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John Byrne
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Posted: 22 April 2010 at 5:29am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Finished my annual I, CLAUDIUS marathon this past weekend. Still splendid.

Plus, up to the third season of SOAP. The bloom is off the rose, to be sure, as the "novelty" has faded, but the absurdities are still hilarious, and, of course, Richard Mulligan alone is worth the price of admission.

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Sports Night, The Complete Series, Disc 1 - These shows are definitely well written and fun to watch, but I can only take the witty banter between two people in small doses. Can see a lot of Studio 60 in these.

Ditto. Which is why I stopped watching SPORTS NIGHT after only two or three episodes. It felt too much like Sorkin "rehearsing" for STUDIO 60 (which in a sense it was), and since I was not enjoying is as much, I decided to stop before running the risk of "tainting" 60.

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I saw Aaron Sorkin speak at a university around the time of "Sports Night" and he said he modeled the show's characters after the MASH dynamic of Hawkeye and Trapper/BJ.




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Dwayne Gassmann
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 ...said he modeled the show's characters after the MASH dynamic of Hawkeye and Trapper/BJ.

I can really see that happening in the show.

Sports Night, The Complete Series, Discs 2-5 - While Studio 60 was more of a drama with comedic elements, Sports Night is a comedy with dramatic elements. A very smart comedy. With one more disc to go, I am hoping the series doesn't leave me hanging.
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He also cited his inspiration for dialogue - Gary Trudeau's "Doonesbury"!  Can't believe I didn't remember that when I saw posted the MASH info.


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Looney Tunes:  Classic Collection Vol. 1

Watching these with the kids each night as they eat their bed time snacks.  I want them to see "real" animation as opposed to most of the dreck on now.  So far they love them so I am content. 

admission:  Not long ago my son and I watched a Superfriends disk which came packed with a Bruce Timm Justice League one.  I was excited to watch it as I had fond memories of watching Superfriends as a child on saturday mornings.  It was all but unwatchable for me.  Plot, dialogue, art, coloring mistakes.  I hated it.  My son  (4 yrs old) still liked it.   Even worse was the Batman/Scooby Doo team-up.  Somethings should just remain in the past.  Like mullets or New Coke.
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Hawaii Five-O: Season 4, Disc 1.

 



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Brian Tait
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I Love Lucy:  Season 1 - Disc 1
Hawaii Five-0:  Season 7 - Disc 1
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KING OF THE HILL season 1, disc 1. 

This is a show that gradually grew on me; I disliked it the few times I saw it during its run, but its lowkey charms won me over in syndication. 
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Bill Mimbu
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BLACK LAGOON Season 2, Discs 2-3. 

I thought things couldn't get any darker than they were on Disc 1, but this anime series on the criminal underworld of the 90s certainly delivers. 

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. Picked up the first season, motivated strctly by nostalgia. Didn't expect much -- and, frankly, didn't get much! Production values, direction, story, and most of all acting are most amateurish by todays standards. It's hard to realize that TV was still pretty much the "vast wasteland" when this series was made. Still the place people ended up (or were thought of as ending up) when they were not "good enough" for movies.

I watched the first two episodes, and given that it was 44 years since I last saw them, I was surprised at how much I remembered. (Though, curiously, in the second episode I had "recast" Jack Klugman in the part actually played by Albert Paulsen.)

Having watched those two, tho, I honestly feel no great need for more.

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MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE really didn't settle into it's niche until season two though, correct?  That's when Peter Graves joined, I believe.  It's been so long and I don't remember any episodes with Steven Hill.  
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I find that dramas (of any genre) rarely hold up well if they were made prior to the mid-1980s.  Pacing, production values, writing ... all of it renders these shows unwatchable to my eyes.  (Obviously there are a handful of exceptions.)

Sitcoms seem to fare better from that vintage.

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One thing I have noticed in older TV shows is how many of them seemed to depend so heavily on the Because-It-Does school of plotting.

"Why does THIS happen?"

"Because it does!"

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Count me in as trying MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE season 1. One of the main reasons was that I had never seen any of the Steven Hill episodes and was very curious to see how they were.
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William McCormick
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Fringe Season One. Bought it Best Buy a few months ago for $9.99 and just now got around to watching it. Just finishing up disc 1.
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Dwayne Gassmann
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Sports Night, The Complete Series, Disc 6 - Finally finished the series and overall, was pretty impressed. Ended the way I was hoping it would.

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Jeremiah Avery
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Posted: 26 April 2010 at 8:36am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Rewatched Disc 4 of Season 3 of "Futurama".  The episode "Roswell That Ends Well" is still one of my favorite episodes; it really showcased Zoidberg well.
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Bewitched season 6, the show really "jumped the broom" in this season with the advent of Darrin #2.
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BEWITCHED is my 2nd favorite sitcom of all time (behind only I LOVE LUCY), but I really only enjoy the first 5 seasons.  Not only were the later seasons creatively bankrupt -- scripts were shamelessly re-used -- but Darrin #2 was a miserable sourpuss.  The increased use of Serena in these seasons, apparently because Liz Montgomery was bored playing Samantha, was the only upside.

The first two (black and white) seasons are my favorite; the writing was sharp and very character-driven.  After that, storylines became more cartoonish, but I still enjoyed the show as long as Darrin #1 was around. 

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Dwayne Gassmann
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Breaking Bad, Season One, DIscs 1-3: This series is nothing like what I thought it would be. The storyline has me hooked. Curious to see how it will play out. Immediately added and moved to the top of my Netflix queue. 
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Tried watching an childhood favorite of mine from the Sixties:  RAT PATROL via free On-Demand...

Got half-way through one episode and had to stop.  Apart from science-fiction, cartoons, and some sitcoms, a lot of Sixties TV shows I used to watch do not hold up very well today...

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Not on DVD, but my DVR -- the latest episode of L&O: SVU.  At this point, I'm only watching out of habit (which applies to a few other shows as well.)

I'm sad to say it, but this show is very close to be removed from my record list. The writing has become awful: maudlin, implausible and overwrought, and increasingly heavy-handed in its handling of messages.  Only the still excellent cast keeps the show from being totally unwatchable.


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Breaking Bad, Season Two, DIsc 1: For me, the appeal of this show is seeing how the main characters get themselves out of the holes they have dug for themselves. 
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Breaking Bad, Season Two, DIscs 2 & 3: Very addictive series for me. No pun intended. End of the third disc left me curious for how this season will end.
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