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    The one network show my wife and myself watch together is "This is Us". After she can go back to her shows and i can find a game to watch but it's a show that we both enjoy.

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    I'm surprised you watch that. I figured you would be grossed out by the fat people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    The one network show my wife and myself watch together is "This is Us". After she can go back to her shows and i can find a game to watch but it's a show that we both enjoy.
    My wife watches this show, I watched the first couple episodes. As far as a I can tell every single plot line involving the hefty woman centers around her weight -- trying to lose weight, when she was big as a girl and the challenges that posed with her normal sized mom, falling back on bad eating habits, etc. No normal plots for the poor fat chick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Color Me Badd Fan View Post
    My wife watches this show, I watched the first couple episodes. As far as a I can tell every single plot line involving the hefty woman centers around her weight -- trying to lose weight, when she was big as a girl and the challenges that posed with her normal sized mom, falling back on bad eating habits, etc. No normal plots for the poor fat chick.
    to be fair, she doesn’t get any normal breaths, steps, or sleep either
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    My wife also watches that show. I saw one episode and was bored. I like dramas but that thing is like drama on steroids.

    I came home last night to MJ watching a unabomber show. It looked interesting but she’s already a ways into it I think so I didn’t get it all. Seems interesting though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    My wife also watches that show. I saw one episode and was bored. I like dramas but that thing is like drama on steroids.I came home last night to MJ watching a unabomber show. It looked interesting but she’s already a ways into it I think so I didn’t get it all. Seems interesting though.


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    Exactly. I saw a couple of episodes. It has an interesting story. But the drama is pretty thick and exhausting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    The one network show my wife and myself watch together is "This is Us". After she can go back to her shows and i can find a game to watch but it's a show that we both enjoy.
    We watch this one together too, though we’re only on episode 2 of this season. I don’t care if everyone here thinks it’s overwrought, I enjoy it and thought it was one of last year’s stronger shows; evidence that network tv doesn’t have to suck. All that being said, I am confident that the network will find a way to screw it up eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBlue View Post
    We watch this one together too, though we’re only on episode 2 of this season. I don’t care if everyone here thinks it’s overwrought, I enjoy it and thought it was one of last year’s stronger shows; evidence that network tv doesn’t have to suck. All that being said, I am confident that the network will find a way to screw it up eventually.
    Probably by stretching it out for 7 seasons with 22 episodes per season.
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    I thought the first episode of the show was really well done. I watched the first 3-5 episodes with my wife. Then she watched one without me and I didn't bother with catching up and/or watching it anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBlue View Post
    We watch this one together too, though we’re only on episode 2 of this season. I don’t care if everyone here thinks it’s overwrought, I enjoy it and thought it was one of last year’s stronger shows; evidence that network tv doesn’t have to suck. All that being said, I am confident that the network will find a way to screw it up eventually.
    We watch it together as well, sometimes waiting a few weeks and then catching up. It occasionally strays into cheap sentiment territory, but the performances are great and the dialogue often rings true. We're now caught up again. This week's group therapy session involving the three kids and the mother was brutally intense, but very well done.

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    Damn... this looks really super good, showing on an NBC station near you.

    The Brave

    This fresh, heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America's elite undercover military heroes follows Captain Adam Dalton (Mike Vogel) and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists as they carry out each mission on the ground. His team is armed with incredible sniper Sgt. Jasmine "Jaz" Khan (Natacha Karam), CPO Ezekiel "Preach" Carter (Demetrius Grosse), combat medic Sgt. Joseph "McG" McGuire (Noah Mills) and intelligence officer Agent Amir Al-Raisani (Hadi Tabbal). This team works hand-in-hand with D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts including veterans Cultural Specialist Noah Morgenthau (Tate Ellington) and Mission Coordinator Hannah Archer (Sofia Pernas), as they wield the world's most advanced surveillance technology from headquarters in D.C. All members of this elite squad, both in D.C. and across the world, have one thing in common: their resilience and commitment to freedom is unmatched by any other. Often facing insurmountable challenges, the team works tirelessly to get the job done and to prevail in even the most complex situations. Week after week, the team uses that determination along with their unbreakable bond to save the lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

    Doesn't sound like propaganda at all.
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    Anyone watching this?

    Valor

    The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a US Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets, and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.

    Seems like a totally normal TV show you'd see in a country not pre-occupied with lionizing its military.
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    Big fan of this one too:

    Seal Team

    SEAL Team is a new military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior's existence. His team includes his trusted confidant, Ray Perry, the longest-tenured operator with whom Jason shares an ingrained shorthand, and Sonny Quinn, an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies. Undergoing additional rigorous training in the hope of joining Hayes' select unit is Clay Spenser, a young, multi-lingual second generation SEAL with insatiable drive and dedication. Vital to the team's success are CIA analyst Mandy Ellis, who has sacrificed everything in her drive to root out evil and take down terrorists, and Lisa Davis, a no-nonsense, take-charge logistics officer and unofficial den mother responsible for outfitting the team with the necessary gear for each mission. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment's notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds.

