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Buehler445 08:54 AM 04-26-2012
All this talk about series, how network TV Sucks, and how hard it is to find quality shows, and some excellent shows that fly under the radar, I need a comprehensive review of all the series I need to see.

For good entertainment, I would be willing to buy DVD sets. But I've recently picked up HBOGO by kiping it from my parents, and recently got Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Here is a listing of shows that I currently own or have seen all the episodes of. If it isn't on the list, just assume I haven't seen it.

Spoiler!


Here is a listing of shows that I'm currently watching
Spoiler!


Here is a listing of shows on my list to watch (mostly due to this thread)
Spoiler!



I work a fuckton, so it is hard for me catch a series while it is on to get it on the DVR, but I recognize the entertainment value and am willing to go after the Must See shows. Accordingly, I'm not necessarily looking for anything that is still running. I'm up for watching stuff that has run its course.

So what say you, Planet? Which shows should I see?

UPDATED for the shows I've seen recently.
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BucEyedPea 07:22 AM 05-06-2020
Originally Posted by keg in kc:
Just a heads up for fans, season 4 of The Last Kingdom hits Netflix on Sunday.
I I thought this series ended at Season 3. After seeing this last, week I watched the 4th season. First part of Season 4 I thought was so-so, but it gets really good. Some character developments I didn't like.

I just think they've copied Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones by turning Brida into a psychopathic killer. At least, she had some humanity in her before. I also didn't care for the turn of coldness in Æthelflæd toward Uhtred, after all he'd done for her when she turned his daughter over to the Danes without involving him in that decision. He always gets screwed and yet he always saves them. Plus, King Edward was such a childish, stupid king who constantly makes dumb decisions unlike his father. That includes not using Uhtred's knowledge of the Danes to help hi m win battles. In real like Edward was a more powerful king.
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vailpass 02:49 PM 05-06-2020
Originally Posted by BucEyedPea:
I I thought this series ended at Season 3. After seeing this last, week I watched the 4th season. First part of Season 4 I thought was so-so, but it gets really good. Some character developments I didn't like.

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Feel free to spoiler tag this.
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Baby Lee 04:19 PM 05-06-2020
Originally Posted by Hawk:
But that whole last 15 minutes of the finale was so emotional.
I wouldn't characterize the 'American Pie' conclusion of the episode as 'emotional,' certainly not compared to the 'Lullaby' part. But it was very heartfelt, appropriate and impressive.

You could feel the care that went into crafting the entire montage.
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ShiftyEyedWaterboy 03:31 PM 05-07-2020
Originally Posted by BucEyedPea:
I I thought this series ended at Season 3. After seeing this last, week I watched the 4th season. First part of Season 4 I thought was so-so, but it gets really good. Some character developments I didn't like.

I just think they've copied Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones by turning Brida into a psychopathic killer. At least, she had some humanity in her before. I also didn't care for the turn of coldness in Æthelflæd toward Uhtred, after all he'd done for her when she turned his daughter over to the Danes without involving him in that decision. He always gets screwed and yet he always saves them. Plus, King Edward was such a childish, stupid king who constantly makes dumb decisions unlike his father. That includes not using Uhtred's knowledge of the Danes to help hi m win battles. In real like Edward was a more powerful king.
I think this was probably the weakest season. It was still very good. Just not as good as the others. Ruby Hartley was great as Stiorra. I may have had a stroke, though, because I can't remember who the hell her mother is supposed to be. I don't remember Uhtred having a kid with a Dane.
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BucEyedPea 04:51 PM 05-07-2020
Originally Posted by ShiftyEyedWaterboy:
I think this was probably the weakest season. It was still very good. Just not as good as the others. Ruby Hartley was great as Stiorra. I may have had a stroke, though, because I can't remember who the hell her mother is supposed to be. I don't remember Uhtred having a kid with a Dane.
Uhtred married a Dane named Gisela and they lived at his estate in Cookham
Uhtred and Gisela form a close bond and eventually the two marry and have three children. She died in child birth.

