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Great TV Shows from the U.S.A.

Updated on September 28, 2014

Some of My Favorite Shows

I have a sort of eclectic taste in TV Shows, Nikita, The Chicago Code, The Big Bang Theory,The Unit, and Sanctuary are all favorites of mine.

These are but to name a few, but I think for now this will keep you going. Contrary to what the length of the list implies, I really don't watch television often, what you don't believe me?

Enjoy the lens, enjoy my choice of television shows, and remember to cast your vote.


The Fast Action Beauty

Ok, I wasn't sure prime time needed another butt-kicking action babe, but seeing the stunning Maggie Quigley in action, I have to admit, I am smitten by her. Yes, I record every series, and when I have some down time, kick back and watch to my enjoyment, owe yea, the story line ain't bad also :-)

What's Nikita all about, well read on!

Nikita: Season 1
Nikita: Season 1

When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita (Maggie Q, "Live Free or Die Hard," "Mission Impossible 3") was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who faked her execution and told her she was being given a second chance to start a new life and serve her country. What they didn't tell her was that she was being trained as a spy and assassin. Throughout her grueling training at Division, Nikita never lost her humanity, even falling in love with a civilian. When her fiancé was murdered, Nikita realized she had been betrayed and her dreams shattered by the only people she thought she could trust, so she did what no one else before her had been able to do: she escaped. Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation.


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The Big Bang Theory - The Best Bang for Your Money

Still going strong and still one of the best comedy shows on the television today. This is a show I've really taken a liking too, It's hilarious, and from my point of view one of the funniest shows ever, I highly recommend catching a few episodes.

What's it all about, well please read on!

Set in Pasadena, California, the show is centered on five characters: two roommate Caltech geniuses, experimental physicist Leonard Hofstadter and theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper; their neighbor across the hall Penny, an attractive blonde waitress and aspiring actress; and Leonard's and Sheldon's equally geeky and socially awkward co-workers and friends Howard Wolowitz, an Aerospace engineer and a non-PhD from JPL, and Rajesh Koothrappali, a particle astrophysicist postdoc also working at Caltech.

The geekiness and intellect of the four guys are contrasted for comic effect with Penny's social skills and common sense.Three other supporting characters have also been promoted to main cast status for a few episodes: Leslie Winkle, a Caltech colleague of Leonard, Sheldon, and Raj; Bernadette, a microbiology student who works with Penny part time as a waitress; and Amy Farrah Fowler, a friend of Sheldon's.

Big Bang - Some Great Bloopers

The Big Bang Poll

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The Chicago Code

So why is this on my favorite list, well check out the review below.

The series follows officers of the Chicago Police Department as they fight crime on the streets and try to expose political corruption within the city. Veteran Chicago Police Detective Jarek Wysocki leads the special unit against fighting the corruption. Wysocki was assigned to head the special unit by his boss the newly appointed first-female Chicago Police Superintendent and his one time partner, Teresa Colvin. Also on the unit is Caleb Evers, a young detective and Wysocki's latest partner. During their investigations the detectives often encounter police officers Vonda Wysocki (Jarek's niece) and Vonda's partner Isaac Joiner. Undercover officer Liam Hennessey works the streets as he gets information on the Irish mob and their connection to the corruption. Believed source of the corruption is Alderman Ronin Gibbons, a powerful and influential politician in Chicago.

The Chicago Code Season 1
The Chicago Code Season 1

I took to this show like a duck to water, Ok I hear you ask "Do we really need another Police series"' well that's a fair question, yes I agree there is so many out there these days and I guess we could do without some of them, but, this is a fairly fast pace show and I am liking what I see, and lets see how long it will remain as one of my favorites.


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Sanctuary - My Sacred Place

Love the characters, love the plot, this show provides ample entertainment for all the family. I usually record and watch during quiet times, but, this program, like a few others, I can't wait and watch the live version.

Why? well read on and decide if this is for you.

Sanctuary follows the adventures of the beautiful, enigmatic and always surprising Dr. Helen Magnus, her new recruit, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman and her fearless daughter Ashley. Together they track down, study and protect the strange and often terrifying creatures that secretly populate our world and live among us.

