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Title: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 26, 2015, 05:16:35 PM
Tonight, while I dined, I watched a new chapter of the TV series “Orphan Black” (BBC America, 3rd Season), aired yesterday.

(http://pics.filmaffinity.com/Orphan_Black_Serie_de_TV-931449097-large.jpg)

Then I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start a thread like this about TV series that we are currently watching, reviews, recommendations, new chapters and new seasons.

That being said, I wouldn’t want to restrict this thread to TV series, but a title was needed. :D

I mean TV series will probably take the lion's share of the content of this thread, but there is a lot of audiovisual material that we could discuss here: TED talks, all kinds of documentaries, “Comedy Central” roasts, web-based programs like Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and so on.

These days of streaming, tablets, laptops, smartphones, I suspect many of us are consuming a lot of this kind of material. 

:)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 26, 2015, 06:08:03 PM
Stannis “The Mannis” Baratheon: Why he’s the best “Game of Thrones” character — and rightful king of Westeros

http://www.salon.com/2015/04/26/stannis_the_mannis_baratheon_why_hes_the_best_game_of_thrones_character_and_rightful_king_of_westeros/

(http://winteriscoming.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/stannis-1024.jpg)

“He’s an absolute badass. He’s the Clint Eastwood of Westeros.” — IGN forum user DigInTheCrates

  ;D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mirror Image on April 26, 2015, 07:08:38 PM
I'm in the midst of re-watching the sitcoms Frasier, Wings, and Becker.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: springrite on April 26, 2015, 07:21:03 PM
Kimi is watching a series about a doctor intern.  I don't know the name of the show.

She loves movies and TV with surgery, emergency room bloody scenes.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on April 26, 2015, 07:41:46 PM
On my own: Blacklist

My wife and I: Foyle's War.  We are on season 3.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: North Star on April 26, 2015, 09:09:28 PM
These days of streaming, tablets, laptops, smartphones, I suspect many of us are consuming a lot of this kind of material.
If not consumed by it. . .

Inspector George Gently is currently broadcast on Saturday evenings over here, a very good police show located in the 60s North-East of England, with Martin Shaw & Lee Ingleby. Other TV I watch: QI and Frasier (for the nth time).
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Moonfish on April 26, 2015, 09:10:29 PM
Tonight, while I dined, I watched a new chapter of the TV series “Orphan Black” (BBC America, 3rd Season), aired yesterday.

(http://pics.filmaffinity.com/Orphan_Black_Serie_de_TV-931449097-large.jpg)

Then I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start a thread like this about TV series that we are currently watching, reviews, recommendations, new chapters and new seasons.

That being said, I wouldn’t want to restrict this thread to TV series, but a title was needed. :D

I mean TV series will probably take the lion's share of the content of this thread, but there is a lot of audiovisual material that we could discuss here: TED talks, all kinds of documentaries, “Comedy Central” roasts, web-based programs like Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and so on.

These days of streaming, tablets, laptops, smartphones, I suspect many of us are consuming a lot of this kind of material. 

:)

I started watching the first season a few months ago, but could not get into it. Does it pick up somewhere in that season (or later on for that matter)?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Moonfish on April 26, 2015, 09:12:39 PM
Just finishing the fifth season of Downton Abbey. Watched all the previous four season this spring. Excellent story, but with a slight presence of "soapiness" as the seasons progressed. Still, great acting and sets. I am definitely a sucker for dramas from BBC (Masterpiece Theatre type).  :)

(http://brioux.tv/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Downton-Abbey-Season-5.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: North Star on April 26, 2015, 09:23:28 PM
Just finishing the fifth season of Downton Abbey. Watched all the previous four season this spring. Excellent story, but with a slight presence of "soapiness" as the seasons progressed. Still, great acting and sets. I am definitely a sucker for dramas from BBC (Masterpiece Theatre type).  :)
I have really only glimpsed at Downton Abbey, as the soapiness appeared too great for Dame Maggie's presence to be able to negate it.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Moonfish on April 26, 2015, 09:40:01 PM
I have really only glimpsed at Downton Abbey, as the soapiness appeared too great for Dame Maggie's presence to be able to negate it.

It is actually pretty good if one enjoys BBC costume dramas (it is kind of a new version of "Upstairs, Downstairs").
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: springrite on April 26, 2015, 09:44:39 PM
Kimi is watching a series about a doctor intern.  I don't know the name of the show.

She loves movies and TV with surgery, emergency room bloody scenes.

Dr. Grey?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jo498 on April 26, 2015, 10:22:08 PM
I watched bits of the first seasons of Downton Abbey over Xmas 2013 when my sister gave the DVDs as a present to my mother. I like some costume drama but this was too soapy for me.
I absolutely loved Jeeves & Wooster and the Jeremy Brett Holmes series, also because of the stylish costumes and sets (these are among the very few series I actually bought the DVDs of). Of course this is old stuff.

Of more current series, I watched most of the first season of Boardwalk Empire (also quite stylish but with a lot of brutality and some implausible things), probably should finish at least the first season. I came rather late to Game of Thrones (having read the books I was disappointed by the first episode and put it off for more than a year. It's really flawed but of course I ended up watching it anyway. I am not jumping to the current seasons, though, because it will both spoil the not yet published books and considerably deviate from them, it seems.

I saw the first episode of "Lillyhammer" about an American mafioso relocating to Norway for witness protection. This was quite funny but did not grab enough to immediately keep watching. I will at some stage, maybe. (Overall I'd rather listen to music or play the occasional game of CIV...)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 27, 2015, 01:53:45 AM
Season 3 of the '80s version of The Twilight Zone, which overall has greatly pleased, exceeding querulous expectations.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 27, 2015, 03:28:34 AM
Dr. Grey?

If Kimi is watching "Grey's Anatomy", probably she will be sad some days, as one of the major characters (portrayed by Patrick Dempsey) tragically died the last chapter... I don't watch this series, but newspapers informed that fans (ladies principally) are devastated. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 27, 2015, 03:34:08 AM
I started watching the first season a few months ago, but could not get into it. Does it pick up somewhere in that season (or later on for that matter)?

I enjoyed the first and second seasons, especially because of Tatiana Maslany's ability to give different features and personalities to every clon. But unfortunately the third season is being a disappointment so far.  :(   
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jubal Slate on April 27, 2015, 04:27:02 AM
Game of Thrones is my main one when The Walking Dead isn't on.

I also enjoy The Leftovers. Not sure when that one returns.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gurn Blanston on April 27, 2015, 04:27:23 AM
On my own: Blacklist

I greatly enjoy Blacklist; I get my share of vicarious, gratuitous violence, enough to last me the week. The mystery is nice too.   >:D

8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: (poco) Sforzando on April 27, 2015, 04:43:18 AM
The Good Wife. Outstanding plotting and acting.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 27, 2015, 05:24:30 AM
Game of Thrones is my main one when The Walking Dead isn't on.

I also enjoy The Leftovers. Not sure when that one returns.

Two favorite of mine, too!

"The Leftovers" brought one of the most moving moments I have watched on TV the last years, when Kevin eulogizes Patti and reads the Book of Job, chapter 23:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBZDj4nTFNY

Great soundtrack by Max Richter.  :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jubal Slate on April 27, 2015, 05:26:39 AM
Two favorite of mine, too!

Great soundtrack by Max Richter.  :)

Which two of the three, Gordo? :)

Yes, the Richter soundtrack is great!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 27, 2015, 05:29:22 AM
Which two of the three, Gordo? :)

Yes, the Richter soundtrack is great!

"Game of Thrones" and "The Leftovers", I haven't watched "The Walking Dead".  :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 27, 2015, 05:37:54 AM
I greatly enjoy Blacklist; I get my share of vicarious, gratuitous violence, enough to last me the week. The mystery is nice too.   >:D

8)

Have you watched Sherlock (BBC One), Gurn? Cumberbatch and Freeman portray a very successful image of the relationship between Holmes and Watson. It's a fantastic modernized version.  :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Sergeant Rock on April 27, 2015, 06:02:21 AM
Just watched seasons 1 & 2 of the web series Adult Wednesday Addams. Hysterical, and creepy  ;D  Unfortunately the Charles Addams Foundation has gotten the series banned for copyright infringement so it is no longer available on YouTube.

(http://photos.imageevent.com/sgtrock/feb2015/adultwednesdayaddamswebseriescreativedistrict.jpg)

(http://photos.imageevent.com/sgtrock/feb2015/AWA021_900.jpg)

(http://photos.imageevent.com/sgtrock/feb2015/but-i-cant-sleep-in-my-childhood-coffin-forever.gif)


Sarge
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 27, 2015, 06:05:12 AM
Just watched seasons 1 & 2 of the web series Adult Wednesday Addams. Hysterical, and creepy  ;D  Unfortunately the Charles Addams Foundation has gotten the series banned for copyright infringement so it is no longer available on YouTube.

Well, yes, they really ought to have secured the rights.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gurn Blanston on April 27, 2015, 06:33:35 AM
Have you watched Sherlock (BBC One), Gurn? Cumberbatch and Freeman portray a very successful image of the relationship between Holmes and Watson. It's a fantastic modernized version.  :)

No, Gordo, I don't get but one BBC; BBC America. ANd they don't appear to be showing it yet. I will watch out for it though, since Holmes is one of my favorites!

8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Rinaldo on April 27, 2015, 06:35:29 AM
Making my way, slowly, through John from Cincinnati. I don't like using the adjective 'weird' but this thing IS weird. In a good way, mostly.

https://www.youtube.com/v/SbbM_v2_5wA
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on April 27, 2015, 06:44:02 AM
I'm more interested in television than movies right now, and I generally prefer comedy to drama. 

Wolf Hall - Well, I'm trying to watch it, but 10:00 PM is just too late to watch full episodes, and I don't have a recording device.  (I'm an OTA and Netflix & Amazon guy, not a cable and DVR guy.)  Slow pace, but quite good from what I have seen.  I'll have to watch all episodes later.

House of Cards - Season three of the US version.  It should be subtitled The Wussification of Frank Underwood.

Breaking Bad - Rewatching.  I'm stuck on season five.  The show does not hold up very well on a second viewing.

Justified - Ready for second season.

The Last Man on Earth - Great stuff.  So glad it was picked up for a second season.  The best broadcast sitcom I know of.

The Middle - Formulaic but entertaining. 

Black-ish - The predictable lamentations about how the show was/is racist prompted me to watch, and it is entertaining enough to keep watching.  It does have some jokes that may make certain people flinch.  I mean, come on, a black doctor making a comment on Martin Luther King Jr not being a real doctor, how can that not be racist?  And who knew Lawrence Fishburne was so good at comedy?

Inside Amy Schumer - Chicks can do vulgar humor, too.  Season two.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - So crass, so funny.  Possibly the greatest sitcom on television now.  I'm on season six.

Wilfred - The best ever sitcom about a mentally ill person.  Season three, with four ready and waiting. 

Archer - I'm on season five, "Archer Vice", which is not as good as prior seasons, but it is still good 'n' raunchy.

Dr Who - Season eight.  Not a fan, but my daughter insists that I watch it with her.  Peter Capaldi makes the show far more bearable than the prior seasons.

How the States Got Their Shapes - Family friendly viewing filled with mildly entertaining bits of trivia.  I've liked host Brian Unger since he was on the original (and better) The Daily Show in the 90s, and he keeps the show moving.

And waiting until next year for season five of Game of Thrones.  No spoilers please!  (The line "All men must die" does leave me in some doubt as to the fate of the human characters.)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 27, 2015, 06:50:56 AM
If you have Amazon Prime most of these shows are included in Prime Instant Video.  Unless your Internet connection is to slow for streaming.  That's how I watch; I hardly ever watch actual TV anymore.

Me, too.

I rarely turn on the TV and when I do it's to watch Netflix via Apple TV.

I watched the three seasons of Sherlock on Netflix. I also watched via Netflix another excellent BBC series called Luther, starred by Idris Elba, the new James Bond.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gurn Blanston on April 27, 2015, 06:56:39 AM
If you have Amazon Prime most of these shows are included in Prime Instant Video.  Unless your Internet connection is to slow for streaming.  That's how I watch; I hardly ever watch actual TV anymore.

Yes, I DO have Prime; yes, my internet is too slow for streaming.    :'(
I have Direct TV, I get hundreds of channels, I watch about 2 dozen.   :-\
I don't watch much TV anyway, so it hasn't really bothered me, I made a conscious choice to live way out in the countryside, so I make the best of it.  :)

8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on April 27, 2015, 06:59:24 AM
Currently watching Inspector George Gently, just finished 4th season. It is very good. I love the period setting and characters and plots are quite well written. Slight dislike is that the title character seems to be getting bit too avuncular for my taste as the series progresses, there was some toughness and physicality in first season that I feel is largely gone.

Recently finished the first season of The Knick. Good, it has certain cool, cold air about it. Manages to eschew any trace of sentimentality which often can plague doctor/hospital series.

Also, the first season of Maison Close, French series about denizens of a Parisian fin-de-siecle brothel. Relentlessly grim, don't think I'll be bac for second season.

Can't wait for third season of Ripper Street. Finale of second season was truly epic, tragic actually in a Greek drama kind of way.

Also eagerly waiting for final seasons of Justified and Community.   
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 27, 2015, 07:01:00 AM
I'm more interested in television than movies right now, and I generally prefer comedy to drama. 

Wolf Hall - Well, I'm trying to watch it, but 10:00 PM is just too late to watch full episodes, and I don't have a recording device.  (I'm an OTA and Netflix & Amazon guy, not a cable and DVR guy.)  Slow pace, but quite good from what I have seen.  I'll have to watch all episodes later.

House of Cards - Season three of the US version.  It should be subtitled The Wussification of Frank Underwood.

Breaking Bad - Rewatching.  I'm stuck on season five.  The show does not hold up very well on a second viewing.

Justified - Ready for second season.

The Last Man on Earth - Great stuff.  So glad it was picked up for a second season.  The best broadcast sitcom I know of.

The Middle - Formulaic but entertaining. 

Black-ish - The predictable lamentations about how the show was/is racist prompted me to watch, and it is entertaining enough to keep watching.  It does have some jokes that may make certain people flinch.  I mean, come on, a black doctor making a comment on Martin Luther King Jr not being a real doctor, how can that not be racist?  And who knew Lawrence Fishburne was so good at comedy?

Inside Amy Schumer - Chicks can do vulgar humor, too.  Season two.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - So crass, so funny.  Possibly the greatest sitcom on television now.  I'm on season six.

Wilfred - The best ever sitcom about a mentally ill person.  Season three, with four ready and waiting. 

Archer - I'm on season five, "Archer Vice", which is not as good as prior seasons, but it is still good 'n' raunchy.

Dr Who - Season eight.  Not a fan, but my daughter insists that I watch it with her.  Peter Capaldi makes the show far more bearable than the prior seasons.

How the States Got Their Shapes - Family friendly viewing filled with mildly entertaining bits of trivia.  I've liked host Brian Unger since he was on the original (and better) The Daily Show in the 90s, and he keeps the show moving.

And waiting until next year for season five of Game of Thrones.  No spoilers please!  (The line "All men must die" does leave me in some doubt as to the fate of the human characters.)

As a matter of fact, I think, TV series and streaming content are the principal treat to movies. Today, production values and acting in TV series are better than in many movies.

Two: spoilers are the principal threat to this thread.  ;D

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Wanderer on April 27, 2015, 07:28:55 AM
I'm quite fond of (airing now or waiting for new seasons):

Game of Thrones.
Modern Family.
Brooklyn Nine Nine.
Mom.
American Horror Story.
House of Cards.
True Detective.
The Americans.
Fargo.
Portlandia.
Penny Dreadful.
Vikings.
Sherlock.

Wolf Hall

I enjoyed this one thoroughly and I'm hearing there's going to be a second season based on the sequel book Bring Up the Bodies The Mirror and the Light.

BBC poised to commission Wolf Hall series two (http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-02-09/bbc-poised-to-commission-wolf-hall-series-two)

The Last Man on Earth - Great stuff.  So glad it was picked up for a second season.  The best broadcast sitcom I know of.

I thought the first episode was great. I'll probably watch this over the summer.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jubal Slate on April 27, 2015, 07:30:11 AM
I'm quite fond of (airing now or waiting for new seasons):
Game of Thrones.
True Detective.
Fargo.

Nice. :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 27, 2015, 07:39:48 AM
Game of Thrones.
Modern Family.
Brooklyn Nine Nine.
Mom.
American Horror Story.
House of Cards.
True Detective.
The Americans.
Fargo.
Portlandia.
Penny Dreadful.
Vikings.
Sherlock.

I have watched the highlighted titles.  :)

One month ago I finished True Detective, one of the most nihilistic TV series I have ever watched.

I also judged superb the first season of American Horror Story, but I haven't watched the new seasons.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: 71 dB on April 27, 2015, 07:51:08 AM
They are showing the sixth season of 'Good Wife' in Finland. I have been following this show ever since I accidently discovered it when they were showing the last episodes of season one. This is imo an amazing show suffering from the lamest name in television history.  ::)

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 27, 2015, 07:53:40 AM
I guess you mean "threat" - and I agree.  Movies seem to be going for the special effects, action-adventure genre, aimed at younger audiences, which do not interest me.  There are independent films which come around once in a while.  But generally I think the long form of television series writing can be much more interesting.

Yes, "threat", indeed. Sorry.

I don't know if it's about good quality or not because, as a matter of fact, very excellent movies are released every year. But I think there is something in the very nature of TV series appealing to human spirit: a tale to be continued tomorrow night or the next week or the next season; to share the misadventures of our hero through a long and dangerous road, all of this... as when we were children, as in the One Thousand and One Nights.  :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on April 27, 2015, 11:21:15 AM
I don't watch a lot of television. However it's not because 'I'm too cool to own a TV' or anything like that. It's more to do with time/interests/priorities. But my partner watches a fair amount, and because there's an age difference between us it means I see shows I might otherwise overlook.

Mad Men - this holds my attention if only for the production values. I can't think of a show in which room ceilings are so clearly visible - and are lit correctly. Also, my girl does the whole 'Zou Bisou Bisou' thing when the mood takes her.

Game of Thrones - that's a terrible wig...you know, the blonde one. The actress isn't unattractive, but she's about as naturally sensuous as Charles Dance on the toilet.

Black Sails - another that my girl enjoys. She has the hots for one of the pirates and always gets all quiet when he's on screen.

Da Vinci's Demons - I don't know if this has been cancelled, but I do recall us watching it.

My own tastes are for such as Seinfeld, Hill St. Blues, Phil Silvers show/Bilko, various Dennis Potter things, and I've been meaning to get a hold of a DVD of the C4 production of Mary Wesley's 'Camomile Lawn' because I'd like to see it again.



Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Daverz on April 27, 2015, 01:16:39 PM
Tonight, while I dined, I watched a new chapter of the TV series “Orphan Black” (BBC America, 3rd Season), aired yesterday.

I don't think I finished the first season.  Tatiana Maslany is a fabulous actor, but the writing just lost my interest.

Recent watching: 

The Americans, just ending it's 3rd season, continues to amaze.  They start out with a preposterous premise, and knock it out of the park with great writing and acting.

Mad Men.  I keep watching, but I just don't feel much emotional connection to the characters.

Game of Thrones.  It's interesting how much they are diverging from the books now.  A good choice, as the last 2 books have just dawdled for thousands of tedious pages, and GRRM seems to be incapable of moving the story forward.  I have no comments on the fuckability of any of the actors.

Outlander.  A very well done popcorn historical adventure-romance with lots of hot, hot sexytime.

This Week Tonight with John Oliver.  This has to be one of the best journalistic shows on television now, masquerading as a comedy show.

Better Call Saul.  I suppose it won't really resonate unless you've seen Breaking Bad, but this show is just as well done in its own lower-key way, it's not just scraps from the same source.   

Fortitude.  Not sure why I stuck this one out.  Rather dour and needlessly gross, and why are all these people such assholes?  A waste of the considerable talent on hand.

So the best of recent stuff has been The Americans, Better Call Saul, and John Oliver's show.

Less current watching:

Call the Midwife.  You have to have some tolerance for sentimental slop (I swear I'm not crying, my eyes are just irritated).  If it gives you an idea, every other season has an additional Christmas episode.  An undemanding if entertaining time filler.

Looking forward to:

Penny Dreadful, season 2.  The plotting is a mess, but I still find this a pretty fun show. 

Orange Is the New Black, season 3.

Rectify, season 3.

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 27, 2015, 02:32:36 PM
I don't think I finished the first season.  Tatiana Maslany is a fabulous actor, but the writing just lost my interest.

Yes, I know. It's not everyone's cup of tea.  :)

For instance, I recommended it to my sister, but she only resisted 3 chapters.

Currently, she is watching Resurrection and The Returned, both of them based on the same novel, and she is delighted. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jubal Slate on April 27, 2015, 04:21:38 PM
Forgot Gotham. Digging that one too.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on April 27, 2015, 05:45:14 PM
I greatly enjoy Blacklist; I get my share of vicarious, gratuitous violence, enough to last me the week. The mystery is nice too.   >:D

8)

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on April 27, 2015, 05:45:36 PM
Have you watched Sherlock (BBC One), Gurn? Cumberbatch and Freeman portray a very successful image of the relationship between Holmes and Watson. It's a fantastic modernized version.  :)

GREAT STUFF!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: North Star on April 27, 2015, 06:34:38 PM
GREAT STUFF!
Yes indeed.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 29, 2015, 05:54:56 PM
Yesterday night I tried the pilot of Black List. Good enough to try some more.  :)

For some reason, I lost for many years the trace of James Spader and my mental image of him was still the rich, "pretty" and unbearable young man of movies like Less Than Zero and Pretty in Pink... 

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on April 29, 2015, 06:34:33 PM
This Blu-Ray set has landed today, together with some books brought from Amazon.es:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51n5Ew5GwtL.jpg)

I watched some chapters of this exceptional documentary on YouTube; so when I saw this remastered version offered for slightly more than EUR 20, I quickly took the chance.

My purchase included a Spanish translation of Civilisation: A Personal View, a book that contains the script prepared by Clark for every chapter of the documentary.

(http://www.librosalcana.com/566909.jpg)

It's quite funny to read the apologies written by Clark for the Spanish edition, where he explains - quite poorly - the reasons why Spain is almost not mentioned in Civilisation.   

 :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Archaic Torso of Apollo on April 29, 2015, 06:53:21 PM

Of more current series, I watched most of the first season of Boardwalk Empire (also quite stylish but with a lot of brutality and some implausible things), probably should finish at least the first season.

I'm currently on Season 2 of this. It's more impressive and realistic than Season 1, in fact really well done on the whole, with increasing depth to the characters and events. However, I can only take so much violence and gangsterism in a short time.

A lot of highly praised series have subject matter in common:

Breaking Bad: drug dealing
The Wire: drug dealing
Boardwalk Empire: Prohibition (= drug dealing)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jo498 on April 29, 2015, 09:44:31 PM
I think "The Wire" is still the most impressive TV series I have seen although the last season is considerably weaker.
(And very telling about US society, but this holds for Breaking Bad as well.)

Breaking Bad was drawn out a little too long but it was also very good, I think. Someone wrote that he found it rather disappointing when re-watching, this may well be but nowadays I hardly watch this stuff twice. Even the better ones are often too dependent on cliffhangers and twists and not really good enough for being watched twice within a few years.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 30, 2015, 05:00:28 AM
From the third season of the '80s Twilight Zone, a story which verges upon Night Gallery turf:

http://www.youtube.com/v/6C2pf6ogXDY
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: HIPster on April 30, 2015, 06:49:28 AM
I'm currently watching Game of Thrones season 5 and Wolf Hall.  Loving both too. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jubal Slate on April 30, 2015, 06:52:30 AM
I'm currently watching Game of Thrones season 5 and Wolf Hall.  Loving both too.

Love Thrones. Would like to check out Wolf Hall; I think I own the book!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: HIPster on April 30, 2015, 08:19:29 AM
Love Thrones. Would like to check out Wolf Hall; I think I own the book!

Yes, Thrones is really excellent. 

I've heard great things about the books Wolf Hall and its follow-up, Bring Up The Bodies (great title!).  Hilary Mantel is writing a third volume.

Watching the series on PBS, here's an amazon link ~


Having recently finished Showtime's The Tudor's, Wolf Hall provides a nice contrast.  FWIW, I enjoyed The Tudor's, but totally dig Wolf Hall!
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Post by: Gordo on May 01, 2015, 05:14:22 AM
I'm currently watching Game of Thrones season 5 and Wolf Hall.  Loving both too.

I'm a great fan of Game of Thrones, too. I'd like to try the books, but unfortunately I don't have time enough.

I love George R.R. Martin's ability to create a complete universe, so evocative of the actual problems of our "real" world.

P.S.: Wolf Hall looks very enticing, and highly praised for many reviewers.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on June 07, 2015, 04:04:57 AM
Watching the 4th chapter of this mind game called "Wayward Pines", starred by Matt Dillon:

(https://www.montagecabletv.com/sites/default/files/Matt-Dillon-Wayward-Pines-Images.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/v/RsQ9Fl0VCkk

Anyway, I'm not too much optimistic about the future of this series after seeing cancelled great projects as "Utopia" and "In the Flesh."  :(
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Post by: Todd on June 07, 2015, 04:47:14 AM
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I tried the first episode of the Wachowskis' new Netflix series, Sense8.  Shite.  Purest shite.
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Post by: Hollywood on June 07, 2015, 06:20:14 AM
Just finished watching season 9 of Criminal Minds.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on June 07, 2015, 06:47:18 AM
I tried the first episode of the Wachowskis' new Netflix series, Sense8.  Shite.  Purest shite.

Coincidentally, I tried the first chapter yesterday, too. I didn't reach the end.  :(
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on June 07, 2015, 06:52:11 AM
Just finished watching season 9 of Criminal Minds.

I haven't watched the last seasons of Criminal Minds, just, I think, the first four or something so. I always loved the quotations of the open scene.

I also think they never had the same level again, after the quitting of Mandy Patinkin.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: James on June 07, 2015, 07:02:12 AM
From the drug-infested streets of West Baltimore to the corruption of City Hall, The Wire chronicles the tribulations of a post-industrial American city. Viewed from the perspectives of both the police and their targets, the award-winning series captures a world where easy distinctions between good and evil,and crime and punishment, are challenged at every turn.



This arrived last week, it is the 3rd complete TV series I have ever purchased; watched the first 2 episodes last nite ..
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on June 07, 2015, 11:12:42 AM
Love Thrones. Would like to check out Wolf Hall; I think I own the book!

I found the book outstanding. It took a while to get used to the style. It irritated me at first. But then it seemed to click, and make the book very vivid. I have the sequel planned for this summer.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on June 07, 2015, 12:19:21 PM
How we spent our holidays.

Last week neither of us had much work and so we drove up to the coast. We stopped at a small fishing village we love and booked into the hotel overlooking the harbour. As soon as we arrived it started to rain and continued to do so for the next four days with the sky and sea meeting and then lost together in grey. Oh dear. So we mostly stayed in bed. And thanks to a combo of the hotel's free WiFi and illegal downloading -

'The Messengers' - I have no idea. Something about strangers with no obvious connection drawn to each other and having an adventure. I remember a similar storyline many years ago in a book written by Dean R. Koontz before he started wearing a wig.

'Game of Thrones' - if the scene between Tyrion and Dany had been a competition in the acting stakes, the final score would have been: Peter Dinklage, 109 points vs  chick with bad hair, -943 points. It was a massacre.

'The Leftovers' - I like the idea that nothing has been explained as far as the disappearances are concerned. Wow, and there's  Christopher Ecclestone - I think I first saw him in a drama series titled 'Our Friends in the North' which regardless of your political leanings you might enjoy - and look at him now. Also, I would very much like to photograph the actress who plays the daughter.

'Mad Men' - I've watched every episode. Toots (not my girlfriend's real name) had been waiting to watch the last two episodes back to back. So we watched the penultimate one. Ah, Don removes a heavy weight from his shoulders and then lessons in life are proffered and learned.
We took a break. I fielded many "What do you think is going to happen in the last episode?" questions. Then I told her I wasn't going to watch it. And her reaction was that you would think I'd committed a crime. At one point she tried to punch me in the back of the head when no one was looking. How could I choose not to see the final episode?! I don't know. Maybe I simply lost interest in the show very late in the day. Anyway, I borrowed an umbrella, went out in the rain to buy fish and chips, smuggled them in to the hotel, and then "...do you want me to tell you now it ended?" Okay, go ahead. So she did, in great detail, before saying "...but I don't really get it" delivered with a furrowed brow and pout. And she wasn't at all amused by my suggestion of ...and they lived happily ever after.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on June 07, 2015, 04:59:49 PM
Stannis “The Mannis” Baratheon: Why he’s the best “Game of Thrones” character — and rightful king of Westeros

http://www.salon.com/2015/04/26/stannis_the_mannis_baratheon_why_hes_the_best_game_of_thrones_character_and_rightful_king_of_westeros/

(http://winteriscoming.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/stannis-1024.jpg)

“He’s an absolute badass. He’s the Clint Eastwood of Westeros.” — IGN forum user DigInTheCrates

  ;D

I guess Stannis fans will decrease significantly after episode 9 "The Dance of Dragons," aired tonight.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on June 08, 2015, 07:36:52 AM

     Right now I'm watching old faves from the '70s-80s, The Glittering Prizes (1975) and Spyship (1983).

     The opening theme of Spyship:

     https://www.youtube.com/v/FybAACKX89w

     I'd been looking for this for almost 30 years, as I'd been haunted by the theme and what I'd seen so long ago. Finally I found the DVD set.

     The Glittering Prizes is better known, legendary in fact, and lives up to my memory of its singular excellence.

     
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Daverz on June 09, 2015, 09:39:34 PM
Penny Dreadful is the current dramatic I series I most look forward to. 

Only one more Game of Thrones this season. Amazing that the show is already starting to "spoil" unpublished book plots.  I applaud the deviations from the books that elide hundreds of pages of tedium.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: rockerreds on June 10, 2015, 07:50:17 AM
Homeland Season 3
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 11, 2015, 07:35:34 AM
My sister lured me into a show which, had anyone described it to me when not a "captive audience," I should probably blithely have passed:  Kingdom Hospital.

(The phrase captive audience is deceptive, hence the scare-quotes:  I was at completely liberty to decline, and to choose anything else to view;  and my sister's suggestion was the softest of sells.  Her enthusiasm was so genuine-yet-not-pushy, and she described it only lightly and in such a way, that I was simply curious.  Love Ed Begley, Jr here.)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Wanderer on June 17, 2015, 11:57:59 PM
I've started watching Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and so far (episode 3) I think it's quite interesting.

Penny Dreadful is the current dramatic series I most look forward to. 

Ditto.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 18, 2015, 02:48:51 AM
My sister lured me into a show which, had anyone described it to me when not a "captive audience," I should probably blithely have passed:  Kingdom Hospital.

(The phrase captive audience is deceptive, hence the scare-quotes:  I was at completely liberty to decline, and to choose anything else to view;  and my sister's suggestion was the softest of sells.  Her enthusiasm was so genuine-yet-not-pushy, and she described it only lightly and in such a way, that I was simply curious.  Love Ed Begley, Jr here.)

Day before yesterday I finished out the series.  Really fine (even allowing for the fact that, IMO characteristically of Stephen King, more than one of even the key characters comes across as shallow and cartoonish).  Hook, Draper, Natalie, & Messengill particularly are good-to-excellent characters (I do not know to what degree King found them thus, in the source series);  Druse, Elmer Traff, Stegman, Otto, & Dr Jesse James are arguably 85% automata, but the actors do their damnedest.  The supernatural elements I found engaging.  Peter Rickman, of necessity, was in many ways an uninteresting role to play for 50% of his screen time (a patient confined to a bed), but the actor's voice and facial expressions mitigated that to a large extent.  Some of the humor is goofy, and that is just part of the show.  One of the actors characterized the series as "a supernatural black comedy," and (a) that's fair and (b) King makes it work.  It's more like Hitchcock and less like King visually, in being more about suspense and anticipation, than about grossing the viewer out.  My one serious narrative quarrel would be a spoiler, so I am mum.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on June 18, 2015, 10:32:50 PM
Chicago Fire. It gives me a realistic picture of what my Dad went through when he was a fireman with the Los Angeles Fire Department for 22 years. He had to retire early when he fell through the roof at a house fire and injured his back.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on June 19, 2015, 01:56:00 AM
Chicago Fire. It gives me a realistic picture of what my Dad went through when he was a fireman with the Los Angeles Fire Department for 22 years. He had to retire early when he fell through the roof at a house fire and injured his back.
I'm watching that as well. Really too much of an soap-opera for me, but quite entertaining, and I appreciate the 25 min episodes (in an age were 50 minutes and even twice that seems to become the norm). Just the thing for a short break from the real world when I don't want to stay glued to the TV for an extended period.
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Post by: rockerreds on June 19, 2015, 09:02:15 AM
Albert Nobbs
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Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on June 20, 2015, 11:00:45 PM
Three's

fucking

Company



(I got the DVD of the first season and am enjoying re-watching these).
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Post by: Drasko on June 28, 2015, 04:21:29 AM
As I'm just about to start watching this I've just read great news that fourth and fifth season have been commissioned.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s213/ripper-street/news/a647105/ripper-street-is-coming-back-for-a-fourth-and-fifth-series.html#~pgUl8FCU9PXIl1

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/A1MJhh38cEL._SL1500_.jpg)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 28, 2015, 04:23:51 AM
I've been watching the first season of Northern Exposure.
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Post by: rockerreds on July 08, 2015, 08:22:31 AM
I just received Season 3 Once And Again on DVD and will dive in this eveving.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on July 10, 2015, 06:28:16 AM
We have been giving this series a chance: too much huffing and puffing in the bedroom and occasionally elsewhere, as far as I am concerned.  The series would be stronger without it, but premium cable networks have their rules!  ::)


Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on July 10, 2015, 06:40:58 AM
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Catastrophe.  A six episode season one (I don't know if there will be a season two), about the ramifications of a week long sexual liaison.  The two people end up marching their way to marriage.  It is low key, small scale, deals with real world problems (like the risks associated with pregnancy at forty), and never drags.  The main characters are smart, and the two leads play well off each other.  Carrie Fisher is delightful in her small scenes.  Not great or must-see, but entertaining.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 10, 2015, 07:20:48 AM
(http://www.impawards.com/tv/posters/catastrophe.jpg)


Catastrophe.  A six episode season one (I don't know if there will be a season two), about the ramifications of a week long sexual liaison.  The two people end up marching their way to marriage.  It is low key, small scale, deals with real world problems (like the risks associated with pregnancy at forty), and never drags.  The main characters are smart, and the two leads play well off each other.  Carrie Fisher is delightful in her small scenes.  Not great or must-see, but entertaining.

Nice to hear of Carrie Fisher doing well.

We have been giving this series a chance: too much huffing and puffing in the bedroom and occasionally elsewhere, as far as I am concerned.  The series would be stronger without it, but premium cable networks have their rules!  ::)

And, dadfrazzanabit, not all of those rules are artistic.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on July 13, 2015, 02:28:46 PM
Mr. Bohannon returns on July 18th at 9:00 P.M. on AMC: Be There!



Anson Mount continues to portray the Wrath of God in Wyoming.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on July 13, 2015, 10:06:00 PM
I love Hell on Wheels. It reminds me of another old west TV series I love, Deadwood, which my brother worked on. I am looking forward to season 5 of Hell on Wheels which I know is starting soon in the USA but god knows when we will see it here in Austria. Anson Mount is my favorite in this series.

(http://image-cdn.zap2it.com/images/hell-on-wheels-s3-saturdays-amc.jpg)

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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 14, 2015, 03:25:53 AM
I've sort of "slouched into" re-watching The Avengers from the start of the Emma Peel epoch.

In 'filling Honor Blackman's shoes,' Diana Rigg hit the ground running with an incredibly sexy balance of fearless combat-readiness (we meet her practicing her fencing as Steed visits at her flat in "Town of No Return";  and she does not even trouble to remove her jacket in tussling with a karate expert in "The Cybernauts") and effortlessly soft feminine charm.  The now-oft-acclaimed actress is such a perfect partner for Steed right off, it underscores the outrage that at first, she was paid less than a cameraman on the set—the late Patrick Macnee insisted that she be paid like the co-star she was.
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Post by: Cato on July 14, 2015, 03:26:53 AM
I love Hell on Wheels. It reminds me of another old west TV series I love, Deadwood, which my brother worked on. I am looking forward to season 5 of Hell on Wheels which I know is starting soon in the USA but god knows when we will see it here in Austria. Anson Mount is my favorite in this series.

(http://image-cdn.zap2it.com/images/hell-on-wheels-s3-saturdays-amc.jpg)

Deadwood is one of our favorites too!  Although it is beyond Aristophanic in its obscenity and Senecan in its violence, both of which usually leave me cold, my wife and I became intrigued by the style of the story, the anguish of the crime boss, and his relations with henchmen and Mr. Wu
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Post by: mc ukrneal on July 14, 2015, 03:59:15 AM
I've sort of "slouched into" re-watching The Avengers from the start of the Emma Peel epoch.

In 'filling Honor Blackman's shoes,' Diana Rigg hit the ground running with an incredibly sexy balance of fearless combat-readiness (we meet her practicing her fencing as Steed visits at her flat in "Town of No Return";  and she does not even trouble to remove her jacket in tussling with a karate expert in "The Cybernauts") and effortlessly soft feminine charm.  The now-oft-acclaimed actress is such a perfect partner for Steed right off, it underscores the outrage that at first, she was paid less than a cameraman on the set—the late Patrick Macnee insisted that she be paid like the co-star she was.
I recently saw that first episode as well. The story was pretty lame, but since I couldn't take my eyes off her, it didn't really matter. Even in this first episode, there is a nice tension and familiarity between the two of them, as if you are always in on some inside joke. The style of the show is just so well done.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 14, 2015, 04:03:45 AM
I recently saw that first episode as well. The story was pretty lame, but since I couldn't take my eyes off her, it didn't really matter. Even in this first episode, there is a nice tension and familiarity between the two of them, as if you are always in on some inside joke. The style of the show is just so well done.

Yes, definitely style over story  8)
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Post by: rockerreds on July 14, 2015, 05:14:46 AM
Just finished Once And Again,Season 3.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on July 15, 2015, 06:59:56 AM

     I'm watching more old stuff, Fall Of Eagles, which I saw in the early '80s. It's very stagey historical drama from '74, but acting is superb from a host of familiar faces and names. Curt Jurgens as Bismarck and Patrick Stewart as Lenin are particularly outstanding.

     A little taste to wet your beak:

     https://www.youtube.com/v/6lHM6gy1rO8

     https://www.youtube.com/v/urSaGebApQs

     
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Post by: drogulus on July 15, 2015, 09:18:52 AM

     On the subject of Fall Of Eagles, this urgent bulletin.......

     Hide the scenery! Barry Foster alert! Kaiser Willy does his Barry Foster impression:

     https://www.youtube.com/v/frjt452YzkM
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Post by: Gordo on July 15, 2015, 03:08:45 PM
     I'm watching more old stuff, Fall Of Eagles, which I saw in the early '80s. It's very stagey historical drama from '74, but acting is superb from a host of familiar faces and names. Curt Jurgens as Bismarck and Patrick Stewart as Lenin are particularly outstanding.

     A little taste to wet your beak:

     https://www.youtube.com/v/6lHM6gy1rO8

     https://www.youtube.com/v/urSaGebApQs

   

Thanks, Drogulus! It looks very enticing.

I treasure the fondest memories of two TV series I watched in the late 70s, as a kid; they are not exactly historical, but a kind of. The first one: I, Claudius, the BBC adaptation of Robert Graves, and a French series based on Jules Verne's novel Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar.  :)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 17, 2015, 06:59:57 AM
Well, so I'm shuttling between The Avengers and Columbo . . . last night I re-watched “The Most Dangerous Match.”  When I first watched that episode, I did not know Laurence Harvey nor Oscar Beregi, Jr.  What a pleasure to watch again.
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Post by: Gordo on July 25, 2015, 08:44:08 PM
Homeland - Season 2
Chapter 5

"You're a disgrace to your Nation, Sergeant Nicholas Brody. You're a traitor and a terrorist. And now it's time you pay for that."
-- Carrie

(https://videocitylondon.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/homeland-season-2-poster-showtime-625x840.jpg)

Six months ago I watched season 1 of Homeland... and I liked, very much. But then I didn't follow with season 2. Now, I have come back to watch the second season and I think it was a very good decision.

Claire Danes is a hell of an actress.  :)
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Post by: Bogey on August 08, 2015, 02:15:45 PM
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Friz Freleng (Director, Producer), Hawley Pratt (Director)
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Post by: Gordo on August 08, 2015, 02:38:04 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Q1CPEPAVL.jpg)

Friz Freleng (Director, Producer), Hawley Pratt (Director)

In the late 70s I was a child living in Osorno, a small city in the Southern part of Chile, quite influenced by German immigration in the second half of the XIXth Century.

Back then, there was just one TV channel to watch in our city: Televisión Nacional de Chile (public TV), and The Pink Panther was one of the cartoons that I watched a lot; together with The Flintstones, Tom & Jerry and a few more.

Fond memories.  :)
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Post by: Gordo on August 08, 2015, 02:51:13 PM
... btw...

‘Orphan Black’ star Tatiana Maslany on Her First Emmy Nomination: ‘It’s for Our Fans’

http://variety.com/2015/tv/awards/tatiana-maslany-emmy-nomination-emmys-2015-1201541838/

Thanks, dear Tatiana! You're the best.  :-*

After three years of iniquity and unexplainable preterition (sorry, but I needed solemn words), she should be the winner.

67th Emmy Awards on Fox on September 20.

(http://www.serielizados.com/wp-content/uploads/orphan-black-tatiana-maslany-clones-sarah-alison-cosima-helena-rachel.jpg)

 8)
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on August 08, 2015, 05:12:05 PM
reposting from the Movie thread, which has me questioning why I posted it in there...


Absolutely loving this BBC mini-series production of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Top notch acting, writing and beautifully detailed sets and costumes. Only watched first two episodes on Amazon, first episode was a free download and I bought the second episode for my plane ride home. I will try to hold off until the Blue Ray is released in about a week, not sure I can hold out...


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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 10, 2015, 02:35:56 AM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Q1CPEPAVL.jpg)

Friz Freleng (Director, Producer), Hawley Pratt (Director)

Lawd, but I do remember enjoying these back when . . . .
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Post by: Jay F on August 10, 2015, 04:42:28 AM
Steven Bochco's current series on TNT, Murder in the First. And Suits on USA.
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Post by: Drasko on August 26, 2015, 07:47:49 AM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4e/Community_Season_6_Poster.jpg)

Just finished the 6th season (and probably final).  :(
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Post by: North Star on August 26, 2015, 07:54:29 AM
WOLF HALL is broadcast over here on Tuesdays, the first episode looked very promising.
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Post by: ChamberNut on August 26, 2015, 08:18:37 AM
Recently, and currently on Netflix:

Bloodline

Happy Valley

Broadchurch

Hinterland


Really getting into the British cop dramas, per the last three listed.  Bloodline, I thought, was terrific!
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on August 26, 2015, 12:20:52 PM
Recently, and currently on Netflix:

Bloodline

 Bloodline, I thought, was terrific!

My wife has been watching this. I just happen to start in on episode 10 and my goodness what an incredible amount of intensity. So I've only watched eps 10-12, with the finale tonight and I still think it's a great show. Ben Mendelsohn display's top notch acting.
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Post by: Gordo on August 26, 2015, 05:04:17 PM
Recently, and currently on Netflix:

Bloodline


Really getting into the British cop dramas, per the last three listed.  Bloodline, I thought, was terrific!

Advice taken and thank you!  :)
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Post by: Gurn Blanston on August 26, 2015, 05:06:37 PM
My wife has been watching this. I just happen to start in on episode 10 and my goodness what an incredible amount of intensity. So I've only watched eps 10-12, with the finale tonight and I still think it's a great show. Ben Mendelsohn display's top notch acting.

Is that Bloodline which was a book by Sidney Sheldon quite some years ago? If so, it was a great book, should be a great series if they do it right!

8)
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Post by: Todd on August 26, 2015, 05:22:10 PM
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The first season of The Americans.  The tale of a couple of deep cover Russkie spies posing as a married American couple in the DC area causing mischief.  The episode-to-episode action seems more active than deep cover spies might like (Full disclosure: I've never been a deep cover spy, so I don't know for sure), but all involved seem game.  A bevy of C and D list celebrities put in good work.  A mole-suppressed John-Boy is surprisingly effective as an FBI boss, and Margot Martindale (from FX stablemate Justified) is quite good, too.  The main draw for me is WASP princess Keri Russell, kicking ass and taking names, and looking real good doing so.  How can one not like a show where Richard Kline (aka, Larry from Three's Company) takes part?
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Post by: ChamberNut on August 27, 2015, 04:40:37 AM
My wife has been watching this. I just happen to start in on episode 10 and my goodness what an incredible amount of intensity. So I've only watched eps 10-12, with the finale tonight and I still think it's a great show. Ben Mendelsohn display's top notch acting.

Hi Greg!  :)

Definitely a great performance by Ben Mendelsohn.  :)

My girlfriend and I started watching it together, but she quit after 3 or 4 episodes.  She found it way too intense and uncomfortable.  It is thick with major family disfunction!  Really enjoyed it, and loved the acting all around.
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Post by: ChamberNut on August 27, 2015, 04:45:44 AM
Is that Bloodline which was a book by Sidney Sheldon quite some years ago? If so, it was a great book, should be a great series if they do it right!

8)

I don't believe it is, Gurn.
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Post by: Hollywood on August 27, 2015, 10:22:30 PM
Steven Bochco's current series on TNT, Murder in the First.

Same here. I am also watching season 3 of Major Crimes as well as the latest season of The Science of Stupid.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ZauberdrachenNr.7 on September 01, 2015, 10:26:27 AM
A BBC production, Call the Midwives ; good writing and acting.  I'm well into the 4th season and how the writers can keep up their good work is beyond me as this could get old quickly.  Quite an interesting depiction of England in the 50s & 60s.  Character acting is first rate - we can't do this in the U.S. anymore...and I think I know why. 
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Post by: SonicMan46 on September 02, 2015, 05:42:59 AM
Closer - I've watched this series before (streamed free on Amazon Prime) - Susan wanted a 'cop show w/ some unique characters & humor' so I suggested the first season of Closer which she thoroughly enjoyed; Prime D/C free streaming - Amazon wanted exorbitant fees for streaming this older and discontinued series, i.e. about $25 for SD - well, the DVDs were half price so decided to go that route - we just started Season 4!

Game of Thrones - also for me, I'm rewatching this ongoing series - starting Season 4 (and understanding the characters much better!) - Season 5 was just released ($29 SD for streaming - guess that I'm 'hooked' at the moment) - Dave :)

(http://i.tnt.tv/v5cache/TNT/images/series/closer/wallpapers/thecloser_wp_1920x1200_c.jpg)

(http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/video/video.pd2upload.com/video.yahoofinance.com@f9fb0c14-157f-3413-b905-514aea287859_FULL.jpg)
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Post by: The new erato on September 02, 2015, 07:41:05 AM
The Fall. Another superb British production.
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Post by: ChamberNut on September 02, 2015, 07:49:48 AM
The Fall. Another superb British production.

Goodness, yes!  Can't believe I forgot to mention this one.
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Post by: kishnevi on September 02, 2015, 06:22:41 PM
Not me, but a blogger I follow has discovered another Brit offering
http://twowheeledmadwoman.blogspot.com/2015/09/tis-hour.html
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on September 02, 2015, 07:33:20 PM
I will be watching Doctor Who, Season 9 very soon.  >:D
And I'm eagerly, and emotionally, awaiting Downton Abbey's final season.  :'(
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Post by: Hollywood on September 03, 2015, 10:17:57 PM
I will be watching Game of Thrones season 5 on TNT starting 15 Sept.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on September 06, 2015, 11:11:53 PM
And I'm eagerly, and emotionally, awaiting Downton Abbey's final season.  :'(

Haha.

Um, me too.

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Post by: Mirror Image on September 07, 2015, 06:12:35 AM
I've been watching The Big Bang Theory and it enjoying it more and more. Great writing.

(http://www.chicagonerds.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/the-big-bang-05.jpg)
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Post by: Ken B on September 07, 2015, 01:09:45 PM
Watching some Poirot. The older ones are better. Just watched The Clocks from season 12. I vaguely recall it being a weak book (I have read nearly all of Agatha Christie but eons ago). It's certainly a weak movie. Recently also watched The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Evil Under The Sun, which were very well done. Death on the Nile was middling, with some weak acting.
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Post by: North Star on September 07, 2015, 01:12:40 PM
Watching some Poirot. The older ones are better. Just watched The Clocks from season 12. I vaguely recall it being a weak book (I have read nearly all of Agatha Christie but eons ago). It's certainly a weak movie. Recently also watched The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Evil Under The Sun, which were very well done. Death on the Nile was middling, with some weak acting.
Agreed on all counts.
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Post by: The new erato on September 07, 2015, 10:29:40 PM
I've been watching The Big Bang Theory and it enjoying it more and more. Great writing.

(http://www.chicagonerds.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/the-big-bang-05.jpg)
Don't you feel the jokes were more or less used up in the first 3 or 4 seasons? I feel the writing is wearing thin and that the characters are becoming more end more stereotypical.
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Post by: The new erato on September 07, 2015, 10:33:48 PM
Watching some Poirot. The older ones are better. Just watched The Clocks from season 12. I vaguely recall it being a weak book (I have read nearly all of Agatha Christie but eons ago). It's certainly a weak movie. Recently also watched The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Evil Under The Sun, which were very well done. Death on the Nile was middling, with some weak acting.
The best books were done early on. I don't think they imagined doing them all when the series started. I've read more or less everything by Agatha Christie (though admittedly several decades ago), and there's no doubt that there are some pretty threadbare volumes amongst them.
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Post by: "Harry" on September 08, 2015, 12:03:47 AM
The best books were done early on. I don't think they imagined doing them all when the series started. I've read more or less everything by Agatha Christie (though admittedly several decades ago), and there's no doubt that there are some pretty threadbare volumes amongst them.

Davis Suchet is the best performance I ever saw of Hercule Poirot. Despite the fact that that the acting of other actors is often mediocre, it remains the best ever interpretations of this series.
Currently I am doing Frost also, which I think is fabulous too, and Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett being Sherlock, for me also the best interpretation.
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Post by: The new erato on September 08, 2015, 12:09:25 AM
Davis Suchet is the best performance I ever saw of Hercule Poirot. Despite the fact that that the acting of other actors is often mediocre, it remains the best ever interpretations of this series.
No doubt about that. It's just that not all books are equally good, and the later productions relied on some substandard plots and characters. I too like Frost BTW.
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on September 08, 2015, 02:50:42 AM
Haha.

Um, me too.

Have you seen the teaser trailer for the final season? I know you teared up a little! Admit it!  :'(  :D
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on September 08, 2015, 02:54:45 AM
reposting from the Movie thread, which has me questioning why I posted it in there...


Absolutely loving this BBC mini-series production of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Top notch acting, writing and beautifully detailed sets and costumes. Only watched first two episodes on Amazon, first episode was a free download and I bought the second episode for my plane ride home. I will try to hold off until the Blue Ray is released in about a week, not sure I can hold out...



Fantastic miniseries. And from what I've now heard is a fantastic book. Was like watching a 7 movie, it was so well made.
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Post by: drogulus on September 08, 2015, 05:26:12 AM

     I just started a rewatch of The Duchess Of Duke Street. Fans of Upstairs, Downstairs who haven't seen this series should go out and get it.

     The remake of The Forsyte Saga seemed to be missing something compared to the original.
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Post by: mc ukrneal on September 08, 2015, 05:44:04 AM
Davis Suchet is the best performance I ever saw of Hercule Poirot. Despite the fact that that the acting of other actors is often mediocre, it remains the best ever interpretations of this series.
No doubt about that. It's just that not all books are equally good, and the later productions relied on some substandard plots and characters.
I agree. But I find the best parts are the characterizations and the atmosphere anyway. Sometimes, I care more about the result, but in Poirot the process is so fun that I just wish I could watch more of them.
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Post by: Gordo on September 08, 2015, 08:59:25 PM
I will need to write something about this series, but Crossbones is nothing lesser than mandatory as action TV series.

(http://www.lashorasperdidas.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Crossbones.jpeg)

A completely revitalized vision of the old stories of pirates with superb performances, screenplay and production values.

Available via Netflix.

Do I need to say? Highly recommended.  :)
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Post by: SonicMan46 on September 09, 2015, 05:58:37 AM
I will need to write something about this series, but Crossbones is nothing lesser than mandatory as action TV series.

(http://www.lashorasperdidas.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Crossbones.jpeg)

A completely revitalized vision of the old stories of pirates with superb performances, screenplay and production values.

Available via Netflix.

Do I need to say? Highly recommended.  :)

Thanks Gordo - Blackbeard's main 'stomping grounds' were off the Carolina coast; the North Carolina towns of Bath & Beaufort have tributes; his ship the Queen Anne's Revenge sunk near Beaufort which has the NC Maritime Museum (http://ncmaritimemuseums.com/beaufort/) and objects from ongoing underwater archeology of the ship are displayed there - he was killed near Ocracoke Island a short ferry ride from nearby Harker's Island.

Looking forward to your comments - the series would certainly interest me!  I can stream the first season from Amazon for $15 SD, but although a 'streaming member' of Netflix, the series is not listed when I search - are you streaming or getting the DVDs, if available, from Netflix?  Thanks - Dave
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Post by: Gordo on September 09, 2015, 06:39:43 AM
Thanks Gordo - Blackbeard's main 'stomping grounds' were off the Carolina coast; the North Carolina towns of Bath & Beaufort have tributes; his ship the Queen Anne's Revenge sunk near Beaufort which has the NC Maritime Museum (http://ncmaritimemuseums.com/beaufort/) and objects from ongoing underwater archeology of the ship are displayed there - he was killed near Ocracoke Island a short ferry ride from nearby Harker's Island.

Looking forward to your comments - the series would certainly interest me!  I can stream the first season from Amazon for $15 SD, but although a 'streaming member' of Netflix, the series is not listed when I search - are you streaming or getting the DVDs, if available, from Netflix?  Thanks - Dave

Hi,Dave! I'm watching this show as streaming member of Netflix, here in Chile.

It was listed some weeks ago and I have watched 7 episodes so far. I hope to write soon something about it.

Thanks for the info; it's very interesting, as usual.  :)
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Post by: Ken B on September 09, 2015, 10:27:31 AM
I will need to write something about this series, but Crossbones is nothing lesser than mandatory as action TV series.

