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“Rick and Morty” is the best new series of the year

I read Rick and Morty had beaten the popular [adult swim] show Archer.  I also read that Dan Harmon, creator of Community, one of my favorite shows, was the co-creator of this new show.  Those two facts were enough for me to try Rick and Morty.  I was not disappointed!

The show is unpredictable, but in that good way that you rarely see in a TV show.  Be aware that the pilot is an introduction to the characters and show themes, so it’s not hugely funny in and of itself.  The payoff starts at episode #2.  To date, there are 6 episodes and they rank as some of the funniest stuff I’ve seen in a while.


TV nirvana #Southland #Justified

Southland and Justified both started up again tonight. Both were excellent season openers. Oh,  White Collar started, too, but it’s a little late to watch it.

Recommendation: Sherlock (BBC/TV)

One of the highlights of 2010 BBC shows was Sherlock.  If you haven’t seen series 1, run out and get it.  It was quite good.  Series 2 started on 1/1/2012 (that date works on both sides of the pond!), and the first episode was quite good.  You BBC America viewers will need to wait a few months until it arrives in the US.

The first episode kind of tricked me into thinking it was going to be a little boring, but about 1/3 of the way through it captivated me.  It was a nice setup.

Recommendation: Boardwalk Empire (HBO, season 1)

Just finished Boardwalk Empire, season 1.  It’s a prohibition-era period crime drama set in Atlantic City, and stars Steve Buscemi.  It definitely took me a few episodes to get into this.  It’s a rather slow, deliberate show, with a lot of emphasis on the mood of life during that period.  The last 5 or so episodes had me chewing threw episodes (I watched them in two days).  I’m looking forward to watching season 2, which has already been broadcast.

Recommendation: Torchwood (the BBC TV series)

Just finished with the 4th installment of Torchwood: Miracle Day.  I absolutely loved the last series (what they call seasons across the pond).  The previous series, Torchwood: Children of Earth, was pretty good, too.  The first two series were OK.  Each series the production values were better and better.

I think it’s possible to start with the 3rd series, but you should probably read the synopsis of the episodes before starting series 3.  Context is definitely important.

I would describe Torchwood has a cross between Fringe and a sitcom, especially the first two series, which are mostly filmed on a single set, though it’s much longer than your average sitcom, at an hour per episode.

I will say that it took me a long time to get through the first series.  I felt the production values were too shabby and I felt the character development wasn’t that good.  It is a spin off from Dr. Who, so maybe there’s some context from that show that I’m missing.  (There’s another spin off, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which I’m considering trying.)  Once I got to series 3, I was chewing threw episodes.