HBO (ended 2005)
|ok so i just watched the whole show in the past few weeks, loved every second, as i should. but what should i watch next? this is the first HBO show i have ever seen...usually i am not into HBO shows. sometimes i feel they try too hard to "push boundaries" or whatever, i don't like to waste my time. but what is the tv show out there closest to six feet under in quality? (i was thinking of watching carnivale, iunno)|
well there's really no show like SFU . i mean if this was the PB board, id just tell you to watch 24, and you'd probably enjoy that more.
however there are definitely shows that are on the same quality level. definitely worth checking out :
- the wire(even though I dont like it, you might)
- dexter(michael c hall plays a serial kill... nuf said)
- nip/tuck(making people look good while they're still alive, good family drama too)
- the shield(really has nothing to do with SFU, but probably the most realisitc cop show on TV along with the wire)
- rescue me(awesome firefighter dramedy)
these are all cable shows, because honestly network shows are not really on the same level as SFU. probably Lost, but that's part sci fi and im not sure if you want that after SFU.
Seriously, everyone should watch Homicide: Life on the Street before watching The Wire. Homicide is/was the best cop show ever and one of the finest dramas ever to grace network television. And since The Wire was created by David Simon, who wrote book that Homicide is based on, I would recommend watching it first. And I agree that Six Feet Under is the best show I have ever seen, followed by Twin Peaks and Homicide.
what to watch now:
Mad Men. Not a great show, but the writing is so exceptional that I can't stop watching it. It's definitely not for everyone because it is very slow paced, but still very engaging.
Carnivale!! - a show that was sadly cancelled and the best show I have seen in a long time. What an amazing cast they got together for that show. And the one and only show that reminded me of Twin Peaks (since everything after it was compared to it which was a nice homage but often the comparisons were off the mark). And for all its flaws, we have Peaks, David Lynch and Mark Frost to thank because it broke television wide open because after it came The X Files, Northern Exposure, American Gothic, Picket Fences etc etc, so I guess I would add that to the list if you haven't seen it.
Another show that often gets overlooked is Millennium. I loved that show and Lance Henriksen (who has probably been in more bad movies than any other actor)but he was great on that show.
what do I watch now: other than the shows mentioned...I religiously watch House (which has consistently been the best show on currently) Heroes, Big Love, The Closer and of course, Dexter.
Here are my recommendations from someone that really enjoyed "Six Feet Under" :
1) Definitely Battlestar Galactica is worth watching even if you dont like sci-fi and the show ended its run a few weeks back so you wouldnt have to worry about it not getting a resolution (pretty good ending IMO).
2) Dexter - very good writing and acting and has already secured another two seasons.
3) The Shield - IMO the best and most "realistic" cop drama you will ever find on TV (even better than The Wire).
4) Pushing Daisies - Some elements are similar to "Six Feet Under", but even more strange and quirky.
SFU is a hard act to follow!!
I enjoy: Madmen, Californication, Weeds, and Big Love. Heard True Blood was sort of inconsistent in the first season--but I may check it out. Also, just re-watched Ally McBeal--and certain elements of that (her quirkiness, her hallincinations, her talking to dead people, etc.) reminded me of SFU. It's a great show (though not as consistently so as SFU).