Title: Breaking Bad
Genre: Drama | Comedy
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris
Status: 5th Season beginning this year
Description: Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, with the aim of securing his family's financial future before he dies.
Genre: Drama | Thriller | Mystery
Cast:James Badge Dale, Jessica Collins, Lauren Hodges, Dallas Roberts
Christopher Evan Welch, Arliss Howard, Miranda Richardson
Status: One Season (should have returned for a second series, RTÉ 2 aired it at, give a guess, 2am in the morning last year)
Description: The series centers on an intelligence analyst at a national think tank in New York City called the American Policy Institute (API) who discovers that he may be working with members of a secret society that manipulates world events on a grand scale.
Watch this if you like: Homeland.
Very few repeat recommendations, surprised Rubicon had not been recommended before.
15 Storeys High
American Horror Story
Ashes To Ashes
Band of Brothers
Bored To Death
Brothers and Sisters
Corp 's Anam
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Eastbound & Down
Fobrydelsen (The Killing)
Franklin and Bash
Freaks and Geeks
Friday Night Lights
From the Earth to the Moon
Game of Thrones
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Hell on Wheels
Homicide: Life on the Street
House of Cards
How Not To Live Your Life
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Legend of the Seeker
Lie To Me
Life On Mars
Men of a Certain Age
Only Fools and Horses
Packed to the Rafters
Parks and Recreation
Pillars of the Earth
Queer As Folk
Six Feet Under
Sons of Anarchy
Summer Heights High
The Black Donnellys
The Chicago Code
The Good Wife
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
The Office (US)
The Running Mate
The Thick Of It
The Vampire Diaries
The Walking Dead
The West Wing
The X Files
The young persons guide to becoming a rockstar
United States of Tara
Wire in the Blood
Genre: Court Room Drama
Cast: Dylan McDermott, Michael Badalucco, Lisa Gay Hamilton,Steve Harris, Camryn Manheim, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle, Marla Sokoloff, Jason Kravits, Ron Livingston, Jessica Capshaw, Chyler Leigh, Rhona Mitra, James Spader
Status: 8 Seasons, 1997 - 2004, Ended
Description: Set in a Boston law firm of Donnell, Young, Dole, & Frutt. The lawyers take on the cases of criminals and the less well off. Unlike many TV law firms the firm is set in an old run down office. They lack an obsession with money but rather defending their clients. Kelli Williams' character Linsay Dole has other aspirations and is not liked by her colligues when she first starts with the firm. The series was set with problems in the states, with ABC placing it up against major sporting events and constantly moving its time slot. However the series had strong ratings, critical acclaim and many awards. The series also moved away from the "hollywood" stereotypical actor. Michael Badalucco, Steve Harris and Camryn Manheim are possibly the strongest part of the cast even though they don't have the looks of Kelli Williams or Dylan McDermott (who IMO happen to be the weakest of the actors, yet it remains a strong cast).
Much of the cast left by the end of the series, due to pay demands and pay cuts. Leaving the series to become Boston Legal (its working title was The Practice: Fleet Street, it was expect that it would become a franchise like Law & Order with The Practice continuing during Boston Legals run however The Practice was replaced by a more Ally McBeal type series).
The series had multiply crossovers with other David E. Kelly created productions such as Ally McBeal and Boston Public, Eugene Young (Steve Harris) became a judge in Boston Legal.
Watch this if you like: The Good Wife, Damages (The final few series become much lighter and more like other David E. Kelly drama's such as Ally McBeal and Boston Legal).
Link to this Recommendation for later list: The Practice
Title: Prison Break
Cast: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell
Description: An engineer (Wentworth Miller) installs himself in a prison he helped design, in order to help his brother (Dominic Purcell), a death-row inmate who insists he did not commit the crime for which he has been sentenced to die and help him escape.
Watch this if you like: Crime dramas (but not in the proceedural CSI/Criminal Minds sense), Action. Either watch Season 1-2 (1 & 2 heavily tied in, 3 & 4 also, but not quite as much) or 1-4.
Title: Breakout Kings
Genre: Drama | Crime | Action
Cast: Domenick Lombardozzi, Brooke Nevin, Malcolm Goodwin, Serinda Swan, Jimmi Simpson, Laz Alonso
Status: 2 seasons so far,
Description: The US Marshall service puts together a team of marshalls & convicts to track down escaped fugitives. In exchange for every captured runner, the convicts get 1 month off their sentence.
It started out pretty good but very procedure like, I've just finished season 2 and it's gotten way better. Pretty much all the small flaws that it suffered from in season 1 have been sorted out, WAY more character development. Season 2 finale was insane
Watch this if you like: Prison Break, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0
Title: Shameless US Version
Genre: Light Drama |
Cast: William H Macy; Emmy Rossum
Status: In 2nd season on RTE 2.
