Years ago my friends showed me little clips from the series. I put the friendship in doubt. I mean that I just couldn't find the jokes funny. I had no interests of watching this show for a while. Not until I had almost forgot the jokes and had read somewhat praising words from all around the internet. I started watching the first season and before I knew it, I was hooked.
I soon realized that maybe I was first a little too ignorant. The humor in this something that might a little time to get into. I realized that one reason, why I didn't find the sketches that my friends showed me funny, was the reason that I couldn't understand the context and I didn't know who the characters really are. Some jokes are that massive that if you take them out of the context, you wouldn't possibly find anything funny in them. The two clips that I remember being shown, are Kitten Mittons and little parts from the episode "The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell." The best thing is that I find that Liberty Bell episode as one of the greatest in the whole series. Sometimes jokes are a bit radical and saying that I realize maybe my humor is a bit too. That's why the show is that big a joy to watch.
Needless to say, the characters in this one are strong. The gang is ultimate greatness and the actors playing them are just as good. First, I found it hard to like Danny DeVito, but the show this great really takes the better of him out. Just like jokes, relationships are also easy to relate and that makes this show so easy to watch.
Maybe I was judging this series a little too early. Right after the first season, I was sure that I would give another try for this and it surely was worth it. The quality of the humor stays as satisfyingly awkward as in the first season but after the first one the difference that stands out is in the development of characters. Their stories and personal ambitions become more and more interesting and so the whole story becomes a little bit more wholesome. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reid Scott and Tony Hale are the three actors whose characters stand out and make this series even more enjoyable.
As a little heads-up, there is an episode that takes place in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. As a Finnish, I found the lack of authenticity a little disturbing. When the characters are speaking Finnish, it's all jibberish except some little words. Even those little words are pronounced all wrong and the meanings are also a little lost.
This is a TV show that deserves a little more attention and appreciation than it is currently getting. Or at least in Finland. For an example, only one of my contacts in Listal has rated this series, and in the whole Listal there's only 73 people that has rated this. And then there's 1057 ratings on The Walking Dead.
The Newsroom takes place, as you could guess, in a fictional newsroom at the channel called ACN. If I was to summarize the idea, the whole scenario in the series is that it shows how the news progress developments and what happens behind the camera lens when the show is on. Or at least that is how the story of the characters is being told. The whole newsroom is also going through rough changes, when the ex lover of the anchor of News Night is being casted as the producer of the show.
The variation of the characters is something special. In the first season, we are introduced to Will McAvoy, a little self-centric intellect, the main character of the show. His rather problematic love stories are told and the rough character of his is being hatched open. There's also problematic relationships between other co-workers and the show focuses a little bit more on these in the second season, as it did on the first.
The Newsroom succeeds making the viewer to adore the characters in this show. Most of the characters are quick-witted and always ready to give their thoughts and sarcastic jokes. It seems almost impossible to like all the characters this much and it surely is a sign of good writing. Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy, Emily Mortimer as MacKenzie McHale, Olivia Munn as Sloan Sabbith and John Gallagher Jr. as Jim Harper are all great examples of great casting and excellent performances.
This series is based on the Australian comedy under the same title. Ryan is suicidal young man that tries to get overdose of antidepressants. No matter how many pills he takes, it seems impossible to die for. The next day his beautiful neighbour, who he has a little crush on, asks Ryan to watch for her dog, Wilfred, for a while she is on business. But Wilfred is everything but a normal dog. And then two of them become friends.
The quality of the humour is great. It is absolutely hilarious how Wilfred tries to explain the normal behaviour of a dog in simple situations like what the dog thinks when his owner is petting other dogs or what dogs think about babies and so on. The awkward situations that Wilfred leads to Ryan are also as funny as tragic. The humour is at its bests when Wilfred literally fucks Ryan's mind. Oh and the anecdotes.
Elijah Wood is great and I'm totally delighted to see him in this great role, because I haven't ever been greatest fan of him but maybe this opens some interesting doors for me tocheck his latter filmography better.
Two first seasons were simply great and it was bit of a shame to see that the quality was bit lost with the third season. Ryan's family relationships are interesting but sometimes it feels like that the show is just jamming. The childhood traumas and the main story of what actually is behind Wilfred is taken maybe a bit too far in the third season, but still a good thing is that it really took some steps forward - eventhough those were again just baby steps. Ryan's relationship with Jenna is also something to look for.
Now, how would someone like to remind me, why on earth I still watched the seventh season? Seriously. The first two seasons of this was still good but what the hell happened? The Trinity season was also interesting. However, at least the last two seasons have been complitely shit. Travis Marshall and Isaak Sirko must be the two most uninteresting villains in the short history of television. Seventh season tried to take a too big bite at once when hunting down four serial killers and each one of them was as dull as another. No wait, Hannah McKay was the utterly shittiest one.
