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Vanity- Looking for a TV series on DVD to begin watching. Any suggestions?
5/24/10 | Alienand stranger

Posted on 05/24/2010 12:10:06 PM PDT by AlienandStranger

I don’t watch TV, but I own a few series on DVD that I watch in order to avoid commercials and to watch on my own time.

I’m looking for something that doesn’t insult my spiritual or political (Christian Conservative) beliefs. And I don’t want comedies that exist on juvenile sexual innuendoes.

I love and own the first five seasons of LOST and THE OFFICE. I have the first two seasons of 24, but quit when I saw that the producers are too cowardly to depict Muslim terrorists not backed by white corporate types as the bad guys. I also have BAND OF BROTHERS and the first 10 seasons of THE SIMPSONS.

I was thinking of getting the first season of SCRUBS except I’m uncomfortable watching with my 16 year old daughter because of the frequent sexual situations.

I heard good things about CHUCK.

Any suggestions for a series I can get into?


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To: dfwgator

Yes, he is a great actor. But all his subsequent sitcoms just haven’t clicked. Sideshow Bob, yes, he is great as him.


251 posted on 05/24/2010 3:34:22 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: thefactor

Yes!!! Faye, ROFL!!

I love that show. When I am sick or have a migraine, I will put on the ones we have on DVR and laugh myself silly. It is the most laugh-out-loud TV I’ve ever seen.

What about the episode where Frasier drags Dad to the opera, and Frasier meets a hot chick who’s with her mom, and Dad isn’t interested but doesn’t want to insult the mom, who seems interested in him, and Frasier hisses at Dad not to hurt the mom’s feelings? So he lets her know he is gay? And then later the girl brings her gay uncle along to their home?? How can you NOT laugh as the mishaps ensue?

Or the one where Frasier is taping a political ad for his favorite candidate? Between takes, the candidate confides in Frasier that he has been abducted by aliens? LOL!!!


252 posted on 05/24/2010 3:39:00 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Sans-Culotte
I just hate it when a show gets cancelled and does not get a chance to tie up the loose ends.

Several years ago there was a weird show on called Carnival. It ran for 3 years and got cancelled and left so many loose ends. It was a great show but I never recommend it because of its unsatisfactory demise.

253 posted on 05/24/2010 3:40:25 PM PDT by daisyscarlett
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To: AlienandStranger

The Prisoner—the original 1967 series. One of the best and most inventive series ever made, and still influencing contemporary tv.


254 posted on 05/24/2010 4:16:12 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: daisyscarlett

Jericho gets a vote from me and Joan of Arcadia {great until they brought the devil in.}


255 posted on 05/24/2010 4:17:41 PM PDT by Dianer0839 (If you can't CONVINCE them, CONFUSE them.)
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To: AlienandStranger

256 posted on 05/24/2010 4:20:09 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: Tex_GOP_Cruz

British series “Spooks” great. MI5, 8 seasons.


257 posted on 05/24/2010 4:51:36 PM PDT by enviros_kill (Counter the culture and the oppression of regression)
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To: Patrsup; AlienandStranger
Well - as hard as this sounds - I havent found much good here in the U.S

Agreed. Try "House of Cards" for political machination with Ian Richardson - post Maggie Thatcher and "The First Churchills" with John Neville and Susan Hampshire - 1600s England.

258 posted on 05/24/2010 5:22:56 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: x
But the actor who plays him is no Harvey Keitel.

You're right. Philip Glenister is better.

259 posted on 05/24/2010 5:51:34 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: isom35; AlienandStranger

Yes, “Rockford files” - wonderful, well written funny.

and in a similar time frame - “Magnum PI”

two interesting and entertaining private detective series, and they were often humerous, though not commedies.


260 posted on 05/24/2010 6:13:06 PM PDT by XBob (Jail the employers of the INVADERS !!)
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To: AFreeBird

Good point. You’re not missing anything in general, though it was interesting to see Hardison used that way.


261 posted on 05/24/2010 6:25:49 PM PDT by BelegStrongbow (Ey, Paolo! uh-Clem just broke the Presideng...)
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To: Patrsup
and one of my favorites (but no one else in the house likes them) - “Last of the summer wine”

I love that one also. So does my wife and kids.

