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What are people watching?

Person of Interest: I love Harold, John, and Fusco, don't see nearly enough of Root or Shaw this season, haven't recovered from the loss of Taraji P. Henson (no matter how wonderful the part in Empire is for her, and it is). Camryn Manheim isn't given nearly enough to do for the show's main female character this season (Root's only popping in and out). And I don't see enough of Bear, for that matter. Obviously the show still has me hooked.

Justified: I'll be relieved when it's over, frankly. I love it up until the last season, when the quality just seemed to be in a spiral of kooky characters and the bigger world intruding on Harlan. I hate what Raylan and Boyd are doing with Eva; I feel like the writers have wrangled things to the point where one or the other has broken character to handle her as he has, stealing all the agency she built up after the first season. Rachel is great, probably because the writers have her in a position where they can't screw her up. Mary Steenbergen is just getting in the way, and Winona remains a throwaway.

Gotham: I know. It's bad, it's gritty, all the women but Fish and Cat are plot puppets; the men whip between good/bad and bad/good so fast the viewer gets whiplash, and Jim and young Bruce are so rigid in their view of good and evil that you just want to sock Jim and get Bruce a female role model like a cook or something before he goes completely south. I love Alfred in this light, and oddly, Penguin, and Ed (though his wacko turn in the episode I just watched made me sad). I don't like Cat--like I said, she's a plot puppet like Barbara and Fish, saying whatever the writers want her to say instead of acting like a complete person.

Chicago Fire: You would think, at my age, that I would cease to be a sucker for Dick Wolfe TV, but I'm not. The funny thing is, in this show I don't really like any of the characters for themselves, except the chief, but I love the entire house as an ensemble. I think this is the best united ensemble cast Wolf's people have ever put together, and even when they move people in and out, its integrity holds. I'm fascinated by the workings of the ambulance teams, Squad, and Truck, and the lives of the people who intersect with the firefighters and paramedics. Yes, I wish that one of the top dogs would marry, but I also understand that this is a really hard life for those who live it and those who intersect with it, and it's hard on their relationships as well. And the show is a thrill ride, let's face it.

Orphan Black: now, see, this is why I can tolerate a few shows which short their female characters, because this one is all about a fistful of female characters! They are clones, all splendidly and apparently seamlessly rendered by the superlative Tatiana Maslany and accented by a wonderful cast of men and women, including her gay BMF/foster brother/brother Felix, played so excellently by Jordan Gavaris, her foster mother Mrs. S., and her daughter Kira. They've just introduced a clone line of males this season, who give me the utter creeps, but I'm sure Sarah and her sisters and Felix can handle them. I hope.

The Bletchley Circle: Back during WWII, the Germans had a super code machine called Enigma. One of the biggest secrets of the war was that it wasn't a man who cracked Enigma: it was the women code writer/transmitters who worked at Bletchley Circle. Now the war is over and like Rosie the Riveter, they've put away their rivets--demobilized and been shunted off to girly jobs--until one of them notices a numeric pattern in a series of murders reported in the daily paper. That season covered that case, and the second covers first the murder case in which one of them is locked up and second the murder of a black market goods dealer. The four main women are very different, one a cranky Scot, one a wife and mother who wants to forget what she was, one a cheerful goodtime girl, and one a secretary in Scotland Yard. The men are bluff and uncaring sometimes, kind sometimes, and even attentive, depending on who they are and their relationship to each of the women. It's well worth watching if you like period mysteries (and I do).

So You Think You Can Dance: every summer, and this year it begins June 1st with a new theme, it looks like. I get together with Julie and the Covilles to watch this. We always have our favorite dancers and favorite choreographers--it's a bright spot in every summer! It makes me look at physical activity in different ways, and in the ways dancers can express emotion, too.

Project Runway: this one I watch with Tim and Julie and sometimes my brother-in-law. Again, we have our favorite designers, but we also live for Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, and Nina Garcia. I have learned such an incredible amount about sewing, clothes, color, and fashion from this show, as well as about human interaction!

