My TV Shows

I’ve found some good TV series lately, and figured I’d let you guys know what I thought was worth watching, and hopefully, get some recommendations from you.

True Detective: HBO has created about the creepiest cop show ever on this one. Starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey (both of whom actually come off as good actors, moreso MM than WH), the partners investigate a murder in the backwaters of Louisiana. There have only been 4 episodes so far, but it’s incredibly good. I’m never going to Louisiana — at least, not outside of New Orleans, after watching this show.

Orphan Black: A Canadian sci-fi show that aired on BBC America, I got totally swept up into this, catching up by watching about 3 hour-long episodes per night until I finished the first season. The set-up: A somewhat down-and-out twenty-something girl sees a woman about to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train. At the last minute, their eyes meet, and they look identical to each other. The twenty-something decides to steal her purse and her identity, and falls into a crazy world. The first episode is free on iTunes, as well as the usual places. The second season starts in April.

Sherlock: Updated Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century — note this is not the version with Lucy Liu as Watson, nor the cheesy-looking movies. They’re still in London, and several of the episodes are updated versions of the original stories — but with cell phones, etc. And enough new twists to actually make it interesting.

Downton Abbey: We’ve watched since the beginning, and I have to say, the storylines are getting less compelling the last two seasons. The first season was really fun, the second was interesting in that it was so different (World War I), and the third tied up some loose ends — but didn’t replace the long-running stories with really interesting new ones. And now we’re in Season 4. We’ve watched it, and will watch the next one, but it’s not as high on our list as other shows.

Modern Family: I suppose this is my favorite network show right now. This season has been a little weird with Luke clearly hitting puberty, and Haley being a college dropout who still acts like a little girl — but they’re still in a phase where every episode is good.

Mad Men: We binge-watched up to the current season, which isn’t available on Netflix yet. It’s entertaining in a soapy sort of way.

I’m not really watching Top Chef anymore (after 10 or so seasons, there’s not much left to do there), and everything else is a reality show or cookie-cutter cop drama. Anything I should check out?