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Hung:
 When this show started it had a lot to contend with, not to say it was in any form an underdog but when you’re going up against shows with the quality of Breaking Bad you have to be very good to even be noticed. Unfortunately this one wasn’t as widely noticed and though it has it’s large fan base it truly does deserve more attention. The method of comedy is very rarely seen in TV today, very blunt, very based in human nature it self. There is a fair bit of schadenfreude it is very skillfully balanced with human drama and pain. the show is beyond watchable to the point that you are actually missing out on unlikely manwhore and his even more unlikely pimp. Decide for your self. 

Hung:

When this show started it had a lot to contend with, not to say it was in any form an underdog but when you’re going up against shows with the quality of Breaking Bad you have to be very good to even be noticed. Unfortunately this one wasn’t as widely noticed and though it has it’s large fan base it truly does deserve more attention. The method of comedy is very rarely seen in TV today, very blunt, very based in human nature it self. There is a fair bit of schadenfreude it is very skillfully balanced with human drama and pain. the show is beyond watchable to the point that you are actually missing out on unlikely manwhore and his even more unlikely pimp. Decide for your self. 

Boardwalk Empire:
 Different men in a different time. This show is a perfect window into a past world filled with like faces, similar objects, and the same emotion. Power, poverty, crime, alcohol, gambling, suffragettes. One of the most unexpected triumphs in television that speaks to something that i have noticed. Normally a story this good only comes in the form of a two hour romp shown on a large silver screen but what has happened it seems is that the quality of the stories told on the silver screen has started to slide and the choice ones on the flickering black box are getting much much better. 
  When you watch this incredibly complicated never ending story if you like crime politics murder and the emotions that run between powerful people. this is the proper show for you.  Sorry to be brief but the show honestly speaks for it self. 

Boardwalk Empire:

Different men in a different time. This show is a perfect window into a past world filled with like faces, similar objects, and the same emotion. Power, poverty, crime, alcohol, gambling, suffragettes. One of the most unexpected triumphs in television that speaks to something that i have noticed. Normally a story this good only comes in the form of a two hour romp shown on a large silver screen but what has happened it seems is that the quality of the stories told on the silver screen has started to slide and the choice ones on the flickering black box are getting much much better. 

 When you watch this incredibly complicated never ending story if you like crime politics murder and the emotions that run between powerful people. this is the proper show for you.  Sorry to be brief but the show honestly speaks for it self. 

Bored to Death: 
 This show has been one that restores my hope in television. It seems to be the perfect comedy. Just in a list form the underspoken comedy, the tragic arrested development of the characters, the acceptance that though the characters may be stuck in a fantastically funny loop the rest of the world turns around them, the characters that some how have found their way into the plot, the challenge of a changing background. I don’t think a single comedy show to this day has had so much going for it except maybe Arrested Development. 
 Now I normally don’t do this but because of the nature of the show i’m going to explain a bit into the characters that seem to make it so funny. The show stars Jason Schwartzman as a slightly pudgy niieve writer trying but finding it hard to write a second novel still in the limelight of his first one’s success. He posts to craig’s list and begins moonlighting as a private detective. The stories throw a man out of place into a very dark world often finding him self lost clinging to his fifteen minutes and some veiled toughness. 
  It co-stars Zach Galafinakis and Ted Danson, Ted who is his boss at the magazine and Zach being a friend and a failed comic artist. Ted’s character has charm wit and a sheltered personality always learning, always interested, almost childish the irony in the fact that he has a good twenty years on Jason’s character Jonithan Ames. He goes about town as a playboy always talking of past triumphs. Zach’s character Ray however seems to have the entire world dumping on him in his continuing depressing spiral, his triumphs falling short and landing in some odd grey area that seem just as depressing and hilarious as those of Ames’. 
 Once you begin watching you start to realize how odd it is for this show to work and begin to share in the joy that it does. The show already has it’s share of positive ratings but I figured why not? I strongly urge you to watch the show spread the word and just be incapable to put it down as I am. 

Bored to Death: 

This show has been one that restores my hope in television. It seems to be the perfect comedy. Just in a list form the underspoken comedy, the tragic arrested development of the characters, the acceptance that though the characters may be stuck in a fantastically funny loop the rest of the world turns around them, the characters that some how have found their way into the plot, the challenge of a changing background. I don’t think a single comedy show to this day has had so much going for it except maybe Arrested Development. 

