One of the zombies from AMC's "The Walking Dead."

One of the zombies from AMC's "The Walking Dead." Credit: AMC


Many pop culture fans now devour television with the same kind of intensity once reserved for books: They buy box sets, Netflix or download whole seasons, treating TV series like "The Wire" and "Breaking Bad" as if they were meant to be watched in five-hour stretches.

We asked TV folks for late-summer viewing suggestions:

RYAN MURPHY "Glee" creator: My favorite show of the past year was "The Walking Dead." Even though I watched every episode as it aired, religiously, I went out and got the DVDs, and I watch one a week.... I love what that show did. I thought it was sort of intellectual horror. I was really impressed with it.

MICHAEL C. HALL "Dexter." "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" -- that's a great show. It's available on box set, I have one. The writing is perfect, it's perfectly structured.

KRISTEN BELL "Veronica Mars" and "Homeland." No. 1, and I'm being honest: You will not be disappointed if you watch any of "America's Funniest Home Videos." It without fail puts me in a good mood.

BETTY WHITE "Hot in Cleveland." I just love "Frasier," and now I'm working with Jane (Leeves), and that's marvelous. It's just great comedy. You know, actors take all the credit for things, but unless it's well written, they don't laugh. I don't think writers get enough credit.

KRISTIN BAUER "True Blood." "Deadwood!" I am a Western fanatic, and for me this show was and is an obsession. The writing, the acting, the characters, the sets, the costumes are all so authentic-seeming, one can almost feel the dirt.

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