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    'Obscure" US TV choices - recommendations please


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    Following on from the French film thread in Other Stuff (which is where this one'll probably end up, sorry mods), I thought a similar thread of US television series would be useful.

    Mainstream stuff doesn't count (24, West Wing etc), but if it was only shown late night on BBC2, Sky, Ch4 or Ch5 please include it. Equally, if it's never been shown over here but you've seen it and recommend it heartily, post it here.

    On my computer I have Treme (from The Wire lot) about the New Orleans floods, Breaking Bad, a dark dark comedy(?), and Weeds, no idea but someone told me to watch it, ready to go. Oh, and Blue Bloods, from NSC.

    I recommend Alias, light spy caper but great fun, The Shield, brilliantly involving cop drama, and, criminally cancelled by FX after just one series, Terriers, about a couple of middle-aged private eyes, which if you can get a look at it is superb.
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      Deadwood, Justified, Sons of Anarchy are essential viewing too...
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      Life was good, only survived for two series. - Damien Lewis plays a policeman who was framed for a crime, spent several years in prison, then got out and sued the city for an unannounced large sum of money, and his job back, and as he solves crimes in each episode (aided by the gorgeous sarah shahi - the intern who had a crush on will in early episodes of alias) while also investigating who in the police force set him up.
      Harper's Island was a decent horror series. - A girl who was the daughter of one of 13 victims of a mad man's killing spree on the titular island, returns to the island for her childhood friend's wedding, and the killings start again...
      Cult favourites, so not sure how obscure they are, Firefly (comedy adventure space western from Joss Whedon) and Arrested Development (spoof documentary about a dysfunctional family)
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      Carnivale, my wife watched it from start to finish over the last week. I watched a bit of it too and it looks interesting, weird but interesting.
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      I remember the Harper's Island trailers.... Carnivale, anyone of note in that?
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      Modern Family is very funny

      As is Eastbound and Down
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      Modern Family is very funny
      Is that a spoof doc? Done well?
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      I've heard Southland, another punchy cop series, is worth a look.... Anyone seen it?
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      There are two that I'd recommend that I've seen in the States.

      Bored to Death - About a writer in Brooklyn that moonlights as a private detective. Ted Danson is in it and it's probably his best role since Cheers, it's aslo got Zach Galifianakis.

      The Big C - Who'd have thought a show about cancer could be this good. I didn't know any of the cast apart from Oliver Platt. It's a real slow burner but worth sticking with.
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      yeah, filmed i guess much in 'The Office' mold, but for an american comedy it is funny in not the usual over the top fashion

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