262 posted on 05/24/2010 6:28:27 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: janereinheimer

Tastes vary, IMHO. I’m more Inspector Morse/Lewis and Midsomer Murders kind of guy. The latest seasons of the latter just put out on DVD. I find them incredibly addictive, though, being mysteries, once you’ve seen them, the edge is off.


263 posted on 05/24/2010 6:28:54 PM PDT by BelegStrongbow (Ey, Paolo! uh-Clem just broke the Presideng...)
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To: real saxophonist

Who is Number One?


264 posted on 05/24/2010 6:38:59 PM PDT by kevao
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To: AlienandStranger

Before you buy any DVDs, check out what’s available for streaming free on http://www.hulu.com/browse/alphabetical/episode and http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/

“Burn Notice” new season starts June 3, so Hulu will have that available a few days later. (Things get blown up, but there’s no sex.)

“Castle” is a cute “Moonlighting” sort of show.

“Wire in the Blood” is a Brit series available on Hulu. About a psychologist who helps the police solve murders. Excellent stories, acting, and production, but some situations can be disturbing. Start with Season 1.

“Due South” (from the mid ‘90s) is not available on the Internet, but is on DVD. About an innocent, Dudley Do-Right RCMP who ends up in Chicago.

Brit series on DVD but not on the Internet: “Inspector Morse”, “Sherlock Holmes” starring Jeremy Brett, “Murder Most Horrid” starring Dawn French (very funny and clever mystery anthology), “Jonathan Creek” (more clever and humorous mysteries).


265 posted on 05/24/2010 7:45:22 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: AlienandStranger

Northern Exposure. Best. Series. Ever.

I also love Mad Men and Dexter (you might not like it, he’s a serial killer but a vigilante serial killer and there’s lots of F bombs, lots and lots).


266 posted on 05/24/2010 7:47:51 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Eschew Socialism!)
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To: KristieK

Oh I am HOOKED on the Tudors. To the point I may buy the DVD’s.


267 posted on 05/24/2010 7:48:59 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Eschew Socialism!)
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To: Lorianne

I just finished watching the 90s TV series Early Edition ... ordered from Netflix.

Silly premise but I enjoyed it. It’s a nice escape.


A great show that originally ran for four seasons. It just started running daily on something called the Gospel Music Channel.


268 posted on 05/24/2010 7:49:32 PM PDT by curth (Sarah Palin: 1.5M Facebook fans. "I'm In For $15 - Donate $15 to Sarahpac to celebrate!)
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To: AlienandStranger

In Plain Sight, Chuck, The Unit, Psych. If you like murder mystery Midsomer Murders, a british series which is very well done.


269 posted on 05/24/2010 9:56:06 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: AlienandStranger

“Brideshead Revisited” (1981 version).


270 posted on 05/24/2010 10:38:55 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: bravo whiskey; AlienandStranger

EUREKA


271 posted on 05/25/2010 12:22:44 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: AlienandStranger

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

The Shield (without your daughter, though)


272 posted on 05/25/2010 12:32:00 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

LMAO.

Never seen that episode.


273 posted on 05/25/2010 1:27:31 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: AlienandStranger

Married With Children


274 posted on 05/25/2010 1:29:17 AM PDT by Abundy
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To: fatnotlazy

Dragnet was great, so was Perry Mason, and the Outer Limits. Television has nothing to compare with these days.


275 posted on 05/25/2010 5:40:54 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: GregB

As previously replied to, “Keeping Up Appearances”.

That would be pronounced “boo-KAY”, as in, “The boo-KAY residence, the lady of the house speaking.”


276 posted on 05/25/2010 6:30:14 AM PDT by AF_Blue ("Are you guys ready? Let's roll!" - Todd Beamer)
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To: BelegStrongbow

You wouldn’t be referring to Mrs. Slocomb’s pet cat that needed feeding and attention, would you?


277 posted on 05/25/2010 6:37:22 AM PDT by AF_Blue ("Are you guys ready? Let's roll!" - Todd Beamer)
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To: AF_Blue
Mrs. Slocomb’s pet cat

That crossed my mind once or twice... oy.

278 posted on 05/25/2010 6:41:11 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (Ey, Paolo! uh-Clem just broke the Presideng...)
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To: AF_Blue

Add “The Good Life” to that list, too. Old British series about a couple who opt for self-sufficiency, and their neighbors who prefer the pampered life.


