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TV Tuesdays Free Talk

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.

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May 7, 2019

22 comments

  1. [3]
    dubteedub (edited ) Link
    I started watching Bill Hader's Barry last night, and man this show is hilarious. Im only a few episodes in, but my favorite part so far is how wierd all the characters are. From NoHo hank the...

    I started watching Bill Hader's Barry last night, and man this show is hilarious. Im only a few episodes in, but my favorite part so far is how wierd all the characters are. From NoHo hank the Chechen mafia bro, to the acting class crew, and Bill's character the reluctant assassin wannabe actor, it feels almost like an Elmore Leonard novel. This show definitely deserves all the praise its getting.

    8 votes
    1. elcuello Link Parent
      There are times when an actor just nails a role where you would have absolutely no idea how to describe that character beforehand but now it just makes perfect sense. This is one of those times...

      NoHo hank the Chechen mafia bro,

      There are times when an actor just nails a role where you would have absolutely no idea how to describe that character beforehand but now it just makes perfect sense. This is one of those times for me.

      2 votes
    2. tomf Link Parent
      I can't find the podcast... but when they were shopping it around, some executive they were pitching to said, 'oh! so Barry finds his true self through acting because he's been pretending to be...

      I can't find the podcast... but when they were shopping it around, some executive they were pitching to said, 'oh! so Barry finds his true self through acting because he's been pretending to be someone he isn't in real life... I get it' -- Hader and Berg (I think) look at each other and say, 'yeah, that's totally it'

      When they left the meeting, they were both like, 'why didn't we think of that?! that's brilliant'

      If I can track it down, I'll post it. His telling is far superior.

      Barry is the only show I truly look forward to each week. I love Doom Patrol and the other standards, but Barry just captures something so unique.

      1 vote
  2. [3]
    Adys Link
    I finished my second run of BoJack Horseman. Right on time; I wrote my recommendation just two weeks ago after my first run-through. Caught a bunch of stuff I missed the first time around. Tons of...

    I finished my second run of BoJack Horseman. Right on time; I wrote my recommendation just two weeks ago after my first run-through.

    Caught a bunch of stuff I missed the first time around. Tons of little jokes and easter eggs. "Yes your Otter". Princess Carolyn at the gym running on a treadmill, to her right a jaguar running at super-speed, to her left a sloth giving up (and just googling the picture she's chasing a mouse!). Or her Starbucks cup with her name spelled "Pringles Cartilage". One of my favourites though: actual crickets in the comedy standup audience.

    It took until pretty late on that second run-through for me to realize that it's not just that BJH is a world full of humanoid animals. BJH is a world where every single living creature is humanoid. Even the horses on the merry-go-rounds are humanoid. It also gave the PC/Todd storyline in the underground episode (where they meet the ant colony) a lot more sense.

    Man, love that show.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      KapteinB Link Parent
      I love all the visual gags in Bojack Horseman. All the animal-related puns are amazing, but I think my favourites are the party banner gags.

      I love all the visual gags in Bojack Horseman. All the animal-related puns are amazing, but I think my favourites are the party banner gags.

      1 vote
      1. Adys Link Parent
        Hahaha yes, I love them. My favourites are probably "Happy birthday Diane and use a pretty font", and "Oh, also I have a groupon".

        Hahaha yes, I love them. My favourites are probably "Happy birthday Diane and use a pretty font", and "Oh, also I have a groupon".

        1 vote
  3. [8]
    NecrophiliaChocolate Link
    Ive been watching the popular stuff Barry, Chernobyl, and GoT. Another more interesting one is The Leftovers. I wanted to get more familiar with the creator of that show's work in preparation for...

    Ive been watching the popular stuff Barry, Chernobyl, and GoT. Another more interesting one is The Leftovers. I wanted to get more familiar with the creator of that show's work in preparation for Watchmen, since he is going to be working on it too. Really interesting show, all the characters are interesting and am enjoying it. I might slow down my pace though. It only has 3 seasons so I plan to only watch it while I am on the treadmill.

    3 votes
    1. [7]
      nacho Link Parent
      The Leftovers was amazing. You're in for a treat. I have to say, I haven't been interested in Chernobyl. Is it really that different from all the other documentaries made on the topics over the...