Date: 2015-05-05 06:00 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Surely you're watching "Outlander" on Starz! And/or "Agent Carter," which ran on ABC earlier this year. There's a dearth of animal sidekicks, but both seem like they'd be up your alley—lots of strong ladies, awesome period settings, etc.

Date: 2015-05-05 06:27 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
The first Outlander book didn't really do much for me (and I subsequently haven't read any of the others), but the TV show is fantastic. It does a great job of streamlining and adapting the books into an engaging story. The acting is really strong, and the period settings are drool-worthy—the costumes alone make me want to knit *all* the things, and the Scottish scenery is to die for.

It's also wonderfully feminist in its portrayals of sex and sexual violence—shows like Game of Thrones (which I also watch) don't set a high bar, but Outlander is still easily doing it better than most.

Date: 2015-05-05 06:21 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_rck
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The Daily Show - I will miss Jon Stewart so much when he leaves. He's funny, and he's not afraid to express opinions. (It helps that I pretty much always agree with him.)

The Nightly Show - I'm still not sure about this show. We watched The Colbert Report regularly, and we wanted to give this show a chance. The trouble is that it seems to be trying to do too much in too little space. I'm not enamored of the panel discussions they try to do. Five people talking is too many for a seven minute segment addressing a real issue. Yes, it's nice to get differing opinions, and yes, I like the fact that the people showing up aren't the ones I'd see on other programs (fewer of them are white for one thing). I just feel like no one really gets to say anything.

The Voice - This is my daughter's favorite show. She watches it religiously when it's on and has strong opinions about the artists. I mostly tune things out, so the contestants kind of blur together for me. I think there are two this season who've stood out for me, and that's because they look enough different from all the others that I can remember who they are. I still don't recall what they sound like.

The Flash - On the whole, I've been enjoying this. It's nice to have a superhero show that's reasonably cheerful while still having drama. I like most of the character interactions, but, like pretty much everyone else I've talked to who watches the show, I hate how they treat Iris. Her father is generally a great character, but he's awful when it comes to treating his daughter like a person.

Agents of SHIELD - My husband loves this show. I'm pretty much indifferent. Right now, the conflicts the show is pursuing aren't the ones I'd like to see explored.

Antiques Roadshow - This is my show. I record it every week while my daughter's watching The Voice and then watch it the next day or the day after that. I'm just fascinated to see what people have found in their attics or acquired at garage sales or whatever that turns out to be valuable and/or interesting.

Teen Titans Go! - We're not as good about watching this regularly as we used to be. I think that part of it is that, while this show is very funny, we miss the old Teen Titans show (which had the same voice actors). Teen Titans Go! doesn't have any story arc or character development, and it pretty much showcases the characters at their worst. None of it is far out of character, but it would be nice to see the positive side of the characters again (and maybe get to see them actually deal with some bad guys).

Date: 2015-05-05 07:26 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mg4h.livejournal.com
Missing Agent Carter (oh god please please renew it please), watching Agents of Shield instead and nitpicking as need be. Online occasional watching of the Daily Show, Nightly Show and Last Week Tonight (sensing a theme there?)

Oh and The Librarians from the past year - we finally bought it on iTunes, going through the episodes. Good ensemble cast, characters are solid, still haven't had to walk away in disgust over anything in it. I like it.

Date: 2015-05-05 09:53 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mg4h.livejournal.com
Oh I've had enough fun dissecting what I don't like about it, but it has just enough good parts that I watch for those. Then after I have fun going why the hell did they... that was stupid... telegraphed that badly. Oh and watching the occasional cameo with other MCU chars and enjoying that.

Never complained with Agent Carter. Oh boy I want that show back so much. Please!

Date: 2015-05-06 03:12 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] falcon21893.livejournal.com
Oof, Agents of Shield.

I tried, I really did, and I liked it for a while. It had problems, sure, but I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt 'cause it was pretty fun.

Then they killed my favorite character and I noped the hell out of there as fast as I could.

I have also heard from "friends" that it has improved in the second season, but I refuse to watch it on principle. I'm still mad.

