- Battlestar Galactica (Gritty, realistic, complex)
- The Daily Show
- The Cobert Report
- Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1 (comedy in space)
- My name is Earl (Hilarious. Its "Raising Arizona" meets Seinfield.)
- Medium (Kolchack meets Kojack)
- House (A fun show: genius doctor hates people, people hate genius doctor)
- South Park
- Nova, Frontline (haven't seen a new one in a while)
- CSI (the original one. The spinoffs are particularly awful)
- The Simpsons
Most of the above dramas (except Medium, Galactica, and Lost) follow a formula. Take CSI for example. You know when they have a suspect in hand and its not the final three minutes of the show then it's the wrong guy. House has this problem too. He comes up with a crazy diagnosis and unless we are in the final three minutes of the show, the diagnosis is wrong. They are still great shows though.
Medium depicts a neat hyper-realistic family life that reminds me of That Speilberg classic Close Encounter of the Third Kind, and even Poltergeist. Those movies captured the feeling of a normal, chaotic home filled with children, toys, and TV despite the otherworldy storylines.
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