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What TV Show(s) Are You Currently Watching?

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Similar to the Movies thread, but for TV Shows.

I'm currently watching The West Wing. It's a fantastic show. It's not about backstabbery, divisiveness, or ugly political infighting. It's an uplifting, semi-humorous, family-friendly drama with respectable, likable characters who work in the White House offices. I like it a lot and recommend it (it's on Netflix). The one caveat I have toward the show is that, as I am only on season 2, it does show itself to be pre-9/11. While terrorist threats do exist in the show, they're not constantly at the forefront of foreign policy discussion like they are for us now.

Also somewhat intermittently watching Supergirl, Smallville, and Lois and Clark.

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Everyone seems to be so enthralled with Game of Thrones. You know, I get really turned off by the habit HBO has, wherein because they're a premium channel and thus aren't beholden to a family-friendly censorship, it means they can swear at length and have gratuitous sex scenes... and because they can, they do. A lot. If I wanted gratuitous sex, I'd go to pornhub or something. But I want my TV shows to be tasteful in that respect.

Similarly, before I landed on watching The West Wing, I tried watching Veep and Alpha House. Both of those shows (but especially Veep) have so much swearing and vulgar language that it detracts from any interest in the story, making the characters unlikeable (and not in an interesting anti-hero kind of way).

I'm not a prude. But I don't like unnecessary smut in my stories.

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Similarly, before I landed on watching The West Wing, I tried watching Veep and Alpha House. Both of those shows (but especially Veep) have so much swearing and vulgar language that it detracts from any interest in the story, making the characters unlikeable (and not in an interesting anti-hero kind of way).

I haven't seen Veep, but I've seen The Thick of It by the same writer, and yeah, it was extraordinarily sweary, but it a way that was often sheer poetry, especially with the show's main attraction, Malcolm Tucker. (

for Star Wars fans, milder than his usual.) For a while after binge-watching that show in honour of Peter Capaldi being cast as the Doctor, I couldn't get that voice out of my head, that second-nature swearing can be infectious. He's definitely a character you love (for lack of a better word) even though he's terrible, because he's so entertaining and fascinating, so it's a pity if they haven't accomplished that with Veep.

In other news, new season of Orphan Black has started and I couldn't be happier. Fantastic show.

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Twin Peaks
great series up to a point.

I began to stop caring after they finally revealed who killed Laura Palmer, but I'll most certainly be back for Season 3.

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Similarly, before I landed on watching The West Wing, I tried watching Veep and Alpha House. Both of those shows (but especially Veep) have so much swearing and vulgar language that it detracts from any interest in the story, making the characters unlikeable (and not in an interesting anti-hero kind of way).

I haven't seen Veep, but I've seen The Thick of It by the same writer, and yeah, it was extraordinarily sweary, but it a way that was often sheer poetry, especially with the show's main attraction, Malcolm Tucker. (

for Star Wars fans, milder than his usual.) For a while after binge-watching that show in honour of Peter Capaldi being cast as the Doctor, I couldn't get that voice out of my head, that second-nature swearing can be infectious. He's definitely a character you love (for lack of a better word) even though he's terrible, because he's so entertaining and fascinating, so it's a pity if they haven't accomplished that with Veep.
And in response to that,
. It really is a great show if you don't mind this guy's potty mouth, very well written all round and some fantastic performances.

Seriously, REALLY not kidding about the NSFW bit.

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I began to stop caring after they finally revealed who killed Laura Palmer, but I'll most certainly be back for Season 3.
That's when other writers took over for a while and the series really dropped in quality. A few episodes before the end it picks up again but at that point it was too late and the series was canceled with a huge cliffhanger.

Hopefully they resolve said cliffhanger in an original way.

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Black Sails - which is awesome, but now we have to wait for season 4.

Silicon Valley - Brilliant, just brilliant. My favorite comedy series.

Archer - I subscribe to three different streaming services, but none of them have season 7. :(

Game of Thrones - It really isn't that good, but still a (mostly) enjoyable spectacle.

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Black Sails - which is awesome, but now we have to wait for season 4.

Black Sails is the shit!

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Doctor Who, both old series and new, rewatch.

Agents of Shield

Orphan Black - if you haven't seen this, go watch it right now. This show is insane, hard scifi and features some of the best acting I've ever seen on television

Better Call Saul

I should probably get back to Game of Thrones at some point, but I have to get in the mood for it because I know the two seasons I need to watch are pretty rough.