I am, Lord. I am well, my family are well and there's peace, this is all I ask."
—Gisela to Alfred after he asks if she is content with life in Cookham.





https://the-last-kingdom.fandom.com/wiki/Gisela

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ShiftyEyedWaterboy 05:26 PM 05-07-2020
Ahh, thanks. Thought she was Saxon for some reason.
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BucEyedPea 09:14 PM 05-14-2020
Originally Posted by Buehler445:
I caught Medici on Netflix.

It was pretty good. I ended up binging it while I was working in the office some.

The production values are really really good. So if you are a fan of the Renaissance period in general you need to watch it. But it is kind of a murder mystery/political thriller, so it's kind of cool. Kind of in the same vein as house of cards.

However, I caught myself thinking to myself "Oh look, someone is trying to wreck Robb Starks life again." LOL
I just finished Season 3 when I saw there was one a few days ago. I thought Season 1 could be hard to follow at times and a bit boring. I had to look up some history on things that were going on to have it makes some sense. However, Season 2 is much better than Season 1. I thought it was magnificent. Tonight, I just finished Season 3. Also better than Season 1. It was a bit darker but still very good. I'd have to vote Season 2 the best of the three, but they are both very close.

Don't think there's going to be another season from what I've read. If you've read the Rise and Fall of the Medici's there's not a whole lot after that period that would make great drama imo. They'd have to butcher it too much.

You should see all three, especially the second one, which is excellent and follows the history pretty faithfully, unlike Season 1.

It's a great series. I loved famous historical characters such as the artists, both daVinci, then Michelangelo as a teenager in Season 3. Then the women who posed for Botticelli's famous Birth of Venus painting and many of his other paintings, the cousin of Americus Vespucci in Season 2. Season 3 we see Machiavelli. Being an art school grad, who had to study that period it was right up my ally.

Birth of Venus by Botticelli
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bi...t_-_edited.jpg
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Buehler445 09:20 PM 05-14-2020
Originally Posted by BucEyedPea:
I just finished Season 3 when I saw there was one. Season 2 is much better than Season 1. Season 3 as well, which I just finished. Though it was darker.

You should see all three, especially the second one, which is excellent and follows the history pretty faithfully, unlike Season 1.
I’ll check it out. Thanks. I might have to re-watch season 1. I can’t remember a damn thing about it at the moment.
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Baby Lee 09:34 PM 05-16-2020
Now that everything is going to hiatus, and still being locked down, I circled back to try out Get Shorty the series. Only watched 5 episodes thus far, but it is more impressive than expected.

It's fairly trod ground in terms of concept, and loosely based on the movie. Basically, an enforcer for a small time mob interest gets ahold of a script that he reads and falls in love with. He takes it to a producer he heard about and tries to get away from mob life and turn his life legit by making a movie.

So you have criminals dealing with corporations dealing with creatives, and nobody knows the whole story that the viewer gets, and they all kind of slide by each other oblivious to different dangers alll around them.

What makes it shine though is the effective employment of deadpan surrealism. Lots of mundane and insane things happening on the same screen at the same time, kind of reminiscent of the dark humor of Pulp Fiction, particularly Jules and Vince's scenes.

I don't want to detail too much, because the best fun of the show is catching it as it happens, but it really does subtle humor well, at least thus far.

I'd heard plenty of good about it, and wanted to put in my voucher. Seems like it didn't get a lot of buzz, since it was an Amazon/Epic production instead of Hulu or Netflix or HBO.

The 'studio head' dealmaker chick is hot, and it took me forever to place her. Because I'd only seen her one other place. She's Megan Stevenson, who played AJ, the sidekick who gave Forrest his tasks and bounced the studio questions off him in Review.


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cooper barrett 12:34 AM 05-17-2020
Big fan of "Get Shorty" better late to the show than not showing up at all.


Ray Romano is great in his role.


