8 Delicious and Inviting Shows to Binge-Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving, America! It's time once again to gather 'round the green bean casserole and confess our sins share what we're thankful for. For the 6th year in a row, the TV.com staff unanimously picked Matt Bomer, which is probably fair! Runners-up included the Hannibal finale, the fact that Wicked City is no longer stinking up the airwaves, and that we have four glorious days to fill with nothing but TV goodness. As the reruns roll in for the long weekend, what TV shows are you planning on shoveling into your eyeholes? We'd love to hear your current recommendations in the comments, but if you've got nothing on your TV-viewing plate, come on over to the TV.com table because there's something for everyone below. Also, in the spirit of the holiday, we've even included "pairing" suggestions that will let you know which family members make the best viewing companions for each show. So kick back and dig in! 


CURRENT SHOWS YOU'LL KICK YOURSELF IF YOU MISS

You're the Worst (Hulu)

Watch it with: Your older brother who shares your misanthropic tendencies. 

Why you should watch it: You're the Worst's take on contemporary relationships involving four maladjusted human beings living in Los Angeles makes it one of the funniest comedies currently on TV. It rose to the top of must-see lists rather quietly last season thanks to episodes like "Sunday Funday" and "Fists and Feet and Stuff," which removed the pressure of expectations and allowed the half-hour comedy to thrive creatively. That theme has continued in its second season, which has been just as funny, but has also seen the series take on an ambitious storyline involving clinical depression, and it's made for a bold and impressive turn from a show that many already considered to be at the top of its game.

We also recommend: iZombie (Netflix and Hulu), Fargo (Hulu), and Banshee (Cinemax)


OFF-KILTER FAVORITES

Pushing Daisies (CW Seed)

Watch it with: Your best friend who traded their crazy family for yours this year.

Why you should watch it: A whimsical series from the endlessly creative mind of Bryan Fuller, the adventures of Lee Pace's Pie Maker are the perfect dessert to settle down with after a busy day of giving thanks and making small talk with your own wacky aunts. Between the series' uplifting theme of second chances, the saturated color palette that makes everything pop, and the combination of Ned's fantastical ability to bring people back from the dead mixed with Emerson Cod's more cynical and no-nonsense approach to solving crimes makes for an entertaining way to spend a few hours. Add in Jim Dale's narration, Kristin Chenoweth's singing, and a Chuck's eccentric aunts and you've got an addicting series that will have you gobbling up each new episode.

We also recommend: Party Down (Hulu), Psych (Netflix), and Twin Peaks (Netflix and Hulu)


COOL SCIENCE-FICTION, FANTASY, AND HORROR

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)

Watch it with: Your grandfather who can tell you real war stories after each episode.

Why you should watch it: Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, the series explores an alternate timeline in which the Axis powers won World War II and completely changed the face of the world as we know it. Depicted in glorious detail, the series, which is second only to Transparent in terms of Amazon's original programming, unravels a captivating story that looks at the systemic problem of war and occupation and paints evil with a broad brush that's just as applicable today as it would have been in 1962, when the series is set. The concept alone is enough to bring you in sight unseen, but once you've spent some time in the show's alternate world, you'll want to stay long enough to binge the entire first season.

We also recommend: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (CW Seed), Misfits (Hulu), and The Returned (Netflix)


CLASSICS THAT ARE WORTH REVISITING

The Sopranos (HBO Go, Amazon)

Watch it with: Your dad who may be shaped like Tony, but has never killed a man (that you know of).

Why you should watch it: It doesn't matter if you're an old pro or if you've yet to experience the magic of The Sopranos and its take on morality, you'll want to make sure you've got plenty of time to digest this heavy series properly. Forgetting the fact that the show completely changed the face of TV and jump-started the much-talked about Golden Age, Tony Soprano and his personal struggles as a New Jersey mob boss made for one of the most memorable story arcs in history, complete with possibly the most iconic ending we've ever seen. The series is also responsible for the rise of the modern antihero, so without Tony, who knows if there'd have ever been a Walter White or a Don Draper. 

We also recommend: Seinfeld (Hulu), The X-Files (Netflix), and The West Wing (Netflix)


COMEDIES GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU LAUGH

Broad City (Hulu)

Watch it with: Your sis who will totally identify with the comedy's take on young 20-somethings.

