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  • Registered Users Posts: 213 ✭✭timbertime

    Don't think it has been posted yet! Apologies if it has.

    Title - Downton Abbey

    Genre - Period Drama

    Cast - Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Rose Leslie, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, Maggie Smith, Dan Stevens, Penelope Wilton

    Description - Beginning in the years leading up to World War I, the drama centers on the Crawley family and their servants.

    Links -

  • Registered Users Posts: 85,911 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1

    Title: Suburgatory
    Cast: Jane Levy, Jeremy Sisto, Alan Tudyk, Cheryl Hines, Rex Lee and Ana Gasteyer
    Genre: Comedy
    Channel: ABC
    Description: A single father who decides to get away from New York moves to the suburbs with his daughter where everyone has a perfect life and are very welcoming.
    Watch this if you like: Desperate Housewives/The Middle/Modern Family/Awkward

  • Registered Users Posts: 63 ✭✭Joe Schmo


    Title: Psychoville
    Cast: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Daniel Kaluuya, Dawn French
    Genre: Black comedy
    Description: Apparently unrelated members of the British population start to receive similar blackmail letters. Their common link is revealed in a dark plot that links their uneasy past to their unstable present. The creators of "The League of Gentlemen" return and create a similar (but funnier, lighter) vehicle. Characters like degenerate clown, humiliated dwarf and murderous granny are complemented by great writing. make sure to watch the Halloween special.
    Watch this if you like: The League of Gentlemen. Podge & Rodge.

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

    TitleDetroit 1-8-7

    Genre: Police/Crime.

    Cast:Michael Imperioli, Erin Cummings

    Description: Follows a homicide squad in Detroit. Three teams of partners led by a lieutenant. Set against the background of historic and beautiful Detroit though the city is in a terrible state, urban decay.

    Watch this if you like:The Shield, Chicago Code, gritty [in a good way] cop shows



  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 23,556 ✭✭✭✭Sir Digby Chicken Caesar

    Title: Wilfred (australian)
    Cast: .. australian people
    Genre: black comedy.. bit of fantasy I guess for reasons outlined in the description.
    Description: "The story follows the lives of the eponymous dog Wilfred, his owner Sarah, and her boyfriend Adam, who sees Wilfred as a man in a dog suit."
    The show starts off with Adam and Sarah having been dating for a while and she invites him back to her place for the first time where Adam meets Wilfred, Sarahs dog, a man in a dog costume sitting down smoking a bong. Sarah and apparently everybody else on the planet just sees a normal dog but for some reason that is never explained Adam sees Wilfred (and other dogs) as a man in a dog costume. It's ****ing hilarious, goes into dog psychology a little bit in each episode and the relationship between Adam and Wilfred is constantly antagonistic as Wilfred is devoted to his owner and is constantly trying to screw Adam over and put him in his place as bottom dog.
    Links: The first few minutes of episode 1.
    This show has quite a bit of cursing, so dont watch at work I guess.
    Watch this if you like: umm... weird comedy? armando iannuci show I guess, I dunno.. it's kinda unique.

    I shoud say there is a US remake of the australian show which is just godawful and stars elijah wood, so ifyou're going to check it out.. please check out the original aussie show. only has 2 seasons as one of the writers wanted to work on something else, but they are just top notch tv.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,641 ✭✭✭✭Elmo

    Title: Corp 's Anam
    Genre: Crime/News
    Cast: Diarmuid De Faoite, Maria Doyle Kennedy

    Description: the four x 50 minute episodes of the series are set in contemporary Ireland and tell the story of TV crime correspondent Cathal Mac Iarnáin. Cathal is a man who prides himself on pursuing the story behind the story, but is too busy to notice that the world of crime is coming closer to home every day.

    Watch this if you like: Love/Hate, Crime Drama

    Episode 1:
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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,964 ✭✭✭ToniTuddle

    Title: Alcatraz
    Genre: Fantasy/SciFi thingy

    Description: In 1963 over 300 inmates and over 40 guards disappeared from Alcatraz without a trace, the government made up a cover story to hide the truth. Now in present day they are returning one by one having not aged and with no memory of where they have been all these years. Yet have complusions to find certain objects and continue their criminal habits. A secret government unit has been set up to track the returning "63s".

    Watch this if you like: Lost

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,416 ✭✭✭Jimmy Iovine

    Title: Only Fools and Horses
    Cast: Sir David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Lennard Pearce, Buster Merryfield, Roger Lloyd Pack, John Challis
    Genre: Comedy
    Description: a classic comedy following the misadventures of two Wheeler Dealer brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter who scrape their living by selling dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires.
    Links: Wikipedia, IMDB, BBC.
    Watch this if you like: waking everyone else in your house at 3 in the morning because you're laughing too loudly.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Title: Undeclared
    Cast: Jay Baruchel, Charlie Hunnam, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel
    Genre: Comedy
    Description: College freshman Steve Karp and his fellow dorm-mates embark on one the greatest experiences of their lives...unfortunately for Steve, his lonely and recently divorced father is tagging along for the ride.
    Watch this if you like: Judd Apatow's other work, especially the criminally cancelled Freaks and Geeks.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22 EwEw

