Television: A Definitive Guide to What You Should (and Shouldn’t!) Be Watching

I realize that this post is ENTIRELY subjective, and that different people have different tastes. Which is ok! But since I’ve had a Netflix subscription (ok, my parents have had a Netflix subscription) for the past 6+ years, and I’ve intermittently had access to HBO Go, I’ve watched a fair number of the hyped-up shows. I also like to joke that I’m a serial quitter… get it? (Strained laugh). So I’ll tell you about both the shows that I love as well as those that I either couldn’t stand right away or that took a couple of seasons to go sour on me.

In general, this post is organized from Best → Worst. For my top recommendations, read the first portion, and to discover which shows I utterly loathe, skip to the very bottom.

My #1 TV show of all time: The Wire
The Wire
My opinion here is nothing unique; The Wire has been praised countless times as the best show that’s ever appeared on air. Set in Baltimore, this gritty police drama is an incredibly accurate and depressingly realistic portrayal of inner-city life in contemporary America. I never felt like I was wasting my time when I was watching this show; on the contrary, I always felt like I was learning something. Each season has a unique narrative arc and thematic focus; colloquially, they are referred to as  Season 1, drugs; Season 2, unions; Season 3, politics; Season 4, schools; and Season 5, media. Fair warning: there is an inordinate amount of cursing in this show. I’m 100% OK with foul language, but the pilot episode still managed to shock me. Just power through episode one, accept that Bunk is a hilarious character, and make it over the “season two hump” (the only slightly weak season in the whole series), and you’ll be extremely grateful to yourself.  Just wait until you meet Omar and his shotgun!

The Other Incredible Drama: Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad
Like many people, I was initially skeptical about Breaking Bad, not least because my parents told me I had to watch it. Well mom & dad, you were right: It is phenomenal. I’d been watching it for a couple of years when, suddenly, somewhere around the end of season three/beginning of season four, the show exploded in popularity. I was both astonished and extremely pleased that this amazing character drama was finally getting the recognition it deserved from critics and mass audiences alike.

You’re probably all familiar with the story by now: lovable and kind high school Chemistry teacher Walter White is diagnosed with lung cancer. Understandably, he panics at the thought of dying and leaving behind his pregnant wife and disabled son. Mr. White puts his Chemistry knowledge to the test and quickly becomes an accomplished methamphetamine cook. He recruits his former student and general low-life Jessie to be his partner. Though some people complained that the show took a long time to establish itself, I’ve never been fussy about pacing, and thoroughly enjoyed the first two seasons. Others claimed that the show took a deep dive in quality midway through; I couldn’t disagree more. Every single episode in the last season ends on a cliffhanger. Waiting an entire year to see Hank’s reaction was excruciating! It’s another show that I can’t recommend enough.

The Fabulously Funny Shows

I thought I had more entries in the drama category, but I guess not. Of the eight shows I’d call “incredible,” six are comedies (well, I suppose Louie is about half-and-half). I’ll just run through these quickly, as you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Flight of the Conchords

Flight of the Conchords is a campy, fabulously corny, and quirky to a fault. Created by New Zealand comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, each episode features two or three outrageously bad, and therefore outrageously funny, song spoofs. My favorite? The pseudo-rap “Hipphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros.”
Extras
Another show that has me rolling on the floor, but which I think is comparatively less well-known, is Extras by Ricky Gervais. It’s chock-full of celebrity guest stars making fools out of themselves. The main character, played by Gervais, is an unlucky, slightly porky, middle-aged actor who’s never caught his big break—and thus has resigned himself to always being cast as an “extra” in TV shows and films. When he finally gets the fame he craves, he manages to do an excellent job destroying his entire life.

Arrested Development

Arrested Development is a cult classic at this point. It’s about a rich white family that has become stupendously backwards after years of living like parasitic beings. Michael Bluth is the only reasonably sane one, and even then he’s constantly making bad decisions. The show can be frustrating, but it’s also witty, incredibly entertaining, and dizzyingly self-referential. My favorite subplot is the multi-episode arc starring Charlize Theron as a British spy.
Louie
Louie is probably the most depressing comedy out there. But it’s amazing, in part, for precisely that reason. Louis C.K. has a biting sense of humor and a solidly unhealthy outlook on life. Peppered with bits from his standup routines, Louie is a show about a normal guy living a lonely, divorced life in New York and struggling to make it through the everyday absurdities that seem to affect him more than most.

