Ioan Gruffudd plays an immortal NYPD medical examiner. Various people had mentioned this previously, but none had mentioned Ioan Gruffudd. It turns out that his ridiculous face is the second best thing about the show. (The best thing is his relationship with Abe, an elderly Jewish antique merchant who is the only living person who knows the main character's secret.) Also, Burn Gorman is in it.
"Forever" is now on my regular rotation and I highly recommend it. I've heard it described as "Highlander meets Sherlock" but I'd say it's more "Horatio Hornblower meets Castle".
The Good Guys
brainwane's recced this twice now, and this time I managed to actually find an ep. I bounced off it, I'm afraid. Too American. I think I might just not like Matt Nix's style all that much, to be honest.
Death in Paradise
English cop gets sent to a fictional Caribbean island (but obviously a British overseas territory like BVI) to help solve murders. Great show, enjoying it immensely. His team include an awesome black woman detective (Sara Martins) and the Cat from Red Dwarf (Danny John Jules). Seems like there's a strong strain of solid comedians in many roles (the original main character was Ben Miller who I mostly know from the RAF Pilots sketches). Consumed 3 seasons straight, and am now tracking season 4.
I was immensely impressed with the way they switched the major character over between seasons 2 and 3; I was expecting a Vecchio/Kowalski type situation and that I would wind up disliking the new guy, but in the end I was blown away by how they handled it, and I'm okay with the new guy, except that I feel like his UST with Camille is a bit pastede on yey.
Rosemary & Thyme
Felicity Kendall and Pam Ferris are gardeners who solve cosy murder mysteries. Completely ridiculous premise, and had me laughing constantly at the effect of the episodic reset switch that meant that nobody in the show -- not the main characters, not Pam Ferris's son who is a policeman, not anyone -- ever thought "hey, it's a bit weird that every time they go to do someone's garden, a corpse shows up". Delightful nonetheless, and I watched it all and would watch more.
This was recced because I said that I previously enjoyed Lewis. I never watched the original Inspector Morse series and have had trouble acquiring it, but the spinoffs are pretty good! Endeavour features Roger Allam (Douglas from Cabin Pressure) in a major role and I'm enjoying him immensely. Endeavour Morse himself, I'm a bit ehhh about, on manpain grounds. But the way they keep beating him up and Roger Allam's character has to tuck him into bed is hitting all my old-school fannish h/c buttons, so that's fun. The show isn't quite "cosy" but it's also not really gritty realism either. The 60s setting and the Oxford setting (which always seems fairytale fictional to me, though I'm assured it is actually a real place) helps distance it a bit I think. Looking forward to s3.
Recommended but didn't watch for various reasons:
Avatar/Korra -- I find it hard to knit to shows that are this visual
Silk -- probably too realistic for my tastes
Scott & Bailey -- ditto
Gotham -- probably trying too hard to be dark and gritty, in a way that I wouldn't find enjoyable at present
Jane the Virgin -- just doesn't really seem my cup of tea
Oddities -- couldn't get hold of it
Recommended but I've already watched them:
Historic farm series (Wartime Farm, etc)
Other shows on my current or watch-out-for-new-season list:
Agent Carter (much improved since ep 5; the boring sexism stuff is boring but maybe they're moving on?)
Castle (oh god I'm still watching it)
Flash / Arrow (tbh I've fallen a bit behind and not too sure if I care enough to catch up... except, Felicity, so.)
Doctor Blake Mysteries (returns Feb 13)
Agents of SHIELD (returns Mar 3)
Call the Midwife (returns Mar 29)
So, having said all that... if anyone's got any further recs I'd like to hear them!