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TV Tuesdays Free Talk

We have had some great discussions on ~movies on the semi-regular Movie Monday Free Talk Threads (latest one from yesterday here).

@NecrophiliaChocolate asked in yesterday's Movie thread if he could discuss television shows, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to set up another regular ~TV free for all thread.

So Tilderinos, have you watched any TV shows recently you want to discuss? Any shows you want to recommend or are hyped about? Feel free to discuss anything here.

Please just try to provide fair warning of spoilers as you can.

22 comments

  1. [4]
    gpl Link
    I recently started watching Schitt’s Creek on Hulu and I have to say, I have been very pleasantly surprised. You don’t hear this show talked about too much (relatively at least) but it is really...

    I recently started watching Schitt’s Creek on Hulu and I have to say, I have been very pleasantly surprised. You don’t hear this show talked about too much (relatively at least) but it is really worth a watch.

    6 votes
    1. [2]
      nsz Link Parent
      I really like this show, definitely gets less attention then other sitcoms but the jokes are well written and acted, plus the cast has good chemistry. More of a subtle/sarcastic style than...

      I really like this show, definitely gets less attention then other sitcoms but the jokes are well written and acted, plus the cast has good chemistry. More of a subtle/sarcastic style than something like Brooklyn 99.

      2 votes
      1. gpl Link Parent
        Yeah the attention/quality ratio is definitely way too low. It's been a nice break from my 3rd rewatch of Seinfeld.

        Yeah the attention/quality ratio is definitely way too low. It's been a nice break from my 3rd rewatch of Seinfeld.

        2 votes
    2. dubteedub Link Parent
      I thought the first several episodes were pretty great, but kind of lost interest by the end of Season 1 as it seemed to focus so much on relationship drama between the main characters. I am kind...

      I thought the first several episodes were pretty great, but kind of lost interest by the end of Season 1 as it seemed to focus so much on relationship drama between the main characters. I am kind of over sitcoms that rely so heavily on the plot revolving around relationship triangles and such.

      That being said, Eugene and Daniel Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Emily Hampshire are great in their scenes. One of my favorite skits is where they are trying to cook enchiladas and arguing over what it means to fold cheese.

      1 vote
  2. [3]
    dubteedub (edited ) Link
    I started watching Street Food on Netflix recently and really enjoyed it. This first season travels to several different cities across Asia (like Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam or Osaka, Japan), and...

    I started watching Street Food on Netflix recently and really enjoyed it. This first season travels to several different cities across Asia (like Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam or Osaka, Japan), and showcases their local street food scene. They cover a brief history of how these food stalls developed in these cities, as well as highlight several local cuisines.

    My favorite part though is that they do a deep dive on one individual vendor in each market that sort of exemplifies that city. They are usually stories of hardship in striving to go from maybe a simple charcoal grill on a street to gaining recognition and growing into major status in these markets. One vendor even has a Michelin Star for their food stall.

    It is a really cool food doc and I enjoyed giving focus on some of these other chefs and entrepreneurs that are not just the highest level of dining.

    5 votes
    1. Adys Link Parent
      If you like that show, you may also like Travel Man, hosted by Richard Ayoade. It's short and very british, every episode is a new city.

      If you like that show, you may also like Travel Man, hosted by Richard Ayoade. It's short and very british, every episode is a new city.

      3 votes
    2. NecrophiliaChocolate Link Parent
      Oooh I plan to watch that show, thanks for the insight. I used to live in Bangkok for 18 years so street food has been a huge part of my culture growing up. I think a year or two ago Michelin...

      Oooh I plan to watch that show, thanks for the insight. I used to live in Bangkok for 18 years so street food has been a huge part of my culture growing up. I think a year or two ago Michelin released an official street food guide which was a pretty big deal for some of the people here. What has been your favourite episode so far? Do you think you're gonna try cooking any of the food they showed?

      2 votes
  3. [3]
    NecrophiliaChocolate Link
    So much good stuff on TV right now, I am having a blast. Warrior- Awesome action, interesting story, and interesting enough characters. Solid 7/10 right now. Banshee - I don't know how to feel...

    So much good stuff on TV right now, I am having a blast.
    Warrior- Awesome action, interesting story, and interesting enough characters. Solid 7/10 right now.

