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8th Oct '17 3:19:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Spaced}}''. As Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's work, this had to be cool. Every single episode is genius. Nearly every joke is funny and well-thought-out, the references are done in a funny and smart manner, every character is loveable, the directing style is epic, and overall, the show is just downright awesome.
* ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' was so [[NarmCharm cheesy yet fantastic]]. Real-life people living out their dreams to become superheroes? YES! Pity there were only two seasons.

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* ''{{Spaced}}''.''Series/{{Spaced}}''. As Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's work, this had to be cool. Every single episode is genius. Nearly every joke is funny and well-thought-out, the references are done in a funny and smart manner, every character is loveable, the directing style is epic, and overall, the show is just downright awesome.
* ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' was so [[NarmCharm cheesy yet fantastic]]. Real-life people living out their dreams to become superheroes? YES! Pity there were only two seasons.
8th Oct '17 1:48:50 PM nombretomado
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* ''MostExtremeEliminationChallenge'' is the perfect show to watch when everyone but you is asleep and you need some good laughs. The fast pace of the GagDub narration makes all the puns funnier, and who wouldn't want to at least try a game of Irritable Bowl Syndrome?

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* ''MostExtremeEliminationChallenge'' ''Series/MostExtremeEliminationChallenge'' is the perfect show to watch when everyone but you is asleep and you need some good laughs. The fast pace of the GagDub narration makes all the puns funnier, and who wouldn't want to at least try a game of Irritable Bowl Syndrome?
19th Sep '17 2:31:32 PM arilicious
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* ''Series/KeepingUpWithTheKardashians'': everyone likes to complain about this show and this family, but love them or hate them for whatever reason, they're just fun to watch. Despite all their ups and downs they've gone through over the years, they are a close-knit family who are there for each other through everything. If you're having a bad day, the Kardashians are always there to cheer you up with their latest antics.
8th Sep '17 7:41:39 AM Josef5678
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* Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine was the most human of the ''Treks'' for good reason -- it wrote interpersonal relationships deftly, dealt with the consequences of its actions, had a ton of supporting cast who were all written with depth, had [[MagnificentBastard Cardassians]] every which way, actually dealt with religion and did it well, had an actual friggin ''war'', the first same-sex kiss on ''Franchise/StarTrek'', while still managing to be damned hilarious, and wasn't above taking potshots at itself. ''Deep Space Nine'' was the very best of all the Treks and it had an awesome cast and writers whose love of ''Trek'' showed. Ron Moore cut his teeth here and on ''TNG'' years before ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' and you can see parallels between the two shows, with the aforementioned wonderful supporting cast and lots of moral gray areas. It had amazing, fully-developed characters on this show, including both the main characters and the outstanding ensemble cast. They all have real, believable backstories that actually go with the characters' personalities (Kira pulls off coming from a CrapsackWorld, being a ChildSoldier in LaResistance, and learning firsthand that WarIsHell without a single drop of {{Wangst}} and plenty of badass and becomes one of the best characters on the show, and even Dr. Bashir's InsufferableGenius-ness ties in with the rest of his character) and most of them are just plain AWESOME. And as for the supporting cast's amazingness. Garak. Just... Garak. Also, Batlithe duels, Klingon mythology, and Worf/Jadzia, a great BattleCouple. And Quark, and all his scheming and comic relief mixed with his moments of Badassery when his family is in danger. Great show! It attained the perfect balance between the sometimes overly-optimistic Roddenberry vision of the other Treks and the sometimes overly-pessimistic Ron Moore vision of [=BSG=]. Just enough darkness to tone down the lightness of Trek and make it real, combined with long arcs that allowed for deeper story and character development, resulted in a great show that made all of its parts greater than they had any business being. Watching [=DS9=], more so than any of the other Treks, was like watching real people and true stories. Everyone was incredibly flawed without being overly messed up or unlikable, all of their relationships were suitably complicated, and there were "always" two sides to every argument, conflict, plot, and character. The heroes were good without being right all the time and the villians were anything but pure evil--admit it, you were sad when Weyoun was gone for good. Just like real life, this show was hilarious, emotionally draining, complicated, depressing at times, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

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* Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' was the most human of the ''Treks'' for good reason -- it wrote interpersonal relationships deftly, dealt with the consequences of its actions, had a ton of supporting cast who were all written with depth, had [[MagnificentBastard Cardassians]] every which way, actually dealt with religion and did it well, had an actual friggin ''war'', the first same-sex kiss on ''Franchise/StarTrek'', while still managing to be damned hilarious, and wasn't above taking potshots at itself. ''Deep Space Nine'' was the very best of all the Treks and it had an awesome cast and writers whose love of ''Trek'' showed. Ron Moore cut his teeth here and on ''TNG'' years before ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' and you can see parallels between the two shows, with the aforementioned wonderful supporting cast and lots of moral gray areas. It had amazing, fully-developed characters on this show, including both the main characters and the outstanding ensemble cast. They all have real, believable backstories that actually go with the characters' personalities (Kira pulls off coming from a CrapsackWorld, being a ChildSoldier in LaResistance, and learning firsthand that WarIsHell without a single drop of {{Wangst}} and plenty of badass and becomes one of the best characters on the show, and even Dr. Bashir's InsufferableGenius-ness ties in with the rest of his character) and most of them are just plain AWESOME. And as for the supporting cast's amazingness. Garak. Just... Garak. Also, Batlithe duels, Klingon mythology, and Worf/Jadzia, a great BattleCouple. And Quark, and all his scheming and comic relief mixed with his moments of Badassery when his family is in danger. Great show! It attained the perfect balance between the sometimes overly-optimistic Roddenberry vision of the other Treks and the sometimes overly-pessimistic Ron Moore vision of [=BSG=]. Just enough darkness to tone down the lightness of Trek and make it real, combined with long arcs that allowed for deeper story and character development, resulted in a great show that made all of its parts greater than they had any business being. Watching [=DS9=], more so than any of the other Treks, was like watching real people and true stories. Everyone was incredibly flawed without being overly messed up or unlikable, all of their relationships were suitably complicated, and there were "always" two sides to every argument, conflict, plot, and character. The heroes were good without being right all the time and the villians villains were anything but pure evil--admit it, you were sad when Weyoun was gone for good. Just like real life, this show was hilarious, emotionally draining, complicated, depressing at times, heartbreaking, and uplifting.



