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Title: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on July 25, 2020, 11:36:58 AM
Just wrapped up Veep and Schitt's Creek. While I wait for the next Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, what are some other good series to watch?

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on July 25, 2020, 12:24:33 PM
Are you looking for newer series or any series recommendations? One that I think was underrated and overlooked was Galavant.  I started watching it while stretching after workouts a couple years ago and fell in love with it.  There are a bunch of good actors, fun and clever show tunes, and a pretty good story line.  It only lasted two seasons, unfortunately. 

We have been making our way through a number of series: The Wire, Breaking Bad, Firefly, Better off Ted, Babylon 5, Action, Arrested Development.  Now we are alternating between 24 and Battlestar Galactica (reboot).  If you would like any information or recommendations about any of the above, let me know.  One or both of us had seen all of these series previously.  We have a couple more on the agenda, probably ones you'd be familiar with and that at least one of us has seen (The Office, 30 Rock, West Wing, Psych, Once upon a Time, Lost).  We also have Killjoys, which neither of us have seen but was recommended by a friend. We try not to watch series until they're finished one way or another. Others I have really liked that were pretty dark but surprisingly good were Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, and Peaky Blinders (which I haven't finished). I also didn't finish Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt but thought that one was cute.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: secundem_artem on July 25, 2020, 12:28:56 PM
The Man in the High Castle.  The story goes well beyond the original Philip K. Dick story but it's definitely worth a watch on Prime.

Broadchurch (I think we watched on BBC America, may also be on BritBox).  David Tennant (the 10th Doctor if you've a Whovian) and Olivia Colman are outstanding in a police drama on the Dorset coast.

The Good Place (Netflix).  An extraordinary comedy with a showrunner/writer who was able to infuse philosophy into comedy.  Ted Danson has never been better.

After Life (Netflix).  Ricky Gervais plays the most misanthropic, self-pitying bloke you have ever seen, who is contemplating suicide after the lost of his beloved wife.  Gervais specializes in playing unlikeable and he's no different here, but we still thought it worth a look.  You'll feel more sorry for him than hate him.

The IT Crowd (Netflix).  Dysfunctional computer nerds in the basement of a corporation run by an unstable, lunatic.

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on July 25, 2020, 12:32:10 PM
Oh yes, +1 to Broadchurch, which also reminded me of Luther with Idris Elba.  Both are fairly dark detective stories.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: onthefringe on July 25, 2020, 12:43:23 PM
+++ many to The Good Place and Better off Ted.

Bob’s Burgers is light, soothing, and amusing.

I thoroughly enjoyed Orphan Black as well, and am now enjoying Fringe which I missed when it was originally out.

Can’t really get into anything dark and heavy right now — Broadchurch, The Wire, and Breaking Bad are objectively well made, but I’m bouncing off them right now.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: downer on July 25, 2020, 12:53:33 PM
If you have Amazon Prime, then you have access to AcornTV, and you can get a lot of UK shows, and also Australian ones.

Such as:
Deadwater Fell, Vera, Doc Martin, Loch Ness, London Kills, Dead Still, 800 Words.

Some of them are pretty bad, but I find them comforting nevertheless.

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on July 25, 2020, 01:01:48 PM
Can’t really get into anything dark and heavy right now — Broadchurch, The Wire, and Breaking Bad are objectively well made, but I’m bouncing off them right now.

I can totally understand this and would add to that caveat.  Although I love those shows, watching Breaking Bad in binge format a couple weeks ago was almost too much for spouse (who hadn't seen it but loved it though would have liked it spread out a bit more).  It wasn't so bad for me, but I already had a fair memory of major plot points and was familiar with the pacing. 

On a side note, the way you did your italics was smart, onthefringe! I kept going back and adding more shows to my lists and had to keep previewing to make sure the sets all worked out. 
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on July 25, 2020, 02:10:45 PM
I enjoyed the 5th season of Grantchester on PBS. The show is based on the "Sidney Chambers" series by James Runcie. The show isn't following the novels as closely as it did in the beginning. Also, a new vicar named Will Davenport arrived as a replacement for Sidney's departure.

Endeavour will start its 7th season on PBS next month. It's the prequel series to Morse and Lewis.  Shaun Evans plays the title character. Plus he's done work behind the camera, including directing an episode last season.

I re-watched Downton Abbey on DVD and enjoyed it. Also adaptations of Sense & Sensibility (2008) and Persuasion (2007).

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Larimar on July 25, 2020, 03:05:03 PM
Mr. Larimar and I both love Leverage. We have the whole series on DVD. It's a caper series, kind of a modern Robin Hood meets Mission Impossible. Can't wait for the upcoming series reboot!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: onthefringe on July 25, 2020, 03:13:07 PM
Mr. Larimar and I both love Leverage. We have the whole series on DVD. It's a caper series, kind of a modern Robin Hood meets Mission Impossible. Can't wait for the upcoming series reboot!

Yes, Leverage, Psych, and Monk all hit a sweet spot for me right now. They are all engaging, without being demanding.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Stockmann on July 25, 2020, 05:32:24 PM
Me and my wife have watched the first few Breaking Bad espisodes, which I'd watched before but she hadn't. It's the spirit of Greek tragedy meets modern narco-violence. So far we're liking it, in modest doses.
Other stuff we've been watching on Netflix:

-Black Mirror. Sometimes an episode has physics that is all wrong or the plot is too outlandish and so on, but my main problem with it actually is that it's too real. Most episodes are pretty well made.
-French drama La Foret - a few things I didn't like about the final episode, but otherwise excellent.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Parasaurolophus on July 25, 2020, 06:07:23 PM
Just wrapped up Veep and Schitt's Creek. While I wait for the next Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, what are some other good series to watch?

If you haven't seen The Thick of It, then do that. Then do yourself a solid and try Black Books and Fleabag.

Also, if Veep and The Thick of It were fun for you: Yes, Minister & Yes, Prime Minister.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on July 25, 2020, 06:16:26 PM
All BBC, all the way.

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: polly_mer on July 25, 2020, 07:22:17 PM
Blocky and I watched Monk and Psych.  We're currently watching Burn Notice (an entertaining spy show).  I'm watching Chuck (another spy show).

Mr. Mer and I are watching Dark Shadows, the original sixties series on Amazon Prime.

Psst, if you highlight the words and click italicize, then the interface does the italics for you.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: RatGuy on July 25, 2020, 07:35:00 PM
One of my friends and colleagues was a science advisor for a number of shows, including BSG. Richard Hatch was his best friend. I don't have the heart to tell him that it's a little too intense for me.

I'm currently in the fourth season of Eureka, and I find it quite charming and entertaining. It fills the niche that Psych did for me, as others have pointed out. I'm also working my way through Brooklyn Nine-Nine, mostly because I thought The Good Place was amazing. I didn't think I'd like B99 at all, but six seasons in there are still laugh-out-loud moments.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: kaysixteen on July 25, 2020, 10:16:09 PM
As I recall, the new NBC 'Peacock' streaming service, which already shows both the 70s Galactica original and the 00s reboot, is also supposed to be having an all-new second reboot of the show?  Anyone seen it yet, or have info on it?
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Larimar on July 26, 2020, 07:47:44 AM
All BBC, all the way.

M.

Yeah, BBC has some great stuff. Thumbs up for Pie in the Sky, Atlantis, and Merlin. Wish these were still on the air.


Larimar
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on July 26, 2020, 08:02:41 AM
All BBC, all the way.

M.

Yeah, BBC has some great stuff. Thumbs up for Pie in the Sky, Atlantis, and Merlin. Wish these were still on the air.


Larimar

A lot of their good stuff is on YouTube, too.

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: AmLitHist on July 26, 2020, 08:22:08 AM
The Americans and Pure were two of my favorites in recent years.  (I don't know who has Pure streaming--while it was on-air, they used to have full episodes on WGNAmerica online. It ended way too soon after just two seasons.)

For old stuff, I've been working through the 5 seasons of the Dick Van Dyke Show, after Carl Reiner's passing.  I was a baby when it was on t.v. originally, but my sister (10 years older) loved the show, and I remember watching the reruns on a local station when I was a kid. I remember a few, but most are new to me. Some of the language and attitudes are dated, and it's a sitcom, so of course the set-ups are sometimes way over the top, but overall, the comedy holds up really well. I haven't made it through an episode yet without laughing out loud at least a couple of times.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: cathwen on July 26, 2020, 09:54:45 AM
I'm taking note of all these recommendations, as it looks as if we'll be mostly at home for a very long time!  Here are some of mine:

My husband and I enjoyed all three seasons of The Detectorists (we had to pay for the third, but it was well worth it!).  The characters are quirky and charming in the way that one only seems to see on British shows.  The two main characters spend all their free time metal detecting...

We also worked our way through All Creatures Great and Small, which we saw when it first aired; it has not lost its appeal.

Recently, we finished watching The Good Place, which is one of the funniest shows we've seen in a long time.

Last fall, I watched Professor T. on Amazon, and enjoyed not only the very quirky characters, but also listening to the Flemish and relating it to my paltry German.  I looked for other shows in Dutch/Flemish and watched Nieuw Texas, which was funny, but little slap-stickier than I usually like.

Currently, we have started Parks and Recreation, which neither of us saw when it was on network TV. 

I've been watching a couple of Danish shows--on MHz Choice, The New Nurses (set in the early 1950s, when men were first admitted to Danish nursing schools), and on PBS Seaside Hotel.  I think both are quite good.

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: downer on July 26, 2020, 10:00:31 AM
The MHz Choice service looks interesting. Does it have no ads once you pay the monthly subscription?

Seems like some of the shows on it are also available on other services. (e.g. A French Village is available through Amazon.) Any idea how it compares to other services?
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: nonsensical on July 26, 2020, 12:06:53 PM
I really like One Day At A Time. It seems similar to Schitt's Creek in some ways (both are family shows, to me). I'm thinking especially of the Netflix version, which I've seen all the way through. I've been watching the original as well, though more slowly. It's also good, but doesn't grab me quite like the Netflix remake does.

Call the Midwife is another heartwarming show that's kind of about family (if you define family broadly - the nurses and midwives seem kind of like a family to me).

I also like Nurse Jackie, but it might not be a great recommendation for now if you're looking for lighter things. Nurse Jackie is about addiction and is a darker show than the other ones I'm recommending here.

I also re-iterate the recommendation for The Good Place, which is excellent in every way.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Parasaurolophus on July 26, 2020, 12:08:50 PM


My husband and I enjoyed all three seasons of The Detectorists (we had to pay for the third, but it was well worth it!).  The characters are quirky and charming in the way that one only seems to see on British shows.  The two main characters spend all their free time metal detecting...



It's just lovely!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: polly_mer on July 26, 2020, 12:35:14 PM
Did The Good Place get better after the first several episodes?  I stopped watching when it was airing the first time because it was just so bad.  I didn't even make it through the first season.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: cathwen on July 26, 2020, 01:51:32 PM
The MHz Choice service looks interesting. Does it have no ads once you pay the monthly subscription?

Seems like some of the shows on it are also available on other services. (e.g. A French Village is available through Amazon.) Any idea how it compares to other services?

