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Small screen suggestions? [Feb. 10th, 2014|04:51 pm]
Marissa Lingen

I watch a bunch of TV to get me through my workouts, and right now I don’t have a default thing of the right length that I’ve got momentum on, so I thought I would take the opportunity to ask for recommendations. I’ll list a bunch of things I’m in some sense “currently in the middle of,” and you can either suggest other stuff you think I might like or else ask what I like about the things I’ve listed. I am not current on anything: I watch DVDs or Netflix, so “current season” stuff will be spoilers for me.

Oh, and: I am a tough sell for sexual violence. It’s not a hard, fast line for me–for example, I watch Criminal Minds–but it’s pretty easy to hit my “this is no fun any more and I’m taking my marbles and going home” threshold on things like a certain popular soapy historical drama this season.

Shows I’m watching: Arrow, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, The Bletchley Circle, Elementary, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Inspector Lewis, The Killing, The Mentalist, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Ripper Street, Scandal, Sherlock, White Collar.

I am not at all limited to English language stuff, but the pacing of 22-minute episodes has to hit me right–some anime does and some doesn’t. Almost no live-action English-language stuff does. 55-minute shows can work, but they frustrate me because they’re pretty much exactly the wrong length for what I need for workouts. 40-to-44 are great, as are the 80-to-90 blocks.


Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux


[User Picture]From: mrissa
2014-02-10 10:25 pm (UTC)
I have not yet! It's on my list to try. Possibly even tomorrow. But Endeavour is a prequel, so I'm in the odd position of watching the prequel and the sequel but not the original so far.
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[User Picture]From: sillylilly_bird
2014-02-10 10:31 pm (UTC)
Definitely add Morse into the queue. Good stuff.
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[User Picture]From: bummble
2014-02-10 10:33 pm (UTC)
I like Lewis a lot, I'm not too fond of Endeavour; the stories dragged a bit too much for me.

Morse is probably a bit draggy and dated as well sometimes (I seem to recall some lovely '80s outfits, ahem) but it's still the one closest to my heart.
And I love how the relationship between Morse and Lewis evolved, and how it is sort of mirrored / echoed in Lewis.
There are some absolutely heartbreaking moments in Morse (in a good way).

Ah, and this post made me finally google the series I've been meaning to look up: Prime Suspect, with Helen Mirren.
I remember that one as very very good, but of course it's been ages since I watched it.

On a much sillier, but quite entertaining note, perhaps the Jonathan Creek series?
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[User Picture]From: sillylilly_bird
2014-02-10 10:35 pm (UTC)
The Prime Suspect series' are brilliant. They hold up quite well.
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[User Picture]From: bummble
2014-02-10 10:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, good, thanks!
I'll see if I can find them then.

As for more recommendations; I'm never quite sure who will like it and who won't, but maybe The League of Gentlemen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_League_of_Gentlemen)?

It's sort of crude (very crude actually, nothing 'sort of' about it) and quite horrific at times (one of their inspirations were the Hammer horror movies apparently) but I thought it was quite funny and times, and sometimes even oddly moving (but maybe that is mostly because I have a weakness for men in drag, no matter how crude...).
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