Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]


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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby gh » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:52 am

Haven't had time to dive into Alcatraz yet, but glad to see that Justified kicked off with a bang!
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby guru » Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:58 pm

gh wrote:Haven't had time to dive into Alcatraz yet, but glad to see that Justified kicked off with a bang!



Boy, no kidding! Loved the opening scene between Boyd and Raylan, and it will be interesting to see where the storyline with the Detroit mafia goes. Did that Icepick character remind anyone else of Anton Chigurh(the assassin in No Country for Old Men)?
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby gh » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:35 pm

he did... and with the hat, it took me nearly the whole hour before I recognized him as Deb's partner in Dexter.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby jeremyp » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:57 am

gh wrote:he did... and with the hat, it took me nearly the whole hour before I recognized him as Deb's partner in Dexter.

Ka Ching! :(
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby gh » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:28 pm

guru wrote:One hour into the two-hour premiere of JJ Abrams' Alcatraz - so far, so great


As was the second hour. I'm hooked already!
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby jhc68 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:27 pm

Raylon added a new line to the all-time TV lexicon: "Sorry about the tablecloth..."
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby guru » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:57 am

guru wrote:
American Horror Story, which has already wrapped it's maiden season, and been renewed for a 2nd, is terrific. The premise - a fictional house in LA haunted by anyone who has died there - made for some interesting storylines, which included the real-life Black Dahlia. The first season ended with the lastest inhabitants - Dylan McDermott's character and family - all dying by various means and joining the growing cast of trapped ghosts(who can leave the house on just one day a year - Halloween). Should make for an interesting season 2.



American Horror Story, fresh off 17 Emmy nominations, returns for Season 2 October 17 with a whole new storyline(really no other way they could proceed), but with many of last year's actors returning in entirely new roles. An interesting and intriguing idea.

A quick rundown

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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby Marlow » Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:36 am

Is anyone else as enamored by USA's Suits as my entire family is? It's the smartest written and acted show on TV in our collective opinion.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby gh » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:54 am

Suits is my wife's fave: catching up on Season 1 was her entertainment whilst I was in London.


(yet another vote for the best possible TV being to skip the hot series when they first come out, then watch them en masse for an orgy of entertainment)
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby jeremyp » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:55 am

Marlow wrote:Is anyone else as enamored by USA's Suits as my entire family is? It's the smartest written and acted show on TV in our collective opinion.


I watch it but I hardly view it as highly as you (no surprise there, considering our differing opinions in the past). I was a Frat Bro to the father of Gabriel Macht (Steve) so I started watching it due to that. It's slick enough and high on the "suspend disbelief" scale and I cannot stand Lewis, but it does manage to entertain.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby gh » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:11 am

If you can stand harsh reality, try Copper, which is now a couple of episodes in on BBC America. When I say "harsh" let's just say it's partially the creation of Tom Fontana, who was behind Oz, perhaps the grittiest show ever seen on TV.

The echoes are there.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby Marlow » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:35 am

gh wrote:If you can stand harsh reality, try Copper, which is now a couple of episodes in on BBC America. When I say "harsh" let's just say it's partially the creation of Tom Fontana, who was behind Oz, perhaps the grittiest show ever seen on TV.
The echoes are there.

Watched the first show with high hopes . . . which were brutally dashed.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby jeremyp » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:58 am

gh wrote:If you can stand harsh reality, try Copper, which is now a couple of episodes in on BBC America. When I say "harsh" let's just say it's partially the creation of Tom Fontana, who was behind Oz, perhaps the grittiest show ever seen on TV.

The echoes are there.


It's certainly dark enough (in content as well as lighting) but I am struggling with it's gutter level look at life, with, as yet, no characters worth watching. The episode where they allow us to see a child being encouraged to kill, and killing her abuser, was too much for me.
"Hell on Wheels" has a similar dark, gutter theme but the characters are well defined and interesting, and it's very well filmed.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby gh » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:10 am

Awwright! Sons returns tonite. Perfect timing after I spent the last week rewatching all 14 episodes of season 4 to be fully prepared for Jax as the new prez.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby gh » Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:37 pm

Sons is starting to make Breaking Bad look like Bambi.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby jeremyp » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:15 pm

gh wrote:Sons is starting to make Breaking Bad look like Bambi.

I think Walter Whyte would smoke Clay. Not so sure about him versus Gemma or Tara.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby guru » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:32 am

KLocke wrote:If you don't know "Homeland". Well, you had better check it out



I'm two episodes in to the 1st season. Outstanding!
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby gh » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:40 pm

but-but-but-but... we loved Opie! The Beauteous Babs broke into tears. Jax's revenge is going to be off the scale, neh?
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011

Postby j-a-m » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:08 am

Marlow wrote:1. The Mentalist

The Mentalist is a great show that doesn't seem to get enough love from critics. Occasionally a major network manages to produce a "mainstream" show (and keep it on the air for a few years) that's actually really good, and this is one of those rare cases.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby lonewolf » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:17 pm

One of my favorite shows.. if they can just keep that funky Renault, or whatever it is, running. :)
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby gh » Fri Oct 05, 2012 7:51 pm

OK, two weeks in and Last Resort is blowing my mind. Of course the JJ Abrams touch & feel is all over it. When the troops were hiding in the kill zone in ep2, I kept expecting the Volkswagen Microbus from Lost to come rolling down the hill.

Has there ever been a production with Andre Brauger in it that wasn't eminently worth watching?

