What should I watch… now?

I have a problem.  I think I may have run out of TV shows.

I have (tonight) finished a long run of watching the entire run of Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis*.  Before that, it was Star Trek, ST:TNG, ST:DS9, ST:V, and Enterprise.  I watched all of the new Battlestar Galactica (was not impressed).  Watched all of the usual Joss dross - Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Cancelled: The Animated Series, etc.  

And I know my Doctor Who backwards and forwards, original and new and BBV videos and audio dramas with the original cast and the Virgin line of books and the comics. 

Also have watched all (or all to current) of Bones, Castle, the CSIs, Numb3rs (that was a chore towards the end), Supernatural, Criminal Minds, and… other things.

I started on Mentalist but after about 10 episodes I needed – deeply – to punch that dude in the face, so I stopped.

I want something scifi-y, with lots of episodes, does not have to be American.  Can be old, hopefully not too old.  Cancelled is fine, provided there are at least 100 episodes and it didn't end on some sort of horrible cliffhanger.  Ideally need to be able to get it online for this to work – I have Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu Plus so yeah.  

Your recommendations would be welcome.

*I have NOT started watching Stargate Universe because I really… really… really liked that show, and its cancellation at the hands of the unthinking, unfeeling, uncaring SyFy tore a not-small-chunk of my heart out.  I started to re-watch it and I was like "nooooop, too soon".

What should I watch… now?

I have a problem.  I think I may have run out of TV shows.

I have (tonight) finished a long run of watching the entire run of Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis*.  Before that, it was Star Trek, ST:TNG, ST:DS9, ST:V, and Enterprise.  I watched all of the new Battlestar Galactica (was not impressed).  Watched all of the usual Joss dross - Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Cancelled: The Animated Series, etc.

And I know my Doctor Who backwards and forwards, original and new and BBV videos and audio dramas with the original cast and the Virgin line of books and the comics.

Also have watched all (or all to current) of Bones, Castle, the CSIs, Numb3rs (that was a chore towards the end), Supernatural, Criminal Minds, and… other things.

I started on Mentalist but after about 10 episodes I needed – deeply – to punch that dude in the face, so I stopped.

I want something scifi-y, with lots of episodes, does not have to be American.  Can be old, hopefully not too old.  Cancelled is fine, provided there are at least 100 episodes and it didn’t end on some sort of horrible cliffhanger.  Ideally need to be able to get it online for this to work – I have Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu Plus so yeah.

Your recommendations would be welcome.

*I have NOT started watching Stargate Universe because I really… really… really liked that show, and its cancellation at the hands of the unthinking, unfeeling, uncaring SyFy tore a not-small-chunk of my heart out.  I started to re-watch it and I was like “nooooop, too soon”.

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46 Responses to “What should I watch… now?”

  1. MJ Bush July 20, 2014 at 1:14 am #

    NCIS?

  2. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 1:15 am #

    I watched all of NCIS up until… um… until it got terrible.  I even watched most of the first season of NCIS: Miami or whatever it was called. 

  3. Scott Bee July 20, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    If you watched ST:TNG and BBC stuff you should watch Sherlock

    Everyone I've recommended "House of Cards" to has said it's awesome (netflix – 2 seasons).

    Hannibal, The Blacklist, and "24" are all great TV. (honorable mentions – Ray Donovan and Boardwalk Empire)

    None of these meet your 100 episodes criteria (maybe "24" has) but are all "must see"…  

    You'll thank me.

  4. Mike Dellheim July 20, 2014 at 1:28 am #

    I note a distinct and disappointing lack of Babylon 5 in your list of series… not to mention Earth:Final Conflict, Alien Nation, Farscape, and Andromeda.

  5. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 3:11 am #

    Well, I couldn't mention everything I've ever watched, +Mike Dellheim… I have indeed watched everythign there except Earth: Final Conflict.

  6. Michael Poe July 20, 2014 at 3:35 am #

    It's been for ever since I watched Earth: Final Conflict. but I recall the 1st season being solid and there was a decent amount of moral ambiguity for a Roddenberry show.  

    Also, Space: Above and Beyond.  It was a short lived sci fi show on fox (wow, huh?) it had a Starship Troopers vibe going on except it was about fighter pilots instead of infantry.  It did end on a quasi cliffhanger, through the creators of it swear that's actually the ending they wanted and the characters were meant to be just one small part of the conflict, not mythical space heroes that single handedly won the whole damn war themselves.  

