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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 12/7/2010 1:57:27 PM   
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I've yet to have my life consumed by The Wire as I have had with The Sopranos, so I'm still convinced that the latter is better.


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A season and a bit. Don't get me wrong, it's amazing, but it hasn't hooked me to the degree that the Sopranos did, where I'd be watching three eps a day at a bare minimum.


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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 12/7/2010 2:20:10 PM   
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Don't worry, you'll get there.

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 12/7/2010 2:59:56 PM   
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Good list Dantes.

I still need to watch The Corner.

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 12/7/2010 3:15:25 PM   
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Yes, you do! It's amazing. I'd invite you over, but I don't think it would be convenient.

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 12/7/2010 3:22:21 PM   
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I was expecting it to be Gandolfini, but I had this thing in the back of my head saying you might go for Paulie instead. 

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 12/7/2010 3:42:09 PM   
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Played by: Rainn Wilson
Appears in: The Office (2005-)

Throw a bit of fascism and geekery in the blender, and odds are high you'll end up with a meal bearing a strike resemblance to Dwight Schrute, the assistant regional manag-... excuse me, assistant to the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, Inc., a paper sales company located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dwight lives on a beet farm (where he grew up), and is the top-ranking salesman in the company. Though he has German roots, he has an air about him that smells distinctively American. A firm believer in individualism, he is the kind of guy you'll meet at party that will claim that his success is his own accomplishment and that your failure is your own fault (he is also the kind of guy that'll claim his failure is your fault and that your success is his accomplishment).

There is nothing remotely realistic about Dwight Schrute. More than any character on The Office, he serves the comedic aspect of the show only. Yes, he is given both sympathetic and empathetic moments, but he is in essence a walking, talking joke jukebox. If he wasn't so damn funny, he would seem entirely out-of-place in... well, a lot of shows. Take, for instance, the episode where his co-worker Jim sends him faxes where he claims to be "future Dwight", who regularly gives him updates to warn him of certain threats. This kind of writing stands in stark contrast to the realistic presentation of the show, and look how fast that stops mattering when Dwight tackles Stanley because he thinks his coffee is poisoned, a moment made even funnier when Dwight sincerely tells Stanley, "You'll thank me later". Becaus he is too busy laughing, the viewer doesn't notice the logical cap: how can Stanley ever thank Dwight later when he isn't told why the hell he was just tackled?

Having not seen the original show, I cannot tell you how Rainn Wilson's take on the character compares to the original, but I can, however, tell you that it's excellent. As seen by, say, his turn in Six Feet Under, Wilson simply can't be normal on screen, no matter how hard he tries. Like Paul Giamatti, he is cursed with a look that gives him no chance whatsoever of passing as an every-man, but blessed with the fact that the constrictions of Hollywood means there's little competition in the kind of roles he was born to play. And Dwight Schrute is exactly the kind of role he was born to play. Why? Because Wilson truly manages to capture the essence of who Dwight is: a man who ranks personal success above anything else, thinks he is very succesful, but is deluded enough to not realize that, in the end, he is just a paper salesman that, time and time again, is fooled by a long line of hilarious pranks that have spawned an endless number of YouTube tribute videos.


Really glad you've included Wilson, as I've just started to watch The Office (US) and he is indeed excellent. I have just watched the episode where the fire alarm goes off and Dwight's appropriation of Billy Joel cracked me up no end.

"# Ryan started the fire! #"

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 12/7/2010 7:05:40 PM   
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I was expecting it to be Gandolfini


I read that as Gandalf and wondered what the hell had gone into you.

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 12/7/2010 7:15:21 PM   
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Really glad you've included Wilson, as I've just started to watch The Office (US) and he is indeed excellent. I have just watched the episode where the fire alarm goes off and Dwight's appropriation of Billy Joel cracked me up no end.

"# Ryan started the fire! #"


Another fire - possibly the funniest moment of The Office bar none (2min50sec)

http://www.noob.us/humor/the-office-fire-drill/comment-page-1/

Don't click Matty, I think it's about S4.



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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 12/7/2010 7:22:43 PM   
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ORIGINAL: matty_b

Really glad you've included Wilson, as I've just started to watch The Office (US) and he is indeed excellent. I have just watched the episode where the fire alarm goes off and Dwight's appropriation of Billy Joel cracked me up no end.

"# Ryan started the fire! #"


Another fire - possibly the funniest moment of The Office bar none (2min50sec)

http://www.noob.us/humor/the-office-fire-drill/comment-page-1/

Don't click Matty, I think it's about S4.



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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 13/7/2010 5:07:56 PM   
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Quick OT question then - for those who have watched The Office (US) right until the current series, when does it start to go downhill? Without being spoilery, I've heard quite a few people say that the quality of the first three seasons doesn't last? Is season four worth bothering with?

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 13/7/2010 5:15:02 PM   
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The first three seasons are indeed the best. The fourth season is good, sometimes great, sometimes not so much (it's a bit uneven). Season 5 and onwards I didn't really like it at all, with S6 being very abysmal, IMO.

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 13/7/2010 9:05:40 PM   
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Really enjoyed the list mate but no West Wing? There are some truly outstanding performances.

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 13/7/2010 10:38:03 PM   
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That might be, but I haven't seen it yet. I'll get there, though I'm currently watching Mad Men at the moment.

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 15/7/2010 12:47:51 PM   
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That Fire episode of the Office is one of my all time favorites!  I'd pretty much agree on season four,althrough it did get better as it went along, and I do think it carried on going in a bold and different direction.  I would argue four is better than one, as while one was enjoyable, it was only six episodes and was very much before the series came into its own.  Two and Three are untouchable.   As a UK viewer I just hope the romours of its decline are not true.

Great, and varied list Dantes, I really enjoyed reading it, even if I do feel there were some soft choices in there

I think you defantly be adding a Mad Men character some where down the line!

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RE: Dante's 15 favorite TV performances - 24/12/2012 2:51:51 AM   
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Totally new here.

Very interesting list.

I only agree with #11 and #1.

The fact that Lucille Ball is not on this list is a bit of a crime, no?


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