Julie's TV Show Recommendations

30 Rock

30 Rock

Liz Lemon is head writer for The Girlie Show, a sketch comedy show on NBC. Her world is turned upside down when her new boss Jack Donaghy insists she add the unstable Tracy Jordan to her cast. Liz has to balance not only Jack and Tracy, but show star Jenna Maroney, her writing staff and Kenneth the Page. Starring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer.

"This show is so funny, I want to take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"BEST SHOW EVER! *weeps into pillow over cancellation* This show got better every year. I love Angel. Everyone should must watch this show! It's a beautiful story about redemption and sacrifice."

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

"Hands-down the funniest and most rewatchable program, possibly ever. Brilliant writing -- the plotting and foreshadowing is incredibly detailed, so much so that you literally have to rewatch the episodes to get all the jokes. Don't worry if you don't like sitcoms. This is most definitely not your average sitcom. STEVE HOLT!"

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Bones

Bones

Starring David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, Dr. Temperance Brennan and her team at the Jeffersonian Institute often aid the FBI, mostly Special Agent Seeley Booth, in cases by piecing together crimes by studying the bones of victims.

"I like procedurals, but I really enjoy Bones because it puts the focus on the characters and how the weekly mysteries affect them. David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel have fantastic chemistry and the supporting cast is good, too. If you like shows like CSI but wish they had more character moments, you'll like Bones."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"Such an amazing show! All TV should be this good, in fact this is the show to which I compare all other shows, and most of them don't come close! Definitely tied for my very favorite series ever (with one of the few shows that does come close -- its spin-off, Angel.) Ignore everything you think you know about Buffy and just watch it!"

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Castle

Castle

Author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) has killed off his main character, Derek Storm. After someone starts killing people based on the plot of one of his novels, the NYPD calls him in for help. Using his friendship with the mayor, Castle begins work with the NYPD so he can begin work on his new novel, using Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) as inspiration for his newest character.

"I will watch anything starring Nathan Fillion on principle, because I love him, but this show is great! It's lighthearted (as much as this type of show can be) and has a great cast of characters. Like Morgan, I really enjoy Castle's relationship with his daughter and mother (played by the awesome Susan Sullivan)."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Chuck

Chuck

Chuck Bartowski leads a fairly mundane life as part of the Nerd Herd at Buy More. One day his college friend Bryce sends him an e-mail filled with the U.S. government's most sensitive secrets. Chuck's photographic memory causes him to recall everything he saw and his life suddenly becomes much more exciting. Now both the NSA and CIA are fighting over Chuck, both agencies needing his help. Starring Zachary Levi.

"Super fun show with a great cast."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

Julie's Rating: Good
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Dexter

Dexter

Orphaned at the age of three and harboring a traumatic secret, Dexter was adopted by a Miami police officer who recognized his homicidal tendencies and taught his son to channel his gruesome passion for human vivisection in a "constructive" way--by killing only heinous criminals who have slipped through the cracks of justice. A respected forensic expert and a perfect gentleman with a soft spot for children, Dexter is hard not to like. Although his drive to kill is unflinching, he struggles to emulate normal emotions and to keep up appearances as a caring, socially-responsible human being.

"Such a fantastic show with an intriguing mystery and an excellent cast. Michael C. Hall is perfect in the role of Dexter. He's creepy and he kills people, but he's so likable. You'll see."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Farscape

Farscape

An astronaut on an experimental space flight gets pulled through a wormhole and ends up in a distant galaxy populated by diverse and strange alien species, none of whom has ever heard of Earth.

"Farscape was such a good show. The stories and characters are truly engaging, and John and Aeryn have the best chemistry EVER. Don't be put off by Muppets. The puppetry in this show is really incredible -- you'll quickly forget you aren't watching real aliens. The puppets will make you cry. Watch!"

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"Firefly was such an awesome show! DAMN YOU FOX! I insist everyone purchase and watch the DVDs immediately and see Serenity (the movie follow-up), too. Even if you don't like sci-fi or westerns -- this isn't really about that. It's about people, and it has some fantastic characters. It's amazing how rewatchable and memorable this series is, considering its short run."

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Flight of the Conchords

Flight of the Conchords

New Zealand folk-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) play fictionalized struggling musician versions of themselves in this musical comedy.

"The funniest show since Arrested Development! Why did I wait so long to watch it? If you've only heard or seen the songs and didn't find them that funny, give the show a try. I hadn't been too impressed by the couple of videos I saw, but the context of the show brought out the hilarity. The best part is there are songs! Put them on your mp3 player and relive the fun all day long."

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks

A show about two groups of teenagers - the drugged up "freaks" and the super-nerd "geeks" - trying to deal with life at McKinley High School in Missouri.

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Futurama

Futurama

Futurama is absolute brilliance. A sci-fi cartoon from Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, it's not only hilarious but at it's greatest moments, truly touching and even tear-jerking.

