Saturday, October 7, 2017

TV update

My last post was in September. Of 2016. I apologize.

I'm a lucky guy. A busy guy. My day begins working on the Stern Show and culminates hosting LoudMouths at 530. Killer combo - Howard and sports. Rockefeller Center to 4 World Trade Center, then back to my apartment on the west side of Manhattan.

On a side note, we moved earlier this year into the city. Now I wonder why I waited so long to do it. I thought I would miss my house. I thought wrong. Highly recommended.

The view next to my TV. Distracting.
Back to my schedule - which has led to cutting back on my TV time. It hurts.

But I felt it was time for an update on what I've watched and also what's coming down the pike.

On My Radar

Sports - I would watch anyway, but I need to tune in for my SNY gig. Weekends are college football (Go Blue) and pro (Here We Go Steelers).

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC) - The best show no one is taking about. Sadly, like AOL Instant Messenger, it's coming to an end. If you ever cared about a computer, this is for you. Plus the acting is fantastic.

Better Things (FX) - Debbie and I enjoy Pamela Adlon dealing with her 3 daughters and mother as only she can. Good moody stuff.

This Is Us (NBC) - Another one I watch with my wife. It's well done sappiness - especially for network television, which is notably absent from this list.

Survivor (CBS) - My daughter Rachel and I have been watching for years. It's not about the people - it's all about the game. Jeff Probst, keep it coming. This is the only "reality" show I can stomach.

The Deuce (HBO) - David Simon creates a show, I watch it. I recommend you do the same.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) - Long wait over. Foisting helped Larry pick up where he left off. Welcome back.

Last Week Tonight (HBO) - John Oliver deserves those Emmys.

30 for 30 (ESPN) - I've caught myself rewatching some of these. Subject matter is irrelevant - it's always quality. The Two Escobars didn't win an Oscar, but it's the best of the bunch.

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) - Worth the hype. I miss Peggy Olson.

Ozark (Netflix) - It's not Breaking Bad. Adjust your expectations. But it's very good. The family struggles are more compelling than the crime, but Jason Bateman is excellent. And you can never go wrong with Laura Linney.

Narcos (Netflix) - Still gritty and well done. Season 1 was the best, but 2 and 3 aren't very far behind.

Last Chance U (Netflix) - Loved the first season. Liked the second season. Glad they're going elsewhere for season three. Now I understand how a Juco works.

The Fall (Netflix) - Great first season. British crime drama. Get to know the bad guy and the good gal, and both aren't so good or so bad. Use subtitles - it helps.

The Crown (Netflix) - I've fallen asleep during every episode, but it is still done well. Masterful acting. And some history too!

Coming Soon

I will be watching Stranger Things (how can they top that trailer?) and The Walking Dead (I'm not sure why at this point).

I'm looking for the other "great shows" worth checking out. I know I'm missing some stuff. It can be old shows too. I'll take any recommendations you're willing to give.

Thanks, and happy viewing.


22 comments:

  1. Manhunt: Unabomber. It’s excellent and subtle.

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    1. Have not seen it. I will check it out.

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  2. Catastrophe on Amazon is criminally underrated. Each season is only six 30 minute episodes so they go fast. It's good to watch with the wife, too. also an Amazon is Fleabag. Real good and real funny. I also enjoyed Mr. Robot more than I thought I would. Plus, it's Christian Slater.

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    1. Deb and I watched s1 of Catastrophe. We liked it. Haven't seen Fleabag. Wonder if it's too over the top. Love Mr. Robot, especially s1.

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  3. It's old, though the show is still on, but the first 5 seasons of Supernatural are outstanding. The first season feels a little like they're finding their way. But the season 5 finale (written as the series finale, originally) is one of the 10 best finales I've ever watched. Especially if you have brothers.

    Castle was great until the last couple of seasons, but those first 4-5 were top notch. Nathan Fillion is the man.

    And The Deuce is mesmerizing. I came across the first episode a couple of weeks ago in the middle of the night and couldn't stop telling myself how dumb it was while simultaneously not even thinking about changing the channel.

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    1. Always heard Supernatural was good but never got into it. I will check it out. Did not love the Castle eps I saw. Too cheesy, but they were late seasons. I'm with you on The Deuce.

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  4. The show is called Crashing(U.K.) on netflix. (Nothing like HBO's crashing)." Its really funny.

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    1. HBO Crashing was not good. Heard the UK version was better. That's the case 99% of the time, including The Office.

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  5. New on Netflix, AMERICAN VANDAL. Pitch perfect parody of a true crime docu-series i.e. MAKING A MURDERER

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    1. Concur...many laugh out loud moments. Incredibly well done. The Wayback Boys are tge sh*t.

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    2. American Vandal is now on the list.

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  6. The Patriot on Amazon...heartbreaking, hilarious,tender,kooky and awesome. Amazon's best original ever imo.

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    1. A few people recommended The Patriot. I will add it to my queue. Thx.

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  7. So obvious I feel embarrassed for listing them, but all 3 seasons of Fargo are Must See TV. Noah Hawley is a new master.

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    1. Love Fargo. Especially because the movie was so good and I felt nothing could touch it. I was wrong.

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  8. Big Mouths on Netflix ... I am not a cartoon guy but this is a masterpiece ... laugh out loud funny...

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    1. Had Nick Kroll on Wrap Up the other day. Gary said this was great. I will tune in for sure.

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  9. Amazon shows my wife and I found by accident (got a TV that had the app) Giliath, GT, The Man in the High Castle, Bosch, Catastrophe, and the Patriot.

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    1. By the way....Big fans from Canada. When my wife and I come to NYC we usually enjoy a pastry from Magnolia outside your building. Keep up the great work. Jon.

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    2. Haven't seen Goliath yet. I liked the pilot of Man in the High Castle but felt it dropped off from there. Bosch is on the list (I read the books).

      Jon - glad you enjoy Magnolia. The banana pudding lives up to the hype.

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  10. Hey Jon. F is for Family, Nathan For You, Broad City & High Maintenance are all good if you haven’t seen them. Big fan from UK

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  11. Sneaky Pete on Amazon, Animal Kingdom on TNT, Outlander on Starz, Luther on BBC...

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