Rate the last TV series you watched (full seasons only) Page 237

  • kentmonkey 3 Aug 2019 12:50:39 23,073 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    Does Derry Girls pick up after the first episode or is it more of the same? I wouldn't put it much above something like Mrs Brown's Boys at the minute.
    See, Decks has sense as well.

    There's virtually a whole episode where the only gag is about how many bags of chips the dad is going to buy for their tea.
  • Dougs 3 Aug 2019 13:12:00 89,926 posts
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    It's less about the gags, more the characters and the tone of the show imo. It's wonderfully nostalgic

    Edited by Dougs at 13:21:16 03-08-2019
  • kentmonkey 3 Aug 2019 13:19:36 23,073 posts
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    I didn't even get that.

    They were all too old, the 'lead character' just kept impersonating Mr Ed, the dumpy one just way too irritating and they were all caricatures without any real humour. Just 'chavvy one', 'sexually confused one', 'weak boy one'

    Some things you can watch and think not for me, but can see why others like it. I can even do that with Mrs Brown's Boys to an extent. But this was just drivel.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 5 Aug 2019 22:26:30 10,808 posts
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    The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk

    Series of absurd cartoony stupid sitcom shorts on BBC iPlayer. Think Noel Fielding but if he was a weirdo shut-in dork instead of a mid-00s Camden cool guy.

    As played by the Ricky Gervais parody one from Upstart Crow.

    8.5/10
  • Syrette 6 Aug 2019 10:39:31 50,297 posts
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    Warrior - 8.5/10

    Finished this yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not going to win any awards but it's just a fun, well paced show with some serious themes that don't lead it to try to be something it's not.

    It's not constant fight scenes either like you'd expect.

    Delighted it's been renewed for a second season, especially as one thing I'd hold against it was the last episode (and the first, actually) wasn't all that.

    Edited by Syrette at 10:39:50 06-08-2019
  • SweetMrGibs 6 Aug 2019 12:45:43 1,345 posts
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    The Boys - didn't gel with me. Not sure why - the premise was good (some super heroes are ego-driven, drug addled arses), but, nope... can't explain why it didn't resonate. 5/10.
  • Rhaegyr 6 Aug 2019 14:00:04 4,780 posts
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    Anecdotally, people I know who claim to 'hate' Gervais tend to enjoy anything I show them starring him (Podcast w/Pilkington, Office, Extras etc).

    Do people think he actually is David Brent or something? There's this weird state of default 'hate' for him before anyone's seen his stuff, not exactly sure where it springs from.

    I'm not his biggest fan but I enjoy his work and loved The Office - I just struggle to understand why he's so marmite.
  • RobAnybody 6 Aug 2019 14:01:50 1,744 posts
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    SweetMrGibs wrote:
    The Boys - didn't gel with me. Not sure why - the premise was good (some super heroes are ego-driven, drug addled arses), but, nope... can't explain why it didn't resonate. 5/10.
    It didn't do anything for me either. 4/10

    Edited by RobAnybody at 14:02:08 06-08-2019
  • TechnoHippy 6 Aug 2019 14:26:02 15,302 posts
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    Waco

    Whilst I'm vaguely familiar with the event from the news I can't comment on how accurate the show is. However it does start as an interesting view on life at the compound and the ATF attempts to infiltrate. I thought the show was relatively even handed at illustrating the faults on both sides. The final episode though was quite horrific to watch. It made me angry and sad as it occurred, which isn't a common experience I get from TV.

    8/10
  • Tonka 6 Aug 2019 14:47:35 29,676 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    Chernobyl - 10/10


    Canít wait for Season 2.
    Fukushima?

    But yes, Chernobyl is a masterpiece. Every episode had me thinking "Naaah, they made this up just for the TV series" and then after some googling I was informed it actually happened.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 6 Aug 2019 17:50:17 10,808 posts
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    Rhaegyr wrote:
    Anecdotally, people I know who claim to 'hate' Gervais tend to enjoy anything I show them starring him (Podcast w/Pilkington, Office, Extras etc).

    Do people think he actually is David Brent or something? There's this weird state of default 'hate' for him before anyone's seen his stuff, not exactly sure where it springs from.

    I'm not his biggest fan but I enjoy his work and loved The Office - I just struggle to understand why he's so marmite.
    When he gets it right it really clicks, when he doesn't it's absolutely miles wide of the mark. His whole act being so massively over exposed, played out and ubiquitous doesn't help either.

    I would recommend his Desert Island Discs. When he's being thoughtful and honest you can see that he can be a really considered, smart, switched on guy.
  • sirtacos 7 Aug 2019 00:56:05 8,170 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    Khanivor wrote:
    Chernobyl - 10/10


    Canít wait for Season 2.
    Fukushima?

    But yes, Chernobyl is a masterpiece. Every episode had me thinking "Naaah, they made this up just for the TV series" and then after some googling I was informed it actually happened.
    The "I am Spartacus" volunteer scene is the only exception to that. It was entirely made up and IMO it was a bit much.
    The female physicist, Ulana, was also invented for the show, but that didn't bother me.

