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You are what you watch: A look at what shows you like say about you

This undated image released by HBO shows Lena Dunham in a scene from the series "Girls." Dunham created, wrote, directed, produced and starred in a half-hour comedy series about 20-something adulthood, femininity and sexuality. (AP Photo/HBO, JoJo Whilden)

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Once, TV was what brought us together. Now, in the age of multiple niche cable channels, the show you watch sets you apart and helps define your taste and style. Herewith, speculation on who watches which off-the-radar, non-mainstream shows, and why.

Sons of Anarchy (FX/SuperChannel)

You are a middle-aged guy with a secret hankering to be in a biker gang. Also a closeted Shakespeare fan, since all of Sons of Anarchy is derived from the plot lines of Henry IV, Part One and Two.

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Girls (HBO)

You are a woman in your 20s or 30s who longs to live dirty in New York and who always knew that Friends was both a lie and crap.

Homeland (Showtime/SuperChannel)

You're a serious-minded person who always longed for a grown-up, smart version of a childhood favourite, The Man from UNCLE. Also perhaps a nice middle-aged man with a thing for Claire Danes, whom you'd really like to protect and nurture.

Top Gear (BBC/BBC Canada)

You are a man who obsesses about cars but is smart enough not to spend a ton of money on them.

Key & Peele (Comedy Central/Comedy Network)

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You are a white person but secretly long to be black, American and witty in the age of Obama.

Doctor Who (BBC/Space)

You really, really want to be English, childish and travel through space and time, but only in the company of witty English people. And you're afraid of being called nerdy for liking Doctor Who.

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John Doyle is The Globe and Mail's television critic. His column appears in the Review section Monday to Thursday and on Saturday. He has been the paper's critic since 2000. More

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