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Better Call Saul. It's incredible and I suggest everyone watch it, even if you never saw Breaking Bad.

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Better Call Saul. It's incredible and I suggest everyone watch it, even if you never saw Breaking Bad.

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I'm finally watching Daredevil Season Two

I also just finished binge watching The Batman.

The only regular weekly series I'm watching at the moment is Agents of SHIELD.

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I really enjoyed the first two seasons of Veep - a lot more than The Thick Of it, although I only got a little bit into that.

chyron8472 - not that there's anything wrong with it, but it sounds like you totally are a prude. Own it!

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Everyone seems to be so enthralled with Game of Thrones. You know, I get really turned off by the habit HBO has, wherein because they're a premium channel and thus aren't beholden to a family-friendly censorship, it means they can swear at length and have gratuitous sex scenes... and because they can, they do. A lot. If I wanted gratuitous sex, I'd go to pornhub or something. But I want my TV shows to be tasteful in that respect.

I only watched the first season but that was definitely a turn off for me.

I haven't been watching but I'm kind of tempted to start watching this season just because I kind of doubt Martin is ever going to finish the book.

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I haven't watched Game of Thrones since season two. I already read all the books and I didn't enjoy the way some of the characters evolve in the series. In particular, the way Arya just gets

the escape from Harrenhall handed to her

at the end of season two was a major let-down for me.

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I also don't care for stories about the pessimist's perspective of "the human condition" or in other words how crap life is, or how corrupt people can become.

For example, The Hunger Games and Breaking Bad. Life sucks and then you die, basically. Let's examine just how much life sucks or how life can get from less sucky to more sucky over time.

How about no. You can watch Game of Thrones, but I'll watch something that isn't about how getting horribly raped (including explicitly showing the rape scene) makes a person perpetually bitter.

Meanwhile, I do like The Walking Dead. But that's more about survival. Even when someone has a meltdown, there are still respectable people who hold the group together. You're rooting for the group to survive, not just watching them be dicks to each other because let's-explore-how-humans-are-inherently-dicks. I mean, yes I watched the movie American History X, and I liked it as a movie. But that had a positive message, and I'm not sure I'd want to follow the lives of neo Nazis for multiple seasons.

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Television wise, it's been a cracking first third of the year, has 2016. I love you with all of my heart, 2016.

The new series of the X-Files actually acted as my introduction to the series. I mean, obviously I knew a fair bit about the series beforehand, having lifted my head out from under my rock, from time-to-time but I had never really bothered to actually sit down and watch it properly. Having finally caught up with the rest of civilisation, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the show (particularly the silly episode about a lizard man, which was played for laughs). Now I'm working my way through the repeats of the first few series, which are regularly airing on TV at the moment. Good stuff.

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The third series of ITV's sitcom, Plebs has been airing these past few weeks. It's a show that I very much enjoy watching. Whilst it's nothing groundbreaking, it's good for a chuckle and it has some likable characters/actors. If I had to describe it, then I'd say that it's kind of like The Inbewtweeners, but it's set in Roman times and is a little bit less salacious than that programme (only slightly, mind).

Overall, it's just a bit of good, harmless, fun entertainment and there's absolutely nowt wrong with that, is what I tell myself repeatably, in order to avoid thinking about how I'm wasting the precious seconds of my life by watching frivolous sitcoms, instead of making something of myself. Still, at least I haven't admitted to binge watching the indefensively bad sitcom, On the Buses. If anyone found out about that, I'd be ruined!

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However, the biggest gift that 2016 has brought me, would have to be The People Vs O.J. Simpson; a mostly accurate depiction of the events surrounding Simpson's trial for double homicide. This docudrama offered a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the American judicial system, whilst also offering sharp, relatable dialogue from the, I'm hesitant to say "characters", so I'll say "people portraying real-life figures" instead.

The People Vs O.J. Simpson made for truly gripping viewing and it was educating to boot; showing in great detail, just how celebrity status, certain outside factors of society at the time, along with charismatic defense lawyers and police incompetence, allowed a man with overwhelming evidence against him, to walk free. The programme was never less than captivating, thought-provoking and downright fascinating.

So, yeah... 2016, you're a pretty swell year, you are. I really do love you.

