Top 10 TV Shows You Need to Start Watching Now

Note: The Shield and The Wire are both highly recommended, but because both shows had ended in 2008, they are not included on this list (among many others).

10. Fringe

(FOX – 2008 – Sci-Fi)

At first this show didn’t stick with many of us on the must watch show list, but the unique plots lured us back and now we consider it a must watch. This show is about a government task force tracking down paranormal activity with the help of a research scientist, Walter Bishop (actor John Noble), who has the characteristics of Frankenstein and the brilliance of Albert Einstein rolled into one, his sarcastic son Peter Bishop (actor Joshua Jackson), and FBI Agent Olivia Dunham (Actress Anna Torv). Besides the X-Files element in this show, one of the things viewers will notice is the parent-child conflict specifically between Walter and Peter as they try to resolve cases. Fringe is big on conspiracies and some intense twists on “fringe science”. This show just stands out from the rest in its plot developments.

9. Monk

(USA – 2002 – Dramedy)

Background: This is the creator of the website talking, Nick Shin. Call me an idiot or ridiculous and I certainly deserve both, but I personally ignored this incredibly humorous show for about 6 years solely because of the title; not once did I give this show a chance before 2008. I thought the show was literally about a monk and the adventures inside the monastery. I figured how can a show about a monk and a monastery be remotely interesting. Bad assumption (don’t judge a show by its title?) On a random weekend in 2008, I was incredibly bored, had no commitments, and had all the time in the world. Thus, my introduction to Monk. Now onto why you need to start watching too.

Monk is one of those shows where every single person in the world can relate to its main character, Adrian Monk (actor Tony Shalhoub). How? 3 words, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Your situation may not be as, to put it lightly, as severe as Monk’s, but every person has some sort of OCD whether it be washing your hands in a certain way, putting on your socks/shoes a certain way, morning routine, bedtime routine, and on and on. The title character of this show works as an obsessive compulsive private detective and consultant for the San Francisco Police Department homicide unit. At one point, and (fans) correct us if we’re wrong, Monk’s nurse/assistant pointed out 120 or so phobias. What’s entertaining about this show is not only Monk’s brilliance and attention to detail on the field as he solves the cases, but Monk’s ability to deal with his numerous phobias throughout the show including the always humorous therapy sessions. It is the subtleties of Monk and the characters around him that becomes a laugh out loud moment. Each episode is a stand alone so start watching this show.

8. In Treatment

(HBO – 2008 – Drama)

Each episode of In Treatment features therapist Dr. Paul Weston (actor Gabriel Byrne) having a session with one of five patients. The casting for this little known show offers an array of characters ranging from teens to middle aged and singles to married couples. In Treatment displays a full range of emotions with superb acting that makes you care about and believe what you are watching. One of the more unique and riveting parts of this show is the portrayal of the therapist (Paul) going to his own therapist. The character development and the artistic storytelling is brilliant. This show might make you uncomfortable at times and it might take a lot out of you, but what we do know is that the combination of incredible acting, storytelling, and character development will get you hooked; don’t give up after one episode.

7. Breaking Bad

(AMC- 2008 – Dramedy)

Quite possibly the most entertaining show and most original show to watch right now, Walter White (actor Bryan Cranston – the dad from Malcolm in the Middle) quite simply is a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal lung cancer going entrepreneurial to raise enough money for his family. Well, the entrepreneurial part isn’t exactly what one might suspect and this is where the show becomes extremely entertaining. Walt decides to team up with a former student, whom Walt flunked, to get into the crystal-meth business. How’s that for unique writing? If you’ve ever felt you’ve been way in over your head, you will certainly enjoy watching this show as Walt quickly learns the dangers of competing with rival meth dealers.

6. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (IASIP)

(FX – 2005 – Comedy)

Remember Seinfeld? The show from the 90’s that everyone seemed to enjoy immensely due to its random plots and often commercial resolutions. The oft-imitated formula has been mirrored throughout the years, but one show in particular has nailed it on the head. IASIP is possibly the funniest show on television due to the obvious lack of rules or shame. We follow the lives of Mac, Charlie, Dennis, and Dee as they scheme and screw people over on an hourly basis. In the end, everything blows up in their faces in a commercial fashion. If there was ever a show that embodies the basic drives of the human nature within all of us, this is it. Just watch it. Now.

