Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Dexter are the only current shows that I still watch, they're all wonderful, for different reasons.
But I recently finished the second season of Pushing Daisies, was expecting to be disappointed by the ending since they barely had time to prepare after their cancelation, but I liked it, resolved the few things I needed to see resolved and the rest has a feeling of "and they'll go on having adventures" which felt apropriate.
Am now rewatching Life on Mars (UK of course), 2 seasons, 8 episodes each. It never felt like it was wasting my time with filler, it's probably my favorite show for how concise it is.
Now I started watching a show from 96 called Early Edition that I used to watch when I was a kid, to see if it holds up, and so far I'm liking it. It's about a guy who receives tomorrow's newspaper, so he knows everything that will happen that day. It has a certain "superhero story" feel to it, with the way he tries to prevent disasters, but it's interesting to see how he does those things without any power or special ability, he's a completely normal guy who knows something bad will happen and tries to do something about it.
Not to lecture you or anything, but I can't get into american shows anymore, they're too episodic and even when they're not they run for way too long, and I just feel tired or like there's no point to anything. The only episodic show that I still love (and absolutely do) is the original Law and Order, don't get me started on that awful SVU, because they went full on episodic, rarely bothered you dwelling too much on the characters and the stories were good enough that a single episode could feel satisfying.
You really should look up stuff that is already finished. You can know if it was good all the way through and if it got a proper ending. It's good to know exactly what you're getting yourself into beforehand. Also, try to watch some shorter shows like some of the ones I mentioned, not only you can watch more in the same amount of time, they really feel carefully planned.
P.S.: Sorry for writing such a huge post. I try not to be so verbose, but I just can't help myself.
Post edited March 02, 2013 by DaCostaBR