    Oh and Rick and Morty, you totally watch that if you haven't yet.

  7. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 3:44 am #

    +Scott Bee Seen the first two seasons of Sherlock, have not done three yet, waiting for +Jacque Hanson. I tried Hannibal and 24 but neither were overly my taste, but I'll certainly give the others a look.

    +Michael Poe Space: Above and Beyond was the one with the quasi-alien Native American guy who ate the enemiesexpy whenever he got a chance, right? And they all piloted X-Wings and there was a midget involved.

  8. Brooke Johnson July 20, 2014 at 5:27 am #

    Not sci-fi, but our latest obsession is Hell on Wheels. I don't care for Civil War era stuff or Westerns at all, but the writing in that show is so well done. The third season was just put up on Netflix. I think AMC did it.

    My husband really likes Star Wars: Clone Wars, though he likes to pick apart the sci-fi elements more than anything else, I think.

  9. WSG Gallery July 20, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    Ray Bradbury Theater, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone (you know that already), Way Out, Thriller – to get a fair representive taste of '50's, '60's & '70's TV.  Amazying Stories is not to be had anywhere.

  10. Megan Reed July 20, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    I'm kind of in the same boat, so I'm interested to read the replies.
    I'm at a bit of a loss for sci-fi…but for non, what about Alias? Burn Notice?
    I'll come up with something after coffee…

  11. Russell Hannula July 20, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    I have to second "The Clone Wars", if you haven't seen it.  It starts out a bit rough, but it gets better as it goes along, enough that the prequel movies pale in comparison on nearly every level.  Which admittedly wasn't hard to do, but Clone Wars had the potential to have been so much worse than the prequels, that it out shined them was a most welcome surprise.  It has a great finale at the end of season 5 that basically turned into a series finale since it was canceled prematurely because Disney >:[ and while the truncated "season 6" has some really good episodes and story arcs (and is really quite dark, even bleak, but appropriate), it felt more like an epilogue than a continuation.  Still, I now basically consider the prequel movies non-canon Clone Wars fanfic.

    I assume you've seen Red Dwarf as well?  And the tragically aborted Babylon 5 spin off stuff?

  12. Brittany Constable July 20, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Big fan of Orphan Black, although it's not good for a binge, since there have only been two seasons and only one of them is available to stream.  (Husbandperson just got season 2 as a birthday gift, so it's a foregone conclusion that our next days off are going to be given over to watching it.)

    Although given your GIF, have you watched all of The Twilight Zone?  That was my most recent binge project.  Hulu has the whole original series.  (Prime and Netflix have it, but with weird gaps.)

  13. David Rollins July 20, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    With everything else you have there it's surprising you haven't seen Farscape yet. Andromeda is good fun.

    The best sci-fi I've seen in a long time is actually Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. Seasons three and four are nothing short of amazing.

    I remember Babylon 5 fondly and a friend of mine who recently rewatched it told me it still holds up.

    The new run of the Outer Limits had some great stories but it was all stand alone episodes with no recurring characters. Some familiar faces though.

  14. Martin Keaney July 20, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    Farcsape is good, even the follow up movie.

  15. Eric Hope July 20, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    What about: Seaquest, Haven, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Lost Girl, Primeval, or Being Human (UK version)?

    Not sure if they individually meet your episode criteria, but collectively they should give you many hours.

  16. Jenny e July 20, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    orphan black , Sleepy Holly is good.  There Under the dome.
    There some good anime I can suggest if want something short and really good.

  17. Mike Dellheim July 20, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    … Cleopatra 2525?

  18. Jenny e July 20, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Oh also Suisei no Gargantia it has a giant robot, You love giant robots.
     http://www.animeflavor.com/anime/suisei-no-gargantia

  19. Bronwyn McGuckin July 20, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    I also need recommendations. For someone without kids, I somehow went through all the Disney animated movies AND their craptastic sequels.

  20. Todd Tevlin July 20, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    I recently ran into one of my favorite shows on Youtube growing up, and that's Blake's 7. They have all 4 seasons online minus the very last episode of season 4 for some unknown strange reason. It's been great rewatching them again after 30 years..

