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    General Television Discussion

    I'm not starting a new thread for the show itself, but I felt like sharing so we'll see if there's life enough for a 'general' thread.

    My fellow Brits, did anyone else see that there was a Pulp vs Happy Mondays episode of Bargain Hunt on the way? I'm officially old, and so are they by the sounds of things. But not too old - they had to reshoot the ending because Bez broke the rules. Rock n' roll!

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    I can't say I pay Bargain Hunt much heed my friend....

    Did anyone watch Bodyguard on BBC? I caught up with it all on iPlayer last weekend. Really enjoyed it, mostly, even if the characters did all start to act a bit out of character in the final episode for the sake of escalating drama. That bothered the hell out of me. I also feel like the criticism levied at the show (I won't go into detail in case anyone hasn't seen it yet) is a little misplaced. I don't think intentions have been misconstrued, even if the execution of what was criticised perhaps showed something of a lack of forethought.

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    Ha, I don't watch bargain hunt either. The celebrity aspect got some coverage.

    Not seen bodyguard but heard a lot about it in the last few days. Dunno if I can be bothered though.

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    I watched Butterfly recently as well, but missed the last episode - the show about the young girl who was born a boy? The first couple of episodes were really engaging, but then I checked out of the third because life got busy and, not unlike Bodyguard actually, the trailer made the finale look a bit silly.

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    Didn't know where else to put this, but I finally got around to getting into Breaking Bad. Near the end of the first season now. Took me long enough, eh?

    Anyone else ever get into a show waaaaay after the fact?

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    Sopranos. The Wire. Think Breaking Bad was one of the few critically acclaimed shows I watched as it aired.

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    I started watching BB literally the day after the final episode aired after reading up on all the hype. Six days later, I was finished with the entire series. Still watch it from start to finish at least once a year.

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    It's probably my favourite TV series ever. End to end, it's nothing short of staggering how well acted it is and how the story twists and turns.


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    Definitely top 3 for me. Love the tiny little details and callbacks sprinkled throughout the season.

    *Pretty sure itís been out long enough thatís there no reason for a spoiler alert. But stuff like how Walt picks up various traits of people heís killed... after killing Krazy 8, Walt starts cutting the crust off his sandwiches from then on. Or how you discover what Jessie really did with the money Walt gave him for the RV, and how they actually end up with an RV. Just so many little things that make it such a well written show.

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    The What We Do in the Shadows TV show on FX is hilarious. If you liked the movie you will love this.

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    So I just started watching The Wire for the first time. I'm about five episodes into Season One but already enjoying the hell out of it. I'm not sure why. It's not like super-obviously awesome TV or anything. It's just really well written, really well shot and really well acted and I guess it shows that, so long as you have those three things, you've got some damn fine television on your hands.

    I also watched the first episode of HBO's new Chernobyl mini-series. Enjoyed it, but was left a little disappointed after having read a pretty stunning review of it in the papers during the week ahead of time. I expected to get flattened as a result, and while it did impress me, it didn't really have the expected impact. Not to trivialise the subject matter though, it did prove to be a vitally important piece of awareness of what was a catastrophic disaster.

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    I loved the Wire. I like how they show the entire investigation through a full season. Very compelling and some great performances.

    What we Do in the Shadows last night was awesome. The vampire council had so many cool cameos and even Batista showed up in the scene before the council. Excellent show and it's getting a second season!

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    I'm on the last episode of Season 2 of The Wire tonight. It hasn't gripped me anywhere near as much as S1 did, but I'm sticking with it through all five regardless. I think with S2, the issue has been that the central crime just isn't as enthralling and, among those being investigated, there isn't really a sympathetic one among the bunch. They all come off as horribly unlikable people. In S1, D'Angelo and Wallace provided somewhat sympathetic figures you could get behind for one reason or another, and that's come off lacking this time around. That leaves only the cops and, outside of McNulty and Greggs there's not really a decently developed one among them since the end of the first season.

    Guess I'll see if S3 picks back up again.

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    I just starting watching Deadwood, and I have to say I like it, only 8 eps in. Next on the list is The Wire, I watched the first ep years ago and just couldn't get into it. So as I have matured, hopefully I can enjoy it as so many people rate it so highly. Has anyone watched OZ? As this is another that has been recommended to me over the years.

    As for Breaking Bad, this is the pinnacle of TV shows, acting, directing just the best it can be, and a perfect end imho. Just funny seeing how Brian Cranston has progressed from the dentist on Seinfeld to the dad on Malcolm to being Walt he has paid his dues.

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    Is Better Call Saul worth a look?

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    Absolutely! Doesn't get the credit it deserves imo. If you liked breaking bad you'll love Better Call Saul. And, as a prequel, you don't need to have watched breaking bad (but it's probably better if you do).

    It is very slow moving though, in a good way, but it's a series that builds to a crescendo towards the end of the season as opposed to action and drama throughout.


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    Iíll second that. Bob Odenkirk is gold in this. Even better is the guy that plays Mike, though.

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    I probably need to concentrate on finishing Breaking Bad first, haha. Though I've made more progress lately. Now up to about half way through season 3, so I might actually get it finished this year the way I'm going now.

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    I'm looking forward to The Boys on Amazon. It debuts later tonight. Great cast too.