Date: 2015-05-06 04:32 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] staranise
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The fannish nickname for Hermione and Won-Won is the Science Babies, which can be affectionate or derisive as you prefer.

Date: 2015-05-05 07:53 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] fissijo
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Nothing much at all. Even thinking what's on series record on our TiVo box is drawing a blank - mostly all between series' at the moment (my choices on there - Sherlock and Red Dwarf). Most of what we watch in our household is motor-racing of one shape or another

Netflix list has Daredevil waiting for me and am practically counting the days until we have more Orange is the new Black to watch on there.

We did pick up the first season of Grey's Anatomy (I'm so sorry, this is very much linked the the motor-racing passion though) and Warehouse 13 to try out recently as well.

Date: 2015-05-05 08:24 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] wanderer
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Orphan Black, because it's amazing.

Also comfort re-watching Eureka and The West Wing because there's nothing much I'm following at the moment. Half-watched The 100 because I kept wanting to love it, but then it would fall flat. But the premise has so much promise! Otherwise there's really nothing. I did love (most) of Agent Carter, and I'm a season behind on Orange is the New Black, but haven't had the motivation to catch up for some reason.

I keep flipping through random shows on Netflix hoping to stumble on a gem, and it hasn't happened yet...

Date: 2015-05-05 09:42 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] notalwaysweak
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Well, I'm in a fairly rural area in Australia, so it's really anyone's guess what our aerial will actually pick up on any given day.

I am fortunately able to keep up with Orphan Black because SBS On Demand airs it a couple of days after the US gets it (I think) so I can watch it on the computer. I too am skeeved out by the male clones, especially after episode two. But Tatiana Maslany is a goddess of acting, so I can deal with that.

Date: 2015-05-05 09:45 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] halberdier
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I've just finished a big re-watch of Frasier to relax me in the evenings with a good laugh. I'm still looking for another funny/fluffy show to watch in the evenings to unwind with.

I was persuaded to try Leverage by a few friends and their fabulous fanfics, and I love it. I'm about a quarter of the way through series three with four and five on order :D (And now that I read what you said about the Librarians I'm going to look into that. Christian Kane, yes please :D)

I'm really enjoying Revenge, although I wonder if it's outliving its premise by now. I have been watching Agents of SHIELD, but the second series is ... problematic for me. And there is not enough Ruth Negga in it. I've seen her on stage and she's far better than the bit part they have her in this series.

Date: 2015-05-05 11:22 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] fiercynn
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If you haven't seen Jane the Virgin, it is (despite the title) really quite delightful! Gina Rodriguez is completely charming as Jane, and the primary relationships are between women, specifically Jane, her mother, and her grandmother. Plus the show has a lot of fun playing with telenovela tropes, though you don't have to be familiar with them to enjoy it.

Seconding [personal profile] the_rck's recommendation of The Flash as well, with the caveat that the way Iris gets treated really is infuriating, but I'm hoping they'll fix that pretty soon.

And finally, if you haven't seen Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, it's my favorite thing that I've discovered recently! It's an Australian mystery show about Phryne Fisher (the one in my icon!), a "lady detective" in the 1920s who is one of the most fantastic characters I've ever seen on television - she's brilliant, charming, kind, and doesn't take shit from anyone, and best of all the show is incredibly sex-positive, so she gets to have casual affairs with men all the time without being even the slightest bit shamed for it, despite the time period. But the show also recognizes that women are not all one type of person, so they also have characters with very different personalities, like her much shyer companion Dot, her queer best friend Dr. Elizabeth Macmillan, and more. The male characters are great too, and when they're not, they're always called out on it. The first two seasons are on Netflix, and the third begins airing this week in Australia - honestly, I think everyone in the world should watch this show, it's completely fantastic!

Date: 2015-05-06 03:14 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] falcon21893.livejournal.com
Seconding the recommendation of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Easily the best random Netflix find of my life.

I am absolutely *dying* for the third season to be released on Netflix. I know it will take a while, but...

Date: 2015-05-06 04:33 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] staranise
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I love Miss Fisher a whooole lot.