The Boondocks Chappelle's Show

And now for the comedies infused with social criticism. The Boondocks, created by Aaron McGruder and based on his comic strip of the same name, is the only animated show on this list. Narrated by Huey, an intelligent and well-reasoned African-American boy growing up in a wealthy, predominately white suburb, The Boondocks is sharp, shocking, and satirical. Likewise, Dave Chappelle’s enormously popular Comedy Central show Chappelle’s Show has attained legendary status because of its unforgiving skits about racism, sexism, and pop culture figures. Famously canceled after just two years on the air, it’s well-worth investing in the box set.

Worth the Hype

Orange is the New Black

Yes, it really is as good as everyone says! Don’t let the first couple of episodes turn you off, because they are the weakest episodes in the series’ two-season run. Women, prison, relationships, drama, corruption, racism, empathy, and lesbian sex galore. It has it all.
Game of Thrones
With incredibly high production values, complex characters, a medieval setting, and incredible actors, Game of Thrones is just as good as everyone says. See My 5 Reasons for liking the series.

Office, House of Cards, Parks and Rec

Also deserving of the popularity that has been lobbed their way: The Office (a shockingly accurate portrayal of the sluggish corporate lives that many Americans lead), House of Cards (dark, ruthless, and twisted), and Parks and Recreation (cheesy, quirky, and substantially better starting with season 2).

Honorable Mentions

Coming directly after the “Incredible” and “Worth the Hype” categories are the TV shows that are still very, very good, but not quite great.

Treme
Treme is set in post-hurricane Katrina New Orleans. While I sometimes get tired of the excessive “city pride” that saturates the show, it’s an amazing way to learn about the city’s unique music scene. It took me a few episodes before I was hooked.
True Detective
True Detective became a smash hit almost instantly. I was enamored of the first few episodes, but thought the series ended on a weak note. Nonetheless, the cinematography is gorgeous, and if you want an eerie, haunting look into the psychoses of the American South, then HBO’s latest crime drama is a solid choice.

Shows that Started Strong / Shows that are Decent

TV that went sour

You know how I said that I tend to give up on TV shows? Well, I loved all six of these shows at one point, but after a while they just weren’t worth watching anymore. Seasons 1 & 2 of Mad Men contain some of the best TV that’s ever been produced; season 3 was still good, and then Megan appeared in season 4 and it was all downhill from there. The West Wing has amazing characterization, but the unquestionably patriotic overtones get old very quickly. The first two seasons of The Walking Dead are absolutely terrifying, but then it starts deteriorating — just like the rotting zombies. I watched House, M.D. religiously in high school, only to realize that it was making me slightly depressed. Scrubs was the lighthearted medical show that went bananas around season 5/6. And finally, Boardwalk Empire was excellent for the first two seasons, before descending into an aimless bloodbath in season 3. Basically, the bottom line here is that many TV shows only stay good for the first 1-2 seasons. To quote Batman: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become a villain.”

Also in this category, but weren’t as good to begin with: Bones, Glee (though past season two it’s pure tripe), True Blood, and Weeds.
Ok shows
This next group of shows I consider decent. They aren’t masterpieces by any means, but they have their quality moments and you don’t need to feel embarrassed to admit that you watch them. The Middle is about an utterly average family of four and their amusing monetary woes. I think everybody knows about Modern Family by now; I don’t really watch it much anymore because the Sofia hype got to be a bit much, but it had some genuinely funny moments in the first couple of seasons. Downton Abbey is ridiculously dramatic, but somehow quite addicting, and I feel like the actors do a surprisingly good job considering the material they’re given to work with. Finally, Bored to Death is a funny little show starring Jason Schwartzman as a cowardly pseudo-detective. Utterly unrealistic (there are never any consequences), but that’s part of its charm. I almost forgot 30 Rock and South Park! But they belong in this category, too.

The shows I just didn’t get along with

Shows I didn't get along with
And then there are the shows that just didn’t sit well with me, for whatever reason: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Homeland, Veep, Doctor Who, Heroes, Curb Your Enthusiasm, American Horror Story, The Big Bang Theory, Law & Order, How I Met Your Mother,and Portlandia. Some of these shows are considered classics; others could probably be placed in the “Disgustingly Terrible” category (see below). Then again, I don’t think these shows necessarily deserve condemnation, but I do think that you’re wasting your time by watching them since there’s much better stuff out there.

