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The State of TV

Published February 23, 2016 - 0 Comments

So you’d think that someone who cut the cord at home probably wouldn’t be watching too much television.  Well you’d be wrong.  It’s not nearly as convenient as it was, but I don’t really feel like I’m going without.  Everything gets downloaded elsewhere and then transferred to the servers at home.  My daughter still gets her Doctor Who.  My son still gets his Clone Wars.  And me?   What am I watching nowadays?

Billions

Key art for the Showtime original series Billions (Season 1, Gallery). - Photo: Courtesy of SHOWTIME - Photo ID: BILLIONS_KeyArt_01.R

Rotten Tomatoes may only give this one a 72% but they’re wrong.

Billions is a new series from Showtime starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis as two powerful foes in the world of government vs insider trading.  The acting is phenomenal and I can easily say that it’s my favourite new show.  The fact that Showtime renewed it for Season 2 after only 1 episode aired should tell you something.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

With a score of 98% Rotten Tomatoes got this one right!  If you’re not watching this you need to start.  Even before The Daily Show lost John Stewart, this show was quietly becoming my favourite “fake news” source.  John Oliver is the perfect host, and my only complaint is that it’s not on nightly!  There’s definitely more than enough material for HBO to have this one on more than once per week.  *fingers crossed*

Vikings

VikingsSo apparently The History Channel has its own original content!  Who knew?  Well apparently everyone except me, because Vikings is now in its 4th season and I’m playing some serious catch up!  Think of it as a more PG rated version of Game of Thrones without the language or nudity.  It’s bloody, brutal, and I can’t take my eyes off of it.  Kudos to the History Channel! Oh! And o am sooo going to start braiding my beard!

 

Better Call Saul

I have to keep reminding myself that Breaking Bad started slow, and look what it turned into!  Better Call Saul has that same tempo to it.  Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy the show!  It’s just not as “explosive” as other things that I’m watching.  But it’s entertaining, and that’s what counts!

New Girl 

93% on Rotten Tomatoes?  Really?  That’s a wee bit generous.  p9919804_b_v8_aaThere was a time that I would have agreed with that.  Season 1 was excellent.  Two was ok.  Three and four… hmmm… not so much!  Now going into Season 5, I was pretty much ready to write this show off but the writers seem to have re-discovered their funny bone.  I’ve had several actual laugh out out moments, and that was even before Megan Fox joined the cast as a temporary replacement for the new baby mama, Zooey Deschanel.  Let’s keep it going!

So that’s pretty much it.  I’m eagerly awaiting the return of shows like Game of Thrones and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  Until then, I have my hands full with these ones.  What about you?  What do you think of the shows I’m watching?  What am I missing?  What’s your guilty TV pleasure?