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TV Tuesdays Free Talk

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 if you can.

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  1. [2]
    SuperGracchiBros
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    I just finished watching Ted Lasso and its fantastic. I recommend it to anyone with an Apple TV login. Jason Sudeikis is incredible as Ted, an American football coach from Kansas hired by an...

    I just finished watching Ted Lasso and its fantastic. I recommend it to anyone with an Apple TV login. Jason Sudeikis is incredible as Ted, an American football coach from Kansas hired by an English Premiere League team. The show takes a little time to hit it's stride, and doesn't lend itself well to watching through clips on Youtube. It has an undeniable charm that's most effective if you watch it in 2 episode bursts.
    Ted has a really great upbeat masculinity, and the show portrays his relationship with his confidante Coach Beard is a mutually supportive male friendship you don't really see in media.

    7 votes
    1. DanBC
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      I love Ted Lasso. A lot of the relationships in the show are great. I really like the fact that it manages to be genuinely funny while being kind and charming. AppleTV have got some genuinely good...

      I love Ted Lasso. A lot of the relationships in the show are great. I really like the fact that it manages to be genuinely funny while being kind and charming.

      AppleTV have got some genuinely good shows.

      5 votes
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    knocklessmonster
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    After Breaking Bad and El Camino, I started watching Better Call Saul. It's a radically different show than I expected, but at least as far as episode 4 in season 1, it's great. I finally got to...

    After Breaking Bad and El Camino, I started watching Better Call Saul. It's a radically different show than I expected, but at least as far as episode 4 in season 1, it's great.

    I finally got to season 4 of Attack on Titan. I'd swear I'm getting whiplash from the sudden tonal and narrative changes, partway through season 3, and even as far as ep6 of season 4. 3 was a little tough to get through at times, but the story has a great way of making everything snap into place and toy with my emotions after a few seemingly irrelevant backstory episodes. The show all makes sense, and is wonderfully done, but it's quite the roller coaster.

    6 votes
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      Echinops
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      Strangely enough I enjoyed BCS much more than Breaking Bad. I'm also a fan of Odenkirk from Mr Show, so seeing him break out into a nuanced dramatic performance was refreshing. I like the...

      Strangely enough I enjoyed BCS much more than Breaking Bad. I'm also a fan of Odenkirk from Mr Show, so seeing him break out into a nuanced dramatic performance was refreshing. I like the meditative slow burn if the show and many unforgettable characters. I think it's great all the way through S5. I hope you enjoy it!

      3 votes
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        Adys
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        Please explain. I tried watching Mr Show. I … couldn't. It was bad. Like horrendously bad. Did I just watch it wrong or, what am I missing? I'm a fan of both Cross and Odenkirk. I would have loved...

        I'm also a fan of Odenkirk from Mr Show

        Please explain.

        I tried watching Mr Show. I … couldn't. It was bad. Like horrendously bad. Did I just watch it wrong or, what am I missing?

        I'm a fan of both Cross and Odenkirk. I would have loved to see them together.

        2 votes
        1. Akir
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          I'm with you on that one. I don't know if it's just because I saw it after it aired and the jokes aged terribly, or if it's simply the case of people just having a vastly different sense of humor...

          I'm with you on that one. I don't know if it's just because I saw it after it aired and the jokes aged terribly, or if it's simply the case of people just having a vastly different sense of humor than I do.

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    eve
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    My SO and I have been watching Falcon and Winter Soldier and... I don't know, Marvel TV shows have really been weird, like they have moments where they could be subtle but then they explicitly...

    My SO and I have been watching Falcon and Winter Soldier and... I don't know, Marvel TV shows have really been weird, like they have moments where they could be subtle but then they explicitly explain what they were trying to be subtle about? Like in Wanda Vision, Wanda says "Don't go past Lily Lane!" and then 10 minutes later they cut to someone on an end street and it zooms out and it's Lily Lane. That kind of stuff. I've got a lot to gripe about.

    Massive The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Spoilers

    Lmao okay. So like, I hate New cap, he's so unbelievable. He's supposed to be like this charismatic, strong guy with all these commendations from (Lamar says this more or less) being able to make the right choices in hard situations. But we never got to see any of that and I never got the sense of that, he just seems like a hot headed dick. Like they didn't thoroughly do a psychological evaluation on his ass, he hid his blatant issues or whatever?? Hard pass. Home boy should cool his jets.

    It doesn't feel like they're making compelling characterizations and showing me these characters would actually make these choices. The only compelling one I believe is Zemo lol. His motivations are clear and so are his actions.

    The show is a solid ok. They have some things that work out and shit that really doesn't. I think Karli is pretty compelling and I like her and Sam's dynamic. The style is all over the place, the cyberpunk town was a weird touch, and I'm sick of being out of the loop on characters. They keep showing people like I'm supposed to know who the fuck they are! I have no clue, I don't keep tabs on these characters, it's wildly annoying. Obviously this show is relying on fans being more than casual which is obnoxious. They have movies spanning like a decade and they expect me to remember everyone!? No!