Why you should watch it: Get those digestion muscles churning with belly laughs courtesy of Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, comedy's indie "it" girls. A hyper-realization of their own lives as struggling youngsters in New York City, Broad City strips away decadent TV glamour for real-life shenanigans and charming self-awareness and self-deprecation. While most TV comedies aim for targeting the current generation with brand marketing and research, Broad City nails current life by having lived it. It's a comedy that doesn't give an F and is funnier for it. There's no catch, there's no hook, it's just two actresses in their prime pushing boundaries and being hilarious.

We also recommend: Playing House (Hulu, USA), Silicon Valley (HBO), Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix)


COMPLEX DRAMAS AND THRILLERS

Mr. Robot (Hulu and USA)

Watch it with: Your hipster cousin who totally liked the show before it was cool.

Why you should watch it: You still have a chance to be an early adopter of this Best of 2015 contender that made waves with critics but didn't crack the mainstream, and you damn well should. Ostensibly about a hacker who takes on the richest of the rich in a story that's never been more relevant than today, Mr. Robot is a genre-bending head game that delves into much deeper themes with each passing episode. As a cerebral look into the digital age as well as more established problems that have existed ever since the dawn of human intelligence, this is not for the weak of mind. And don't let the USA affiliation scare you off, it's unlike anything the network has done. And with a kick-ass score, dazzling camera work, and unique presentation, it's unlike anything television has done before. This is a must watch if you consider yourself a fan of television, and potentially the medium's next great franchise.

We also recommend: Marvel's Jessica Jones (Netflix), The Hour (Amazon), and The Americans (Amazon)


KID-TESTED, MOTHER-APPROVED SERIES


Chef's Table (Netflix)

Watch it with: Your well-meaning mom who will never stop trying to make you to eat your veggies.

Why you should watch it: You've slaved over a stove getting your green bean casserole just right, now sit back and watch someone else do the cooking. This Netflix documentary focuses on different chefs in each episode, delving into their cooking style, personal lives, and backgrounds for an astonishing look at how food goes from a chef's mind to a chef's table. Less about the taste and flavors (which is good since we still don't have taste-o-vision) and more about style and technique, Chef's Table shows a deeper appreciation for cuisine than just pulling ingredients out of a basket or running around Guy Fieri's supermarket. Eat this up.

We also recommend: Cheers (Netflix), Parenthood (Netflix), and Jane the Virgin (Netflix and Hulu)


TEEN SHOWS THAT NEVER GET OLD

Daria (Hulu)

Watch it with: Your older sister who's actually the Jane to your Daria, not the Quinn.

Why you should watch it: An animated series anchored by a sardonic high schooler who was both insecure about her place and thought she was better than everyone, Daria defined a generation of young women. And although the satirical series sometimes shows its age in 2015, it's still pretty relatable, whether you're a high schooler who identifies with Daria's cynicism or someone who grew up watching the series and is now looking back on it with fond memories. 

We also recommend: Felicity (Hulu), My So-Called Life (Hulu), and Bunheads (ABC Family)

What's next on your list of TV shows to binge-watch? What will you be checking out with your family this Thanksgiving? 


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Dec 02, 2015
Awake is a great and original, twisted one-season series that can be recommended.
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Nov 28, 2015
I love tv (obviously since i'm on here) but for a holiday weekend i suggest doing something crazy, get your family to turn of their smartphones and get some fun boardgames! settlers of catan is a modern day classic!
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Nov 28, 2015
even without the thousands of licensed songs Daria is still great to watch on hulu plus.
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Nov 27, 2015
I currently watching through Arrested Development again.
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Nov 27, 2015
Jessica jones allllll weekend with a bowl of chips and a endless glass of Coke.
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Nov 27, 2015
Here are some shows that are worth binge watching:

CHiPS

Barney Miller

Kojak

Rockford Files

Kolchak The Night Stalker

Columbo

BJ and The Bear.


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Nov 30, 2015

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Nov 27, 2015
All crap (with the exception of The Sopranos) compared to Getting On and River.
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Nov 29, 2015
Have you seen Pushing Daisies mentioned above? I downloaded it, and just finished binge watching both seasons, it was fantastically original and fun.
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Nov 27, 2015
So I picked up Pushing Daisies as recommended. great show!
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Nov 27, 2015
Watch Spartacus, it's epic!