    Banshee - I don't know how to feel about this show. I watched it because people online suggested this for those who like warrior. But this show goes too far for me to care about the characters. E.g. police brutality is uploaded online, but no one except for Rabbit finds it? Also why is his methods even allowed? Why is he not in prison!? Next, he knows his daughter could be a potential target for rabbit, why the heck would he stay and put her at risk? Mate, I know you spent 15 years in prison, but you aren't that dumb... 4 or 5/10

    Chernobyl - Watched the first episode yesterday, really interesting. I love history and this is pretty neat. Obviously it is dramaticised, but thats ok. Weird how so many people speak with a british accent, but I can give it a pass. 8/10

    Game of Thrones - New episode was great. There are plenty of flaws, but I am having a good time with the show. I think one big reason is, I was never crazy about the show, so my expectations were never that high. 6.5/10

    Barry - Nothing much to say. It is easily the best show on TV right now. Great writing, acting, and directing. 10/10

    Billions - Pretty interesting show, enjoying it every week. Its a nice way to pass time and the story is pretty captivating. I keep thinking who I should root for, but no one really seems worth it, except for the black girl (I forgot her name). I am happy this show is still airing. 7/10

    I am really looking forward to watchmen. I can't wait for it to come out. Easily my most anticapated show of the year. But some other good shows are coming out too Dark, Mind Hunter etc.

    I do want to talk about the popularity of shows. I find that I get pretty repulsed by shows depending on their communities. This has happened with so many shows. I loved Bojack Horseman, but then the subreddit was so depressing and boring that I couldn't relate to the show as much anymore. Same thing with Rick & Morty, the show was so much fun but damn do I feel like the community ruined it. GOT not as much, mainly because I never loved the show, it was always just good to me.

    Edit: forgot to add, @dubteedub thank you so much for creating this thread. I really appreciate a place where I can talk about some interesting shows!!

    5 votes
    1. Adys Link Parent
      I get you. With some exceptions (such as GOT during an active season), I just stay the fuck away from TV subreddits in general. I only read through the episode discussions, and even so only when I...

      I find that I get pretty repulsed by shows depending on their communities. This has happened with so many shows. I loved Bojack Horseman, but then the subreddit was so depressing and boring that I couldn't relate to the show as much anymore. Same thing with Rick & Morty, the show was so much fun but damn do I feel like the community ruined it.

      I get you. With some exceptions (such as GOT during an active season), I just stay the fuck away from TV subreddits in general. I only read through the episode discussions, and even so only when I really want to read people's opinions and discussions about an episode. I'm actually really glad about the GOT episode discussions on Tildes since the community here is much smaller.

      5 votes
    2. AnthonyB Link Parent
      I agree, Barry is without a doubt the best show on TV right now. It reminds me of the best episodes of Atlanta, only they're bringing it every week and have a more coherent storyline.

      I agree, Barry is without a doubt the best show on TV right now. It reminds me of the best episodes of Atlanta, only they're bringing it every week and have a more coherent storyline.

      2 votes
  4. [3]
    Eabryt Link
    I'm currently in the middle of a re-watch for Doctor Who. I watched it as it aired for the end of Tennant through Season 7 but then stopped watching. Currently about to start season 7 again....

    I'm currently in the middle of a re-watch for Doctor Who. I watched it as it aired for the end of Tennant through Season 7 but then stopped watching. Currently about to start season 7 again.

    Forgot how much I like this show. There are some complaints obviously, but boy does it have some great moments.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      dubteedub Link Parent
      I maybe watched two or three episodes of Christopher Eccleston's time as the Doctor, but it never really gained interest for me. Can you kind of sell me on the show and why it is so popular? Also,...

      I maybe watched two or three episodes of Christopher Eccleston's time as the Doctor, but it never really gained interest for me.

      Can you kind of sell me on the show and why it is so popular? Also, if I wanted to jump in, where would be a good point to start?

      1. Adys Link Parent
        Doctor Who is one of the most unique series on TV. As a bonus, it's a British cultural icon! Here's what makes it so special: It has a very, very long history. It dates back to 1963. The 2005...

        Doctor Who is one of the most unique series on TV. As a bonus, it's a British cultural icon!

        Here's what makes it so special:

        1. It has a very, very long history. It dates back to 1963. The 2005 reboot is a continuation of the old series.
        2. The regeneration mechanic means the series can radically change every few years, without ruining itself. It keeps the show fresh, and means that if you don't like a specific doctor (or companion), you're not stuck with them forever.
        3. The show sells itself as pretty eccentric. They mess with their own format quite a bit, try a lot of new things, and aren't afraid of "logical craziness".

