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Rey's Television Page

TV One of my favorite activities is watching television. Sure, I used to watch anything. But with the advent of the remote control, videotape and a PVR, now I can watch everything. I'm not sure when I started to notice that many of the commercials were actually more interesting than the shows. And I also don't remember when I started thinking that television had some of the best and some of the worst programming ever created.

During the late 1940's and early 1950's small groups of people use to gather on the sidewalk and stand outside the display window of a department store to watch television. One store was not more than 3 blocks from my house. A small speaker was usually attached outside, so the sound from the show would also be available. These gatherings are the earliest memories of my TV time. The Harris family was the first on my block to get a TV and since their daughter was my age, they would invite me over to watch. I remember how small the screen was and I think at some time it even had a special magnifying screen that could be attached to make the picture seem even bigger.

When the first TV set arrived at my house, for some reason it wound up in my room! I would go to sleep often leaving other members of my family watching drama shows. In the early days of dramatic programming, shows were often divided into Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, etc, paralleling theatre or stage play structure. My older brother told me that many times I would wake up during the evening asking, "What act is this?"

Programming was rather sparse and stations often signed off leaving a test pattern running over night. The test patterns became famous and I can still visualize the head of a Native American with a feathered headress that was in the centre of the pattern. Partly the purpose of the pattern was to allow you to adjust your set to improve contrast, sharpness, brightness, etc, all things which are so automatic today.

It might come as a surprise to people today, but when TV first started, movie theatres and motion picture companies were dead set against it. They thought it would be the end of the movie world. This resistance is somewhat like how cable and TV networks battle it out or how they resist the transmission of TV via the Internet.

However, I remember a very unusual event. When the Coronet (movie) theatre was built on Geary Street just a couple of blocks from my house, the owners decided to create an additional room off the lobby of the theatre that contained, of all things, a giant projector screen TV viewing area. You could buy a ticket for the movie and then also watch TV. I don't know if this ever happened any place else, but I recall how cool it was to be able to spend time watching TV and a movie. This type of creative response had a powerful effect on me. I often think of it when I am trying to find ways today to manage seemingly incompatible concepts, ideas, or relationships. The phrase people might use today is "thinking out of the box." Little do they know all the ways this represents what the owners of the Coronet Theatre did in 1955.

The person I remember the most from early TV was not a clown or a kid's performer, although Uncle Miltie was a favorite, but a commercial spokesperson, Betty Furness. She used to advertise for Westinghouse, an appliance manufacturer. Later when my one of my brothers went to work for Westinghouse as an engineer, I kept pestering him to meet Betty. We had nicknamed her "Betty-the-mess" and it always produced a laugh. Much later, when I could understand life dilemmas, I was distressed to learn that Betty was an alcoholic and had died from the disease.

If I were king there would be a few changes I would require in TV regulation. Here are my top four:

  • Concerning advertising I would insist that fast food companies could only depict actual examples of foods from their outlets. The Big Mac, for example, would actually look like the puny, unappetizing series of chemicals and wilted lettuce it contains. Don't get me wrong; I like the Big Mac; it's just that TV consumers should be able to view the real thing.

  • Get rid of the those station or network logos that appear all over the screen during programming. When combined with end of show advertising that squeezes the credits into a tiny box, not only are the creative artists shortchanged, but my 21 inch screen now is only worth 8 inches.

  • In Canada, the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) requires that when a US show is simultaneously broadcast on a Canadian channel, Canadian commercials must be substituted for any US commercials. Get rid of this rule! During the SuperBowl, for example, we don't get to see the commercials that are both super expensive and usually very creative. Instead we have to watch dreadfully dull ads repeated over and over to fill the time.

  • Get rid of announcers and newscasters and sports reporters who still think TV is like radio and that viewers cannot see the pictures and graphics. Their overtalking and constant chattering is annoying. And knock off those weather reports. Just show the graphic and get on with it. Did you know that when you look up the word meterologist in the dictionary it says, "another term for liar."?
Movies are my favorite TV fare. Whenever I have to travel on business and stay in hotels, one of the redeeming features, is selecting a hotel that has HBO, Showtime, the Movie Network, and other freebie movie channels. Staying in the hotel also gives me total control of the remote. I can out flip almost anybody, but there is a technique to knowing when to actually make the change.