MHz Choice does run shows without ads.  And yes, some of the shows (but not all) are also available on Amazon.  I'm not sure how it compares to other services, except for offering shows from a number of European countries.  BritBox is limited to British shows, as is Acorn. 
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on July 26, 2020, 01:53:18 PM
Several years ago, I bought the complete Nicholas le Floch binge set from MHZ Choice Shop. The show is based on the eponymous novels by Jean-François Parot. (Some of the novels in the series have been translated into English) I'd seen a few episodes on TV at one point. It's a well-done historical mystery series.
Another short lived series on MHZ was Anno 1790--it's a police procedural set in 1790 Sweden.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ergative on July 27, 2020, 01:04:51 AM
Did The Good Place get better after the first several episodes?  I stopped watching when it was airing the first time because it was just so bad.  I didn't even make it through the first season.

The Good Place remains very consistent throughout its run. If you've watched several episodes of the first season and don't like it, then it's probably not for you.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: spork on July 27, 2020, 06:22:02 AM
If you like historical dramas, Chinese wuxia fantasies, or hot-white-guy-travels-to-exotic-land-and-meets-babes romances, I'll throw out Netflix's Marco Polo. Stellar international cast. High production value. Unfortunately Netflix canceled it after only two seasons because it cost so much.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on July 30, 2020, 02:09:54 PM
My suggestions, off the top of my head, (some are 'antenna/dumb' (D) tv and some are Netflix (N), Hulu (H) or Prime (P)):

The Twilight Zone (D)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (D)
The Night Gallery (H) & (P)
Star Trek (the original) (D), (H), (N) & (P)
Dr. Who (P)
Lucifer (N)
Good Omens (P)
The Durrells in Corfu (D) & ?
Two Broke Girls (D)
The Tick (P)
Future Man (H)
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (H)
Lost in Space (the original) (D)
The Carol Burnett Show (D) & (P)
The Flash (D) & (N)
Arrow (D) & (N)
Shaun the Sheep (P)
The Hollow (N)
Monk (P)
The Good Place (H)
Upload (P)
Futurama (H)
Bojack Horseman (N)
Schitt's Creek (N)
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (N)
Cowboy Beebop (H)
Supernatural (N)
Superstore (H)
Eureka (P)
The Umbrella Academy (N)
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: sprout on July 30, 2020, 03:08:22 PM
My suggestions, off the top of my head, (some are 'antenna/dumb' (D) tv and some are Netflix (N), Hulu (H) or Prime (P)):

The Twilight Zone (D)

Twilight Zone is on both Netflix and Hulu (not sure about Prime).  But Netflix does not have season 4.  I assume there's some licensing weirdness.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on July 30, 2020, 03:59:09 PM
My suggestions, off the top of my head, (some are 'antenna/dumb' (D) tv and some are Netflix (N), Hulu (H) or Prime (P)):

The Twilight Zone (D)

Twilight Zone is on both Netflix and Hulu (not sure about Prime).  But Netflix does not have season 4.  I assume there's some licensing weirdness.

Good point. I forgot about that. I usually fall asleep watching The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents on dumb tv.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Wahoo Redux on July 30, 2020, 04:08:50 PM
Better Call Saul.
Better Call Saul.

Everyone!
Better Call Saul.

Which, of course, is a spin-off of the brilliant Breaking Bad.

And

Episodes
Episodes

Episodes (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1582350/) with Matt LeBlanc.  Absolutely hilarious and very, very smart. 

I have no idea why these are not the hottest shows in the world.

Ozark is also cool.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on July 30, 2020, 04:11:41 PM
Better Call Saul.
Better Call Saul.

Everyone!
Better Call Saul.

Which, of course, is a spin-off of the brilliant Breaking Bad.


I really want to watch this but see there is one more season to go (in 2021), so I have been holding off.  I've heard such great things.

Similarly, Ozark has been highly recommended but is a bit dark?
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on July 30, 2020, 04:17:58 PM
Better Call Saul.
Better Call Saul.

Everyone!
Better Call Saul.

Which, of course, is a spin-off of the brilliant Breaking Bad.

And

Episodes
Episodes

Episodes (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1582350/) with Matt LeBlanc.  Absolutely hilarious and very, very smart. 

I have no idea why these are not the hottest shows in the world.

Ozark is also cool.

OMG. I forgot! Yes! Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: spork on August 03, 2020, 04:58:44 AM
Started season two of Umbrella Academy. So far, it's just as entertaining as the first season. Love the deadpan humor.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: sprout on August 03, 2020, 08:34:18 AM
Started season two of Umbrella Academy. So far, it's just as entertaining as the first season. Love the deadpan humor.

We started season two this weekend too.  I like it possibly even better than season one so far.  The only annoying thing is the sound balance.  We have to watch with the remote in hand so we can turn the volume massively down when a music sequence comes on, and then back up to actually hear them talking.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on August 03, 2020, 09:33:18 AM
Started season two of Umbrella Academy. So far, it's just as entertaining as the first season. Love the deadpan humor.

We started season two this weekend too.  I like it possibly even better than season one so far. The only annoying thing is the sound balance. We have to watch with the remote in hand so we can turn the volume massively down when a music sequence comes on, and then back up to actually hear them talking.

Same.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on August 03, 2020, 09:39:02 AM
Do you watch with subtitles? I think we started with Breaking Bad (which we mostly watched in Spanish subtitles but had to switch to English when the characters actually spoke Spanish), and we've done so ever since.  The volume balance is rarely optimal in any show or movie these days.  Having the subtitles on can be a little distracting depending on where they are placed, but it has really helped me follow the dialogue better and pick up on key aspects I would have missed by not hearing or mishearing what was happening.  I might have mentioned it elsewhere, but it was strange that Breaking Bad seemed to have different subtitle language options for each season! So I am not sure how much continuity would be possible for individuals who need the subtitles across the series and don't speak enough of the languages available. 
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: sprout on August 03, 2020, 09:58:09 AM
I almost always have the subtitles on, but I do like to be able to hear dialogue as well. There's such a huge difference in volume for Umbrella Academy that I either have to accept blaringly loud music, barely-audible dialogue, or adjusting volume as needed.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Morden on August 04, 2020, 07:11:27 AM
Speaking of subtitles--a good Norwegian detective series is Wisting (the characters speak Norwegian amongst themselves, though they switch to English when dealing with visiting American detectives).
I have also recently enjoyed the first two seasons of Fortitude, a British thriller series.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: wareagle on August 06, 2020, 05:53:13 PM
I just finished bingeing Rake on Netflix.  An Australian dramedy about a shyster lawyer that is irreverant, profane, and hysterical.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on August 06, 2020, 06:53:09 PM
I bought the complete "Hetty Wainthropp Investigates" box set. Dame Patricia Routledge plays the eponymous role. The series was on PBS's "Mystery!" in the late 1990s; the BBC canceled the series despite its success.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: polly_mer on August 07, 2020, 05:41:53 AM
Speaking of subtitles--a good Norwegian detective series is Wisting (the characters speak Norwegian amongst themselves, though they switch to English when dealing with visiting American detectives).
I have also recently enjoyed the first two seasons of Fortitude, a British thriller series.

We have closed captioning on for everything and loved Fortitude.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: cathwen on August 07, 2020, 11:20:43 AM
My husband and I just started Umbrella Academy last night and loved it!  We've seen only one episode and have not noticed the imbalance between music and dialog so far.  But, having been warned, I sat with the remote in hand just in case, and will continue to do so.  So, thanks for the multiple recommendations!

Another show on Netflix that I very much enjoyed is Fallet.  It involves a barely competent English detective who must go to Sweden to work with a barely competent Swedish detective on a case involving the murder of an Englishman in Sweden.  Most of it is in English, but the Swedish parts are subtitled.  It is very funny!

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on August 07, 2020, 06:27:03 PM
We started watching Monk, again, from the beginning. There's a Peacock TV short on Youtube with Monk, if anyone is interested.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4W2xmqjvx4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4W2xmqjvx4)
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on August 08, 2020, 04:25:49 PM
All this Swedish stuff is making me wish there were more of the original Wallander to watch (i.e., not K. Branaugh).

Very dear to my heart, that show was.

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on August 13, 2020, 08:59:45 AM
All this Swedish stuff is making me wish there were more of the original Wallander to watch (i.e., not K. Branaugh).

Very dear to my heart, that show was.

M.

We have the original Swedish language "Wallander" on DVD in our library system!  Ours comes in bundled seasons/episodes in one case from the vendor.  (Example: One case has episodes 1-4)
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on November 02, 2020, 04:10:15 PM
Has anyone been watching anything good lately?

We finished 24 and have mostly been watching comedies since.  I got my husband hooked on Galavant.  We have also now watched The Office and 30 Rock and are currently working on Community.  Up after that are Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Parks and Rec.  We are also still working through Battlestar Galactica, season 4 now, but that can get heavy, and life is already heavy enough at times. 
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Post by: mamselle on November 02, 2020, 05:45:18 PM
I just suddenly ran out of Midsomer Mysteries (Season 20, I think) on YouTube.

Sigh.

I tried "Commander," but her dysfunctional sense of boundaries when it comes to relationships was too exasperating, I couldn't even get through the first half of the first one I watched.

Ended up seeing a very well-done mini-series film instead, "Father and Son," and am now casting about for another go-to BBC series to keep me from going back to "The Bill" for a bit (too, too, too addictive...!)

Started looking at a couple of very old John Thaw pieces...but, I dunno, live-in love triangles...not so much.

He and Dennis Waterman et al. in "The Sweeney" might do, if I can get past the bell-bottoms and sideburns...But I keep looking at them both and seeing their later personae in Kavanaugh, Morse, and "New Tricks," so...again...dunno.

AND I have a lot of other things to do anyway...

More experimentation needed.

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: cathwen on November 03, 2020, 11:10:24 AM
I recently finished Line of Separation, which I found riveting.  It is about a German town that gets split down the middle after the war as the border between East and West Germany is established.  On PBS, I just finished Last Tango in Halifax, which I liked very much.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: wareagle on November 03, 2020, 11:21:16 AM
I'm watching Blacklist on Netflix.  It's okay, if formulaic and fairly predictable.
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Post by: sinenomine on November 03, 2020, 11:37:51 AM
I just watched Temple on demand from my cable provider; engrossing and well-produced.
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Post by: ab_grp on December 04, 2020, 01:57:18 PM
We finally wrapped up the Battlestar Galactica reboot.  There were a lot of episodes or scenes that I enjoyed as much as the first time, but I was just less thrilled with it this time.  Maybe it's the pandemic.  We're still watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on the comedy side and have started a new sci-fi called Killjoys that reminds me of Firefly a bit.  It's got that mix of action and comedy.  Hopefully that will be a good complement, because the book we are currently reading is a bit depressing. 
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Post by: jimbogumbo on December 04, 2020, 02:34:17 PM
Not sure anyone will agree with what I think "good" means after The Godfather fiasco. I've recently finished Season 4 of Fargo, and binged Stranger Things. Like them both, and hope to pick them both up when they return.

Earlier this year I binged OITNB, and Ozark. Enjoyed them both but liked the latter much more.
 
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: kaysixteen on December 04, 2020, 09:05:54 PM
I am told that NBC is going to re-reboot 'Galactica' for its new Peacock streaming service?   Anyone know anything about this?
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on December 05, 2020, 09:03:42 AM
I am told that NBC is going to re-reboot 'Galactica' for its new Peacock streaming service?   Anyone know anything about this?

