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This year's seems a little off to me - the pace of it and I'm so sick of dah Minnesota Nurse - good actress, just don't like the storyline.
Her character is awful. Same with the dumb crooked cop with the ticks/ocd counting. Would've written both completely out of the show. Feel pretty close to the same for the Mormon, carrot eating Marshall. I'm more ok with the prison-escapee female lovers.

But honestly, none of these characters do much for the story, for me. It's like, the writers and/or producers had a meeting where they said "we need to add more random characters that have these random, weird traits! That's cool! People will be into that!"

Not a fan of Rock's casting. He gives a fine performance, but he's way to familiar for almost everyone watching the show as a stand up comedian. Ruins it for me.


Both of the Italian brothers are excellent. Especially the big guy. The Irish hold over is excellent. Doctor Senator (#2 for the blacks) is good as well. Also like the young black woman who is sort of a tangential story so far.

I'm only maybe five episodes in. Each time I watch an episode, it takes me a while to get into it, but usually I'm pretty satisfied by the time it's over. But then it takes me a long time to get back to it, because I'm usually like "it's OK".
 

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Not a fan of Rock's casting. He gives a fine performance, but he's way to familiar for almost everyone watching the show as a stand up comedian. Ruins it for me.
But that's always been the show's M.O. Casting against typecasting. Season 1: Martin Freeman as a hapless insurance agent from Bemidji. Season 2: Ted Danson as a small town sheriff. Season 3: Ewen McGregor as bumbling MN brothers. Season 4: Chris Rock as humorless crime boss. Part of what makes the show fun, IMO.
 

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But that's always been the show's M.O. Casting against typecasting. Season 1: Martin Freeman as a hapless insurance agent from Bemidji. Season 2: Ted Danson as a small town sheriff. Season 3: Ewen McGregor as bumbling MN brothers. Season 4: Chris Rock as humorless crime boss. Part of what makes the show fun, IMO.
If it works for you, that is just fine.

Martin Freeman was perfectly cast, as a modernized clone of William H Macy's Jerry Lundegaard. The first season was much more literal to the movie, because I think that was the original premise for the show. When it was a hit and thus new seasons ordered, I think they decided to just "roll with it" within their own universe. A better example from season 1 for what you're getting at, I think, is Billy Bob as a character that is a modernized combination of Steve Buscemi and the Swedish bad guy characters. But I wasn't really put off by him.

Danson was fine, as well.

McGregor was ok, but those characters were not a highlight for me. Still, that was writing, not casting.

For me, the character Rock plays is fine, but it is specifically him being cast as it that throws me off.
 

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Any good recommendations for a good light hearted comedy?

With Ozarks, Narcos (Colombia & Mexico) and Season 6 of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul - I need to switch gears less I decide to rob the local bodega.

I watched all 6 seasons of Schitt's Creek already.

Thanks.
 

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Any good recommendations for a good light hearted comedy?

With Ozarks, Narcos (Colombia & Mexico) and Season 6 of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul - I need to switch gears less I decide to rob the local bodega.

I watched all 6 seasons of Schitt's Creek already.

Thanks.
Pen15 , on Hulu. Not sure if "light hearted" is the right label though. But I don't know if I'd say that about Schitt's Creek either.
 


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Any good recommendations for a good light hearted comedy?

With Ozarks, Narcos (Colombia & Mexico) and Season 6 of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul - I need to switch gears less I decide to rob the local bodega.

I watched all 6 seasons of Schitt's Creek already.

Thanks.
Looks like you're a Netflix guy. My wife and I really liked New Girl. Not sure if you've watched Parks and Rec or The Office and not sure if they are still on there.
 






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Any good recommendations for a good light hearted comedy?

With Ozarks, Narcos (Colombia & Mexico) and Season 6 of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul - I need to switch gears less I decide to rob the local bodega.

I watched all 6 seasons of Schitt's Creek already.

Thanks.
Superstore
 


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Any good recommendations for a good light hearted comedy?

With Ozarks, Narcos (Colombia & Mexico) and Season 6 of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul - I need to switch gears less I decide to rob the local bodega.

I watched all 6 seasons of Schitt's Creek already.

Thanks.
Not sure if it’s already mentioned here, but I’ve seen many people raving about Ted Lasso on Twitter and other venues-I haven’t seen it, I guess it’s on Apple+, but from everything I have heard, it’s a great feel good, funny show.
 

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Not sure if it’s already mentioned here, but I’ve seen many people raving about Ted Lasso on Twitter and other venues-I haven’t seen it, I guess it’s on Apple+, but from everything I have heard, it’s a great feel good, funny show.
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Any good recommendations for a good light hearted comedy?

With Ozarks, Narcos (Colombia & Mexico) and Season 6 of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul - I need to switch gears less I decide to rob the local bodega.

I watched all 6 seasons of Schitt's Creek already.

Thanks.

Light hearted, huh?

I agree with Parks and Rec. I would consider that to be light hearted. Like the recs for New Girl and Superstore too.

I'll toss in 30 Rock and Brooklyn Nine Nine.
 

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My wife and I started "Industry" on HBO. We had to stop towards the end of the second episode as it just wasn't good. I normally love shows/movies about the financial world but this really was slow. Did anyone watch the first season and if so, is it worth sticking with?

Go Gophers!!
 

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Strong Buy on Manhunt on Netflix.

Like that it really goes into the psychological aspects of the criminals.

First one is on the Unabomber and the second is on Richard Jewel/Eric Rudolph and the Olympic Bombing.

Jewel got completely Fed by the media and the FBI and was a gentleman and a gentle man throughout the whole ordeal.
 
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My wife and I have a hard time finding series that we both like. She doesn't have an appetite for shows like "Narcos," "Breaking Bad," "Fauda," etc. and I don't like musicals, etc. Not atypical. However, we found a couple of long running Australian series that we both got hooked that are helping us ride out the pandemic. The first is "Offspring" on Netflix about a completely enmeshed family in Melbourne with three adult kids who can't get out of each other's way. At first I thought it was stupid, then I got hooked. Very quirky. The second is "A Place to Call Home" on Amazon. The only way to describe it is an adult soap opera that leaves you hanging at the end of each episode. Completely overwrought with a million subplots, but we are both hooked. Offspring is seven seasons and Home is six seasons, so they are both a good binge.
 

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My wife and I have a hard time finding series that we both like. She doesn't have an appetite for shows like "Narcos," "Breaking Bad," "Fauda," etc. and I don't like musicals, etc. Not atypical. However, we found a couple of long running Australian series that we both got hooked that are helping us ride out the pandemic. The first is "Offspring" on Netflix about a completely enmeshed family in Melbourne with three adult kids who can't get out of each other's way. At first I thought it was stupid, then I got hooked. Very quirky. The second is "A Place to Call Home" on Amazon. The only way to describe it is an adult soap opera that leaves you hanging at the end of each episode. Completely overwrought with a million subplots, but we are both hooked. Offspring is seven seasons and Home is six seasons, so they are both a good binge.
My wife & I both really like Sherlock on the BBC staring Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman. I'm pretty sure it's already been mentioned here, but worth another. First 3 series are excellent. Compelling crime stories but not violent like those other shows. Lots of comic relief. BC & MF are fantastic together.
 

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We finished up Fargo Season 4. Like other seasons, there's times I feel like I don't ever need to watch another episode, and other times it's really great TV. All in all a solid season with good characters.
 

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We finished up Fargo Season 4. Like other seasons, there's times I feel like I don't ever need to watch another episode, and other times it's really great TV. All in all a solid season with good characters.
The Fargo end was a bit of a let down imo. Wrapping up everything, and everyone, in a rushed manner. I agree that some episodes were great while others too scrambled (like most shows really). They could have used one more episode. Nurse Mayflower had a great last scene though.
 

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I mainly watch genre TV - (sci-fi, superheroes, etc).

Been watching "Swamp Thing" on the CW. this is a show that ran on the DC streaming service, but it was canceled after one season. In fact, they cut the season short from the planned 13 episodes to 10 episodes. You can tell it was made for a non-network audience. Lot of naughty words that get cut out, etc. But, if you like that sort of thing, it's not bad. This version is a lot closer to the original comics and a lot darker than some of the previous attempts on TV or movies.
 

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Any feedback on Patriot on Amazon?

The premise looks interesting and I like the cast. Thought I'd seek some real word input.

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The Fargo end was a bit of a let down imo. Wrapping up everything, and everyone, in a rushed manner. I agree that some episodes were great while others too scrambled (like most shows really). They could have used one more episode. Nurse Mayflower had a great last scene though.
I liked the bail scene and the mutiny scene. I didn't like her last scene in the field. That felt rushed and anti-climatic.

I do like the two kid main characters. The girl is the first one to make good decisions in all four seasons. I like the Mike Milligan tie in to earlier seasons. Interesting that he took the Irishman's last name instead of his dad's. I also liked how they used the ghost in the end...like he was protecting her instead of haunting her.
 

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I liked the bail scene and the mutiny scene. I didn't like her last scene in the field. That felt rushed and anti-climatic.

I do like the two kid main characters. The girl is the first one to make good decisions in all four seasons. I like the Mike Milligan tie in to earlier seasons. Interesting that he took the Irishman's last name instead of his dad's. I also liked how they used the ghost in the end...like he was protecting her instead of haunting her.
I didn't notice the last name part. Interesting.

The Irishman was easily the best male character.

I still think Mayflower's last line in her last scene was great. Creepy till the end.
 



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I didn't dig through 39 pages of the thread but anyone seen Norsemen on Netflix?

Got the recommendation from some people on my project, it sounds like a riot; Monty Python meets Game of Thrones, was one description I found on the net. Apparently it's far from PG-rated, looking forward to giving it a shot. I guess there are 3 seasons available right now.
 

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Finally started watching Season 2 of "The Mandalorian" on Disney+.

Blasted through the first 5 (of 8) episodes on Saturday.

It helps if you are versed in Star Wars lore, but if you're coming into it cold, probably should watch Season 1 first.

As far as Season 2 - a little formulaic. the Mandalorian is on a quest, and he is searching for information or people who can help him achieve his goal. But, in order to get the next piece of information he needs, he often has to perform some task or help someone solve their problem.

But, having said that, it's fun to watch him solve the problem of the week, and the show brings in a lot of guest actors in interesting roles - some live-action and some voicing CGI characters.

If you're just looking for a fun show with some action and adventure, it's worth watching. something else I like is that the episodes run about 45 minutes, and that keeps the pace going. (as compared to some of the Marvel Netflix shows that padded out episodes to make them last an hour.)

And the production values are quite high. It looks like a movie.
 


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My wife and I started "Industry" on HBO. We had to stop towards the end of the second episode as it just wasn't good. I normally love shows/movies about the financial world but this really was slow. Did anyone watch the first season and if so, is it worth sticking with?

Go Gophers!!
Watched the first episode, and I was "Meh". Won't get back to it.
 




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