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCww62Q1B2hR7RWfSIV4TjyA

  21. Martin Keaney July 20, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    Afterworld Episode 1 – The Big Day
    Afterworld is great, but it ends suddenly with no resolution.

  22. Hilary Hatch July 20, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    You could watch Dark Shadows. Not sci fi, but quirky and with lots of episodes. My aunt was recommending it the other day.

  23. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    +WSG Gallery – Seen most of those over the years, and while I do love a good anthology I'm looking more for things with recurring characters that I can play in the background while I do my "great deeds" (which currently involves staying up until 3 AM mastering and authoring +Cinematic For The People DVDs)

    +Megan Reed I watched all of Burn Notice up to the last season, where it had (in my humble opinion) started to run out of sharks to jump over.  I started on Alias, but could never get into it.  I'm about 50/50% on JJAbrams works – loved Fringe and Almost Human, did not like Lost or Alias.

    +Russell Hannula Interestingly enough, I got into B5 backwards – I really liked Gary Cole from American Gothic, so I watched Crusade because he was in it, which led me to go back and pick up B5 on repeats about the time we were doing the RPG back in the late 90s.

  24. painta76 July 20, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    have you tried :- Haven, Eureka, (which has crossovers with ) Warehouse 13? 

  25. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    +Brittany Constable  I've heard good things about Orphan Black, I was waiting until more of it existed to go on a binge though.  Usually I like my shows to have at least 2 seasons or 50+ episodes if they're an ongoing series before I get involved.

    +David Rollins and +Martin Keaney  Seen Farscape and Andromeda.

    +Eric Hope Watched Seaquest, Eureka, Warehouse 13 all during their original runs.  Have not seen Lost Girl.  Started Primeval but could not get past terrible CGI dinosaurs – I know, I'm a terrible human being.

  26. Brittany Constable July 20, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Yeah, you might want to give Orphan Black another season before you get into it.  British brevity and all.

    I'd recommend Veronica Mars, but with the caveat that, while the first season is some of the most perfect television ever made, it takes a rather sharp nosedive in season 2, and I didn't bother finishing season 3.  (Enjoyed the movie, though.)

  27. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    +Jenny e I'll hit up Orphan Black when there's more of it.  I might look into Sleepy Hollow, though, that looked fun (and I'm assuming since it's on Fox it's already been cancelled).  No anime though, this is what's running on my ADDTV to the side as I'm doing other work.

    +Mike Dellheim Watched all the Action Pack shows during their original run – Herc, Xena, Cleopatra 2525, and Jack of all Trades – as well as the failed series pilots for TekWar and Knight Rider.

    +Todd Tevlin I've seen all of Blake's 7 a few times over now.  Did you know that Big Finish gave it the same (albeit somewhat limited) treatment they've given Doctor Who – http://www.bigfinish.com/hubs/v/blake-s-7

    +Hilary Hatch I have… for better or worse – watched almost all of Dark Shadows – both the original 1960s soap opera and the 1990s reboot (which I watched on a B&W TV because… reasons).

  28. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    +painta76 Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Alphas (which were all set in the same universe).

    +Brittany Constable I never watched Veronica Mars… maybe I should fix that.

  29. Todd Tevlin July 20, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    +Jim Hanson , ok, I'm intrigued. How were they able to continue with audio adventures if everyone was killed in the very last episode of season 4?? Or is THIS the reason that episode is missing from online?

  30. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    Also, some more things I have watched (just to complete the record):

    Chicago Hope, ER, Northern Exposure, Due South, Early Edition, American Gothic, Twin Peaks, Earth 2, the ill-fated Knight Rider reboot, Team Knight Rider, Night Man, Mantis, Manimal, Auto Man, The Incredible Hulk, Hart to Hart, Simon and Simon, Magnum PI, Quincy, Matlock, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, X-Files, Millennium, Lone Gunmen, Profit, Rockford Files, Hardcastle and McCormick, The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage, Hunter, The Sentinel, Miami Vice, In The Heat of the Night, Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, MacGuyver…

  31. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    +Todd Tevlin Some of them are set before the "rocks fall, everybody dies" ending, and others… well…

    It's clear Avon doesn't die.  Really.  All he has to do is duck and all the guards shoot one another, typical Avon.  Also Villa… um… well, if you watch the episode (which involves finding it, I know) you can clearly see that Villa has not actually been shot – unlike the others, where there is a shot noise and then some sort of damage to the person before they fall over, he just randomly clutches his chest and falls over when there's a chance.  Which is typical Villa.  "Ok, yes, sure, I may be hiding under a pile of my dead friends, but… I am not myself dead."

