TV's Answer Man
What's the Best Show In HD?
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Q. In your opinion,
what is the best show in HDTV today? You know, the one you would
suggest to friends as the best example of how cool HD looks. --
Tim, Venice, California.
That's a great question.
Ever since I bought my first HDTV more than 12 years ago, I have
tried to talk friends into buying one by talking about how
certain shows look in high-def. Nothing sells hardware like
software, they say -- and you know what? -- they are right.
If you're a sports fan, I think you'll find that any football
game broadcast by CBS or NBC looks awesome in high-def. Both
networks do a terrific job of ensuring that every detail is
carefully displayed and that the game's vibrant colors just
explode on the screen. It's the closest you can get to being
there in person.
Continuing with sports, the MLB Network offers a consistently
great picture, whether it's airing a studio show or a live
baseball game. The regional networks NESN (Red Sox games) and
MASN (Oriole and Nationals games) also do a great job with
baseball. (I'm told the Yes Network, which covers the Yankees,
is also top-notch but I don't get to watch it here in the
Washington, D.C. area.)
As for non-sports shows, I'm really impressed with the detail
and vivid colors displayed during the live broadcasts of the
awards shows (Oscars, Golden Globes, etc.). You know, you always
hear that actresses in Hollywood hate high-def because the
candid cameras can reveal the tiniest facial imperfection. But
that apparently doesn't have any effect on the award show
producers; you'll never see celebrities look so vulnerable as
they do on those shows.
Moving to primetime shows, I would single out Showtime's Dexter,
HBO's Boardwalk Empire, CBS' CSI, Fox's American Idol and Fox's
Fringe as shows that generally offer top-quality HD picture
I've been recently catching up with Fringe's past episodes and
have been consistently amazed at the detail (sometimes
excruciating; it's a show about aliens and creatures, after all)
the show serves up. The actors also have put vanity on the shelf
because the show's tight close-ups reveal every pore, every
wrinkle. It helps make the show what it is because you feel
closer to the characters as they try to solve each episode's
If you want to check out how these shows look in
high-def, here are links to their Blu-ray discs: