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Shows to watch before you die

Television Without Pity posted their "Shows to Watch Before You Die" list on their blog yesterday.

Guess who made the list?!

"The West Wing"
This brilliant, delightful, optimistic melodrama had very high highs ("Two Cathedrals") and lows ("The Stackhouse Filibuster") that are still better than most shows' best episodes.

"The Stackhouse Filibuster" is a low? Really, TWoP?  I must disagree. "Ninety Miles Away," yes; "The Stackhouse Filibuster," no.

Click here to see the full list of must-see shows (and some recommendations of what NOT to watch).

Comments

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_mytruth_
Aug. 28th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
I've still never seen as many eps of the West Wing as I should have. =( I can say I agree with watching Buffy and Freaks & Geeks though, LOL.
13_pines
Aug. 28th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
It's such a good show all-around, even if you're not into politics. Fantastically written, wonderfully acted, and beautifully directed.
gatsbyfan
Aug. 28th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Stackhouse Filibuster has always been one of my favorites. They can bite me. "Ninety Miles Away" or "The Debate" were awful.
13_pines
Aug. 28th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Why, with such a large availablity of crappy season 5-7 episodes, did they choose Stackhouse? I love Stackhouse. Maybe they were trying to pick the worst Sorkin era ep? Even so, Stackhouse Filibuster is NOT IT.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 28th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe they were trying to pick the worst Sorkin era ep?
Isaac and Ishmael. I still like it because it was so well-intentioned, but it was obviously a rush job. He failed, but he failed while daring greatly.
segsig
Aug. 28th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Stackhouse is one of my all-time favorites, top 10, maybe top 5. If they HAD to pick a Sorkin ep, The Long Goodbye.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 28th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Good choice, seqsiq. That's one of the few from the first four seasons that Sorkin didn't write. I know he didn't write "Enemies" or "Swiss Diplomacy;" I think that's all of them.
13_pines
Aug. 28th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
YES! Definitely The Long Goodbye.
13_pines
Aug. 28th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
I didn't have a problem with Isaac and Ishmael other than it seemed a bit thrown together. I'm not sure I can pick a "worst" ep that Sorkin actually wrote. It's the ones other people wrote that are candidate for that title.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 28th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
I agree. His worst is still miles better than some of those Season 5 episodes.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 28th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
It's remarkable that, with all the meh that came out after Sorkin left, the TWoP writer would single out a Sorkin ep to represent the low point. I can see someone taking issue with all the voiceover narration -- for the record, I like that episode, too -- but I'm certain I didn't see Josh challenge a building to a fight. Or any patronizing on-screen graphics, as we saw early in Season 5, when somebody decided TWW needed to be accessible to 3-year-olds.

And Piney, I don't know that you're a BSG watcher, but I feel compelled to say this here: I know that there are strong negative feelings about aspects of the final episode, but to suggest that the way they ended it makes the series not worth your time is just about the stupidest thing I've ever read about TV. Lots of "Seinfeld" fans didn't like that ending either; that doesn't invalidate the brilliance that came before it.

Thanks for the link!
13_pines
Aug. 28th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I do not understand why they picked Stackhouse. I could have sent them a long list of Season 5 eps that are far worse.

I've never watched BSG, but I completely agree with you. You can't disregard an entire series based on one bad episode. You have to look at the series as a whole. Every show has it's handful of not-so-good eps. They're not necessarily reflective of the rest of the series.
tomfoolery815
Aug. 28th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
People seem to take it personally when a series finale doesn't measure up to expectations, or do the things they wanted it to do.

However, it's completely understandable. We get emotionally invested in, and attached to, our favorite shows. The final episode is the end of a relationship, in a sense. Break-ups are hard enough when they're good break-ups, right? :-)
13_pines
Aug. 28th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Right, you make an excellent point. :-)
elodiek
Sep. 1st, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
The West Wing, again and forever. \o/
(But The Stackhouse Filibuster is absolutely not the worst episode. As was said in other comments: The Long Goodbye, all season 5 and a couple ones from later, were. Though I did like Santos.)
13_pines
Sep. 2nd, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
The West Wing, again and forever.
Totally!

I don't know, there were a handful from season 5 I liked...The Supremes and Shutdown were both decent.
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