    Been DVR'ing this because it sounds so fucking compelling!
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    Walter, I did not watch my buddies die face down in the muck so that you could come on this fine message board and slander the noble men and women of our military.
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    Started two new series this weekend, 'Counterpart' and 'The Alienist'. I thought the acting was pretty good in both. The cinematography in the Alienist was excellent. Both have interesting plot lines. More nudity in Counterpart so far.

    I liked them. I'll continue to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Walter, I did not watch my buddies die face down in the muck so that you could come on this fine message board and slander the noble men and women of our military.
    You need a "back in the 'Nam" in there.
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    Anyone else watch Crashing? I really liked the first season and the second season so far has been entertaining. I loved the interaction that Pete Holmes had with Penn Jillette about religion.

    HOLMES:… You’re a — you’re a big atheist now, right? I mean…

    JILLETTE: Yeah. I have been for a long time. I guess my whole adult life.

    HOLMES: I stuck with it, I guess.

    JILLETTE: Oh, did you?

    HOLMES: Jesus is still my co-pilot.

    JILLETTE: [Laughs]

    HOLMES: He’s great. He doesn’t drink either.

    JILLETTE: Oh, really?

    HOLMES: Very, very smooth flight.

    JILLETTE: I thought there was the wine thing! Isn’t there the wine…

    HOLMES: Oh, you know, it was one miracle. The rest of the time, he was pretty dry.

    JILLETTE: You really do believe?

    HOLMES: Yeah.

    JILLETTE: Christian god?

    HOLMES: Christian — Yeah. All three.

    JILLETTE: Now, I don’t wanna be dismissive, but you actually believe that there’s a being that cares about — forgive me — but your masturbation? Cares about everything you do?

    HOLMES: Yeah, you, you know —

    JILLETTE: And you don’t have any gnawing doubts about that? You don’t think that maybe you’re letting things slide by you that could be more beautiful?

    HOLMES: Like what?

    JILLETTE: Like life?

    HOLMES: So you don’t — you don’t believe in something watching us, something keeping all of this going?

    JILLETTE: I’m not sure there’s no God, but I don’t know. The most important revolution in human history — more important than agriculture, more important than writing — is the scientific revolution. Came down to three words: I don’t know. And no institution, no church, no king, no power structure had ever said in history, “I don’t know.”

    HOLMES: I just — What if you’re wrong? I mean, I could never…

    JILLETTE: What if you’re wrong?

    HOLMES: What if I’m wrong? I mean, either way, I’m good. You’re right —

    JILLETTE: No, no, that’s not true! I mean, that’s the problem with Pascal’s Wager, is there’s more than one choice. You could spend your whole life praying your ass off to Jesus, and then find out that it’s actually Zeus, and he doesn’t like you praying to Jesus.

    HOLMES: … I’m enjoying the certainty I get from my faith.

    JILLETTE: You don’t have certainty.

    HOLMES: I do!

    JILLETTE: No, you don’t.

    HOLMES: I do!

    JILLETTE: You can’t get certainty just by willpower. You can’t force yourself to believe things that you don’t have evidence for. You just can’t do it. You can’t force certainty.

    HOLMES: Yeah, but this… this is all I have. I mean, I can’t… This is how I was raised, I can’t just… put it aside because you make some sense. I mean… it’s hard for me to admit that you’re making some sense.

    JILLETTE: Yeah, I dig that. It’s hard to change. It’s really hard. It’s hard for someone my age to admit that… the Beatles weren’t that good! [Laughs]
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    And no institution, no church, no king, no power structure had ever said in history, “I don’t know.”
    could this be any more smug
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    could this be any more smug
    No kidding.

    Not to mention that tired old straw man: Pascal's wager. Barf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    could this be any more smug
    I can see how that would come off as smug. I'm curious though how is it any more smug then saying we have a fullness of doctrine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpfunk View Post
    I can see how that would come off as smug. I'm curious though how is it any more smug then saying we have a fullness of doctrine?
    i think that’s entirely sincere and not at all smug
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpfunk View Post
    Anyone else watch Crashing? I really liked the first season and the second season so far has been entertaining. I loved the interaction that Pete Holmes had with Penn Jillette about religion.



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    I love Pete Holmes, but I didn't know he had a show. I just watched that episode and it was great. Thanks for the recommendation.
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    I don’t know if any of you are watching Blackish, but, in my opinion, it has really turned into one of the best family sitcoms out there. They just ended a multi-episode arc where the parents hit a rough spot and actually separated (moved into separate homes and everything). It was really difficult to watch at times, especially if you expect your sitcoms to make you laugh. The arc finally ended this week, and it was just about perfect (albeit a bit rushed). Highly recommend it if you aren’t already watching.

