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Trevor Smith
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Posted: 08 July 2020 at 3:50am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Yes, I tried introducing someone to Blackadder with
season one *once*. It's *really* hard to get them to
try season two when you do that. Huge difference when
Blackadder went from snivelling to conniving, yet
remained a perpetual loser.
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I “met” the Adder thru “The Witchsmeller Pursuivant”, probably the strongest episode of the first series. When I was able to find the show again, it was into Adder II.
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John Popa
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NEWSRADIO Season 1 and Season 2 - I haven't watched this from beginning to end since it aired. I loved this show and am pleasantly surprised to see it hit the ground running from the second episode (the pilot has some different actors but the core stars are there.)

I loved Phil Hartman and this is him at the peak of his powers. And I love anything Maura Tierney does.
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James Woodcock
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How Black Adder II got made is a mystery to me. BA was not well
received. It the BBC, being the BBC, decided to give BAII The green
light.

Quantum leap in comedy & as pointed out, swapping the two
personalities around, while maintaining that BA’s plans will stilllead to
failure was genius.
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David Miller
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Here I am, watching Blackadder II, and I came here to post about it... such coincidence.

Such a hilarious show.

The second series was definitely when the show took off for me (after initially being introduced via the Goes Forth finale). I much prefer snide, witty schemer Rowan Atkinson to pasty, off-putting physical comedy patsy Rowan Atkinson.

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John Byrne
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BLACKADDER II all in one sitting. As noted, a quantum leap from the first series.

This is my favorite version of the character, tho I lean to series III as the best overall.

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Craig Earl
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Blackadder was great

Loved the way the show twisted and turned...

like a twisty turny thing

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I was interested to hear that Rowan Atkinson had plans for Edmund as a modern day politician but it was scuppered by Rik Mayall's (Lord Flasheart) The New Statesman series

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John Byrne
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BLACK ADDER III.
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Jason Scott
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After a not so great start, (I'm not fond of the politics episode that opens the season) Blackadder The Third does rapidly find it's feet, and to me is the 2nd best season. As nothing will ever compare to Blackadder II which was just perfection. (And is in fact my favourite comedy of all time. Beating even Frasier in that regard.)

But I agree with David Miller's comment in much preferring witty schemer Rowan Atkinson. It irks me somewhat that the tremendous success of Mr Bean seemed to, by and large, steer Rowan away from portraying smarter characters again. As he was so great at delivering devastating put downs. I thought him and Ben Elton were a real dream team for sharp comedy.


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John Popa
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Seems silly to praise it now since I'm ages behind the rest of mankind but I just started season 1 of "Arrested Development" and love it so far.


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John Harrison
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Posted: 27 July 2020 at 1:26am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Just found all 25 episodes of Nowhere Man (starring Bruce Greenwood) on
youtube originally aired on UPN way back in 95. It's a weird mix of The
Prisoner and The Fugitive . There's VR episode that doesn't hold up well and
the clothes scream 90's at times but story wise good god still one of my
favorite shows.

Now if I can find the first season of the Dan Larroquette show ....
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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 27 July 2020 at 4:14am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Watching some random X-FILES episodes. 
Like CLYDE BUCKMAN'S FINAL REPOSE and WAR OF THE COPROPHAGES. Both season 3 and both written by Darin Morgan.
Sublime television.
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