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    Anyone watched Euphoria? I think it's aired in the US, but just arrived here in the UK. Up to the penultimate episode, some really interesting themes and further proof that Zendaya rules. The best attribute I think an actor/actress can have is that you forget who they are and just be immersed in the character that they're portraying. Meryl Streep, Daniel Day Lewis to name some examples. She really is fantastic in this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablynumb View Post
    I'm looking forward to The Boys on Amazon. It debuts later tonight. Great cast too.

    This was one of the best shows I have ever watched. The show has a premise of Superheroes, but it is more about corporate greed, coverups, and politicking. But it is completely a superhero show. utterly outstanding.

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    They are already filming the second season too. Always enjoyed Karl Urban’s work.

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    Now into season 5 of Breaking Bad, but I find I've slowed down dramatically in this series. It's still good, wouldn't say it wasn't still very decent TV, but I don't find it drives me on to watch the next show in quite the same way as the first four years did.

    Currently about half way through so this could be another month or two to get it finished.

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    I think most people would agree that it finished at the right time, i.e. before they ran out of ideas or rehashing old ones, and for the most part got better season after season. Season 5 is perhaps the exception to that rule, while still awesome for me, is a different pace then the rest.

    From what I remember, the second part of season 5 really builds to a crescendo with the second to last episode being one of the best hours of TV I've ever seen.


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    In fairness not long after I typed that I got to what was a very well executed cliffhanger, where Hank has just had a moment of realisation....

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    Ah yes... commence crescendo build!


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    I see what you mean. I ended up watching a bunch of episodes last night. Probably going to see the last couple off tonight.

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    After you finish BB, just go ahead and jump straight into Better Call Saul. Iím not often big into spinoffs, especially ones that are prequels, but Bob Odenkirk is absolute gold in that roll.

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    I second that, so long as you can deal with very slow moving parts and plots, it's quality TV.


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    Watching Season 17 of Family guy.

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    Intending to try Better Caul Saul after El Camino comes out on Friday!

    I've recently been watching my way through Frasier, which I think still stands up as the funniest American sitcom of its time quite honestly. Its earlier seasons are particularly funny and particularly smart. Sort of gets a little more mundane the longer it goes, but even then I don't think I've seen any other sitcom on either side of the Pond so brilliantly balance the comedy with the odd bit of sudden and powerful drama. I love Frasier!

    I've also been binging The Crown on Netflix too. I'm not much of a Royal Family guy so to speak, but I found it a lot of fun. Sure, the stakes in any given episode are often curiously low - an hour of drama about who the Queen picks as her secretary, really?! - but the historical aspect of it I really like and find really engaging to watch. Things like the manner of her accession, or the great London fog, or the Suez Crisis and so on. I think the acting in it is outrageously good as well for the most part, and the soundtrack is a corker.

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    I may give Frasier a rewatch. I watched it when it was on for a little bit until I started getting older and going out more.

    For some reason I started watching Golden Girls from the beginning on Hulu a few weeks ago and now I've got about 10 episodes left until I've watched all seven seasons. I remember watching episodes when I was very young and having a positive opinion of it. There are definitely some dated topics but it still hold sup very well and it's a very funny show throughout the seven seasons.

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    Eh, I'm rewatching Gilmore Girls from the start, numb, and I'm exactly the same in your thoughts on Golden Girls.

    Not sure where I'll stop with Gilmore Girls this time around - previously I've got all the way through, but come season 7 I've watched it more out of obligation than anything.

    My wife and I have very diverging TV habits, and generally hers win out - equally because I'm pretty flexible in what I can like. We're currently watching Grey's Anatomy on a weekly basis, which is another one that I kind of feel an obligation to watch even though I've hated the Meredith character for a good 4/5 seasons now.

    Also regularly watching The Good Place, which I still love.

    TV I've started watching on my own - the most recent Netflix Arrested Development seasons. I'm on Season 4, about halfway through, and I've got to say the initial good is starting to get outweighed a bit and I'm losing interest hard. I think I'd actually prefer it if they'd stuck with the original 'one character' focus than the Fatal Consequences remix.

    With that in mind, and with an evening alone tonight, I'm probably going to start a rewatch of something just for me. Torn between The Wire and The Sopranos. Or I might give The West Wing a look, as I've only watched bits of it.

    Any votes as to where I should go?

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    Downloaded every season of the X files and it's taking up most of my HD space. Need an external drive. I have a USB but it's only 16GB and is full of music. I love X Files but I've watched season 1 and am getting bored already even though it is very good.

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    Half an hour in and this BBC adaptation of His Dark Materials is a lot better than that film they made a few years back.

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    I am mulling if I should give that show a shot. Never saw the movie because I thought it came off as a kid's movie.

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    Well the books were for kids/young teenagers really. Loved them though. Havent seen the film or show, just wanted to say the books are really good.

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    Anyone watching the Purge TV show? I cannt believe how much better season 2 is than season 1. BTW, you do not have to watch season 1 at all.

    The concept of S2 is simple. The season begins with Purge night coming to an end, and the season is about what happens in the 364 days after the Purge, leading up to the next Purge. None of the franchise, movies or season 1 have attacked that POV yet, so it is very good.

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    I noticed I'm a Celebrity is back, here in the UK. I can't say I watch but do we have anyone here who watches it?

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