The Disgustingly Terrible Ones that You Should be Ashamed of Yourself for Watching

<OMG GIRLS

Long subtitle, but I obviously feel strongly about this. My most-hated TV show of all time is Girls, followed closely by The Vampire Diaries and Sex and the CityGirls makes me ashamed of my generation. The show is an exercise in sloppy nepotism, and none of the characters have any redeeming qualities. That’s right; they aren’t “complex” or “realistic” because they “have problems” (Oh, woe is me, I live in New York City in my early 20s!); they’re simply spoiled, foolish, and, as a result, bordering on misanthropic.

Sex and the City
My dislike for Sex and the City also knows no bounds. It’s supposed to be a show about female liberation, when really it’s a textbook on corporate feminism (see: Sheryl Sandberg). Independence, intelligence, utility, and femininity do not depend on one’s ability to pop into Saks and pick up a pair of Manolo Blahniks. And for all of the credit that the show gets for supporting the concept of friendship, there’s an astonishing amount of inconsistency, detachment, and even manipulation among the four so-called friends. (Imagine if one of them suddenly couldn’t afford to dine out for brunch anymore. Would she still be included in “the circle”? I think not). Don’t even get me started on the show’s dysfunctional attitude toward relationships.

The other shows in this category are just… bad. I reserve special vehemence for Girls and Sex and the City mostly because they often get praised for being something they’re not: feminist. The same goes for Scandal. (See my full review of that shameful show here). The remainder of the shows — Vampire Diaries, Nip/Tuck, Little Britain, Pretty Little Liars, Drop Dead Diva, 2 Broke Girls, Supernatural, and Alphas — are the kind that actively kill your brain cells as you watch. Please, do yourself a favor and watch something that makes sense. Even Downton Abbey is miles better than this detritus!

Shows I Want to Watch / Shows I’ll Probably Never Watch

There are some canonical TV shows that I’ve never watched for one reason or another. These include: Seinfeld, Lost, The Simpsons, 24, Everybody Loves Raymond, Entourage, The Sopranos, Sherlock, and Family Guy. I’ve already decided that I probably won’t like these shows, with the possible exception of Sherlock. So… don’t bother trying to convince me.

The Good Wife

As for shows that I would like to start watching… Masters of SexNathan For You, Hung, The Good Wife, and Pushing Daisies are currently on the list. Is there anything else that I’m missing? Something that would appeal to my extremely high standards? Let me know in the comments below!

And this, ladies and gentlemen, concludes my thesis.
THANK YOU for reading, and congratulations if you made it all the way through!

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41 thoughts on “Television: A Definitive Guide to What You Should (and Shouldn’t!) Be Watching

  1. Hey, i’ve just had the chance to read this properly and its the best TV recommendation post i’ve ever read! Plus we have creepily similar tastes. I think you might be a younger, smarter, female version of me.

    I have a few points to make – firstly have you ever watched the newest Battlestar Galactica? It was amazing.

    Also, i think Its Always Sunny in Philidelphia really starts to gel around season 3 and from then on is the funniest show ever.

    If you like British/Irish comedies these are my favourites ever: I’m Alan Partridge (its very british humour though), Father Ted, and Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace (there are only six episodes and it would take forever to explain what its about but i loved it!)

    Sorry for the super long comment 🙂

    1. Whew, took me a few days to get to this comment, didn’t it? 🙂 I’m glad you agree with most of my recommendations! I always enjoy your movie reviews, so really it’s not too surprising.
      I haven’t watched Battlestar Galactica. But it is streaming on Netflix, so I will! For some reason I thought it was a spaceship or a video game…
      Honestly, I think part of the reason It’s Always Sunny was lost on me is because I never got a chance to be a Danny DeVito fan. I’ve seen a few of his movies, but none of the “classics,” I don’t think.
      Thank you for letting me know about the British/Irish comedies! I haven’t heard of any of those, but I really like British/Irish humor (apart from the cheesy stuff in Little Britain) so I will give them a go when I get the chance.
      Also, just out of curiosity, how do you feel about Sherlock w/ that old Cumberbatch? I watched the pilot at 5 AM and didn’t think it was very good, but that could have been the sleep deprivation…

      1. Haha I miss comments all the time, people probably think I’m an asshole!
        Yeah Battlestar Galactica is a fantastic show. A lot of it I social commentary on the war on terror and also religious fundamentalism. I loved it.

