
    • Bob's Burgers
    • BoJack Horseman
    • Breaking Bad
    • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    • Community
    • Fargo
    • Firefly
    • Jericho
    • Limitless
    • Lucifer
    • Mr. Robot
    • Parks & Recreation
    • Peaky Blinders
    • Peep Show
    • Penny Dreadful
    • Preacher
    • Snowfall
    • Stranger Things
    • Suits
    • The Americans
    • The Chi
    • The Good Doctor
    • The Last Ship
    • The Magicians
    • The Terror
    • White Gold
    • You're The Worst
    1 vote
  20. Parliament
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    I got you. I have a spreadsheet for tracking shows I've watched, shows I'm watching, and shows I want to watch. It has ratings exported from IMDB and my own personal recommendation notes for each...

    I got you. I have a spreadsheet for tracking shows I've watched, shows I'm watching, and shows I want to watch. It has ratings exported from IMDB and my own personal recommendation notes for each show.

    1 vote
  21. spctrvl
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    The Expanse. Best scifi series I've seen since SG-1.

    The Expanse. Best scifi series I've seen since SG-1.

    1 vote
  22. doubleobutters
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    Ok here is my list: Arrested Development Game of Thrones Vinyl (Only one season... Boo!) American Dad 3% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia The list is actually much bigger, but that's all I can...

    Ok here is my list:

    • Arrested Development
    • Game of Thrones
    • Vinyl (Only one season... Boo!)
    • American Dad
    • 3%
    • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
      The list is actually much bigger, but that's all I can come up with now.

    edit formatting

    1 vote
  23. wunderboi
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    Venture Bros for me. Don't let the fact that it's an animated parody of old-school Hanna-Barbera cartoons a la Johnny Quest turn you away. In my opinion, it has some of the highest quality writing...

    Venture Bros for me. Don't let the fact that it's an animated parody of old-school Hanna-Barbera cartoons a la Johnny Quest turn you away. In my opinion, it has some of the highest quality writing of any show to ever air and is packed with wit and humor. To try and give a premise, this show tries to answer the question of what would it really be like for a "boy adventurer" to experience the messed up shit they go through and how would that affect them into adulthood. 10/10 show and the newest season airs this weekend, I believe.

    1 vote
  24. PM-ME-YOUR-MIX-TAPE
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    Nathan For You Comedy Bang! Bang! The Birthday Boys
    • Nathan For You
    • Comedy Bang! Bang!
    • The Birthday Boys
    1 vote
  25. phedre
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    Pose on FX. It’s just wrapped up the first season. It’s suffering from some overuse of cliches, but overall it’s a really fun show with characters you come to care about. It’s also a huge step...

    Pose on FX. It’s just wrapped up the first season. It’s suffering from some overuse of cliches, but overall it’s a really fun show with characters you come to care about. It’s also a huge step forward in representation for trans women, both in front of the camera and as producers of the show.

  26. Pykors
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    My current favorite is Dear White People, on Netflix. Even beyond the obvious theme of dealing with racism, I can't think of a show that does such a great job of using multiple perspectives to...

    My current favorite is Dear White People, on Netflix. Even beyond the obvious theme of dealing with racism, I can't think of a show that does such a great job of using multiple perspectives to explore the same situation, showing how every person involved is a 3-D character.