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Open Discussion: What's Everyone Watching?

Hey gang! It’s Friday and we’re in between issues of TWD and in between seasons of the show. Volume 23 just came out, and even if you only read the single issues, it’s a great chance to talk about the arc. But what about the other 22 hours in the day?!

We figured this was a great chance to let fellow fans of The Walking Dead, presumably people with similar tastes, to let us know what shows they’re watching, and what older shows they recommend!

Here are some favorites I’m thinking of:

Game of Thrones: OBVIOUSLY. I don’t think we even need to mention this. Everyone watches this, right? Every Monday we talk about the previous night’s episode. Woe is June, our PR Wizard who is still on the first season (don’t worry guys, she’s catching up).

Mad Men: IT’S ALMOST OVER. Honestly I didn’t think I’d be a big fan of this show, even though I love the advertising biz. After season 1 enough friends were talking about it though (especially my writer pal, Joe Donatelliwho’s honeymoon travelogue is begging to be written into a full-length book) that I got caught up. Oh man. It’s amazing. The perfectly captured era of the 60s just oozes style and cool. And the characters are just amazing. It’s on Netflix! Start watching if you haven’t been!

Halt and Catch Fire: Not to AMC brown-nose, but I’m a huge fan of this period drama as well. Definitely not for anyone, but I’m an even bigger computer nerd (hello, it’s my job) than I am a advertising geek. Watch the intro and tell them that isn’t the bee’s knees. The birth of the modern PC is one of the most interesting and important stories in recent history and this show makes this fictional version really interesting and cool while still feeling very true. Also on Netflix. Season 2 starts in a month!

Wonderfalls: If you liked Pushing Daisies, you have to check out Bryan Fuller’s first super whimsical, super witty show. Scholastic over-achiever Jaye Tyler graduates college but then takes a meaningless job in a Niagara Falls gift shop. Things get weird when inanimate objects start talking to her. It kind of defies description but it’s amazing. The first season was 13 episodes (not all of them aired). Even though it was canceled, it actually wraps up pretty well.

Attack on Titan: I’m putting this in as the Lizzy suggestion (but I’m a big fan as well). Lizzy FORCED me to watch this and I agreed on the condition that she watch Akira, WHICH SHE STILL HASN’T DONE. Attack on Titan is some bizarre alternate past or future where a vaguely European society lives behind giant walls that keep out these freakish, naked giant monsters. The less you know, the better I think, but the rangers that fight the Titans have badass steam-punkish gear and uniforms. There’s a reason you see so many AoT cosplayers at cons. After two episodes you’ll be hooked. Based on a manga, soon to be a movie. It’s on Netflix.

The Fades: Last one and I’m going WAY out here. I don’t even know if you can get this canceled BBC series anywhere, but if you can, the first—and only—six episode season is a must-watch. Paul is a troubled teen that discovers he can see ghosts—Fades— unable to move onto the afterlife. But what happens when they start obtaining the ability to be flesh once again? And why can Paul see them? Great writing. Great cast. Find it and watch it if you can. Any British fans back me up!

So that’s a very, VERY short list of stuff you can and should watch until late summer when FEAR THE WALKING DEAD premieres! What we want is YOUR suggestions down below! Help your fellow fans out! Tell us what to watch!

  1. ronnyhaze May 1, 2015 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I’ll recommend one of my all time favorites, The Shield and for a newer show you must see Bloodline on Netflix! Currently I am catching up on Season 2 of Game of Thrones but some of my favorite shows besides TWD are Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Lost, Dexter, Justified, The Following, True Detective, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Netflix Daredevil, House of Cards, The Wonder Years, Malcom in the Middle and Quantum Leap!!! Haha! Just to name a few!

  2. carlyyougoonie May 1, 2015 at 10:51 am - Reply

    This is an ongoing discussion we have offsite.

    -Game of Thrones – This is the only thing that rivals my love for TWD. Read and obsessed over the books several times. So many amazing characters and such an epic story. Love what Weiss and Beneioff have done with the adaptation.

    Bates Motel – I love creepy shit and this total fits the bill. What is more skeevy than a mom cuddling her murderous teenage son? Uh, not much!

    The Following – I love serial killers. I’m sorry but I do. Not real ones, well I do like to read about the real ones. Plus, Kevin Bacon? Hello. This show is great and freaks me the fuck out sometimes.

    The Flash and Arrow – I’m not generally a superhero girl but I got hooked on Arrow which then lead me to The Flash and now I can’t stop. These shows are fun and awesome and I can actually watch The Flash with my kid.

