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Newest TV Shows 2011—review of new shows I'm watching!

Updated on August 27, 2011

New TV Shows I'm Watching

Some of these shows aren't really from 2011 but all of them are the newest stuff I've been watching. It's all part of my Fringe withdrawal (season 4 is taking forever). And I've decided to ask around for some new shows and look around the internet for stuff I can watch. Right now, I'm watching Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation, White Collar, and very soon Falling Skies.

Watching TV shows is something that I love to do. In fact, if we consider Malcolm Gladwell's outliers 10,000 hours theory thing, then I'm surely already an expert in watching TV cause I'm pretty sure I've watched more than 10,000 hours of TV shows already.

The one advantage with TV shows compared to movies is that the story can get deeper because it is not limited to a length of a feature film. Game of Thrones, for instance, feels like a movie production every episode. Just wanted to mention that because a lot of people are really into that and so am I. But aside form that, here are some of my newest recommendations for those who also love to watch TV shows.

Breaking Bad TV Show
Breaking Bad TV Show

Breaking Bad

I'm actually re-watching season 1 right now (realtime!). And now as I'm writing this I noticed that re-watching isn't considered a real word because it has the red spellcheck underline so I had to put a dash. I think that's the stupidest thing in the world. Re-watch should be a word even without the dash.

Anyway, Breaking Bad is a really good show. It has a great plot and great chemistry between characters (pun intended). The show has a lot of what I call "unintended humor" or funny scenes where the characters aren't trying to be funny but they are in a funny situation. The contrast of Walter with his meth cooking partner is really so funny. They're like two opposing poles.

The series is shot with 35 mm film and is more apparent if you watch it on the TV screen (CRT) compared to just watching it on the LCD of your laptop unless you get the high resolution copies (most DVDs nowadays have a USB port and play AVI format).

Parks and Recreation TV Show
Parks and Recreation TV Show

Parks and Recreation

Libertarians will love this show because it makes fun of bureaucracy and government. I personally believe that government has no place in messing around with parks or whatnot and should be limited to protecting people from force or fraud but then I should be saving that topic for another post.

This is a really really funny show. It is very reminiscent of The Office. It has the same mockumentary shaky camera vibe. It also has a good mix of characters. Some very oblivious to reality and some have a pokerface reaction to all the ridiculous things happening around them. Very much like Michael Scott's crew only with a different twist. Jim's ex from The Office is actually part of the cast.

Surely, Parks and Recreation is something that's great to pass the time by especially since comedy shows like this one are very small and you can watch them in between watching other TV shows that take longer to acquire (I am not allowed to endorse illegal acquisition of these stuff so I hope you get what I mean).

White Collar TV Show
White Collar TV Show

White Collar

If you loved Catch Me If You Can, you're gonna love this one. It's based on a con artist guy that gets a deal with an FBI agent to be free under his custody for as long as he helps out in catching other con artists. I really have admiration for brilliance of con artists (not that I promote their illegal acts). I am completely against deception or fraud but if it's brilliantly plotted, all I'm saying is that it deserves recognition (just like in Catch Me If You Can).

I actually just finished watching the pilot episode just a while ago and I'm feeling good about the show. I'm just hoping that next episodes have more continuity and that the characters develop even more. I guess we'll see about that as I watch more.

Falling Skies TV Show
Falling Skies TV Show

Falling Skies

I haven't seen this show yet but the concept seems nice. Post-apocalyptic alien invasion of sorts. I always love post-apocalypse settings. Plus, the main guy is the guy who played Steve Jobs in Pirates of Silicon Valley and since Steve Jobs just resigned a few days ago, the fact that he's in this show keeps me hopeful about the plot and story of Falling Skies. It's next on my list right after I finish or get sick of the TV shows above.

So I guess that's it. Here's to hoping Fringe season 4 comes as soon as possible. Hope you like my recommendations and be sure to come back for more.


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    • Harry Santos profile image

      Harry Santos 6 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      That's a really good point. I know what you mean. For a good while TV shows were really bad. I'm really glad they're making good shows again.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      It all looks pretty good to me, compared to a steady diet of "reality" garbage. They are actually back to making TV shows again! Who knew? Thanks for the hub.

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      Harry Santos 6 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      Thanks man yeah I'm looking forward to watching Falling Skies. You should check out the other TV shows up there as well!

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      Martyv25 6 years ago

      Hey great hub, thanks for the info. I haven't seen Breaking Bad but have heard it's a pretty awesome show I'm working on getting the box set. I don't know much about the two in the middle but I can vouch for Falling Skies I have been watching every episode and it's the two part finale here in the UK on Tuesday night, it's been a great show with only one slightly dull episode that I can think of. Have fun catching up with it.