in need of a good gritty tv drama

libby

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I have just finished watching The Shield with i enjoyed hugely and before that had my teeth firmly into The Wire. Can anybody suggest a good series to follow these with. Thank you
 

down_in_albion

Clandestine global evil
I have just finished watching The Shield with i enjoyed hugely and before that had my teeth firmly into The Wire. Can anybody suggest a good series to follow these with. Thank you

I'm not sure anything can follow The Wire, that show is a masterpiece, but...

Generation Kill - Written by the same guy as The Wire, Iraq War drama about a group of US Marines.

Homicide: Life On The Street - Based on the book by David Simon. Bleak drama about a homicide unit in Baltimore. Great.

Deadwood - Brutal Western with Ian McShane particularly good as the amoral villain.

The Corner - 6 part mini-series with many of the same actors from the wire also set in the same neighborhood.

Carnivale - Offbeat drama about a travelling freak show during the depression.

Oz - Harsh prison drama that ran for quite a few series'.
 

Morning Star

For Eurocommunism!
I think a lot of it would depend what country you live in and whether you are after crime-esque drama or not. I'm not sure whether these shows are 'gritty" but I have found them to be good tv dramas...

(UK)
Teachers
Party Animals

(Australia)
Underbelly
Blue Murder
 

Superhans

Banned
I wouldn't call Teachers "gritty drama", but it is well worth checking out, especially the first 3 series', which are brilliant viewing.
 

bored

Lust a prima vista
While not too gritty, Burn Notice is a great show. I watch with my pants off. So should you.
 

Worm

Taste the diffidence
"Deadwood" is easily one of the three or four best TV dramas ever.

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Worm

Taste the diffidence
Have you caught any of McShane's new show Kings at all? I'm in two minds whether to download it.

I haven't. I've been re-watching "Deadwood" recently.

I love Ian MacShane and do want to see "Kings" though. At some point I will. Looks a little silly, but I will watch anything with MacShane in it with an open mind.
 

Kewpie

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I haven't. I've been re-watching "Deadwood" recently.

I love Ian MacShane and do want to see "Kings" though. At some point I will. Looks a little silly, but I will watch anything with MacShane in it with an open mind.


If you like Lovejoy, you're in common with Terry Hall.

Terry Hall actually likes McShane's musical output as well. :eek:
 

libby

Member
Thanks for the feedback there are certainly a few for me to check out am thinking generation kill & underbelly to start. Thanks people:)
 

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ArnoldLayne

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Looks good, it's certainly good to have plenty of stuff to watch because tv is generally so appalling
I don't think you'd regret buying the 'Our Friends In The North' series, compelling and excellent.
The Smiths on the soundtrack too, always a winner.

Aye TV is cacky bobbins (for the most)

Mind you, the History Channels/Discovery Channels have some decent stuff.

Cant wait for the new Big Brother though...:lbf:

Reality TV is the arsehole of the world.
 

lnathan

New Member
I will recommend Six Feet Under. My boyfriend and I just finished watching all five series. It took us about 7 months and it is probably the best TV-drama I have ever watched. It just has everything.

We are now watching The Sopranos which I will also recommend. I suppose it has more of the "grittiness" that you're after, but so far, I don't like it as much as Six Feet Under.
 

Kewpie

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This Life is one of the best British TV dramas in 90s.

Pity Channel 4 didn't commission second series of Ghost Squad.
 

libby

Member
I loved this life and adored egg, was very disappointed by the reunion episode a few years ago though.
 
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