TV Series - What Are You Watching?

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I've just stumbled over Bob Ross - The Joy of Painting (on BBC Four). Ten years and 31 series (381 episodes) from 1983-94 broadcast on US PBS - it goes on for ever.

The half hour real-time paintings he does are very clever, but what has instantly hooked me is how therapeutic and relaxing I find this little programme. I can put it on; close my eyes and just listen to his gentle words and the sound of the brush dabbing and knife scraping...I might even try and keep my eyes open as an amazing image appears from what look like simply dabs, swishes and scrapes - but that's not always easy and the eyes close :)

Apparently BBC Four started showing it as a series for 'quarantine'. Dunno if that's the case - but it's certainly something that works for me for short dozes of mindfulness and relaxation. :sleep:

Also I read that some devotees of ASMR love the programme - and I so get that.
He makes painting look easy. Proper art. He does like a good tree.
 

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I’ve found a PBS America series on the American Civil war on my sky box so I’ll be binge watching that as soon as I finish battlestar Galatica
 

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Industry. Anyone understand it?
We watched the first 2 episodes last night. My wife seemed to like it, me less so, probably because I understand the environment a lot better.

It's one of those series where it doesn't really matter what the characters do, a bit like This Life didn't spend any time in Court. They just chuck in some jargon (usually out of context) to make it sound "real", and the characters are more caricatures. I'm not a banker but Pierpoint & Co is very clearly looking like JP Morgan, even the font of the logo and the office.

Having said all that I expect we'll continue watching...
 

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The Casual Vacancy. 3 parter on Alibi...repeat I think. Brilliant. Really ran the gauntlet of emotions watching it which is always the sign of flipping good TV.
 
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A couple for you this week.

The Kominsky Method, season 2. Better than season 1 I thought, made me guffaw loudly a few times. Alan Arkin is still excellent, and the addition of Paul Reiser's character is brilliant. A couple of interesting guest appearances too.

The Code, an Australian drama about a government conspiracy. Took a little to understand where it was going in the first episode, but picks up quickly in episode two and has me intrigued to continue. Starring Xena, warrior princess....
 
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I just want to say the world's biggest thank you to anyone who has written the following 3 words on this page... A new discovery for me and have barely stopped laughing since Sunday...

Parks and Recreation 😅😅😅😅💓
Tried this last night after your comments above...... hated it from the word go. Just thought, oh, it's the office, which I was never a fan of. Mrs Wedge hated it too, don't think we even made it halfway through the first episode before switching it off. Maybe I'll try again when she's out, but not holding out any hope.
 

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Tried this last night after your comments above...... hated it from the word go. Just thought, oh, it's the office, which I was never a fan of. Mrs Wedge hated it too, don't think we even made it halfway through the first episode before switching it off. Maybe I'll try again when she's out, but not holding out any hope.
Agreed. Although I think I can see why it was popular.....but only made it about half way through the first episode. I was never a Seinfeld fan either....although there were parts of it that I have seen that are pretty good (to me).
 

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Tried this last night after your comments above...... hated it from the word go. Just thought, oh, it's the office, which I was never a fan of. Mrs Wedge hated it too, don't think we even made it halfway through the first episode before switching it off. Maybe I'll try again when she's out, but not holding out any hope.
It wont be for everyone and there is definitely a style for a number of US comedies. What I would say, I say this often for US comedies of this type, you have to watch 3-4 episodes at least so that the characters can unfold, you can get to understand them, see how their dynamics work. If you hated it then it may just not be for you but sometimes you have to plough through the early episodes in order to start to enjoy it.

Schitts Creek is in this bracket for me. I didn't enjoy it early on but my wife did so we stuck with it. Now we are on the last series, 2 episodes left. (It's no P & R though, there is no Ron Swanson :D)
 
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