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robotthepirate wrote:There's a fair bit of British in there. Must be a good list.
We buy a lot of British tv, they're often the most popular and "English humor" tends to be synonymous to quality comedy (though tell that to the n-th season of Allo Allo).
I'm fairly certain that we imported Jamie Oliver before Americans did too.

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TV... I remember TV... I (almost) miss it...

I do most of my viewing on-line these days, and the only shows I've recently found time for are Doctor Who, How I Met Your Mother, the Borgias and Game of Thrones -- though I notice there seem to be common threads of viewership here.
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We are all nerds here so we watch Star Trek, except that we are underground nerds so we watch Dr Who instead of star trek.

Then again anything that is mentioned on Big Bang Theory can't really be underground.

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So basically what you're saying is that my "Yeah, I watched Doctor Who before it was cool in America," has absolutely nil hipster cred value here whatsoever.
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shuckingoysters wrote:So basically what you're saying is that my "Yeah, I watched Doctor Who before it was cool in America," has absolutely nil hipster value here whatsoever.
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Laemkral wrote:
shuckingoysters wrote:So basically what you're saying is that my "Yeah, I watched Doctor Who before it was cool in America," has absolutely nil hipster value here whatsoever.
A hipster....KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!
NO NO! That was a good thing -- GOOD THING! umm... WIRE FRAMES! HATLESS! PABST BLUE RIBBON - YUCK!

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Pretty sure Dr. Who has never been underground. FFS, it's been around for 50 years.
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Now Doctor Quatermass, that is really hardcore.

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Bustertheclown wrote:Pretty sure Dr. Who has never been underground. FFS, it's been around for 50 years.
What about that episode in the series before last with the lizard people? A lot of that was underground.
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hipsters>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>people who complain about hipsters
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McDuffies wrote:I guess you missed the opportunity to be fatally affected by it as a kid, and to grow up a weird person. Like um one friend of mine.
My brother did not miss that opportunity.

It's a lot of fun. I'm OK with being a touch too young the first time around, pretty sure it would've mostly been lost on me.

Jhonen Vasquez should pretty much not work with anyone else ever. Invader Zim is great, but I wouldn't expect to ever see new episodes again.
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Vasquez is working on some new cartoon, last I heard. This was from Jhonnen himself.. so I won't believe it til I see it.
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It always sounds like he's working but I haven't heard of actual new work. I hope his own rumours turn out to be true.
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Yeahduff wrote: It's a lot of fun. I'm OK with being a touch too young the first time around, pretty sure it would've mostly been lost on me.
I dunno, I was something like 9 when I first saw it. It was all very amusing, even if I didn't follow all storylines through... the comedy parts were perhaps what hooks a kid.
I am seeing a lot of reevaluation of Twin Peaks though. A lot of voices saying that, though influential, it didn't stand the test of time, or at least that it was very spotty, and it seems that there's a consensus that second season was much weaker than the first one. People also seem to be bothered by the fact that nothing was ever explained much more than they used to. One of the reevaluations that seems the most credible to me is that episodes that Lynch directed were superb, while those that other directors did varied greatly. I haven't watched it for quite a while, I remember liking it thoroughly, but maybe today I would think differently. What are your thoughts on it?

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Yeahduff wrote:hipsters>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>people who complain about hipsters
I don't complain about them, I merely wish to hunt them for sport.
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I'm convinced.
McDuffies wrote:
Yeahduff wrote: It's a lot of fun. I'm OK with being a touch too young the first time around, pretty sure it would've mostly been lost on me.
I dunno, I was something like 9 when I first saw it. It was all very amusing, even if I didn't follow all storylines through... the comedy parts were perhaps what hooks a kid.
I am seeing a lot of reevaluation of Twin Peaks though. A lot of voices saying that, though influential, it didn't stand the test of time, or at least that it was very spotty, and it seems that there's a consensus that second season was much weaker than the first one. People also seem to be bothered by the fact that nothing was ever explained much more than they used to. One of the reevaluations that seems the most credible to me is that episodes that Lynch directed were superb, while those that other directors did varied greatly. I haven't watched it for quite a while, I remember liking it thoroughly, but maybe today I would think differently. What are your thoughts on it?
On a certain level I'd agree it doesn't "hold up," inasmuch as you can definitely tell you're watching something from 1990. And I'm not quite at the end of season one. But all things considered it's just an amazing thing to watch. The overacting, the love affair between Agent Cooper and Sheriff Truman, the fact that not only did this air on network television in the early 90's but everyone watched it.

Scripted television has been better than it's ever been for the last decade, so it's easy to take something like Twin Peaks for granted. But so far I'm impressed.
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Uh oh, hope I didn't spoil the season two.

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Nah, I'll watch it and like it, dammit.

Will probably skip Fire Walk With Me though.
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A subscription on Netflix has got me rewatching a bunch o' stuff. The IT crowd in particular. I'd forgotten how good it was. Some episodes are right up there with Spaced and Black Books.

Is Game of Thrones really worth watching? I got most way throught the first book, and then watched the first two episodes, and it seems to be following the same story fairly accurately. Considering the length and overall slow pace of the book, I don't know how well it bodes.

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My boyfriend got me interested in White Collar. I wasn't expecting to like it that much, but after like the first two episodes it got really good. You need some suspension of disbelief but it's well written and the characters are all likeable and interesting.

But I'm tired now and don't yearn for anything that makes me think critically, so it's time to put on Murder She Wrote. hooray Angela Lansbury!
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