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Can you help me find some more tv programmes like these drama/sci fi/thriller?
January 17, 2011 12:10 PM   Subscribe

Can you help me find some more tv programmes like: Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos, True Blood, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Spooks, Being Human?

Just looking for some more stuff to watch. These are my favourites. Thanks.
posted by Not Supplied to Media & Arts (35 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
 
Not bothered about genre, if you can figure out some common denominator from that lot.
posted by Not Supplied at 12:11 PM on January 17, 2011


HBO's Boardwalk Empire did pick up steam toward the end of the first season.

FX has a show called Justified with Timothy Oliphant that ain't bad.

I like the show Fringe from Fox. I'm a sucker for alternate universe stuff.
posted by birdherder at 12:13 PM on January 17, 2011


The recently concluded first series of The Walking Dead is absolutely tremendous. I find Fringe too hokey but if you don't mind some pretty paint-by-numbers performances it's quite stylish.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 12:19 PM on January 17, 2011


Rome was quite good.
posted by sharkfu at 12:20 PM on January 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh, and my favourite dramatic series of all time: HBO/BBC's Rome. Leagues better than the rather limp Spartacus serial currently showing.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 12:20 PM on January 17, 2011


The grandfather of them all, Homicide:Life on the Street.
posted by timsteil at 12:28 PM on January 17, 2011 [7 favorites]


Same vein as Sopranos and The Wire: Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Deadwood. All deal with themes of violence, gender (especially how masculinity is preserved and threatened) and deeply enmeshed in sociohistorical contexts.
posted by Hwaet at 12:28 PM on January 17, 2011


Deadwood! and for something lighter, Dead Like Me (but ignore the final "special"--it's ridiculous)
posted by smirkette at 12:30 PM on January 17, 2011


Rome was AWESOME! Kevin Mckidd, why are you on grey's anatomy- oh how the mighty have fallen.
posted by TheBones at 12:31 PM on January 17, 2011


-DEXTER
-Six Feet Under
-Weeds

Also, SyFy is remaking Being Human, set to start sometime in the next few weeks I think. No idea if it'll be any good, though.
posted by Zoyashka at 12:38 PM on January 17, 2011


The Shield.
posted by rjs at 12:40 PM on January 17, 2011


Survivors (2008) is a UK show about the last people left on earth. It is a remake from the 60s I believe, but it has a lot of really cool themes, etc. If you liked 'I Am Legend' you will like this.

Warehouse 13 is pretty silly, and I don't usually like Sci-Fi, but enjoyed this show.
posted by darkgroove at 12:41 PM on January 17, 2011


Another vote for Dexter.
posted by smelvis at 12:42 PM on January 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


I can't begin to express how delighted I am that The Wire and True Blood are both part of your category here.

At any rate, Terriers is a pretty fantastic show about unlicensed PIs that was just on this past season, and then got cancelled. But it's great, and you will certainly love it.
posted by Greg Nog at 12:48 PM on January 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nthing Dexter and most of those listed above. Exuberant second for Terriers, which was criminally cancelled. Some of the sharpest writing ever. Whole run available on Hulu Prime.

I usually recommend anything done by Brian Fuller (Dead Like Me) and that includes both Wonderfalls and sadly now gone Pushing Daisies.

I find it hard to conceive of an American version of Being Human being anything more than execrable, but we shall see.
posted by elendil71 at 1:02 PM on January 17, 2011


Not Supplied: "Can you help me find some more tv programmes like: Sons of Anarchy, The Sopranos, True Blood, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Spooks, Being Human?"

