TV Reviews

TV Thursday – Best Cable/Streaming Shows

On Tuesday, I did a list with my favorite network TV shows.  Today, I’m going to list my favorite shows from cable, Netflix, or Amazon.  These are in no particular order after #4.  My top 4 are in specific order.

1. Game of Thrones (HBO).  I binged this in less than a month and was hooked.  This show is fantastic, but it is also very confusing, because there are SO many characters to keep up, and it’s in a make believe land.  I feel like I’m googling things constantly just to keep up, but now there is an “after” show, which is awesome.  I can’t believe I waited so long to join the fun.

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2. You’re the Worst (FX).  I’m not sure what lead to me this show, but I’m so glad I found it.  This show, in addition to being really funny, tackles the tough topic of clinical depression in a sympathetic manner.  The characters are ‘the worst’ but this show is hilarious, and I’ve turned several people onto it.

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3.  Downton Abbey (PBS).  I’m cheating here, but since I watched the first five seasons on Amazon, I’m putting it on this list.  If you haven’t watched Downton Abbey and you have Amazon Prime, do yourself a favor and check out this incredible show.  I’m so sad it’s over.

downton abbey4. Veep (HBO).  This is one of the funniest shows on cable TV, and regardless of your political party affiliation, you are likely to find this show funny.  I will warn you – it is very vulgar, but it’s got a great ensemble cast and totally worth the watch – it’s a half hour comedy.

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5.  Grace & Frankie (Netflix).  Two women, almost 70, discover that their husbands of 40 years have been in a homosexual relationship for twenty years and are tired of hiding their affair, so they ask for a divorce.  This follows what happens next, and how it affects each family.  Top notch cast and great story.

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6.  The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX).  This miniseries told the infamous story of the trial of OJ Simpson, who in 1994, was accused (and guilty) of murdering his ex-wife and her friend.  We saw the case from the inside, and I learned several things that I didn’t know happened during the trial.  This show had a top notch cast, who are likely to earn several Emmy nominations.  I would highly recommend this.

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7.  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix).  The shows second season got off to a slow start, but ended with a bang.  Tina Fey (30 Rock) is an executive producer, so if you liked that show, you will really like the story of Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who was kidnapped and kept in an underground bunker for 15 years, then goes to New York to start her life.

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8.  The Jinx (HBO).  This six-part miniseries was the story of Robert Durst, eccentric billionaire from New York who is suspected of three different murders in three different states.  Durst himself is interviewed, and is a creepy dude.  This was so well done, and I would highly recommend watching.

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9.  Making a Murderer (Netflix).   This 10 part miniseries is the story of Steven Avery, who in 1984 was convicted of rape, only to be exonerated 18 years later.  He then sued the county for $36 million dollars, and while that was going on, was charged with murder.  It’s a seriously messed up story with so many twists and turns.  It starts out slow, but if stick with it, you won’t be disappointed.

making a murderer10.  Transparent (Amazon).  Transparent is the story of Mort/Maura, a 69 year old man who decides he is tired of living a lie, and decides to live his life as a woman.  The show depicts how his decision affects his family, and more importantly, Maura.  People aren’t real accepting of her decision, and it’s fascinating and sad to watch.  The second season wasn’t nearly as good as the first, but it’s still a good show.

transparentHappy watching.

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TV Reviews

Game of Thrones S6:E2: Home

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I was late to the game in blogging about S6:E1 (which I didn’t find fantastic), but I thought I’d start blogging about the rest of the episodes.  I binged GOT in the two months before the premiere, so I didn’t have the long, excruciating wait that some of you had.  I’m a little thankful for that!

So let’s jump right in.    There will be SPOILERS, so if you haven’t watched, don’t read on.

I’m going to talk about episodes based on location, FYI.

In the North:  Daavos and the others are still reeling in the aftermath of Jon Snow’s death.  Thorne and the others responsible for JS’s death (including that little shit Ollie, who I want to punch in his little face) got what they had coming when the Wildings stormed in and took them into custody.  Daavos went to Melisandre and asked her use her magic to bring JS back to life.  Melisandre is still really upset that her visions didn’t come true (and let us not forget she had a child burned at the stake).