Maybe not with family though.

Pro tip: Watch season 2 "Gods of the Arena" first.
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Nov 27, 2015
"Twilight Zone".....
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Nov 26, 2015
What no binge watching marathon of TV's Benson? :P
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Nov 26, 2015
I would recommend "Dexter" (Netflix) for fans of the dark and twisty who haven't seen it yet.

Thanks for the recommendation of "The Hour." Don't think I've heard of that one, and I have Amazon Prime, so I can watch it for free.
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Nov 26, 2015
People really need to binge on a little British show called Him & Her - one of the best comedies i have ever seen

It Stars Russell Tovey (who the Yanks will know from the original Being Human and Looking)

it is perfection and the final series takes place over a wedding day - like HIMYM's final season only MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH better

It has 25 episodes (30 minutes each - give or take)
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Nov 26, 2015
How could you miss the wire? The best TV show ever. It's even better than Breaking Bad. I rewatch the first 2 season before the fall started. I'll continue with the rest but I have to finished Jessica Jones & man in high castle.
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Nov 27, 2015
This isn't an all inclusive list so we didn't really "miss" The Wire. There's a lot of great TV out there!
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Nov 27, 2015
Either this is one of those shows that really isn't so great as people remember it, or I just don't get it.

I've binge watched the first season a few months ago and just couldn't figure out what's so great about it.
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Nov 27, 2015
I thought season 1 of The Wire was the worst 13 hours I've ever spent watching tv. Needless to say, I never went any further.
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Nov 29, 2015
If the was so bad why did you watch ALL 13 hours?
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Nov 29, 2015
I was told to be patient because it was supposedly the best show ever.
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Nov 26, 2015
Good list, but Firefly should be here.
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Nov 26, 2015
Parks and recreation is my drug of choice atm, can't believe I did not watch it until now
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Nov 26, 2015
Good ol' sarcastic Daria.
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Nov 26, 2015
Pushing Daisies never got a proper good ending, If I recall. It was actually an interesting show, for what's it worth.
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Nov 26, 2015
It has a very rushed epilogue in the finale which brings closure to all of the characters - that was good enough for me
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Nov 26, 2015
BANSHEEEEE!

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Nov 26, 2015
I'm not from the US so this is not a long weekend for me, but here's my two pennies' worth of suggestions for our American friends (but I have no idea where you're gonna find them):

Star Wars Rebels: If you're at the "seen-the-original-at-the-movies" age group and have a family, watch it with your son. Good fun for the whole family.

Babylon: a UK snarky drama about an American PR executive trying to bring the Scotland Yard in the 21st century. Watch it with your equally snarky and hip (girl) cousin who's spent time in the UK.

Supernatural: Only watch it if you're under 30 and have enough time for 10+ seasons' worth of brother angst and monsters. I doubt you'll find anyone with the time to spend to watch it with you.

Äkta Människor: The Swedish tv series behind the recent American remake Humans. Watch it and... watch everyone run away because of the language and subtitles. But I guess it can go another way if you're from Minnesota? (but then again, what the hell do I know, I'm from abroad...)

Hannibal: novel suggestion: watch it with friend/brother/cousin/love interest who's interested in/ studying art. They might not enjoy the gore, but they'll definitely enjoy les tableaux vivantes on the screen. And suspense brings people closer.

The 100: just f...ing watch it already, with anyone you like, and thank me later.

Olympus (the Syfy series): never, ever watch it!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Nov 27, 2015
"Olympus (the Syfy series)"

Saw this, and was about to say "are you fucking serious? This show is fucking awful".

Then I read: "never, ever watch it!"

