My Favorite Television Shows & Movies

I'm not a big fan of network TV but I do like many of the shows and movies being created for cable. Most of these I watch on disc or streaming to fit my schedule and, in some cases, to avoid annoying ads!
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1.
24 (2001 TV Series)
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Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster. (44 mins.)
 
2.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
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Dexter Morgan is a Forensics Expert, a loyal brother, boyfriend, and friend. That's what he seems to be, but that's not what he really is. Dexter Morgan is a Serial Killer that hunts the bad. (53 mins.)
 
3.
Justified (2010 TV Series)
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Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky. (44 mins.)
 
4.
Bones (2005 TV Series)
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A forensic anthropologist and a cocky FBI agent build a team to investigate death causes. And quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones. (40 mins.)
 
5.
Doc Martin (2004 TV Series)
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Trials and tribulations of a socially challenged doctor in Cornwall, England (50 mins.)
 
6.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. (58 mins.)
 
7.
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001 TV Series)
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British crime investigation series based around aristocratic, Oxford-educated Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his working-class assistant Sergeant Barbara Havers. (90 mins.)
 
8.
MI-5 (2002 TV Series)
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The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization. (60 mins.)
 
9.
Oz (1997 TV Series)
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A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants. (55 mins.)
Director: Gregory Dark
 
10.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
 
11.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life. (55 mins.)
 
12.
Wire in the Blood (2002 TV Series)
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A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England. (69 mins.)
 
13.
The 39 Steps (2008 TV Movie)
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Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull... (90 mins.)
Director: James Hawes
 
14.
Angels in America (2003 Mini-Series)
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Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. (352 mins.)
 
15.
John Adams (2008 Mini-Series)
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years. (71 mins.)
 
16.
Pennies from Heaven (1978 Mini-Series)
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Arthur, a sheet music salesman, has an ear for the hit tunes, but nobody will trust it. And his imagination often bursts into full song... (75 mins.)
 
17.
The Singing Detective (1986 Mini-Series)
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Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations. (415 mins.)
 
18.
Inspector Lewis (2006 TV Series)
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Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them. (90 mins.)
 
19.
Torchwood (2006 TV Series)
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The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. (50 mins.)
 
20.
Firefly (2002 TV Series)
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Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them. (44 mins.)
 
21.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's financial future. (49 mins.)
 
22.
The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. (680 mins.)
 
23.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004 Documentary)
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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion. (214 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
24.
Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002 Documentary)
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A series of interviews with Woody Allen interlaced with clips from his films. (90 mins.)
 
25.
Wallander (2005 TV Series)
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A Swedish cop in a small town near the Baltic coast. (90 mins.)
 
26.
Queer as Folk (1999 TV Series)
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A controversial Drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, and also 15 year old Nathan who is in love with Stuart. (48 mins.)
 
27.
Wallander (2008 TV Series)
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A TV program centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop. (90 mins.)
 
28.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005 TV Series)
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Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, traveler, visits places all around the world sampling various foods. (60 mins.)
 
29.
Spiral (2005 TV Series)
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Follows criminal investigations in Paris from all the different points of view of a criminal investigation. (52 mins.)
 
30.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955 TV Series)
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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama and comedy about people of different species committing murders, suicides, thefts and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations; perceived or not. (25 mins.)
 
31.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
 
32.
Midsomer Murders (1997 TV Series)
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A veteran DCI and his young sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County. (90 mins.)
 
33.
Prime Suspect (1991 Mini-Series)
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A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades. (207 mins.)
 
34.
Our Town (2003 TV Movie)
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Thornton Wilder's classic play on Grover's Corners, a fictional small town and its story taking place between 1901 and 1913... (120 mins.)
Director: James Naughton
 
35.
Supernatural (2005 TV Series)
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Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth. (44 mins.)
 
36.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures. (60 mins.)
 
37.
Great Performances (1971 TV Series)
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Centering on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his 10 closest friends (who also happen to be five couples)...
 
38.
Elizabeth R (1971 Mini-Series)
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When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement. (85 mins.)
 
39.
American Playhouse (1981 TV Series)
Episode: Into the Woods (1991)
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In this Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim, several fairy tale characters learn the hard way that the 'Happily Ever After' they sought isn't necessarily so happy after all.
 
40.
Jacoba (1989 Documentary)
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(65 mins.)
Director: Joram ten Brink
 
41.
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005 TV Movie)
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A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston. (113 mins.)
Director: Darnell Martin
 
42.
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005 Documentary)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Bruce Ricker
 
43.
I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (2005 Documentary)
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This documentary explores the incredible life of Merian C. Cooper, from his time as a soldier and pilot in three different wars, to his exploits in Hollywood, as a director, producer and cinematic innovator. (57 mins.)
 
44.
Spielberg on Spielberg (2007 Documentary)
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Considered to be one of the most respected film critics in the country, as evidenced by his work with Time magazine... (86 mins.)
 
45.
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006 Documentary)
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Combining unprecedented access to Davis' vast personal archives with original interviews, this documentary reveals a startling portrait of one of hollywood's most gifted and enigmatic stars. (88 mins.)
 
46.
Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005 Documentary)
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The life and times of actor Steve McQueen, on the 75th anniversary of his birth (87 mins.)
Director: Mimi Freedman
 
47.
The John Garfield Story (2003 Documentary)
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This documentary, aired on the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable network, looks at the life and career of John Garfield... (58 mins.)
Director: David Heeley