      The Leftovers was amazing. You're in for a treat.

      I have to say, I haven't been interested in Chernobyl. Is it really that different from all the other documentaries made on the topics over the years? It's gotten a huge amount of attention.

      2 votes
      1. NecrophiliaChocolate Link Parent
        Sweet. I started season 2 yesterday. I felt so uncomfortable lol. Take this with a grain of salt, I love history. The acting is really well done and it is a bit dramatic, but imo it does well in...

        Sweet. I started season 2 yesterday. I felt so uncomfortable lol.

        Take this with a grain of salt, I love history. The acting is really well done and it is a bit dramatic, but imo it does well in reflecting the urgency of the situation. It is good because it gives a Russian perspective to it, rather than a western or neutral one.

        3 votes
      2. [4]
        Adys Link Parent
        I really didn't like The Leftovers. Saying that, I feel like "that guy" who didn't like Breaking Bad or something, given how much praise that series got, but seriously I was just fucking bored....

        I really didn't like The Leftovers. Saying that, I feel like "that guy" who didn't like Breaking Bad or something, given how much praise that series got, but seriously I was just fucking bored.

        They tried to explore the human aspect of it all but I mean… even The Walking Dead was better in that regard. The Leftovers felt to me incredibly pretencious and consistently unsatisfying to watch, never getting any questions really answered.

        2 votes
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          mundane_and_naive Link Parent
          Interesting. How do you find The Walking Dead exploring the human aspect better than The Leftovers?

          Interesting. How do you find The Walking Dead exploring the human aspect better than The Leftovers?

          2 votes
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            Adys Link Parent
            Well, disclaimer, I only meant the first couple of seasons. Like essentially everyone else I eventually got bored of TWD and it's one of the rare series I abandoned. But, yeah, TWD especially in...

            Well, disclaimer, I only meant the first couple of seasons. Like essentially everyone else I eventually got bored of TWD and it's one of the rare series I abandoned.

            But, yeah, TWD especially in Season 2 is very much about the humans, their relationship, how they behave, how they change. They do have a main character (Rick & his kid), which might be a shame as it's a show that could have really gone the route of having "the group" be the main character.

            And in the early seasons of TWD, people act very believably. It's interesting to put ourselves in this world that has this crazy thing happen and think, hey, how does that change / affect us?

            The Leftovers could have been that sort of show for me, if it didn't actually try so hard to be that sort of show. I think back of the very, very first minute of the first episode, which has you back in prehistoric time and tries to make some abstract point about a mother, her baby, life and death and what not and seriously, that set the tone for the entire show for me: Something that's far too proud to be itself and thinks itself better than its viewers.

            I dunno, I don't want to ruin people's fun; if you like The Leftovers I don't wanna take that away from anyone. But to me it's a series that tried too hard, and ended up "not". I stopped watching at the end of S2, and ended up just reading synopses for S3. Did not regret my decision.

            4 votes
            1. mundane_and_naive Link Parent
              That's fair. The Leftovers feels a lot like a play, where characters' conflicts and inner struggles are expressed through eloquent dialogues, with bombastic events happening around only as...

              That's fair. The Leftovers feels a lot like a play, where characters' conflicts and inner struggles are expressed through eloquent dialogues, with bombastic events happening around only as backdrop. That is the opposite of what we normally think of as good storytelling in films or TV shows, which is all about 'show don't tell' and letting us witness the struggle that the characters go through while they're doing so, not just hearing about it. I can understand how that can be boring.

              ... the very, very first minute of the first episode [of Season 2], which has you back in prehistoric time and tries to make some abstract point about a mother, her baby, life and death and what not and seriously, that set the tone for the entire show for me: Something that's far too proud to be itself and thinks itself better than its viewers.

              When I first saw that scene, my thought was "Interesting, that's a very clever analogy for the Departure". That scene is the show's answer to its central mystery of what causes the Departure, which is supposed to be unanswerable, by effectively showing us how unanswerable that is via an analogy (the Departure is as inexplicable to us as an earthquake is to a caveman). I like the show for putting in the effort to sell its setting as believable to viewers and at no point did I feel like being looked down on. So I think we both picked up on what the show was trying to do, we just reacted differently.

