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95. Entourage
Original Release Year - 2004

 

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Entourage follows the story of Vincent Chase, a young movie star, and the group of friends that make up his entourage. Loosely based on executive producer Mark Wahlberg's experiences as an up and coming actor, but minus the hate crimes against black children and racially motivated attempted murder of a Vietnamese man.

 

If you can look beyond Marky Mark's involvement though you can find a thoroughly enjoyable show with some standout characters; Kevin Dillon basically playing himself as Johnny "Drama" Chase and Jeremy Piven's  Ari Gold. Plus a load of guest roles and cameos that mostly work well. The later seasons dipped in quality somewhat and there was a feautre film released once it was over that I've not actually got around to watching.

 

With all the sleazy and horrendous stories emerging about Hollywood in recent years I'm not sure how well this would hold up today but could make for an interesting or uncomfortable re-visit. 

 

 

 

94. Dexter
Original Release Year - 2006

 

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This show started off brilliantly and Michael C. Hall was fantastic as the titular Dexter. I never got around to watching the (original) last season and had been put off doing so by what seemed to be a lot of negativity towards the finale. Likewise I've not seen the revival series from 2021 or even heard if it's any good or not. 


There was a lot to like about the show and it was always compelling to watch. Dark and pretty grotesque at times but also had comedic moments and some great characters and cast members. The first 4 seasons are the best, with a particular shout out to Season 4 and the excellence of John Lithgow who is undoubtedly the most disturbing and scary villain to feature.

 

 

93. The Blue Planet
Original Release Year - 2001

 

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Summed up perfectly by mishashi:


"The BBC do epic nature documentary series better than anybody else and this is one of their finest efforts."


Focused on the world's oceans this 8 part series seemed to be the first in a new wave (pun originally unintended) of big budget style nature documentary series. Needless to say covering a subject matter that itself covers about 70% of the world required a lot of work, hence taking close to five years to make and nearly 200 filming locations visited. And the resulting images and discoveries from the dedicated film crews were outstanding, all narrated of course by  David Attenborough. A lot of great nature documentaries followed and Blue Planet II eventually arrived in 2017 to universal praise. 

 

Big water proper scares me though.

 

 

 

92. Forbrydelsen
Original Release Year - 2007

 

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Or "The Killing" if you want its English name.

 

This wasn't the first foreign drama to be aired in the UK but it did appear to open up the floodgates following its critical success and viewership. Originally airing in 2007 it wasn't until a few years later that this Danish Whodunit Crime Drama hit the UK but it was well worth waiting for.

 

A tight plot, great performances, twists, captivating cliffhangers, superb pacing, some fantastic knitted jumpers and an actual conclusion to the season-long story-line made series one a massive hit. Two series followed which I've not actually seen but believe were still well received. Then there was the US remake, the first season I did watch and enjoyed right up until the finale which was awful. Maybe they fixed that in the seasons that followed but I didn't stick around to find out. 

 


91. Chappelle's Show
Original Release Year - 2003

 

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I don't know much about Dave Chappelle, thought he was a fairly recent famous-y person but apparently he's been around for ages, was in The Nutty Professor and Con Air apparently. I had only really seen some of his Netflix special and can't even remember much of that. Only that, as per the norm these days, I recall some bashing of the trans community. 


Chappelle's Show ran from 2003 to 2006 before abruptly ending when he quit during season 3, walking away from a $50m contract with Comedy Central in doing so. 
I've searched out some of the "best bits" on Youtube from the show, and to be honest it's a bit hit and miss. I did find the "Racial Draft" sketch fairly amusing and enjoyed the Wu-Tang cameo - the Wu can improve anything though, and audibly laughed during the "World Series of Dice" sketch. So I think there's probably some decent stuff to be found in there. 

 

Limmy's Show is much better though. 
 

 

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1 hour ago, Benny said:

Bet we're all going to regret not rating Better Call Saul higher now.

Absolutely. I’ve also watched Band Of Brothers for the first time since doing my list.

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On 20/08/2022 at 12:39, the_debaser said:

Surprised the Chase came so low, there aren’t many better quiz shows made. 

 

Guess quiz shows aren't as important to people as dramas/comedies. 

 

Sorry this is taking so long to get through, trying to watch some of the shows/catch up with others on the list before getting to the entries. 

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90. Silicon Valley
Original Release Year - 2014

 

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Unfortunately this isn't based on the beloved-but-forgotten robotic animal 90's platormer game; Space Station Silicon Valley.


Instead this is a sitcom parodying Silicon Valley culture as it follows a programmer founding and running a software startup company and tackling the struggles and challenges that comes with it. Well that's the general gist I got from skimming the Wikipedia entry. I've not actually seen it and have only just discovered it's a Mike Judge (co-)creation so my interest has significantly increased. I've tried finding some quotes from the forum to put here but to be honest I think I want to watch this now and don't want to risk running into spoilers. Sorry. Some familiar looking people in that pic up there though.

