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TV Show Recommendations *NO DISCUSSION*



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 19,986 ✭✭✭✭mikemac

    Title: Murder One, the first season. I'm not recommending Series Two which has a huge turnover in the cast
    Cast: Daniel Benzali, Stanley Tucci, Mary McCormack, Michael Hayden, Jason Gedrick
    Genre: Legal Drama
    Description:Season One: Good looking, rich young Hollywood star picks up girl from club, takes her home and she ends up dead. Did he do it? Can his brilliant lawyers save him? What will happen in the court trial?

    Watch this if you like: The Killing, John Grisham books and films, legal dramas


  • Registered Users Posts: 96 ✭✭shano1888

    Title: Spiral (Engrenages)
    Cast: lots of french folk
    Genre: Police drama
    Description: The plot focuses upon the lives of members of the police, members of the french judical system and criminals in the Parisian underworld. Three seasons, 2006; 2008; 2010, each better than the last, would really recommend this one.
    Watch this if you like: The Wire.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,670 ✭✭✭DeepBlue


    Title: Fobrydelsen (The Killing)
    Cast: Sofie Gråbøl, Lars Mikkelsen, Bjarne Henriksen, nn Eleonora Jørgensen, Betsy Brandt, Marie Askehave, Michael Moritzen, Søren Malling, Nicolaj Kopernikus.
    Genre: Mystery, Drama, Action/Suspense

    Description: Detective Inspector Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day with the Copenhagen Police department. She is supposed to move to Sweden with her fiancé and transfer to the Swedish Police, but everything changes when a 19-year-old woman, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered. Along with Detective Inspector Jan Meyer, Sarah is forced to head the investigation, as it soon becomes clear that she and Meyer are chasing a very intelligent and dangerous murderer.

    Local politician Troels Hartmann is in the middle of a hard election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen when suddenly, evidence links him to the murder. But is he really the murderer? At the same time, the girl's family and friends struggle to cope with their loss.

    Over a span of twenty days, suspect upon suspect is sought out as violence and political pressures cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.

    Links: BBC | |

    Note: This is the Danish original not to be confused with the AMC Remake.

    Watch this if you like:The Wire, Engregages (Spiral), Murder One, Intelligent police dramas, woolly jumpers!

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,255 ✭✭✭James T Kirk

    Title: Sirens

    Cast: Rhys Thomas, Kayvan Novak, Richard Madden, Amy Beth Hayes

    Genre: Comedy/Drama

    A team of world-weary paramedics are forced to confront the dregs of society - not to mention their own inadequacies - in this comedy drama.
    Links: [URL=][/URL]

    Watch this if you like: This Life, Teachers

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,839 ✭✭✭Jelle1880

    Title: Suits

    Cast: Patrick J Adams, Gabriel Macht, Meghan Markle, Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman.

    Genre: Comedy/Drama


    Suits, formerly known as A Legal Mind, is a USA Network television drama series starring Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht. It debuted on June 23, 2011 with a 90-minute premiere episode.

    Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a lazy but brilliant college dropout with an eidetic memory that has allowed him to pass the bar exam without attending law school. Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), one of Manhattan's best lawyers, hires Ross as his new associate. Because of the firm's policy of hiring only Harvard Law graduates, Ross is forced to pretend that he has gone to Harvard.


    Watch this if you like: No idea honestly, it's unlike anything I've seen before.
    Perhaps... Numb3rs, The Mentalist,... ?



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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 19,986 ✭✭✭✭mikemac

    Title: Necessary Roughness

    Cast: Callie Thorne, Marc Blucas, Hannah Marks, Patrick Johnson

    Genre: Comedy/drama
    Channel/Backer: USA Network

    Follows a New York therapist. Her cheating husband was kicked out, marriage over and she know raises her two teenage children.
    Back on the dating scene she meets a charming, good looking trainer with the fictional New York Hawks, an American Football team.
    The team has a spoilt, lazy, diva player and the coach sends this player to her for therapy to see if she can sort his wayward manner.
    She then becomes the therapist to know as TV hosts, politicians and famous people come to her.

    Watch this if you like: Frasier, can't think of other examples..


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 18,370 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Black Oil

    Title: The X Files

    Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis.

    Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi

    Description: I was 12 or 13 when this started and kept up with every episode until the end and the two feature films. This was pretty much the sci-fi show of the 90s, if not the show of that time. Duchovny (Mulder) and Anderson (Scully) had real chemistry and the quality of the episodes was such that, even in the early years, it had a quality more akin to a feature film budget. Scully is undoubtedly an example of a strong female TV character - engaging, well-written and highly intelligent. What really stood out, though, was the writing. Granted, eventually it did get buried under the weight of its own convoluted continuity, but for a good few years it was very good. I loved the humour and some of the excellent dialogue and story lines the show had. Mytharc or standalone? I'm fond of both, save for when the mytharc went arseways. Supernatural is probably its closest natural successor and has clearly learned from The X Files as has Fringe, which though decent, doesn't quite hit the mark as much as is said, imo.

    Setup? Two FBI agents, operating outside of the Bureau's mainstream, investigate strange events, paranormal activity and the downright weird. Can they do so without interference and can they find the truth? Mulder, the believer, Scully the scientist whose role is to bring a skeptical perspective to his work. The Truth Is Out There.

    Fanbase? Well, it can be a little weird, and some of the shippers are a little nuts and narrow-minded.


    Watch this if you like... Millennium, Supernatural or Fringe

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 18,370 CMod ✭✭✭✭The Black Oil

    Title: House of Cards


    Cast: Ian Richardson, Diane Fletcher, Susannah Harker.

    Genre: Political drama

    Description: Meet Francis Urquhart, Chip Whip of the governing Tory party. A sharp operator on many levels, intelligent, cunning, wonderfully manipulative and a no BS kind of guy.

    This is perhaps quite apt for the times we're in now, given the NOTW revelations and the suggested connections with 10 Downing St.

    Or at least, you might very well think that, I couldn't possibly comment. ;)


    Watch this if you like: The West Wing, erm...

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 32,865 ✭✭✭✭MagicMarker


    Title: Men of a Certain Age
    Cast: Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher
    Genre: Drama, Comedy
    Description: There are highs and lows to every age, but three best friends know what it's like to be Men of a Certain Age. Ray Romano stars in an honest, emotional and funny drama about what it is like to be a middle aged man in the modern era.
    Links: IMDB TV.COM
    Watch this if you like: There's really nothing else like this tbh.

    It's only when doing up this post that I've suddenly found out that this has been cancelled!!! :( :mad: Absolutely gutted, I watched the first two seasons over the past few days and it's been absolutely fantastic, easily one of the best shows around imo. I'm praying another network picks this up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,827 ✭✭✭bpb101

    Title: White collar
    Cast: Matt Bomer Tim DeKay Willie Garson Tiffani Thiessen
    Genre: Crime , Drama
    Description:A white collar criminal agrees to help the FBI catch other white collar criminals using his expertise as an art and securities thief, counterfeiter and racketeer.
    Links: Imdb USA Network Wikipedia
    Watch this if you like:
    crime shows , fbi shows, art

    NOTE* RTE finished airing season 1 in may i think as usa finished airing season 2 in march.
    USA are now half way through season 3 , i don't know whether rte will show season 2 or 3.

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 662 ✭✭✭Liber8or

    Title: Boston Legal

    Cast: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

    Genre: Comedy, Drama

    Description: A spin-off from David E. Kelley's award winning 'The Practice' which sees Alan Shore (James Spader) tackle civil law by joining a new firm - Crane, Poole and Schmidt. Accompanied by the enigmatic Denny Crane (William Shatner) who has "won over 6,000 cases; never lost, never will" they form an unbreakable bond of friendship whilst dealing with the trivialities and straight-out quirkiness of people both inside and outside the firm.

    Links: Boston Legal

    Watch this if you like: The Practice, Ally McBeal, Harry's Law

  • Registered Users Posts: 231 ✭✭DermotOH


    Title: Game of Thrones
    Cast: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey
    Genre: Medieval fantasy
    Description: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive
    Links: IMDB, HBO
    Watch this if you like: Rome, Boardwalk Empire

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,728 ✭✭✭pappyodaniel


    Title: Fresh Meat
    Cast: Jack Whitehall, Joe Thomas, Greg McHugh, Kimberly Nixon, Zawe Ashton and Charlotte Ritchie.
    Genre: comedy drama series
    Description: Student drama Fresh Meat, written by Peep Show creators Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain.
    Link: Channel4
    Watch This If You Like: Awkward British comedy like Peep Show, The Office, Inbetweeners etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 433 ✭✭puppetmaster