        I can’t stand Little Britain, its a horrible show that’s basically just a load of catchphrases overused.

        I kind of like Sherlock but a lot of the time it seems to think its too clever which is quite annoying. I don’t understand the wild love that gets directed at it

        1. Yeah, the whole “tortured genius” thing was done a long time ago – and seemingly much better – in House, MD. I’ll give Sherlock one more chance but I think that’s it. It’s kind of interesting to see London filmed in the dark & rain.

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  3. Love this list. I only have two more episodes of the second season of The Wire (I was distracted by Orange is the New Black), and I love the show so far, although season 2 was definitely tough to get in to.

    At first I liked The Big Bang Theory, but then my dad pointed out the obnoxious laugh track and suddenly I couldn’t stand the show anymore. How I Met Your Mother has a laugh track too, but I barely even notice it.

    I think you’d love Sherlock. Easily the best detective show I’ve ever seen. (Though I haven’t seen True Detective yet.)

    1. I’m glad you’re almost over the Season 2 hump! Season 3 is excellent, I promise.
      Yes, someone did the EXACT SAME thing to me re: Big Bang Theory. After that, it was pretty much ruined.
      I’m definitely going to watch Sherlock. Might even start watching it this weekend, in fact. Yay for Netflix! True Detective is not a very “pure” detective show, if that makes sense. It’s just as much about superstition/cultural biases/the human psyche as it is about “solving mysteries.” Really savor the episodes. Each one is beautiful.

  4. I’m glad to see someone else agree that Parks and Recreation is worth picking up in Season 2, and Season 1 can be skipped. Once past the first season, it figured out it wasn’t an Office clone, and ventured into new, quirky territory.

    1. Yes! Parks & Rec really found its identity in Season 2, didn’t it? I read somewhere (probably Wikipedia) that test audiences reacted negatively to Poehler’s character in Season 1, calling her too dumb. In Season 2 they made a concerted effort to make her more intelligent, in her own quirky way. It certainly made a difference!

  5. Wow, you basically wrote a tv guide, that I will def. be following. Personally I have heard of most of these shows, but I have only seen 5% of them. I honestly don’t watch tv much, the only thing I don’t miss is young and restless. However, I liked the few episodes I saw of modern family, and I had on dvd most seasons of Boondocks. I def. want to start watching OTNB, when I get time to watch it. Keep up the good work!!

    http://sincerelymissj.blogspot.ca

    1. I know, I think I kind of wrote too much! haha. But I think it will be helpful down the line once my memory starts fading. I think I’ve watched a disproportionate amount of TV, even for a 20-something American, so no worries! (Lots of time spent procrastinating in college, basically). Plus I would think that streaming policies might be more restrictive in other countries. It’s quite difficult for me to watch Downton Abbey, for example, after the episodes are taken down from PBS’s website.
      DO watch Orange is the New Black when you can. It’s actually quite amazing!

  6. Oh my goodness, this is quite a post, Alina! You totally captured the good and the bad of television with this list. My favorites from your list were The Wire (epic), Arrested Development, and Parks and Rec. I like some that you didn’t enjoy so much including: It’s Always Sunny (I love awkward comedies, and these guys are all so bad it makes me laugh), Heroes (I’m a sci-fi dork), and How I Met Your Mother (because I’m also a huge romantic, but I hated the final season of this show with a passion). I highly recommend the latest BBC Sherlock if you like crime/detective shows. I find it quite enjoyable playing along and seeing the modern touches of the show, except each episode is about 1.5 hours long so you have to have time to dedicate to it. I also really liked the first couple of seasons of Community for its quirkiness.

    1. I know, I really went to town on it! I didn’t intend for it to become this long! haha.
      I don’t know why I didn’t get along with It’s Always Sunny. It’s certainly not consistent with my viewing behavior or my fondness for quirky comedies. Oh well. I watched quite a bit of Heroes in high school, and it didn’t seem bad at the time, but I doubt it would stand up well to a re-watch test! I like sci-fi, but I think it’s really easy to make bad sci-fi movies/TV/books, more so than other genres. I’m not much of a romantic, so I think that explains HIMYM (ha!)
      I am DEFINITELY going to watch Sherlock. I do like crime/detective shows, as evidenced by my passion for The Wire! And the 1.5 hour length sounds good to me. I actually enjoy super-long episodes. Then it feels more like a miniseries than a sitcom. Thank you for commenting!!

