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LongitudinalThrust: If you're into British detective dramas I'd suggest:

Foyle's War

Inspector Morse and it's spin offs Lewis and Endeavour are pretty good too.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092379/

Edit: links
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gandalfnho: Not much familiar with british TV, except for series like Dr. Who, Sherlock and Primeval. How's the violence and humour of those suggestions? They're more action-focused or are in that style "much talk and few action"?
Almost no violence; the detectives find the bodies, they don't make them.
Humour is... well... British. Not the slapsticky Monty Python/Dr. Who kind, subtle British, mostly based on the characters quirky personalities etc. I know, bad explanation, but there isn't really a North American equivalent of British humour that I know of.

If you're looking for more light hearted North American style I'd suggest a couple of Timothy Hutton shows:
Leverage - kinda modern day Robin Hood type stuff, think A-Team but hold (most of) the cheese.
Nero Wolfe Mystery - basically 1920s Amercian version of Sherlock Holmes.

If you want older military, here's a Vietnam hospital based one:
China Beach. - basically MASH, but much more on the serious side.

Edit: Woops, didn't notice Matewis already said Tour of Duty.
Post edited February 25, 2018 by LongitudinalThrust
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Matewis: I saw Tour of Duty as a kid and thought it was very good, in a disturbing sort of way. Anyone know if it is actually any good? Perhaps not ideal though since I definitely remember it as being quite dramatic.

Less dramatic but still very good from my kid eyes back then : Counterstrike and Bugs (though how difficult these are to get hold off I don't know)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzNNe2xeCzo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDmptnw7zYo
What is the disturbing part? Blood and gore?

And the other two looks interesting, one has even the guy from Manimal.


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pmcollectorboy: Baa Baa Black Sheep.
Nice series, I cited as Black Sheep Squadron (I even found the series again, but can't find portuguese subtitles...)


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OdanUrr: Well, I'd start off recommending JAG, the series from which NCIS was created and, incidentally, one of my favourite series. Ever watched "A Few Good Men"? That's JAG in a nutshell.

British crime dramas are, in my book, some of the finest TV you'll ever find and I'm glad you already got recommendations on Morse, Lewis, Endeavour, Life on Mars, New Tricks, Gently, etc. All of these are definitely worth watching. I'll also throw in Agatha Christie's Poirot (with David Suchet in the titular role) and Miss Marple series. I'd be remiss not to mention Sherlock Holmes. Here you have the 1984 series, starring Jeremy Brett, or the more modern adaptation with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The US made its own version (as they usually do, often poorly) called Elementary, which I'd only recommend watching for Lucy Liu (Jonny Lee Miller isn't too bad as Sherlock). It is a tad too procedural for my tastes though, and each season has way too many episodes. If you don't want anything too dramatic, I'd counsel to stay away from Broadchurch and Luther (even though they're pretty good series in their own right).

Back to the US, I'd probably recommend The Mentalist and Psych. Curiously, they share a similar premise in that the main character is highly observant, what allows them to solve crimes in their role as a consultant to the police. In The Mentalist, the main character, Patrick Jane, used to be a con man who pretended to by a psychic. In Psych, the main character, Shaun Spencer, poses as a psychic in order not to get arrested by the police and it spirals from there. Psych is by far the more humorous of the two, dishing out pop culture references left and right.

Oh, yeah, and before I forget, you also have White Collar, a procedural about a highly talented con artist who's hired as a consultant by the FBI. Has a very Ocean's Eleven vibe.
Forgot including JAG in my list (only saw a few loose episodes in the past, but now managed to get all the series to watch properly).
Not much fan of Agatha Christie and similars, we are watching Sherlock, sadly the last season was a letdown.
Watched a few episodes of Psych, didn't liked and never saw the other


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amok: oh, and two more US TV series which if found quite good

Medium - [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_(TV_series]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_(TV_series[/url])

The Mentalist

edit- sigh... bloody gOg forum software messing up links again...
How's the seriouness of Medium?


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gandalfnho: Not much familiar with british TV, except for series like Dr. Who, Sherlock and Primeval. How's the violence and humour of those suggestions? They're more action-focused or are in that style "much talk and few action"?
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LongitudinalThrust: Almost no violence; the detectives find the bodies, they don't make them.
Humour is... well... British. Not the slapsticky Monty Python/Dr. Who kind, subtle British, mostly based on the characters quirky personalities etc. I know, bad explanation, but there isn't really a North American equivalent of British humour that I know of.