(http://www.lashorasperdidas.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Crossbones.jpeg)

A completely revitalized vision of the old stories of pirates with superb performances, screenplay and production values.

Available via Netflix.

Do I need to say? Highly recommended.  :)

Recdommended

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Post by: Todd on September 18, 2015, 04:25:42 PM
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The Knick.  Or, House M.D. ca 1900.  Set in filthy turn of century (20th Century usage) New York, Clive Owen plays a brilliant, drug addicted doctor with a thing for hookers and coworkers.  There's a pretty female hospital administrator.  And a black doctor with troubles.  Even the synth heavy-score is inspired by house music.  Then there's the politics.  There sure is a lot of focus of “reproductive health” - troubled pregnancies and a series-long side story about abortion.  How very now!

Complaints aside, it is well acted and expertly made.  Steven Soderbergh puts great image after great image on screen.  He's one of the few directors who can make handheld camerawork work.  The only device that grows tiresome is his penchant for shooting these giants of medicine from knee or waist height, lenses angled up.  Period detail is quite good, and the medical procedures are satisfyingly brutal and bloody.  It's good to see Max Headroom on screen again, too.  So, somewhat mixed, but I'll watch the next season.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on September 29, 2015, 07:11:06 AM
The x files will return for six episodes in early 2016, can't wait!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUAJJvCd2G0&feature=youtu.be
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Post by: SonicMan46 on September 29, 2015, 08:28:49 AM
Wife & I watching some TV series together - just finished the 4th season of Major Crimes; now just starting Longmire, which I've watched once before - she's enjoying so far.  Dave :)

(http://epguides.com/MajorCrimes/cast.jpg)  (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51e6KI0USeL._SX940_.jpg)
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Post by: The new erato on September 29, 2015, 09:50:03 AM
We're backlogged. Homeland season 4 (DVD), The Bridge season 3 (just started on TV), Downton Abbey final season (ditto, though I've not sure I will follow this, watched the first episode to keep the wife company). Just finished The Americans season 1 and have another season available on Netflix.
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Post by: ZauberdrachenNr.7 on September 29, 2015, 09:55:27 AM
Fantastic miniseries. And from what I've now heard is a fantastic book. Was like watching a 7 movie, it was so well made.

Just finished it and both my wife and I are enthusiastic about it.  Inventive script, absorbing dialogue, superb production values, but most of all the acting is TOP NOTCH.  So good I'm sorry it's over.
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Post by: Ken B on September 29, 2015, 12:04:21 PM
Wife & I watching some TV series together - just finished the 4th season of Major Crimes;
(http://epguides.com/MajorCrimes/cast.jpg)


George Lazenby. 
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Post by: Daverz on September 30, 2015, 11:17:59 PM
The Bridge season 3 (just started on TV),

Did the American show get picked up somewhere for another season or is the Danish/Swedish one?

...was able to answer my own question:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bridge_(Danish/Swedish_TV_series)

Quote
Just finished The Americans season 1 and have another season available on Netflix.

One of the very best shows of recent years.  It's a bit fantastical (consciously so, I think), but the actors really sell it.
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Post by: The new erato on October 01, 2015, 12:52:41 AM
Yes to both.
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Post by: david johnson on October 01, 2015, 01:40:11 AM
I just finished 'Zoo' and have begun 'Gotham'.  Before that it was 'Blacklist'.  All have been enjoyable.
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Post by: Gordo on October 04, 2015, 06:28:18 AM
Last Thursday was premiered the first chapter ("The Troll Farmer) of The Blacklist's third season.

(http://www.nbc.com/sites/nbcunbc/files/files/styles/nbc_show_about_cover/public/images/2015/8/26/NBC-Blacklist_S3_About_Image_1920x1080_CC.jpg?itok=l-2GjGLX)

I started to watch it after Gurn’s recommendation in this thread.  :)

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Post by: Drasko on October 05, 2015, 01:18:56 PM
Recently finished 5th season of Game of Thrones, still immense fun but this season seemed bit thin script-wise.

Currently watching Crossbones, one episode to go. I like it. Malkovich is absolutely fantastic, I generaly like pirate stuff and overall story is quite good. But there are flaws: apart from Malkovich, Coyle and Foy (and psychotic turn from Julian Sands) I found the cast pretty weak, there is also too much plot at times, and DP is somehow managing to make the production look cheaper than it really is. Still shame it got cancelled. I would have enjoyed further mayhem by Malkovich's Blackbeard.

Was planning to watch next either 2nd season of Penny Dreadful or to start Luther but now I'm in the mood for more piracy. Has anyone seen Black Sails?
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Post by: Daverz on October 05, 2015, 01:39:18 PM
Recently finished 5th season of Game of Thrones, still immense fun but this season seemed bit thin script-wise.

The last book dragged horribly.  Instead of moving anything forward, he just adds annoying new characters and pointless plotlines.  The show is actually now ahead of the books.
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Post by: Brian on October 05, 2015, 01:54:48 PM
Andre Braugher's performance on Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the finest, driest deadpan comedy performance since Leslie Nielsen played the doctor in Airplane!.

(https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/GxF98Mo49kqwyPdQZLL3LhmSa7o=/0x0:2850x1900/755x504/filters:format(webp)/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/47337922/B99_New_Captain_SC4_0036_hires1.0.0.jpg)
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Post by: Todd on October 05, 2015, 02:04:12 PM
Andre Braugher's performance on Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the finest, driest deadpan comedy performance since Leslie Nielsen played the doctor in Airplane!.



Surely you can't be serious.
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Post by: Gordo on October 05, 2015, 03:18:53 PM
Recently finished 5th season of Game of Thrones, still immense fun but this season seemed bit thin script-wise.

Currently watching Crossbones, one episode to go. I like it. Malkovich is absolutely fantastic, I generaly like pirate stuff and overall story is quite good. But there are flaws: apart from Malkovich, Coyle and Foy (and psychotic turn from Julian Sands) I found the cast pretty weak, there is also too much plot at times, and DP is somehow managing to make the production look cheaper than it really is. Still shame it got cancelled. I would have enjoyed further mayhem by Malkovich's Blackbeard.

Was planning to watch next either 2nd season of Penny Dreadful or to start Luther but now I'm in the mood for more piracy. Has anyone seen Black Sails?

Malkovich's speech in the last episode is one of the best pieces of rhetoric I have watched on screen. Truly fantastic.

Malkovich, Coyle and Foy are excellent: but I'd include Mr. Fletch too because friendship is essential to this kind of stories and he injects a necessary dose of naivety to this series.  :)

P.S.: Luther is an excellent choice, I totally enjoyed both seasons. Another BBC production I enjoyed was "The Hour"; unfortunately, it was cancelled after de second season, not to mention one of the best things I have watched on TV in the last years: "Utopia".  :)
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Post by: Brian on October 05, 2015, 03:26:54 PM


Surely you can't be serious.
http://www.youtube.com/v/KM2K7sV-K74
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Post by: Brian on October 05, 2015, 03:32:19 PM
Couple of good Braugher moments. Most are not on YouTube but the first is one of my favorites.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Zg93zJiHJOs

http://www.youtube.com/v/qNkcdm81PCs
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Post by: Drasko on October 06, 2015, 02:30:41 AM
Malkovich's speech in the last episode is one of the best pieces of rhetoric I have watched on screen. Truly fantastic.

Malkovich, Coyle and Foy are excellent: but I'd include Mr. Fletch too because friendship is essential to this kind of stories and he injects a necessary dose of naivety to this series.  :)

P.S.: Luther is an excellent choice, I totally enjoyed both seasons. Another BBC production I enjoyed was "The Hour"; unfortunately, it was cancelled after de second season, not to mention one of the best things I have watched on TV in the last years: "Utopia".  :)

Yes, agreed, great speech.

Mr. Fletch as a character is definitely essential, what I had problem with is that some of the actors were really unconvincing in their roles: the boy who plays Fletch and the crippled Scot were actually decent, but Blackbeard's second in command, both of Blackbeard's love interests, the black pirate girl, the Madame ... poor, the lot of them.

I'll start Luther tonight, and thanks for mentioning The Hour that looks like something I might really like.

What is Utopia? Imdb lists three different series with that name.
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Post by: Gordo on October 06, 2015, 03:05:32 AM
What is Utopia? Imdb lists three different series with that name.

This one: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2384811/

It's the mother of all conspiracy theories. Its trailers say almost nothing about the content, but at least you get some idea about its aesthetics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJnN3WMwDsk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdfJNIMGXx4

 :)
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Post by: Drasko on October 08, 2015, 10:35:26 AM
This one: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2384811/

It's the mother of all conspiracy theories. Its trailers say almost nothing about the content, but at least you get some idea about its aesthetics:

 :-\ I'll check it out but I've never been too taken with conspiracy theory plots, not even The X-files.

I'll start Luther tonight

I'm so fickle ...

(http://s16.postimg.org/mthtdjd5x/PR_Release_Ad_KEYART_200_DPI.jpg)

Two episodes in and I'm quite liking the start of 2nd season, where first was all mysterious and hazy the second is more direct and scary.
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Post by: Super Blood Moon on October 08, 2015, 11:14:00 AM
There are too many good TV series now. I wish they'd slow down a bit.  :(
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Post by: Ken B on October 08, 2015, 01:06:42 PM
Over the past few weeks, Masters of Sex.

I liked season 1, despite some problems. Season 2 fell apart. Some excessively "writerly" dialogue, often poorly acted, a whirlwind of cliches, and a pretentious self importance creeping in. Oh, and no boob unseen! Not quite true; one actress we only see her right boob.
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Post by: Gordo on October 08, 2015, 07:14:43 PM
:-\ I'll check it out but I've never been too taken with conspiracy theory plots, not even The X-files.

Me neither, even I never tried The X-files. But artistically Utopia is totally captivating.  :)
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Post by: Ken B on October 09, 2015, 05:08:31 AM
:-\ I'll check it out but I've never been too taken with conspiracy theory plots, not even The X-files.


All the transparently crazy conspiracy plots on TV are actually a way of undermining anyone who knows about the real conspiracy. All of Hollywood is in on it.
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Post by: vandermolen on October 09, 2015, 06:03:17 AM
Foyle's War on DVD and Downton Abbey  ::)
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Post by: Gordo on October 10, 2015, 05:49:35 AM
All the transparently crazy conspiracy plots on TV are actually a way of undermining anyone who knows about the real conspiracy. All of Hollywood is in on it.

I don't think so. If people don't have intellectual tools to  distinguish between reality and fiction, between proved facts and fiction, there is a problem in education and critical thinking, not a problem occasioned by "Hollywood," even if this industry is used as a tool of propaganda.
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Post by: Todd on October 10, 2015, 06:48:02 AM
(http://www.dvdsreleasedates.com/covers/americans-season-2-dvd-cover-04.jpg)


Sorta binge-watched the second season of The Americans.  Every bit as good as the first season, with only the implausibly long confession/monologue/reveal in the last episode as a weak spot.  Other than that, the season finale is deliciously cold.  And I just can't get enough Keri Russell.  I await season three.
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Post by: Brian on October 10, 2015, 07:00:58 AM
It's Columbo's Day Weekend!

As Americans know, Columbo's Day is the day (technically October 8, observed October 12) when we celebrate Lt. Columbo, the finest detective TV has ever seen. Be sure your household celebrates Columbo's Day in appropriate fashion, by watching an episode of Columbo and, if possible, indulging in other Columbo's Day activities like eating a bowl of chili, wearing a trench coat, smoking celebratory cigars, or naming your dog "Dog".
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Post by: Ken B on October 10, 2015, 07:57:38 AM
I don't think so. If people don't have intellectual tools to  distinguish between reality and fiction, between proved facts and fiction, there is a problem in education and critical thinking, not a problem occasioned by "Hollywood," even if this industry is used as a tool of propaganda.

Litotes  Gordo.
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Post by: Gordo on October 10, 2015, 01:03:32 PM
Litotes  Gordo.

I know, but what I try to mean is that although a lot of conspiracy theories are plainly ridiculous; many of them share a quite true intuition, which shouldn't be discarded as a thing of wildly fanciful people.

In our world a lot of critic information is out of our reach or has been heavily manipulated before to reach us and, on the other hand, the Government ("helped" by large corporations and new technologies) knows everything about us...

So, probably, never before was so necessary to be critical about the information we receive; but, unfortunately, a vast majority believes uncritically every information that receives.  :)
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Post by: Mr. Three Putt on October 10, 2015, 01:55:10 PM
I'm a bit of a binge watcher and feel I have a void to fill after finishing Breaking Bad. I try to stick to series already concluded, which is certainly a sign of the times. Game of Thrones made me break my rule and I'm a big fan, although season 5 was weaker than previous entries. I also recently devoured the three seasons of the American House of Cards in about 1 week. My guilty pleasures would have to be Trailer Park Boys and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Two shows I avoided like the plague until finally breaking down and realizing just how funny they are.
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Post by: SimonNZ on October 10, 2015, 03:20:58 PM
Nearing the end of The Knick, which I think is remarkably good.

(glad, though, that they dialed back a bit on the doctor's-eye-view of the surgery after the shock of the first couple of episodes)
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Post by: Ken B on October 10, 2015, 05:16:52 PM
It's Columbo's Day Weekend!

As Americans know, Columbo's Day is the day (technically October 8, observed October 12) when we celebrate Lt. Columbo, the finest detective TV has ever seen. Be sure your household celebrates Columbo's Day in appropriate fashion, by watching an episode of Columbo and, if possible, indulging in other Columbo's Day activities like eating a bowl of chili, wearing a trench coat, smoking celebratory cigars, or naming your dog "Dog".

Pffft. I solve it long before Columbo does. Every time.
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Post by: The new erato on October 11, 2015, 12:24:53 AM
Pffft. I solve it long before Columbo does. Every time.
Happens with me too watching reruns.
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Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 11, 2015, 05:26:58 PM
'Tis the season to travel through time and space with the Doctor!  8)
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Post by: lisa needs braces on October 11, 2015, 11:49:55 PM
It's coming back for only six episodes in January. Look forward to it! (X-Files):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1SmJUBT5q0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1SmJUBT5q0)
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Post by: Todd on October 12, 2015, 06:38:10 AM
It's coming back for only six episodes in January. Look forward to it! (X-Files):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1SmJUBT5q0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1SmJUBT5q0)



How do they bring back the smoking man?  One doesn't recover from a missile to the forehead.  Maybe flashbacks, which is tired.
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on October 12, 2015, 05:05:18 PM
'Tis the season to travel through time and space with the Doctor!  8)

Amen. And Capaldi is doing fine work as The Doctor as well.
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Post by: Brian on October 12, 2015, 05:14:36 PM
Celebrating Columbo's Day with my favorite episode ever, "A Friend in Deed."

This weekend I watched more Columbo for the holiday festivities: "Identity Crisis," "Any Old Port in a Storm."
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Post by: Ken B on October 12, 2015, 05:16:13 PM
Celebrating Columbo's Day with my favorite episode ever, "A Friend in Deed."

This weekend I watched more Columbo for the holiday festivities: "Identity Crisis," "Any Old Port in a Storm."

Which is that? I like the Ross Martin episode best (art critic).
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Post by: Brian on October 12, 2015, 05:25:04 PM
Which is that? I like the Ross Martin episode best (art critic).
Oh the art critic one is great! This is the one where the murderer is Columbo's boss (Richard Kiley).
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Post by: Ken B on October 12, 2015, 05:51:06 PM
Oh the art critic one is great! This is the one where the murderer is Columbo's boss (Richard Kiley).

Yes that is good. And it's been a few years ....
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Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 12, 2015, 05:56:46 PM
Amen. And Capaldi is doing fine work as The Doctor as well.
This series has been consistently good! Capaldi was great last year, however disagreeable and uncertain his Doctor was, but now things have definitely settled in for sure. I'm looking forward to Zygons in a couple of weeks. 8)
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Post by: lisa needs braces on October 15, 2015, 10:59:58 PM
(http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/280bb4680ed57f5332dfc3efc57f1592/202185984/the+Walking+Dead+Season+6+comic+con+poster.jpg)

The sixth season of TV's most absurd, addicting and pulpiest show. The program is basically soap opera for horror/thriller fans, and this is it's basic formula:

When our heroes being threatened by zombies gets tiring, switch things up by presenting conflict between characters or groups of humans. When the latter gets a bit tiring, switch it up with the former.

It works.

One thing to note though -- I think the series works best when binged through as it is heavily serialized. Nearly every episode ends on a cliffhanger or on a dramatically poignant note. I'm going to wait for the rest of the first half of this season to air (8 episodes) then watch them over a weekend.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 15, 2015, 11:42:43 PM
Since when has 'marathon watching' become 'binge watching?' I assume that's what is meant by 'binge' here though, but I only ever hear it when people talk about TV shows. I've never heard this terminology until about two weeks ago.....
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Post by: ChamberNut on October 16, 2015, 05:58:20 AM

Looking forward to:

Rectify, season 3.

Started watching Rectify last week, and already into season 3.  Love it!  :)

(http://www.ilovemcdonough.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/rectify.jpg)
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Post by: lisa needs braces on October 16, 2015, 02:45:30 PM
Since when has 'marathon watching' become 'binge watching?' I assume that's what is meant by 'binge' here though, but I only ever hear it when people talk about TV shows. I've never heard this terminology until about two weeks ago.....

In the last four or five years...at least since services like Netflix started featuring whole seasons of tv shows. It's also a term that Netflix's marketing campaign has embraced...they even depute their original shows by making every episode immediately available.

Speaking of Netflix productions, this just dropped today (and is being shown in a few theaters nationwide.) It looks good and I'll watch it over the weekend.

(film trailer for Beasts of No Nation)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xb9Ty-1frw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xb9Ty-1frw)
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Post by: SimonNZ on October 16, 2015, 03:02:56 PM
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Finally catching up with Sports Night, being a pretty big Aaron Sorkin fan, and this being the only series of his I hadn't yet seen.

Very good, if not great, a little over the top at times, but fascinating being able to see Sorkin working through ideas regarding form and pace in dialogue and movement that would be perfected on The West Wing. Also fascinating to watch so many people who would later feature on TWW turn up in small roles all the way through this.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 16, 2015, 08:14:21 PM
In the last four or five years...at least since services like Netflix started featuring whole seasons of tv shows. It's also a term that Netflix's marketing campaign has embraced...they even depute their original shows by making every episode immediately available.

Speaking of Netflix productions, this just dropped today (and is being shown in a few theaters nationwide.) It looks good and I'll watch it over the weekend.

(film trailer for Beasts of No Nation)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xb9Ty-1frw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xb9Ty-1frw)

Ah I see. Netflix only arrived in my country this year, so I can understand now the sudden additions to the semantic field regarding television watching.......
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on October 16, 2015, 08:54:50 PM
Ah I see. Netflix only arrived in my country this year, so I can understand now the sudden additions to the semantic field regarding television watching.......

understandable

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Post by: Gordo on October 17, 2015, 05:05:52 AM
In the last four or five years...at least since services like Netflix started featuring whole seasons of tv shows. It's also a term that Netflix's marketing campaign has embraced...they even depute their original shows by making every episode immediately available.

Speaking of Netflix productions, this just dropped today (and is being shown in a few theaters nationwide.) It looks good and I'll watch it over the weekend.

(film trailer for Beasts of No Nation)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xb9Ty-1frw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xb9Ty-1frw)

I thought this is an interesting insight on the boycott against Beasts of No Nation: http://goo.gl/RM4HTQ
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on October 17, 2015, 02:26:23 PM
The Blacklist, Season 3, Episode 3: "Eli Matchett"

(http://blogs-images.forbes.com/merrillbarr/files/2014/02/The-Blacklist-Megan-Boone-and-James-Spader.jpg)

From the last episode of the past season, every new episode of The Blacklist is more implausible than the previous one…, and more freaking addictive.
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Post by: SimonNZ on October 17, 2015, 02:35:26 PM
The Blacklist, Season 3, Episode 3: "Eli Matchett"

(http://blogs-images.forbes.com/merrillbarr/files/2014/02/The-Blacklist-Megan-Boone-and-James-Spader.jpg)

From the last episode of the past season, every new episode of The Blacklist is more implausible than the previous one…, and more freaking addictive.

I've only seen the first season. Does the Megan character become less redundant? I kept wishing the show was just James Spader settling old scores on his own.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on October 17, 2015, 03:35:13 PM
I thought this is an interesting insight on the boycott against Beasts of No Nation: http://goo.gl/RM4HTQ

I'm too chickenshit to watch this movie. :(



Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on October 17, 2015, 03:44:30 PM
I've only seen the first season. Does the Megan character become less redundant? I kept wishing the show was just James Spader settling old scores on his own.

Yes, Spader is fantastic, and -at some extent- Megan is doing her apprenticeship with him. But the nature of her character is a bit redundant, to be fair.  :)
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Post by: Gordo on October 17, 2015, 03:46:23 PM
I'm too chickenshit to watch this movie. :(

Maybe me too!  :D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Daverz on October 17, 2015, 04:42:08 PM
No one has mentioned the new season of Fargo.  The direction is amazing, and the plot seems to be getting more Byzantine.  But I'm waiting to find out if the characters are as compelling.

Also, The Last KingdomVikings is the obvious comparison, though I think I like this more.
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Post by: mc ukrneal on October 17, 2015, 04:43:04 PM
Currently in the middle of Season 1 of Endeavour. We saw the Pilot when it first came out, but have had a hard time finding time to watch much tv until recently. Great show. I particularly like his boss and their relationship. Very interesting, knowing the older Morse.

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Post by: david johnson on October 18, 2015, 02:38:13 AM
I'm in season 4 of 'Fringe' and enjoy it.  Earlier, I finished off Blacklist, Almighty Johnsons, Zoo, etc.  The very last scene in the Zoo finale has become one of my favorite tv moments.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on October 20, 2015, 08:24:53 AM
Apparently, we will have a last taste of the "Gilmore Girls" at Netflix.

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Gilmore Girls Limited-Series Revival Set at Netflix — This Is Not a Drill: https://hec.su/bQcY
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Post by: Drasko on October 20, 2015, 10:43:53 AM
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Love Gilmore Girls. One of my all time top ten TV series. Some of the fastest and funniest dialogue on TV.

Just finished 2nd season of Penny Dreadful and liked it very much, less impressionistic with clearer plot and characters than the first season, excellent cast (except Reeve Carney, unconvincing and bereft of any charisma), great atmosphere.
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Post by: Todd on October 20, 2015, 05:25:11 PM
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Not a series, but it's on TV.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on October 20, 2015, 05:45:42 PM
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Not a series, but it's on TV.

Last night I watched it. It's the most incorrect stand up comedian I have watched in a long time.

You need to be an authentic moralist (or a true SoB) to say all what this guy says.

An example of the question about what are the limits of humor brought to its logical conclusion.
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Post by: timmdd on October 20, 2015, 07:13:05 PM
I watch cartoon series from Disney Channel and Cartoon network, so many good series!
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Post by: lisa needs braces on October 20, 2015, 08:16:34 PM
Maybe me too!  :D

Re "Beasts of No Nation"

I saw the film and adored it. Yes, there are a few harrowing scenes of brutality and violence and the general subject matter might be depressing, but it doesn't wallow in these things and to me the film came off as being more interested in Terrence Malick like effects and flow. The young male soldier even narrates a la the voice overs in Malick's films. Also for a film that was shot for a reported $6 million it looks quite gorgeous, specially because of the lush natural setting.

It's a film I'll revisit in a few months.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on October 23, 2015, 01:28:24 PM
Surprisingly, I gave up on Luther after two episodes. Suspension of disbelief asked for on police procedural side of the show was just to big for me, and that coming from someone who likes Midsomer Murders.

Now watching something completely different, and liking it:

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Post by: 71 dB on October 23, 2015, 11:30:13 PM
The second Season of Extant and a Finnish police drama Roba on TV. I'm also re-watching MillenniuM on DVD while waiting for The X-Files Revival and Blu-ray box.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on October 23, 2015, 11:44:06 PM
Started watching 2nd season of "The Americans" on Netflix a couple of days ago.
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Post by: Todd on October 25, 2015, 07:00:11 AM
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The Man in the High Castle.  Months ago, I watched the pilot episode and was unsure if the show would move forward since it was part of a trial program for Amazon.  Fortunately, it has been picked up, and the second episode has been released, and the rest of the series drops on 11/20/15.  The show is set in the US of 1962, years after losing the Second World War.  The states west of the Rockies are now the Japanese Pacific States, the states east of the Rockies are now the Greater Nazi Reich, and the Rockies are the neutral zone.  The plot revolves around some film that shows an alternate world that must be delivered to the man in the high castle to, well, who knows?  The show is dark, brooding, noir-ish, the production superb for a TV series, at least so far, and the filmmaking is very much film-like.  The mostly no-name actors do good work, and B-list actor Rufus Sewell, so good as Alexander Hamilton in John Adams, does his fair best as an American Nazi baddie.  I guess having Ridley Scott as an executive producer and X-Files alumnus Frank Spotnitz as producer helps in getting some things right.  Of course, the show requires one to forget about things like Midway and Stalingrad, but that's OK for a piece of alt-history fun.  The series may make me want to read the Philip K Dick original.  (I did read complaints that the show avoids the racial issues brought up by Dick, but the inclusion of Strange Fruit in the second episode indicates that it may not all be avoided, but dealt with more obliquely.)
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Post by: zamyrabyrd on October 25, 2015, 07:54:35 AM
Reruns of Masterchef Australia. Cracker program!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on October 25, 2015, 03:27:55 PM
Finished season 2 of The Blacklist, which I thought was an improvement on season one.

In the middle of season 1 of Mammon, which after a plodding start has started to gain momentum and become quite good.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81BV-LtBTdL._SY300_.jpg) (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81t%2BnZQgqRL._SY300_.jpg)
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Post by: Mirror Image on October 25, 2015, 04:06:44 PM
I've been watching reruns of this sitcom:

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Frasier, for me, is one of the greatest television shows of all-time regardless of the genre. While certainly a hilarious show, there were moments of seriousness that offset everything and made the show a bit more realistic for me.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jo498 on October 26, 2015, 12:12:28 AM
"The man in the high castle" is not a long book (and has a very strange ending), so I suspect they have added storylines to make a season out of it. Looks quite interesting nevertheless.
Are (fake) memorabilia (like pre-war firearms or watches) a business in the show?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on October 27, 2015, 10:02:39 AM
Started watching 2nd season of "The Americans" on Netflix a couple of days ago.

Me, too.

It's curious: this TV series has a good plot, good actors and high production values; but I'm following it basically because of Teri Russell.

Exactly as happened in the past, when she starred Felicity.

After 15 years, her ambiguous, indefinable and ultimately psychological charm, it's even more powerful than when she was 25 years old.

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Post by: TheGSMoeller on October 27, 2015, 10:06:40 AM
Just started Netflix series House of Cards. Only 2 episodes in.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ChamberNut on October 27, 2015, 10:13:15 AM
Murdoch Mysteries (6th season) and Rectify (2nd season)  - like both but I really like Rectify.  Supposedly Season 3 was available on Netflix in September, but not for me.  I am hoping it comes online soon.

Rectify is great.  :)  Season 3 is available on the Canadian Netflix, in case you have a DNS rooter to switch your region.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on October 27, 2015, 07:31:58 PM
Are (fake) memorabilia (like pre-war firearms or watches) a business in the show?


I don't recall seeing anything like that, but it has been a while since I watched the first episode.  If this is in the show, it didn't strike me as major.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on October 29, 2015, 12:24:47 PM
Da Vinci's Demons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Vinci%27s_Demons

Toots returned home even happier than usual because someone gave her a flash drive with "...every single one of the new episodes!" I've never enjoyed having a binge on multiple episodes of the same show, one after the other.  And usually I can handle this particular show, but right now I don't know if I'm watching episode five or episode one hundred and five.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on November 01, 2015, 09:59:54 AM
A bit random, but this short scene from the U.S series "Friends" was highlighted on Reddit as being a neat slice of comedy that works with little context. I agree -- it's pretty clever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDDMfYQweNU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDDMfYQweNU)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: James on November 01, 2015, 10:04:55 AM
A bit random, but this short scene from the U.S series "Friends" was highlighted on Reddit as being a neat slice of comedy that works with little context. I agree -- it's pretty clever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDDMfYQweNU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDDMfYQweNU)

Not funny, at all.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on November 01, 2015, 01:35:51 PM
Call me not surprised, at all.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mirror Image on November 01, 2015, 02:43:36 PM
Not funny, at all.

Why be a douchebag and comment, at all?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Daverz on November 01, 2015, 09:04:19 PM
Binge watched the first season of Les Revenants (The Returned).  Compelling, but as on other supernatural shows, character motivations sometimes don't make much sense.  Season 2 recently started.  Must be the longest gap between seasons ever.

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on November 02, 2015, 08:30:55 PM
Not funny, at all.

Well, there goes an opinion by James not sourced to Amazon.com.  ;D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on November 06, 2015, 10:45:52 PM
(http://netflixlife.com/files/2015/10/peep-show.jpg)

The best comedy tv series since the original "Office." It will return next month for the 9th (and final) time.

One of my favorite clips from it -- the character Mark Corrigan (played by David Mitchell) being righteously angry at junk-heads:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D1gJ_GygAI
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on November 06, 2015, 11:49:23 PM
TV's trashiest and pulpiest show is causing quite a stir with the ending of one of its last episodes in which a major character might've died.

(spoiler warning, graphic content):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybfGq9hkqUU

This is how the episode ended, but what occurred here is clearly vague. Were the zombies chewing on Glenn (the Asian American character) or the other person who appeared to fall on top of him?

It's been the water-cooler discussion of the past week.

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on November 07, 2015, 04:39:53 PM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on November 08, 2015, 08:33:18 AM
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Not a lot of programming on the tube that interests me anymore me at this point, so decided to start netting some of the shows that gave us that terrific crime jazz. Starting with one of the "big boys", and what a start with Peter Gunn (1958-61)! Seven episodes in to Season 1 and I have to say I am hooked.  Great one liners, cool hip daddy jazz, crime thumping beats from Henry Mancini, beatniks spouting coded phrases, and bulky cars all neatly wrapped  24 minute stories that keep you locked in.    Even after episode one, the writers had me instantly caring about the main characters.  Now that is good writing.  Hey, when the hang out joint for the main cast is called "Mother's", that is all you need to really know. Youtube it up, folks!

(http://www.tvworthwatching.com/img/pages/8BRJ3II7XAW48JX.jpg)
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Post by: ChamberNut on November 08, 2015, 09:04:33 AM
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Not a lot of programming on the tube that interests me anymore me at this point, so decided to start netting some of the shows that gave us that terrific crime jazz. Starting with one of the "big boys", and what a start with Peter Gunn (1958-61)! Seven episodes in to Season 1 and I have to say I am hooked.  Great one liners, cool hip daddy jazz, crime thumping beats from Henry Mancini, beatniks spouting coded phrases, and bulky cars all neatly wrapped  24 minute stories that keep you locked in.    Even after episode one, the writers had me instantly caring about the main characters.  Now that is good writing.  Hey, when the hang out joint for the main cast is called "Mother's", that is all you need to really know. Youtube it up, folks!

(http://www.tvworthwatching.com/img/pages/8BRJ3II7XAW48JX.jpg)

That egg looks delicious, Bill!  :D
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 08, 2015, 09:05:37 AM
Laid by a contended hen!
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Post by: Bogey on November 08, 2015, 09:41:37 AM
Cage free, hand fed, browns.  Took that pic a few weeks ago.  This morning, Marnie, our daughter,  made up a batch of French Toast with Texas bread and I fried up the thick cut bacon.  We always have a big and less than nutritious breakfast on Sundays. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on November 08, 2015, 12:35:41 PM
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Raced through season 1 of Treme and loved it. Will be binging on seasons 2, 3 and 4 over the next couple of weeks.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on November 08, 2015, 02:08:28 PM
About a week ago, we returned from a visit to our son in Indianapolis - usually fly but decided to drive this time - we broke up the trip going & coming through Kentucky, i.e. a couple of nights in Frankfort & three nights in Lexington - loved the scenery, horses, and bourbon distilleries.

One of my favorite TV series recently has been Justified w/ Timothy Olyphant (just ended after seasons), so suggested that Susan watch the show w/ me - she 'gave up' after about 6 episodes, season one (too violent for her), BUT I started the third season last night (my third watch -  :laugh:)  - really love this series - Dave :)

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Sergeant Rock on November 08, 2015, 02:24:05 PM
Starting with one of the "big boys", and what a start with Peter Gunn (1958-61)! Seven episodes in to Season 1 and I have to say I am hooked.

Bill, thanks for pointing out the availability of "Gunn" on youtube. I missed most of these shows when I was a kid (I believe they were on late, after my usual bedtime in the 50s). Tonight I watched the first episode and was immediately struck by Lola Albright. Good actress, great singer! I then watched a Burke's Law episode ("Who Killed Cassadra Cass"), a show I watched religiously in the 60s, and who should appear, coincidentally, in a bikini no less?...Lola! I was in heaven  ;D ;)

Sarge
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Post by: Bogey on November 08, 2015, 02:29:45 PM
Bill, thanks for pointing out the availability of "Gunn" on youtube. I missed most of these shows when I was a kid (I believe they were on late, after my usual bedtime in the 50s). Tonight I watched the first episode and was immediately struck by Lola Albright. Good actress, great singer! I then watched a Burke's Law episode ("Who Killed Cassadra Cass"), a show I watched religiously in the 60s, and who should appear, in a bikini no less?...Lola! I was in heaven  ;D ;)

Sarge

Cool.  There is definitely a pattern to most the Gunn shows.  You'll pick up on it pretty quickly.  I will check out Burke's.  I also want to start The Naked City tv run and also the likes of M Squad and another titled Checkmate. 
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Post by: SonicMan46 on November 08, 2015, 02:36:36 PM
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Raced through season 1 of Treme and loved it. Will be binging on seasons 2, 3 and 4 over the next couple of weeks.

About 3-4 years ago, we went to New Orleans, our first visit since Katrina (use to go about every 3 years or so - mainly to medical meetings) - took several Katrina tours which included trips into some of the most devastated portions of the city; the French Quarter being on higher ground was pretty much spared and where we stayed.  Thanks for the mention - wife & I would certainly be interested.  Dave :)
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Post by: Daverz on November 08, 2015, 03:16:35 PM
iZombie, or as I call it, Zombie Veronica Mars.

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mirror Image on November 08, 2015, 03:18:21 PM
Dave, in all honesty, the only thing I enjoyed about New Orleans was Cafe Du Monde. Love me some beignets with those mountains of powered sugar and rich, delicious coffee. :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on November 11, 2015, 06:42:42 PM
iZombie, or as I call it, Zombie Veronica Mars.



Actually, Zombie Veronica Mars sounds extremely enticing for any mind deformed after many years of watching trashy TV.

Just for the record: I say it as a real praise.  :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Daverz on November 11, 2015, 07:56:57 PM
Actually, Zombie Veronica Mars sounds extremely enticing for any mind deformed after many years of watching trashy TV.

Just for the record: I say it as a real praise.  :)

Yup, highly recommended to Veronica Mars fans is what I meant.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on November 11, 2015, 09:08:14 PM
Dave, in all honesty, the only thing I enjoyed about New Orleans was Cafe Du Monde. Love me some beignets with those mountains of powered sugar and rich, delicious coffee. :)

Boy John - we must have been in different cities - LOL! ;)  I've been to New Orleans at least a dozen times over the decades and always enjoy the experience - on our last visit, wife & I probably consumed six dozen oysters or more, and had some delicious food; heard some great music at our hotel and also at Irvin Mayfield's place on Bourbon Street and Jeremy Davenport's lounge at the Ritz-Carlton hotel (pics below) -  shopped for art on Royal Street and bought several original prints; took a number of tours, one related to Katrina and another to the Louisiana swamp area (a favorite of ours over the years - the bayous, alligators, & Cajun food) - and a few more other things - bottom line, we love the city and actually may return early next year?  Dave :)

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mirror Image on November 12, 2015, 04:37:50 AM
Boy John - we must have been in different cities - LOL! ;)  I've been to New Orleans at least a dozen times over the decades and always enjoy the experience - on our last visit, wife & I probably consumed six dozen oysters or more, and had some delicious food; heard some great music at our hotel and also at Irvin Mayfield's place on Bourbon Street and Jeremy Davenport's lounge at the Ritz-Carlton hotel (pics below) -  shopped for art on Royal Street and bought several original prints; took a number of tours, one related to Katrina and another to the Louisiana swamp area (a favorite of ours over the years - the bayous, alligators, & Cajun food) - and a few more other things - bottom line, we love the city and actually may return early next year?  Dave :)

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Sounds like you have a great time when you're there, Dave. Perhaps I'll need to go back at some point to get a better experience. We went around May and the humidity was almost unbearable for me. I could stand outside for what seemed like five minutes and my shirt was soaked in sweat. I think there was even one day where I showered three times and never felt clean. The next place on my agenda is Montreal, QC and I'll probably visit Quebec City as well. Toronto is another city I'd love to visit at some point.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on November 12, 2015, 06:46:23 AM
Sounds like you have a great time when you're there, Dave. Perhaps I'll need to go back at some point to get a better experience. We went around May and the humidity was almost unbearable for me. I could stand outside for what seemed like five minutes and my shirt was soaked in sweat. I think there was even one day where I showered three times and never felt clean. The next place on my agenda is Montreal, QC and I'll probably visit Quebec City as well. Toronto is another city I'd love to visit at some point.

Hi John - we've always avoided the summer months on our visits (same as w/ the Carolina coast - prefer spring & early fall) - we've been to Canada many times, so all of your choices are great, and do try to go to Quebec City and stay at the Ch. Frontenac (pic below on the hill; restored old town below) - so much history there & great food, and of course w/ the French language, kind of like going to Europe.  Ottawa is not too far away and is worth a visit.  Dave :)

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: mc ukrneal on November 12, 2015, 09:56:20 AM
Not sure where to post this, but anyone wanting the Sopranos in Blu-ray -  it's available at amazon on a special one day offer of: $74.99

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Daverz on November 13, 2015, 02:05:19 AM
Les Revenants Season 2:

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on November 13, 2015, 08:02:45 AM
Les Revenants Season 2

I have read comments saying that this French TV series is quite better than the American "The Returned."

Anyway, "The Returned" has just one season on Netflix so far. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Daverz on November 13, 2015, 04:15:16 PM
I have read comments saying that this French TV series is quite better than the American "The Returned."

Anyway, "The Returned" has just one season on Netflix so far.

I've read that as well.

According to IMDB, the US version had only season before being canceled.  So any season 2 episodes should be in French, hopefully with subtitles if one don't understand French.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on November 13, 2015, 05:57:17 PM
I've read that as well.

According to IMDB, the US version had only season before being canceled.  So any season 2 episodes should be in French, hopefully with subtitles if one don't understand French.

Bad news! I watched the 1st season on Netflix, but I hadn't read that it was cancelled.   :( >:(
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on November 15, 2015, 05:03:16 AM
Currently in the middle of Season 1 of Endeavour. We saw the Pilot when it first came out, but have had a hard time finding time to watch much tv until recently. Great show. I particularly like his boss and their relationship. Very interesting, knowing the older Morse.



One of the best in recent times!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mirror Image on November 18, 2015, 07:35:20 PM
Hi John - we've always avoided the summer months on our visits (same as w/ the Carolina coast - prefer spring & early fall) - we've been to Canada many times, so all of your choices are great, and do try to go to Quebec City and stay at the Ch. Frontenac (pic below on the hill; restored old town below) - so much history there & great food, and of course w/ the French language, kind of like going to Europe.  Ottawa is not too far away and is worth a visit.  Dave :)

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Thanks for the tips, Dave. 8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: mc ukrneal on November 19, 2015, 05:37:41 AM
One of the best in recent times!
I agree. We are on to season 2. Thoroughly enjoying it. And amazingly, making time to actually watch some tv!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on November 19, 2015, 07:45:42 PM
I agree. We are on to season 2. Thoroughly enjoying it. And amazingly, making time to actually watch some tv!

Indeed.  Same here.  In fact, we found one that all four of us enjoy.  Good action, decent plot and sub-plot lines, likable characters, and just enough of a corny edge at the right times to make it fun. 

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on November 20, 2015, 01:14:06 AM
Currently watching season 12 of NCIS on 13th Street here in Austria. I know we are a season behind the USA but NCIS is one of my favorite series and I'm a happy camper just to be able to watch a season I haven't seen yet. Yipeeeeeeee!!!!!  8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on November 21, 2015, 02:41:15 PM
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Finished my binge of all four seasons of Treme, and while the quality is consistent the whole way through its really the first two series that are the most original and essential viewing. The third and half-length fourth keeping us up to date with our favorite characters and bringing their stories to their conclusion, but is less about the specific experience of New Orleans, the music and politics becoming more like background detail.

As great as the second series is its easy to see why they had a sharp ratings drop and had to rethink their approach: its so unrelentingly dark, documenting the return of violence to the city after the "Dunkirk spirit" (shown in the first season) has worn down, and there's robbery or murder or rape in almost every episode, along with ubiquitous corruption of police and politicians.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: nickcar on November 26, 2015, 10:19:10 PM
don't know why  :-\ wacth this the Vampire Diaries season 6 (http://www.videoconverterfactory.com/tips/rip-vampire-diaries-dvds.html) again in my weekends..comparing with HBO's Ture Blood, this is much more lighter and funny, but TB is another awesomeness
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on November 29, 2015, 12:09:32 PM
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Quasi-binge-watched Better Call Saul.  Enjoyed it immensely.  In some ways I prefer it to Breaking Bad.  It helps that the transition from Slippin' Jimmy to Saul Goodman seems more plausible than Walter White's transition from frustrated chemistry teacher to meth kingpin, though of course that can only be appreciated after watching the earlier series.  I like the somewhat slow approach, too.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Brian on November 29, 2015, 07:46:50 PM
Quasi-binge-watched Better Call Saul.  Enjoyed it immensely.  In some ways I prefer it to Breaking Bad.  It helps that the transition from Slippin' Jimmy to Saul Goodman seems more plausible than Walter White's transition from frustrated chemistry teacher to meth kingpin, though of course that can only be appreciated after watching the earlier series.  I like the somewhat slow approach, too.
Where is this currently binge-watchable? (Amazon?) I've been really wanting to catch it.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on November 30, 2015, 06:37:25 AM
Where is this currently binge-watchable? (Amazon?) I've been really wanting to catch it.



Netflix, using optical media.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on November 30, 2015, 08:28:57 AM


Netflix, using optical media.
Is it watchable if one hasn't followed Breaking Bad to the bitter end?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on November 30, 2015, 10:05:49 AM
Susan & I are watching Treme - started the 3rd season last night - your comments seem to match the reviews that I've read - we're thinking about a trip to New Orleans next spring - went about 4-5 years ago and would like to see what has happened in the meantime - took several Katrina-related tours then.

For me recently, re-watching Rome for the second time and ended the first season last night w/ the murder of Julius Caesar - Dave :)

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Finished my binge of all four seasons of Treme, and while the quality is consistent the whole way through its really the first two series that are the most original and essential viewing. The third and half-length fourth keeping us up to date with our favorite characters and bringing their stories to their conclusion, but is less about the specific experience of New Orleans, the music and politics becoming more like background detail.

As great as the second series is its easy to see why they had a sharp ratings drop and had to rethink their approach: its so unrelentingly dark, documenting the return of violence to the city after the "Dunkirk spirit" (shown in the first season) has worn down, and there's robbery or murder or rape in almost every episode, along with ubiquitous corruption of police and politicians.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on November 30, 2015, 10:26:12 AM
For me recently, re-watching Rome for the second time and ended the first season last night w/ the murder of Julius Caesar - Dave :)
I cannot for the life of me imagine where this is going to end!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Daverz on November 30, 2015, 01:24:26 PM
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Quasi-binge-watched Better Call Saul.  Enjoyed it immensely.  In some ways I prefer it to Breaking Bad.  It helps that the transition from Slippin' Jimmy to Saul Goodman seems more plausible than Walter White's transition from frustrated chemistry teacher to meth kingpin, though of course that can only be appreciated after watching the earlier series.  I like the somewhat slow approach, too.

Who could have imagined that the lead singer for Spinal Tap would become such a fine actor?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on December 01, 2015, 12:33:48 AM
I'm also watching the Canadian TV series Motive.

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on December 03, 2015, 12:05:39 PM
Watched all GoT episodes the last 2 months (didn't before) and now I am a fanboy. It just works bloody well.
Currently: Fargo 2. Fargo 1 was great, Fargo 2... not 100% convinced as of now (ep6 or 7 now).
I'm waiting for german productions. They still cannot do those larger scale (and more money) series. We have good actors, but I don't know, maybe its about big money and avoiding risk.
Some really great things being produced in the US last years, it's brilliant. Before there was really a dark past, stupid series with haha lauging every haha second, that haha was haha not hahahahaa funny at all ahaha rather for haha retards hahahahaha.

Ah, also watched and enjoyed Sauls Season 1. Slow, but good.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on December 03, 2015, 02:53:12 PM
I cannot for the life of me imagine where this is going to end!

LOL! Not very far in the history of Rome - down to two episodes of the second (and last) season and Antony has just arrived in Alexandria (so now basically the Cleopatra movie w/ Burton & Taylor) - Octavian will emerge as the first Roman emperor and that's all she wrote - ;)  Dave
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on December 03, 2015, 10:13:06 PM
LOL! Not very far in the history of Rome - down to two episodes of the second (and last) season and Antony has just arrived in Alexandria (so now basically the Cleopatra movie w/ Burton & Taylor) - Octavian will emerge as the first Roman emperor and that's all she wrote - ;)  Dave
Keep us posted!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on December 04, 2015, 03:07:33 PM
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Season two of Penny Dreadful, which I'm enjoying even more than season one.

The third episode in particular, a flashback to Eva Green's character being educated by a "wise woman" has an award-worthy performance from Patti LuPone and particularly well written, and cliche-avoiding dialogue between the two. Would even work as a stand-alone episode for anyone not interested in investing in the whole saga.

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on December 09, 2015, 04:17:30 PM
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Didn't make it to the fifteen minute mark before having to turn this series off for good, due to its affected and half-baked tabloid-style presentation.

Sorry James. I loved your My Dark Places book, but this is clearly going to be awful.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Super Blood Moon on December 10, 2015, 05:56:27 AM
Supergirl! :D

And ASH vs EVIL DEAD.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on December 11, 2015, 08:59:37 AM

     I'm watching Mr. Robot. It's intriguing but I'm a little concerned it might get Lost.....Orphan Black started strong then Lost it for me in the second season.

     
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ritter on December 12, 2015, 03:16:07 PM
I've been hooked on two TV series recently:

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From Wikipedia: 1992 is an Italian political drama television series created by Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi, Stefano Sardo and based on an idea by Stefano Accorsi. The first season, comprising ten episodes, premiered on March 24, 2015, on pay-tv Sky Italia channels Sky Atlantic and Sky Cinema 1.
Set in Rome, Milan and different Italian cities, the TV series offers a thrilling story following six people whose lives are intertwined with the rapidly changing political landscape in the early 1990s, during which Italy was gripped by the Clean Hands investigation into political corruption. Subsequently, this led to the termination of the First Republican Party as well as the termination of several other Italian parties. This controversial period in Italy resulted in the suicide of various political figures.
The series has been compared to House of Cards, The Sopranos, and The West Wing

Sadly, new year's eve sems to have arrived after 10 episodes, but apparently 1993 is in the making.  :)

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Again from Wikipedia:  Versailles, 1667. Haunted by the trauma of the Fronde as the nobles of his court begin to rebel against the monarchy, Louis XIV (George Blagden) in his 28th year in a Machiavellian political move decides to make the nobility submit by imposing a definite move of the court from Paris to Versailles, his father's former hunting lodge. Trapped by their king's "invitation", the nobles of Paris gradually come to see the castle as a gilded prison and soon even the most humble courtiers of the king begin to show their viciousness as the alcoves of secrets, politics and war are maneuvered through, revealing Versailles in all its glory and brutality.
Episodes 1 through 8 (of a total of 10 for season 1) have so far been aired in Spain. Season 2 will be filmed in 2016. Great fun!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 12, 2015, 06:15:58 PM
I thought I had previously chimed in on Better Call Saul--

It's excellent and it's so good that the first season ends up feeling too short. It has a nice character development and plot arc and a very poignant emotional payoff. In fact, you can watch it even if you hadn't seen Breaking Bad--all you need to know is that the central character is destined to become a shady and criminal lawyer.

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 12, 2015, 06:18:17 PM
     I'm watching Mr. Robot. It's intriguing but I'm a little concerned it might get Lost.....Orphan Black started strong then Lost it for me in the second season.

   

I knew Lost would go Lost seven episodes in -- how perceptive of me back in 2004! Saw two eps of Mr. Robot and plan to return to it.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on December 12, 2015, 08:36:44 PM
I knew Lost would go Lost seven episodes in -- how perceptive of me back in 2004! Saw two eps of Mr. Robot and plan to return to it.

     I'm in, too. Mr. Robot faked me out already. I was thinking it was some obvious thing it turned out not to be. They seemed to know I'd think....what I did. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/akyhne/blank.gif)

     These guys really did their homework. Michael Cristofer shows up briefly, Truxton Spangler from Rubicon, a nice harmonic.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on December 14, 2015, 04:43:38 AM
     I'm watching Mr. Robot. It's intriguing but I'm a little concerned it might get Lost...

   

It's almost inevitable if you mix conspiracy theories and mental disorders in the same plot.  :(
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 14, 2015, 09:38:53 AM
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A guilty pleasure. Fellow in the glasses builds a "machine" that spies on everyone and periodically selects an individual as a "person of interest." This person will either be a victim of murder or be murdered themselves. These two try to stop that from happening. It's available on Netflix. It's network television (CBS) program so it's fairly episodic and light, but I find it comfort food television.





Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on December 14, 2015, 10:09:22 AM
     
It's almost inevitable if you mix conspiracy theories and mental disorders in the same plot.  :(

     There's that, and conspiracy thrillers work best in a closed format. Frankenheimer and Pakula were the masters.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on December 15, 2015, 12:47:32 AM
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A guilty pleasure. Fellow in the glasses builds a "machine" that spies on everyone and periodically selects an individual as a "person of interest." This person will either be a victim of murder or be murdered themselves. These two try to stop that from happening. It's available on Netflix. It's network television (CBS) program so it's fairly episodic and light, but I find it comfort food television.

For me it's a pleasure to watch because my cousin Jim Caviezel stars in it.  8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on December 15, 2015, 12:54:35 AM
It's almost inevitable if you mix conspiracy theories and mental disorders in the same plot.  :(
I thought we had the presidential election series for that?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on December 15, 2015, 09:02:27 AM
I thought we had the presidential election series for that?

     I want to see the photo of Trump meeting with his foreign and domestic policy experts.

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on December 16, 2015, 12:36:05 AM
I just started watching season 1 of Public Morals on TNT. It's set in the early 1960s in New York City's Police Public Morals Division. I really enjoy watching the cars used in this series. I am a big fan of classic autos, especially from the 1960s.



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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 17, 2015, 12:23:53 AM
For me it's a pleasure to watch because my cousin Jim Caviezel stars in it.  8)

Wow!  8)

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 24, 2015, 02:03:22 AM
This looks like a gripping series (Making of a Murderer):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxgbdYaR_KQ

Looks quite intense.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on December 24, 2015, 04:43:21 AM
I just started watching season 1 of Public Morals on TNT. It's set in the early 1960s in New York City's Police Public Morals Division. I really enjoy watching the cars used in this series. I am a big fan of classic autos, especially from the 1960s.


I will check it out as well.  Love them cars as well.  You must enjoy the movie "Bulllit" for its look and the cars as well?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on December 24, 2015, 05:08:33 AM
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Three or four episodes in and I'm struggling quite a bit with the fourth season. It feels like each character this time has its own narrative so it feels like watching half a dozen shows rather than one about this big unruly family. And some of those story lines are just not that interesting, somewhat cliched and forced. But I'll persevere, the first three seasons have been hugely enjoyable maybe this one will pick up some steam later on.   
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: kishnevi on December 24, 2015, 07:07:18 PM
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Three or four episodes in and I'm struggling quite a bit with the fourth season. It feels like each character this time has its own narrative so it feels like watching half a dozen shows rather than one about this big unruly family. And some of those story lines are just not that interesting, somewhat cliched and forced. But I'll persevere, the first three seasons have been hugely enjoyable maybe this one will pick up some steam later on.

If you decide to persevere, Season 5 is set for release (in the US at least) next week
http://www.amazon.com/Shameless-Season-William-H-Macy/dp/B013JBJ8HC/ref=pd_sim_74_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=51I4wh5LMoL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR139%2C160_&refRID=0DXEHMF3RZQ8GXZE8030

But you may want to pay attention to that first really negative review.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on December 26, 2015, 03:59:35 AM
Just watched the annual Doctor Who christmas special! I found it to be much better than some of the silliness of the stories and concepts of the last few specials I have to say....I loved seeing so many alien species interact with each other again! And it was really very nice to see the oft-mentioned and rather bittersweet penultimate meeting of River Song and the Doctor before she would meet him again in the Library.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on December 26, 2015, 08:45:44 AM
Thanks to Santa  Claus...



Only lasted a season, but every episode increased in satirical sharpness.  Very misguided and easily confused aliens assume human form to take up residence in a New Jersey suburb...and of course one human family moves in among them.

And then...



Jack Bauer in London with Chloe vs. Terrorists and feckless politicians and bureaucrats.  Kiefer Sutherland says this is the end of the series for him.

 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on December 26, 2015, 09:29:50 AM



Jack Bauer in London with Chloe vs. Terrorists and feckless politicians and bureaucrats.  Kiefer Sutherland says this is the end of the series for him.

 

Not bad for 10 days work. ;)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on December 26, 2015, 12:28:48 PM
Not bad for 10 days work. ;)

No!  And given recent events, if Jack Bauer were to get back into action, he should visit Paris next!  $:)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Sergeant Rock on December 26, 2015, 03:06:01 PM


Only lasted a season...

Actually, there was a second season. Hasn't been released on DVD though. I found the episodes on usenet.

Sarge
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on December 26, 2015, 03:37:54 PM
Actually, there was a second season. Hasn't been released on DVD though. I found the episodes on usenet.

Sarge

Okay, because I thought I recalled a second season (perhaps truncated), but Mrs. Cato had said, no, she had checked, and it was only on for one year!

Thanks for the tip!  0:)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on December 27, 2015, 09:11:41 AM
If you decide to persevere, Season 5 is set for release (in the US at least) next week
http://www.amazon.com/Shameless-Season-William-H-Macy/dp/B013JBJ8HC/ref=pd_sim_74_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=51I4wh5LMoL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR139%2C160_&refRID=0DXEHMF3RZQ8GXZE8030

But you may want to pay attention to that first really negative review.

