I only really watch "Glee" and "Gossip Girl" now, plus any sport or movies that happen to be on.
The highlight of next week's TV will be "Bring It On: In It to Win It" (4th in the series), starring the rather lovely Ashley Benson
I'm still mourning the loss of "Skins" too - WTF was up with that ending btw?!
The football, and repeats of old BBC comedy programmes (Have I Got News For You is my favourite). I've also got slightly addicted to Pointless on BBC 2 (that quiz with Alexander Armstrong). I've convinced myself I am the world's greatest player of it.
Originally Posted by Matt Boothman I've also got slightly addicted to Pointless on BBC 2 (that quiz with Alexander Armstrong). I've convinced myself I am the world's greatest player of it.
Yeah, now that you mention it, I watch that quite a lot too - it's actually pretty funny sometimes.
And "University Challenge" as well, although it's a bit hardcore for me (I never know more than about 20% of the answers).
I don't watch the Simpsons any more. Only the old ones.
I don't really watch any TV anymore. It's just not as interesting as the Internet.
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Originally Posted by Muz I don't watch the Simpsons any more. Only the old ones.
I don't really watch any TV anymore. It's just not as interesting as the Internet.
In a couple decades or so, how much you wanna bet someone will say (or think/telepathically communicate ) "I don't really surf the internet anymore. It's just not as interesting as [insert unimaginable invention here]."?
i love how you say "TV/Hulu" like hulu was already on the same level as TV.
i think just tv would have been fine. or it could be HEY GUYZ WHAT DO U WATCH on youtube, hulu, rapidshare, torrent
so never mind nice topic:
I love 24, great program. I also love Dexter. I also love Prison Break, shame it ended ages ago but it was one of the best programs I've ever seen so good it ended before it turned crap.
I still love the A-Team.
I enjoy American Dad, Family Guy, OLD Simpsons (the new ones just suck donkey balls) and I love South Park.
Robot Chicken is also great WHICH IVE DOWNLOADED ololol
Talking about comedy I think The Whitest Kids You Know is a good program.
Basically a lot of content on Adult Swim is great and watchable. Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Stroker and Hoop which should have gotten way more episodes and a lot of other Adult Swim programs.
Talking about "kids" programs I love Chowder. The way its drawn, animated in different styles, the humour- everything. WONDERFUL program!
I'm a big fan of basically all programs Derren Brown did.
I also LOVE Charlie Brooker. His screen wipe and newswipe program are great. I havn't found a DOWNLOAD (lolol sue me) for the program he did on video games yet but would love to see it.
Oh and Hulu isn't available in my countries and neither are DVDs of a lot of programs I love and if I want to import them they have a region code haha
There are way more GREAT and wonderful shows. For example I've watched like 4 episodes of Seinfeld on TV last night at like 3am and I still laughed my ass off.
Talking about BAD SHOWS:
Two and a Half Men.
EEEW what are you all THINKING? What is funny about this shit? I mean seriously that program is a DISEASE. It's like AIDS on the telly.
HEY IM CHARLIE SHEEN and im sitting around in my living room with some shorts while some fat kid is sitting next to me OH LOOK AT THAT FAT KID HAHA Oh there goes my lousy brother who never gets laid and he is whiny again OH BE WHINY SOMEWHERE ELSE or the chick i just screwed will wake up REMEMBER THAT FAT LITTLE KID
I wouldn't choose to watch "Two and a half men", but I don't hate it that much either - it's just the usual American sit-com trash.
I've been watching "Game On" a lot - strangely enough, I'd completely forgotten about it, even though I used to watch it religiously when it first aired.
I also seem to end up watching "Tru Calling" quite a lot, although I have no idea why.
Finally, I just started on "Greys Anatomy" again - the current episodes on FIVE seem to pick up right where I was before, back when I watched it abroad.
Worst thing I've seen recently - "Bromance" (I think that's what it was called?) - a reality show with Brody Jenner from "The Hills" trying to find a new BFF. It was even more gay than it sounds.
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True Blood (Just started watching this)
The Cleveland Show
Lost - really confusing but awesome
Reaper - now cancelled!! WHY?????
The Loop - occasionally
Two and a Half Men
pretty much any show on Dave (i.e QI,Mock the Week, Top Gear,Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Black Books etc...)
Sexcetera - gotta love that show. Kira Reid is hot and Frank and Hoyt have the worlds greatest job.
The Gadget Show
I hate Coronation Street, Eastenders and Emmerdale. The ONLY Soap I can stomach is hollyoaks and that is a struggle to watch most of the time.
Haha you just said Neighbours is utter crap then went on to say Home and Away is worth watching? Home and Away is like a poor man's Neighbours with the uglier rejected Aussies.
Are you insane? Home and Away has always had the hotter girls (although none to match Ashley Benson, formerly of "Days of Our Lives"), and it's set in a beachside town so they're always wearing less too
It also has really stupidly dramatic plot lines - like Miles has currently gone mental and is seeing a girl called "Rabbit", who is actually his daughter who died in a Tsunami a few years ago.