Sorry, I think you asked about this before, and I meant to look it up because I was also curious.  I found a relatively recent article (https://www.cinemablend.com/television/2555850/battlestar-galactica-major-questions-we-have-about-the-new-peacock-series) that asks and sort of answer some questions about the series.  It sounds as though it wouldn't come out until at least late next year.  It is unclear exactly what shape it will take but will likely not be a direct "reboot" of the series with Edward James Olmos.  It could focus on other parts of the universe mythology.  It may or may not have of the original characters or actors from that series.  Another article shared a rumor that they may be looking for a non-binary actor to play Starbuck and may do gender-switching of roles again.  The director is the guy who did "Mr. Robot", and it is unclear if or to what extent the previous screenwriter will be involved, though it doesn't sound like much.  That's a summary of what I found just now, but there might be more info out there.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: cathwen on December 05, 2020, 09:16:58 AM
My husband and I are finally watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and really enjoying it.  It is funny and horrifying all at once.

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on December 05, 2020, 09:34:48 AM
Am on Season 6 of Sex and the City and, when it wraps, will switch to The Flight Attendant because it sounds interesting.

Currently enjoying Madame Secretary for the life and political lessons. Her outfits aren't as good as those on VEEP but I get it, it's not that kind of show.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on December 05, 2020, 09:39:40 AM
Anyone an Archer fan here? We are waiting until the series wraps to buy the whole thing, but I got season 3 (with my favorite episode) to counteract all the everything of this year.  Unfortunately, our favorites are spread out on seasons 1-4.  I may just cave in and get them at some point.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Larimar on December 05, 2020, 09:47:38 AM
We're watching the original Mission Impossible from the 60's here. It's an intelligent and fun show, groundbreaking for its time. The acting is mostly good. I also love the music. It's also fun to point out the plot holes, and the very dated fashions, sets, and vehicles are a hoot. Excuse me, they're groovy!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: nonsensical on December 05, 2020, 01:57:01 PM
We've been watching The Office - started in March and just finished the last episode now, so it's basically been keeping us company during COVID, and it's a bit weird to think about the continuation of COVID nonsense without the ability to relax with The Office and forget about disease for a bit. I'm very glad that we got to it before it leaves Netflix in a few months.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: spork on December 13, 2020, 02:56:14 PM
We've been watching The Office - started in March and just finished the last episode now, so it's basically been keeping us company during COVID, and it's a bit weird to think about the continuation of COVID nonsense without the ability to relax with The Office and forget about disease for a bit. I'm very glad that we got to it before it leaves Netflix in a few months.

Oh my. I'm only on Season 5. I need to speed up.

Finished watching Queen's Gambit, which I really liked. I don't see how a second season could compare though, if one is in the works.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on December 13, 2020, 04:00:51 PM
I found the original Mouseketeer re-runs.

Bliss.

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: jimbogumbo on December 13, 2020, 04:32:52 PM
I just realized last week that Nurse Jackie is on Netflix. But, it too goes away Dec. 30, so I'm on a binge.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: wareagle on December 14, 2020, 06:20:42 AM
I just realized last week that Nurse Jackie is on Netflix. But, it too goes away Dec. 30, so I'm on a binge.

I binged it over October and November.  Excellent show.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: spork on December 23, 2020, 04:45:34 AM
I watched the limited series Waco on Netflix. I like Michael Shannon as an actor and think his performance was good. But I thought the story was not as complex as it could have been, and a noticeable portion of the dialogue was purely expositional. Same for some of the characters. The show does point out what happens when a government adopts a military posture against its own citizens.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: nonsensical on December 23, 2020, 05:30:35 AM
I just realized last week that Nurse Jackie is on Netflix. But, it too goes away Dec. 30, so I'm on a binge.

I binged it over October and November.  Excellent show.

I agree! I've watched it twice. I liked Jackie much more the first time around, and it was interesting to see how my impressions shifted the second time around. But, the show was good both times.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: nebo113 on December 23, 2020, 05:54:44 AM
We're watching the original Mission Impossible from the 60's here. It's an intelligent and fun show, groundbreaking for its time. The acting is mostly good. I also love the music. It's also fun to point out the plot holes, and the very dated fashions, sets, and vehicles are a hoot. Excuse me, they're groovy!

I'm ancient enough to have watched it when it was being aired.  We called it MFR.....Mission F*cking Ridiculous....and watched avidly.  Also Hee Haw was and still is a big favorite.....as sexist as it is!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on December 23, 2020, 07:45:40 AM
I've been watching Fargo on Hulu.  It is good, especially if you like the Coen Brothers (although they don't direct the episodes, they do produce, and obviously it is inspired by the movie of the same name).  The series is done as an anthology, so each season stands alone and overall they are each quite good.  But the endings don't quite bring it all together and a little of the quirky Coen Bros style goes a long way for me.  Still, I do recommend.

I also recently watched Lovecraft Country on HBO.  This is a horror/adventure story, with Lovecraftian monsters and a civil rights angle.  It is an entertaining adventure and the acting is great, but the show can drag a bit and fully connects.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on December 23, 2020, 08:53:12 AM
Just told a friend who's in love with Lovecraft about this.

My French friends also like his work.

Not sure why--maybe they read it in English lit classes; they also love E.A.Poe...

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on December 23, 2020, 08:55:45 AM
What timing! I just wrapped up watching Sex and the City and a friend recommended Succession. Watched the first episode last night. Those people scare me a bit.

I'm also watching Madame Secretary.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on December 23, 2020, 08:56:28 AM
You should pair the latter with "Call Me Madam"!

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on December 23, 2020, 08:58:49 AM
We've been watching The Office - started in March and just finished the last episode now, so it's basically been keeping us company during COVID, and it's a bit weird to think about the continuation of COVID nonsense without the ability to relax with The Office and forget about disease for a bit. I'm very glad that we got to it before it leaves Netflix in a few months.

Have you seen the article in The New Yorker about the recent reboom in interest in the show?

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/12/14/why-do-we-still-love-the-office
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: larryc on December 23, 2020, 03:03:54 PM
Letterkenny.

Figure it out.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Morden on December 24, 2020, 10:11:12 AM
The Detectorists--British comedy about people who enjoy metal detecting.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on December 24, 2020, 06:35:04 PM
Been watching Community.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: nonsensical on December 26, 2020, 12:58:46 PM
We've been watching The Office - started in March and just finished the last episode now, so it's basically been keeping us company during COVID, and it's a bit weird to think about the continuation of COVID nonsense without the ability to relax with The Office and forget about disease for a bit. I'm very glad that we got to it before it leaves Netflix in a few months.

Have you seen the article in The New Yorker about the recent reboom in interest in the show?

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/12/14/why-do-we-still-love-the-office

I hadn't seen it before but just took a look now. It was interesting, thank you for sharing!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Langue_doc on December 29, 2020, 06:52:46 PM
The SYFY channel has been doing a two or three-day marathon of the Twilight Zone starting on New Year's Eve for several years now. This series used to be free on Amazon Prime, but not anymore.

The marathon starts at 2 AM tomorrow night. Enjoy! https://www.syfy.com/schedule
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on December 29, 2020, 07:33:41 PM
The SYFY channel has been doing a two or three-day marathon of the Twilight Zone starting on New Year's Eve for several years now. This series used to be free on Amazon Prime, but not anymore.

The marathon starts at 2 AM tomorrow night. Enjoy! https://www.syfy.com/schedule

Yay! We are old school over here and watch channels that we can see on our tv with the convertor box. The Twilight Zone is one of those shows we can see over the air. Old tech. We don't even have a smart tv. I guess I'm just resistant to spending money. As long as it still works, then I'll use it! :)

Well, we also have Netflix, Hulu and Prime, so....

We plan to watch the next season of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina which starts on New Year's Eve!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on January 11, 2021, 01:25:56 PM
We finished Parks and Recreation (which I just realized is its actual title... I thought it was Parks & Rec).  The seasons/episodes I had seen previously were just as great as before, and we both enjoyed the ones we hadn't watched.  Some of the final season episodes were really the highlight, I think.  Seems like they went all out.

We just started Eureka last night.  Neither of us had seen it before, and I was trying to recall where I had even heard of it.  Naturally, it was in this thread! Thanks for the recommendations.  It looks like evil_physics_witchcraft and Ratguy both suggested it.  We've only watched 3.5 episodes, but I agree that it is pretty charming, and we are enjoying it.  Speaking of Charming, I also have Once Upon a Time on tap for after this series.  We are also still watching Killjoys, which has improved and gotten its footing.  There are some annoying characters and iffy storylines, but it's pretty entertaining overall. 
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Descartes on January 11, 2021, 01:28:44 PM
Anyone watch A Teacher?
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: cathwen on January 11, 2021, 02:24:08 PM
My husband and I have been binge-watching Better Call Saul, which we like as much as Breaking Bad

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on January 11, 2021, 04:13:06 PM
I watched the newest season of Cobra Kai. Last week. I was never a big fan of the Karate Kid (a little before my time), but big fan of this show.

My husband and I have been binge-watching Better Call Saul, which we like as much as Breaking Bad.

Great show. I can't wait for season 5 to get to Netflix.

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on January 11, 2021, 06:34:00 PM
The new adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small premiered on PBS last night:
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/shows/all-creatures-great-and-small/ (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/shows/all-creatures-great-and-small/)
It was a delightful watch! The original series is available on DVD, however, it wasn't part of the "Masterpiece Theatre" brand. (If you happen to own the original series on DVD, the "Masterpiece" logo isn't on it) I haven't seen the original; my library has copies of it on DVD.

Someone posted about watching "Sex & the City" not too long ago.  And just like that, there's a reboot of the show on the way for HBO!  Of the gang, Kim Cattrall won't be reprising her role as Samantha Jones.

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on January 11, 2021, 07:20:53 PM
I was just about to post and say I don't think I can transition over from the original ACG&S version, especially the ones with the first Helen.

I'll probably just watch all the old ones all over again.

It would feel...disloyal...somehow...

;--}

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: cathwen on January 12, 2021, 07:43:58 AM
We have recorded All Creatures Great and Small but haven't had a chance to watch it yet.  I'm dying to see it.  I've seen the trailers, and of all the characters, I think that the new, younger Mrs. Hall will be hard to get used to.  The actor who plays Tristan was in The Durells in Corfu. It's a similar kind of role—the slightly less responsible/unsettled younger brother.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on January 12, 2021, 09:09:17 AM
Ah, but who can match the young, gangly, wild-eyed Peter Davison?

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on January 12, 2021, 09:14:21 AM
Sex and the City was surprisingly entertaining for me.  A friend let me borrow the first seasons of that and The Sopranos, and I wasn't sure I'd get into either of them but ended up enthralled with both.  There were a lot of issues with Kim Cattrall and other cast members, so I'm not surprised she won't be taking up her role again.  Definitely looking forward to Better Call Saul once it wraps up.  And I have heard great things about Cobra Kai!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on January 12, 2021, 09:34:36 AM
Sex and the City was surprisingly entertaining for me.  A friend let me borrow the first seasons of that and The Sopranos, and I wasn't sure I'd get into either of them but ended up enthralled with both.  There were a lot of issues with Kim Cattrall and other cast members, so I'm not surprised she won't be taking up her role again.  Definitely looking forward to Better Call Saul once it wraps up.  And I have heard great things about Cobra Kai!