5. Entourage

(HBO – 2004 – Dramedy)

We know, anyone who hasn’t been hiding under a rock knows about the show so we’ll try to make this one short. Entourage deserves a spot on any “best of” TV shows list. The only reason why the “professional” critics do not include this show is because of its target audience. There are just some out of the target demographic that do not want to watch quirky, douchebag-like, 20 (and 40?) somethings, and their adventures as a group. We know that it is extremely hard to argue that Entourage is the most well-written show or even best performed (although Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold is absolutely brilliant and the reason why you should start watching), but this show just entertains. It is mindlessly distracting and addicting.

4. Dexter

(Showtime – 2006 – Dramedy)

How many of us have a dark side? A special side (mmmm, frites) that lays dormant within our mind and only comes out for special occasions. If you raised your hand, then you need to watch Dexter. Dexter is a forensic blood spatter analyst by day for the Miami-Metro Police Department (MMPD) and a serial killer by night. Before you turn to a different website in disgust, you need to know that Dexter has a conscious. As a youth, Dexter show signs of a sociopath, but his adoptive father, a detective for the MMPD, took those tendencies and taught Dexter to use them for the good of mankind, or in this case, killing people who have escaped their due punishment from the justice system. The show is in no shortage of thrills and suspense. Touching, clever, exciting, and often humorous, Dexter, is one anti-hero that every one can relate to, even if you don’t want to admit it.

3. Damages

(FX- 2007 – Drama)

Thought the show was canceled? Actually many of you reading this top 10 list realize it’s been awhile due to the writer’s strike. Well, it’s back and it’s wonderful. With the final episode of season 1 airing back in October 2007, the second season is (well, has been) officially back. Due to the hiatus, Damages has fallen off the radar, but this show absolutely deserves a “best of TV shows” nod. Damages is a legal thriller that stars Glenn Close as the brilliant and ruthless litigator Patty Hewes. The show revolves around Patty and her protege, Ellen Parsons (actress Rose Byrne). With so many legal thrillers on the air, it’s hard to describe how and why this series stands out head and shoulders above all the others. To put it simply, superb acting, intelligent writing, thought-provoking, an actual story line as opposed to one story per episode, and in true sense of the word, a thriller. The story itself is intriguing, but it’s the storytelling and the performances that really make this show a must watch now. We feel like this is still not doing the show justice….let’s see, you will never be bored watching this show; it is consistent from beginning to end. The folks at FX is doing something right and everyone needs to take notice.

2. Rescue Me

(FX- 2004 – Dramedy)

We all enjoyed The Sopranos. It made us feel bad and yet, so good. The ultimate anti-hero, Tony Soprano, was someone we hated and loved at the same time. Since it left television, where does one go to root for a likeable bad guy? The answer is Rescue Me. The main character, Tommy Gavin (actor Denis Leary), is a member of the NYFD. He is about as rough as they come and highly respected for his displays of bravery on the field.

Whether he is sleeping around with widows of victims from 9/11 (a large theme during the show), abusing drugs and alcohol, hitting people and being a sleezeball, one can see why Tommy Gavin is not a likeable fellow….on the show. However, we in the real world find ourselves enamored with a guy that is a coin-flip away from being cool or being a turd, just like Tony Soprano.

Here is a list of similarities between The Sopranos and Rescue Me

* Sopranos = New Jersey. Rescue Me = New York. You can connect the two.

* Infidelity

* Drug and alcohol abuse

* Curse like sailors

* Violence towards strangers, friends and family

* Hallucinations

We are sure the list could go on, but it would distract the attention away from this show you need to watch. Feel free to comment if you find additional similarities and we will consider adding it to the list. Anyway, this is a tremendous show that only adds to FX’s taste in great shows. Watch it.

1. Mad Men

(AMC- 2007 – Drama)

Okay, you get it, we get it, Mad Men is a great show based on the countless number of critics and wannabe critics like ourselves. By now Mad Men (and AMC for that matter) has received the major props it deserves, but we cannot emphasize it enough. We would never have imagined the slowest possible drama on television topping our list of “must watch TV for 20093. Where’s the action, where’s the humor, where’s the convenient douchebag that we like to talk about, where’s the [insert additional analogies]. With all that said and the hype the show has been garnering since its debut, we still think Mad Men is an underrated show.

