風の谷の孤独 (afoxdrinksblood) wrote,

My new favorite shows

FREAKS AND GEEKS. This show is so dead on. Whenever I think it's going to take a slightly inaccurate turn it swerves and nails it. I suspect now that "hip hop" has taken over the world school is a whole different thing, but in the middle school - highschool era this is exactly how I remember it. Not to say there wasn't more to it for me and for anyone, but what is told here is utter truth. Something I've never seen before in a similarly themed TV show. Although Superbad went a little over the top, this kind of realism is something I've come to expect from Apatow and is the most pure here in Freaks and Geeks. Save for a few episodes, this show has me laughing more than I have in maybe years, in an honest and nostalgic way, not just a quick fix then forget it kinda way like the candy comedy I sometimes suffer for a cheap up.
The acting is perfection, no wonder almost the whole cast went on to be in everything good today. And as with Many things, cameos from David Bowie and Ben stiller!

Mad Men has become a new staple for me, eagerly awaiting the new episode of season three each week. I don't know why this doesn't come off as a boring soap, but it just can't possibly fall in with such things. It's exciting and continues to stay interesting without some the whole upping the anti thing that so frequently runs out of control ruining shows. Apparently this is all due to the creator Matthew Weiner who keeps a tight fist on the reign of the show. I find it to be of no surprise that all the best shows are very single handedly driven, even though co-operatively made. When a visionary is not allowed to babysit their child it's always a sad thing, and when no visionary was involved at all, "god" help us. Anyway, Mad men continues to be worth every minute even in it's third season, with no complaints.

Continuing to be bloody and sexy (though less sex of late) True Blood continues to be one of my anxiously awaited shows. I am afraid of it going 6 Feet Under, and no I don't mean getting canceled, I mean going all soapy, trying to string you along with no decency of plot or moderation of world limits. When you don't moderate a story it slips into the oblivion of "who cares", and though I don't really see that happening with True Blood, I'm afraid it's not because of the quality of the writing, but the fact that it's vampires. I'm willing to put up with a lot more dumb shit if there's fangs and blood involved. Hell I sat through to the end of Underworld 1,2, and 3 didn't I? Though I regretted it every time.
Anyway, Jonah's had a point when he said True Blood took a turn for the less interesting when instead of dealing with what it's like for vampires to come to exist and to live in your town, it just went overboard on the supernatural and warring between them and whatnot. It could have been such an interesting thought, and instead it's blood candy. But I'll take what I can get, I'm certainly still amped as ever to see it each week, and I think they're still doing a good job. I'm fucking thrilled that it's on and successful, and bringing vampires back with a vengeance!
The last vampire show I remember before this one was Kindred the Embraced, and if anyone remembers that lump of shit... So yeah, eat, drink blood and be merry!

HUNG, I'm not sure why I like it... when I heard the concept it seemed great, but the setting and the people are so intolerably boring, why do I look forward to watching this show each week? I don't know, but I do. I do like the recent trend towards limiting the means on a given scenario. His house burnt down and so now he lives in a tent. Wouldn't you? I guess maybe that's one of the things I like about it. Not that I would mind if he had his house back either, it's just that so frequently people are portrayed as hard up and they live in a 3000+ sq foot apartment with hardwood floors in Manhattan and it's like...? The only person I ever knew who lived in a nice big place in Manhattan is a dentist. And he doesn't live there anymore. Starving artists live several to a tiny place and if they aren't sharing rooms, they live in Brooklyn. SO to see a school teacher in a tent working nights as a gigolo is refreshing. I think this trend must be the economy at work. People are going to just be annoyed by unrealistically well off portrayals and identify more and more as poor or lower middle class.

Speaking of down and out dramas, Breaking Bad is surprisingly awesome. I'd like to know how realistic the amounts of money they're making are, but whatever the case as long as they're not living like kings, this show maintains full interest and even finds me liking the drug addled slim shady type main character despite his frustrating flaws, 'cause beneath it all, he's just a guy, which so many of that type refuse to be. I guess that's the only way they could make it work though, and it's not even on a movie channel! That an Mad Men are AMC originals.

Well, that's quite a lot of good TV! Freaks and Geeks is number one for me right now (reruns/canceled) but there's quite a lot of good stuff coming out. And Dexter's back soon too! First episode of season 4 was leaked recently. :D I like this trend in TV, since I haven't really followed any shows since Next Generation was coming out and DS9 was starting, I'm quite impressed that I'm getting back into episodic TV on a regular basis.

Oh and How I met Your Mother should be returning soon too! Hope they can keep it up.


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