I just finished watching all 6 seasons. Carrie was a big whiner who never got better, and she and Big were a train wreck together. Miranda was the character I related to best, though in the late 90's early 00's I dressed almost exactly like Charlotte.

A few friends of mine are/were huge fans of the show I saw the first movie when it first came out, despite never having seen the show so I kind of knew where everything was going to end up anyway.

Won't give away spoilers if you decide to keep watching beyond the first few seasons.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on January 12, 2021, 09:58:40 AM
Sex and the City was surprisingly entertaining for me.  A friend let me borrow the first seasons of that and The Sopranos, and I wasn't sure I'd get into either of them but ended up enthralled with both.  There were a lot of issues with Kim Cattrall and other cast members, so I'm not surprised she won't be taking up her role again.  Definitely looking forward to Better Call Saul once it wraps up.  And I have heard great things about Cobra Kai!

I just finished watching all 6 seasons. Carrie was a big whiner who never got better, and she and Big were a train wreck together. Miranda was the character I related to best, though in the late 90's early 00's I dressed almost exactly like Charlotte.

A few friends of mine are/were huge fans of the show I saw the first movie when it first came out, despite never having seen the show so I kind of knew where everything was going to end up anyway.

Won't give away spoilers if you decide to keep watching beyond the first few seasons.

I actually did end up watching all seasons of both shows, and I think I saw the both movies of SATC at some point.  Totally agree with your thoughts on the characters and dynamics.  But I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the show overall.  Despite the setting, there were some very relatable situations.  I guess the same is true for The Sopranos, as I don't actually live that life either, but I found a lot of that very relatable.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on January 12, 2021, 12:41:26 PM
I started watching Grimm on Prime. Predictable, but the universe is interesting. It seems like a new animorph-type character is introduced each episode.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on January 12, 2021, 07:11:55 PM
We have recorded All Creatures Great and Small but haven't had a chance to watch it yet.  I'm dying to see it.  I've seen the trailers, and of all the characters, I think that the new, younger Mrs. Hall will be hard to get used to.  The actor who plays Tristan was in The Durells in Corfu. It's a similar kind of role—the slightly less responsible/unsettled younger brother.
Anna Madeley, who plays Mrs. Hall, has been in other shows and movies. These are the three I best remember seeing her: Miss Ravillious, the accessories dept. head on "Mr. Selfridge" 1st season, Lucy Steele in Sense & Sensibility (2008), and Isabella Beeton in "The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton" (2006).

Callum Woodhouse played Leslie Durrell on the "Durrells in Corfu." It's his 2nd round with animals as part of the show.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Economizer on January 16, 2021, 09:40:11 AM
I don't know if it, a wildlife show, can be termed a series but I found "Hope in the Wild" to be very entertaining. The main subjects were animal recuperation although the program is quite informative and features a gentle and mild humor.

Today the opening spoke of groundhogs, saying that they, those, were commonly called woodchucks. I did not know that! I do think that beavers more readily deserve that distinction though. But, who am I to say. The very mention of the word woodchuck, however, causes me to ask, myself, "How many?".

This episode also featured successful and ongoing treatment of a variety of avian and marine creatures. Their handling was quite a chore and exciting to watch! Oh, and quite a few young chicks were in the action, and I ain't talkin' birds. The principle, Hope, is more my speed though, but then I digress.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ergative on January 17, 2021, 11:32:01 AM
Absolutive and I just started the BBC miniseries of 'Cranford'. I'd been putting it off because I'd read that it also included some other Gaskell novellas and I wanted to read them first, but we had ice cream and wanted to watch something, so we dove in. I must say, the seams where My Lady Ludlow was tacked onto Cranford show badly. The plots intersect at one point when the Cranford people get some ice from My Lady Ludlow's ice house, but otherwise it's two entirely distinct stories alternating scenes with each other.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on January 17, 2021, 07:34:27 PM
Absolutive and I just started the BBC miniseries of 'Cranford'. I'd been putting it off because I'd read that it also included some other Gaskell novellas and I wanted to read them first, but we had ice cream and wanted to watch something, so we dove in. I must say, the seams where My Lady Ludlow was tacked onto Cranford show badly. The plots intersect at one point when the Cranford people get some ice from My Lady Ludlow's ice house, but otherwise it's two entirely distinct stories alternating scenes with each other.
I remember watching that show and "Return to Cranford" when they broadcasted on "Masterpiece."  Fun TV trivia fact: the show was shot in historic Lacock, UK. The village has been used for numerous period TV shows and movies.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on February 07, 2021, 10:49:34 AM
Just wrapped up



Am now starting season 2 of Big Little Lies.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on February 08, 2021, 09:37:00 AM
We just finished Eureka last night.  I was worried that it wouldn't wrap up well, but I thought the finale was very satisfying overall.  We really, really enjoyed this show.  Aside from one or two characters that I personally could not stand, the characters were pretty consistently and well written, some of the episodes were completely awesome, and it really just hit all the right notes.  Funny, sad, sweet, everything.  It also seems as though it would be a total blast to act on that show.  Very relatable stuff, set in a scifi-ish context.  I'm grateful for the recommendations here! It was SO good.  I'm sad that it's over and am sure we will be rewatching this one.

Since we had become so enthralled with Eureka, we had set Killjoys aside completely, but will finish up the final two seasons over the next week or so.  It's really got potential, and there are definitely highlights, but I still think it's trying too hard to be cool. 

We also have Once upon a Time to start at some point, and I picked up Psych to add a little more humor in to the mix.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on February 08, 2021, 10:00:37 AM
I'm thinking of returning to Waterloo Road...I watched it all a couple of years ago.

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Langue_doc on February 08, 2021, 02:36:07 PM
I like the earlier episodes of "Law and Order"--the ones with Michael Moriarty, Chris Noth, Jerry Orbach, and their L&O contemporaries. The early Sam Waterston/ Adam Hill episodes were also good. All five boroughs were represented, along with all levels of society, all immigrant communities, and all kinds of accents, local as well as ESL. The episodes were so New York. In one of the earlier episodes, the character played by Chris Noth was banished (transferred) to Staten Island because he slugged a politician; cops still get transferred to SI. The later episodes started dragging--the characters and the script got to be boring. I'm the prototypical old fogy, which explains my disdain for the later episodes and most of the spin-offs.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on February 08, 2021, 03:38:47 PM
We just finished Eureka last night.  I was worried that it wouldn't wrap up well, but I thought the finale was very satisfying overall.  We really, really enjoyed this show.  Aside from one or two characters that I personally could not stand, the characters were pretty consistently and well written, some of the episodes were completely awesome, and it really just hit all the right notes.  Funny, sad, sweet, everything.  It also seems as though it would be a total blast to act on that show.  Very relatable stuff, set in a scifi-ish context.  I'm grateful for the recommendations here! It was SO good.  I'm sad that it's over and am sure we will be rewatching this one.

Since we had become so enthralled with Eureka, we had set Killjoys aside completely, but will finish up the final two seasons over the next week or so.  It's really got potential, and there are definitely highlights, but I still think it's trying too hard to be cool. 

We also have Once upon a Time to start at some point, and I picked up Psych to add a little more humor in to the mix.

Eureka was pretty good. There is a crossover with Warehouse 13 that is kind of cute.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on February 08, 2021, 04:21:06 PM
We just finished Eureka last night.  I was worried that it wouldn't wrap up well, but I thought the finale was very satisfying overall.  We really, really enjoyed this show.  Aside from one or two characters that I personally could not stand, the characters were pretty consistently and well written, some of the episodes were completely awesome, and it really just hit all the right notes.  Funny, sad, sweet, everything.  It also seems as though it would be a total blast to act on that show.  Very relatable stuff, set in a scifi-ish context.  I'm grateful for the recommendations here! It was SO good.  I'm sad that it's over and am sure we will be rewatching this one.

Since we had become so enthralled with Eureka, we had set Killjoys aside completely, but will finish up the final two seasons over the next week or so.  It's really got potential, and there are definitely highlights, but I still think it's trying too hard to be cool. 

We also have Once upon a Time to start at some point, and I picked up Psych to add a little more humor in to the mix.

Eureka was pretty good. There is a crossover with Warehouse 13 that is kind of cute.

OMG.  I hadn't heard of that show either, but I looked up the episode that happened in Eureka and remember it now.  Is Warehouse 13 also good? If so, we will check that one out, too.  I'd like to see what happens in the first part of the crossover! Now I'm going down the rabbit hole of whether the Donovans from the two shows are related.  I guess I hadn't noticed the same last name.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Larimar on February 08, 2021, 04:26:34 PM
We just finished Eureka last night.  I was worried that it wouldn't wrap up well, but I thought the finale was very satisfying overall.  We really, really enjoyed this show.  Aside from one or two characters that I personally could not stand, the characters were pretty consistently and well written, some of the episodes were completely awesome, and it really just hit all the right notes.  Funny, sad, sweet, everything.  It also seems as though it would be a total blast to act on that show.  Very relatable stuff, set in a scifi-ish context.  I'm grateful for the recommendations here! It was SO good.  I'm sad that it's over and am sure we will be rewatching this one.

Since we had become so enthralled with Eureka, we had set Killjoys aside completely, but will finish up the final two seasons over the next week or so.  It's really got potential, and there are definitely highlights, but I still think it's trying too hard to be cool. 

We also have Once upon a Time to start at some point, and I picked up Psych to add a little more humor in to the mix.

Eureka was pretty good. There is a crossover with Warehouse 13 that is kind of cute.

OMG.  I hadn't heard of that show either, but I looked up the episode that happened in Eureka and remember it now.  Is Warehouse 13 also good? If so, we will check that one out, too.  I'd like to see what happens in the first part of the crossover! Now I'm going down the rabbit hole of whether the Donovans from the two shows are related.  I guess I hadn't noticed the same last name.

Oh, yes, Warehouse 13 is very cool!

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on February 08, 2021, 08:04:15 PM
We just finished Eureka last night.  I was worried that it wouldn't wrap up well, but I thought the finale was very satisfying overall.  We really, really enjoyed this show.  Aside from one or two characters that I personally could not stand, the characters were pretty consistently and well written, some of the episodes were completely awesome, and it really just hit all the right notes.  Funny, sad, sweet, everything.  It also seems as though it would be a total blast to act on that show.  Very relatable stuff, set in a scifi-ish context.  I'm grateful for the recommendations here! It was SO good.  I'm sad that it's over and am sure we will be rewatching this one.

Since we had become so enthralled with Eureka, we had set Killjoys aside completely, but will finish up the final two seasons over the next week or so.  It's really got potential, and there are definitely highlights, but I still think it's trying too hard to be cool. 

We also have Once upon a Time to start at some point, and I picked up Psych to add a little more humor in to the mix.

Eureka was pretty good. There is a crossover with Warehouse 13 that is kind of cute.

OMG.  I hadn't heard of that show either, but I looked up the episode that happened in Eureka and remember it now.  Is Warehouse 13 also good? If so, we will check that one out, too.  I'd like to see what happens in the first part of the crossover! Now I'm going down the rabbit hole of whether the Donovans from the two shows are related.  I guess I hadn't noticed the same last name.

Oh, yes, Warehouse 13 is very cool!

