Tuesday, November 28, 2006

TV, TV, and more TV

There's been much talk about TV around the "cooler". This topic gets me excited because I've been pretty hooked on a couple programs. If you have HBO, with On Demand, you're in luck, because they have been putting on some quality television. Being a Netflix member is awesome too, because being able to rent an entire season is a wonderful thing. Nothing beats a Saturday or Sunday afternoon TV series marathon. Especially when they are as good as some of the shows here.

All these shows are pretty much "must see."

The Wire
This could be the final season of this excellent crime series on HBO. Each episode is complex, intelligent and thought provoking. It is essential that you start the season from episode one. The characters are nuanced and plots are quite intertwined from episode to episode. Your best bet is to rent Season one and start from the beginning.

A new series on channel 3 Monday nights. The premise is not original. What if regular people suddenly got super powers. Despite being on primetime, the show is dark, gritty, violent. Each episode has a cliffhanger ending. Definitely addictive.

FX's ultra campy, highly entertaining, darkly funny series about two plastic surgeons dealing with their dysfunctional intertwined lives.

Battlestar Galactica
A remake of the 1970's TV series. This updated series stars Edward James Olmos at his most pock marked and the lady (Stands with a Fist) from Dances With Wolves. Make sure you watch the mini-series which lays out the history for the following 3 or 4 seasons. Great space fight scenes and timely story lines make this show visually and intellectually stimulating.

This is Showtime's copycat of HBO's successful series' The Wire and THe Soprano's mixed into one. The show follows two brothers from an Irish neighborhood. One goes legit (sort of) and is a rising star in state politics, while the other fortifies his standing within the criminal underworld.

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