TV Favs

by stronged

  • Boardwalk Empire
    • I’m a big fan of that period of time and the subject matter (mobsters). However, i was disappointed by the approach of the first season. Such a crying shame. Still, the show was interesting to watch.
  • Bored To Death
    • A film noir spoof with Jason Schwatzman playing the full time struggling novelist and part time private investigator sleuth. Based in New York City, Ames (Schwartzman) is confronted with writers block so decides to post a listing on gumtree/craigs list as a reliable PI. The next moment sees him entangled in an occupation that he is completely out of his depth in and consistently has to call upon his two dependable friends Ray (Zach Galifianakis) and George (Ted Danson) to bail him out of trouble. A very light and entertaining show that is fun to watch how the hard-boiled detective genre can be re-imagined in virtually any context.
  • Breaking Bad
    • Such a great concept, turning the mundane into the fantastical. Walter, a high school science teacher, living an unhappy existence juggling two jobs trying to meet the repayments of crippling debt has just been diagnosed as having the later stages of cancer. At an all-time low he stresses over how to settle all of his families debts whilst securing a financially sustainable future for his teenage cerebral palsy son and pregnant wife. An epiphany occurs to him as he experiences a narcotics bust shadowing his brother in law Hank (a DEA agent). He decides he will produce crystal meth with the help of one of his old troubled streetwise pupils Jesse.
  • Carnivale
    • I was gutted when they prematurely ended this television series. The first of what was to come from HBO of an impeccably high standard of production skills, Carnivale took my household by storm. Every Sunday night we would glue ourselves to the television box on the edge of our seats trying to piece together the many clues that were given to use as the narrative progressed. However, with every answer that was offered a myriad of new questions would emerge. So the expectations grew in the Carnivale‘s audience, ravenous for the answer to so many weird and wonderful questions. However, we were disappointed when HBO axed the show at the end of the second season. Apparently they were not able to uphold such immense production costs.
    • Set in the dust bowl of America during the great depression, Ben Hawkins has a gift that he is unable to understand and becomes an outcast of society, finding refuge in a traveling circus. He befriends and is understood by the various circus performers in the troupe as they travel along. Meanwhile, miles away in California is Brother Justin Crowe who has also developed a gift not completely unlike to Bens. Both seem to counter each others power and with the progression of each chapter in the narrative we are exposed to both protagonists pasts.
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Dead Wood
  • Entourage
  • Family Guy
  • Friday Night Lights
  • John Adams
  • Mad Men
  • The Mighty Boosh
  • Rake
  • Sixth Feet Under
  • The Staircase
    • One of the most superbly crafted and captivating pieces of documentary film making i have ever witnessed. Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and his crew follow the homicide trial of Michael Peterson – a famous fiction novellist and columnist in Durham, North Carolina – who has been charged with the brutal murder of his wife Kathleen. Found at the foot of the Peterson’s family home staircase in a pool of blood in December 2001, Kathleen’s body is examined by several experts from both the State prosecutions team and the defense team. As the trial progresses the character of Peterson is scrutinized and new evidence spirals the case into intense complexity. Was it murder or a simple accident? Sure to put you on the edge of your seat, this eight-episode long television documentary will make you question some of the most important instincts you believe are finely attune with such judgments. Composer Jocelyn Pook heightens the drama with her expert use of strings.
  • True Blood
  • Twin Peaks
  • Wildside
    • One of the best Australian television shows let alone crime shows that has ever come out. Bill (Tony Martin) arrives back in Sydney to search for his missing son. Having originally left under compromising circumstances involved with his last job as a senior detective of the homicide unit he has few allies to call upon in his search for his estranged son. Namely, Maxine (Rachael Blake), a welfare worker and doctor dealing with the cities inhabitants who live on the fringe, and Frank (John Howard – not our former prime minister but the fella from All Saints and Sea Change), Bill’s former partner. What makes matters worse is a roaming serial killer targeting young males living on the streets. With razor sharp dialogue and what seems to be one of the first times handheld camera work was implemented in high-end productions, this series draws up important topical issues from society on a regular basis to induce debate and thought.
  • The Wire