The great thing about being an avid TV watcher is I can spend hours watching crap television (see last week’s post) and pass on the good TV info to you.
In the age of OnDemand and Netflix it’s really easy to catch up on shows you have missed out on when they originally aired. Here lies my Top 5 favourite shows you may not have seen and should definitely check out.
1) Justified – Find Season 1 on DVD and watch Season 2 currently airing on FX and Hulu.com- Drama.
Based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, the series is set in Lexington, Kentucky and stars Timothy Olyphant as US Marshall Raylan Givens . Givens has recently been assigned to his hometown’s Marshall’s office after he shot a drug lord in broad laylight in Miami. Raylan’s foil is Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins who was also great on FX’s The Shield) who grew up alongside Raylan but embraced a life of crime under the tutleage of his father. The most fun I have watching the show is when Raylin and Boyd collide. Whether he’s dealing with a Miami drug cartel, local backwood’s meth dealers or his ex-wife , Raylin shows no fear. He is the epitome of cool, Southern charm.
2) The IT Crowd – Currently airing on the BBC, Seasons 1, 3, 4 and 5 streaming on Netflix Instant Watch or find it on DVD- Comedy.
I’ve only seen the first season of BBC’s The IT Crowd but it’s enough viewing to recommend it to all of you. Two geeky computer technicians Moss and Roy work in a dingy basement office with their clueless manager Jen. The IT department is the lowest of the low and are treated accordingly by everyone, including their daft boss. This show is so goofy and big on physical comedy. Not one episode went by without me laughing out loud or wiping away a tear. Anyone that has ever worked in an office environment will appreciate the material – My favourite was the episode on eliminating office stress.
3) Party Down – entire series is streaming on Netflix Instant Watch or find it on DVD – aired on Starz from 2006-210-Comedy.
Party Down was cancelled way before it’s time. Unfortuanately airing on Starz didn’t give this quirky comedy the audience it needed to succeed, but those that have seen it love it! Adam Scott (now on Parks and Recreation) stars as a former actor currently working as a caterer for Party Down Catering. His boss Ron Donald (Ken Marino) dreams of opening up a chain of restaruants called Soup ‘R Crackers. His coworker Roman (Martin Starr) is a screenwriter who is obsessed with hardcore science fiction. You get the idea. Each episode is set at an event they are catering, whether it be at a party in the suburbs for bored couples looking to start an orgy or at an after party for a Marilyn Manson-esque rock band, these caterers are willing to show up and do the bare minimum amount of work come rain or shine.
4) The Wire – find it on DVD – aired on HBO from 2002-2002- Drama.
This ain’t your momma’s procedural TV police drama so don’t expect to sit down and watch a plotline wrap itself up in one hour. The Wire f ollows police detectives, drug lords, common criminals, lawyers and politicians in crime riddled Baltimore, Maryland. It’s hard to sum-up The Wire in a quick paragraph so I will tell you it has the following: Excellent acting, griping storeylines, amazing writing and memorable characters (Omar’s comin’, yo!). If you’re interested in watching a show that will suck you in from the first couple episodes and are OK with needing to finish the entire series once you start then by all means check out The Wire.
5) Face Off currently airing it’s first season on SyFy Wednesday nights at 10pm EST – Reality Competition
Reality is a love it or hate it genre. I count myself as a fan and prefer competition reality shows like Bravo’s Project Runway and Top Chef over documentary (or scripted in some cases) reality shows like MTV’s Teen Mom and Bravo’s Flipping Out. SyFy’s Face Off has been described as “Project Runway for movie geeks.” All of the contestants work or aspire to work in the visual effects industry and each week they compete in intense challenges like “turn your model into a creature from a newly discovered planet.” It’s amazing to watch their process and be witness their creativity and to see acclaimed judges like Ve Neill (Oscar winning effects artist) rip their work apart.
Have you seen or heard of any of the above shows? Leave any TV show recommendations in the comments!