Took a break mid 4th season, maybe in few weeks I'll enjoy it more. Shame, quite liked first three.

Now starting these, Jessica Jones looks promising after two episodes, the other one is tolerable.

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on December 27, 2015, 09:49:17 AM
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Finished the remaining eight episodes of The Man in the High Castle.  It's thoroughly enjoyable.  One gets to finally see the man in the high castle, and it's not the person one wants it to be.  (Not having read the book, I don't know if it is the same person, or even if the person it seems to be is the actual person, or if there is an actual person.)  I loved the ending, with surprise appearances of American pop culture icons like Stanley Kubrick and Ronald Reagan.  The show could end as-is, but given its success, a second season is coming.  I shall watch that, too.
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Post by: drogulus on December 27, 2015, 12:17:37 PM
     
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Finished the remaining eight episodes of The Man in the High Castle.  It's thoroughly enjoyable.  One gets to finally see the man in the high castle, and it's not the person one wants it to be.  (Not having read the book, I don't know if it is the same person, or even if the person it seems to be is the actual person, or if there is an actual person.)  I loved the ending, with surprise appearances of American pop culture icons like Stanley Kubrick and Ronald Reagan.  The show could end as-is, but given its success, a second season is coming.  I shall watch that, too.

     I have a couple of gripes. Who cast the lead actors? They're killing me! I had the same problem with much of the cast of Childhoods End. I have not had this problem with Homeland, Better Call Saul, The Americans or Mr. Robot. These shows are well cast throughout.

     The other gripe is The Man in the High Castle has the look someone called "prestige television drab".
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Post by: Drasko on January 08, 2016, 08:22:52 AM
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This is turning out to be perfectly decent rom-com.
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Post by: Super Blood Moon on January 08, 2016, 08:47:45 AM
THE LEFTOVERS (season two) is excellent.
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Post by: Gordo on January 08, 2016, 11:21:47 AM
THE LEFTOVERS (season two) is excellent.

I fully enjoyed season one. I had some doubts about Justin Theroux, but his interpretation when he reads Patty's burial prayer was superb: the guy can really perform.  :)
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Post by: Daverz on January 08, 2016, 11:28:13 AM
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Finished the remaining eight episodes of The Man in the High Castle.  It's thoroughly enjoyable.  One gets to finally see the man in the high castle, and it's not the person one wants it to be.  (Not having read the book, I don't know if it is the same person, or even if the person it seems to be is the actual person, or if there is an actual person.)  I loved the ending, with surprise appearances of American pop culture icons like Stanley Kubrick and Ronald Reagan.  The show could end as-is, but given its success, a second season is coming.  I shall watch that, too.

If you like alternate history from roughly the same period, try Manhattan.  (Well, it seemed like alternate history to me!)
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Post by: Super Blood Moon on January 08, 2016, 12:30:15 PM
I fully enjoyed season one. I had some doubts about Justin Theroux, but his interpretation when he reads Patty's burial prayer was superb: the guy can really perform.  :)

You need to see 2. :)
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Post by: Hollywood on January 08, 2016, 05:31:13 PM
Season 5 of Hell on Wheels.
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Post by: Gordo on January 08, 2016, 06:11:19 PM
You need to see 2. :)

I'll do very soon! I hope...  :)
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Post by: lisa needs braces on January 10, 2016, 05:05:19 AM
So this past August, film director David Fincher was going to start shooting a tv series for HBO that unfortunately didn't happen because of disagreement over finances. Actors were already selected and had been rehearsing for a month. A thread on reddit calling this fallout a "missed opportunity" got me curious about the source material.

It's a UK 12 episode (2 seasons) series called "Utopia." I just saw the first episode (made in 2013) and quite enjoyed it, and I can understand why people are bummed out that we won't get Fincher's take on this material. Nonetheless the original series seems to be decent enough and has quite a few fans.

I only saw the first episode and the subject matter seems to be a group of geeks obsessing over an obscure graphic novel that other characters are searching and willing to kill for. What I especially liked about it was how hyper-stylized it was.

(http://viewersguide.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/utopia-tv-series.png)

Anyway this is the first episode. An impeccable pilot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4O0iF6RpGg

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Post by: NikF on January 10, 2016, 11:42:38 AM
'The Leftovers' https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Leftovers_(TV_series)

We're about to watch the last few episodes of season two. Up to this point it has certainly held our attention throughout. Also, I'd like to photograph Margaret Qualley.
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Post by: Daverz on January 10, 2016, 06:49:55 PM
So this past August, film director David Fincher was going to start shooting a tv series for HBO that unfortunately didn't happen because of disagreement over finances. Actors were already selected and had been rehearsing for a month. A thread on reddit calling this fallout a "missed opportunity" got me curious about the source material.

It's a UK 12 episode (2 seasons) series called "Utopia." I just saw the first episode (made in 2013) and quite enjoyed it, and I can understand why people are bummed out that we won't get Fincher's take on this material. Nonetheless the original series seems to be decent enough and has quite a few fans.

I only saw the first episode and the subject matter seems to be a group of geeks obsessing over an obscure graphic novel that other characters are searching and willing to kill for. What I especially liked about it was how hyper-stylized it was.

(http://viewersguide.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/utopia-tv-series.png)

Anyway this is the first episode. An impeccable pilot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4O0iF6RpGg

Loved this show, though it had the kind of inconsistency of characterization that drives me nuts.  HBO was going to do a remake?
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Post by: Cato on January 10, 2016, 06:59:20 PM
Season 5 of Hell on Wheels.

Mister Bohannon is one of our favorites! 

Too bad the series is ending, but eventually the railroad was finished!  0:)
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Post by: lisa needs braces on January 10, 2016, 07:47:07 PM
Loved this show, though it had the kind of inconsistency of characterization that drives me nuts.  HBO was going to do a remake?

Yep. Didn't work out for some reason.

http://deadline.com/2015/08/utopia-david-fincher-hbo-dead-actors-released-1201495743/
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Post by: Gordo on January 11, 2016, 09:48:46 AM
So this past August, film director David Fincher was going to start shooting a tv series for HBO that unfortunately didn't happen because of disagreement over finances. Actors were already selected and had been rehearsing for a month. A thread on reddit calling this fallout a "missed opportunity" got me curious about the source material.

It's a UK 12 episode (2 seasons) series called "Utopia." I just saw the first episode (made in 2013) and quite enjoyed it, and I can understand why people are bummed out that we won't get Fincher's take on this material. Nonetheless the original series seems to be decent enough and has quite a few fans.

I only saw the first episode and the subject matter seems to be a group of geeks obsessing over an obscure graphic novel that other characters are searching and willing to kill for. What I especially liked about it was how hyper-stylized it was.

(http://viewersguide.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/utopia-tv-series.png)

Anyway this is the first episode. An impeccable pilot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4O0iF6RpGg

I watched both seasons in 2015.

By far the best TV series I saw the last year: visually and musically compelling; great script, if you enjoy conspiracy theories(*); a high and frequently shocking dose of violence, good performances.

It's a shame its cancellation after two seasons.  >:(

(*) I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but I think they are a good manifestation of an idea quite generally accepted today: formal political structures of power aren't all the power, not even the most important part of it.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on January 17, 2016, 06:50:54 PM
^Yes I searched the thread and saw the former brief discussion. I'm three episodes in!

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Post by: Drasko on January 19, 2016, 04:00:32 AM
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Utterly stupid, oddly addictive, and perfect stress relief.
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Post by: SimonNZ on January 21, 2016, 03:12:24 PM
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True Detective season two

I'm surprised to learn this has gotten mixed reviews. I thought it was superb. Even better than season one, imo. And I was especially impressed that they didn't try to reprise anything remotely close to the plots or character dynamics from the first.
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Post by: Jay F on January 21, 2016, 03:31:24 PM
I've been bingewatching Major Crimes. I like Rusty's storyline, and GW Bailey has been a favorite since St. Elsewhere. I'm halfway through Season 3, at the end of which I have to decide on whether to buy Season 4 on Amazon Video. I've watched the DVDs so far. Does Amazon Video cut out the commercials, does anyone know?
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Post by: SonicMan46 on January 22, 2016, 02:53:16 PM
I've been bingewatching Major Crimes. I like Rusty's storyline, and GW Bailey has been a favorite since St. Elsewhere. I'm halfway through Season 3, at the end of which I have to decide on whether to buy Season 4 on Amazon Video. I've watched the DVDs so far. Does Amazon Video cut out the commercials, does anyone know?

Susan & I love to watch Major Crimes together (usually we are on separate TVs) and have watched 4 seasons; bought the entire The Closer series which we also viewed together.

For me, I just finished the first season of Mozart in the Jungle - despite being (in part) about classical music (along w/ sex & boozing - not a problem for me - ;)), I'm not completely into this series and expected to really enjoy - however, I will definitely watch the second season.  Dave :)

(http://images.fashionnstyle.com/data/images/full/80234/mozart-in-the-jungle.jpg?w=600)
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Post by: drogulus on January 22, 2016, 04:45:03 PM
 
    I just finished the second season of The Leftovers. Yes, horrible people are made worse by horrible beliefs, just like good people are. It's utterly fascinating and repellant at the same time. But consider this, the falsity of religious beliefs has a context of empirical reality that makes belief, how you say, special, not literal. The show changes that context by forcing a particularly nasty version (among the many available) to be true. Playing along with the counterfactual, as one does for a show like this, wouldn't people be more inclined to reject evil false beliefs in the face of an evil true one? I'm thinking of the Holocaust of course, but the show prompts that. That's why the show repels, it cooks the books by positing a primary evil provoking evil false belief, while in the world evil false beliefs everywhere create evil reality. The show pretends to importance, to "raise issues", to tell some kind of truth. But no, it can't, its foundational lie poisons everything after. It's just a pretentious supernatural horror show.
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Post by: drogulus on January 24, 2016, 11:21:29 AM

     Now I'm watching Napoleon And Love, from 1974, with Ian Holm as Lenny Bonaparte and Billie Whitelaw as Josephine. It's very well written and acted, lots of great supporting players including the presposterously beautiful and talented Nicola Pagett. The view attributed to the French about sexlovepolitics intertwined gets a good workout.
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Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 24, 2016, 01:49:24 PM
I just found out that Chris Chibnall is replacing Steven Moffat and show runner for Doctor Who starting 2018! I was actually expecting it would be Toby Whithouse. It's a bit of a shame though......Moffat has given so much to the show and improved it by miles in 2013 (most of his episodes from 2010-2012 were mediocre imo but some certainly had an element of genius) and now says he won't return to it. After Captain Jack Harkness, River Song, Weeping Angels, Gas Mask Zombies, Vashta Nerada, Dr. Moon, Clockwork Robots, Smilers, Liz 10 and a multitude of other great characters and monsters, I wonder what Chibnall can come up with after the last episode he wrote about......little black cubes...... 8)
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Post by: Drasko on January 27, 2016, 04:27:21 PM
Finished the rest of Made in Chelsea, still utterly stupid, and repetitive, but still perfect brain relaxant.

Also the first season of The Hour, excellent British cold war newsroom/spy thriller. Superb cast, great atmosphere and period feel, plot bit muddy toward the end (nothing detrimental, though). Looking forward to second, and unfortunately the last, season. Hat tip to Gordo for recommendation.

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Post by: Monsieur Croche on January 29, 2016, 11:05:36 AM
Ripper Street, BBC via Netflix [basic]; have progressed through the first two seasons [still up] and have begun the now added Season three -- Yay.

Terrific procedural detective series set in late Victorian era London, diving straight into the non-romantic world of poverty, desperate or simply dark sociopath behavior, etc. Each episode has a complete procedural story, while throughout the series the principal characters are very well-developed.

The BBC standards of their usual can full of excellent actors -- some better known than others -- cast in the principal roles through to the least of the incidental minor personages, the consistently high quality of the writing [replete with Victorian era usage and slang -- also wonderful and fun], and across the board very high production values make for a very high level of excellence, and it is highly engaging.
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Post by: Daverz on January 29, 2016, 11:43:36 AM
Ripper Street, BBC via Netflix [basic]; have progressed through the first two seasons [still up] and have begun the now added Season three -- Yay.

You might like The Frankenstein Chronicles as well (with Sean Bean as the detective), though it's darker in tone (truth be told, it's a bit dour).
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Post by: Eli on January 29, 2016, 06:37:19 PM
In on episode 4 of the new War and Peace. Lily James is an adorable Natasha, I have a crush. It's not a bad series, I just wonder when the British will realize their efforts to adapt Russian classics just fail. It's the basic plot well adapted but without any of the soul behind the characters, without any of the Russianess. Some of my favorite parts of the book are just so dry or unexplained in the series, the entire character of Andre just seems like a stiff bore and the scene with the oak is never understood. Count Ilya also has little of the joviality which makes him so loveable. They didn't even smash their glasses when they toasted to the Tsar.
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Post by: Daverz on January 29, 2016, 06:51:56 PM
In on episode 4 of the new War and Peace. Lily James is an adorable Natasha, I have a crush. It's not a bad series, I just wonder when the British will realize their efforts to adapt Russian classics just fail. It's the basic plot well adapted but without any of the soul behind the characters, without any of the Russianess. Some of my favorite parts of the book are just so dry or unexplained in the series, the entire character of Andre just seems like a stiff bore and the scene with the oak is never understood. Count Ilya also has little of the joviality which makes him so loveable. They didn't even smash their glasses when they toasted to the Tsar.

I've really been enjoying the series, but, yes, these people are not believable as Russians.

But the same thing was said of Dr. Zhivago, and that's a classic.
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Post by: Drasko on January 30, 2016, 03:21:27 AM
Ripper Street, BBC via Netflix [basic]; have progressed through the first two seasons [still up] and have begun the now added Season three -- Yay.

Terrific procedural detective series set in late Victorian era London, diving straight into the non-romantic world of poverty, desperate or simply dark sociopath behavior, etc. Each episode has a complete procedural story, while throughout the series the principal characters are very well-developed.

The BBC standards of their usual can full of excellent actors -- some better known than others -- cast in the principal roles through to the least of the incidental minor personages, the consistently high quality of the writing [replete with Victorian era usage and slang -- also wonderful and fun], and across the board very high production values make for a very high level of excellence, and it is highly engaging.

Completely agreed! I'm big fan of Ripper Street, especially first two seasons. Finale of second season is some of the finest TV I've seen in years.

I wasn't so keen on third season initially, seemed overblown, but as progressed I liked it more.
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Post by: Autumn Leaves on February 13, 2016, 09:38:07 PM
I don't watch a lot of Movies/TV these days but I have a few seies on the go at the moment:

The Wire - Season 3
Justified - Season 2
Battlestar Galactica - Final Season
Game Of Thrones - Season 1

Also planning to finish watching Lost and get into The Walking Dead at some stage.
I probably have enough to keep me going a few years :)
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Post by: Drasko on February 14, 2016, 07:08:32 AM
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Post by: Jay F on February 14, 2016, 09:16:10 AM
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My favorite show of the '00s/'10s cusp. Loved Man Bangs, Lonely Boy, and Queen B.
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Post by: Hollywood on February 15, 2016, 12:22:55 AM
Currently watching season 3 of Call the Midwife.
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Post by: Daverz on February 15, 2016, 12:47:36 PM
Currently watching season 3 of Call the Midwife.

One of my guilty pleasures.  The Brits can do sentimental glop without having it completely dissolve into kitsch.  But I tried to start on season 5 the other day, and just couldn't get into it.  The topic was depressing and there was no Chummy to compensate.
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Post by: Drasko on February 16, 2016, 11:45:58 AM
My favorite show of the '00s/'10s cusp. Loved Man Bangs, Lonely Boy, and Queen B.

Yes, I enjoyed it far more than have anticipated. Especially first three seasons, the ones more high school and college related. With fourth season and that entire Monaco storyline the show jumped the shark a bit, in my opinion, and all those later criminal plots (fake cousins, the Bass family saga ...) I found somehow less engaging than earlier simpler stuff. It is well cast, my favorites were Serena and Little Jenny. Lively, whom I haven't watched before is quite radiant, lots of charisma. 
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Post by: Cato on February 16, 2016, 11:58:00 AM
One of the best shows ever:

(http://cdn1-www.comingsoon.net/assets/uploads/gallery/better-call-saul-season-2/saul-art1.jpg)
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Post by: SimonNZ on February 16, 2016, 05:04:38 PM
Just started:

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Post by: Cato on February 17, 2016, 03:54:20 PM
The Grinder has turned out to be one of the funniest shows this year: Episode 15 last night was especially good!  Check out the opening 5 minutes: the show usually begins with a show within a show, i.e. The Grinder is about a very hammy actor who has retired from a TV show about a lawyer whose nickname is "The Grinder."

After a decade of playing a TV lawyer, the actor is now trying to join his brother and father in their....law firm...in Idaho.  8)  But since he is not a real lawyer, there are problems.   ;)

See:

http://www.fox.com/the-grinder/full-episodes (http://www.fox.com/the-grinder/full-episodes)
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Post by: drogulus on February 18, 2016, 01:12:02 PM

    I'm watching the original Poldark, which is lots of fun.
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Post by: drogulus on February 21, 2016, 05:30:42 PM

     Next week I'll start watching The Night Manager, from the John Le Carre novel. I thought it was going to be a movie but now I see it's going to be a series on AMC. The reviews are very good.
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Post by: Daverz on February 25, 2016, 02:00:36 AM
     Next week I'll start watching The Night Manager, from the John Le Carre novel. I thought it was going to be a movie but now I see it's going to be a series on AMC. The reviews are very good.

The first episode was excellent.  So I started on the book.  While Laurie and Hiddleston are very good, I keep imagining the characters as Christopher Plummer and Ralph Fiennes.
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Post by: NikF on February 25, 2016, 07:04:51 AM
The Camomile Lawn (1992) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Camomile_Lawn#TV_adaptation

'The Camomile Lawn is a family saga in which World War Two is a catalyst for change in the lives of its characters. Adapted from Mary Wesley's hugely popular semi-autobiographical novel, it is set both during the war and also forty years later at a family funeral.' - Yeah, that accurately sums it up. It was photographed by UK television stalwart Ernest Vincze (Doctor Who, A Very British Coup, Jeeves and Wooster etc) in a manner that's warm and direct but never overpowering - simply showing sunny days that last forever. The cast features faces known to those who are familiar with British sitcoms and dramas, but (predictably) the standouts for me were always Tara Fitzgerald and Jennifer Ehle, who despite playing characters emotionally and physically different from each other both do so while being feminine and wonderfully provocative.
Also: the theme tune was based on Ravel's SQ and is probably the first time I heard it.


(http://i.imgur.com/hK35nEE.jpg)

e: we're watching this on a DVD and the image and sound aren't good.
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Post by: Hollywood on February 25, 2016, 11:58:45 PM
Starting on 29 Feb. here in Austria on BBC Entertainment I'll be checking out the BBC TV series Father Brown.
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Post by: The new erato on February 26, 2016, 12:35:18 AM
Starting on 29 Feb. here in Austria on BBC Entertainment I'll be checking out the BBC TV series Father Brown.
Rather silly plots, especially in later seasons, but lots of quirky English rural charm.

I've been charmed by the first season of Frankie and Grace with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as well as Sam Waterson and Martin Heen as well, on Netflix recently.
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Post by: NikF on March 04, 2016, 02:23:22 PM
Lately: Mad Men. I remember NikF posting about this (or perhaps a related) dance scene some (a long?) time ago. . . :D

https://www.youtube.com/v/WPW7_RQmSCU

Yeah, you're right, it wasn't that one. It was this https://youtu.be/DKol_ThaMWc But it doesn't appear to be in her current repertoire. Currently she dances to 'Poinciana' by Ahmad Jamal, and more recently to parts of the second movement of Khachaturian's piano concerto. :laugh: And as far as the latter is concerned the 'dance' seems to consist solely of slowly swaying hips with her arms overhead moving in a snake-like manner - yes, it's not much, but we don't watch a lot of television and need to entertain ourselves somehow.  ;D

Anyway, what do you think of Mad Men? Enjoying it?
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Post by: North Star on March 04, 2016, 02:41:59 PM
Yeah, you're right, it wasn't that one. It was this https://youtu.be/DKol_ThaMWc But it doesn't appear to be in her current repertoire. Currently she dances to 'Poinciana' by Ahmad Jamal, and more recently to parts of the second movement of Khachaturian's piano concerto. :laugh: And as far as the latter is concerned the 'dance' seems to consist solely of slowly swaying hips with her arms overhead moving in a snake-like manner - yes, it's not much, but we don't watch a lot of television and need to entertain ourselves somehow.  ;D

Anyway, what do you think of Mad Men? Enjoying it?
Yes, I remembered what it really was.   :laugh:

I certainly am enjoying it. How could one not, with lines like "She died as she lived - surrounded by the people she answered phones for."??

E:
Hope you don't mind, but I replied to you in the television thread http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,24223.msg959236.html#msg959236
I try to be zen about this... :P
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Post by: George on March 04, 2016, 09:44:12 PM
One of the best shows ever:

(http://cdn1-www.comingsoon.net/assets/uploads/gallery/better-call-saul-season-2/saul-art1.jpg)

I need to see that one. Odenkirk is the man!

Me: Horace and Pete - dark, deep, at times profund, touching and Alan Alda delivers a hilariously performance as rhe inappropriate Uncle Pete.
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on March 07, 2016, 08:18:25 AM
Macgyver.
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Post by: Todd on March 13, 2016, 08:45:54 AM
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Thanks to Amazon Prime, I finally got to watch all of Wolf Hall.  Pacing, dialogue, sets, and actors are all top-flight.  PBS really needs to stop putting the best shows on so late at night.
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Post by: Jay F on March 13, 2016, 10:27:05 AM
Just finished Bosch, season 2. If anything makes Amazon Prime worth $100, this is it. If you're an Angelophile, you don't want to miss it. Los Angeles is second only to Harry Bosch as a character in both Connelly's novels and this fine series. Season 2 incorporates story from Trunk Music, The Drop, and The Last Coyote.

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Post by: Bogey on March 13, 2016, 10:57:26 AM
Just finished Bosch, season 2. If anything makes Amazon Prime worth $100, this is it. If you're an Angelophile, you don't want to miss it. Los Angeles is second only to Harry Bosch as a character in both Connelly's novels and this fine series. Season 2 incorporates story from Trunk Music, The Drop, and The Last Coyote.



Indeed!  Season 1 was terrific!
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Post by: SimonNZ on March 16, 2016, 04:36:56 PM
Over the last while:

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Rewatched all three series of The Newsroom and enjoyed it even more this time around. A few problematic bits here and there (particularly in the first season) and some Sorkin foibles along the way, but I don't really mind those, and am glad someone is treating their audience as politically engaged and open to debate, even if it raises accusations of preachiness. And such a strong cast, the regular supporting actors really impressed me this time.

At the end I went online to see maybe what the critics had to say, maybe hear some pros and cons and hear about favorite episodes. I wasn't prepared at all for the avalanche of hostility the show inspired generally, or the unexpected outrage over one brief sub-story in the second to last episode (which I thought was handled respectfully).
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Post by: Jay F on March 16, 2016, 05:11:57 PM
Over the last while:

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Rewatched all three series of The Newsroom and enjoyed it even more this time around. A few problematic bits here and there (particularly in the first season) and some Sorkin foibles along the way, but I don't really mind those, and am glad someone is treating their audience as politically engaged and open to debate, even if it raises accusations of preachiness. And such a strong cast, the regular supporting actors really impressed me this time.

At the end I went online to see maybe what the critics had to say, maybe hear some pros and cons and hear about favorite episodes. I wasn't prepared at all for the avalanche of hostility the show inspired generally, or the unexpected outrage over one brief sub-story in the second to last episode (which I thought was handled respectfully).

I loved this show, and am a fan of Aaron Sorkin's writing in general. I think I'll watch The Newsroom again, now that I have Amazon Prime. I've hardly seen as effective a use of a pop tune in filmed entertainment as Mr. Goopy's "Fix You." (I liked the Gilbert and Sullivan ep on West Wing a lot, too.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH8slDn8x4g
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Post by: SimonNZ on March 16, 2016, 05:16:50 PM
I loved this show, and Aaron Sorkin's writing in general. I think I'll watch it again, now that I have Amazon Prime. I've hardly seen as effective a use of a pop tune in filmed entertainment as Mr. Goopy's "Fix You." (I liked the Gilbert and Sullivan ep on West Wing a lot, too.)

Speaking of Sorkin and music...Massive Attack's "Angel" in one very important bit of West Wing. I've seen West Wing right through a dozen times now, and that sequence gets me every time.
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Post by: Jay F on March 16, 2016, 05:33:54 PM
Speaking of Sorkin and music...Massive Attack's "Angel" in one very important bit of West Wing. I've seen West Wing right through a dozen times now, and that sequence gets me every time.

Which season and episode? The video on youtube is not from WW.
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Post by: SimonNZ on March 16, 2016, 06:13:17 PM
Which season and episode? The video on youtube is not from WW.

Season 4, Episode 21, "Commencement". Zoey Bartlet at a nightclub with her French boyfriend...

but the music, with its building menace, begins before that scene and continues after
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Post by: Daverz on March 17, 2016, 05:38:47 PM
Just finished Bosch, season 2. If anything makes Amazon Prime worth $100, this is it. If you're an Angelophile, you don't want to miss it. Los Angeles is second only to Harry Bosch as a character in both Connelly's novels and this fine series. Season 2 incorporates story from Trunk Music, The Drop, and The Last Coyote.



I was pretty meh on S1, which I thought had an anti-climactic ending.  But I'll probably try S2.

I'm excited about the new season of The Americans.

I can recommend the 6 episodes in two seasons of the the UK police thriller Prey.

If you like Le Carre, you should catch The Night Manager.  Very well done.

The UK police procedural River may go too much into character development, but I've enjoyed it so far.



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Post by: drogulus on March 18, 2016, 08:49:13 AM
     Having watched 5 seasons of Prime Suspect it strikes me that its influence has been great. It goes Prime Suspect>The Wire>Foyles War>George Gently>Bosch. A whole genre of humanist police procedurals has arisen on 2 continents.

     I can't say enough for what Helen Mirren has done. What's been said a thousand times is true, character and actor have never been better matched. If anyone wants to say it's the best TV series performance ever I wouldn't argue.
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Post by: Drasko on March 19, 2016, 10:38:59 AM
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Icelandic police procedural. Small port town in the middle of nowhere, snowed in, stranded ferry, headless limbless corpse, murderer on the loose. Few episodes in, looks very good.
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Post by: The new erato on March 19, 2016, 10:46:59 AM
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Icelandic police procedural. Small port town in the middle of nowhere, snowed in, stranded ferry, headless limbless corpse, murderer on the loose. Few episodes in, looks very good.
It is. I've just fished watching all 10 episodes on Norwegian TV.
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Post by: drogulus on March 26, 2016, 04:46:58 PM
    Get your ill-fitting wigs and oversized glasses on...film in the Minox?....just making sure, for tonight is the first 2 episodes of The Americans new season.

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     Yes, you can get one on the Bay for $800. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/cool.gif)

     I read that when the series began ratings were poor and have declined ever since. You'll be sorry, all of you. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/angry.gif) Other than Better Call Saul it's the best.
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Post by: George on March 27, 2016, 01:13:05 AM
Is Better Call Saul a comedy, a drama, a drama with some comedy or a comedy with some drama?

I haven't seen it yet.
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Post by: Brian on March 27, 2016, 05:35:05 AM
Is Better Call Saul a comedy, a drama, a drama with some comedy or a comedy with some drama?

I haven't seen it yet.
It weaves between all of those things with such dexterity that I'm not sure it deserves to be slapped with a label. Its most basic/naked story arc is tragic - lawyer with good intentions trying to redeem himself becomes, well, you saw BB right? - but for whole episodes at a time it's so entertaining that you forget where it inevitably must go.

All of which is to say that I've laughed at a lot of stuff, like a gallery of incompetent white-collar crooks or a brilliant montage where Odenkirk tries to take on a series of deranged wackjob clients, but then season 1 episode 9 hits you hard right in the feelings.

If you are a BB fan thinking of taking the plunge, the only expectation-management thing that I'd say to you, actually, is that Mike Ehrmantraut does not become a main character immediately.
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Post by: George on March 27, 2016, 06:00:50 AM
Thanks, Brian. I have never seen Breaking Bad. Could Saul still be enjoyable/understandable for someone who hasn't seen Breaking Bad?
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Post by: Cato on March 27, 2016, 06:10:55 AM
Thanks, Brian. I have never seen Breaking Bad. Could Saul still be enjoyable/understandable for someone who hasn't seen Breaking Bad?

Yes, although it starts out with Saul in Iowa in witness protection, in a purgatorial Cinnabon store in the airport.
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Post by: Brian on March 27, 2016, 06:28:16 AM
Thanks, Brian. I have never seen Breaking Bad. Could Saul still be enjoyable/understandable for someone who hasn't seen Breaking Bad?
I agree with Cato. There is a scene at the very start of the season which takes place after BB is over, but it shouldn't be incomprehensible - it's just the setup/framing device showing how low he falls in the end. Otherwise, there are a couple of inside jokes you won't get but that is the only thing.
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Post by: drogulus on March 27, 2016, 09:43:13 AM

    I agree Saul stands on its own. I think the decision to make Ehrmantraut as important as he is was a natural development. Initially he was supposed to be a minor character in BB, and when they saw what they had with the character and Jonathan Banks they gave him more room. When he first showed up in Saul I knew they'd have to do the same, though I figured that had to have been the plan all along this time.
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Post by: George on March 27, 2016, 10:25:02 AM
Thanks, guys! I plan to get going with Saul once Baskets and Horace and Pete finish for the season.
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Post by: Todd on March 29, 2016, 01:08:05 PM
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Started watching Documentary Now!  I have a couple episodes down, and the The Hunt for El Chingon is first rate entertainment.  Apparently, it satirizes HBO's Vice, which I've never seen, but everything in this episode is just perfect.  Bill Hader and Fred Armisen play three sets of reporters (two sets get killed) on the search for a Mexican drug lord.  It was made before Sean Penn's adventures, but it has an edge because of that real world bit of "journalism".  Steven Michael Quezada (Gomez from Breaking Bad) plays the drug lord.  Helen Mirren's intros for the special "50th season" are delightful.  I look forward to more episodes.
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Post by: Sef on March 30, 2016, 02:17:18 PM
     Next week I'll start watching The Night Manager, from the John Le Carre novel. I thought it was going to be a movie but now I see it's going to be a series on AMC. The reviews are very good.
I watched the first three episodes last week on the plane and have downloaded the final 3 from iPlayer for my next trip at the weekend. Really enjoying it. Apparently starts on AMC on April 19th in the US.
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Post by: drogulus on March 30, 2016, 03:43:03 PM

     I read the novel in the "90s and hoped it would get filmed. Then I saw it would be a series with Laurie as Roper and Hollander as Corkoran and that was it. It had to be good.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on March 31, 2016, 11:41:13 AM
Bosch - watching w/ wife and both enjoying - on season two - Dave :)


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Post by: George on March 31, 2016, 11:58:12 AM
Thanks, guys! I plan to get going with Saul once Baskets and Horace and Pete finish for the season.

Well, I couldn't wait. Already burned through S01 of Better Call Saul and almost up to date with S02. What an incredible show!!

If I love Saul, would it seem logical that I'll like Breaking Bad (yep, I have never seen the show. Its popularity turned me off of it.)
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Post by: Todd on April 10, 2016, 05:31:17 AM
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Always a year behind, I watched season five of GOT.  More of the same, and while I appreciate how the series knocks off big characters every season, the show is getting a bit long in the tooth.  At least this season there was a little White Walker action - tweaking Skynyrd roadies brandishing weapons is bound to look cool.
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Post by: Bogey on April 10, 2016, 06:44:34 AM
Bosch - watching w/ wife and both enjoying - on season two - Dave :)


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Wonderful series, Dave. The books are great as well.
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Post by: SimonNZ on April 10, 2016, 12:44:28 PM
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Always a year behind, I watched season five of GOT.  More of the same, and while I appreciate how the series knocks off big characters every season, the show is getting a bit long in the tooth.  At least this season there was a little White Walker action - tweaking Skynyrd roadies brandishing weapons is bound to look cool.

Saw that recently. It had one powerful and disturbing sequence I was completely unprepared for ("Shame...shame...").

Nice to see that face-changing guy back as well. And yeah, one particular white walker sequence was done very well.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on April 11, 2016, 08:18:32 AM
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Always a year behind, I watched season five of GOT.  More of the same, and while I appreciate how the series knocks off big characters every season, the show is getting a bit long in the tooth.  At least this season there was a little White Walker action - tweaking Skynyrd roadies brandishing weapons is bound to look cool.

Re-watching Game of Thrones for a second time - now on mid-season 3 - believe another season or so has come out that I've not seen, so felt the need to start over just to get the characters straight!  ;)  Dave
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on April 11, 2016, 01:02:07 PM
Finished seasons of two shows last weekend: Life in Pieces, a single camera sitcom which, like Modern Family, interweaves the stories of three related families. The difference: each episode is divided into four short stories. Sophia is my favorite character. I haven't decided whether I'd have loved to have had a daughter like that...or been terrified ;D The other show: the final season of Justified. The last episode/season was very satisfying, no favorite characters dead (well, except poor dumb Dewey), everyone getting what they deserved (arguably).

Tonight we began season two of Black Sails (which has one of my favorite theme songs. Love that hurdy gurdy  8) )

https://www.youtube.com/v/XFTcA4QLHw0


Sarge
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Post by: Brian on April 11, 2016, 05:56:53 PM
Currently dividing my time between Jane the Virgin, Worst Cooks in America, and Archer, but now that Animaniacs have been added to Netflix, that might rise to the top of the list.
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Post by: Mirror Image on April 11, 2016, 06:56:35 PM
...but now that Animaniacs have been added to Netflix, that might rise to the top of the list.

I used to love watching this show growing up. I own all the DVD box sets. Great characters and just an overall funny cartoon that had leanings towards the older Looney Tunes, which gave it a 'timeless' quality.
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Post by: "Harry" on April 13, 2016, 12:45:42 AM
With utmost joy I watch "The Pallisers" a series based on the novels by Anthony Trollope made in the seventies. Highly enjoyable, and well remastered. I have it upscaled to 4 k.
Another series I am watching is  "Endeavour" the complete series three. Morse in his early stages of his career, magnificently played by Shaun Evans.
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Post by: Gordo on April 13, 2016, 01:51:38 AM
Currently dividing my time between Jane the Virgin, Worst Cooks in America, and Archer, but now that Animaniacs have been added to Netflix, that might rise to the top of the list.

I misread the second title and thought it was part of the first one.  :-[ :D
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Post by: North Star on April 13, 2016, 02:08:55 AM
I misread the second title and thought it was part of the first one.  :-[ :D
Jane the Virgin, Worst Cook in America - all the ingredients of a hit series here!  :laugh:
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Post by: mc ukrneal on April 13, 2016, 02:48:26 AM
With utmost joy I watch "The Pallisers" a series based on the novels by Anthony Trollope made in the seventies. Highly enjoyable, and well remastered. I have it upscaled to 4 k.
Another series I am watching is  "Endeavour" the complete series three. Morse in his early stages of his career, magnificently played by Shaun Evans.

We loved the first two series of Endeavour, so very much looking forward to the third!
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Post by: Hollywood on April 14, 2016, 10:04:32 PM
I plan to check out The Frankenstein Chronicles which starts next week here on TNT Series.

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Post by: Brian on April 15, 2016, 07:51:04 AM
Started watching Documentary Now!  I have a couple episodes down, and the The Hunt for El Chingon is first rate entertainment.  Apparently, it satirizes HBO's Vice, which I've never seen, but everything in this episode is just perfect.  Bill Hader and Fred Armisen play three sets of reporters (two sets get killed) on the search for a Mexican drug lord.  It was made before Sean Penn's adventures, but it has an edge because of that real world bit of "journalism".  Steven Michael Quezada (Gomez from Breaking Bad) plays the drug lord.  Helen Mirren's intros for the special "50th season" are delightful.  I look forward to more episodes.
Where's this one viewable? Amazon, maybe?
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on April 15, 2016, 07:55:20 AM
I plan to check out The Frankenstein Chronicles which starts next week here on TNT Series.

I really thought that was just a euphemism for the G.O.P Primaries.

No, but really.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on April 15, 2016, 08:12:30 AM
Parts Unknown - Seasons 4 & 5 w/ Anthony Bourdain - visiting some more unusual and often troubled places on the planet - shows are a nice blend of history, social/economic problems, culture, and of course the FOOD - enjoying - streaming on Netflix.  Dave :)

P.S. Guess that I have Season 6 to watch - Season 7 is about to be aired in just over a week - not sure when available on Netflix?

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Season 7 (Episode - No. - Title - Air Date)
1   54   "Prime Cuts: Season Six"   April 24, 2016
2   55   "Manila, Philippines"   April 24, 2016
3   56   "Chicago"   May 1, 2016
4   57   "The Greek Islands"   May 8, 2016
5   58   "Montana"   May 15, 2016
6   59   "Tbilisi, Georgia"   May 22, 2016
7   60   "Senegal"   June 5, 2016
8   61   "Cologne, Germany"   June 12, 2016
9   62   "Buenos Aires"   June 19, 2016

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Post by: Todd on April 15, 2016, 08:30:21 AM
Where's this one viewable? Amazon, maybe?


I watched using Netflix.
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Post by: Brian on April 15, 2016, 03:08:17 PM

I watched using Netflix.
Thanks - starting with the "Grey Gardens" one now.
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Post by: Mookalafalas on April 16, 2016, 01:33:44 AM
Just started "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schidt" season two.

  Also watched the first couple of episodes of "The Mindy Project" and quite like what I've seen so far.
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Post by: Brewski on April 17, 2016, 12:58:41 PM
Revisiting old (black-and-white!) episodes of The Wild, Wild West - not the greatest TV show ever, but highly entertaining on its own terms. The combination of "western and sci-fi" is a bit unexpected, but it works.

--Bruce
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Post by: SimonNZ on April 17, 2016, 01:20:34 PM
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Finally getting around to this, and pleased to find it every bit as good as people had been saying. Not at all a mere spin-off.
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Post by: George on April 17, 2016, 02:39:20 PM
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Finally getting around to this, and pleased to find it every bit as good as people had been saying. Not at all a mere spin-off.

Yeah, it's awesome! So good that I finally broke down and watched the entire series of Breaking Bad in less than 2 weeks. I like Better Call Saul more.
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Post by: Drasko on April 17, 2016, 02:46:33 PM
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Season 6
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Post by: Todd on April 23, 2016, 07:24:23 AM
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Finished the six episode second season of Catastrophe.  I liked it even more than the first season.  It starts off a few years after the first season ends, with the couple expecting a second child, family members and friends experiencing various of life's vicissitudes, and proceeds from there.  Un-stilted, real-world-esque discussions on a variety of topics are quite funny, even if those topics include postpartum depression and dementia.  In the first episode, the couple have an argument where the wife says she feels threatened, to which the husband replies: "What, are you a blogger: 'I feel threatened'" (while mimicking typing on a keyboard).  In a later episode, they debate which form of birth control to use, and the husband jokingly suggests condoms, which causes them both to laugh with just right expressions on their faces.  Good stuff, and over in flash.
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Post by: SimonNZ on April 30, 2016, 04:33:49 PM
Recently:

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reached the start of series 4 of Spooks, but am getting annoyed at them shedding main characters as fast as Game Of Thrones
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Post by: SonicMan46 on May 01, 2016, 01:47:37 PM
Bones, Season 11 - just purchased on Amazon and streaming - cannot believe this is going now for over 10 years and just renewed for yet another!  Still enjoyable and fresh w/ many returning characters.

Fixer*Upper - first two seasons w/ Chip & Joanna Gaines, a husband-wife team from Waco, Texas, who take old houses and renovate each w/ amazing success - streaming from Netflix - looking forward to the availability of the 3rd season.  Dave :)

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Post by: SimonNZ on May 04, 2016, 12:57:12 AM
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The Bridge, series three

By far the strongest of the three, in my opinion
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Post by: Jay F on May 04, 2016, 08:04:26 AM
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The Bridge, series three

By far the strongest of the three, in my opinion

Thanks, Simon. I've just ordered the first season.
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Post by: Cato on May 04, 2016, 08:18:18 AM
Person of Interest is back on:

http://tvline.com/2016/05/04/person-of-interest-season-5-premiere-ratings/ (http://tvline.com/2016/05/04/person-of-interest-season-5-premiere-ratings/)
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Post by: SonicMan46 on May 04, 2016, 03:52:08 PM
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Finished the six episode second season of Catastrophe.  I liked it even more than the first season.  ........Good stuff, and over in flash.

Based on Todd's comments, Susan & I just finished the first season last night and completely agree w/ his thoughts - funny, adult, quirky and over in a jiffy - will start season two tonight.  Dave :)
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Post by: Toccata&Fugue on May 05, 2016, 03:16:18 PM
Too many to list, but two recent additions to my lineup include "The Night Manager" and "Orphan Black."
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Post by: George on May 05, 2016, 03:29:59 PM
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Just finished S01 for the second time, now viewing S02, also for the second time. 
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Post by: SimonNZ on May 06, 2016, 04:13:09 PM
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Fargo: season two

I was unsure at the beginning - a couple of characters and situations seemed to be trying too hard for some kind of Coen-esque quirkiness - but by the end that didn't matter and I thought it was superb.

The central performances and family dynamic of the two sherifs and their daughter/wife was particularly well written and acted, and brings the much needed heart and gentle understatement amongst all the excess and madness.
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Post by: nathanb on May 06, 2016, 06:14:03 PM
Hey, I just finished Better Call Saul (Season 1) for the first time!
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Post by: SimonNZ on May 06, 2016, 06:32:55 PM
Hey, I just finished Better Call Saul (Season 1) for the first time!

How do you rate it?
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Post by: nathanb on May 06, 2016, 06:43:52 PM
How do you rate it?

Well, I should preface this by saying that I am one of the furthest from being an expert regarding TV or movies. For probably 4 or 5 years, I didn't really watch stuff at all besides nostalgic favorites. Quite simply, film sounded nice, but time with music always sounded nicer. In fact, it was music that made me go back finally. Olga Neuwirth of all people actually led me to a David Lynch binge, which led me to a Netflix subscription, and yada yada yada I watch a few things here and there.

Anyway, I started watching Breaking Bad finally at the beginning of this year to make good on countless recommendations and became quickly obsessed. I can give Better Call Saul about as much praise as one can give such a thing; it's a spin-off, it shouldn't be compared to Breaking Bad, and it's kind of a fantastic show in it's own way. There's less deals, kidnappings, etc, but Saul (Jimmy) is also a more emotional character, so it's more engaging in that sense. The first couple of episodes, including the encounter with Tuco Salamanca, were perhaps a bit of a stretch, but I would rate it highly, after Season 1 is said and done. The show has successfully broken away from its predecessor to the extent that we, as viewers, care about Jimmy's endeavors without having to think of his Breaking Bad role every time we picture him. Oh yeah, we get Mike's backstory too.
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Post by: Drasko on May 10, 2016, 04:00:39 AM
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I like the idea, the period, the milieu, the music, the production quality ... generally everything that goes in the background of the show, but the actual story is the weakest link, sort of another Scorsese variation on Goodfellas and Wolf, successful guy blows everything in a cloud of coke. Tiresome and predictable. Characters, again supporting ones are often more interesting than the main ones which at times seem like such a bunch of bumbling idiots that it becomes hard to believe that once they were on top of their game (record label business). Flawed but there is enough to make me want to see the second season.
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Post by: mc ukrneal on May 11, 2016, 02:55:00 AM
Did you know it was National Twilight Zone Day? Then again, isn't everyday a Twilight Zone day?!?!? :)

https://www.yahoo.com/tv/twilight-zone-day-damon-lindelof-favorite-episode-105010127.html (https://www.yahoo.com/tv/twilight-zone-day-damon-lindelof-favorite-episode-105010127.html)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Brian on May 12, 2016, 07:24:22 AM
Jeff Beal, composer of the "House of Cards" music, has written a flute concerto for Sharon Bezaly, which also involves electric bass guitar. Performances are already slated for 7 countries.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on May 13, 2016, 06:10:16 PM
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Homeland, season five

The best season so far, imo.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on May 16, 2016, 06:19:56 AM
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Homeland, season five

The best season so far, imo.

SPOILER ALERT (an old one, though):

I watched the first three seasons of Homeland, but after Brody's death I wasn't able to follow the series.

Your comment could be the encouragement I need. :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: HIPster on May 16, 2016, 03:25:30 PM
SPOILER ALERT (an old one, though):

I watched the first three seasons of Homeland, but after Brody's death I wasn't able to follow the series.

Your comment could be the encouragement I need. :)

Hi Gordo.

I found seasons 4 & 5 to be way better than season 3.  A solid restart to the series.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on May 16, 2016, 04:54:46 PM
Hi Gordo.

I found seasons 4 & 5 to be way better than season 3.  A solid restart to the series.

Thanks, Dave! Apparently, I need to give a chance to those seasons.  :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on May 21, 2016, 12:58:59 AM
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I really like this, somewhat unexpectedly. Shiri Appelby, whom I don't think I've watched before, is quite good.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on May 21, 2016, 03:16:28 AM
Currently on my third or fourth pass through The IT Crowd. Any fans of this series? I think it's brilliant!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on May 22, 2016, 08:18:09 AM
Parts Unknown: Season 6 w/ host Anthony Bourdain - just showed up for Netflix streaming - last night, I watched ‘Cuba’, ‘Marseille, France’, and ‘Okinawa, Japan’ - all excellent - his travel companion in Marseille is chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in NYC (Susan & I ate there once years ago - not sure who the chief chef was then?); the list of episodes for this season is attached.  Dave :)

P.S. CLICK on the attached image for an enlargement, if interested.

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Post by: Toccata&Fugue on May 22, 2016, 12:43:51 PM
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Finally getting around to this, and pleased to find it every bit as good as people had been saying. Not at all a mere spin-off.

I hope we eventually find out when/why he changes his name (I know he mentions it in a Breaking Bad episode...).
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on May 22, 2016, 01:45:29 PM
I hope we eventually find out when/why he changes his name (I know he mentions it in a Breaking Bad episode...).

In one of those Better Call Saul episodes (where he's conning people into buying fake watches) he jokes that his name is Saul Goodman "....because 's all good, man...geddit" or something like that.

I haven't seen season two yet. Is he still just Slippin Jimmy at the end of that?

TD: recently watched:

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Mr Robot - season one
Ripper Street - season two
The Night Manager
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on May 27, 2016, 01:39:46 PM
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House Of Cards, season three

The acting and production in this show has always been so good that I've been willing to forgive all the preposterous elements, but in this season that spilled over into the story arc of the previously perfectly handled and inscrutable character of Claire Underwood, making it, particularly in the last episodes, the weakest and most dissapointing of the three so far.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on May 28, 2016, 06:10:40 AM
Hawaii Five-O (2010-2016) - I started the first season of this 'new' version of the old TV series w/ Jack Lord & James MacArthur a few nights ago.  Enjoying the interaction between the two main characters - the ratings have been pretty good - 7.4/10, iMDB & 75% Rotten Tomatoes - will likely continue onto the second season.  Dave :)

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CBS books a new version of the classic "Hawaii Five-0" series, with Alex O'Loughlin in the lead role as Det. Steve McGarrett and Scott Caan portraying Danno. The detectives are part of an elite task force whose mission is to eliminate crime on the beaches of the Aloha State. Assisting McGarrett and Danno is former Honolulu Police detective Chin Ho Kelly, who has been relegated to a federal security patrol after being wrongfully accused of corruption. Chin's fresh-out-of-the-academy cousin, Kono, also joins the team as she tries to establish herself among the department's elite.

(http://www.tvweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Hawaii-Five-0-promo-art.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on May 28, 2016, 10:04:52 PM
Been watching Season 10 of Criminal Minds. Interesting to see that the Ghost Whisperer has joined the FBI's BAU team.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on June 03, 2016, 05:38:54 PM
Roots (2016) - remake now airing on the History Channel - 4 episodes, two hours each (w/ commercials) - just finished episode 3 tonight, and will watch the last one tomorrow - synopsis below w/ the names of some of the actors - not overwhelmed w/ this new production but have enjoyed watching the mini-series. Dave :)

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The classic story of "Roots" is retold in this miniseries based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel. The show paints a portrait of American slavery through the journey of a family that has a will to survive through many hardships. Malachi Kirby stars as Kunta Kinte, a proud and educated young man who uses those traits to empower himself when he is captured and sold into slavery. While he is enslaved, he challenges his fellow slaves to fight for their freedom as he continues working toward achieving his dream of escaping and returning to his homeland of The Gambia. The miniseries also stars Emmy winner Laurence Fishburne as Haley; Grammy nominee Anika Noni Rose as Kunta's daughter, Kizzy, who is bought by Tom Lea (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who rapes and impregnates her; and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as slave musician Fiddler, who mentors Kunta.

(http://cdn.history.com/sites/2/2016/05/ROOTS_KuntaKinte_1920x1080_show_title_network_logo_FIN-E.jpeg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on June 05, 2016, 02:53:27 AM
The TV series that I'm not currently watching:

Hart of Dixie - Dire! Everything about it is awful, cliche upon a cliche upon a cliche. Rachel Bilson is a pretty girl, but I'd be more believable as the Queen of England than she is as a thoracic surgeon. Couldn't finish second episode.

Hap & Leonard - this should have been much better but somehow it's just really boring. With all the references still doesn't manage to get the feeling of the period (the 80s) across. Purefoy is miscast. The only plus is that Louisiana (standing in for east Texas) is beautiful. Gave up after three episodes.

Chicago PD - seemingly slick, well produced, well acted police procedural, but scripts get progressively thinner and thinner and posturing bigger and bigger. Plowed somehow through entire first season but that's it.

Lucifer - Hugely disappointing. How does one make so potentially cool character as Lucifer so annoying and repetitive? Pathetic writing, surprising from creator of Californication and Dawson's Creek. Less surprising is that police procedural part of the show is extremely naive and another pretty young thing (Lauren German) is thoroughly unbelievable as police detective. I've made it through eight episodes so far, but whether I'll make it to the end of season is questionable.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on June 05, 2016, 08:06:25 AM
The TV series that I'm not currently watching:

Hart of Dixie - Dire! Everything about it is awful, cliche upon a cliche upon a cliche. Rachel Bilson is a pretty girl, but I'd be more believable as the Queen of England than she is as a thoracic surgeon. Couldn't finish second episode.

.....................

Agree w/ Hart of Dixie - started the first season a few years ago, and stopped half way through.  Just finished Roots, as posted previously - better than the original?  Probably not?  Worth a watch - well, recommended if you like the topic - I plan not to watch again and certainly will not be a purchase.

Still enjoying Hawaii Five-O - just about done w/ the second season.  Dave :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on June 16, 2016, 02:58:42 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on June 16, 2016, 03:07:15 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81CjAdmmQ-L._SL1500_.jpg)  (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41xoICQqBgL.jpg)
The handheld cameras in "In The Thick of it" unfortunately made me seasick. And I usually don't get seasick in boats.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on June 16, 2016, 03:44:43 AM
The handheld cameras in "In The Thick of it" unfortunately made me seasick. And I usually don't get seasick in boats.

Yeah, I found it disorienting at first as well but concentrating on subtitles helped me and the show is definitely worth trying to cope with it if possible.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Toccata&Fugue on June 16, 2016, 07:32:10 AM
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(http://media.vogue.com/r/w_480/2016/01/29/01-Occupied-Promo-Poster.jpg)

Both are superb.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on June 16, 2016, 07:45:02 AM
Still watching the new Hawaii Five-O - on Season 3 and enjoying.  Last night, I started the first season of the Vikings from 2013 - free on Amazon Prime, not sure the upcoming seasons will also be free but liking the series so far.  Dave :)

ADDENDUM: Just started Season 5 last night and still enjoying!

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on June 18, 2016, 07:55:24 PM
Recently finished:

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Hannibal - series three

In two distinct halves: I was loving the first four or five episodes, viewing the same post series two cliffhanger from differing perspectives, letting the narrative unfold slowly and seemingly luxuriating in the pleasure of creating dream-like imagery. But once they started into what is now the third filming of the Red Dragon story it quickly became far more standard storytelling, and the characters motivations became more muddled and more preposterous.

Started:

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Ray Donovan - series three
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jay F on June 19, 2016, 08:22:49 AM
Middle Ages soap opera: romance and religion, heroes and villains.



Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on June 19, 2016, 06:57:22 PM
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Season 3
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on June 19, 2016, 07:07:07 PM
Been bingewatching all seasons. Superb:

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on July 05, 2016, 09:51:53 AM
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What better way to celebrate July 4th than finishing season three of The Americans?  It managed to maintain the high quality level of the first two seasons, and Keri Russell actually appears to become more attractive with each passing year.  I loved that Ronald Reagan received an acting credit as himself for his "Evil Empire" speech that closes out the season.  I also noted that while Soviet dentistry as depicted in the show appeared none too pleasant, Soviet body disposal services seemed quite advanced. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on July 05, 2016, 09:54:15 AM
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My girlfriend and I have started watching Season One of this show. Pretty funny.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on July 05, 2016, 10:12:06 AM
Bob Newhart's second series from the 1980's: Newhart

Seasons IV and V are now available:



Great stuff!

Also:

Fawlty Towers!


Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on July 07, 2016, 01:46:22 AM
Bob Newhart's second series from the 1980's: Newhart

Seasons IV and V are now available:



Great stuff!



One of the funniest guys EVER. Bob's stand up stuff is terrific.  Plus, as far as sitcoms, this one ended better than any I have ever seen.  Beyond clever.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on July 07, 2016, 03:52:49 PM
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The Knick - series two

Every bit as good as the first series. I'm sorry to learn that there is only to be two seasons with this cast, and that when Soderberg get a chance to take it up again it will be a different group in a different time in the hospital's history - though that's an intriguing idea.

Was particularly impressed by actress Eve Hewson (pictured above) and after it was over went looking for what else she had been in, and only then learned she has a very famous father. Glad I had the opportunity to judge her acting without the prejudice and cynicism of believing she may have got the part only through family connections.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jay F on July 07, 2016, 05:02:50 PM
Animal Kingdom, starring Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman, on TNT. Well done drama about a family of not nice people. From various producers of Shameless, Southland, and E.R. Best thing I've seen on TV in a long time but, again, not nice people.

http://www.tntdrama.com/shows/animal-kingdom.html
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on July 09, 2016, 07:57:58 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Sergeant Rock on July 09, 2016, 09:10:37 AM
The Expanse, season 1. Combination film noir, space opera, and spy thriller.