        It's not my favourite series by a long shot, but I do think it's good; and it has had episodes of exceptionally high quality. I think Eccleston was my favourite doctor because of how dark the show was during the reboot. Tennant, who came in one season later, is by far the fanbase's favourite and stayed three seasons, taking the show into more of the mainstream, making it more fun and emotional, adding a touch of romance, all without losing the seriousness completely. Smith (11th) took the show off the rails by making it extremely fan-servicey, poorly trying to imitate Tennant. Capaldi is a weird mix of Smith and Eccleston; I didn't particularly like him but he had tough material to work with (and the writing during the Smith/Capaldi era kinda sucked). Whittaker I haven't seen yet due to two bad doctors in a row kind of making me lose my enthusiasm, but I hear she's fantastic and I'm looking forward to seeing her play the doctor.

        I do sometimes give up on series when they go bad, even if I feel bad about it (Examples: The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, The Leftovers, Bones). But Doctor Who could have several bad runs in a row, I would feel very comfortable picking up a new season with a new Doctor (although I may give up on one specific doctor if it gets really bad).

        Every single regeneration doesn't just change the Doctor's actor. It changes his (or her) personality, the companions, sometimes the writers and even the TARDIS. It's a really hard thing to process the first time around, especially if you're attached to any of them (and you do get attached!) but I think it's what actually makes me appreciate the series even more. Philosophically, it even digs into this idea that the Doctor is this immortal being by sort of putting you in his shoes; he has to watch the people he gets attached to die, and the world around him constantly change.

        IMO you can kind of start the series at the beginning of any Doctor's run. If you didn't like Eccleston, maybe start with Tennant's run.

        5 votes
  5. bhrgunatha Link
    I've entered the final straight on my rewatch of one of my favourite shows Carnivàle. Despite being one of the unholy trinity of HBO cancellations (along with Rome and Deadwood) we did get the...

    I've entered the final straight on my rewatch of one of my favourite shows Carnivàle.

    Despite being one of the unholy trinity of HBO cancellations (along with Rome and Deadwood) we did get the satisfyingly complete opening act of a planned 6 season story. Although I'm desperately sad and frustrated the other two acts were never made, the 2 seasons we do have are a vivid and enthralling journey which is a joy to watch. Full of intrigue, mystery and metaphysical magic, though never overdone, with an overarching story of the eternal conflict and interplay between darkness and light, good and evil.

    I'm not a fan of the supernatural but the background material had been worked on and refined over many years resulting in a 60+ page pitch document outlining the characters and lore governing the show which is slowly and tantalisingly revealed. The characters are well crafted and deftly portrayed with a wide range of unusual chapters - both positive and negative. It's an uncomfortable, bumpy road trip with emotionally charged and bizarre side roads shining a light on the good and bad parts of humanity with plenty of twists.

    2 votes
  6. [3]
    cwagner Link
    Ohhh, I love TV shows :) First, a meta recommendation: Followshows is a great and free (the android app has an ad-free version) website to keep track of what airs when and when it returns. (I...

    Ohhh, I love TV shows :)

    First, a meta recommendation: Followshows is a great and free (the android app has an ad-free version) website to keep track of what airs when and when it returns. (I swear, this is not paid advertisement :D)

    Currently airing shows:

    Killing Eve. A female serial killer, a female agent. And they love each other without ever having met or even talked. That's the premise, everything else develops. Currently in season 2. As a dark comedy/drama/thriller/romance it's not the type of show I normally watch, but my wife made me try it and I loved it :) 3/3

    GoT: Eh. Everyone knows it. It's a shame that they lost the source material that they desperately needed. 2/3

    Line of Duty: Haven't watched the new season 5 yet as we waited for it to be done, so 2x3 episode binge watch coming up. A British police procedural that mainly follows the Anti Corruption Unit AC-12. It's very fast-paced (for a British show, not for a US show) and besides the lawyers never doing anything besides sitting down next to their client and writing, things are logical. 3/3

    Marvel's Cloak & Dagger: YA super-hero coming of age adventure. It's not bad. 2/3

    The 100. I'm 2 seasons behind this one as I couldn't find the time to watch it. It starts very weak in S1, typical teenie drama bullshit. But it finds its own way during S1 and is great for a few seasons. Things became murkier later, hence I stopped when I needed to cut something. 2/3

    Recently ended:

    Supernatural: Well. What can I say? My guilty pleasure. I have been watching it since it came out and I love the interaction between Sam and Dean. It's a shame the next season is the last. 3/3