    I wish the dog and cat thing had been made up though :(

    Here's a heartwarming story from the real-life Chernobyl Liquidators:

    The liquidators smuggled a stray kitten into camp and adopted him. One day, a Soviet General unexpectedly appeared, saw the cat, and ordered the men to kill it.
    They pretended to obey, but secretly kept the cat.

    Days or weeks later, the general returned unannounced. The liquidators did their best to hide the cat, but meowing gave him away. The general, furious, told the men to kill the cat and present the body once the deed was done.

    The liquidators, desperate to save the kitten, decided to trick the general. They acquired a rabbit pelt and a bunch of ground beef, smushed it all together, and brought the 'corpse' to placate the general.

    The general was absolutely livid. "What have you done??", he screamed. "I told you to kill it, not massacre it! You utter sadists!"

    Disgusted, the general left.

    The cat lived a long life.

    The end.

    Edited by sirtacos at 02:07:52 07-08-2019
  • TechnoHippy 10 Aug 2019 16:52:20 15,302 posts
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    Sneaky Pete (S1)

    Quite good fun and not too serious, but with solid moments of drama. I liked the con aspects and in some respects reminded me of 'Lie to me'.

    7/10
  • RedPanda87 10 Aug 2019 17:17:23 1,918 posts
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    The Naked Director

    Really enjoyed this. It's a new Netflix Original show about a (real) person who redefined Japanese porn in the early 80s. It's quite silly at times but more drama than comedy and well written. Hoping it doesn't get buried.

    8/10
  • gooner77 10 Aug 2019 17:28:06 1,405 posts
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    Euphoria 7/10

    A bit dark and heavy going in places but overall a decent watch. Was very impressed by Zendaya in the main role.

    There's perhaps a bit too much music and weirdness and a lot of the actors look too old to be teenagers.
  • mrpon 10 Aug 2019 20:49:46 35,330 posts
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    The Boys (Amazon Prime)

    Thoroughly enjoyed that, really really good. Homelander was fabulous (marbles in mouth aside) and his arc was fucking dark! Give him a second series y'shit!

    10/10
  • RedPanda87 10 Aug 2019 21:18:22 1,918 posts
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    This Way Up

    Reminded me a bit of Fleabag, not as good, but then not much is.

    8/10
  • Lukus 11 Aug 2019 15:58:36 21,971 posts
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    Another Life on Netflix.

    Sci-Fi set in the vaguely distant future where humans have mastered FTL space travel and a crew sets off to find the origin planet of a mysterious beacon that has set up on earth.

    It stars the blonde one from Battlestar Galactica (Katee Sackhoff) and has a similar tone and theme running through it, but isn't anywhere near as good.

    In fact, I'm not sure why or how I watched all the season, but I did, so I guess I must have enjoyed it on some level, even though I never actively felt like I was.

    The bad:

    - None of the crew are likeable. Even the ones that are meant to be likeable.
    - There's too much swearing, especially in the early episodes, to the point that it feels really forced and embarrassing.
    - The special effects are really ropey and would have looked pretty rubbish ten years ago even.
    - The crew veer from being demonstrably and dangerously under-qualified for their chosen positions, to being absolute mega geniuses on a minute by minute basis, depending on what is necessary for the plot to move on in each episode.
    - Despite landing on newly discovered planets, they don't appear to follow any kind of health and safety protocol or indeed take any precautions whatsoever, bringing back alien plant-life, soil samples and putting the entire ship in danger.
    - The casting and/or acting, aside from one or two roles, is pretty terrible (see first point again).
    - People die, all the time, and no one really seems to give a shit.
    - It feels very derivative of a lot of other, better shows and games.

    The good:

    - It's weirdly watchable in spite of all the above.

    6/10

    Edited by Lukus at 23:26:03 12-08-2019
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 11 Aug 2019 20:18:01 10,808 posts
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    RedPanda87 wrote:
    This Way Up

    Reminded me a bit of Fleabag, not as good, but then not much is.

    8/10
    Half way through and enjoying it but why is the music mixed deafeningly louder than anything else on the show. Constantly fiddling with the volume really takes me out of it.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 12 Aug 2019 22:14:16 10,808 posts
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    This Way Up

    Individual moments are really good but it's more built as a collage than a central narrative. Feels like it should have a bigger emotional impact than it did. It's also much more of a drama than sitcom.

    It is good but the two show it's going to be compared to (Fleabag, funnier more emotional and Gameface, lighter, funnier) are probably affecting my judgement.

    8/10
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 12 Aug 2019 22:34:18 1,984 posts
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    Another life 4/10

    Has some good stuff, constantly changes. Looks dull, has a terrible lead, has that 4K sharp look that makes it look like a sitcom and very few space shots.

    Itís was good background tv though, nothing a had to look at or hear at all.
  • JoelStinty 13 Aug 2019 20:35:13 7,999 posts
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    Stranger Things S3

    A good finale for a very enjoyable series. A confident and fun series that does struggle at times to get away from it central plot lines but it not really about that, it just a joy hanging out with these characters. The new additions in Robin, Erica ( ok not new but a lot more) and Alexei and just as fun to hang out with as all the others, especially as the third season could have been just the Dustin and Steve show after all the good attention their relationship received in S2, but having them go their seperate ways worked. Witty, sharp sometimes a bit baggy but good fun

    Ending kind of broke me too.

