Best TV shows to watch

I've already seen Billions (incredible), Breaking Bad, GOT, Peaky Blinders (arguably best show on Netflix), the basic shows, etc. Succession was a no go for me. Too slow and just didn't think it was great acting. Any thoughts on new shows to watch?

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jan 2, 2020

I personally don't see the appeal of Succession either - watched it all and don't understand the hype.

Jan 2, 2020
Analyst 1 in IB - Gen:

I personally don't see the appeal of Succession either - watched it all and don't understand the hype.

I watched the first season and didn't like it at all. Tons of reviews say that it has since picked up, so I guess I need to give it another shot?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 2, 2020

I was in the same boat after season 1. Acting wasn't great and didn't like any of the characters. I stuck with it for season 2 and it ended up being a really great season. If you have the time, would recommend giving it a second chance.

Jan 3, 2020

I've never been the type to labor through something just because "it gets better"

Don't @ me

Jan 3, 2020

Season 2 was very good. 88% on Metacritic (because RottenTomatoes sucks now) which made it one of the top rated shows in 2019. The characters start to settle in, the interpersonal dynamics heat up and the story line is far more cohesive than the previous season.

Jan 2, 2020

I maintain that Billions blows. Way too basic-cable corny, like Suits.

Things you should try out:

"The Crown" on Netflix

"You" on Netflix

"Fleabag" on Amazon

"Chernobyl" on HBO

"The Morning Show" on Apple TV+

And if you haven't watched them, Mad Men, The Sopranos, The Wire, and The West Wing are all classics.

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Jan 2, 2020

I agree with your Billions comment. It definitely is super corny but also just a cool show. Suits was the best show ever for the first few seasons and then went super downhill which was upsetting

Jan 3, 2020
SillyPanda9:

Suits was the best show ever for the first few seasons

Lmao... no.

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Jan 3, 2020

Fleabag really surprised me, in a good way. My wife got me to watch and it just gets funnier each episode.

Jan 3, 2020
CRE:

I maintain that Billions blows. Way too basic-cable corny, like Suits.

Things you should try out:

"The Crown" on Netflix

"You" on Netflix

"Fleabag" on Amazon

"Chernobyl" on HBO

"The Morning Show" on Apple TV+

And if you haven't watched them, Mad Men, The Sopranos, The Wire, and The West Wing are all classics.

Surprised to see a recommendation of "You" mixed with The Crown, Fleabag and Chernobyl (plus the classics). That show is absolute trash imo. Other than that, flawless list

Anyway, I would also recommend "Spy", on Netflix. It's not mind-blowing, but it's good enough and I would say it has an interesting/different angle into the ME conflict. Plus it's very short, so not a big commitment

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Jan 3, 2020
ACP7:

Surprised to see a recommendation of "You" mixed with The Crown, Fleabag and Chernobyl (plus the classics). That show is absolute trash imo.

I thought it was entertaining. Hardly high-minded, but my fiancee got me into it and I stayed invested throughout. I'll give you that it doesn't really belong in the above list, but I liked it.

Jan 7, 2020

Would add "band of brothers" in the mix

Jan 7, 2020

Great call. Definitely a miss on my list.

Jan 2, 2020

If you want sate-of-the-art TV shows (near or even above of great films) see:
Twin Peaks
The leftovers
Mad Men
An Honorable Woman
Homeland
The Crown (especially s3)

Jan 2, 2020

Money Heist on Netflix is a good show. Prison Break is decent up until S4. Suits is good for the first few seasons.

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Jan 3, 2020

I just couldn't get into the voiceover of Money Heist. It looked really interesting though.

Don't @ me

Jan 2, 2020

The show, Bojack Horseman, grows on you, though the Todd character gets annoying sometimes. The Witcher is off to a good start. Punisher is good too.

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Jan 2, 2020

BH was fun the first seasons, the last are quite annoying and redundant.

Jan 3, 2020

Someone please tell me WTF was so good about Chernobyl. I found it every bit as boring, depressing and forgettable as one might expect of a long miniseries about the death of a town by radiation.

To be fair, I half-slept through each episode but that also kind of supports the point.

Jan 3, 2020
PteroGonzalez:

Someone please tell me WTF was so good about Chernobyl.

I'm a fan of history, good acting, and the sense of dread the series really nailed. I felt anxious every episode.

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Jan 3, 2020

Gotcha. Thanks. Jared Harris is a hell of an actor, I'll say that much.

Jan 7, 2020

Spot on. Any show/book/movie that can bring out a real feeling of dread/despair is A fucking plus.

"one for the money two for the better green 3 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine" - M.F. Doom

Jan 3, 2020

Sherlock is pretty good

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Jan 3, 2020
meep11:

Sherlock is pretty good

Ah I forgot that one. It got a bit ridiculous in later seasons, but I agree.