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Sarge
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: HIPster on July 09, 2016, 02:57:49 PM
The Expanse, season 1. Combination film noir, space opera, and spy thriller.


Sarge

Hi Sarge!

This show is high on my list - worth watching?  Thanks.  :)

Thread duty ~

Just finished Season 1 of Mr. Robot

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 09, 2016, 02:58:51 PM
Hi Sarge!

This show is high on my list - worth watching?  Thanks.  :)

Thread duty ~

Just finished Season 1 of Mr. Robot


Domo arigato.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Sergeant Rock on July 09, 2016, 03:14:18 PM
Hi Sarge!
This show is high on my list - worth watching?  Thanks.  :)

It is. Couldn't stop watching. I consumed the 10 episodes in three evenings (finished up just a few minutes ago). Be aware though that the sound editing can be abysmal, with noise and/or loud music interfering with dialogue, especially in the scenes with the detective on Ceres.

Sarge
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: HIPster on July 09, 2016, 03:35:27 PM
It is. Couldn't stop watching. I consumed the 10 episodes in three evenings (finished up just a few minutes ago). Be aware though that the sound editing can be abysmal, with noise and/or loud music interfering with dialogue, especially in the scenes with the detective on Ceres.

Sarge

Cool.  Thanks again, man.  ;)

Check out the non-classical listening thread when you get a chance: new Garcia/Saunders archival release is really excellent! 

Domo arigato.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk



Karl -

The music in the series is also quite compelling ~



Cheers Gents!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on July 20, 2016, 12:51:17 PM
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started this late last night meaning to only sample the first episode, but found it so good I stayed up to 2am to finish the first disc
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on July 20, 2016, 04:34:35 PM
Last night, I finished the 5th season of Hawaii Five-O - the 6th is not yet available - SO, tonight started Marco Polo - just on the first season, 2nd episode but so far enjoying - I really like these kinds of shows.  Dave :)

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on July 21, 2016, 12:40:56 PM
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The second season of True Detective.  Not as good as season one, it is a bit odd in that the visuals are impressive, the acting generally very good, but the story and some sub-plots are not very interesting or compelling.  The sub-plot of Taylor Kitsch's character was a bit hard to take seriously, though the logic makes sense from an overall plot standpoint.  I couldn't stand the over the top shootout in episode four, which included bottomless clips and miraculous accuracy from fully automatic weapons, and then the fast forward in the next episode makes it next to consequenceless.  The use of John Adams' Harmonielehre in the sixth episode was superbly well done, and it's nice to see Johnny Blue get such prominent product placement.  I'll watch a third season if one is made.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on July 24, 2016, 04:09:05 AM
Going back a few years and watching this:

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Toccata&Fugue on July 26, 2016, 08:00:43 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on July 26, 2016, 08:54:25 AM
(https://s32.postimg.org/pz5s1dupx/bojack_horseman_season_3_poster.jpg)

Fast, creative, unique and yes, funny.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on July 29, 2016, 06:29:40 AM
Some random episodes of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations on youtube.

Emilia-Romagna (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM8qQVi-RhU) is a classic, Croatia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj5maytfqN8) is also good (though it probably should be titled Dalmatia rather than Croatia).
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Sergeant Rock on July 29, 2016, 06:46:29 AM
(https://s32.postimg.org/pz5s1dupx/bojack_horseman_season_3_poster.jpg)

Fast, creative, unique and yes, funny.

What did you think of the fourth episode? The lack of dialogue was a little irritating (I fast-forwarded through some of it) but all was forgiven with the punchline that ended the episode  ;D


Sarge
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on July 29, 2016, 08:43:48 AM
What did you think of the fourth episode? The lack of dialogue was a little irritating (I fast-forwarded through some of it) but all was forgiven with the punchline that ended the episode  ;D


Sarge

I always need at leas two watchings for that series. I have trouble following the quick dialog, getting all the jokes and seeing the stuff in the background. I like the 4th one. They talk SOOOO much on this show that it was a nice break. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on July 29, 2016, 01:15:59 PM
Recently:

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Seasons one and two of Happy Valley, which I thought were every bit as good as the critics said. Sarah Lancashire deserves whatever awards come her way, as does Siobhan Finneran as her recovering addict sister - and the writers for conveying messy human realities and frailties with sympathy and understanding.

I might quibble that the larger story arcs regarding abductions and serial killers are a little too stock and standard in comparison to the more realist detail that makes the series unique, and it would have been brilliant if they'd been able to show the mechanics of drug trafficking and organised crime at the macro level with the same avoidance of cliche that they bring to the micro.

I hope there's to be a third - apparently they're still in talks.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on July 29, 2016, 10:20:59 PM
I'm looking forward to watching season 4 of Major Crimes which starts here in Austria on TNT Series in August.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on July 30, 2016, 07:46:57 AM
My wife and I watched all 60 episodes of Game of Thrones in 36 days from HBO Now. She had read the books, but neither of us had any interest in the show...we've never been so wrong about a show in our lives. Totally engrossing, with amazing production quality, a lot of the cinematography betters a good amount of what I've seen in the movie theater the past few years. Those familiar with the show, I believe, would agree that episodes 9 & 10 of Season 6 were phenomenal, and possibly some of the best TV has ever offered.  I'm ashamed I waited so long to get into Game of Thrones.

The King in the North!!!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: HIPster on July 30, 2016, 03:56:59 PM
My wife and I watched all 60 episodes of Game of Thrones in 36 days from HBO Now. She had read the books, but neither of us had any interest in the show...we've never been so wrong about a show in our lives. Totally engrossing, with amazing production quality, a lot of the cinematography betters a good amount of what I've seen in the movie theater the past few years. Those familiar with the show, I believe, would agree that episodes 9 & 10 of Season 6 were phenomenal, and possibly some of the best TV has ever offered.  I'm ashamed I waited so long to get into Game of Thrones.

The King in the North!!!

Hodor!   :D

Very cool way to "binge" the show.

I agree with all that you wrote too.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on July 30, 2016, 09:41:24 PM
Recently:

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Seasons one and two of Happy Valley, which I thought were every bit as good as the critics said.
I entirely agree on season 1, and have season 2 on my list of priorities (with Bosch season 2 and Fargo season 2 as well)-
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: mc ukrneal on July 30, 2016, 10:26:18 PM
My wife and I watched all 60 episodes of Game of Thrones in 36 days from HBO Now. She had read the books, but neither of us had any interest in the show...we've never been so wrong about a show in our lives. Totally engrossing, with amazing production quality, a lot of the cinematography betters a good amount of what I've seen in the movie theater the past few years. Those familiar with the show, I believe, would agree that episodes 9 & 10 of Season 6 were phenomenal, and possibly some of the best TV has ever offered.  I'm ashamed I waited so long to get into Game of Thrones.

The King in the North!!!
I felt it was too soap opera-ish, which is ironic considering how I usually love anything fantasy related. But I didn't like the books either, so maybe that is part of the issue. I saw the first 3-4 episodes of season 1 and I just wanted them to get on with it already. I had no patience for the backstabbing and politicking. If I wanted that, I'd turn on the news.  I've seen some excerpts of recent seasons and they do seem to have great production value.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on July 30, 2016, 10:31:49 PM
I felt it was too soap opera-ish,
I agree, and lots of superficial playing for effect.....
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on July 31, 2016, 04:11:31 AM
I felt it was too soap opera-ish, which is ironic considering how I usually love anything fantasy related. But I didn't like the books either, so maybe that is part of the issue. I saw the first 3-4 episodes of season 1 and I just wanted them to get on with it already. I had no patience for the backstabbing and politicking. If I wanted that, I'd turn on the news.  I've seen some excerpts of recent seasons and they do seem to have great production value.

Hi, Neal.
My wife and I watched the first few episodes of Season 1 when it was first released, we too didn't find interest in the show. It did take a while to really get into the characters and their purpose. Regarding the backstabbing, as Sersi says, "In the game of Thrones, you either win, or you die.", perhaps I quoted wrong, but you get the idea.
And the production value is through the roof!  :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on July 31, 2016, 04:14:18 AM
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Perfect series for watching in summer heat.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: snyprrr on July 31, 2016, 07:37:16 AM
Hawaii 5-0
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on July 31, 2016, 09:32:46 PM
I feel so lonely as no one seems to post in greg's old anime thread. SOOOOOO I will post what I am watching in my current anime phase here.

THIS

(http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire2/c7e809c93d6b963876472980c6d73d7f1406669872_fwide.jpg)

which I finished watching yesterday but I feel like I am going to rewatch that final episode until I die of thirst due to draining all the liquid in my body out through my eyes.

:)
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Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on August 03, 2016, 05:38:56 AM
dafuq am i even watching.

Clannad. It is so weird and cute and bizarre and hilarious and the characters are all so odd....it is so hard to form an opinion of it at the moment as I have only seen 5 episodes now. But it always leaves me with this really weird feeling of enjoying something that seems so....damn weird. None of the faces of the characters looks quite human......it isn't uncanny valley, but I suppose they are all just human enough in appearance to be considered 'cute' somehow.
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Post by: HIPster on August 03, 2016, 07:36:02 AM
Started streaming Preacher ~

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Post by: SimonNZ on August 06, 2016, 04:41:06 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81b5BvkavbL._SX425_.jpg) (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91-Ouw%2BxeVL._SY550_.jpg) (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51CyELx1DtL.jpg)

recently:

House Of Cards, series four
Orphan Black, series four
Unforgotten

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Post by: The new erato on August 06, 2016, 07:44:50 PM
Watched Stranger Things on Netflix; quite entertaining, and a flashback to the 80-ies.
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Post by: Ken B on August 06, 2016, 07:47:55 PM
Jericho

About building a railway bridge in 19th century Yorkshire. Started well, but devolving into silliness and melodrama.
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Post by: Mirror Image on August 06, 2016, 07:49:28 PM
Started streaming Preacher ~



A bizarre series, but strangely compelling. Based off the Garth Ennis comic series of the same name of course. I need to try and get into these graphic novels.
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Post by: Bogey on August 21, 2016, 04:16:33 AM
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From Netflix.  Cool concept.
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Post by: Ghost Sonata on August 21, 2016, 04:48:37 AM
There are moments in Poldark of such symbolic weight and intelligence they make me think of Hardy.  My favorite is when (after a night of steamy love-making and no, you don't get to see that) Demelza offers Elizabeth, her rival for Poldark's heart, a newly-picked bouquet of wild blue cornflowers likely meant for him.  Elizabeth says "Thank you, but I’m afraid they won’t last. See, they’re fading already. Cornflowers are like that.”  And the look that passes over Delmelza's face reflects the sad realization that Poldark's affection, too, seems likely not to last.  Or will it?  Soap opera in a historical setting?  Yup, but it's really good soap opera.  And there's a wreck scene.  If the story takes place in Cornwall, one of those is de rigueur.   

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Post by: Cato on August 21, 2016, 05:05:52 AM
We are giving this a chance: profane to obscene, and darkly humorous at times, a Greek tragedy via e.g. David Lynch:

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Post by: Gordo on August 21, 2016, 02:25:02 PM
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From Netflix.  Cool concept.

I loved its splendidly existentialist plot. And lines like "if you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company."  :)
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Post by: SimonNZ on August 21, 2016, 02:48:23 PM
No longer watching - stopped each of these after three or four episodes:

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None were actually bad, in fact they're perfectly watchable in an undemanding way, but all had fatal flaws that rubbed me more with each episode.
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Post by: Drasko on September 11, 2016, 11:38:45 AM
Three brand new episodes of The Big Fat Quiz Of Everything ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow7Mt1LOqDs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SOk55yNLxk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L3zPZJHM7Q

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Post by: Bogey on September 11, 2016, 12:16:42 PM
(https://jmmnewaov2.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/mv5bndu1zmzjzdatmji2zi00ody2ltgwnzmtogewztq2nwuxmwvkxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvymjexmjk0odk-_v1_sy1000_cr007091000_al_.jpg?w=670&h=945)

Binged the first four episodes.  Now need to take my time as I am enjoying the story quite a bit.
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Post by: George on September 11, 2016, 01:10:46 PM
(https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51QP8frmanL._AC_UL520_SR228,320_.jpg)

Great fun!
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Post by: SimonNZ on September 11, 2016, 02:42:03 PM
Finished season three (the final season) of Penny Dreadful, which disappointingly just fizzled out over the last two or three over-chatty and melodramatic episodes, as they tried not very successfully to bring it all to some conclusion. I'd been enjoying the ride up until then.
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Post by: Ken B on September 25, 2016, 12:36:18 PM
The People vs O.J. Simpson

I am not quite sure why I am watching it though! I followed it closely at the time. I even watched some of it. The only characters involved I can recall respecting were Clarke and Darden.

Until that trial I had been a huge admirer of Dershowitz, and my opinion of him has never quite fully recovered. The worst was F Lee Bailey. Well, Simpson was the worst.

Two hours in it's not bad and I will continue.
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Post by: George on September 25, 2016, 05:15:14 PM
(http://cdn.ticketfly.com/i/00/02/17/17/19-etxl1.jpg)

Second time through this. The finale is a shocker. 
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Post by: Drasko on September 26, 2016, 02:04:27 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/810u7eaaFHL._SL1500_.jpg)

Three more episodes to go and I kind of like it. The story is not the most imaginative, cliches galore, and the tone is permanently and overly portentous, some levity wouldn't go amiss. On the other hand they've got all the dancing aspects of the series pretty spot on. Casting actual ballet dancers who can act a bit rather than actors who can dance a bit is the main thing they got right, everything else follows from there.
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Post by: SimonNZ on September 26, 2016, 02:26:37 PM
^Plus a gratuitous nudity quota that makes Game Of Thrones seem prudish. Not that I mind looking on the female form, but they made it far too obviously sleazy and not at all in service of the plot.

I thought the lead actress was interesting and it would be good to see her in other things and I was interested in the story arcs involving the troubled family she ran away from, but it was the ticking off of all the standard ballet story cliches that had me stop watching halfway through.
Title: M
Post by: SonicMan46 on September 26, 2016, 03:42:55 PM
Longmire - Season 5 - Susan & I binged out last night until 2 AM watching the last 5 episodes of the mostly recently released season - ;)  Dave

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Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on September 26, 2016, 04:02:24 PM
Curb your Enthusiasm. I guess I'm a decade behind the times here (I watch very little TV or movies), but I ordered the first two seasons on DVD, and I'm finding the show and the characters absolutely hilarious. (I never watched or liked Seinfeld btw)

It is really funny to watch Larry argue with people over things that most of us would just let slide in the name of not pissing people off/getting your ass kicked. Although he is a complete jerk at times, it is hilarious to watch everything unravel for him. Some of the episodes are really masterpieces of comedy ("Beloved Aunt", and the one where he tries to get the prescription for his wife)
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Post by: Drasko on September 27, 2016, 02:27:44 AM
^Plus a gratuitous nudity quota that makes Game Of Thrones seem prudish. Not that I mind looking on the female form, but they made it far too obviously sleazy and not at all in service of the plot.

To be fair ballet dancers are notorious, in real life, for disregard of common decency when it comes to clothing. Strolling around more or less naked in locker rooms and rehearsals is pretty common behavior.
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Post by: Mirror Image on September 27, 2016, 06:49:22 AM
Curb your Enthusiasm. I guess I'm a decade behind the times here (I watch very little TV or movies), but I ordered the first two seasons on DVD, and I'm finding the show and the characters absolutely hilarious. (I never watched or liked Seinfeld btw)

It is really funny to watch Larry argue with people over things that most of us would just let slide in the name of not pissing people off/getting your ass kicked. Although he is a complete jerk at times, it is hilarious to watch everything unravel for him. Some of the episodes are really masterpieces of comedy ("Beloved Aunt", and the one where he tries to get the prescription for his wife)

As someone who loves Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm was an easy step forward in that direction. I agree that Curb is such a fantastic sitcom.
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Post by: George on September 27, 2016, 07:03:17 AM
Curb your Enthusiasm. I guess I'm a decade behind the times here (I watch very little TV or movies), but I ordered the first two seasons on DVD, and I'm finding the show and the characters absolutely hilarious. (I never watched or liked Seinfeld btw)

It is really funny to watch Larry argue with people over things that most of us would just let slide in the name of not pissing people off/getting your ass kicked. Although he is a complete jerk at times, it is hilarious to watch everything unravel for him. Some of the episodes are really masterpieces of comedy ("Beloved Aunt", and the one where he tries to get the prescription for his wife)

Curb is the crude, dark side of Seinfeld. Absolutely offensive on every level. I love it!
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Post by: NikF on September 27, 2016, 07:13:57 AM
Curb your Enthusiasm is the only show I've ever binge watched a season of.
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Post by: Drasko on September 28, 2016, 10:35:35 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51quzWG93vL.jpg)
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Post by: Ken B on September 28, 2016, 11:01:46 AM
I wasn't expecting much



but this is really very good indeed. A few performances are weak, but it's generally well done. What I particularly liked is it didn't shy away from catching in key moments the moral failures of many of the key players. A lot of stuff is left out of course, stuff which mostly redounds to the discredit of the defense attorneys, but even with 500 minutes you have to cut! 8/10
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Post by: HIPster on September 28, 2016, 11:57:35 AM
Ken, the recent (7 hour!) documentary is excellent and makes for a nice follow-up:

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Post by: Ken B on September 28, 2016, 12:36:08 PM
Ken, the recent (7 hour!) documentary is excellent and makes for a nice follow-up:


Oh cool. I did not know about that. Thanks for the tip.
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Post by: Bogey on October 02, 2016, 04:06:43 AM
My wife and I have been long term fans of the Inspector Morse series.  Then we continued with Lewis, also fans.  But lately we've been enjoying Endeavour, a prequel to the Morse series, with most of the main characters as younger men and just starting out with the Oxford police.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81nkOqCTonL._UR534,400_FMJPG_.jpg)

Fabulous series!
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Post by: Drasko on October 03, 2016, 01:21:24 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91hc4KlWFsL._SL1500_.jpg)

Just starting this. Heard from few people (and Simon mentions it on previous page as well) that they rushed and bungled up the last few episodes, but I liked so much the first two seasons that prospect of botched ending is not going to deter me from finishing the series.
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Post by: Drasko on October 14, 2016, 04:17:07 AM
(https://s18.postimg.org/5tbfh99kp/bab.jpg)

Step-siblings start dating, chaos ensues: emotional, familial, social.

Very well written by LaBute (not a given having seen his last couple of movies), smart, flowing, non-cringey.

Shame it never made further than one season plus an epilogue episode, but I guess wasn't that laugh out loud funny for a comedy and not enough gut wrenching for a drama, and it was on some never ever heard of channel. 
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Post by: Reckoner on October 14, 2016, 02:00:54 PM
Any fans of Bloodline on Netflix?

Possibly my favourite series post-Breaking Bad. Season 1 is particularly strong, with some stellar acting (especially Ben Mendelsohn), exquisitely paced storytelling and lush cinematography.
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Post by: The new erato on October 14, 2016, 10:53:49 PM
Started Fargo season 2. After 2 episodes it looks promising. Will try not to bingewatch.
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Post by: SimonNZ on October 14, 2016, 11:05:04 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81otGeN9MLL._SY445_.jpg) (https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51EuSHHIGiL._SY300_QL70_.jpg) (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51sYQZyxGgL.jpg)

Recently:

The Tunnel: Perfectly watchable, but suffered from sticking too close to the original The Bridge and inviting direct comparissons, as well as not taking the opportunity to ignore or rewrite some of the more preposterous story twists of the original.

The People Vs OJ Simpson: Much better than I was expecting. I was worried by how hard they were pushing the Kardashian connection in the first couple of episodes, but they eased off it. Sarah Poulson was brilliant as always.

Narcos: halfway through the first season and loving it.
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Post by: Toccata&Fugue on October 15, 2016, 08:19:17 AM
This new HBO show is very good so far.

(http://cdn1-www.comingsoon.net/assets/uploads/gallery/westworld/1274080_mkt_pa_westworld-s1_po_v1_p.jpg)
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Post by: SimonNZ on October 29, 2016, 06:33:29 PM
Recently:

(https://d3fa68hw0m2vcc.cloudfront.net/e89/152520877.jpeg) (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51x0LqDhyUL._SY300_.jpg)

I'm glad there's a second season of The Shadow Men (retitled "Spin" in some areas) to look forward to.

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Post by: Ken B on October 29, 2016, 06:45:32 PM
Goliath

An Amazon original series.

It's pretty bad in many ways. The impossibly evil corporate law firm, the pervy chief villain who listens to classical (especially opera), and the silly legal maneuver whipsaw reversals of fortune. But Billy Bob Thornton is engaging and there is some good humour, and I do like David vs Goliath stories. So I am liking it well enough.
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Post by: George on October 29, 2016, 07:07:54 PM
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Post by: Est.1965 on October 31, 2016, 02:22:04 PM
Very odd this.  I took a liking to watching Mob Wives!  Love it.   $:)

(http://images.enstarz.com/data/thumbs/full/39847/810/0/0/0/mob-wives.jpg)

You don't like Mob Wives?
Whassamarra wit yoo?
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Post by: Parsifal on October 31, 2016, 06:28:06 PM
Was a great fan of Community. Just saw the first episode of season 6 (the one aired on yahoo screen).  A horror, one of the most pointless things I can recall seeing on television. Biggest disappointment since the forth season of arrested development.
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Post by: NikF on November 01, 2016, 05:12:04 AM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103381
Episode One: The family gathers at the camomile lawn in summer 1939. Oliver returns from the Spanish Civil War and woos Calypso who rejects him, saying she is looking for a rich man. Sophy has a traumatic experience and the family meets classical musician Max and his wife Monika.

I'm going to rewatch Mary Wesley's 'The Camomile Lawn' and enjoy the faintly satirical depiction of the sexual mores of the upper middle class, delivered via delightfully plummy voices and punctuated by snatches of Ravel's F major SQ.



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Post by: Drasko on November 03, 2016, 04:30:14 AM
(https://televisionseries.biz/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/UnReal-season-2-poster-Lifetime-key-art.jpg)

Just starting season 2 of Unreal. Loved the first one, let's hope the second won't lose the edge, but neither get all pretentious.
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on November 04, 2016, 05:52:30 AM
Sasuke, aka Ninja Warrior. Also, Takeshi's castle.
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Post by: Drasko on November 05, 2016, 06:06:02 AM
Sasuke, aka Ninja Warrior. Also, Takeshi's castle.

Oh, yeah! Loved both when they were shown on local TV. Takeshi Kitano & Makoto Nagano!  8)
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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on November 07, 2016, 08:06:30 AM
Oh, yeah! Loved both when they were shown on local TV. Takeshi Kitano & Makoto Nagano!  8)

Yeah. Too bad Nagano retired from Sasuke...
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Post by: SimonNZ on November 18, 2016, 01:54:42 AM
(https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/511ZXhNv0GL._AC_UL320_SR230,320_.jpg)

not currently watching: The Night Of

which after 20 minutes became clear was an exact remake  of a British miniseries called Criminal Justice which I had watched quite recently:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51DD7NNornL._SY445_.jpg)


started series six of Game of Thrones instead
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Post by: kishnevi on November 30, 2016, 07:15:32 PM
Not yet watched, but this Black Friday indulgence landed today, featuring the combination of Hyacinth Bouquet and Meriadoc Brandybuck

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Post by: North Star on November 30, 2016, 09:59:17 PM
Not yet watched, but this Black Friday indulgence landed today, featuring the combination of Hyacinth Bouquet and Meriadoc Brandybuck
Good stuff.
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Post by: Parsifal on December 01, 2016, 10:16:54 AM
Was a great fan of Community. Just saw the first episode of season 6 (the one aired on yahoo screen).  A horror, one of the most pointless things I can recall seeing on television. Biggest disappointment since the forth season of arrested development.

Must withdraw this comment. The first episode was over the top, taking the conceptual meta humor to a level which was insufferable. The second and subsequent episodes have been very good. I'm up to the finale.
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Post by: drogulus on December 01, 2016, 10:46:59 AM

     I'm rewatching Tenko after more than 30 years. It holds up very well.

     (http://res.cloudinary.com/uktv/image/upload/v1474878045/o3tgzqnlqsdrw7srnnuj.jpg)

     That's Louise "Leela" Jameson in the middle. She plays the cockney tartette of the group.
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Post by: SimonNZ on December 01, 2016, 12:32:08 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/A1-QHffPBdL._SY500_.jpg) (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81QWwYDaIQL._SY500_.jpg)

Recently:

Game Of Thrones, series six

I was expecting the novelty to be starting to wear off, but this was one of the strongest seasons yet. Hard to believe they packed so much punch and so many great set-piece scenes into just ten taut episodes.

The Tunnel, series two "Sabotage"

Considerably better than season one. Now that they've stopped repeating stories and interactions from the original The Bridge, and tailored the writing to the new actors, their unique talents are able to shine, especially with a well concieved original espionage story.
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Post by: Drasko on December 02, 2016, 05:09:54 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91w0J-724jL._SL1500_.jpg)  (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81W3nnbGkFL._SL1500_.jpg)

Endeavour is really good, psychology of main characters and their non police case related lives are superbly drawn and period setting looks immaculate. The only minor thing is that denouements of cases are generally pretty far fetched and mostly unguessable for the viewer.

It may be blasphemous to say but for the most time I easily prefer Elementary to often unbearably pretentious Sherlock.
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Post by: lisa needs braces on December 02, 2016, 03:03:40 PM
Have you guys heard about that show called "Rectifiy"? It's gotten some glowing critical praise and I believe it's on its last season (of 4, season length is under 10 episodes.)

It concerns a man on death row getting his conviction thrown out after multiple decades...and him having to adjust back to life in small town America.

I REALLY want to watch it but sometimes I can't handle heavy stuff...

this is the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw-TTr3sK8o
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Post by: Archaic Torso of Apollo on December 02, 2016, 03:21:54 PM
Have you guys heard about that show called "Rectifiy"? It's gotten some glowing critical praise and I believe it's on its last season (of 4, season length is under 10 episodes.)

It concerns a man on death row getting his conviction thrown out after multiple decades...and him having to adjust back to life in small town America.

I've watched the first 2 seasons. It is really well done, with some very good acting and a generally intelligent approach to the subject matter.

But yeah, it's heavy stuff. Watch the first couple of episodes, then decide if you want to continue.
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Post by: George on December 02, 2016, 04:20:33 PM
(http://www.the-filmreel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/comedy_bang_07.jpg)

Still can't figure out if I really like this show, but it intrigues me, and I am in a bit of a dry spell, TV comedy-wise.


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Post by: Todd on December 05, 2016, 07:47:45 AM
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I got HBO Now for GoT, but I ended up keeping it for Westworld.  The season closer ran yesterday, and it was decent enough entertainment, but it was also a bit disappointing, as was the series as a whole.  The entire show looked great, had high production values, and an A-list cast that wasn’t always used to its potential, but the show never really made me care about the robots.  Even the hot “female” ones.  The apparently much discussed violence wasn’t particularly intense or ugly, even the very topical sexual violence against the “female” characters.  A couple of the storylines were clunky.  The whole Maeve sub-plot had a massive, gaping hole in it, for instance.  Still, all the pluses listed before, combined with nice use of music, means I’ll probably watch the next season.  And the Gunslinger Easter egg was a hoot.
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Post by: Spineur on December 05, 2016, 01:49:34 PM
Nicolas Le Floch, police officer of Louis XV, is the hero of a book serie by François Perot.
A TV serie in period costume has been made from these books.  I find them quite well made in superb french language.  Some ask which opera should they see to learn french.  I think this serie is pretty good, because the quality of the dialogue.

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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on December 08, 2016, 11:57:06 AM
Nicolas Le Floch, police officer of Louis XV, is the hero of a book serie by François Perot.
A TV serie in period costume has been made from these books.  I find them quite well made in superb french language.  Some ask which opera should they see to learn french.  I think this serie is pretty good, because the quality of the dialogue.

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00E8WL7GW.01.L.jpg)

Cool.

Thread Duty:

A Nero Wolfe Mystery
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on December 09, 2016, 05:59:30 PM
I've been SLOWLY going through the first season (of two, so far) of Amazon's BOSCH, based on the detective novels of Michael Connolly.

(http://i.imgur.com/pqOUKzO.jpg)


There is a central strong plot and mystery running through the season. The lead actor -- Titus Welliver--is one of those actors who has been around for a while and always does great in small roles and whose name you never learn, but he's very capable here and very much a leading man.

It has several "The Wire" alums in key roles. Bosch's police partner is the guy who played Marlo Stanfield, and the police chief is Lt. Daniels. But unlike that show "Bosch" is very much just a mystery thriller, and there's nothing wrong with that.  ;)
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Post by: Ken B on December 09, 2016, 06:28:44 PM
I've been SLOWLY going through the first season (of two, so far) of Amazon's BOSCH, based on the detective novels of Michael Connolly.

(http://i.imgur.com/pqOUKzO.jpg)


There is a central strong plot and mystery running through the season. The lead actor -- Titus Welliver--is one of those actors who has been around for a while and always does great in small roles and whose name you never learn, but he's very capable here and very much a leading man.

It has several "The Wire" alums in key roles. Bosch's police partner is the guy who played Marlo Stanfield, and the police chief is Lt. Daniels. But unlike that show "Bosch" is very much just a mystery thriller, and there's nothing wrong with that.  ;)
After season 1 I wasnt sure I wanted to watch more, but I gave season 2 a try and it was much better.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on December 16, 2016, 07:52:39 AM
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When I saw that Sharon Horgan was involved with Divorce - she of the superb show Catastrophe - I was enthused.  Alas, it was not as good as I hoped.  The leads are a bit wobbly and both are unlikeable for different reasons - though I suspect that is rather part of the point - and there are comparatively few acidic comic bits, though when they arrive, they are dandy.  There's a lot of good supporting work, with Molly Shannon getting some of the best zingers, the best of which is probably when she reveals her true maternal feelings after helping a young boy in a grocery store.  The season ends on a high note, promising some increased bitterness and nastiness in the second season.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: MN Dave on December 16, 2016, 10:50:17 AM
Daredevil Season Two when I can.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on December 16, 2016, 03:03:29 PM
Comedy Bang Bang - Season 4
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on December 17, 2016, 07:47:25 AM
(https://i.jeded.com/i/better-call-saul-second-season-2016.41526.jpg)


Finally got to season two of Better Call Saul.  Not as fresh as season one, it is nonetheless excellent, with sharp writing, generally plausible, life-sized plots, and expert use of music.  How can someone not like a show that uses Thievery Corporation in one episode and Faure in the next?  The dual cliffhangers don't really work since the show is a prequel, and the whole prequel thing is also hampered by the obvious reality that Mike looks older and moves slower now than in the early episodes of Breaking Bad.  Seeing a mobile and active and intimidating Hector Salamanca is a big plus.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on December 17, 2016, 09:46:23 AM
Finished the first two seasons of The Flash - enjoying - Season 3 has been filmed but not yet available for viewing.

Returned to Anthony Bourdain - Parts Unknown - just started Season 6 - believe that 8 seasons have been filmed - really a travel show w/ emphasis on places visited, culture & history, people, and of course, food always enters into the discussion - recommended!  Dave :)

(http://cdn1us.denofgeek.com/sites/denofgeekus/files/8/13//the-flash-tv-series-review.jpg)  (https://images.alphacoders.com/506/506454.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on December 18, 2016, 03:56:23 PM
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Recently:

Brotherhood, season 1: much better than I was expecting, given that i have a very low tollerance for depictions of organised crime (I've never been able to watch more than 30 minutes of the Sopranos), but much like The Wire the writing is so good and unglamorised and the social decay at every level so well captured, that I'm looking forward to the remaining two series.

Jessica Jones: The stuff between the two leads is pretty great and kept me watching, but most of the supporting characters are underwritten and two-dimensional, and despite the best effors of those actors all the scenes not dealing directly with the main story make the show feel slower than it should.

Started last night:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91vmJGC7HpL._SX385_.jpg)

Preacher: This is proving such a hoot that I stayed up way too late to finish the first disc.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mirror Image on December 18, 2016, 04:01:06 PM
Finished the first two seasons of The Flash - enjoying - Season 3 has been filmed but not yet available for viewing.

(http://cdn1us.denofgeek.com/sites/denofgeekus/files/8/13//the-flash-tv-series-review.jpg)

The Flash is really a great show, Dave. I was, however, a bit perplexed by the finale of Season Two, in particular, the ending.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on January 01, 2017, 08:54:29 AM
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I finished off 2016 by finishing off The Crown.  The word lavish is an understatement when describing the production values of this series.  Everything looks superb, with great sets, locations, and green screen use.  Heck, it even has a Hans Zimmer score.

The actors all do fine work in what amounts to a regal soap opera, and while world events swirl around, the show focuses on the reactions of the people themselves.  There are problems, though, in having such famous people portrayed on-screen.  For instance, John Lithgow gives his formidable all as Winston Churchill, but he looks like John Lithgow pretending to be Winston Churchill.  Claire Foy, as she did as Anne Boleyn in the even better Wolf Hall, does superb work as the queen.  She is staid and serious and devoted, and she in no way plays Elizabeth as anything other than dignified, which is a wise choice.  (Both she and Vanessa Kirby, who plays Margaret, also, as one would expect, are rather more attractive than their real-life counterparts, which takes some adjustment.)  Of the male characters, the most interesting are Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden, all upper crust righteousness and stiffness, and Alex Jennings as a right proper bitch Edward the VIII.

As I watched each nicely paced show - meaning it takes its time - I enjoyed how real events formed the basis of the drama, but it sort of seemed and seems unnecessary.  I couldn't help but think of Frank Drebin's speech from The Naked Gun, you know, "...[n]o matter how silly the idea of having a queen might be to us, as Americans...".  Anyway, I'll probably watch the second season, but when they switch out Claire Foy in season three, I may lose interest.

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on January 01, 2017, 09:44:40 AM
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Second time through this series. Just as cringingly funny as it was the first time. I plan to see the movie sometime this week.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 02, 2017, 01:31:08 PM
Just watched the first episode of the fourth series of Sherlock! Very fun!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: North Star on January 02, 2017, 01:47:26 PM
Just watched the first episode of the fourth series of Sherlock! Very fun!
I'll be watching them too when they're broadcast over here. There are reruns of the old episodes currently. :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 02, 2017, 02:32:41 PM
I'll be watching them too when they're broadcast over here. There are reruns of the old episodes currently. :)

Excellent! I feel I really must rewatch some of the older episodes because it has been SUCH A LONG TIME!

I will say though, the idiosyncratic visual style of Sherlock, especially the on-screen text messages, is particularly prominent in The Six Thatchers. Perhaps it is overdone, but it does certainly look pretty cool if you ask me.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: North Star on January 02, 2017, 03:03:36 PM
Excellent! I feel I really must rewatch some of the older episodes because it has been SUCH A LONG TIME!

I will say though, the idiosyncratic visual style of Sherlock, especially the on-screen text messages, is particularly prominent in The Six Thatchers. Perhaps it is overdone, but it does certainly look pretty cool if you ask me.
Well I just noticed that they've moved to Netflix for the new series instead of the national broadcasting company. Good time to join for the free month, then.

Yeah, it's a long time since the Magnussen episode - which also made plenty of (good) use of the on-screen texts.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on January 02, 2017, 05:07:04 PM
 
    From iTunes I just snagged a 1991 Brit seven parter G.B.H. starring Michael Palin, Robert Lindsay, Julie Walters and Lindsay Duncan.
     
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: André on January 02, 2017, 05:42:15 PM
Nicolas Le Floch, police officer of Louis XV, is the hero of a book serie by François Perot.
A TV serie in period costume has been made from these books.  I find them quite well made in superb french language.  Some ask which opera should they see to learn french.  I think this serie is pretty good, because the quality of the dialogue.



Merci Spineur, je vais voir si c'est disponible ici. Jamais entendu parler avant. Le Floch, c'est breton, non?

............................................................................

In our household, 2016 was the year of The Crown and, of course, Season VI of Downton Abbey (last year in the States and GB). Really great TV.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Spineur on January 03, 2017, 05:44:41 AM
Merci Spineur, je vais voir si c'est disponible ici. Jamais entendu parler avant. Le Floch, c'est breton, non?

............................................................................

In our household, 2016 was the year of The Crown and, of course, Season VI of Downton Abbey (last year in the States and GB). Really great TV.
If you DVD reader can handle zone 2.  There are no zone 1 or 0  copies as far as I know.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on January 09, 2017, 07:31:21 AM
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The second season of The Man in the High Castle.  Still not having read the source material, I'm guessing the second season strays from the original so much as to no longer make any comparisons meaningful.  First season success led to bigger budgets, which shows in various displays of Nazi technology and a grand Berlin and so forth.  This season, we get to meet the title character (Milton from Office Space, as it turns out), spend just a little bit more time with uncle Adolf, and one character gets to spend a prolonged period in an alternate universe, which ends up being a main theme in the show.  As such, viewers get to see pre-hippie protestors protesting nukes in the US juxtaposed against acid dropping German youth safely ensconced in the capital of the Reich contemplating whatever they contemplate.  The younger characters all become a bit less interesting, the big plot twist regarding one of them notwithstanding.  This season the most intriguing characters, by far, are some senior baddies: Chief Inspector Kido from Imperial Japan, and Obergruppenführer John Smith.  (I'm glad, because only Berdimuhamedow is perhaps more fun to type than Obergruppenführer in today's world.)  Joel de la Fuente's seriousness in the former role is impressive, and Rufus Sewell as the latter plays devious and nasty but devoted to something concrete and understandable perfectly.  The show has lost a bit of steam this season, probably since the novelty wore off, but any show that can make one root for Heinrich Himmler must be doing something right.  The homage to the War Room and the Big Board from Dr Strangelove is also a nice touch.  I'll watch season three.

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on January 16, 2017, 11:30:58 AM
Stranger Things (2016) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334/

I'm going to watch a couple more episodes in the company of my best friend/studio assistant/arch-nemesis.

One of the things that show is touted as, is a homage to  "...Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Stephen King, Robert Zemeckis, and George Lucas, among others." Certainly the first episode hinted at that, when it featured a shot of a little girl sitting at the dinner table looking back and forth between arguing parents a la 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. But one of the biggest examples was the propensity to shoot most of the scenes in this episode from the eyepoint of a child, very low down - that's part of Spielberg's gig. Having said that, if they manage to do the equivalent of the Close Encounters interview scene using the same one light setup http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/actors-richard-dreyfuss-francois-truffaut-bob-balaban-and-director-picture-id1673535?s=594x594 that Zsigmond used and to the same effect -

(http://i.imgur.com/fMY9zea.jpg)

- I'll be impressed. :)

Otherwise, I'm finding it watchable and entertaining, albeit kind of undemanding.

 e: also, if they obviously use anamorphic lenses (or process to look that way) it'll fit into the look of that era just fine.   8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: vandermolen on January 16, 2017, 12:10:49 PM
My wife and I have recently watched the first two series of 'Poldark' (shameful I know) and the first series of 'The Missing'. It is a question of finding series that we both enjoy. Oddly enough my wife doesn't appreciate horror films of the 1940s-1960s.
  ::)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on January 17, 2017, 01:10:37 AM
I'll be watching the final season 5 of Hell on Wheels starting next week on the TNT channel here in Austria.  8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on January 17, 2017, 04:42:08 AM
King Of Queens - Season 2
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on January 17, 2017, 02:55:53 PM
     
(http://assets1.ignimgs.com/2016/10/23/mihcs2statueoflibertyjpg-f480ec_765w.jpg)


The second season of The Man in the High Castle.  Still not having read the source material, I'm guessing the second season strays from the original so much as to no longer make any comparisons meaningful.  First season success led to bigger budgets, which shows in various displays of Nazi technology and a grand Berlin and so forth.  This season, we get to meet the title character (Milton from Office Space, as it turns out), spend just a little bit more time with uncle Adolf, and one character gets to spend a prolonged period in an alternate universe, which ends up being a main theme in the show.  As such, viewers get to see pre-hippie protestors protesting nukes in the US juxtaposed against acid dropping German youth safely ensconced in the capital of the Reich contemplating whatever they contemplate.  The younger characters all become a bit less interesting, the big plot twist regarding one of them notwithstanding.  This season the most intriguing characters, by far, are some senior baddies: Chief Inspector Kido from Imperial Japan, and Obergruppenführer John Smith.  (I'm glad, because only Berdimuhamedow is perhaps more fun to type than Obergruppenführer in today's world.)  Joel de la Fuente's seriousness in the former role is impressive, and Rufus Sewell as the latter plays devious and nasty but devoted to something concrete and understandable perfectly.  The show has lost a bit of steam this season, probably since the novelty wore off, but any show that can make one root for Heinrich Himmler must be doing something right.  The homage to the War Room and the Big Board from Dr Strangelove is also a nice touch.  I'll watch season three.



     I read a very negative review of the second season, with which I don't agree. I thought it did not go downhill, and if you have Rufus Sewell, you better use Rufus Sewell. Himmler, fictionally, is a great touch, not merely shlock counterfactual but substantively related to the theme about different worlds and shlock counterfactual, so bravo!

     I didn't like the first season so much because the main characters and actors were uninteresting. Now it's better, and I'll continue to watch, too.

Stranger Things (2016) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334/

I'm going to watch a couple more episodes in the company of my best friend/studio assistant/arch-nemesis.

One of the things that show is touted as, is a homage to  "...Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Stephen King, Robert Zemeckis, and George Lucas, among others." Certainly the first episode hinted at that, when it featured a shot of a little girl sitting at the dinner table looking back and forth between arguing parents a la 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. But one of the biggest examples was the propensity to shoot most of the scenes in this episode from the eyepoint of a child, very low down - that's part of Spielberg's gig. Having said that, if they manage to do the equivalent of the Close Encounters interview scene using the same one light setup http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/actors-richard-dreyfuss-francois-truffaut-bob-balaban-and-director-picture-id1673535?s=594x594 that Zsigmond used and to the same effect -

(http://i.imgur.com/fMY9zea.jpg)

- I'll be impressed. :)

Otherwise, I'm finding it watchable and entertaining, albeit kind of undemanding.

 e: also, if they obviously use anamorphic lenses (or process to look that way) it'll fit into the look of that era just fine.   8)

     I watched and enjoyed it, but I wish I'd found the 2160p version first because now I have to watch it again.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on January 17, 2017, 02:57:44 PM
^ well, it's something to look forward to. :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on January 17, 2017, 03:33:35 PM
^ well, it's something to look forward to. :)

     I still have my health. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)

     I'm in the middle of Love For Lydia, which I saw when it was on Masterpiece Theater in 1979. I remember Alastair Cooke introducing the show with some historical and biographical color, and I remember how much I enjoyed this strange story, a small town guy takes a mysterious rich girl ice skating in 1929, and then, he takes her ice skating, after which other things happen including he takes her ice skating. I love this story.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 17, 2017, 03:39:09 PM
With my younger sisters:

Sherlock series 4 (finished it)
A Series of Unfortunate Events season 1 (finished it)
Gravity Falls (currently three quarters of the way through season 1)

Gravity Falls is a brilliant show. I was surprised. :o
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on January 17, 2017, 04:35:08 PM
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westworld_(TV_series)

Just watched the first episode of the 2016 Westworld. I got a 'Battlestar Galactica remake' kind of vibe from it. Why? I don't know. Will I watch more episodes? I don't know.
I don't know.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on January 18, 2017, 06:26:59 PM
Stranger Things (2016) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334/

I'm going to watch a couple more episodes in the company of my best friend/studio assistant/arch-nemesis.

One of the things that show is touted as, is a homage to  "...Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Stephen King, Robert Zemeckis, and George Lucas, among others." Certainly the first episode hinted at that, when it featured a shot of a little girl sitting at the dinner table looking back and forth between arguing parents a la 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. But one of the biggest examples was the propensity to shoot most of the scenes in this episode from the eyepoint of a child, very low down - that's part of Spielberg's gig. Having said that, if they manage to do the equivalent of the Close Encounters interview scene using the same one light setup http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/actors-richard-dreyfuss-francois-truffaut-bob-balaban-and-director-picture-id1673535?s=594x594 that Zsigmond used and to the same effect -

(http://i.imgur.com/fMY9zea.jpg)

- I'll be impressed. :)

Otherwise, I'm finding it watchable and entertaining, albeit kind of undemanding.

 e: also, if they obviously use anamorphic lenses (or process to look that way) it'll fit into the look of that era just fine.   8)

I forgot to come back and post this screen cap from a later episode.

(http://i.imgur.com/giA6tum.jpg)

;D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on January 19, 2017, 04:50:33 PM
Watched a couple of episodes of something called 'Timeless' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5511582/
Remember 'The Time Tunnel'? - that was more fun and the turtlenecks were cool. ;D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on January 19, 2017, 05:46:46 PM
Watched a couple of episodes of something called 'Timeless' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5511582/
Remember 'The Time Tunnel'? - that was more fun and the turtlenecks were cool. ;D
Gaaaaaa! I do remember that, as a kid.

And turtlenecks are torture!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on January 19, 2017, 05:52:20 PM


And turtlenecks are torture!

Beauty comes at a price. ;D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 19, 2017, 08:31:07 PM
With my younger sisters:

Sherlock series 4 (finished it)
A Series of Unfortunate Events season 1 (finished it)
Gravity Falls (currently three quarters of the way through season 1)

Gravity Falls is a brilliant show. I was surprised. :o

Update: Gravity Falls just keeps getting better and better now that we are three episodes in to the second season.........very cleverly written. A note about the characters: there is nothing about their personalities which one wouldn't expect from a kid's show, however I feel that there is a bit more realism in the way the main characters interact with one another that wouldn't be seen so much in the shows I used to watch when I was younger. Aside from the problems they face during their supernatural adventures, these characters also have to deal with the same problems of growing up, reaching their early teens etc. How this show manages to combine all these themes as well as supernatural adventures that range from being hilariously goofy to creepy/scary without any of these elements being inconsequential makes for a very entertaining children's programme that really can be enjoyed by anyone who likes good storytelling and good character development. It is just as appealing to me as it is to my sisters, aged 15 and 9.

Also, for people who like hidden messages and ciphers I just read this on wikipedia and nowwww I understand what those letters and numbers are for!!!!!!!!

Quote
Ciphers[edit]
At the end of every episode, there is a ciphered text in one of many substitution ciphers:

Season 1[edit]
Caesar cipher, hinted at by a voice in the opening sequence, which played backwards says "three letters back".[25] This cipher was used in episodes 1–6.
Atbash cipher, which is announced in an episode in Caesar cipher that it will be used this time.[25] This cipher was used in episodes 7–13.
A1Z26 cipher is a simple substitution cipher decoded by substituting the nth letter of the alphabet for the given number. It was used in episodes 14–19.
A combined cipher is a mix of two or more ciphers seen in the show. The first time such cipher has been used is at the end of "Gideon Rises". It's solved by converting to letters using the A1Z26 cipher, then flipping the letters with the Atbash cipher, and finally by using the Caesar cipher. Season 2's combined ciphers start with the Vigenère cipher.
A symbol cipher appears in the 2 part season finale. It also frequently appears in the journals. The symbols for Q, X, and Z are currently unknown.
Season 2[edit]
Vigenère cipher which is used in the end credits like all the other ciphers. The keyword for the cipher is hinted at by subtle clues in the episode. The voice at the end of the theme song hints at this cipher so when played backwards it says "Key Vigenère".
Season 2 also uses the symbol cipher mentioned above.

I guess I will have to go back and solve them for myself now.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: zamyrabyrd on January 20, 2017, 03:31:21 AM
"Love Bird" Turkish, time is approximately 100 years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/v/q3NYhyxx5tw

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on January 20, 2017, 02:21:45 PM
Been rewatching The Wire recently.

It was interesting to see just how strong season one starts out. They didn't need time to tweak or find the right ballance over a number of episodes, they just hit the ground running. Finished season two, which is most people's least favorite. I liked it a little more this time now that I know what they're setting up for later stories, but the S2 story arc does oddly run out of ideas near the end and just fizzles out rather than reaching any climax or denouement.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: North Star on January 20, 2017, 02:33:53 PM
Been rewatching The Wire recently.

S2 story arc does oddly run out of ideas near the end and just fizzles out rather than reaching any climax or denouement.
You mean, like the American industry has done? ;)

Season 2 is one of my favourites, actually. It's a few years since the last time I saw the series, though.

Thread duty: After finishing my first ever run through Breaking Bad (and yes, it's great - up there with The Wire, Mad Men and Sopranos), starting Better Call Saul.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on January 20, 2017, 02:44:33 PM
You mean, like the American industry has done? ;)

Season 2 is one of my favourites, actually. It's a few years since the last time I saw the series, though.

Thread duty: After finishing my first ever run through Breaking Bad (and yes, it's great - up there with The Wire, Mad Men and Sopranos), starting Better Call Saul.

You're in for a treat! I like Better Call Saul more than Breaking Bad.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on January 21, 2017, 01:36:22 AM
I just started watching Bull. I loved Michael Weatherly in NCIS and I hated to see him leave that series. Now I can catch him again in Bull but it's not the same.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on January 21, 2017, 09:32:27 AM

     My favorite Wire season is the fourth, with the kids. I remember there was a scene somewhere in the first or second season where you very briefly see a bunch of children with book bags go by and in the fourth season it hit me that these were the children a few years later. It was just a couple of seconds.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 23, 2017, 01:14:48 AM
I just finished watching Gravity Falls with my sisters and I can affirm you that it is the most perfect show I have ever seen.

Argh, I wan't to write something about it but I can't seem to find the right words..........

for a 'saturday morning kids cartoon' it has completely outshone every other TV show I can think of, which was completely and utterly unexpected.

I need some time to get over this.

Meanwhile, you guys can watch this review from the most difficult person to please on the internet.

https://www.youtube.com/v/DSBL17PRhCs
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 23, 2017, 01:30:20 AM
I am infatuated. Brace yourselves for some Gravity Falls related shitposting................
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 23, 2017, 01:33:58 AM
Here are all of Mabel's sweaters arranged like a RAINBOW

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/62567fcf001c674087a1c13d304ffa8e/tumblr_nj1x9qR7ge1rptyweo1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on January 23, 2017, 02:39:51 AM
........just keep the cat?.........  8)

This one is in the very first episode

(http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/gravityfalls/images/a/af/S1e1_mabel_cat_sweater.png/revision/20141104051025)
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Post by: drogulus on January 23, 2017, 01:01:07 PM
     

     (https://media.giphy.com/media/dchERAZ73GvOE/giphy.gif)

     Can the Patriots win without him?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on January 23, 2017, 01:20:52 PM

     I've only watched the first episode of The Young Pope. It intrigues me, yes, but I don't think smoking cigarettes works as the sign of the demonic quite like it's supposed to, even if they are demonically smoked. Jude Law OTOH is demonic whatever he does, though I can't say why.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on February 01, 2017, 04:38:08 PM
I am going to watch Twin Peaks later this year leading up to the upcoming new season. It will really be interesting to see just how much it has influenced Gravity Falls......
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on February 01, 2017, 05:31:28 PM
I wonder what you'll think, because the story and themes are a lot darker than the TV shows you've previously mentioned. Are you familiar with Lynch's work?  :)
Not yet familiar with his works. I rarely watch TV shows that aren't comedies really. I'd be interested to try something new.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on February 01, 2017, 11:26:19 PM
Season 5 & 6 of Homeland. Season 2 of Bosch. I like them all.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on February 02, 2017, 07:41:56 AM
     I've only watched the first episode of The Young Pope. It intrigues me, yes, but I don't think smoking cigarettes works as the sign of the demonic quite like it's supposed to, even if they are demonically smoked. Jude Law OTOH is demonic whatever he does, though I can't say why.


It gets better, but no less odd, through the first five episodes.  Everything is just a bit off-kilter, and in more than a few places, Law is a very Trumpian pope, but then various morality tales can now be described as having Tumpian overtones whether they do or not.  Some of the bits will appeal more to Catholics, and the significance will be obvious only to them or non-Catholics who follow the Church.  A perfect example is Law's reinstatement of the use of the papal chair abandoned by Saint John Paul the Great.  The use of attractive women throughout is most enjoyable, and Law expressly acknowledging his handsomeness makes for two humorous scenes with two of the very attractive women.  The scenes with the gorgeous Greenland Prime Minster are among the most unusual television I've seen.  Clearly, they were inspired by Helle Thorning-Schmidt and the giddy, silly, flirty smiles she flashed around Barry, and her dance sequence at the end of the episode is both odd and beautiful.  The use of music in the opening sequence, which changes completely in the third episode to something surreal, is also off-kilter.  I don't know where the show is going, and want no spoilers, but I'll find out.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on February 02, 2017, 11:15:12 AM


     I won't spoil anything by saying that Jude Law and many of the other actors in principal roles, those given something significant to do, continue to provide everything you want from an interesting group of characters.

     I don't think the papal chair thingy could escape the notice of anyone interested enough to watch. The YP made his views about distance, formality and the rejection of popularity clear.

     The interaction between "tithood" and "sainthood" is very much an Italian thing. I did think of Fellini and Visconti, in both style and preoccupations.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Spineur on February 02, 2017, 11:30:43 AM
Has anybody seen this swedish historical serie ?


Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: lisa needs braces on February 03, 2017, 12:45:53 AM
Saw one of episode of "Shameless." Pretty damn good.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jay F on February 04, 2017, 12:37:49 PM
The Mary Tyler Moore binge on Decades TV. It runs from Saturday, 2/4/17 at 1 PM eastern, through Monday, 2/6/17 at 7 AM.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Crudblud on February 04, 2017, 11:02:53 PM
Season two episode one



I think doing two episodes a day is working well for me (apart from the feature length episodes 1 from both seasons), I'll probably almost have it finished by the end of the month. Then I'l' have the movie "Fire walk with me" to follow it up, before season 3 premieres  8)  :D

Made a second pilgrimage through Peaks and FWWM last year in preparation for the new season (so close!) and it is actually even better the second time around.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on February 06, 2017, 02:12:16 PM
Which are the "infamous" ones?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Crudblud on February 06, 2017, 02:34:31 PM
Which are the "infamous" ones?

I don't know that they're infamous necessarily, but they're definitely the least popular of all. Around the middle of the second season, due to executive meddling by ABC, the plot was left directionless and the show kind of eased into a more general soap opera style. I still like those episodes a lot, but it's true that they aren't as good as the dark and mysterious and surreal stuff on either side.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Marc on February 07, 2017, 12:59:04 AM
Well it's almost that time now, I've only got two episodes to go (+ FWWM)  :o :o :o :o

For me, FWWM was a shattering experience (though not entirely unexpected).
Be prepared.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: snyprrr on February 07, 2017, 02:24:51 PM
'Andy Griffith'... always 'Andy Griffith'...