I decided not to watch this any more and I hope this decision stays.
Fuck this shit. I knew that the upcoming season was to be the last one, but now after a little cool down I'm quite ok. And quite ready and almost waiting for it.
I gave the eight season a try but after few episodes I remembered why I disliked the series so much. I might watch the final season when it is finished and aired in whole, but I sure don't have interests enough to watch a n episode in a week. Who knows if I have even less for few mini marathons...
Once upon a time there was this fabulous western that I just happened to miss. I've always been huge fan of westerns and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is actually one of the most important films for me, ever. One of the reasons why I happened to miss this first place, if I remember correctly, was that back then it aired in Finland at the same time as the Uefa Champions League matches. And if it wasn't UCL matches, then it would've been some other and back then more important show. Anyways, now I've started this project of finishing this and it is pretty much everything that I expected it to be.
Deadwood is just as brutal as you could expect from a town without laws. Value of human life isn't much more than the value of soap or whiskey. Violence is brutal and because of the scenario the human relationships are everything but stable.
I feel terrible urge to read the books that the show is based on but in the other hand, I feel like that would ruin totally my enjoyment of the show. In the three seasons, Game of Thrones surely has shown that nothing is ever sure and safe in Westeros. I admit that first I had some problems connecting the face and the name of the characters but the more I watch this, the clearer everything gets. The bonding with the characters is somehow difficult, because you are always afraid to loose him or her. By that, I mean nothing bad and I sure have my own favorite characters still and I enjoy this show with all of my heart.
Visually this show is pure magic. Actors are all comfortable in their roles and there is again one reason to love this. The long credit scene is also something that I never skip watching this. The show hasn't lost its quality anywhere since the first season and this gives awful lot of waiting for the springtime.
Archer might just be one of the greatest tv series that hit me out of the blue. I hadn't heard a single word about this, until my friend told me to check it out. And God I'm grateful I did. The humor of this is purely genious. When 20 minutes or so are just full of screaming laughter, you know that you have hit the goldmine. This kind of fast, quick-witted humor without borders or respect hits me hard. The plot runs behind every case-per-episode smoothly and the relationships between the each character develops greatly and are also a bit of a running joke during the whole series.
The show happens almost entirely within one messy apartment of two young lovers. People come and go, have a fight and make up. The comedy keeps running all the time. Minimalist milieu brings people close and makes all this to rely much on the great dialogue. Characters in the show are just so real and warm that it is impossible to not to love it. Relationship between Becky and Steve is the one that everyone would like to have and meat-headed friends are just like the friends you already have.
The scenario is interesting but I have problems to pick myself up to watch this again. First season was good, and only good, so I have some serious problems. Second season is already finished and third is on its way so I'd better start watching this again to keep on track.
The Flight of the Conchords is somewhat underrated comedy series. I'm not quite sure why there is only two seasons of this and I have yet only seen the first one. I might write a little bit more about this after starting and finishing the second season.
Nip/Tuck has always been a little guilty pleasure of mine. Christian Troy, performed by Julian McMahon, is absolute alpha dog of the series and the sympathetic Sean MacNamara, performed by Dylan Walsh, is also something special. The plastic surgery business is interesting and the way that way that MacNamara/Troy gets involved with dangerous clients and other criminals is fascinating. Third season is yet the greatest one after I have one season more to finish this series.
A good friend of mine recommended this one for me. Unfortunately I'm not quite sure what to think about this yet after one season of watching. I think that the atmosphere is good and this haves its moments, but those moments are too rare. I still have two more seasons to watch and I think I'll give this still a try.
I declare this to be the greatest TV show ever. First of all, there isn't that many series that I would ever consider to rewatch someday soon. The Wire is surely one to be rewatched. I'm definitely alone with this opinion. I am sick and tired of all these crime per episode kind of series, like C.S.I. and Without a Trace. In The Wire, the scale of crimes is just outstandingly massive, creating a huge crime network between the drug dealers. The story is told both by the criminals and police point of view, and even the media's point of view.
Rather than being crime-per-episode kind of series, The Wire is crime-per-season kind of. And even that isn't that much straight forward. Each season has its own theme that it handles and by that you see each character in a new light. That sort of writing really makes you interested about the characters and you even start to sympathize them. No matter how bad criminal might look at the first sight, your opinion might change quite a lot towards him or her (mostly him) when the show goes on. The most attached you get into the little crooks, who even start to get a little name. There is absolutely no doubt about my favorite characters and I'm quite sure I share them with the others that have seen this show.
