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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 10/1/2013 7:53:58 AM   
benmharper


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Boardwalk Empire S3

A step down from the brilliant second season but still pretty great, especially the last few episodes when it all came together.

The River

A documentary team go looking for a lost family member in the amazon. The result was a mish-mash of a few different things. It wasn't bad, just not particularly good either.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 10/1/2013 10:40:30 AM   
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4. Covert Affairs, season 3
I really should have stopped watching this show about 5 episodes into season 1 but then it threw out a few good episodes that kept e going until then send of that first year, by which time I kinda wanted to know what would come next. S2 did more of the same, and now so has the third. It's not very good at all, but I just know I'll watch it until the very last episode.


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 10/1/2013 3:45:21 PM   
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3. Angel Season 4

I really liked this season, with a few reservations. It starts out well, and ends well. It's a bit wonky for a few episodes in the middle though but not by enough to derail the season. I thought the critique of religion was handled well and wasn't too on the nose, and Gina Torres was great as Jasmine. The bits of Cordelia in heaven were a bit shite though, as was Connor snapping in the department store (although he wasn't as bad as he's made out to be overall. I liked the coda at the end of Home too). The biggest flaw however was trying to make Jasmine's birth the end point of the previous three seasons' events. I don't know if it part of the restructing that had to be done because of the Carpenter/Whedon spat or if they had planned it from the start of the season, but I thought that was just overreaching, and it didn't have the scope that it it need.

Oh, and Tabula Rasa: Angel Edition is better than the original.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 10/1/2013 3:47:32 PM   
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Buffy Spoilers, unsure what season, Tabula Rasa

Oh come on - Giles and Spike as father/son?

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 12/1/2013 11:07:07 AM   
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DW81 The Kingmaker (2006) Fifth Doctor / Peri / Erimem SPOILERS

Who killed the Princes in the Tower? Was it Richard III or was it someone else? The Doctor has a deadline with a publishing company and an educational childrenís book to finish so itís off to the 15th Century to investigate.


The Kingmaker is fantastically fun with everyone giving lovely performances. Five has really grown on me listening to the audios and Peri is much more effective when given something to do (I suppose itís difficult to show cleavage on radio) and Erimem though a little too worldly for an Ancient Egyptian Princess is good value. Itís a lot of fun this audio, mixing the history, facts, fiction, myths and time travel together exceptionally well, I particular loved the idea of Richard being such an attraction to future folks of all species that by the time heís a man a strange alien visitor is nothing new and not only that he has used the frequent weirdness to his advantage. The highlight for me is Richard, voiced by Stephen Beckett though sounding an awful lot like Christopher Eccleston (seriously you have to keep checking to make sure it isnít him and thereís even a brief reference to a big eared northerner) heís a man with a very dry sense of humour especially about his hump. Itís a real pleasure to listen to. (5)


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 12/1/2013 12:55:14 PM   
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Wizards vs Aliens

was OK. The kids weren't as good as in the SJA but it was a more consistent series, sticking with a main storyline so the new aliens worked all the way through rather than the way the Slitheen were repeatedly used in the others. I thought the 'but look how science works' was a bit shoehorned at times but it was watchable enough. It felt, I think, more of a kids show than SJA. Perhaps it was just the universe that allowed an SJA crossover, but I don't think Wvs A really has that (nor do I think it's meant to, so it's not a criticism). It didn't really achieve much in the way of humour which is, though.  So I think one series was enough for me.


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ORIGINAL: Deviation] LIKE AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS TOO. IT MADE ME LAUGH A LOT AND THOUGHT IT WAS WITTY. ALSO I FEEL SLOWLY DYING INSIDE. I KEEP AGREEING WITH ELAB.


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 12/1/2013 4:31:48 PM   
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ORIGINAL: elab49

Buffy Spoilers, unsure what season, Tabula Rasa

Oh come on - Giles and Spike as father/son?


You mean Rupert and Randy Giles?

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:07:17 AM   
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1. Everybody Loves Raymond, season 5
Third time I've seen it in the last year and it just gets funnier.


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:08:38 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

1. Everybody Loves Raymond, season 5
Third time I've seen it in the last year and it just gets funnier.



You know you could have spent that time rewatching Lord of the Rings.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:12:58 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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I know. But 12 double bills of 45 minutes is more doable than one 10 hour LOTR session.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:20:09 AM   
rawlinson

 

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Is that the reason why you haven't rewatched them in so long? You have to do them on the same day?

