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Okay, so I've been following y'all's recommendations for downloaded serieseses, and it took me a couple of months but I got through "Six Feet Under" and HOLY SHIT what a good show.  It's so fantastic to watch these excellent shows from beginning to end with few pauses in between the episodes...I really appreciated the final season (especially the series finale) even though I'd been hipped (accidentally) by the internet that Nate dies.  Man, I got emotionally invested in those people, to the point where I wanted to repeatedly a) punch them in their whiny faces or b) hug them.

I'm working my way through "Rome" and "Carnivale" although I have to say, I'm not in love with either one.  I don't know what it is; they both have all the elements I normally crave in a story/characters.  Maybe it's me.  Maybe these particular shows don't lend themselves well to my brand of "watching," where I'm actually listening more than viewing.

Allan's got me hooked on Dr. Drew, which sucks because, well, I hate those people.  Have you SEEN Heidi Fleiss?  She looks like she humped a cheese grater with her face.  At least the pain of being a Dr. Drew addict is partially mitigated by my new obsession with Anthony Bourdain.  Even though that sick, French-trained motherfucker will eat ANYTHING, preferably faces and assholes.

So right now I'm downloading "Entourage" and "The Tudors" while I work, hoping to find something as magical as "Six Feet Under."  Which was so good I was sad that I reached the end.

Entourage (downloading now)
Carnivale (trying to stay interested)
The Tudors (downloading now)
Twin Peaks already seen
Friday Night Lights
The Good Wife
Brothers and Sisters
Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory
West Wing
Stargate SG1
Monk (already seen)
Criminal Minds already watch both
Rome (trying to stay into)
Deadwood already seen
Saving Grace
IT Crowd
Curb Your Enthusiasm already watch
Head Case
Party Down
Ally McBeal done
6 Feet Under
Breaking Bad (done and OMG so good: A+!!)
In Treatment
Eastbound and Down
Rachael Zoe Project
Top Chef
Nurse Jackie
American Gothic
The Gilmore Girls
Justice League/Justice League Unlimited
The Closer
Veronica Mars
The Mighty Boosh

p.s.: I already watch: -X-files -Bones -Californication -Dexter -Mad Men -It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia -Grey's Anatomy -Fringe -Dollhouse -House -Dead Set -30 Rock -Arrested Development -Big Love -Firefly -True Blood -Angel -Buffy the Vampire Slayer -Heroes -Sons of Anarchy -The Office

My take on the ones I've seen

on 2010-01-12 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Entourage: Seen a few episodes. Would love to get into it but lack the time.

Carnivale: Hello, creepy midget headquarters. No thanks.

The Tudors: I loved this but lost track of it about the middle of 3rd season when we shuit off cable to simplify our lives.

Weeds: I fucking love this show so hard. You can empathize with Nancy half of the time and the other half you want to bash her face in. My favorite characters are her brother-in-law and her youngest son.

The Big Bang Theory: I go next door just to be able to watch this show every Monday. That's how much I love this show. Sheldon Cooper is so socially awkward it takes a minute to get used to him but once you do, you're in love.

Rome: Only saw the first season. Loved it.
Saving Grace: I loved the show. The angel, Earl, cracks me up. I think that is precisely how guardian angels should act.

The Mighty Boosh: Watch at least 4 episodes before you pass judgement. the first time I watched it, I was like "what the ever loving fuck?". Now, every episode makes me laugh even harder thant he one before.

I also suggest:
How I met Your Mother

And also add:
OMG Heidi Fleiss. I feel so sorry for her old lumpy silicone lips. She makes me wanna barf a little. I can't stop watching it, though. I stay up until 2am most nights just so I can catch it. Have you seen the sex addiction one? so good! I hate myself for loving you, Dr. Drew!

Re: My take on the ones I've seen

on 2010-01-12 04:45 pm (UTC)
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thanks for the input. i'll run down your faves in order once i get through "the tudors" and "entourage."

i already watch "californication" and fucking LOVE IT. oh shit...a sex addiction dr. drew. crap.

on 2010-01-12 03:34 pm (UTC)
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I loved it, but one frustrating aspect of Carnivale is how the narrative is stretched out without any explanation.

