What shows are you currently into?

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  1. dimmerwit

    dimmerwit Tremendously High Energy Member Premium Member

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    Top US, bottom UK.

    The Americans - still one of the best things on TV.
    Homeland - just finished season 6, not the best. Culturally revelant stuff but I didn't enjoy the overall storyline.
    and RIP Quinn! :(
    Big Little Lies - suprisingly enjoyable since it's not really my thing.

    Broadchurch - so many twists! Better than the disappointing second series.
    Line of Duty - also got a twist or two. Thandie Newton (of Westworld fame) is good in this.
    Top Gear - surprisingly good since they got rid of Chris Evans.
    The Replacement - short 3 parter that recently aired. Ruined by a comically bad ending.

    I think I'll watch The Man in the High Castle next. Also Versailles is back soon, which is the most addicting Anglo-French historical garbage series I've seen.
     
  2. BigDaddy

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    I recently finished Parks and Recreation. Fantastic show. First season is a little slow, but everything after that is great. I think I like it even more than 30 Rock, which I still have two seasons left to finish.

    I caught up on Better Call Saul, so I can now watch the third season as it airs (starts tonight) instead of waiting for it to come to Netflix. Great Breaking Bad spinoff that anyone who likes Breaking Bad will enjoy.

    Bought the four Nickelodeon seasons of Doug on Amazon Video and have enjoyed watching through those.

    Been watching 24 Legacy and Designated Survivor as well. 24 isn't quite the same without Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland is now the President on Designated Survivor), but it's still fun and holding my interest. DS has been really good too. Kal Penn is the press secretary and apparently actually worked in the White House at one point, and so he was able to provide pointers to the show creators on how things go.
     
  3. JoetheShow

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    My current Favorites:

    In-Season:
    Archer (lost some of its luster but its still alright)
    The Americans

    Waiting to return:
    Game of Thrones
    Documentary Now
    Fargo
    Veep
    Silicon Valley

    Want to watch/catch up:
    Brockmire
    Rick and Morty
    Better Call Saul

    I also love Bar Rescue but something is wrong with my DVR setting when I try to record and I get like 30 copies of the same episode. Need to figure that out.
     
  4. Gorge

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    @JoetheShow I keep seeing the internet blow up about Rick and Morty so i'm curious to see it, but at the same time how many neck beards seem to love the show combined with knowing its from the creator of Community which also seems to be a show with a cringy following it almost makes me not want to watch the show out of principle.
     
  5. Jon

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    I heard really good things about this show. Like a Bond-esque show, right? What station is that on?
     
  6. dimmerwit

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    It's on FX.

    It's a bit Bond-esque at times, but there are other cool aspects about the show. Being deep-undercover Soviet agents living next door to an FBI agent, having to raise two kids oblivious to their secret identity, and having to make their very forced cover marriage work all at the same time. It's also one of the few shows that has got better as the series has progressed.
     
  7. The Eye in the Sky!

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    @BigDaddy - I have a hard time quantifying Parks and Recreation because the quality was so even throughout the run (besides season 1) but I don't feel like it ever hit the highs that 30 Rock or the Office did. It was certainly more consistent but given a choice between the big three of Michael Scott/Jim Halpert/Dwight Shrute or Liz Lemon/Tracy Jordan/Jack Donaghy or Leslie Knope/Ron Swanson/Andy Dwyer... I'd probably put them in that order from first to last. But if you were to include the rest of the ensemble, Parks and Rec beats out the others because of Chris Traeger, Ben Wyatt, April Ludgate and the Townspeople of Pawnee.

    I look back and say the Office had the best lead characters and seasons 2-5 were the best of all three shows run, 30 Rock was the funniest and had the most laugh out loud episodes, and Parks had the most consistently written entire series. I can't really rank them 1, 2 or 3.

    The only thing I can say is that Tracy Jordan is actually a genius.


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    I'm not watching any shows. I don't have cable or use much streaming services. I just finished watching Arrested Development and that was an incredibly funny and well written series. Seasons 1-3 from the original run were some of the best TV I've ever see and season 4 (and soon to be 5 if rumors are true) work nicely as well.
     
  8. BigDaddy

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    I agree about Parks and Rec's consistency. I felt it remained strong from Season 2 onward. I haven't watched the Office yet (it's on my list), so I can't really say much about it. I had seen the first four seasons of 30 Rock before I started Parks and Rec, so I watched Parks and Rec 1-4 before starting S5 of 30 Rock. I watched S5 of both at the same time, alternating episodes. Then I found myself wanting to just watch Parks and Rec until it was over, which is why I am just now watching S6 of 30 Rock.

