Hoppy's TV Show Recommendations

Alias

Alias

Sydney Bristow was just a hard-working college student by day when she was recruited to become an ass-kicking superspy. Little did she know, her father and mother had a few secrets of their own. Alias chronicles Sydney's life from becoming a double agent, to working for the CIA.

"One of the few shows I've watched since the very first episode and haven't missed one since. The storylines twist and turn and almost always shock you. It's incredibly fun, but also filled with stomach-churning drama. Plus, amazing acting all around."

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Angel

Angel

Spinoff from Buffy about Angel, the vampire with a soul, who fights evil in Los Angeles with the help of his Angel Investigations team. Created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, and starring David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards, Amy Acker, and more.

"I have to admit I was skeptical as they were spinning off one of my least favorite characters, but this show actually made me LIKE Angel more than I ever expected to. It was much darker than Buffy ever was, and the character development was amazing."

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (a.k.a. ATHF) is an animated comedy shown on Cartoon Network as part of (and the most popular show on) Adult Swim. The series features three fast food items, the Aqua Teens, whose purpose is to solve crimes. As the series progressed, the crime-solving was abandoned, though many episodes still involve villains. The title of the show is a misnomer: The characters have no major affiliation with water (though many episodes involve their neighbor's pool), they aren't teenagers (their ages are never really established, but they do pay bills and live on their own), and they are rarely shown as any kind of a force. "Hunger" seems to be the only word that has a bearing on the characters' lives. There is also little emphasis on continuity between episodes: virtually all of the recurring cast members have died at least once. The focus is instead on character interaction and a pervasive form of brutal, ironic humor.

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Arrested Development

Arrested Development

The story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. Stars Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, David Cross, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, and Tony Hale, with many excellent guest stars.

"This show will make your family seem perfectly normal. I don't get into sitcoms very often, but this is like no other sitcom I've ever seen, and it is consistently funny and brilliant."

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Boston Legal

Boston Legal

David E. Kelley's spin off from The Practice focuses on the lawyers at Crane, Poole and Schmidt. Stars Emmy winners James Spader and William Shatner.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone must stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer. Created by Joss Whedon and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters, and many others, this show about a vampire slayer and her friends ran from 1997 to 2003.

"One of the best shows EVER, bar none. There has never been a show like it, and nothing can ever copy it. Even a bad episode of Buffy was a million times better than most TV out there. I miss it terribly, but treasure the years I spent with the Scooby gang in Sunnydale."

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Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The

Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The

The Daily Show is a half-hour satirical "fake news" program produced by and run on the Comedy Central cable television network in the United States. The show premiered on Monday, July 22, 1996. It is hosted by Jon Stewart, who acts as news anchor (he took over for original host Craig Kilborn in 1999). Providing news-related comedy in the tradition of Michael Moore's TV Nation, Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" segment, and the long-running Canadian series This Hour Has 22 Minutes, The Daily Show reports on the foibles and hypocrisy of the real world with a satirical edge. The show has also developed a reputation as one of the sharpest political commentary shows on TV.

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ER

ER

Premiering in 1994, ER focuses on the medical staff of the Emergency Room in Cook County General Hospital in Chicago. Many cast members have come and gone over the years, but former and current cast members include Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Mekhi Phifer, Paul McCrane, Maura Tierney, Sherry Stringfield and Linda Cardellini.

"I miss Noah Wyle, already! :/ But anyway, I've been addicted to this show since Day 1, and still love it many years later. Despite all the cast changes, they always find a way to k eep it going strong."

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Firefly

Firefly

Joss Whedon's 2002 sci-fi Western series following a rag tag group of outlaws traveling with a girl being sought by the government.

"Gone too soon! Had it been given more time, it could have turned into a truly classic television series. Thank goodness for "Serenity"."

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Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

The story of a single mother, Lorelai Gilmore, and her precocious young daughter, Rory, as they traverse the world of school, work and dating. Lorelai must also deal with her overbearing and interfering parents, RIchard and Emily. Starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel.

"First off, let me just say this show has the best dialogue on television. It's made even better by the delivery of the leading actresses, who are perfect for their roles. It's one of the sweetest and funniest shows on TV."

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Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien is a late night television talk show on NBC featuring varied comedic material and celebrity interviews. It includes famous sketches like "Celebrity Secrets," "Conan O'Brien Hates My Homeland," "If They Mated," and "In the Year 2000."

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Lost

Lost

Oceanic Flight 815 from Sydney to Los Angeles crashes on a remote island full of mystery. A group of 48 survivors must learn to cope with their new lives as survivors while also dealing with the many mysteries the island as yet to reveal.

"I'm sure it will be said better by others, but this show roxors. They really love to amp up the mystery to keep you tuning in every week, and the characters are so diverse and interesting. There's something for everybody!"

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Monk

Monk

San Fransisco detective Adrian Monk is afraid of germs, heights, milk and a variety of other things. Once a part of the San Fransisco Police Department he was taken off of active duty after the murder of his wife Trudy. The SFPD now hires him as a consultant when they're stumped. He and his assistant Natalie Teeger always find the culprit.

"Man, Tony Shalhoub roxors beyond all expectations of roxoring. If there was a word above roxors, he would be it."

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Nip/Tuck

Nip/Tuck

Tales from the complicated lives of two very different Miami plastic surgeons and best friends. Stars Julian McMahon as the libertine, Dr. Christian Troy, and Dylan Walsh as the family man, Dr. Sean McNamara, along with Joely Richardson as Sean's wife Julia, who also has a past with Christian.