I like drama and some comedy shows and I have yet to find any variety show that was as good as the Ed Sullivan Show or the Texaco Hour with Milton Berle. When I was growing up I used to watch live TV dramas like Studio One or Playhouse 90. When these shows are re-broadcast, I am amazed at how many of today's well-respected and well-known actors first appeared on these early dramas. The kids shows that became classics such as Howdy Doody or the Mickey Mouse Club never appealed to me, but when Soupy Sales first appeared I was glued to the set. Soupy appeared on the surface to be a kid's show, but the use of double entendre, satire, as well as outrageous humour, and except for the great pie-in-the-face sequences, were usually beyond most childhood interest.

In college my friends and I used to abandon our studies every time that Peyton Place came on. We even had a huge chart in the TV room that listed all the characters. Of course, some of my TV watching friends actually knew some of the actors who appeared on Peyton Place and this made the series even more interesting.

While walking down the main outdoor staircase on the UCLA campus in 1963, I heard over the loudspeaker that John Kennedy had been shot. I immediately rushed to my residence and with many other distraught and devastated friends watched the continuous coverage on TV. JFK was the first President I had been old enough to vote for and I considered him a mentor and champion. Just writing this paragraph brings tears and immerses me in a totally different world. The emotions I saw depicted around me and on TV solidified my involvement in what would eventually become key events in my own growth and understanding of life.

I don't like shows with laugh tracks, explosions, lots of shooting, or things blowing-up, nor do I like science-fiction/fantasy shows that depict violence between the species. That's probably why I prefer Outer Limits to most of the Star Trek versions, except for those where the species are trying to outwit each other. And one of my favorite lines is still: "Wanna see something really scarey?" (from Outer Limits: The Movie).

My favorites in 2000 are WestWing, Touched by an Angel, NYPD Blue, Oprah, Hollywood Squares, Beggars and Choosers, Sex in the City, Tales of the City, Gilmore Girls, Once and Again, That's Life, The Fugitive, Friends, early Seinfeld, most British crime shows, and Hallmark Hall of Fame shows (mostly for the commercials). I also like reruns of Cheers and Barney Miller. The Pretender (go Ms. Parker) was one of my favorites, but has been cancelled.

For the 2001/2002 season I think the best on TV includes The Chris Izaak Show, Smallville, That's Life (Debi Mazar is fabulous), Gilmore Girls, Felicity, Boston Public, Once and Again, Crossing Jordan, the first five-minutes of Law and Order, and The Educaton of Max Bickford.

For the 2002/2003 season I think the best on TV includes American Dreams, Mr. Sterling (cancelled), 24, Boomtown (cancelled), The Chris Izaak Show, Without a Trace, Smallville, The Shield, John Doe (cancelled), Everwood, Gilmore Girls, Boston Public, Crossing Jordan, West Wing, the first five-minutes of Law and Order, and Dr. Phil.

For the 2003/2004 season it seems that most of the shows I like are only on for a few episodes and then they disappear (like Boomtown, Karen Sisco, Wonderfalls, The D.A., Line of Fire). Some shows are continuing that are still great: American Dreams, The Chris Izaak Show, Without a Trace, Smallville, The Shield, Everwood, Gilmore Girls, Crossing Jordan, West Wing, Law and Order, the Sopranos, Six Feet Under, D'Vinci's Inquest, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. New shows that seem to have some staying power and are worthwhile include: The O.C., Alienated, Cold Case, and Joan of Arcadia.

For the 2004/2005 season resulted in some great new shows: Rescue Me, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell is probably the best new actress on TV), Jack and Bobby (now cancelled), Clubhouse (now cancelled), Medium, Jonny Zero (now cancelled), Huff, Desparate Housewives, The Mountain (now cancelled), Summerland (now cancelled), This is Wonderland, and Life as We Know It (now cancelled). Notice a theme here?