Meanwhile, BRAN STARK makes his triumphant return to GOT!!  He’s quite grown up, and is having visions while in the company of the three-eyed Raven.  He sees his father as a young man, along with his brother BenJen and his not-so-often spoken of sister Lyanna Stark (there is a rumor on the internet that Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen are Jon Snow’s actual parents; which would make him heir to the North AND the Iron Throne!  Duh duh duh).  We also see Hodor, whose real name is Wyllis, talking in sentences.  Poor Hodor.  Bran seeing his father’s childhood is going to be really interesting in upcoming episodes.

At Winterfell, Ramsay Bolton  – just holy fucking shit, this dude is seriously fucked in the head (pardon my language).  Ramsay and Roose are told that the baby has been born – and it’s a boy.  A normal brother would congratulate his father.  Not Ramsay.  He kills his father.  Then his stepmother and the baby are looking for Roose, and Ramsay lets the hounds loose on them.  This dude is a sick fuck and he needs to die – yesterday.  He makes Joffrey seem like a Boy Scout.

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Speaking of Ramsay, his fleeing bride is finally with Brienne of Tarth and under her protection.  Theon informs Sansa that he is not going to Castle Black with her – he’s going home (more on his home below).  Theon says Jon would pretty much kill him for what he’s done to his family.  Sansa forgave him – it was a touching moment.  Sansa also discovers that Arya is still alive and doing well.  Brienne informs her that she lost her, and she doesn’t know where she is, but she was doing well and  not “dressed very lady like”.  Lol.

Back to Castle Black, Melisandre decides to try and resurrect JS. She does some magic, having to cut his hair in the process (NO) but it seems like it didn’t work.  Everyone leaves the room, and a napping Ghost wakes up – and so does Jon!  That was a gasp worthy moment – then fade to black!!!!

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King’s Landing:  Tommen is still super pissed off at mommy dearest for locking up his fuck buddy (his new wife), so he blocks her attendance at Myrcella’s poorly attended wake.  Jamie tells the boy King to go speak to his momma and makes amends.  When he goes to visit his batshit crazy momma, she waits for him to apologize for his actions, while Tommen whines like the little bitch he is about his wifey being locked up.

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Jamie has an interesting talk with the High Sparrow about bloodshed. Didn’t much listen to that part – was distracted looking at the gorgeous Jamie.

Mereen:  Tyrion is worried about Dany’s Dragons, who have gone on a hunger strike since Momma Dragon flew off on Drogos.  Tyrion decides that the dragons are intelligent and goes to talk to them – and takes their chains off.  Will be interesting to see where that goes.

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The Iron Islands:  After Theon’s announcement that he’s going home, there was some action over in the Iron Isles.  Balon is walking back to his room on a rickety wooden bridge (think Shrek going to get Fiona) and he’s met by a robed man.  Turns out the man is his brother Euron, who we have never seen before.   Euron kills Balon (bye bye).  They send him out to sea and Yara states that the throne should be hers – not so fast girlfriend.  I don’t think that’s going to happen.  And she doesn’t know her dear old uncle did the deed.

Braavos:  Arya is still blind and getting the shit kicked out of her daily by that crazy bitch who works with the creepy king dude.  He brought her back to the hall, so maybe she’ll get her sight back.  She’s likely not going to die.

We didn’t see Dany in this episode, nor did we see the crazy bitches from Dorne.  The Dorne bitches are going to have to deal with karma, and you know Dany is going to have a huge storyline.

Overall, this episode was much better than the first.  I’ll admit I was super pissed that the Jon Snow storyline wasn’t wrapped up in the first episode, but it was fine the way it worked out.  I’m really curious to see where the Bran storyline is going to go. I’m also curious to see what’s going to happen now that Tyrion has released the dragons.  I’m just thrilled that Jon Snow is alive and can’t wait to see how that plays out.

Winter is coming.

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