Yup. If you like sci-fi, history and various mythologies, then you'll probably like it too.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on February 09, 2021, 07:45:05 AM
We just finished Eureka last night.  I was worried that it wouldn't wrap up well, but I thought the finale was very satisfying overall.  We really, really enjoyed this show.  Aside from one or two characters that I personally could not stand, the characters were pretty consistently and well written, some of the episodes were completely awesome, and it really just hit all the right notes.  Funny, sad, sweet, everything.  It also seems as though it would be a total blast to act on that show.  Very relatable stuff, set in a scifi-ish context.  I'm grateful for the recommendations here! It was SO good.  I'm sad that it's over and am sure we will be rewatching this one.

Since we had become so enthralled with Eureka, we had set Killjoys aside completely, but will finish up the final two seasons over the next week or so.  It's really got potential, and there are definitely highlights, but I still think it's trying too hard to be cool. 

We also have Once upon a Time to start at some point, and I picked up Psych to add a little more humor in to the mix.

Eureka was pretty good. There is a crossover with Warehouse 13 that is kind of cute.

OMG.  I hadn't heard of that show either, but I looked up the episode that happened in Eureka and remember it now.  Is Warehouse 13 also good? If so, we will check that one out, too.  I'd like to see what happens in the first part of the crossover! Now I'm going down the rabbit hole of whether the Donovans from the two shows are related.  I guess I hadn't noticed the same last name.

Oh, yes, Warehouse 13 is very cool!

Yup. If you like sci-fi, history and various mythologies, then you'll probably like it too.

Okay, you both have convinced me.  It's on the short list.  Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on February 20, 2021, 06:34:24 PM
I found out the other day "Downton Abbey" will be available again on PBS Passport starting Feb. 27th! Just one catch: only for 2 years.
I've seen the show on my local PBS station several times and on DVD. Still one of my fave "Masterpiece" shows.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Langue_doc on February 20, 2021, 07:34:17 PM
I found out the other day "Downton Abbey" will be available again on PBS Passport starting Feb. 27th! Just one catch: only for 2 years.
I've seen the show on my local PBS station several times and on DVD. Still one of my fave "Masterpiece" shows.

I think you can watch DA on Amazon Prime.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on February 21, 2021, 08:55:58 AM
Big Little Lies was awesome! I was afraid too much starpower in one series would over-egg the pudding but it was really amazing to see such talent working together so beautifully. The story was great, the scenery was excellent... loved it.

Now I am watching Barry and Girls (both on Amazon Prime).

I have also been watching movies - rewatched Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (forgot how screamingly funny both were) and Julie and Julia.

All this media consumption has given me a great appreciation of talent and the hard work that goes into making these shows.

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: EdnaMode on February 21, 2021, 02:36:31 PM
I just finished Line of Duty. It was quite enjoyable, especially the growth of DS Arnott's character over the five series. Now... if only they could get back to filming, I need to know who H is!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Charlotte on February 21, 2021, 05:19:36 PM
I’ve been watching For All Mankind. The second season has just begun and I’m happy to hear it was renewed for a third season!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on April 14, 2021, 08:53:28 AM
We wrapped up Psych and set Once Upon a Time aside for a bit to watch a new pair of shows: Pushing Daisies and the HBO Chernobyl miniseries.  Pushing Daisies is almost too adorable to stand.  It's funny and sweet and a little sad at times and very enjoyable to watch.  Definitely some fun characters and situations.  We just started the second and final season of that one.

Obviously, Chernobyl was quite the opposite, and the sweetness and comedy of Pushing Daisies was certainly not able to offset the tragedy of the miniseries.  My husband had been interested in watching it.  Me, not so much.  I'm really glad that I did.  I thought it was amazing and a pretty fascinating and intriguing story well told.  Since we finished it last night, I did a little more reading on the miniseries and found that there was some liberty taking by the creators of it, and I'm not surprised that there are complaints of a biased perspective unfavorable to the Soviet Union.  I'm also not surprised that the miniseries and those who made and acted in it earned so many nominations and awards for their work.  It's hard to say that I wish it had been longer than five episodes of around an hour each, given that the topic is so real and tragic, but I would put it near the top of shows I've watched.  It was also very difficult to watch at times, seeing what a nuclear disaster can do (especially to human bodies), but there were some incredibly brave people involved in trying to address the disaster, and it was almost worse to see the bureaucratic BS and secrecy portrayed that appeared to create unnecessary obstacles and make the situation so much worse.

ETA: For those who also enjoy the "real people" wrap ups at the end of historically based movies, the miniseries had one that gave some more detail about the people involved, which I definitely appreciated.
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Post by: Larimar on April 14, 2021, 09:54:38 AM
I have been curious about Chernobyl, because I heard that one of my favorite actors is in it, Robert Emms. I don't think I'll actually see the show, though, because I don't think I could take seeing a portrayal of what severe radiation poisoning can do to people.
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Post by: ab_grp on April 14, 2021, 10:14:50 AM
If it helps, Larimar, the more graphic portrayal of the radiation poisoning takes up very little of the show, and you would probably be able to tell when it's coming and avoid it pretty well or turn away during those parts.  I believe it's confined to the hospital setting and to just a few characters who you would expect to see deteriorate from their exposure, for example.  But I can understand not wanting to take that chance, too.
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Post by: ciao_yall on April 14, 2021, 10:20:41 AM
Started watching Transparent. Amazing show.
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Post by: Morden on April 14, 2021, 10:53:57 AM
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I just finished Line of Duty. It was quite enjoyable, especially the growth of DS Arnott's character over the five series. Now... if only they could get back to filming, I need to know who H is!

If you liked Line of Duty, you might want to try Save Me (UK series); it's from the makers of Line of Duty. You might also enjoy Kiri and Happy Valley (both UK series).
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Post by: Larimar on April 14, 2021, 11:03:20 AM
If it helps, Larimar, the more graphic portrayal of the radiation poisoning takes up very little of the show, and you would probably be able to tell when it's coming and avoid it pretty well or turn away during those parts.  I believe it's confined to the hospital setting and to just a few characters who you would expect to see deteriorate from their exposure, for example.  But I can understand not wanting to take that chance, too.

Thanks, ab_grp.
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Post by: EdnaMode on April 14, 2021, 11:29:00 AM
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I just finished Line of Duty. It was quite enjoyable, especially the growth of DS Arnott's character over the five series. Now... if only they could get back to filming, I need to know who H is!

If you liked Line of Duty, you might want to try Save Me (UK series); it's from the makers of Line of Duty. You might also enjoy Kiri and Happy Valley (both UK series).

Thanks! I love me some UK police/law dramas. Will have to see if I can find those.
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Post by: Istiblennius on April 14, 2021, 12:28:15 PM
I'm finally all caught up on The Expanse series - both the show on Amazon Prime and the book series. This may be the only time where I can't decide which I like better. If you liked Battlestar Gallactica, its a good choice.

I'm also a fan of Endeavor on Prime - so much that I went and looked for the Inspector Morse series and was sad to discover what a dirtbag young Endeavor Morse grows up to be.

The Flight Attendant (HBO Max) was the other show I've really enjoyed recently, although its kind of wrenching if you have the experience of a family member who is an addict of any kind.

I have been curious about Chernobyl, because I heard that one of my favorite actors is in it, Robert Emms. I don't think I'll actually see the show, though, because I don't think I could take seeing a portrayal of what severe radiation poisoning can do to people.

Chernobyl is probably the best television I've watched in the last 2-3 years. But it's pretty heartbreaking, and you are right to be cautious about the portrayal of radiation poisoning, although I agree that it is clearly signalled and can be avoided if you feel like that would make it watchable for you.
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Post by: hmaria1609 on April 14, 2021, 07:24:36 PM
I remember Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham getting circulation mileage at the library when it first came out. Plus the author won the 2020 Carnegie Medal for Non-Fiction.

I'm watching "Atlantic Crossing" on PBS's "Masterpiece." It's the story of Crown Princess Martha of Norway and her friendship with FDR during WWII.
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Post by: Larimar on April 15, 2021, 12:14:26 AM
Chernobyl is probably the best television I've watched in the last 2-3 years. But it's pretty heartbreaking, and you are right to be cautious about the portrayal of radiation poisoning, although I agree that it is clearly signalled and can be avoided if you feel like that would make it watchable for you.

Thanks, Istiblennius.

I'm watching "Atlantic Crossing" on PBS's "Masterpiece." It's the story of Crown Princess Martha of Norway and her friendship with FDR during WWII.

My in-laws are watching that too, and they say it's really good.

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Post by: ergative on April 15, 2021, 02:53:04 AM
We wrapped up Psych and set Once Upon a Time aside for a bit to watch a new pair of shows: Pushing Daisies and the HBO Chernobyl miniseries.  Pushing Daisies is almost too adorable to stand.  It's funny and sweet and a little sad at times and very enjoyable to watch.  Definitely some fun characters and situations.  We just started the second and final season of that one.

Obviously, Chernobyl was quite the opposite, and the sweetness and comedy of Pushing Daisies was certainly not able to offset the tragedy of the miniseries.  My husband had been interested in watching it.  Me, not so much.  I'm really glad that I did.  I thought it was amazing and a pretty fascinating and intriguing story well told.  Since we finished it last night, I did a little more reading on the miniseries and found that there was some liberty taking by the creators of it, and I'm not surprised that there are complaints of a biased perspective unfavorable to the Soviet Union.  I'm also not surprised that the miniseries and those who made and acted in it earned so many nominations and awards for their work.  It's hard to say that I wish it had been longer than five episodes of around an hour each, given that the topic is so real and tragic, but I would put it near the top of shows I've watched.  It was also very difficult to watch at times, seeing what a nuclear disaster can do (especially to human bodies), but there were some incredibly brave people involved in trying to address the disaster, and it was almost worse to see the bureaucratic BS and secrecy portrayed that appeared to create unnecessary obstacles and make the situation so much worse.

ETA: For those who also enjoy the "real people" wrap ups at the end of historically based movies, the miniseries had one that gave some more detail about the people involved, which I definitely appreciated.

I absolutely loved Pushing Daisies, but Absolutive couldn't get into it, so my planned rewatch of it fizzled out.

Now I'm enjoying Ruth Goodman's BBC series about living in the olden days (Tales from the Green Valley, Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm), in which she and some archeaologists take over a farm and try to make it run for a year using only period-era technology and food and so on.
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Post by: downer on April 18, 2021, 04:58:41 AM
While I'd love to binge on cutting edge documentaries raising my social consciousness and my artistic sensibilities, if I were a better person, the truth is that I love soap-y series and undemanding detective series. I can watch or half-watch them while doing something else.

My most recent find is The Brokenwood Mysteries. A New Zealand series on Prime. It's very satisfying, and if I happen to nod off for a bit, there's no problem picking up the plot later on.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on April 18, 2021, 05:49:16 PM
My most recent find is The Brokenwood Mysteries. A New Zealand series on Prime. It's very satisfying, and if I happen to nod off for a bit, there's no problem picking up the plot later on.
This show was on our local PBS station on Thursday evenings a few years ago.
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Post by: Faith786 on April 18, 2021, 06:07:02 PM
During this pandemic I finished things on Netflix, not really tv series:
-Merlin (British)
-Once upon a time
-The 100
-Away
-Nightflyers
-still waiting for Van Helsing final season
-still waiting on Lost in Space final season
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on May 10, 2021, 11:30:05 AM
I'm currently in the fourth season of Eureka, and I find it quite charming and entertaining. It fills the niche that Psych did for me, as others have pointed out. I'm also working my way through Brooklyn Nine-Nine, mostly because I thought The Good Place was amazing. I didn't think I'd like B99 at all, but six seasons in there are still laugh-out-loud moments.