    Supernatural – More CW. I get some flack for this show in my household because it’s “cheesy” but I love the hell out of the “monster of the week” kind of stories. It’s entertaining and how can you not love the Winchester boys?

    iZombie – This is no TWD so don’t go into it with that kind of expectation. It’s a silly, funny crime drama zombie series. I am loving it and will be picking up the comics soon.

    The Returned – Not quite zombies but people do come back from the dead and wreak havoc on a small town. I like the OG French version better than this reboot, but the reboot is still pretty solid and well cast. I’d recommend the original (Netflix) more though.

    Orphan Black – Clone Club! Seriously epic show and Tatiana Malansy is my hero. How the hell does she portray so many characters and its never cheesy? This show blows my mind every week.

    That’s what I’m watching that’s current. Yeah, I actually do have a life and leave the house too! I swear!

  3. carlyyougoonie May 1, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Oh and Daredevil was amazing!! I’ll probably rematch it because I consUsed it so quick.

    • samM May 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      I was worried when you mentioned some other superhero shows without mentioning Daredevil. Those thirteen episodes were about fifty times better than I expected them to be.

      Also, is Orphan Black as good as the hype makes it out to be? I’ve been considering it.

      • carlyyougoonie May 1, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

        Yeah, I was just thinking of what is currently running that I’m watching and I finished Daredevil already. Epic fucking show!

        I adore Orphan Black and I really can’t say enough good things about it. I think if you watch season 1 episode 1 you’ll be sold right off. It’s smart and really different from anything else I’ve watched. The characters are really well developed and interesting which is cool since most of the characters are played by the same woman. If you do give it a go my favorite characters are Felix and Helena. Definitely check it out!

  4. carlyyougoonie May 1, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Also, I could seriously talk about good tv and movies and books all day long–and usually do.

  5. owen.deval May 1, 2015 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Gotham, American Horror Story, and Hannibal.. Amazing shows.
    If you like Attack on Titan you may also like Death Note.. 😀

  6. Bsur May 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    spartacus, banshee, vikings, better call saul, game of thrones

  7. BASTET. May 1, 2015 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    In order of preference:
    Hannibal ~ If you’re not in on this, you are MISSING OUT!
    The Following ~ weird, wild, & addictive!
    Netflix’s Daredevil ~ not far enough in but just the 1st few eps are enough to say it’s awesome!
    Bates Motel ~ I gotta start Season 2; it’s been on my mind.
    The Strain ~ worth a peek
    There are a few shows that I’m looking forward to, as well:
    Peaky Blinders on Netflix (Got my sights set to start this tomorrow)
    X-Files series (That starts production this summer, so that may be a fill-in for TWD mid-season break)
    I am sooo looking forward to this Game of Thrones that everyone raves about… but I just gotta read the book first! That’s how I roll!!

  8. GovernorPhillip May 1, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Shows I would recommend:

    Daredevil – one of Marvel’s best projects so far.
    Breaking Bad – If you haven’t watched it by now, stop what you are doing and watch it. NOW!!!
    Better Call Saul – slow to start off with but picks up fast.
    Fargo – One of the best mini-series I’ve ever seen.
    Arrow – For those who like your comic book heroes wrapped in drama.
    Firefly – I can’t recommend this more. It only goes for 14 episodes but you will be wanting more by the end!
    Vikings – historically accurate, badass vikings. Nuff said!
    Hell on Wheels – this one has mixed reviews but I quite enjoy it.
    Gotham – interesting take on the origins of Batman’s rogue gallery.

  9. Bijou_Ham May 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    For my part I recommend Criminal Minds, since October this far, I just hope to continue living my favorite characters, please whatever happens should not die #Glenn #Rick #Maggie #Carol #Daryl and #Michonne

  10. judd_richter May 1, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Attack on Titan by far is the best show besides TWD!
    I freaking love the show so much ive got the full costume for Levi
    After that Bates Motel,
    Then Fargo,
    iZombie is cool too,
    Breaking Bad,Better Call Saul,
    And The Strain

    Just to name a few.:-)


  11. Rickyg78 May 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Revolution (Cancelled but way too good to be)
    The Blacklist
    Falling Skies
    Finding Carter
    Breaking Bad
    The Flash

    Totally recommend Grimm.. it’s second to TWD for me 🙂

  12. Agenta5211 May 2, 2015 at 4:36 am - Reply

    Watch Jericho. It’s on Netflix. It stars Lennie James (Morgan in TWD) and it is REALLY good.
    Also if you really like Lennie James, like I do, watch a movie called Swelter. He’s the main character and that’s a really good movie. And then Snatch. He’s not the central character, but he’s in ther quite a bit, and it is a really good movie as well.
    These are all on Netflix

  13. Spector99 May 2, 2015 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Tosh.0, it’s my second favorite show. It makes me laugh every Tuesday.

