Year in Review: Top Shows You're Not Watching, Part 2

Damages - When you first saw the previews for legal thriller Damages I imagine you thought exactly what I did: "Great. Another legal show. Just what we need." However, I assure you that Damages is not like other legal programs and absolutely deserves your time and attention. In some ways, it makes me think of Dexter in that it has an excellently paced season-long murder mystery that keeps you guessing until the last episode. Combine this with superb acting talent (including Emmy winning performances from Glenn Close and Zeljko Ivanek) and a fascinating method of story telling (the show jumps between at least 3 time frames in a seamless and relatively non-confusing manner) and we have ourselves a winner!


Friday Night Lights - Having us here at SideReel telling you to watch Friday Night Lights is nothing new. We dedicated the SideReel Drama Club to the show during this past summer. However, until every single person out there has watched this show...we refuse to stop talking about it. This show has everything - from an unfairly attractive cast to some of the best family drama on television. We repeat: It doesn't matter if you don't like football.


It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Granted, this little gem of a show is currently more watched than it used to be. However, I imagine some of you have still overlooked this fantastic comedy, which I warn you, is probably not for everyone. However, the ones that do click with IASIP's insane sense of humor (jokes about necrophilia, abortion, inbreeding...to name a few) will immediately identify it as a favorite. Give it a chance!


The Big Bang Theory - I fear that some people may have shared my initial reaction to this show which was that "it's just another cheesy sitcom". However, as the first season of Big Bang progressed, the show has evolved (pun intended) into one of the smarter, funnier shows on television. If you listen carefully, the show is chalk full of clever, incredibly nerdy jokes. For me, this show proves that it's still possible to have a standard sitcom (laugh track included) that works.


Privileged - I identified Privileged as being not great, but showing promise when it debuted, and since then it has only improved. In my initial review I commented that while we all love Gossip Girl, The CW could still use a show that is a little more Gilmore Girls (re: wholesome) and Privileged is your winner. It's the only show currently on the network that really delves into a relationship between sisters and it is done quite well. The show's star Joanna Garcia also takes parts and scenes that could be vomit-worthy in terms of cheesiness and manages to turn it into something adorable. If you liked old-school WB, Privileged is for you!


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Dec 16, 2008 2:34PM EST

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Dec 16, 2008 2:42PM EST

I'd given up on The Big Bang Theory after the first few episodes, but I'm becoming a believer it's really improved, so looks like it's time to catch up! I've also been on the fence about trying out Damages and Privileged beyond that first episode of Privileged I did catch, but with these explanations, Damages sounds fascinating, and if Privileged is the new Gilmore Girls, I'm in! Looks like I have some good stuff to watch now over the holiday lull!

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Dec 16, 2008 5:43PM EST

bring Friday Night Lights to Canada! the website has no links that you can view in Canada after the middle of Season 2... I was hooked and now I can't find anywhere to watch the rest!

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May 3, 2016 12:54PM EDT

People should be watching Its always Sunny, it is literally like if Seinfeld did not have to watch their language. Original tag line for the show was that it is Seinfeld on crack, and that is really accurate. People may watch and think it is just shock and awe and all they are doing is making immature jokes, but honestly it is much more than that, actually I have started to realize that each episode is really about some kind of issue. Now these character present that issue usually from the "This is what you shouldnt do point of view." But there usually is a message. The first season had a episode about gun laws, and abortion, and partiotism, and underage drinking and this newest season had one about Gas prices, and americas obsession with beauty and cosmetic surgury and health insurance among others. Really a great show, hillarious for one, but it really does have a heart as well. Like bit of a spoiler but will still be funny if you havent seen it; best part is during the abortion episode, the guys go to a rally cause they think it is a good place to meet girls, and they keep switching sides of the abortion rally based on which girls are on each side. One of the smartest funniest shows on tv

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Dec 16, 2008 9:44PM EST

I've been watching Privileged and I'm loving it!

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Dec 16, 2008 10:43PM EST

all great shows except i'd didn't think big bang was that great

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Dec 17, 2008 3:03AM EST

I was really surprised when Eli stone and Lipstick jungle were cancelled.They were not as flashy as Lost or prison break but the plotlines are ok for me.I really enjoyed watching them. Hope some producers would take the cudgels in continuing the show. They would really make money on its syndications specially My own worst enemy, now thats a really great show. Whats really happening!

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Dec 17, 2008 9:45AM EST

I absolutely LOVED Damages! When the season was over I was still on the edge of my seat wanting more. The suspense almost seemed to kill me it was that good. I just recently found out that the second season is coming and that thrilled me. I can't wait to see how this all plays out!

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Dec 19, 2008 2:06PM EST

I also loved damages. One show I loved so much I had to watch all the episodes in one sitting was True Blood. That was fantastic.

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Dec 26, 2008 6:18PM EST

want to watch FNL but havnt had time but am watching privileged and love it. cant wait for it to come back after the break!

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