Now I normally don’t do this but because of the nature of the show i’m going to explain a bit into the characters that seem to make it so funny. The show stars Jason Schwartzman as a slightly pudgy niieve writer trying but finding it hard to write a second novel still in the limelight of his first one’s success. He posts to craig’s list and begins moonlighting as a private detective. The stories throw a man out of place into a very dark world often finding him self lost clinging to his fifteen minutes and some veiled toughness. 

  It co-stars Zach Galafinakis and Ted Danson, Ted who is his boss at the magazine and Zach being a friend and a failed comic artist. Ted’s character has charm wit and a sheltered personality always learning, always interested, almost childish the irony in the fact that he has a good twenty years on Jason’s character Jonithan Ames. He goes about town as a playboy always talking of past triumphs. Zach’s character Ray however seems to have the entire world dumping on him in his continuing depressing spiral, his triumphs falling short and landing in some odd grey area that seem just as depressing and hilarious as those of Ames’. 

Once you begin watching you start to realize how odd it is for this show to work and begin to share in the joy that it does. The show already has it’s share of positive ratings but I figured why not? I strongly urge you to watch the show spread the word and just be incapable to put it down as I am. 

Trending for the better: Jones (white collar)
 This section is to help explain something that isn’t seen too often in tv that honestly should continue or should be at least seen as a good thing. This is (like the rest of our blog) opinion and subject to the eye of the beholder. 
That said I want to bring focus to the character Jones on the show White Collar (played by Sharif Atkins) for being a positive African American role model on television, something we don’t see too often. Yes we have entire channels dedicated to being a positive influence in the young life of an African American but none of them are treated as equals in what is in all honesty a show filled with white people. The show does understate his character but he has been given an episode. That is just the point, he was given a very positive look. He was strong, smart, able to handle him self, and not as impulsive as most characters in the darker skin variety. In all honesty he was given much the same part as a white person would have been given. He wasn’t the devil may care impulsive cop who doesn’t always play by the rules or the over the top in control cheif but instead was a very believable FBI agent and all around human. 
 Yes I agree I’m sort of making something of nothing but when you take a look at the episode (Having it All) you see a trend that almost seems odd if you take the time to think of it. You see a very human character running through a story that tells some of his life story his level headed-ness and smarts all the while putting him in a position to easily disappoint but not disappointing. There have been many times in the show where the character has been made to laugh at himself but this was not one of them. The reason I began to think about this is going through the neon lamp’s tv archive (yes we have an archive(yes it’s legal(yes it’s expansive) I was hard pressed to find characters like his, so nonchalantly real and unbiased. You don’t divide a color barrier with him until he actually notes it him self, and he doesn’t do it by pretending to be white.  
 I hope that this is going to lead to something, maybe more equal parts for people of color in film, maybe we won’t paint people of color as an immediate evil, maybe taking a life choice from a tv show won’t be a bad thing anymore. Who knows I can just only hope.

Trending for the better: Jones (white collar)

This section is to help explain something that isn’t seen too often in tv that honestly should continue or should be at least seen as a good thing. This is (like the rest of our blog) opinion and subject to the eye of the beholder. 

That said I want to bring focus to the character Jones on the show White Collar (played by Sharif Atkins) for being a positive African American role model on television, something we don’t see too often. Yes we have entire channels dedicated to being a positive influence in the young life of an African American but none of them are treated as equals in what is in all honesty a show filled with white people. The show does understate his character but he has been given an episode. That is just the point, he was given a very positive look. He was strong, smart, able to handle him self, and not as impulsive as most characters in the darker skin variety. In all honesty he was given much the same part as a white person would have been given. He wasn’t the devil may care impulsive cop who doesn’t always play by the rules or the over the top in control cheif but instead was a very believable FBI agent and all around human. 

Yes I agree I’m sort of making something of nothing but when you take a look at the episode (Having it All) you see a trend that almost seems odd if you take the time to think of it. You see a very human character running through a story that tells some of his life story his level headed-ness and smarts all the while putting him in a position to easily disappoint but not disappointing. There have been many times in the show where the character has been made to laugh at himself but this was not one of them. The reason I began to think about this is going through the neon lamp’s tv archive (yes we have an archive(yes it’s legal(yes it’s expansive) I was hard pressed to find characters like his, so nonchalantly real and unbiased. You don’t divide a color barrier with him until he actually notes it him self, and he doesn’t do it by pretending to be white.  

