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Post by flaiky » May 30th, 2019, 5:38 pm

No, but I've heard nothing but great things. I'll try and watch it soon.

Also cautiously hyped for the new Big Little Lies season to start in a few days. The first was just fantastic, so I can't help being excited, but part of me thinks they should have left it as a miniseries. We shall see.
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Post by GruesomeTwosome » May 30th, 2019, 5:47 pm

flaiky wrote:
May 30th, 2019, 5:38 pm
No, but I've heard nothing but great things. I'll try and watch it soon.

Also cautiously hyped for the new Big Little Lies season to start in a few days. The first was just fantastic, so I can't help being excited, but part of me thinks they should have left it as a miniseries. We shall see.
I didn’t see the first season of Big Little Lies, but knowing that Andrea Arnold directed season 2 has piqued my interest in the show now, so I’ll probably be binging season 1 shortly...

@ Carmel: Nah, haven’t been watching that. A Chernobyl mini-series sounded intriguing but I was put off by the fact the creator/writer’s credits are full of Hangover sequels and Seltzer/Friedberg-style spoof crap. But I have heard good things about this Chernobyl thing, yeah.
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Post by brokenface » May 30th, 2019, 8:06 pm

Carmel1379 wrote:
May 30th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Anyone been watching 'Chernobyl', the new highest rated TV Series on IMDb?

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7366338/reference
Not yet but on the imminent watchlist. Recently read factual account of it (Serhii Plokhy), which was v.good

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Post by outdoorcats » May 30th, 2019, 10:52 pm

No, but I'm definitely more interested in it now. And you've never seen Band of Brothers? :p Also interested in seeing the adaptation of "The Hot Zone" on National Graphic TV that just aired which might make an interested pair with it.

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Post by Carmel1379 » May 30th, 2019, 11:33 pm

outdoorcats wrote:
May 30th, 2019, 10:52 pm
No, but I'm definitely more interested in it now. And you've never seen Band of Brothers? :p Also interested in seeing the adaptation of "The Hot Zone" on National Graphic TV that just aired which might make an interested pair with it.
Yeah, I haven't. Is that really popular in the US? I only remember my history secondary school teacher briefly raving about it (but she's Irish).

Haven't heard of 'The Hot Zone', but that sounds pretty cool too. Biological cataclysms are usually excellent settings for many interesting themes (and I also do like the biology part).
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Post by outdoorcats » May 31st, 2019, 12:05 am

I was just teasing because it had like a 10+ year run as the highest rated non-documentary series on IMDb if I remember correctly. I do love it; don't know if it's up your alley or not (but if you're interested in war as a genre, definitely a must, or also if you're interested in the historical aspect as it's based on a non-fiction book).

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Post by flaiky » May 31st, 2019, 6:48 am

GruesomeTwosome wrote:
May 30th, 2019, 5:47 pm
I didn’t see the first season of Big Little Lies, but knowing that Andrea Arnold directed season 2 has piqued my interest in the show now, so I’ll probably be binging season 1 shortly...
Yes do it do it do it! I think I binged the whole thing in 3 days. The characters and performances are all superb.
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Post by Carmel1379 » May 31st, 2019, 2:58 pm

outdoorcats wrote:
May 31st, 2019, 12:05 am
I was just teasing because it had like a 10+ year run as the highest rated non-documentary series on IMDb if I remember correctly. I do love it; don't know if it's up your alley or not (but if you're interested in war as a genre, definitely a must, or also if you're interested in the historical aspect as it's based on a non-fiction book).
Oh yeah, I somehow missed mentioning she -- the only person irl I ever heard talking about it -- is a history teacher. :turned: But yeah, somehow it's a highly rated series I've seldom seen mentioned or referenced in popular culture or my daily life during the past several years. Seems like present day alienation doesn't allow for brotherhood. xD I might consider watching it someday.
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Post by Ivan0716 » May 31st, 2019, 7:52 pm

Only seen the first episode of Chernobyl so I don't have much to say about it yet, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to get over how goddamn British the characters are.

Is ANYONE buying Jessie Buckley - the most gloriously Irish actress out there atm - as a Ukrainian?