Always :(
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on February 09, 2017, 06:19:23 AM
I watched the first couple of episodes of season two of The Expanse. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Expanse_(TV_series) So far I'm not hugely impressed, although I think the first season took time to grow on me too.

I'm almost finished with Westworld (2016) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westworld_(TV_series) There's a chick in it who has great eyes but she needs a longer lens - sometimes it appears that she's looking in a fun house *mirror.

Colony season two https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_(TV_series)
Meh.

Black Sails https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sails_(TV_series) more of the same as in previous seasons. Clara Paget has presence that stands out even when she has no lines, probably on account of her being a model. Taken as a whole I've found every season okay.

I'm watching too much TV.

e: * example, kind of. Here it's partly due to not wanting to compress the foreground (and background) too much because there are two others in the scene, along with consistency in how it's lit. It could be kind of jarring. http://i.imgur.com/gPsPvqR.jpg
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on February 09, 2017, 11:30:22 AM
The Brokenwood Mysteries

The Kiwi version of Midsummer Murders. Pleasant, low-key entertainment.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 09, 2017, 03:29:44 PM
Nothing new, of course, but still reliably amusing, and just what I need this week: Monty Python's Flying Circus. Seasons 2 & 3, so far.


I mean: "Gumby Brain Surgeon"
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on February 10, 2017, 01:55:54 PM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on February 13, 2017, 11:32:21 AM
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Gilmore Girls revival was kind of ok, too much box-checking for my taste. The Young Pope I have three episodes left but I generally like it this far. The main doctrinal premise is quite interesting, various earthly sub-plots less so (especially the parents one). It's visually beautiful with superb supporting cast, Law strikes me a bit one-note.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Spineur on February 16, 2017, 05:41:35 PM
Has anybody seen this swedish historical serie ?


I bought this swedish serie and watched the first episode.  I enjoyed so much the french serie Nicolas le Floch, 18th century police officer of Louis XV that I looked for a similar serie where "scientific" techniques (mostly autopsies), were used to solve criminal affairs.  This one takes place in Stockholm at the end of the 18th century, and the police commissioner Daad, is a marine surgeon.
Despite these similarities the series are quite different.  The format first: Le Floch episodes have film.formats, 1:40 min while Anno 1790 have the usual 55min TV format.  Le Floch is a dashing young nobelman, also womenizer, while Daad as a marine surgeon has a more taciturn personnality.  Anno 1790, is darker while Le Floch serie based on excellent novels is more litterary.

Both series are extremely well made and got the ax after a few seasons: these period pieces do not fit any more the editorial image TVs want to project.  Quality and class arent a good recipe for TV series.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on February 20, 2017, 06:59:15 AM
We are revisiting one of the best series in the last 10 years:

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on February 20, 2017, 07:02:54 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on February 24, 2017, 03:55:41 AM
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Marseille is pretty bad. The city itself is beautifully shot, the cast is fine (haven't recognized Maruschka Detmers at first) and I'm a fan of Depardieu, and political thrillers is a fine genre but the script is simply dreadful, nothing but predictable plots and unbelievable characters. Made it to fourth episode but won't be finishing.

Mozart in the Jungle, the first half of the third season is basically very pretty Venice travelogue where Monica Bellucci sleepwalks through her part, second half of the season is bit better but 'the concert at penitentiary' episode is such a cliche. Generally enjoyable show, but less and less with each new season.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on February 26, 2017, 06:37:03 AM
Picked up these box sets and am working through them at a comfortable pace.  The Peter Gunn set is probably my favorite, but how I love revisiting the Columbo run.  I will probably snag the rest of Wild Wild West as well. 

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And, had to have this one as I watched these episodes every Friday night as a kid.  They are not nearly as well written as The Twilight Zone, but these usually had more creatures or monsters and as a kid, that was what it was all about. 

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on February 26, 2017, 06:43:38 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on February 26, 2017, 06:44:27 AM
And, had to have this one as I watched these episodes every Friday night as a kid.  They are not nearly as well written as The Twilight Zone, but these usually had more creatures or monsters and as a kid, that was what it was all about. 

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I loved that one as a kid, too, Bill.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on February 26, 2017, 06:46:12 AM

*lots of good stuff snipped*

And, had to have this one as I watched these episodes every Friday night as a kid.  They are not nearly as well written as The Twilight Zone, but these usually had more creatures or monsters and as a kid, that was what it was all about. 

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 8)

And welcome back. :)

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on February 26, 2017, 06:59:06 AM
8)

And welcome back. :)


I loved that one as a kid, too, Bill.

Thanks.  The opening is always fun to rewatch. It used to come on at 8 or 9 and then my friend and I would hope that a monster movie would follow.  If it was a Godzilla film, we would be a perfect evening of viewing. :D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on February 26, 2017, 07:45:13 AM

Marseille is pretty bad. The city itself is beautifully shot, the cast is fine (haven't recognized Maruschka Detmers at first) and I'm a fan of Depardieu, and political thrillers is a fine genre but the script is simply dreadful, nothing but predictable plots and unbelievable characters. Made it to fourth episode but won't be finishing.
I thought Depardieu was terrible as well and gave up after 1,5 episode on Netflix....
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: The new erato on February 26, 2017, 07:46:48 AM
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Great fan of the series, but having seen it twice, I don't hanker for a 3rd run.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on February 26, 2017, 08:32:27 AM
Great fan of the series, but having seen it twice, I don't hanker for a 3rd run.

I can understand that.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on February 26, 2017, 11:52:21 AM
Some of my recent (and favorite) TV series - Susan & I are currently watching The Closer for a second time; just finished the current season of Tony Bourdain's Parts Unknown; Justified has ended and believe that Bones has only a season to go? And Longmire -  a new season is coming?

Horatio Hornblower - own that package on DVD (no BD yet?) - watch yearly, so started in last night - a favorite - Dave :)

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on February 26, 2017, 02:33:21 PM
Some of my recent (and favorite) TV series - Susan & I are currently watching The Closer for a second time; just finished the current season of Tony Bourdain's Parts Unknown; Justified has ended and believe that Bones has only a season to go? And Longmire -  a new season is coming?

Horatio Hornblower - own that package on DVD (no BD yet?) - watch yearly, so started in last night - a favorite - Dave :)

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I think "Bones" is a strikingly attractive woman. The 3 women I have discussed this with find her strikingly unattractive.

Hornblower is great, but Longmire got dreadful quickly. Even worse than Justified  ;)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on February 26, 2017, 03:27:16 PM
I think "Bones" is a strikingly attractive woman. The 3 women I have discussed this with find her strikingly unattractive.

Hornblower is great, but Longmire got dreadful quickly. Even worse than Justified  ;)

Hey Ken - have to simply disagree w/ you - thumbs up for your comment on Bones - I too find her attractive; wife and I love Longmire, she is particularly attracted to Henry - and Justified I've watched through at least 3 times - we are not far from Kentucky in North Carolina, like to sip on bourbon, and have been to Lexington a number of times - so, glad that there are really TOO many of these TV series - at least we can pick and choose easily.  Dave :)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on February 26, 2017, 05:16:38 PM
After working through the entire series of King of Queens, my girlfriend and I are now watching this:

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on February 27, 2017, 03:15:52 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Xenophanes on February 28, 2017, 01:08:35 PM
Murdoch's Mysteries

It's nice to see murder mysteries where the cops don't shoot everyone up.

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on March 05, 2017, 12:30:24 PM
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Billions, season one

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on March 05, 2017, 03:26:43 PM
On Season 2

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on March 05, 2017, 04:10:26 PM
On Season 2

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^I finished a second run through all five seasons recently. I think the final season has become my new favorite.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on March 05, 2017, 04:55:52 PM
^I finished a second run through all five seasons recently. I think the final season has become my new favorite.

I am pleased to hear this.  Not one sub-plot is poorly executed.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mirror Image on March 05, 2017, 05:50:18 PM
Despite that, sitcoms aren't my thing at all.

So you don’t enjoy laughing? ???
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mirror Image on March 05, 2017, 06:06:00 PM
No, not at all I'm a stone cold serious person without an ounce of humor or even sarcasm  >:D

I figured as much. ;) ;D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on March 05, 2017, 06:46:39 PM
No, not at all I'm a stone cold serious person without an ounce of humor or even sarcasm  >:D
"I'm a ... person"
Aha! I thought so. I was 95% sure the ape thing wasn't for real.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on March 08, 2017, 09:07:12 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: North Star on March 08, 2017, 10:02:07 AM
Band of Brothers
One of the best miniseries (or series) I've seen, and surely the best war movie/series I've seen. Wonderful performances from all the actors, and beautiful photography.

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on March 20, 2017, 02:46:14 AM
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Recently:

Quarry, season one
Elementary, season four
Mr Robot, season two


Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on March 20, 2017, 03:24:24 AM
Two entertaining documentaries:

Meet the Romans (BBC, 2012)

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Presented by Mary Beard. It's an immersion intended to know the ordinary citizens of the Roman Empire. A tour through a 1,000,000 people city of the ancient world.

According Wikipedia Beard "is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Newnham College, and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of ancient literature. She is the Classics editor of The Times Literary Supplement, where she also writes a regular blog, "A Don's Life". Her frequent media appearances and sometimes controversial public statements have led to her being described as 'Britain's best-known classicist'".

It's also available via YouTube.

And this one on Netflix:

Hitler's Bodyguard (UK, 2010)

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A detailed account of Hitler's different bodyguard corps, and the dozens of failed attacks against him.


Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on March 20, 2017, 08:41:00 AM
Susan & I are rewatching The Closer - will be starting the 7th and last season over the next few days.

For me, I'm rewatching Game of Thrones - just started season 2, and have watched through season 5 previously, so will continue w/ the newer one - looks like the series will end w/ season 8 (Wiki quote below).  Dave :)

Quote
The series premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and its sixth season ended on June 26, 2016. The series was renewed for a seventh season, which is scheduled to premiere on July 16, 2017. The series will conclude with its eighth season in 2018.

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Spineur on March 20, 2017, 08:54:44 AM
This week end, the first two episodes (out of 6) of

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Michel Bouquet as Leopold Mozart Christoph Bantzer as Mozart, Arielle Dombale, Michel Aumont, Jean-Claude Brialy

A french serie from the eighties.

Tonight

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on March 28, 2017, 07:13:28 AM
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I liked the first season of Ray Donovan, but I'm struggling with the second. I like all Bourdain's series, this one, his first, included.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on April 01, 2017, 01:09:10 AM
Speaking of Ray Donovan...just finished season four, and enjoyed it very much:

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on April 13, 2017, 04:15:05 AM
This has become a bit of an obsession. It's like, what if I was the sort of person who did this? I am not! I suppose this is the attraction for many: the escapist fantasy of freedom and being totally one's own. I definitely get attracted to escapism and to what's opposite - because I can not fix or build anything and have never been much of an outdoors person. This makes me think if I had discovered this idea when I was 16, I might have ended up differently. Anyway, this is a good show. It's not fake. The people are living very real lives. They're pretty happy for the most part living in the last place in America where one can live like this. It's pretty cool. I always wonder if any of them like music in their little cabins. I suppose it'd be boring showing people listening to music. John Luther Adams was in Alaska for a while, but I don't know his lifestyle. There are many ways to live there including (small) city life. Incidentally, I've a friend who periodically heads off to Juno. Looks beautiful but remote and towny. Any Alaskans on this site?   
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on April 13, 2017, 04:54:46 AM
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I watched as much as I could each night of The American Experience's The Great War, produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the US entry into the war.  I always nod off well before 11:00, so I only caught about two-thirds of each episode.  Not as comprehensive in scale as the ten part The First World War from Channel 4 from 2003, the newer show does a deep dive, for television, about the war.  Pershing is handled pretty well, and Wilson is presented with some dubious statements, some of them fawning, but also some much needed criticism.  On the one hand, one talking head states that Wilson was the most religious President ever (more than one-time minister James Garfield?), and there is some discussion about the supposedly visionary nature of his Fourteen Points, but at least one commentator rightly notes that Wilson was one of the most repressive Presidents this country has had.  There was one particularly irksome statement by one presenter about how the Great War saw a battle with the most American casualties ever, a rather anti-factual statement that ignores the whole Civil War thing.  There is some footage of the costs of war, with shell shocked soldiers, and soldiers with up to four limbs amputated, as well as necessarily light coverage of the flu pandemic (light given the format and duration of the show).  And the role of propaganda also got some much needed attention.  Thankfully, we have advanced beyond its use today.  The show is presented with more or less standard outlook on the US entry into the war and the role of the US in the world, and it has a nicely modern cadre of presenters sure to cover a diverse array of viewpoints, which is to be expected from the show.  It's good to see one of the most important series of events in human history get a bit more attention, but it lacks the snap and pizazz and uber-bad guys of the sequel, so that will continue to get more attention.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jelly_Belly on April 13, 2017, 05:48:57 AM
Game of Thornes, Grimm, The Blacklist
 ;)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on April 13, 2017, 01:01:03 PM
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Sherlock, series four

which I enjoyed much more than some others seem to, and thought that the last episode might have been the best so far and hope to see much more of this villain in the future
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on April 13, 2017, 01:21:06 PM
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Season 3, Episode One is off to a slow start, but I am SO glad this show is back!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Sergeant Rock on April 13, 2017, 01:21:32 PM
Community season 6 (second time for me, first time for Mrs. Rock).

Sarge
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: 71 dB on April 13, 2017, 01:27:31 PM
Blu-ray: I watched Season 1 of Better Call Saul and re-watched Breaking Bad.

TV: Legion Season 1 (is this the weirdest and most psychedelic show ever?).
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on April 13, 2017, 01:30:46 PM
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Also watching Season 3 of News Radio. Second time for me, first time for my girlfriend.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on April 27, 2017, 12:34:27 AM
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Person Of Interest, season five
Limitless, season one

the end of the line for both series, which in both cases is a pity
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on April 27, 2017, 07:02:42 AM
Susan & I are watching Major Crimes - about to finish Season 4 - there is a Season 5, but not sure if we need to pay?  I'm rewatching Game of Thrones and have just started Season 5 - trying to 'catch up' on that one also - a few other favorites of ours may be coming out w/ new Seasons, i.e. Bosch and Longmire (Susan is infatuated w/ Henry, the Native American character).  Dave :)

(http://epguides.com/MajorCrimes/cast.jpg)  (http://images.indianexpress.com/2016/06/game-of-thrones-season-6759.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on April 27, 2017, 01:23:28 PM

     I'm watching Better Call Saul and The Americans, which continue to be compelling. I'll miss Frank Langella, if he's really gone. I hope we get more Margo Martindale.

     On Saul, one of the greats from Breaking Bad, character and actor, is back. Happy happy.... (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)

     I'm on the third season of Bosch, not at the level of my faves, but entertaining.

     
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: bwv 1080 on April 27, 2017, 01:40:28 PM
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There was one particularly irksome statement by one presenter about how the Great War saw a battle with the most American casualties ever, a rather anti-factual statement that ignores the whole Civil War thing.

Not incorrect - there were 23k union and 28k confederate casualities at Gettysburg, the bloodiest engagement of the Civil War whereas the Meuse-Argonne offensive cost the US 124k casualities.  Now Gettysburg was three day and the Meuse Argonne 47, but that goes to the changes in warfare where set piece battles of the course of a day or two became obsolete.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: bwv 1080 on April 27, 2017, 01:41:16 PM
Better Call Saul and Fargo. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on April 27, 2017, 01:52:01 PM
Not incorrect - there were 23k union and 28k confederate casualities at Gettysburg, the bloodiest engagement of the Civil War whereas the Meuse-Argonne offensive cost the US 124k casualities.  Now Gettysburg was three day and the Meuse Argonne 47, but that goes to the changes in warfare where set piece battles of the course of a day or two became obsolete.


Warfare had changed, true, but a forty-seven day full front offensive that lasted until armistice is not really just a battle, and the show did not provide proper context (army sizes, objectives, etc).  On a hair-splitting basis, it can be construed as accurate, but that hair can be further split.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Sergeant Rock on April 27, 2017, 01:55:03 PM
a few other favorites of ours may be coming out w/ new Seasons, i.e. Bosch...Dave :)

I'm on the third season of Bosch, not at the level of my faves, but entertaining.

I did not know the third season had started. Thanks for the heads up, guys.

Me, I just finished season 1 of Wynonna Earp.

(http://www.gstatic.com/tv/thumb/tvbanners/12633058/p12633058_b_v8_aa.jpg)

Frustrating sound at times (especially hard to understand Doc Holliday; I wish all the episodes I've collected had subtitles) but enjoyable nonetheless.

Sarge
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: bwv 1080 on April 27, 2017, 01:57:06 PM

Warfare had changed, true, but a forty-seven day full front offensive that lasted until armistice is not really just a battle, and the show did not provide proper context (army sizes, objectives, etc).  On a hair-splitting basis, it can be construed as accurate, but that hair can be further split.

But it's still a higher casualty toll than the entire Overland Campaign or any of the other Campaigns in the ACW
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Post by: drogulus on April 27, 2017, 02:49:29 PM

     I just ordered the box set of travel shows by Michael Palin. Some I've seen, others will be new to me. I saw the one where he listens to a song by an elderly Bhutanese songwriter, then he sings his own song. What song would that be? Yes, it would be that one. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/cheesy.gif)
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Post by: Ken B on April 27, 2017, 03:14:56 PM
     I just ordered the box set of travel shows by Michael Palin. Some I've seen, others will be new to me. I saw the one where he listens to a song by an elderly Bhutanese songwriter, then he sings his own song. What song would that be? Yes, it would be that one. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/cheesy.gif)
I got that, the complete shows, cheap a year ago. A very mixed bag, but some really unusual stuff. We watch an episode now and then, working our way through.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on April 27, 2017, 05:54:37 PM
I got that, the complete shows, cheap a year ago. A very mixed bag, but some really unusual stuff. We watch an episode now and then, working our way through.

     In addition to being my favorite Python, Palin strikes me as a good human being that likes other human beings and is genuinely interested in them. Funny, I'm not very much like that but I like people who are.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on April 27, 2017, 10:26:27 PM
I have been interested in the life of Wyatt Earp for eons. So when I saw the post here about the TV series Wynonna Earp I had to check out what it's all about. I read that this series is about "Wynonna Earp, the great grand daughter of Wyatt Earp...", etc.  Funny, since Wyatt Earp didn't have any children but somehow ended up having a great grand daughter. I know that this series idea comes from IDW Comics, but you would think that they could have been a bit more historically correct. At least say Wynonna Earp is a great grand daughter of Virgil Earp (who actually had a daughter named Nellie and she had children).
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Post by: Todd on April 28, 2017, 04:51:51 AM
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Always a year behind, I finished season four of The Americans last night.  The show slowed the pace a bit from the prior seasons, which is all to the good.  A couple long-standing characters leave under just-right circumstances, one of them in a cold and brilliant scene.  And now the show is even more salient, what with Russian bad guys.  (Russians are almost as reliable as bad guys as Nazis in Hollywood.)  Keri Russell continues to draw the eye to the screen most effectively.  Good stuff.  Fortunately (?), this show isn't huge, so I will be able to avoid spoilers for this season until I can watch it next year at this time.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on April 28, 2017, 11:38:08 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Sergeant Rock on April 28, 2017, 12:14:15 PM
I have been interested in the life of Wyatt Earp for eons. So when I saw the post here about the TV series Wynonna Earp I had to check out what it's all about. I read that this series is about "Wynonna Earp, the great grand daughter of Wyatt Earp...", etc.  Funny, since Wyatt Earp didn't have any children but somehow ended up having a great grand daughter. I know that this series idea comes from IDW Comics, but you would think that they could have been a bit more historically correct. At least say Wynonna Earp is a great grand daughter of Virgil Earp (who actually had a daughter named Nellie and she had children).

Sorry to get your hopes up. Unfortunately, as you have discovered, it has nothing to do with the real Earp and his family. It's just a silly comic book premise about demons and demon slayers, using a well-known name for attention. But it's very well produced and acted with a good dose of humor to alleviate the horror.

Sarge
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jay F on April 29, 2017, 06:30:48 AM
So you don’t enjoy laughing? ???

If only sitcoms were funny enough to laugh at.

I am about to start Season 3 of Bosch, courtesy of Amazon Prime.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on May 05, 2017, 04:24:31 PM
The Leftovers. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Leftovers_(TV_series)

As I'm about to watch this I'm wondering how it's going to end. I don't need to have the disappearances explained and so I hope it's not all tied-up in a neat bow for the sake of closure.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on May 05, 2017, 04:42:01 PM
Major Crimes - Season 5 - bought this season tonight off Amazon - we're now streaming the first few episodes! Dave :)

(http://majorcrimestv.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/mc-winter-red-annoucement.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on May 05, 2017, 05:58:38 PM
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gods_(TV_series)

'American Gods' - has anyone watched the first episode?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on May 05, 2017, 06:30:22 PM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on May 05, 2017, 06:43:56 PM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on May 05, 2017, 10:15:18 PM
(http://www.hans-zimmer.com/~hybrid/zimmer/GENIUSOST.jpg)

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on May 11, 2017, 11:55:25 PM
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and just started:

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Post by: André on May 12, 2017, 02:56:14 AM
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Great series !

Unfortunately seasons 2 and 3 are not yet translated or subtitled. My understanding of colloquial provincial English is too spotty, and here one needs to understand every word.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on May 12, 2017, 08:22:16 AM
The Knick

Maybe better described as what I am not watching. I gave up on it partway through season 1. A promising premise (NY hospital around 1900) wasted.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on May 12, 2017, 05:14:36 PM
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EXCELLENT fun!
Nothing currently anything but I know what I'll be obsessively watching in a few weeks!   ::)





(the new Twin Peaks)


Amen!  Are you re-watching the original series?

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Post by: SimonNZ on May 12, 2017, 05:21:21 PM
EXCELLENT fun!


Yeah! A friend lent it to me months ago but I was so put off by the rom-com packaging that I almost didn't try it. But once I did and discovered that the thing it most closely resembles is the French film Amelie I watched two discs in one sitting.
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Post by: Drasko on May 19, 2017, 05:19:49 AM
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Finally finished Mad Men, took me something like ten years. I really like the show but most of the characters are so annoying that I couldn't watch more than about one season every other year.

The Newsroom, first season is bit preachy and smug but second and third are pretty good.

My first foray into Doctor Who territory, and I like it so far. Probably should have started with season one of the reboot but Netflix has it from here and it doesn't seem to matter much.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on May 20, 2017, 02:57:42 PM
The Keepers: heartbreaking doc series. (https://art-s.nflximg.net/3ed7e/24abeabc5a79386c8bde0f23ebedba243033ed7e.jpg)

What's gone wrong with people these days? Seems like mass infantilization with the endless popularity of super hero fluff.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: aleazk on May 22, 2017, 07:11:01 PM
It has been ages since the last time I watched any type of broadcasted audio visual entertainment. I don't even have a TV or a Netflix account.

Not that I have something against it or people who watch it (or worse, some type of silly purism). It simply happened for one reason or another. :-\
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on May 22, 2017, 08:33:52 PM
My first foray into Doctor Who territory, and I like it so far. Probably should have started with season one of the reboot but Netflix has it from here and it doesn't seem to matter much.

Series 5 is wonderful, although 6 is probably the most problematic for me so good luck getting through that if you like what you see so far. :P

But you came in at a good starting point. Doctor Who seems to do that every so often, not necessarily with a completely new cast and showrunner, but just with a new place for newcomers to jump on.....the current series (10th since the reboot) has been designed like that even though the only real change of cast since the episodes preceding it is the introduction of Pearl Mackie playing Bill Potts....

Series 1 to 4 of the reboot have not aged well, and that doesn't seem to be a particularly unpopular opinion. That era of the show has its own fans who barely watch the current Moffatt era anyway, and I suspect the upcoming Chris Chibnall era of the show will be different yet again!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. ;D

Do we have a Doctor Who thread at all?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on May 22, 2017, 09:19:34 PM
It has been ages since the last time I watched any type of broadcasted audio visual entertainment. I don't even have a TV or a Netflix account.

Not that I have something against it or people who watch it (or worse, some type of silly purism). It simply happened for one reason or another. :-\

I haven't bothered replacing my old CRT since all broadcasts here went digital-only. I can still use it to watch dvds, which is my preferred method for tv show watching anyway.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: kishnevi on May 23, 2017, 08:02:59 AM
Series 5 is wonderful, although 6 is probably the most problematic for me so good luck getting through that if you like what you see so far. :P

But you came in at a good starting point. Doctor Who seems to do that every so often, not necessarily with a completely new cast and showrunner, but just with a new place for newcomers to jump on.....the current series (10th since the reboot) has been designed like that even though the only real change of cast since the episodes preceding it is the introduction of Pearl Mackie playing Bill Potts....

Series 1 to 4 of the reboot have not aged well, and that doesn't seem to be a particularly unpopular opinion. That era of the show has its own fans who barely watch the current Moffatt era anyway, and I suspect the upcoming Chris Chibnall era of the show will be different yet again!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. ;D

Do we have a Doctor Who thread at all?

I stopped watching it some years ago.  It lacks a lot of the quirkiness of the original show.  They are certainly running through Doctors at a good clip, which will present them with an important continuity problem relative to the old series: the Time Lords were supposedly limited to twelve regenerations.  And that was an important plot point, since a number of stories in the Baker and Davison eras revolved around the Master's need to find a new body or new regeneration after hitting that limit.  They seem to have ignored the problem when dealing with the Master in the new series, so my guess is they'll do the same for the Doctor.

ETA: I've lost count--how many actors have portrayed the Doctor already in the reboot? If I have it right Moffatt is himself the Twelfth Doctor.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on May 23, 2017, 02:38:07 PM
I stopped watching it some years ago.  It lacks a lot of the quirkiness of the original show.  They are certainly running through Doctors at a good clip, which will present them with an important continuity problem relative to the old series: the Time Lords were supposedly limited to twelve regenerations.  And that was an important plot point, since a number of stories in the Baker and Davison eras revolved around the Master's need to find a new body or new regeneration after hitting that limit.  They seem to have ignored the problem when dealing with the Master in the new series, so my guess is they'll do the same for the Doctor.

ETA: I've lost count--how many actors have portrayed the Doctor already in the reboot? If I have it right Moffatt is himself the Twelfth Doctor.

The whole limit of regenerations thing (12, resulting in 13 possible bodies) became a big plot point around the 50th anniversary when the Doctor ran out.....I do believe that the Time Lords during the Last Great Time War between them and the Daleks granted the Master a new cycle of 12 regenerations out of sheer desperation and that is what s/he is going through at the moment.....

It is actually hard to work out how many regenerations versus incarnations the Doctor has had since Paul McGann played the 8th doctor but I think it's something like this according to his own timeline of regenerations shown on screen:

8 (Paul McGann) regenerated into the 'War Doctor' (John Hurt) with the help of the Sisterhood of Karn in order to actually fight in and end the Time War. He didn't call himself the Doctor and kept this incarnation a secret.....then later he wore that body out and regenerated into 9 (Christopher Eccleston) who then regenerated into 10 (David Tennant) who was narcissistic enough to regenerate again into the same body, still counted as 10. If I'm correct this makes it his eleventh actual regeneration, meaning he only has one left....which he uses to regenerate into 11 (Matt Smith) and throughout his three seasons playing the 11th Doctor there was a constant overarching theme of his imminent death and potential ways to avoid it. Eventually he was granted another set of regenerations after the writers of the show worked out how to bring back the Time Lords to help Matt Smith turn into Peter Capaldi as Doctor no. 12..........

I do believe that there is a unique quirkiness to the original show that isn't there so much in the new series, but it's actually quite surprising how smoothly the production and style of the show changes over time, including the gap between 1989 and 2005.

I do hope they address what's actually happening with the Master more clearly in the current season. Her current incarnation won't be coming back after this one is finished, which is rather unfortunate because I like her quite a lot and the theme of friendship between her and the Doctor versus the evil manipulative maniac she always turns out to be. But eventually she (maybe he next time around) will run out again and will have to find new bodies to take over all over again. I do miss that element of the Master from the old series.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: kishnevi on May 23, 2017, 02:50:29 PM
So that is how they worked it? Thanks for the summary, I had forgotten that John Hurt was a Doctor.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on May 23, 2017, 02:52:33 PM
So that is how they worked it? Thanks for the summary, I had forgotten that John Hurt was a Doctor.

It is easy to forget considering he wasn't really one anyway. ;D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on May 23, 2017, 03:11:23 PM
I used to watch the original series because I found it exciting and scary. The first doctor I remember was Jon Pertwee. When I was older the doctor was Tom Baker, but by that time my reason for watching was his assistant, Mary Tamm -
(http://i.imgur.com/0CyDGXt.png)
- but when she left I did too.

Since it returned I've watched it maybe half a dozen times. I almost consider it a different show and in many ways a superior one. But it's kind of middle of the road/soap opera-ish. In fact, what's the spin-off called? The one with the Scottish guy. I think that show took a few more chances but still managed to remain mainstream peak-time safe viewing.

e: Spin-off = Torchwood. Scottish guy = John Barrowman (met him a couple of times - I found him to be a cool and good guy)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on May 23, 2017, 04:55:14 PM
Mary Tamm, playing the first incarnation of the Time Lady knows as Romana (she has a much longer name that no one can pronounce) began in I think season 16, a fun season for sure with the overarching storyline (The Key to Time) and featuring K9 as well! I think it was also when Douglas Adams joined as script editor and wrote a number of episodes for the show too. 8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on May 23, 2017, 05:04:42 PM
^
jessop knows his stuff.  8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on May 24, 2017, 04:54:48 AM
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Season three of Catastrophe.  Still excellent and witty and real-world scaled, the show has lost just a bit of sizzle, but I think part of that is because so much is crammed into only six episodes, so some ideas and storylines are not fleshed out enough.  Mark Bonnar is superb in his supporting role, often stealing scenes, and some of Carrie Fisher's last work appears in the final episode, where she does fine comedic work. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on May 24, 2017, 05:07:22 AM
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Better Call Saul - Season 3


God, I love this show!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Gordo on May 25, 2017, 08:09:25 AM
The Keepers: heartbreaking doc series. (https://art-s.nflximg.net/3ed7e/24abeabc5a79386c8bde0f23ebedba243033ed7e.jpg)

What's gone wrong with people these days? Seems like mass infantilization with the endless popularity of super hero fluff.

Yes, the level of nastiness and cruelty of those two priests (and other adults involved) seems almost surrealistic. Like a novel by Sade.  :o
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: TheGSMoeller on May 25, 2017, 11:13:30 AM
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My first foray into Doctor Who territory, and I like it so far. Probably should have started with season one of the reboot but Netflix has it from here and it doesn't seem to matter much.

Season 5 is one of my favorites, has a real strong 2-part finale. And Matt Smith does a good job of following Tennent.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on May 26, 2017, 02:34:42 AM
Yes, the level of nastiness and cruelty of those two priests (and other adults involved) seems almost surrealistic. Like a novel by Sade.  :o
I didn't know this was going to be about that. One can know about something, yet it's not the same as making yourself sit and listen to the survivors describe it in emotional detail. Whatever else the church is and was, good, great or otherwise, it is/was also evil. And evil in a totalitarian way. If a member tells me how totalitarian evil is the result of atheism I will say: look in the mirror! What is described on this show was repeated how many times in how many places? Oh the (in-)humanity!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on May 27, 2017, 12:02:04 PM
American Gods http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1898069/

So far it seems almost like a demo for the tech involved in shooting it. Actually, that's unfair because as far as this sort of fantasy fluff is concerned it's not the worst. It's nice to watch Ian McShane in a role that is far removed from such as his 'Lovejoy' days. But I consider the standout to be Cloris Leachman. She's playing it completely straight - including firm, nearly understated delivery - and in the process stealing scenes at her leisure.
In contrast (and taking characterisation into account) Ricky Whittle is limited, but he's really only there to be tall and have broad shoulders (his shoulders are better than mine, although mine are great for a 109 year old) and that's pretty much in line with the other cartoon like characters.
I'll keep watching it for now.

(http://i.imgur.com/MkQ4C8w.jpg)
^
Not Cloris Leachman.
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Post by: SimonNZ on May 27, 2017, 05:49:45 PM
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The Shadow Men, season two
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Autumn Leaves on May 27, 2017, 08:48:46 PM
Started on Fargo series #3 last week - very impressed so far: I will definetely be watching this one through to the end.
I haven't seen series #1 or 2 yet so will probably get back to them at some stage.

Apart from Fargo Im following Homeland (next I will be watching series #5) and Game of Thrones (awaiting release of series #7).

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: nodogen on May 29, 2017, 05:59:34 AM
The Handmaid's Tale.

Adaptation of the dystopian Margaret Atwood novel.

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on May 29, 2017, 06:59:10 AM
Wife and I have finished watching the newest seasons of TV series that we enjoy together - now trying to find one that I might enjoy, so decided on Dr. Who (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who) starting w/ the relaunched 2005 season - watched the first 4 episodes - enjoyed, but not sure 'how long' I'll last since the series is still on-going w/ a dozen or so 'Doctors' in the role - should I just continue or be selective?  Thanks - Dave :)

(https://blackleathersjackets.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/doctor-who-the-50th-anniversary-wallpaper-doctor-who-35308700-1920-1080.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on June 02, 2017, 07:02:00 AM
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I'd been remiss in my It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia viewing habits, so I did several binge watching sessions to get through season eleven.  After season seven, it has become somewhat repetitive, more than occasionally in a meta way, but the best episodes are still top notch.  The sixth season Christmas episode is raunchier than Bad Santa and packs in more laughs than the movie in half the time.  Guillermo del Toro's cameos are fun, and every once in a while, the show has very important messages to impart, such as the pointed description of how democracy works.  I love Mac's impassioned defense of his position.

https://www.youtube.com/v/oPFsNtxH7FA
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on June 19, 2017, 02:54:30 AM
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recently:

The Americans, seasons 2 and 3
The Durrells, season 1
The Magicians, season 1
The Hollow Crown, "season" 2

One of the strengths of the first part of The Hollow Crown was that it presented the plays near uncut. And while the second part still has much to recommend it, unfortunately the heaviness of the cuts - perhaps as little as half the text of the three Henry VI plays - make it ultimately a missed opportunity.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: nodogen on June 19, 2017, 03:16:02 AM
Ripper Street
starts tonight; fifth and final series
No Drake though, which is a great shame.

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Drasko on June 19, 2017, 04:53:56 AM
Ripper Street
starts tonight; fifth and final series
No Drake though, which is a great shame.

The second season of Ripper Street is one of my favorite seasons of any series I've ever seen on TV. The finale with Drake vs Jedediah Shine fight is edge of the seat. Third season came as bit of a disappointment after the second. Haven't yet seen fourth and fifth seasons.

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Peaky Blinders - season 3 - your favorite Birmingham gang gets entangled with the Secret Service and mad Russian aristocrats in underhand selling of armored tanks to White Russians during the revolution. Hell ensues.

Black Sails - 4th and final season - fine example of series that didn't start particularly promising and then got just better and better. The evolution of Luke Arnold's (who?) Long John Silver character was one of the most impressive feats, Toby Stephens also excellent as monomaniacal Captain Flint. Showrunners exhibited a fine touch in blending historical facts and fiction.

Atelier - (Underwear is the title for Japanese market) currently my favorite Netflix series. It's kind of Ugly Betty meets Devil wears Prada - Japanese style. Shame there was just one season made.

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Post by: nodogen on June 19, 2017, 07:11:41 AM

entangled with the Secret Service and mad Russian aristocrats in underhand selling of armored tanks to White Russians during the revolution. Hell ensues.


Surely this should be in the Trump thread? 😋
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Post by: NikF on June 19, 2017, 07:28:14 AM

Black Sails - 4th and final season - fine example of series that didn't start particularly promising and then got just better and better. The evolution of Luke Arnold's (who?) Long John Silver character was one of the most impressive feats, Toby Stephens also excellent as monomaniacal Captain Flint. Showrunners exhibited a fine touch in blending historical facts and fiction.


I watched Black Sails  to the end, which is a rarity for me (to this day I've seen every episode of 'Mad Men' - apart from the final one) and yes, I think as a series it grew and then gained consistency. And yeah, a good, restrained performance by Stephens.

Atelier - I haven't even heard of this, which is strange, because I still know a lot of people who would watch something like that simply to pick away and finds faults in the depiction of such a scenario. ;D 
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Post by: mc ukrneal on June 19, 2017, 07:50:59 AM
Wife and I have finished watching the newest seasons of TV series that we enjoy together - now trying to find one that I might enjoy, so decided on Dr. Who (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who) starting w/ the relaunched 2005 season - watched the first 4 episodes - enjoyed, but not sure 'how long' I'll last since the series is still on-going w/ a dozen or so 'Doctors' in the role - should I just continue or be selective?  Thanks - Dave :)

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Well, if you liked it continue. Doctor Who is generally a show where you either love it or you don't. It IS very interesting to see the different Doctors and such, but if you don't like the premise/show, it won't matter. They have a certain level of consistency, with some really good episodes. I don't think watching one here or there will work as well. You'll miss references.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on June 19, 2017, 08:03:40 AM
If viewing two consecutive episodes last night qualifies for this thread:  Star Trek

Last night I watched “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” and “Dagger of the Mind’s Eye.”  While there is an element of bemusement to my watching these (as I observed in the latter script that Kirk manages both to thrust himself recklessly into harm’s way, and to carry a nubile crewmember into a private cabin) I am enjoying the show and its . . . enterprise, on the series’ own terms, I think.  James Gregory (The Manchurian Candidate) is an apt guest for “Dagger of the Mind’s Eye.”
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Post by: Drasko on June 19, 2017, 10:15:56 AM
Atelier - I haven't even heard of this, which is strange, because I still know a lot of people who would watch something like that simply to pick away and finds faults in the depiction of such a scenario. ;D

That wouldn't be much of a task, it doesn't slant much toward realism, even in a way it's shot: all golden hour and soft filters. Also, female lead looks about twelve (even though she's probably mid twenties) and some of the naivety of the story make me wonder what exactly was the target demographic, but then what makes Japanese culture so fascinating (for me at least) is that it seems most of the time not like different culture but a different planet altogether.
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Post by: drogulus on June 19, 2017, 10:27:23 AM

     I'm going to start watching The OA soon, as I'm a fan of Brit Marling and her directing partner Zal Batmanglij. I don't have much idea what it will be about.
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Post by: NikF on June 19, 2017, 10:48:04 AM
That wouldn't be much of a task, it doesn't slant much toward realism, even in a way it's shot: all golden hour and soft filters. Also, female lead looks about twelve (even though she's probably mid twenties) and some of the naivety of the story make me wonder what exactly was the target demographic, but then what makes Japanese culture so fascinating (for me at least) is that it seems most of the time not like different culture but a different planet altogether.

Perhaps the target of demographic is 'lovers of non-threatening women'.

But yeah, the Japanese culture does seem from a different planet, although in the main I've found them as open and friendly as hell.
This time last year I was at a concert (Schubert/Brahms/Beethoven) and the three seats to my right were suddenly taken up by giggling, excited Japanese girls - students, about 19-20 - who frequently turned around and talked to someone in the row behind and about half a dozen seats away. They did it every few seconds. I looked and saw it was a young Japanese dude. So I introduced myself and told the girl nearest me I'd be happy to change seats with their friend so they could all sit together. Their response was amazing. And when I passed the guy he nearly shook my hand off. ;D I've seen the three girls at other concerts since then and they always stop me to talk for a while. And even if we're at opposite sides of the concert hall they all wave madly until I acknowledge them. :laugh: I know some people don't like the Japanese, but I've always found them cool.

Anyway, I'm going to ask around if anyone has seen Atelier. Maybe they have and just haven't mentioned it because I don't watch a lot of television.
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Post by: North Star on June 19, 2017, 10:54:16 AM
although in the main I've found them as open and friendly as hell.
So, not very? 0:)
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on June 19, 2017, 11:25:28 AM
After dinner tonight, we watched the last episode of True Detective season 1 (started the season a week ago): the second viewing for me, Mrs. Rock's first time.



Afterwards we ordered the second season from Amazon. Anyone have any comments, pro or con, about this sophomore effort?


Sarge
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Post by: Drasko on June 19, 2017, 11:55:25 AM
Perhaps the target of demographic is 'lovers of non-threatening women'.

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;D
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Post by: NikF on June 19, 2017, 12:12:01 PM
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;D

See, I'm not surprised you've chosen Fiorentino in 'The Last Seduction' to illustrate your point. She would terrify the faint of heart. And I'll add that at least once in his life a man should have his soul crushed by such a character. I mean, what ya livin' for?  ;D

e: look at her - you would gladly go to your doom.  :laugh:
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Post by: SimonNZ on June 19, 2017, 02:19:56 PM


Afterwards we ordered the second season from Amazon. Anyone have any comments, pro or con, about this sophomore effort?



I really liked it, perhaps even more so than the mostly superb first season. Its an entirely different dynamic with a different team, and they're deliberately making something that doesn't look at all like just a retread of the first season, which I think might have been a minus for some viewers.
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on June 19, 2017, 04:03:41 PM
I really liked it, perhaps even more so than the mostly superb first season. Its an entirely different dynamic with a different team, and they're deliberately making something that doesn't look at all like just a retread of the first season, which I think might have been a minus for some viewers.

Thanks. It gives me hope  :)

Sarge
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Post by: Drasko on June 20, 2017, 07:31:51 AM
See, I'm not surprised you've chosen Fiorentino in 'The Last Seduction' to illustrate your point. She would terrify the faint of heart. And I'll add that at least once in his life a man should have his soul crushed by such a character. I mean, what ya livin' for?  ;D

Well, full on soul crushing can be bit unpleasant, but occasional bruising of the ego is more than healthy.  :)

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e: look at her - you would gladly go to your doom.  :laugh:

With glee!  :laugh:


To get back to topic, the Netflix series that I'm most looking forward is being released later this week. It's titled Glow and it's Alison Brie (of Mad Men) in the world of 80s female wrestling. That just can't be bad. 8)

https://www.youtube.com/v/AZqDO6cTYVY



 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on June 20, 2017, 07:44:35 AM
Well, if you liked it continue. Doctor Who is generally a show where you either love it or you don't. It IS very interesting to see the different Doctors and such, but if you don't like the premise/show, it won't matter. They have a certain level of consistency, with some really good episodes. I don't think watching one here or there will work as well. You'll miss references.

Thanks Neal - just watched Episode 8 of Season 1 - same Doctor and blond gal - some I've like others were ho-hum - will continue and at least get to another Doctor.  Dave :)
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Post by: André on June 20, 2017, 08:38:47 AM
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Chick telly stuff. My wife loved it. A second season is planned  ???
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Post by: NikF on June 28, 2017, 03:35:58 PM
American Gods https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gods_(TV_series)

There are eight episodes of this. I've watched the first seven. And that's where I'll stop. I did the same not long ago with the end of 'The Leftovers'  en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Leftovers_(TV_series)
I'd rather watch reruns of The Phil Silvers Show, Hill St. Blues, The Twilight Zone or almost anything by Dennis Potter.  In fact, I was talking to someone recently about 'Play for Today' https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_for_Today and the writers and directors who featured in that series. There was was some good stuff there.
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Post by: Drasko on July 01, 2017, 03:38:22 AM
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The second season (and final so far, I think) of The Knick is less exciting than the first and drags quite a bit comparatively. It's still superbly produced, acted and directed.

Glow is comedy/drama about making of 80s female wrestling tv show. It's ok, watchable. Lots of perms, high cut leotards and leg warmers.
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Post by: SimonNZ on July 01, 2017, 04:09:26 AM
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Finished:

The Missing, season two

Started:

Broadchurch, season three
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on July 01, 2017, 04:49:27 AM
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Glow is comedy/drama about making of 80s female wrestling tv show. It's ok, watchable. Lots of perms, high cut leotards and leg warmers.

Would you say it is more comedy than drama?
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Post by: Drasko on July 01, 2017, 07:25:31 AM
Would you say it is more comedy than drama?

I don't really know. I'd probably say it's more a drama because I rarely found it laugh out loud funny, but it is funny and it is made in that 30 min. episode format which is exclusively (I think) a comedy format. That horrible term dramedy is probably the most fitting.
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Post by: George on July 01, 2017, 07:34:50 AM
I don't really know. I'd probably say it's more a drama because I rarely found it laugh out loud funny, but it is funny and it is made in that 30 min. episode format which is exclusively (I think) a comedy format. That horrible term dramedy is probably the most fitting.

Ok, thanks.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Todd on July 03, 2017, 05:06:53 AM
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Season four of Silicon Valley.  The show has lost its mojo.  There are still some funny bits, and some outstanding jabs at some tech (eg, VR is vaporware), and Haley Joel Osment is excellent in his role, but it's tired.  Without TJ Miller, I don't know how the show succeeds going forward.
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Post by: Brian on July 03, 2017, 05:13:24 AM
Season four of Silicon Valley.  The show has lost its mojo.  There are still some funny bits, and some outstanding jabs at some tech (eg, VR is vaporware), and Haley Joel Osment is excellent in his role, but it's tired.  Without TJ Miller, I don't know how the show succeeds going forward.
I'm worried that they don't seem to have much of an idea for big plots aside from the same repeating arc of build a startup, lose it. There's a tension between the satire and the '90s-style nothing-ever-changes sitcom pattern.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on July 03, 2017, 06:44:47 AM
Guys, how are the earlier seasons of Silicon Valley? Being that I am 46 and know nothing about computers, I assumed the show wouldn't appeal to me.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 03, 2017, 06:47:31 AM
I’m savoring a gradual survey of Batman.  I don’t know that I ever heard of the supervillain The Mad Hatter, before.
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Post by: Ken B on July 03, 2017, 09:06:10 AM
I’m savoring a gradual survey of Batman.  I don’t know that I ever heard of the supervillain The Mad Hatter, before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3vjhSTsKfg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3vjhSTsKfg)

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Post by: Todd on July 03, 2017, 09:12:52 AM
Guys, how are the earlier seasons of Silicon Valley? Being that I am 46 and know nothing about computers, I assumed the show wouldn't appeal to me.


The first two seasons are excellent, the third is a step down, and this season another step down.  You don't have to be especially tech savvy to enjoy the show, but it helps to be familiar with some of the better known personalities in the industry.  If you have any experience with bankers and investors, there's that angle to enjoy, too.
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Post by: drogulus on July 03, 2017, 09:20:57 AM
Guys, how are the earlier seasons of Silicon Valley? Being that I am 46 and know nothing about computers, I assumed the show wouldn't appeal to me.

     Possibly, but it's really a case of a compression algorithm that could just as easily be an egg salad recipe. The show is a satire of tech mogulosity. I never thought I had to know what they were talking about, I don't even know how much is gobbledegook.
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Post by: Autumn Leaves on July 09, 2017, 02:20:43 AM
Recently watched:

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Watched this show for the first time this weekend (as I haven't "watched TV" for about 20 years I missed it when it was originally shown).
I viewed 2 random episodes from Netflix (not sure which series #/episodes sorry) but found this to be pretty good fun in a cringeworthy sort of way - will try to see more of this show at some point.



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Post by: Toccata&Fugue on July 09, 2017, 08:05:39 AM
New seasons of Orphan Black, The Tunnel, House of Cards, Prime Suspect, and Broadchurch, to name a few.
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Post by: Drasko on July 16, 2017, 02:20:17 AM
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Post by: George on July 16, 2017, 05:13:53 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on July 16, 2017, 06:35:40 AM
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I don't laugh all that often, but I do laugh at that.
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Post by: George on July 16, 2017, 07:01:52 AM
I don't laugh all that often, but I do laugh at that.

Yeah, it's pretty, pretty, pretty good.  $:)
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Post by: vandermolen on July 16, 2017, 01:53:47 PM
Poldark.
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Post by: Todd on July 18, 2017, 05:04:19 AM
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Netflix has devoted a ton of money to comedy specials, and I've tried several of them, but I usually make it about ten or fifteen minutes before turning them off because I'm not laughing, which indicates failure for a comedy special.  Louis CK's newest one is excellent, though, starting off with a long segment about abortion, and some bits are wonderfully dark.  But maybe not dark enough.  I hope Netflix airs new specials from Anthony Jeselnik and Doug Stanhope.  In the meantime, this one is solid.
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Post by: George on July 18, 2017, 06:19:59 AM
I hope Netflix airs new specials from Anthony Jeselnik and Doug Stanhope.  In the meantime, this one is solid.

Although I thought his last special was at least a step down (maybe two) from his prior work, I'd love to get more from Jeselnik. What has he been up to anyway?
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Post by: Todd on July 18, 2017, 06:24:17 AM
Jeselnik. What has he been up to anyway?


Probably touring.
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Post by: Drasko on July 25, 2017, 01:17:48 PM
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Post by: SimonNZ on July 25, 2017, 02:51:56 PM
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and half way through the sixth season of Homeland, which is shaping up to be the weakest season so far and completely unfocused. A pity after season five, which I thought the strongest.

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Post by: Cato on July 25, 2017, 03:42:41 PM

and half way through the sixth season of Homeland, which is shaping up to be the weakest season so far and completely unfocused. A pity after season five, which I thought the strongest.

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Completely on target!  We stopped watching after about Episode 3 or so.  It just was not compelling any more: Carrie working for a tax-exempt foundation as a bureaucrat...and it isn't a cover job?  Yawn!

Right now one of the greatest comedies ever...which of course was canceled after Season I !

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Post by: George on July 25, 2017, 04:17:42 PM
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Post by: Todd on July 31, 2017, 04:42:22 AM
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Ozark.  Part Breaking Bad, part Justified, and part original while still influenced by other ideas and reliant on stereotypes, Ozark is a curiously satisfying drama.  Almost entirely laugh free, the very dark show follows Jason Bateman as his money laundering ways end up putting his family in mortal danger.  The show starts in Chicago but moves immediately to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, and it turns out there's a lot of danger and smart-ish and mean rednecks there.  (It also turns out that there are some critical differences between rednecks and hillbillies.)  The show is filled with bad guys and danger.  Sometimes it seems a bit too overstuffed with storylines, the last two episodes twist and turn too much, and there's one early, pretty heavy-duty throwaway line that may or may not serve as fodder for more backstory or even current timeline development in a future season.  (It smacks of AHS season one is all I will write.)  Jason Bateman sheds his comic persona completely here, but maintains his sharp, manipulative traits, and he proves to be a solid dramatic actor.  Laura Linney is in her element as a not entirely innocent wife.  (The flashback episode sheds more light on both characters.)  Esai Morales does splendid work as one of the main heavies, never overacting and always adding an element of menace.  Julia Garner, who has a small but important role in The Americans, gets a lot of screen time and takes advantage of it.  The show is equivalent to a hard-R movie, so people averse to profanity, violence and its gruesome aftermath, and gratuitous (though plot-driven) nudity may not be so keen on it.  The show is shot in what appears to a be a 2:1 ratio and is generally very cinematic visually, and this appears to be a Bateman passion project as he also executive produces the show and directs four episodes.  Unexpectedly, my wife liked the show even more than I did, and she tends to dislike dark shows. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 31, 2017, 04:56:06 AM
Well, and only 50-ish years late, Star Trek.

Watched “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” & “Court-Martial” last night, and dadgummit, I’ve become a fan.
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Post by: Crudblud on July 31, 2017, 07:29:28 AM
Well, and only 50-ish years late, Star Trek.

Watched “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” & “Court-Martial” last night, and dadgummit, I’ve become a fan.

Can we expect 32 Variations on the Theme from Star Trek any time soon?
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Post by: Parsifal on July 31, 2017, 07:36:46 AM
Ozark.  Part Breaking Bad, part Justified, and part original while still influenced by other ideas and reliant on stereotypes, Ozark is a curiously satisfying drama.  Almost entirely laugh free, the very dark show follows Jason Bateman as his money laundering ways end up putting his family in mortal danger.

I got 15 minutes into the first episode before deciding it's not for me (despite being a big "breaking bad" fan). I've grown fatigued of the "middle class family life is a thin veneer covering desperation" genre. Decided to devote limited time to listening to Hindemith instead.
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Post by: kishnevi on July 31, 2017, 07:46:30 AM
Well, and only 50-ish years late, Star Trek.

Watched “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” & “Court-Martial” last night, and dadgummit, I’ve become a fan.

I must admit that the only original ST episode  I have watched as an adult* in its entirety was the "Trouble with Tribbles".


*as opposed to those I saw when they originally aired, when I was a 7-9 year old kid whose favorite set of pajamas was a Star Trek outfit.  Yes, kiddies, they had cross-merchandising back then.  But I have no actual memory of those shows now.
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Post by: Todd on July 31, 2017, 08:11:52 AM
I got 15 minutes into the first episode before deciding it's not for me (despite being a big "breaking bad" fan).


Without giving much away, the show takes a significant turn in the first episode, and fifteen minutes may not be far enough in to get to that point, and then the flashback episode (eight) reveals more of the true nature of the two main characters.  It's not as good as the first four seasons of Breaking Bad, but it's better than the last two seasons.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on July 31, 2017, 02:44:51 PM
Rick and Morty season three. So far the episodes have been more connected together, which is off-putting to me. I tend to find it difficult to engage with series-long story arcs.
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Post by: Cato on July 31, 2017, 04:18:33 PM
Rick and Morty season three. So far the episodes have been more connected together, which is off-putting to me. I tend to find it difficult to engage with series-long story arcs.

Is it funny?  8)
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Post by: Hollywood on July 31, 2017, 08:21:02 PM
Rick and Morty season three.

Same here.
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Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on July 31, 2017, 11:50:03 PM
Is it funny?  8)
I'd say so :)
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Post by: Cato on August 01, 2017, 03:09:09 AM
Rick and Morty season three. So far the episodes have been more connected together, which is off-putting to me. I tend to find it difficult to engage with series-long story arcs.


Is it funny?  8)


I'd say so :)

Glad to hear it!   ;D   My youngest son and I (Mrs. Cato does not find it amusing, and is rather appalled to hear us laughing at it!) thought Season II lost a little drive vs. Season I.  Perhaps not enough wit and too many gross-out scenes?   Nevertheless, we will be watching Season III this weekend!
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Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on August 01, 2017, 04:02:41 AM


Glad to hear it!   ;D   My youngest son and I (Mrs. Cato does not find it amusing, and is rather appalled to hear us laughing at it!) thought Season II lost a little drive vs. Season I.  Perhaps not enough wit and too many gross-out scenes?   Nevertheless, we will be watching Season III this weekend!
I would also equally say that Season 3 so far is more on the serious side. Still funny, but the humour is laced with the sadness of spoiler alerts for those who don't know what happened in episode 1 of the current season.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 01, 2017, 04:13:36 AM
More Trek.