Jan 3, 2020

Gonna keep this to shows that premiered in 2019

Comedy: Russian Doll (nflx), The Righteous Gemstones (hbo), Sex Education (nflx)
Action: Umbrella Academy (nflx), The Boys (amzn) - both based on comics FYI
Drama: I haven't watched Chernobyl (hbo). Watchmen (hbo) or When They See Us (nflx) yet but I hear they are outstanding

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Jan 3, 2020

Mad Men
Sneaky Pete
Halt and Catch Fire
Sopranos
Better Call Saul

Jan 3, 2020

Entourage
Ozark
Narcos / Narcos Mexico

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Jan 3, 2020

I liked Ozark too, excited for the next season

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Jan 4, 2020

+1 - can't wait for new Ozark, great show.

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Jan 3, 2020

Keeping it to 2019:

  1. Bojack Horseman: At my most spun out, I threw this show on and crushed three seasons in a weekend. If you're ever feeling loathsome or down and out on life, throw this on to work through those feelings. It feels like therapy. I might fucking cry when it's all over January 31st.
  2. Succession: Season 1 was alright but Season 2 is where the show finds it's true identity and I am now looking for to Succession: Season 3 more than any running series on air currently.
  3. Mr. Robot: This show has had it's ups and downs but I loved Season 1 so much that I stuck around and I'm glad I did. Rami Malek is amazing and has carried this show through some questionable writing at times. I'm excited to finish Season 4 tonight.

Off the cuff -- Fleabag is the most critically acclaimed series that has been out in a long while. Chernobyl is a great Sunday night watch. Silicon Valley never recovered after TJ Miller left. I just can't seem to give a fuck about The Watchmen.

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Jan 3, 2020

The Americans on Amazon.

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Jan 3, 2020

Power

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Jan 5, 2020

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Jan 7, 2020

Power is the greatest show on TV. Absolutely unpredictable, but still makes you invested in every character on the show.

6 seasons and not once has my interest ever waned.

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Jan 3, 2020

How is it possible for someone to consider Peaky Blinders possibly the best show on Netflix (which it is) and think Billions is incredible at the same time? Billions is the Suits of "finance", which is not a compliment.

It's difficult to delve into recommendations as you haven't specified whether you're looking for just recent/ongoing shows or classic ones as well. If the former, then my small selection (to avoid a barrage of suggestions - all on Netflix):

Drama: Ozark, Mindhunter and Luther
Comedy: The Kominshy Method
[EDIT] No genre: Master of None

Regardless of time though, and on top of the classics already mentioned, there are 3 shows that I would recommend to anyone and that might get overlooked sometimes: Parks and Recreation, Eastbound and Down, and Sherlock.

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Jan 3, 2020

I didn't watch a lot of Suits but doesn't Billions have a lot more plot twists kind of like the crime shows? Feel like its more comparable to NCIS/Law & Order in terms of how the stories play out.

Jan 3, 2020

The comparison is not based on the plot (although some parallels can be drawn, especially on how main character-centric it is (or couple of characters)), but rather on the absolute fucking lack of a plausible dialogue. People just don't talk like that, period. There's no substance, no character development, no emotions or accountability beyond the most basic levels. I'm not saying they can't be entertaining shows (I watched the first few seasons of Suits myself, and it's frustrating because they had a good starting premise), but it's frustrating to see these shows rated among the best in TV.

If you want a good example of what Suits should aspire to be, then watch Boston Legal. Also an "unrealistic" lawyer show, but immensely deeper, tackling real issues with real characters.

As for Billions, you seem to work for a hedge fund - let us know if your days are as cool and if your PM changes the world twice every week.

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Jan 3, 2020

Parks & Recreations is excellent as it keeps you smiling through most of the episodes. Community is also a good one and one should not forget The office which is pretty hilarious.

The last season of Mindhunter was really enjoyable (less prisons, more real investigation & stuff like Zodiac from the same director!)

Jan 3, 2020

Parks & Rec will always be a very binary show. While I don't think anyone can truly dislike it, it'll be a huge hit with some and probably forgettable for others. For me, it's pure genius and while it's difficult to rate it against shows like Breaking Bad and Sherlock due to its completely different genre, I would never put together a top 3 or 5 of my favorite shows without including it. Community is also very good, you're completely right. I eventually stopped watching, but the first 2/3 seasons at least are pure gold

Midnhunter is spectacular. I agree that season 2 transported it to an ever higher level and I'm excited to see what's coming next.

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Jan 3, 2020

The last season of Mindhunter ended so poorly

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Jan 3, 2020

Actually, I forgot Master of None in my previous post. I'll edit, but I think it's worth a separate mention - it's phenomenal (even if you don't like Aziz as a stand up comedian, like me)

Jan 3, 2020

The season two with Alessandra Mastronardi is really good ! All the italian stuff was something I didn't expect ("allora!") but the whole season was warmehearted - except the final episode which was overplayed imo...