Neighbours is just cheesy and lame.
In the interest of fairness, you really should have mentioned Brooke Satchwell - who was very cute and played Anne Wilkinson, back in the days when Neighbours actually was still good - and Natalie Imbruglia, who I honestly don't even remember being in it, but who I do really like as a singer ("Left of the Middle" is still one of my favourite albums).
Home and Away has plenty great "emotional" storylines too, but it also has some real drama - human trafficking, murder mysteries, riots, physic ghosts, rapes, etc.
The recent Hugo storyline was almost cinematic, in the way it all unfolded - far more sophisticated than you'd get in any other soap.
Before I joined the Navy 4 years ago my fav tv shows were 24, arrested development, prison break, firefly, and law and order. But now I'm in Japan and and with only 3 local channels. Now don't get me wrong, I love seeing steaming fresh anime... but everything else is either news, cooking shows, game shows, or a odd mix of the three.
Family man living in Japan. - I do not expect or desire C&C unless otherwise noted. Thank you.
I know this is a pretty old thread that I'm reviving, but I'm just so excited to have finally found something good to watch on TV
"Pretty Little Liars" is a cross between Gossip Girl and I Know What You Did Last Summer, and it's actually really good.
Is has a great cast, including my all-time favorite actress Ashley Benson (from Bring It On 4 and Days of Our Lives), as well as Tammin Sursok (Dani Sutherland in Home and Away), Torrey DeVitto (the hot nanny from One Tree Hill) and Lucy Hale (the non-ugly twin in Privileged).
As for Neighbours vs Home and Away - i always preferred Neighbours, but the girls on Home and Away were always waaaaaaaaaaay hotter (except Natalie Imbruglia, but how long has that been??) so Home and Away wins!
There's nothing wrong with watching "14 year old girl shows".
If they actually starred 14 year olds, then yeah, that would be dodgy - but they're all 19+ (and don't even look like high school girls).
Personally, I feel sorry for you - missing out on something you might enjoy, just because you're too snobbish, or too worried about what other people might think. You should try to be a bit more open-minded...
Originally Posted by JustinC err. . . now that I look, it's only Sketchy who's watching 14 year old girl shows, and possibly adam but I'm not sure what neighbors is. . . sounds like a soap opera?
Yeah, Home & Away probably has a more teenage audience. Neighbours is also an Australian soap but imo has a lot higher quality of acting and a much larger fan base in the UK, hence why the actors are popular when they come over to visit. They're also less wooden in terms of acting than the Home & Away cast.
Neighbours has a bigger UK fan base because it was shown at prime time on BBC for decades - and until 5-10 years ago, it actually wasn't bad.
However, the BBC stopped showing it because it had become such crap and the ratings were plummeting.
In Australia, Neighbours has been doing badly for years (getting just over half the number of viewers that H&A gets), and it's in serious danger of being axed altogether.
Home and Away has the better storylines, characters, and acting. Not that anyone watches soaps for the quality of the acting - I mean Eastenders is the most popular soap, and you won't see worse acting than that.
Maybe I'm "becoming boring" and maybe I'm not trying to make myself sound "intellectual" - but I am still right.
Again, you're seriously misguided if you're watching any soap for the quality acting - American or otherwise.
Five "won" Neighbours because the BBC weren't prepared to "enter into a bidding war" over it - but if it were still getting viewing figures of 19 million, like it did at it's peak, then don't you think they would have been?
The fact is, actual viewing figures have been consistently declining since the '80s, to just 5.6 million for the most watched episode of recent years.
It's all there for you to read on the BBC's own website.
Incidentally, H&A is also by far the more critically acclaimed.
Soaps are very popular all over the world. They are all, by and large, crap in my opinion and i have only ever watched them because they "are on the t.v." when i'm in the room (either reading the paper, on the interweb like i am now, etc.)
One thing i seriously will never understand is how people can watch - and enjoy! - Eastenders; it's the biggest load of recycled rubbish i've ever had to sit through, yet it wins awards in the UK lerft, right and centre. I've been through some stages where i've been hooked to other soaps (Hollyoaks for a while, Corrie sometimes has some very funny one-liners) but these stages are always short-lived. Each to their own though as i do watch alot of other crap most people wouldn't touch with a barge-pole!
"You're clearly not very experienced when it comes to watching soaps then. That, or your knowledge of good acting is quite limited."
Please educate me! Who do you think is a really good soap actor/actress?
(this I really have to hear )
Soap actors are just about the bottom rung of the acting ladder, slightly above pantomime stars, but well below actors in "proper" TV shows or movies.
In the case of American and Aussie soaps (and Hollyoaks), the actors are usually attractive enough, but not talented enough to be really successful - think Joey in Friends (doesn't apply to cast members over the age of 30).
That's probably why the ones who do become household names, usually do it as pop stars rather than actors.
In the case of something like Eastenders, they just have to be able to over-act horribly.
You're coming out with some really stupid/ignorant statements, which makes me think the whole argument is pointless.
