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    Skyblossom
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    If you can get Acorn I suggest “A Place to Call Home.” It’s an Australian show set in the 1950’s. People refer to it as an Australian version of Downton Abbey. I think it is much better than Downton Abbey. It is much faster paced with far more story lines going on at any one time and each one moves during every episode. The thing that makes it different than other shows is that one of the main characters is gay. In the first season you find out he is gay and got married because his grandmother insisted to try to hide it. He tries to make the marriage work. His wife is confused because he doesn’t seem to want her. In later seasons he tries to get his homosexuality cured with shock treatments which happened at that time and is shown to be cruel and barbaric. He and his wife decide to get divorced and he has a boyfriend. At one point the boyfriend, who is a doctor, is being blackmailed because being gay could get you censored and prevent you from practicing medicine. It is a drama full of drama. There are many more story lines but I don’t want to ruin them for anyone who is interested. There is bigotry based on homosexuality but also bigotry based on race, in this case the Italian neighbor next door. There are characters dealing with PTSD from WWII experiences.

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    Ale
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    I’ve been binge watching That 70’s show. Old but really funny.
    Bill Burr’s specials are always a win.

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    Lianne
    Lianne

    Most of the shows we love have been mentioned, except for Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

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    ktfran
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    The fiance and I started watching Schitt’s Creek on Saturday. And I kind of love it.

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    veritek33
    veritek33
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    I watched all of the Santa Clarita Diet on netflix last weekend, totally recommend. Walking Dead meets Dexter as a comedy – fabulous.

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    ktfran
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    So, I’m interested in this show… the Santa Clarita diet. I liked Dexter. But I’m afraid I won’t be able to handle it because I have a weak stomach. Like, super weak.

    I won’t watch Walking Dead. Or Game of Thrones. Or anything that’s too violent.

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    veritek33
    veritek33
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    @ktfran it is a tiny bit gory, but it’s a comedy. Admittedly gore doesn’t bother me, so I’m not the best person to ask, but I think because of the humor you might like it. If blood turns your stomach though, close your eyes as soon as you see a drop!

    And it’s not violent, just bloody – if that makes sense. The violence is all humorous.

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    Portia
    Portia

    I agree with veritek on the level of blood/gore in Santa Clarita Diet, that it’s mostly bloody​ and not violent/gory. My stomach isn’t the best with gory stuff (I had to stop watching Breaking Bad and some other shows for that reason), but I was fine with this. Maybe it’s that the gory/violent parts are very over-the-top? I think it’s worth trying out, though.

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    Copa
    Copa
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    I was feeling under the weather yesterday and started binge-watching Arrow on Netflix, and like it so far.

    I saw a couple episodes of the Santa Clarita Diet and just couldn’t get into it.

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    ktfran
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    Good to know. Thanks Ver and Portia! I might give it a go.

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    RedRoverRedRover

    A lot of the recommendations are for hour-long dramas. I mostly watch comedies and if you haven’t seen them I highly recommend 30 Rock and Community. Community in particular is amazing, at least for the first two, maybe first three seasons. Personally I think it’s the most innovative comedy to come out since Seinfeld. Very talented cast too. When it aired it was up against Big Bang Theory and it always lost, badly, so it never got much support.

    Also I have no idea if this is on the US Netflix (it’s not on Canada either) but my dad lent me the DVDs of Fringe and it kicks ass. If you liked X-Files, find a way to watch Fringe. I’m near the end of season 2 (or 5) and I love it.

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    Ale
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    I watched Santa Clarita diet all through the end and I didn’t like it. I think I had my expectations too high. Drew Barrymore is nice to watch but that’s it.

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