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Originally Posted by Baby Lee:
Now that everytthing is going to hiatus, and still being locked down, I circled back to try out Get Shorty the series. Only watched 5 episodes thus far, but it is more impressive than expected.

It's fairly trod ground in terms of concept, and loosely based on the movie. Basically, an enforcer for a small time mob interest gets ahold of a script that he reads and falls in love with. He takes it to a producer he heard about and tries to get away from mob life and turn his life legit by making a movie.

So you have criminals dealing with corporations dealing with creatives, and nobody knows the whole story that the viewer gets, and they all kind of slide by each other oblivious to different dangers alll around them.

What makes it shine though is the effective employment of deadpan surrealism. Lots of mundane and insane things happening on the same screen at the same time, kind of reminiscent of the dark humor of Pulp Fiction, particularly Jules and Vince's scenes.

I don't want to detail too much, because the best fun of the show is catching it as it happens, but it really does subtle humor well, at least thus far.

I'd heard plenty of good about it, and wanted to put in my voucher. Seems like it didn't get a lot of buzz, since it was an Amazon/Epic production instead of Hulu or Netflix or HBO.

The 'studio head' dealmaker chick is hot, and it took me forever to place her. Because I'd only seen her one other place. She's Megan Stevenson, who played AJ, the sidekick who gave Forrest his tasks and bounced the studio questions off him in Review.


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Baby Lee 05:57 AM 05-19-2020
Originally Posted by cooper barrett:
Big fan of "Get Shorty" better late to the show than not showing up at all.


Ray Romano is great in his role.
Got to the season finale.

OF COURSE Brandon has a Juicero!!!!

https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...-shutting-down
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KCUnited 08:02 AM 05-24-2020
So far Trial By Media is great. 1 hour docs on famous trials. First was the Jenny Jones talk show murder, the second was the NYC subway vigilante. Both did well to showcase boths sides and have been super interesting.
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kcxiv 11:13 AM 05-24-2020
been watching the GoldBergs lately, that shit is funny. Anyone who grew up in the 80's would get a kick out of it i think. Alot of nostalgia.
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Baby Lee 11:47 AM 05-24-2020
Originally Posted by kcxiv:
been watching the GoldBergs lately, that shit is funny. Anyone who grew up in the 80's would get a kick out of it i think. Alot of nostalgia.
It's not a groundbreaking show, but it's a very competent, well-written sitcom.

You can't really binge it because the mother becomes a bit much [I mean her character is a bit much, but also the episodes get repetitive because it's reliably that she sticks her nose in somewhere, people get mad, and in the end they realize her heart's in the right place and love is what matters, . . . but still, a bit much all in a row].

Otherwise, the structure and characters are great. Lots to bounce bits and lines off of. And if you don't OD on the format storyline, the conclusions can get you a little misty-eyed every once in a while.

And the great thing at the very end is when the creator/writer shows a little clip rom his childhood home movies that inspired the previous episode, or where the characters interview the real life people who inspired him.
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kcxiv 12:51 PM 05-24-2020
Originally Posted by Baby Lee:
It's not a groundbreaking show, but it's a very competent, well-written sitcom.

You can't really binge it because the mother becomes a bit much [I mean her character is a bit much, but also the episodes get repetitive because it's reliably that she sticks her nose in somewhere, people get mad, and in the end they realize her heart's in the right place and love is what matters, . . . but still, a bit much all in a row].

Otherwise, the structure and characters are great. Lots to bounce bits and lines off of. And if you don't OD on the format storyline, the conclusions can get you a little misty-eyed every once in a while.

And the great thing at the very end is when the creator/writer shows a little clip rom his childhood home movies that inspired the previous episode, or where the characters interview the real life people who inspired him.
Yeah, the mom can be a pain in the ass most of the time, once in a while she's decent, but the the shit the brothers get into, make me laugh my ass off. The big tasty and little yum yum episode make me laugh my ass off. The episode with trying to watch the scrambled porn channel hits close to home! lol
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