6.) The Wire : I have confession to make... I haven't finished this show yet... I have one more season to go. And that's why I have to include in on this list, I haven't even finished it and already I love the hell out of this show. I am in social work as my day job, and I love this show from a sociological perspective. I dives into a city and all the flaws and beauty the comes w/ it. The true brilliance of this show is that it is masked in the disguise of a show about "cops and robbers" but the reality is that it is actually commenting on many of the problems in today's world. In fact, the show ended only a few years ago and I find it all the more relevant. It deals w/ issues like disadvantaged youth, the frustration of the lower socioeconomic class, organized and street crime, urban inner city culture, The union workers, as well as politics in all their crocked glory. It truly captures what it means to be human in today's american world... in a 2000's world! Now I must warn you... This show takes a few episodes to get into... Honestly, there are so many characters and names to learn that the first 5 or 6 episodes can be overwhelming, but once you know who everyone is and what the stakes are, this is one of the greatest and most relevant shows of our time! Give this show a shot... You won't regret it!
7.) Friday Night Lights : I bet you think I'm crazy don't you? A show about a bunch of "jock-ass" kids gearing up for the football game Friday night, right? Well, it's my list and I can rank how I want to! See, the beauty of this show is the fact that people start watching it because they think it's about football and that's part of it. But really it's about the ups and downs of two people who love each other very much and how these two people, help to influence and inspire the students they teach and mentor. Sure, I love the melodrama of Tim Riggins as much as the next guy, but I am a romantic at heart and believe that love truly does conquer all, and it is proven time and time again on this, "diamond in the rough" show! Trust me!
8.) Six Feet Under : This show puts the fun in disfunction and "F" in family. ( just think about it) This show starts out pretty normally really... Just a dude coming home to help w/ the family business and pick up the pieces after dad died and so on... Then it starts to get weird... Then weirder and then there's a brother that confesses his love for his sister and she sort of loves him too... Anyway, this is a show that will suck you in and won't let go until you feel just a little dirty and clean at the same time. Watch it!
9.) OZ : Now don't get me wrong I love full frontal male nudity as much as the next completely heterosexual guy, (That's why I hang out in locker rooms pretending to get dressed all day for hours) but that isn't really the point of the show. I think this show in many ways is more important than the Sopranos as far at setting the stage for high quality dramatic and edgy television going into the 2000's... It premiered in 1997 and it is hard to turn off once you start watching it. I remember watching this show in high school and enjoying it, but feeling really weird about liking it cause of the prison sex and all.( ahh prison sex) Anyway, I like the idea of this show. A bunch of hard core cons in this experimental prison they called "Em City." All these tough guys live together in a more open and socialized environment... You can imagine what happens... Murders, rape, torture... You name it and it happened on OZ. This is again why his show is so important... It pushed the boundaries of what TV was at this time. This show was at times somewhat unbelievable, but this show did have a real and gritty feel that is hard to really pin point. If you haven't seen this show you really should check it out.
10.) House of Cards : Okay, If you haven't watched this show yet it's on the Netflix and you can watch all the episodes at once and probably will once you get to about episode 3... This show has changed TV as we know it... Really Netflix has too, but that's another blog. TV basically works like this... You have a show and each week said show has to fill like 42 minutes of space between commercial breaks, and then end w/ some sort of resolution or cliff hanger for the specific episode story until next week. (you follow me) The beauty of binge programming when done right, as is the case w/ House of Card, is that the episodes are spaced so you don't need a definitive resolution by the time one episode ends... You can build story and character plots much more organically. The big pay offs are spread out throughout the season leading to the Finale. This show has done a lot of cool and innovative stuff in just two seasons and the if it ended at season 2 I would be completely cool w/ that. I believe there is a season three on its way, but right now the show is perfect! Check it out if you haven't it's awesome!
11.) Breaking Bad : This is a great show... Many people say it's the greatest show of all time... I am sorry but I don't agree. It is one of my favorites for sure and that's why it's on here, but it isn't the best ever. The brilliance of this show is the fact that you have a guy whose life is chemistry and science completely change from one thing to another. It isn't about drug making or even failed relationships... it's about how Walter White changes and influences said failed relationships and what drives him to make drugs! Each season is amazing in its own way and they all deserve to be enjoyed. I was lucky enough to watch this show on Netflix instead of waiting week to week for the next episode... It would have been tough to wait! Anyway, I am sure everyone has seen this show by now since it is super hyped up, but if you haven't watch it!
Okay, that about does it... I hope you enjoyed my little list of television opinions. As always these aren't in order and I would love to hear any shows that you would add. I think the 3 of you who read this are cool and love to here your thoughts :) Have great rest of the week and try to be nice to people.