A number of my favorites returned including: Everwood, DaVinci's Inquest, American Dreams (now cancelled), Joan of Arcadia (now cancelled), Without a Trace, Smallville, Gilmore Girls, Cold Squad, Las Vegas, The OC, Law and Order, Crossing Jordan, West Wing, Six Feet Under (concluded), and the Chris Izaak Show (concluded). The Sopranos skiipped a year.

For the 2005/2006 season I'm delighted to say that some of the shows I liked last year have actually made it on the schedule for this year.
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
GREAT BUT WHERE ARE THEY?
  • Prison Break
  • Weeds
  • Terminal City
  • DaVinci's City Hall
  • The Book of Daniel
  • Invasion
  • Supernatural
  • Threshold
  • Over There
  • House
  • Reunion
  • Commander-in-Chief
  • My Name is Earl
  • I Hate Chris
  • The Shield
  • Rescue Me
  • Lost
  • This is Wonderland
  • Medium
  • Everwood
  • Desparate Housewives
  • Veronica Mars
  • Without a Trace
  • Smallville
  • Gilmour Girls
  • Cold Squad
  • Las Vegas
  • The OC
  • Law and Order
    with Dennis Farina
  • Crossing Jordan
  • West Wing
  • ER
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Huff
For the 2006/2007 season I'm delighted to say that some of the shows I liked last year have actually made it on the schedule for this year. But the networks are losing even greater numbers of viewers with their airing, then cancelling, various series.
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
GREAT BUT WHERE ARE THEY?
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Heroes
  • 30 Rock
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Intelligence
  • Ugly Betty
  • October Road
  • Dexter
  • Brotherhood
  • The Nine (cancelled)
  • Smith (cancelled)
  • Six Degrees (cancelled)
  • The Riches
  • Prison Break
  • Lost
  • Veronica Mars
  • Without a Trace
  • Monk
  • Cold Squad
  • Las Vegas
  • The OC
  • Law and Order is worthless without Dennis Farina
  • Crossing Jordan
  • The Sopranos
  • Entourage
  • Regenesis
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • The Shield
  • Big Love
For the 2007/2008 season there are some good returning shows. The writer's strike has provided a longer run for some great shows that would have been cancelled because of low ratings, but the networks don't have anything to take their place.
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
GREAT, BUT WAITING FOR THEIR RETURN
  • Across the River from Motor City
  • Breaking Bad
  • Celebrity Rehab
  • Damages
  • Dirt
  • Durham County
  • Extras
  • In Treatment
  • Journeyman
  • Mad Men
  • Meadowlands
  • Life
  • Rent-a-Goalie
  • Rescue Me
  • Weeds
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Brotherhood
  • Dexter
  • Entourage
  • Heroes
  • 30 Rock
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Intelligence
  • Ugly Betty
  • Amazing Race
  • October Road
  • Without a Trace
  • Monk
  • Cold Squad
  • Las Vegas
  • Kyle XY
  • Regenesis
  • Law and Order (Better stories now that Jack is D.A.)
  • Wired
  • Nip Tuck
  • The Shield
  • Big Love
  • The Riches
For the 2008/09 season there are very few good new shows. The best one is on cable, and the rest I've placed in the good category, but they are closer to mediocre. There are several very good returning shows, and half of them are on cable.
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
GREAT, BUT WAITING FOR THEIR RETURN
  • True Blood
  • The Cleaner
  • Generation Kill
  • Privileged
  • Being Erica
  • The Mentalist
  • ZOS: Zone of Separation
  • United States of Tara
  • Crash
  • Trust Me ("Madder Men")
  • Mad Men
  • The Shield (Great final episode)
  • Weeds
  • Dexter
  • Entourage
  • 30 Rock
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Law and Order (Improved cast)
  • Amazing Race
  • Without a Trace
  • Monk
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (Back on HBO Canada)
  • Cold Squad
  • The Riches
  • Kathy Griffin - My Life on the D List
  • Big Love
  • Damages
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Brotherhood
  • The Tudors
  • Meadowlands
  • Swingtown
  • Extras
  • Dirt (Probably cancelled)
  • In Treatment
  • Breaking Bad (Returns March '09)
  • Rescue Me
  • Kyle XY
