What was the last TV show you watched?

Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by Lady Day, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Julian Shellhammer

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    An episode of Love and Marriage from 1959 with William Demarest and Jeanne Bal. He's a crusty widower with lifetime roots in Tin Pan Alley music publishing, and she's his up-to-date daughter. She invites him to live with her and her husband and two daughters (in a set reminiscent of Make Room for Daddy). Stubby Kaye is gopher-assistant-something who gets to sing some standards, as does Kay Armen as wise-cracking secretary.
    Demarest is the consummate professional, with perfect delivery no matter what role he's playing.

    Also an episode of Texaco Star Theatre with host Milton Berle from March of 1949. Fast-paced tv version of vaudeville, with Uncle Miltie letting fly with cornball jokes, with breaks for gymnasts, Guest Ethel Merman solos with I Get a Kick Out of You, and I Got Rhythm, then teams up with Berle in comedy bit. Warning: a skit with Keye Luke is heavy on ethnic stereotyping; and Berle introduces a dancer he discovered in a Greenwich Village nightclub as "this boy," making me think it was a child prodigy, but the dancer is African-American.
    A unique portion of the show was a trip down memory lane with several different songwriters or teams performing their compositions. Highlight was Maud Nugent singing "Sweet Rosie O'Grady," which she wrote in 1896.
     
  2. Stormy

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    I’ve just finished seasons 1 and 2 of Cable Girls. It’s splendid! I highly recommend this series. Looking forward to watching seasons 3 and 4 this weekend.
     
  3. MisterCairo

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    First three episodes of the fourth and final season of Preacher.

    When you think a show cannot get any weirder...
     
  4. Doctor Strange

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    Finished off the current season of Stranger Things. Had its moments, but kinda meh overall. It's like junk food: reasonably diverting while you're in the middle, but essentially just unmemorable empty calories afterwards. Especially if, like me, you're too old to get into its eighties-kids nostalgia wallow.
     
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  5. Ernest P Shackleton

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    American Experience: Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation. PBS. I tend to like the American Experience series quite a bit. Yet another documentary that could have been edited in half, or they could have shown more footage of people, the incredible number of booths and service tents. I would have enjoyed seeing even more of how it developed into a city. That was the premise of this doc, but I only needed to see the field pre-event or photos of the planners in suits one time. Small gripe. I liked that this didn't focus on the music. There's plenty of that already out there. Good on Max Yasgur. Good on the locals. Good on everyone. Obviously. As they kept showing all these helicopters, I wondered how much that would cost today. Or how much the various helicopter companies would have milked the event for every opportunistic cent they could. The event would cost more just because of inflation, but I was left wondering how much greed would play into it today if an event was as ill-planned and needed other industries to put in their hand. The opportunists would be opportunists.
     
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  6. Ernest P Shackleton

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    Lodge 49. AMC. Another series I don't understand a bit, not the content nor why I would waste my time when there's so much TV out there. I like the vibe, the lodge, the acting, and most of the characters. Some of the story feels like filler, but when they're talking alchemy and mysticism, I enjoy it. It's not going to blow your mind, but I find it relaxing. I won't recommend it to anyone, but if you like the esoteric, you might like it too. I see it gets darn good reviews, so add that to the list I don't understand.
     
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  7. Seb Lucas

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    Me too. I got through 4 eps but I found the show just too slipshod and lazy. The weirdness seems to lack sparkle and wit.
     
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  8. Ernest P Shackleton

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    If you don't like the first season of Preacher, I would think you're done with it. It's the best season. Each season is less.
     
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    Damnatiion on Netflix. It has some issues, but I've watched several episodes anyway. Set in 1930s Iowa, the lead is a fellow with a murky past posing as a preacher hoping to start a rebellion against the haves by the have nots. He has the local farmers on strike and blockading the town to keep supplies out. The haves are not taking it lying down. The preacher and the hired strike breaker/gunman have a history. There's a few other characters that aren't at all who they seem.
    Unfortunately there is only one season available at present so there's no conclusion to be reached here as season two is stuck in limbo and at this point doesn't seem likely to be produced.
     