      1. Oh – just wanted to add if you couldn’t tell from my last comment – “Shelock” has been moved into the “Want to Watch” category! So many people have recommended it, I figure there must be something good going on!

  7. Hey Alina, nice list! I agree with you on most of the terrible shows, though I didn’t think Sex and the City was all that bad, heh!

    My favourite shows of all time, in no particular order: The Good Wife (you must watch it!), Mad Men, OITNB, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Masters of Sex, Game of Thrones, Ugly Betty, The Office, Community, Hannibal, Six Feet Under, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland.
    Guilty pleasures: Early CSI, Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds and Gossip Girl, The Mentalist, Modern Family, Switched at Birth, Dexter, Supernatural, Desperate Housewives, Awkward, True Blood.
    🙂

      1. Breaking Bad is a little bit more accessible, I think! So perhaps start there? Or with The Wire. You really can’t go wrong with either! 🙂
        You’re right that Sex and the City does have its moments. I just think that the emphasis on materialism is waaaaay too strong. Though I’m hardly one to criticize, considering that my greatest weakness is Sephora…
        You mentioned some shows that I forgot! I need to watch Friday Night Lights. I didn’t much like Parenthood but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. I’m glad you like Masters of Sex – I already like Lizzy Caplan so that’s a good sign! I have heard that the cinematography in Hannibal is excellent. Weeds, Gossip Girl, and Grey’s Anatomy were guilty pleasures for me as well! And I thought that True Blood was fascinating to begin with. It was just a little too crazy for its own good. Thanks for the long comment, I’m glad that you saw a bit of yourself reflected in this post!

  8. I’m not a big TV watcher but I loved this post. I completely agree with you about GIRLS. Girls makes me frustrated whenever I think about it, for the same reasons you listed. I hate that that show is the “voice” of my generation, that I am expected to listen to these horrible people whine and moan and look good doing it, and that they’re supposed to represent me when they so don’t. You’re right, they’re not real. They’re types. Which character are you? Barf. It’s not even remarkably progressive or feminist. I’m shocked whenever Lena Dunham gets accolades for this show. For the same reasons, I disliked Sex and the City after I initially watched it. It’s set up as an example for others to follow, but it ends up being preachy in a shallow, vulgar kind of way. Why must women be broken down in types anyway? Ugh. It just bothers me. I’m glad I’m not the only one. The only one I can stand on that show is Charlotte, because she happens to be a decent human being and surprisingly complex.

    1. I’m so relieved to hear that you hate GIRLS, too! It’s truly awful. I get resentful that people give Lena Dunham so much credit. If she is the “voice” of our generation, then frankly, we’re fucked!
      Admittedly, I’m being a bit harsh on Sex and the City. Or maybe not. No, I’m not. But at least it has some funny/witty moments, whereas Girls is all awkwardness and pettiness. I always liked Samantha, but I think that’s just because I’m nothing like her, ha! She’s pretty terrible!

      1. I actually really liked Samantha too, she’s true to who she is and has her own brand of integrity. And hooray for hating Lena Dunham! You’re so right; if she’s the voice of our generation it looks pretty bleak for us.

  9. This is an amazingly comprehensive post! 😀 I looove The Wire as well. I agree with and adore all of your top shows except The Boondocks, which I’ve never seen but people always tell me to. I reckon if you love Louie you’ll also love Seinfeld. Some of it is getting pretty dated by now, but the two have similar themes and dark humour. Also I watched the first season of Girls and hated it so much, it’s completely insufferable! Never again!

    1. Yeah I don’t know how I managed to finish the first season of Girls! It just got such good press that I thought I ought to give it a trial run. I probably would like Seinfeld; Julia Louis-Dreyfus went to the same university I did so I feel “connected” to it in some way (I realize it’s completely bogus of me to say that – I mean, the lady is worth $3 billion!). I’m so glad that you like The Wire! If you liked Chappelle’s Show, then you’ll love The Boondocks for sure.