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O.C., The

O.C., The

Fish out of water story about a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks who goes to live with a wealthy family in Orange County, California. Created by Josh Schwartz and starring Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, and Melinda Clarke. Started airing on Fox in 2003.

"I really didn't WANT to like this show, but the power of Adam Brody pulled me in and I started watching. It's really far better than I ever expected and once you're hooked, I think you're hooked for life."

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Passions

Passions

James Reilly's supernatural themed daytime drama started in 1999. It follows the lives of the residents in the New England town of Harmony. Residents include a centuries old witch, a wealthy tyrant and the town police chief.

"Oh yes, it's sily and ridiculous and completely unbelievable. BUT I LOVE IT. It's the one soap opera that is so bad it's good. I fell in love with it thanks to the wacky witch and her magical doll, and have been addicted ever since. Such the guilty pleasure."

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Picket Fences

Picket Fences

David E. Kelley's best show, focusing on the life of the residence of Rome, Wisconsin. This great show launched the careers of Oscar nominee Don Cheadle and Holly Marie Combs.

"Definitely the best show that David E. Kelley has ever had his name on. The storylines were wacky, but always well done, and the cast was all fantastic. (I heart Don Cheadle, oh yes, I do.)"

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Queer as Folk

Queer as Folk

A drama show about the lives and loves of a group of gay people living in Pittsburgh. Traverses their lives as they deal with sex, marriage, romance, birth, death, bigotry and other issues that affect both straight and gay people.

"Though I've never had Showtime, I've always tried to catch this show on DVD or by downloading, and I absolutely love it. It can be both funny and sweet, or sad and tragic all in a 45 minute piece of television."

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Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

The long-running sketch comedy hit that has not only influenced comedy & culture as we know it, but has also launched the careers of many of today's most well-known actors.

"My favorite show of all time. I've watched it since I was a little kid, and have over 50 VHS tapes filled with sketches and segments from both classic and current casts."

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South Park

South Park

The show premiered in 1997, and it follows the misadventures of four irreverent grade-schoolers in the quiet, dysfunctional town of South Park, Colorado. Probably most well known for killing one of its main characters almost every episode.

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Stargate Atlantis

Stargate Atlantis

spin-off of SG-1. Stargate. Puddle Jumpers. Snarkiness. Guns. Wicked hot guys. Wicked hot girls. Alien h0rs. Canadians. Hermiod!

"I just looooooove this show. The characters are so wonderfully written and acted, that you can't help but want to watch them every week."

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Stargate SG-1

Stargate SG-1

Stargate. Hot men. Hot women. Naughty aliens. UST. AUsexage. Guns. Thor.

"The earlier seasons were undoubtedly the best, but there's always something good about SG-1. Love it!"

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Tru Calling

Tru Calling

Tru Davies is a student who works the graveyard shift in the morgue. She soon discovers she can hear the dead ask for help since some have died before their time.

"This show just had so much potential, and it's a shame that Fox let it go to waste. It was just hitting it's stride when it got cut down too soon. BASTARDS!"

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Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars may be an outcast at Neptune High, but she has a lot of other things going for her. Plucky, smart and cute as a button, she helps out her father ex-sheriff Keith Mars at his private investigations business. The real mystery of the first season, however, is the murder case involving Veronica's best friend, Lilly Kane.

"I just got hooked on this one over the summer, and may I say it's brilliant. Like most shows it has a few rough spots in it's first season, but the Lilly Kane mystery keeps you tuning in for each episode. If the first season is any indication, it's off to a great start."

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X-Files, The

X-Files, The

Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. Starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, the show ran from 1993-2002.

"My first true TV obsession. The mythology storylines were always interesting, but the stand-alone episodes were usually my favorite things to watch. Like Holly, I have no idea how to sum up my feelings, because I love this show with every ounce of my being. Scully was so my hero, and Mulder/Scully was the definition of great chemistry."

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X-Men

X-Men

Based on the X-Men comics, this show sticks more closely to the comic-verse. It aired from 1992-1997 and has all of your favourite characters, including Wolverine, Cyclops, Rogue, Gambit and Jubilee!

"Like Holly, it was through this show that I got into the X-Men comics. It was just so much fun, and my friends and I used to love watching it together."

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X-Men Evolution

X-Men Evolution

Based on the X-Men comics, this animated show puts a new twist on the stories by making most of the characters into teenagers. Not only do they have to deal with being mutants, they also have to deal with school, love and life in general. It aired from 2000-2003.

"It's for kids? Ah, I don't care either. I love this series. I mean, how cute is wee Kurt Wagner? Adorable! I loved the storylines and characters, and just thought it was great fun. (Man, I loved the episode where Rogue was all wackadoo. Yeah, you know the one.)"

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Xena: Warrior Princess

Xena: Warrior Princess

Xena leads the life of a warrior, a nomadic existence, and one in which she strives to find atonement for her past wrongs. Beside her is Gabrielle, a bard with a keen sense of justice. Together they wander where they will, doing what good they can in dangerous and volatile times. The show began airing in 1995 as a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Xena starred Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, Ted Raimi, Kevin Smith, Hudson Leick, Alexandra Tydings, Karl Urban, Marton Csokas, and an assortment of others as the seasons progressed. The final episode aired in 2001.

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