    4/5
  • sirtacos 14 Aug 2019 02:14:47 8,170 posts
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    The Americans S6 (final season)

    Mercifully free of Philip's borderline comical "Soviet Oliver Twist eating a gulag prisoner's boiled shoe for dinner" childhood flashbacks.

    The Americans flagged a bit during the middle years, IMO, but this final season tied (almost) everything up satisfyingly.

    Stan Beeman cements his place as my 3rd favourite character right behind the main duo. I was hoping his arc would end with him crossing over to the other side, but in order for that to happen we would have needed at least another season.

    Stan's final confrontation with the Jennings was oddly sweet and made me wish he and Phil could continue being best buddies somehow :(

    After all these years of misery, with Phil and Liz slowly collapsing under the weight of their work/conscience, it was a relief to have a relatively understated happy ending of sorts, with reconciliation instead of explosive conflict and continued tragedy.

    Poor Oleg Burov - most likeable character along with Arkady Ivanovich - doesn't get the happy ending he deserves, but then, since Nina's death, the best he was ever going to get was a dignified exit, which he does achieve, sort of.

    Beeman's girlfriend subplot is a loose end that kinda sticks out, but I don't mind, as it works to highlight Stan's redemptive arc.


    This final season could have headed in a completely different direction, but I'm glad it didn't.

    I'll miss this brilliant show. The spycraft was truly a joy to watch. We will never see its like again.

    8 or 9/10

    Edited by sirtacos at 02:31:32 14-08-2019
  • Darth_Flibble 15 Aug 2019 18:14:49 3,528 posts
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    iZombie (final season)

    After the last season (4) I was a bit worried about the final season but they managed to turn it around and make a decent final season. There is 1 scene with some laughably bad cgi explosion in the second from last episode. The ending is very happy ending but I really didn't want some downer ending with all the shit in the world, for a minute I thought they might of called Major off

    8.5/10
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 15 Aug 2019 21:33:19 10,808 posts
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    Gameface series 2

    Sweet, funny, likeable characters, refreshing to have a sitcom that is happy being a sitcom whilst also not being an 830 on BBC1 blandfest

    8.5/10
  • RedPanda87 16 Aug 2019 08:01:43 1,918 posts
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    Rhaegyr wrote:
    Anecdotally, people I know who claim to 'hate' Gervais tend to enjoy anything I show them starring him (Podcast w/Pilkington, Office, Extras etc).

    Do people think he actually is David Brent or something? There's this weird state of default 'hate' for him before anyone's seen his stuff, not exactly sure where it springs from.

    I'm not his biggest fan but I enjoy his work and loved The Office - I just struggle to understand why he's so marmite.
    He comes across as a bit of a smug asshole in literally everything - including his stand up and certain interviews. It's hard to believe it's 100% an act and even if it is it puts me off him a bit. That said, I do enjoy a lot of his work, so I wouldn't class myself as a hater, more just unsure.
  • sirtacos 17 Aug 2019 03:13:29 8,170 posts
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    Stewart Lee has onstage personas distinct from his actual self. Ricky Gervais is just Ricky Gervais.

    He makes good stuff and I don't think he's talentless in the slightest; I just think he's probably genuinely a bit of a twat, to the extent that it noticeably bleeds into his work.

    Edited by sirtacos at 03:15:43 17-08-2019
  • RawShark 19 Aug 2019 12:56:03 683 posts
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    Euphoria

    Was trepidatious into starting a young adult series when I'm clearly not a young adult, but holy shit - I loved it! It's basically the Upside-Down of Love Island. It's like watching Kids and not feeling like you're being told off the entire time. Or Brick, but not shit.

    Loved the trippy art direction, noirish voiceover, score was amazing, characters were all compelling and completely fleshed out by the end of the season. Only real nit I can pick was that by the end, despite being front and centre, the relationship between Rue and Jules was the one I felt I knew the least about.

    Hope it has a long run ahead of it. *****
  • RedPanda87 19 Aug 2019 13:46:10 1,918 posts
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    Given the content I'm not sure Euphoria can count as Young Adult (it's perhaps aimed at actual 'young adults' but emphasis on the 'adult', which the Young Adult genre isn't). Also, Brick is brilliant.

    Edited by RedPanda87 at 13:46:21 19-08-2019
  • Tricky 19 Aug 2019 13:58:53 4,908 posts
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    Orange Is The New Black - Season 7

    If you'd been going off this with the last couple of seasons then come back for this one - it's possibly better than the first season.

    Misses a few of the regulars as they were sent off to Ohio, but the consequent focus on some of the key characters really pays off. There is the one extra new character added in the prison, but her storyline is a brilliant proper gut punch and very much part of the overall criticism of detention centres and ICE.

    Even with the focus on ICE it still manages to bring plenty of material regarding the usual issues of prison reform and prisoner reintegration into society.

    Manages to wrap up things nicely without being too pat (not many walk away happy, if they walk away at all).

    9/10
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