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Jan 13 2016 22:19

Comedies (mostly half-hour)

You're the worst - very black comedy that manages to show the loveable side of the main characters while letting them remain shitty people.
Married - IT's been cancelled but I enjoyed it. Quite low-key.
iZombie - silly and fun, a lighter Veronica Mars with zombies.
Master of None - Aziz Ansari's comedy series, took me an episode or two to get into it, ended up really enjoying it.
The last man on earth - silly and untaxing.
It's always Sunny in Philadelphia - you should have seen this by now.

serious stuff

Unforgotten - good well-written and didn't throw pointless diversions at us to create a twist every half hour, I'm lookig at you Broadchurch.
River - Frankly a stupid premise and often ridiculous but the excellent acting, especially of the two leads, made it work.
Better Call Saul - Liked it quite a bit in the end.
Rectify - really slow-burning and sometimes a little infuriating. Its good but I don't think I have the patience to sit down and actually properly watch hour-long dramas with my full attention.

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Jan 13 2016 22:37

Just binged Red Road over the x-mas break. Pretty interesting show set in a fictional town/indigenous reservation in New Jersey and does a pretty good job of showing the relationship between the two groups, intra-indigenous struggles (over casinos) and much more within a pretty standard detective/crime drama. And it's only 6 episodes per season (two so far).

I am also liking the sci-fi show the Expanse. I read and liked the books that the show is based on; galactic politics (a sort of Cold War between Earth and Mars is going on, while the "colonized" outer planets is basically the sweat shop of the human race and there is a rebellion brewing), conspiracies, noir detective feel at points. Production values are pretty good, and the show is far less campy than most SyFy channel shows.

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Jan 14 2016 05:42
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Comedies (mostly half-hour)

Rectify - really slow-burning and sometimes a little infuriating. Its good but I don't think I have the patience to sit down and actually properly watch hour-long dramas with my full attention.

It is slow -- no doubt about that -- but I think its beautiful so far. In the middle of the second season right now

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Jan 14 2016 21:47

Anybody else catch the new Luther episodes?

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Jan 15 2016 00:17
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It's always Sunny in Philadelphia - you should have seen this by now.

It's appalling, but in a good way

My besties (from Phila in fact) gave me the DVD of Pushing Daisires, am liking it. Rapid-fire sort of comedy.

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Jan 16 2016 11:26
Khawaga wrote:
Just binged Red Road over the x-mas break. Pretty interesting show set in a fictional town/indigenous reservation in New Jersey and does a pretty good job of showing the relationship between the two groups, intra-indigenous struggles (over casinos) and much more within a pretty standard detective/crime drama. And it's only 6 episodes per season (two so far).
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Been meaning to watch that, the main character was in the Australian Secrets and Lies which was pretty good (not seen the american version with Ryan Philippe...)

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Jan 18 2016 20:40
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Black Books

You know what, I never took to that programme. Though I loved Father Ted and could watch it again and again and I really liked the IT Crowd, both from the same stable, I found Black Books pretty much unwatchable. That said, the Tom Waits stylee theme tune is great.

Black Books was awesome, with many a classic moment for me. I can remember the episode where Manny (Bill Bailey's character) has too much coffee as being one of my favourites but there are many others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GM9GjGTdWg

Days of Hope is worth a watch, you can watch it youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u019DvYjY4

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Jan 18 2016 18:18

I also have fond memories of Big Train https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUEV4rnu5V8

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Jan 18 2016 18:53

What? No food shows? Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives?

Iron Chef-- the original Japanese edition-- the kitchen version of Godzilla?

My favorites: Floyd on Food; Floyd on France. Nothing like having a trained chef/self-trained alcoholic in the kitchen.

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Jan 18 2016 19:38

Pheonix Nights
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4qpoToJ2Au0

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Jan 18 2016 20:44

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-QDyX3pEHc

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Jan 18 2016 20:55

Black Books is dependent on how much Bill Bailey is in the episode and how much of him I can stomach. It does have some very funny moments though.
Apparently The IT crowd got funny, but I gave up after a few episodes because it was just people shouting.
In case anyone was wondering Green Wing ws awful.

