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    Default DVD set recommendations?

    During the summer, I like to get dvd sets of a tv series I haven't watched yet (or one I haven't watched in long time). I tend to watch an episode every evening while I'm winding things down to go to sleep (keeps me from laying awake, ruminating).

    My taste in TV shows, both currently and in the past:
    Battlestar Galactica (the new one) and Caprica
    Bones
    Star Trek in all its iterations
    Grey's Anatomy (the first few seasons only, then it got too weird)
    Big Bang Theory
    V (the new version)
    The Tudors

    Obviously, I'm a geek with a penchant for sci-fi. Any suggestions for great but maybe not obvious series I've missed?
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    Babylon 5. It's dated 90's stuff but it's still great.
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    Beloved box sets in recent years include roughly a bazillion seasons of the BBC's Top Gear, 24, and The Unit.

    Freaks and Geeks and the Ricky Gervais' original BBC version of The Office for comedy relief.

    In the last year I realize I must must must have the box set of Breaking Bad from the very beginning. When they finally release Justified Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD life will be really really good.



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    Sci-Fi Selections:
    Classic, early season X-Files (pre-movie)
    Earth 2 (only one season)
    Seaquest DSV (season one is the best)

    Other Suggestions:
    BBC's newer Bleak House (it's 8 hours in 15 episodes)

    I also tend to like older detective shows like Father Dowling Mysteries, Remington Steele, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, and Get Smart. They're all a bit predictable, but they're good, lighthearted shows that will let you sleep afterwards.



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    Default my pick

    [[[[[[[[[[The Closer]]]]]]]]]
    and for the sci fi in you Mary McDonnell is taking over for Kyra at the end of this year. I think she was in BG for a while.
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    Farscape and Firefly-- two of the best sci-fi series ever made.



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    The Tudors (I'm an incurable Tudor/Elizabethan freak!), and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Mr. ESG outdid himself by giving me the complete series for Christmas two years ago). Still haven't watched all of them. Love me some Spike!
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    Have you watched Lost? It's my all time favorite!

    They're not sci-fi, but I've also gotten into Dexter and Breaking Bad lately, though Dexter might not be the best one to watch right before you go to bed!

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel are also really good! I'm currently doing a re-watch of those. The full seasons of those are available for instant watch on Netflix which is handy too!
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    Browse netflix, lot's of stuff you long since forgot or never heard of...
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    Ditto to Firefly
    Wonderfalls (goofy fun)
    Adventures of Brisco County Jr (sci-fi but spoofy. Bruce Campell stars, so that'll give you an idea of what it's like)
    My So-Called Life
    Veronica Mars (<---L-O-V-E)
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Angel
    Xfiles
    How I Met Your Mother

    I personally like to netflix TV series so I'm not buying all the sets. I do own all the above (plus Friends and Glee) but that's about it. The rest I rent.

    Oh...The IT Crowd is hilarious. Found that on Netflix instant.
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    firefly!!! From the creater of Buffy and Angel, loved all of them. And then Firefly came back for a movie to wrap things up/tell the rest of the story. LOVED Firefly. I wouldnt consider myself a sci-fi fan, not really, but I so enjoyed Joss Wheaden's work all around.
    MrB also watches/owns dvd's of Stargate sg1, and I'll get into that from time to time, too. At first I was like... whaaat is this guy about??? (it was when we were first dating that he put the show on), but then i got wrapped into the storylines

    We don't have TV/cable here, so we end up watching a lot of DVDs. Our faves are:
    30 Rock
    Boston Legal
    Arrested Development
    Flight of the Conchords
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel
    Futurama

    ETA: Also X-Files
    And MrB is going to be happy to hear me say so many people here like Firefly, buffy, angel- he got me into those (I was on the young side of the cusp of the viewer age for buffy and angel, but scared easily, so had no interest at the time!) He was very happy when I got obsessed with them, too
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    If, after the X-Files and Buffy, you're looking for more, you might like Fringe. It's by Josh Whedon, who created Buffy.
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    Spaced!

    Especially if you're a sci-fi person. BBC comedy, ran for two seasons, by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz/etc.). Awesomely hilarious and well-written show, with lots of subtle sci-fi/movie references and so on... I love that show so much I rewatch it at least twice a year...



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    Quote Originally Posted by tikihorse2 View Post
    If, after the X-Files and Buffy, you're looking for more, you might like Fringe. It's by Josh Whedon, who created Buffy.
    I was really surprised to read this, because I'm a big Joss Whedon fan and HATED Fringe. So I looked it up and nope, Joss Whedon doesn't have anything to do with it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by tikihorse2 View Post
    If, after the X-Files and Buffy, you're looking for more, you might like Fringe. It's by Josh Whedon, who created Buffy.
    Joss would probably be flattered, but Fringe (which is EXCELLENT) was actually created by J.J. Abrams, of Alias and Lost fame
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    Love:
    Buffy
    Friday Night Lights (I just got into it this winter and could not stop watching)
    Six Feet Under
    Gilmore Girls
    Weeds (I've only watched season 1 & 2, so can't speak beyond that)
    Dirty Jobs
    Brothers and Sisters



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dad Said Not To View Post
    I was really surprised to read this, because I'm a big Joss Whedon fan and HATED Fringe. So I looked it up and nope, Joss Whedon doesn't have anything to do with it.
    Wow..if you hadn't typed it, I wouldn't have believed it possible. Fringe is my current On-Air favorite. I think it is sooooo, soooo good. Always surprising and different.

    'Course, it's nothing like BtVS, Angel, or Firefly. It doesn't have that Joss feel at all.
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    I treasure my Monty Python Flying Circus box set. Not sci-fi, but darn funny stuff.



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    Ooops! I stand corrected on Fringe's creator!

    (Still love the show, however. )
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    Two words:

    Dr. Who! Begin with Season 1 (which is really like season 20) with Christopher Eccleson and then move on to Seasons 2, 3, & 4 with David Tennant (the 10th doctor and still my fave.) I got my SO hooked on them with just 3 episodes!
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