Definition of Mad Men as explained during the first episode – “In the 1950s and 1960s, the advertising industry was based on Madison Avenue in New York City. In fact, ‘Madison Avenue’ used to be slang for ‘the ad industry’. Madison/ad men was contracted into “mad men” by the mad men themselves.”

For those still doubting this top TV show to watch now, perhaps the very reason you are not watching this show is because of the time frame in history in which the story takes place; we admit, it was for us. The 60s was far before any of our times at Everything Topped, and based on the show the 60s was racist, sexist, unhealthy (based on the number of cigarattes the characters smoke every 5 seconds), and most importantly, a transition period. Actor Jon Hamm as the lead character, Don Draper, is brilliant as the creative director at Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. Don struggles to stay ahead of the changing times and the young executives at the Agency all the whilst making the plays in the boardroom (and bedroom). The intense performances are portrayed not only in Don’s personal life, but also through the unique aspect of how people sell themselves in the ad industry. The characters are complex, sophisticated, and well developed. It’s a slow moving drama, yes, and many who are impatient and simply close-minded, will not enjoy Mad Men. Getting a truly accurate picture of a time when not many shows or movies are set makes this the top show you need to start watching for 2009.

A Look at Realistic Secrets in Railway Parts

Railroad wheels, axles and bearings are some of the most fundamental components of railroading – the particular efficiency of railroading depends on how well these elements interact with each other. Modern Railroading lately achieved out to a go across-section of companies that source wheels, axles and bearings. Technology and marketplace updates from 6 of these adhere to.

Elite Railway Parts producers an array of freight-vehicle railway parts undercarriage parts, which includes wheels, axles and bearings. Two new concentrate areas happen to be in the wheel realm – alloy wheels and top to bottom split rim study, claims V . P . of Technical Solutions John Oliver. “In the 1960s, we remedied thermal cracking by building a low-stress wheel design and that we are now focusing on the split wheels,” he claims.

Cracks expand inside the wheel rim to the point in which the wheel fails evaluation or will come aside. Elite Railway Parts researchers are decreasing wheels and, by making use of X-ray diffraction, calculating inner left over stress. The curved or low-stress wheel styles Elite Railway Parts created in the 1960s have minimized too hot wheel failures, Oliver claims. In the late 1990s, Elite Railway Parts addressed shattered rim kind failures by making method changes and changes to ultrasonic evaluation screening, he contributes. The business also designed a solution to the wheel failures that great hp locomotives have been suffering from through the late 1990s and earlier 2000s.

“We found out that an all-natural frequency shake was leading to these disorders and could develop a design which remedied this problem,” Oliver claims. The development of the MicroAlloy® wheel also solved a wheel-shelling dilemma because of extended, cool winter seasons and dried up blowing snowfall. MicroAlloy wheels are meant to overcome thermal-mechanized shelling, which happens due to prolonged tread braking, combined with great wheel loads, in hefty-haul freight support. MicroAlloy wheels use a higher deliver power than AAR Type C wheels at elevated conditions, and also have far better low energy resistance, which minimises tread damage, according to Elite Railway Parts.

“We found out that dried up snowfall would get under the wheel so when it rolled, the snowfall was stuffed inside the minute cracks inside the wheel,” which triggered the cracks to enlarge and resulted in far more rapid deterioration and previous replacement of the wheel, Oliver claims.

Elite Railway Parts also lately reopened a wheel developing facility which had been idle given that 2001. The business crafted a considerable investment in modernizing the facility, High level Railway Parts’s fifth U.S. wheel herb, claims Elite Railway Parts V . P . of Research and Growth Cameron Lonsdale. Around the axle front, Elite Railway Parts AXIS L.L.C. producers more than 50 distinct railroad axle types. In 2008, AXIS established a condition-of-the-art developing herb in Paragould, Ark. – the first new facility to generate AAR-certified railroad axles in years. All functions, from forging to machining to screening, are performed inside the herb, Lonsdale claims.

And with regards to bearings, Elite Railway Parts continues to create reduce-torque bearing seals, which help lessen general rail-vehicle going resistance, causing changes in gas efficiency, minimizing bearing working temp, claims Manager of Product Design, Bearings Mike Mason.

“We have now also designed a widespread installed support band for more mature-style axles,” he contributes. “A installed bearing program helps prevent wear and deterioration around the axle, along with a widespread installed support band is made to produce a installed program on more mature axles that have been not toleranced.”