  32. A B July 20, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Eek. You actually admit to Manimal. That's just… oh my. What about Leverage? Definitely also the original Being Human. And Misfits, though the quality of that seems to run hot and cold, and it's got more than the average amount of "adult" content. Also agree on Haven, though the last season ended oddly, not sure how they talk their way out of that and make it hang together. Sleepy Hollow has been renewed (Yay!) from what I've heard and it's well worth the watch. And I don't see Fringe in your lists, lots of twists without turning into polar bear and smoke monster style dead ends. Person Of Interest?

  33. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    +A B what can I say, a lot of these I picked up during the epoch of The Sci-fi Channel when they were doing "Super Hero Tuesdays" and things like that. I know I'm missing shows… Like The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr and the show with Darien Lambert chasing temporal fugitives (Time Trax?). And Quantum Leap. Time Tunnel. Land of the Giants. Lost in Space. Thunderbirds. Batman. Smallville. The Pretender. 7 Days. Robocop. Cold Case Files. The knock-off X Files that Dan Ackroyd bankrolled. Eleventh Hour (US and UK versions). Lie To Me. Lexx. Jake and The Fat Man. Space 1999.

    I've seen all but the last 3 episodes of Leverage. I also watched the first season of Misfits (which was all that there was at the time) and from what I've heard I am going to choose to believe it ended there.

  34. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Heroes, Dead Last, Reaper, Dead Like Me, Invasion, Crossing Jordan, The Finder, Jake 2.0, Chuck…

  35. Mike Dellheim July 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    My Secret Identity XD

  36. A B July 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    You really just want someone to suggest things like Mr. Merlin, The Second Hundred Years, Quark, and Starman don't you? ;) Though their runs were fairly short.

  37. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Hey now, I don't only watch schlock.  Just mostly.  Unfortunately, I've… seen Starman, and Quark and Mr Merlin do not appear to exist in a viewable format.

  38. Mike Dellheim July 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Ya know, every once in awhile I get a weird desire to watch Kung-Fu: the Legend Continues.

  39. Jim Hanson July 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Seen it.  sigh.

  40. Russell Hannula July 20, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Wow, you really are kind of out of TV shows to watch. 

  41. A B July 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    Oh, it's not a knock. I can suggest these shows because I've seen these shows. Notice how I didn't include Misfits of Science. :D

  42. Hilary Hatch July 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    You know, after reading this thread, I no longer feel guilty that I watch too much TV. I am twenty years behind you, Jim, and until this moment had no clue what that meant.

  43. Todd Tevlin July 20, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    +Jim Hanson I am not yet to the last episode of season 4 yet but will get back to you when you do. I remember as a teen that they all died, and will give you the benefit of the doubt on Villa, because it's quite possible that happened in a subtle way.

    Avon, on the other hand, I can't see that happening really. (but I will rewatch to verify.) The laser sound effects that went over the credits went on way too long for it to be a "duck and guards shoot each other" scenario. It would be interesting if true, however, but I always thought that was it for everyone.

  44. Jacque Hanson July 20, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    +Hilary Hatch , we couldn't even get you into damned Star Trek TNG. It's hard to express how that interferes. 

  45. Jacque Hanson July 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    also ELEVENTH HOUR!  ELEVENTH HOUR IS FUCKING AWESOME SAUCE ON TOAST IT IS ALL OF THE MOST ASININE HUBRISITIC SCIENCEYNESS.  

    Everyone should watch it and marvel at it's epic goodness.

  46. Jenny e July 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Oh there is also Black Mirror. You might have hard time finding it (its a BBC show that not airing. I don't think it on netscpe or hulla) You might have download  by other means. But short 3 or 4 episode per season very dark (like dark twisted twilight zone)   and very good. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2085059/episodes?year=2011&ref_=tt_eps_yr_2011

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