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The Best New Show on TV

Straw poll: what, in your opinion, is the best new show to hit the air in the last 18 months, and why? If you could watch just three, what would they be?

My own answers - reasons to appear here later:
Battlestar Galactica
Lost
Stargate: Atlantis (given the opportunity to cheat, I'd alternate with Stargate: SG-1, which is kindasorta new on account of the casting changes)

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Banazir

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yodge
Sep. 21st, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
Veronica Mars, DUH!!
ladycalliope
Sep. 21st, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
Agreed!
banazir
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
Wlokaz!
Somebuddy p6int me to some torrents! Or sumfink!

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Banazir
(Anonymous)
Sep. 21st, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
"My Name Is Earl"
Watched the premiere of "My Name Is Earl" last night. It's great.

Andrew @ bloggedy blog (http://bloggedyblog.blogspot.com/)
banazir
Sep. 22nd, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
Re: "My Name Is Earl"
I had a look and it seemed a little silly (not that there's anything wrong with silly TV, but I'm short on TV-watching time). I'll have a look some time to see if it's worthwhile. Thanks.

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Banazir
gondhir
Sep. 21st, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
I don't even know if I've seen ANY shows that are new in the last 18 months!
banazir
Sep. 21st, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
Gnu shows
Loonkit!

Last fall (first season 2004-2005): Veronica Mars, Lost, House MD, Desperate Housewives, Joey, Jack and Bobby
Reality shows: Beauty and the Geek, The Scholar, The Biggest Loser

Fall, 2005

  • ABC: Commander In Chief, Freddie, Hot Properties, Invasion, Night Stalker

  • CBS: Close to Home, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, How I Met Your Mother, Out of Practice, Threshold

  • FOX: Bones, Head Cases, Killer Instinct, Kitchen Confidential, Prison Break, Reunion, The War at Home

  • NBC: The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, E-Ring, Inconceivable, My Name Is Earl, Surface, Three Wishes

  • UPN: Everybody Hates Chris, Love, Inc., Sex, Love & Secrets

  • The WB: Just Legal, Related, Supernatural, Twins


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Banazir
gondhir
Sep. 21st, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Gnu shows
Last fall (first season 2004-2005): Veronica Mars, Lost,
Nope.

House MD
About twice.

Desperate Housewives, Joey, Jack and Bobby
Nope.

Reality shows: Beauty and the Geek, The Scholar, The Biggest Loser
Nope.

Fall, 2005
ABC: Commander In Chief, Freddie, Hot Properties, Invasion, Night Stalker

Nope

CBS: Close to Home, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, How I Met Your Mother, Out of Practice, Threshold
Nope.

FOX: Bones, Head Cases, Killer Instinct, Kitchen Confidential, Prison Break, Reunion, The War at Home
Nope.

NBC: The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, E-Ring, Inconceivable, My Name Is Earl, Surface, Three Wishes
Nope.

UPN: Everybody Hates Chris, Love, Inc., Sex, Love & Secrets
Nope.

The WB: Just Legal, Related, Supernatural, Twins
Nope.

So I guess the best one I've seen is House...
chevronsha
Sep. 21st, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'd be more inclined to watch battlestar if it wasnt called battlestar (die-hard-old-school fan). I guess it is less than 2 years old although i feel like ive been at odds with its creation for much longer than that.

LOST is a good show, interesting and surprising but i really hope it doesnt "firewalk" on forever like Twin Peaks (i have never seen twin peaks but having attended as many media cons as i have, this point about that show is a recurring theme). As good and interesting and surprising as a show can be, mysteries must be concluded or they are wasted.

and I thought you said new? SG-1 isnt new (very not new) - maybe you're referring to this season's cast changes? I wish i could chime in on that but not having seen more than a few minutes of any one episode this entire season, i really can't (i REALLY wish i could, but can't).

I would have to add (even though, again, it is not a new show) Arrested Development. Funny, funny, funny show. Well written, it sorta runs a mocumentary (ala spinal tap, Dog show, any other christopher guest offering) with a great narrator. Jason Bateman plays what i guess you could call an Arthur Dent character with a huge, dysfunctional family just praying that the Vogon fleet will hurry up and relieve him of the mess of his life. Good stuff.
lordmathem
Sep. 21st, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
New Shows
I agree with you on Battlestar. They need to change every proper noun in every script. That girl may be Starbuck's daughter, but she's not Starbuck.

