I thought, after ten years, I'd take a swipe at trying to fix the original thread's title: "Reccomendations for TV Show's Thread." Besides the misspelling, the redundancy of "thread" always irked me.

Anyways Bosch is back and I'm so excited I'm actually holding back on watching so I can savor the moment of its opening credits in a day or two.

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What We Do in the Shadows, based on the movie about modern day vampires and their daily trials and tribulations. Very funny. On FX.

Bosch season five is excellent.  What we do in the Shadows is pretty funny too, but I can't get my wife into it, so it's one I have to watch on my own time. 

I've written about the great Brit Marling many times before. After a number of very interesting independent movies she created the Netflix series, The OA. This month the second part was released after more than two years. As always with her work there's intelligent thought given to the world she, and her writing partner, create. However the ending of this series is perhaps one of the most audacious, and I think successful, ever attempted on a serial television show.

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We're half way through Bosch S5 and I'd rate it slightly below the previous few seasons. Still extremely well done, though. Of all the seasons, this one most closely sticks to the plot from a single novel - although there have been some significant changes, particularly with the character of Honey Chandler. In the book the lawyer is Mickey Haller, not Chandler. But I suppose Matthew McConaughey wasn't available to play the part. 😂

A number of promising series coming up this year on HBO:

The Righteous Gemstones (Danny McBride & John Goodman)
Years and Years (Emma Thompson)
Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren)
His Dark Materials (Ruth Wilson)
Deadwood (YES! At last the series will get a proper conclusion)
Watchmen
Chernobyl

I hope everyone has seen the latest edition of Bryant Gumbel's Real Sports. Besides a breathtaking segment on photographers for extreme sports, another is about another annual contest between centuries long rivals Oxford and Cambridge--blind wine tasting.

In addition, the first segment on Detroit is just plain depressing.

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Just finished the fifth season of Bosch. Not as good as some of the earlier seasons, but still very good.

There's a discussion on another thread where I think someone made a false equivalence between the actions of the US and of Russia (and other "bad" countries.) The US has done many wrong and underhanded things during its existence, but at least we mostly own up to them and they wind up in history books.

The new, HBO series Chernobyl shows how Russia dealt with the worst nuclear disaster in history. Though it is too fictionalized in its human drama stories, it displays all of Russia's techniques of bad government including; lying to the affected public, lying to the world, buck-passing, inefficient methods of decision-making and attempts to control media.

Highly recommended.

The Old Man posted:

There's a discussion on another thread where I think someone made a false equivalence between the actions of the US and of Russia (and other "bad" countries.) The US has done many wrong and underhanded things during its existence, but at least we mostly own up to them and they wind up in history books.

The new, HBO series Chernobyl shows how Russia dealt with the worst nuclear disaster in history. Though it is too fictionalized in its human drama stories, it displays all of Russia's techniques of bad government including; lying to the affected public, lying to the world, buck-passing, inefficient methods of decision-making and attempts to control media.

Highly recommended.

One thing that I noticed in the Amazon Prime series, Hanna, is that it was very Eurocentric in keeping with the movie. And the bad guys? They were the Americans. 

mneeley490 posted:
The Old Man posted:

There's a discussion on another thread where I think someone made a false equivalence between the actions of the US and of Russia (and other "bad" countries.) The US has done many wrong and underhanded things during its existence, but at least we mostly own up to them and they wind up in history books.

The new, HBO series Chernobyl shows how Russia dealt with the worst nuclear disaster in history. Though it is too fictionalized in its human drama stories, it displays all of Russia's techniques of bad government including; lying to the affected public, lying to the world, buck-passing, inefficient methods of decision-making and attempts to control media.

Highly recommended.

One thing that I noticed in the Amazon Prime series, Hanna, is that it was very Eurocentric in keeping with movie. And the bad guys? They were the Americans. 

And there's no doubt we sometimes are. The best "fictional" source are in a number of John Le Carre's stories. And yet we remain the shinning beacon for the rest of the world--let's hope we'll survive this demagogue.

What's My Name: Muhammad  Ali 

Probably the best documentary we'll ever have on Ali. In 5th grade I used to bet on Ali. My classmates all hated that "N" (as their racist fathers had so instructed them.) So I won the bets on every fight.

bomba503 posted:

Watched first five episodes of Billions on my flight home. Hope it stays as good over the rest of the series

It does. If anything, it gets better in seasons 2 and 3. Currently watching season 4 and it's still excellent but lagging a little behind the previous 2 seasons.

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jcocktosten posted:

Gonna start Barry - I heard good things and like Bill Hader

Season 2 episode 5 of Barry is one of the best episodes of any series I've seen in the past few years.

sunnylea57 posted:
bomba503 posted:

Watched first five episodes of Billions on my flight home. Hope it stays as good over the rest of the series

It does. If anything, it gets better in seasons 2 and 3. Currently watching season 4 and it's still excellent but lagging a little behind the previous 2 seasons.

Thx, looking forward to it

This month's "Real Sports" on HBO.

Intro from Gumbel to the first piece, "The number of thoroughbreds in this country who are chewed up and spit out by the so-called 'Sport of KIngs' is surprising, alarming and flat out disgusting."

I hope all supporters of this legal "sport" give it a watch. Horse lives matter.

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bomba503 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
bomba503 posted:

Watched first five episodes of Billions on my flight home. Hope it stays as good over the rest of the series

It does. If anything, it gets better in seasons 2 and 3. Currently watching season 4 and it's still excellent but lagging a little behind the previous 2 seasons.

Thx, looking forward to it

Caught up. Time for a new episode

bomba503 posted:
bomba503 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
bomba503 posted:

Watched first five episodes of Billions on my flight home. Hope it stays as good over the rest of the series

It does. If anything, it gets better in seasons 2 and 3. Currently watching season 4 and it's still excellent but lagging a little behind the previous 2 seasons.

Thx, looking forward to it

Caught up. Time for a new episode

😮 now that’s what I call serious binging. 

 Starting tonight on FX at 10 PM is a show called the weekly put out by the New York Times. I think this could be a good worthwhile show to watch. 

IW

Good Omens on Amazon. Higher-brow mindless fun.  And lots of fun.  Only six episodes — binge watched over the weekend. 

The Old Man posted:

Robert Redford's best film, 3 Days of the Condor, is currently on Amazon.

Watched this yesterday.  Fun.  The soundtrack and the technology did make me crack up several times, though.

PH

jcocktosten posted:

Did anyone watch Good Omens?

Yes. Loved it. The best I can describe it is “high-brow mindless fun”.  Highly recommend in that unusual viewing genre space. 

winetarelli posted:
jcocktosten posted:

Did anyone watch Good Omens?

Yes. Loved it. The best I can describe it is “high-brow mindless fun”.  Highly recommend in that unusual viewing genre space. 

Done - that is more than a good enough recommendation for me.  Will likely watch it later this summer when FKG is out of town and I am on my own

doubled posted:

Taco Chronicles.  Don't watch this when you're hungry.

I just watched the Al Pastor episode. Dammit.

doubled posted:

Taco Chronicles.  Don't watch this when you're hungry.

I'd never heard of this, but started watching last night.  Thanks for the info.

I just watched the Carnitas episode of Taco Chronicles. Thankfully not while hungry. We visited some of the cities mentioned in Michoacán while on vacation in 2010. Cool to see the names of some places that I nearly forgot about such as Quiroga. 

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