I think this was the only reference to Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the thread, and I feel the same way about it (though only on season 2).   My previous impression was that Andy Samberg can be a bit much (and sometimes he is a little in the series), but there are some completely hilarious moments and episodes, and I've really grown to enjoy the ensemble cast.  I have probably mentioned liking comedies that are also touching at times, and so far this one fits that bill well.  There are already a couple lines my husband and I keep repeating.  I'm glad to hear it stays this way at least until season 6!

And, related to Eureka (which we also loved), we are nearing the end of season 3 of Warehouse 13, which was recommended in this thread.  I'm not sure I like the characters quite as much as in Eureka (well, there is one I have come to like a lot, but I think that person might have just departed), but the episodes are pretty entertaining and clever with the various artifacts causing trouble.  Definitely enjoying it and looking forward to seeing where the story goes.   Interesting to see guest stars from other shows and movies, too!
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Post by: onthefringe on May 10, 2021, 02:01:08 PM
Early in the semester, as part of a “check in” and “humanize the instructor” survey, I let my students suggest television series for me to try, and over the course of the semester I periodically checked back in with ones I had tried. This resulted in me:

Watching all of Queen’s Gambit — absolutely stunning to watch, and very engaging while watching. Looking back though, I think there’s a bit less ‘there’ than it appears.

Watching all of Bridgerton — what you would get if a Georgette Heyer novel and a soft core porn cinemax movie had a baby. But I totally enjoyed it anyway.

Watching most of BunheadsGilmore girls meets Center Stage. Cute and fluffy.

Watching series one of The Sinner Dark anthology series with each season focused on a (troubled, damaged, etc) cop figuring out why someone committed a crime. Pretty over the top.

Watching seasons 1 and 2 of Crazy Ex Girlfriend — Great depiction of a person struggling with psychiatric issues (the main character moves from New York to California because she runs into a boy she had a crush on at summer camp and insinuates herself into his life). With very funny song and dance routines papering over raw psychological issues. Still watching this one, but slowly, since fringehusband can’t stand it.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Larimar on May 10, 2021, 05:10:35 PM
Mr. Larimar and I have recently discovered Phineas and Ferb. It's a cartoon kids' show, featuring a pair of stepbrothers who each day build an over-the-top scale structure, machine, or feature, and their teenage older sister keeps trying to get them in trouble for it. She always fails because they have Ferris Bueller's kind of luck! Oh, and there's the boys' pet platypus who's actually a 007-style undercover secret agent. Yes, it's nutty. Though it's aimed at kids, there are plenty of gags for the adults too. Not all of the jokes work, and there have been a few clunker episodes, but in general the show is so silly and nutty it's hilarious and cute. It's just right for evenings when you just want to veg out on the couch and watch something light and absurdly funny. My favorite episode so far is their Star Wars parody, which uses the Back to the Future 2 technique of taking one story and interweaving another into it. They have the original Star Wars story happening, and interweave the Phineas and Ferb characters into a tangential plot. I laughed really hard.
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Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on May 10, 2021, 08:02:52 PM
Re watching the X-files.
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Post by: Charlotte on May 11, 2021, 07:51:12 AM
Watching The Kominsky Method. It’s hilarious. Reminds me a bit of Grace and Frankie.
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Post by: FishProf on May 11, 2021, 08:00:23 AM
Mr. Larimar and I have recently discovered Phineas and Ferb. It's a cartoon kids' show, featuring a pair of stepbrothers who each day build an over-the-top scale structure, machine, or feature, and their teenage older sister keeps trying to get them in trouble for it. She always fails because they have Ferris Bueller's kind of luck! Oh, and there's the boys' pet platypus who's actually a 007-style undercover secret agent. Yes, it's nutty. Though it's aimed at kids, there are plenty of gags for the adults too.

Mom, Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on May 11, 2021, 08:08:30 AM
Re watching the X-files.

I rewatched these a few years ago - the first several seasons are great! I still occasionally rewatch a monster of the week episode.

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on May 11, 2021, 08:29:28 AM
I watched all three seasons of True Detective recently. Seasons one and three are very good; season two is just too convoluted and hard to follow. Good performances throughout.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Larimar on May 11, 2021, 10:38:46 AM
Mr. Larimar and I have recently discovered Phineas and Ferb. It's a cartoon kids' show, featuring a pair of stepbrothers who each day build an over-the-top scale structure, machine, or feature, and their teenage older sister keeps trying to get them in trouble for it. She always fails because they have Ferris Bueller's kind of luck! Oh, and there's the boys' pet platypus who's actually a 007-style undercover secret agent. Yes, it's nutty. Though it's aimed at kids, there are plenty of gags for the adults too.

Mom, Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!


Yes, yes they are!

Hey, where's Perry?




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Post by: clean on May 11, 2021, 11:04:03 AM
We just subscribed to an extended Direct TV package that includes Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.  I know (because my parents have had it for some time) that there will be 'seasons' and many of the shows that are currently 'new' to us will soon be watched. 

We have been watching Murder She Baked, and somthing like Gourmet Detective (or gourmet murders).  There is now a Crossword Murder show.

Before bed we tune in to Murder She Wrote... so I suppose that I have entered the final stages of existence, or at least the initial stages of retirement!!

Last night I had to record the Season ONE, Episode ONE Murder She Wrote.  I then set the recorder to record the entire first season (which should take until Friday night to record.)  Im  not sure how long it will take to watch them, though! 


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Post by: Parasaurolophus on June 11, 2021, 09:45:57 PM
We just finished Netflix's The Serpent. It's okay, but


Seriously, wtf?
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on June 22, 2021, 07:07:20 AM
Two new shows in my queue, which meant upgrades to AMC+ and HBO Max...

Kevin Can F*** Himself with Annie Murphy from Schitt's Creek.

Hacks with Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder

Enjoying these strong women-oriented shows.
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Post by: Morden on June 22, 2021, 08:45:18 AM
We are Lady Parts--British sitcom about a punk band made up of Muslim women
Brassic--British sitcom about group of thieves in Northern England
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Post by: fishbrains on June 22, 2021, 09:16:20 AM
We have not had independent confirmation of this, but I believe my son has now watched every episode of Emergency! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency!)) at least three times now. He is working through Adam-12 this summer.

Another unintended consequence of our refusing to pay for cable or streaming services.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on June 22, 2021, 11:24:42 AM
I'm re-watching all of "Miranda" in order.

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on June 22, 2021, 05:29:15 PM
Two new shows in my queue, which meant upgrades to AMC+ and HBO Max...

Kevin Can F*** Himself with Annie Murphy from Schitt's Creek.

Hacks with Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder

Enjoying these strong women-oriented shows.

My wife and I watched the first season of Hacks and enjoyed it very much.

I'll also recommend Mare of Easttown to you, since you have HBO and since it is another strong woman-oriented show.
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Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on June 22, 2021, 07:08:55 PM
I'm re-watching all of "Miranda" in order.

M.

This was a funny show.
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Post by: mamselle on June 23, 2021, 03:42:12 AM
Yes.

Sweet-silly-slapstick in a tightly written, out-there acting world.

I just started Season 2 last night (allowing myself one every other night or so...)

M.
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Post by: secundem_artem on July 07, 2021, 12:39:27 PM
Came across a series on Netflix "Lupin".  Set in Paris (dubbed dialog) and inspired by the old Arsene Lupin stories.  An immigrant from Senegal sees his father wrongfully accused of a crime.
When he grows up, he adopts the persona of the gentleman criminal Arsene Lupin to right the wrongs done to his father.  The dubbing is atrocious, but if you can get passed that, it's quite an engaging series.  If the lead actor (Omar Sy) speaks English, he could give Idris Elba a run for his money.
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Post by: marshwiggle on July 07, 2021, 12:45:19 PM
Came across a series on Netflix "Lupin".  Set in Paris (dubbed dialog) and inspired by the old Arsene Lupin stories.  An immigrant from Senegal sees his father wrongfully accused of a crime.
When he grows up, he adopts the persona of the gentleman criminal Arsene Lupin to right the wrongs done to his father.  The dubbing is atrocious, but if you can get passed that, it's quite an engaging series. If the lead actor (Omar Sy) speaks English, he could give Idris Elba a run for his money.

We found it easier to watch in French with English subtitles, for this reason.
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Post by: mamselle on July 07, 2021, 12:48:58 PM
Finished Miranda.

Now re-watching all of "Lewis."

M.
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Post by: ciao_yall on July 07, 2021, 02:21:38 PM
Hacks and Kevin (see upthread) are taking too long with new episodes, so I am filling in the blanks with...

30 Rock Can't believe I missed this the first time around! Missing the mid-aughts fashion.

One Mississippi And now I have a girl crush on Tig Notaro. Except she looks too old to be playing the character she is, but maybe it's because she had been ill? Anyway, trying to remember she is probably supposed to be 10 years younger than she is so the show makes more sense.

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Post by: hmaria1609 on July 07, 2021, 07:06:32 PM
Now re-watching all of "Lewis."
M.
Enjoy! It's incredible how long Kevin Whately played Robert "Robbie" Lewis over the years. Quite a number of well known British actors appeared during the show's 8 seasons. Our local PBS station ran the complete "Lewis" as part of Thriller Thursdays at one point.

Of interest, I found the "Inspector Lewis" page on the "Masterpiece" website:
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/shows/inspector-lewis/ (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/shows/inspector-lewis/)
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Post by: Harlow2 on July 08, 2021, 05:47:10 AM
The Unforgotten returns this Sunday on PBS and then Prime. Superb writing and acting  (UK; Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaktar star). Haunting, multi-layered look at the excavation of memory and evasiveness as two detectives take on cold cases.
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Post by: AmLitHist on July 08, 2021, 10:46:02 AM
Has anyone here watched Bosch on Amazon, and is it worth my time to commit to it?  I've seen passing references online and done a bit of very cursory searching about it.  I love old film noir from the '40s and modern network procedurals like the original NCIS and the two FBIs. I don't care for the Dick Wolfe NBC shows (Chicagos and Law & Orders).  Bosch seems like a mix of the straight procedural with the noir that I might like.  I don't really want to invest several hours just to walk away, though, if forumites can help with some reviews.

Other suggestions for shows that might fill the bill are also welcome. 
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Post by: larryc on July 08, 2021, 10:54:10 AM
We dipped into Apple TV (you might have a free subscription if you bought an iPhone recently) and found to gems, which I am sure have been mentioned upthread:

1/ Ted Lasso is a cure for what is wrong with the world. Funny, smart and relentlessly positive. I have never seen anything like it. We binged the ten episodes of the first season and then binged them again.

2/ For All Mankind is an alternative history of the 20th-century space race, in which the Russians got to the moon first. It draws on all of the latest scholarship of NASA, so you have Operation Paperclip and Hidden Figures and the women Mercury astronauts, but everything goes in a different direction. In each episodes the the timeline diverges a bit more from our own (TV in the background: "Today the Equal Rights Amendment was signed into law by President Ted KEnnedy..."} and that part is a lot of fun. The series is the brain child or Ronald Moore, of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica fame.
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Post by: secundem_artem on July 08, 2021, 11:25:38 AM
Has anyone here watched Bosch on Amazon, and is it worth my time to commit to it?  I've seen passing references online and done a bit of very cursory searching about it.  I love old film noir from the '40s and modern network procedurals like the original NCIS and the two FBIs. I don't care for the Dick Wolfe NBC shows (Chicagos and Law & Orders).  Bosch seems like a mix of the straight procedural with the noir that I might like.  I don't really want to invest several hours just to walk away, though, if forumites can help with some reviews.