Plot is all in all amazing and the characters are, as I said, just more than it. The whining of the police department, criminals, politicians, dockers, school teachers and media staff is something that everyone can quite relate to and feel the anxiety of each and everyone of them. After listing the professions that are involved in the series, I came to think that there is quite bunch of characters in the show. And no one seemed to be irrelevant.
Breaking Bad was great it surely will be missed. But the good thing here is that Vince Gilligan knew, when and where to stop making this anymore. That might sound rough but still truthful. I was very much afraid that the show would go too far into non-interesting level, where Walter would just be just under the DEA's nose and still they would not a have a clue, who is this Heisenberg guy. Family relations are show in great scale because of Hank and Skyler. And ones should not be forgetting to mention Walter Jr.
The evolution of the characters throughout the show is huge. You see the good people turn bad, bad people turn worse and some bad people turn better. Camerawork is exquisite, showing shots like from the bottom of a meth dish when cooking or long rides while following the characters. I also love the colors of the desert and the hot city.
It's a little shame that I'm not able to love Death Note any more than this. Death Note had an incredible potential but that was all thrown away after L's death. I mean, he was the most interesting character fighting against Kira and the game that they played was just thrilling. When Near and Mello comes along, series just got little less cool. Scenario of this Death Note is interesting and the visual look of fine drawing is brilliant.
One of the most hyped series in the past few years turned out to be a total disappointment. I hate that kind of Sherlock who knows the case all from the beginning and in the end he reveals that he was just fucking with us while inspecting the case. In the first season, the villains are annoyingly stereotypic and the actors are horrible. The villains in the second season are trying to make a difference but unfortunately the only interesting villain with at least some good actor is Moriarty (played by Andrew Scott).
The first season was a little worse than the second but the last episode of the second was just as stupid as the first season was in total. In some points the series was quite entertaining but even more it was annoying with these stupid plot holes or twists. Therefore this decision of not watching anymore has to stay, because now I feel like 9 hours of a lifetime wasted. I don't see this much better than Mentalist, which is pure stupidity. Btw, why on earth the IMDb rating is 9,2? High rating is quite common problem with TV series there though.
Sad but true, I started watching this purely because of Zooey Deschanel. I really should have trusted my gut after the first episode while judging this but it took 40 freaking episodes until I understood that my time isn't worth it. Okay, first season had some moments, interesting love affairs and sensible Zooey, and I give the credit for all that. But what actually happened in the second season? Did I just find some common sense in my head or did the quality drop? I'm thinking about the combination of the two. Childish humor took over, the interesting love affairs were pushed away and it all went weird and awkward. Afterwards seeing the stupidity of the show had the same effect on me about Zooey like seeing her pooping would have done: I realized that she is also a human being. Later on in the second season or so I watched this purely because of both Max Greenberg's and Hannah Simone's character, whose quality lasted.
Now how the hell I seriously watched three whole seasons of this? Lost just isn't made for TV. This series must be gobbled from DVD and even then the series isn't interesting enough. Eight years back, I really enjoyed the first season, but I can't even imagine to restart watching this shite again.
five and a half seasons (not sure if finished)
I've only seen few episodes from the first three seasons but I really got addicted into this from the fourth season. Right in the middle of the final season, I started my military service and so I wasn't able to continue this. Afterwards I've lost my interest in this. I might still finish this but currently I'm not promising anything. Such a shame.
I remember liking this series when this first aired in Finland. Somehow I missed this and so I decided to continue this series. Because my memories of Fringe just consists of sporadic events, I decided to watch the first season again too. After a few episodes of rewatching, Fringe appeared to be far worse than I imagined.
The sci-fi scenario is interesting but simply nothing is impossible for these guys and that is what annoys me. For example, our heroes have read a Jules Verne book, where is this idea that last image that people see before their dead records on brains. And this image can be captured by some lazer blazer camera.
Second of all, Dr. Walter Bishop is fuck annoying and not funny at all. Olivia and Peter are interesting characters but not interesting enough that I could make it through five seasons to see the conclusion of anybodys fate.
Love the mockumentary scenario here, when most often face-covered seen dwarf actor Warwick Davis runs an agency for short people while struggling with his personal life. While running the agency, Warwick takes the best jobs and gives the shittiest and the most humiliating ones to his so called friends and clients. Ricky Gervais writes some really awkward and funny stuff, but the thing with Life's Too Short is that things are a bit too obvious and so predictable. Like the conversations between desperate group of men talking about the best ways to kill themselves. Funniest things happens while watching Ricky and Stephen with their agency, when the old cast members of their previous shows like Extras and The Office run around asking for a job from them. First episode was pretty good with Liam Neeson and the greatness of that really brought me up into this. That's why it is so sad that the quality doesn't last and it felt more like a responsibility to finish the series that a joy. There were few great moments in the middle till the end though, but still.