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1313 Mockingbird Lane

Posted in TV with tags on November 4, 2012 by random nerdling

A week or two ago NBC aired their pilot for Mockingbird Lane as a tv movie/special. Originally I wrote it off as a horrible idea, why remake a show like the The Munsters? It seems like it’s an idea that would only work on the campy level of the original from the 60’s.

I’m not sure why or how but after I originally wrote off the show it popped back up on my radar, but after a little while I started to get interested in the show. Eddie Izzard (Dressed to Kill, The Riches) as Grandpa Munster, Jerry O’Connell (Joe’s Apartment, Sliders) as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development) directed by Bryan Singer (dir. X-men, House, THE USUAL SUSPECTS) and written by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies).

Really the two that made me want to try this show were of course Eddie Izzard and Bryan Fuller. Izzard is in my top 3 comics and I really enjoyed The Riches. Fuller wrote one of my favorite shows Pushing Daisies.I was still hesitant going in to the show , the Munsters that we know and loved are campy.

But by the end of the episode I’m hooked. I love this show, there are things that can be fixed, but what pilot episode has been perfect? It is a fun and witty show that keeps some of the campiness of the original but doesn’t over do it. It’s a fresh take on the characters that works well.

You can watch the pilot on Hulu for free or just click here. I’ll be genuinely disappointed if NBC doesn’t pick this up, they’re still moving around the premier date for Community’s 4th season.

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Christmas Episodes

Posted in TV with tags on December 18, 2011 by random nerdling

Every tv show from Spongbob to The X-files at some time does a Christmas themed episode. Personally I prefer Christmas tv episodes and specials more than Christmas movie. Here are some of my favorite episodes.

We’ll start with a really messed up one but after this this will get more jolly.

Tales From The Crypt
1.2 All through the house
A women kills her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed as Santa breaks in to her house. It’s one of the first Tales from the Crypt episodes I remember watching. So it’s always held a special creepy space in my heart.

Community
2.11 Abeds Uncontrollable Christmas
Community has only been on for 3 seasons but have a Christmas episode for each season. My favorite of these is in the second season Abed goes crazy and thinks everyone is in a claymation Christmas special and they gang try’s to snap him out of it. It’s a lot of fun and possibly my favorite Christmas themed episode.

Scrubs
1.11 My Own Personal Jesus
I’m a huge Scrubs fan, I even enjoyed the last 2 seasons, to an extent. This episode is great JD compares Jesus to a Monopoly player token he keeps in his pocket and Elliot saves a girl in labor. I wish they did more Christmas episodes later on when they started to use Nurse Laverne more.

I just finished Glees Christmas episode from season 3, and it was great. Artie directs a Christmas special for a local channel which obviously stars the New Directions. The acting was great. You really believed they were high school students acting on tv for the first time. Rachel and Kurt were over acting, everyone (especially Finn) looked right in to the camera, and Puck tripped. It was a fun episode.

When through with these be sure to check out It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphias Christmas Special and any christmas episode of The Office.

New tv

Posted in TV on November 26, 2011 by random nerdling

I hope everyone had a good thanksgiving and no one got injured during black Friday. Speaking of black friday if you’ve been eyeing some of the great prints at Wonder Bros be sure to pick it up during their buy 1 get 1 sale.

I’ll start by saying I am the reason Whitney is still on tv. I’m a big fan of her standup which may be the reason I like the show. Don’t get me wrong I don’t love the show but I do enjoy watching it. I think she’s funny and do is the show to a lesser extent. It’s just your basic show about a boyfriend and girlfriend.

Whitney Cummings is a good writer though. I love her other show 2 Broke Girls. It’s about a girl who use to be rich but lost it all when he dad went to jail for running a Ponzi scheme. She then moves in with Kat Dennings character who as always been paycheck to paycheck. It took the first couple of episodes to get on to it, but once I did I fell in love. I’m a big fan of Kat Dennings and she is great in this show. The best way to describe it is a 90’s TGIF show with dick jokes. I really love Kats character and her cynicism. It also co-stars the amazing funny Garrett Morris.

Zooey Deschanels show New Girl is about a girl who breaks up with her boyfriend and moves in to an apartment with 3 guys. Although the show is good, every episode ends with the same “Aww shucks” feeling.

Last Man Standing stars Tim Allen and Nancy Travis from So I Married An Axe Murderer. Allen plays a right wing conservative who works at a outdoors men magazine/store. It’s basically about his life at home and dealing with his 3 daughters one of which got pregnant in high school. It is better than I thought it was going to be and very funny.