If you're looking for more light hearted North American style I'd suggest a couple of Timothy Hutton shows:
Leverage - kinda modern day Robin Hood type stuff, think A-Team but hold (most of) the cheese.
Nero Wolfe Mystery - basically 1920s Amercian version of Sherlock Holmes.

If you want older military, here's a Vietnam hospital based one:
China Beach. - basically MASH, but much more on the serious side.

Edit: Woops, didn't notice Matewis already said Tour of Duty.
In what terms you compare Leverage with A-Team? Does have some humour at least? A-Team is a series we like here at home.
And how much serious is China Beach compared with MASH? MASH was comedy, but had some darker moments too.


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RWarehall: In terms of crime series with humor, I'll second Psych. A somewhat similar series is Monk who is an inspired detective who is rather OCD.

For firemen there is Rescue Me. Plenty of humor but can be pretty emotionally gritty too.
Too gritty? Normally I prefer something more in the light side, especially to watch with my parents.


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jonwil: Diagnosis Murder is an excellent older crime/detective series and its not too violent or dark IMO (not compared to modern shows)
And the rythm? Not much slow?


Always heared about this one, how's in terms of humour?
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gandalfnho: In what terms you compare Leverage with A-Team? Does have some humour at least? A-Team is a series we like here at home.
And how much serious is China Beach compared with MASH? MASH was comedy, but had some darker moments too.
Leverage and the A-Team have the same premise, a group of outlaws that break the rules to help people who the law couldn't help. They both use the same character archetypes too. In fact the only character archetype from the A-Team that wasn't directly copied was Face, they split his character into two. The intro almost makes the comparison for me actually, so here it is:

https://youtu.be/daUtbMIsuUs

I'd say there's just as much humour in Leverage as the A-Team, it just has less silly humour.

It's been over a decade since I watched China Beach, but from what I remember China Beach is about the opposite of MASH. It's primarily darker stuff, with a bit of comedy moments.
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gandalfnho: In what terms you compare Leverage with A-Team? Does have some humour at least? A-Team is a series we like here at home.
And how much serious is China Beach compared with MASH? MASH was comedy, but had some darker moments too.
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LongitudinalThrust: Leverage and the A-Team have the same premise, a group of outlaws that break the rules to help people who the law couldn't help. They both use the same character archetypes too. In fact the only character archetype from the A-Team that wasn't directly copied was Face, they split his character into two. The intro almost makes the comparison for me actually, so here it is:

https://youtu.be/daUtbMIsuUs

I'd say there's just as much humour in Leverage as the A-Team, it just has less silly humour.

It's been over a decade since I watched China Beach, but from what I remember China Beach is about the opposite of MASH. It's primarily darker stuff, with a bit of comedy moments.
Will try Leverage then, China Beach probably not


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gandalfnho: How's the seriouness of Medium?
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amok: more serious then comedy. it is drama with some crime and mystery. it is just as much as about Allison and her family as it is with crime. but I liked it quite a lot, which I did not expect to do.
Humm, looks those shows with too much talking and few action


I heared about, but isn't much in the realistic/violent side of things?


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gandalfnho: Too gritty? Normally I prefer something more in the light side, especially to watch with my parents.
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RWarehall: While it has quite a bit of humor, it also covers a lot of issues involved with loss with dear friends. It exposes some of the mental anguish of losing close friends/co-workers, the dangers of firefighting, issues with alcoholism and other issues with people coping with stress. While a show like M*A*S*H covered similar issues with war sometimes, in Rescue Me it comes off as more "real life" and is more a central part of the show. That's what I mean by grittier. Might be more grit than you are looking for.

Monk is quite on the humorous side. I'd also recommend Person of Interest. It's not exactly humorous, but has it's fair share of light-hearted moments. It's not as deadly serious show as a Law & Order.
Doesn't need to be a comedy, but some decent banter between the characters is a must (even if involves a lot of snark) like in NCIS or Hawaii Five-O.


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Stevedog13: It might not be quite the genre you're looking for, but I recently finished watching the entire series of Burn Notice with my family. It has action, humor and intrigue but in a way that's not too violent or with in your face gritty realism. The show revolves around a former CIA agent, Michael Weston, who is falsely accused of committing crimes. As a result he gets "Burned" or fired from the CIA. He desperately wants to find out who burned him and why so he can clear his name and get his old job back. Along the way he teams up with close friends and family to help people, similar to the A-Team. One of the things I liked is the the main character Michael likes to narrate, similar to MacGyver, where he tells you what he's doing and why.
Is also light and humorous like A-Team?


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Starmaker: Jonathan Creek.
Looks interesting, and BBC-1 have some decent shows. Is lon the light side with some humorous banter at least?