    American Gods: Another famous one. I liked the first season better, but it is still great. I hope they do Anansi Boys eventually. The Gods of the world's religion in their American representation fighting a war. The original book was written by Neil Gaiman, though it's been so long since I read it, I'm not sure how close to the source they are. 3/3

    The Magicians: Another book adaptation, one of the rare ones where I haven't read the books. The show is great though. Starting out great, only became better over time. The long and short of it is that it's Harry Potter for people out of their teens. A grittier story about people going to a magic school while trying to subvert common tropes. 3/3

    Starting soon:

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: If you've seen the movies, you know Phil Coulson. He's the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., a secret spy organization. The show plays in the MCU and is the reason why I always have to watch those Marvel movies (I don't like movies as a medium and when I do watch them, I require more than one-liners, CGI, explosions, and colorful pictures). A very rocky start and I nearly stopped watching during S1, but it only took half a season to become amazing. One of my favorite shows. 3/3

    Elementary. Sherlock Holmes, in the US. Unlike UK's Sherlock, this is a procedural (which I normally don't like). Also unlike UK's Sherlock, the writers actually wrote stories instead of having flashy effects and the main character doesn't just solve everything deus ex machina. This will be a shortened, final season. 3/3

    Okay, I'm stopping here. DARK, Legion, Stranger Things and Preacher are all more than a month till they come back and don't even get me started on stuff that came out long ago and we watched on Netflix. But I think this post is already long enough :D

    2 votes
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      Adys Link Parent
      Oh shit I forgot Supernatural ended. Maybe it's time for me to finish it off.. I think I stopped around season 8 or 9. Also should catch up on Elementary. BTW I recommend TVMaze. It's like...

      Oh shit I forgot Supernatural ended. Maybe it's time for me to finish it off.. I think I stopped around season 8 or 9. Also should catch up on Elementary.

      BTW I recommend TVMaze. It's like followshows but it has more features. I really like being able to track what I've watched. Here's my public profile:

      https://www.tvmaze.com/users/13171/jleclanche/followed

      1 vote
      1. cwagner Link Parent
        Supernatural Season ended. The show has another final season coming :) (From what I've read The CW essentially said: "It works, it's cheap, people watch it. As long as you wanna keep going we keep...

        Supernatural Season ended. The show has another final season coming :) (From what I've read The CW essentially said: "It works, it's cheap, people watch it. As long as you wanna keep going we keep paying." So presumably it was Sam and Dean who decided on ending it).

        Re: TvMaze what features? I don't want to create an account to have a look :D First logged out impression: More styled but also busier; I like the calendar view less.

        2 votes
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    doug3465 Link
    Is Billions worth catching up on? I'm about 2 seasons behind.

    Is Billions worth catching up on? I'm about 2 seasons behind.

    2 votes
    1. elcuello Link Parent
      I think it is. It's getting close to being a little ridiculous but not there yet. The great actors still keeps the show at a decent quality.

      I think it is. It's getting close to being a little ridiculous but not there yet. The great actors still keeps the show at a decent quality.

      1 vote
  8. user2 Link
    The last few episodes of One Punch Man have been pretty crappy. The less tv time Saitama has, the crappier the episode is..

    The last few episodes of One Punch Man have been pretty crappy. The less tv time Saitama has, the crappier the episode is..

    2 votes
  9. Canberry Link
    I'm excited for the new Clone Wars season to come out. I've been watching the unfinished episodes on YouTube to refresh myself of where the plot of the show left off. I'n not looking forward to...

    I'm excited for the new Clone Wars season to come out. I've been watching the unfinished episodes on YouTube to refresh myself of where the plot of the show left off. I'n not looking forward to Disney's streaming service though : (

    1 vote
  10. DanBC (edited ) Link
    I'm watching: For the People, which is an enjoyable court room drama. I think I enjoy it because the characters are well rounded and there's good chemistry between them :...

    I'm watching:

    For the People, which is an enjoyable court room drama. I think I enjoy it because the characters are well rounded and there's good chemistry between them : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6437276/

    I'm rewatching Detectorists, which is a sweet, gentle, but very funny sitcom from UK. One thing it nails is male relationships and male bonding. This is the one show I really want other people to watch. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4082744/

    I'm also rewatching Fleabag because fuck me it's great. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5687612/

    EDIT: also, I'm watching BBC's Ghosts. It's a sitcom. I think it's funny. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00049t9

    1 vote