(anybody ever catch him in The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson?)
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby jeremyp » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:35 am

gh wrote:OK, two weeks in and Last Resort is blowing my mind. Of course the JJ Abrams touch & feel is all over it. When the troops were hiding in the kill zone in ep2, I kept expecting the Volkswagen Microbus from Lost to come rolling down the hill.

Has there ever been a production with Andre Brauger in it that wasn't eminently worth watching?

(anybody ever catch him in The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson?)


It's LOST with a submarine. Which means it teeters on top of a ludicrous supposition that does not fit the real world. I mean come on: Pakistan has been nuked! They have the 3d largest number of Nukes in the world (more than Israel) and there would be a nuclear war going on out there....meanwhile back on the Island. Andre is great! "Thief" was a good show pulled way too early, mainly because it required thought.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby gh » Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:29 am

jeremyp wrote:.... I mean come on: Pakistan has been nuked! They have the 3d largest number of Nukes in the world (more than Israel) and there would be a nuclear war going on out there...


But would there? At least one that involves the U.S., that is. Pakistan can have all the nukes it wants; if it doesn't have a delivery system capable of getting them out of its immediate neighborhood, that makes for a whole different ballgame.

I would also guess that unlike the U.S., which has strike-capacity redundancy spread over tens of thousands of square miles (without even getting into subs), Pakistan's resources (both in terms of the hardware itself and those with the decision-making authority) are likely to be rather compact, and one well-placed nuke would pretty much neuter them.

(I hasten to add that I'm advocating no such thing! Just noting what the tactical aspects seem to be, given that we're debating a fantasy planet in the first place.)
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:03 am

gh wrote:
jeremyp wrote:.... I mean come on: Pakistan has been nuked! They have the 3d largest number of Nukes in the world (more than Israel) and there would be a nuclear war going on out there...


But would there? At least one that involves the U.S., that is. Pakistan can have all the nukes it wants; if it doesn't have a delivery system capable of getting them out of its immediate neighborhood, that makes for a whole different ballgame.

I would also guess that unlike the U.S., which has strike-capacity redundancy spread over tens of thousands of square miles (without even getting into subs), Pakistan's resources (both in terms of the hardware itself and those with the decision-making authority) are likely to be rather compact, and one well-placed nuke would pretty much neuter them.

(I hasten to add that I'm advocating no such thing! Just noting what the tactical aspects seem to be, given that we're debating a fantasy planet in the first place.)


I truly doubt Pakistan has any nukes, capable of reaching the US or even pointed at the US. They are all pointed at India, and maybe a few at China. If a nuclear war ever started it would most likely be there. In fact a few years ago it looked like it might come to that.

And why would the US get involved, nuclearly, in that?
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby jeremyp » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:52 am

gh wrote:
jeremyp wrote:.... I mean come on: Pakistan has been nuked! They have the 3d largest number of Nukes in the world (more than Israel) and there would be a nuclear war going on out there...


But would there? At least one that involves the U.S., that is. Pakistan can have all the nukes it wants; if it doesn't have a delivery system capable of getting them out of its immediate neighborhood, that makes for a whole different ballgame.
They also have thousands of foam mouthed jihadists quite willing to take a nuke across borders and the Pakistan govt would hand them out like candy. A nuclear war with India would draw us in big time. In the end we'd win but............... in the meantime back on the island.

(I hasten to add that I'm advocating no such thing! Just noting what the tactical aspects seem to be, given that we're debating a fantasy planet in the first place.)

And we're debating good fantasy versus silly fantsay.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:03 am

The big risk of a nuclear war in that region for the US is nuclear winter.

    The greatest risk for nuclear war in our time is the scenario in which a Pakistan-based terror group with ties to Inter-Services Intelligence launches another attack on India ("another Mumbai" is the catchphrase, but it won't necessarily have to be of that scale or spectacle and is widely considered a matter of when, not if) and this touches off a sequence of escalation that results in a nuclear strike and response. It's nearly happened before. Aparna Pande, a fellow at the Hudson Institute, described the strong pro-nuclear strike faction in Indian politics after the Mumbai attacks in 2008 and the common sentiment of, "if Pakistan can cross the border and hit us, why can't we hit back?" The answer is: because it's a short fuse. That simple fact, and the peril it implies, has been enough in the past, but it might not be good enough next time.

    This is a global problem. "The impact on the United States is potentially larger than people realize," said Matthew Bunn, co-principal investigator for the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard University. He described studies in which nuclear war was simulated using atmospheric models developed for climate change research, "and if cities are actually burned it can cause enough soot to go up into the upper atmosphere that will stay for a long time, to seriously interfere with global agriculture." The resultant nuclear autumn could cause famine, and not just in South Asia.

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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby Marlow » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:58 am

I'm into Last Resort too, but my suspension of disbelief is also being stretched to the limit. There would be many, many ways to have already taken out the Colorado, given the resources of whoever the Bad Guys turn out to be. And the nature of the Bad Guys doesn't make for a logical fit. Like Lost, there's already too many stray pieces that will EVER be re-integrated into the puzzle.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby gh » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:46 am

Best night of the week for TV now is Friday, watching the DVRed versions of Thursday's Last Resort and Person Of Interest.
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Re: Top TV shows for 2011 [and now 2012]

Postby jeremyp » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:56 am

gh wrote:Best night of the week for TV now is Friday, watching the DVRed versions of Thursday's Last Resort and Person Of Interest.

Actually it's Sunday!
Masterpiece (2x Midwife and Upstairs/downstairs, and soon Downton Abbey)), The Good Wife, The Walking Dead, Sixty minutes, and.....oh O.K. Revenge. Or as we call it: The Good the Bad and the Ugly.
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