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:24:51 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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I've only ever done that once. I usually watch one a night, each in one sitting. I just watch too much TV at the moment and spend far too long on here, to have a spare three/four hours a day. I didn't even make 300 films last year

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:33:56 AM   
rawlinson

 

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Maybe you need to trim the fat out of the t.v. shows you watch. That's what I did a while back.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:36:26 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

1. Everybody Loves Raymond, season 5
Third time I've seen it in the last year and it just gets funnier.



Ray Romano and funny, two things that just don't go together.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:36:33 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

I've only ever done that once. I usually watch one a night, each in one sitting. I just watch too much TV at the moment and spend far too long on here, to have a spare three/four hours a day. I didn't even make 300 films last year


I did and my marriage broke down!












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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:38:35 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

I've only ever done that once. I usually watch one a night, each in one sitting. I just watch too much TV at the moment and spend far too long on here, to have a spare three/four hours a day. I didn't even make 300 films last year


I did and my marriage broke down!













It's your fault for making 299 of them porn.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:45:02 AM   
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It's just a good thing I've got a gallows sense of  humour, otherwise I'd be weeping in a corner somewhere.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 1:07:45 AM   
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Maybe you should splash out on one of these


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 1:16:25 AM   
matty_b


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I splash out on Ryan Gosling on a nightly basis.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 1:50:41 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

Maybe you need to trim the fat out of the t.v. shows you watch. That's what I did a while back.


I kinda have and I still ended up watching 3024 TV episodes last year


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 2:48:16 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

I didn't even make 300 films last year


HEAVENS ABOVE


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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 2:53:47 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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I know. It's terrible.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 11:10:25 AM   
rawlinson

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf


quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

Maybe you need to trim the fat out of the t.v. shows you watch. That's what I did a while back.


I kinda have and I still ended up watching 3024 TV episodes last year



You need to trim some more. I suggest you stop rewatching one of the worst comedy shows ever created. Everybody Hates Raymond's Insanely Right Wing Wife.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 11:42:56 AM   
Gimli The Dwarf


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Yeah, but I like the show. I'd rather stop watching stuff I don't really care for but have a compulsion to continue with

And she's not that right wing!

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 11:44:26 AM   
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01. Spaced: Season Two (2001) - 4/5
02. Spaced: Season One (1999) - 4/5

There's quite a lot of things I like about Spaced. I like the energy of it - the kinetic, charged cinematography and editing give it an idiosyncratic attitude that few sitcoms have tried to replicate and probably zero have replicated successfully (Community is the only one that comes to mind, and even then it's still a lot less fluid and dynamic visually). At times it even tries the outright cinematic, with varying results, but Wright's visual style and unique manipulation of form complements the writing impressively. It's also very funny, anchored by the impeccable comic timing and versatility of Pegg and Hynes and populated with a solid cast of oddballs (Serafinowicz and Smiley are highlights). The show's strength is in the relationships these characters forge - they're deeply-felt and the funniest (and most poignant) parts of the show riff on the dependence everyone seems to have on each other. The problem is that, in casting all of this in a 'pop-culture lens', Spaced makes a lot of bad pop-culture jokes that often turn into little more than laboured references, and that's not funny. Referencing Field of Dreams, having a character recite a Star Wars quote, riffing on the Fight Club rules or stopping the action dead in its tracks to recreate a Pulp Fiction scene is lazy comedy and acts as a distraction from the action and a shallow way of getting the audience on side. Season Two gets away with it more because its references are generally better integrated into the stories and the characters (the extended One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest riff is remarkable), but it's still a dead weight on what could be a brilliant sitcom.
Stand-out Episodes (S1 / S2) - Epiphanies / Dissolution

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 11:48:08 AM   
rawlinson

 

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Yeah, but I like the show. I'd rather stop watching stuff I don't really care for but have a compulsion to continue with



That's the stuff I cut out. Stopped watching shows I couldn't give a shit about, but was watching just because people were talking about them.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 11:53:00 AM   
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I'm about to start the Call The Midwife special from Christmas. I really wasn't bothered with the series at all but I have this odd sense of loyalty in that I started the show it so I must continue until the final episode. If I had the willpower I'd eject the tape (yep, good ol' VHS!) and start my Boardwalk Empire set. But I know I won't.



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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 11:56:44 AM   
rawlinson

 

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But Call the Midwife was awful. And you know it was awful. Why do it to yourself?

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:36:36 PM   
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Maybe you should splash out on one of these




Want one.

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RE: Top 100 TV/Radio Shows: 2013 - 13/1/2013 12:41:11 PM   
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I'll be mostly writing about re-watches since I watch very little actual TV.

The Thick of It - Series 1

A really good start for (in my humble opinion) the best British sitcom in recent memory, but it really started to fly with the later seasons - season 3 being the particular stand-out. Peter Capaldi is a god.

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