    4 votes
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      Grzmot
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      Spoilers for Falcon and the Winter Soldier That's a part I really dislike about the show, that they tell us about how Walker is a good soldier and "consistently makes the right decisions in the...

      Spoilers for Falcon and the Winter Soldier

      That's a part I really dislike about the show, that they tell us about how Walker is a good soldier and "consistently makes the right decisions in the heat of battle" (literally a quote), but we never get to see it. And I mean, since the show introduces him with taking up the title of Captain America, it makes sense that he starts to crumble under pressure, but they should've shown us him making the right call at least once and I think he would be a way more compelling character than he already is.

      2 votes
      1. eve
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        Yes! 100% agreed. That definitely bothered me. What screen time the dude did get was far from convincing that he's some great guy. It almost feels like we're getting quick glimpses of things that...

        Yes! 100% agreed. That definitely bothered me. What screen time the dude did get was far from convincing that he's some great guy. It almost feels like we're getting quick glimpses of things that are happening but none of them in a meaningful way.

        1 vote
  4. tomf
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    I was looking forward to The Way of the Househusband, but once I got to watching, I wasn't feeling it. Each short episode is a collection of even shorter scenes... vignettes, even. I like the idea...

    I was looking forward to The Way of the Househusband, but once I got to watching, I wasn't feeling it. Each short episode is a collection of even shorter scenes... vignettes, even. I like the idea and the overall approach is funny, but after an episode, I had enough.

    Tonight I will start This Is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Heist. In Boston on March 18th, $500m in art was stolen and has never been recovered. I figure this will be a bunch of talking heads, but it should be interesting.

    City on a Hill is back. Kevin Bacon is absolutely CRUSHING this role. The overall tone of the series is fantastic and the way they replaced the 'previously on...' is the best. Plain text giving a breakdown. The other approach I liked was done by Westworld where they simply showed quick shots from the previous episodes to jog your memory. It was enough and I hope these become the standard.

    The aesthetic of City on a Hill is excellent, though. They really captured the early 90s without it being obvious.

    On Monday, a miniseries called Sasquatch starts

    Follows investigative journalist David Holthouse as he attempts to solve a bizarre twenty-five year old triple homicide that was said to be the work of a mythical creature.

    This is EP'd by the Duplass brothers. I'll watch anything they bring out. From what I understand, Holthouse was undercover on a cannabis farm in the 90s and heard some workers talking about Sassy killing three workers... and he's always wondered if it was true.

    Other than that, Godfather of Harlem is back on Sunday. I'm hoping they flesh out the series a bit. The first series was good, but it felt shallow -- like it needed to either speed up the plot or add on two episodes. It has a great cast and the writing is alright.

    3 votes
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    Echinops
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    As a huge fan of Fargo, every season being extraordinary, I tried Noah Hawley's other endeavor, Legion. I have to say that all 3 seasons were among the best television I've ever seen. Incredibly...

    As a huge fan of Fargo, every season being extraordinary, I tried Noah Hawley's other endeavor, Legion. I have to say that all 3 seasons were among the best television I've ever seen. Incredibly complex and vivid with amazing story arch. And one of the finest series ender I've witnessed. Though it isn't for everyone, if complex storys are your thing I'd highly recommend it.

    I'd put Noah alongside Sam Esmail and Mr Robot. If you enjoy that sort of show.

    3 votes
    1. [3]
      cfabbro
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      Hmm, I also love Fargo, and Legion is on my watchlist, but I had no idea there was any connection between them. So I will definitely have to bump Legion up to the top of the list now. And I also...

      Hmm, I also love Fargo, and Legion is on my watchlist, but I had no idea there was any connection between them. So I will definitely have to bump Legion up to the top of the list now.

      And I also watched the first two seasons of Mr. Robot and remember loving them, but I stopped watching it after that for some reason. Thanks for reminding me about it so I can finish it off.

      3 votes
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        Echinops
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        Legion is enthralling so make time for all three seasons. S4 of Mr Robot is the best season of any show I've ever seen. There are a couple of episodes that deserve emmys. I if you look at the imdb...

        Legion is enthralling so make time for all three seasons. S4 of Mr Robot is the best season of any show I've ever seen. There are a couple of episodes that deserve emmys. I if you look at the imdb ratings many of them are over 9.5. There is even one episode with zero dialogue but it's so intense you don't even recognize it. Masterfully done.

        1 vote
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          1. Loire
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            You honestly don't even notice it. I've watched the show three times now and reading that comment, just now, is the first time I've realized that particular episode has no dialogue.