    Title: Franklin and Bash
    Cast: Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
    Genre: Law/Courtroom Drama/Comedy
    Description: Lawyers and lifelong friends Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are recruited by a large firm's major partner after winning a high-profile case.
    Quirky show, not badly written. An Easy watch and quiet funny. 10 episodes in the first season. Been renewed for season 2. (so someones watchin it) :D

    Watch this if you like: Boston Legal, Ally McBeal,

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,766 ✭✭✭squeakyduck

    Title: Ringer
    Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nestor Carbonell
    Genre: Drama
    Description: (from IMDB) A young woman on the run from the mob poses as her wealthy twin sister to try and evade them, but soon discovers that her sister has a price on her head as well.

    Watch this if you like: The lying game

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,770 ✭✭✭✭keane2097


    Title: Archer

    Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, George Coe, Amber Nash

    Genre: Animation/Comedy

    Description: Set at the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) in New York City, suave but incredibly self-centered master spy Sterling Archer deals with global espionage; his domineering, hypersexual mother/boss, Malory Archer; his ex-girlfriend (and fellow ISIS agent), Lana Kane; her ISIS accountant boyfriend (later ex) Cyril Figgis; and a less-than-masculine code name, "Duchess".

    Links: IMDB|

    Watch this if you like: Arrested Development, Get Smart

    Status: Ongoing (currently in Season 3).


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,770 ✭✭✭✭keane2097


    Title: Alphas

    Cast: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba

    Genre: Sci-fi/Drama

    Description: A group of everyday people who possess uncanny neurological abnormalities is working for a secret government agency. This elite group is able to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon cannot or will not solve.

    Links: IMDB|

    Watch this if you like: Heroes

    Status: Ongoing (Season 1 complete)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 19,986 ✭✭✭✭mikemac

    Title: The League

    Genre: Comedy

    Description: Follows families and friends as they work towards winning their fantasy football league. Smart and witty comedy :D. All sorts of backstabbing and hilarity ensues.

    No knowledge of American football or fantasy football is required. Often get cameos like NFL players and broadcasters from ESPN and the networks.


    Watch this if you like: can't think of anything similar

    Status: Ongoing (currently in Season 3).


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,501 ✭✭✭bb1234567

    Title-The walking Dead


    Cast-Andrew Lincoln,Jon Bernthal,Sarah Wayne Callies,Laurie Holden Jeffrey DeMun ,Steven Yeun.

    Description-Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies.

    Wathc if you like- Dead Set

    Status-Ongoing(Season one complete) currently on episode 2 of season 2.

    Season 2 Poster-

    Another Poster-

    Season 2 Trailer-Quite long but very good, gets very good half way through, skip to 2:40 if you dont have enough time,that when it gets good!

    enjoy show, hope you like it I love it!

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,973 ✭✭✭✭bnt

    Title: Fashion Police
    Cast: Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne, Giuliana Rancic, George Kotsiopoulos
    Genre: Chat / Celebrity / Fluff
    Description: Mercilessly ripping the mickey out of celebrities and their fashion choices, with occasional praise for those who get it right.
    Watch this if you like: laughing at pretentious celebs, Joan Rivers' scatological humour.

    From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch’.

    — Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut

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  • Registered Users Posts: 392 ✭✭Fionne

    For comedy: The Big Bang Theory - fabulously written comedy based on the lives of 4 nerdy scientists and their waitress/actress neighbour Penny. Jim Parsons has won Emmys for a good reason.

    For drama: Rebus - gritty detective series based in Edinburgh starring Ken Stott.

    For period drama: Lark Rise To Candleford, starring Julia Sawalha, Liz Smith, Brendan Coyle based on a true story of the life of a young trainee postmistress in 19th century rural England.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,871 ✭✭✭Conor108


    Title: Friday Night Lights

    Cast: Kyle Chandler, Connie Briton, Brad Leland, Gaius Charles, Taylor Kitsch

    Description: Based on the 2004 movie (Which itself was based on a book) FNL follows the lives of the Dillon Panthers football team and Coach Taylor in small town America. I wasn't even an American football fan but this is just such a good show, probably my favorite ever! Criminally underwatched

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,501 ✭✭✭bb1234567

    Title- American Horror Story.