I hope that this is going to lead to something, maybe more equal parts for people of color in film, maybe we won’t paint people of color as an immediate evil, maybe taking a life choice from a tv show won’t be a bad thing anymore. Who knows I can just only hope.

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos:
 You may be expecting me to review Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Sorry that’s impossible. The show that opened so many people’s eyes to science can’t truly be reviewed because simply it was too good. He explained so much to the world through his constant excitement and all the brilliant visuals which at their time were ground breaking. Yes it’s dated so here is why I’m writing today.
 There is to be a sequel of Cosmos and I want to attempt to have you watch them both. Carl Sagan during his personal voyage said some things that cut deep, left jaws wide open and were beautiful all the same time. I don’t know that any one could convince people into caring more about the planet on which we tread better than Sagan him self though I hope Neil Degrasse Tyson can turn some heads and change some minds. My friends, my followers, every one with a pair of eyes that can see, or a body that can hear or feel learn about what we are where we are from and always remember “we speak for earth.”

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos:

You may be expecting me to review Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Sorry that’s impossible. The show that opened so many people’s eyes to science can’t truly be reviewed because simply it was too good. He explained so much to the world through his constant excitement and all the brilliant visuals which at their time were ground breaking. Yes it’s dated so here is why I’m writing today.

There is to be a sequel of Cosmos and I want to attempt to have you watch them both. Carl Sagan during his personal voyage said some things that cut deep, left jaws wide open and were beautiful all the same time. I don’t know that any one could convince people into caring more about the planet on which we tread better than Sagan him self though I hope Neil Degrasse Tyson can turn some heads and change some minds. My friends, my followers, every one with a pair of eyes that can see, or a body that can hear or feel learn about what we are where we are from and always remember “we speak for earth.”

Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law: 
"HA HA HA! dangly parts" - Phil Ken Sebben (Stephen Colbert)
   While it only lasted three seasons on [adult swim] this show was one of the funniest I have ever seen. Dealing with a the united states legal system in a world filled with beloved hannah barbara cartoons starring ex-super heroes and ex-super villains in a universe of ridiculous things happening to ridiculous creatures with a series of running gags and real world issues this show has people who love it hate it and some how just don’t care that it exists. 
  It had a pretty legendary cast the most famous of which is Stephen Colbert who honestly the show couldn’t survive without. It starred Garry Cole who was best known for his role as  Bill Lumbergh in Mike Judge’s office space. It often had oter fantastic actors and actresses playing awesome parts like Pat Brewster’s Bird Girl or John Michael Higgins’ Mentok The Mindtaker. Once you start watching the show you’ll just start finding so many random things funny that you never thought you would ever in your life laugh at because of how just dumb they are. It’s comedy is drenched in unpredictability and the just ridiculous trials it’s failure of a main character has to go though the world hilariously taking advantage of him. 

Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law: 

"HA HA HA! dangly parts" - Phil Ken Sebben (Stephen Colbert)

   While it only lasted three seasons on [adult swim] this show was one of the funniest I have ever seen. Dealing with a the united states legal system in a world filled with beloved hannah barbara cartoons starring ex-super heroes and ex-super villains in a universe of ridiculous things happening to ridiculous creatures with a series of running gags and real world issues this show has people who love it hate it and some how just don’t care that it exists. 

  It had a pretty legendary cast the most famous of which is Stephen Colbert who honestly the show couldn’t survive without. It starred Garry Cole who was best known for his role as  Bill Lumbergh in Mike Judge’s office space. It often had oter fantastic actors and actresses playing awesome parts like Pat Brewster’s Bird Girl or John Michael Higgins’ Mentok The Mindtaker. Once you start watching the show you’ll just start finding so many random things funny that you never thought you would ever in your life laugh at because of how just dumb they are. It’s comedy is drenched in unpredictability and the just ridiculous trials it’s failure of a main character has to go though the world hilariously taking advantage of him. 

Reboot review of this week: The Prisoner

#6: “Where am I?”

#2: “In the village.”

#6: “What do you want?”

#2: “Information”

#6: “Who’s side are you on?”

#2: That would be telling, we want information, information, information.

#6: “You won’t get it.”

#2: “By hook or by crook we will.”

