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05:47 pm: tellylog
 Mostly for my own reference, I present a list of telly I have watched during my period of unemployment

*Community, except season 2
*season 4 of Game of Thrones
*Orange is the New Black (all)
*Breaking Bad (all)
*Red Dwarf 1980s/1990s complete rewatch (apart from "Polymorph", and Red Dwarf VI for whatever reason)
*Orphan Black
*started Mad Men

This is not a bad list.  I've got another month to go.  I'm going to give Mad Men until the end of series 1 but I'm not really feeling it.  Any recommendations?

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From:thatmakesmemad
Date:July 17th, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Person of Interest ?
I assume that you've already watched The Big Bang Theory.
Lexx too ?
Ghost in the Shell Stand alone complex 1 and 2 ?
I seem to have a series of Cowboy Bebop awaiting my ongoing trawl through
Andromeda as has the box set of Battlestar Gallactica .
Seen The Fades ?
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From:weegoddess
Date:July 17th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
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::waves::

I've heard great things about 'Downton Abbey'...?
'Battlestar Galactica' was good until the end and then it got really, really stupid IMO. But eye candy? oh yes.
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From:psych0naut
Date:July 18th, 2014 08:16 am (UTC)
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It's hard to make recommendations without knowing what you've already watched. Here are some series I've recently watched in their entirety and my assessment:

Deadwood
Highly recommended. Though it isn't overtly presented as such, the show is all about how political power coalesces from an anarchic and lawless society.
The Wire
Highly recommended. Though it isn't overtly presented as such, the show is all about how political power coalesces from an anarchic and lawless society.
Oz
This series purports to be a realistic depiction of prison life, covering the behind-the-scenes machinations of the administration, guards, and inmates. It's watchable, with very memorable characters, but is often preposterously absurd. Be prepared to crank up your suspension of disbelief the longer you watch.
Six Feet Under
About the same quality as Oz. It starts off as a sort of psychological drama about a family-run funeral business, but by the end of the series the producers pretty much ignored the business aspect and it became just another show about personal relationships.
Lost
This speculative fiction series is absolutely captivating for the first few seasons, but it becomes increasingly clear that the writers are just fucking with you and have no intention of explaining or resolving all the mysteries and plot lines they throw at you. If you're the kind of person who hates loose ends, I'd advise against watching this show. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you too much, you'll probably have a lot of fun.
The Civil War
This is a nine-part, twelve-hour documentary miniseries about the American civil war. You'd think this would be dry but I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of humour in it.
Bottom
With Rik Mayall's recent passing we've started rewatching this series. It's by far my favourite sitcom, and even better now that I understand all the Britishisms. :)
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From:psych0naut
Date:July 18th, 2014 08:16 am (UTC)
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It's hard to make recommendations without knowing what you've already watched. Here are some series I've recently watched in their entirety and my assessment:

Deadwood
Highly recommended. Though it isn't overtly presented as such, the show is all about how political power coalesces from an anarchic and lawless society.
The Wire
Highly recommended. Though it isn't overtly presented as such, the show is all about how political power coalesces from an anarchic and lawless society.
Oz
This series purports to be a realistic depiction of prison life, covering the behind-the-scenes machinations of the administration, guards, and inmates. It's watchable, with very memorable characters, but is often preposterously absurd. Be prepared to crank up your suspension of disbelief the longer you watch.
Six Feet Under
About the same quality as Oz. It starts off as a sort of psychological drama about a family-run funeral business, but by the end of the series the producers pretty much ignored the business aspect and it became just another show about personal relationships.
Lost
This speculative fiction series is absolutely captivating for the first few seasons, but it becomes increasingly clear that the writers are just fucking with you and have no intention of explaining or resolving all the mysteries and plot lines they throw at you. If you're the kind of person who hates loose ends, I'd advise against watching this show. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you too much, you'll probably have a lot of fun.
The Civil War
This is a nine-part, twelve-hour documentary miniseries about the American civil war. You'd think this would be dry but I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of humour in it.
Bottom
With Rik Mayall's recent passing we've started rewatching this series. It's by far my favourite sitcom, and even better now that I understand all the Britishisms. :)
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From:psych0naut
Date:July 18th, 2014 08:21 am (UTC)
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Lovely... first LiveJournal tells me it couldn't post my comment; then I see that it's posted a duplicate which it won't let me delete. (Clicking on the delete icon just throws up an error dialog which says, "Error deleting 2200315".) If you're able to delete the duplicate (and this gripe) please feel free to do so.
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From:psych0naut
Date:July 18th, 2014 08:25 am (UTC)
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Oh, and you have no idea how many times I had to submit the previous message in order for it to show up. LJ keeps redirecting me to some "Unhandled exception" page. Previewing before submitting seems to be the workaround. I wonder if other people are having the same issues…
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From:thatmakesmemad
Date:July 18th, 2014 08:37 am (UTC)
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No.
Had Abi not already tried Game of Thrones you could have slipped it in after The Wire with a hat trick on the description :D
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From:psych0naut
Date:July 18th, 2014 09:00 am (UTC)
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Well, not quite. Game of Thrones is pretty overtly political, and most of the action takes place in areas where ruling power is already pretty firmly entrenched (albeit constantly challenged).
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From:psych0naut
Date:July 18th, 2014 09:12 am (UTC)
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Oh, and here are some we tried to watch but gave up on quite quickly:

Parks and Recreation
A greatly inferior rip-off of the American version of The Office.
Extras
Has its moments, but not compelling enough for us to stick with it. Ricky Gervais can write for one character and one character only, and that is Ricky Gervais. This show has all sorts of very famous guest stars, and while you'll see their lips moving, the only sounds that come out are Ricky Gervais.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Yet another "embarrassment comedy" series which is more painful than funny.
Hannibal
Pretty mediocre. Might give it another try if we can find subtitles for the mumbling Danish guy in the starring role.

All that Gervais/Office stuff reminds me, though of another Gervais show which actually belongs on the earlier "highly recommended" list: An Idiot Abroad. In case you haven't seen it, it's a travel series where Gervais sends his friend Karl Pilkington on various holidays around the world. What's unusual (and funny) about the series is that Pilkington has no interest whatsoever in travelling or learning about other cultures, and bitches and moans about almost everything he sees and experiences.

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From:thatmakesmemad
Date:July 18th, 2014 10:40 am (UTC)
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How about Carnivale ?
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From:friend_of_tofu
Date:July 18th, 2014 10:08 am (UTC)
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Why not S2? I seriously recommend Deadwood and Sons Of Anarchy. If you get Amazon, then Vikings is pretty good. I love Nurse Jackie too.
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