Date: 2015-05-06 05:10 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] nicoli_dominn
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Revenge: Has gone way over the top. Had great potential when it started, but now I think the creative direction team is just fighting for more seasons without any real idea as to how to keep the plot realistic and compelling.

Blue Bloods: Mostly watching for the eye-rolls. I like that our TV shows highlight current events by bringing them into fictional worlds, but I think this is one show where the cops' take on said events merely mimics popular opinion rather than challenging it.

Grey's Anatomy: Another show that's just dragging along at this point. I just saw the "RIP Derek Shepherd" episode and I'm fairly certain that not only was it ridiculous, but the grieving was more for the benefit of the writers than it was for the audience or the fictional characters. The only story arch that made sense there was Meredith Grey's, what with the linkage to her mother's attempted suicide and her fear of abandonment.

Hawaii 5-0: Same deal as Blood Bloods, pretty much. Lots of racial stereotypes in both shows that I resent.

Scandal: Possibly more over-the-top than Revenge. If you thought the monologues in Grey's Anatomy were unrealistic, they occur tenfold and with a hundred times the "poetic" repetition in this show.

Person of Interest: Haven't been as interested since they killed off Taraji Henson's character. I loved her. I do like the actor who plays Root, though, mostly because of her previous work in Angel.

Gilmore Girls: Re-watching this show from beginning to end on Netflix, when I have free time. It's not without its problems (specifically casual heteronormativity and cisnormativity), but the tongue-in-cheek and absurd humor in the show is so my style, and I love how quirky and idiosyncratic the characters are. Michel Girard and Sookie St. James are two of my favorite characters in that show, along with Lorelai's parents (not because they're great people, but because they remind me painfully and hilariously of my own parents). Luke Danes is frickin' adorable, and Paris Gellar cracks me up.



Date: 2015-05-16 09:34 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] tibicina
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On the one hand, I sort of agree with you on Blue Bloods, on the other hand, I really like that they actively present multiple sides to various issues and make it clear that you can be a moral person and still disagree on the subject of the week.

Date: 2015-05-06 09:51 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Surely Game of Thrones is on that list as well? and walking dead but this season is finished.

We've just finished watching Daredevil Season 1 on Netflix, and are carrying on with Orphan Black.

What I'm Watching

Date: 2015-05-06 07:31 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] saharafrost
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I'm in the middle of quite a few things right now, mainly because I tend to binge watch one season and then put it down for several months before continuing...but here's what I'm technically watching now:

Downton Abbey: Loved the first two seasons. As a historical fiction, it's beautifully detailed. It also has some very interesting character dynamics. I especially like how it switches back and forth between the aristocratic and servant classes. It starts losing its steam in the 3rd season but is still very enjoyable. As much as I like the show, I'm glad to know it'll be ending with season 6...if they took it much further, I'm afraid they'd drag it to ruin.

Castle: This is just pure fun. I got into this show for two reasons: 1. I'm a big fan of Nathan Fillion (thank you Firefly!) and 2. I loved the premise (as an author myself, you could say the show serves as a kind of wish fulfillment). To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive when I started it...I saw this as a show that might be entertaining for a little while, but would go downhill fast. It proved me wrong, though! Castle and Beckett's relationship is fantastic, and there's a great cast of side characters. Some episodes are definitely stronger than others, but Castle has done a great job of keeping my interest. I can't wait to watch more!

American Horror Story: I've watched the first season and a half. When I started this show, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it...I enjoy reading horror, but am not such a big fan of watching it, especially when it's super violent. Decided to give it a shot, though. Got to the end of the first episode and still wasn't sure if it was my cup of tea. Decided to give it a second chance. Got to the end of the second episode, and still wasn't sure. It had enough of my interest, though, to make me give it one more chance. And one more chance. And one more chance. And before I knew it, I had watched the entire first season. And now I think I'm in for the long haul.

