TV Shows... let's hear 'em!
Two-part discussion. I'm sure this has been posted hella times on here but everyone (including me) loves talking TV so I'm rounding it up again. Let's ride.
- Need a new series. Any recommendations?
- Just got done binging Occupied, it's on Netflix. Actually a great show, a friend told me to check it out as it centers on a fictional conflict between Russia vs. Norway. It's wild to watch it now and see the parallels, even though this came out in 2017. It's primarily Norwegian, but good subtitles and enough English in it to make it thoroughly enjoyable.
- Currently, I have Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and YouTube TV. Got rid of Prime Video but can re-download. Or I can pirate shit because it makes me feel all young and interesting again.
- The age-old question... everyone drop your Top 5 TV shows. Or some number, whatever you want.
- Any genre, any platform, anything. Always great to get different people's takes on what they truly like and why. Bonus points if you include a brief summary n' shit since why not. Let's hear them!
If I had to guess, I'll throw my current top five. Feel free to agree or tell me why it isn't a good show, LOL. You'd be surprised how much some people hate shows that I consider gems.
- The Wire. Obviously, this isn't an unpopular answer, but in my opinion, it is the undisputed champion of television. I have never felt so enthralled by a TV series, and believe it's just fucking brilliant. I remember wanting to quit after S1E5, and by the end of it I was genuinely upset to watch any more episodes because that meant I had one less episode to look forward to. A fucking bombshell, the way it unwraps and unravels, only to come back around and close it just makes my jaw drop. OK, I'll stop fanboying.
- Seinfeld. Switching gears entirely from the first one, eh? Can't lie. Seinfeld is the funniest fuckin' show I've ever watched, even if it's just stupid as hell sometimes. It's the only show that has literally never failed to make me laugh at least once throughout any given episode. For my b-school graduation, my pops got me four vintage Seinfeld character headshot photos done in 1950's style pop-art, and they've been hung in my living room ever since. Larry David is great, and I just love the humor.
- Billions ( -3). I often wondered how many people in our industry actually enjoyed watching financial shows, since often they over-exaggerate and dramatize a lot of the things that would never happen in real life. Billions definitely has its fair share of this, especially from and beyond. Some of the shit that happened just actually made me have to pause the show and go get some whiskey. However, I think the first two seasons especially were a goddamn masterpiece. I loved the dynamic, and the characters were fun, fresh, and interesting. However, similar to House of Cards, it reached its peak burnout period. S4 was meh, S5 was mid as fuck, and S6 is just a garbage pile. Honorable mention for Band of Brothers too, which has Damian Lewis as its star. I watched that a long time ago and that's when I first saw how good of a fuckin' actor he was. Brought that same heat back in Billions.
- The Sopranos. Pretty obvious I guess based on my first choice. Watched The Wire, quit on S1E5, watched the entirety of The Sopranos, knew I had to come back to The Wire. While I love the dynamic and see how the two shows intermingle, enjoyed TW a hell of a lot more than TS. Still gotta give a shout to Tony and the gang. Being both a) from New York and b) violently Italian, it was great to see some people that actually spoke as my entire family does. Can't say we go that heavy NY-Italian, but every now and then when I get mad people tell me to "calm down Tony" so there's that, I guess!
- Mad Men. Self-evident. Jon Hamm is fucking good, and he killed the . The show is just great overall, and while I got a little bored towards the middle of it, I greatly enjoyed it. The 'self-loathing and deprecation factors of it really made you think and gotta put it up on the T5 board.
HM(s): Deadwood, The Deuce, House of Cards, Generation Kill, probably more but I gotta go back to work now.
Super pumped to hear what y'all got. This entire post has been while I wait for this analyst to get his shit done for my sign-off, as I'd like to go home. It's 4:30p, and rare that I get to bounce this early. However this 24-year-old fuckhead is eating up valuable golf simulator time. I am well aware of how much of a douchebag statement that was. Peace!