This week Jane attempts to convince Kerri that the NBC drama Parenthood is the perfect show for her.
Jane: Parenthood is my show. I know we could be round-tabling about the brilliant last episode of Community or the crazy-butt-crazy things happening on Hannibal (or not happening, I can’t tell,) but those shows haven’t been consuming my TV life in the same way. I want them to consume Kerri’s life too. If there is one thing I know, Kerri will love this show as much as I do. Kerri, you need to watch this show and you need to start soon because I really, REALLY need to talk to you about it! To get down to basics, I know you will love this show because it is about good people. They are flawed people sure, but they are trying to do what’s best for the people they love. What I think creator/writer Jason Katims does so well is present and perfect tired TV clichés (a son with a disease that makes him different, grown children moving back home, balancing work and family life) in new and surprising ways. Katims reveals many sides and corners to previously one-note stories by populating Parenthood with well-intentioned characters and not passing judgement on them. Life is hard and everyone is trying to do the right thing. I think as a lover of good people and creative melodrama, you will fall deeply in love with this show. I really do. I know you’ve seen the pilot. What were your initial thoughts?
I didn’t think I’d like Parenthood, a show about family relationships which focuses on the conflicts of the Braverman family. A premise that leaves much room for over-dramatic clichés.
And it starts out that way. Continue reading
Watching the pilot of HBO’s “Getting On,” was one of the strangest TV viewing experiences I’ve had. The US sitcom is based on the British series of the same name, and takes place entirely in the Extended Care Unit of Mount Palms Memorial Hospital. Continue reading
We’re all striving for balance . . . It’s the ultimate goal. And it’s such a heavy thing, perfect balance. Sometimes things rush together and there’s balance somehow, but it’s fleeting.” – David Lynch Continue reading
Happy New Year, all! We thought we’d take this opportunity to look back at some of our favourite things (and not-so favourites) of 2014.
What was your favourite new show of 2014?
So, I have this anxiety disorder. I don’t really like going out these days. I’d rather be stuck by myself in an elevator with a full bladder than at a social event with a large group of people. However, the place I would most like to be when I’m not feeling like myself is in front of my television screen.
Maybe comfort characters is a more accurate title for this post. It’s the people in the shows that I love, that give me the most comfort. Watching these characters is more effective then any breathing technique or visualization exercise in my books. Being unemployed I have a lot more time to spend with my TV friends. Here are a few of my favorites. Continue reading
*Warning* This article contains spoilers
Claire Danes’ detailed performance on Homeland has been , widely praised, criticized and (hilariously) mocked. While I tend to agree she can go over the top while portraying the more intricate moments of her characters Bipolar disorder and internal struggles, I have always admired the quieter moments in her portrait of Carrie Mathison. Continue reading
I had intended this week to write a post about my favorite comfort shows. However, not having a computer for the past few weeks, has left me with no shows to comfort me. I have to write something. I’m sure there is something on cable that will catch my eye. Continue reading
This week on the roundtable, we continue our TV Secret Santa. Jane gifted Kerri the show In Treatment Continue reading
This week Simon and Jane attempt to discuss the Danish political drama Borgen.
Jane: Simon, I’m thrilled that you recommended this incredible show to me. I devoured the first two seasons in a week and a half. That being said I was skeptical about my response to a show about Danish politics. Borgen is about so much more than that though (although the politics are fascinating). How would you describe what is at work in the series?
Simon: Hi Jane! I’m thrilled you love Borgen as much as I do. Your first question alludes to what has intrigued me so much about the show… how it works, and why it works. I’ll start simply with what Borgen definitely isn’t, namely a capital P Political Drama. Continue reading