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What's the best new TV show this year?

A couple of good TV shows caught my eye this year. The first, Leverage, has actually been around for a couple of seasons, but I hadn't seen it until the summer. 
 

It's a kind of lighthearted cross between Mission Impossible and The Equalizer, but with less explosions and lots more fun.

Good as it is, though, it's no match for my choice of the best TV show of the year, the excellent Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberpatch and Martin Freeman as a twenty-first century Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

 

Sadly, they've only made three episodes so far, and though I've heard plenty of rumors about a second season, now that Martin Freeman's signed on as Bilbo Baggins, it may take a while before we see this particular Sherlock again.

On the other hand, I can't be too upset. After all, Freeman's an excellent choice to play Bilbo, and who doesn't want to see what Peter Jackson can do with The Hobbit

How about you?

What new TV shows tickled your fancy in 2010? 



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peadarog
Dec. 15th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Sherlock was indeed fun -- especially the first episode, despite one MASSIVE plot-hole in the middle of it.

I just finished watching the first season of the US series Breaking Bad and thought it the best thing I've seen all year. Some foul language and a few sex acts, so, you might not want your kids to see any of it.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Breaking Bad. Is that the one with the guy who played the dad in Malcolm in the Middle?
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out_totheblack
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I discovered Doll House, long since gone, and Dexter - mild mannered forensics guy by day, serial killer by night.

I power watched all five seasons. I love Dexter. On the scary side, he makes way too much sense.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I love the premise of Dexter, but I haven't yet watched it.
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msstacy13
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
The best thing on TV is that little thingummy that shuts it off.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Lol, I love my telly :)
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drjeff
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Leverage is known around Portland as "that show that keeps blocking the streets downtown." I've never seen it... I'll check it out!
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
It's a lot of fun :)
silverwerecat
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
I too loved Sherlock, seconding Dexter, and I'd like to rec "The Walking Dead". Zombies aside, it has a very interesting cast of believable characters.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
I've not heard of that one. I'll have to look it up :)
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rowanda380
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
I liked Outsourced, but I don't know anyone else who is watching it!
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
That's a comedy isn't it?
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incandragon
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to seeing Sherlock, but I'm not sure how to get him. He's not on Hulu, is he?

I enjoy Leverage, although I'm seasons behind.

My new interests this year are Hawaii Five-O (actually, not spectacular, but I like cheekbones. HFO is practically cheekbone porn). I also watched a season or two of Medium. Again, the plot premise is astonishingly lame -- I mean, it's a detective who doesn't detect, she just falls asleep -- but the relationship between her and her husband is very believable.

But my all time fave is NCIS. Even if you don't like "CSI" shows, this is fabulous. Like Firefly, you (or at least I) just absolutely adore all the characters in the ensemble. Just love 'em to pieces.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
We saw Sherlock on the PDS channel. I inagine they'll show it again before too long.

Senior Management is an NCIS addict :)

ETA: dferguson kindly linked to PBS's streaming website in the comment below.

Edited at 2010-12-15 04:50 pm (UTC)
dferguson
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Never seen LEVERAGE. Not because I don't want to but my already overworked DVR is threatening strike.

Good call on SHERLOCK. And for anybody who missed it, you can bounce on over to http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/sherlock/watch.html and watch all three complete episodes until the 27th of this month.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link, Derrick :)
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ladysaotome
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'm addicted to USA shows - White Collar firstly, then Pysch & Covert Affairs. (I miss my Monk, too.)

Hubby loves Leverage and Lie To Me. I've enjoyed both but haven't gotten hooked on either of them.

Can't wait for the Hobbit - I'm glad Peter Jackson is getting to do it after all.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
I love Psych. Best girly screams from leading men on TV :)
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serge_lj
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
The plots of "Leverage" are quite full of plot holes, but it's fun. About Martin Freeman... Didn't he play Arthur Dent in the "Hitchhiker's Guide" movie?
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
He did indeed :)
lindaabdavis
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Hi Jon!

Here are the ones we've got DVR'ed to make sure we don't miss any of them:

Hawaii Five-O: An excellent re-make of the 70's original. Having lived on Oahu for two years early in our marriage makes it special to recognize landmarks and remember together.

The Defenders: This is an excellent vehicle for Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell. They're both great in it and the writing is good.

Blue Bloods: My husband's favorite of the week. We expected Tom Selleck to be great in it, but Donnie Wahlberg being good too is a nice surprise.

The Good Guys: Corny and hokey, but I love it! It's just fun.

No Ordinary Family: I liked this one more in the first of the season. The writers need to pull it back quickly before it gets old.

Though not in their first seasons, we also DVR Castle, The Mentalist, The Middle, and Modern Family.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Castle's a lot of fun, especially when they slip in references to Firefly :)
bogwitch64
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
The only new show I'm watching this year is Raising Hope (on after Glee.) It's cute, and Cloris Leachman would be worth watching even if it weren't.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
I never got in to Glee, though I gather it's pretty good :)
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heleninwales
Dec. 15th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I loved the new Sherlock Holmes too. I thought the update worked brilliantly. By coincidence, I'm hoping to visit Sherlock's home at 221b Baker Street tomorrow. It's now a Sherlock Holmes museum. :)

I'm trying to remember what our Must Watch programmes have been this year. Oh, yes. The second series of Merlin! It totally plays fast and loose with the legend, but I just love it. If you haven't got into it yet, that series is really for kids, so is fine for family viewing.

The adult favourite of the year is Wallander (Swedish subtitled version, not the BBC version with Kenneth Branagh). It's not actually new, though it was new to us because we didn't have digital TV before and therefore couldn't watch it until it was repeated. Very dark at times, and very low key compared to US cop shows, but an excellent series.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Lol, I didn't think 221B Baker Street really existed :)
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the_faery_queen
Dec. 15th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
the walking dead :) i love my zombies
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Who says zombies can't be fun? :)
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aprilhenry
Dec. 15th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Despite it's supposed location, Leverage is shot right here in Portland.
jongibbs
Dec. 15th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, someone else said that too. Oh well, I guess it's good for Portland :)
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