Although dismissed as monstrous figments of our imaginations and the stuff of our childhood nightmares, Magnus recognizes that the world is full of nature's mistakes and triumphs and has the spectacular proof that they are indeed real.

Will, an insightful psychiatric profiler with a knack for finding the strange and curious, reluctantly joins the team to aid in the study of beings he can hardly believe himself. Together, Magnus, Will, Ashley and quirky tech-whiz Henry, use their unique combination of instinct, medicine and cutting edge technology to find the creatures that lurk in the corners of our civilization and protect us from those too dangerous to be roaming free.

Sanctuary stars Amanda Tapping as Dr. Helen Magnus (Stargate SG-1), Robin Dunne as Dr. Will Zimmerman (Dawson's Creek), Emilie Ullerup as Ashley (jPod), Christopher Heyerdahl as the sinister John Druitt (Stargate Atlantis) and Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss (Battlestar Galactica).

Braving new worlds in each episode is just the start for Sanctuary. The series is also proudly credited for pioneering new techniques and technology in television production.

Sanctuary: The Complete Series
Sanctuary: The Complete Series

Sanctuary is one of the only series to shoot extensively on green screen using extraordinary visual effects and virtual sets. The series was also the first in North America to shoot with the new RED camera - a digital system that captures images at four times the resolution of a high definition camera, resulting in a look that is unmatched on television.


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Caprica - The Future

Caprica is a science fiction drama television series. It is a spin-off prequel of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, taking place about 58 years prior to the events of Battlestar Galactica. Caprica shows how humanity first created the robotic Cylons who would later plot to destroy humans in retaliation for their enslavement.

The Twelve Colonies are at peace, 58 years before the rebooted series,when an act of religious fanaticism brings together Joseph Adama, a lawyer with ties to the criminal underworld, and wealthy technologist Daniel Graystone, both of whom lose family members. Grief-stricken by the loss of his daughter and fueled by obsession, Daniel sets out to bring her back, using his considerable wealth and sprawling technology corporation. Offered the chance of his own daughter being restored, Joseph wrestles with the notion until he comes face to face with its reality.

Caprica - Complete Series Blu Ray (Import)
Caprica - Complete Series Blu Ray (Import)

Yea another Syfy Series, but this one has lots of twists and turns, well I think so :-) I'm a sucker for a good Syfy series located far into the future, love all the new gadget's, and this one is just up my alley, I think you will like, check out the story line.


Poll of the Future

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The Unit - Where All The Action Is

After watching a few episodes, I opted to get the DVDs for this show as opposed to watching on television, they accompany me on these long haul flights that I take now and again, and that normally don't provide any reasonable in-flight entertainment, armed with my trusty little Multi Format Portable DVD Player I can usually handle a 10-12 hour flight watching all the action, if you've not seen this show, then it may be worth your while to check it out.

What's the mission, listen up!

The Unit - The Complete First Season
The Unit - The Complete First Season

The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focuses on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life U.S. Army special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force. The program features both the domestic lives of the team members and their missions abroad, in addition to the effect their careers have on their home lives, wives and girlfriends.


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OK I hear you say, awe no! not another science fiction dramatic television series, but give it a chance and it may grow on you, especially Ryan Cartwright who plays Gary Bell - A young autistic man who lives with his mother and is socially functional to a degree. He has the ability to view and interact with wireless communication signals out of thin air and process information faster than any computer.

Alphas is an action-packed thriller from writers Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Karnow. In the series, five ordinary people are brought together to form one extraordinary team of Alphas -- people with the unique power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind giving them superhuman physical and mental abilities.

Operating within the Defense Criminal Investigation Service of the U.S. Department of Defense and led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen, an expert in Alpha phenomena, the team investigates cases that point to others with Alpha abilities. As they work against the clock to solve this new brand of crime, they must prevent their own personality differences and disparate backgrounds from interfering with their ultimate mission to catch the enemy.

Alphas: Season 1
Alphas: Season 1

A team of five formed to create an extraordinary group of “Alphas” – those who have unique brain anomalies which imbue them with superhuman mental and physical abilities


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Terra Nova

Terra Nova is an American science fiction drama television series.