#6: “Who are you?”

#2: “The new number2”

#6: “Who is number one?”

#2: “You are number six.”

#6: “I am not a number I am a free man!”

  The Prisoner in 1967 was a tv show staring Patrick Mcgoohan about a man kidnapped, this man was a man who was at some point of a secret clearance highest in the english government, he resigned and an unnamed entity want’s to know why. He is determined to escape and what comes of it was one of the best tv shows in existence. Each of the seventeen episodes was unto it self a masterpiece dealing with government oppression, the facts of all life, love, betrayal, defiance, escape, the faceless entities that control our lives, all hosted through the eyes of a man who is a fiery short tempered man who could explode at any moment. That was part of the charm that was Patrick Mcgoohan he could go from one character inside of another and throw it onto it self. The show would tweak the mind of the viewer as well bring them in on what what was happening maybe happening maybe not half way through the episode. One of the big hooks of the show was the constant fact that the two enemies wold be playing one big game of chess screwing into each other’s minds to try to achieve their mission. Number 2 was a fairly amazing concept, the constantly changing characters was a fairly brilliant method, always changing, always toying with each other never the same challenge twice making you wonder what #6 was going to do next.

  The concept of the show was so mind bending that the inconclucivity (i won’t spoil it for you) of the end of the show caused people to attack Patrick in the street. It was fairly low budget with a very brilliant set of stories cleverly put together with the aspect that we are all rats in a gargantuan maze. The show if watched now though slightly dated in the technology they use still has a resounding message that will always be relevant so long as there is man or government. This review of the show is fairly poor because I am truly not worthy to review it. This is one of those where you are going to have to go out and watch the show in all it’s glory your selves. 

  AMC’s the Prisoner starred a very solid cast of Ian Mckellen and Jim Kavizel. Now If I had to pick a #2 it would have been Ian Mckellen who was actually quite brilliant in the role but as they were saying they weren’t trying to remake such a brilliant show but rather put a twist on it. That was honestly the reboot’s folly. They just couldn’t live up to what it once was. In the end it was too Americanized relying too much on love interests and just lacking that special level of clever trickery that was the basis of the show. Sadly this will probably be the only negative review I put out. High production costs and relatively good acting will only get you so far when you are trying to remake something so loved as to last and be so beloved for so long. Some of the charm of the old show was that it was just so English. Ultimately through such struggle the hero just about always loses and is so unattached to his fake world. Obviously I hope you watch it and decide for your self on both accounts. 

Be seeing you. 

Retro Review: Dragnet (Badge 714)
  ”Just the facts, ma’am” The show dragnet may be to date the most accurate attentive to detail cop show in existence. The term Dragnet is a police term giving you an idea of just how accurate the tv show is as well as is the version for radio. The problem with my simple explination of what Dragnet was to a generation is that it means nothing to you. Where most cop shows these days have detectives flashing badges, beating up bad guys, blowing up cars, fighting terrorists, claiming to “tackle Issues” all the while making more simply to make money off of them Dragnet was about what it would look like to be an actual police detective. 
 If you are to look at any shows on the line up today NCIS, CSI, etc. you would be hard pressed to find one that doesn’t base a level of sexuality into murder, that being all the show is about. Dragnet touched on everything from burgurlary to homeless youths. This show is truly an icon and you should give it some attention, on “the big broadcast” on at least WAMU 88.5 in DC they play the radio show. Drop in and listen with me as detective seargent Joe Friday and his partners solve crimes the way they were  supposed to.

Retro Review: Dragnet (Badge 714)

  ”Just the facts, ma’am” The show dragnet may be to date the most accurate attentive to detail cop show in existence. The term Dragnet is a police term giving you an idea of just how accurate the tv show is as well as is the version for radio. The problem with my simple explination of what Dragnet was to a generation is that it means nothing to you. Where most cop shows these days have detectives flashing badges, beating up bad guys, blowing up cars, fighting terrorists, claiming to “tackle Issues” all the while making more simply to make money off of them Dragnet was about what it would look like to be an actual police detective. 

 If you are to look at any shows on the line up today NCIS, CSI, etc. you would be hard pressed to find one that doesn’t base a level of sexuality into murder, that being all the show is about. Dragnet touched on everything from burgurlary to homeless youths. This show is truly an icon and you should give it some attention, on “the big broadcast” on at least WAMU 88.5 in DC they play the radio show. Drop in and listen with me as detective seargent Joe Friday and his partners solve crimes the way they were  supposed to.

