Lost

 

LostAmazing questions, disappointing answers. They might have been just making stuff as they went along, but the adventure was still mind-bogglingly great.

Positive: Negative:
Cool, mysterious atmosphere Ultimately disappointing story
Fascinating, profound, likable characters
Captivating mystery plot

Charmed

CharmedI watched this as a kid on TV because magic and demons sounded cool. It made me believe that the medium of TV series is just not for me until I re-discovered them 10 years later with Lost. Thanks for keeping me away from the whole medium for a decade.

Posiive: Negative:
Interesting concept Concentrates on ridiculous romance more than actual magic
Obnoxious characters
Repetitive plot
Boring

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar GalacticaAn exciting, suspenseful adventure through space. Almost Philip K. Dickish with the paranoia angle, you never know who might be the cylon, hehe.

Positive: Negative:
Fascinating space opera setting A few boring filler episodes
Cool futuristic atmosphere
Interesting, likable, profound characters
Captivating plot fueled by paranoia
Good story
Profound knowledge of politics
Thought-provoking on artificial intelligence

Twin Peaks

Twin PeaksIf this show was properly finished it might have been the best thing to grace TV ever. Highly recommended if you like surreal, smart shows with fascinating characters. Also, if you like Silent Hill.

Definitely the best thing David Lynch ever did.

Positive: Negative:
Great, artistic direction Second season loses focus
Fantastic creepy atmosphere Unfinished
Great music
Captivating, mysterious plot
Full of great twists
Fascinating, quirky characters
Great acting

The Wire

The WireThe first few episodes gave me an impression it’s gonna be boring, but it totally got me later. A must watch if smart realistic shows and politics are your thing.

Positive: Negative:
Good opening The story never feels it’s about something big
Profound characters
Relationship issues sometimes make the series feel like a soap opera
Gripping plot
Some plot threads go nowhere
Social commentary on drug war and other ineffective political policies
Fantastic depiction of Baltimore

 

 

Mad Men

Mad MenThe setting is very interesting and characters are nice, but the story has absolutely no idea where it wants to go. These guys are obviously just making stuff as they go.

Positive: Negative:
Competently written characters People in advertisement are vacuous and inherently annoying
Authentic 1960s setting
Absence of an actual story
Overabundance of snuggling scenes

House of Cards

House of CardsErr… It’s not as smart as it thinks, but it’s still a clever show. Definitely recommended if you are into politics.

Positive: Negative:
Interesting, fascinating protagonist Characters feel uneven and forced at times
Engrossing mind-games Story feels lost at times with new plot-lines being introduced and old ones abandoned unsolved
Gives insight into the politics of the White House Some supposedly ingenious plans work out only due to sheer luck or someone being stupid

Hannibal

HannibalThis is one of the dumbest shows I have ever seen.

Positive: Negative:
Hannibal is a cool character Barely fleshed out supporting cast
Imaginative murders Absolutely terrible writing goes straight from one plot hole to another
No investigation, everything gets solved by magic powers
Frantic pace
Dubious knowledge about FBI work and psychopathy

Dexter

DexterThe premise is really cool and the show runs strong for a few seasons before totally falling apart in the later half. Good fun up until season four or so.

Positive: Negative:
Awesome premise Totally falls apart in the later seasons
Likable characters
Suspenseful plot

Breaking Bad

Breaking BadI was lukewarm in the beginning, bored in the middle and totally captivated near the end. It might be uneven but the ending delivers, believe me.

Positive: Negative:
Interesting, likable characters Family problems get old and annoying
Exciting plot Can be a bit boring in the middle when pace slow downs
Good story about one man’s descent to evil

24

24It’s suspenseful. It’s fun. It’s also sometimes stupid. Still a good watch though.

Positive: Negative:
Good cliffhangers Some inconsistencies in the plot
Good twists Heavy on twists, light on substance
Good pace Boring characters
Interesting idea