  14. MikeJLacey May 2, 2015 at 6:08 am - Reply

    I’m loving Grimm at the moment, that just keeps getting better – and regretting not having watched Gotham…

  15. KingDead May 2, 2015 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I rewatched season 5. I made my girlfriend start watching the show adamantly and she’s just finished season 4 but other than the walking dead i just watch Marco Polo on Netflix. It was awesome i recommend people watch. Also the show helix is ok. Other than that I’m not watching much sports and patiently waiting for fear the walking dead and the fire ass season 6

  16. KingDead May 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I’m surprised more people aren’t hip to Marco polo

  17. Poyzinsparklz May 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Watching Ghost Asylum with dad. Not my first choice, but he controls the TV! lol

  18. VirulentViper May 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    • Arrow: Runtime is 60 mins. Airs on Wednesdays at 8pm on The CW. I’ve been watching since Season 1. They’re currently on Season 3 and they’ve been renewed for a Season 4 that will probably air in September. I believe there’s only 2 episodes left in Season 3 so I think the finale airs on May 13th. It’s a show based on the DC Comics superhero, Green Arrow. Oliver Queen is Green Arrow (or as they refer to him in the show, ‘The Arrow’) and after returning home after being stranded on an island for 5 years, he’s went from being a preppy, spoiled brat into the vigilante that will eventually become Green Arrow. He tries to clean up Starling City but of course runs into trouble along the way. If you like comics and you’re not watching this, you should at least check it out. It features a lot of really cool cameos and other comic characters. In Season 2, there’s a couple episodes with Barry Allen and in Season 3, a couple cross-overs with The Flash, which brings me to the next show:

    • The Flash: Runtime is 60 mins. Currently airs on Tuesday nights at 8pm on The CW. I’m sure most people know who The Flash is by now. It’s the story about forensic scientist Barry Allen who gets struck by lightning and ends up with extraordinary powers and becomes The Flash. The Flash was renewed for a Season 2 and they’re currently wrapping up Season 1. I think the finale is gonna air on.. either May 12th or May 19th. I’m not sure which.. but just as Arrow has cross-overs with The Flash, it also has cross-overs with Arrow so sometimes characters jump back-and-forth between the two shows. It also features other iconic DC Comics characters and is honestly, in my opinion, the best superhero show out there right now.

    • Vikings: Runtime is 60 mins. It airs on History Channel because of the historical accuracy and element of history in the show’s story. Season 3 just wrapped about 2 weeks ago. Season 1 consisted of 9 episodes while Seasons 2 and 3 consist of 10. Season 4 is currently filming and will return in February or March 2016. It follows the story of real-life legendary viking Ragnar Lothbrok who became one of the most well-known historical figures in viking history. You can also take most stereotypical things you know about vikings and toss them aside. The show offers a very interesting and different take on vikings and their culture, beliefs, and way of living that’ll make you think of them in a different light. Travis Fimmel absolutely destroys the role of Ragnar and is very impressive to watch on-screen. I’m sorry to The Walking Dead but Vikings is my favorite show. That being said, The Walking Dead is right behind it. So if you wanted to check out Vikings, I couldn’t recommend it more and if you looked up the characters in the show, you’d be able to piece together what’s going to happen in the show. There are some things that they’ve changed in the show so it’s not 110% historically accurate but my guess is.. well, it’s TV. You have to change things up at least a little bit. That doesn’t ruin the show by any means though, it’s an incredible series that I’d recommend to any and everybody.

    • Impress Me: Runtime is 30 mins. Ross Marquand (Aaron) is in this series. It’s about two impressionists (Ross is one of them) who want to stop doing impressions for a living to become serious, dramatic actors. Ross plays himself and it’s based in the world we live in so there’s references to things like Breaking Bad and Ross ends up doing radio interviews as Justin Timberlake, it sort of becomes his job. It’s a pretty neat, funny series to check out and it’s definitely different than anything else out there. This one also airs on “Pop” in the United States and it comes on Wednesdays at 10:30pm, right after Schitt’s Creek. I’m not sure if this one has been renewed or not. The impressions in this are absolutely incredible though.