Junketsu no Maria (Maria the Virgin Witch): When I first heard about this show, I have to say I was extremely hesitant. A lot of anime with titles that use words like "virgin" tend to be extremely sexualized (in a bad way), and I do not like those. But then I kept seeing amazing reviews of the show and decided to give it a shot. Holy cow. It was nothing like I expected. Junketsu no Maria is essentially a fantasy historical fiction that takes place in Europe during the Anglo-French wars. Maria, the main character, is one of France's many resident witches. Unlike most witches, who like to profit from the wars, Maria hates any kind of conflict. She uses her magic to try to bring the wars to a stop. You would think this would make people happy...who doesn't want to live in peace, right? On the contrary, though, Maria's interference winds up infuriating a large number of people, including some who wield a lot of political power. There is some sexual humor/innuendo (as well as one character who is rather scantily clad) that might make some people uncomfortable, but it's actually within the context of the plot/world (as opposed to simply objectifying women). With only 12 episodes that clock at about half an hour each, I flew through this show!

A couple of shows I've put down, but definitely plan to return to are Breaking Bad and House of Cards. I'd rather not say too much about those until I've watched more, but I will at least say this: both were extremely addictive. They're the sort of shows that you don't want to put down once you start them. After binge-watching the first seasons of both (at different times), I had to make myself stop. I do plan to return to both of these, but only when I can afford a late night or two.
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Date: 2015-05-07 09:37 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] carbonel
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I watched the first three seasons of Justified, then put it on hiatus at the beginning of the fourth season because of a lack of sympathetic characters. It was all very well done, but I was starting to hate everyone on the show. I'll probably give it another try now that I've heard the ending is worthwhile.

Other people have mentioned Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, which I just finished watching on Netflix. I am eagerly awaiting the third season.

I just started watching Person of Interest, and am only four or so episodes in. I resisted watching it for a long time because of the idiotic premise -- why only SSN? because no plot otherwise -- but enough people have recommended it that I'm giving it a season.

I loved The Bletchley Circle, and wish there had been more episodes.

For another British show set in the 1950s, there's Call the Midwife. That one is available from either Netflix or Amazon Prime, can't remember which.

I'm almost done watching Wire in the Blood, a series about a British profiler and the police officers he works with. Quite dark, but very well done. That one dates from the early 2000s. I also recommend the British cop show Prime Suspect from slightly earlier, with the same caveats about it being a dark drama -- but which stars Helen Mirren.

I recently finished watching Slings and Arrows, a Canadian series about a thinly disguised Stratford Festival. Three seasons, six episodes per season. The humor and drama are a bit broad at times, but then, so is Shakespeare.

I strongly recommend Scott and Bailey, which is a modern British cop show. It's a buddy show (two female cops), though there's good use of an ensemble cast as well. And there was a great Yuletide story this year that crossed over Scott and Bailey with The Bletchley Circle.

I started watching Chicago Fire and Chicago PD this year, but after the most recent episode that had a gratuitous killing of a subsidiary character, I might reconsider. Probably not, but I'm still angry about that. People die in the line of duty in those jobs, but this felt like it was done just to tug on the heartstrings. Bleah.

I'm also watching a number of other current US shows: Castle, The Blacklist, The Night Shift, Grey's Anatomy, L&O: SVU, all the NCIS shows, and CSI. Basically, I'm a sucker for cop shows and medical dramas.

London Hospital is waiting in the wings when I finish Wire in the Blood. That's a British TV show filmed like ER, but set in the early 1900s. Haven't seen it yet, so no opinion, but I love the premise.

Date: 2015-05-08 11:57 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Yay for Person of Interest! I absolutely LOVE this show! I love Root, mainly because she is batcrap crazy, but in the sweetest way possible. I agree we don't see near enough of her and Shaw, however, for once the male leads don't make me want to strangle them so it is still a great show in my eyes. Coming from the UK though means many of my friends have never heard of this show and despite my consistent nagging they are way behind on the times. I eagerly await news of it's renewal for a season 5.

Warehouse 13 -Due to my need to study for upcoming exams, I am currently rewatching a lot of series to gain a sense of comfort in these stressed out times. The main one being Warehouse 13. Warehouse 13 is the epitome of easy watching, likable characters and somewhat cheesy story lines which allows me to float away with them.

