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Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock' | © BBC
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in 'Sherlock' | © BBC
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13 TV Shows Everyone Pretends They Love

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Film Editor
Updated: 3 June 2017
It’s widely acknowledged that modern TV has improved immeasurably over the last few years. The plethora of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon, as well as the surge in popularity of high quality terrestrial content has seen film stars flock to the small screen. But, really, who is actually watching these so-called ‘classics’?

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The Wire

There’s no denying that when The Wire was good, it was very, very good. The problem is that as a whole, the five seasons were incredibly uneven and anyone who claims to like it all is clearly telling porkies. The believable first series soon becomes a distant memory as Omar (below) evolves into an almost mythical character whose actions make no sense. Like many shows before and since, early success badly effected later episodes.

‘The Wire’
‘The Wire’ | © HBO

Black Books

Black Books is very funny, regularly ranking high on polls searching for the greatest sitcoms of all time. The problem is you know you’re supposed to love it, even on the rare occasions that it falls flat. The drunken, laconic style of creator and star Dylan Moran takes some time to warm to, and it’s not for everyone.

‘Black Books’
‘Black Books’ | © Channel 4

Spaced

Spaced is arguably a victim of its own success. Many shows have followed on from it, perfecting the shabby chic that Simon Pegg only tentatively explored with his sitcom. A failed US remake proved that the formula doesn’t translate across the pond, so why do so many Americans claim to love the very British comedy?

‘Spaced’
‘Spaced’ | © Channel 4

Seinfeld

Wasn’t this sitcom just an overrated version of Everybody Loves Raymond? Based on the comedy stylings of Jerry Seinfeld, this whiny group of New Yorkers apparently had the US in stitches while everyone else was supposed to buy into it. In reality, the characters weren’t actually as nasty as they were built up to be. Give us It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia any day of the week instead.

‘Seinfeld’
‘Seinfeld’ | © Sony Pictures TV

Frasier

There’s no denying Frasier was smart TV. The spin-off of Cheers went on to even greater success than its predecessor, and made star Kelsey Grammer one of the best paid actors on TV. The thing is, though, did anyone actually find the show funny? Sure, it had moments, especially early on, but towards the end it became virtually unwatchable. We can’t help but feel this was the contrarian’s choice when asked what ‘your favourite comedy?’ was. We all know it was Friends, right?

‘Frasier’
‘Frasier’ | © CBS/Sony Television

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Twin Peaks

Ah, Twin Peaks. Now back for another season, and being primed as one of the greatest comebacks of all time, the original show became a cult hit in the ’90s. And by that, we mean only a few people tuned in even though if you were to ask anyone now about it they would not only claim to have watched it, but also fully understood it. Liars.

‘Twin Peaks’
‘Twin Peaks