    Title: The Vampire Diaries
    Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
    Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
    Status: 3 seasons - ongoing
    Description: After 145 years, the virtuous vampire Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) returns to his home town of Mystic Falls, Virginia and falls for the beautiful Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), a girl with a tragic past and uncanny resemblance to his lost love Katherine. Always close on Stefan's heels is his vampire brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder), a ruthless killer who also loved Katherine and is determined to make Stefan's after-life a living hell in any way he can. But underneath the surface of the sleepy town is a world of mystery, magic, and intrigue, where no one is safe and everyone is hiding a secret...
    Links: IMDb

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

    Title: The young persons guide to becoming a rockstar
    Genre: Comedy
    Cast: A young Gerard Butler, Ciaran McMenanmin
    Status: One series
    Network: British show, it was done by Channel 4 and is available on 4OD. Just google the name and you'll get a link

    Description: Follows a young struggling Glasgow bank. They get a new band member who brings a modern and sexy beat to lift the band and they take off.
    Can they get a manager, a big deal and will they go like other bands and burn out and bicker and fight?

    The thick Scottish accents are a bit difficult to understand at times :P


    The soundtrack is brilliant, some great and catchy tunes on it

  • Registered Users Posts: 534 ✭✭✭crustyjuggler

    ' One Night' on bbc one . 4 part series . 2 gone , Part 3 tomorrow night . Interesting drama set in London , well made . It was recommended in the Sunday Times Culture section .

  • Registered Users Posts: 419 ✭✭scottmcb04

    Title: the Unit
    Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
    Cast: Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor and Audrey Marie Anderson Robert Patrick
    Status: 4 seasons, finished

    Description: Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators


  • Registered Users Posts: 419 ✭✭scottmcb04

    Title: Homeland
    Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    Cast: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Morena Baccarin
    Status: In 2nd season

    Description: Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody returns home eight years, after going missing in Iraq. Carrie Mathison, a driven CIA officer, suspects he might be plotting an attack on America.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,641 ✭✭✭✭Elmo

    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.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,641 ✭✭✭✭Elmo

    Title: Rubicon
    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.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,641 ✭✭✭✭Elmo

    Very few repeat recommendations, surprised Rubicon had not been recommended before.

    15 Storeys High
    30 Rock
    7th Heaven
    American Horror Story
    An Crisis
    Angry Boys
    Arrested Development
    Ashes To Ashes
    Band of Brothers
    Battlestar Galactica
    Being Erica
    Being Human
    Big Love
    Black Books
    Blue Bloods
    Boardwalk empire
    Bored To Death
    Boston Legal
    Breaking Bad
    Brothers and Sisters
    Burn Notice
    Corp 's Anam 
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Defying Gravity
    Detroit 1-8-7
    Downton Abbey
    Eastbound & Down
    Fashion Police
    Flash Forward
    Fobrydelsen (The Killing)
    Franklin and Bash
    Freaks and Geeks
    Fresh Meat
    Friday Night Lights
    From the Earth to the Moon
    Game of Thrones
    Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
    Generation Kill
    Happy Town 
    Hell on Wheels
    Homicide: Life on the Street
    House of Cards 
    How Not To Live Your Life
    Human Target
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 
    Legend of the Seeker
    Lie To Me
    Life On Mars
    Men of a Certain Age 
    Modern Family
    Murder One
    Necessary Roughness
    Nurse Jackie
    One Night
    Only Fools and Horses
    Packed to the Rafters
    Parks and Recreation
    Party Down
    Peep Show
    Pillars of the Earth
    Pushing Daisies
    Queer As Folk
    Raising Hope
    Six Feet Under
    Sons of Anarchy
    Stargate Universe
    Summer Heights High
    The Black Donnellys
    The Chicago Code
    The Corner
    The Good Wife
    The INbetweeners
    The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
    The League 
    The Mentalist
    The Office (US)
    The Pacific
    The Running Mate
    The Shield
    The Sopranos
    The Thick Of It
    the Unit
    The Vampire Diaries
    The Walking Dead
    The West Wing
    The Wire
    The X Files
    The young persons guide to becoming a rockstar
    True Blood
    Twin Peaks
    United States of Tara
    Veronica Mars 
    Warehouse 13
    White collar
    Wire in the Blood

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,641 ✭✭✭✭Elmo

    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

  • Registered Users Posts: 773 ✭✭✭Wetai

    Title: Prison Break
    Cast: Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell
    Genre: Crime/Action/Drama/Thriller
    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.
    Links: []
    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.

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

    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

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  • Registered Users Posts: 444 ✭✭Ernest

    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.

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

    Title: Sharpe
    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

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

    Title: Hornblower
    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


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

    Title: Silk
    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


  • Registered Users Posts: 85,911 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1

    Title: Revenge
    Genre: Drama
    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.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,017 ✭✭✭✭adox

    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


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,605 ✭✭✭Fizman

    Title: Boss
    Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner, Kathleen Robertson
    Genre: Drama
    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

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    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.

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

    Title: The Choice
    Cast: Presented by Cat Deeley
    Genre: Dating Show
    Description:The Choice is an American dating game show television series that premiered on Fox on June 7, 2012
    Links:Wikipedia Fox
    Watch this if you like: Take me out The Voice

    Its like the voice expect dating. They Even have the chairs

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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,641 ✭✭✭✭Elmo

    I know I shouldn't reply but Isn't that just Blind Date....... with bigger chairs.