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peacocks
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« Reply #200 on: Apr 19, 2012, 10:39:42 PM »

where the f did parks and recs go to? community took it's spot, it seems.
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« Reply #201 on: Apr 20, 2012, 01:56:01 AM »

Oh, definitely

By the way, I liked Girls okay. Nothing special but pretty inoffensive all around

Yeah, basically how I felt about it. I was kind of like, "okay, there's some stuff going on but I don't really care about any of it. Welp, seeya later."
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elpollodiablo
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« Reply #202 on: Apr 20, 2012, 05:18:59 PM »

Okay Community was pretty great this week.
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« Reply #203 on: Apr 20, 2012, 07:22:15 PM »

Oh, definitely

By the way, I liked Girls okay. Nothing special but pretty inoffensive all around

Yeah, basically how I felt about it. I was kind of like, "okay, there's some stuff going on but I don't really care about any of it. Welp, seeya later."

Well, I liked it a little better than that! But yeah, not going to spend any more time talking about it.
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« Reply #204 on: Apr 21, 2012, 11:56:21 AM »

I got up early and made some eggs benedict and watched the first five episodes of New Girl. Zooey Deschanel is the human embodiment of nails on a chalkboard. Intolerable.
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elpollodiablo
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« Reply #205 on: Apr 21, 2012, 11:59:11 AM »

And yet... five episodes!
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« Reply #206 on: Apr 21, 2012, 12:01:45 PM »

I was advised to stick with it past the first couple of episodes. I like the Schmidt guy and the ex-Latvian-basketballer. The male lead is annoying. Zooey Deschanel is a horror.
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« Reply #207 on: Apr 21, 2012, 12:16:18 PM »

I never hated it at that level, but the show really turned the corner for me whenever it was when they wrapped up that Justin Long arc (7 or 8?). A combination of things happened: they started infantilizing Deschanel less (and, notably, started having other characters call her out), they stopped over-relying on Schmidt, and they gave Nick funny things to do instead of having him just be the grumpy guy all the time.

But yeah, if you have that reaction to Deschanel, you're probably never gonna like it.
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« Reply #208 on: Apr 21, 2012, 12:21:47 PM »

A combination of things happened: they started infantilizing Deschanel less (and, notably, started having other characters call her out), they stopped over-relying on Schmidt, and they gave Nick funny things to do instead of having him just be the grumpy guy all the time.

Making Jess less of an ADHD-afflicted child and Nick less of a sad sack would absolutely be the main two things I'd fix about that show based on the episodes I watched!
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dieblucasdie
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« Reply #209 on: Apr 21, 2012, 12:34:18 PM »

Yeah, I don't wanna oversell it: they didn't necessarily "fix" those things--they're ongoing problems--more like turned them down in the mix or something. Nick's still a sad sack, but his sad-sackness has been played for humor in a more lovable way, the same way Schmidt's douchiness has been. Jess is still MPDG times a billion, it's just that not everyone thinks it's cute all the time, and she sometimes grates on the characters in believable ways.
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Thermofusion
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« Reply #210 on: Apr 21, 2012, 01:20:08 PM »

Gotcha. The adjustments you mentioned all sound fine, but the MPDG thing will always be non-negotiable, so I'll move on to trying out some other new comedies. Heard good things about Up All Night and still haven't checked out Cougar Town.
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« Reply #211 on: Apr 21, 2012, 01:21:12 PM »

Guessing all of our UK friends will snort at this, but have any of you guys watched Peep Show? I'd heard of Mitchell & Webb before but never really knew who they were. Shit is pretty hilarious!
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« Reply #212 on: Apr 21, 2012, 01:27:45 PM »

I cannot watch any episode of Peep Show past the first 12 minutes because it is TOO UNCOMFORTABLE.
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« Reply #213 on: Apr 21, 2012, 01:37:16 PM »

I dunno what it was, but I watched 3 or 4 episodes and somehow the meanness of it rubbed me the wrong way. I guess it's a bit drier than other comedies that exploit uncharitable people in awkward social situations, which I generally like.
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« Reply #214 on: Apr 21, 2012, 01:44:12 PM »

I like the dryness, and the meanspiritedness. Hearing some Slate SILCs complain about how the new Armando Iannucci HBO thing isn't "warm" enough reminded me of why British TV can be so much better than American. Not everything has to have endearing social cripples gradually falling for one another despite/because of their quirks, I tells ye
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« Reply #215 on: Apr 21, 2012, 01:46:44 PM »

I fucking LOVED In the Loop, to be sure.

edit: but that one wasn't too dry, I don't think.
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« Reply #216 on: Apr 21, 2012, 04:32:17 PM »

I like Peep Show a lot, but it always feels like such an emotional drain on me that I rarely feel in the mood to watch it.  Toni kicks up my prana somethin' fierce though, I tell you what.
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« Reply #217 on: Apr 21, 2012, 04:44:36 PM »

Peep Show is great, though I can sort of relate to what Nog's sayin'. The episode with the dog, holy fuck.
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« Reply #218 on: Apr 22, 2012, 12:11:58 AM »

... why British TV can be so much better than American. Not everything has to have endearing social cripples gradually falling for one another despite/because of their quirks, I tells ye

this, a thousand times this.
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« Reply #219 on: Apr 22, 2012, 01:18:11 AM »

The episode with the dog, holy fuck.

Very good episode that one.
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« Reply #220 on: Apr 22, 2012, 08:52:56 AM »

Girls has Chris Eigeman in it, anyway!
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« Reply #221 on: Apr 22, 2012, 11:19:58 AM »

Girls has Chris Eigeman in it, anyway!

Sold!
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« Reply #222 on: Apr 22, 2012, 12:03:37 PM »

It's been a quiet decade for him since Maid in Manhattan
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« Reply #223 on: Apr 22, 2012, 12:50:29 PM »

Diiiiiiiggggggggeeeeeeerrrrrrr
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« Reply #224 on: Apr 22, 2012, 09:13:57 PM »

These last couple ep of eastbound are hilarious and reach the pinnacle of what this show is
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