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Post by Ivan0716 » June 1st, 2019, 2:16 am

Ivan0716 wrote:
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I'm not sure if I'll be able to get over how goddamn British the characters are.
Saw episode 2, I'm over it.

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Post by Ivan0716 » June 1st, 2019, 10:12 am

What the fuck, I didn't know this was happening until now.

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Post by Cippenham » June 1st, 2019, 9:43 pm

The Up Series is back, they are now 63, not sure if this will be the last

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/j ... -interview

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Post by flaiky » June 2nd, 2019, 8:00 pm

Cippenham wrote:
June 1st, 2019, 9:43 pm
The Up Series is back, they are now 63, not sure if this will be the last

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/j ... -interview
Yeah I saw the advert yesterday and was thrilled. I only watched the whole series last year so feel lucky to be getting the next instalment so soon. Apparently everyone is participating apart from Charles, who quit long ago, and Lynn, who sadly died in 2013. Apted will be 85 in 7 years so I think there's a chance we'll get 70 Up.

I wonder how much Brexit talk there will be? I wouldn't be surprised if they try and tie people's views into the overriding social experiment. I'm guessing (excluding the two who live abroad):

Leave - Andrew, Suzy, Sue, Tony (with vitriol)

Remain - Jackie, Symon, Neil, Bruce

Not sure - John (most things about him scream leave, but we saw how passionate he is about Bulgaria so that makes me wonder)
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Post by Lonewolf2003 » June 3rd, 2019, 11:57 am

Interesting question. It would be weird if the biggest political event in the UK in decades wouldn’t be discussed

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Post by Cippenham » June 4th, 2019, 6:32 pm

Yes they already screened 7Up and Me a documentary presented by Joanna Lumley on the series with celebrities talking about the series and their experience. I am watching it now.

The actual series 63Up starts tonight 9pm ITV. No doubt will be shown elsewhere .

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Post by outdoorcats » June 7th, 2019, 4:23 am

Chernobyl was quite excellent. Based on the user reviews, the extremely high rating might have something to do with a lot Ukrainian and other Eastern European IMDb voters old enough to remember the disaster who've been waiting this whole time to see a large scale dramatization of it. It's a solid recommendation to anyone though.

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Post by Cippenham » June 7th, 2019, 6:44 pm

Currently watching the 63Up episodes, it’s unique in a way. The Up Series was one of Roger Ebert’s favourites, and you can see why

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Post by outdoorcats » June 16th, 2019, 7:18 pm

Top TV episodes of all time (with 1000+ votes) on IMDb is an interesting list for stat nerds like me. How many of these have you seen? Overall thoughts?

[votes rounded to the nearest thousand; season/series finales are in blue]

1. Attack on Titan: "Hero" (3.17) - 10.0 / 18,000 votes :cheers:
2. Chernobyl: "Vichnaya Pamyat" (1.05) - 9.9 / 39,000 votes
3. Game of Thrones: "The Winds of Winter" (6.10) - 9.9 / 125,000 votes
4. Game of Thrones: "Battle of the Bastards" (6.09) - 9.9 / 180,000 votes
5. Game of Thrones: "Hardhome" (5.08) - 9.9 / 84,000 votes
6. Hannibal: "Mizumono" (2.13) - 9.9 / 14,000 votes
7. Breaking Bad: "Felina" (5.16) - 9.9 / 74,000 votes
8. Breaking Bad: "Ozymandias" (5.14) - 9.9 / 101,000 votes
9. Game of Thrones: "The Rains of Castamere" (3.09) - 9.9 / 83,000 votes
10. Attack on Titan: "Midnight Sun" (3.18) - 9.9 / 6,000 votes