Retro Review: Father Ted
I now have the opportunity to review one of the absolute funniest shows in existence. No I am not exaggerating and do realize that it’s a show about three catholic priests on an island. This show proved that you can honestly make a show funny without going very blue or insulting the beliefs of the characters involved. Yes I know what you’re thinking, a comedy about catholic priests BLASPHEMOUS! It honestly showed a sort of very tame very inviting side of the catholic priesthood. In a time where the long running joke is that all Catholic priests are child rapists this show makes you realize that they are just people like us. 
 Religion is a very touchy subject and the people who made this show all understood that very well. They brushed the topics but never attacked them gently making fun but focusing the comedy on other aspects of every day life for a priest. To their credit they made a show that didn’t only seem funny to priests but let every person they could into the world of priesthood with them in a big laugh with very little ridicule and just a massive amount of joy mixed in. 
I’ve come to a point in this review that I can’t really know what to say but “Down with this sort of thing” “Careful now”

Retro Review: Father Ted

I now have the opportunity to review one of the absolute funniest shows in existence. No I am not exaggerating and do realize that it’s a show about three catholic priests on an island. This show proved that you can honestly make a show funny without going very blue or insulting the beliefs of the characters involved. Yes I know what you’re thinking, a comedy about catholic priests BLASPHEMOUS! It honestly showed a sort of very tame very inviting side of the catholic priesthood. In a time where the long running joke is that all Catholic priests are child rapists this show makes you realize that they are just people like us. 

 Religion is a very touchy subject and the people who made this show all understood that very well. They brushed the topics but never attacked them gently making fun but focusing the comedy on other aspects of every day life for a priest. To their credit they made a show that didn’t only seem funny to priests but let every person they could into the world of priesthood with them in a big laugh with very little ridicule and just a massive amount of joy mixed in. 

I’ve come to a point in this review that I can’t really know what to say but “Down with this sort of thing” “Careful now”

Retro Review: Danger Man
 Before The Prisoner the show he’s most known for now days Patrick Mcgoohan starred as the very cunning very crafty and very smart John Drake on the spy show Danger Man. There were two sides to this show he started as an American working for an agency who in turn works for nato. What made this show so incredibly good is the complex story lines and the fact that his character would constantly have to pretend to be someone else. It was the only spy show that acted like a spy would if they had to solve a crime the rest being thrillers trying to take off of the success of the film version of Ian Flemming’s Dr.No. 
 The show in it’s successes has left a lasting effect, for example the theme for the american version was the song “secret agent man” Though the connection between the two has severed the song still has a vibrant cult following as does the show. Another part to it’s success was the show’s main character, John Drake. The character was always entirely for the law even when he had to question it him self and never carried a gun but used his wits and his smarts to get him through his mission. He rarely “won” with a solid win but would often have a hollow victory in a few cases when the result of his struggle lead to the other person’s death. Not many shows provoke such thought in it’s viewers as this show playing on real dissolving ties between the CCCP and the west. If you are looking for a show on television about spying this one proves that they don’t make them like they used to and to be honest, they should. 

Retro Review: Danger Man

 Before The Prisoner the show he’s most known for now days Patrick Mcgoohan starred as the very cunning very crafty and very smart John Drake on the spy show Danger Man. There were two sides to this show he started as an American working for an agency who in turn works for nato. What made this show so incredibly good is the complex story lines and the fact that his character would constantly have to pretend to be someone else. It was the only spy show that acted like a spy would if they had to solve a crime the rest being thrillers trying to take off of the success of the film version of Ian Flemming’s Dr.No. 

 The show in it’s successes has left a lasting effect, for example the theme for the american version was the song “secret agent man” Though the connection between the two has severed the song still has a vibrant cult following as does the show. Another part to it’s success was the show’s main character, John Drake. The character was always entirely for the law even when he had to question it him self and never carried a gun but used his wits and his smarts to get him through his mission. He rarely “won” with a solid win but would often have a hollow victory in a few cases when the result of his struggle lead to the other person’s death. Not many shows provoke such thought in it’s viewers as this show playing on real dissolving ties between the CCCP and the west. If you are looking for a show on television about spying this one proves that they don’t make them like they used to and to be honest, they should.