Grimm is a pretty basic show. It’s basically the first couple seasons of Supernatural just without the brotherly connection. It’s 1 guy hunting down fairy tale creatures and urban legends. Like I said its good but nothing we haven’t seen.

Now Once Upon A Time is something new. Its about a town of fairy tale characters unaware of a spell that was placed on them, and a child trying to help them. The first half of the first episode is really bad. But every episode after that has been pretty good. It kind of reminds me of this comic series Fables. Except in the comic they are in hiding and know their past.

All of these, except for 2 Broke Girls, are on Hulu.

Top 10 Tv shows pt 2

Posted in List, TV on September 16, 2011 by random nerdling

A quick reminder 10-6 were in order Scrubs, Daria, Firefly, Supernatural, and Six Feet Under. The following 5 took a lot of thought in how I should place them, but I think I finally got it. I also wanted to watch the latest seasons so I could be as up to date as possible.

5.) Grey Anatomy

Greys Anatomy. Now at first I wasn’t a big fan of the show and I’m still not a big fan of the lead character Meredith, but the side characters are amazing. I just finished season seven and it is honestly one of the best seasons I’ve ever seen. In season seven the team at Seattle Grace is dealing with the shooting that took place at the end of season six. This is a really great show, once you get past the Mcdreamy faze. I can’t pick a favorite episode because a single one hasn’t stuck with me but I can not say enough good things about season 7 as a whole.

4.) Doctor Who (the new series)

As much as I love this show. The first season was extremely hard to get through and it does have some ok episodes. But once you get past season one and get to the David Tennant years it gets much better. David Tennant and Matt Smith are great Doctors. The show has some amazingly creepy and touching moments. I went in to the show much deeper in a previous post. My favorite episodes are Blink, Flesh and Stone, and The End of Time(Tennants last episode)

3.) Dexter

Who doesn’t love a serial killer you can cheer for. Michael C. Hall is amazing as Dexter and Jennifer Carpenter is great as Deb. Its a really great brother and sister team up. The writing and character development is some of the best. I also really like the fact that they have an end for the show. They just aren’t going to keep going until the viewers get bored of it. Season 1 started out really strong with the Ice Truck killer and also followed the books pretty close but after that they both went their own way. The show also has been able to pull some pretty big names including John Lithgow, Juilia Stiles, Peter Weller, and Colin Hanks in this upcoming season. It’s great to see Daddy Dexter too now that Rita is gone. Again this is a hard one to pick just one episode because the episodes aren’t singular. But the episode where Dexter head butts Doakes (That Night, a Forest Grew), and the episode where Dexter proves he’s a dad (Teenage Wasteland) are probably two of the best.

2.) Sons of Anarchy

I love this show. It’s more about family than anything else. The acting is great, Ron Perlmen is just bad ass. The writing is great it’s very Shakespearean. It starts out strong and stays that way, which is a nice change of pace. So far each season arc has been well done. In season 1 they really get in to Jaxs character, in season 2 it’s more of Clays story, and season 3 really gets in to Chibs, who is a great B list character. Piney is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. I hope that they do a back story on the original 9. Once again I went much deeper in to this show in a previous post. My favorite episode has to be the Knife or Fire episode, as hard as it is to watch it’s a pretty great episode.

1.) Buffy/Angel

The only tie on my list and it’s because I consider them the same show. I take place in the same universe and they are, in my opinion, equally good. I can never decide which one I like better. This is Joss Whedon at his finest. The writing is brilliant, the actors are amazing. Even the season of Buffy that take place in comic books are really good. Buffy went on for 7 years and Angel was on for 5. Between the 2 of the shows the was probably a dozen ok to bad episodes, but even the worst episode of Buffy or Angel is better then half the stuff on tv now. I almost didn’t watch this show because an ex of mine made me watch every episode of Charmed and I thought it was going to be the same shitty show, but i was extremely wrong. The dark willow arc was probably my favorite of the arcs, and a tie for least favorite was Dawn being the Key and the arc after Angel took over Wolfram and Hart, it was weird seeing Angel Investigations in a law firm. And in Buffy I wish that they would have done more with Adam. They really didn’t use him for much. My favorite characters tho are definitely Anya, Xander (both Buffy) and Lorne (from Angel). As for episodes Hush(silent episode) and Once more with Feeling(musical episode) are both amazing, and I personally loved The Body(episode where buffys mom dies). As far as Angel Smile Time is amazing (puppet episode), and even tho it ends with a huge cliff hanger the last episode is great. Lorne has such an amazing speech in it. Really you can’t go wrong when Lorne is in the scene. These two shows have a lot of heart and are both very emotional at times. But in my opinion you can’t do better then Buffy and Angel.