The Big Bang Theory - While not as good as it once was, The Big Bang Theory still gives me a chuckle, and the addition of more female characters is always a good thing. Plus the many references to Joss Whedon's work always cheers the geek in me!

Agents of Shield - Speaking of Joss Whedon's work! I do love this program but being from the UK it is frustratingly hard to get a hold of unless you visit less than legal sites. I believe this is due to the staggered airings of this show in the states which has delayed things over here. I've managed to catch up on the first season on Netflix and I am hoping the following episodes will get a move on!

Continuum - While the female lead drew me to this show, it was the ensemble cast that made me stay. I am very glad that they giving an ending to this show - it's final season may only be 6 episodes long but at least they have been given a chance to finish the story, a chance that I hope others will learn from when they decide to cancel future shows!

Date: 2015-05-08 12:01 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] helenholmes
Yay for Person of Interest! I absolutely LOVE this show! I love Root, mainly because she is batcrap crazy, but in the sweetest way possible. I agree we don't see near enough of her and Shaw, however, for once the male leads don't make me want to strangle them so it is still a great show in my eyes. Coming from the UK though means many of my friends have never heard of this show and despite my consistent nagging they are way behind on the times. I eagerly await news of it's renewal for a season 5.

Warehouse 13 -Due to my need to study for upcoming exams, I am currently rewatching a lot of series to gain a sense of comfort in these stressed out times. The main one being Warehouse 13. Warehouse 13 is the epitome of easy watching, likable characters and somewhat cheesy story lines which allows me to float away with them.

The Big Bang Theory - While not as good as it once was, The Big Bang Theory still gives me a chuckle, and the addition of more female characters is always a good thing. Plus the many references to Joss Whedon's work always cheers the geek in me!

Agents of Shield - Speaking of Joss Whedon's work! I do love this program but being from the UK it is frustratingly hard to get a hold of unless you visit less than legal sites. I believe this is due to the staggered airings of this show in the states which has delayed things over here. I've managed to catch up on the first season on Netflix and I am hoping the following episodes will get a move on!

Continuum - While the female lead drew me to this show, it was the ensemble cast that made me stay. I am very glad that they giving an ending to this show - it's final season may only be 6 episodes long but at least they have been given a chance to finish the story, a chance that I hope others will learn from when they decide to cancel future shows!

Date: 2015-05-14 05:46 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] saharafrost
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I don't know what your public library's collection is like, but it might be worth checking there for Game of Thrones. Of course, if it's anything like the library I work at, there might be a huge waiting line. ^_^; Still, if you don't mind waiting a while and your library has it, then it would be an inexpensive way to get your hands on the discs. Just a thought...

Date: 2015-05-08 06:47 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] bearpaw7.livejournal.com
I have a huge and cumbersome netflix cue. And I suffer from.. cultural guilt, maybe? Like, shows and movies that are classically embedded in our culture, that I *should* be watching, but I'm not (same goes for books). But there are threeish shows that I tune in for every single episode that's available to me.

I don't have cable, so I don't have complete access to two of them: Sirens, and Last Week Tonight. I do watch whatever's available on youtube for last week tonight. I was heartbroken when the Colbert show ended (I had watched both of them). So, this is the only one I watch now. I don't know.. awkward humor, maybe I'd call it, is why I stopped watching the Daily Show. And it's kind of leaching in to Last Week Tonight, which makes me sad.

Unfortunately too only the first season of Sirens is available on Netflix. I was seeing it tauntingly update on hulu, but I'm barred because I don't have the cable unlocking thing. But anyway, I devoured the first season in like two days, which is unheard of for me. Why? well, one reason was the dry Boston Irish Catholic humor that I relish (that's how I was raised). Denis Leary is from Worcester, where I spent half of growing up, and the dry crackles are where I come from. The second reason is that the gay is treated as a sidenote, as an 'oh, boy the way' thing. As a 'so normal we can joke about it' thing. I have seen that like, twice. The gay thing has always been like a holier than thou lesson, at best, and this is so much better. I can't wait for the second season to come out!