“Return of the Archons” last night.  I’m not sure I understand why O’Neil and McCoy had to be taken to a special location in order to be “absorbed,” while Sulu appeared to have been “absorbed” right out there on the street, and just before he was transported back to the Enterprise.  Nor am I certain how, when one of the first bits of exposition about the society is a “Festival” which involves looting and lasciviousness, Landru can later claim that he has created a society with no evil and none of “the ancient vices.”  Those cavils notwithstanding, great fun to watch.
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Post by: Drasko on August 02, 2017, 02:24:23 AM
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 02, 2017, 02:45:14 AM
“Space Seed” last night.  I probably watched The Wrath of Khan the season that it was released, yet it is only now that I’ve watched the “prequel”  8)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 03, 2017, 10:46:59 AM


“A Taste of Armageddon” last night.  I was certain that I had seen the actor who played Anan 7 before, and lo! I had, indeed: it was David Opatoshu, who played Mr Jacobi in Torn Curtain.

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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 04, 2017, 04:48:10 AM
Star Trekking on:  “This Side of Paradise” last night.  Particularly good, I thought, though one could only wish that there were addictive/parasitic conditions which could be fixed simply by a snit of violent emotion.  The Girl Who Always Loved Mr Spock was a fun element.  One could argue that the storyline is a bit of a re-tread of “The Naked Time”;  or, even, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” with a happy resolution.

All in all, even as I have the occasional quarrel, I consider the series a success (“I believe it has given general satisfaction,” says Jeeves) and I enjoy it entirely.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 05, 2017, 01:56:23 AM
Star Trekking on:  “The Devil in the Dark” last night.  This is one of the shows I had actually seen before, but only in b&w, and not (as I learnt yesterday) from the very beginning.  So some of the most interesting aspects of the screenplay were new to me last night, such as the fact that Kirk went 180°, from shutting down Spock’s reservations about killing the last of the species, to talking Spock down from firing upon the Horta as Kirk and the alien (truly, a fabulous alien) were in confrontation.  This show’s quarrel:  The first 2-3 victims are overcome by something that looms as tall as they. But then when we see “the monster,” it's the love-child of Pizza the Hutt and a roomba. Jests aside, great episode.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 05, 2017, 02:37:09 AM
So:

“A Taste of Armageddon”:  Of the population on the wargames planet, there is only one woman who has lines, she is mostly decorative, and she ceases to be a player entirely once Kirk places her under house arrest.

“This Side of Paradise”:  Of the population on the agricultural planet, there is only one woman, The Girl Who Always Loved Mr Spock.  Her decorativeness at least serves the plot.

“The Devil in the Dark”:  No female cast members at all.  All right, that is technically an exaggeration, since Uhura must have been at her post in the brief introductory scene on the bridge of the Enterprise.  But it underscores the point.  I’ll call it a double-edged razor:  One could argue that, since the action takes place in a mine, mining is not “woman’s work.”  Or, once can argue that, as in the starfleet crews of the future, there is a place for women in the work of mines of the future.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on August 05, 2017, 05:20:29 PM
30Rock - Susan & I are watching this series (7 seasons, 2006-2013) together - she has already seen but a first for me - just started Season 4
and I'm really enjoying; Tina Fey is just scrumptious to me & Alec Baldwin much more talented than I gave him credit - we'll watch to the end.  Dave :)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 06, 2017, 04:45:01 AM
Went back to Batman yesterday, the Joker as the guest super villain in “The Joker Trumps an Ace”/“Batman Sets the Pace.”  Very interesting resonance with the MI elements in Rogue Nation, which was also part of yesterday's viewing.

The next two super villains in the queue are King Tut (Victor Buono) and Bookworm (Roddy McDowell), which I may never have seen before . . . so that is a temptation for this afternoon.
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on August 06, 2017, 07:07:00 AM
The next two super villains in the queue are King Tut (Victor Buono)

The Batusi!

Batman to King Tut: "I fooled you. I kept my reason by reciting the multiplication tables backwards."


Sarge
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Post by: 71 dB on August 06, 2017, 12:01:07 PM
Been watching "Better Call Saul" season two on Blu-ray. Damn good show!  0:)
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Post by: Spineur on August 06, 2017, 12:27:30 PM
Just watched a 2016 episode from Montalbano Serie produced by the RAI



As gripping as ever.  Everything is so realistic.  Excellent actors.
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Post by: George on August 06, 2017, 12:32:38 PM
Been watching "Better Call Saul" season two on Blu-ray. Damn good show!  0:)

One of the very best!
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Post by: Cato on August 06, 2017, 02:12:54 PM

Bookworm (Roddy McDowell), which I may never have seen before . . . so that is a temptation for this afternoon.


Roddy McDowell seemed to believe that he WAS The Bookworm!!!

Which reminds me: which episode does one find Batman and Robin in a library, where they ask the librarian: "Have you seen any strangely dressed people in here today?"  $:)

I recall it being a Riddler episode!  ;)
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Post by: SonicMan46 on August 06, 2017, 02:20:43 PM
Been watching "Better Call Saul" season two on Blu-ray. Damn good show!  0:)

Wife & I finished the first 2 Seasons and loved the series - Season 3 just ended airing in June, so will await the offerings?  Dave :)
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 06, 2017, 02:42:24 PM
The Batusi!

Batman to King Tut: "I fooled you. I kept my reason by reciting the multiplication tables backwards."

“...he was once a brilliant professor at Yale....”
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Post by: 71 dB on August 06, 2017, 02:57:03 PM
Wife & I finished the first 2 Seasons and loved the series - Season 3 just ended airing in June, so will await the offerings?  Dave :)

Yes, season 3 on Blu-ray someday in the future. This show hasn't been "airing" in Finland at all as far as I know. Not "dumb enough" for masses I guess...
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 06, 2017, 03:40:38 PM
The Batusi!

Batman to King Tut: "I fooled you. I kept my reason by reciting the multiplication tables backwards."


Sarge
And, a miraculous recovery!

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Post by: Sergeant Rock on August 06, 2017, 03:54:12 PM
And, a miraculous recovery!

I hope I didn't spoil it for you. I should have included a spoiler alert  :D

Sarge
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 06, 2017, 04:06:24 PM
I hope I didn't spoil it for you. I should have included a spoiler alert  :D

Sarge
No spoilage whatever, dear fellow ... like the fellow found in the sarcophagus, marvelous preservation!

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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 06, 2017, 11:58:31 PM
Oh, and I meant the Professor’s recovery! “What will the Dean say?...”
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 07, 2017, 12:02:28 AM
Which reminds me: which episode does one find Batman and Robin in a library, where they ask the librarian: "Have you seen any strangely dressed people in here today?"  $:)

I recall it being a Riddler episode!  ;)

I watched that not long since: “The Ring of Wax”/“Give ’Em the Axe” . . . the Riddler filches the effigy of Batman from Madame Soleil’s Wax Museum, because the wax imported from Cognac, France is a universal solvent . . . he uses it to break into the Library’s vault to steal their prize antiquity, Lost Treasures of the Incas.
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Post by: Bogey on August 07, 2017, 03:25:28 AM
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Enjoyed the ninja infused Daredevil from Marvel a bit more.  This has me "just" sticking with it.  I'll Luke Cage next.
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Post by: NikF on August 07, 2017, 08:09:49 PM
Last night I watched four episodes of Game of Thrones in the company of people who audibly gasp and say stuff like Oh. My. God."
It's my own fault.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 09, 2017, 03:24:11 PM
The Bookworm is terrific. “You abandoned child!”

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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 10, 2017, 02:03:32 AM
I think that the intensity which Roddy McDowell brought to his supervillain stands out because of the immediate contrast of King Tut, which Victor Buono (not to say anything against the performance, mind) executed on the hammy side.

(“The hammy side” is, of course, arguably more in harmony with the show.)
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Post by: Ken B on August 10, 2017, 04:06:22 AM
Over the past 3 months, seasons 1-4 of Ray Donovan.
A guilty pleasure. Like all these things, it's low on plausibility, and often drags, but overall I liked it. It's very slickly produced, well acted, and has some wry humour.
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Post by: Ghost Sonata on August 24, 2017, 09:56:25 AM
David Hare's made for TV MI5 political thriller/action drama trilogy : most thoroughly recommended - with the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham-Carter, Christopher Walken, Rachel Weisz and (most of all) Bill Nighy, among others (!) how can you go wrong?   Gripping, trenchant, wry, witty, revelatory, thought-provoking, did I mention fun...yes, fun, I am going to have to see them again so I can add still more positive adjectives.



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Post by: Omicron9 on August 25, 2017, 04:16:36 AM
Rick and Morty.  Totally addicted.
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Post by: Ken B on August 25, 2017, 04:19:49 AM
David Hare's made for TV MI5 political thriller/action drama trilogy : most thoroughly recommended - with the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham-Carter, Christopher Walken, Rachel Weisz and (most of all) Bill Nighy, among others (!) how can you go wrong?   Gripping, trenchant, wry, witty, revelatory, thought-provoking, did I mention fun...yes, fun, I am going to have to see them again so I can add still more positive adjectives.





Thumbs down from me. The modern equivalent of 50s hysteria movies about reds under beds IMO.
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Post by: George on August 25, 2017, 04:54:20 AM
Just finished a pass through Curb Your Enthusiasm and eagerly awaiting the new season (9.)

Even more so, I am looking forward to season 2 of Vice Principals, out September 17.

In the meantime, my girlfriend and I have been working through Three's Company and are nearing the end of the penultimate season. It's simple, silly and the writing relies almost entirely on misunderstandings that lead to funny results, but it has it's charm. We've been looking for another series to watch, though. We tried Drew Carey, but neither of us liked it. Now we are watching Just Shoot Me, which she likes more than me. The search continues for great sitcoms to watch....I'd appreciate any suggestions.   
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Post by: Ghost Sonata on August 25, 2017, 05:48:26 AM
Thumbs down from me. The modern equivalent of 50s hysteria movies about reds under beds IMO.

hmmm, but they are under our beds...if latter-day Russians might be so termed...if not in bed with our (so-called) president. 

Of course, you don't mean reds specifically, but metaphorically.  Sorry you did not like it:  the post 9/11 unease and malaise the series depicts and the issues re: surveillance (computer and otherwise), personal freedom, and rendition camps, to say nothing of government's grasping at the status quo, seem hardly hysterical to me, but real, contemporary, and practically documentary.  The moral dilemma imposed on its central character, MI5 agent Johnny Worricker, should be of universal interest and appeal.  Script and acting are first rate - I think you should give it another chance! Edit: maybe skip ahead to Turks and Caicos if you did not see the second in the series.
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Post by: cilgwyn on August 25, 2017, 06:07:34 AM
This 70's tv series is probably too politically incorrect to be repeated these days. And it isn't!! ;D One review describes the bar in the pub,which this sitcom revolves around,as containing every stereotype in the 70's sitcom book. Why watch it? I just like Hylda Baker. She just cracks me,up! I've got a Region 2 dvd release,by the way. I remember back in the 70's she was very popular in the UK. Rich and quite famous. Every mimic worth his salt seemed to be doing an impersonation of her. In real life she actually sounded a bit posh! The kind of 70's tv you watch with the curtains closed,and someone at the door,keeping watch!

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Post by: NikF on August 25, 2017, 07:41:43 AM
This 70's tv series is probably too politically incorrect to be repeated these days. And it isn't!! ;D One review describes the bar in the pub,which this sitcom revolves around,as containing every stereotype in the 70's sitcom book. Why watch it? I just like Hylda Baker. She just me,up! I've got a Region 2 dvd release,by the way. I remember back in the 70's she was very popular in the UK. Rich and quite famous. Every mimic worth his salt seemed to be doing an impersonation of her. In real life she actually sounded a bit posh! The kind of 70's tv you watch with the curtains closed,and someone at the door,keeping watch!

(http://i.imgur.com/XL61fYy.jpg)

There's a name from the past, but as you know she was once almost a part of the British TV/entertainment landscape. I remember her most from her role in a favourite film 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' - a fine piece of casting.
But yeah, that show would today rustle a few feathers. There was a period where everything from 'Mind Your Language' to Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes in 'Curry & Chips' was routinely programmed.
Anyway, hope you enjoy watching it. :)
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Post by: cilgwyn on August 27, 2017, 04:25:33 PM
Still watching it!  I watched the last episode of Series 1 last night. Raucous 70's humour. About as un pc as it gets. Some of the lines had my eyebrows shooting up to the top of my forehead. I think Hylda was very funny,though,which makes it worth watching,imho. Like the best clowns,though;what was going on behind the wobbly tv scenery wasn't so funny. A broken leg. An unsuccessful attempt to sue the tv company,and worse still;the first symptoms of enroaching alzheimers! Just a few episodes of this,her last tv vehicle,to go,and the end of her career!
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Post by: SimonNZ on September 01, 2017, 08:55:53 PM
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Finished the whole Dexter saga, and for the most part enjoyed the ride. But they seriously fumbled the final season after setting up a good multi-season story arc of an ever expanding whirlwind of collateral damage, and must have decided they didn't like how dark it was getting or the inevitable conclusion. The final episodes look like they were second guessing themselves at every turn or had some major difference of opinion between writers and producers. Pity.

Jennifer Carpenter was absolutely brilliant. And among the many big name guest stars along the way I especially liked Julia Stiles' character.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on September 02, 2017, 08:48:23 AM
The Roosevelts by Ken Burns - seven part 14 hour documentary is the usual Burn's fashion - Susan & I have been streaming from Netflix - just outstanding; synopsis below - highly recommended.  Dave :)

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“It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative. This seven-part, fourteen hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd President of the United States. Together, these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also redefined the role of the United States within the wider world. The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage and the conquest of fear.” Source (https://hollywoodonthepotomac.com/?p=52658)

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Post by: Spineur on September 02, 2017, 11:51:34 AM
This documentary/film was a mini-serie re-enacting the french revolution made by Stellio Lorenzi in 1964.  It has been edited by the national archives in a 2 dvd set with few cuts.  The actors are very very good and the subject is treated with much historical accuracy.  It is 100 times better than Wajda film "Danton".  The realization involves a lot of means and I would not have thought possible to make such a film in the early days of television



Only negative: the sound isnt very good.
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Post by: Hollywood on September 02, 2017, 08:19:11 PM
The Roosevelts by Ken Burns - seven part 14 hour documentary is the usual Burn's fashion - Susan & I have been streaming from Netflix - just outstanding; synopsis below - highly recommended.  Dave :)


I must check this one out. I love Ken Burns works and since F.D.R. is one of my famous distant cousins (6th cousin, 3 times removed) I'm always very interested in getting more information on them via books, films and/or documentaries.  8)
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Post by: SimonNZ on September 02, 2017, 08:27:12 PM
I rewatched all 4 parts of Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl with a friend last weekend, and continue to rate it among his best.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on September 03, 2017, 08:43:26 AM

I must check this one out. I love Ken Burns works and since F.D.R. is one of my famous distant cousins (6th cousin, 3 times removed) I'm always very interested in getting more information on them via books, films and/or documentaries.  8)

Hi Hollywood - believe that you've mentioned some of your distant cousins before, so I'm sure that you would enjoy the Burns Roosevelt documentary; as mentioned we're streaming w/ our Netflix subscription, but has also been released for purchase; in addition, Amazon Video offers 'per episode' or 'series' purchases.  Dave :)
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Post by: Bogey on September 03, 2017, 01:20:17 PM
About to watch the next installment of Endeavor....excellent stuff!
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 03, 2017, 03:18:44 PM
Re-watching Kingdom Hospital. Love it. Blondie & the heart.
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Post by: George on September 03, 2017, 06:33:35 PM
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 04, 2017, 09:54:23 AM
Classic!  Was that an All in the Family spinoff, George?
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Post by: George on September 04, 2017, 10:41:18 AM
Classic!  Was that an All in the Family spinoff, George?

Indeed it was! I always liked it more than all in the family, though.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 06, 2017, 02:34:27 AM
I should check it out . . . I do not think I ever watched it!

Thread Duty:

Last night I finished re-watching Kingdom Hospital.  I do like it even better the second time, even though I felt stronger, on this viewing, that the baseball and the latter-day-Christ episodes were some kind of padding (though at least, in the case of the former, there is new information which pays off in the finale).  Still, it's a ride I pretty much enjoy all through.
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Post by: motoboy on September 07, 2017, 03:23:40 AM
Somehow I missed Twin Peaks in '90. For some reason I always thought it was a Picket Fences or Gilmore Girls type of show. After hearing it and Lynch referenced for years on MST3K and Rifftrax, I decided to give it a go. And was blown away. I have not enjoyed screen based entertainment this thick and rich since AHS season one or Hot Fuzz.

My wife and I try our hardest to squeeze an hour in after the kid goes to sleep to watch it. We're almost done with season 2 and am gagging for Fire walk and the Return now.

Also, I know there is a 14 page thread about this on this very page, but I don't want any spoilers!
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Post by: bwv 1080 on September 22, 2017, 10:45:58 AM
Ken Burns' Vietnam is really well done.  Expected it to be somewhat mawkish, but its a very balanced look at the war.  Gives a great perspective on both N and S Vietnamese perspectives without glossing over the worst aspects of either
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Post by: milk on September 22, 2017, 11:13:17 AM
All in the Family was released on iTunes. That show holds up where almost all the others from the time do NOT. It's a magical show that jumps off the screen...genius performances, perhaps the best performances in the history of TV sit-coms. While Reiner does a superb job as Archie's antagonist, the typical liberal of his day, and Struthers is very good, Stapleton and O'Connor rise above the whole pantheon of TV history, having created characters that seem like they cannot possibly be fiction - they are uncannily real. The show is weakest when secondary characters are brought into the mix, or when the show wants to make a specific political point. However, there are many episodes that are just the four of them arguing in a room. This is gold and hasn't really been tried since. I've never seen the British show and can't speak to it. But All in the Family is an American classic that stands the test of time and is even relevant for the present day. I heard somewhere that they would shoot two shows, in front of an audience, in one night and that the actors would keep rewriting and reworking the script throughout the break in-between. These were people devoted to their craft. I think they only recent show that tried video tape was Lucky Louie (a good show by the way).       
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Post by: milk on September 22, 2017, 11:14:06 AM
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Post by: SimonNZ on September 22, 2017, 12:38:24 PM
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Excellent.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on September 22, 2017, 06:22:41 PM
Wife & I trying to find one we both like - she sat in on my looking at the first episodes of Hawaii Five-O, Season 7 - she enjoyed, so I said let me start over - half way through Season One - Dave :)

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Post by: Mirror Image on September 22, 2017, 07:09:25 PM
I might start on Breaking Bad soon, I've already got the first season just lying around

Yes! Amazing series. Bryan Cranston is a brilliant actor!
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Post by: milk on September 23, 2017, 01:22:42 AM
Yep, Cranston is amazing  ;D
Aaron Paul is wonderful also.
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Post by: drogulus on September 25, 2017, 06:20:15 PM
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     This is what's far worse than death awaiting man. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)
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Post by: milk on September 25, 2017, 09:08:19 PM
     This is what's far worse than death awaiting man. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)
There is only love or hate w/T&E!
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Post by: milk on September 25, 2017, 10:13:01 PM
Yeah, I love them but they can get tedious after a while
It’s really hard to recommend them as most people will probably find it awful. I think much of their work is...well...awesome! It seems somehow impolite to mention them.
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Post by: milk on September 25, 2017, 10:16:22 PM
(http://3ipycv2ugat81cqgps20hwke.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/American_Vandal_Horizontal-Main_RGB.jpg) pretty clever spoof of Making a Murderer
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Post by: milk on September 25, 2017, 10:20:07 PM
(http://www.startrek.com/uploads/assets/articles/07348d854de8d54c6ce9098218c0ff7f8ad4b57a.jpg) So what did you Trekkies think?
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Post by: milk on September 26, 2017, 01:35:11 AM
(http://www.startrek.com/uploads/assets/articles/07348d854de8d54c6ce9098218c0ff7f8ad4b57a.jpg)


It's pretty good  :o


But DON'T GO ONTO RANDOM SHIPS OR PLANETS FLOATING IN SPACE, it's always a bad idea  :laugh:
Leaving aside the galavanting naivete of the...oh...well...that IS star trek I guess.
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Post by: Omicron9 on September 26, 2017, 05:14:31 AM
I might start on Breaking Bad soon, I've already got the first season just lying around

Not only are the acting performances brilliant, but BB is one of the best character studies I've ever seen.  The character development begins with the first episode and is constantly evolving until the final scene of the last episode.  Amazingly well done; almost literary.  The highest recommendation.
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Post by: milk on September 26, 2017, 05:31:32 AM
Breaking Bad Theme: Anyone can go bad (it's all in the title) analogue?
The Wire: Corrupt Institutions, analogue journalism
Mad Men: psychology and history? American myths? analogue literature
Deadwood Theme: community, analogue theater
Twin Peaks: Evil stalks the land? analogue Hitchcock and horror

I don't consider anything as good as these really...maybe S1 of True Detective...very cinematic...Mcconaughey is great but Woody Harrelson is just as good. Everything else is a close second to these firsts for TV drama. Fargo has been pretty good.
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Post by: Hollywood on September 28, 2017, 09:12:00 PM
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What can I say. I love Robot Chicken and I can't get enough.

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Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on September 29, 2017, 02:54:17 AM
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What can I say. I love Robot Chicken and I can't get enough.

Their Star Wars and video game parodies are impeccable!
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Post by: milk on October 04, 2017, 05:00:45 AM
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I can't speak to the historical accuracy but this is very well filmed, written and performed. It looks great and I quite like the restrained direction. I remember it was only a few years ago that BBC period pieces had to have sweeping/whirling camera. None of that here.
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Post by: bwv 1080 on October 04, 2017, 12:21:23 PM
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I can't speak to the historical accuracy but this is very well filmed, written and performed. It looks great and I quite like the restrained direction. I remember it was only a few years ago that BBC period pieces had to have sweeping/whirling camera. None of that here.

Thought that was very well done, who knows about the plot details, but it seems believably like the 16th century
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Post by: Daverz on October 04, 2017, 02:01:25 PM
(http://www.startrek.com/uploads/assets/articles/07348d854de8d54c6ce9098218c0ff7f8ad4b57a.jpg) So what did you Trekkies think?

As a Trek franchise, it's a spectacular failure.  It may work if you can think of it as a SyFy show with better production values.  Even then, I found myself yelling at my TV too often (e.g. a ridiculous scene where a character starts reciting from Alice in Wonderland while being chased by a space monster.)
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Post by: George on October 04, 2017, 02:13:33 PM
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Soooo good! This should have gone on so much longer than a mere one season.  :-[
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Post by: milk on October 04, 2017, 07:46:51 PM
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Soooo good! This should have gone on so much longer than a mere one season.  :-[
Great show. Unbelievable collection of talent on and off screen. Very accurate to my childhood.
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Post by: milk on October 04, 2017, 07:51:12 PM
As a Trek franchise, it's a spectacular failure.  It may work if you can think of it as a SyFy show with better production values.  Even then, I found myself yelling at my TV too often (e.g. a ridiculous scene where a character starts reciting from Alice in Wonderland while being chased by a space monster.)
The Klingon stuff was unbearable. I like the idea of making it darker. But something isn't right. I'll give it a bit longer. I'm not sure what they want it to be about. War? That's ok for a backdrop in ST. I don't like the JJ Abramification of ST. The movies are terrible. It's not primarily an action show. It should be about discovery. 
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Post by: Hollywood on October 04, 2017, 11:00:31 PM
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I can't speak to the historical accuracy but this is very well filmed, written and performed. It looks great and I quite like the restrained direction. I remember it was only a few years ago that BBC period pieces had to have sweeping/whirling camera. None of that here.

I haven't seen this yet. Thanks for this tip.

I always love finding films that have to do with any of my ancestors. My 13 times great grandmother is Catherine Cromwell, the sister of Thomas Cromwell (so this makes Thomas my 13 times great grand uncle).
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Post by: milk on October 04, 2017, 11:52:29 PM
I haven't seen this yet. Thanks for this tip.

I always love finding films that have to do with any of my ancestors. My 13 times great grandmother is Catherine Cromwell, the sister of Thomas Cromwell (so this makes Thomas my 13 times great grand uncle).
It's really well done. I wish more of the period dramas were made for "grownups" like this. I mean it's not a bunch silly kids running around ruffles and lace.
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Post by: ComposerOfAvantGarde on October 05, 2017, 01:32:24 AM
Just finished season 3 of Rick and Morty. Curious final episode, obviously some kind of prelude to yet another few episodes of development for the Smith-Sanchez family...........................
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Post by: Omicron9 on October 06, 2017, 06:35:00 AM
Just finished season 3 of Rick and Morty. Curious final episode, obviously some kind of prelude to yet another few episodes of development for the Smith-Sanchez family...........................

More Rick and Morty = good.   :)
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Post by: Hollywood on October 06, 2017, 11:23:10 PM
A few days ago there was an American Dad 24 hour marathon on our TNT Comedy channel here in Austria. Before last week the only channel to watch American Dad on was the Cartoon Network but it is shown in german only. Sorry, but not being able to watch it in english it looses in the translation big time. Now that American Dad is on the TNT Comedy channel, I can laugh and enjoy it as intended. Woo Hoo!

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/simpsons/images/2/26/Woo_hoo%21_poster.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/350?cb=20111121223950)

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Post by: milk on October 07, 2017, 01:03:02 AM
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Post by: SimonNZ on October 07, 2017, 01:36:26 AM
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The Blacklist, season four

Started very weak but became much better halfway through with the Mr Kaplan story arc (and backstory) taking center stage.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91IOGB%2B-stL._SY445_.jpg)

American Gods, season one

Some facets of this were excellent (all the historical bits, the afterlife bits, all the stuff with the dead wife), but other aspects and story threads were silly and stylistically at odds.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71inT9thAeL._SY445_.jpg)

Endeavour, season two

Superb
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Post by: Todd on October 21, 2017, 07:11:14 AM
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All three seasons of Narcos in semi-binge mode.  The first two seasons of the true crime series focus on Pablo Escobar, and the third on the Cali cartel.  The first two seasons benefit from Wagner Moura's excellent work as the most famous Columbian drug lord.  All three seasons have lots of violence, and all three deal with the political vagaries and/or duplicitousness of the drug wars.  There's apparently a fourth season in the works about the Juarez cartel, but a location scout was shot and killed in Mexico, so who knows if it happens.  Production values are generally good, acting is generally good, and the mostly no-name actors, at least to English speaking viewers, along with the use of mostly Spanish, all work to make a satisfying viewing experience.  Some liberties are taken with history and politics, but that is to be expected.  Also, per one person involved with the action in real life, some liberties are taken with street level action.  For instance, in season three, one hapless fellow is torn apart by motorcycles tied to his four limbs by ropes.  In real life, Land Rovers were used.  At least the spirit is right.
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Post by: milk on October 21, 2017, 05:56:44 PM
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Absolute genius, utterly captivating, moving...deeply affecting...brilliant production and performances...Frances Mcdormand does magic here! This is the kind of thing that doesn't happen on TV very often.   
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Post by: MN Dave on October 30, 2017, 09:31:21 AM
Finished MindHunter on Netflix which was very good.
Now watching Stranger Things 2 on Netflix.
Sticking with The Walking Dead because I've survived this far...
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 30, 2017, 09:32:03 AM
I’m still old school, and sporadically making my way through the second season of both Batman & Star Trek.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 30, 2017, 09:32:24 AM
Finished MindHunter on Netflix which was very good.
Now watching Stranger Things 2 on Netflix.
Sticking with The Walking Dead because I've survived this far...

Cheers, laddie!
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Post by: Cato on October 30, 2017, 09:38:44 AM
Just finished season 3 of Rick and Morty. Curious final episode, obviously some kind of prelude to yet another few episodes of development for the Smith-Sanchez family...........................

PICKLE RICK!!!   ;D
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Post by: milk on November 06, 2017, 04:33:45 AM
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We're almost finished with this, my wife (who is Vietnamese) and I. Phew. We're on #8 (out of 10). Nothing I can say really does this justice. I guess the best I can do is say that it's worthwhile to look at this. Really worth the steep time-commitment.
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Post by: drogulus on November 10, 2017, 01:46:40 PM

     I'm watching the Neflix series The OA, which if you've seen Another Earth you'll expect to be somewhat unusual and hard to categorize. It comes from producer/writer/actor Brit Marling.
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Post by: SimonNZ on November 10, 2017, 03:36:31 PM
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We're almost finished with this, my wife (who is Vietnamese) and I. Phew. We're on #8 (out of 10). Nothing I can say really does this justice. I guess the best I can do is say that it's worthwhile to look at this. Really worth the steep time-commitment.

Really looking forward to seeing that one. I watched this just the other day:

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and thought it superb.

also watched recently:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91lDcBDmTRL._SX342_.jpg) (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91x3y3PIZkL._SY445_.jpg)

rewatching season one of Boss made me admire it even more, and juxtaposing it with HoC highlighted what a far superior show it is in dealing with quite similar characters and scenarios, but appearing far more realistic and much better scripted.
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Post by: milk on November 10, 2017, 06:10:45 PM
Really looking forward to seeing that one. I watched this just the other day:

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and thought it superb.
Yes that was really good.
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Post by: ludwigii on November 12, 2017, 01:59:54 AM
I have never seen a tv series so far (I know I am a bit late ;D), so I decided to start with The Sopranos and I'm watching the first season.
It seems really well done.
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Post by: You did it on November 17, 2017, 12:07:50 AM
Starting Stranger Things S1 episode 1, not sure what to make of it so far.


I'm sort of getting Speilberg vibes, which isn't a good thing for me.......


I prefer more adult shows too, so  :-\ But I'll reluctantly sit through a few more episodes and see if it pans out better or not....
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Post by: milk on November 17, 2017, 03:34:56 AM
I have never seen a tv series so far (I know I am a bit late ;D), so I decided to start with The Sopranos and I'm watching the first season.
It seems really well done.
The best ever are
Deadwood
The Wire
The Larry Sanders Show
Breaking Bad
Mad Men
All in the Family
I love Lucy
Seinfeld
True Detective
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Post by: North Star on November 17, 2017, 05:17:15 AM
The best ever are
At least you got these right ;)
The Wire
Breaking Bad
Mad Men

Better Call Saul
Columbo
A Touch of Frost
Frasier
Morse
Lewis
Darling Buds of May
All Creatures Great & Small
Sherlock Holmes (with Jeremy Brett)
House of Cards
Sopranos

the Miniseries Band of Brothers
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 17, 2017, 05:36:10 AM
I’m rewatching Frasier and Just Shoot Me. Great sitcoms. I get so tired of all the drama shows that are on TV nowadays and how people have seem to lost their ability to laugh.
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Post by: drogulus on November 17, 2017, 03:14:06 PM
I’m rewatching Frasier and Just Shoot Me. Great sitcoms. I get so tired of all the drama shows that are on TV nowadays and how people have seem to lost their ability to laugh.

     The Big Bang Theory is such an unfunny experience it's a miracle that even the can laughs.
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Post by: milk on November 17, 2017, 05:06:19 PM
At least you got these right ;)
The Wire
Breaking Bad
Mad Men

Better Call Saul
Columbo
A Touch of Frost
Frasier
Morse
Lewis
Darling Buds of May
All Creatures Great & Small
Sherlock Holmes (with Jeremy Brett)
House of Cards
Sopranos

the Miniseries Band of Brothers
Columbo is a great show.
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Post by: You did it on November 17, 2017, 07:13:55 PM
Somehow you missed Twin Peaks, which is the best   :-*  :D
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Post by: milk on November 17, 2017, 07:18:04 PM
Somehow you missed Twin Peaks, which is the best   :-*  :D
Indeed. I feel some people might not like it even though it's such a great work of art. There is nothing like Twin Peaks.
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Post by: You did it on November 17, 2017, 08:19:34 PM
Indeed. I feel some people might not like it even though it's such a great work of art. There is nothing like Twin Peaks.

I just rewatched the original season 1 pilot after a long break after both s3e18 and not seeing any Lynch films in a while either......and damn.....I'm feeling drawn back in again to relive it all  :D
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Post by: Mirror Image on November 17, 2017, 08:42:54 PM
At least you got these right ;)
The Wire
Breaking Bad
Mad Men

Better Call Saul
Columbo
A Touch of Frost
Frasier
Morse
Lewis
Darling Buds of May
All Creatures Great & Small
Sherlock Holmes (with Jeremy Brett)
House of Cards
Sopranos

the Miniseries Band of Brothers

It seems that not everybody shares our love of Frasier here, Karlo. :( That’s okay. At least WE know it’s good. ;)
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Post by: SonicMan46 on November 17, 2017, 09:17:32 PM
Well, a couple of series that Susan & I enjoy together:

Hawaii Five-O - just started Season 6 - love the varied characters and wife always wants a DB ('dead body') early in an episode -  ???

Longmire - Season 6 just started today on Netflix so we watched the first 2 episodes tonight - this is sadly for us the last season for the series - we've become rather attached to a number of the characters - for me the same feeling when Justified ended - loved that one!  Dave :)

(http://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/hawaii-five-o__120504013303.jpg)  (https://cartermatt-bgmyzuarasgpknxgxbrs.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/LongmireS5_KA_US-e1474685453892.jpg?x86487)
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Post by: ludwigii on November 18, 2017, 02:52:48 AM
The best ever are
Deadwood
The Wire
The Larry Sanders Show
Breaking Bad
Mad Men
All in the Family
I love Lucy
Seinfeld
True Detective

Thanks. I will remember your advice.
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Post by: Marc on November 18, 2017, 12:44:19 PM
Each and every autumn, I want to see me some episodes of Heimat.
Germany in the 20th century, and the viewer is taken by the hand by members of the Simon family, living in a fictional village called Schabbach (Hunsrück, Germany).
They have to deal with local issues, world wars and family problems. One of them ("Hermännchen" = little Hermann) goes to Munich, to study music at the Conservatory. But it's not easy to really break away from his 'Heimat' (homeland).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff11q5_mlE0

It's just great. It really is.
Lots of great music, too.
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Post by: Crudblud on November 18, 2017, 01:08:52 PM
Starting Stranger Things S1 episode 1, not sure what to make of it so far.


I'm sort of getting Speilberg vibes, which isn't a good thing for me.......


I prefer more adult shows too, so  :-\ But I'll reluctantly sit through a few more episodes and see if it pans out better or not....
That's definitely the sort of show it is, banking on nostalgia for '80s horror, sci-fi, and adventure movies of the sort Spielberg made back then. However, I am not a fan of Spielberg and I enjoyed it. I think the second season suffers a little because it cannot rely on mystery, so it has to ramp up the action, sort of like the difference between Alien and Aliens, only it is nowhere near as good a sequel as Aliens. I also think the reliance on CGI makes the threat less credible, it doesn't have the physical weight of something like The Thing.
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Post by: Marc on November 19, 2017, 01:12:45 AM
Somehow you missed Twin Peaks, which is the best   :-*  :D

I just ordered the DVD-box of Season 3... not sure when it will be issued, but I'm on the (a)waiting list now, and I will be patient.

See you in 25 years?

;D
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Post by: You did it on November 19, 2017, 01:19:01 AM
That's definitely the sort of show it is, banking on nostalgia for '80s horror, sci-fi, and adventure movies of the sort Spielberg made back then. However, I am not a fan of Spielberg and I enjoyed it. I think the second season suffers a little because it cannot rely on mystery, so it has to ramp up the action, sort of like the difference between Alien and Aliens, only it is nowhere near as good a sequel as Aliens. I also think the reliance on CGI makes the threat less credible, it doesn't have the physical weight of something like The Thing.

Ok, I'll do a binge of the rest of season one later this week? Next week? (it's next week tomorrow...eh)

Have to get it out of the way (at the least), my brother keeps pestering me to see it  :laugh:


So, by favor......I'm trying to get him hooked on Twin Peaks  :D
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Post by: You did it on November 19, 2017, 01:20:16 AM
I just ordered the DVD-box of Season 3... not sure when it will be issued, but I'm on the (a)waiting list now, and I will be patient.

See you in 25 years?

;D

I gotta get that too, forgot about the DVD set: a worthy addition to my collection  8)

What year is this?  ???

Gotta light?  :D
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Post by: Marc on November 19, 2017, 01:35:34 AM
I gotta get that too, forgot about the DVD set: a worthy addition to my collection  8)

What year is this?  ???

Gotta light?  :D

I discovered that the last quote is from Season 3... which I haven't seen yet.
And I haven't checked the TP thread on this board, so I'm gonna be fresh and fruity when the box arrives... (in 25 years :P).

Meanwhile, the first 2 seasons rank, despite some lesser episodes, amongst my Top 10 of TV-series, together with:

Heimat (my Number One, from Germany),
I, Claudius,
Hill Street Blues,
Inspector Morse,
Martin Beck (Swedish, with Gösta Ekman as Martin Beck),
Pleidooi (Dutch, about a law firm),
Ally McBeal,
Rome
and
Mad Men.
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Post by: You did it on November 19, 2017, 01:40:26 AM
I discovered that the last quote is from Season 3... which I haven't seen yet.
And I haven't checked the TP thread on this board, so I'm gonna be fresh and fruity when the box arrives... (in 25 years :P).

Oops, How's Annie then?  :laugh:

Didn't realize you hadn't seen it....well you're in for the greatest (and perhaps polarizing, depends how you take it) experience of your life...... hope you enjoy it 8) I'm still buzzing over it
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Post by: Marc on November 19, 2017, 02:01:52 AM
Oops, How's Annie then?  :laugh:

I was more worried about Audrey. :P

Didn't realize you hadn't seen it....well you're in for the greatest (and perhaps polarizing, depends how you take it) experience of your life...... hope you enjoy it 8) I'm still buzzing over it

I don't mind 'knowing' about the quote... after all, what's a Lynch without a cigarette lighter?
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Post by: milk on November 19, 2017, 06:49:50 AM
Oops, How's Annie then?  :laugh:

Didn't realize you hadn't seen it....well you're in for the greatest (and perhaps polarizing, depends how you take it) experience of your life...... hope you enjoy it 8) I'm still buzzing over it
It was AMAZING!
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Post by: ludwigii on November 19, 2017, 07:57:57 PM
Each and every autumn, I want to see me some episodes of Heimat.
Germany in the 20th century, and the viewer is taken by the hand by members of the Simon family, living in a fictional village called Schabbach (Hunsrück, Germany).
They have to deal with local issues, world wars and family problems. One of them ("Hermännchen" = little Hermann) goes to Munich, to study music at the Conservatory. But it's not easy to really break away from his 'Heimat' (homeland).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff11q5_mlE0

It's just great. It really is.
Lots of great music, too.

One of my favorite movies is exactly episode 9 of the first series, entitled Hermännchen, a memorable masterpiece  ;)
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Post by: You did it on November 19, 2017, 08:03:36 PM
It was AMAZING!

And then some!  ;)
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Post by: ritter on November 20, 2017, 03:53:20 AM
(http://cdn2.thr.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/landscape_928x523/2016/05/babylon_berlin_key_visual_lowres.jpg)

Watching Babylon Berlin, allegedly the most expensive TV production ever in Germany. The first "season" of 8 chapters is finished, and we're up to (at least, here in Spain) to chapter 4 (of a total of 8 ) of the second.

It's a story of political and criminal intrigue set in late 1920s Berlin, based on a series of novels by Volker Kutscher. The sets, costumes and general production values are first-rate, and so is the acting IMHO. The atmosphere of Berlin at the time (hyperinflation is gone, and the 1929 stock market crash has not yet happened) is very well presented, alternating between the carefree partying of the jazz age and the squalor in which some of the characters live. The storyline is gripping, although it becomes a bit sketchy at times.

Great fun!  :)

Here's the English-language trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/v/j_qN5bFfOTE
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Post by: vandermolen on November 23, 2017, 08:48:57 AM
(http://cdn2.thr.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/landscape_928x523/2016/05/babylon_berlin_key_visual_lowres.jpg)

Watching Babylon Berlin, allegedly the most expensive TV production ever in Germany. The first "season" of 8 chapters is finished, and we're up to (at least, here in Spain) to chapter 4 (of a total of 8 ) of the second.

It's a story of political and criminal intrigue set in late 1920s Berlin, based on a series of novels by Volker Kutscher. The sets, costumes and general production values are first-rate, and so is the acting IMHO. The atmosphere of Berlin at the time (hyperinflation is gone, and the 1929 stock market crash has not yet happened) is very well presented, alternating between the carefree partying of the jazz age and the squalor in which some of the characters live. The storyline is gripping, although it becomes a bit sketchy at times.

Great fun!  :)

Here's the English-language trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/v/j_qN5bFfOTE

I've started watching it as well (first two episodes). I think it's terrific. I thought that the sets (and music) were amazing so that it did not surprise me that it was the most-expensive non'English speaking TV series ever made. There is a great sense of impending catastrophe (it's set in 1929 Berlin) and it captures the atmosphere of the end-stage Weimar Republic very well (IMHO). The acting is great. It is very 'Film Noir' which is a genre I enjoy. It reminds me a bit of the novels of Phillip Kerr ('Berlin Noir'). It is quite dark but I find it really gripping and am glad to have discovered it.
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Post by: You did it on November 23, 2017, 03:39:52 PM
The Tim Heidecker murder trial is amazingly entertaining  :D
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Post by: milk on November 24, 2017, 04:26:40 AM
The Tim Heidecker murder trial is amazingly entertaining  :D
Isn't it? I'm surprised how caught up in it I got. The prosecution is great! Poor Tim. I think he's done this time.
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Post by: Todd on November 26, 2017, 08:33:11 AM
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Finished the second season of Vice Principals.  I like it a bit less than the first season, but it certainly does have its moments, with the best ones often delivered by Walton Goggins.  (The spring break episode has some eerily well timed comedy.)  The final episode goes all out with one of its conceits, to good effect.  It was nice to see Dale Dickey get a more substantial role than she usually gets, and Steven Little's brief role is a hoot, though more for reasons related to Eastbound & Down.
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Post by: Sergeant Rock on November 26, 2017, 01:39:32 PM
Watching Upstart Crow series 1. Very funny (and witty). Reminds me of Monty Python and Blackadder.

(https://photos.imageevent.com/sgtrock/june2017/upstart%20crow%201.jpg)

Sarge

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Post by: milk on November 28, 2017, 09:17:09 PM
The Tim Heidecker murder trial is amazingly entertaining  :D
The verdict is in! It’s a shocker!
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Post by: You did it on November 28, 2017, 09:30:55 PM
The verdict is in! It’s a shocker!

Yes it was!!  :o


I wonder if the prosecutors will follow it up or not (considering it was left open a little) or if we're now back to the Cinema again  :D
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Post by: milk on November 28, 2017, 10:29:32 PM
Yes it was!!  :o


I wonder if the prosecutors will follow it up or not (considering it was left open a little) or if we're now back to the Cinema again  :D
I suspect we'll be hearing more about this lone wolf on the jury.
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Post by: Marc on November 28, 2017, 10:33:10 PM
One of my favorite movies is exactly episode 9 of the first series, entitled Hermännchen, a memorable masterpiece  ;)

Yes. Overall, I feel the same. Being only one episode it's already a great movie in itself.
But there are many beautiful, captivating, memorable and funny scenes during the entire series.

Ernst throwing flowers from his Messerschmitt after the 'long distance wedding' between his brother Anton and Martha is one of my favourites.

(https://images2.imgbox.com/7e/1d/ooWfLwTH_o.jpg)

But the list is endless.
Like almost all scenes with my favourite duo Wohlleben und Pieritz. Real life cabaret, with a continuous feeling of melancholy and sadness underneath.
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Post by: Marc on November 30, 2017, 12:17:31 AM
Watched (= rewatched ;)) the first episode of Die zweite Heimat yesterday evening.

Two hours of great fun.

Hermännchen is into 'avant-garde' music.
And I caught myself on too much prompting. ;D

Looking forward to a nice autumn and winter time!
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Post by: You did it on November 30, 2017, 12:21:27 AM
I suspect we'll be hearing more about this lone wolf on the jury.


Gregg  :D
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Post by: Jo498 on November 30, 2017, 12:38:18 AM
Watched (= rewatched ;)) the first episode of Die zweite Heimat yesterday evening.

Two hours of great fun.

Hermännchen is into 'avant-garde' music.
And I caught myself on too much prompting. ;D

Looking forward to a nice autumn and winter time!
I was slightly too young when the first "Heimat" was broadcasted in the 80s so I never watched it. In the mid/late 1990s (it stems from 1992, but I am pretty sure that I only watched it several years later, probably a repeat on TV) saw the second? series with the students in Munich in the 1960s, avantgarde music, free love and student protests but have to admit I was not that fond of it. (Often fairly boring...) I probably should check the original first one because I seem to recall that most reviewers found it far more impressive than the subsequent ones.
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Post by: Marc on November 30, 2017, 01:47:33 AM
I was slightly too young when the first "Heimat" was broadcasted in the 80s so I never watched it. In the mid/late 1990s (it stems from 1992, but I am pretty sure that I only watched it several years later, probably a repeat on TV) saw the second? series with the students in Munich in the 1960s, avantgarde music, free love and student protests but have to admit I was not that fond of it. (Often fairly boring...) I probably should check the original first one because I seem to recall that most reviewers found it far more impressive than the subsequent ones.

Yeah... my problem (or luck) is, that I'm pretty fond of 'boring'.
The slow tempo is very much to my liking.

But with much of these series it's often a matter of getting involved into the characters or not. I admit that the 1st series is slightly better, but it's not really 'faster'. I just like the human characters (and was able to identify with and/or feel for a lot of them), the beauty of the Hunsrück, the overall melancholy and the fact that I got informed about German 20th century 'matters' in a different, more pleasant (and peasant ;)) way. Being Dutch myself, the image of Germany and Germans was rather negative during my upbringing in post-war Netherlands. Heimat certainly helped me to get rid of that.
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Post by: Marc on November 30, 2017, 12:17:18 PM
"Zwei fremde Augen".
Second episode of Die zweite Heimat with... Dietrich Henschel. (The one and only.)

(https://i.imgur.com/yidhA4Y.jpg)

And 'Hermännchen' has become a true philosopher: "Liebe ist Mord". (Love is murder.)

(https://i.imgur.com/WRKrs3c.jpg)
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Post by: SimonNZ on December 01, 2017, 05:29:13 PM
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Orphan Black, season 5
Fargo, season 3
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Post by: George on December 01, 2017, 05:34:56 PM
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Rewatching this loose, often dark and compelling show.
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Post by: Todd on December 01, 2017, 06:02:07 PM
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Rewatching this loose, often dark and compelling show.


I've seen a few of those.  The ones with Fred Willard, Todd Glass, and Gilbert Gottfried are great. 
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Post by: George on December 01, 2017, 06:05:45 PM

I've seen a few of those.  The ones with Fred Willard, Todd Glass, and Gilbert Gottfried are great.

My favorites - Super Dave Osbourne, Fred Stoller, Nick Swardson, Martin Mull, David Letterman and Jim Carrey.
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Post by: Todd on December 01, 2017, 06:07:16 PM
My favorites - Super Dave Osbourne


I need to watch that one.
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Post by: Todd on December 11, 2017, 06:54:05 AM
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The penultimate season of The Americans.  More of the good stuff.  The pace has slowed down from the earlier seasons, and the trajectory for the final fate of the main characters is in motion.  (I hope they all get killed off, but I doubt that happens.)  The season introduces some nice new characters, including an especially doctrinaire, heartless assistant commie spy, and includes multiple morally dubious missions where innocents are whacked or hurt for no good reason.  There's also a very X-Files vibe in the second episode as Marita Covarrubias joins the cast and mystery crops are involved.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: nodogen on December 11, 2017, 09:06:06 AM
The Detectorists.

Final episode of the third and final series on Wednesday. Glad that Mackenzie Crook is ending it rather than it going on forever when the quality invariably slips.

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Post by: milk on December 12, 2017, 06:57:15 PM
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Rewatching this loose, often dark and compelling show.
Hilarious. His books is good too BTW.
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Post by: George on December 22, 2017, 08:20:57 AM
Hilarious. His books is good too BTW.

Yes, I need to get back to his book.

My girlfriend and I have been looking for our next TV show to watch and since she never really gave this a chance, I thought it would be a good pick. It didn't really click at first and I thought I had made a huge mistake, but she seems to like it now, if not as much as me.

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Post by: SonicMan46 on December 22, 2017, 09:37:23 AM
We are now watching the Blue Bloods (2010-Present) w/ Tom Selleck et al - now filming the 8th season - on Episode 8, Season 1 and enjoying - and for me, my annual watch of Horatio Hornblower w/ Ioan Gruffudd & Robert Lindsay - I've purchased only 2 TV series, including this one, but considering getting the six seasons of Justified - :)  Dave

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Post by: SimonNZ on December 22, 2017, 01:03:51 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/92/Game_of_Thrones_Season_7.png/220px-Game_of_Thrones_Season_7.png)

Season 7. I keep expecting the quality to decline or at least plateau into mere formula, and they keep on exceeding my expectations.
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Post by: SimonNZ on December 29, 2017, 09:03:32 PM
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Better Call Saul, season 3. Apparently many consider this series less worthy than the previous two, but i find I have to disagree.

Westworld, season 1. Had enough to keep me watching, but required far too much suspending of disbelief (particularly around the economics of running the park). And was continually getting angry at the show's have-it-both-ways criticizing of the Guests baser instincts, all the while constantly titillating us with the usual HBO boobathon.
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 29, 2017, 09:25:00 PM
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For me, one of the most brilliant sitcoms of all-time.
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Post by: Ken B on December 30, 2017, 06:36:00 PM
We are now watching the Blue Bloods (2010-Present) w/ Tom Selleck et al - now filming the 8th season - on Episode 8, Season 1 and enjoying - and for me, my annual watch of Horatio Hornblower w/ Ioan Gruffudd & Robert Lindsay - I've purchased only 2 TV series, including this one, but considering getting the six seasons of Justified - :)  Dave

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The Better Half loves both these. She loves quite a lot of Tom Selleck things actually ...  ::) 
In the Hornblower, she and her female friends actually especially like ... Robert Lindsay (Pellew). We both like the series a lot, and it might be time for a rewatch. I did like the books a lot too when I was younger.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on December 30, 2017, 07:50:59 PM
The Better Half loves both these. She loves quite a lot of Tom Selleck things actually ...  ::) 
In the Hornblower, she and her female friends actually especially like ... Robert Lindsay (Pellew). We both like the series a lot, and it might be time for a rewatch. I did like the books a lot too when I was younger.

Hi Ken - we're half way through the second season of Blue Bloods and I'm really enjoying more - the 'crimes' are becoming more complicated and really love Sellect in his role - as to Hornblower not much more to say for me and believe we've discussed the novels and TV series before - finished (YET again!) the series a few nights ago - the relationship between Pellew & Horatio is special and like every re-watch.  My wife refuses to watch the Hornblower series w/ me although she is loving Blue Bloods - Dave :)
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Post by: Cato on December 31, 2017, 04:18:53 AM
We are currently hooked on:

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On Netflix: we are about halfway through it. 

Michelle Dockery has been keeping busy, since her Lady Mary days.  0:)

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Post by: Cato on December 31, 2017, 07:58:27 PM
We are currently hooked on:

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On Netflix: we are about halfway through it. 

Michelle Dockery has been keeping busy, since her Lady Mary days.  0:)

WOW!  We finished and were very satisfied: what a catharsis!  Highly recommended!
Title: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on December 31, 2017, 09:58:54 PM
Curiously, while I sojourned I'm The Garden State, I watched the first two episodes of "The Indian Detective" via Netflix. I enjoyed them, but I'm not jonesing to watch the remainder.

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Post by: Hollywood on December 31, 2017, 10:12:25 PM
Currently watching season 7 of Game of Thrones. Love those dragons.
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Post by: milk on January 02, 2018, 07:00:48 AM
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Rewatching this for the umpteenth time. Still brilliant.
Hmm...
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Watched one of these tonight and enjoyed it but I haven't seen the second one where he "takes on" "me too." That's getting some press today since he's said to defend Louis CK. I wonder...
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Post by: Todd on January 07, 2018, 08:20:52 AM
WOW!  We finished and were very satisfied: what a catharsis!  Highly recommended!


I demur.

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Godless.  The conceit of the show is that it takes place in a town of almost all women, the menfolk having perished in a devastating mine accident.  But that's not really true.  It's mostly about Jeff Daniels and his gang of murderous outlaws engaging in Cormac McCarthy levels of violence and horror in New Mexico in search of a soul who strayed, seeking revenge.  The dialogue is stilted and unconvincing, the acting variable with some characters sort of just there, the main conceit is wasted, and the many flashback scenes are too artsy by half.  (The director appears to have really liked Schindler's List.)  To cap it all off is a final episode that is basically just a shoot 'em up with sub-par (for today) digital and makeup effects, though it has a very timely difference.  I kept wanting the show to succeed, and kept watching expecting the payoff would come, but it never did. 
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 07, 2018, 01:57:58 PM
Last night, I watched the pilot for Kung Fu . . . the wandering has begun.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on January 09, 2018, 07:20:15 PM
Well, Susan & I are continuing to watch the Blue Bloods - now half way through the 3rd season and loving the show, especially as a 'couples watch' - believe that we'll go to the end - still ongoing in its 8th season.

A few nights ago, we started to view Hell on Wheels about the building of the first transcontinental railroad post-Civil War and the real life shifting 'city' associated w/ that construction - Susan gave up after 2 episodes but I'll continue on - just in my 'historic interest' - 6 seasons (2011-16), likely will continue.  Dave :)

(https://ibhuluimcom-a.akamaihd.net/ib.huluim.com/show/18114?region=US&size=952x536)  (http://www.joblo.com/newsimages1/binge-hellonwheels-banner.jpg)
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Post by: RebLem on January 09, 2018, 11:21:06 PM
The Daily Show, The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Bull, The Good Doctor, This Is Us, Major Crimes, The Orville, Speechless, Designated Survivor, Madame Secretary, and Better Things on FX.  I was sad the Louie got cancelled and hope that Better Things does not fall victim, as Louis CK is one of the producers of the show.  Also, on a catch as catch can basis, I watch ST NG and ST Voyager reruns on BBC America.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: manuelsoy on January 10, 2018, 04:00:51 AM
Hello everyone! I'm currently seeing several, but the one I like the most (apart from the game of thrones) is undoubtedly Black Mirror, the truth is that it's a bit strange at first but little by little I've been hooked, and now I can not leave to see it, it's my favorite. Someone else who is watching? Greetings to all  :D :D
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Post by: North Star on January 10, 2018, 02:12:30 PM
Hello everyone! I'm currently seeing several, but the one I like the most (apart from the game of thrones) is undoubtedly Black Mirror, the truth is that it's a bit strange at first but little by little I've been hooked, and now I can not leave to see it, it's my favorite. Someone else who is watching? Greetings to all  :D :D
Welcome to GMG, Manuel! I haven't seen Black Mirror yet myself. I finished Indian Summers recently, a two-season drama series about the end of British rule in India. Beautiful visuals, strong characters and acting, good writing.
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Post by: Hollywood on January 10, 2018, 11:11:52 PM
Just started watching season 5 of Ripper Street. I like Matthew Macfadyen as well as the only American in the series, Adam Rothenberg. I like Rothenberg's character U.S. Union Army captian and doctor, Homer Jackson.
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Post by: Daverz on January 11, 2018, 04:36:56 PM
Just started watching season 5 of Ripper Street. I like Matthew Macfadyen as well as the only American in the series, Adam Rothenberg. I like Rothenberg's character U.S. Union Army captian and doctor, Homer Jackson.

