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Urgent: DVD box-set recommendations needed to escape football!

 
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Well, it looks like I'm going to be spending a lot of time with my computer over the next few weeks, as the TV will be delivering nothing but football (World Cup), cookery shows (all the bloody time), tennis (Wimbledon) and athletics (Commonwealth Games). But after a day of hacking at work, there's a limit to how much coding I want to do in the evenings, so can anybody suggest some good quality DVD box-sets that might fill the hours?

  • Stuff I've liked in the past: The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones.
  • Stuff I should have liked but just couldn't get into: Breaking Bad, Deadwood.
  • Stuff I will never like: anything with drippy teenage vampires, rom-coms, Japanese manga.

  • Any suggestions? Or should I just Get A Life? Or take up sport... Nah, that's just crazy talk!
     
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    Lots of recommendations, including a bunch from me, in this thread from earlier this year.
     
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    Ah yes - I'd forgotten that one. Thanks!
     
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    With 1000+ posts on JavaRanch, getting a life is probably not a realistic option; stick with TV.
     
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    Older series that are off air but have sets at the library like "Torchwood" and "Dr. Who"
     
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    I've recently discovered a couple of shows that I'm really enjoying. A Young Doctor's Notebook and Luther. Both BBC.

    A Young Doctor's Notebook is a dark comedy with a serious tone. The wit is superb in typical british fashion.

    Luther is a pretty typical detective show but it stars Idris Elba, so, fuhgeddaboudit. Just watch it already.
     
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    Vikings! Oh, and The Borgias, Spartacus, Justified, Sons of Anarchy. .
     
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    I recommend band of brothers, an HBO original series on world war 2. Other than that, I have to promote Borat Sagdiyev videos which are legally free on youtube.
    Many of them are crude and tasteless, but many are gems. You can also try adolf hitler parody videos which are popular. Obviously, these are for an occasional
    chuckle and not staple entertainment...oh what the hell just happened to me ? I must talk a correct way.

    Nice video of Borat with dudes -



    Epic hilarious video of Hitler consumes horse "pills" -

     
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    Thanks for lots of great suggestions, guys.

    In the end I decided to go with "Fringe", which was recommended to me by a friend who's known me since college, so I'm assuming he has some idea of my tastes. Although he might just be having a laugh at my expense.

    But I've also put "Justified" and "Orphan Black" on my wish-list - there's always plenty of sport to avoid on TV, and the nights will soon start drawing in again. "Winter is coming" as they say.

    Incidentally, I saw "Luther" a few times (troubled maverick cop? check), but just can't get used to Stringer Bell tawkin' cockney, even after all these years.

    Cheers!
     
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    Happened to watch an episode of Fringe yesterday and it was my first episode of it. It reminded me a lot about "Warehouse 13".
     
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