  • Nip Tuck
  • Regenesis
For the 2009 season the best shows are mostly on cable with a few exceptions as noted below. For the 2010 season the best shows are mostly on cable with a few exceptions as noted below. In addition the Network manipulations of the schedules, ending shows prematurely, pandering to the lower common viewer demographic, and placing them on indefinite hiatus are all reasons why cable and Interet viewing is on the rise.
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
GREAT, BUT WAITING FOR THEIR RETURN
  • No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
  • Being Erica (season has ended)
  • The Mentalist
  • ZOS: Zone of Separation (season has ended)
  • United States of Tara (season has ended)
  • Crash (season has ended)
  • Trust Me (season has ended, may not be renewed)
  • Party Down
  • Head Case
  • Lie to Me
  • Dollhouse
  • 30 Rock
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Law and Order (Improved cast)
  • Amazing Race
  • Without a Trace
  • Monk
  • In Treatment
  • Rescue Me
  • Cold Squad
  • Nip Tuck
  • Breaking Bad
  • Big Love (season has ended)
  • Damages (season has ended)
  • Friday Night Lights (season has ended)
  • The Tudors
  • Saving Grace
  • Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Celebrity Apprentice
  • Brotherhood
  • True Blood
  • The Riches
  • Kathy Griffin - My Life on the D List
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (Back on HBO Canada)
  • Meadowlands
  • Swingtown
  • Extras
  • Dirt (Probably cancelled)
  • Kyle XY
  • Regenesis
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
GREAT, BUT WAITING FOR THEIR RETURN
  • Caprica (Season Finale has been broadcast)
  • Justified
  • Sons of Anarchy (Season Finale has been broadcast)
  • How to Make It in America (Season Finale has been broadcast)
  • Crash and Burn (Season Finale has been broadcast)
  • The Republic of Doyle (Season Finale has been broadcast)
  • The Pacific
  • Parenthood
  • Human Target
  • Drop Dead Diva
  • White Collar (Season Finale has been broadcast)
  • 18 to Life
  • Life Unexpected
  • The Good Wife
  • Glee
  • Men of a Certain Age (Season Finale has been broadcast)
  • Head Case
  • Party Down
  • Lie to Me
  • V
  • Nurse Jackie
  • True Blood
  • United States of Tara
  • The Mentalist
  • 30 Rock
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Law and Order (Improved cast)
  • Amazing Race
  • Monk
  • Cold Squad
  • Nip Tuck
  • Breaking Bad
  • Big Love
  • Damages (Season finale has been broadcast)
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • The Closer
  • Dexter
  • Bored to Death
  • Hung
  • Mad Men
  • Entourage
  • Saving Grace
  • Friday Night Lights
  • In Treatment
  • Rescue Me
  • Without a Trace
  • Crash
  • Brotherhood
  • Kathy Griffin - My Life on the D List
  • Meadowlands
  • Extras
  • Kyle XY
  • Regenesis
  • Trust Me
  • Party Down
  • Head Case
  • Susan Silverman Show
For the 2011 season the best shows are again mostly on cable with a few exceptions as noted below. Of course, the concept of 'season' no longer applies as the networks continue their manipulations of the schedules, ending shows prematurely, pandering to the lower common viewer demographic and placing them on indefinite hiatus. Cable speciality channels continue to provide the best TV.
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
SORRY TO SEE YOU GO FOREVER
  • American Horror Story
  • Barely Legal
  • The Borgias
  • Camelot
  • End Game
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Glades
  • Homeland
  • The Killing
  • Necessary Roughness
  • Nerve Center
  • Revenge
  • Rizolli & Isles
  • Shameless
  • Suits
  • Treme
  • Amazing Race
  • Being Erica
  • The Big C
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Bored to Death
  • Breaking Bad
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • The Closer
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Dexter
  • The Good Wife
  • How to Make It in America
  • Hung
  • In Plain Sight
  • Justified
  • Law and Order Los Angeles
  • The League
  • Louie
  • Mad Men
  • Memphis Beat
  • Men of a Certain Age
  • The Mentalist
  • Monk
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Parenthood
