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    Post by Michael K. on Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:50 am

    BGwaves wrote:Anyone watching HBOs The Watchmen?

    OMG yes. A show that squares up on the topic of DEEEEEEPPPP institutional racism w/o even slightly veering toward pedantry? Like BG said, not a superhero show. Watch it as soon as you can, imo.
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    Post by BGwaves on Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:32 pm

    Episode eight made me tear up and I could t stop thinking about it all day. Only a few episodes of tv have ever effected me that way. Amazing show.
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    Post by WP64 on Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:48 pm

    Damn. It sounds like I need to watch this then. I watched the first episode but it caught me off guard and I wasn't fully absorbed in it either.
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    Post by Michael K. on Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:33 pm

    ^I felt the same way for the first three eps, fwiw. I assumed I was watching a superhero show - which is dumb, because I'm pretty familiar with the source material - and not something with grander aspirations. Was fairly stoned for the first two eps and that's not really the way to watch this. Takes a lot of attention to get what's coming at you, imo. I'd say jump in, WP. Given your interests, tendencies toward analytical thought, and political thoughts, I think you'd find it compelling.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:05 pm

    This is a shot in the dark, but does anybody remember this scene from what I believe was a 90s sitcom:

    There are some friends in a (bar? I really have a cheers vibe going, but I don't think it was cheers) and they are having a discussion about where everybody went to college. The janitor, quietly mutters "I went to Yale."

    I've been googling that for years and all that turns up are dudes from Harvard posting jokes... no idea what TV show put that in my brain, but it's been in there for a long time.
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    Post by Nick on Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:13 am

    I just watched the first 2 episodes of Watchmen and loved every minute but honestly it was the preview for The New Pope where I was like yes inject this into my heart.
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    Post by Soma on Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:52 am

    Ned, I had a very vague memory (like, not even a memory, just a piece of information that you suddenly conjured in my head) that the janitor from Scrubs may have gone to Yale and a wuick Google gives me this piece of trivia.

    Wikipedia wrote:The Janitor has mentioned that he went to Harvard in the episode "My Brother, Where Art Thou?" while also saying he went to Yale in "My Déjà vu, My Déjà vu".

    Having said that I think what I may actually be remembering is that he briefly had a lead part on a TV show and nothing is going to make me sit through a second of Scrubs in order to find out.
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    Post by undo on Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:31 pm

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    this looks like an Adult Swim show
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    Post by Ned Braden on Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:42 am

    The last thing in the world I would think I´d be interested in is a Saved by the Bell reboot in 2020, but reading this very brief synopsis makes it sound bizarely self-aware and interesting

    https://news.avclub.com/peacocks-bizarre-saved-by-the-bell-reboot-has-a-cast-1841284670

    Zack Morris, trash bag popular manipulative kid becomes governor and fucks over poor people sounds like (anti)fanfic that a harsh critic of the original might have penned. I still have no reason to think the actual show will be either good or written in a way that follows this theme, but you never know.
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    Post by Duff... on Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:32 pm

    Veronica Mars arrived on Hulu (with a new season!) so I'm rewatching it and man.

    1 This show is way older than my brain has acknowledged. Kristen Bell looks like a baby, and the outfit choices are.... something.

    2 This came out in the early days of "MUSIC SUPERVISOR" being some big deal in prestige television, and one of the joys of watching this in 2020 is returning to a time when West Indian Girl and Louis XIV could be used to signal indie cred. There's an episode where this guy starts singing karaoke and I think "Wait, is the Courtney Taylor Taylor?" and not 30 seconds later some other guy shows up and I'm like "Oh wait, THAT is Courtney Taylor Taylor". Looking forward to Britt Daniel's cameo.

    There's no real point to this rambling post but I'm gonna hit send anyway.
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    Post by Michael K. on Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:10 pm

    Got a real soft spot for V Mars. First TV I watched where I thought, whoa, TV can be really good! Have contemplated doing the rewatch, but what you're saying is maybe don't?
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    Post by Duff... on Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:51 pm

    Oh, I'm definitely saying do. Could be that my slog through Gilmore Girls, which becomes a joyless chore the last couple seasons, has made me a cheap date, but that first season at least is really sharp and compelling, even if you know how it ends.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:13 pm

    John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch is sort of just Sesame Street for grown ups who are sad. And it includes the line “Everything’s going to be fine, David Byrne,” which is among the best things I’ve seen on tv.
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    Post by Nick on Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:06 am

    The New Pope is as terrific as I’d hoped it would be. The opening sequence/song each episode is basically one of the best ever and the season has upped the weirdness, storyline intrigue and overall sexiness from The Young Pope. All of that with Jude Law in a coma for the first several episodes.

    Episode 4 opens with Marilyn Manson playing himself having a hilarious exchange with John Malkovich.

    Highly recommend this show!
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    Post by Ned Braden on Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:57 pm

    Im so excited to see new Better Call Saul. Rewatching the whole thing before I do.

    Is it... the greatest television show ever? IMHO it should be in the conversation. Well, at least so far.
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    Post by undo on Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:21 am

    That's definitely an opinion I've been exploring lately
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    Post by Ned Braden on Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:00 pm

    Semi spoiler alert from way back in season one but
    Spoiler:
    Episode 10. Jimmy talking to Howard in his office. Howard mulling over the list of things Jimmy has been doing for his brother every day... the respect and straight up ... whatever the word is for being impressed by somebody... that Howard has for Jimmy. God fucking damn. That was such an amazing character arc... realizing he’s only been playing bad cop for all these years. Fuck.

    Yeah, BCS is incredible
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    Post by Ned Braden on Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:21 pm

    At the end of the day, all I want is a Kim Wexler. Very few other things matter.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:07 pm

    The subtle plot line where Chuck and Jimmy are, in so many ways, the same guy.

    All those times Kim listens to a long Jimmy monologue and responds, “OK.”

    The montages. Fuck, the montages. “Something Stupid” montage.
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    Post by undo on Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:15 pm

    I am watching "Tiger King" on Netflix.

    Unless you love feeling bored, you should watch it too.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:31 pm

    You weren’t kidding.
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    Post by Ned Braden on Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:44 am

    undo wrote:I am watching "Tiger King" on Netflix.

    Unless you love feeling bored, you should watch it too.

    Spoiler:
    The Travis funeral scene is the point where this show just broke my brain. Like... this was SO fucking tragic, the saddest most horrifying shit imaginable. But I could barely believe it was real life, so I didn’t know whether I should laugh or cry. I still can’t grasp it.
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    Post by undo on Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:16 am

    Do you ever "binge watch" sitcoms like Friends or The Office?

    I can't understand how this is a thing in 2020, you can watch literally almost anything else you can think of, anything you've ever wanted to see.

    This just strikes me as the biggest waste of time, I mean who am I to judge but what are you even living for anymore

    It's a comfort food-type thing? Something I shouldn't judge?
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    Post by Nick on Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:27 pm

    I didn’t enjoy Friends or The Office when they originally aired couldn’t imagine binging them now!
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    Post by Soma on Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:04 pm

    Definitely binged Friends as a 13 year old (think Courtney Cox may have been my first celebrity crush, not sure if that factored into it). Can no longer understand how I found it enjoyable even at that age, but I have made it through other old shows in record time... But like, good shows, can't tell if you're including the quality as a caveat but I suspect you are so I agree, massive waste of time.

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