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Matt Reed
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Posted: November 01 2018 at 10:43pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Apparently the series GOD FRIENDED ME, which airs on CBS, is a solid performer this season.  The title alone put me off, but I just checked iMDB to see the log line.  This is it:

An atheist's life is turned upside down when God adds him as a friend on Facebook.

This could, on its face, be fun and/or funny.  There's a great Twitter feed by "God" that is hilarious.  Reading episode synopsis, however, this is not that show.  

Putting that aside, I have to wonder how fragile this so-called atheist is in their beliefs that being friended by "God" on social media upends their world.  Wouldn't it also open up questions that if this really is "God" why does he takes time to friend and interact with a single atheist while a hundred other natural disasters are occurring at the same time in which "he" could intervene but chooses not to? 

It's a CBS series, so you get what you tune into which is why it was a "hard pass" from me from the jump.  But if you're a fan, how much of your intelligence do you have to shove to the side to enjoy it? 
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Posted: November 01 2018 at 10:55pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Wow. That sounds dumb. We need to bring back intellectual sitcoms, like Get A Life.
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GOD FRIENDED ME isn't a sitcom if you can believe it.  It's an hour-long show.  Think more TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL than LIVING BIBLICALLY (yes, that was a series).
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You`ll be telling me next, that those Russian models and
African princes who try to friend me on social media are
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Posted: November 02 2018 at 4:40am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

More or less ridiculous than My Mother The Car, do you think?
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A step up from a burning bush, I suppose.
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Posted: November 02 2018 at 6:16am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Just the other night I watched with my 10 year old boy the debut episode of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," and -- not having seen it in over forty years -- I was prepared to scoff at the concept, presuming that nostalgia couldn't be trusted (I loved this show as a kid). And yet... it was good. At least in that pilot, nobody was over-the-top and nobody was self-consciously ironic. There was a pure sincerity in the execution of the premise that simply worked. Pleasantly surprised.
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They had a burning bush in the first episode! (I watched out of curiosity, but the characters just didn't appeal to me).
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Just the other night I watched with my 10 year old boy the debut episode of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," and -- not having seen it in over forty years -- I was prepared to scoff at the concept, presuming that nostalgia couldn't be trusted (I loved this show as a kid). And yet... it was good. At least in that pilot, nobody was over-the-top and nobody was self-consciously ironic. There was a pure sincerity in the execution of the premise that simply worked. Pleasantly surprised.

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The one thing I most clearly remember about THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR was that the kids were real kids. Compare to FAMILY AFFAIR. If Jody broke a window, we knew we'd find out he was trying to save somebody from a fire. If Jonathan broke a window, he broke a window.

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Something I've been noticing lately, watching old sci-fi movies and TV shows, is the casual way the characters reference evolution as a certainty. Can't imagine such a thing today, in the climate of fear that dominates this Nation.
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Posted: November 02 2018 at 8:23am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Mr Byrne, we need to find a way to prove Satan didn't create those dinosaur bones!

As for the premise of this series, I can imagine enjoying it as as segment on a sketch show (are they called sketch shows in the US?), but as a series? Not so sure.
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Then riddle me this. There have been a couple of movies and TV shows where the Devil has been an actual character. I think "Lucifer" is still on Netflix or some such.

Why doesn't God get equal time? "God Friended Me" seems a pale and pallid attempt. Why not have God as a main character on Earth to observe things and subtly change matters? After all, if the Nemesis gets a show, God should get equal time!

If you accept The Book, you have to accept all of it! What's that - the devil is never mentioned in the Bible? Ohhh....

But why not a God or Jesus show? Blasphemous? What true believer would NOT watch such a show? And as we all know, TV producers have no souls, so as long as it gets ratings, it'll get on the air?

If done in a serious tone, wouldn't "The Jesus Chronicles" OWN its time slot?
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