There's actually an American remake of Being Human premiering tonight on SciFi Syfy, and it sounds like it's going to be pretty decent. They've got Mark Pellegrino (Jacob from Lost) as the main baddie, which should be fun to see.
posted by Rhaomi at 1:10 PM on January 17, 2011


I'll second/third/whatever the recommendation of "Deadwood", and it also sounds to me like you'd like the rebooted Battlestar Galactica.
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:22 PM on January 17, 2011


Ghost Squad is a little-seen UK TV gem. There are R4 and R2 (PAL) DVDs available.
posted by permafrost at 1:23 PM on January 17, 2011


If you haven't watched it yet, Generation Kill was quite good, and you may recognize some familiar faces.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:37 PM on January 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


Misfits (based off of your like of Being Human and True Blood) - normal kids trying to deal with superpowers, alternately hilarious and gut-wrenching.
posted by wuzandfuzz at 1:48 PM on January 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


Engrenages/Spiral is a thoroughly fine French cop show. It's shown on BBC4 here in the UK and will surely appeal to Wire or Breaking Bad fans as it highlights the moral quagmires inherent throughout law enforcement, the legal system and civic politics of Paris.

Matrioshki is another excellent European show. A powerful drama about female trafficking that perhaps ranks alongside The Wire as ethically mandated viewing.
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 1:51 PM on January 17, 2011


Thanks for the answers so far. Lot's of stuff to check out. Yeh, I'm fine with the subtitled/dubbed ones as well. Don't know why I didn't think of it.
posted by Not Supplied at 2:02 PM on January 17, 2011


Might be a stretch, but the Battlestar Galactica remake. Definitely check out Mad Men, too.
posted by ChuraChura at 2:11 PM on January 17, 2011


Damages
Deadwood
Walking Dead
The Tudors (uneven acting but glorious sets n sexifying history)
Stargate universe
The West Wing (if you've not seen it when it aired)
Sarah Connor Chronicles
Six Feet Under
Generation Kill

The State Within
posted by honey-barbara at 3:27 PM on January 17, 2011


Justified and The Shield are must. Justified's second season should be starting soon so if you catch up quick you can have some first run things to watch as well.
posted by mmascolino at 3:40 PM on January 17, 2011


Oz.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:07 PM on January 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, and Huff.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:10 PM on January 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, and The Riches.

I think I'm done now.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:11 PM on January 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Some other series ... I particularly am fond of HBO series, and I notice that a number of those you listed are made by HBO.

People have already mentioned: Oz, Six Feet Under, etc, made by HBO. Homicide: Life on the Street went for 7 seasons and a movie--you really do need to see the movie, as well--and is an oldie but it's very strong. I would highly suggest watching it. While set in the same world as Law & Order, and indeed had at least one crossover episode, it's not anywhere near the same.

All the series you've mentioned as examples (that I've watched) have season-long (at least!) storylines and have well-defined, strong characters. My own favourite sort of show to watch, as well!

Other series not mentioned so far you might like ...

Carnivàle
Ultraviolet (UK)
posted by owlrigh at 5:45 PM on January 17, 2011


Well, okay, just one more: The recently-canceled Medium. The premise borders on Scooby-Doo goofy (psychic mom solves crimes), but it's actually a pretty solid pay-cable-quality show right there on CBS, of all places.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:27 PM on January 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, everybody that said Terriers...listen to them. It's the best damn thing to have been on TV at least since The Wire.
posted by infinitywaltz at 9:25 PM on January 17, 2011


Hey! I like everything on your list, and I also like:

The Walking Dead
Mad Men
Downton Abbey
Fringe
Inspector Montalbano
Wallander (the two Swedish versions, not the UK one)
Love My Way
Big Love
Medium
Six Feet Under
I, Claudius
posted by hot soup girl at 9:39 PM on January 17, 2011


I really enjoy Spooks, known in America as "MI-5." Fair warning: main characters on the show die fairly regularly, but you get used to it.
posted by joshuaconner at 12:41 AM on January 18, 2011


Thanks everyone. Good stuff.
posted by Not Supplied at 5:48 AM on January 18, 2011


In Treatment
Caprica
Jericho
Invasion

Intelligence (Canadian)

UK:
Trial and Retribution
Waking the Dead
Afterlife (best paranormal show ever)
The Street
Vincent
Conviction
Criminal Justice
Wallender (in case you can't get the Swedish version)


In case you missed:
Prime Suspect
Cracker
posted by dpcoffin at 11:08 AM on January 18, 2011


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