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Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Stream these now

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Stream these now

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Stream these now

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Stream these now

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Stream these now

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

TL;DW

TL;DW

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 TL;DW

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s TL;DW

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 TL;DW

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 TL;DW

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj TL;DW

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Nicolas Cage

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Nicolas Cage

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Nicolas Cage

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Nicolas Cage

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Nicolas Cage

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Why James Wan is the man

Why James Wan is the man

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Why James Wan is the man

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Why James Wan is the man

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Why James Wan is the man

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Why James Wan is the man

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Why James Wan is the man

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Summer movie preview – Part 1

Summer movie preview – Part 1

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Summer movie preview   Part 1

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Summer movie preview   Part 1

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Summer movie preview   Part 1

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Summer movie preview   Part 1

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Summer movie preview   Part 1

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Ten years of ‘Mean’

Ten years of ‘Mean’

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Ten years of ‘Mean’

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Ten years of ‘Mean’

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Ten years of ‘Mean’

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Ten years of ‘Mean’

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Ten years of ‘Mean’

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Please don’t cancel this!

Please don’t cancel this!

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Please don’t cancel this!

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Please don’t cancel this!

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Please don’t cancel this!

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Please don’t cancel this!

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Please don’t cancel this!

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 How I Met Your Mother

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s How I Met Your Mother

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 How I Met Your Mother

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 How I Met Your Mother

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj How I Met Your Mother

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

TV’s most shocking deaths

TV’s most shocking deaths

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 TV’s most shocking deaths

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s TV’s most shocking deaths

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 TV’s most shocking deaths

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 TV’s most shocking deaths

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj TV’s most shocking deaths

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Oscars 2014- The predicted winners: Part 2

Oscars 2014- The predicted winners: Part 2

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Oscars 2014  The predicted winners: Part 2

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Oscars 2014  The predicted winners: Part 2

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Oscars 2014  The predicted winners: Part 2

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Oscars 2014  The predicted winners: Part 2

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Oscars 2014  The predicted winners: Part 2

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Life after cancellation

Life after cancellation

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Life after cancellation

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Life after cancellation

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Life after cancellation

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Life after cancellation

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Life after cancellation

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Oscar 2014 – The predicted winners: part 1

Oscar 2014 – The predicted winners: part 1

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Oscar 2014   The predicted winners: part 1

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Oscar 2014   The predicted winners: part 1

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Oscar 2014   The predicted winners: part 1

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Oscar 2014   The predicted winners: part 1

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Oscar 2014   The predicted winners: part 1

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 The Lego Movie

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s The Lego Movie

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 The Lego Movie

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 The Lego Movie

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj The Lego Movie

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Things to get excited about in February

Things to get excited about in February

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Things to get excited about in February

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Things to get excited about in February

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Things to get excited about in February

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Things to get excited about in February

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Things to get excited about in February

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Sleepy Hollow and other great TV cliffhangers

Sleepy Hollow and other great TV cliffhangers

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Sleepy Hollow and other great TV cliffhangers

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Sleepy Hollow and other great TV cliffhangers

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Sleepy Hollow and other great TV cliffhangers

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Sleepy Hollow and other great TV cliffhangers

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Sleepy Hollow and other great TV cliffhangers

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 2

2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 2

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 2

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s 2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 2

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 2

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 2

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj 2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 2

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 1

2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 1

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 1

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s 2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 1

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 1

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 1

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj 2014 Oscar Nominations: Part 1

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

January TV Preview

January TV Preview

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 January TV Preview

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s January TV Preview

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 January TV Preview

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

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This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj January TV Preview

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Favorite television shows of 2013

Favorite television shows of 2013

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Favorite television shows of 2013

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Favorite television shows of 2013

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Favorite television shows of 2013

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Favorite television shows of 2013

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Favorite television shows of 2013

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Best Television episodes of 2013

Best Television episodes of 2013

Summer gives us an opportunity to do what the spring semester prevented us from enjoying: watching television. Since binging television shows is becoming much more popular in our current age of Netflix streaming, I thought it’d be fun to recommend a few shows that you’ve probably never heard of to binge on.

 

To make this list, I stuck with short shows that one could easily finish over the weekend and are readily available for free on most services. Enjoy!

 

Hannibal

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Season one streaming for free for Amazon Prime members

 Best Television episodes of 2013

image via go.sky.com

During the Hannibal panel at the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this week NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt wondered why, if the show is so critically acclaimed, no one’s watching it. Since I love Hannibal, I’m using this post partly as a soapbox to get more people addicted to the series so that by the time season three comes to TV next spring more viewers will watch it.

 

As the availability label says above, season one is streaming for free for Amazon prime members so if you have that service, I recommend viewing the show. Yes, Hannibal is about one of the most violent serial killers in entertainment history and the show has plenty of gore and is sometimes terrifying to watch. If there’s one thing it has going for it, it’s that Hannibal is an unbelievably beautiful television series that explores the after effects of violence on an individual that’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. Lead actors Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, meanwhile, provide two of the best performances currently on the air.

 

Season two isn’t streaming for free, unfortunately. But if you end up loving season one as much as I hope you will, you won’t mind spending $21 to stream the second season, especially with the cliffhanger ending of Hannibal’s first season.

