Whether by DVD or download, there are about a zillion good television shows available, and even the best of us (or is it the worst?) have only seen half-a-zillion of them. So here are some recommendations for you to watch over the next few months (or more - who knows?), while this writers' strike continues.
In no particular order...1. Battlestar Galactica (2003):
This is the recent remake, not the 1970s original. Start with the miniseries, then go to Season 1, Season 2, and Season 2.5. Don't assume this is just another sci-fi geek show. It's one of the best character dramas of the last twenty years and features a breakout cast of fantastic actors whom you've mostly never heard of.
Note that if you choose to buy this show, the miniseries DVDs are packaged with the Season 1 discs, but the miniseries is also
sold separately. Places like Best Buy sometimes display both boxes side-by-side, without making the distinction apparent. Don't buy both, you only need the Season 1 boxed set. 2. Prime Suspect, 1-7:
If you like gritty crime dramas like "Law & Order", this show is for you. 3. Touching Evil 1-3:
Another UK crime-drama. The US version was actually quite good, but I don't think it's been released to DVD. 4. Homicide: Life on the Street:
More crime-drama. 5. Once and Again:
A grown up drama that isn't preachy or condescending or melodramatic. A show about people. Naturally, it didn't last very long. More engaging than "Party of Five", imo, but if you liked the one, you'll probably find the other enjoyable too. 6. Damages:
Sort of a weird show, but if you're hung up on genres and categorizations and neat little cubby-holes in which to file things, you and I aren't on the same wavelength anyway. This series sort of reminds me of Adrian Pasdar's "Profit."7. Rescue Me:
Denis Leary's cynical humor brought to life. Seems to have run out of steam for me in the last season, but the first couple of seasons are fantastic. 8. The Wire:
I've only just started this one myself, but it's darn good so far. It's many of the guys who made "Homicide: Life on the Street". 9. ER - the early years:
Now that it's not being shoved down your throat from the cover of every magazine on the shelf, you should give it a go. Once upon a time, it really was worth all the hype. 10. La Femme Nikita:
A love story wrapped in a stylish espionage drama.
...unless you want to watch more of those crappy "reality" shows, in which case, knock yourself out.