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Small screen suggestions? [Feb. 10th, 2014|04:51 pm]
Marissa Lingen

I watch a bunch of TV to get me through my workouts, and right now I don’t have a default thing of the right length that I’ve got momentum on, so I thought I would take the opportunity to ask for recommendations. I’ll list a bunch of things I’m in some sense “currently in the middle of,” and you can either suggest other stuff you think I might like or else ask what I like about the things I’ve listed. I am not current on anything: I watch DVDs or Netflix, so “current season” stuff will be spoilers for me.

Oh, and: I am a tough sell for sexual violence. It’s not a hard, fast line for me–for example, I watch Criminal Minds–but it’s pretty easy to hit my “this is no fun any more and I’m taking my marbles and going home” threshold on things like a certain popular soapy historical drama this season.

Shows I’m watching: Arrow, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, The Bletchley Circle, Elementary, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Inspector Lewis, The Killing, The Mentalist, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Ripper Street, Scandal, Sherlock, White Collar.

I am not at all limited to English language stuff, but the pacing of 22-minute episodes has to hit me right–some anime does and some doesn’t. Almost no live-action English-language stuff does. 55-minute shows can work, but they frustrate me because they’re pretty much exactly the wrong length for what I need for workouts. 40-to-44 are great, as are the 80-to-90 blocks.


Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux


[User Picture]From: shark_hat
2014-02-10 11:23 pm (UTC)
All old English mystery series because my mind has gone blank on anything else: the 1980s Miss Marple (with Joan Hickson); Campion; the Inspector Alleyn mysteries? The Holmes series with Jeremy Brett- they did all the short stories and I think there's only one that isn't good (Sussex Vampire; they did really odd things to the plot to make it more of a spooky sexual psychodrama for some reason). I think that of the two available Lord Peter Wimsey versions it's supposed to be the Ian Carmichael one that's better, but I'm not sure. They're all 45 minutes or longer per ep.

Oh, how about Spaced? I think it's 24-minute episodes- anyway, it was made for the lesser UK amount of ads. Sitcom, Jessica Stevenson [**hearts**] and Simon Pegg wrote and starred, it's geeky and sweet. (I think everything else I love is the wrong length, doesn't seem to fit with your other preferences, or isn't available in the US. Though if you *do* have a multi-region DVD player, maybe have a look at Dinnerladies, which is a mostly-female-cast ensemble sitcom- BBC, so 27 minutes.)
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