Episodes was quite fun, season two went to pot but it got back on track, it's not the best but it's fun enough. Community was great, it went to shit but you don't have to watch the last 2-4 seasons...

Better Off Ted - Clean cut nice guy works for evil corporation with sociopathic boss, hero-worhsipping science nerds and a sexy colleague. A lot of fun.

You're the Worst - Cynical and touching at the same time.

The Americans - all-american couple are kick-ass Russian spies. Pretty subversive for an american show. First episode goes a bit over the top with their sex-ninja skills but it's consistently good.

Justified.

Veronica Mars. iZombie (Veronica MArs the zombie)

Arrow - stupid as anything but usually lots of fun (sister show the flash is a less good ripoff)

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is ok . There's a whole set of similar programmes, I quite like The best thing I ever made and Food and Drink with Michel Roux Junior, and there's an australian programme called Spice Trip that's quite good.

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Jan 19 2016 19:25

Episodes sadly gets absolutely awful. I always found the two main characters very annoying but Matt LeBlanc was enough to keep it entertaining for a season or two.

The IT Crowd is brilliant. I would try to stick with it. When I first saw Father Ted I thought it was just shouting so turned it off, and didn't give it a proper go until years later (actually thinking about it these two shows have the same creators as well. I guess they like shouting…)

The Green Wing is truly shit.

The Last Man on Earth is so good! As is Master of None.

I will give Red Road ago, sounds interesting.

I recently tried watching a few episodes of Luther as everyone goes on about it. But turns out it is fucking rubbish. Ridiculous plotlines, stereotypical, two-dimensional characters, absolutely full of cliches… Is everyone just so bamboozled because it has Idris Elba in it that they don't realise they are basically watching an over the top version of The Bill?

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Feb 4 2016 08:25

‘Detectorists’, series one.
Very funny gentle English humour. Feel as if I’ve met these people. Watching the series is like consuming Maltesers, one is not enough.

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Feb 4 2016 16:53

Watched the first 30 episodes of Prisoner Cell Block H last month and I loved it.

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Feb 8 2016 15:07

New X files --- first episode sucked, second was excellent, third was excellent AND hilarious. I will watch anything with rhys darby apparently

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Feb 21 2016 09:46

Hey look! The thread I started long ago is still going! That's great. I'm glad to get some TV suggestions from the libcom crew.

So not too long ago I watched the mini-series Wet Hot American Summer. It's a prequel to the movie by the same title. It's a comedy about a summer camp and focuses on the camp counselors who are supposed to be teenagers. In the movie most of them are actually in their late 20s to mid 30s, though. Then the mini-series was made 14 years later but is supposed to be the same summer/year, and they have all the same actors and actresses who are now mostly in their 40s! Still playing teenagers. A lot of the comedy comes from that, but it's just generally funny stuff. Also it has plenty of famous actors and actresses. One of the greatest performances in my opinion comes from Paul Rudd. He plays a douchebag who thinks he's so cool.

On Netflix but I found it online on one of the streaming sites.

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Feb 21 2016 09:48
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New X files --- first episode sucked, second was excellent, third was excellent AND hilarious. I will watch anything with rhys darby apparently

OMG, I used to LOVE X-Files when I was a kid! I haven't gotten excited about it being back on cuz I assumed it would suck. Glad to hear it's kickin ass.

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Feb 21 2016 13:45
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New X files --- first episode sucked, second was excellent, third was excellent AND hilarious. I will watch anything with rhys darby apparently

Yeah, that third episode was pretty amazing.

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Feb 21 2016 19:58

The 100 - it both manages to be quite silly and quite realistic in it's depiction of society in the way that people keep ballsing everything up for the crappiest of reasons.

Guy and Hunter's european vacation - Hunter, his kid, is surprisingly nice and it's quite interesting to see them visit places, in fact I think it should be an hour rather than half an hour because they're skipping over all the interesting places that they visit/people they meet/food they cook.

Louie - tried it a while ago and wasn't too taken with it. Tried Horace and Pete, it was boring as fuck.

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Feb 21 2016 21:19

‘Detectorists’, series two.