 

 

89. Scrubs
Original Release Year - 2001

 

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I always liked Scrubs, strangely it was never a show I properly watched though. Like I'm sure there's a lot of it I haven't seen - mostly the latter seasons - but everything I did see I enjoyed. It was funny, often a bit silly, had some great chemistry between the different characters and then at times it would stop being a sitcom and hit you right in the guts with some big ol' drama that makes you go "oh fuck". 

 

Special shout out to the soundtrack as always remember the music selection complimenting the scenes and stories very well. 


"Surreal and heartfelt, not often easy bedfellows but Scrubs could veer from moments of silliness to stop-you-in-your-tracks episodes like My Screw Up." - glb 


"And that's season 9 of Scrubs done. You know what, I fucking enjoyed that, and would happily have watched more. I think it got panned way back for what it wasn't, rather than being appreciated for what it was. Though I have to admit, they did tread old ground a little too often, and the absolute nadir wasn't anything to do with the new cast, it was Turk's awkward homophobia with the lesbian patient - they got that all wrong, Turk was always better than that.

The end of season 8 is clearly the real "goodbye" for the main cast, but I did enjoy this last season." - Thor 
 

 

 

88. The Staircase
Original Release Year - 2004

 

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Not to be confused with the recent dramatic adaptation starring Colin Firth, this is the original documentary series looking into the death of Kathleen Peterson and trial of her husband accused of her killing. Once again I've not seen this, nor had heard about it or the incident until seeing the aforementioned Colin Firth show advertised. However my girlfriend is a big fan of all these true-crime and murdery documentary shows and so I asked her about it; "Aye, that the wan wi the deid wife? Was very weird... Ah'm no sure if ah finished it." brilliant, thanks for that, and now it's been added to the list of shows "we should watch".

 

Here's some views from people that have watched it;


"For me The Staircase is the ultimate court room documentary. I watched it after Making a Murderer and while I loved that I started to think the makers of The Staircase had been a bit cheeky in stealing the tone and style. Of course, The Staircase actually predates it by some margin and the stealing (or tribute if you want to be kinder) went the other way." - Mawdlin


"I'm watching The Staircase on Netflix. Currently up to episode 6 and can't believe my eyes so far." - Thwomp


"It’s an incredibly interesting case. As I said in the Netflix thread, I’ve watched the whole thing a few times and it’s always fascinating." - Mystacon
 

Sounds alright. 

 

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87. This is England
Original Release Year - 2010

 

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A spin-off and continuation of the fantastic Shane Meadows' film of the same name, these three mini-series - set in 1986, '88 and '90 - are all outstanding pieces of media with some proper powerful gut punching moments that leave you an emotional mess. 


But don't just take my words for that;


"Shane Meadows is one of the finest British directors of his generation, and these mini-series echo the kitchen sink dramas British cinema used to make so well. Vicky McClure, Joe Gilgun and Stephen Graham are the standout performers but there are no weak links in a series of episodes that meld comedy and tragedy artfully. Sublime" - glb


"I saw the movie years ago and as shocking as it was I wasn't that taken with it. Then recently I decided to watch the lot, and was just blown away. It flips between being laugh out loud hilarious, to touching, to incredibly emotionally charged, with complete success. One of the most striking things for me was how I thought each series was better than the last." - Timmo


 "Well that was bloody amazing telly. Can't remember the last TV show that had me choking up a bit. Truly stunning acting and wonderful characters.
As has been said, the dinner was a powerhouse sequence, but the little bits with Lol, Woody and Combo were staggeringly good. So real. So much going on inside each of those characters and performances. Deserves every award they can throw at Meadows and the team."
- jonamok


"Superb TV, the best thing I've seen in absolutely ages. Real compelling viewing and hard to watch at times. Bleak sums it up." - Chewylegs


"I found the original 2006 film to be a great combination of setting, dark humour and drama, with the latter two often mixed together incongruously and deftly. That continues with this series which follows most of the characters three years after the events of the film. It starts off like a slice-of-life drama, light-hearted, before events turn very dark. Difficult to be specific but it was a proper gut-punch, very hard watch at times." - Vimster
 

 

 

86. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Original Release Year - 2004

 

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To my utter shame I've still not seen this... is what I wrote when I started this write up last week. However I have since corrected this massive error and, thanks to All 4, watched all 6 episodes of this series over a couple of nights. And what an absolute treat it was.

 

The show-within-a-show is wonderfully absurd and the intentional shoddiness of the production is executed perfectly; blatant continuity errors, flimsy set designs, mismatched audio, ridiculous plots and awful acting. The attention to detail in getting things wrong is top class and Richard Ayoade in particular is just brilliant at playing a lousy actor. 


Sadly there may only be six episodes but that's six episodes of comedy perfection. I feel this is definitely something I'll need to watch a few more times to truly appreciate as each hilarious and mad episode seems to be full of a lot more subtle jokes and details that will benefit from repeated viewings.


Even the fairly brief on-screen appearances of human-shitstain Graham Lineham couldn't ruin this belter of a show. 
 

 

 

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