I mean, sure, you have given me more than my fair share of personal problems these past few months but still, the TV has been great, so you're not all bad, 2016... I guess. I'm kinda indifferent towards you at this point, if I'm being honest.

Look, let's be straight, 2016. You might have given me some brilliant TV but you just keep killing off famous and respected people, far before their rightful time. This lot alone is just being silly, 2016...

BLAM - You chucked Mr. Rickman from a skyscraper!

BAM - You sat on Mr. Corbett!

BISH - You silenced the majestic Mr. Bowie and you always pronounced his name wrong!

BEEEHHhhhhh - You took David Gest... that's not... um... cool? However...

BASH - You sent Mrs. Wood to the chipper!

BOSH - Thanks to you, no longer is he a Ƭ̵̬̊ among men!

...and that's barely touching the surface of your death toll, 2016. Honestly, you're worse than Ted Bundy. I actually hate you!

Take your TV and get out, 2016. You're a proper wrong 'un, you are.

The 2002 revival of The Twilight Zone.

The majority of those episodes are woefully unworthy of carrying the good name of The Twilight Zone, in my opinion. A fair few of them are actually vastly inferior remakes of episodes from the original run of the show. Having said that, I rather like the sequel episode to It's a Good Life (creatively titled, It's Still a Good Life). It's nowhere near as good as the original though and the ending is utter tripe on a stick but there's still some nice moments and they even got Bill Mumy (the "gifted" child) and Cloris Leachman (the Mother) to reprise their original roles, 42 years on from the first episode, which is really rather touching and lovely all-round.

Believe it or not, I'm currently watching Seinfeld reruns and House reruns . . .

How very unbelievable. Absurd in fact. You lie, Sir.

No, in actuality, I can believe it. In fact, it's really not that hard to believe. At all.

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I just watched the first episode of the third season of Silicon Valley, and it continues to be my favorite series. It's so refreshing among all the dark and gritty ones, to find a bright and funny series, that keeps suprising you, and manages to maintain a sense of taking some things seriously sometimes.

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I also don't care for stories about the pessimist's perspective of "the human condition" or in other words how crap life is, or how corrupt people can become.

For example, The Hunger Games and Breaking Bad. Life sucks and then you die, basically. Let's examine just how much life sucks or how life can get from less sucky to more sucky over time.

How about no. You can watch Game of Thrones, but I'll watch something that isn't about how getting horribly raped (including explicitly showing the rape scene) makes a person perpetually bitter.

Meanwhile, I do like The Walking Dead. But that's more about survival. Even when someone has a meltdown, there are still respectable people who hold the group together. You're rooting for the group to survive, not just watching them be dicks to each other because let's-explore-how-humans-are-inherently-dicks. I mean, yes I watched the movie American History X, and I liked it as a movie. But that had a positive message, and I'm not sure I'd want to follow the lives of neo Nazis for multiple seasons.

These shows exist pretty much for entertainment purposes only, with a sprinkling of philosophy. Ironically, I think viewing these shows in the way you do it a tad pessimistic or at least you're taking them too seriously. Just enjoy watching Walter melt drug dealers.

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I also don't care for stories about the pessimist's perspective of "the human condition" or in other words how crap life is, or how corrupt people can become.

For example, The Hunger Games and Breaking Bad. Life sucks and then you die, basically. Let's examine just how much life sucks or how life can get from less sucky to more sucky over time.

How about no. You can watch Game of Thrones, but I'll watch something that isn't about how getting horribly raped (including explicitly showing the rape scene) makes a person perpetually bitter.

Meanwhile, I do like The Walking Dead. But that's more about survival. Even when someone has a meltdown, there are still respectable people who hold the group together. You're rooting for the group to survive, not just watching them be dicks to each other because let's-explore-how-humans-are-inherently-dicks. I mean, yes I watched the movie American History X, and I liked it as a movie. But that had a positive message, and I'm not sure I'd want to follow the lives of neo Nazis for multiple seasons.

I'd say while you're right about Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad in that section, but Hunger Games is definitely about more than that. It's less about kids killing each other and more about the ones who refused to do so even though it could have meant their execution. And then it becomes about overthrowing the evil government and starting over again. There are definitely good guys to root for in Hunger Games and quite a lot of them, unlike Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones where pretty much everyone commits various atrocities.

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