Very funny series where working class people are not simple minded, rather they're ironically self aware.

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Feb 22 2016 14:19
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Hey look! The thread I started long ago is still going! That's great. I'm glad to get some TV suggestions from the libcom crew.

So not too long ago I watched the mini-series Wet Hot American Summer. It's a prequel to the movie by the same title. It's a comedy about a summer camp and focuses on the camp counselors who are supposed to be teenagers. In the movie most of them are actually in their late 20s to mid 30s, though. Then the mini-series was made 14 years later but is supposed to be the same summer/year, and they have all the same actors and actresses who are now mostly in their 40s! Still playing teenagers. A lot of the comedy comes from that, but it's just generally funny stuff. Also it has plenty of famous actors and actresses. One of the greatest performances in my opinion comes from Paul Rudd. He plays a douchebag who thinks he's so cool.

On Netflix but I found it online on one of the streaming sites.

Wet hot american summer is like one of the funniest things ive ever seen

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Feb 22 2016 14:22

Ok, so the Man in the High Castle is very good, even though it often felt like a "what if privileged white people were oppressed too?" sort of thing. Its still great, for fans of alternative histories and science fiction (the sci fi angle doesnt make itself known immediately)

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Feb 24 2016 17:29

There's a good new show called "Trapped", it's Icelandic. I also rate the bbc quiz show Pointless for my post work chilling and my guilty pleasure is First Dates (exactly what you'd think) except that according to the demographics of people on the dates everyone in the UK is either posh or Northern.

I'm also looking forward to the new series of Fresh Meat this evening.

My best tv show of recent years was Top of the Lake.

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Feb 24 2016 17:48

I repeatedly watch Top Boy. One of the best TV dramas I've ever seen.

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Feb 24 2016 17:58
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I'm also looking forward to the new series of Fresh Meat this evening.

Sweet. I've been waiting for ever for the new season. It's been, what, two years since the last one?

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Feb 24 2016 18:04

What I've been watching recently.

The Shannara Chronicles. Campy fantasy show based on the book by Terry Brooks.

The Magicians. Basically Harry Potter in university. Pretty good so far.

Fresh Off the Boat. 20 minute comedy about an asian-american family. It's pretty funny.

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Apr 4 2016 14:37

Anybody catch any of the new season (4) of the Americans yet? I'm waiting for more episodes to come out so I can binge watch it -- so far its got as much, if not more, acclaim than the last season. I'm super stoked to see where things go!

I also watched the first episode of The Path on Hulu. It was interesting -- maybe a little stylistically over the top, but I'm still intrigued. It's got Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul (Jessie) and Hannibal's Hugh Dancy (Will Graham).

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Apr 4 2016 14:42
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Anybody catch any of the new season (4) of the Americans yet? I'm waiting for more episodes to come out so I can binge watch it -- so far its got as much, if not more, acclaim than the last season. I'm super stoked to see where things go!

yeah, I'm waiting for all of it to binge watch. Currently watching the new season of Better Call Saul, which is good.

Although my favourite show at the moment is American Crime Story: The People Versus O.J. Simpson. Final episode is tomorrow, it is so good!

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I also watched the first episode of The Path on Hulu. It was interesting -- maybe a little stylistically over the top, but I'm still intrigued. It's got Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul (Jessie) and Hannibal's Hugh Dancy (Will Graham).

sounds interesting, I'll check it out. Hannibal was good for a couple of seasons, then the last one got so shit I didn't last more than one or two episodes

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Apr 4 2016 14:50

I do need to check out that American Crime Story -- I hear it's great!

I've only watched the first episode of S2 of Better Call Saul and I need to get on that. But that is definitely a show which requires binge watching for me, so I may wait until its all over before I make the trek.

But hey, you should really give Hannibal s3 more of a chance. It really becomes awesome around episode 6 or so, and has a great run until the end. Then again, I actually loved how the season started out, but sometimes I can be a pretentious avant garde snob in my tastes grin it was definitely slow-going at first, without much plot development. But it seemed appropriate given the trauma each character received at the end of season 2. I like how it all comes together mid-season, at any rate. There are some real classic Hannibal moments, and the end of the series is one for the books!