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Is there anything Worthwhile on TV anymore?
Topic by: jstack
Posted: January 30, 2004 - 6:27 AM PST
Last Reply: June 28, 2004 - 9:34 AM PDT

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author topic: Is there anything Worthwhile on TV anymore?
post #1  on January 30, 2004 - 6:27 AM PST  
I have not watched a TV show other than a sporting event in about 8 months and was just wondering if there was anything worthwhile to watch this season?

What are the favorites of the people here? I know that there is a bombardment of new reality shows that I hear people talking about, but this is usually not my thing. I do I prefer to watch make-believe stuff when given the opportunity.

If nobody responds I will assume, as I have all along, that there really is nothing worthwhile out there.
post #2  on January 31, 2004 - 1:44 AM PST  
You can never go wrong with South Park....well,you can rarely go wrong with it,anyways.
post #3  on January 31, 2004 - 7:08 AM PST  
It's pretty pitiful... the only fictional show that I try not to miss is "Joan of Arcadia" which is bizarre on the face of it, a nice family drama about God... but it's a fun, well-written show with some terrific actors (I've always been fond of Mary Steenburgen). I used to watch Angel, West Wing, The Practice, Alias, Smallville, and 24, but this season none of those have pulled me in. Maybe CSI is still worth watching.

Oh, there's a bizarre new kids' show on PBS called Boobah. It's reaaaally trippy, so if you score some nice acid, try that! Check your local listings.

Otherwise, you might consider upgrading your GC account to the 8 out plan....

"America's Next Top Model" is fun, but that's "reality"....
post #4  on January 31, 2004 - 11:49 AM PST  
CSI, CSI Miami, Law&Order, Law&Order CI (NOT SVU), Monk, The Shield, Stargate SG-1, Enterprise, Friends, Two and a half men.
post #5  on January 31, 2004 - 11:58 AM PST  
I forgot Monk was back. That's a cute show.
post #6  on January 31, 2004 - 2:35 PM PST  
Monk (Cable)
King of the Hill
(Malcolm in the Middle's still pretty good but I can only take it in small doses)
West Wing (well, not really as much anymore... kinda dropped in quality after what'shisface left, but still solid)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (cable)
Mythbusters (on Discovery i think; fun, wacky show)
my g/f loves Stargate so I watch that sometimes

Er... sheez. I can't think of much else; most network TV shows these days are staid, formulaic crap, or at least, very little that I can get excited about. I usually end up watching more in reruns (Futurama, Simpsons, etc), if I watch anything at all.

There's a few networks that I would be happy to see drop off the face of the earth altogether: FoxNews, E!, pretty much all of the networks...

Other than that, I think TV's in fine shape!

post #7  on February 1, 2004 - 10:38 AM PST  
I love Mythbusters.Any show that can center entire episodes around activities like firing chickens thru airplanes at 140 mph and putting tin foil in microwaves has gotta be good.
Being a computer geek,I also seem to end up turning on TechTV and watching either The Screensavers or Call for Help......and,shamefully,XPlay because the Morgan Webb is a hottie.
Other than that,South Park and Chapelle's show,I really don't watch much TV anymore.All the good shows are released on DVD and readily available.The X Files,King of the Hill,The Shield,The Sopranos,Buffy the Vampire Slayer,Angel,Mr Show,Futurama,The Simpsons,24 and a few dozen great Anime tv series' are all available on DVD commercial free and uncut so why bother watching them on cable anymore?
post #8  on February 1, 2004 - 7:07 PM PST  
The Simpsons

Most Extreme Elimination Challenge (Spike TV)

The Office (BBC America)
post #9  on February 2, 2004 - 6:04 AM PST  
Thanks for the replies everybody. I might check out a couple of those mentioned. My wife records Sex and the City so I was thinking of extending that to Curb Your Enthusiasm as well. I will also be waiting for the new season of Six Feet Under, but other than that I will probably stick to doing some renting and spending way too much money buying movies to take with me when I am away from home for extended periods.
post #10  on February 2, 2004 - 9:22 AM PST  
I watched my first ever complete Survivor episode last night, and I've added it to my PVR list, though with a low ranking. I don't know, the idea that most of the contestants had won before, pitted against ones who had lost before, is kinda cool. Why they don't vote the lazy ones off first thing, I don't know, unless it's because they think they'll be easy to beat later, but it did seem interesting.

