What are some shows we can watch sporadically without having to follow the story arcs very closely?
May 7, 2010 2:38 PM Subscribe
My fiancee and I need a recommendation for a TV show that fits the following criteria: (1) Can be watched sporadically without really needing to follow the story arc or characters all that well and (2) is really, really good.
posted by ORthey to media & arts (48 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
We're horrible at following through with shows, even ones that we like. Rome, Mad Men, Twin Peaks, The Wire, Deadwood - all shows that we really liked but just haven't finished. It's usually because we'll get really busy at a certain point, a couple weeks/months will go by, and then we just don't have the energy to get back in it and re-learn all the story lines and characters and all that.
So, we'd love a show that we can just pop in the DVD player every so often and not have to worry about remembering everything that's going on. The catch is, I'm not into shows like Law & Order, CSI, NCIS, Without a Trace, and the like. Those shows fit perfectly with the self-contained episode idea, but I just don't think they're very high quality.
Examples of shows that fit are The X-Files (does have a larger story arc but is mostly self-contained episodes), Burn Notice (same deal in general). We like shows that are exciting, dramatic, and well-scripted and acted. No sitcoms, or crime scene shows, or legal shows, or hospital procedurals, unless they're really excellent.
Also, I totally understand that everyone's idea of quality is different. Some people think Burn Notice sucks, and that CSI is awesome, and that's fine. So feel free to suggest anything that might fit!