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Bob owns a rundown burger joint in a poor little beach front town. Im not sure I remember them mentioning the name of the town, although they probably have and I missed it. Ive seen many episode, but not all of them. Bobs family is wacky. The mom is a kind of stereotype New Yorker or something. She has a thick Brooklyn type accent. Shes just overly positive up-beat attitude. His children are pretty crazy too. His son just says some of the weirdest off the wall stuff. His oldest daughter is pretty stupid and his youngest daughter, although smart, is kind of psychotic. Still, they are a loving family, even though they are struggling and the restaurant seems to always be on the brink of closure. They make it somehow. The end credit are worth staying for. They are always different and related to that episode. Its just as clever as more popular shows on TV, like The Simpsons, Family Guy and South Park.
James Purefoy stars as Joe Carol, a serial killer and Kevin Bacon is Ryan Hardy, a burned out retired, alcoholic detective trying to catch him. I know that seems like a pretty simple plot idea, but this show takes some twists and turns and is actually just really twisted. Some of the scenes even disturbed me and thats saying a lot. I dont get disturbed to easily. At the beginning of the show Joe is incarcerated, but by the end of the season he is on the run and on a rampage. What makes him different from other serial killers is that e has a following, hence the title. These people will do anything for him, kill other people, kill themselves and just do some crazy things. I know it sounds crazy, but you actually kind of start to like him or at least root for him because other people he encounters end up being even worse than him, believe it or not. He meets up with a crazy chick that wants to be his serial killer bride in the second season and even gets involved in a cult lead by a bigger kook than him. Im not sure if the show has sustaining power though. The writers are going to have to work overtime to keep it interesting because I think it would be difficult to build a whole show on just Ryan chasing Joe everywhere. I think, unless the writers can pull out some cool stuff, this concept may get old.
Shawn is pretending to be psychic so the police department will hire him to solve cases for them. Apparently they wont take him seriously if he is just really intuitive. The best part is his interactions with his best friend Gus. Those two are great together almost like a more cerebral version of Abbott and Costello. When they get to bickering with each other and comically playing off each other, its like they are making it up as they go. I mean the entire show is really funny, but the banter between those two is pure comedy. Its amazing how much crime there is in little Santa Barbara because they are kept really busy with a lot of crazy murders and Shawn always solves them in some weird wacky way. If you like Monk, I think you will like this show too. The other secondary characters like the two cops Lassiter and Jewels, who are in charge of them or something are funny too. Its clever and well written. I guess I hoped Shawns character would develop more. Hes so childish and kind of a jerk and he doesnt seem to have learned anything. I guess thats not the point of the show though.
I have seen all episodes in the 4 seasons so far of this and I am really looking forward to seeing the third season. His is a skit comedy show and there are several running characters and actors in it, but its mostly Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. I mean they are in every skit and they are the creators and writers. I love their running characters like the two hard core lesbian book store owners and the two people who work for the mayor played by Kyle McLaughlin, who is a real odd-ball in. The skits are so witty, like the one where they go to a movie theater and have to go up a million escalators before they get to their ironic movie and when the town council gets together to name a street and they cant make up their mind, so they just name the street all the names they come up with and the sign is several feet long. Taking out party loans, to all the power in Portland going out because the government didnt pay the electrical bill. The banter back and forth between the characters makes for some true genius comedy. They argue over how many magazine theyve read and how many people they know. There are a couple of skits guest starring Jeff Goldbloom which are just my favorites. I think the Knot Store skit may be one of the funniest things ever. You have to check out this show. You will laugh your butt off.
This show is wrapping on its final season episodes and, I have to admit, its probably time, the last few seasons have kind of dropped in quality. Still, this was an awesome show, event though it was a little (a lot sometime) cheesy and campy. But it was also pretty well written character and plot driven and just sexy as heck. It also has a lot of violence. All depending on your taste, that could be good or bad, for me it is good. I like edgy shows like these. Thank God for HBA and Showtime. Most of the series revolves around a small town in Louisiana called Bonton and the entire human and non-humans who live there and their crazy trials and tribulations. Theres vampires and werewolves and leopard people and demons and fairies and shape shifter etc. You name it, everything that goes bump in the night. As I said, you need to get past the suspension of disbelief and cheese factor and lay back and just enjoy it.
