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Summer TV Catchup Report #3

BTW, THANK YOU for all the congratulations and love on the last post! We are really happy and excited about next school year, and I can't wait for our trip to Florida in about a week.

Now to the marathon report. I can't believe that I'm getting so many done! I think it helps that I'm mostly doing British shows (which have shorter seasons) and shows with only 1-2 seasons.

So here's what I watched since the last report. 1-2-3...


by sauron


The IT Crowd
**As you might be able to tell, this was my favorite find of this set. EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH IT, especially if you're a fan of Big Bang Theory, Community or wacky British shows. Why?

  • It celebrates geek culture, and predates The Big Bang Theory by a year. I wonder how much of BBT came from The IT Crowd, actually. For example, one of the characters wears geek T-shirts exclusively.
  • It's a three-person ensemble, like many of Graham Lineham's shows, but there are many memorable minor characters. All three are hilarious, but Moss is my favorite.
  • Like Community, the first half is one-liner-y buildup to a massively funny second half conclusion.
  • If you get the DVDs (I did from Netflix), the menus are amazingly funny videogame playthroughs.
  • There are only 6 episodes per season - it's finishing Season 4 this Friday.
  • BECAUSE I SAID SO.


Castle
**A ton of you are already watching this, and I finally got around to it. Here's what I love!

  • Nathan Fillion is amazingly charming.
  • Castle/Beckett have adorable banter. I went from enjoying their friendship to wanting more. But I'd be happy with status quo for one more season before I'll need CLOSURE.
  • Castle is adorable as cool dad becomes concerned dad, and his relationship with his daughter is amazing. I want that when A. is her age... *sigh*
  • The cases are often easy to solve, but I actually like that. I called it "ego-stroking" on Twitter.
  • Castle is such a geek, too! Lots of comics, geek culture references


Cougar Town

  • Once you get past the first 3-4 episodes, it turns into basically a different show.
  • The ensemble players are all fun in their own right. Jules is my favorite.
  • I didn't realize until I started watching that it was a Bill Lawrence (Scrubs) show. But it shares a lot of that show's feeling.
  • It is very much a TV14, 9:30pm show. I wish they'd lay off the constant sex talk, but it can be pretty funny, too. I prefer the friendshippy situations.
  • I do like season 1's OTP, though. They're adorable together.


All three of these I will keep up with in their next season. ♥

Current Summer TV:
Leverage: still enjoying it SO much. Can't wait for the Wil Wheaton ep!
Burn Notice: I'm starting to lose interest, which saddens me.
True Blood: This one, too. Some things are really interesting, others boring as heck.
The Good Guys: MY JOY STILL KNOWS NO BOUNDS.
Psych: YAY, it's back!
Mad Men: Interesting premiere. Betty is more and more unlikable. Peggy the opposite. Don... is he finally opening up? And will there be a price?
Covert Affairs: Light and fun! Auggie/Annie, FTW.
Sherlock: Oo, I liked it! Really liked the actors, characterization and visual style. Too bad it's only 3 parts.
Rubicon: Going to try it

STILL ON THE LIST
United States of Tara
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Party Down
Sanctuary
Primeval
No Heroics
The Mighty Boosh
Life on Mars (UK)
Avatar

There are only 21 days left until the first day of school (WAH!) so I can probably do 2-3 more series at the most. What do you suggest I try to fit in?

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bistyboo1974
Jul. 27th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I've been considering The IT Crowd, and now I've think you've sold it to me! :D Netflix has it as a Watch Instantly option, so that makes it super-easy for me, which is a huge plus!

Also, glad to hear you enjoyed Sherlock!! ♥ I'm bummed that it's only a three-part series too, but I'm hopeful the Beeb will want more...I sure do!
htbthomas
Jul. 27th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, you DEFINITELY should! How exciting! I actually watched Series 1-2 on DVD, then instantly for Series 3. Then *ahem* the usual for Series 4.

It would be awesome for the Beeb to want more. ♥
becs1024
Jul. 27th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
If you enjoyed The IT Crowd (which admittedly I haven't seen), the guy from your GIF is also on the fantastically hilarious Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, which I highly, highly recommend. Only 6 episodes of pitch-perfect 80's-medical-horror parody (there's no explaining it, you'll just see).
htbthomas
Jul. 27th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Oooo. I was interested in finding what else he's been in! Where can I find it?
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handyhunter
Jul. 27th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Avatar: The Last Airbender! (but not the failbender of a movie)

Leverage -- who's Wil Wheaton?
htbthomas
Jul. 27th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Ah yes! I actually have the Avatar series on my Netflix queue. I should add it to the list up there... :D

Wil Wheaton played Chaos, Hardison's rival hacker in The Two Live Crew Job of S2. He's reprising that role this season. :)
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trashcan_blues
Jul. 27th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
IT Crowd is one of my favourites... cracks me up! That popcorn thing from one of the newer episodes made me laugh... have you seen the older one with the new number for 911... Daniel and I sing it all the time (but after the first few numbers we just make it up... 011 899 88 (yadda yadda yadda) haha...