This is quite different to the very long-running Channel 4 British series on which it is roughly based, although the originator of the UK Version, Paul Abbot, is co-producer with John Wells (not the late British humourist of the same name)
The US version is less sordid than the British one but no less gritty, authentic, funny and more explicit in places. Shameless US captures an American version of the British theme but with better casting, directing and script.
Cast: Sean Bean, Pete Postlewaite, Daragh O'Malley [ son of famous Limerick TD Donogh O'Malley]
Genre: Action with historical references
Description: A rough and effective sergeant saves the life of the Duke of Wellington. He is promoted to be an officer but faces backlash from the snobs and gentlemen who look down on common soldiers.
He will brilliantly lead his men in campaigns all over Europe and India, always seduce women but face trouble from a backstabbing sergeant and the useless top brass.
Watch this if you like: War, historical films
It made Sean Bean a star
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay
Genre: Action with historical references
Description: Similar to Sharpe above, both are based on books.
A young naval officer and his rise through the ranks
There are eight episodes, all film length.
Watch this if you like: War, historical films, Sharpe
Genre: Legal Drama
Cast: Maxine Peak, Natalie Dormer
Status: First series of six episodes out
Description: London based chamber of barristers. The chief clerk is the ringmaster and runs the show. The barristers are scrambling to get moved up to Queens Council. They've taken on pupils who shadow them.
There are no shortage of American legal shows, great to see one this side of the pond
Cast: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny, Nick Wechsler
Josh Bowman, Connor Paolo
Status: First season finishing in US and renewed for a second season and will start in Summer on RTE and E4
Emily Thorne comes to the Hamptons for the summer, renting a home next to the Grayson family to enjoy a bright summer. However, it is revealed that Emily has been to the Hamptons before as a little girl. In reality, Emily is Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed for a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison for life. She was permanently separated from him and never saw him again. Now, she's returned to the Hamptons, intent on getting revenge against those who wronged her and her father, the top of that list being Victoria Grayson, matriarch of the Grayson family and the woman whom her father loved and who, in the end, betrayed him.
As she sets her plan in motion, Emily tries to navigate the upper society to destroy those who betrayed her father. But the further she goes, the more her emotions get involved and the more she questions her motives and the moves she makes. Idea for the show came from the book The Count of Monte Cristo.
Title: The Bridge (Bron/Broen)
Cast: Sofia Helin Kim Bodnia Dag Malmberg
Genre: Crime Mystery Thriller
Description: When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Marin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.
10 x 1 hour episodes in total.
Watch this if you like: Forbrydelsen
Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner, Kathleen Robertson
Description: The series follows Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disorder. Determined to remain in charge, Kane conceals the disease from everyone around him except his own physician, Dr Ella Harris. Those around Kane are too busy with their own lives to notice anything unusual. Kane's marriage to his wife Meredith is nothing more than one of convenience. Kane's closest advisors, Kitty O'Neill and Ezra Stone, begin to suspect something is wrong with the Mayor but respect him too much to ask any questions, while State Treasurer Ben Zajac is too busy cultivating his political ambitions to become the next Governor of Illinois to notice anything out of the ordinary. Kane's daughter, Emma, is the only one who suspects that something is wrong with her father. But does she know enough to uncover his secret and what will it mean for his political career?
Season 1: 8 x 1 hour episodes
Season 2: Airing in Sept 2012.
Watch this if you like: The West Wing, The Wire
Name: Last Airbender: Legend of Aang.
Cast: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Dante Basco
Genre: Animated, Children's, Fantasy
Set in an alternate universe, where people that can control the elements are called Benders. For centuries the Earth, Air, Water and Fire benders all lived in harmony until the Fire benders attacked, conquering the world. Only one person; the Avatar (who is reincarnated each cycle through the various elements), who can control all elements, can possibly solve everything, but one day he vanishes. One hundred years past and a Water bender called Katara and her brother, a non-bender called Sokka, discover the new Avatar; an Air bender named Aang, who is the last of his kind. They embark on an epic journey to help Aang master all elements and realize save the world.
Three series in total -
Book One: Water
Book Two: Earth
Book Three: Fire
Watch this if you like: Epic storylines, amazing characters, mythology
Name: Last Airbender: Legend of Korra
Cast: Janet Varney, David Faustino, P.J. Byrne, J.K. Simmons
Genre: Animated, Children's, Fantasy
Set 70 years after Legend of Aang, Aang is now dead, giving rise to the new Avatar; a waterbender named Korra. Aang and Zukko banded together to give rise to a new metropolis; Republic City, yet everything is not as it seems, as a mysterious figure named Amon gives rise to a group of anti-benders named the Equalists, who want equal rights for non-benders that feel disadvantaged to the other benders.
Just one season so far; Book One - Air.
Watch this if you like: Last Airbender: Legend of Aang, Cowboy Beebop.