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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby Morty » Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:56 am

The Beav wrote:SR and I only made it through 4 episodes. Not sure what could have kept our interest for 6 more.

The one thing that made me think he was not guilty, even though I saw none of the court episodes, was the fact that there was no physical evidence of the gruesome murder in the room.



Shit gets real in the courtroom, and his defense attorneys pour on a mountain of evidence. Like...........the local cop (who was active in the 1985 wrongful conviction) calls into dispatch to check the licence plate of the missing young lady's car, this is after she is found missing, but before the car is found intact on the junkyard property. The dispatch verified that it was the plate of the missing person case active, then he says "Toyota Rav 4, right"? she confirms. That stunk to high hell.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby pdtpuck » Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:50 am

Vinyl. HBO. Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger are behind it. About the record industry in the 70's. I've only watched the pilot and it is awesome. Highly recommended.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby Mulligan » Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:23 am

My favorite part of Bernie Sanders running for president is Larry David's portrayal. Best SNL political take since Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. Of course, Larry David reading the phone book would make me laugh.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby Roquefort Robert » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:16 pm

Mr. Robot has been good.
I've added Superstore to the DVR.
I like Undatable enough that I hope they don't cancel it.
I'll soon get started on catching up with Better Call Saul, TWD, and my favorite show, Shameless.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby middle aged female » Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:26 pm

Been watching the British series "Foyle's War" on Netflix; great 40's "war on the homefront" show.
Also hooked on a silly little cop/mystery show from Canada called "Murdoch Mysteries" about a cop from the Victorian era in Toronto who uses not-yet invented technologies to solve murders. Very kitschy and fun.
Also all the "Mysteries at the ..." shows on the Travel Channel. Fun little historical tidbits about castles, monuments and museums
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby The Beav » Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:38 pm

pdtpuck wrote:Vinyl. HBO. Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger are behind it. About the record industry in the 70's. I've only watched the pilot and it is awesome. Highly recommended.


Speaking of HBO, Silicon Valley is pretty damn great.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby frank - up in grand blanc » Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:08 am

BBC/PBS's Downton Abbey is over and I'm a little bummed. The most recent corollary, I think, is the demise of Drew & Mike, and my interpretation is the same: media characters & personalities work their way into one's psyche to a point where in spite of logic they feel like familiar friends and so are grieved when they go away. It's easy to laugh at the sad faces when a run comes to an end and fans are overwrought over what is crafted as commercial entertainment (David Bowie, not a pop singer with a flouncy stage presence but a beacon and a hero for repressed gay culture; M.A.S.H, not a shitty sitcom with a laugh-track but poignant commentary on post-Kennedy/-Camelot disappointment; etc.). Still, for reasons right or wrong, things feel a little empty on this day after the finale.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby Craig » Sat May 14, 2016 7:24 pm

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_War

Had a mini-marathon viewing over Generation War, "Germany's answer to 'Band of Brothers'", and in spite of myself found I couldn't help but be drawn in. The story follows the diverging and converging story lines of five young Germans through the war. This is a made for TV production but that's not much of a handicap... Das Boot was also made for TV and this program is on par in terms of sets, authentic-appearing military hardware, etc. Aspects of the story were too pat, like these friends stumbling upon one a other again and again in a theater of war staffed by millions. But where it really worked was in the growth and transformation of the characters as the war sweeps them up. My favorite arc had the same impact upon me as did the character of Sid in The Pacific; the transformation of nice, naieve, even delicate young guys into men who come to regard killing with a professional's detachment generated dual senses of wonder and compassion, as in'i hope that he makes it through' and 'i hope that he can go back to being the nice guy after the war.' Any program that can get a viewer to feel something like this for a fictional character has hit a homerun, and for me Generation War was a homerun.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby ldodger » Sun May 15, 2016 10:17 am

frank - up in grand blanc wrote:BBC/PBS's Downton Abbey is over and I'm a little bummed. The most recent corollary, I think, is the demise of Drew & Mike, and my interpretation is the same: media characters & personalities work their way into one's psyche to a point where in spite of logic they feel like familiar friends and so are grieved when they go away. It's easy to laugh at the sad faces when a run comes to an end and fans are overwrought over what is crafted as commercial entertainment (David Bowie, not a pop singer with a flouncy stage presence but a beacon and a hero for repressed gay culture; M.A.S.H, not a shitty sitcom with a laugh-track but poignant commentary on post-Kennedy/-Camelot disappointment; etc.). Still, for reasons right or wrong, things feel a little empty on this day after the finale.


Start watching, Call the Midwife (PBS\BBS). I love it as much as I loved Downton Abbey.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby middle aged female » Sun May 15, 2016 10:33 am

ldodger wrote:
frank - up in grand blanc wrote:BBC/PBS's Downton Abbey is over and I'm a little bummed. The most recent corollary, I think, is the demise of Drew & Mike, and my interpretation is the same: media characters & personalities work their way into one's psyche to a point where in spite of logic they feel like familiar friends and so are grieved when they go away. It's easy to laugh at the sad faces when a run comes to an end and fans are overwrought over what is crafted as commercial entertainment (David Bowie, not a pop singer with a flouncy stage presence but a beacon and a hero for repressed gay culture; M.A.S.H, not a shitty sitcom with a laugh-track but poignant commentary on post-Kennedy/-Camelot disappointment; etc.). Still, for reasons right or wrong, things feel a little empty on this day after the finale.