  10. Ahihihi I made it about a 3/4. oops 😀 I hardly follow a TV show. I always ended up procrastinating. There’s only three I religously watch (yes, present tense) – Survivor, Lost, and Friends. I followed The Office and The Amazing Race. Then a little of everything else – Dexter, Arrested Development, True Blood, etc. I rarely watch TV anymore. I am now very curious about Breaking Bad, Flight of the Concord, … I’ve been hearing about the raves about Orange is the New Black and Games of Thrones. It’s just hard for me to get hooked on TV shows. Thanks for your reviews. When in time, I get my interest in TV you’ll definitely my arbiter for it.

    1. Haha I have to say I can’t blame you! I finished writing this post and went, “Oh boy! This is really long. Is anyone going to read this??” So thanks for reading even 3/4 of it!
      I’ve never watched Lost, and I’ve seen maybe 2 episodes each of Survivor and Friends. Survivor seems too mean 😦 And I don’t like laugh tracks, so that eliminates several more shows. I forgot about Dexter, though! The first season was intriguing, and the title sequence could have won an award all its own.

  11. I don’t have a lot of time to watch multi-season series, but glad you like two of my all-time fave sitcoms, “The Office” and “Parks and Rec.” I think “Portlandia” is good in YouTube-sized bites, but eventually the parody of annoying hipsters gets annoying in itself. I’ll put in a good word for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Also, you’re right: “Girls” and “Sex in the City” are on the wrong side of history…

    1. Yes, The Office and Parks and Rec are both extraordinarily accurate! I was surprised to find that I preferred Parks and Rec to 30 Rock, since the latter gets a lot more attention. I think the funniest part of Portlandia is the opening music sequence. After that… well, it’s a very stereotypical way of making fun of stereotypes, and I never really got along with that blatant SNL-style of humor to begin with. I’ve heard good things about John Oliver. I didn’t think about it for this post as it’s more of a pseudo-news show (right?), but I bet I’d enjoy it as I like to watch clips from The Daily Show every now and then.

  12. The Wire is up there for me too. Great comedies too, though shame you couldn’t get into The Big Bang Theory, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Curb your Enthusiasm. The Good Wife really is awesome too. I’ve just got Bored to Death 🙂

    1. I’ll admit that I kiiiiiind of liked Big Bang Theory, but I detest laugh tracks so that ruined it for me. It’s Always Sunny just struck me as really odd. I’ve been told I have a problem with shows where none of the characters are “good people.” So perhaps that’s a fault on my part for not being more open-minded. I think Curb Your Enthusiasm is directed towards a different generation… it just seemed outdated to me! I’m glad to hear you like The Good Wife. I’ve been told multiple times that I need to watch it!

  13. I really enjoyed The Wire for it’s gritty believability. The creator of the show (I forget his name) is a really interesting character too, an ex-journalist who spent years reporting on crime in Baltimore which obviously proved to be invaluable research for his series. I thought Treme (his next project) was a deliciously deep, authentic presentation of New Orleans culture…It’s interesting that you liked Extras. For British viewers like me, much of the comic impact came from the fact that several UK television stars (or ex-stars) were featured in the show, who you might not be familiar with? Talking of UK comedy, I wonder how many people know that Hugh Laurie from House was for many years the comedy partner of Stephen Fry, who is not yet such a global star but is viewed as something of a national treasure here. Known simply as Fry and Laurie, they had a very witty and erudite style of humour.

    1. David Simon is the guy you’re thinking of. He’s just an amazing person. I do think Treme is very, very good, but it’s not a masterpiece like The Wire, of course! Simon also wrote an insightful essay about the whole NSA scandal. I’ll link that here: http://davidsimon.com/we-are-shocked-shocked/
      I have heard of Fry and Laurie! Somehow I never got around to watching it, though. I think part of the reason is that for the longest time (in high school, mind you) I thought Hugh Laurie was American. His accent on House is impeccable! So it would have been a bit jarring to see him speak in his natural British accent… much like when I looked up Idris Elba (Stringer Bell from the Wire) and found a music video of his! You have to look it up. You will laugh so much!
      Finally, I recognized a lot of the folks in Extras. You’d be surprised, perhaps, to discover how well-known UK celebrities are here in the States! Everybody’s obsessed with the accents. Production companies are always hiring old British guys to narrate documentaries because it lends them an added level of credibility. It’s really quite hilarious!

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