The show begins in the year 2149, a time when all life on planet Earth is threatened with extinction due to dwindling worldwide air quality and overpopulation. It has become virtually impossible for humanity to survive, and almost no vegetation exists. At Hope Plaza, a massive ring shaped structure in Chicago, scientists discover a rift in space-time that allows people to travel 85 million years back in time to the late Cretaceous period of a prehistoric Earth. The Shannon family (father Jim, his wife Elisabeth, and their three children Josh, Maddie, and Zoe) join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova becoming part of the first human colony on the other side of the temporal doorway.

The Shannon Family starts a new life in Terra Nova while dealing with carnivorous dinosaurs and the Sixers, a splinter group of colonists from the Sixth Pilgrimage with a secret agenda.

Terra Nova - First Look Trailer

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Person of Interest - Drama/Action

This is about an ex-CIA hit-man who partners with a scientist (Mr. Finch) to prevent crimes before they occur. Mr. Finch, a mysterious billionaire, developed a computer program for the government that predicts terrorist threats in New York City. It was designed as a means to prevent another 9/11-type disaster, but Finch discovered that it was also predicting many "irrelevant" (non-terrorist) violent crimes. The non-terrorist data is dumped to a separate database and deleted each night. Finch realized that a great many domestic crimes could also be prevented if that data could be used. Finch built a back door into the machine that allows him to retrieve a list of Social Security numbers of people who will be involved in those crimes in order of occurrence. Unable to investigate on his own, Finch hires John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former Green Beret and CIA field officer who is presumed dead, to help stop the crimes from taking place. Finch made the choice of only transmitting the Social Security Numbers of the persons of interest so that if the back door is discovered, the government would have no clue as to what the numbers mean, or who is acting on the data.

The future to come :-)

Person of Interest: Season 3
Person of Interest: Season 3

Just when you think the networks have lost all reason as to what makes a good show, I came across this great program and find myself totally hooked on it now.


Person of Interest - Quick Peek

Persons of Interest Poll

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The Poll That Say's It All

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image


      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Interesting choice of shows. Nicely done

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      5 years ago

      I just love most of the American series, Castle, Arrow, Person of Interest, White Collar, Smallville, great TV, thanks for sharing.

    • RetroMom profile image


      6 years ago

      I love most of these Series. Nikita, Big bang theory and person of interest are my best!

    • CruiseReady profile image


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I really like the Big Bang Theory ... have never seen any of the others.

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      6 years ago

      I had to pick The Big Bang Theory because I am a nerd sometimes. LOL

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! Big Bang Theory is a must-see!

    • goo2eyes lm profile image

      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      thank you for sharing this lens. nikita is top.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! Big bang theory is hilarious, I love that show. Well done!

    • SoyCandleLover profile image


      6 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Love Big Bang and Person of Interest. Apparently I need to check out the SyFy channel. I seem to be missing quite a lot. Thanks for your TV show Reviews.

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      6 years ago

      I haven't watched any of these shows. Where have I been? The Big Bang Theory sounds interesting, I might check it out.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens. You do have eclectic tastes. I haven't seen many of these show. I'll ahve to try one or two, if I ever find time, or the remote.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens! I think The Big Bang theory is the funniest show on now. Thanks for the bloopers.

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      6 years ago

      I have watched big bang theory and found it hilarious. Thanks for the intro to all these shows.

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      Shana rios Chavez 

      7 years ago

      great lens lots of fun

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      @kathysart: Thank you for your blessing, much appreciated and glad you liked the lens

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      7 years ago

      Great lens.. THUMBS UP and ANGEL BLESSED

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      7 years ago

      My fav TV shows at the moment are "Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?" "Deal or No Deal" and "Baggage"...

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      7 years ago

      Just recently discovered Sanctuary and I'm loving it. If you like this show, you might enjoy Torchwood.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      You got t me interested in The Chicago Code, I have never seen any episode, I love police show .

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      7 years ago

      I don't get to watch much TV but I reserve time for Idol and House.

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      7 years ago

      It's suck a shame that Caprica got cancelled.

    • UKGhostwriter profile image


      7 years ago

      Been here too!

      Saw this in Squidu forum (lens spot light)

      Great lens - well done Billy

    • Bill Armstrong profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      @MarianaFargasch: So I see hehe

    • MarianaFargasch profile image


      7 years ago

      Mar was here :)


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