Question: Which classic or new TV shows are on your watch-list?

Here are a few on my list:

Porridge (1974–1977)
I, Claudius (1976)
The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981-) (review)
Playing Shakespeare (1982)
Yes Minister (1980–1984)
The Young Ones (1982-84)
I'm Alan Partridge (1997-)
Spaced (1999-2001)
Little Britain (2003–2006)
Buried (2003)
Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge (2010-)
Black Mirror (2011-)
The Hollow Crown (2012–)
Travel Man (2015–)
The Crown (2016-)
Mum (Season 2) (2017)
Peter Kay's Car Share (2015-)

The Honeymooners (1955-1956) (thanks to Dell for the recommendation)
The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) (selected episodes)
Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-69) (selected episodes)
Miami Vice (season 1) (1984) (currently watching)
Behind the Music (1997-)
Dinner For Five (2001–)
The Wire (Season 2) (2003)
Firefly (2002-2003)
What's In My Bag? (2006-)
On Death Row (2012-)
BoJack Horseman (2014-)
Mr. Robot (2015-)
Hip-Hop Evolution (season 1) (2016) (Thanks to Nostra for the recommendation)
Twin Peaks (Season 3) (2017) (review: E1-E4  E5-E8  E9-E12  E13-E18 )
Stranger Things (Season 2) (2017)

Matador (1978-1982) (currently watching)
Historien om Danmark (2017-)

I prefer UK comedy. For drama I like a story (like Twin Peaks or The Wire) that progresses.

Have you seen any of these? Which TV shows are at the top of your queue? What TV-series should I watch next, any suggestions?


  1. The big one for me is getting back to Deadwood. We watched season one a few years ago, and I definitely want to see the last two seasons. Another one is Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I caught a few episodes during the initial run but remember little. I've heard so many good things about it over the years. I also want to catch up with Babylon 5, which was an early example of the types of serialized shows that we see today.

    From your list, I would definitely check out Firefly and keep going with The Wire. I'm also intrigued by the Twin Peaks revival. Season 1 of Mr. Robot is pretty amazing. I've had a hard time getting into S2, but the first run is great.

    1. @Dan Heaton: I've heard good things about Deadwood.
      Thanks for the advice about those shows. I watched the History Channel's recent 50 Year special( ) which sparked my interest in Star Trek again.

  2. Other than Westworld which I love along with a few old Disney Channel shows like Jessie, Bunk'd, Liv & Maddie, and Austin & Ally plus South Park. I haven't really seen much while I'm planning to return to Twin Peaks next year in anticipation for the new series as I heard Showtime on Demand will be airing the series as I'm going to catch up on the ones I didn't see from the 2nd season. Another thing on TV I've been watching lately is 30 for 30.

    1. @thevoidd99: Everyone is talking about Westworld, looks like the show is an upgrade/expansion of the film.
      Hope I can see Twin Peaks S3 on the channels available to me. I’m intrigued by those 30 for 30.

  3. That's an interesting varied list. Great to see the large selection of comedy series on your UK picks; we do seem to have a knack for it here I think! I grew up on Porridge (not just for breakfast!) and it still looks just as funny now. It's also clear how comedy starts to get edgier with the later shows you mention. Comedy series like these are the only ones that my husband and I tend to keep, as we can return to them time and time again and not get bored by them; henever we just need a little pick-up they're kind of like our equivalent to comfort food. In fact we call them 'comfort videos'...
    I'm not great at keeping up with other drama series, so I'm not that familiar with several here, but have fond childhood memories of the original Star Trek series (it really did seem frightening for a while, I can still remember the horror I felt at seeing the episode where there were some beautiful alien women but then it was revealed that they were hundreds of years old, and looked terrifyingly dreadful, the stuff of nightmares!)

    1. @C: I’m not a fan of overly offensive comedy, so I think going back to an earlier time is the right decision. I love Fawlty Towers and Monty Python, and they are comfort for me, so I hope the older classic comedy on the list can make me laugh.

      Oddly I can’t remember watching any of the 1960s Star Trek episodes, so I have to put that right! Yes, we are easily scared as a child. The clown in IT (1990) was terrifying to me when I was younger.

  4. Hey there Chris! I've watched a couple of episodes of Hollow Crown, it's a well-made series w/ a terrific cast. I watched season 1 of Mr Robot this past Fall, and now trying to catch up on Black Mirror.

    P.S. Hope you take part in the last edition of Five for the Fifth! The only blog series I managed to keep up with, ahah.

    1. @Ruth: Thanks for the heads up on The Hollow Crown. I will go read your latest posts soon

  5. People ask me a lot what shows I watch, and I honestly don't watch a lot of television, since I'm constantly watching movies. HOWEVER, I've recently become hooked to Westworld. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it highly!

    1. @Courtney: Westworld is a popular show at the moment. Thanks for the recommendation

  6. I keep hoping to find the time to rewatch Twin Peaks before the new series stars, but I probably won't. I have the 5 complete Twilight Zone boxsets and watched them all about 10 years ago, remembering many from my childhood. Love Spaced & Alan Patridge, though Spaced obviously feels dated now. Firefly & The Wire are other favourites, and I can only watch Shatner-era Stark Trek, never got into any of the later ones. Thought Mr. Robot started really well but I gave up on it after about 6 episodes as I didn't feel it was going anywhere.

    1. @Rol: Thanks for sharing your experiences with the various shows. The Twilight Zone episodes can be quite imaginative. I particularly remember the ending of ’Time Enough at Last’ involving the guy with glasses. I’m prepared for that the older stuff could be slightly dated.

    2. That may well be the very best episode. The actor in question is Burgess Meredith, famous for being the 60s Penguin and for training Rocky.

    3. @Rol: Oh right, I didn’t realize he is the same actor from Rocky (and also the Penguin from Batman tv-series)

  7. The Wire is easily in my top five favorite shows. It really hits its zenith in seasons 3 and 4, too, so the best is yet to come for you. Mr. Robot is another great one, though its second season is a bit uneven.

    My favorite show currently on the air is probably Westworld. It's definitely worth checking out, as others have suggested as well.

    1. Eric @The Warning Sign: I’ll have to get the boxset of The Wire, season 1 blew me away.
      Yeah, you're not the first who has cautioned me about season 2 of Mr Robot, I’ll try season 1. Westworld sounds like a must-see.

  8. Spaced is fantastic. It's showing its age though, and you'll probably recognise a few jokes/sketches that were used in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

    The Wire, Firefly, and Mr. Robot are excellent shows. Watch them all now!

    Just finished up watching Treme, David Simon's follow-up TV show to The Wire. It feels very much like The Wire, just transplanted to a different State. One other older TV show that's still on my to-watch list is Deadwood. One day I'll get around to it.

    1. @Jaina: I have a lot to catch up on :) Spaced looks fun.

      I’ve not heard of the show Treme. Sounds like it was good enough to complete.

      I hope you enjoy Deadwood when you get around to it.


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