11. Attack on Titan: "A Perfect Game" (3.16) - 9.8 / 5,000 votes
12. Barry: "ronny/lilly" (2.05) - 9.8 / 3,000 votes
13. Lucifer: "Who's da New King of Hell?" (4.10) 9.8 / 5,000 votes
14. BoJack Horseman: "Free Churro" (5.06) 9.8 / 6,000 votes
15. Lucifer: "A Devil of My Word" (3.24) 9.8 / 8,000 votes
16. Attack on Titan: "Scream" (2.12) 9.8 / 3,000 votes
17. Attack on Titan: "Warrior" (2.06) 9.8 / 4,000 votes
18. LazyTown: "Robbie's Dream Team" (2.12) 9.8 / 5,000 votes This is apparently a meme?
19. Game of Thrones: "The Spoils of War" (7.04) 9.8 / 76,000 votes
20. Star Wars Rebels: "Twilight of the Apprentice" (2.20) 9.8 / 2,000 votes

21. Rick and Morty: "The Ricklantis Mixup" (3.07) 9.8 / 20,000 votes
22. Suits: "Faith" (5.10) 9.8 / 8,000 votes
23. Gravity Falls: "Not What He Seems" (2.11) 9.8 / 3,000 votes
24. Person of Interest: "If-Then-Else" (4.11) 9.8 / 10,000 votes
25. Hannibal: "The Wrath of the Lamb" (3.13) 9.8 / 11,000 votes

Stray thoughts:
-Oddly lacking in episodes from all of my top TV series of all time ;)
-Heavy in multi-season genre shows, particularly later-season episodes where a major character dies, with a sprinkling of experimental/unique bottle episodes of comedies
-Chernobyl the only miniseries to make an appearance
-Lucifer always seemed like a ridiculous series based on a joke pitch to me (Satan becomes a detective who solves crimes! It'll be a hit!) but I understand it has quite the passionate fanbase. It'll take a lot more for me to ever watch it, but I'll definitely watch both Barry and BoJack Horseman at some point.
-How did "Felina," an unquestionably weaker episode
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, overtake "Ozymandias"? :shrug:

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Post by GruesomeTwosome » June 17th, 2019, 12:54 pm

@ outdoorcats:

I'm pleasantly surprised to see that "ronny/lilly" episode of Barry on there. That's a great, new-ish series and that episode in particular is wonderfully odd. I just don't know too many people that watch that show, unfortunately.
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Post by outdoorcats » June 17th, 2019, 10:55 pm

I've heard it's gotten a huge amount of critical acclaim and was a big Emmy contender this year. It's second behind "Atlanta" of comedies I need to watch.

(also, a brand new episode of Attack on Titan that aired yesterday also has a perfect 10.0 rating, though I'm guessing it will drop a little soon)

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Post by sebby » June 19th, 2019, 1:58 am

Atlanta is next-level TV. Get on it!

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Post by Ivan0716 » June 23rd, 2019, 5:26 am

outdoorcats wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 4:23 am
Chernobyl was quite excellent. Based on the user reviews, the extremely high rating might have something to do with a lot Ukrainian and other Eastern European IMDb voters old enough to remember the disaster who've been waiting this whole time to see a large scale dramatization of it. It's a solid recommendation to anyone though.
I actually thought the exact opposite...that the high ratings came from younger Americans who had no idea this even happened. :lol:

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Post by outdoorcats » June 23rd, 2019, 10:49 pm

Maybe...I had scrolled through all the top rated user comments on IMDb, and they were almost all along the lines of 'I lived in Ukraine (or other country nearby) when the disaster happened' (or, 'my parents did') followed by some story of someone they knew who was sent to work there or was affected by it in some way.

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Post by mightysparks » July 1st, 2019, 1:18 am

I finished watching Travelers yesterday. It was alright and worth a watch if it sounds appealing to you. It’s still kinda stupid and annoying a lot of the time, and I really didn’t like the characters and most of the acting (the girl playing Marcy was goddawful and seemed bored to death in every scene). But it had some cool ideas and I liked how it played with the whole time travel thing. I thought it ended fairly decently too — took some issues with it but overall satisfying.

I signed up for a free trial of Amazon Prime so now I’m giving Parks and Rec a go. I’ve seen a lot of memes about it over the years and it looked awful and not funny at all so I’ve completely ignored it. I haven’t liked any of the cast in anything else I’ve seen them in either. I also really don’t like Amy Poehler and find her face hideous and distracting and don’t think she’s funny at all. Butttt the show isn’t too bad. It’s not really that funny (yet? I’m only 3-4 eps in) but it’s not painful and it’s decently amusing.