  10. MisterCairo

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    Letterkenny, season one, first two episodes with my nephew, on our return from the Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie Twins of Evil "Hell Never Dies" concert in London, Ontario.

    My nephew Jason had seen only a couple of Letterkenny bits on youtube. Thought it was hilarious.

    Rock on...
     
  11. M Brown

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    Currently watching the new season of GLow.
     
  12. Seb Lucas

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    You're right. Liked the first. Law of diminishing returns.
     
  13. Touchofevil

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    Shakespeare and Hathaway on PBS. It's not the best show you can find on PBS, but it is better than most, if not all, of what you can find on the Big Four networks. It can be funny, too simple, and implausible, but the leads characters are entertaining enough.
    :D
     
  14. Touchofevil

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    Last night, Yellowstone.
    This morning, a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. I never tire of this show. It always makes me laugh and keeps me entertained. :D
     
  15. Ernest P Shackleton

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    The Handmaid's Tale. Hulu. season 3 finale. I'm all caught up. I got tired of going to check on something and running into spoilers. The further you go, the less dark it gets. In case anyone has it on their to-watch list, I don't want to spoil it. One of the better endings I've seen in a while. Loved the music, the verse, and all the details.
     
  16. Julian Shellhammer

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    For television, it's mostly working our way through the George Gently mysteries, stretching out the Crime Story season 2 episodes, and test-driving an occasion episode of a series to see if we're interested.
     
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  17. Edward

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    Currently oscillating between Handmaid's Tale series 3, Vikings series 4, and rewatching Peaky Blinders ahead of the upcoming Series 5. I hear they have already planned Peakies for Series 6 and 7, so hopefully they will get to end the show the way they want: with the sound of the first air raid siren of WW2 in Birmingham. I would also like to see, as a dramatic framing device, Tommy Shelby's young son being conscripted into WW2, a grim 'cycle of life' thing given that it was their experiences in the trenches which have coloured so much of Tommy, Arthur and John(?)'s lives that we have seen on screen.
     
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  18. Touchofevil

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    Some UFC preliminary figjts and another episode of Yellowstone.
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  19. Worf

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    "The Boys" - Amazon Prime finally has a bona fide HIT on it's hands. Based on a graphic novel series... "The Boys" explores an alternate universe where super heroes exist MANY, MANY superheroes... all over the country and they're all owned and controlled by the Vought Corporation. The main group of hero's is a band called "The Seven", they're clearly a copy of the Justice League. If this was all there was to it this show would be pretty run of the mill but... here's the rub, these heroes are NOT heroes... no, they're basically a bunch of asshats! What do you think would happen if 7 of the most egotistical, vain and selfish people in your office or workplace were suddenly given POWERS! Do you think they'd have an "Uncle Ben" moment and decide all on their own that "great power brings great responsibility" and act accordingly or continue to exhibit the nasty, petty and damaging character traits they've always had?

    Add to that mix a corporation who's only goal is maximize merchandizing, profit and eventually Government sanctioning and funding and you get The Seven.... Facing off against them is a ragtag group of ex-mercs, spies and civilians who've all suffered at the hands of heroes. They're referred to as "The Boys". They despise superheroes... and in the words of their titular leader "Billy the Butcher" are there to spank them when they get out of line. In this world you see what happens to the civilians maimed and killed by superheroes. They're hurt, damaged and broken humans who want justice and ultimately revenge! It's hard reviewing this show without giving away spoilers. There are massive twists and turns in this short 8 episode season and to give away anything about it would be a crime. Within the first 5 minutes you know that this show turns the whole comic book mythos on its pointy little head and it's gonna be one hell of a bloody, bumpy and disturbing ride.

    Can't recommend it any higher... If you thought "Watchmen" was rough... you ain't seen nothin' yet!

    Worf
     
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  20. Ernest P Shackleton

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    The Terror. AMC. each season is a new story. This one is based around the Japanese-American, WWII, and internment camps. I'm curious about how the Japanese, and more specifically the Japanese acting world, are receiving this. It's good to have jobs. It's good to not be the token ethnic actor etc. But how many stereotypes are going to be maintained and all that. Maybe it will do a great job and avoid a lot of that sensitivity. It was a rather uneventful opening episode.
     

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