Mad Men and Downton Abbey are the only two dramas on TV right now that I can stomach consistently week after week.
Oh, and Game of Thrones, though that may be more fantasy.
I voted Mad Men, because, as Mitch aptly put it, the characters are so well developed.
But seriously, folks. I chose Mad Men because I recognize a lot of those characters and morality plays from growing up around them. I love watching the misadventures of Don Draper as he tries to navigate through a tumultuous decade whilst battling his own inner demons. The writing/directing is superb.
The other show that I think is on par with Mad Men re: character development is LOST.
I have never seen a single episode of any of those 4 shows.
I tried to watch Lost once, and about 10 minutes into it I had to turn it off, it was so clumsy.
I did watch two full episodes of Game of Thrones, but it just pissed me off and i haven't watched it since.
I love Mad Men. I saw the first season of the Wire but couldn't continue after watching the first two episodes of season two. I didn't have the patience to start all over again. The social commentary in Mad Men is so subtle and brilliant. Watching the different struggles for women in the workplace, Joan's and Peggy's different choices and outcomes resonates with me. And all of Don's inner demons that he battles and how an offhand decision he makes can affect so many other people.
i enjoy boardwalk empire, but it does not belong on a best of list in any respect. i really couldn't care less about the main character.
i also enjoyed watching lost, but i wouldn't re-watch it again. it was a soap opera, but i had fun dissecting each episode and watching it while it was live. i always say it reminded me of the "cliffhangers" my dad used to watch every saturday at the movies. but i hated almost all of the characters at one point and it was a bit silly.
six feet under is also kinda meh. for example people talk about how great the finale was, but i can't remember it or much else about the show and i watched every episode. it wasn't memorable.
and game of thrones does not belong on the list, it's not all that well put together. i only care about the calessi and the little sword fighting princess. it doesn't do a good job of handling an expansive cast of characters like the wire does. i don't really care why any of them think they should be king or queen except caleesi.
i voted for the wire. all the shows on the list do a great job of building a compelling set of characters, and breaking bad & sopranos do an excellent job of showing family dynamics, but the wire adds a whole other level of showing the failing drug war and our inept politicians.
You forgot House. Then, I would have voted.
"Some people just need a hi-five in the face."
I liked that episode of House where they came up with an unusual diagnosis 20 minutes in that turned out to be incorrect before finding an even more unusual diagnosis 40 minutes in that turned out to be correct.
Kahleesi means Queen. Why do people think that is her name? Pet peeve.
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I personally don't think there has been a show that expects as much of its watchers as The Wire and subsequently that if you really appreciate all its complexities it is the best TV show ever made. When I went through the series it just seemed so complex at times that I had to watch every episode twice to really get it. I also don't know if that was just me, though.
The Wire was just to well written for me to pick any other show. Between making you care about every single character in the show and being able to easily flip the way you felt about them in a single episode or a single moment. I also think the character deaths are handled better than shows like Sopranos and Game of Thrones. Haven't watched all of Breaking Bad but I prefer The Wire so far
Please note, in college I was typically the lone dissenter and defender of The Canon, despite the logical soundness of my peer's demands for a decentering and dissemination of voices, which I do agree with. It's a subject/object I am either intrinsically drawn to, or that has been so extrinsically embedded that I can't escape preoccupation with.
I am only 2 seasons into The Sopranos.
I lost interest in Mad Men after season...3? 4? I don't remember. I'd be willing to go back to it, I think that life and other things got in the way and the person I watched it with left so I just didn't continue on on my own accord.
Watched all of Breaking Bad, but haven't watched Season 5 of The Wire. If I were to vote, it would be for The Wire, because of the versatility of perspectives and comprehensive overview of interlocking structural struggles.
And, I guess this doesn't matter much when trying to qualitatively analyze a particular category of a show, but we all realize that all of these proposed nominations are trying to effect a particular, unique response with their show, yes? I mean -- they are all 'dramas,' but it's evident that they are each interested in different facets of the dramatic form and the emotional output that can be brought out of that form.
Also, death glares to everyone who thinks that Game of Thrones is even a contender in this category. It's a "drama" but please, it's an adaptation of an already written fantasy series, you knobs.
DEATH STABS to anyone who has suggested Lost. Just get fucked.
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I'm glad Battlestar Galactica is getting some love. It's the only series I've ever watched twice all the way through. I voted for The Wire.
I've only seen two of them with any regularity. The Sopranos and The Wire had been playing for to long to get into though they looked interesting when I did watch.
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