279 posted on 05/25/2010 6:42:04 AM PDT by AF_Blue ("Are you guys ready? Let's roll!" - Todd Beamer)
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To: GatorGirl

I love reading about the Tudor period—I can’t figure out why, but I do!

We’re too cheap to get HBO/Cinemax/etc. (not in the budget, LOL) and I’ve heard such good things about the Tudor series. I’m hoping the library will acquire some of the DVDs so I can start watching..it’s how I saw the ‘John Adams’ series produced by HBO. I loved that so much I asked for it for my birthday (and got it).

Alas—4 kids and $500/month in Catholic school tuition puts a crimp in the buying what you want plans, LOL. I’m just trying to figure out how to start acquiring the “Lost” DVDs without having to rob a bank first :)


280 posted on 05/25/2010 6:46:52 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma
Netflix is pretty cheap and all those TV series’ are available. There's alot of sex in the series—definitely not family friendly ;-)
281 posted on 05/25/2010 7:58:45 AM PDT by GatorGirl (Eschew Socialism!)
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To: GatorGirl

Well, my husband did just get a raise, LOL. MAYBE I could talk him into Netflix :) Besides, it’s not a series he would be interested in anyway, or the kids for that matter, although my oldest seems pretty intrigued that Henry VIII went through six wives. LOL


282 posted on 05/25/2010 8:25:56 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: AlienandStranger

My Name Is Earl.

Sometimes, it’s crude and it’s tacky beyond belief, but it’s funny.


283 posted on 05/25/2010 9:14:55 AM PDT by Califreak (A man is defined by the nature of his enemies-Preach it Rush!)
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To: AlienandStranger
Are you satioll open for business. Haven't read the entire thread, but I'd add HBO series Wired, get all of the season. Start at the first year because it builds on past episoade. One of the best things ever on TV. Not much sex, but drugs and violence. However, it is an unusual look at the underbelly of Baltimore.

More Baltimore and quality police series Homocide, Life on the Streets. NBC series from the 90s.

Monty Python. If you get it or just laugh you'll think it's the best thing ever. Watch a couple of episodes and you'll know whether to go on or not.

284 posted on 05/25/2010 10:56:08 AM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: whence911

Better Python samplers. The Secret Policeman’s Ball or the Secret Policman’s Other Ball.


285 posted on 05/25/2010 10:57:11 AM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: daisyscarlett

I think they dropped it because you and I were the only ones watching. : )


286 posted on 05/25/2010 10:58:35 AM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: AF_Blue

Poor Richard!!!


287 posted on 05/25/2010 1:17:44 PM PDT by GregB (Sarah Palin The Next President Of The United States!!!!)
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To: AlienandStranger
Southland was/is a very good cop show. It's both the next generation in a series of LA police dramas going back to Dragnet and Adam-12 and sort of cutting edge in its "realism." The show's a bit rough, both in terms of what it puts on screen and in how the stories fit together, but that makes it more interesting. It also wouldn't have started out on NBC if it were as "adult" as what cable shows. Anyway, it's worth watching.

Flash Forward has only been on the air a few months but already the first half-season (10 episodes) is out on DVD. Everyone in the world blacks out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds and has a vision of what they are going to be doing six months in the future. Joseph Fiennes is an FBI agent who investigates. So it's kind of a mashup of Lost and 24, or maybe the grandchild of The X-Files.

I'd say a lot of those late nineties X-Files wannabes, scifi-mystery-fantasy-apocalypse shows like Millenium, Harsh Realm, The Lone Gunmen, Jeremiah, Dark Skies are good viewing. Maybe better than the X-Files because they weren't on long enough to get too murky and self-indulgent or for us to get tired of them. Jericho was also very good. The downside is that such shows didn't really have time to fulfill their potential and complete their arc.

BTW, lots of suggestions, have you figured out what you're going to watch?

288 posted on 05/29/2010 10:58:17 AM PDT by x
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To: AlienandStranger
Vanity- Looking for a TV series on DVD to begin watching. Any suggestions?

Dinosaurs
Monk
Dead Like Me
Lie to Me
Psych
Duckman
Smallville
Eureka
Boondocks
Life
Alien in America
Pushing Daisies
289 posted on 05/29/2010 11:07:06 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: AlienandStranger

Upstairs...downstairs...something like 266 hours of viewing pleasure.


290 posted on 05/31/2010 4:27:52 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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