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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
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Here is a listing of shows on my list to watch (mostly due to this thread)
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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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Baby Lee 08:27 PM 01-13-2022
Re: How to With John Wilson

Originally Posted by Baby Lee:
This is eminently worth a check out, I thought I had recommended the first season, but I can't find it right now.

It's pretty much what you get a sense of from the trailer. An odd-duck NYer who has an eye for detail narrating some of his observations about city life.

Kind of a cross of Joe Pera Talks with You and Koyaanisqatsi. . .



EDIT - a sample, and yes that is [was?] Paul Atriedes.
An inspiring clip on fostering creativity, . . with a twist


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Buehler445 04:37 PM 01-14-2022
I did Station Eleven. I'll be goddamned if it isn't straight up compelling. It's pretty high brow. Normally high brow shit doesn't work for me, but this one did. It got it's hooks in me pretty good.

I do have to say you have to suspend your "cut the shit" reactions, because like most dystopians, there is a lot of shit that just won't work in real life, but whatever, it's a well told well acted compelling story.

I don't know what you all think of Mackenzie Davis, but I'm a fan. Other than the Martian, the only thing I've seen her in is Halt and Catch Fire. She isn't particularly pretty, but she does it for me. She can be very pretty when she tries to be, and seemingly never wears a bra. :-) But she carries a heavy load in this one and really knocks it out of the park. What she portrays is a very very complicated situation, and it's never not believable. They even ask her to do some physical stuff, which is a big ask as rail thin as she is and it was better than I expected.

This one really asks a lot of the viewers. Accordingly I should re-watch it because it's a big watch. But it does a good job of swinging for the fences without getting overly preachy. I think there is a book? I haven't read it, but would be interested to hear from any that have.
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Buehler445 04:39 PM 01-14-2022

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Baby Lee 07:24 PM 01-14-2022
Originally Posted by Buehler445:
I did Station Eleven. I'll be goddamned if it isn't straight up compelling. It's pretty high brow. Normally high brow shit doesn't work for me, but this one did. It got it's hooks in me pretty good.

I do have to say you have to suspend your "cut the shit" reactions, because like most dystopians, there is a lot of shit that just won't work in real life, but whatever, it's a well told well acted compelling story.

I don't know what you all think of Mackenzie Davis, but I'm a fan. Other than the Martian, the only thing I've seen her in is Halt and Catch Fire. She isn't particularly pretty, but she does it for me. She can be very pretty when she tries to be, and seemingly never wears a bra. :-) But she carries a heavy load in this one and really knocks it out of the park. What she portrays is a very very complicated situation, and it's never not believable. They even ask her to do some physical stuff, which is a big ask as rail thin as she is and it was better than I expected.

This one really asks a lot of the viewers. Accordingly I should re-watch it because it's a big watch. But it does a good job of swinging for the fences without getting overly preachy. I think there is a book? I haven't read it, but would be interested to hear from any that have.
I thought the best thing it did was stick the landing. The last episode tied things together sufficient to make prior reservations or resistance somewhat moot.

I had a particular [as in specific and probably not all that universal] aversion to the narrative, as I hate the 'let's put on a play' narrative of comprehensive problem-solving. And I hate this notion that great works performed with heart will unlock truths in every hardened heart. It smacks of creative types jacking themselves off, and it happens everywhere.

And that narrative was as central to this show as it could possibly be, but I didn't mind overly in the end, and it even managed to acquit that thesis fairly well.

Overall a worthwhile experience.

With that said, I think it's somewhat of a pale imitator of The Leftovers, which the production team oversaw just a couple years back. Not as apocalyptic, but every bit as emotional and resonant its themes.

And I agree about MacEnzie Davis. She is not a 'stunner' but she is very engrossing, and it struck me she's a good deal like a young Meryl Streep. Pretty in a plain honest manner, but so expressive and engrossing that you lose yourself in her performances. Watch Meryl in The Deerhunter and see if you aren't thinking the same things about her you are MacEnzie in their respective performances.
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Buehler445 12:14 AM 01-15-2022
Originally Posted by Baby Lee:
I thought the best thing it did was stick the landing. The last episode tied things together sufficient to make prior reservations or resistance somewhat moot.
That's probably an astute observation. Trying to work through what it looks like with a strung out ending, and it changes the view pretty substantially. In fact, I didn't realize it was ongoing yet, and thought when I got through episode 9 I thought it was the end, and certainly episode 10 changes the overall view of the story. Seems fairly obvious, but I figured what was coming was in season 2.

Long, bumblefuck way of saying good point.

Originally Posted by Baby Lee:
I had a particular [as in specific and probably not all that universal] aversion to the narrative, as I hate the 'let's put on a play' narrative of comprehensive problem-solving. And I hate this notion that great works performed with heart will unlock truths in every hardened heart. It smacks of creative types jacking themselves off, and it happens everywhere.

And that narrative was as central to this show as it could possibly be, but I didn't mind overly in the end, and it even managed to acquit that thesis fairly well.
I didn't hate it as much as you. Total guess, but I bet I've been exposed to it less than you. I typically manage to avoid things that go down that road. And let's be real here, my hayseed ass isn't the the most seasoned art critic so they can lob some garbage meatballs by me and I'd never get it. But I thought it was well done. Wasn't what I was expecting, but it worked for me.

I think it did a nice job of not getting lost in the dystopia of it all. I mean, it went into the hardship for sure, but it would have been really easy to go all disaster porn like so many shows do and deserves credit for telling that story better.

Originally Posted by Baby Lee:
Overall a worthwhile experience.

With that said, I think it's somewhat of a pale imitator of The Leftovers, which the production team oversaw just a couple years back. Not as apocalyptic, but every bit as emotional and resonant its themes.

And I agree about MacEnzie Davis. She is not a 'stunner' but she is very engrossing, and it struck me she's a good deal like a young Meryl Streep. Pretty in a plain honest manner, but so expressive and engrossing that you lose yourself in her performances. Watch Meryl in The Deerhunter and see if you aren't thinking the same things about her you are MacEnzie in their respective performances.
My opinion - and I'm open to being wrong here, but I think it is a tighter, more elegant version of The Leftovers.

The Leftovers didn't work as well for me as this did. I caught the first 2 seasons of Leftovers, and didn't bother with the third. I thought it did a nice job on the character stuff and right as it got in there it would dive back into weird ass shit, in my opinion needlessly. But maybe the 3rd season unfucks it all, but whatever. I thought this was a better, more refined story, or at least approach.

Davis has earned some rope from me. I'll watch her stuff.
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unlurking 11:48 AM 01-15-2022
Just finished Station Eleven. Very eclectic. Slow, but the acting and character development was great. Totally unexpected story, felt pretty fresh compared to all the sequels and reboots we're usually complaining about.
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