Three Television Shows I Need to be Watching


As a fan of television, I feel as if it is my duty to watch the best shows available. Ever since I’ve been able to speak, I’ve always found myself learning more from television than any other medium. I can tell you exactly where a clutch is a located on a vehicle from watching Doug, first learned of the SAT college entrance test from Boy Meets World and the deadly combination of E! True Hollywood Stories and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has taught me more about murder and crime scenes than I’d ever like to know. It took one fateful day in 2009 for me to realize at the time that “reality” television had taken over my life. It was then that I decided to watch better television.

Starting with Lost, I became watching critically-acclaimed television at an alarming rate. From 2009 to October 4th, 2011, here is the list of shows I’ve watched and finish in order of completion:

Lost
Heroes
Friday Night Lights
24
30 Rock
The Wire
Dexter
Mad Men (8 episodes from completion)

Although I still have many shows left to pick up and check out, here are three shows I plan on watching after I finish the greatness that is Mad Men.

1. Breaking Bad
What can I say about this show that I haven’t heard already? I keep hearing that this show belongs in the upper-echelon of television history but I have yet to take the time to sit down and watch. The premise of the show doesn’t sound like it could bring much action but if I sit and think about it, the premise of Lost doesn’t sound like it could carry on for six seasons. With the brand new addition of the first few seasons to Netflix, it looks like I’ll have easy access to this show in the coming weeks.

2. How to Make it In America
Because of Kid Cudi’s appearances on this show as a drug dealer, I have been intrigued with checking out this show. Although it runs in the thirty minute format, I feel as if it will be easy to kill that show within one week. Yesterday, I watched two episodes of season one and I was very interested and now intrigued to catch the rest of the show. As with another HBO show Entourage, it seems as if it’s the type of show that would interest me. Besides, who doesn’t want to know how to make it in america?

3. The Office
Legendary! Legendary! I don’t think I have a friend who doesn’t watch this show. I’ve only seen about five minutes of one episode but situational comedy has always been one of my favorite genres of television. Steve Carell is hilarious(except in Dan in Real Life, one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen in my life) and has been raved about as the outstanding lead of the show. Plus, I’ve heard that Idris Elba even makes an appearance. Eventually I’ll see what The Office has to offer but it’s going to have to wait behind 30 Rock and Mad Men.

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6 thoughts on “Three Television Shows I Need to be Watching”

  1. I’m going to watch most of the shows you listed. Since I’m done with Lost now, I’m moving on to Season 2 of Mad Men. The Office is good but a tad overrated. Its biggest strong point is the character development, not so much the punchlines. It took me a while to get into it.

    1. Mad Men really grew on me. I thought it was too slow during the first season and maybe some of the second. The writing is superb, rivaling any show that I’ve seen thus far. I find myself relating to Don Draper more than any other character I have ever watched.
      For some reason, The Office has never jumped out at me as a show I need to go out of my way and watch. Great character development is always a plus for me though.

  2. Fun post. I never watched Lost. By the time I was hearing about it, I figured it was too far into the series to catch up. But it’s on the list. I’ve also heard very good things about Mad Men.

    The Office. I actually love this show, but perhaps some of it has to do with the fact that I’ve worked in an office environment in the past. But there’s also some great character development (as has been pointed out already). It’s a show that I can watch almost anytime (actually am on my third time through the series), either sitting down to watch or just having it on in the background. The much-shorter original British version is also quite good, but it’s even more uncomfortable to watch the foibles of the office manager character than the US version.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

    1. As outlandish as it could be at times, I always found the story of Lost to be very intriguing. It always kept my attention and made me even think about past decisions I’ve made in life.

      I’ll start watching the office soon. It’s so universally acclaimed that I feel as if I’d be doing a disservice to myself by not watching.

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