As you can tell I love the IT crowd... Moss is great - but Roy is probably my favourite... :-P
htbthomas
Jul. 27th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
HAHA yes. I love how the number ends with a pause, then "3". Roy is great, too! I love the Irishness in the way he delivers his lines. He reminds me a lot of Ardal O'Hanlon's delivery as Father Dougal on Father Ted.
narniadear
Jul. 27th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yay for the IT Crowd love! That's in my top 5 best shows of all time. So glad you got to see it. :D

You absolutely cannot exist for another school year unless you can cram the UK Life on Mars into your remaining free days. Seriously. Only 16 episodes in total (weep!) and it's SO FANTASTIC! I can't recommend it enough.
htbthomas
Jul. 27th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Richmond! I hope he eventually comes back. I ♥ him.

And I will - I think I'll put it on the short list. :)
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mankini
Jul. 27th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
You'll love Party Down. We have Life on Mars UK on dvd but we just haven't gotten around to it yet.

This season of True Blood has been pretty slow tbh; the last episode picked things up a bit and I do hope it stays that way.

I'm kind of over Mad Men. It's become The Draper Show and I couldn't care less about Don or Betty. I love Joan, Pete not so much Peggy though.
mankini
Jul. 27th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh and I'm really excited for Rubicon. Breaking Bad is my absolute favorite show ever so I trust AMC with their decisions with what to air.
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mankini
Jul. 27th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you've seen it but it wouldn't hurt to add Summer Heights High to your list. It's eight episodes and with each one I was in fits of laughter.

Oh! And It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is great too.
htbthomas
Jul. 27th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
I've heard of both of those... I'll keep them on standby. :)
babettew54
Jul. 27th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Life on Mars (UK)

Why are the UK versions so much better than the US versions? I stayed with the show here in the US for as long as possible, but it was utterly boring toward the end. Too bad!

Have fun with your list... how many more weeks until school?! Oh, and your trip... enjoy that Florida sun!:D
htbthomas
Jul. 27th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
I agree. Why do US companies even try? I think more and more, with cable, that they should just purchase and run the original shows (like with Merlin on NBC/SyFy). I really hear that the UK version of Life on Mars is spectacular, though.

I will! Can't wait to go, it's been too long. :)
ancarett
Jul. 27th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you're enjoying Castle. I do find it a wonderful ensemble cast with Nathan Fillion as the ever-adorkable Rick Castle.

And we're finally getting to watch S1 of Chuck, here. EEee!
htbthomas
Jul. 27th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
It's really super fun! Looking forward to S3. Did you see the sneak peek? Or the sultry reading of a "Richard Castle" book that Nathan did at Comic-Con?
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artic_fox
Jul. 27th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I've always meant to watch the IT Crowd but never got around to it. I'm watching Spaced at the moment, which is similar (Simon Pegg + geekdom = awesomeness). I love Castle (got the meet the cast at Comic Con!), and I watched the pilot of Cougartown but gave up. Do you think I should try again?
htbthomas
Jul. 27th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Spaced and IT Crowd definitely have a similar sensibility (except not as many fantasy sequences, and there's a laugh track). Awesome about meeting Castle's cast! They seem so FUN.

As far as Cougar Town, I would watch up to ep 5. If you still aren't enjoying it, it's probably not for you. As it is, I find it likable, but not squee-worthy.
hyacinthian
Jul. 28th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I love, love, loooooove the IT Crowd. This series has felt kinda meh to me in comparison to the previous series, but still. Super quotable and amazeballs.
htbthomas
Jul. 28th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
It does seem slightly meh, yes. But then I think of the Countdown ep, and last week's Bad Boys one, and I'm still in love. ♥
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cyranothe2nd
Jul. 28th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
I freaking LOVE the IT Crowd. I'm on S4, ep 5 right now. So so funny! Absolutely love Douglas Reynholm...I go around my house yelling, "Faaaather!"

Oh, also Richmond, OMG, RICHMOND! "I recommend track 5, 'Coffin Fodder'. It sounds horrid but actually it's quite lovely."
htbthomas
Jul. 28th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited by all the IT Crowd love! I'd hardly heard anyone talk about it on my f-list except a few UK people. ♥

I'm all caught up on it, too. And I want to see Richmond back! I hope he'll appear in S5.
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