The Vine: March 18, 2011
My fiancé and I are huge fans of "marathoning" shows (as in get a show we've never seen that's got at least 3 seasons on DVD and start Netflixing them until we've either caught up to live episodes or the show ends). We've been doing this for several years and absolutely love it. Our most recent successful pick was Burn Notice, but we've finished the episodes available on DVD and now have to wait for more.
I'm looking for recommendations on other shows we can do this with. I'm including a list of shows we love and some minimal criteria and hopefully you and the rest of the nation can give us some ideas. I'm going to say one more thing, and please don't hate me…no Mad Men. We've tried…twice. Gotten through 2 discs. CANNOT get into it. We just don't get it. I'm not sure why, it's a well-written show, but we just don't love it.
Major criteria: Preferably an hour-long show. We really like dramas that are snappy and mixed with humor/smart-ass remarks, basically we're fans of snark. Also fast-paced dialogue (a la Sorkin…love it). Our other firm preference is that if it's a show that is no longer on the air, we want it to have been a planned-out end (as in West Wing, or Buffy); not so excited about watching a show that has 2 great seasons and then gets canceled so you're left hanging (Joan of Arcadia and Dead Like Me, I'm looking at you).
Some of our favorites are:
- West Wing (LOVE LOVE LOVE)
- Studio 60
- Dr. Who
- Stargate Atlantis
- Burn Notice
- True Blood
- Dead Like Me
- ER (but only to a point…you know what I mean)
- Dawson's Creek (ok that's just me, not the fiance)
Hopefully you get the gist of what we're into. Basically it can be any genre, what we're interested in is quality entertainment value, we're not married to a specific subject.
Thanks in advance for the help!!
I'll confine myself to three recommendations here (and I'll ask that readers do the same, so that comments don't get too unwieldy in length):
1. Sports Night. I'm a bit surprised not to see it on your list, since you like Sorkin; in my opinion, it's his best work (i.e., the highest proportion of what makes his writing good, without some of what can make him off-putting). It may not qualify for you guys, as it's only two seasons and only half an hour…and Dana's dating plan is maddening, but if you know it's coming, you can take it less seriously, and Guillaume is tremendous.
2. Six Feet Under. A wildly uneven show, but at its best, it's extremely rewarding.
3. White Collar. Still in progress. Charismatic leads and a fun premise.
Readers, help us out here. Your three top marathonables, based on Lis's list. Go.
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