I have to say, I am actually pretty impressed with this new show, more than any first season new show out there right now. I cant wait to see what will happen next and find myself watching the episodes as soon as they record on my DVR. I have a lot of shows that I watch regularly, (too much) so when I decide to watch something first, thats saying something. My friend is watching it too, but he is not as impressed with it as I am. The premise is a really good one. Three years ago, 2% of the population in the world disappears and now its been three years and the people who are left are trying to deal with it. Its being dealt with very realistically. This isnt a science fiction or thriller. Its more of a drama. It revolves pretty much around this one particular small town of people who are going on with their lives trying to cope with one, two or even more of their family and friends disappearance. One ladys whole family disappeared. The people whove lot three or more people are called Legacies. There a few cults that have sprung up because of this tragedy, not surprisingly. One is called The Guilty Remnant. These people dress all in white pants and shirts and chain smoke (not because they want to, but because they believe) and they have taken a vow of silence. The other one is lead by this guy who can apparently hug anyone and take their pane away. Every episode I watch that reveals more and more of whats going on just makes me even more curious about whats going on. Every time they explain something, there are even more questions. But its easy to follow and there arent so many questions where I have given up on it yet. So far that I see, there are really no big name actors in it. If you are looking to start a new show, I would recommend this one as one to think about.
This is one of the best sit-coms on TV right now. It revolves around these nerds who live next door to a hot chick. Its a pretty simple premise and really relies on character development type humor, kind of like How I meet you r Mother. The characters in it are great. They seem almost like caricatures, but as you watch the show and see them develop, you really feel like you know them. The guys are Leonard, Raj, Howard Penny and later and Amy Farrah Fowler and Bernadette and of course Sheldon played by Jim Parsons, who steals the show and has won Emmys for this role. He delivers the best lines in the movie that make me laugh so hard. Its goofy and witty, but not over your head and pretentious. In fact it makes fun of pretentiousness. It also kind of reminds me a little of Cheers and Friends.
I know I am jumping on the band wagon here, but in my defense, I started watching this show from almost the first episode. My mother recommended it to me. I remember going to FX On Demand often to see if there were any new episodes. They were far and few in between at first I think they were being picked up on a show by show basis. I remember when Aaron Paul tried to shove himself into a bin to see if they would be able to put a body in it after Walter shot the guy they are keeping down in the basement. I dont remember his name because that was like the first season. I just became, like everyone else in the country, addicted to this show. Its character driven and plot driven. I love the different characters they introduced like Saul and Chucko and Gus. The whole Gus story arc has amazing. I would find myself gasping and saying, man I love this show! Two that come to mind are Aaron Pauls girlfriend Over-dose scene and the plant in Walterss back yard. If youve seen the show, you know what I mean. GASP! They are scenes that establish how much Walter is actually, Breaking Bad. This show totally deserves the Emmys its won. When Jessie gets beaten up by Hank and ends up in the hospital and the rant he goes on about Hank was great. I was even thinking, hes going to get an Emmy for this. It is just a truly well written show with no gimmicks or loads of special FX to over-shadow the great story telling. My favorite thing about it is the relationship between Jessie and Walter. Those two are great together. If you are one of the only people left in the country who havent seen this show, watch it now!
This is one of those half hour long shows thats filmed in kind of a documentary style. The actors interact with the camera like they are being interviewed. Its kind of like The Office and Modern Family. If there was a list of most under-rated TV shows, this might be on it along with Community and Arrested Development. Its quirky and witty and just weird sometimes, but always funny. You find yourself laughing and shaking your head thinking what the heck. Im laughing but sometimes Im not sure why. It revolves around Pawnee, IN which does not exist. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler ) is one of the heads of the Parks and Recreations Departments. Seems like a boring idea, but it is so funny it has a lot of this small town humor in it. Pawnee leads the country in obesity. Amy Polar runs for Mayer at one point. It has Chris Pratt who is doing everything right now. It also has Adam Scott and Rob Lowe. Leslie Knope is very quirky, but the characters surrounding her are even wackier. Its very character drive. You really get to know them all like a friend. Ill be honest, Im not sure if it was cancelled or not. I now it just wrapped up a season.
This is hands down my favorite show of all time, which I hope says more about the show than about myself. Im sure, on the surface, if you have never seen an episode, it looks juvenile and stupid. OK, it is little juvenile, but not stupid. I remember, I used to work with a girl who was uptight and even she said, If youve ever really watched an episode of South Park, its actually pretty smart. I mean the way they go about presenting their themes and messages is a little unconventional and even messed up. But its always funny and always very current. Apparently they go in and create each episode last minute. Those two are comical geniuses because it always looks like they spent a ton of time on it. I mean Im sure it isnt easy, but most writing teams would take weeks to come up with the absolutely hysterical witty stuff they come up with. I have seen almost every episode a million times and there are a lot of jokes and quotes that still make me crack up every time. I think its now into its 17th season or something and I hope it will be around a lot longer. They really push the envelope when it comes to MPAA. I am surprised at what they can get away with. In fact I remember a few episodes had scene cut out or censored when the re-runs were picked up on regular TV. It revolves around 4 little fowl mouthed kids who live in South Park, CO and their families and friends and the rest of the towns people. They have really added a lot of characters to the show since it started back in 1997. I highly recommend you check out one of the many many episodes. Im sure you will love them, just keep and open mind. The humor is pretty edgy.