    • The Last Man on Earth: Runtime is 30 mins. The season finale airs tonight (May 3rd) and it’s a show with a pretty interesting concept. The title pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the show and I think the way the writers handled it was very interesting and smart. Definitely worth a look in my book. It was also recently renewed for a Season 2.

    • Schitt’s Creek: Runtime is 30 mins. I know.. I know. The name of it sounds like… but it’s the name of the town the show takes place in. The show takes a rich, spoiled family and throws them into a dump of a town. Eugene Levy stars in it alongside his real-life son, Dan Levy. Eugene’s character bought a town for Dan’s character when Dan was a teenager as a joke of responsibility but when they get screwed over by someone that works for them and all of their fortunes vanish, they’re forced to live in this.. less than ideal town where they hate everybody and everything about it. So, you take rich people and put them in the poorest place you can think of. This is that. In Canada, Season 1 just finished. It was renewed for a Season 2 and they’re currently filming that. In the United States, the Season 1 finale airs on Wednesday at 10pm on “Pop”.

    • The Strain: Runtime is 60 mins. Take everything you knew about vampires and throw it away. Seriously, everything you thought was true about vampires, all of the mythological lure and legends – throw them all away. Season 1 ended the Sunday before Season 5 of The Walking Dead premiered. Season 2 premieres in July on FX. I think it was Sundays at 10pm but I could be mistaken. This is Guillermo Del Toro’s “Strain” trilogy turned into a TV series with some different twists and turns to keep things fresh and interesting, much like The Walking Dead and Robert Kirkman’s comic. I haven’t read The Strain trilogy but I do read The Walking Dead. That being said, while reading The Walking Dead, I don’t really know what to “expect” per-say with what’s going to happen in the show but since the show uses the comic as a sort of blueprint, I kind of know the general direction of the show. With The Strain, I don’t. It’s different to me to have this kind of experience because I’m watching everything unfold on TV and it’s so different than everything else we’ve heard about vampires before. These vampires don’t sparkle.. in fact, they’re not even human. To an extent, they’re kind of.. mindless, like walkers. They’re monsters, though. Vampires are monsters again and they’re terrifying and the way The Strain handles them is really cool and different and the show — while it isn’t scary — is incredibly tense sometimes. I know it fits into the “horror genre” because of its material but the show isn’t scary to me. That being said, you should at least check out Season 1.

    • Being Human: Runtime is 60 mins. Okay, let me start off by saying that I’m recommending the North American version of the show, not the BBC version. The show is over, it ended in 2014. It’s my overall favorite show and nothing will ever replace it. I’ve had some very special moments with the show and its cast and it’s introduced me to so many people that have changed my life forever and it.. it was just a really special experience for me. It wasn’t just a show to me, it was a life-changing experience. That being said, there’s a total of 4 Seasons and 13 episodes in each season. The synopsis for the show kind of sounds like a really lame joke.. “a vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar” but really, a vampire named Aidan and a werewolf named Josh move into a house together to live somewhat “normal” lives because they desperately hate these curses they’ve been afflicted with. Don’t worry, the show touches on the “aren’t vampires and werewolves supposed to be enemies” thing quite a bit. It just so happens, however, that the house they move into is haunted by a ghost named Sally. Sally’s been a ghost for 6 months and doesn’t remember how she died. She also can’t leave the house, she’s bound to it and can’t really figure out why. Aidan’s been a vampire for about 250 years and he used to be a horrible, horrible person and.. well, a murderer. His track record is incredibly deep and dirty and he hates what he was in the past so he’s trying to quit killing humans and drinking from them. He works in a hospital where he’s able to get bags of blood from storage to quench his thirst so nobody innocent gets hurt. Josh also works at the hospital as an orderly while Aidan works as a nurse. Josh hasn’t been a werewolf too long but long enough to know that he hates what he is and whenever he turns, something ends up dead. So, they decide.. why not move into a place together and try to help each other manage our conditions and just try to live the closest thing we can to a normal life? When they meet Sally, it’s about that and trying to help Sally solve the mystery of why she’s a ghost and what’s keeping her from moving on. It has some pretty cool takes on vampires, werewolves and ghosts and it becomes a pretty psychological show during the end of Season 3 and basically all of Season 4. They kind of take all these stereotypes from these monsters that we knew before and throw them into a blender and have their own versions of the classic monsters that we know. The chemistry between the cast is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before… they really are a family on and off set. Even a year after the show is over, they still hang out and spend time together. They’re really close and you can tell while watching them on-screen that their relationships are real and that they genuinely feel for each other. It’s a great show with a lot of really dark content so if that’s what you’re into, like I am, check out Being Human. It’s reaalllly really funny too. It would work as a sitcom, I think. All 4 Seasons of Being Human are currently available on Netflix.