Other suggestions for shows that might fill the bill are also welcome.

We loved Bosch - all 7 seasons.  Interesting characters, often solving moral dilemmas.  Not especially violent.  Titus Welliver is great as Bosch, Lance Reddick plays an interesting chief of police (is he a good guy or a bad guy?) and 2 older detectives - Crate and Barrel - are a hoot.  Lots of politicking mixed in with policing
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Post by: mamselle on July 08, 2021, 01:00:06 PM
Has anyone here watched Bosch on Amazon, and is it worth my time to commit to it?  I've seen passing references online and done a bit of very cursory searching about it.  I love old film noir from the '40s and modern network procedurals like the original NCIS and the two FBIs. I don't care for the Dick Wolfe NBC shows (Chicagos and Law & Orders).  Bosch seems like a mix of the straight procedural with the noir that I might like.  I don't really want to invest several hours just to walk away, though, if forumites can help with some reviews.

Other suggestions for shows that might fill the bill are also welcome.

We loved Bosch - all 7 seasons.  Interesting characters, often solving moral dilemmas.  Not especially violent.  Titus Welliver is great as Bosch, Lance Reddick plays an interesting chief of police (is he a good guy or a bad guy?) and 2 older detectives - Crate and Barrel - are a hoot.  Lots of politicking mixed in with policing

I've never seen the show but read almost all the books.

Very tangled, very well- managed.

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: EdnaMode on July 08, 2021, 04:50:30 PM
...

Now re-watching all of "Lewis."

M.

Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed "Lewis." I've been thinking of buying a PBS subscription just to watch it again. I enjoyed the interaction between Lewis and Hathaway.

I just finished watching both series of "Manifest" on Netflix. It was interesting, I got drawn in more than I thought I would. A friend thinks I need to watch "A Discovery of Witches" so I may see about getting a free week of whatever streaming service I don't have (don't remember where it is off the top of my head, but not Netflix or Prime, which I do have) and check it out.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: onthefringe on July 21, 2021, 05:55:47 PM
Ted Lasso which was just as sweet and wholesome as everyone said it was

Leverage Redemption Parker and Eliot are still my favorites. Interested to see where they go after the first couple (which were very clearly based on the Sackler family....)
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on July 21, 2021, 06:45:11 PM
You folks going to watch The Chair on Netflix?

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Post by: onthefringe on July 21, 2021, 07:00:05 PM
You folks going to watch The Chair on Netflix?

That’s quite a cast! I feel like David Morse would make a very intimidating Dean. I can see giving it a shot...
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on July 21, 2021, 07:29:55 PM
Finished Lewis, doing Morse now.

I suppose if I'm working backwards, I'll have to catch up on Endeavor after that; saw a few of the early ones but none after the 1st season.

Then....hmmm....There are several seasons of "Vera," and "Call the Midwife," and whole decades of "The Bill" to return to.

Have to balance these carefully between getting actual work done, and...well...

M.
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Post by: Larimar on July 22, 2021, 11:42:38 AM
Leverage Redemption! I've now seen the first 8 episodes.

Loved the original Leverage. The new reboot is also good so far, but doesn't quite seem to have found its footing yet. I like the new character Breanna. She's got bright and talented and spunky and quick-learning but inexperienced and sometimes too impulsive down.  Harry Wilson seems a bit stiff and flat though. I'm not thrilled that the writers seem to have undone a lot of the character development Parker went through over the course of the original series. Sophie's grief over Nate, however, I think is working.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: AmLitHist on July 22, 2021, 02:22:14 PM
I started season 1 of 24 over the weekend.  Oh.....my......GOSH!  I saw and loved the final few seasons, but was in grad school/caring for Mom/had 2 teen girls when it was first on.  It's great to go all the way back and see how solid it was from the start.

I knew, but had forgotten, that this premiered November 6, 2001--less than 2 months after 9/11.  It's very much a show of its time, but it also holds up 20 years later.

Anyone else here a Blacklist fan?  I know I'm in the minority, but I'm fine with the end of this most recent season. I've always been Team Red all the way.
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Post by: ab_grp on July 22, 2021, 02:49:24 PM
I started season 1 of 24 over the weekend.  Oh.....my......GOSH!  I saw and loved the final few seasons, but was in grad school/caring for Mom/had 2 teen girls when it was first on.  It's great to go all the way back and see how solid it was from the start.

I knew, but had forgotten, that this premiered November 6, 2001--less than 2 months after 9/11.  It's very much a show of its time, but it also holds up 20 years later.

Anyone else here a Blacklist fan?  I know I'm in the minority, but I'm fine with the end of this most recent season. I've always been Team Red all the way.

24 is definitely a heart pounder at times! Aside from some annoying characters and the amount of disbelief one needs to suspend, we really enjoyed it (I've seen it twice through).

As for Blacklist I think I have seen at least the first season, maybe part or all of a second.  I really liked that one too but just lost track of it at some point.  Is it pretty good throughout? Maybe we'll pick it up if so.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ab_grp on July 25, 2021, 03:51:28 PM
I guess I haven't update our watching in a while? We finished up Schitt's Creek a couple weeks ago.  It's kind of a weird and surprising show.   Took a while to get into (maybe due to the pacing? figuring out the "world" of the Roses?), but we really ended up enjoying it, and it wrapped up well.  Final scene was on point.

We took up Ugly Betty in its place, which I had seen but my husband hadn't.  I think it's a pretty sweet show, definitely a lot of drama, and some good characters.  Just started Season 2.

Last night we finished Warehouse 13, which I didn't get into as much as Eureka, but I thought that some of the plot points were pretty clever, and the finale was great.  I might have changed a couple things, but I really liked it.  One of the other final episodes ("Savage Seduction") was also a lot of fun.

So our replacement for that one is Heroes, which is another one I've seen that my husband hasn't.  It's been a while, so hopefully it has held up.  Starting that one tonight.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on July 25, 2021, 07:30:49 PM
Still going through "Morse," also did one marathon session with the older (Roy Marsden) version of Dalgleish, which was broken up into 5 segments, 45 min. to an hour each, which I hadn't counted on.

I usually enjoy Martin Shaw's work but for some reason when I tried to watch one of his versions, awhile ago, it seemed "off" to me somehow. I've read all the books, some of them more than once, and I had a leaner, more lyrical person in mind, somehow.

While very long, the Marsden version seemed to fit better. Not sure how to schedule them in, once I start a plot I don't like interrupting it, but I'll probably watch more of those if I can figure out a way to do so.

Anyway, back to Morse for now...

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ergative on August 07, 2021, 12:21:03 PM
You folks going to watch The Chair on Netflix?

Wow, I would definitely be remiss in my professional obligations if I did not watch it. I have set the reminder.

In the meantime, I am teetering on the edge of falling down the pit of The Untamed. The special effects are not great, and the subtitles are pretty rough so I can't comment on the writing, but the costumes and scenery are visually stunning, and people whose opinion I respect fell for it hard. Certainly a slow-burn queer romance (happy chaos sunshine + grumpy uptight stormcloud) set in Ancient Chinese Fantasyland, which was based on a cult hit webnovel and has been given FIFTY HOURS of high-budget video adaptation that simultaneously censors all the queer elements (because China) while putting in as many of the queer-coded hints as it can sneak past the censors*, is definitely worth my attention. Plus, it's very pretty from what I've seen.

*Lots of long burning eye contact, I've been promised, plus a rabbit motif which seems, in China, to be a queer-coded symbol.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on August 07, 2021, 03:48:22 PM
Finished Morse, now on Kavanaugh, QC.

I suppose it will be Judge Dean, George Gently, or a Touch of Frost next, unless I can get through more Dalgliesh...

Hmmm....or, I might have missed one of the R. Randall episodes...

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: hmaria1609 on August 07, 2021, 07:27:13 PM
Finished Morse, now on Kavanaugh, QC.
M.
I've heard of that show! It wasn't part of the "Mystery!" lineup on PBS. Amazing that John Thaw was doing "Morse" and "Kavanaugh, QC" concurrently in the '90s.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on August 07, 2021, 07:45:06 PM
I just saw the last one of Kavanaugh (very good): sorry that season 6 only had 1 episode.

Watching "Killer Waiting," now; will see what's next after that.

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Morden on August 16, 2021, 08:23:12 AM
"De Dag"--Belgian crime series (so subtitles). I think they only have one season, but it's really good. One episode is from the police perspective, and then the next goes over the same ground from other perspectives. Interesting cliff hangers to keep you guessing.
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Post by: mamselle on August 16, 2021, 08:50:15 AM
French or Flemish? (Title looks like the latter, but with Belgium, one never knows!)

M.

ETA: Never mind, I looked it up. Can't find the English subtitles and (my family being Wallonnais) I have a bit of a reluctance to try to figure out Flemish! (Unless I'm missing something somewhere....) - M.
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Post by: Morden on August 16, 2021, 09:16:57 AM
It was Flemish (though with a number of French phrases thrown in), but the version I saw (CBC Gem) came with English subtitles.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on August 16, 2021, 10:03:04 AM
Ah, ok, I'll look for that.

See, since 1538, the Flemish (Dutch, really) were supposed to leave Belgium to the Belgians, sooo...

(I try to be ecumenical in such matters, but it's hard...oh--hope you're not Flemish!)

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Morden on August 16, 2021, 10:18:43 AM
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since 1538, the Flemish (Dutch, really) were supposed to leave Belgium to the Belgians, sooo..

I hadn't realized that. It does make for a very interesting linguistic mix. I don't know Dutch, but know a bit of German, so could recognize some bits from that along with the French phrases. Plus the English swear words, of course.
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Post by: mamselle on August 16, 2021, 02:26:51 PM
Yeah, I started out thinking inclusively, but attended a Belgian holiday party once where it was very clear that the Flammands were in charge and they looked down their noses at anyone speaking French--comme moi--and then ran into issues where my cousin lives in which the upscale decisions in the north were hurting the southern folk who'd been done out of jobs in the coal pits (usual issues, as here in the US and in the UK), and the Flammands were behind that, and....ummm....

I'm usually very open to options and collegiality and all, but I've become a bit politicized when it comes to things Belgian!

And I, also speak a tiny bit of German, and started thinking I could hear and understand things on the trains, and in the newspapers, and then decided I didn't feel like trying anymore--it wasn't their country to begin with!!

Sorry....

OK, back to your regularly-scheduled TV program discussions...

M.
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Post by: jimbogumbo on August 16, 2021, 02:37:09 PM
Yeah, I started out thinking inclusively, but attended a Belgian holiday party once where it was very clear that the Flammands were in charge and they looked down their noses at anyone speaking French--comme moi--and then ran into issues where my cousin lives in which the upscale decisions in the north were hurting the southern folk who'd been done out of jobs in the coal pits (usual issues, as here in the US and in the UK), and the Flammands were behind that, and....ummm....