  • Rookie Blue
  • Republic of Doyle
  • Sea Patrol
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Southland
  • True Blood
  • Web Therapy
  • Weeds
  • All My Children
  • Big Love
  • The Bridge
  • Damages
  • Detroit 1-8-7
  • Drop Dead Diva
  • Entourage
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Gravity
  • Lone Star
  • No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • Oprah
  • Party Down
  • Rescue Me
  • Terriers
  • Trust Me
  • The United States of Tara
  • Without a Trace
For the 2012 cable speciality channels continue to provide the best TV. The networks seem to be able make it difficult to tell if a show is cancelled, on hiatus, or concluded. No wonder so many people are switching to non-cable alternatives.
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
SORRY TO SEE YOU GO FOREVER
  • Boss
  • Downton Abbey
  • The Firm
  • Girls
  • Good God
  • House of Lies
  • Life's Too Short
  • Magic City
  • Missing
  • Person of Interest
  • Switched at Birth
  • Veep
  • Amazing Race
  • Barely Legal
  • The Big C
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • The Borgias
  • Breaking Bad
  • Dexter
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • Justified
  • The Killing
  • King
  • Mad Men
  • The Mentalist
  • Monk
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Republic of Doyle
  • Revenge
  • Rizolli & Isles
  • Southland
  • Treme
  • True Blood
  • Web Therapy
  • American Horror Story
  • Camelot
  • Louie
  • How to Make It in America
  • Hung
  • In Plain Sight
  • Being Erica
  • Bored to Death
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • The Closer
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Homeland
  • Law and Order Los Angeles
  • The League
  • Memphis Beat
  • Men of a Certain Age
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • Necessary Roughness
  • Nerve Center
  • Parenthood
  • Rookie Blue
  • Sea Patrol
  • Shameless
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Suits
  • Weeds
For all of 2013 and 2014 cable speciality channels continued to provide the best TV (many imported from Europe). The networks seem to be able make it difficult to tell if a show is cancelled, on hiatus, or concluded. No wonder so many people are switching to non-cable alternatives.
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
HARD TO TELL IF GONE FOREVER OR JUST WAITING
  • The Assets
  • Believe
  • Black Sails
  • Borgen
  • Chasing LIfe
  • Episodes
  • The Fall
  • Fargo
  • Forever
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • Happy Valley
  • Hinterland
  • The Honourable Woman
  • The Hour
  • Intruders
  • The Knick
  • The Leftovers
  • Lilyhammer
  • Luther
  • Manhattan
  • Mind Games
  • Outlander
  • Penny Dreadful
  • Rake
  • Salamander
  • True Detective
  • Wallander
  • Amazing Race
  • The Americans
  • Banshee
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • The Bridge
  • Broadchurch
  • The Comeback
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Getting On
  • Girls
  • The Good Wife
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Justified
  • The Killing
  • Last Tango in Halifax
  • Mad Men
  • Major Crimes
  • Masters of Sex
  • Nashville
  • Newsroom
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Orphan Black
  • The Paradise
  • Parenthood
  • Person of Interest
  • Switched at Birth
  • Ray Donovan
  • Rectify
  • Republic of Doyle
  • Resurrection
  • Rizolli & Isles
  • Selfridges
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Switched at Birth
  • Treme
  • The Tunnnel
  • Web Therapy
  • Barely Legal
  • The Borgias
  • The Big C
  • Boss
  • Camelot
  • Louie
  • How to Make It in America
  • Hung
  • In Plain Sight
  • Being Erica
  • Bored to Death
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • The Closer
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Good God
  • House of Lies
  • King
  • Life's Too Short
  • Magic City
  • Law and Order Los Angeles
  • The League
  • Memphis Beat
  • Men of a Certain Age
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • Necessary Roughness
  • Nerve Center
  • Rookie Blue
  • Sea Patrol
  • Shameless
  • Silicon Vall
  • Southland
