Thanks for the suggestions so far!
The thing is with the mystery shows like Columbo or Sherlock Holmes is I like to watch them as a “backup” or what have you. When there’s nothing else to watch at all, and all the dramas and sitcoms I like to watch on a weekly basis have been tapped out for the time being, I like a show I can watch as a one-off, maybe one or two episodes, and not watch an episode again for a few weeks or so and not be confused.
Ugh, does that make sense?
With a show like Lynley, they were cutting it close with he story arc about his ladyfriend Helen. There was an ongoing story about a baby or something and I got confused when I came back to watch an episode several months later.
I’ve seen episodes of Psych but that’s another one, like Monk (which I mentioned later that I watched) has this overlying arc that you’re supposed to remember as you watch the series. So a show like that is too series-like for me.
I’m not sure I’d get into Veronica Mars, for the same reason. Maybe I’ll try it out this summer when all of my series are over.
What’s the deal with NCIS? People keep telling me to watch it but I get the impression it’s sort of like CSI but in the military? Is that right? That one probably has an arc, but I might check that one out next summer as well.
I’ll probably end up checking out most of these shows, though. I’ll know once I see an episode or two if they are better watched as one-offs from time to time, or as series. I’m a sucker for watching stuff as big long series as well but like I said I need my short bursts too.
Thanks again for the suggestions and do keep them coming!