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TV Shows!

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by dadouv47, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. dadouv47

    dadouv47 Established Member

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    As a big nerd with CFS, I feel like we need a thread to share our favorites TV shows!

    I recently enjoyed Mindhunter on netflix, The deuce and currently watching Stranger Things season 2 (a bit disappointed so far :()
     
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    JaimeS Established Member (Voting Rights)

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    Oooooh boy have you come to the right place!

    For those of us who can tolerate the light / noise of television, it can be awesome to engage in something that doesn't require a great deal of motion / activity and avoid boredom. From what's on Netflix right now:

    1) Beating Again <-- K-drama, if subtitles bother you, avoid. My favorite part of Korean shows is that they never have heard of genre. This is a love story / ghost story / corporate intrigue / cop show... I kid you not. It's amazing. Even those who have never seen Korean drama before end up liking it. Misaeng is also very, very good: more of a straight-up corporate drama.

    2) Broadchurch <-- Amazing show, so tense and well-written, and David Tennant is, of course, astoundingly good. A whodunit. River is also excellent, and very similar in vibe.

    3) Leverage <-- on the light and ridiculous side, there's Leverage -- the story of an ex-insurance investigator and his team of Robin-Hood-esque rogues. Fun, heartwarming, and twisty, this show did its homework, hiring thieves and grifters to advise its writing staff. The hard work lends the show a veneer of authenticity the writers could not have managed on their own; and they worked hard to have each character develop meaningfully over their long run. White Collar has a very similar vibe, but unfortunately gets less interesting as it goes. I recommend the first two seasons and stop.

    4) The West Wing <-- don't try it on a brain-foggy day... it requires some real focus to keep up with Sorkin's (the writer's) trademark patter. Idealistic (sometimes overly so), intelligent, and with brilliant characterization, it's probably in my top 10 shows of all time. And it goes on for 10 seasons and somehow is still good. Astounding.

    5) Sherlock <-- though of course you've seen it. Hasn't everyone? Anyway, it's on Netflix and it's lovely. Your mileage may vary, but I also found the first season mindblowingly good and the rest ranging from quite nice to mildly entertaining.

    6) Limitless <-- will appeal to anyone with cognitive issues as a fantasy story: the main character is able to take a drug that makes him into his best self. The charming main character (and cast of side characters), and the incredibly clever direction and re-framing of familiar tropes makes it level up from a casual watch to something that will have you thinking about the ep at random moments. It's too bad it only ran for a season.

    7) Orange is the New Black <-- though of course you've seen it, too. Hasn't everyone? Anyway, it's on Netflix and it's insane. Great acting, great direction, wonderful writing, and a deep and dark look into what makes someone a good or bad person. Though like Game of Thrones it initially netted its watchers by having a great deal of explicit scenes, so if that doesn't appeal, AVOID.

    8) Travelers <-- what an intriguing, weird sci-fi show. Set in the modern-day, very compelling, interesting cast of characters. I strongly suggest you don't investigate any more into the show's premise, because it's much more fun to let the story clue you in.

    9) The Great British Baking Show <-- seriously, it's very entertaining. Give it a go!

    10) Anne with an E <-- if you remember the Meghan Fellows Canadian version fondly, give this a try. It's... different... from the previous one, but it's probably a pretty authentic representation of the original series. This Anne shows more scars from her life before the Cuthberts took her in, and has her foster family desperately struggling with how to look after a disturbed, brilliant, sensitive child like Anne. The young actress absolutely dazzles in the role, lending Anne's trademark expressive enthusiasm an extra, manic edge that seems all too believable.

    Ten is enough to be starting on! Have fun! :)
     
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    chrisb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    This isn't the Tourette's forum , you know.
     
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    Victoria (series 2 just finished). Drama about life of Queen Victoria and Albert.

    Love Child (Australian.......sort of Call the midwife meets 'The Sapphires')

    Last Post on BBC1 on sundays. Set in 1960s in Aden (under British colonial rule).

    Star Trek Discovery...........Hmmm am struggling with this not least when one episode I downloaded didn't have the subtitles for the scenes with the Klingons discussing their plans.....in Klingon.

    Also watching re-runs of Star Trek Voyager (my fave) and also Medium (with Patricia Arquette).

    Doc Martin........brilliantly funny as always.

    Mr Robot season 3 is underway.......not too keen on season 2 but will give it a watch.
     
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    I'm not getting the jokes today. I must be getting old.
     
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    Apologies. I must be more careful.
     
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    For anybody into SciFi I'd recommend The Expanse, again on Netflix. Set 100 years or so in the future, it explores tension between Earth, Mars and The Belt (the miners working on the asteroid belt in our Solar system have built up to become a faction of their own). Two series of it, with another in production.
     
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    New thread, list of favorites TV shows ever :
    - Breaking bad
    - Band of brothers (too powerful!)
    - OZ
    - Dexter
    - Friday night lights
    - Game of Thrones
    - Sherlock
    - Luther
    - The leftovers (made by same writers than Lost so it's a little bit crazy to say the least :p)
    - Peaky blinders
    - Gomorra (Italian TV show)
    - True detective (only season 1)
    - Narcos
    - The shield

    Probably missing some and didn't want to put Lost in my list (because of poor ending) and some shows that are still running with great potential (Westworld for example, and House of Cards with some incredible and less incredible seasons).
     
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    Fargo - both series 1 and 2. Amazingly good.
     
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    I've seen those episodes and it can all be summed up as:
    "Let's kill the annoying humans."
    "I agree."
     
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    This.

    Got all 3 series, watched it with my boys so they know how to swear properly in English. The Christmas episode is essential viewing every year. Kind of like "The Goodies at Christmas" when I was a lad.
     
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    I'm not a fan of discovery, its missing the soul of star trek which is about exploring the human condition. Interestingly on a next gen episode a character explained it "Abandoned by a society that prized fast food and faster games. Lost to impatience".
    Been watching criminal minds but i have to be careful watching anything new, can't put out the brain power to watch TV anymore :facepalm:
     
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    I had a feeling you would know and appreciate this fine gem of British television history. Absolutely brilliant.
     
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    I think it's an improvement, in that the new series seems very character-driven. The original Star Trek and TNG seemed more like sci-fi for the sake of sci-fi. And there was a very sanitized portrayal of civilization - eg, Starfleet is pretty much perfect, life on Earth is pretty much perfect, and conflict only arises due to evil external forces which good can easily conquer.

    In the new one, Starfleet is a bit stupid, the captain is disturbed and disturbing, the guy managing the science lab is a bit of a jerk, Vulcans can be crappy parents or logically violent extremists, and serious ethical conflicts abound. And they still manage to go out and have entertaining weekly adventures :p
     
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    The Good Place (Amazon Prime) has got me IN STITCHES lately. hehehehehe
     
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    Compared to next generation it has no grounding, it "explores" space battles not humanity.
     
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    Discovery is currently not good, but most series of this type, and possibly all types, have a very ropey first series IMO.

    The exceptions to this seem to include stranger things (good first series, blah second) and ...bloody brain - I'll fill it in later - if I remember.

    Shinarra chronicles had a very iffy first series, but the second series, so far, seems better, ...okay, it's official broken, anything that requires thought or memory...kaput....gonna go away now ;)
     
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    I watch it because it says star trek, but its meant for a generation that values stimulation over substance and thats exactly what it provides. You are correct that the first season of almost any series is like a teething period, but when the premise is flawed the results aren't likely to make up for it.
     
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