What Television Series Are You Watching?

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  1. topbroker

    topbroker Senior member

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    Thanks to the miracle of DVDs (and Netflix!), I have a number of complete television series in progress -- although in some cases, the completion of my viewing depends upon all the seasons being issued, which is seldom a foregone conclusion.

    I also can vacillate on whether I'm going to commit to a series. I watched the first episode of HBO's Spanish language serial killer series Epitafios the other night, for example, and I'm not sure I'm going to go the distance. Plus: the Buenos Aires setting (there's a city that fascinates me!). Minus: it seemed sort of sub-David Fincher. So I don't know. It was a library borrow so I have no sunk investment.

    I'm also not sure whether I'm going to continue with Big Love (after viewing the first two episodes). It's well acted to be sure, but my problem is I just don't get it. My thinking was well captured by a poster at the Internet Movie Database:

    One thing I don't get and I don't think is adequately explained is why would someone want more than one wife. The financial and other burdens are enormous, as the show illustrates. There are allusions to religious reasons, but that's about as far as it goes.

    What is the upside? What would compel someone to do this? What is the motivation? What is the motivation for these women to enter into such an arrangement? These things go largely unexplored. What sane person would say I would like to buy three houses all in a row, make them a compound, have three wives (and then find three women willing to do this), have a bus load of children, and then spend most of my life trying to cover this up??

    Someone who loves this show can explain to me why I shouldn't give up on it.

    I have an especially warm relation to The Sopranos not because I am enamored of the mob lifestyle, but because I grew up in the area of northern New Jersey it (very accurately) depicts -- and because it is clearly at masterpiece level. Two nights ago I watched the twelfth and penultimate episode of the first season, "Isabella," and was mesmerized by it as I usually am. This episode has a particularly audacious "twist." There is also a scene between James Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco in a parked car that is so heartbreakingly good, it in itself justifies the entire medium of television despite all the drivel the medium has perpetrated.

    Series currently in progress:

    The Sopranos
    The Wild Wild West
    Hill Street Blues
    All Creatures Great and Small
    Northern Exposure
    Hawaii Five-O
    Nero Wolfe
    The Untouchables


    Guilty pleasure in progress:

    The Time Tunnel (I was a kid when this was first on; it made an impact and got me interested in history)

    Completed viewings:

    Upstairs Downstairs
    Six Feet Under


    (Two very great shows.)

    Looking forward to starting:

    St. Elsewhere
    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
    (glad this is finally out)
    The Avengers
    Deadwood
    Mad Men
    Picket Fences
    Oz
    The Wire


    Planned re-viewing:

    Twin Peaks
     


  2. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    i have to admit i am currently hooked on Sex and the City on dvd . i dont watch too much tv nor was ever a big fan of any tv series but this one is my first, more so for the stories of the 4 characters than any of the crude sex issues and scenes.
    i have to admit, i love the four: Miranda, Charlotte, Sam, and Carrie. mostly Miranda, i love how they evolved her over the course of the series.
    very heartfelt and moving.
     


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    dusty Senior member

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    Freaks and Geeks!
     


  4. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Watching The Wire on DVD right now, just finished Disc 1, Season 1.

    Got into 24 via DVD.

    Excellent, excellent little mini-series on DVD, Long Way Round starring Ewan MacGregor and Charlie Boorman (John's son). They ride their motorcycles around the world. I highly recommend it.
     


  5. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Fashion Hayzus

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    30 Rock season 1
     


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    I will be starting The Wire at some point. Most of the others I like right now I'm mostly caught up on because of Tivo and downloading torrents, but at some point I will go back and catch up on the first few seasons that I missed of some shows like Rescue Me and The L Word. And I'll pick up the third season of Arrested Development just to complete my collection and watch them again.
     


  7. bbaquiran

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    A friend turned me on to a hilarious nerd sitcom, "The Big Bang Theory."
    My fiancee is watching the Sopranos. I'm watching The Unit.

    We are both waiting for this year's Battlestar Galactica (final season) and Doctor Who to resume.
     


  8. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Very, very pleased to see another Wolfe fan on the forum. I am watching several series on DVD at present. Nothing current. Shogun West Wing Nero Wolfe Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes Foyle's War
     


  9. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    We are both waiting for this year's Battlestar Galactica (final season) and Doctor Who to resume.

    I'm looking forward to Doctor Who, too. Lately I've been watching old-school black-and-white eps from the '60s. Some of it holds up surprisingly well.

    And, as always, I've got a couple of discs of the Avengers batting around.
     


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    Matt [email protected]

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    ...was brilliant. Undeclared was decent too. Eagerly awaiting Entourage return.
     


  11. topbroker

    topbroker Senior member

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    Very, very pleased to see another Wolfe fan on the forum.

    I am watching several series on DVD at present. Nothing current.

    Shogun
    West Wing
    Nero Wolfe
    Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes
    Foyle's War


    Nero Wolfe is a great series, for general entertainment value and sartorial splendor. Man, does Timothy Hutton know how to wear those clothes!

    I love the Wolfe novels and stories too. If I could be one fictional character, it would be Archie Goodwin, both for his wardrobe and his breezy attitude toward life.

    I must catch up with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes -- I've been a Holmes fan since boyhood.
     


  12. bbaquiran

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    I didn't know they made a Nero Wolfe series! I was a fan of the old novels. I'm adding these to the download queue, along with the Sherlock Holmes previously mentioned. If you like whodunits, check out Jonathan Creek.
     


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    Freaks and Geeks!

    Excellent choice sir. This is a great series, and without a doubt one of my all time favorite tv show series (sad to say only one season. But an amazing one at that)
     


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    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    West Wing

    [​IMG] I like your style! I'm also watching this. Just got the first DVD of season 2. In case you haven't seen it, season 1 finale was NUTS!
     


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