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TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

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Best TV series of this century?

The Wire
35
49%
Band of Brothers
1
1%
Game of Thrones
2
3%
Breaking Bad
9
13%
The Sopranos
8
11%
Deadwood
7
10%
The Walking Dead
2
3%
Boardwalk Empire
0
No votes
Other
7
10%
 
Total votes : 71

TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby Podge9 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:21 am

I'd argue that TV is currently in its golden age. The last 10 year's TV output has thrown up some of these beauties that you could easily consider as some of the best TV ever. But what's the best from this century, this most brilliant TV era?

Try and keep this spoiler free as some of these shows are still running.
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby Dovey on Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:38 am

There's probably some comedies that I'd posit as being up there as well: Off the top of my head, Arrested Development, (that was in the last 10 years, right?), Louie, Eastbound and Down, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Community, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Archer.

Mad Men is probably the most glaring omission on the drama side of things, and along with Deadwood, the only thing that comes close to touching my vote; The Wire (duh).

I daresay the British posters/the people who keep up with British television-type-things could toss some other contenders in as well
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby Podge9 on Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:51 am

I did consider adding comedy, specifically Arrested Development and Curb but I find comedy more subjective and polarising. Didn't want to muddy the waters too much. Plus you can only have 10 voting options!
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Postby iembalm on Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:27 am

Haven't seen Boardwalk Empire and probably never will. Haven't watched The Wire yet, but I'm sure I will someday. If The Wire is better than Deadwood, I'm sure it will be quite a treat.
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Postby Redline on Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:28 am

Mad Men
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby Chromodynamic on Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:44 am

My seemingly unshakeable resolve w/r/t Deadwood is being sorely tested here.
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Postby Tommy on Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:16 am

iembalm wrote:Haven't seen Boardwalk Empire and probably never will.


Why the reluctance? Like Deadwood it is rooted in actual history (with lots of embellishments). I personally find it just as compelling.
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby hellholiday on Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:52 am

Podge9 wrote:I did consider adding comedy, specifically Arrested Development and Curb but I find comedy more subjective and polarising. Didn't want to muddy the waters too much. Plus you can only have 10 voting options!

You need one for comedy. Party Down, The Office (bbc), Arrested Development, VEEP are as good as any of the dramas listed.


I'm enjoying Enlightened a hell of a lot. Mike White and Laura Dern have put together a really good show.
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby Tommy Alpha on Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:00 pm

As much as I love those shows, come on. Nothing outside of American cable TV? Really?
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Postby The Code is Almighty on Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:44 pm

Battlestar Galactica,
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Postby Riff Magnum on Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:03 pm

Deadwood with Breaking Bad a close second.
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby Wood Goblin on Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:07 pm

Tommy Alpha wrote:As much as I love those shows, come on. Nothing outside of American cable TV? Really?


This. Of the choices listed, I'd go with The Wire, although I haven't seen most of the other options.

But by far the greatest TV I've seen ever is the Italian miniseries Best of Youth from the early 2000s.

Yes, it's even better than The Wire.
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby numberthirty on Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:09 pm

Best: Fringe

Honorable Mentions: The Shield/Justified
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby numberthirty on Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:11 pm

Tommy Alpha wrote:As much as I love those shows, come on. Nothing outside of American cable TV? Really?


Does Dr. Who even count in a "Modern Era" TV-dome?
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Postby AnthonyVillalobos on Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:10 pm

East Bound And Down.
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby Podge9 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:03 am

Tommy Alpha wrote:As much as I love those shows, come on. Nothing outside of American cable TV? Really?


I genuinely couldn't think of anything from the UK in this time frame that was close to any of these offerings.
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby Podge9 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:05 am

Podge9 wrote:
Tommy Alpha wrote:As much as I love those shows, come on. Nothing outside of American cable TV? Really?


I genuinely couldn't think of anything from the UK in this time frame that was close to any of these offerings.


Suppose I could have added The Killing or maybe The Bridge though
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Postby dabrasha on Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:29 pm

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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby etch on Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:08 pm

hellholiday wrote:I'm enjoying Enlightened a hell of a lot. Mike White and Laura Dern have put together a really good show.


Man, this show has gotten good this year. Last season I sort of watched it with one eye on the screen and one in a book. There were a couple of stand out episodes last year, mainly the ones with Luke Wilson and the Dougie character.

This season though, has really cooked. The first episode opened with some fabulous tracking shots of LA at night, moving inside the corporate offices of their workplace with a soft and subtle voice-over setting the stage for the crux of the season, which is Laura Dern and Mike White exposing the corporation's many crimes to an LA Times reporter. Having something for the main character to do was an improvement on the first season's existential musings on new age philosophy and corporate malfeasance.

The episode Higher Power was a stand alone from the main storyline that I thought was brilliant. It was an episode dealing with Luke Wilson's character Levi and his drug problems. It felt like a follow-up to his character in Bottle Rocket but fifteen years later and not nearly as whimsical or cute. That episode is outstanding, it could be a great feature film if they had a half hour intro of him geting to the center and a half hour conclusion of him returning home from rehab.

The great thing about the episode is you can watch that one without ever seeing another episode, it's self contained and I highly recommend it.
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Re: TV-Dome: Best of the modern era?

Postby Tommy Alpha on Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:15 pm

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Two for starters.

But, you know. Game of Thrones.
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