TV to watch irons go by
August 16, 2012 1:50 AM Subscribe
I like watching light drama/90s sitcoms while I'm doing chores or want to relax for a bit. I've run out of my favourites, and there's probably a lot of stuff I've missed due to being too young or not staying in enough when they were broadcast. What next?
posted by mippy to Media & Arts (61 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I love Mad Men and The Shield, and I'd like to start watching Six Feet Under, The West Wing, Twin Peaks and The Sopranos, but these are all programmes that need my full attention and, as I'm doing a massive de-clutter and general clear-out at the moment, I don't have that to give. (It could be my reward at the end!) A lot of drama series that are about at the moment are quite immersive and I don't want to 'waste' them on chores, but I also want to make chores less boring.
Recently I've been watching and enjoying NewsRadio and Just Shoot Me! because I like 80s/90s sitcoms, but I've run out of both. I've seen all of The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy (though good god it's awful these days), American Dad, and am nearly out of King of the Hill and Drop The Dead Donkey. I like Parks and Rec and 30 Rock, can't get into Community, and really haven't liked The Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother too much - I think mainly I like the nostalgia factor of watching older stuff. Is there anything I've missed out on or overlooked that's great? I'm in the UK so there may well be a load of great stuff we didn't get here (we only get Parks and Rec and Community on DVD, Seinfeld wasn't really shown much when it was big). I've realised I do really like ensemble comedies. Frasier is one of my all-time favourites but I like to give it the time and attention it deserves - something equally sharp would be nice.
As far as drama goes - quite like Without A Trace but it can be fairly dark. I like procedurals and got really into The Mentalist a while ago, but I find CSI a bit too ridiculous really. My SO got really into House for when he was doing his ironing, but having only seen episodes out of sequence I wasn't so sure. I have seen a few episodes of Drop Dead Diva which is completely ridiculous but somehow a little bit intelligent and loveable. Is there anything that fits both? I've never really seen things like Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy or other Channel 4 imports - should I give them a go?