Looking for advice on finding a new show


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Hey all. So me and my buddy like to watch high-quality (in our opinions) television, and I'm in charge of finding shows. Live action only, and aimed at adults. High drama, deep plotlines, and fleshed out characters are what we're looking for. Does anyone have recommendations?

So far here are some of the best shows we've watched:

Stranger Things
Mr. Robot
Channel Zero

Thanks for any tips.

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Game of Thrones

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Black Mirror

Colony - a french resistance style tale transposed to a scifi Los Angeles setting. Not as gritty as it might be, but interesting nevertheless.

Narcos - investigating the columbian druglords in the 1980s.

Westworld -I'm guessing you've seen it, but if not that is an excellent show...probably my favourite.

+1 for Black Mirror (this generations version of twilight zone) , excellent anthology series but its a bit depressing at times.

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The Wire
True Detective
Black Sails
The Borgias
Ray Donovan
Gomorrah (if you can handle Italian with English subtitles)

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Fargo and Legion are both awesome.


Babylon 5 (sadly, it is only on DVD right now), Stargate SG1 and Atlantis, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Arrow, Flash, Supergirl. Star Trek Deep Space 9, Fringe, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Lucifer, Penny Dreadful, and iZombie. ~shrugs~ I enjoyed them, so I hope that you do too.

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In the US, Babylon 5 is streaming on a new service called go90.
They don't seem to have a distribution license that allows streaming to set-top boxes, so there's no channel on Hulu, ChromeCast, or Apple TV.
(Nothing stopping you from wiring your laptop to a TV, though!)

Some other good shows not listed by others...

Dark Matter
Six Feet Under
The Americans
Orphan Black
The Expanse
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Bridge
(original Swedish/Danish production; subtitled)
The Bridge (American remake; S1 has the same basic plot in both, but subsequent seasons are different.)
Happy Valley

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If a streaming option isn't available for a particular show, check with your local library to see if they have it on DVD and/or BluRay. With mine, I can log into there website, check availability, have copies transferred to my local branch, and reserve a copy for the express check-out shelf. And then keep it out for up to week with an auto-renewal for another week.

Also, recommendations:

Farscape & Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex (season 1)
Ghost in the Shell: SAC, Second Gig (season 2)
Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex (series followup movie)

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I liked the Ghost in the shell features better myself. Though both just adds more viewing.

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I agree that GiS is good, but also note he asked for live-action only.

Genre preferences?

I personally still think some of the best TV I've seen in years is Agent Carter, particularly season 1 (currently on Hulu). But it's very pulpy (but very well written pulpy), which may not be your thing. (OTOH, if you like Dominic Cooper, the star of Preacher, he's in it a lot.)

The Crown (Netflix) is high drama and deep plotlines, but you may not be really into recent British monarchy history.

I could also call Jane the Virgin (the CW) "High drama, deep plotlines, and fleshed out characters." But as it's (well-written) satire, it can also get incredibly absurd at times. It can turn on a dime from dealing seriously with real world issues like coping with grief and mental illness and abortion and immigration, to fully embracing its ridiculous telenovela origins via things like face-changing crime lords running away in stolen submarines and seemingly dead characters coming back to life.

If you have Amazon Prime and like Neil Gaiman, the first season of American Gods was really good.

For more superhero stuff, the new Black Lightning series so far is the best I've seen of the CW superhero series.

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I agree that GiS is good, but also note he asked for live-action only.

Genre preferences?


If you like comedies that are actually funny, I'd also highly recommend The Good Place (on NBC & Hulu, 1st season is on Netflix). It's by Mike Schur (of Parks & Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine) with an excellent cast. Basically, a woman wakes up in a utopian afterlife and feels like she got sent to a Heaven-ly reward by mistake. If you decide to give it a try, don't google more about it or you'll likely spoil it for yourself; if it hooks you, you'll likely end up binging it in big chunks, but it's good for a rewatch (especially all the hidden stuff you might miss on first pass). It's just getting ready to wrap up season 2, and it's been renewed for season 3.

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