Honorable Mentions

I watch a lot of TV shows on DVD or Netflix instant so breaking this down to 10 shows was really hard to do. So here is a short list of what got kicked off and why.

Glee ~ Season 1 was great and fun. Season 2 felt over done and preachy.

Boston Legal ~ Its a good show and fun to watch but it doesn’t have much meat. It’s just a funny show about court cases.

Rescue Me ~ I love Denis Leary and this show but it’s hard to re-watch. It is a good show with great writing tho.

Burn Notice ~ It’s a good show and probably my number 11. I just had to cut something.

Community ~ Is a great show just again not enough room.

The Walking Dead ~ Its to new, with only one season it can go either way.

Weeds ~ The last few seasons have been really hard to watch. Ever since she left Agrestic it’s been downhill for her and the show. Seasons 1-3 are amazing tho.

Chuck ~ It’s a fun geeky spy show but ultimately at times you don’t really care about the characters.

30 Rock ~ Tracy Morgan is hit or miss with me so I have to be in a certain mood to watch it, but I do love Alec Baldwin and of course Tina Fey.

And then the first cuts were

It’s always Sunny in Philly, The Office, House, My Name is Earl and Nurse Jackie.

All of these shows are good shows and you should check them out but I could only do 10 as much as I wanted to double it.

Top 10 tv shows pt 1

Posted in List, TV on August 30, 2011 by random nerdling

So the other week on Pop Sickles Derick, Gates and Brendoman ranked their top 10 tv shows. I thought long and hard about the topic and came up with my top ten. My criteria for the list is the acting, writing, characters and  how re-watchable the shows are.  I started with 20 shows and started cutting it down.  This is going to have spoilers in it so be warned. So lets get this party started.

10.)   Scrubs

I love scrubs it was one of the first shows that I started watching at the very beginning and followed it to the end.  It has a ton of great episodes but the very best episode is episode 1.4 it’s titled “My Old Lady”. In it JD tries to convince a lady who is ready to die that she still has something to live for, but in the end she teaches him to cherish each and every minute. Watching Doctor Cox deal with the loss of his favorite patient or Ben and the downward spiral that comes with it, it feels so real.  The last 3 seasons are lacking but JDs farewell is very touching and is a nice look back. Season 7 was during the writers strike so they get some leeway there but bringing the characters back as teachers for season 9 was just to much.

9.)   Daria

I use to watch in the summers as a kid. Daria was great I recently got the series on DVD and besides them taking out and switching the music around it really holds up. I think my favorite episode of Daria is the one were Daria and Jane create a poster for a school project that the school changes with out their permission. It’s a really fun show about dealing with being an outsider in high school.

8.)   Firefly

Firefly is one of those shows were after you watch it you wonder why it was ever cancelled. A great show by the amazing Joss Whedon. Nathen Fillion is amazing as Mal Reynolds the captain of the ship. If you haven’t seen this show I can not stress watching it enough. Every character in this show is great, I really love Adam Baldwin as Jayne and of course the super cute Jewel Staite as Kaylee. “Ariel” is an amazing episode and it shows the heart that this crew of renegades really has.

7.)  Supernatural

Good music, hot car, and creepy stories whats not to love? Sam and Dean driving cross country fighting demons and urban legends is the best part of this show. The arcs are not as good as the monster a week episodes which luckily they are getting back too.  Now I was skeptical when they brought angels in to the mix but the way they did it actually worked. The good brother vs evil brother bit got really annoying. “Everybody Love a Clown” and “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things” episodes are really good.

6.)  Six Feet Under

A interesting look at the funeral business. This show is one of the most realistic look at a family I have ever seen, and to prove this point at one point or another every character except David (Michael C. Hall) annoys the shit out of you with their whining and complaining. But I do like that the show follows each of the family members and not just one. The beginning of each episode starts with someones death and the deaths are usually pretty entertaining. Michael C. Hall is amazing in this show.  My favorite episode is the series finale, which is also my favorite series finale ever. It follows every character to their death and seals up the whole show with a nice little bow.

So there is 10-6 be sure to come back next week for my top 5 favorite shows.

You’re Little Annie Adderall!

Posted in TV with tags on August 11, 2011 by random nerdling

I’ve put off watching Community for some time now but I saw it in Target the other day and decided to go for it.  I love it! If you haven’t seen it yet you should definitely check it out. Community takes place at Greendale Community Collage and follows around a study group made up of lovable misfits.