Then, and thank goodness it's on hulu, there's the show 'Forever'. It's another show that was based of the book of the same name. I loved the show that was before it, and loved the book. It's about a guy who cannot die. He's the same age as he was 200ish years ago, and has been in New York for most of that. It's a cop show too, and it's brilliant all around. I heartily wish they hadn't introduced the 'will they or won't they?' trope. It was going on smashingly before that, and I know that usually brings death to the series (even if just for me.. I stopped watching Bones after the will they or won't they. Kind of want to try it again though. Same with House)

I want to catch up on 'Once Upon a Time'.. when Elsa and Anna showed up, I admit I stopped watching. But I hear it's brilliant. (and Hook is devastatingly hot, bonus!)

Date: 2015-05-08 07:04 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] munna
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Jane the Virgin has been wonderful from the first episode. There's quite a bit of silliness with the telenovela style but underlying it is some of the best developed relationships between women. The title is misleading and a turnoff to people, but it's really great overall. The CW has a good track record of putting shows on Netflix so hopefully it does.

The Flash, also on the CW, has been mostly great. There are some issues I have with the treatment of one of the main female characters, but it is getting addressed within the series right now. Great familial relationships, well-developed female characters, great representation.

I do love TV.

Date: 2015-05-09 05:48 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I do love POI, especially Finch. I like how he is not afraid to show fear, he's like a little bird.

Have you seen Longmire? I have to say it my favorite crime show. Longmire is "the dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming." It also has an interesting subplot of Katee Sackoff, from Battlestar Galactica, as a detective having to make family and career choices.

We just started watching the second season of Bletchley Circle. It makes me wince the way intelligent women are treated but it is good storytelling.

Also Peaky Blinders, violent and more shagging then Game of Thrones but watch it for Aunt Polly, matriarch of a Birmingham crime family after WWI.

I love my TV

Date: 2015-05-09 06:05 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] mscottwaters
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(that last anonymous comment was me, I'm such a dork)

Person of Interest! Yes, Bletchley Circle = Yes!

Also Longmire and Peaky Blinders.

Watch on! Marilyn

Date: 2015-05-09 06:50 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cranky_x_crocus
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Love your description of Orphan Black - that's one of my favourites at the moment and probably the one I most look forward to every week. I just finished catching up on Last Tango in Halifax, which has some characters that I love and some that I can hardly stand to watch; it's just an English drama really, though it's nice to have one based around older characters. I've been enjoying Elementary more than I expected to and its take on Sherlock, as well as having a Joan Watson rather than a John. I never pay much attention to the crime-solving but I've liked the character development. And, okay, the fact that there is a tortoise as a recurring character.

I've been watching Grimm because I love reading/watching universes that have a 'secret world' of supernatural things, and it also has some fairly kick-arse female characters and friendships, which is always refreshing. Still watching The Good Wife although I'm less invested than I used to be. Then there's mostly the others that I watch out of habit and having something to do as I multitask.

Definitely intend to watch Bletchley Circle on Netflix (probably after I finish Parks & Rec, which I'm loving). I have Chicago Fire down on my list of shows to watch in the future. Would you recommend it?

Date: 2015-05-14 03:02 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Grimm, oh I love Grimm. It's like Criminal Minds and fairytales - everything good in the world.

I've recently started Stalker and I'm loving that. But if you love cop shows you can't go past Rookie Blue. It's a Canadian drama - comparable to I guess Grey's Anatomy or Chicago Fire - basically rookie cops. For some reason it's never really received the attention it deserves but it is brilliant.

Date: 2015-05-09 10:55 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] filkferengi
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Have you tried "The Doctor Blake Mysteries"? The first season aired on our PBS station this spring. It's an Australian production, set in Ballarat in 1960. Stroppiness abounds.

Sleepy Hollow

Date: 2015-06-04 10:34 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I agree with you that Orphan Black is good. However, my favorite current show is Sleepy Hollow. I expected it to be ridiculous, but it is actually well-written, and has the most ethnically diverse cast I've seen ever. I also like fact that it's got good horror and mystery aspects, and uses the anachronistic features for a little bit of comedy relief. If it's out on one of the streaming services, start it from the beginning.

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