Meaghan's TV Show Recommendations

24

24

Starring Kiefer Sutherland as federal agent Jack Bauer, working with the Los Angeles branch of CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit), 24 is a fast-paced, nail-biter of a show on Fox that began airing in 2001. There are government conspiracies, plots, emotional family matters, deceptions, torture, explosions, etc. all in the name of patriotic duty. Each show follows a strict, real-time timeline, so that in 24 episodes only one day has passed. They are the longest days of Jack Bauer's life. Also starring Dennis Haysbert, Carlos Bernard, Elisha Cuthbert, Reiko Aylesworth, Sarah Clarke, Penny Johnson Jerald, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, D.B. Woodside, William Devane, and more.

"This is by far the most suspenseful show on TV. It always manages to shock me. Also, there are many characters I really like ... though many of them are dead."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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4400, The

4400, The

Over the course of 60 years 4,400 people randomly disappeared around the world. On July 11, 2004 they all returned at once on a lake in a big ball of light. Now that they've returned they need to re-adjust to life and discover that they have newfound abilities, some helpful and some damaging.

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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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.

"Angel, unlike Buffy, actually got better and better with each season; the last two seasons were easily the best. It's a fantastic show in every way. I will never forgive the WB for cancelling it. NEVER!!!"

Meaghan'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.

"The funniest show on TV, bar none. Absolutely hilarious. If you're not watching, I pity you for you are not as happy as you could be."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

When the 12 colonies of Kobol are wiped out in a surprise attack by the Cylons (robots originally created by man), the fewer than 50,000 surviving members of the human race set out to find the possibly mythical thirteenth colony -- Earth -- under the leadership of President Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell), and the protection of Commander William Adama (Edward James Olmos) and his Battlestar Galactica. Their escape is complicated by the fact that the Cylons are now able to appear human, and there may be traitors among the fleet. Also stars Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, and Grace Park.

"Excellent and addictive. This show is very dark and has this persistent feeling of paranoia that I find really enjoyable for some reason, plus some really great characters. I love Commander Adama and the president, and I love to hate Gaius Baltar."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"This show seems like your typical crime procedural at first, but it's really character-based. It's got a great cast, led by the awesome David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, and it gets better just about every week (when those bastards at Fox show the episodes in the correct order). Also, it's quite funny."

Meaghan'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.

"Probably the favourite show of COTWWSB as a whole. I consider it the best show ever created, without much real competition, and I'm sure many other members would agree with me. Buffy was a great mix of fantasy, action, comedy, and romance (along with many other genres). It was superbly written and acted, with wonderful characters and witty dialogue ... really, there just aren't any other shows like it. It is sorely missed."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Carnivale

Carnivale

An often cryptic tale of the battle between good and evil, in which the main players are the crew of a travelling carnival during the Depression in the US, and a California-based preacher and his sister.

"It's slow-moving and sometimes mysterious to the point of frustration, but it's also got fantastic production values and a great cast of actors playing a really interesting bunch of characters."

Meaghan'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.

"Hilarious! Definitely worth staying up late for. :)"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"I would not recommend watching this while you eat, but at any other time it makes for excellent viewing. I loved Michael C. Hall on Six Feet Under and Julie Benz on Angel, and it's really good to see both of them continuing to do such quality work. Dexter is a serial killer you can really root for. :)"

Meaghan'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.

"Awesome, awesome, awesome. This is perhaps the most bizarre TV show ever, but also one of the best. Great characters, really interesting stories, and cool creatures. It's also one of the most attractive shows I've ever seen, and I don't just mean John and Aeryn (although they are hott)."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Felicity

Felicity

A young woman changes her college plans at the last minute to major in art at New York University. The show chronicles her life during her four years in school. Starred Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, and Scott Foley.

"Felicity is one TV character I truly identified with in a lot of ways. Many people dismiss her because she 'followed a boy to school,' but that's not really what happened. I think her experience of feeling thrust into a future she wasn't sure about is actually pretty typical; the fact that she actually did something about it makes her pretty heroic."

Meaghan'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.

"The cancellation of this show is proof positive that the people who run Fox are idiots. *weeps* Oh Joss ... why can't they just let you create? Why? But there are two bright sides: the DVDs, which give us the unaired episodes, and the movie! Which prove that Fox actually can't take the sky from us. woo hoo!"

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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House

House

A very grumpy but very talented doctor and his team deal with a complex case each week. Stars Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, and Jesse Spencer.

"It makes me laugh out loud every week. Hugh Laurie is great!"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

The 1999 spin off of the popular Law & Order series is now the most popular of the franchise. Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler track down the most sick and twisted criminals in New York City, working in the special victims unit focusing on crimes of a sexual nature or involving children and the elderly.

"*points to what Morgan said* I agree. The characters on this show are excellent, and that's what makes it my favourite of the Law & Order franchise."

Meaghan'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.

"I felt the first season of this show was great but slightly overrated. The second season was weak. But the third season was absolutely brilliant, and made everything that went before it seem better. At this point, I highly recommend it!"

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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M*A*S*H

M*A*S*H

Set during the Korean War, the staff of an Army hospital in Korea find that laughter is the best way to deal with the horror going on around them. It aired from 1972-1983, and starred Alan Alda.