I'm usually very open to options and collegiality and all, but I've become a bit politicized when it comes to things Belgian!

And I, also speak a tiny bit of German, and started thinking I could hear and understand things on the trains, and in the newspapers, and then decided I didn't feel like trying anymore--it wasn't their country to begin with!!

Sorry....

OK, back to your regularly-scheduled TV program discussions...

M.

It is related to Monty Python's Flying Circus. After all, they are Belgian!
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: secundem_artem on August 17, 2021, 02:59:09 PM
"De Dag"--Belgian crime series (so subtitles). I think they only have one season, but it's really good. One episode is from the police perspective, and then the next goes over the same ground from other perspectives. Interesting cliff hangers to keep you guessing.

It's Dutch (Vlaams) for The Day. (I've lost most of it, but my first language was Dutch.)

My Mother in Law was Flemish and never did forgive Monty Python for their "Dirty Fat Belgian Bastards" routine.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on August 19, 2021, 08:39:39 PM
We watched the first few episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers over the last couple of nights. Not brilliant, but it is a fun watch and the cast is great.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: cathwen on August 20, 2021, 05:57:02 AM
My husband and I have been watching The Kominsky Method (Netflix) and highly recommend it!  Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin are the two main characters—an acting teacher (MD) and his agent (AA) who are also best friends.  It is sharp, funny, sad, quirky, and thoroughly enjoyable. 
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ergative on August 21, 2021, 01:55:25 AM
Absolutive and I watched the first two episodes of The Chair last night. It was okay, I guess, but it gives me hives to watch the hot mess professor be such a hot mess in front of his class. Aside from the excessive grandeur of the faculty offices (one professor complains about being moved to a shithole office in the basement of the gym, which is larger and better lit than my office), which is a universal constant in academia on screen, it rings mostly true. I've definitely had some of the conversations that they have.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: secundem_artem on August 23, 2021, 09:55:57 AM
Absolutive and I watched the first two episodes of The Chair last night. It was okay, I guess, but it gives me hives to watch the hot mess professor be such a hot mess in front of his class. Aside from the excessive grandeur of the faculty offices (one professor complains about being moved to a shithole office in the basement of the gym, which is larger and better lit than my office), which is a universal constant in academia on screen, it rings mostly true. I've definitely had some of the conversations that they have.

As someone trained in healthcare, I simply cannot watch medical shows.  The first year of any such program is about patient care.  But by the 2nd season, they are usually about who is boning who in the linen closet and any healthcare as is shown is usually some fascinoma that any clinician may see once in a career.  Boring.

So I went into watching The Chair expecting it to be completely unrealistic.  And it wasn't.  Yeah, some parts are over the top in order to drive the plot, but some of it rang true.

Certainly enrollment issues and tenure concerns are pretty universal.  The crisis in the humanities seemed accurate.  The tension between how Moby Dick could be taught in a traditional fashion or how it could be taught a la Hamilton could be real.  A dept chair catching hell from both above and below seems accurate.  That meeting student demands for a socially just campus will never happen fast enough for those students to appreciate just how slow change occurs or to appreciate that things may be better than they were - that rang true.

Less accurate - a single faculty member in control of a colleague's tenure decision.  No way.  A faculty member conspiring with IT to find out who has been posting nasty reviews on RMP - preposterous. That the IT department is actually helpful in any way shape or fashion - pure fiction That one poorly timed and failed joke is enough to launch dismissal proceedings against a tenured prof - unlikely.  A suspension maybe, getting canned, I doubt it.

Not at my place but maybe at yours - some aged old codger of a professor constantly asleep and passing gas.  Never seen one.  The charming, mid-career, man-child professor who leaves chaos in his wake and thinks others will clean up his mess.  Not in my dept, but maybe in yours.  WAAAY too many parties, dinners, fundraisers, cocktail hours.

What I thought was good - there is no real "bad guy" in the show.  The complaints of students, faculty, administrators were all taken seriously.  The budget obsessed Dean was not a boogie man, but just another mid level number cruncher trying to keep the lights on.  The old and venerable faculty still had passion for their work - although that passion did not trickle down to the undergraduate level and their sense that perhaps their time has passed.

Overall, the show is enough "inside baseball" to get the attention of the professoriate, but not so abstruse as to be ignored by the general public.  I give it a solid B.
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Post by: ergative on August 25, 2021, 01:48:52 AM
Less accurate - a single faculty member in control of a colleague's tenure decision.  No way.  A faculty member conspiring with IT to find out who has been posting nasty reviews on RMP - preposterous. That the IT department is actually helpful in any way shape or fashion - pure fiction That one poorly timed and failed joke is enough to launch dismissal proceedings against a tenured prof - unlikely.  A suspension maybe, getting canned, I doubt it.

Yeah, the whole RMP thing was funny but ridiculous. Although my IT department is really superb, and in one case helped me determine that an administrater had genuinely falsified an email, which had severe consequences for a student, and led directly to that admin person 'resigning'.

As for the poorly timed joke--this hot mess professor did not just make a poorly timed joke. He'd been not showing up to class and neglecting his students as well. He'd been eating up all his professional capital for a while, and he strikes me as the type of professor who is popular with some students, but may well have generated complaints with others. I myself would not like being accused of being high on the first day of class and disbelieved when I say I did the reading, and it looks like this is the sort of thing he does regularly. Some students think it's cool and all, but others may well have been submitting complaints for years. If you do that on top of an offensive joke that goes viral, I could see it getting as far as a dismissal proceedings. (Yes, I recognize that his previous offenses were not shown onscreen, but maybe they're all there in the paperwork brought to the meeting that never gets read onscreen.)

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Not at my place but maybe at yours - some aged old codger of a professor constantly asleep and passing gas.  Never seen one.
I didn't hear the gas, but we definitely had an old codger falling asleep during talks.

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What I thought was good - there is no real "bad guy" in the show.  The complaints of students, faculty, administrators were all taken seriously.  The budget obsessed Dean was not a boogie man, but just another mid level number cruncher trying to keep the lights on.  The old and venerable faculty still had passion for their work - although that passion did not trickle down to the undergraduate level and their sense that perhaps their time has passed.

Yes, I agree here. It would have been too easy to make a joke about cancel culture, and it didn't, really. I admit I laughed a lot as the students seized on the boneheaded things Prof Hot Mess kept saying ('I wouldn't use the stories of Jewish refugees here, if I were you' was a great line), but they weren't wrong to seize on them. He did a terrible job. For someone as hip and with it as he is, he should know that 'I'm sorry you feel . . .' is an offensively bad apology, and it was good that the students called him out on it--especially because they did give him a chance. They listened, they thought about it, they engaged with him thoughtfully and then they decided that he still sucked and hadn't made it right.

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Overall, the show is enough "inside baseball" to get the attention of the professoriate, but not so abstruse as to be ignored by the general public.  I give it a solid B.

I'd put it at B+/A-. Don't forget that the hilarious kid was genuinely hilarious in that weird-ass creepy way that smart kids have.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Sun_Worshiper on August 25, 2021, 10:27:00 AM
I also watched The Chair and enjoyed it a lot. The writers obviously did their homework about university life, while also taking some liberties and exaggerating quite a bit. Putting aside accuracy, the show had good performance and managed to be both funny and emotionally effective. I agree with ergative that B+/A- is about right
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on August 27, 2021, 03:33:32 PM
Just happened across a very interesting (albeit older) series on British comics, interviewed by Dawn French (late 2000s).

This one is of John Cleese:

   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDryok7xeTo

There are several more, of both male and female comedy performers, very insightful, engaging, and of course, at times, funny, too.

M.
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Post by: little bongo on August 31, 2021, 09:04:13 AM
Just finished watching all six episodes of The Chair, and I enjoyed it overall. I was a bit put off by the portrayal of the hot mess professor--as something of a professional hot mess myself, I'll just say that we don't all make Wile E. Coyote faces into the camera as we get a bad idea to steal airport carts and scooters and get into cartoon-style crashes. But a lot of the troubled-department political stuff elicited some understanding head-nods from me, and I recognized many of the faculty characters as pretty accurate, considering there's some exaggeration factor involved for comic purposes. The titular chair's family issues rang true for me as well.

The Chronicle has some pretty snappy commentary on the series episode-by-episode:
 
https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-chair-episode-6-the-department-chair-goes-back-to-the-classroom-finally

Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: lilyb on August 31, 2021, 09:17:51 AM
I also just finished and enjoyed The Chair. The earlier episodes somehow were both hyperbolic/satirical, yet also cut too close to the bone (especially administrative pressures on chairs). It wasn't all doom and gloom, though. I found the season finale quite moving.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: dr_codex on August 31, 2021, 04:31:36 PM
I also just finished and enjoyed The Chair. The earlier episodes somehow were both hyperbolic/satirical, yet also cut too close to the bone (especially administrative pressures on chairs). It wasn't all doom and gloom, though. I found the season finale quite moving.

My own Chair found that the series hit close to home. Too close to home, in some cases.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: mamselle on August 31, 2021, 05:55:56 PM
I just read the New Yorker review, here:

   https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/08/30/sandra-ohs-masterly-performance-of-empathy-in-the-chair

Haven't watched it, though.

M.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Parasaurolophus on August 31, 2021, 09:47:20 PM
Well, I've been bingeing Heartland, so there.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ergative on September 01, 2021, 02:57:54 AM
I just read the New Yorker review, here:

   https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/08/30/sandra-ohs-masterly-performance-of-empathy-in-the-chair

Haven't watched it, though.

M.

We read that too. I definitely felt like the reviewer was watching the show from the position of one of the Old Guard, and missed the point in a couple of places.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: downer on September 01, 2021, 04:06:31 AM
Well, I've been bingeing Heartland, so there.

I watched seasons 1-13. Must be close to 200 episodes. Great scenery and great acting by the horses.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: Hibush on September 01, 2021, 05:51:24 PM
I just read the New Yorker review, here:

   https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/08/30/sandra-ohs-masterly-performance-of-empathy-in-the-chair

Haven't watched it, though.

M.

Two quotes from that New Yorker review that are worth copying:
"I don’t know anyone who has gone through the trouble of becoming a professor with the express goal of ending up as a department chair. The role draws on organizational skills that many academics have made a career out of avoiding."

"One complication of institutional diversity is that diverse faces can now lead institutions that are in free fall. "

The former reminds us of why we have some of the ineffectiveness we have. The latter of the inequity of diversifying leadership just before the fall.

I have only seen the trailers. I'm in a department where we are really stressing about the aging of our faculty. But we are chipper youngsters compared to this bunch! Where are the vibrant faculty in their 30s and 40s?
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: ciao_yall on September 02, 2021, 07:18:45 AM


I have only seen the trailers. I'm in a department where we are really stressing about the aging of our faculty. But we are chipper youngsters compared to this bunch! Where are the vibrant faculty in their 30s and 40s?

Adjuncting, until they decide that there are no FT jobs around. Then, in new non-academic careers doing quite well.
Title: Re: The TV Series Thread
Post by: dr_codex on September 02, 2021, 08:58:46 AM


I have only seen the trailers. I'm in a department where we are really stressing about the aging of our faculty. But we are chipper youngsters compared to this bunch! Where are the vibrant faculty in their 30s and 40s?

Adjuncting, until they decide that there are no FT jobs around. Then, in new non-academic careers doing quite well.

The grad students, covering the classes.