Jan 3, 2020

Wathcmen is garbage. Don't bother. Rewatching The Sapranos

"The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and i am no quite sure that i know that." Socrates

Jan 3, 2020

Watchmen was really well done. Interesting, detailed storylines stringing you along until the end when it all converges. Might not be for everyone, but if you get through episode three you won't stop.

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Jan 3, 2020
  • DARK
  • Euphoria (amazingly in touch w/ current gen college kids)
  • Master of None (wholesome)
  • Patrick Melrose (imo best performance by benedict cumberbatch, brilliant)
  • Atlanta (donald glover is a genius, so entertaining yet real, great cultural cameos)
  • Top Boy (culturally significant, very excitin)
  • Mad Men
  • How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (6 eps, hilarious and exciting)
  • Altered Carbon
  • Black Mirror (nuff said, stay woke)
  • House of Cards (S1-S4)
  • Narcos
  • Stranger Things
  • The Boys
  • The Grand Tour (if you're a car guy, best show on the planet)
  • The Chef Show (seth rogan gets high with david chiang and goes out to eat, do I need to say more?)
  • Sherlock

Other recs from some people are shit. Everything on this list is bingeable.

DARK is one of my favorite shows of all time. The cinematography is amazing and is paired with the beautifully remote outskirts of Berlin; the writing is wicked and the story will mindfuck you.

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Jan 3, 2020

Very very good list

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Jan 3, 2020

DARK was SOMETHING, the whole plot is well manoeuvred and the script...damn...three different eras and the entanglement of it is well transcripted (one could said flawless ) and the actors of same characters (but different timeline) are really physically similar, it is astonishing.

Jan 3, 2020

Yep. Honestly amazing writing (especially in S1). Was hesitant about S2 but then found myself thoroughly pleased. They're wrapping the series up with S3 (writers said the ending was planned from the beginning, which I very look forward to wrapping my head around).

I call it Stranger Things For Adults.

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Jan 5, 2020

+1 Narco's and The Boys.

The boys has some of the funniest scenes in TV. The fucking dolphin

Jan 3, 2020

I would recommend Black Mirror - its more that each episode explores a different dystopian/tech plagued future that a chronological tv series but it definitely lets you explore and question the future of technology

Jan 3, 2020

The Boys, The Expanse, The Mandalorian

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Jan 3, 2020

Curb Your Enthusiasm! Can't believe no one's said it yet. Funniest show on television and there's a new season coming out soon. Larry David makes me cackle like a little kid whenever I watch this show.

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  • Prospect in Other
Jan 3, 2020

Archer

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Jan 4, 2020
  • Family Guy
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Jan 3, 2020

Master of None, Glow (season 1 is a but of a trudge), Ms Maisel, Brooklyn 99, The Good Place, Maniac, Atlanta

Jan 3, 2020

Was a bit sceptical at first of Apple TV+ thinking that the shows were more about having A-list actors rather than actual substance, but I binge watched "The Morning Show" and "See" over the holidays and loved them both. Albeit two completely different genres, but both worth the watch and only a season each so easy to binge!

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Jan 3, 2020

Didn't see these mentioned.

Shameless,
Don't F#$k with Cats
East Bound and Down, if you are stoned and have nothing better to do.

Power and Homeland were mentioned and I recommend them.

Jan 5, 2020
  • Hannibal (older show but recently got into it and it's great. If you're into psycho-thrillers, this is your jam)
  • Raising Dion (they only have 1 season so far but it's a pretty good show. Trying to be Stranger Things-y but still worth watching)
  • Street Food (great for seeing awesome food videos and being a bit more far removed from the restaurant scene. A must if you plan to hit up any of their destinations for holiday)
  • Black Monday (Don Cheadle being a coked up Wall Street trader in the 80s. Similar style to the Wolf of Wall Street but funnier IMO)
  • Ozark (very cool thriller-ish series)
  • How to get away with murder (well known, some may say overrated but still a solid show IMO)
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Jan 5, 2020

Atypical is a really good one not mentioned yet. Just binged the entire three seasons.

Bodyguard
Homeland
You
Dirty John
Unbelievable
Schitts Creek

Going to start Master of None.

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Jan 5, 2020

The Witcher if you're looking for a similar show to Game of Thrones.

Jan 6, 2020

Death note, literally the best shit I've ever seen

Jan 6, 2020

This anime is pretty lit a great ground is the intellectual battle between L and light but the ending deceived me a lot.
Other Manga animes are pretty insane:
Attack on titans
Hunter x hunter
Code geass
Full metal alchemist...

Jan 6, 2020

Hard second to Attack on Titan / Code Geass / FMA but I couldn't for the life of me get into HunterxHunter

Jan 6, 2020

Sopranos is the greatest show ever created

Jan 6, 2020

Black mirror

Ozark

Gotham

The Witcher

You

Drugs Inc

Homeland

Shark Tank

Explained

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