"Soap actors are just about the bottom rung of the acting ladder, slightly above pantomime stars, but well below actors in "proper" TV shows or movies."
Not really, in the UK the main Soaps are very popular and quite large scale productions, and in such a small country the actors and actresses are very well known. Coronation Street and Neighbours are two that many celebrities tend to make cameo roles or small parts because they're so sought after. Prince Charles in Coronation Street, Lily Allen in Neighbours and The Mayor of London was also in Eastenders.
"In the case of something like Eastenders, they just have to be able to over-act horribly."
Which is why it usually wins the most awards at the national soap awards, and actresses and actors from it win awards at the National television awards? Eastenders, as miserable as it can be, has some excellent acting and humour in it's storylines.
I never said soaps weren't popular, or that soap actors aren't well known (of course they're well known - they're on TV practically every day). It doesn't mean they can act though.
And what does the mayor of London have to do with the Eastenders cast being bad actors? Unless you're suggesting that Boris Johnson himself is a fantastic actor, then that's completely irrelevant. All it proves is that a lot of people watch soaps, so appearing on them is good way to improve your public image.
A lot of people bought Westlife albums too, but it doesn't mean they're talented singers.
Incidentally, that's the exact same reason why Eastenders does well at the NTAs - because they're voted on by the public (most of whom are thick as shit). I mean seriously, Loose Women won "most popular factual programme". What does that tell you about the kind of people who voted?
Eastenders actors just shout a lot, and everyone thinks wow, that was so dramatic, and so emotional... It's just lame.
Has nothing to do with me being snobbish and refusing to watch something I "might enjoy" because of what others think. I have seen bits and pieces of these shows and it's like watching middle school fanfiction. There are hundreds (thousands) of tv shows on the air and I can't imagine adult males watching those shows when there's so much higher quality stuff on.
And no I'm not from the U.K. so I haven't heard of these soaps you guys are arguing over. In the U.S. soaps aren't even watched by 14 year old girls anymore. . .
I don't know, maybe it's like how American teenagers watch anime that people in japan think is awful, just because it's from Japan. Or maybe it's the novelty of these being american shows and you don't get that many over there?
Originally Posted by Matt Boothman This thread is brilliant. Remember kids, this is two grown men talking here. About soaps. Brilliant.
By the way, is it just me or is Adam Woodyatt due for a shot at Hollywood? He has the full range of facial expressions from slightly miffed to moderately peeved.
I really did laugh out loud at this statement!
For the record, i really think that there are only about 5% of all soap actors from the UK that i would class as really good actors. Granted, compared to me they are gods when it comes to acting, but surely the percentage that get snapped up for film roles in the UK/Hollywood speaks for itself (0% isn't it?), as does the percentage of soap actors who go on to do "t.v. garbage" things like commercials (Daz, anyone?), gameshows (Bradley Walsh?) and other, lesser popular soaps (The Bill was one of those graveyard shows most actors from Eastenders/Corrie went to after they were dropped).
Stacey in Eastenders - can she pull no other expression than that stupid frown, for example? Then everyone speaks about how powerful and emotional her performances are! I reckon the best bit of t.v. work she ever did was when she got caught with that guy in the hotel corridor that once!
Based on the fact that 3 people have now shown to have knowledge in soaps, I would say that things in the UK are very different. I doubt you could find a single person in the US who isn't a 45-55 year old woman who could even name a single soap actor or character. Are UK soaps on at primetime or something?
Soaps are very much a corner-piece in British t.v. diets. The 2 biggest (Eastenders and Corrie) are on at around 7:30 - 8:00pm, i.e. "primetime". That's when most 20-80 year olds are in front of the t.v., traditionally.
Yes, it's different here - you don't have to be unemployed to be able to watch soaps.
The soaps aimed at a younger audience are generally shown early evening, and then repeated lunchtime the next day (Neighbours always used to be popular with kids because it was the only thing on when they got home from school).
The big two (Coronation Street and Eastenders) are shown at 7:30pm and 8pm (with omnibus editions at the weekends), and are the most-watched TV shows of any kind - which is just tragic.
Soaps in America though - from what I've seen, and I'll admit I haven't seen a lot - do tend to have lower standards; they are basically showcases for pretty faces, pop psychology and predictable love triangles. Although I do think soaps in the UK are on the whole bland, they do at least attempt to emulate multiple aspects of real life - there are ugly people, old people, fat people, disabled people, boring people etc etc. When a British person looks at a soap they imagine it to be a mirror to their own lifestyles, albeit exaggerated. American soaps, and American drama in general, tends to be more aspirational. Plus, there's the fact that a lot of the soaps have been running for so damn long that some of the characters in them have been on screen three times a week for over thirty years, meaning they are almost "real" people to the viewers.
Oh god, now I'm talking about soaps too. God help me.
On another note, has anyone seen the new Scrapheap challenge? Its bloody awful, its less about the engineering and calamaties of the build and more about the compeition. Then after the contestants have worn out their contraptions competing against each other, Dick competes against the winner.
The biggest moot point is that it has lost lost Lisa Rogers for that moustachiod fiend.