Category Archives: TV

What 2011 Will Bring

It’s a little late to make this post now, but I’ve been meaning to get through it. This is what I’m looking forward to this year, in events, albums, games, etc. Continue reading

The Strangulation’s Favorite TV Shows of 2010

I don’t watch TV. I only have a TV to play videogames, and I rarely turn it on to watch Discovery Channel or a movie or when I’m really, really bored I’ll flip through the channels and get even more bored. TV in my country is shit. I do, however watch shows “illegally” from my computer or my PS3. No commercials and no time slots. No good quality, either. And so, here are some of the shows that I’ve enjoyed the most this year. In no order whatsoever.

Community
Community is a recent discovery of mine. I started hearing a lot of great things about it and I decided to give it a try. It’s a great show, it has clever humor combined with a great heart. Season 2 picked it up a lot, and started being a lot more funny and touching. I devoured all of the available episodes in about a week. I love it, can’t wait for it to come back. I might call this the best comedy right now.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Back in September when I went to see Spoon I happened to catch an episode of this show with a friend and we both thought it was hilarious. When I came back, I started watching it and it truly is something else. It’s not a very smart kind of humor, but it gets the job done and they really pay a lot of attention to the details, which is great. The recent seasons haven’t been so good, but the new one is on par with the old ones.

Modern Family
I found it hard to get into this show, but once I did it became really enjoyable. It’s not great, but it’s something fun to watch and relax.

The Sopranos
My brother borrowed me the first seasons of this show and I finally got a chance to see it after all the hype I had heard. It’s good. In fact, it might be some of the best TV I’ve watched. HBO sure knows how to put on great shows. Throughout the whole series, I never felt like any season dropped off the quality or like it got boring. It was always a constant stream of great acting, brilliant writing and clever plots.

Mad Men
Another show that I heard a lot about before. I just started watching it and I have not fallen in love with it, but I can understand why people like it. Gonna have to spend more time with it, I guess.

Top Gear
This is a show that I watch occasionally. I’m not really into cars, but it’s always fun to catch an episode or two once in a while. The guys are always funny and the things they do are incredibly stupid.

The Office
I’ve watched this show since it began and I’ve always found it fun, but the recent seasons have felt like a drag. Just end it, please! It’s still fun to watch, but it’s not the same thing it used to.

Kenny vs. Spenny
A friend introduced me to this show about 2 years ago. I’ve been watching it when I get a chance, it’s a lot of fun. Kenny is an evil genius. Those canadians really are something else. I hear it ended a few days ago, but I haven’t watched the final episode yet.

Diggnation
Not really a TV Show, but I watch this religiously. Fun Fun Fun.

The Totally Rad Show
Another show from the Rev3 family, I have found myself watching these pretty much everyday since they switched to the daily format. I get a lot of recommendations through these guys.

Californication took a break this year, so that’s why it’s not included. Otherwise it’d just be number one, always. It is coming back in about a week, so, excitement!

Matt LeBlanc and Showtime? Interesting…

I like Showtime series a lot. Californication is probably my favorite series in recent years. Although the 3rd season was out of line with the previous seasons, the finale made up for everything. I also like Dexter but I have only watched the first couple seasons (and I am very intrigued to watch the next ones). I have only watched a few episodes of Weeds and I liked them, but I haven’t had time to get into it. Another series that I recall liking was Secret Diary of a Call Girl, it was british but I think I remember watching it on Showtime.

Anyway, the reason I’m saying this is because I recently heard in Californication’s Facebook page that this fall Showtime will debut a new series starring Matt LeBlanc (from Friends… and Joey) called Episodes. It’s supposed to be about a couple that is remaking a british show for US audiences (like The Office… or the Top Gear NBC project). Now, when I first read the announcement I was pis-sad because it also said that the fourth season of Californication was not going to premiere until January, when usually the new seasons premiere around September. That’s about a bit more than a year long wait for the most breathtaking cliffhanger I’ve seen. But we’re not discussing the awesomeness that Californication is (why am I talking plural?). We’re here (I’m here) to talk about how unexpectedly interested I am in watching this. Joey was mediocre, but I never expected much from it. The last seasons of Friends were not as good. But this is Showtime. And it’s a cool concept, but most importantly, I’ve never seen Showtime do anything wrong. And I like Matt LeBlanc as an actor. He can be too much, but I usually enjoy him. Not to mention that it has one of the writers/creators from Friends. And did I mention it’s on Showtime?

The Demise of Dr. House (and the “no, it doesn’t need to end” syndrome)

We’ve all seen it. A show lasts for too long and then it loses audience and becomes boring. This is something that happens to almost every TV show nowadays, and I, with all my authority, have decided to name it the “no, it doesn’t need to end syndrome”.

An excellent example of this syndrome is “24”, it started strong and became even more popular near the fourth and fifth season; the fifth especially because it was fucking awesome. But then the sixth season happened and almost everybody stopped giving a shit. I recently heard that it ended this season (I had previously heard that it signed for another 3 seasons, that was back in season six I believe), and nobody gave a fuck. I had completely forgot about it and the fact that it existed. I tried to watch after season five but it seemed boring and tedious. Like, there was people alive, then dead, then alive, then bad, then good, then dead. And then they resurrected them. Like, what the fuck? It was too much. Too stupid, too complicated, and it had been going for too damn long. Suddenly, the writers, and the cast won’t be remembered by that awesome show that ended on a high note, but by that mediocre show that nobody can quite recall well and nobody is really certain about what happened to it. Had “24” ended in the fifth season, with all the praise and shitty TV awards that it got, everyone would have been anxious to see what the creator of the series would do next. Since it did the exact opposite, it just got lost in that big sea of failing TV shows.

Now, House is doing the exact same thing. I watched all available seasons (one through five) last summer and I quite enjoyed it. I usually don’t like medical anything (especially TV shows), but House M.D. had one of the most interesting, clever and funny characters I’ve ever seen (it’s called “House” for a reason). I liked the direction they were gonna take with the rehab and all that stuff, and the sexual tension with House and Cuddy is interesting, but it’s been dragged too much. I have watched the first episodes of season six and I’ve found it’s not fun anymore. This shit about the old team coming back and then going away again and all the personal relationship problems that are presented this season make me want to stop watching this. It feels old and forced. House is still funny sometimes, and I will keep watching it to see if it can somehow regain it’s shape. I’ve heard the ending is good but I can’t see how they could make it interesting for me again.

Other series that have also suffered from this syndrome are The Office (I can’t imagine how it could work without Steve Carell), The Simpsons, Friends, E.R., Law & Order, CSI, and countless amounts of other TV shows.
The ones who have done it right are The Sopranos, and that is basically all I can think of. I hope Californication doesn’t fuck it up, it could have ended last season.

Watch this trainwreck for yourself:
House,