Nicole's TV Show Recommendations

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.

Nicole's Rating: Good
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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.

Nicole'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.

Nicole'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.

Nicole's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Dirty Jobs

Dirty Jobs

Each week, our brave host and apprentice Mike Rowe introduces viewers to a hardworking group of men and women who overcome fear, danger and sometimes stench to accomplish their daily tasks. With his hands-on approach, Rowe assumes the duties of the jobs in question working alongside rattlesnake catchers, fish processors, bee removers and other professionals performing the vital yet outlandish occupations that simply must get done. A tremendously good sport, Rowe knows that whether it's serving greasy slop to pigs in Iowa, or picking up five-day-old road kill and transporting it to a crematorium, it's all part of an honest day's work.

"Mike Rowe is so full of win!"

Nicole's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Doctor Who

Doctor Who

The series depicts the adventures of a mysterious time-traveller known as "the Doctor" who travels in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space) time ship, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police callbox. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

"10th FTW"

Nicole's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Family Guy

Family Guy

Sick, twisted, politcially incorrect, and freakin' sweet, the animated series features the adventures of the Griffin family. Peter and Lois have three kids -- the youngest is a brilliant, sadistic baby bent on killing his mother and destroying the world. Their talking dog Brian keeps baby Stewie in check while sipping martinis and sorting through his own life issues.

"FG is without a doubt the best cartoon there is."

Nicole's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

"I was totally into it when it first started but in it's final season I wasn't so much but overall it's OMGAWESOME! John/Aeryn OTP!"

Nicole's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

Nicole's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Ghost Hunters

Ghost Hunters

Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson are two plumbers working for Roto-Rooter in New England. They are also the co-founders of TAPS - The Atlantic Paranormal Society - a paranormal research team which investigates hauntings and other strange occurrences. This one-hour weekly show (dubbed a "docu-soap" by the Sci-Fi Channel) follows their investigations from first contact through the gathering of evidence, and to the reveal of that evidence to the client.

Nicole's Rating: Grointastic
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Heroes

Heroes

This NBC drama tells the story of various people in the world who discover that they have supernatural abilities. Starring Greg Grunberg, Milo Ventimiglia, Adrian Pasdar, Ali Larter, Hayden Panetierre and many more.

Nicole's Rating: Good
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Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

This show centers on the NYPD's Major Case Squad (and the offbeat, Sherlock Holmes-like Detective Robert Goren) in its efforts to stop the worst criminal offenders in New York.

"My absolute favorite of the Law & Order series. VDO is amazing! <3 "

Nicole's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"all I can say is that it is a FANFREAKINGTASTIC show"

Nicole'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.

"one name.. Trapper."

Nicole's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

Nicole's Rating: Good
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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.

"It's the best kind of naughty"

Nicole's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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!

"omg my FAVORITE show!!! Rodneh! "

Nicole's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Stargate SG-1

Stargate SG-1

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

"My second favorite show. I love it!"

Nicole's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"Bosco owned my soul. NBC screwed up cutting it down then cancelling it. It was such a fantastic show!"

Nicole's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Torchwood

Torchwood

A spin-off from the popular sci-fi show Doctor Who, follows a group of investigators, led by Captain Jack Harkness, who work for the secret organization, Torchwood. Set in Cardiff, Wales, the team specialize in alien technology that has landed on Earth, and crime, whether it be alien or human.

"Touchwood!"

Nicole's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

Nicole's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"Veronica roxors. "

Nicole'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.

"Oh man, I was a fan from the very beginning. From the pilot right to the end."

Nicole's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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