I approve of this message.
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Nov 27, 2015
Haha! suggestions can go either way, can't they?
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Nov 26, 2015
The West Wing is my current obsession. Glad to see pushing daisies on the list. Loved that show when it was on.
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Nov 29, 2015
Really love the writing on TWW. Missed it when it first aired but I binged it in a few weekends two years ago.
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Nov 26, 2015
BANSHEE!!! But seriously, give it a shot if you haven't already! Also, for those STILL mourning the loss of Firefly, mix it up this year and try Farscape! This way you'll now have 2 amazing scifi series way too ahead of their time that got cancelled BUT with the bonus of 4 seasons and a movie on the Farscape side!
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Nov 26, 2015
Does anyone know an outlet for "Boy Meets World"?
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Nov 29, 2015
https://kat.cr/usearch/boy meets world/

Kat is almost always better, but here it is.
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Nov 27, 2015
PirateBay? I dont think ABC is gonna mind you downloading a 22 year old show...
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Nov 25, 2015
Anything on Hulu is automatically a no-go, that has to be the most frustrating service out there at this scale. And it's too bad, I haven't watched Daria since it left the air.

Other choices worth checking out include Babylon 5 and
Person of Interest which are both on Netflix, as well as everything Star Trek which is on both Netflix and Amazon Prime (including The Animated Series).
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Nov 26, 2015
Why is Hulu bad? I never have problems with it.
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Nov 26, 2015
The ad system is excessive and repetitive, and can't be avoided on some shows at any cost.
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Nov 27, 2015
It is, they have an ad free option for 4 more dollars a month, totally worth it.
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Nov 28, 2015
Yeah, there are a few shows that they don't have the right to broadcast without ads. For those shows they play one ad before and after the episode (Once Upon a Time being an example). You still get to watch the episode uninterrupted by ads. And since they are getting exclusive streaming rights to a lot of shows it's worth having just as much as Netflix and Amazon Prime.
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Nov 26, 2015
You mean because of the atrocious, truly awful flash player that Hulu uses?
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Nov 26, 2015
That and the long strings of awful ads. If you're going to force ads on me, don't make them the same ad every break.
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Nov 26, 2015
Now, you get ads on only 5 or 6 shows. The rest is ad free with a subscription.
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Nov 27, 2015
With the top tier subscription, you mean. The lower-tier subscription still is ad-heavy.
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Nov 25, 2015
You can buy the complete series of Daria (movies included) on DVD from Amazon or Best Buy for not much more than the commercial free Hulu option :p
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Nov 26, 2015
I can get the DVDs from Netflix for free as part of my family Netflix plan, but it's one of those shows where I'd watch it if it didn't require me getting up and putting a disc in the machine, if it was just easy to play and go. Daria would get it. ;)
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Nov 26, 2015
You really like this show, don'cha.
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Nov 26, 2015
Only shows I buy on home media are Star Trek (and so far only TOS and TAS), and a few of the Adult Swim ones. Daria was solid for its time, but it's not one I need to own.
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Nov 25, 2015
I'm currently in the process of recommending iZombie and Americans to people (without much success, so far) and of watching Felicity for the first time.
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Nov 26, 2015
If they haven't seen the Americans episode with Lois Smith, they know nothing.

They're probably watching The Knick and the second season of Manhattan and ooh'ing and aah'ing.
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Nov 26, 2015
Oh, it was a heart-breaking one. I'm consistently shocked at the depths this show will go to and how it will make me think about the psychology of spying instead of all the action drama.
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Nov 25, 2015
What?!?! No Firefly or Sense8??
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Nov 25, 2015
Wait, iZombie is on Netflix now?

Thanks for the heads up on that.
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Nov 27, 2015
Yup! Season 1!
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Nov 27, 2015
Do you know if it's on the Australian Netflix.
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Nov 25, 2015
Oh god, am I the hipster cousin? No, wait, I don't see any cousins on Thanksgiving (as my mother might point out we haven't produced any). I have to pass that thought across my...technically they aren't related to me, but they are my sister's sister in laws, but they are 20 (twins) who have seemed to move past their I'm not talking to anyone thing.
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Nov 25, 2015
If you watch Pushing Daisies, which I highly recommend, go for the whole Bryan Fuller Package of back then: Pushing Daisies + Wonderfalls + Dead Like Me.
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Nov 27, 2015
I loved Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies - Is Dead like Me as good? Does it have an ending after Season 2 when it got cancelled? I hate watching shows that end with a cliffie / unresolved ending
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Nov 27, 2015
I think there was also a movie for Dead Like Me. But, I remember it not being all that,