 

Rick and Morty

Format: 11 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Adult Swim

9TVfz4s Best Television episodes of 2013

image via sourcefeed.com

 

Are you a fan of animated shows in which an alcoholic grandfather drags his grandson to dangerous missions throughout the galaxy and across several alternate dimensions? Then this comedy from Adult Swim is perfect for you!

 

On the surface, the show looks like a simple twisted version of the relationship between Back to the Future’s Doc and Marty as the titular alcoholic scientist Rick has seemingly little regard for his grandson, Morty. Take for example how the pilot features Rick forcing Morty to smuggle giant alien plant seeds up his butt as they go through an intergalactic customs checkpoint.

 

Each episode is bold, envelope-pushing television that mocks conventional storytelling that is bleak, existential and laugh-out-loud hilarious. While a lot of the humor hinges on how Rick seems to not care for Morty, the show has a surprisingly strong amount of heart that gives their characters enough depth that helps them come across as three dimensional people despite the deranged levels of uncomfortable weirdness and inventive comedy that will totally mess with your head.

 

This is an extremely enthusiastic show that is as vulgar as it is hilarious.

 

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated!

Format: 52 half-hour episodes

Availability: Streaming on Netflix

scooby51 Best Television episodes of 2013

image via avclub.com

Yes, I’m recommending that you watch the latest incarnation of the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon. Just hear me out on this, you meddling readers.

 

The show is both a spoof of the 45-year-old franchise and an homage to it. In it, Scooby and the gang are solving monster-of-the-week mysteries in their town of Crystal Cove, much to the annoyance of the public since their crime-solving gets in the way of the revenue made from tourism due to all the crime and hauntings in Crystal Cove.

 

Mystery Incorporated differentiates itself from other Scooby-Doo cartoons thanks to its serialization format that has the gang investigating the disappearance of the original Mystery Incorporated, an earlier generation of sleuthing teenagers and their talking pet. This mystery ultimately leads the gang to uncover a centuries-long conspiracy involving their town and hidden treasure that Professor Pericles, the most dangerous criminal mastermind in the world, will stop at nothing to get.

 

It should be noted that Professor Pericles is a talking parrot, just one of the many tongue-in-cheek developments in the series that is ridiculously silly and yet legitimately serious. By the end of Mystery Incorporated, the show gets surprisingly dark for a Scooby-Doo cartoon with an epic scope that is reminiscent of the fifth season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.  

 

Also, the show has Shaggy and Velma dating, perfect for you fans who have ever shipped those two.

 

Terriers

Format: 13 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming for free on Netflix

1294769496 kinopoisk.ru terriers 1396372 w 800 Best Television episodes of 2013

image via fanpop.com

This is one of the great shows that was cancelled due to low ratings, so the downside here is that Terriers ends on a cliffhanger that will anger you, and then fill your heart with a large empty void that nothing can ever replace.

 

As depressing as that is, I beg you to watch this show anyway. In it Donal Logue (Fox’s upcoming Gotham) stars as Hank Dolworth, a disgraced detective and alcoholic who opens up a private investigation business with his friend, ex-con man Britt. Did I mention that this P.I. business is unlicensed?

 

The duo then set about investigating crimes in their California town that feels like Chinatown with a So-Cal tone. Part of the show’s success is how, despite the high stakes, Terriers comes across as such a laid-back and relaxed series. Even with the crime though, Terriers is a quirky character drama with a fantastic cast and equally great dialogue.

 

It’d be a crime to not watch this show.

 

Twin Peaks

Format: 29 hour-long episodes

Availability: Streaming at Netflix

A 0aIRvCAAAy1Mj Best Television episodes of 2013

image via mersad-photography.blogspot.com

True to her word, we are indeed seeing Laura Palmer again in the form of a mega awesome Blu-Ray set of this surreal soap opera due at the end of the month. This upcoming home video release means it’s the perfect opportunity for many of you who’ve never seen the show to finally do so.

 

Twin Peaks is the jaw-droppingly bizarre drama from the king of weirdness, David Lynch (Eraserhead, Mulholland Dr.). The series follows FBI agent Dale Cooper as he goes to the titular fictional town to investigate the murder of high school prom queen Laura Palmer.

 

The show’s first season, which consists of just seven episodes, is near perfect television. Part of the fun in Twin Peaks is how the show is a commentary on life in small towns as it crosses into many genres that range from noir, surrealism, slapstick comedy and even straight up horror. This is a wonderfully weird show whose characters include double-crossing businessmen, a dwarf from another world who speaks backwards and, my favorite, the Log Lady. She’s an elderly woman who delivers the messages her psychic log says.

 

Unfortunately, season two is the very definition of messy as the series ultimately collapses under all the storylines going on that makes it feel as if the show is struggling to keep it together. Despite this shortcoming, I still recommend checking watching this show because even at its worst, Twin Peaks is still a unique experience that television seemingly has yet to replicate despite the fact that the show ended over 20 years ago. After watching the show, do go to the UTPA Library to check out Fire Walk with Me, the theatrical prequel film that I ranked highly in my list of favorite movies based on TV shows.
So, those are my recommendations, which of these will you more likely watch? What other shows do you recommend other people should binge on? Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

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