"This show is like crack. So funny. The best moments of Futurama are right up there with the best of The Simpsons; it's that good."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"Funny and clever and sweet and addictive. I want to be Lorelai Gilmore. I love this show so much!"

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother

A love story in reverse. Ted Mosby recounts the story of how he met his wife to their children in the year 2030. Starring Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris.

"Not my normal kind of show, but I heard a lot of good things so I gave it a try and I ended up watching the first two seasons in a week. The first few seasons are AWESOME. I think it dropped off a little in the later seasons but it's still a fun watch."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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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."

"Definitely my favorite late night talk show. Conan is the best!"

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"Well, I'm really late to the party (started watching live in season five) and I haven't seen everything yet, but once you get into the mystery you must know more. A great show to mainline on DVD!"

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Mad Men

Mad Men

AMC's original series tells the stories of men working on Madison Ave. in the advertising industry in the 1960s. Starring Jon Hamm, Vincent Karthieser, Elisabth Moss, John Slattery, January Jones and Christina Hendricks.

"A slow-building character study that really pays off. Great characters, awesome period clothes, and Don Draper--helloooo."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"Tony Shalhoub is awesome. The show is generally lightweight and the mysteries are sometimes ridiculous, but he brings a depth to the main character that makes the show worth watching. The early seasons are the best."

Julie's Rating: Good
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Office, The (US)

Office, The (US)

A mockumentary of office workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Steve Carell stars as Michael Scott, the clueless and inappropriately behaved office manager. Based on the original BBC series.

"It took me a few episodes to get into this show, but once I did I was hooked (really hooked... I watched 29 episodes in 3 days). It's totally hilarious and absurd with characters you'll love and characters you'll love to hate. The Jim and Pam relationship is so sweet, too. "

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill

The tale of a man and his offspring: Dan Scott has two sons, Lucas and Nathan, by two different women, Karen and Deb. Dan Scott is also evil, and abandoned Karen and her baby in favour of Deb and her money. Lucas and Nathan grow up in very different circumstances, but their lives collide when they play on the same high school basketball team. The two boys are rivals, Lucas has a crush on Nathan's girlfriend Peyton, and Nathan makes a play for Lucas' best friend Haley to try to get back at Lucas. Then there's Peyton's friend Brooke, and a bevy of other fun and interesting characters who connect in various ways. Maybe Brooke sums it up best: "Wanna know what I think? I think Nathan likes tutor girl. But I think tutor girl likes Lucas. And I know I like Lucas. And I don't know who the hell you like anymore. This is all turning into one big love ... rectangle plus one, whatever that is."

"It was just a joke when we decided to watch One Tree Hill. Well, the joke was on us because it's awesome! I am constantly entertained by the shenanigans of the most evil character on television, Dan Scott."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) works in the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional Pawnee, Indiana. Taking her job very seriously, Leslie mounts a campaign to get a giant pit turned into a new park. Also starring Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza.

"The first season was hit or miss, but this show found its footing by season two and it has become consistently funny and enjoyable! The cast is wonderful, especially Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, and the surprisingly hilarious Chris Pratt. If you like The Office (especially the earlier seasons), you'll probably like Parks and Recreation."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Psych

Psych

Shawn Spencer (James Roday) was trained by his cop father at a very young age to observe everything. As an adult, Shawn has kept this skill though he hasn't used it has his father had hoped. While attempting to help the police, Shawn manages to convince them that he is a psychic even though he is not. Along with his best friend Gus, Shawn aids the Santa Barbara Police Department with cases as their psychic consultant, trying to keep his con going.

"This show is really funny and silly, but it doesn't take itself too seriously, which makes it work. Shawn and Gus are hilarious."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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Scrubs

Scrubs

Three interns learn the ins and outs of medicine at the mildly psychotic Sacred Heart hospital, mainly shown through the eyes and naration of John 'JD' Dorian, one of the three interns. The show premiered in 2001, and stars Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke.

"Scrubs is hilarious and so fun to watch and the cast is terrific, especially Zach Braff and Donald Faison. JD is endlessly lovable."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

Julie's Rating: Good
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Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty

Betty Suarez has always had one goal in life: to work in publishing. Despite being smart, hard-working, and productive, her dream has always been shadowed by the fact that she isn't the best looking young woman. However, she is now determined to do whatever it takes to fulfill that ultimate dream now that she's been hired as the assistant to new editor Daniel Meade. Despite the taunting Betty is subjected to at work, she finds help from a surprising source.

"A very cute and funny show. It's silly and soapy and over-the-top (in a good way), but has heart and stays true to the theme of being happy with being yourself."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"Flawed but definitely enjoyable and visually appealing (especially the first season), Veronica Mars is a teen drama with adult appeal, a noir twist, and engaging ongoing mysteries (and one of the coolest TV dads ever.)"

Julie's Rating: Good
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Weeds

Weeds

Nancy Botwins husband passes away during a jog around the neighbourhood and she has to sell pot to save the house.

"Funny and engaging show."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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