I’ve mostly given up on The Blacklist for now because it’s one of the most stupid things I’ve ever seen. I was in season 3 but Jesus Christ it’s dumb. The main character is the poster child for a Mary Sue and is the worst thing ever.
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Post by maxwelldeux » July 1st, 2019, 3:06 am

mightysparks wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 1:18 am
I signed up for a free trial of Amazon Prime so now I’m giving Parks and Rec a go. I’ve seen a lot of memes about it over the years and it looked awful and not funny at all so I’ve completely ignored it. I haven’t liked any of the cast in anything else I’ve seen them in either. I also really don’t like Amy Poehler and find her face hideous and distracting and don’t think she’s funny at all. Butttt the show isn’t too bad. It’s not really that funny (yet? I’m only 3-4 eps in) but it’s not painful and it’s decently amusing.

I’ve mostly given up on The Blacklist for now because it’s one of the most stupid things I’ve ever seen. I was in season 3 but Jesus Christ it’s dumb. The main character is the poster child for a Mary Sue and is the worst thing ever.
Parks and Rec (season 1) is very dry like The Office (US, season 1) is. Season 2 of P&R gets better, but the show really kicks into gear in Season 3, when they bring in Adam Scott and Rob Lowe. I love the show and often use it to fall asleep to, but usually just start at Season 3.

And yeah - I used to watch Blacklist, and each individual episode was fine, but it got pretty repetitive after a while. Don't remember why I stopped - but I didn't miss it, apparently. The story arcs just didn't do it for me.

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Post by funkybusiness » July 1st, 2019, 3:11 am

yeah the recommendation for Parks and Rec is usually just skip S1, but like maxwell mentioned, Scott + Lowe takes the show to another level altogether.

what's 5,000 times better than A Candle in the Wind?

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what's 5,000 times better than A Candle in the Wind?
5000 Candles in the Wind. Math.

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Post by sebby » July 1st, 2019, 7:39 am

I only liked seasons 2 and 3 of parks and rec. After that the show lost a lot of its bite, the humor started to fall flat, and sentimentality started crowding into almost every storyline. bleh.

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Post by mightysparks » July 16th, 2019, 3:37 pm

My boyfriend and I are looking for a new show to watch together. He’s particularly interested in shows where the world ‘changes’, or I guess where actions actually have consequences. Stuff like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Westworld were the examples he gave me. Any suggestions?
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Post by outdoorcats » July 16th, 2019, 3:58 pm

The Leftovers
Attack on Titan
Person of Interest [but more so the later seasons for world-changing elements]

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Post by maxwelldeux » July 16th, 2019, 5:45 pm

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My boyfriend and I are looking for a new show to watch together. He’s particularly interested in shows where the world ‘changes’, or I guess where actions actually have consequences. Stuff like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Westworld were the examples he gave me. Any suggestions?
Weeds. Dark comedy that gets darker as the series progresses.

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Post by sebby » July 18th, 2019, 6:32 am

It probably doesn't quite fit what he's looking for but i have to mention Flowers bc it's so damn brilliant and not enough people have seen it.

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Post by Cocoa » July 25th, 2019, 4:18 am



Tuca & Bertie didn't get renewed for a second season on Netflix (u) I just binge watched the show today (it's only ten episodes that are less than a half hour each) and I'm devastated. It's such a great show and I haven't laughed this much in such a long time. One of the main characters (voiced by Ali Wong (l) ) suffers from anxiety and I just found so many situations in the series relatable.

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Post by mightysparks » August 20th, 2019, 7:05 am

Since my boyfriend went back to work we haven’t been able to watch anything together so I started watching Nightflyers. I haven’t read the novella, but the ideas and world are interesting but the show is dumb. The acting is bad, the dialogue is terrible, the characters are stereotypical sci fi stock and are all boring and lame. It’s entertaining enough because the story is fun but it’s pretty much only worth it if you’re in the mood for dumb but ok fun sci-fi.
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