    • Defiance: Runtime is 60 mins. Season 3 premieres on June 12th with back-to-back episodes. So, it’s a double-premiere basically. I think the airtime is 8pm – 10pm? The year is 2046. Earth was dramatically transformed when several extraterrestrial races (collectively known as Votans) touchdown in St. Louis (now known as Defiance). The series follows Joshua Nolan and his apoted Irathient (one of the alien races) daughter Irisa in the place known as.. well, Defiance. Defiance is a city-state community where humans and these aliens co-exist. The St. Louis arch is broken in half and it’s a pretty iconic piece for the show in terms of imagery. I’d say the show is almost post-apocalyptic in the sense that there was a great battle that destroyed a lot but they do have things like electricity and they’re not exactly scavenging for food, water, shelter, weapons, etc. Seasons 1 and 2 consisted of 13 episodes each and I’d assume Season 3 probably will too. I wasn’t really on-board with the series as a really big fan during Season 1 but Season 2 was really impressive to me and that’s when I was like “okay, this is a show that I want to watch” so if you’re into aliens and the sci-fi genre, this should be right up your ally.

  19. Brian Huntington May 4, 2015 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    I’ll comment on a few suggestions:

    Been meaning to watch Vikings, I’ll have to start it up the next time I’m looking for something to watch.

    I prefer The Flash to Arrow. I kind of bailed on Arrow. I don’t think Oliver is that interesting, but I love the CW-romance angle of The Flash. I’m just a lovesick tween at heart.

    Daredevil. I’m a huge DD fan from the late 80s/90s. I liked the Netflix show, I didn’t love it. I think they cast Foggy poorly. D’Onofrio looks the part but acts like an emo baby. And Karen Page isn’t nearly as tragic and interesting as she is in the comic. Or least when I was reading. But we’ll see. I’m definitely on board for Season 2 and can’t wait for whatever Netflix Marvel series is next.

    I need to get back on Orphan Black. Not sure why I bailed after a couple episodes…

  20. daniel615 May 5, 2015 at 7:28 am - Reply

    if you havent watched gotham your trippin.

  21. MaximumParty May 5, 2015 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Damn guys i forgot to check the site like 2 days and im missin killer topics! Lesson learned hahaha, im all bates, american horror story, supernatural, daredevil, law and order : svu is for real the best shit on earth, faceoff, orange is the new black, then im always down for funny shows like workaholics and broad city, just goofy shit yknow

  22. MikeJLacey May 6, 2015 at 2:53 am - Reply

    I’m just finishing Season 1 of Resurrection, marathon watching on Amazon Prime, and loving it – great stuff. And @daniel615 you’re right. Gotham, has to be next for me.

    • BASTET. May 6, 2015 at 3:04 am - Reply

      How’s Amazon Prime working for you? I was thinking about switching over until Netflix brought Daredevil.

      • samM May 6, 2015 at 11:00 pm - Reply

        Ha! I have Prime and Netflix, and I would highly recommend both. Netflix has better originals (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil), and the good stuff like Breaking Bad (and TWD of course!). I originally got Prime to watch 24 after it was removed from Netflix, and it has a lot of good stuff. If you’re not already paying for HBO there is a wide selection of older HBO shows on Prime, as a sort of added bonus. Also, I could never go back from free two-day shipping. Trust me, it is the one of the best things that the Internet has given to me (in exchange for my money, of course).

        Oh yeah, as an afterthought, Prime recently added a music service. Decent selection of free streaming songs. I’m sure there are other Prime benefits as well that I’m completely unaware of. If you’re willing to pay for it, I personally think an Amazon/Netflix combo is the way to go.

        • BASTET. May 7, 2015 at 6:43 am - Reply

          I’ve done the trial for Prime… I do quite a bit of shopping on Amazon & that 2-day shipping is really sweet! My ball-n-chain is that I’m paying for cable… so I’m only willing to add one streaming service to that bill. But I definitely get what you’re saying about a combo! Thanks for the rec!

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