- Previous Fodder
- Horatio Hornblower ... Quite good. Not Master & Commander good, but very (even surprisingly) enjoyable.
- The Sopranos, Season Two ... Great, of course.
- 24, Season Two ... Shockingly good. Even better than season one, I think. Still had some "relying on stupidity" moments, and one of the president's sermons rankled even this avowed Democrat, but nonetheless a fantastic season for a fantastic show. Xander Berkely (George Mason) was terrific.
- Mr. Show, Season One ... I fell off the exercise wagon a little while ago and this wasn't helping me climb back on, I'm afraid. Sent it back to Netflix after one-and-a-half episodes.
- The Office, Season One ... Cringe humor at its finest. Episodes one and four are particularly funny, but the whole series gets laughs. David Brent is truly the boss from hell, but in such an oblivious manner. The supporting cast is wonderful, and the straight men/women do a great job looking horrified.
- Prime Suspect, Season One ... Great show, but not such good exercise fodder. I need more comedy or more immediate tension to get me through the workouts. My workout flew by in the fourth and final episode, but not so much in the first three episodes. But since I'm hooked now, I bet season 2 will be better fodder, although sadly it's not out yet. I'll be also pretty irked the twist in our suspect's plea is due to the technicality I suspect.
- Sports Night, Season Two ... What a great show. So depressed that there are no more to watch. I love watching full series on DVD, as you get great continuity with the characters. I loved seeing William H. Macy guest star in this season, and Robert Guillome turns in a remarkably subtle performance as a recovering stroke victim. Rest of the cast is good too, but particularly the guy that played Dan.
- Sports Night, Season One ... I can't believe this wasn't picked up. How depressing that a show so well-written, and that so nicely blends moments of drama into the comedy, would disappear after three short seasons. Ah well, thank goodness for DVD.
- 24, Season One ... Marvelous. Not only made my workouts fly by, made me look forward to the next day's workout. Best first season ever? Maybe not, but certainly worthy of consideration. Great ending, too.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season One ... Okay, I'm not a complete convert yet, but I can definitely see its appeal. The weak episodes would have turned me off of the show if I'd seen them in isolation, but the good episodes were quite a bit of fun, and on the whole I'm into the characters enough now that I'll seek out season two after I try a few other shows.
- Futurama ... Not as good as The Simpsons yet, but I'm hoping this show follows the same pattern (see below). Enjoyable, but not so much that I'll buy season two sight unseen.
- The Simpsons, Season Two ... See below
- The Simpsons, Season One ... A great show gets off to a good start. It's nice to own this season for comparison to seasons two and three, when the show really started to click.
- Pending Fodder
- Mythbusters ... (not on DVD yet, to my knowledge)
- Six Feet Under, Season One ... Gotta see what all the fuss is about.
- The Wire, Season One ... An HBO series recommended by jgandcag.
- The X-Files, Season One ... I've only seen a couple of the later episodes.
- Twin Peaks, Season One ... Was lost in the only epiodes I saw (came to the game late).
- Curb your Enthusiasm, Season One ... If it comes out on DVD
- Sex in the City, Season One ... Maybe.
- Alias, Season One ... Recommended by dgeiser13.
- Absolutely Fabulous, Season One ... Recommended by lbangs.
- Prime Suspect, Season Two
- The Office, Season Two
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Two
- Deadwood, Season One
- Carnivale, Season One ... Maybe
- Lost ... Maybe
I've lately taken to exercising in front of something episodic. I'd much rather watch this stuff sitting on a comfy couch eating chips, but my metabolism no longer supports it if I want to keep fightin' trim.
Here are the criteria for this list: The show has to be delivered in episodes, and I have to be in good enough shape to watch at least a whole episode in one exercise session. I recently made the leap from half-hour network programming (21 minutes) to hour-long network programming (42 minutes). Next step will be hour-long premium programming (not sure how long a Sopranos episode is - 60 minutes?). Oh, and the show has to be available through Netflix (or be likely to become available).