And don't forget Bronn!  (Jerome Flynn, Dt. Sgt. Drake on the show.)
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Post by: SimonNZ on January 11, 2018, 08:59:06 PM
Just started watching season 5 of Ripper Street. I like Matthew Macfadyen as well as the only American in the series, Adam Rothenberg. I like Rothenberg's character U.S. Union Army captian and doctor, Homer Jackson.

Speaking of Mcfadyen: I recently finished the final season of Spooks, and he turns up for a brief cameo:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/919ksnhZP0L._SY606_.jpg)

and just started, lots of fun: series two of Preacher:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91E5ePC5zdL._SX342_.jpg)
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Post by: Hollywood on January 11, 2018, 11:03:46 PM
And don't forget Bronn!  (Jerome Flynn, Dt. Sgt. Drake on the show.)

Yes, I like him as well. I just saw him again as Bronn in season 7 of Game of Thrones.
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Post by: Todd on January 22, 2018, 08:53:21 AM
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I've watched a couple episodes of Electric Dreams, "Real Life" (based on "Exhibit Piece") and "Autofac" (based on a story of the same name).  Meh.  They look like slightly higher budget, slightly more modern versions of the 90s revival of The Outer Limits.  I've never read one of Philip K Dick's books or stories, but "Exhibit Piece" sure has some themes reminiscent of "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" (aka, Total Recall).  I don't think I can make it through eight more shows.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 22, 2018, 09:24:14 AM
I’ve resumed Season Two of Star Trek, and have adopted a sustainable pace.  This weekend I watched “Wolf in the Fold,” “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” “A Piece of the Action,” and – in a qualified sense – “The Trouble With Tribbles.”

It would have been the first time I watched the Tribbles in the episode’s entirety – if I had simply watched it.  But I elected to watch with the “Starfleet Access” feature, i.e. inset interviews which, while interesting, interrupted the show itself.  So, yes, I’ll need togo back and watch the episode properly.

And still making my way through Season One of Kung Fu.  Yesterday, “Nine Lives,” with Albert Salmi (who had also played in the pilot).
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Post by: George on January 22, 2018, 03:10:35 PM
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Saw all of season one this weekend. I laughed, I cried, I can't wait for season two. Or rather, I hope they do a second season. This is a show that must continue.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on January 30, 2018, 05:30:55 PM
The third, and alas final, season of Detectorists. One of my favorite series ever.
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Post by: HIPster on January 30, 2018, 05:41:06 PM
The third, and alas final, season of Detectorists. One of my favorite series ever.

+1

Love it!  :laugh:

We are on season three as well.  This is the final season, correct?
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Post by: Ken B on January 30, 2018, 06:30:35 PM
+1

Love it!  :laugh:

We are on season three as well.  This is the final season, correct?

It is. Well it would have to be after all the killings in episode 6.  ;)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 31, 2018, 03:44:56 AM
Well, no longer currently:  last night I finished watching I, Claudius.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on January 31, 2018, 06:28:17 AM
Well, no longer currently:  last night I finished watching I, Claudius.
That one I like even more! I think after Monty Python that's my favourite. Seen it 3 times.
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Post by: milk on January 31, 2018, 06:34:46 AM
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Rewatching w/my wife. It captures the Coen aesthetic. High quality TV with a religious component too! “Only a fool thinks he can solve the world's problems...”
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on January 31, 2018, 06:37:23 AM
That one I like even more! I think after Monty Python that's my favourite. Seen it 3 times.

Ages ago when in Rochester I saw perhaps an episode or two, on a b&w set.  In a dormant kind of way, I had always meant to watch the lot, so here I have done at last.  Absolutely marvelous.
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Post by: Draško on January 31, 2018, 07:06:21 AM
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Last seasons of both. George Gently was probably my favorite British police series of all, sad to see it end, but it's a fine ending. The last season of SDofaCG is a bit tonally different and I thought weaker than the first three seasons, still very decent (if one can say that).
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on January 31, 2018, 04:15:51 PM
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Last seasons of both. George Gently was probably my favorite British police series of all,

I've never seen it, but that has piqued my curiosity. What gives it such high marks?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Josquin13 on January 31, 2018, 06:01:06 PM
I'm partial to the "History Channel" myself, and am currently fascinated by "Hunting Hitler", which is in it's 3rd season.  They've convinced me, at least, that Hitler didn't likely die in the bunker in Berlin, but instead escaped to South America (by way of Norway or Spain), along with Martin Bormann (whose South American daughter & other eyewitnesses they've interviewed), along with other high ranking Nazis, where they were actively planning to build a 4th Reich.  Whether Hitler survived or not, it's particularly unsettling to realize that so many high ranking Nazis had friends & allies after the war, who helped them to escape by way of "rat lines"--via Spanish monasteries, Italy, Norway, etc.--and especially in the Vatican, where there was a wide scale organized effort by the Catholic Church (& Red Cross) to 'baptize' the worst Nazi butchers and give them new identities and passports.  The Catholic Church has some explaining to do.

I'm also watching "The Vikings", but am disappointed with the present season, as some of the best actors in the series have been 'killed' off (Linus Roache, Travis Fimmel, etc.), and it's getting a little boring (despite the efforts of the handful of good actors left on the show).
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Post by: Daverz on January 31, 2018, 06:23:40 PM
I'm partial to the "History Channel" myself, and am currently fascinated by "Hunting Hitler", which is in it's 3rd season.  They've convinced me, at least, that Hitler didn't likely die in the bunker in Berlin, but instead escaped to South America (by way of Norway or Spain), along with Martin Bormann

What, no aliens?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jo498 on February 01, 2018, 12:27:48 AM
Everybody knows that the South America stories are cheap falsifications. In fact the Nazis escaped to the dark side of the moon:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Sky
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034314/
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on February 01, 2018, 12:42:08 AM

I'm also watching "The Vikings", but am disappointed with the present season, as some of the best actors in the series have been 'killed' off (Linus Roache, Travis Fimmel, etc.), and it's getting a little boring (despite the efforts of the handful of good actors left on the show).

My husband has been watching this series as well and got hooked. I then told him that two of the kings of Wessex are ancestors of mine. King Aethelwulf is my 37 times great grandfather and King Ecgbert is my 38 times great grandfather. With a TV series like this I am able to get an idea of how life was for my ancestors even though it maybe Hollywood's version.  ;)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Draško on February 01, 2018, 03:16:45 AM
I've never seen it, but that has piqued my curiosity. What gives it such high marks?

Great balance of character drama, decent plots and very believable period feel.

Well, beyond the fact that the characters are well drawn and interesting and have arc over the whole series (especially DI Bacchus, Gently's sidekick becomes really interesting character over the time) it's a period piece (takes place in the 60s in the north of England) and very well made one at that. The who-done-it part of the show is usually in relation with that time and the place so it provides a sort of social commentary through the cases they deal with. But well judged, it doesn't get shrill or give you the felling you're being browbeaten with the message. Great acting (the leading duo especially), good production value and relatively realistic plots.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on February 14, 2018, 12:24:38 AM
The CNN Patty Hearts doc! Gripping fascinating stuff. They interview Bill Harris and Steven Weed. I'm on E2. Highly recommended!!!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: bwv 1080 on February 14, 2018, 04:17:31 AM
The Black Mirror is just brilliant. PK Dick with smartphones

Arkangel, Callister, Nosedive my favorites so far. Did not care so much for the pig f***ing episode
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: North Star on February 14, 2018, 05:21:56 AM
The Black Mirror is just brilliant. PK Dick with smartphones

Arkangel, Callister, Nosedive my favorites so far. Did not care so much for the pig f***ing episode
I've started watching that one a while ago too, and yes, it is brilliant.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on February 14, 2018, 08:21:28 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Omicron9 on February 15, 2018, 07:47:15 AM
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This series had moments of comic brilliance.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on February 15, 2018, 03:50:34 PM
I've been listening to a few of Bob Newhart's early 60s "button-down mind" comedy albums recently. They're as funny and clever now as they must have been to the original audiences, imo.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on February 15, 2018, 04:20:13 PM
Has anyone seen the British TV show based on Philip K Dick's work? I wonder if it's any good.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Daverz on February 15, 2018, 05:43:18 PM
Has anyone seen the British TV show based on Philip K Dick's work? I wonder if it's any good.

If you mean Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, I saw one episode, "Autofac", on Amazon.  It was well done, and I enjoyed it, though there was nothing really original in the plot.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on February 15, 2018, 06:01:45 PM
If you mean Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, I saw one episode, "Autofac", on Amazon.  It was well done, and I enjoyed it, though there was nothing really original in the plot.
I see. I'm curious what Black Mirror fans think of it and if it's much different - especially in the style of production. I also wonder if some of the stories will be more original than others.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on February 18, 2018, 04:02:11 AM
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Watching this AGAIN! Such an awesome show. One of the best. I hear he's got David Milch helping them write S3. S2 was a big let down.
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Post by: SimonNZ on February 18, 2018, 02:54:19 PM
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Every bit as good as I'd heard it is.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Undersea on March 02, 2018, 11:35:52 PM
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Love/Hate - Series #5

Have been re-watching this Irish series about a group of young gangsters in Dublin.
Quite a good series IMO - I find some of the stuff that happens genuinely shocking.
The acting is really good too I think.
Has anyone else seen this?.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on March 03, 2018, 11:10:07 PM
This week I plan on watching Wolf Hall which has to do with another of my relatives, Sir Thomas Cromwell (my 13 times great grand uncle). I love watching films and TV series that bring to life my famous (or infamous) family relations.  8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on March 03, 2018, 11:24:51 PM
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Finished this. Great stuff and really enjoyable. Hearst is guilty as the day is lengthy (imho - but that's NOT a spoiler: make up your own damn mind!). Also: can't believe Soliah/Olson (Minnesotan-in-hiding-gal and former SLA murderer and terrorist!) got off so easy. Really great series that shows you 1. how crazy those times were and
2. how anyone can make it back in America if they have fat stacks of cash, a media/promotional empire, and a wacky story (reminds me of someone else...)   
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Post by: Ken B on March 04, 2018, 07:01:14 AM
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Finished this. Great stuff and really enjoyable. Hearst is guilty as the day is lengthy (imho - but that's NOT a spoiler: make up your own damn mind!). Also: can't believe Soliah/Olson (Minnesotan-in-hiding-gal and former SLA murderer and terrorist!) got off so easy. Really great series that shows you 1. how crazy those times were and
2. how anyone can make it back in America if they have fat stacks of cash, a media/promotional empire, and a wacky story (reminds me of someone else...)

People forget that there years in that era where there were 2000 bombings a year in America (mostly from left wing kooks but not all). The pilot episode of Barney Miller makes casual jokes about the frequency of bombings.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on March 04, 2018, 09:27:31 AM
People forget that there years in that era where there were 2000 bombings a year in America (mostly from left wing kooks but not all). The pilot episode of Barney Miller makes casual jokes about the frequency of bombings.
I can't imagine. If I'm not mistaken, there were frequent airplane hijackings too. Crazy. I notice Hearst cynically using #metoo to play the victim fiddle one more time. Anyway, great series. Gripping and deep into those times.   
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 05, 2018, 07:32:20 AM
I’ve gone back to The Twilight Zone.  I fetched in a Used - Very Good Blu-ray set, so I am cherry-picking episodes disc by disc as I perform due-diligence QC.  Thanks to both the excellent production values and the generally superb (never less than “very good”) content, I find this series evergreen.

So, which episodes have I recently watched, you ask?

“Mr Denton on Doomsday,” in which a sassy Martin Landau gets put in his place (though this is not the central story)

“And When the Sky Was Opened,” with Rod Taylor.  The first time I watched this, years ago when I made my first survey of the series, I did not realize that the male lead from The Birds was the principal character here.

“Mirror Image,” with Vera Miles (Psycho) and Martin Milner (Adam-12);  Vera Miles is so mousy here, you may not recognize her.

“The Chaser,” which is especially wicked fun.

“The Howling Man.”  Just go ahead and watch it.

“Dust.”  Pay heed to the magic!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 05, 2018, 12:19:11 PM
I’ve gone back to The Twilight Zone.  I fetched in a Used - Very Good Blu-ray set, so I am cherry-picking episodes disc by disc as I perform due-diligence QC.  Thanks to both the excellent production values and the generally superb (never less than “very good”) content, I find this series evergreen.

So, which episodes have I recently watched, you ask?

“Mr Denton on Doomsday,” in which a sassy Martin Landau gets put in his place (though this is not the central story)

“And When the Sky Was Opened,” with Rod Taylor.  The first time I watched this, years ago when I made my first survey of the series, I did not realize that the male lead from The Birds was the principal character here.

“Mirror Image,” with Vera Miles (Psycho) and Martin Milner (Adam-12);  Vera Miles is so mousy here, you may not recognize her.

“The Chaser,” which is especially wicked fun.

“The Howling Man.”  Just go ahead and watch it.

“Dust.”  Pay heed to the magic!

Also:  “A World of Difference,” in which parts of the Van Cleave score seem to be a close adaptation of the Introduction to L’oiseau de feu   8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on March 05, 2018, 02:10:08 PM
One of Sonic Dave's faves, The Hornblower series. We rewatched the first two so far. Great stuff.
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Post by: George on March 05, 2018, 02:37:50 PM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on March 05, 2018, 11:41:25 PM
I’ve gone back to The Twilight Zone.  I fetched in a Used - Very Good Blu-ray set, so I am cherry-picking episodes disc by disc as I perform due-diligence QC.  Thanks to both the excellent production values and the generally superb (never less than “very good”) content, I find this series evergreen.

So, which episodes have I recently watched, you ask?

“Mr Denton on Doomsday,” in which a sassy Martin Landau gets put in his place (though this is not the central story)

“And When the Sky Was Opened,” with Rod Taylor.  The first time I watched this, years ago when I made my first survey of the series, I did not realize that the male lead from The Birds was the principal character here.

“Mirror Image,” with Vera Miles (Psycho) and Martin Milner (Adam-12);  Vera Miles is so mousy here, you may not recognize her.

“The Chaser,” which is especially wicked fun.

“The Howling Man.”  Just go ahead and watch it.

“Dust.”  Pay heed to the magic!

I love the original series of The Twilight Zone as well as the original series The Outer Limits. As a child I remember watching them on TV back in the early 1960s.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 06, 2018, 05:24:10 AM
I love the original series of The Twilight Zone as well as the original series The Outer Limits. As a child I remember watching them on TV back in the early 1960s.

I need to finish The Outer Limits . . . I stalled out at about the midpoint, no reflection on the series.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Hollywood on March 06, 2018, 11:46:27 PM
I need to finish The Outer Limits . . . I stalled out at about the midpoint, no reflection on the series.

Which version of The Outer Limits are you watching? I love the original 1963 series much better than the later 1995 revival. For me the same goes for the original The Twilight Zone as compaired to the 1985 and 2002 revival attemps.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: LKB on March 07, 2018, 02:00:57 AM
I need to finish The Outer Limits . . . I stalled out at about the midpoint, no reflection on the series.

Iirc, the first season is being released on bluray sometime later this month.

I can still remember being entertainingly terrified by The Galaxy Being as a young boy...

There is nothing wrong,

LKB
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 07, 2018, 02:17:19 AM
Which version of The Outer Limits are you watching? I love the original 1963 series much better than the later 1995 revival. For me the same goes for the original The Twilight Zone as compaired to the 1985 and 2002 revival attemps.

The original Outer Limits (I think this may be the first I have heard of the revival).

Impossible not to like the original Twilight Zone better, but I do enjoy the ’80s series.  I only found out about the latter, from extras on the DVD series of the original series, which included (e.g.) a sample of the remade “A Game of Pool” (nothing could beat Jack Klugman & Jno Winters, to be sure!—yet I do enjoy Maury Chaykin in the Winters role) and “Dead Man’s Shoes.”

Offhand, “Shatterday,” “Nightcrawlers,” “The Library,” “Wong’s Lost and Found Emporium,” “The Misfortune Cookie,” “To See the Invisible Man,” “The Once and Future King,” and “Aqua Vita” (among yet others) are all strong stories which do the brand proud.

FWIW, I have not sought out the 21st-c. series.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 07, 2018, 02:17:53 AM
Iirc, the first season is being released on bluray sometime later this month.

I can still remember being entertainingly terrified by The Galaxy Being as a young boy...

There is nothing wrong,

LKB

Aye, those youthful frights . . . .
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: LKB on March 07, 2018, 04:13:54 AM
I’ve gone back to The Twilight Zone.  I fetched in a Used - Very Good Blu-ray set, so I am cherry-picking episodes disc by disc as I perform due-diligence QC.  Thanks to both the excellent production values and the generally superb (never less than “very good”) content, I find this series evergreen.

So, which episodes have I recently watched, you ask?

“Mr Denton on Doomsday,” in which a sassy Martin Landau gets put in his place (though this is not the central story)

“And When the Sky Was Opened,” with Rod Taylor.  The first time I watched this, years ago when I made my first survey of the series, I did not realize that the male lead from The Birds was the principal character here.

“Mirror Image,” with Vera Miles (Psycho) and Martin Milner (Adam-12);  Vera Miles is so mousy here, you may not recognize her.

“The Chaser,” which is especially wicked fun.

“The Howling Man.”  Just go ahead and watch it.

“Dust.”  Pay heed to the magic!

My own favorites:

The Howling Man

Time Enough at Last

To Serve Man

Walking Distance
( with an exquisite Bernard Hermann score )

And many others...

Picture if you will,

LKB
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 07, 2018, 04:23:18 AM
My own favorites:

The Howling Man

Time Enough at Last

To Serve Man

Walking Distance
( with an exquisite Bernard Hermann score )

And many others...

Picture if you will,

LKB

Many others, indeed!
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: nodogen on March 07, 2018, 05:02:10 AM
Collateral has just finished on BBC. Most excellent drama (so quite rare!)

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on March 07, 2018, 05:27:53 AM
Rewatching S2 of Fargo w/wife. Surprised that she rates it higher than S1. I guess I agree.
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 07, 2018, 08:23:19 AM
Impossible not to like the original Twilight Zone better, but I do enjoy the ’80s series.  I only found out about the latter, from extras on the DVD series of the original series, which included (e.g.) a sample of the remade “A Game of Pool” (nothing could beat Jack Klugman & Jno Winters, to be sure!—yet I do enjoy Maury Chaykin in the Winters role) and “Dead Man’s Shoes.”

Offhand, “Shatterday,” “Nightcrawlers,” “The Library,” “Wong’s Lost and Found Emporium,” “The Misfortune Cookie,” “To See the Invisible Man,” “The Once and Future King,” and “Aqua Vita” (among yet others) are all strong stories which do the brand proud.

FWIW, I have not sought out the 21st-c. series.

Why is it unreasonable to expect later ‘revivals’ of The Twilight Zone to “match” the original?  Let me count the ways . . .

First, Rod Serling created the idea for the series.  (IIRC, he came up with the title on his own, but later learnt that it was a phrase in technical use by airmen.)  Now, I do not mean only that the process is irreproducible because of the fact of Serling’s invention.  There were commercial reasons which drove Serling to the invention, illustrated by a teleplay he had written about the lynching of a black man in the American South, in which the sponsors of the television show demanded sanitizing changes, lest it “offend” some of the audience (i.e., the sponsor’s consumers).  Serling learnt, from repeated sponsor interference, that some of the important societal issues about which he was compelled to write, were not going to clear what was in effect The Censors.  So he determined to write of them in the abstract remove of fantasy and science fiction.

Second, Serling the Writer dominated the series, in a way that would probably never be practical for any renewal of the show.  Serling was apt (in an altogether artistically commendable way) to be harsher in self-criticism about repeating himself, or not writing up to his best, even than others.  One may chalk this up to the exhaustive demands of furnishing stories for 30+ episodes each season . . . but that is already spinning off into a tangent.

Third, Serling enjoyed a degree of control over The Twilight Zone which any writer might envy.  No studio which has taken, or may afterwards take, any interest in renewing the franchise will ever yield that to any artist.  Consider Harlan Ellison’s experience with the ’80s series (even allowing for Ellison’s being a, shall we say, thorny character).

Fourth, the tone of the show is powerfully reinforced by the exceptional b-&-w cinematography (with the curious exception of the six or so second-season episodes which were shot on videotape, a regrettable economizing measure which, yes, was a matter of studio interference).  It would be a next-to-impossible eccentricity for any TV show to be shot in b-&-w now (has anyone shot a b-&-w feature since Woody Allen’s Shadows and Fog of 1991?)  The 1980s series (‘The New Twilight Zone’) of necessity compares badly on that head, because although it was shot on film, it was edited in video, so there are no original film negatives from which fresh prints might be made.

Other aspects of the original series (the exceptionally fine writing, the high-end musical scoring, the contemporary acting talent who were attracted simply because of the fine writing) are in theory achievable in comparable degree by any subsequent generation.

In theory.

So, with all these frank, manly confessions, I maintain that the ’80s series is well worth watching.  “Quarantine,” “Red Snow” (directed by Night Gallery alumnus Jeannot Szwarc), “The Card,” “Shelter Skelter,” “The Girl I Married,” “The Curious Case of Edgar Witherspoon,” “Dream Me a Life,” “The Hellgramite Method” – these last three are from the third season.  After the second, the show was dropped by the network, but they shot 30 22-minute episodes in Canada, in order to sell the series into syndication.  By which I only mean to say that there are still shows at the top of their game, even in their “lame duck” era.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on March 23, 2018, 12:38:32 AM
Recently:

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Justified, seasons 1 and 2
Bosch, season 3
Cardinal, season 1

Strarted:

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The Shadow Men, season 3
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Post by: drogulus on March 24, 2018, 10:15:43 AM

     I just completed Series 2 of Happy Valley. There will be a 3rd but not for some time.

     Spoiler: The valley in question conspicuously lacks happiness.

     I'm looking forward to Bosch 4. Most of all I'm waiting for The Americans and Better Call Saul. Odenkirk really shined in The Post and I gots to have my Ehrmantraut fix. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mookalafalas on March 28, 2018, 02:48:35 AM
Last night binge watched season 2 of "Stranger Things".  Enjoyed it immensely.

 Watched first episode of "Barry"-- My kind of show. 

Also, finally watching Twin Peaks. I watched it sporadically when it first aired, 30 years ago or so.  I'm about 1/3 through season 2.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Bogey on March 29, 2018, 05:32:16 AM
Why is it unreasonable to expect later ‘revivals’ of The Twilight Zone to “match” the original?  Let me count the ways . . .

First, Rod Serling created the idea for the series.  (IIRC, he came up with the title on his own, but later learnt that it was a phrase in technical use by airmen.)  Now, I do not mean only that the process is irreproducible because of the fact of Serling’s invention.  There were commercial reasons which drove Serling to the invention, illustrated by a teleplay he had written about the lynching of a black man in the American South, in which the sponsors of the television show demanded sanitizing changes, lest it “offend” some of the audience (i.e., the sponsor’s consumers).  Serling learnt, from repeated sponsor interference, that some of the important societal issues about which he was compelled to write, were not going to clear what was in effect The Censors.  So he determined to write of them in the abstract remove of fantasy and science fiction.

Second, Serling the Writer dominated the series, in a way that would probably never be practical for any renewal of the show.  Serling was apt (in an altogether artistically commendable way) to be harsher in self-criticism about repeating himself, or not writing up to his best, even than others.  One may chalk this up to the exhaustive demands of furnishing stories for 30+ episodes each season . . . but that is already spinning off into a tangent.

Third, Serling enjoyed a degree of control over The Twilight Zone which any writer might envy.  No studio which has taken, or may afterwards take, any interest in renewing the franchise will ever yield that to any artist.  Consider Harlan Ellison’s experience with the ’80s series (even allowing for Ellison’s being a, shall we say, thorny character).

Fourth, the tone of the show is powerfully reinforced by the exceptional b-&-w cinematography (with the curious exception of the six or so second-season episodes which were shot on videotape, a regrettable economizing measure which, yes, was a matter of studio interference).  It would be a next-to-impossible eccentricity for any TV show to be shot in b-&-w now (has anyone shot a b-&-w feature since Woody Allen’s Shadows and Fog of 1991?)  The 1980s series (‘The New Twilight Zone’) of necessity compares badly on that head, because although it was shot on film, it was edited in video, so there are no original film negatives from which fresh prints might be made.

Other aspects of the original series (the exceptionally fine writing, the high-end musical scoring, the contemporary acting talent who were attracted simply because of the fine writing) are in theory achievable in comparable degree by any subsequent generation.

In theory.

So, with all these frank, manly confessions, I maintain that the ’80s series is well worth watching.  “Quarantine,” “Red Snow” (directed by Night Gallery alumnus Jeannot Szwarc), “The Card,” “Shelter Skelter,” “The Girl I Married,” “The Curious Case of Edgar Witherspoon,” “Dream Me a Life,” “The Hellgramite Method” – these last three are from the third season.  After the second, the show was dropped by the network, but they shot 30 22-minute episodes in Canada, in order to sell the series into syndication.  By which I only mean to say that there are still shows at the top of their game, even in their “lame duck” era.

It is like the original '33 King Kong. There is only one.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on March 29, 2018, 07:18:44 AM
Karl asked about black and white. There have been a few since 1991. The Coens did The Man Who Wasn’t There, and a few years ago there was the wonderful film The Artist. There have been a few more. Schindler of course too.
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Post by: Bogey on March 29, 2018, 07:22:02 AM
Karl asked about black and white. There have been a few since 1991. The Coens did The Man Who Wasn’t There, and a few years ago there was the wonderful film The Artist. There have been a few more. Schindler of course too.

Without searching wasn't the Ed Wood film with Depp B&W?
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Post by: Mirror Image on March 29, 2018, 07:43:52 AM
Good to see you posting again, Bill! 8)
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Post by: NikF on March 29, 2018, 07:52:45 AM
Without searching wasn't the Ed Wood film with Depp B&W?

Yeah, it was.

Black and white recent(ish) cinema? Although shot in colour Pleasantville and also La Haine both come to mind. And about ten years ago there was a 16mm feature about a man versus machine chess competition, but the title of that one escapes me.

Also: hello again, and if the info on the forum is correct, happy birthday.
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Post by: drogulus on March 29, 2018, 02:17:24 PM
     Old: All Creatures Great And Small

     New: Occupied

     They both suck......notly. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/laugh.gif)

     Not much needs to be said about All Creatures, there's nothing else quite like it and I can't imagine how it got made. They must have paid the animals a fortune to withstand the radioactivity of Robert Hardy going full blast. No wonder Peter Davison escaped to the relative calm of Dr. Who.

     I'm a couple of episodes in on Occupied, a Norwegian political thriller set in the near future, and I'm committed. It's on Netflix.
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Post by: Draško on March 29, 2018, 03:00:19 PM
Recently:

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First season takes some time to get the tone right, but second, with Benetts, is fantastic. My favorite season.
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Post by: Draško on March 29, 2018, 03:16:08 PM
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Three episodes in and Babylon Berlin looks excellent, police thriller set in late 1920s Berlin underworld. Cabarets, dance crazes, seedy blackmails, political plots with Russians. Lots of storylines and characters are getting entwined, let's see how it plays out.

I just love gardening programs, to garden vicariously. 
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Post by: SonicMan46 on March 29, 2018, 03:50:00 PM
First season takes some time to get the tone right, but second, with Benetts, is fantastic. My favorite season.

Love Justified - have probably watched at least 3 times - wife not a fan - we live just 2-3 hrs from the Lexington, KY area and have visited + toured a number of the famous Kentucky distilleries, so I seem to relate to this series!

For a 'couples watch', we just bought and finished the last season of Major Crimes which we love - started to watch the old series Jag and enjoyed the first season (from the 1990s!) for free on Amazon Prime - wanted to charge to continue, so looked at the cost of the entire series (on 55 DVDs) which was just over $60 - our cheapest route, so now watching Season 2 and enjoying - obviously will take a while - wife is NOT a 'binge watcher'  - Dave :)

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on March 31, 2018, 09:23:06 AM

     I watched the first episode of the final season of The Americans. Everything the last few years have prepared us for is starting to happen. A sense of dread, of no good outcome hangs over the show.

     About the gruesome violence, I share the general view that having the couple be both deep cover espionage agents and assassins is unrealistic as plot, but at the level of psychology absolutely necessary and appropriate. In real life the assassins wouldn't meet or even know of the existence of Directorate S agents. Yet, if the spies report back to Moscow about a problem with someone and the person mysteriously dies, they know without ever being told what happened.
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Post by: SimonNZ on March 31, 2018, 05:29:37 PM
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Twin Peaks, season three

Very mixed feelings about this. I loved the first three episodes, and episode eight was truly remarkable, and generely any parts that resembled Eraserhead or Inland Empire. But man the "Dougie" stuff was terrible, and there was so much of it The Gordon stuff wasn't handled with the same humour as the original show. And most of the bits with the old cast were all to brief cameos or overstayed their welcome.I was also somehow under the impression that this was going to reach some kind of resolution, not just throw up more questions and leave the door open for a season 4.
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Post by: SimonNZ on March 31, 2018, 10:10:28 PM
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Been watching one two-hour episode a week of this each weekend with a friend. Half way through the ten episodes now and finding it as superb as everyone had said.
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Post by: Mirror Image on April 01, 2018, 06:25:04 AM
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Post by: Hollywood on April 01, 2018, 10:10:59 PM
Currently watching Cold Justice. I love seeing how these two women help solve some cold cases from different city police departments in the USA.



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Post by: Todd on April 08, 2018, 04:55:53 AM
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Quasi-binge watched the third season of Better Call Saul.  It's every bit as good as the first two seasons, and maybe better.  The only problem is that father time makes it difficult to accept some of the characters as younger versions of their ca 2010 selves. 
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Post by: drogulus on April 08, 2018, 01:42:47 PM

     I'm half way through The Terror. It's one of the creepiest creepshows I have ever seen, though this might be in spite of the creature itself. In that respect it's like The Thing from Another World, and definitely not The Thing, what you don't see more than what you do.
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Post by: Cato on April 08, 2018, 02:20:42 PM
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Quasi-binge watched the third season of Better Call SaulIt's every bit as good as the first two seasons, and maybe better. The only problem is that father time makes it difficult to accept some of the characters as younger versions of their ca 2010 selves.

Amen!  And yes, one might need more tightening in one's suspension of disbelief, as reality collides with fiction.  Still, not a big problem.   8)
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Post by: drogulus on April 12, 2018, 10:13:09 AM

     I finished The Terror. I don't think the monster was as bad as some people think. The problem lay more in combining such a high level of realistic speculation about the fate of the expedition with the fantastic element. Still, watch the show for the atmosphere and some of the best acting you'll see from Ciarán Hinds, Tobias Menzies and Jared Harris.
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Post by: Marc on April 13, 2018, 09:41:13 AM
Just watched episode 8 of the third season of Twin Peaks.

I think that was a not such a good idea on Friday the 13th.

:blank:
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Post by: drogulus on April 13, 2018, 09:51:47 AM

     All the episodes of Bosch 4 are available now on Prime.
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Post by: Ken B on April 13, 2018, 05:54:53 PM
2/3 of episode 1 of Treme. Which is 2/3 too much.
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Post by: Daverz on April 13, 2018, 06:48:32 PM
     All the episodes of Bosch 4 are available now on Prime.

I enjoy this series, but probably can't remember the plot of any of the previous seasons.

Will Harry's Ohm speakers ever get hooked up?

Lately I've been watching Counterpart, The Looming Tower (no spoilers, please), and the latest season of iZombie.

Oh, and I forgot Timeless, the sort of light entertainment one would tend to forget, but I'm enjoying season 1 so far.
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Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on April 13, 2018, 07:01:18 PM
I watch maybe one or two hours a week on average. Currently The Sopranos (4th season--have watched all the previous ones in order) and Tony Boudain Parts Unknown (9th and 10th seasons).
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Post by: SimonNZ on April 13, 2018, 09:50:16 PM
2/3 of episode 1 of Treme. Which is 2/3 too much.

Then you didn't get to see the end bit with Louis Prima's "Buona Sera".

Besides a couple of quibbles I generally really liked the whole Treme series. What was it that turned you off?

https://www.youtube.com/v/_8pz9kwdfzQ


TD:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/A1uKpjdcInL._SY445_.jpg)

Still excellent. And the "Horses" episode was as powerful as I'd heard it would be.
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Post by: Ken B on April 14, 2018, 05:52:46 AM
Then you didn't get to see the end bit with Louis Prima's "Buona Sera".

Besides a couple of quibbles I generally really liked the whole Treme series. What was it that turned you off?

https://www.youtube.com/v/_8pz9kwdfzQ


TD:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/A1uKpjdcInL._SY445_.jpg)

Still excellent. And the "Horses" episode was as powerful as I'd heard it would be.

A few things. Steve Zahn. Too much just people dancing. Too much fuckity fuckfuck instead of dialogue. No characters really, except John Goodman. Irritating camera work. Steve Zahn.
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Post by: bwv 1080 on April 16, 2018, 07:54:03 AM
Thought the Netflix Lost in Space reboot was OK, but looks like it will probably will jump the shark trying to do the dark Battlestar Galactica thing (and do the writers think they are being inclusive by adding a black daughter to the white family?)

Also finished the somewhat entertaining but also hilariously self-consciously bad Here and Now, which I can only guess is Alan Ball's mental breakdown trying to write in every possible intersectional permutation he could think of into one family drama (really - a hijab-wearing gender fluid devout Muslim boy?)
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Post by: MN Dave on April 16, 2018, 04:28:34 PM
THE TERROR
Burned through four episodes yesterday. Want more.
Based on the Dan Simmons novel.
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Post by: Omicron9 on April 17, 2018, 08:14:38 AM
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Quasi-binge watched the third season of Better Call Saul.  It's every bit as good as the first two seasons, and maybe better.  The only problem is that father time makes it difficult to accept some of the characters as younger versions of their ca 2010 selves.

Just finished the S3 binge.  I think each season of this series has improved over the last.  Looking forward to S4.

-09
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Post by: drogulus on April 17, 2018, 08:39:26 AM
THE TERROR
Burned through four episodes yesterday. Want more.
Based on the Dan Simmons novel.

     I was going to say something clever then realized it gave away a little too much, which would be wrong. (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/Smileys/classic/smiley.gif)

     I couldn't get my associate to watch this one on account of it being "evil". If I could change her mind I wouldn't mind watching it again.
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Post by: SimonNZ on April 20, 2018, 01:35:31 PM
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Finished:

Justified, season 3

About to start:

The Crown, season 1
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Post by: milk on April 24, 2018, 03:01:05 AM
A few things. Steve Zahn. Too much just people dancing. Too much fuckity fuckfuck instead of dialogue. No characters really, except John Goodman. Irritating camera work. Steve Zahn.
I liked Treme but it could be annoying at times. I'm not a fan of blues rock and didn't share the musical taste that the show rams down your throat. I understood where it was coming from - at the same time. It wasn't pointless, just gratuitous. It does beat you over the head in other ways too. I think it had some interesting characters but I'm not sure I'd ever be willing to revisit the whole megillah.
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Post by: Undersea on April 28, 2018, 12:52:02 AM
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Will be finishing up on Season #3 this weekend.
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Post by: Undersea on April 28, 2018, 12:56:26 AM
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Finished:

Justified, season 3


I enjoyed watching this one - How are you finding the show so far Simon?.
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Post by: SimonNZ on April 28, 2018, 02:11:52 AM
I enjoyed watching this one - How are you finding the show so far Simon?.

Nearly finished season four now and still enjoying the ride. I'll happily keep watching through to the last season. I particularly like Walter Goggins as Boyd Crowder. And his cod evangelical talk in season one was so good I wish they'd let him keep at it.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/10/JustifiedSsn4.jpg)


also watched recently: Season one of The Handmaid's Tale.

Started really strong, but I thought it went a little off the boil by the final couple of episodes.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51e28cqEHAL._SY445_.jpg)


also: I expected The Crown to be good, but was surprised to find it to be excellent - one of the best things I've seen recently
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Post by: Cato on April 28, 2018, 02:19:05 AM
Nearly finished season four now and still enjoying the ride. I'll happily keep watching through to the last season. I particularly like Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder. And his cod evangelical talk in season one was so good I wish they'd let him keep at it.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/10/JustifiedSsn4.jpg)


also: I expected The Crown to be good, but was surprised to find it to be excellent - one of the best things I've seen recently

Yes to both!  Justified when it was running was called by some critics the best series on American television.

We are currently watching Victoria, Season II, and Season II of Monk, and are enjoying both.
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Post by: Undersea on April 28, 2018, 03:09:07 AM
Nearly finished season four now and still enjoying the ride. I'll happily keep watching through to the last season. I particularly like Walter Goggins as Boyd Crowder. And his cod evangelical talk in season one was so good I wish they'd let him keep at it.

Yeah, Boyd Crowder was my favourite Character in the show - Walter Goggins was brilliant!.
Loved the Wynn Duffy character too. :)
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Post by: Draško on April 28, 2018, 07:14:46 AM
also: I expected The Crown to be good, but was surprised to find it to be excellent - one of the best things I've seen recently

Yes to both!  Justified when it was running was called by some critics the best series on American television.

Me three to both! Justified is one of my favorite series of recent years. And I was much impressed with The Crown, the way they managed to make drama out of such mundane material.

I'm about to start watching the 5th and final season of Ripper Street. Looking forward to it, I've heard that my favorite vilain - Inspector Jedediah Shine, is making a comeback. His involvement in season 2 produced one of best season finales of any series I've watched.

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Post by: Ken B on April 28, 2018, 06:31:19 PM
Fargo
Season 1 so far is terrific.
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Post by: Undersea on April 28, 2018, 06:53:06 PM
Fargo
Season 1 so far is terrific.

Good one! - I have watched Season #3 (and enjoyed it very much) but have yet to get back to the earlier episodes...
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Post by: drogulus on April 29, 2018, 09:08:36 AM

     
Quote
Will Harry's Ohm speakers ever get hooked up?

     Forty years ago, the Ohm F speaker was a game-changer; it still is (https://www.cnet.com/news/forty-years-ago-the-ohm-f-speaker-was-a-game-changer-it-still-is/)

     I had them in the late '70s and yes, they were the best speakers I ever owned. Oh, did I have a McIntosh power amp to drive them? Why yes, I did! Therefore, Bosch is a cool guy.

     (https://i.pinimg.com/originals/7a/fa/e7/7afae7332884bffd90031d265018bc4e.jpg)

     (http://img.canuckaudiomart.com/uploads/large/624362-wanted_mcintosh_2205_amplifier.jpg)

     On TV or in movies speakers aren't hooked up for the same reason they aren't in ads. The wires look messy.
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Post by: NikF on April 30, 2018, 05:09:12 PM
Westworld - I watched the first season and if nothing else enjoyed the way some of it was lit (and with what appears almost like old uncoated lenses being employed to render skin tones particularly delightful - although nowadays I'm sure that's all added in post. Hahaha) so I've accepted a regular invite to view season two with some friends.
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Post by: milk on April 30, 2018, 06:52:49 PM
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Dark, fascinating, shocking, entertaining, unbelievable, crazy, and lots of fun. What a wild wild yarn this is. 
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Post by: Daverz on April 30, 2018, 11:32:56 PM
     On TV or in movies speakers aren't hooked up for the same reason they aren't in ads. The wires look messy.

I don't have time to go back thru this season looking for it, but I swear I saw some wire on the floor by one of the speakers.  So I think the set designer must respond to feedback.

The next question is how Harry knows so much about jazz with that dinky record collection.
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Post by: NikF on May 01, 2018, 02:32:47 PM
Westworld - I watched the first season and if nothing else enjoyed the way some of it was lit (and with what appears almost like old uncoated lenses being employed to render skin tones particularly delightful - although nowadays I'm sure that's all added in post. Hahaha)

'Early on it was decided that the series would be shot on 35 mm film with assistance from HD taps, despite increasing difficulties in acquiring film stock. For a softer look, the filmmakers used Arri Zeiss master prime lenses with their coatings removed.'
- yeah, I have a good eye (literally) 8) although I don't like the usage of the term 'softer', because it's just going to furturr confuse the hoi polloi/coffee table book collectors.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 02, 2018, 03:36:20 AM
Revisiting A Nero Wolfe Mystery.
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Post by: Ken B on May 02, 2018, 04:49:33 AM
Revisiting A Nero Wolfe Mystery.
The Timothy Hutton or the William Conrad?
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on May 02, 2018, 05:01:36 AM
Timothy Hutton.  I wish I had some of his wardrobe.
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Post by: Ken B on May 02, 2018, 06:20:14 AM
Timothy Hutton.  I wish I had some of his wardrobe.
I wish I could fit some of his wardrobe.
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Post by: Crudblud on May 08, 2018, 10:21:47 AM
I'm about a third of the way through the "remix" of Arrested Development's fourth season, released in anticipation of the new season which will apparently be out on Netflix around the end of this month. I actually quite liked the original cut, which was hugely controversial with fans, but the new version is much more like the classic show. You still have not enough scenes with the Bluths all together, but the pacing and flow is spot-on and the bigger story is much easier to follow, if still convoluted. Given the central idea that Michael is the only one keeping the family together, it makes sense that his finally having had enough of them would result in each of them going their separate ways and degenerating into even more extreme versions of themselves, and it's a typically clever structural gag from Mitchell Hurwitz that each episode of the original cut followed only one character apiece, but the new cut really delivers more of the classic AD vibe, and it actually makes it funnier because you're not having to piece jokes and storylines together from five different episodes. I like it a lot and I can't wait for the new season.
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Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on May 08, 2018, 11:46:47 AM
Just started watching The Polar Sea on Netflix (or is it Hulu?). Fascinating series about the effects of climate change in the arctic told through the adventures of three sailors tackling the Northwest Passage in a tiny (40'?) sailboat. Scenery is incredible.

(https://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMjAzNzM2ODQyMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjE1NjM4NTE@._V1_.jpg)
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Post by: North Star on May 08, 2018, 12:01:18 PM
Just started watching The Polar Sea on Netflix (or is it Hulu?). Fascinating series about the effects of climate change in the arctic told through the adventures of three sailors tackling the Northwest Passage in a tiny (40'?) sailboat. Scenery is incredible.
This looks great. I recently saw the Blue Planet documentary series (with David Attenborough) about life in the oceans, touching also on how climate change, fishing and pollution affect it. Very much recommended.
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Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on May 08, 2018, 12:14:21 PM
I am fascinated by the Arctic in general--would love to visit Finland/Lapland one day. I've made it as far as Bergen, Norway, but would like to go as far north as possible--polar bear gun at the ready (for self-preservation applications only!!)

How's life in Finland??
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Post by: Cato on May 08, 2018, 12:22:49 PM
I'm about a third of the way through the "remix" of Arrested Development's fourth season, released in anticipation of the new season which will apparently be out on Netflix around the end of this month. I actually quite liked the original cut, which was hugely controversial with fans, but the new version is much more like the classic show. You still have not enough scenes with the Bluths all together, but the pacing and flow is spot-on and the bigger story is much easier to follow, if still convoluted. Given the central idea that Michael is the only one keeping the family together, it makes sense that his finally having had enough of them would result in each of them going their separate ways and degenerating into even more extreme versions of themselves, and it's a typically clever structural gag from Mitchell Hurwitz that each episode of the original cut followed only one character apiece, but the new cut really delivers more of the classic AD vibe, and it actually makes it funnier because you're not having to piece jokes and storylines together from five different episodes. I like it a lot and I can't wait for the new season.

Amen to everything!   0:)   My son and I watched about 7 episodes on Sunday, and found it much improved!  Not quite as snappy (and no scenes (yet) with police clobbering George Sr. with a billy-club) as the first three seasons, but still fun stuff!  And why divorce Maeby from the movie studio?  That was always a plot with great satirical possibilities.

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Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 08, 2018, 12:26:41 PM
Amen to everything!   0:)   My son and I watched about 7 episodes on Sunday, and found it much improved!  Not quite as snappy (and no scenes (yet) with police clobbering George Sr. with a billy-club) as the first three seasons, but still fun stuff!  And why divorce Maeby from the movie studio?  That was always a plot with great satirical possibilities.

I still can't get over the transformed appearance of Portia de Rossi in AD season 4.
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Post by: Cato on May 08, 2018, 12:34:17 PM
I still can't get over the transformed appearance of Portia de Rossi in AD season 4.

My wife asked: "Has she been sick?"    :o   ???

She gets a shorter hair-style in the 6th or 7th episode and has lost the eye shadow, and looks better then.

Why women think resembling a raccoon is attractive escapes me completely!  In fact, the entire female warpaint industry would go out of business, if it were up to me.  I never dated any girl with make-up.  It was an instant deal breaker.

I tell my girl students the great secret: guys don't care about your make-up.  We care about one thing: will you show up for the date? (Otherwise known as:  will you answer the door when we ring the bell?)  ;)
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Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 08, 2018, 12:43:18 PM
It's not a matter of make-up. She had a quirky but attractive face, but in the return it wasn't just that wrinkles or signs of age were erased, but her features became very generic and idealized. At first it wasn't clear to me that it was the same actress. Major plastic surgery was assumed, but never admitted. It was claimed to be the result of "living healthy," or some such. Living healthy does not change your facial bone structure!
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Post by: North Star on May 08, 2018, 12:58:24 PM
I am fascinated by the Arctic in general--would love to visit Finland/Lapland one day. I've made it as far as Bergen, Norway, but would like to go as far north as possible--polar bear gun at the ready (for self-preservation applications only!!)

How's life in Finland??
Cold and dark in the winter (though not during the few daylight hours when there's snow). There's no polar bears but the brown bear (grizzly bear is a subspecies) is dangerous enough if you mess with it (not that easy to come by one, though). The summers and winters in Lapland, with the sun either above or below the horizon continuously, are certainly an experience.
Other than that, it's a socialist shithole with free health care and education and an orchestra in 23 cities (with only 9 cities with a population of over 100 K).
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Post by: George on May 08, 2018, 02:50:35 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91S6KAPCeLL._RI_.jpg)

I adore this little show.
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Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on May 08, 2018, 04:22:54 PM
Cold and dark in the winter (though not during the few daylight hours when there's snow). There's no polar bears but the brown bear (grizzly bear is a subspecies) is dangerous enough if you mess with it (not that easy to come by one, though). The summers and winters in Lapland, with the sun either above or below the horizon continuously, are certainly an experience.
Other than that, it's a socialist shithole with free health care and education and an orchestra in 23 cities (with only 9 cities with a population of over 100 K).

Hmmm, interesting. I'd still like to visit.

If you ever want to experience a (late stage) capitalist shithole, come to Southern California and we can compare notes.
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Post by: Daverz on May 08, 2018, 04:25:29 PM
Have been watching the new season of Westworld and am already hopelessly lost with all the flash forwards and flashbacks.  And that sure is an enormous amusement park.
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Post by: stingo on May 18, 2018, 07:02:35 AM
Season endings: Arrow S6, The Flash S4, Krypton S1 and Legion S2
Continuing: Supergirl S3, Westworld S1
Infrequent: Lucifer S2, Rick and Morty S1, Black Adder S1, Cheers S4, Santa Clarita Diet S1, The Vampire Diaries S1
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Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 18, 2018, 07:16:57 AM
Giving up on Curb Your Enthusiasm, just getting too prurient and vulgar.
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Post by: vandermolen on May 18, 2018, 09:39:59 AM
I shall be watching the drama about the Jeremy Thorpe trial on Sunday night.
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Post by: André on May 18, 2018, 11:37:47 AM
Finished watching it 2 days ago. Excellent.

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Post by: Todd on May 19, 2018, 05:34:24 AM
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Revisiting a bizarre part of recent-ish Oregon history.  The multi-part series is way too long and the melodramatic use of music is annoying.  Ma Anand Sheela is still a crazy bitch.  I didn't remember or never knew some of the details, but what was most interesting for me was to see the early role of Nike money in Oregon politics, in this case via Bill Bowerman.  (It's more pervasive now - I just went through a primary season where a county DA race pitted one candidate backed by Phil Knight against one backed by a George Soros funded group.)  The local PBS station ran a shorter film on the cult that was a bit less dramatic in style.  I'm all rajneesheed out for life now.
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Post by: Ken B on May 19, 2018, 06:40:53 AM
I shall be watching the drama about the Jeremy Thorpe trial on Sunday night.

Sounds interesting. What is it?
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Post by: North Star on May 19, 2018, 07:07:49 AM
Sounds interesting. What is it?
A Very English Scandal, with Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw


http://www.youtube.com/v/ggDTJc470Co
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Post by: drogulus on May 19, 2018, 07:57:16 AM
     I was chief of disguise at CIA. ‘The Americans’ got a lot right. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/05/17/i-was-chief-of-disguise-at-cia-the-americans-got-a-lot-right/?utm_term=.ea38cd5dd135)

     Yes, I would think real spooks would get it right, and I think fans of the show are grateful for that. Most of us grew up with LeCarre and spy history. It's really amazing that an American network would produce a show like this and stick with it for 6 years of low ratings.

     
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Post by: vandermolen on May 19, 2018, 01:37:09 PM
Sounds interesting. What is it?
North Star has posted the trailer. I remember the case very well.
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Post by: Ken B on May 19, 2018, 01:45:04 PM
North Star has posted the trailer. I remember the case very well.
Thanks to both of you.
I remember it vaguely from high school in Canada.
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Post by: vandermolen on May 20, 2018, 12:09:29 AM
Thanks to both of you.
I remember it vaguely from high school in Canada.

I'm looking forward to watching the drama. I actually saw Jeremy Thorpe once, after his spectacular fall from grace, he was sitting with his wife looking very sad (I think he had Parkinson's disease by this time) at the vets in London where I took my cat ( I went to quite a high-society vet you understand  8)). I felt sorry for him although many will say that he was lucky to be acquitted at his trial.
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Post by: Undersea on May 20, 2018, 01:22:09 AM
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The Borgias - Series #1


Re-watching this period Drama after having finished (and greatly enjoyed) The Tudors.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on May 21, 2018, 03:54:55 PM
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Finished the Justified saga and sorry it came to an end as they kept the quality up all the way through.

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Halfway through this and bored and disappointed. Might not even continue.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on May 23, 2018, 05:12:05 AM
Giving up on Curb Your Enthusiasm, just getting too prurient and vulgar.

I gave up on it too and for kind of similar reasons. And it's a pity, because I had really liked it.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on May 23, 2018, 05:42:35 AM
I gave up on it too and for kind of similar reasons. And it's a pity, because I had really liked it.

It's pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.  8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on May 23, 2018, 05:57:28 AM
It's pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.  8)

That episode years ago when he cut the doll's hair? And the way he kind of casually tried to justify it to the little girl? Seems to me that all such stuff that's true to his character is lacking now - situations/scenarios are being forcibly introduced and imposed from the outside instead. Ah, it's probably just me - apart from when I was married I haven't owned a television and so that format (and the development within it) are still sometimes kind of alien to me.   ;D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on May 23, 2018, 07:02:26 AM
That episode years ago when he cut the doll's hair? And the way he kind of casually tried to justify it to the little girl? Seems to me that all such stuff that's true to his character is lacking now - situations/scenarios are being forcibly introduced and imposed from the outside instead. Ah, it's probably just me - apart from when I was married I haven't owned a television and so that format (and the development within it) are still sometimes kind of alien to me.   ;D

I was totally kidding.

The final season was poor, but much of the rest of the series was a lot of fun (to me.)

Matt Berry is my new comedic hero. After seeing him on IT Crowd, I sought out everything he's done. He's one of those guys that just needs to talk and he's funny. (see Snuff Box, Toast of London)

 
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Post by: Draško on May 24, 2018, 03:13:54 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: eljr on May 24, 2018, 04:09:10 AM
What TV series are you currently watching?


Same as always, none.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mirror Image on May 24, 2018, 05:04:53 AM
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One of my favorite sitcoms of all-time. Certainly in my ‘Top 3’ that’s for sure. I’m currently watching all eleven seasons over again for the fourth time. My main complaint about this show stems from the last two seasons (around the time that Daphne and Niles get married). I felt that the writing kind of took a backseat and wasn’t as inventive or clever as the earlier seasons, but there are still some great episodes in these last last two seasons.
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Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on May 24, 2018, 10:28:17 AM
I got burned out on Curb Your Enthusiasm after the fourth season. (we have the DVDs). I just got tired of his snotty, rich celebrity friends, and I also got tired of seeing L.A. scenery. I absolutely detest all of those areas and avoid them like the plague.

I loved the first few seasons of Portlandia, but got tired of that too; it just seemed to shift from being funny to being weird for the sake of being weird.

Now am watching The Polar Sea, and I must recommend this again. It is some of the greatest filmmaking I have ever seen. Go go Netflix now and watch the second episode--stupendous!



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Post by: Moonfish on May 24, 2018, 10:43:57 AM
I really like this show!

<-------  Claire Danes fan!   

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Post by: Draško on May 24, 2018, 11:26:16 AM
One of my favorite sitcoms of all-time. Certainly in my ‘Top 3’ that’s for sure. I’m currently watching all eleven seasons over again for the fourth time. My main complaint about this show stems from the last two seasons (around the time that Daphne and Niles get married). I felt that the writing kind of took a backseat and wasn’t as inventive or clever as the earlier seasons, but there are still some great episodes in these last last two seasons.

This is my first time watching it. I've seen maybe couple of episodes back in the day when it was shown on TV. I'm really, really liking it, and sitcoms aren't usually my cup of tea (few British ones excepted).
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Post by: Baron Scarpia on May 24, 2018, 11:57:47 AM
It certainly starts out good, perfectly scripted and executed comedy. But it seems by the time they got to the fifth or sixth season they had exhausted every possible plot twist, and eventually got so desperate that they had to put Niles and Daphne together. At that moment I think it quickly degenerated pretty rapidly.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on May 24, 2018, 01:00:10 PM
Charité

A German Netflix series about the famous hospital, in 1888. Decent, not wonderful.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Draško on May 25, 2018, 03:18:55 AM
It certainly starts out good, perfectly scripted and executed comedy. But it seems by the time they got to the fifth or sixth season they had exhausted every possible plot twist, and eventually got so desperate that they had to put Niles and Daphne together. At that moment I think it quickly degenerated pretty rapidly.