    It's hard to compare them in some ways because 30 Rock is more of a zany show where the characters don't really go through any development arcs (as you mentioned earlier in this thread), but it's written and performed so well that it works. Parks and Rec has more of those feel good moments sprinkled in, and I guess I'm kind of a sucker for those when they are done well and not at the expense of the comedic moments.

    I love the side characters in both shows. I like Frank because he's simple and deep at the same time, and just when people (usually Liz) think they know him, another side of him is revealed. Dr. Spaceman and Dennis Duffy are hilarious every time they show up. Pete is easy to overlook but I'm always reminded how funny he is whenever he's in a scene.

    As you mentioned, Parks and Rec has a deep well of quality side characters to draw from. It reminds me of The Simpsons how any of the townspeople have the potential to show up and help make any scene funny at any given time.
     
  9. The Eye in the Sky!

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    Then I think you will love the Office. The Office basically trademarked those and Parks and Rec's biggest similarity to the Office is the ability to inject humor around these startlingly heartfelt moments. I think the Office absolutely blows Parks and Rec with these. The characters in the Office are more human and realistic than Parks so the emotion of these moments is much higher. Once you see them, you'll see my plight in deciding which series is better and why Steve Carrell made Michael Scott into one of the greatest characters in TV history. The Office is a little bit dryer in their humor, and seasons 7-8 are a kind of weak, but the first 5 seasons are incredible. It's not as cheerful as Parks but it carries much more emotional weight.

    Dr. Spaceman is the best one off character - he's a modern day Lionel Hutz. Thats the only comparison I can make because he shouldn't be able to exist in any world, even one as crazy as 30 Rock. Dennis Duffy at least has a little plausibility and is nearly as good.

    But I agree with Pete, he seemed like the straight man through the beginning of the series but he is just as insane as the rest of them. I've always thought that if I were any character in the show, I would be Pete, so I really like him as well.

    And while I am not the biggest fan of Jenna, her ability to be cheerful yet so evil in the same thought is impressive.

    The overarching theme with Kenneth being immortal is hilarious because Kenneth is just such a wonderfully wholesome character in a world full of insane nut jobs.
     
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    I've given it a shot twice this week as I was laying in bed and fell asleep both times. I'll probably have to catch a random episode on live tv to give it a real chance.

    I watched all three episodes of Brockmire last night and I'll give it a B+ so far. Pretty good but don't let your kids watch it!

    The Americans is a little slower this season but I didn't watch this week's ep. yet.
     
  11. derflaupnoxin

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    Anybody watching the new season of Prison Break? I was a big fan of the show and I'm glad its back!
     
  12. The Eye in the Sky!

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    I was interested in this partially because baseball season is back in swing and because of Hank Azaria. I wish it was somewhere I could stream it since I don't have cable.
     
  13. JoetheShow

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    I really like it more than I thought I would. I figured Brockmire would be some sociopathic jerk who just abuses everyone around him. He's down and out and aware of how bad it all is and they make him sympathetic even when he's an asshole.
     
  14. Nae'blis

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    To be honest, I haven't watched GoT or the Walking Dead. Never got into them..

    Right now I'm watching, or at least trying to watch if I don't fall asleep on the couch first:

    Iron Fist
    Star Wars: Rebels
    Rick and Morty
     
  15. The Eye in the Sky!

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    I've been called a sissy many times in my life for this but I can't do anything with gore, lots of blood and zombies. So that takes out GoT and Walking Dead. I've followed GoT without watching it and all I hear is people praising the show endlessly. I just can't get myself to do it. I can't stomach some of the stuff. I've watched the red wedding ending and a couple other scenes and it makes me queasy. Won't even touch Walking Dead.
     
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    I can stomach blood and gore, but it's not like I seek it out.

    I've heard good stuff about Designated Survivor, and now when I've finished the two RaM seasons currently on Netflix, I'm thinking about giving it a shot!
     
  17. The Eye in the Sky!

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    Has anyone seen Silicon Valley? I'm thinking of signing up for HBO Now to watch it, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm and maybe Westworld.
     
  18. dimmerwit

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    No, but Westworld is well worth watching.
     
  19. JoetheShow

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    HBO now is worth it if you've never seen some of their shows. Veep, Silicon Valley, Larry Sanders Show are all great. Crashing is alright. Eastbound and Down is one of my favorites too.
     
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    I've seen the first 3 or 4 episodes of Veep and it seems like something I'd like. Almost like a more vulgar version of Parks and Recreation. Silicon Valley gets rave reviews and Mike Judge is awesome.

    I can get a free month if I sign up but I don't want to waste the free month, all of my limited free time is taken up by 3 games I'm in the middle of and reading books when gaming burns me out.
     
  21. Jon

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    I don't watch it religiously, but I've watched it. I enjoy it. I think it's funny. Westworld, Game of Thrones are very much worth it. And I've heard very good things about Veep but not watched it.