And Gaius is a spaced out weakling, one the real Baltar wouldn't bother squashing.

When you create a completely new show, give it its own name.


Beyond that I'd have to say Lost is the best, though I have not been watching it due to a schedule conflict. I have hopes for Threshold, but to soon to tell.
banazir
Sep. 22nd, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
Battlestar Nostalgia
Nostalgia makes chauvinists of everyone. I'm sure I'd feel similarly about a reimagining of Firefly or even the 1980s Buck Rogers.

But if the original creators want to reimagine, well... I'm perhaps not the right person to talk to. I'm one of the least doctrinaire people about franchises, trademarks, and the exclusivity of a name. If they want to call it Galactica, fine by me; if they want to keep all the trappings of the 12 Colonies and change all the names, that's fine too. And if they want to take a middle road with lots of allusions to the original series, grat. After all, is "Apollo" a proper name? Are the cryptic allusions to the Olympian Gods? Are the zodiac signs?

The thing is, it is a new series. In some ways it's weirder, in some ways it's more serious; in nearly every way it's darker and grittier, in nearly every way it's more transcendent and mysterious.

I remember only a smattering of original episodes, and they had their charm, but it was Buck Rogers meets Bonanza. BSG v2 has legs, and it is an ambitious drama with only a hint of the camp that rather permeated the older series.

Lost is excellent, but it still reminds me of Millenium meets Amazing Stories.

What's Threshold about?

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Banazir
gregbo
Oct. 3rd, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
Re: New Shows
I've watched most of the new BSG, and my opinions are mostly the same as yours. I can do without Gaius Baltar for the most part. Also, I'm not sure how much I would call this "science" fiction. I've enjoyed the episodes featuring Richard Hatch and would like to see him play a more important role; perhaps elected to the Council or made VP.
dipping_sauce
Sep. 21st, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
My favourite new tv shows:
House
Hugh Laurie. Duh. And even though it is a formula show, it's a really well done formula show. Again, Hugh Laurie is fantastic.

Battlestar Galactica
Realistic political SF. What's there not to love?

Lost
I haven't seen very much of this (hoping to get the DVD for my birthday), but the few episodes I've seen just sucked me right in.
penguinicity
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
House and Battlestar Galactica. Does Family Guy count since it's been resurrected this season? If not, I'm having trouble thinking up a third from the last 18 months.
orangerful
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
House and Lost.

Hugh Laurie really makes House though, so if you're not a fan of his, then you won't enjoy the show so much, IMHO. I find the other characters sorta meh. It's all about Hugh's snarkyness. (this is why I never got to see Veronica Mars, it was up against House last season)

Lost has a fantastic crew of writers (a few buffy/angel staff, plus one of them came to an interview with a Bantha Tracks t-shirt on). As long as it can keep itself together this season, it will remain my not-to-miss show. Guess we'll find out tonight. (this is why I won't see Veronica Mars this season, they've moved it to Wednesdays! *stabs UPN*)

I apparently need to watch Battlestar Galactica, everyone in my Star Wars club loves it...but didn't that just get renewed for 3rd season? Wouldn't that be more than 18 months old?

And for good measure, the new Family Guy run has actually been very funny. (though American Dad is cringe-worthy)
prolog
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to watch BSG for a while, now. As my friends put it, "It's of the same quality as Firefly, only it has more than one season."

And I'll be checking out Lost tonight. My girlfriend hates it, so TV-wise, that means it's a pretty good bet that I'll like it.
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masteralida
Sep. 22nd, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
Battlestar Galactica
Stargate: Atlantis
NUMB3RS

(is it Friday yet? ;))
dorukai
Sep. 22nd, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
Battlestar Galactica.

Firefly . . . yeah yeah, it actually played a while ago, but I didn't get around to watching it until this year . . . it counts! :)

Apparently Stargate's good, but my enjoyment of anything Stargate is completely ruined by my job . . .

I don't really watch TV, which makes it all a bit difficult.
gondhir
Sep. 23rd, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
You work in the SGC?
dorukai
Sep. 23rd, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
Close!
Well, no, I'm working on the Stargate PC/PS2/Xbox game.
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