            You honestly don't even notice it. I've watched the show three times now and reading that comment, just now, is the first time I've realized that particular episode has no dialogue.

  6. joplin
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    We finished up a few things last week, so we tried some new stuff this week. We watched the HBO documentary series The Lady and the Dale. I had heard an interview with the director on the radio...

    We finished up a few things last week, so we tried some new stuff this week. We watched the HBO documentary series The Lady and the Dale. I had heard an interview with the director on the radio about a week before the series became available and was intrigued. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype. The story is about a trans woman named Geraldine Elizabeth Carmicheal who pulled a con in the 1970s when she started a car company to make The Dale, a 3-wheeled car with a sporty look that would supposedly get 70 miles to the gallon and would sell for about $2,000. The car never actually made it to production, and the company took money from thousands of people who bought options to get them early. They detailed her life and numerous cons she pulled, including check fraud, stealing money from regular people and companies she worked for, and various other unsavory things. When the public figured out what was going on with the Dale car, Dick Carlson (shit stain Tucker Carlson's father) did several stories on her and the company. Naturally, he treated her very shitty in his pieces and got worse when they discovered she was trans. Unfortunately, the documentary uses the fact that the press treated her poorly to almost entirely excuse her numerous crimes and the damage she did to her family (who speak highly of her in the movie).

    Spoilers The series ends with an animation of Carmichael literally walking out of prison on a red carpet wearing a ball gown and ascending into the sky. I though this was a rather egregious way to treat someone who stole the life savings of several people and was likely involved in one or more murders.
    2 votes
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    DanBC
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    24 Hours in Police Custody has returned. I have no idea what Channel 4 are doing with scheduling. The programme is a calm fly on the wall documentary that shows the work of policing in England. In...

    24 Hours in Police Custody has returned. I have no idea what Channel 4 are doing with scheduling. The programme is a calm fly on the wall documentary that shows the work of policing in England. In the past they focussed a lot more on the people accused of crime and being questioned (hence the "24 hours" bit, which is how long English police forces can keep someone arrested before they have to release them). This season they're spending a little bit longer looking at the victim's of crime. I like the fact that it's not sensationalised and it's not judgmental, even though some of the crimes committed are horrific. The last crime thing I watched (same channel) was about paedophiles and people with a sexual interest in children and it did my head in because it's just so pervasive and corrosive. 24H is honest but manages to avoid being quite so bleak.

    Taskmaster is back and I really want more people to know about it. The panellists this season are fantastic, and the show is uneasily getting used to covid-19 restrictions.

    1 vote
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      Akir
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      Taskmaster is indeed great and everyone should watch it. The first few seasons are available for free on YouTube - at least they are in the US. That being said, as is the case for most UK comedy...

      Taskmaster is indeed great and everyone should watch it. The first few seasons are available for free on YouTube - at least they are in the US.

      That being said, as is the case for most UK comedy shows, I wouldn’t really recommend watching the US version.

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        cfabbro
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        More than just the first few seasons of Taskmaster are available on their official YouTube channel. All but one is. :P Series 1 - Full Episodes playlist Series 2 - Full Episodes playlist Series 3...

        More than just the first few seasons of Taskmaster are available on their official YouTube channel. All but one is. :P
        Series 1 - Full Episodes playlist
        Series 2 - Full Episodes playlist
        Series 3 - Full Episodes playlist
        Series 4 - Full Episodes playlist
        Series 5 - Full Episodes playlist
        Series 6 - Full Episodes playlist
        Series 7 - Full Episodes playlist
        Series 8 - Full Episodes playlist

        And while Series 9 is missing for some unknown reason, Series 10, and all the episodes from Series 11 that have aired so far, are up on the channel too... they're just not in playlists yet.

        Series 10

        Series 10 - Episode 1
        Series 10 - Episode 2
        Series 10 - Episode 3
        Series 10 - Episode 4
        Series 10 - Episode 5
        Series 10 - Episode 6
        Series 10 - Episode 7
        Series 10 - Episode 8
        Series 10 - Episode 9
        Series 10 - Episode 10

        Series 11

        Series 11 - Episode 1
        Series 11 - Episode 2
        Series 11 - Episode 3
        Series 11 - Episode 4
        Series 11 - Episode 5

        p.s. I also highly recommend the show too. It's hilarious.

        3 votes
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          Akir
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          Sadly the later seasons are not available in the US.

          Sadly the later seasons are not available in the US.

          1 vote
          1. cfabbro
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            Whoa... something on YouTube is geo-restricted in the US but not Canada for once!? That genuinely surprises me. Sorry to hear that though, since it's a great show that everyone should be able to...

            Whoa... something on YouTube is geo-restricted in the US but not Canada for once!? That genuinely surprises me. Sorry to hear that though, since it's a great show that everyone should be able to watch. :(

            1 vote