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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My Name is Earl

My Name is Earl

A redneck discovers the concept of karma and begins making amends for all the bad things he's done in his past, accompanied by his brother, his ex-wife, her new husband, and the maid at the hotel he lives in.

"This is one of those shows like Arrested Development where sometimes, a character will say something, and I'll think about it for a minute, and THEN I'll laugh. In other words, it's clever."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"At first I was a bit put off by the graphic surgery scenes but now I just squint a bit because the rest of the show is so compelling that it makes a bit of discomfort worthwhile. I love both Christian and Sean, and their relationship is one I find really interesting to watch."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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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.

"The show description sounds like such a cliche ... but it's so much more than that. It's often marketed as a soap opera, which it is, but I think marketing it that way detracts from the fact that it's actually really funny and clever. And addictive."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"Very hilarious. I always enjoy Steve Carell and I think Michael Scott has to be one of the most quotable characters on TV. I also love Jim and Dwight, and many of the sort of background characters in the office, such as Phyllis and Toby, are also extremely funny."

Meaghan'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."

"I didn't see it coming at all, but I love One Tree Hill. I particularly love Nathan and Haley, but especially Nathan, who is athletic, sweet, hot, and shirtless a lot, and has therefore been crowned my official TV boyfriend. This show is primetime soapy drama of the highest calibre."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Party of Five

Party of Five

The story of the lives of the children of the Salinger family, whose parents are killed in a car accident, leaving the eldest brother Charlie (Matthew Fox) as the guardian of his younger siblings: teenagers Bailey (Scott Wolf) and Julia (Neve Campbell), pre-teen Claudia (Lacey Chabert) and baby Owen.

"I recently re-watched the middle seasons of this and remembered how much I love it. It's very, very cheesy at some points but the characters are wonderful and the stories are generally very good."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Prison Break

Prison Break

Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) is framed and wrongfully convicted for assassinating the Vice President's brother. Lincoln's brother Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller), who just happens to have designed Illinois' Fox River Penitentiary where Lincoln is on death row, hatches an elaborate escape plan. Michael's plan involves getting himself incarcerated in Fox River and smuggling the prison's blueprints by having them hidden in tattoos that cover his entire torso. Once inside, Michael must form alliances with a rogue's gallery of felons with their own sometimes unsavory motives. Meanwhile, on the outside, Lincoln's lawyer and one-time girlfriend Veronica Donovan (Robin Tunney), pursued by Secret Service agents, attempts to unravel the conspiracy that sent her man to the slammer.

"This is definitely a great show! I really like the intricacy of the plan they've got going, and there are many excellent characters. T-Bag, though he is disgusting, is my favourite. I don't know why."

Meaghan'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.

"This show is absolutely hilarious, and totally crammed with awesome characters. Zach Braff could not be any cuter if he tried."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under

When Nathaniel Fisher dies in a car accident, his sons Nate (Peter Krause) and David (Michael C. Hall) are left to run the family funeral home business. The show follows the lives of the brothers as well as their mother Ruth (Frances Conroy), their younger sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose), and various other friends and associates of the Fisher family.

"This show ranges in mood from gut-wrenchingly sad to completely hilarious (well, it's set in a funeral home so it's a dark humour, but still -- it's funny). The characters are all very well-realized (if not always likable), and the cast is incredible."

Meaghan's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Smallville

Smallville

The adventures of the teenaged Clark Kent before he starts wearing the red cape and blue tights, as he discovers the truth about his origin, his abilities, and his destiny. Stars Tom Welling as Clark, Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, and Michael Rosenbaum as the young Lex Luthor.

"This show is what I would describe as wildly inconsistent -- some episodes are great, and some are just laughably bad. I keep watching because I think it's fun, and because Tom Welling is one of the most ridiculously attractive people on the planet."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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Survivor

Survivor

A group of Americans is left stranded somewhere in the tropics with little food and water. They compete first in group challenges, and eventually in individual challenges, for rewards and immunity. Each week one person is voted off the island until only one is left: the sole survivor.

"The original, and still the best! I never seem to get tired of the format, though I can't explain why. One thing that is really good about this show is Jeff Probst: he seems to get less and less patient with the particular kind of stupidity found among Survivor contestants each season, and I enjoy watching him tell them off."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic
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Third Watch

Third Watch

Ensemble drama about the lives of police officers, paramedics, and firefighters working the third watch (the 3pm-11pm shift) in New York City which aired from 1999-2005 on NBC. Various characters came and went during its run, but Molly Price, Jason Wiles, Anthony Ruivivar, Coby Bell, and Skipp Sudduth were regulars for all six seasons.

"A great show populated by great characters. I was very sad to see it get cancelled, and am anxiously awaiting its release on DVD so I can get my Bosco fix."

Meaghan's Rating: Good
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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.

"This was the show that got me into sci-fi and fantasy, really. It was (almost) always interesting to watch and it had a great aura of creepiness and mystery in most episodes. But it also excelled at being funny, and funny X-Files episodes are among my favourite things ever. :) Also, Mulder and Scully: possibly the best TV couple (even when they weren't really a couple) of all time."

Meaghan's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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