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*** Official TV Thread ***

Discussion in 'Randomination' started by markysimmo, 14 Jan 2012.

  1. philspursuk

    philspursuk Noé Pamarot

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    Randomly watched This is England 90 again yesterday. Such a powerful emotion provoking piece of TV. If this was airing for the first time during the netflix era Im sure everyone would be calling it the best thing ever.
     
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    ricky2tricky4city Rafael Van Der Vaart

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    It is brilliant.
     
  3. philspursuk

    philspursuk Noé Pamarot

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    The scene where they're having lunch and need to tell them that Combo is coming out and the reason he was inside and the ramifications of him coming out, just amazing. had to call the wife in to watch it again.
     
  4. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    greatwhitenorf Mitchell Thomas

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    Been enjoying the poignant and funny HBO series, Hacks.

    Jean Smart (Designing Women) won an Emmy for her remarkable performances in Season 1. She plays a famous but fading comedian who is a local legend in her hometown of Las Vegas. Looking for an assistant and writer, she winds up with a struggling LA comedy writer who doesn't remotely want to take this job. That character is played by Hannah Einbinder, daughter of Larraine Newman, cast member of the original Saturday Night Live on NBC, and an absolute star. Really fun ride as their relationship - and personal lives - swoop and swirl all over the place.

    Seriously good writing, plot and character development. I reluctantly sat down to watch this with my wife as she had read good reviews on it. Anything but a 'chick flick' sort of series. Just watched the opening episode of season two and roared with laughter. But start at the beginning.
     
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  6. Jurgen the German

    Jurgen the German Jimmy Cantrell

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    Ricky Gervais: Supernature now on Netflix. I saw it at the palladium in September 2021 and loved it! I knew it would cause a storm amongst the usual suspects I.e. squares who can’t take a joke and think it’s their job to ban things and decide what everyone else watches.
     
  7. scaramanga

    scaramanga Mel Hopkins Staff Member

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    There's a good article in the Telegraph about how the same neo-puritan comedians who are upset at him doing a thing they call "punching down" are the ones who spend their time ridiculing the mentally subnormal Donald Trump and people like him.
     
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    Jurgen the German Jimmy Cantrell

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    It’s the idea of “punching down” which fascinates me. I get the concept don’t mock the handicapped, minorities etc. I guess I struggle with the concept that you shouldn’t poke fun at trans people, woke people, feminists etc as they can’t defend themselves. They can defend themselves. We live in a free society, they are more than welcome to devise their own comedy routine and poke fun at Ricky Gervais and I’m sure he’d laugh at himself. It’s the idea that certain groups of people can’t take a joke as it would damage them immensely, the same people who say “words are violence”.
     
  9. glasgowspur

    glasgowspur Les Ferdinand

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    Being trans or feminist isn't a disability, so unless you think that they are somehow inferior how can it be punching down.
    They are insinuating that those people are lesser, bizarre.
     
  10. markysimmo

    markysimmo Johnny nice-tits

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    elyid Jonathan Woodgate

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    Anyone watching Better Call Saul?

    Always been a slow burner, but can be very intense — the end of the latest episode was absolutely crazy. Just as good as BB for me!
     
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    billyiddo Garth Crooks Staff Member

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    The problem with Ricky Gervais isn't that his comedy is offensive, it's that he's not funny
     
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    LemonadeMoney Les Ferdinand

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    Watched Supernature last night, and I've got to say he's got his funny bones back. Have you seen it?
     
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    Diamond Lights Steve Hodge

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    Love, Death and Robots is one of the greatest TV shows available on any platform. For those who love Sci-Fi, futurism or cyberpunk, animated anthology series, it's truly groundbreaking stuff.
     
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    parklane1 Terry Dyson

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    I may be in the minority here but i could never really get into BB, feel the same way about BCS.
     
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    yiddo37 Goran Bunjevcevic

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    Each to their own, I like most of his stuff. The Office I thought was great but others didn't like it. Same with Extras.
    A lot of people laugh at John Bishop who I don't find funny at all.
     
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    elyid Jonathan Woodgate

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    Both do have a weakness that the first 1-2 series are slow and tbh not that good. You do need to sit through that to appreciate the rest which isn’t ideal — but once you do both are brilliant.
     
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    Baleforce Steve Archibald

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    Obi-Wan Kenobi is, unsurprisingly, brilliant.

    Loved every minute of it.
     
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    Rorschach Vivian Woodward

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    Just finished the last episode in series 3 now. Loved the first 2 series and the 3rd one is equally as good. Absolutely brilliant. Animated black mirror is what to expect (sort of)
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    spurspinter1 Chris Armstrong

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    I've searched for it (but don't really understand the search parameters / how to use it) and can't find a specific comedy thread so here seems like the best place to post about it.

    Norm Macdonald's last special filmed during the lock down before he passed away was released on Netflix today with a resulting panel of colleagues / accomplices talking over what they'd seen and it's a fascinating watch. Not necessarily the best intro watch if you're new to Norm, like I regrettably was essentially jumping on to the bandwagon following his passing but from what I've seen, an incredible comic who wasn't fussed about instant recognition or cheap laughs. I imagine it wouldn't make sense to some but you've got to admire a comic who'd intentionally bomb and revel in the sheer awkwardness, I fudging love that attitude.

    Other notable mentions immediately available if you're willing to part with 8 quid a month to the grand lizard overlords at Netflix -

    David Cross, Make America Great Again - Particularly on gun control which unsurprisingly is relevant again due to recent events hits so very hard and he's ruthless without being overtly aggressive on that show, it's a wonderful display of playing with supposed boundaries that I feel translates across the Atlantic quite easily.

    Bo Burnham's catalogue is astounding, don't know if anyone on here vibed / resonated with "Inside" but that was mind-blowing - If you're unfamiliar with his work it's not exactly an easy listening introduction to his work, What! / Make Happy may be better introductions but the musicality and planning that goes in to his work really pay off.

    Tom Segura was a new-ish name for me a couple of months back as well but going by all the Netflix specials on there, I could listen to the guy's stories forever.

    Appreciate nobody has explicitly asked me to review all stand up material available on a streaming platform but if people are looking for something to keep themselves entertained whilst having to think a little bit than the above names won't hurt you. Having Hicks / Priors sets on there aren't going to hurt either.

    Edit - I glanced at the post to check for blatant typos / grammar issues and realized that not mentioning Bill Burr seems beyond remiss..The guy is a living legend - There's so much more to get in to but his set in Philadelphia, winning over a restless / abusive crowd by just utterly "destroying" them is a feat of art in the stand up world, gotta admire the gall.
     
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