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Nov 28, 2015
Thanks - in all honesty, not sure I'll get that far... Season 1 is proving a bit of a drag even with the lack of regular TV programming...
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Nov 27, 2015
In my opinion, Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls are better, but some people would really disagree. and I hated the despondent, know-it-all attitude of the teenage protagonist of Dead Like Me. Unfortunately I haven't watched the final episodes of this series, so I guess I should follow my own advice... But I know there's a closure movie for it, which is much more thant can be said about Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls. Also, Dead Like Me is, among the three, the series which has the least participation of Bryan Fuller, since he left the show during season one because he disagreed with the way tings were going.
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Nov 27, 2015
Thanks! I started watching Dead Like Me and it is kind of quirky but the main character is irritating as hell (overgrown teenager with many grudges)... But Callum Blue and Mandy Ptainkin are fun to watch in such wacky roles
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Nov 27, 2015
Yes, exactly, I have the same reaction about that teen. Jaye in Wonderfalls, on the other hand, is not always nice and is often in a bad mood, but manages to be charming at the same time, and very pretty. I was going to say she's much more lively than George, but then that would not be fair, since George is technically not alive...

And yes, especially for Mandy Patinkin, the rest of the cast is very good. As a guy, I also love Rebecca Gayheart. Patinkin is not in the movie, unfortunately, but Henry Ian Cusick (Lost's Desmond) joins the cast as the "boss".
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Nov 27, 2015
Dead Like Me is my second favourite Bryan Fuller show (First is obviously Hannibal)
Disappointingly though, Fuller left after episode 4 of Season 1 due to conflicts with Showtime -but it is still amazing TV without Fuller's involvement and season 2 was even better than season 1 (IMO)

It has two endings actually - the season 2 finale serves as a series finale (and my personal favourite episode of DLM) and it has a TV movie that wraps up the rest of the show as best it can - although the fan reception for that movie was not very positive due to some actors not returning etc

I do find it ironic that you hate watching shows that have unresolved endings/cliffhangers but loved Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies - although they did get an ending, they were both very rushed
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Nov 27, 2015
Thanks! I did like Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies but I agree, the endings were not particularly satisfying (not a cliffie but yeah, not a proper ending) which takes away from the overall experience... at least for me...
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Nov 28, 2015
I'm right there with you. I thought Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls much more my style than the others, but the finales left to be desired. Well, in the case of Wonderfalls, not so much, since "Caged Bird" worked as a finale for me, though there was so much more to tell.

As for the ending of Pushing Daisies, the finale was atrocious. There were so many dangling plot threads: the mystery of the pocket watches, Ned's father, Chuck's father (whatever happened to them?), Ned's car (he didn't even get that one back after Charles Charles stole it), Ned's possible jealousy over Olive, not to mention the whole Ned and Chuck relationship (which always seemed something that couldn't work in the long run with the "no touching" issue), and the huge cliffhanger of The aunts breaking up and then learning the truth about Chuck!

The PD finale was not only rushed, but terribly incomplete as well. I really wish Bryan Fuller had at least released the answers in the form of a novel, once the TV movie and the comic were out of the question. My anger with the finale almost equals my enjoyment with the rest of the show.
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Nov 26, 2015
I have them all on DVD/Blu-Ray - people definitely need to binge those shows - all 4 of them are TV at their finest
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Nov 25, 2015
I considered a Bryan Fuller Extravaganza section, but in a cruel twist of fate, Wonderfalls is not streaming (legally) anywhere. (Personally, I own it on DVD, but that seems like the perfect show for streaming.)
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Nov 26, 2015
Like you and JT I don't do DVD's--unless, of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, comes in the mail--which it probably will before Christmas. Wife's on the list, as a retired assistant director, and we've already got a pile going. Steve Jobs and Bridge of Spies came yesterday...
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Nov 25, 2015
Does Youtube count as available? I know tv.com can only endorse legal sources, but it's hard to ignore if something is as public as on youtube.
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Nov 26, 2015
If the owners if the copyrights objects, YouTube will take it down immediately so if owners do not object,who are we to do it.
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Nov 25, 2015
youtube seems like it's not really legal when it comes to TV shows though :p unless it's one of the ones that the studio uploads for free or has it available to buy.
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Nov 26, 2015
You Tube is fair game...
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Nov 25, 2015
So they should phrase it like this: "Show W: it's on youtube, but DON'T go look!"
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