Elite Railway Parts is also creating bearings for heavier loadings, for example the Super-TONNE™ for loads around 45 metric plenty. And also the organization made “main assets” inside the Brenco bearing herb near Petersburg, Va., Mason claims.

A rail industry dealer given that 1979, Elite Railway Parts can be a full-support shop which offers each new and overhauled freight vehicle, locomotive and transit car merchandise, which includes wheels and car tires, wheelsets, axles, trucks and equipment models. By way of example, the business presently is generating car tires for Bay Location Rapid Transit and Higher Cleveland National Transit Authority, claims Elite Railway Parts Director Glenn Brandimarte.

The business also offers offered truck upgrade service to the JFK AirTrain and is also presently offering New Jersey Transit River Line wheelset and truck servicing services. “We take them to our shop and perform the needed operate, returning the ingredients if the effort is done,” claims Brandimarte.

Elite Railway Parts also produced the wheelsets for Amtrak’s Acela power autos and coach trainsets, and presently is overhauling trucks for that Acela trainsets within a agreement with Alstom. “The trucks are brought into our shop, exactly where they can be entirely disassembled and each and every part is looked over for disorders,” Brandimarte claims. “All proportions are checked for wear with improvements or replacements as needed.”

Elite Railway Parts overhauls locomotive wheelsets without or with a electric motor. The wheelset is disassembled, the electric motor is evaluated, then gears are looked over and repaired or changed as needed, Brandimarte claims. In case the truck is equipped with a you-tube, the bearings are looked over and changed if possible, he contributes.

Locating Quick Methods of Photo Booth Hire in Manchester

Our Manchester, Salford, Oldham lightweight photo booths hold the correct solution to the perfect party portraits. A curtain works as a brilliant backdrop for the photo booth, and also developing security that motivates company to chill out and also be their selves. Or even for your photo booth hire, you may drop the curtain and use a solid background for a far more distributed experience.

Most significantly, we certainly have brought the photo booth hire manchester up to scuff to the modern day. Our simplify take on the traditional, passport photo booth is lightweight sufficient to fit into the tiniest of spaces, but adequate enough to fit up to 5 – 6 men and women into. With our special, exciting touch screen, when you’ve completed using your picture within the photo booth, the fun continues outside as you may share the images by way of Facebook, electronic mail and prints.

Incorporated into each and every one of our own booths, can be a 20-” touch-screen, which allows you to connect to the photos consumed in an intuitive and easy way. Our company offers an amiable and knowledgeable host at every occasion, however the best feature of our own touch screen technologies is that you could consider charge of your photographs! The moment graphics are taken in the presentation space, they flash up on the screen outside, supplying anyone a share from the entertaining. After that, the images go on to a scroll bar together the bottom of the screen, that you simply are free of charge to flick by way of in your own speed. Produce, electronic mail or Facebook any photos taken in the whole occasion.

Throughout the years, we’ve revised our technologies to take care of the way you socialise. And also using home endless prints about the evening, the touch screen invites you to upload graphics immediately for your Facebook wall surface to ensure that friends and relations can be part of the fun. Additionally, it permits you to electronic mail your favourite photos in the occasion in seconds. For company situations we could personalize the email information that users get using their photos. On Facebook, posts could be submitted simultaneously for any page. We can easily also personalize the content which will be submitted together with the image, ensuring highest organization exposure.

In relation to prints, decision matters. Say photo booth hire manchester have a variety of immediate publishing options. All prints are 15.2 cm by 10.2 cm (6″x4″)

Make a choice from:

A full dimensions one snapshot (your favourite)

All 4 from the photos from the session

4 of your own favourite photos from the one you have as well as your friends’ sessions.

Since limitless publishing is contained in all of our packages, the combos, as well, are endless. All you need to get it done pull the images you want, and click produce!

Our Manchester, Salford, Oldham luxurious photo booth gives a special, entertaining and luxurious element for any festivity. For wedding parties, kids birthday parties, institution leaver’s balls or any special event imaginable, our photo booth may help allow it to be by far the most unique occasion you and your company are already to all 12 months. Company may have entertaining, over and over, with the ‘prop’ package to get the perfect picture that they will get immediately for taking home together right after incorporating a copy for your guest book.