  • Suits
  • Top of the Lake
  • True Blood
  • Weeds
For all of 2014 and 2015 so far, cable speciality channels and Netflix continue to provide the best TV (many imported from Europe). The networks seem to be able make it difficult to tell if a show is cancelled, on hiatus, or concluded. No wonder so many people are switching to non-cable alternatives.
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
HARD TO TELL IF GONE FOREVER OR JUST WAITING
  • Allegiance
  • American Odyssey
  • Babylon
  • Bloodlines
  • The Booth at the End
  • Bosch
  • Chasing Shadows
  • Dicte
  • Dig
  • The Divide
  • Hello Goodbye
  • Hidden
  • Missing
  • Motzart in the Jungle
  • One Child
  • Shetland
  • Transparent
  • Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt
  • The Village
  • X Company
  • Amazing Race
  • The Americans
  • Banshee
  • Borgen
  • Broadchurch
  • Call the Midwife
  • Chasing LIfe
  • Downton Abbey
  • Episodes
  • The Fall
  • Forever
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • Happy Valley
  • Hinterland
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Inside Amy Schumer
  • Justified (Goodbye)
  • Louie
  • Mad Men
  • Major Crimes
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • Nashville
  • Newsroom
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Orphan Black
  • Outlander
  • The Paradise
  • Parenthood (Goodbye)
  • Person of Interest
  • Red Road
  • Switched at Birth
  • True Detective
  • Rectify
  • Republic of Doyle
  • Resurrection
  • The Returned
  • Rizolli & Isles
  • Selfridges
  • Silicon Valley
  • Sons of Anarchy (Goodbye)
  • The Assets
  • The Borgias
  • The Big C
  • The Bridge
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • The Hour
  • Intruders
  • The Knick
  • The Leftovers
  • Lilyhammer
  • The Killing
  • Fargo
  • Life's Too Short
  • Magic City
  • Masters of Sex
  • Manhattan
  • Mind Games
  • Penny Dreadful
  • Ray Donovan
  • Rake
  • Salamander
  • Treme
  • The Tunnnel
  • Wallander
  • Web Therapy
For the 2016/2017 season so far, cable speciality channels and Netflix continue to provide the best TV (many imported from Europe). The networks seem to be able make it difficult to tell if a show is cancelled, on hiatus, or concluded. No wonder so many people are switching to non-cable alternatives.
THE BEST NEW SHOWS THIS SEASON
THE BEST RETURNING SHOWS THIS SEASON
HARD TO TELL IF GONE FOREVER OR JUST WAITING
  • American Crime Story: O.J. Simpson
  • Better Things
  • Black Mirror (Netflix)
  • Cardinal
  • Close to the Enemy
  • The Crown
  • Divorce
  • Durrells in Corfu
  • Fauda (Netflix)
  • Feed the Beast
  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • Humans
  • The Imposters
  • Insincere (sleeper hit of the season)
  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
  • Lethal Weapon
  • The OA (Netflix)
  • Occupied (Netflix)
  • People of Earth
  • Pitch
  • Pure
  • The Night Of
  • Nobel (Netflix)
  • Shooter
  • Six
  • The Staircase
  • Still Standing
  • Stranger Things
  • This is High School
  • This Is Us
  • This LIfe
  • Timeless
  • Travelers
  • The Young Pope
  • Aquarius
  • Amazing Race
  • The Americans
  • Banshee
  • Bloodline
  • Call the Midwife
  • Endeavor
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife (goodbye)
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • Happy Valley
  • Hello Goodbye (keep a hanky close)
  • Hinterland
  • House of Cards
  • Indian Summers
  • Inside Amy Schumer
  • Maron
  • Masters of Sex
  • Mr. Robot
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • Nashville (goodbye maybe)
  • Outlander
  • Penny Dreadful (goodbye)
  • Person of Interest (goodbye)
  • Ray Donovan
  • Rizolli & Isles
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Shameless
  • Shetland
  • Silicon Valley
  • Suits
  • This Life
  • The Assets
  • The Borgias
  • The Big C
  • The Bridge
  • Homeland
  • The Hour
  • Intruders
  • The Knick
  • The Leftovers
  • Lilyhammer
  • Major Crimes
  • The Killing
  • Fargo
  • Life's Too Short
  • Magic City
  • Manhattan
  • Mind Games
  • Rake
  • Salamander
  • Treme
  • The Tunnnel
  • Wallander
  • Web Therapy

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