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Critically Acclaimed Shows I Will Eventually Watch

A while back, I shared some of the critically acclaimed shows that I had no desire to watch. I figured I’d switch it up today and offer up some of the shows that critics are in love with that I haven’t seen, but have every intention of watching (eventually):

Boardwalk Empire


I’m pretty sure the Roaring Twenties is my favorite time period aesthetic… period, so I’m amazed I haven’t already devoured this show. Not only that, but the first episode was directed by Martin Scorsese, and it stars such talent as Steve Buscemi.

When you’ve got people of that caliber in front of and behind the camera, you can’t help but expect good things. And I totally do, which is why I plan on watching this sometime in the near future.

Why haven’t I gotten around to it? Well, I’m going to chalk it up to my lack of an HBO subscription until very recently. Hmm, maybe I’ll go watch it right now…

Another thing the show has got going for it is a fearlessness when it comes to reinventing itself. I don’t know much about what goes on in the series, but I do know (spoilers!) that Buscemi’s character has made his way through two major antagonists in the last three seasons – so the show definitely isn’t afraid to move on from characters that have reached their natural conclusion.

Breaking Bad


I didn’t really see the appeal of this show when it first began. The premise – a dying chemistry teacher begins making meth – sounds kind of interesting, but it didn’t draw me in enough to really consider the show. Then it managed to get majorly popular, and I’d wager it’s one of, if not the, most well-received shows airing at the moment.

I’ve been told by many that it’s the mix of characterization and darkness that makes this show so good, and I’m on board for both. While the premise didn’t originally sound great to me, if the characters work, then I’m down.

At this point, I’m just waiting for the series to finish airing on TV before I start, so that I can binge and not wait a week in between new episodes, which is the optimal way to enjoy TV.

Sons of Anarchy


Biker gangs have never been a huge draw for me, so I’m not even sure what it is about this show that intrigues me. I hadn’t even considered watching it until I listened to a Nerdist podcast that featured main star Charlie Hunnam, who described his inspiration for the main character – an early twenties biker leader who he shadowed before starting the show.

The way Hunnam described the man – charismatic and way nicer than you’d expect a biker to be, who ultimately was shot and killed – intrigued me.

That introduction into the genesis of the series, combined with an impressive cast including Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman has given me a reason to check it out.



This was one of those series that doesn’t seem to have a huge following (knowing me I’m probably just blind to it) yet still seems to be fairly critically acclaimed. Of all the shows I’ve listed, this is the type that I would be most likely to tune into without much prodding, so even I have no idea why I haven’t gotten into it yet.

I don’t know much about it outside of the main premise – that Timothy Olyphant plays a marshal (?) and moves back to his home town (?). What made me most curious about the show was the knowledge that Margo Martindale plays a villain in the second season. Having seen some of Martindale’s previous work (admittedly very little, so I’m sure her range is incredible), I can’t picture it, and I really need to see how that works.

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Are there any shows you’ve been meaning to check out, but haven’t gotten a chance to yet?