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    Any of y'all watch "In the Night of" from HBO. Really good one year series show. Started out like a personal top 5 series, but fizzled a little the last half. But overall really great. Maybe top 10 for me. I have some spoiler questions-comments if anyone else watched.

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    I liked how they showed the kid going dark in jail, it added an interesting perspective and made you wonder if he was really guilty after starting out showing him so innocent. But I wish he would have experienced some kind of justice for it. I expected him to get killed in jail or charged with a serious crime. He wasn't just trying to survive. He took it to another level. And the gods of tv plots should have punished him for it. Also, what was up with the Indian girl lawyer? Why the hell did she kiss him? She did it in a really weird way like she was not doing it out of passion she was doing it with purpose. So strange. And then why was she willing to give him drugs?? Totally out of character and not explained very well. I guess it was just that she was really naive and in over her head, but that's not the way she was shown in other scenes. She had some depth and maturity about her. Strange ending to have her go down like that. She was one of the most pure characters but ended up with the most severe consequences of everyone in the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    Any of y'all watch "In the Night of" from HBO. Really good one year series show. Started out like a personal top 5 series, but fizzled a little the last half. But overall really great. Maybe top 10 for me. I have some spoiler questions-comments if anyone else watched.

    Spoiler for spoiler:
    I liked how they showed the kid going dark in jail, it added an interesting perspective and made you wonder if he was really guilty after starting out showing him so innocent. But I wish he would have experienced some kind of justice for it. I expected him to get killed in jail or charged with a serious crime. He wasn't just trying to survive. He took it to another level. And the gods of tv plots should have punished him for it. Also, what was up with the Indian girl lawyer? Why the hell did she kiss him? She did it in a really weird way like she was not doing it out of passion she was doing it with purpose. So strange. And then why was she willing to give him drugs?? Totally out of character and not explained very well. I guess it was just that she was really naive and in over her head, but that's not the way she was shown in other scenes. She had some depth and maturity about her. Strange ending to have her go down like that. She was one of the most pure characters but ended up with the most severe consequences of everyone in the show.
    Wanted to love it but couldn't. Naz' turn was too abrupt. The kid who was bullied into doing homework for athletes is now a hard ass, drug addict with neck tattoos in the span of months? C'mon. The relationship with Chandra was just dumb. I felt like they spent way too much time developing everything and then they realized they had two episodes left to wrap it up and everything was rushed, bordering on ridiculousness. I do love Freddy. But that is probably because his character is similar to that of Omar Little.

    I fear GoT is on this path with just one season to tie all these loose ends and have a satisfying resolution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    Wanted to love it but couldn't. Naz' turn was too abrupt. The kid who was bullied into doing homework for athletes is now a hard ass, drug addict with neck tattoos in the span of months? C'mon. The relationship with Chandra was just dumb. I felt like they spent way too much time developing everything and then they realized they had two episodes left to wrap it up and everything was rushed, bordering on ridiculousness. I do love Freddy. But that is probably because his character is similar to that of Omar Little.

    I fear GoT is on this path with just one season to tie all these loose ends and have a satisfying resolution.
    I know personalities like Naz and I actually didn't find his trajectory that unbelievable. He was always materialistic. He was always concerned with status and power. I think given that opportunity, someone like that could turn like that. It never came out before because he was so highly sheltered and didn't have access. This is probably racist, but I've noticed among the Indians I know, this same kind of thing. A very shy, naive, innocent person who inside really craves the materialistic, high life he sees in movies or what not and would go for it, given the chance. I guess this goes across cultures, but there was something specific about Naz that made me think of some of the Indians I know.

    The Chandra arc was what I found more dissatisfying.

    Freddy was awesome. Jack London. lol.

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    Succession has been great. It's worth getting a subscription for a month on HBO. Barry was also really good as well as Sharp Objects.
    Part of it is based on academic grounds. Among major conferences, the Pac-10 is the best academically, largely because of Stanford, Cal and UCLA. “Colorado is on a par with Oregon,” he said. “Utah isn’t even in the picture.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Color Me Badd Fan View Post
    Succession has been great. It's worth getting a subscription for a month on HBO. Barry was also really good as well as Sharp Objects.
    Barry was good. Henry Winkler is hilarious and I like Bill Hader, but this series went really dark really fast. I'll cheer for a hit man as long as he's killing bad guys. That's not where Barry ended up, though. Not interested in humanizing that kind of evil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Color Me Badd Fan View Post
    Succession has been great. It's worth getting a subscription for a month on HBO. Barry was also really good as well as Sharp Objects.
    So its not, I don't know, really incredibly boring?
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    Quote Originally Posted by myboynoah View Post
    You need a "back in the 'Nam" in there.
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