Start watching, Call the Midwife (PBS\BBS). I love it as much as I loved Downton Abbey.

I love the show but my husband has to leave the room whenever a birth starts.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby Shark » Mon May 16, 2016 5:57 pm

middle aged female wrote:
ldodger wrote:
frank - up in grand blanc wrote:BBC/PBS's Downton Abbey is over and I'm a little bummed. The most recent corollary, I think, is the demise of Drew & Mike, and my interpretation is the same: media characters & personalities work their way into one's psyche to a point where in spite of logic they feel like familiar friends and so are grieved when they go away. It's easy to laugh at the sad faces when a run comes to an end and fans are overwrought over what is crafted as commercial entertainment (David Bowie, not a pop singer with a flouncy stage presence but a beacon and a hero for repressed gay culture; M.A.S.H, not a shitty sitcom with a laugh-track but poignant commentary on post-Kennedy/-Camelot disappointment; etc.). Still, for reasons right or wrong, things feel a little empty on this day after the finale.


Start watching, Call the Midwife (PBS\BBS). I love it as much as I loved Downton Abbey.

I love the show but my husband has to leave the room whenever a birth starts.



I'm rewatching the 70s series Upstairs/Downstairs. It's in some ways better than Downton.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby middle aged female » Tue May 17, 2016 8:29 am

Shark wrote:
middle aged female wrote:
ldodger wrote:
frank - up in grand blanc wrote:BBC/PBS's Downton Abbey is over and I'm a little bummed. The most recent corollary, I think, is the demise of Drew & Mike, and my interpretation is the same: media characters & personalities work their way into one's psyche to a point where in spite of logic they feel like familiar friends and so are grieved when they go away. It's easy to laugh at the sad faces when a run comes to an end and fans are overwrought over what is crafted as commercial entertainment (David Bowie, not a pop singer with a flouncy stage presence but a beacon and a hero for repressed gay culture; M.A.S.H, not a shitty sitcom with a laugh-track but poignant commentary on post-Kennedy/-Camelot disappointment; etc.). Still, for reasons right or wrong, things feel a little empty on this day after the finale.


Start watching, Call the Midwife (PBS\BBS). I love it as much as I loved Downton Abbey.

I love the show but my husband has to leave the room whenever a birth starts.



I'm rewatching the 70s series Upstairs/Downstairs. It's in some ways better than Downton.

PBS did a reboot of that series a few years back; took place after WWI. It was pretty decent. I loved the original though. One of the reasons I didn't get caught up in Downton; just didn't feel as real to me.
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:00 pm

"OJ Simpson: Made in America" is exceptionally well done. Not that we needed reminding, but it paints a very damning picture of Simpson: He was a greedy narcissist with a terrible streak of entitlement. Footage from earlier in his career makes a pretty strong case he could've given a wet shit about black people, which makes his defense and subsequent acquittal all the more ironic.

I remembered the Rodney King riots, but the film also emphasizes how frayed relations between the LAPD and black Angelenos were. It also shows just how dead to rights the cops had Simpson for the murders; take Mark Fuhrman out of the equation and he's probably convicted. Two jurors, one an absolute ghetto-ass moron and the other who genuinely seemed to have some misgivings, also are interviewed. OJ was the worst possible poster child, but it makes it easy to see how the defense could get a jury to believe a setup was plausible.

It also does a very good job showing how unaware people are willing to be when in the presence of famous people (or making money off their relationship with them). Simpson was beating his wife for a while and some of hid friends knew it, but none -- including a cop who was called in to clean up the mess after he was arrested for domestic violence -- seemed to have any misgivings until after she was killed.
Speaking of killed, photos of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman's bodies are shown, most specifically their necks. Jesus Christ ...

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A few nuggets:

Fuhrman says the Rodney King beating would've never happened if the LAPD still was allowed to practice choke holds.

After giving himself up to police after the Bronco chase, OJ turned to a cop while bring driven away and asked what "all these n*****s are doing in Brentwood?"

One of Simpson's friends pretty much settles any setup possibility by pointing out the obvious: For Fuhrman (or anyone else) to set Simpson up, they'd have to know he had no alibi before they knew he had no alibi.

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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby MICHIGAN » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:41 pm

Anyone watching Detroiters?
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Re: Miscellaneous TV thread

Postby Morty » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:58 am

MICHIGAN wrote:Anyone watching Detroiters?


Yeah, just to see local landmarks. Just watched the episode where the father is out of the nuthouse for a while (Marygrove College is used as the hospital) and found the writing on that episode to be more up to par.
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