              3 votes
      3. mundane_and_naive Link Parent
        It runs like a proper drama, creative liberties were taken here and there for dramatization but kept to a minimal, like how Narcos does it but with no narration.

        It runs like a proper drama, creative liberties were taken here and there for dramatization but kept to a minimal, like how Narcos does it but with no narration.

        1 vote
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    nacho Link
    I had a friend that's been pressuring me to watch Grey's anatomy for years essentially saying it's the best doctor show since, well ever. They ended up giving me season 1, so now I'm going to have...

    I had a friend that's been pressuring me to watch Grey's anatomy for years essentially saying it's the best doctor show since, well ever. They ended up giving me season 1, so now I'm going to have to watch it.

    If it's good, both the good and the bad thing is that there's like 15 seasons and it just got renewed for another two.


    I've been having fun with The Good Fight's season 3. The finale is coming this week, and i'm curious to see where the plot's going considering it was renewed for a fourth season in April. There's several options, and that's always enticing.

    It's been a long time since I've laughed as hard watching tv as I have during this season of the show. And that's while it's all pretty dark/dramatic as well. Definitely worth checking out if law shows with plenty of plot development rather than just one case per episode is something you enjoy.

    3 votes
    1. DanBC Link Parent
      Grey's anatomy is good fun but ridiculous. Every single episode has at least one doctor commiting a career ending, probably illegal, action.

      Grey's anatomy is good fun but ridiculous. Every single episode has at least one doctor commiting a career ending, probably illegal, action.

      2 votes
  5. Parliament Link
    This is a great time of year for TV shows airing. We're currently keeping up with GoT, Billions, Veep (RIP), Last Week Tonight, and Chernobyl. Watching The Handmaid's Tale (first time) for when we...

    This is a great time of year for TV shows airing. We're currently keeping up with GoT, Billions, Veep (RIP), Last Week Tonight, and Chernobyl. Watching The Handmaid's Tale (first time) for when we don't have a new episode of another show airing and Parks and Rec for the hundredth time to fill the gaps.

    3 votes
  6. euphoria066 Link
    We recently sprung for Cravetv, mainly for GoT, but a side effect was access to a lot of other HBO shows we've never seen! So we've been watching Silicon Valley, which is just so funny we've had...

    We recently sprung for Cravetv, mainly for GoT, but a side effect was access to a lot of other HBO shows we've never seen!

    So we've been watching Silicon Valley, which is just so funny we've had to backtrack several times because I'm laughing too much!

    3 votes
  7. elcuello Link
    I took a swing at Working Miracles and I was not impressed. I wanted to like it but just didn't. The jokes were tame and unoriginal. I generally think the vast amount of content right now is...

    I took a swing at Working Miracles and I was not impressed. I wanted to like it but just didn't. The jokes were tame and unoriginal. I generally think the vast amount of content right now is partly at fault for the sub par content out there with pretty great actors. It's like the creators think the actors alone can ring in the audience like the block busters in the old days.

    1 vote
  8. [3]
    Kill_Me_Now_World Link
    I’ve been watching Barry, Chernobyl, The Sopranos, GoT, and the rebooted Twilight Zone.

    I’ve been watching Barry, Chernobyl, The Sopranos, GoT, and the rebooted Twilight Zone.

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      dubteedub Link Parent
      How is the Twilight Zone? I've seen some pretty mixed reviews online and interested in your take? Does it live up to its namesake legacy?

      How is the Twilight Zone? I've seen some pretty mixed reviews online and interested in your take? Does it live up to its namesake legacy?

      1. Kill_Me_Now_World Link Parent
        I like it. Some episodes are much better than others but I love Jordan Peele and his narration of each episode makes the bad ones worth a watch. E1, E2, and E5 have been the highlights so far if...

        I like it. Some episodes are much better than others but I love Jordan Peele and his narration of each episode makes the bad ones worth a watch. E1, E2, and E5 have been the highlights so far if you were gonna start somewhere.

        2 votes