    Genre-Horror(But dont be deceived, its really gripping dialogue and characters, and you really get to know the superb characters very well, very tense and thrilling...definitely not about cheap popout scares and gore, a really gripping sort of psychological horror, very creepy..not for the feint hearted though.)

    Cast-Connie Britton,Taissa Farmiga,Jessica Lange,Dylan McDermott, Denis O'Hare,Frances Conroy ,Evan Peters.
    (exceptionally good cast, all really amazing actors particularly the woman who plays Constance, main actress connie britton is excellent also.)

    Description-A family of three move from Boston to Los Angeles as a means of reconciling their past anguish. They move to a restored mansion, unaware that the home is haunted.

    Status-Ongoing - now on episode 8 of season 1.

    Youll really be missing out if you dont watch this! Try it I love it.

    Nice poster for show-

    P.s I would have posted the season trailer but I did'nt as its just terrible and does the brilliant show absolutely no justice! I'm sure it'd actually put some of you off if you watched it before watching the show :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,264 ✭✭✭✭Hobbes

    Title- Parks and Recreation

    Genre- Comedy, somewhat in the lines of Trailer park boys, fake-documentry.

    Cast- Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, April Ludgate, Andy Dwyer, Jerry Gergich, Paul Schneider, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe

    Description- The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

    Status-Ongoing (in 4th season)

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,395 ✭✭✭✭mikemac1

    Title- Hell on Wheels AMC

    Genre- Drama, historical references

    Cast- Colm Meaney, Dominique McElligott, Anson Mount, Christopher Heyerdahl.

    Description- The US Civil War is over and the Union Pacific railroad is being built. Men looking to work and others with a purpose head west on this scheme.
    It's a rough world out there, no laws and men make their own fate

    Status-Ongoing Season One

    Watch this if you liked: Deadwood


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,395 ✭✭✭✭mikemac1

    Title- Pillars of the Earth

    Genre- Drama, fantasy, historical references

    Cast- Eddie Redmayne, Haley Attwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell

    Description- Set in a time which realy happened and known as "The Anarchy", the realm is divided by civil war. Covers religious corruption, lords abusing their power, devious politics and all the while common folk trying to get on with life
    Is it any different today you ask ;)

    Status- One season, now over. Book adaptation

    Watch this if you liked: Game of Thrones,

    Incredible theme tune

  • Registered Users Posts: 836 ✭✭✭fruvai


    Title- Twin Peaks

    Genre- Drama, Crime, Mystery

    Cast- Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Ray Wise, Jack Nance, Sheryl Lee, Grace Zabriskie

    Description- Twin Peaks is an American television serial drama created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. The series follows the investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, of the murder of a popular teenager and homecoming queen, Laura Palmer.

    Links- IMDB

    Status- Ran for two seasons (1990-1991)

    Watch this if you like: Northern Exposure, X-Files, Lost and damn good cups of coffee

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,810 ✭✭✭Seren_

    Title: Party Down

    Genre: Comedy

    Cast: Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, Jane Lynch, Megan Mullally.

    Description: The show focuses on a group of aspiring actors/writers/whatever who work for a catering company while trying to make it in Hollywood. Each episode finds the team working a new event, and inevitably getting tangled up with the colorful, affluent guests and their absurd lives.

    Links: IMDB Wikipedia

    Watch this if you like: Community, Arrested Development.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32 sid77ie



    Cast:Anna Torv,John Noble,Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick

    Description: The FBI teams up with a formerly-institutionalized scientist - who was performing experiments on the fringe of real science - and his son to investigate weird crimes that are seemingly part of a larger pattern, and may be connected with a global company called Massive Dynamics.

    Watch this if you like:The X Files, Supernatural, Flashfoward.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,462 ✭✭✭✭WoollyRedHat


    Title: 7th Heaven

    Genre: Fantasy

    Cast: Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks and Jessica Biel

    Description: A reverend who drinks too much and his adulterous wife tries to raise the perfect american family and instill the christian way of life, with hilarious results and a loveable, talking dog who is the only one who really knows what's going on, only to die in season 7.
    Links: IMDB Wikipedia

    Watch this if you like: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings