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. 

gigabit posted:

I just finished watching Seasons 1-5 of Bosch over the course of the last two months.  Loved it!

Yes. I give art and architecture tours of LA. Think I might add a Bosch tour.

The Old Man posted:
gigabit posted:

I just finished watching Seasons 1-5 of Bosch over the course of the last two months.  Loved it!

Yes. I give art and architecture tours of LA. Think I might add a Bosch tour.

That's a great idea. 

winetarelli posted:
jcocktosten posted:

I started Good Omens - fun show.  David Tennant is obviously having a ball

Glad you’re liking it!

I enjoyed this very much.  Set up nicely for a 2nd run, but apparently Gaiman is dead set against it.  

PH

The Old Man posted:

Sad that Netflix cancelled The OA. You will never find a more audacious TV season ending than what occurred in its second season.

No tears here. OK the ending was a surprise, but not worth the cringing done during the scenes with the "movements". The concept was OK and it started out well. One season would have been enough.

steve8 posted:
The Old Man posted:

Sad that Netflix cancelled The OA. You will never find a more audacious TV season ending than what occurred in its second season.

No tears here. OK the ending was a surprise, but not worth the cringing done during the scenes with the "movements". The concept was OK and it started out well. One season would have been enough.

I  do recommend Brit Marling's movies, particularly The Sound of My Voice. Like the TV show none of them are perfect, but they are always interesting. Also no matter what you think of the movements--SPOILER ALERT--the weirdness certainly might stop a gunman for a moment or two which could be just enough time for someone to take action.

Also read her bio about a good looking blond who discovered that "Hollywood" was going to type-cast her as arm candy for the male leads. She instead decided to write and star in her unique science fiction tinged movies. Very brave.

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Chernobyl.  Holy smokes.

Powerful, depressing and uplifting at the same time and well worth a watch.

I avoided this for months, just because it seemed like a morbid subject.  It is.  

Recommended, but not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

PH

purplehaze posted:

Chernobyl.  Holy smokes.

Powerful, depressing and uplifting at the same time and well worth a watch.

I avoided this for months, just because it seemed like a morbid subject.  It is.  

Recommended, but not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

PH

The bio-robot sequence, in the 4th episode, is some of the most riveting television I've ever seen. It's amazing how they took a clip of the real event, and instead of simply replicating it, they place you in it.

Screwball  in Netflix.  It's about the Biogenisys, steroids, A-rod, Manny, Ryan Braun.   Entertaining.

The Old Man posted:

The bio-robot sequence, in the 4th episode, is some of the most riveting television I've ever seen. It's amazing how they took a clip of the real event, and instead of simply replicating it, they place you in it.

It was very intense. Glad to see Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård get Emmy nominations.  I thought they were both very good.  Skarsgård's transition from ignorant apparatchik to something resembling a human being was fun to watch.

PH

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purplehaze posted:
The Old Man posted:

The bio-robot sequence, in the 4th episode, is some of the most riveting television I've ever seen. It's amazing how they took a clip of the real event, and instead of simply replicating it, they place you in it.

It was very intense. Glad to see Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård get Emmy nominations.  I thought they were both very good.  Skarsgård's transition from ignorant apparatchik to something resembling a human being was fun to watch.

PH

Always liked Harris since the great, pretty unknown, I Shot Andy Warhol.

The naked director on netflix is whimsical, fun, albeit in that weird japanese raunchy kind of way.  

A bit of a no brainer, and a time killer, not necessarily something you'd spend time thinking over or rewatch after the first time.

Finished "The Loudest Voice". I thought it was well done with a solid performance by Crowe, but any story about Roger Ailes is also a story about the rise of Fox News... and seven hour of that story is really effing depressing.

sunnylea57 posted:

Finished "The Loudest Voice". I thought it was well done with a solid performance by Crowe, but any story about Roger Ailes is also a story about the rise of Fox News... and seven hour of that story is really effing depressing.

Just couldn't bring myself to watch it in the same way I didn't watch the movie about the great satan, Vice.

Succession is the best show on TV right now (especially since GOT is over). It makes you feel good about your own family.

I am enjoying City on a Hill (Showtime) and Yellowstone (Paramount), which is similar to Succession but in a different setting.

Just finished the first 2 episodes of After Life on Netflix.   Haven't laughed that hard in a long time.  Gervais mixing hilarious moments with sensitive ones.  Looking forward to the rest.

glennk posted:

Just finished the first 2 episodes of After Life on Netflix.   Haven't laughed that hard in a long time.  Gervais mixing hilarious moments with sensitive ones.  Looking forward to the rest.

Good series.  Finished well.  Looking forward to S2.

PH

Finished Good Omens last night - great series, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Comedy, religion, fantasy - a hell hound that looks remarkably like my 12 pound younger dog - all in all great fun and David Tennant looked like he really enjoyed himself

David and Olivia - Naked in Scotland.  Amazon Prime.  Very entertaining for me.  The bonus is the scenery as the two main characters drive from Loch Lomond to Edinburgh Airport.

Looking forward to watching the final episode of Baskets tonight (I'm a night behind). Zack Galifianakis was excellent in this, as was the entire cast. But Louie Anderson as Zack's mother was beyond brilliant.

Sticks and Stones

Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special; premiered yesterday.

Oh. My. G-d.  

Only one person alive could tell those jokes and not need to go into the witness relocation program.  I may have cringed once or thrice, but most of it was so, so funny.  And even if I cringed a couple of times, the irreverence was a much needed huge breath of fresh air.

Let the credits run to 00:00 and then there is a 20+ minute epilogue. 

(You should probably skip this whole thing if you are easily offended.  Duh.)

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A big +1 on the new Chappelle.  If you don't wince, the comedian isn't pushing the edge.  Dave pushes the edge like no one else in modern comedy.  Brilliant.

One of my favorite lines:

No matter what they say or how they make you feel, remember, this is your country, too,  It is incumbent upon us to save our country. And you know what we have to do. Every able-bodied African-American must register,,, for a legal firearm. That’s the only way they’ll change the law.

PH

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purplehaze posted:

A big +1 on the new Chappelle.  If you don't wince, the comedian isn't pushing the edge.  Dave pushes the edge like no one else in modern comedy.  Brilliant.

PH

+1 on the +1. 

Finished Escape at Dannemora (yes, we're kinda slow). All four principal actors gave fantastic performances (Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Benicio Del Toro and David Morse), the story was compelling, and Ben Stiller's direction was solid and cinematic.

Arquette deserves whatever awards she wins (and has already won).

I see the necessity for the penultimate episode ("if you were rooting for these guys, here's why you shouldn't") and I understand the reason for inserting where they did, but it did disrupt the flow of the story.

Power - I like this quite a bit.

Mandalorian looks great, I might even subscribe to disney plus for that.

A show I'd like to watch but can't is The First about go people to Mars. It's has Natascha McElhone, who was so great in Californication but for me I go straight to the 2002 remake of Solaris. The problem is the lead is Sean Penn and I just can't stand the guy. I don't think I feel that way about any other actor.

On other other hand I started watching Killing Eve and all I can say is--wow. Also it's obvious, after only three episodes, why  Jody Comer won an Emmy award in an unfortunate match up with the great Sandra Oh. It's so over the top, yet Comer's psycho killer can cause a chill with just the look in her eyes.

The Old Man posted:

The problem is the lead is Sean Penn and I just can't stand the guy. I don't think I feel that way about any other actor.

Well, that’s a bit odd.

I’ve never known him to say even one negative word about you ever.

 

Californication was almost certainly loosely based on the life of my college best friend and roomate. He became friends with an actress who ended up dating David Duchovny. She told him all about our friend and that he should do a show about him. Years later she bumped into DD and when she asked him his response was, stop talking to me, I cant talk to you about that, you'll sue me. If you knew my friend the parallels are uncanny outside of the drug/alcohol addictions which he did not have

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El Camino.  Netflix.  You will probably have problems accessing it.  A wee bit of high demand.  Do not be deterred.  A must watch, if you're a Breaking Bad fan.  If not... never mind.

PH

Just started in on Season 3 of Goliath.  I'm three episodes and and frankly don't know what to think.  It's definitely a lot weirder and whimsical than previous seasons.  

PH

purplehaze posted:

Just started in on Season 3 of Goliath.  I'm three episodes and and frankly don't know what to think.  It's definitely a lot weirder and whimsical than previous seasons.  

PH

I haven't started it yet. But I loved much of the first two seasons, but it sounds like it's problem of over the top bad guys (last season the bad guy was worse than the Joker) it continuing. It would be much better if it took the Bosch approach with more realism.

The Old Man posted:
It would be much better if it took the Bosch approach with more realism.

Heh.  I'm halfway through E5, and "realism" isn't a word I'd consider using for most of the season so far.  

PH

purplehaze posted:
The Old Man posted:
It would be much better if it took the Bosch approach with more realism.

Heh.  I'm halfway through E5, and "realism" isn't a word I'd consider using for most of the season so far.  

PH

Man I keep hesitating to press play on this one.

purplehaze posted:

El Camino.  Netflix.  You will probably have problems accessing it.  A wee bit of high demand.  Do not be deterred.  A must watch, if you're a Breaking Bad fan.  If not... never mind.

PH

Just watched it.  I agree.  I do miss Bryan Cranston’s character though.  

doubled posted:
purplehaze posted:

El Camino.  Netflix.  You will probably have problems accessing it.  A wee bit of high demand.  Do not be deterred.  A must watch, if you're a Breaking Bad fan.  If not... never mind.

PH

Just watched it.  I agree.  I do miss Bryan Cranston’s character though.  

Agree... but he's dead!  I appreciated Aaron Paul's characterization of Jesse Pinkman even more after watching this.  

PH

Aaron Paul did a great job.  He didn't miss a beat.

Another series I just started is Glitch.  First 6 episodes have been great.  Highly recommend.   Reminds me of Lost if I were to try to categorize it.

doubled posted:

Aaron Paul did a great job.  He didn't miss a beat.

Another series I just started is Glitch.  First 6 episodes have been great.  Highly recommend.   Reminds me of Lost if I were to try to categorize it.

I like the show too, but good luck understanding season three.

Just started Season 3 of Glitch.  I think I know what you mean TOM.  I’m losing sight of the plot lines.

If you are going to suspend disbelief, then I’d wish they’d spend more time exploring the premise of getting a second chance.   

doubled posted:

Just started Season 3 of Glitch.  I think I know what you mean TOM.  I’m losing sight of the plot lines.

If you are going to suspend disbelief, then I’d wish they’d spend more time exploring the premise of getting a second chance.   

It's what happened to the at first interesting Mr Robot. When the second season started all I could think is, what the hell is going on?

So many posts abou Bosch that I decided to watch it. Thanks for sharing! After The Big Bang Theory finished, I can't find a good TV seriaes to watch. I hope Bosch will be also enjoyable.

Francis123 posted:

So many posts abou Bosch that I decided to watch it. Thanks for sharing! After The Big Bang Theory finished, I can't find a good TV seriaes to watch. I hope Bosch will be also enjoyable.

Well... It's not a laugh riot, but it's excellent.

For silly English comedy in the Fawlty Towers vein look at the IT Crowd, which is probably closest to the Big Bang Theory, Toast of London - - totally insane. Also the American series What We Do  the Shadows. And perfect for Halloween the series Ash versus the Evil Dead. Even better if you're familiar with the three Evil Dead movies. All hail Bruce Campbell. No one does an evil spirit possessed hand better than him.

Started on The Boys on Amazon Prime.  Pretty good so far.

Edit:  Season 1 was great.  Looking forward to Season 2.

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Season 2 of Jack Ryan released today.  Fun stuff so far.  For Clancy "purists," please be advised that this series bears very little resemblance to the books.  Other than having a lead character named Jack Ryan a CIA analyst turned into field operative, and Wendell Pierce doing a really good job again as senior CIA James Greer, there is little that overlaps.  I enjoyed Season 1 a good bit, and Season 2 looks likely not to disappoint.  Recommended.

PH

doubled posted:

Thanks PH.  Looking forward to binge watching Season 2 of Jack Ryan. 

I liked it better after the conclusion than I did in the beginning.  Topical, if a bit of a stretch.  Hope there's a season 3.

PH

I like Bill Maher. There are a few things about him I don't like. One is his anti-science, anti-modern medicine views. Today, in his opening interview, he outed himself as an anti-vaxxer. If anyone has children in high school or college who'd like to do a report on logical fallacies, his comments could fill pages. You'd could fill a couple of pages just on his numerous straw-man arguments.

Now I'm clutching my pearls at the horror of it.

doubled posted:

Started on The Boys on Amazon Prime.  Pretty good so far.

Edit:  Season 1 was great.  Looking forward to Season 2.

Yep. Really got into that. Looking forward to season 2, as well. 

The Old Man posted:

I like Bill Maher. There are a few things about him I don't like. One is his anti-science, anti-modern medicine views. Today, in his opening interview, he outed himself as an anti-vaxxer. If anyone has children in high school or college who'd like to do a report on logical fallacies, his comments could fill pages. You'd could fill a couple of pages just on his numerous straw-man arguments.

Now I'm clutching my pearls at the horror of it.

I’m in the same boat. I agree with him on the strong majority of things. And that’s probably because he is usually interested in using knowable facts and objective logic. That makes his few anti-science stances that much more baffling. Some are fairly benign, but some are really dangerous; his anti-medical science stances chief among them. 

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winetarelli posted:
The Old Man posted:

I like Bill Maher. There are a few things about him I don't like. One is his anti-science, anti-modern medicine views. Today, in his opening interview, he outed himself as an anti-vaxxer. If anyone has children in high school or college who'd like to do a report on logical fallacies, his comments could fill pages. You'd could fill a couple of pages just on his numerous straw-man arguments.

Now I'm clutching my pearls at the horror of it.

I’m in the same boat. I agree with him on the strong majority of things. And that’s probably because he is usually interested in using knowable facts and objective logic. That makes his few anti-science stances that much more baffling. Some are fairly benign, but some are really dangerous; his anti-medical science stances chief among them. 

I just tried to watch the opening interview on Maher’s show. I had to fast forward through a bit I was so enraged.  “We don’t know 100% about the human body so we should discount the things 99.8% of medical scientists say we do know.” Wow.

As a complete aside, I’m on the spectrum; though, obviously on the milder end of it.  I’ve struggled with it in my life, but I definitely prefer it to having polio.*

And as a further aside, given that we already know that psychiatric and learning disabilities are genetic and largely hereditary; what doctor looks at seven kids from the same family, four of whom have autism, and concludes that vaccines are the problem?  

*I acknowledge that my learning disabilities and emotional disorders do not compare to some more afflicted. Something I do feel the need to point out. 

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In addition, study after study shows no link between autism and vaccines.

FWIW one of the big logical fallacies for Maher's rant is the use of "The Argument from Ignorance (also, Argumentum ad Ignorantiam): The fallacy that since we don’t know (or can never know, or cannot prove) whether a claim is true or false, it must be false, or it must be true."

Yep. As an aside, one my most loathed fallacies is, “because we don’t know / can’t know 100%, therefore we cannot know anything at all.”  It is like the climate change deniers who claim that since we cannot predict the weather perfectly on the daily, we therefore cannot know that climate change is real. It is the logical recourse of people set in their dogmas who have decided to be impervious to advances in knowledge. And they couch their dogmatic thinking as open-mindedness. 

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purplehaze posted:

Three episodes into Watchmen on Prime.  I'm liking this a good bit more than I expected to.  

PH

Good to know. I have the first three episodes on my DVR, haven’t watched yet. 

FWIW, also and unrelatedly, I found The Deuce season 3 to be a complete letdown. 

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Binge watched the second season of Jack Ryan yesterday. Not as good as the first season, but alright, if you can overlook a few gaping plot holes. 

The Old Man posted:

I like Bill Maher. There are a few things about him I don't like. One is his anti-science, anti-modern medicine views. Today, in his opening interview, he outed himself as an anti-vaxxer. If anyone has children in high school or college who'd like to do a report on logical fallacies, his comments could fill pages. You'd could fill a couple of pages just on his numerous straw-man arguments.

Now I'm clutching my pearls at the horror of it.

I have to admit that I have very mixed feelings about this. I'm not an anti-vaxxer. I believe in science, and the scientific method. I get my flu shot every year. But back in 1993, I watched my baby son go from seemingly normal, healthy behavior, to exhibiting symptoms of autism, within days of getting his scheduled round of vaccinations. This was when the vaccines were heavily laced with a mercury preservative, thimerosal, and autism was a word I wasn't even familiar with. I don't think even most of the medical profession was familiar with it back then, either. They first told us that his sudden lack of interpersonal skills probably meant that he was deaf. When he finally was correctly diagnosed (it took nearly a year), they told us that he would probably never learn to speak or write, and that we should consider institutionalizing him. A three year-old. 

We pushed hard for him to be in regular school classes, even once having to hire a lawyer and threaten to sue the school district, because they weren't even fulfilling their state-mandated requirements for disabled children. Now he is 28, speaks and reads just fine, and plays all kinds of complicated video games on the internet that I don't understand. He doesn't have the ability to hold down a full day job, and is awkward in social situations, but other than that, he has come out of it very well.

I know all the studies that say that thimerosal wasn't the cause. They've since discontinued it. But it certainly depends on how much you trust Big Pharma, and who bankrolled those studies.

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mneeley490 posted:

Binge watched the second season of Jack Ryan yesterday. Not as good as the first season, but alright, if you can overlook a few gaping plot holes. 

Finished it as well.  I agree.  Some of the sequences and locations reminded me of Clear and Present Danger.

MNEELEY490, I'm sorry for what happened to your son. There just is no evidence that autism is caused by vaccination, even with any of the now removed additives. Does this mean that vaccinations are 100% safe? Absolutely not. Any medical treatment has its side effects and some of them can be devastating. However, you can look all those up and weigh the statistics and data for yourself. But you will not find any mention of autism. This is the most recent study out of many:

Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination and Autism: A Nationwide Cohort Study

Such great stuff on television with the final season of The Man in the High Castle, the extended final season of Schitt's Creek and season three of The Crown. But pure goofy Canadian fun is to be found on Letterkenny on Hulu.

The Old Man posted:
doubled posted:

The Crown, Season 2 - very entertaining 

And so is season 3.

It seemed to run out of gas towards the last 2 episodes or so.  Otherwise, I greatly enjoyed it.

PH

The Old Man posted:
doubled posted:

The Crown, Season 2 - very entertaining 

And so is season 3.

Crap.  I meant Season 3, but Season 2 was very good as well.

doubled posted:
The Old Man posted:
doubled posted:

The Crown, Season 2 - very entertaining 

And so is season 3.

Crap.  I meant Season 3, but Season 2 was very good as well.

I knew that.

The Old Man posted:
doubled posted:

Just started Season 3 of Glitch.  I think I know what you mean TOM.  I’m losing sight of the plot lines.

If you are going to suspend disbelief, then I’d wish they’d spend more time exploring the premise of getting a second chance.   

It's what happened to the at first interesting Mr Robot. When the second season started all I could think is, what the hell is going on?

But they ended the second season of Mr Robot pretty strongly, don't you think?

John Adams, the seven-part miniseries on HBO (now available in Amazon Prime).  Started watching it.  Very entertaining especially the portrayal of Ben Franklin.

Cantaloop posted:
The Old Man posted:
doubled posted:

Just started Season 3 of Glitch.  I think I know what you mean TOM.  I’m losing sight of the plot lines.

If you are going to suspend disbelief, then I’d wish they’d spend more time exploring the premise of getting a second chance.   

It's what happened to the at first interesting Mr Robot. When the second season started all I could think is, what the hell is going on?

But they ended the second season of Mr Robot pretty strongly, don't you think?

I don't know if this was to me, but I couldn't make it. Some of these new-fangled programs are a little to much for me to keep up with.

The greatest show on televisions (as Squirrely Dan might say), and certainly the most juvenile, is from Canada. No, not the beloved Shitt's Creek, but the demented Letterkenny. Meth heads, hockey jocks, hick farmers who never farm, and Natives all speaking this strange vernacular which requires, at least for this American, subtitles on.

The Old Man posted:

I like Bill Maher. There are a few things about him I don't like. One is his anti-science, anti-modern medicine views. Today, in his opening interview, he outed himself as an anti-vaxxer. If anyone has children in high school or college who'd like to do a report on logical fallacies, his comments could fill pages. You'd could fill a couple of pages just on his numerous straw-man arguments.

Now I'm clutching my pearls at the horror of it.

I love Bill Maher...extremely funny.

A bunch of random Joe Pera.  Where has this guy been all my life?  Like a quaalude for my overtaxed brain.  Fun stuff.

PH

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

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The Old Man posted:

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

I might have to give it a look. Just watching the previews have made me cringe.

We recently finished watching Mad Men and liked it a lot. Now we started Peaky Blinders which is also excellent. Great soundtrack although it's probably going to ruin Red Right Hand for me.

steve8 posted:
The Old Man posted:

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

I might have to give it a look. Just watching the previews have made me cringe.

We recently finished watching Mad Men and liked it a lot. Now we started Peaky Blinders which is also excellent. Great soundtrack although it's probably going to ruin Red Right Hand for me.

I could not get through Peaky. Remember Letterkenny is also the stupidest show on television. Recommend Shitt's Creek perhaps first. (Break in gently into today's Canadian humor.)

Doctor Who marathon.  Have to wait to New Years for new episode but I am still happy.  Last Capaldi episode on now . It was a cracker  

Finally watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - tried when it came out but we had an issue with out streaming and never got back to it until now.

Very funny.

The Old Man posted:

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

Letterkenny is really funny. 

spo posted:
The Old Man posted:

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

Letterkenny is really funny. 

Hard yes. Ah, another person with a twisted sense of humor. 

The Old Man posted:
spo posted:
The Old Man posted:

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

Letterkenny is really funny. 

Hard yes. Ah, another person with a twisted sense of humor. 

So our friends who own a local restaurant are big fans of the show.  It turned out the lead singer from the Arkells was eating with his girlfriend the other day and talk turned to the show as one of them posed as a character from it on the restaurant's social media - the guy says he is really good friends with Jared from the show and shows pics on his camera of them together.  Apparently after leaving, he came back to get my friend's phone number - the next day Jared from the show calls to thank them for being such fans of the show.  The husband doubted it was true and eventually, Jared went into character and started performing.  Anyway, apparently he is extremely nice.  How Canadian

The language on the show  is almost Shakespearean in its creation and use of  wordplay.  When they do one of their rhyming riffs, or go through the alphabet, sometimes you just shake your head in amazement. 

Wheel, snipe, celly, boys. It's not just for hockey anymore.

Finally got around to watching the 6-part production of Les Miserables that aired in The UK and on PBS last year. Written by Andrew Davies, with Dominic West and David Oyelowo. 

Very well done. 

Just finished Cheer on Netflix.  It wasn't my choice originally, but it reeled me in quickly.  Inspiring and dark simultaneously.  These are not the cheerleaders of my youth.  Amazing athleticism and dedication by these young people.  But...  man.  They take a hell of a beating.

PH 

sunnylea57 posted:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

First episode of the new season. Best episode in probably 4 or 5 seasons. Brilliant.

Indeed...excellent debut last night.  My favorite show.  Leon is hysterical...they all  are really.  Looking forward to this every Sunday.

sunnylea57 posted:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

First episode of the new season. Best episode in probably 4 or 5 seasons. Brilliant.

Holy mole.  Just brilliant.  

Detectorists

Brit comedy created, written by, and starring Mackenzie Crook (Gareth from the original Brit version of The Office). He and Toby Jones play two members of an amateur metal detectorist club.

Three seasons of 6 episodes each. 

Charming and funny. Here are some highlights from the first season: 

https://youtu.be/Fi8I6RshTDs

Sorry to see The Crown end on the fifth season instead of the originally planed six. The fifth will feature the great Imelda Staunton as the queen. No, they won't get close to dealing with Megan and Harry.

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billhike posted:

SOTU.

Indeed. Just an excellent speech!  Home run.  Now Mitch can tear up the bogus articles of impeachment!  

napacat posted:
billhike posted:

SOTU.

Indeed. Just an excellent speech!  Home run.  Now Mitch can tear up the bogus articles of impeachment!  

I was wondering if you would slither out of 45’s rectum long enough to chime in.

billhike posted:
napacat posted:
billhike posted:

SOTU.

Indeed. Just an excellent speech!  Home run.  Now Mitch can tear up the bogus articles of impeachment!  

I was wondering if you would slither out of 45’s rectum long enough to chime in.

Good to know your thinking of me..

TV-shows are not my favorite entertainment. I don't like them very much. But I've seen some through the years so I have a shortlist of those that I do like:

Married with children

X-files

The Twilight Zone

Seinfeld

The lost room

Black mirror

IT-crowd (UK)

Misfits

Mad men

Breaking Bad

mneeley490 posted:

Started watching The Boys. Three episodes in, interesting so far. Reminds me a lot of the Watchmen.

I loved The Boys.

LoraMoser posted:

TV-shows are not my favorite entertainment. I don't like them very much. But I've seen some through the years so I have a shortlist of those that I do like:

Married with children

X-files

The Twilight Zone

Seinfeld

The lost room

Black mirror

IT-crowd (UK)

Misfits

Mad men

Breaking Bad

Well, if we are going all-time:

Comedies (in descending order):

Seinfeld

Curb  (since the divorce)

Arrested Development (first 3 seasons)

Get Smart

 

Dramas (too many to list but what really sticks with me, in rough descending order, excluding GOT, which is its own thing):

The first season of Homeland

The Americans

The first 7 episodes of the first season of True Detective

The first 3 seasons of The Sopranos

The first 3 seasons of The West Wing

Dexter season 4 (Trinity Killer)

The Old Man posted:

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

Wonderful film too many don’t know of. 

Three Days of the Condor, what a piece of shit. Redford does some interesting early films of which Three Days is the best. Other overlooked gems include include the wry The Candidate with its great ending line and the well made Downhill Racer (directed by Michael Ritchie of all people.) 

For extra credit, without looking it up, answer this question. Who was his character in his only Twilight Zone appearance, in the episode Nothing in the Dark?

PBS's NOVA "Polar Extremes" 2/5/20 release. 

I wouldn't normally recommend a single episode in this thread, but this 2 hr show kept me thoroughly engaged as it went through geologic time with the earth's climate and its drivers.  Made very good comparisons to times when CO2 levels were higher. We are currently over 400 ppm, well above the 180-300 ppm range that has existed for thousands of years during this time of inactive volcanic activity. You'll come away with a much better understanding of climate change.

The Old Man posted:

Three Days of the Condor, what a piece of shit. Redford does some interesting early films of which Three Days is the best. Other overlooked gems include include the wry The Candidate with its great ending line and the well made Downhill Racer (directed by Michael Ritchie of all people.) 

For extra credit, without looking it up, answer this question. Who was his character in his only Twilight Zone appearance, in the episode Nothing in the Dark?

Wounded Cop/Angel of Death   One of my favorites.

mneeley490 posted:
The Old Man posted:

Three Days of the Condor, what a piece of shit. Redford does some interesting early films of which Three Days is the best. Other overlooked gems include include the wry The Candidate with its great ending line and the well made Downhill Racer (directed by Michael Ritchie of all people.) 

For extra credit, without looking it up, answer this question. Who was his character in his only Twilight Zone appearance, in the episode Nothing in the Dark?

Wounded Cop/Angel of Death   One of my favorites.

Bingo bingo. And don't forget the wonderful older actress Gladys Cooper.

winetarelli posted:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Already brilliant, so far this season is the funniest sitcom season I've seen in decades.  

I'm afraid I'm going to have to really disagree. I think there was an odd scene at the beginning of the first episode that shows the problem. No spoilers; so I'll just say it concerned a selfie stick. Many parts of this season are like that scene. It's often very forced and takes Larry's misanthropic behavior to new heights that are unbelievable even for him.

I do like that they shot more than one scene at Lunetta by Day.

I hope I did not rain on your parade.

 

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winetarelli posted:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Already brilliant, so far this season is the funniest sitcom season I've seen in decades.  

I too think this is the finest season thus far in many years. 

The MAGA hat theme and the Jeff/ Weinstein storyline are hilarious imo. 

wineart 2 posted:
winetarelli posted:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Already brilliant, so far this season is the funniest sitcom season I've seen in decades.  

I too think this is the finest season thus far in many years. 

The MAGA hat theme and the Jeff/ Weinstein storyline are hilarious imo. 

Yep. 

wineart 2 posted:
winetarelli posted:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Already brilliant, so far this season is the funniest sitcom season I've seen in decades.  

I too think this is the finest season thus far in many years. 

The MAGA hat theme and the Jeff/ Weinstein storyline are hilarious imo. 

I loved the first episode, but wasn't fond of eps 2 and 3. Still haven't watched last week's yet.

sunnylea57 posted:
wineart 2 posted:
winetarelli posted:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Already brilliant, so far this season is the funniest sitcom season I've seen in decades.  

I too think this is the finest season thus far in many years. 

The MAGA hat theme and the Jeff/ Weinstein storyline are hilarious imo. 

I loved the first episode, but wasn't fond of eps 2 and 3. Still haven't watched last week's yet.

Huh?  Sunny, you didn’t like the scone episode?  I thought it was hilarious. 

Yeah, I'm not usually one to agree with TOM, but eps 2 and 3 felt forced. Part of the fun of the show is how Larry takes a handful of disconnected plot threads and links them all together by the end of the episode. Eps 2 and 3 just felt a bit obvious to me. I'm also tired of Susie's character.

I liked ep 4, though.

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Yeah, I'm not usually one to agree with TOM, but eps 2 and 3 felt forced. Part of the fun of the show is how Larry takes a handful of disconnected plot threads and links them all together by the end of the episode. Eps 2 and 3 just felt a bit obvious to me. I'm also tired of Susie's character.

I liked ep 4, though.

The problem is he has to come up with more and more outrageous behaviors. He's really gone too far and is often out of character.

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Good to hear about Homeland Sunny.  Saving the episodes for binge watching.

Watched Counterpart again (Seasons 1 and 2) which is now available on Amazon Prime.  Great cast.  Great series.  However There will not be a Season 3 if I remember correctly.

Going to watch Prisoners of War (aka Hatufim), the original Israeli series that the first seasons of Homeland was based on.

doubled posted:

Good to hear about Homeland Sunny.  Saving the episodes for binge watching.

Watched Counterpart again (Seasons 1 and 2) which is now available on Amazon Prime.  Great cast.  Great series.  However There will not be a Season 3 if I remember correctly.

Best place to check for that kind of info: epguides.com

http://epguides.com/Counterpart/

You'll see at the top of the page that it's cancelled/ended.

Thanks Sunny.

Started Hunters on Amazon Prime.  It’s been great so far.  I was skeptical of Pacino, but he’s done a good job.  Nice to see Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother).  Some fresh faces like Jerrika Hinton and others.

doubled posted:

Started Hunters on Amazon Prime.  It’s been great so far.  I was skeptical of Pacino, but he’s done a good job.  Nice to see Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother).  Some fresh faces like Jerrika Hinton and others.

Finished Season 1.  I thought it was great except for the conclusion.   

Apologies if it’s been mentioned before, but Altered Carbon on Netflix is really good.  An excellent watch for sci fi geeks like me.  Season 2 recently released.  Excellent production, good writing.  Makes me want to get the books.

Speaking of things I like, I'm really digging Agatha's Christie's Poirot originally from the BBC. I originally watch the first couple seasons of this when they were shown on PBS in the early 90s. However, I just couldn't get into them and dropped out. Now upon watching them again I see they are just little gems with great characterizations, locations and attention to detail. They also do something that's hard to pull off: they go far from the words of the books and yet more than keep the spirit.

David Suchot pulled off the incredible feat of performing as Hercule Poirot in adaptions of all 70 Christie short stories and novels. The includes the final Poirot book that published during her life. The book Curtain, however had actually been written 30 years earlier. She originally planned to have it published posthumously as her detective's swansong. She changed her mind and released it a year before she died.

Another reason this show is so good is the budget was always kept at a solid level and that they are only making on average only six episodes a year. A reason why Columbo is so good compared to so much episodic television is it began as a rotation show on NBC's Mystery Movie. Unlike equivalent shows of the time like I Spy and Mission Impossible which cranked out at least 26 one-hour shows a season, Columbo only averaged six 90-minutes shows.

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Nice that Curb is again using Three Little Maids From School Are We. Jon Hamm's Larry David was great. However Letterkenny is still the cleverest comedy on TV. (And of course the stupidest.)

Finished The Outsider, produced by Jason Bateman who also acts in it and directed some episodes. It's funny my daughter's boyfriend mentioned it went a little off track in starting in episode four. This is because it's when the Stephen King's (It's adapted from his book) influence rears its banal head. However it's perhaps some the best acting I've seen in a mini-series in some time. A really fantastic cast make this worth finishing. 

Side technical note: I've have never seen a TV show, or movie, shot with such constantly shallow depth of field. It has a purpose, and it sometimes too much, but it is interesting.

Recommended.

doubled posted:

I’m having trouble getting into Homeland Season 8.

Really? I’m loving it. Best season in some time.

Portrait Artist of the Year

A friend told me about this Brit SkyArts series. We’ve watched both the 2018 and 2019 editions.

The current season can be found on YouTube (search for “Portrait Artist of the year 2020”) where someone is posting each episode the morning after it airs in the UK. Two episodes to go in the current season.

Simple premise: in each episode 9 artists - some pros, some amateur - have 4 hours to paint a portrait of a celebrity sitter. Three judges then pick one artist to go on to the semi-finals. The ninth episode is the semi-final (with 8 artists), followed by the finals (with 3 artists). The winner receives a £10,000 commission to paint a celebrity portrait (the process of which is shown in episode 11). This season it will be Nile Rogers, and the portrait will hang in the Royal Albert Hall.

its a simple premise but it’s hugely compelling to see all the different approaches to portrait painting.

doubled posted:
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Started Hunters on Amazon Prime.  It’s been great so far.  I was skeptical of Pacino, but he’s done a good job.  Nice to see Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother).  Some fresh faces like Jerrika Hinton and others.

Finished Season 1.  I thought it was great except for the conclusion.   

I just finished Hunters.  I agree completely with you Dom.  The conclusion was meh. But I enjoyed it up till then.  

azwiese posted:
doubled posted:
doubled posted:

Started Hunters on Amazon Prime.  It’s been great so far.  I was skeptical of Pacino, but he’s done a good job.  Nice to see Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother).  Some fresh faces like Jerrika Hinton and others.

Finished Season 1.  I thought it was great except for the conclusion.   

I just finished Hunters.  I agree completely with you Dom.  The conclusion was meh. But I enjoyed it up till then.  

Great minds...

I just finished and agree about the conclusion. I also thought the intertwining of exploration-style filmmaking and the Holocaust sometimes didn’t work because all of the Holocaust stories were quite realistic as to what actually happened so there is a sense of almost downplaying that I felt, though obviously that was completely unintentional. That said, it was quite well acted. I thought Pacino was great. 

winetarelli posted:
azwiese posted:
doubled posted:
doubled posted:

Started Hunters on Amazon Prime.  It’s been great so far.  I was skeptical of Pacino, but he’s done a good job.  Nice to see Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother).  Some fresh faces like Jerrika Hinton and others.

Finished Season 1.  I thought it was great except for the conclusion.   

I just finished Hunters.  I agree completely with you Dom.  The conclusion was meh. But I enjoyed it up till then.  

Great minds...

I just finished and agree about the conclusion. I also thought the intertwining of exploration-style filmmaking and the Holocaust sometimes didn’t work because all of the Holocaust stories were quite realistic as to what actually happened so there is a sense of almost downplaying that I felt, though obviously that was completely unintentional. That said, it was quite well acted. I thought Pacino was great. 

Except for the made up chess game. The creator's excuse is laughable.

winetarelli posted:

Just saw the last episode of Curb.  What an amazing season this was!

Yeah, I thought that the 2nd and 3rd episodes were letdowns after the stellar first episode, but it really picked up after that. Episodes 7-10 were exceptional.

sunnylea57 posted:
doubled posted:

I’m having trouble getting into Homeland Season 8.

Really? I’m loving it. Best season in some time.

Ok, it got better starting with Episode 3.  I forgot how annoying the 15 minutes of promos before the episode begins.

Watched the first season of Luther over the past few nights. A couple of episodes were a little over the top with the gore factor, but overall I like it. Episode 5 (and 6) was the stand-out.

Finished Portrait Artist of the Year 2020... as well as the 2019 and 2018 seasons. It is SO GOOD. I found the earlier seasons online (2013, 2014, 2017) so we'll watch those soon.

And also Landscape Artist of the Year (2015 through 2019).

patespo1 posted:

Just finished season 3 of Ozark, my favorite of the three.  Riveting from start to finish. 

Good to know!  The first 2 seasons have been great.

The Old Man posted:
winetarelli posted:

Great minds...

I just finished and agree about the conclusion. I also thought the intertwining of exploration-style filmmaking and the Holocaust sometimes didn’t work because all of the Holocaust stories were quite realistic as to what actually happened so there is a sense of almost downplaying that I felt, though obviously that was completely unintentional. That said, it was quite well acted. I thought Pacino was great. 

Except for the made up chess game. The creator's excuse is laughable.

I often wondered which of the atrocities or portrayals of the Nazi concentration camps were true and which weren't.  It's too bad they had to make one up.  

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