The Sopranos and Other TV

I haven’t written in a long time about what I’ve been watching on TV and such.

I finally saw the last several episodes of The Sopranos. I had been dreading it because I heard that it ended very noncommittally. What were all those critics talking about?! There was blood (a lot of blood), tension, permanent change, temporary change, forshadowing, and certainly a sense of completion for the writers. Heck, in the second to last episode there was a TV show playing in the background talking all about writing for television; the authors didn’t let that play in the background for so long for nothin’! I found the last episodes quite fulfilling. Thank you.

Slings and Arrows. I’ve been swept off my feet with this show. I’m about 1/2 way through the 3 season run. I’m afraid to see it end because I’m such in love with it. (And I still haven’t gotten Megan hooked on it… I want her to catch up and have us watch it together)

Dr Who from 2008 has some very enjoyable episodes, and some sappy ones.

The IT Crowd. I watched every episode and loved it! A nerdy treasure!

The Dick Van Dyke Show. Yes, the show from 1961 with Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Darn good shows. Entertaining and fun, and not nearly as dated as it could be.

House of Cards. Netflix’s entrance into television production. Watching the show is a fascinatingly sadistic experience.

30 Rock. I’ve watched my fare share. I like it. It’s just crazy enough for me.

Eureka is pretty fun.

Modern Family is pretty good television

Burn Notice. I watched a bunch of episodes. It feels like spy edu-tainment :-)

Breaking Bad. Intense. Intense. Intense.

 

Honorable mentions

How It’s Made. They show  how the coolest stuff in the world is made with awesome factory processes with narration that makes me want to put an ice pick through my ears. Maybe I should just turn the volume down and enjoy.

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret is a fun one trick pony.

Mad Men. I don’t know, it just doesn’t interest me

I am not watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Don’t like it. It’s honestly mean spirited.

 

The Youtube needs to sneak it’s way onto this list at some point. Epic Rap Battles of History, Cracked.com, Imgur.com Gallery, BestofYoutube.com, 5SecondFilms.com, The Daily Show, Scam School, SMBC Theater, Instructables.com, etc etc etc etc etc!!!

 

4 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    I know we’ve had this discussion about How It’s Made before, but I think it has a lot of charm. It’s clear that the narrator has no flipping idea what he’s talking about, but the voiceover gives you enough clues to figure out what’s going on.

    It’s cheating I know, but I’ve had people ask if I’m a manufacturing engineer based on questions I’ve asked after watching that show. It’s a great thing to zone out and watch after work.

  2. Vickie says:

    Lee, have you not watched American Horror Story? My newest fav. I really would love to see the Dick Van Dyke Show again. I remember watching reruns when I was a kid. Where do you find it these days? Oh, and Dr Who…. Love it.

  3. lee says:

    I haven’t seen American Horror Story yet. I’m not generally a fan of the horror genre, lest it have an element of comedy; I just watch parts of one of my favorite cult classic comedy/gore Psychos in Love (made in New Jersey!) last night. Sean of the Dead and the ilk are good too!

    I watch just about all of my shows, including Dick Van Dyke on Netflix Streaming. Modern Family is on Hulu. And darn it but I haven’t had a television tuner in more than 7 years.

  4. blue says:

    Okay what you wrote about How It’s Made, made me laugh! agh, I can’t stand the background music either but my husband loves the show so I just go away when he is watching it. lol

    Have you seen Sherlock? That show is soooo good! I think you will like it if you want to add something to your list :)

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