Lodz: "I know what's going on. If you listen to me, I can explain everything"
Ben: "Go to Hell!"

three episodes later

Lodz "Are you ready to listen to me now?"
Ben: "Go to Hell!"

on 2010-01-12 04:39 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
i know! i think some of the writers might have previously worked in soap operas...

on 2010-01-12 03:40 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I don't see Mad Men on the list. One of the bestest.

on 2010-01-12 04:38 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
i already watch that one (it was on my previous list, when i first solicited advice).

on 2010-01-12 05:31 pm (UTC)
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I really liked Carnivale, but I have to admit I wished the story moved a bit faster. I liked the imagery and the sort of creepiness of it though. I was annoyed when they canceled it because I never got to see the end of the story.

on 2010-01-12 06:23 pm (UTC)
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now i'm not going to finish watching it. that would vex me mightily. thanks for the heads-up!

AB in Laos

on 2010-01-12 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Anthony Bourdain did an episode that was very atypical for him... It was on Laos. He didn't say he was in the Vietnam War so one would assume that he wasn't, but he was obviously effected in a big way. I've never seen him so respectful for or since. It was well done. I loved it. Be sure to see that one!

Re: AB in Laos

on 2010-01-12 05:58 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
p.s. this icon reminds me of you


Re: AB in Laos

on 2010-01-12 06:26 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
wow. what a compliment. thanks, chacha!

Re: AB in Laos

on 2010-01-12 06:25 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
i saw the laos one and i agree. he's in love with that part of the world, its history and people. if i'm not mistaken, he and his wife have a second (or third) home there.

on 2010-01-12 06:02 pm (UTC)
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You know, I could not get into Rome or Carnivale. Someone commenting mentioned Mad Men, and I loved that too..!

And a friend introduced me to It's Always Sunny..and god I love Danny DeVito's character so much.

Are my eyes missing United States of Tara? That was pretty good, definitely not a Six Feet Under caliber but I enjoyed it. People raved about The Wire but I have not seen it yet.

on 2010-01-12 06:23 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
i LOVE mad men and sunny! i'll check out united states of tara...thanks!

on 2010-01-12 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Both Carnivale and TRome need to be "watched" not just listened to. There's a lot going on in the visuals.

The Wire is, imho, the best serries ever to be put on to television. The writing is top notch, the stories and charcters are very compeling and the acting is , oh my god, good. But again, this is a show the you'll need to pay cloase attantion to while watching. The writing is very dense and there's a lot to follow.

on 2010-01-12 06:24 pm (UTC)
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okay, now i've had like four recommendations for "the wire" and i'm downloading it. i can't believe i've never watched it -- george pelecanos is involved with the writing and i LOVE him.

on 2010-01-12 06:12 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
The Wire is absolutely the best series ever!! I wholeheartedly agree!!

on 2010-01-12 06:25 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
okay, downloading it now. and thanks for the link yesterday!!

on 2010-01-13 01:21 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Freaks and Geeks
Dead Like Me

There will never be anything better than Six Feet Under.

Rescue Me

on 2010-01-14 01:09 am (UTC)
Posted by (Anonymous)
Donna, you will love it. Trust an old friend.

on 2010-02-12 05:06 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
The last ten minutes of the last episode of Six Feet Under, I cried buckets, and then had to go in to work (I'd rented it from the library) with my face all red and splotchy and my nose running. Everyone thought someone close to me had died, and it was easier to let them think that than to explain what a big crybaby I am.

I had a hard time getting into the Mighty Boosh until I saw the season where they run a shop in South London. Now I want to go back and watch the other seasons.

Veronica Mars is good, in that Nancy Drew kind of way. Nick and I are considering 30 Rock.

Annnd now I'm caught up. How is Texas? Shall I mail you a snowball packed in dry ice?


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