Television's Golden Age
As I often discuss on SiriusXM, I like being into one particular program at a time, both for working out and to end my day.
I’m one of those who believes we are living in a golden age of television. I’ve watched some great stuff over the last several years that I will list in a moment.
And, in the last 2 years, I’ve gone back and re-watched every episode of my all-time favorites: Curb Your Enthusiasm, the Larry Sanders Show, the Sopranos - plus I just finished Breaking Bad. Every episode of each of those shows was phenomenal - just as good the second time around (I’m sure a mental health professional could profile me based on my TV tastes). Those are my gold stars. None better.
But now I need a new show. And on my Facebook page, I’ve received more than 1,000 suggestions.
Shocker - I have not gotten into Game of Thrones. I’ve watched a few episodes and appreciate the gratuitous sex and violence, but I couldn’t distinguish between the different factions.
So, before you recommend for me a new show, take a look at this somewhat alphabetized, partial list of my other favs - then tell me on Facebook, based on these likes, what am I missing??
The Americans - hung with it for about 3 seasons, didnt finish.
A Place to Call Home - Australian, amazing.
Banshee - great for a few seasons, then jumped the shark. Hello Ivana Millicevic. Still can’t believe former PA Gov. Tom Corbett had cameo. No way he ever watched the show before agreeing!
Billions - still watching and enjoying.
Californication - terrific. David Duchovny and Natascha McElhone wonderful together.
The Comeback - Arguably the most under-rated TV show ever. Love Lisa Kudrow!
The Crown - tremendous. Can’t wait for more.
Downton Abbey - what can I say, I’m an an Anglophile.
The Deuce - fantastic show, Maggie Gyllenhaul is all in - I’ve never seen an actor willing to give so much to a role.
Episodes - tremendous. Matt LeBlanc hysterical and I’ve still never watched a single episode of Friends.
Eastbound and Down - should I be embarrassed that I’m a Kenny Powers fan?
Fargo - watched season one only, then lost interest.
House of Cards - sorry, without Frank Underwood it’s not the same.
Homeland - after Brody I lost interest.
Mad Men - genius.
Narcos - watched first two seasons, lost interest.
Newsroom - no one talks like that, but I watched.
Oz - everything I know about prison I learned from this show.
OJ Made in America - this is the documentary. I thought I knew everything, I didn’t.
People v OJ Simpson - John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, brilliant.
Studio 60 on Sunset Strip - I loved it. I think 30 Rock stole its thunder.
True Detective - watched season one only. McConaughey and Harrelson perfect pairing.
Westworld - lost me after 2 seasons. Too confusing, I’m a dope. Just like Thrones.
30 Rock - Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey; real chemistry.
Transparent - Loved it from the moment I saw the pilot, before it was picked up.
Weeds - enjoyed for 3 seasons, then it lost me.
West Wing - of course.
The Wire - was a late comer and haven’t seen all episodes, but I might start all over again.