I've long way to go till 5th or 6th season. I'll see how it goes.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Moonfish on May 25, 2018, 11:04:28 PM
Charité

A German Netflix series about the famous hospital, in 1888. Decent, not wonderful.

It's on my list! I like shows from across the world. This one is in the realm of microbiology, romance and drama?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on May 26, 2018, 05:22:08 AM
It's on my list! I like shows from across the world. This one is in the realm of microbiology, romance and drama?

Yes. Koch, Ehrlich, Virchow, and Behring, with some soap opera tossed in. No cats though.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Jaakko Keskinen on May 26, 2018, 09:19:50 AM
One of my favorite sitcoms of all-time. Certainly in my ‘Top 3’ that’s for sure. I’m currently watching all eleven seasons over again for the fourth time. My main complaint about this show stems from the last two seasons (around the time that Daphne and Niles get married). I felt that the writing kind of took a backseat and wasn’t as inventive or clever as the earlier seasons, but there are still some great episodes in these last last two seasons.

Seconded. Frasier is one of the funniest sitcoms I've ever seen and it's fun to see the similarities between Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons and Frasier (minus all the murdering stuff) and the voice actors of Sideshow Bob's father and brother were the same as in Frasier too. So sad that John Mahoney died.  :(
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Post by: SimonNZ on May 28, 2018, 09:21:08 PM
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Mr Robot - season three

I was initially worried that it wasn't as unrelentingly dark as the wonderful season 2, though that turned out to be a very subtle subversion and mocking of the idea of turning the clock back and making everything okay again by seeming to let a little light shine through. Ultimately superb as ever, one of the very few essentials on tv now.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Moonfish on May 28, 2018, 10:06:59 PM
Yes. Koch, Ehrlich, Virchow, and Behring, with some soap opera tossed in. No cats though.

Darn! I was hoping for at least one cat in Koch's experiments! (https://cdn3.iconfinder.com/data/icons/farm-animals/128/cat-512.png)
We are moving through it slowly, but it is definitely very enjoyable!

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Post by: Mirror Image on May 31, 2018, 08:15:35 PM
Seconded. Frasier is one of the funniest sitcoms I've ever seen and it's fun to see the similarities between Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons and Frasier (minus all the murdering stuff) and the voice actors of Sideshow Bob's father and brother were the same as in Frasier too. So sad that John Mahoney died.  :(

Yes, Mahoney’s death was kind of a shock to me as I didn’t know that he was ill. I thought he was in good health. In the back of my mind, I was really hoping for a reunion show, but we still may get one. The way the series ended (i. e. Goodnight, Seattle) kind of left things unresolved between Frasier and Charlotte as there’s no telling what might have happened. I suppose it’ll forever be one of those ‘what if' moments.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Mirror Image on May 31, 2018, 08:22:47 PM
It certainly starts out good, perfectly scripted and executed comedy. But it seems by the time they got to the fifth or sixth season they had exhausted every possible plot twist, and eventually got so desperate that they had to put Niles and Daphne together. At that moment I think it quickly degenerated pretty rapidly.

I agree and disagree. I think that Niles and Daphne getting together was inevitable and everyone saw it coming. I thought how it led up that point was actually extremely well-written. I do agree, however, that the later seasons lack a certain magic that they never quite seemed to be able to capture again. The final season’s last couple of episodes were quite good I must say as the writing seemed to have picked back up, but, as with everything that’s a success, it must come to an end. For me, this sitcom is one of the best I’ve ever seen and I put it up there with other favorites of mine like Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, Wings, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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Post by: SimonNZ on May 31, 2018, 08:59:16 PM
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Quite well done, I thought.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Baron Scarpia on June 01, 2018, 05:04:40 AM
I’ve been slowly making my way through The Sopranos again. Just finished the second season. It ends in dramatic fashion, but the real high point of the season is “You’re gonna cry now?”
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Post by: drogulus on June 01, 2018, 08:33:02 AM

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     I just started to watch this. It comes through an Amazon premium channel which I ordered just for this series.
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Post by: Moonfish on June 01, 2018, 10:03:21 AM
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     I just started to watch this. It comes through an Amazon premium channel which I ordered just for this series.

Please report back - 7 seasons mm?   Is the channel mostly mysteries and police dramas?
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Post by: George on June 01, 2018, 10:40:26 AM
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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on June 01, 2018, 11:37:14 AM
Please report back - 7 seasons mm?   Is the channel mostly mysteries and police dramas?

     There's a lot of that.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on June 01, 2018, 02:28:58 PM
I’ve been slowly making my way through The Sopranos again. Just finished the second season. It ends in dramatic fashion, but the real high point of the season is “You’re gonna cry now?”

Love that show, but we missed it the first time around. We have been watching an episode a week--in order--for over a year now--currently on Season 5 (Christopher Moltisanti went nuts at the rumor that his fiance and Tony were going at it). Don't spoil it for me please, but I get the idea that Adrianna is not long for this world!
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Post by: Baron Scarpia on June 02, 2018, 04:02:36 PM
Love that show, but we missed it the first time around. We have been watching an episode a week--in order--for over a year now--currently on Season 5 (Christopher Moltisanti went nuts at the rumor that his fiance and Tony were going at it). Don't spoil it for me please, but I get the idea that Adrianna is not long for this world!

One of the rare shows that maintained its level of quality to the end, although the tone changed, got darker, in the run up to the finale.
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Post by: Daverz on June 02, 2018, 04:07:53 PM
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     I just started to watch this. It comes through an Amazon premium channel which I ordered just for this series.

There appear to be no zombies in this French village, so it's probably not fo me. ;)
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Post by: SimonNZ on June 02, 2018, 07:05:34 PM
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The first episode was very flat, but they loosened up after that.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on June 03, 2018, 08:12:53 AM
Well, a number of months ago, I purchased the entire JAG series, i.e. 10 seasons (nearly 230 episodes), from Amazon w/ some credit, so inexpensive - Susan & I are still watching and have started the 9th season a few days ago (do just a couple a night) - we are really enjoying and hard to believe the show ended in 2005 (a LOT of old news!).  Dave :)

P.S. believe that NCIS was like a 'replacement' for JAG and is now on its 15th season - we might just rent the first season (only 10 bucks) - anyone have comments on the Mark Harmon series?  Thanks.

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Post by: Ken B on June 03, 2018, 11:31:34 AM
Well, a number of months ago, I purchased the entire JAG series, i.e. 10 seasons (nearly 230 episodes), from Amazon w/ some credit, so inexpensive - Susan & I are still watching and have started the 9th season a few days ago (do just a couple a night) - we are really enjoying and hard to believe the show ended in 2005 (a LOT of old news!).  Dave :)

P.S. believe that NCIS was like a 'replacement' for JAG and is now on its 15th season - we might just rent the first season (only 10 bucks) - anyone have comments on the Mark Harmon series?  Thanks.

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I liked the first season pretty well. At some point in the later series (not sure whic, whatever was in the library) it got too silly — someone faked their own death in like 5 of 6 consecutive episodes) and I gave up.
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Post by: Hollywood on June 03, 2018, 09:04:20 PM

P.S. believe that NCIS was like a 'replacement' for JAG and is now on its 15th season - we might just rent the first season (only 10 bucks) - anyone have comments on the Mark Harmon series?  Thanks.


NCIS is one of my favorite TV series. I don't care too much for the 2 NCIS spinoffs, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. I must admit that the main reason I watch NCIS is that I have a long time crush on Mark Harmon which started back when he was the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team in 1972 and 1973. 

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Post by: vandermolen on June 03, 2018, 09:16:26 PM
I've been enjoying 'A Very English Scandal', which finished last night, which featured an excellent performance by Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Wilshaw (the voice of Paddington) as Nornan Scott. In fact they both featured in 'Paddington 2'.

I'm looking forward to the return of Poldark next week  ::)
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Post by: George on June 04, 2018, 05:49:36 AM
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Post by: mc ukrneal on June 06, 2018, 08:02:01 AM
Well, a number of months ago, I purchased the entire JAG series, i.e. 10 seasons (nearly 230 episodes), from Amazon w/ some credit, so inexpensive - Susan & I are still watching and have started the 9th season a few days ago (do just a couple a night) - we are really enjoying and hard to believe the show ended in 2005 (a LOT of old news!).  Dave :)

P.S. believe that NCIS was like a 'replacement' for JAG and is now on its 15th season - we might just rent the first season (only 10 bucks) - anyone have comments on the Mark Harmon series?  Thanks.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-3B2NB9C/0/11ed4abc/O/JAG_10Seasons.png)

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It's fun. Worth a shot - if you like it, 15 seasons ahead! If you don't, not much of an investment.
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Post by: bwv 1080 on June 12, 2018, 04:40:47 AM
Amazon Prime has a the subtitled 2012 Russian TV production of Vassily Grossman's Life and Fate (IMO the best WW2 novel if you are not aware of it)

https://www.youtube.com/v/IhUDbRLBA7w
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Post by: Daverz on June 15, 2018, 01:10:20 PM
Killing Eve

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Great show.  Also

The Woman In White

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I never finished the novel because I became frustrated by the way the author stacked the deck by making his characters so obtuse.  This 2018 mini-series got past that pretty quickly.


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Post by: The new erato on June 15, 2018, 11:42:41 PM
Just finished the 3rd season of the great french series "Le Bureau".
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Post by: Draško on June 16, 2018, 01:03:42 AM
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Hasn't lost any quality.
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Post by: Todd on June 16, 2018, 05:03:31 AM
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Season five.  The show is not what it once was, but there are nonetheless some good bits (eg, AI), and Matt Ross does superb work.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on June 16, 2018, 06:59:44 AM
Parts Unknown w/ the late Anthony Bourdain - just finished Season 9 shown below - bought Season 10 from Amazon (bought the SD version for $10) - and will likely purchase Season 11, although there are just 6 episodes (vs. the usual 8 or more).  Will CNN find a replacement host?  Do they want to?  If so, will be curious of the person chosen?  Dave :)

P.S. still finishing the last season of JAG which we've really enjoyed.

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Post by: Gordo on June 21, 2018, 10:56:19 AM
Not a TV series, but its addictive OST, composed by Cristóbal Tapia de Veer:

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From one of the best TV series that I've watched ever.  :)
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Post by: SimonNZ on June 23, 2018, 01:56:52 AM
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Season four killed off so many of my favorite characters I thought for a second I must be watching Game Of Thrones

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Agatha Christie isn't usually my thing, but this was much better than I expected
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Post by: Draško on June 28, 2018, 04:55:54 AM
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Babylon Berlin season 2
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Post by: stingo on June 28, 2018, 03:37:24 PM
Just shy of halfway done with Luke Cage S2.
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Post by: George on June 28, 2018, 03:54:25 PM
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Watching Arrested Development, Season 5, up to the third episode. Good so far.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on June 29, 2018, 06:51:35 AM
Finished watching JAG a week or so ago - have just finished the first season of NCIS w/ Mark Harmon and enjoyed - will start Season 2 w/ our Netflix membership - Dave :)

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Post by: SimonNZ on July 01, 2018, 02:56:57 PM
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Working my way through the thirty episodes across five discs of the French documentary series Architectures. Uniformly excellent. And I hadn't realised before that there was a connection between Xenakis an Le Corbusier.
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Post by: Daverz on July 01, 2018, 06:55:45 PM
Caught up on Poldark Season 3 and now starting Season 4.

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Post by: George on July 02, 2018, 06:49:45 AM
Just finished watching the entire The Odd Couple series (the old one.)

Now watching Seinfeld, The Jim Gaffigan Show and Portlandia.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 02, 2018, 07:06:59 AM
How many seasons did The Odd Couple run, George?
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Post by: zamyrabyrd on July 02, 2018, 07:25:16 AM
On local TV there are sometimes reruns of Antiques Roadshow. Makes you want to check your old stuff in search of treasures:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mj2y

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on July 02, 2018, 08:21:14 AM
How many seasons did The Odd Couple run, George?

Five
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Post by: André on July 02, 2018, 09:47:42 AM
Spin off of The Imitation Game ? Undemanding summer fare, but very well done  ;)

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Post by: Draško on July 03, 2018, 01:13:19 AM
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Working my way through the thirty episodes across five discs of the French documentary series Architectures. Uniformly excellent. And I hadn't realised before that there was a connection between Xenakis an Le Corbusier.

I've seen couple of episodes of that series and indeed all were excellent. Thanks for the reminder, I definitely want to see the rest. There are six more volumes after the five in that box.
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Post by: André on July 05, 2018, 06:25:39 PM
Series 3. I think it’s the last season, no other seems to be in the works. I’ll miss it. Script and acting are top notch.

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Post by: Daverz on July 05, 2018, 07:26:37 PM
Series 3. I think it’s the last season, no other seems to be in the works. I’ll miss it. Script and acting are top notch.

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It never really made sense to me to follow up the first season.  Perhaps I'll try season 2 again later.
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Post by: André on July 06, 2018, 11:07:36 AM
IMO season 3 is the best of the series. Same characters, different plot - darker, more twisted.
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Post by: SonicMan46 on July 06, 2018, 12:52:16 PM
Well, we decided to give NCIS a break - now watching:

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - Season 11 - his last - still sad about his passing - a unique host-chef -  :(

Hawaii Five-0 - Season 8 - some of the old characters gone and a few new ones, but still enjoying!  Dave :)

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Post by: 71 dB on July 07, 2018, 02:40:27 AM
I started to re-watch classic Doctor Who on DVD from the beginning, William Hartnell as the Doctor.

I had never watched the story "The Reign of Terror" before. I bought the DVD years ago, but never actually watched it.  :P
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on July 07, 2018, 06:59:41 PM
I've seen couple of episodes of that series and indeed all were excellent. Thanks for the reminder, I definitely want to see the rest. There are six more volumes after the five in that box.

Thats good to know. Nobody local seems to have the later series - might have to be a xmas present to myself.

finished:

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Picked this up from the library with no idea what it was about and fairly low expectations. It was unexpectedly superb - especially the first two or three episodes which have more inventiveness, daring and fresh ideas than most other full series. I see now its made by the same guy who did the reboot of Fargo.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Omicron9 on July 09, 2018, 05:41:19 AM
Just finished both seasons of "Stranger Things" on Netflix.  S1 took a while to pull me in; in fact, I had seen the first couple of episodes and given up until a trusted friend convinced me to keep going.  Glad I did; good series.  I think I liked S2 better than S1.

Recommended.

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: vandermolen on July 09, 2018, 09:01:19 AM
Poldark
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: bwv 1080 on July 09, 2018, 09:13:18 AM
Just finished Patrick Melrose, tough to watch in parts but great acting

and a great counter to English aristocrat porn shows like The Crown or Downton Abbey. 
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ritter on July 09, 2018, 10:52:31 AM
This excellently produced and very interesting BBC series on art and civilisation. with a very fresh approach to its subject:

(http://www.loreto.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/BBC-Civilisations-480x265.jpg)

It apparently was initially intended as a sequel to Kenneth Clark’s (a figure not much loved in the Spanish-speaking world  ::)) Civilisation from the 1960s, but I’d say it’s superior—from what I recall of the original, which I haven’t watched in decades—in it’s broader scope and access to wider scholarship.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on July 09, 2018, 12:37:56 PM
Kenneth Clark’s (a figure not much loved in the Spanish-speaking world  ::)) Civilisation

Why is that?
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Post by: George on July 09, 2018, 12:40:11 PM
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Post by: ritter on July 09, 2018, 09:26:19 PM
Why is that?
Lord Clark almost completely ignored Spain in his writings and his TV series. Regarding this point, in 1970 the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/1970/11/17/archives/kenneth-clark-basks-in-civilisations-success.html) quoted him thus: “If I had been doing a history of art, I could not possibly have omitted the Spanish contribution. But the assignment was ‘civilization,’ and when one asks what Spain has done to elevate mankind, the answer is less clear. The great saints, the Jesuits in South America, ‘Don Quixote’ were enormous accomplishments, of course, but did the Spain of the 16th century help people to get more out of themselves? It jolly well did not!”...“Spain simply remained Spain and it was largely a repressive regime.”

He didnt even acknowledge the fact that Spain gave the world, among many other things, paella and gazpacho.... ::) :D
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Draško on July 17, 2018, 02:57:10 AM
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Started watching the 8th season on Netflix, and then the sound just died after 2nd episode (on entire season, even the episodes I've watched normally couple of days before). Strange, never had such experience with Netflix. Reported the problem, let's see what happens. 

I'll watch second season of GLOW in the meantime.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on July 17, 2018, 04:31:48 AM
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Really enjoyed season one, going to continue with season two today.
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Post by: Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich on July 18, 2018, 06:36:48 AM
AnnE with an E.
Tissues please. Works for me. Already worked for good old Anne of Green Gables.
But don't tell anyone.

Watched "Im Angesicht des Verbrechens". https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1223917/ - It's about russian mafia in Berlin, but especially it is a look into the russian community and soul, I loved it. 70s style and quite experimental. Was expensive... and not succesful, people maybe weren't used to 10 episodes shows back then... Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xmxZOEqbiM

Otherwise: Waiting for GoT8. Fargo 3 was not as good as I hoped.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Omicron9 on July 19, 2018, 06:36:56 AM
Currently re-watching seasons 1 - 4 of Bojack in preparation for the September S5 release.  One of the best series I've ever seen; animated or otherwise.  Funny, moving, deep, troubling, disturbing, sad, hilarious, creative, and highly original.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3398228/?ref_=nv_sr_1 (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3398228/?ref_=nv_sr_1)

IMdB categorizes it as a comedy, but I'm not so sure it can even be comfortably placed into a single category.

Wiki:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BoJack_Horseman (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BoJack_Horseman)

From Wiki:  "Alongside having a satirical take on current events, politics, and show business, BoJack is lauded for its realistic take on dealing with depression, trauma, addiction, self-destructive behavior, and the human experience."

That's pretty accurate.

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: North Star on July 19, 2018, 06:47:45 AM
Currently re-watching seasons 1 - 4 of Bojack in preparation for the September S5 release.  One of the best series I've ever seen; animated or otherwise.  Funny, moving, deep, troubling, disturbing, sad, hilarious, creative, and highly original.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3398228/?ref_=nv_sr_1 (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3398228/?ref_=nv_sr_1)

IMdB categorizes it as a comedy, but I'm not so sure it can even be comfortably placed into a single category.

Wiki:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BoJack_Horseman (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BoJack_Horseman)

From Wiki:  "Alongside having a satirical take on current events, politics, and show business, BoJack is lauded for its realistic take on dealing with depression, trauma, addiction, self-destructive behavior, and the human experience."

That's pretty accurate.

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A good description indeed, and a great show.

Recently: the new season of Poldark, and some Columbo episodes

https://www.youtube.com/v/uhbIXBdJxM8
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: bwv 1080 on July 23, 2018, 05:16:04 PM
Trying to watch the new HBO southern gothic crime show, and this review unfortunately is dead on

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/06/hbos-creaky-adaptation-of-sharp-objects (https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/06/hbos-creaky-adaptation-of-sharp-objects)
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Post by: Omicron9 on July 24, 2018, 01:07:56 AM
Started S2 of "Glow" on Netflix.  If you liked S1, you'll enjoy S2.  Maron continues as his curmudgeonly self; a good character.

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SonicMan46 on July 24, 2018, 06:24:11 AM
NCIS - Season 2 only - I'm really enjoying the series; Susan cannot get into the character's personalities as she has w/ other TV series we've watched together, so going slowly.

Blue Bloods - Season 8 (newest one) - half way through this season - now Susan loves the characters in this series, so we watch more episodes each night!  Dave :)

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: André on July 24, 2018, 07:11:23 AM
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As noir series go, they don’t often come as gloomy and depressing as this. Interesting direction, with events not aligned in time but intertwined seemingly at random. Shot in the depths of the belgian Ardennes, with more flawed, deranged, obsessed characters than one can possibly meet in a lifetime.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ritter on August 12, 2018, 07:13:53 AM
Just finished watching this French 1968 four-part TV adapatation of Jan Potocki’s extraordinary The Manuscript Found in Saragossa:



Very much a product of its time, with wonderfully (and very fitting) over-the-top costumes and sets, and lavishly produced, this was most enjoyable. Of course, the labyrinthine novel is very difficult to translate into a visual medium, and inevitably the narrative becomes linear. But still, director Philippe Ducrest and his screenwriters convey the atmosphere of the novel quite successfully, and manage to sneak in some of the “stories within stories within stories within...”. in an intelligent way.

I first encountered Potocki’s book via a clever stage adaptation by distinguished Spanish playwright and director Francisco Nieva some 15 years ago, and then read the book (in English translation). Wojciech Has‘s 1965 Polish film adaptation has many admirers, but it didn’t leave much of an impression on me, and I found this French mini-series superior.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on August 12, 2018, 08:15:39 AM

     I'm still on Un village français, and it's riveting all the way through. It could be compared to The Wire in its epic vastness.
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Post by: Cato on August 12, 2018, 09:29:55 AM
We are working our way through...





Great paranoid fantasy, although too much of it is becoming ever closer to reality!

Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on August 12, 2018, 02:30:41 PM
We are working our way through...





Great paranoid fantasy, although too much of it is becoming ever closer to reality!

Speaking of closer to reality...from the Wall Street Journal this weekend:

Quote
...Consider a more disturbing scenario. A Washington state couple grew concerned a few years ago when their 3-year-old son developed anxiety about going to bed. They didn’t know whether to believe the child when he told them that someone was talking to him at night. “Wake up, little boy,” he claimed he’d heard a voice in the darkness say. “Daddy’s looking for you.” The couple thought he was having nightmares, until they went to check on him one night and heard the voice too. “Look, someone’s coming,” it said as they entered their son’s room. A hacker had taken control of their baby monitor, the kind you can check through an app on your smartphone.

The popularity of internet-connected security cameras, locks and home alarms has skyrocketed despite regular reports that the systems are easily hijacked. A family in Houston was horrified to learn that a live feed from the webcam in their 8-year-old daughters’ room had been streaming online. The girl’s mother found out only when a woman in Oregon happened across the livestream and decided to contact the family. A security company determined that hackers were able to gain access to the webcam while the young victim was playing the online videogame Minecraft.

Government spying is a further privacy concern raised by the Internet of Things. In early 2017, WikiLeaks released a trove of documents purportedly revealing the Central Intelligence Agency’s ability to hack your internet-enabled television and turn it into a listening device. The same document dump indicated that the CIA has targeted Apple, designing malware that can infect “factory fresh” iPhones and snoop on users’ texts, phone and FaceTime calls, and internet searches. “Siri, why do I feel like I’m being watched?”...

(My emphasis above)  See:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/siri-why-do-i-feel-like-im-being-watched-1533935861 (https://www.wsj.com/articles/siri-why-do-i-feel-like-im-being-watched-1533935861)

The premise of the show is that a massive, self-aware government computer is used to compile - on an automatic basis - as much information on everyone from every device possible in a search for terrorists: most of the data is ignored, (or is it?   $:)   ), including data on non-terrorist crimes being plotted.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on August 12, 2018, 03:45:31 PM

     I have a PC and a flip phone. I have no social media presence. Anyone who enables voice functions or advertising on a Samsung TV should be spied on. Why are you buying a Samsung TV? They suck, ask the CIA what they use.
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Post by: SimonNZ on August 12, 2018, 03:48:32 PM
What point are you up to in the series, Cato?
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on August 12, 2018, 03:50:39 PM
What point are you up to in the series, Cato?

Toward the end of Season Three, when things are looking very bad for our heroes!  ;)  Two episodes to go, then two more seasons.

Root and Shaw rock!  8)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: SimonNZ on August 12, 2018, 03:57:54 PM
Ah...theres something I'd like to say now, but I better wait until you've seen to the end of this season.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Cato on August 13, 2018, 02:31:51 AM
Ah...theres something I'd like to say now, but I better wait until you've seen to the end of this season.

Season Three is finished!  You may write now!   :D
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Post by: MN Dave on August 13, 2018, 03:55:09 AM
Bosch
Lodge 49
Better Call Saul
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 13, 2018, 04:04:38 AM
My brother was watching Bosch.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on August 13, 2018, 05:51:35 AM
(http://trackingboard1.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/im-dying-up-here-banner.jpg)

Loved this the first time through and gonna watch it again.
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Post by: drogulus on August 13, 2018, 08:21:18 AM

     I rererewatched The Jewel In The Crown from 1984. It's better each time. And, considering it's on DVD and is so old, it looks damn good.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on August 13, 2018, 08:31:19 AM
Yeah, Jewel in the Crown looks good on the remastered DVD. I know it was shot on 16mm film, but I suspect it was the 'long pitch' version of 16mm. Of course, you need the right equipment (and a good eye) to benefit and appreciate it.
Also, what a fine cast.
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Post by: ritter on August 13, 2018, 08:53:31 AM
     I rererewatched The Jewel In The Crown from 1984. It's better each time...

...
Also, what a fine cast.
+1 One of the great series of all time IMHO.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: drogulus on August 13, 2018, 09:20:00 AM
     
Yeah, Jewel in the Crown looks good on the remastered DVD. I know it was shot on 16mm film, but I suspect it was the 'long pitch' version of 16mm. Of course, you need the right equipment (and a good eye) to benefit and appreciate it.
Also, what a fine cast.

      The series Spooks, which is much more recent, was shot on Super 16 and for that reason it's not going to be on Blu Ray.

      This came off a Blu Ray forum:

Spooks was shot on Super16.

Whilst it's not impossible to source a BD from Super16 film (The Wrestler for example) the BBC are reluctant to go down that route. I think they did it with Pride & Prejudice, but decided that there wouldn't be any more after that. That's why there are no BDs of the earlier seasons of Merlin, until they changed the film stock from Super16 to 35mm series 4 onwards.

It's not just the BBC, Fox declined the opportunity to put The Shield out on BD because it had used Super16 film, which it deemed to be insufficient quality from which to source BDs.

Life on Mars was shot on Super16, and was later transferred to a HD master, which didn't look brilliant.


    I got the Blu Ray of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) just yesterday. Somebody thought it was worth doing, and somebody was mostly wrong.
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Post by: SimonNZ on August 13, 2018, 10:17:01 AM
Season Three is finished!  You may write now!   :D

Heh. Just wanted to say that imo the series three finale set to Radioheads Exit Music is one of the best series ends of any show. Not just the execution of the reversal of fortune for our heroes  and the total rout but the willing embrace of AI rule it finishes on. I was quite stunned when I first saw it.
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Post by: Cato on August 13, 2018, 02:49:07 PM
Concerning Person of Interest....  Spoiler alert

Heh. Just wanted to say that imo the series three finale set to Radioheads Exit Music is one of the best series ends of any show. Not just the execution of the reversal of fortune for our heroes  and the total rout but the willing embrace of AI rule it finishes on. I was quite stunned when I first saw it.

Yes, most excellent!  The scene that struck us - as far as style goes - is the episode with the assassination of  (Spoiler a main character ) where the camera pulls back, and Reese is cradling the victim, illuminated on the sidewalk by a streetlight, with Finch standing to one side.  It resembled a painting by Edward Hopper.

e.g.

(https://i2.wp.com/www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/hopper/interior/hopper.summer-evening.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: XB-70 Valkyrie on August 13, 2018, 03:37:11 PM
We are now on The Sopranos Season Six.

We are looking for a new comedy (tired of Frasier and Fawlty Towers after having seen them so many times). So, we just tried the first episode of The End of the F*cking World and found it to be only slightly amusing, and more than slightly disturbing, with two very unlikeable lead characters. Will not be back for more.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on August 13, 2018, 05:45:49 PM
We are now on The Sopranos Season Six.

We are looking for a new comedy (tired of Frasier and Fawlty Towers after having seen them so many times). So, we just tried the first episode of The End of the F*cking World and found it to be only slightly amusing, and more than slightly disturbing, with two very unlikeable lead characters. Will not be back for more.
Marvelous Mrs Maisel, if you have Amazon streaming.

We just finished Collateral, a Brit Netflix mini series. Thumbs down. Not very coherent, most of the characters are unlikable. Plus it feels like most of what happens happens because the script writer wants it to, not because the characters do.
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Post by: Draško on August 14, 2018, 01:21:14 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91zhdY31U5L._SL1500_.jpg)  (https://s15.postimg.cc/f5gi2tkuz/sharp_objects_xlg.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: André on August 14, 2018, 04:20:53 AM
Way too hot around here, so I’m indulging...

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517SfxwO4eL.jpg)

Agatha Christie spin-offs, with the Cotswold setting intact, but the avuncular Father Brown replaces Miss Marple.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: ritter on August 14, 2018, 04:27:53 AM
Way too hot around here, so I’m indulging...

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517SfxwO4eL.jpg)

Agatha Christie spin-offs, with the Cotswold setting intact, but the avuncular Father Brown replaces Miss Marple.
I watched all the series some months ago on my local cable network here in Spain. Great fun, and some very engaging characters (I have a particular fondness for Lady Felicia).

But.... I was intrigued by the overwhelming majority of Roman Catholics in the Cotswolds in the 1950s.  ::)  :D

I’ve never read the original Chesterton books, though.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: NikF on August 14, 2018, 07:03:00 AM
     
      The series Spooks, which is much more recent, was shot on Super 16 and for that reason it's not going to be on Blu Ray.

      This came off a Blu Ray forum:

Spooks was shot on Super16.

Whilst it's not impossible to source a BD from Super16 film (The Wrestler for example) the BBC are reluctant to go down that route. I think they did it with Pride & Prejudice, but decided that there wouldn't be any more after that. That's why there are no BDs of the earlier seasons of Merlin, until they changed the film stock from Super16 to 35mm series 4 onwards.

It's not just the BBC, Fox declined the opportunity to put The Shield out on BD because it had used Super16 film, which it deemed to be insufficient quality from which to source BDs.

Life on Mars was shot on Super16, and was later transferred to a HD master, which didn't look brilliant.


    I got the Blu Ray of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) just yesterday. Somebody thought it was worth doing, and somebody was mostly wrong.

That's an interesting opinion. Thanks for posting it.

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Post by: Draško on August 15, 2018, 10:49:13 AM
(https://image.tmdb.org/t/p/w300_and_h450_bestv2/9OSUG3tLFg36N5WWW9DBekpmYJm.jpg)

Not a series, but still TV.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on August 16, 2018, 01:58:57 PM
Rewatching The Pacific these days and HBO’s American version of the comedy Getting On. Laurie Metcalf and Co. are brilliant in GO and the show is hilarious and masterful. I’m not sure how I feel about the Pacific. It’s good but there’s diminishing returns in war epics. Still, there are some scenes that give you a bit of a sense of what storming a beach was like. The character of Sledge (and real-life person) is great.
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Post by: George on August 16, 2018, 06:24:33 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/72v9Ig5.jpg)

Trying this one out on Netflix, to have some variety. The first episode was pretty good.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Omicron9 on August 23, 2018, 05:55:42 AM
Finished "The Sinner" on Netflix.  Well-acted, interesting story; all around well-done.  I'd recommend it, but with the following provisos: it is dark.  There were times where I'd have just stop and walk away from it for a while.  Probably my favorite Bill Pullman performance; he's great in this. 

If you're a fan of David Lynchean darkness, then this is for you.  I am and it was.

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Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Ken B on August 23, 2018, 06:34:02 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/72v9Ig5.jpg)

Trying this one out on Netflix, to have some variety. The first episode was pretty good.

That's based on a Canadian play that was a run away hit for the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Haven’t seen the show but the play is very good.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on August 23, 2018, 09:53:47 AM
That's based on a Canadian play that was a run away hit for the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Haven’t seen the show but the play is very good.

Cool. Same cast?
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Post by: Draško on August 28, 2018, 05:17:42 AM
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I really liked this. It's very slow and there is not that much plot: troubled reporter comes back to her small backwater hometown to write on murders of two young girls, meanders around, faces her rather gothic family with many a skeleton in the closet, hell ensues. It's a modern southern gothic and everything is about atmosphere which is sticky, hazy and dark. It's visually gorgeous and soundtrack/sound editing is one of the best I heard. Don't know what you get for mini-series but whatever it is if Amy Adams doesn't get it it's a robbery.   
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Draško on September 03, 2018, 04:32:43 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/A1cZ9Vz%2BvoL._SL1500_.jpg)

A modern British sitcom. Bunch of "kooky" 20-somethings basically squatting in disused hospital. Disappointingly middling, but I guess watchable for six twenty minute episodes. Doubt I'd go for second season if there was one. The girl who wrote it is supposedly quite talented and has another well reviewed show titled Fleabag. I might give that a go.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on September 03, 2018, 04:44:15 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/A1cZ9Vz%2BvoL._SL1500_.jpg)

A modern British sitcom. Bunch of "kooky" 20-somethings basically squatting in disused hospital. Disappointingly middling, but I guess watchable for six twenty minute episodes. Doubt I'd go for second season if there was one. The girl who wrote it is supposedly quite talented and has another well reviewed show titled Fleabag. I might give that a go.

Have you seen this show, Drasko? I think it's quite funny. Also dark and touching at times.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51tBVwxHg%2BL._SY445_.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Draško on September 04, 2018, 03:46:20 AM
Have you seen this show, Drasko? I think it's quite funny. Also dark and touching at times.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51tBVwxHg%2BL._SY445_.jpg)

No, haven't heard of it. I'll give it a try, though my track record with US sitcoms is awful, don't think I ever finished a season of any.  :-[
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: George on September 04, 2018, 03:54:07 AM
No, haven't heard of it. I'll give it a try, though my track record with US sitcoms is awful, don't think I ever finished a season of any.  :-[

OK, I would say that this one is not conventional, for what it's worth. And if you have an interest in stand up comedy, I think you might like it.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: milk on September 05, 2018, 12:50:09 AM
rewatching:
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/49/Band_of_Brothers_poster.jpg/220px-Band_of_Brothers_poster.jpg)
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: Draško on September 06, 2018, 03:37:23 AM
OK, I would say that this one is not conventional, for what it's worth. And if you have an interest in stand up comedy, I think you might like it.

I have currently HBO free trial period so I might give it a go. Thanks!

ot:
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91P9PaRcRiL._SL1500_.jpg)

Short and breezy fish-out-of-water mini-series about small town girl who becomes a nanny for a high-brow literary magazine editor in north London in the 80s. Not bad, quite charming, but over before you know it started (just five 30 min. episodes).
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: stingo on September 09, 2018, 07:07:38 AM
Just started Iron Fist: Season 2.
Title: Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
Post by: MN Dave on September 10, 2018, 04:17:36 AM
Just started Iron Fist: Season 2.

Me 2. Loving it four episodes in.
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Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on September 10, 2018, 07:45:02 PM
All Aussie Adventures

https://youtu.be/NV3TGj7knmw (https://youtu.be/NV3TGj7knmw)
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Post by: MN Dave on September 11, 2018, 05:05:33 AM
Signed up for DC Universe streaming.
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Post by: Draško on September 12, 2018, 05:41:45 AM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81ZXPBfyR0L._SL1500_.jpg)

This is really excellent. I'm generally not a fan of 'socially awkward people doing cringy stuff' type of comedy, but this is alternately quite funny and unbelievably touching and sad. Looking forward to second season, that I believe is in the making.
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Post by: NikF on September 12, 2018, 05:59:55 AM
I watched (in the company of a short haired - perhaps a cropped haired - blonde) the Stephen King saga about the town his stories are mainly set in.
But here's a question; I thought this latest season/series was only six episodes long. But apparently it's padded out?  So, do you think there's perhaps an aspect of releasing all episodes at the same time which makes some episodes that 'suck' less obvious because your next one is literally only a copy click away? (Lynch dicks - I'm looking at you. LMAO)
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Post by: stingo on September 15, 2018, 02:20:09 PM
Signed up for DC Universe streaming.

Same here. Have only had time to catch a few DC Nation Shorts, but Superman of Tokyo is pretty off the wall.
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Post by: Cato on September 15, 2018, 02:23:56 PM
A comedic and occasionally dramatic look at autism/Asperger's Syndrome:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d2/Atypical_p%C3%B3ster.jpg/250px-Atypical_p%C3%B3ster.jpg)

Season 2 is on Netflix now.
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Post by: George on September 15, 2018, 03:26:21 PM
(https://occ-0-999-448.1.nflxso.net/art/67f2b/bce9025f86bd25862ff9b6fe87d1b4e5db467f2b.jpg)

Only a few episodes in, but so far, a watered down version of his much funnier/darker podcast.
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Post by: motoboy on September 15, 2018, 04:56:15 PM
I have been trying to watch Disenchanted, but it is doing nothing for me. The characters had already been done to death in Futurama and their gelling seemed rushed and half-hearted. The joke to dialog ratio was pretty poor in the first couple episodes, but got better by episode 3 or 4.

I call it Past-O-Rama to annoy my wife. She likes it just fine.

I finally got around to watching Twin Peaks, The Return and really enjoyed it other than some minor problems. We tried to make a drinking game out of it, drinking whenever anyone said "Dougie" or "Sonny Jim" but we would have wound up in the ER with alcohol poisoning.
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Post by: Draško on September 22, 2018, 03:38:55 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/PxYn8dL5/41_NJ82_WKZJL.jpg)

https://www.youtube.com/v/Ij1pZvv9m0g

Utterly hilarious and theoretically valid.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: What more can one expect of a sketch.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by: vandermolen on September 22, 2018, 07:28:51 AM
Bodyguard.
Looking forward to the extended finale tomorrow night.
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Post by: 71 dB on September 22, 2018, 09:05:04 AM
I have been watching Miami Vice on Blu-ray and also started Space: 1999 second series on Blu-ray.

I'm somewhat fed up with the modern style on TV shows (shaky camera + fast editing). Shows from the past are so much nicer, comfy. Slow editing and rational camera work. Miami looks real in Miami Vice while in CSI: Miami it looks fake, overprocessed and oversaturated (I hate that orange/blue saturation). It's an amazing difference. Also older shows are corny in way that only increases the entertaiment value. There are some modern TV show I like, but most of them are not for me.
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Post by: Cato on September 22, 2018, 09:11:30 AM
I have been watching Miami Vice on Blu-ray and also started Space: 1999 second series on Blu-ray.

I'm somewhat fed up with the modern style on TV shows (shaky camera + fast editing). Shows from the past are so much nicer, comfy. Slow editing and rational camera work. Miami looks real in Miami Vice while in CSI: Miami it looks fake, overprocessed and oversaturated (I hate that orange/blue saturation). It's an amazing difference. Also older shows are corny in way that only increases the entertaiment value. There are some modern TV show I like, but most of them are not for me.

Let me tell you what the younger generation thinks: eye-rolling boredom!  And the farther back you go, the outcry becomes louder!

The topic recently came up among some of my 8th Graders, who were lamenting that their parents restrict television to certain stations broadcasting only things from the middle 1980's and earlier.

"The worst are those black-and-white shows, like Andy Griffith!  OMG!!!" and the eye-rolling distaste was almost palpable.   ::)   ;)

Poor babies!  :D 
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Post by: mc ukrneal on September 22, 2018, 10:14:42 AM
Let me tell you what the younger generation thinks: eye-rolling boredom!  And the farther back you go, the outcry becomes louder!

The topic recently came up among some of my 8th Graders, who were lamenting that their parents restrict television to certain stations broadcasting only things from the middle 1980's and earlier.

"The worst are those black-and-white shows, like Andy Griffith!  OMG!!!" and the eye-rolling distaste was almost palpable.   ::)   ;)

Poor babies!  :D 
Just because they are young and don't like it doesn't make them wrong! It's just nostalgic dreck to me (even in the seventies it was already this). So not a fan of Andy Griffiths myself. Even worse is Leave it to Beaver. Just shoot me now! :)

I do like some of the old What's my line shows...
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Post by: NikF on September 22, 2018, 10:43:19 AM
I have been watching Miami Vice on Blu-ray and also started Space: 1999 second series on Blu-ray.

I'm somewhat fed up with the modern style on TV shows (shaky camera + fast editing). Shows from the past are so much nicer, comfy. Slow editing and rational camera work. Miami looks real in Miami Vice while in CSI: Miami it looks fake, overprocessed and oversaturated (I hate that orange/blue saturation). It's an amazing difference. Also older shows are corny in way that only increases the entertaiment value. There are some modern TV show I like, but most of them are not for me.

Some would pass that off as a stylistic choice, a part of current fashion and they would be sort of kind of maybe correct, because saving time and money never go out of fashion. So 'orange and teal' make a lot of decisions easy and cheap, in that they're both flattering to many different skin tones, and can maximise contrast which means it's easier to work with ambient light and backgrounds. But yes, it's so obvious (look at a colour wheel and see them opposite each other) and can be a little uninspiring. A pity, because there's no need to go all arthouse in order to colour grade and make an impact. "Long time no see, blue!" -

(https://i.postimg.cc/SNNxWBj0/IMG_20180922_202742_620.jpg)

Amelie via Machado

Then again, that's a movie. I'm not sure how many businesses would like to have the look of their television ads being watched by eyes that have recently grown accustomed to something different. In other words, carefully choose the frame that the piece is going to be mounted in.
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Post by: TheGSMoeller on September 22, 2018, 12:47:51 PM
(http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/maniac-emma-1/maniac-netflix-2018-00.jpg)
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Post by: Cato on September 22, 2018, 04:27:20 PM
Just because they are young and don't like it doesn't make them wrong! It's just nostalgic dreck to me (even in the seventies it was already this). So not a fan of Andy Griffiths myself. Even worse is Leave it to Beaver. Just shoot me now! :)

I do like some of the old What's my line shows...

No, but they were rejecting everything that was old and not in color!   0:)

Agreed, all kinds of terrible T.V. shows have existed, do exist (The Bachelor, Big Brother, etc.),  and will exist!
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Post by: Ken B on September 23, 2018, 04:37:12 PM
Older TV mostly looks like crap now because:

But it wasn’t all stupid.

I suggest the early seasons of Have Gun Will Travel as B&W TV that holds up very well.

I suggest Firing Line with William F. Buckley as a show that has the power to shock modern viewers: disagreements dealt with by listening and responding cogently — on both sides.

Up until the mid 60s stuff like Stravinsky was broadcast and considered suitable for a mass audience.
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Post by: milk on September 28, 2018, 01:30:09 AM
(https://occ-0-999-448.1.nflxso.net/art/67f2b/bce9025f86bd25862ff9b6fe87d1b4e5db467f2b.jpg)

Only a few episodes in, but so far, a watered down version of his much funnier/darker podcast.
Yes: his youtube show was much funnier. Something is off about the Netflix one. It seems really lazy, constrained and awkward on this platform whereas - as a YT/podcast it seemed wild, unconstrained, unpredictable and funny. 
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Post by: bwv 1080 on October 02, 2018, 05:06:20 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/PxYn8dL5/41_NJ82_WKZJL.jpg)



Utterly hilarious and theoretically valid.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: What more can one expect of a sketch.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
awesome

Also this should have been Trump's campaign song

https://www.youtube.com/v/6riY-103vbc
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Post by: Todd on October 07, 2018, 08:13:37 AM
(http://www.impawards.com/tv/posters/tom_clancys_jack_ryan_ver3.jpg)


Jack Ryan, aka, Jim Halpert, Tough Guy Lady Killer.  Sleek and entertaining in a throw away sort of way.  Timothy Hutton is most enjoyable in his role.
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Post by: Sydney Nova Scotia on October 07, 2018, 09:01:53 PM
Richard Strauss 2001 lol
https://youtu.be/t3S2_cCyB24 (https://youtu.be/t3S2_cCyB24)
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Post by: milk on October 10, 2018, 03:56:20 AM
Delhi Cops! 2-part doc-series on Amazon. If you're desperate for something to watch (can't stand 99% of series on streaming/TV) go for it. Interesting stuff out of some British channel. I wish there were more than just 2Es.
Plus:
The Staircase!!!!!!!!! on Netflix (E4 now). I know many people lauded this and I'm late to the table. 
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 10, 2018, 04:00:06 AM
Well, I have been savoring a return to The Twilight Zone . . . 1/24 (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2018/09/back-in-zone-124.html) | 2/24 (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2018/10/zoning-in-224.html) | 3/24 (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2018/10/vegas-philippines-and-bus-depot-for.html)
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Post by: NikF on October 10, 2018, 04:07:58 AM
Watched a few episodes of 'The Man in the High Castle' and IMO one of the best things about it is that they often show you the ceiling of the rooms where action takes place - that's one of your pro insight litmus tests right there, vy ponimaete? - morr exactly  the last time I saw similarly high production values was in the (mostly) Lionsgate production of 'Mad Men'.
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Post by: NikF on October 10, 2018, 04:19:31 AM
Well, I have been savoring a return to The Twilight Zone . . . 1/24 (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2018/09/back-in-zone-124.html) | 2/24 (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2018/10/zoning-in-224.html) | 3/24 (http://henningmusick.blogspot.com/2018/10/vegas-philippines-and-bus-depot-for.html)

Coincidence - few weeks ago I introduced a third(?) year film student to it.
An aside: ever noticed how the earliest episodes despite being shot on video don't seem to be lacking in comparison to the remainder being on 135mm film stock? Taking my pro hat off, it's because it was/good stuff.
In any case and more importantly, enjoy!
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 10, 2018, 04:27:11 AM
Coincidence - few weeks ago I introduced a third(?) year film student to it.
An aside: ever noticed how the earliest episodes despite being shot on video don't seem to be lacking in comparison to the remainder being on 135mm film stock? Taking my pro hat off, it's because it was/good stuff.
In any case and more importantly, enjoy!

Actually the whole of the first season was shot on film.  Shooting six episodes on video in the second season was a cost-cutting measure imposed by a suit at CBS ("Night of the Meek," "Twenty-Two," e.g.)  On those, yes, the reduction in visual quality is palpable.
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Post by: NikF on October 10, 2018, 04:48:04 AM
Actually the whole of the first season was shot on film.  Shooting six episodes on video in the second season was a cost-cutting measure imposed by a suit at CBS ("Night of the Meek," "Twenty-Two," e.g.)  On those, yes, the reduction in visual quality is palpable.

Yeah, the point I was making (and perhaps failed to make) was that it didn't detract from the consistency that was in place from the outset. And as ever, consistency is all.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 10, 2018, 04:52:12 AM
Yeah, the point I was making (and perhaps failed to make) was that it didn't detract from the consistency that was in place from the outset. And as ever, consistency is all.

Now I twig.  Yes, indeed.
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Post by: George on October 10, 2018, 06:25:44 AM
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Really enjoyed this. So much that although I finished it last night, I plan to start watching again later today.
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Post by: Cato on October 10, 2018, 02:45:52 PM
The Last Ship, the current episode from October 7th: Wow!

A scene going back and forth between the Eric Dane character (Chandler) being attacked in a basement months earlier and him in the present having a screaming match with his adolescent daughter brought home the stress of combat and its after-effects!

If you can find it, watch it!  Very impressive!
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Post by: stingo on October 11, 2018, 04:43:08 PM
Finished Iron Fist S2. Now to watch the season premieres of The Flash, Black Lightning and Titans.
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Post by: milk on October 12, 2018, 05:27:56 AM
Watched Better Call Saul this season. I'm in the minority, I guess, believing it to be OK but not nearly as good as Breaking Bad. The show really tries hard which means NOT effortless. People seem to buy into it. I think there's lots of stuff here that is meant to be fascinating that's just not...a lot of the drug-mob characters in particular. It also doesn't help that the characters look old even while they're supposed to be younger (than in BB). Fan service and flashbacks: two things I hate. 
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Post by: EddieRUKiddingVarese on October 12, 2018, 11:30:01 AM
Watching reruns of Bargarse

https://youtu.be/_u9bWQoQVIQ (https://youtu.be/_u9bWQoQVIQ)
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Post by: SimonNZ on October 12, 2018, 03:04:00 PM
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Post by: NikF on October 12, 2018, 04:02:05 PM
Finished watching 'The Man in the High Castle' but only because my current squeeze felt the need to see it through to the end. What a soap opera. An aside: in her opinion "Rufus is manly". Fair enough.
I'd rather watch the Twilight Zone while stuffing my face with mustard lathered hotdogs and chips (fries).
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Post by: lisa needs braces on October 12, 2018, 08:16:51 PM
I heard good things about the concluded sci-fi channel series "12 Monkeys."

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Post by: shirime on October 12, 2018, 09:27:03 PM
Doctor Who, season 37 (aka series 11)
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Post by: Todd on October 13, 2018, 06:40:25 AM
(https://cdn-static.sidereel.com/tv_shows/68103/giant_2x/897e5d4457cead82ef07b89000eba956a7e51ef7.jpg)


The second season of American Vandal.  Here the intrepid high school investigative journalists set out to find the real identity of The Turd Burglar, who terrorizes a ritzy Bellevue private school.  This season lacks the freshness of the first season, and feels even more contrived, though the opening episode is a hoot for those who can giggle at scatological humor.  I guess there's a lesson in the series about the exposed and alienated lives of teens and the impact of social media and what not.  (But then, my teen daughter informs me that certain social media outlets, such as Facebook, are for old people, and that people my age are out of touch.)  Should I be concerned or happy that the producers hired Portland-area reporters to play Seattle-area reporters? 
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Post by: EddieRUKiddingVarese on October 13, 2018, 12:29:40 PM
https://youtu.be/I0HpC3Q8hTs (https://youtu.be/I0HpC3Q8hTs)
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Post by: milk on October 14, 2018, 01:40:12 AM
(https://cdn-static.sidereel.com/tv_shows/68103/giant_2x/897e5d4457cead82ef07b89000eba956a7e51ef7.jpg)


The second season of American Vandal.  Here the intrepid high school investigative journalists set out to find the real identity of The Turd Burglar, who terrorizes a ritzy Bellevue private school.  This season lacks the freshness of the first season, and feels even more contrived, though the opening episode is a hoot for those who can giggle at scatological humor.  I guess there's a lesson in the series about the exposed and alienated lives of teens and the impact of social media and what not.  (But then, my teen daughter informs me that certain social media outlets, such as Facebook, are for old people, and that people my age are out of touch.)  Should I be concerned or happy that the producers hired Portland-area reporters to play Seattle-area reporters?
I also liked S1 better. I had to turn off S2. I thought it was only in Japan that FB was for old(er) people like me. In the U.S., college students don't use FB?
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Post by: Omicron9 on October 15, 2018, 07:25:58 AM
Bojack, season 5. 

I do not have the words to express my love and admiration for this series.

-09
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Post by: North Star on October 15, 2018, 07:31:14 AM
Bojack, season 5. 

I do not have the words to express my love and admiration for this series.

-09
It really is magnificent.
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Post by: ritter on October 15, 2018, 07:40:52 AM
It really is magnificent.
I’ve never even heard of the series, so must check it out....but, happy birthday, Karlo!  :)
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Post by: North Star on October 15, 2018, 08:11:13 AM
I’ve never even heard of the series, so must check it out....but, happy birthday, Karlo!  :)
Thank you, Rafael!
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Post by: drogulus on October 15, 2018, 12:14:11 PM

     I'm on the 4th season of Engrenages, a French cop show. Like Un village français it stars Audrey Fleurot and Thierry Godard among talented others.
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Post by: Draško on October 15, 2018, 12:24:44 PM
Just finished 2017/18 season of BBC's University Challenge, watching it on youtube.

I was cheering for Merton College Oxford this season, they were quite impressive the whole tournament, but hugely choked in the big final.

The whole season (missing maybe one or two episodes, which can be found on youtube separately):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGYq1TC708A&list=PLQ9RMm1DVw5Al20fWoFdOI8zsSP6-4wjb

and the final:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYc4rZR-J4U
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Post by: George on October 15, 2018, 12:30:42 PM
(https://tvseriesfinale.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/barry-hbo-season-1-ratings-cancel-renew-season-2-590x331.jpg)

Watching season one for a second time. Great show!
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Post by: milk on October 19, 2018, 03:49:56 AM
(https://resizing.flixster.com/8hsunepMLjMLnH0-ySXd9JWU1P4=/206x305/v1.dDszNDQxNDY7ajsxNzg0MDsxMjAwOzIwMDA7MzAwMA)

Well I had a very different reaction to this show than most people. This has been talked about as some wild show, filmed by the True Detective guy (great show), as some wild mayhem that either made no sense, or was fun. I fount it to be a VERY run of the mill formula (after 3 Es): Put people in a weird situation with a device for flashback conjuring. Go to flashbacks to "get people interested in the characters" and then build to something and the journey is supposed to get people hooked and make them feel satisfied. I hate any most show that incorporates flashbacks as it's main device so I disliked this one. Perhaps I missed something in the later Es that turned out for the better. Maybe "something" happens. 3Es of character development was enough for me. I find this to be a very millennial kind of thing. Even lots of popular books do this. I can't remember great shows of yesteryear doing so much of this. Imagine if a show like the prisoner stopped every episode to tell you about his childhood to get you more interested in the character. 
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Post by: Ken B on October 19, 2018, 10:23:49 AM
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Well I had a very different reaction to this show than most people. This has been talked about as some wild show, filmed by the True Detective guy (great show), as some wild mayhem that either made no sense, or was fun. I fount it to be a VERY run of the mill formula (after 3 Es): Put people in a weird situation with a device for flashback conjuring. Go to flashbacks to "get people interested in the characters" and then build to something and the journey is supposed to get people hooked and make them feel satisfied. I hate any most show that incorporates flashbacks as it's main device so I disliked this one. Perhaps I missed something in the later Es that turned out for the better. Maybe "something" happens. 3Es of character development was enough for me. I find this to be a very millennial kind of thing. Even lots of popular books do this. I can't remember great shows of yesteryear doing so much of this. Imagine if a show like the prisoner stopped every episode to tell you about his childhood to get you more interested in the character.

It's a lot more common now than it used to be, but there have been outbreaks of flashbackitis for ever. I recently rewatched the 1947 Brute Force, which is a very nice movie broken up by weak flashbacks. There was a serious outbreak in the late 60s.
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Post by: milk on October 19, 2018, 04:26:13 PM
It's a lot more common now than it used to be, but there have been outbreaks of flashbackitis for ever. I recently rewatched the 1947 Brute Force, which is a very nice movie broken up by weak flashbacks. There was a serious outbreak in the late 60s.
I thought I read somewhere that Howard Hawks said he was proud of never having used a flashback. I think today's generation is much more literal, and the one before, more literary. Anyone love Deadwood? I'm thinking, like, Al Swearengen recounting his boyhood indignities while receiving a certain sex-act vs. a flashback which SHOWS you the objective truth of early painful experiences. 
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Post by: George on October 19, 2018, 05:07:56 PM
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Post by: bwv 1080 on October 19, 2018, 06:33:36 PM
The Romanovs
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Post by: milk on October 19, 2018,