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Really Really Good TV Right Now

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 by billsimmon in TV | 4 Comments

Here’s a quick look at some of the awesome TV that I’m enjoying right now that you should be watching too…

The Pacific (HBO) – From the Band of Brothers team. It’s on episode 7 of 10 now and it’s not as good as BoB was but it’s close.
Treme (HBO) – David (The Wire) Simon created this post Katrina NOLA ensemble drama. Really great.

Lost (ABC) – just a few episodes remain of the best SF soap opera ever made. If you’re not on board yet, get the first season and enjoy the ride.
Justified (FX) – Best new series since the ill-fated Kings. Elmore Leonard is an exec. producer and it’s based on his characters. Five star TV.

Community/The Office/30 Rock (NBC) – This slate of single-camera sit-coms is firing on all cylinders – transcendent comedy TV. I hear Parks & Rec got good too. For the record, Community is my favorite of this group.

Stargate Universe (SyFy) – This is the only decent outer space TV that’s been on the air since season 2 of BSG. The characters, writing and acting are all excellent.
Party Down (Starz) – I just found out this show is in season 2. I totally missed season 1 but I love the writing and cast. It’s from the creators of (the totally excellent) Veronica Mars and features several alumni from that show, but this one is a comedy about a bunch of caterers in LA.

Set your TiVos accordingly and trust me.



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  1. On April 30, 2010, Mom said:

    But, but, but … What about Chuck? and Fringe?

  2. On May 1, 2010, evening said:

    Your son doesn’t watch Fringe.

    And wasn’t this week’s AWESOME. Great job having to do a musical for the stupid Glee promotion.

  3. On May 1, 2010, Alex C said:

    Justified is wicked awesome but the latest episode was just incomprehensible. It had a “written by” credit for someone whose name I didn’t recognize so maybe it was her fault. I just didn’t understand what anyone was saying, or doing, or why, until the 3rd act, and even then I couldn’t tell how the good guy figured it out. And they’re apparently falling into the trap of oversimplifying the Walton Goggins guy in jail to be a stereotypical preacher man spouting whatever pseudo-religious nonsense the writers think will push forward the plot, without regard to any actual spiritual foundations.

  4. On May 3, 2010, billsimmon said:

    Alex, I agree this latest was the worst so far (meaning it was only twice as good as most TV drama), but I think the problem was in the direction rather than the script. Boyd knew that the sheriff had taken over his dad’s drug operation and had put 2 & 2 together and told Raylen, but it happened off screen and it was awkwardly played. There were several moments like that in the ep. Also, I think Boyd’s religious mumbo jumbo is a scam like his white supremacy was. It’s just his way of manipulating people. I agree though that they need to take that somewhere interesting fast or it will grow tiresome.

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