Of course, I was still recovering from the Super Bowl (I forgot to have the PVR show only the commercials, but the 4th quarter was worth it), so almost anything was interesting :)
post #11  on February 2, 2004 - 2:05 PM PST  
I'm still enjoying Angel, but 24 is leaving me cold this season. Maybe it's time they killed somebody off?*

*Since it's sweeps, I wouldn't be surprised if they did.
post #12  on February 2, 2004 - 2:18 PM PST  
Good Eats on Food Network is just about the only show I make an effort to watch recently. I normally miss prime time network programming. Ever since ABC Family dropped State of Grace, I haven't been keeping up with any particular show.
post #13  on February 2, 2004 - 3:34 PM PST  
The good ones: "The West Wing" (if you can EVER find a new one!), "Boston Public", "The Practice", "The Simpsons", and "Gilmore Girls"

Semi-watchable but tired: "ER", "Friends", "Charmed" (i know - do NOT try unless you are all ready addicted), "24" (see my comment about "Charmed"), Starhunter (but inspite of the better special effects, I like the actors in the first season better), and Malcolm in the Middle are semi-watchable.

I kinda like Whoopi's show but they keep moving it and I can never find it. I watched the tail end of the new remake of Astro Boy on the WB last Sunday....but it still is no substitute for Animatics and Pinky and the Brain, dammit.

All Things Considered, this is a great time for public radio and DVD's.

The one I really must is "The Agency". It has the time slot from hell. I wish is would at least come in reruns. Wolfgang Petersen is AWESOME!

Someone PLEASE get "SNL" and "Mad TV" off the air! I would love to see reruns of the whole classic, "In Concert" from the 70's with full concerts of Rick Wakeman, Hot Tuna, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer! I will not hold my breathe.

Sometimes, I think it might me worthwhile to just rip out the tuner and play nothing but DVD's. I got an Internet connection or NPR for the news. But then again, I sooo wish I had taping the Superbowl half-time show!
post #14  on February 2, 2004 - 7:39 PM PST  
THE SIMPSONS has already been mentioned,but it's worth repeating. Amazingly consistent! I also highly recommend renting THE CRITIC, a terrific animated show about a film critic that only lasted two seasons. Movie geeks (like me)will really enjoy this show. FUTURAMA was another wonderful show that for some reason never captured an audience (although it hung on for four seasons). MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 was around for ten whopping seasons, and many of the best episodes are available for rent. And finally, no one has mentioned the excellent THE SOPRANOS, which I rent instead of watching on TV. Although HBO saying "It's not TV, it's HBO." is the height of pretension, they do have a point. Every episode of this show feels more like a movie than a TV show. Plus there's sex, nudity and swearing!
post #15  on February 18, 2004 - 4:22 PM PST  
the Adult Swim lineup on cartoon network includes:

The Family Guy
Sealab 2021
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
The Oblongs
and some pretty sweet anime.

if you're into that stuff.

I also like Arrested Development.
post #16  on February 18, 2004 - 4:23 PM PST  
Oh, and Home Movies is my favorite from Adult Swim. Because he's a little filmmaker. And his name is Brendan Small, just like in real life!
post #17  on February 18, 2004 - 5:59 PM PST  
Too bad you don't like reality shows, jstack. I really like Trading Spaces and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Both are reality based but way more fun. Nobody gets to be made a fool of; nobody gets embarrassed on camera. The two shows are fluffy informative fun (although now I want to get some "product" for my hair so that I can "zhuzh" it like Kyan says to).
post #18  on February 19, 2004 - 12:43 PM PST  
I forgot about Arrested Development -- I like that show, too. I watched it first just because David Cross from Mr. Show was in it, but it's really hilarious.

I admit, I too watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy -- as the latter, I get plenty of useful pointers. I heard something on NPR this week about how that show uses product placements up the wazoo, but only products that are "Queer-approved" -- it's quite addictive, although I prefer the episodes in which they help out a really schlubby guy vs. the ones where the guy already looks like a supermodel.

Futurama, sigh, I still get depressed that the show isn't on (new) anymore. I bet Fox cancels Arrested Dev., too. They are good at putting some fine edgy programs on, but not so good at keeping them. They'd prefer reality shows like My Big Fat Lazy Disgusting Slob of a Husband or whatever.
post #19  on February 19, 2004 - 12:54 PM PST  
the problem with Fox is they keep screwing with things, like the did with Family Guy. As soon as a show starts getting good they put it on hold, or move it, because of sports. Mostly the baseball playoffs. Then by the time the playoffs are over, you've forgotten about the show or when it was on.
post #20  on February 20, 2004 - 1:33 PM PST  
Actually Fox has already picked up Arrested Development for next year.

p.s. My Big actually a pretty funny show. (I don't normally like reality TV) Although, if the idea intrests you check out Joe Schmo.

I bet Fox cancels Arrested Dev., too. They are good at putting some fine edgy programs on, but not so good at keeping them. They'd prefer reality shows like My Big Fat Lazy Disgusting Slob of a Husband or whatever.
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