This is one of the better shows Ive seen on NBC. I am amazed at what they can get away with on network TV these days. Its pretty awesome! This series is an interweaving of all the books and movies with some new stuff added in to make a more fleshed out detailed. I think they really did a good job of it too. Its really fascinating and the script and dialogue between he characters, although a bit pithy, is really well written and just clever as heck. I love Wills and Hannibals relationship. If you have a weak stomach, this is not for you. Wow, it is gruesome! Some of the mode-optives of the serial killers are just crazy and theres a lot of irony involved in the killings. Theres one serial killer who plants his victims live into the ground and uses their bodies as fertilizer. When they are dug up, they have plants and mushrooms growing right out of their bodies. One serial killer creates a totem poll of his victims and one serial killer poses them skins their backs to create wings and then with string and wire, poses them to look like praying angels.. Hannibal is a killer psychiatrist who helping the FBI solves murders, including the ones he committed. Will Graham is a teacher and Serial Killer expert who just has a knack for getting in their heads and figuring out what they did, why they did it and when and where they may strike next. I cant wait until season 2 to see what happens because season one really ended with a bang.
This is the best Netflix original and that is saying a lot because House of Cards is fantastic too. Its nice seeing the online companies come out with their own originals. Give Comcast a run for its money. Comcast is too powerful for its own good sometimes. This is based on a book called Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. The writer of this true story, Piper Chapman went to prison for a few months for transporting drugs. Shes kind of educated and upper middle class, so she sticks out a little and has a hard time of, like anyone has a good time in prison. Its amazing how simple some of the plot devices are in this show, but its written so well, a chicken becomes fascinating. It has a great cast that played their parts perfectly. It really gives you both sides of the story. The criminals arent so bad and the guards and prison employees are so good. I think maybe, henceforth the title. Its funny and dramatic and gripping. If you have Netflix, at least put the first few eps of it in your queue at the top or stream it, if your have that option.
This is not really a series or even a mini series. Its almost more like those Mexican Tela Novellas or a hybrid of sorts. It ended a few weeks ago and I guess thats it. To bad, although I appreciate the concept. I always thought Mexico had the right idea of completing a story line rather than letting it go on until people a just sick of it and dont watch it anymore (Greys Anatomy). Its nice to see a show be sent off with a bang like Breaking Bad. Although you are going to miss them, you enjoyed them so much to the end. I certainly did with Fargo. It was really well written and kept me enthralled the whole time. Everyone was stellar in it, especially Billy Bob Thornton. Man, his character was crazy and tough and ruthless and just an asshole, but you kind of like him in a way. I love the line where he says, Strange is finding a human ear in a shoe. The scene where he kills everyone in that building was really well shot from the outside of the building all in one camera shot which meant that Thornton had to climb all those stairs to get to the window that blow out and you see him through it. Watch the show and you will see what I mean. I mean it, watch the show! Seriously, you dont know what youre missing. Its very slightly similar to the movie in that a lot of the characters are the same, but they changed a lot of it, so if youve sent he movie, you will still be surprised. Thornton plays what I think is a hit man or bounty hunter of something, but he is a pure sociopath thats for sure. He just seems to mess with people and get them killed. I know he does this for money though. He meets up with Lester Nigaard played by, who does a very good northern American accent. Everyones accent is fantastic, especially Thornton. He does a few accents in it. Lester gets into some trouble and works his way out of it very cleverly. I dont want to give too much away. There are some great characters in it. There are two other hit men (I guess) looking for Malvo. One is deaf and the other is played by, who had to learn sign language to communicate with the deaf actor, who plays his partner in crime. Some of the things they get away with in show are surprising for basic cable TV, its pretty edgy. Try to catch re-runs or streaming somewhere. You will be happy you did.
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My favorite Seth McFarlane movie is Family Guy, but American Dad is a great spin off. Its one of my favorite animated shows and I never miss an episode. Seth McFarlane is a comical genius and kind of a wacko. Ive liked his other stuff too. I will probably watch anything he makes. This revolves around Stan Smith and his family. He works for the CIA. Other things about it are similar to Family Guy well as the type of humor. If youve seen Family Guy you know what I mean. If you like Family Guy, you will probably like this. Seth McFarlane has this type of humor thats kind of random and pop culture and he throws every joke in but the kitchen sink. You either love it or hate it. I love it, but Family Guy is still my favorite.