Joel McHale plays Jeff Winger a selfish but lovable jerk who has to go back to collage after the law firm he was working at found out that his law degree was a fake.  He starts a fake Spanish study group to try and get in the pants of Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs), a high school drop out who was to cool for school, who invites the extreme movie nerd Abed Nadir  who then invites (Danny Pudi), an ex high school quarterback, Troy Barnes(played by the amazing Donald Glover) who lost his scholarship due to a shoulder injury, Annie Edison (Alison Brie), who got addicted to adderall and dropped out of high school, Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown) who is recently divorced, and Pierce Hawthorne (the great Chevy Chase) an old business tycoon.

Before this I have previously seen Mad Men which stars Alison Brie, Mystery Team which was written and stars Donald Glover, and almost every Chevy Chase movie made. I have seen a few episodes of The Soup which is(/was) hosted by Joel McHale but I wasn’t impressed by it. So it’s easy to say that the only reason I had any interest in the show was because of Chevy but that grew after hearing how much others loved the show.

Abed and Troy are my favorite characters Abed has trouble connecting to situations and people without putting it in terms of a movie or tv series, and Troy is a slightly cocky and slow jock but is smarter then most people give him credit for. They are best friends and have a J.D. and Turk vibe. They also usually have a small part over the end credits here are a couple of my favorites 1, 2,  and 3.

I highly recommend this show. It’s full of pop culture references and there are some themed episodes which are great! Season 1 has a wonderful Christmas episode and an amazing paint ball episode. Not to mention a great supporting cast which includes Ken Jeong (from The Hangover), John Oliver (from The Daily Show) and Jim Rash who I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen him anything but is great as the dean. Season 2 is coming out on DVD in Sept so it’ll be easy to catch up if you haven’t seen any episodes.  Be sure to watch the show so you don’t end up streets behind.

SAMCRO

Posted in TV with tags on June 5, 2011 by random nerdling

A true outlaw finds the balance between the passion in his heart and the reason in his mind. The outcome is the balance of might and right.

I was thinking about writing about Buffy or Angel but since those shows have both ended and have several seasons, I figured I write about something still on and relatively  new so that it won’t take long to catch up. I decided to go with Sons of Anarchy.  I feel like recently the shows that are on TV have been a lot better than the movies that have been put out.

Sons of Anarchy (SOA) is about an outlaw biker gang called Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original or Samcro and its members.  The Sons are outlaws but they have a some what good heart. In one episode a Carny rapes a young girl and the cops have nothing to go on so The Sons take it in to their own hands. There is a dozen or so other gangs in the area that they have issues with. The Sons are gun runners, they don’t let drugs in to their town of Charming, and they try to keep the violence on the outskirts.  They have the sheriff and a few other officers on the payroll.

The main character is Jax who found a draft of his dead fathers book. His father didn’t like the way the club was going and want/knew that it had to change for them to survive.  He has to decide whether to try to have make the club run a little closer to the law like his father wanted or to keep it the outlaw way like his stepfather Clay is running, all while dealing with being a new dad.

Ron Perlmen plays Clay, the leader of Samcro and Jax’s stepfather. If you have seen Hellboy or anything else Ron is in you know he is an amazing actor and that alone should help in you decision to watch this. He has to make some extremely tough decisions.

Kathy Sagal plays Gemma, Jax’s mom. She is amazingly tough and a pretty big part of the show. One thing that is great about this show is that unlike mob movies or shows like The Sopranos is that the women are part of the gangs. There are times that Gemma has to get her hands dirty to get the job done. She doesn’t pretend to not know whats going on.  Another great thing about this show is how female friendly it is. The female characters have such great and strong voices in the show. I didn’t think my mom would like show because well lets face it this doesn’t sound like a show a mom would like but the writing is go and the women are so strong she really enjoys the show and ranks it as her second favorite right under Mad Men.

This isn’t a show just about badass bikers.  It’s a show about a large extended dysfunctional family. The show is full of great actors some of which I’ve only seen in one or two if other parts, and then a few I’ve never seen before. The writing is great and it should be, as it is basically Hamlet with bikes. The creator also has spent time in a club and still has friends in clubs so the show is believable and realistic.

It is rated TV-MA so it’s not for everyone but it is amazing and I highly suggest watching the first few episodes.  Seasons 1 & 2 are on DVD and on netflix instant watch with season 3 coming to DVD soon.

Honestly this is one of my favorite dramas on tv today its right up there with Dexter (what can I say I love an Anti-Hero). I had a good friend move back up here from the cities recently and I’m gonna start watching it with her soon as well.  If i had to pick 3 shows that are on tv that people should watch it’s Doctor Who, Sons of Anarchy, and Walking Dead (which I’ll be writing about the first season soon.). And I think that all 3 shows kind of float under most peoples radars.