* Anyone can talk back to a bad movie, but how many can make it consistently funny and entertaining for years and years? ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', TV Tropes salute you. It's rare that somebody can mock ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' and actually be really, really funny. If you ever need a summary of Hamlet's "to be or not to be" soliloquy, it's hard to beat "I'm a chicken for not stabbing myself". The show is one of the greatest THINGS of all-time. It's funny and incredibly random (''he tried to kill me with a forklift HUZZAH!'') Smartass robots FTW. Even though a lot of [=MST3K=] reviews on [[WrechedHive IMDb]] point out that these guys are just doing what we do naturally -- sit in front of a TV and talk at it -- and that it's not creative or necessary because anyone can do that on their own, but that's the thing: anyone can do anything. It takes true brilliance to elevate something as simple as mockery to an art form.

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* Anyone can talk back to a bad movie, but how many can make it consistently funny and entertaining for years and years? ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', TV Tropes salute you. It's rare that somebody can mock ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' and actually be really, really funny. If you ever need a summary of Hamlet's "to be or not to be" soliloquy, it's hard to beat "I'm a chicken for not stabbing myself". The show is one of the greatest THINGS of all-time. It's funny and incredibly random (''he tried to kill me with a forklift HUZZAH!'') Smartass robots FTW. Even though a lot of [=MST3K=] reviews on [[WrechedHive IMDb]] Website/IMDb point out that these guys are just doing what we do naturally -- sit in front of a TV and talk at it -- and that it's not creative or necessary because anyone can do that on their own, but that's the thing: anyone can do anything. It takes true brilliance to elevate something as simple as mockery to an art form.



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is just as good as its parent show, ''Buffy'', and for all the same reasons. Joss Whedon is a master at taking a real life situation, adding a supernatural twist, and having it come out more relatable than the original situation. ''Angel'' is even better, due in part to Angel being a bit of a psych geek and an INFP. There's too few of them in starring roles, because they come off as {{Wangst}}y to everybody else even in RealLife, but a ByronicHero like Angel can pull it off ([[DarkAndTroubledPast almost]] by [[TroubledButCute definition]]) no matter how big the DeusAngstMachina or the {{Angst}} itself gets. From the amazing characters from Angel to Fred to their even more amazing character development, everything is just perfect and brings out some of the best drama and humor. It didn't just have great heroes but great villains as well. This show raised AffablyEvil to an art form with Lindsey ("Stop it evil hand, stop it!"), Holland Manners' calmly awesome evilness, Lilah's spectacular bitchiness, Darla's... it was endearing how she always seemed to end up failing at villainy), "Cordy" running her scheme while spouting hilarious quips no one got, even Jasmine had her moments, plus the King of hilarious badass-laden psychological/physical tormenty villainy, Angelus. Actually a lot of the minor villains like Skip and Archduke Sebassis were great as well. It had some of the greatest dramatic moments ever seen. Doyle's final episode or Cordy's last one are absolutely tear-jerking.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is just as good as its parent show, ''Buffy'', and for all the same reasons. Joss Whedon is a master at taking a real life situation, adding a supernatural twist, and having it come out more relatable than the original situation. ''Angel'' is even better, due in part to Angel being a bit of a psych geek and an INFP. There's too few of them in starring roles, because they come off as {{Wangst}}y to everybody else even in RealLife, but a ByronicHero like Angel can pull it off ([[DarkAndTroubledPast almost]] by [[TroubledButCute definition]]) no matter how big the DeusAngstMachina or the {{Angst}} itself gets. From the amazing characters from Angel to Fred to their even more amazing character development, everything is just perfect and brings out some of the best drama and humor. It didn't just have great heroes but great villains as well. This show raised AffablyEvil to an art form with Lindsey ("Stop it evil hand, stop it!"), Holland Manners' Manners's calmly awesome evilness, Lilah's spectacular bitchiness, Darla's... it was endearing how she always seemed to end up failing at villainy), "Cordy" running her scheme while spouting hilarious quips no one got, even Jasmine had her moments, plus the King of hilarious badass-laden psychological/physical tormenty villainy, Angelus. Actually a lot of the minor villains like Skip and Archduke Sebassis were great as well. It had some of the greatest dramatic moments ever seen. Doyle's final episode or Cordy's last one are absolutely tear-jerking.
2nd Sep '17 7:53:16 AM GrammarNavi
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* ''PoliceCameraAction''. It's a documentary, but the DeadpanSnarker commentary and varied selection of clips, plus CringeComedy of some drivers, as well as the presenters, and the way they get AnAesop across, makes it worthwhile watching without [[{{Anvilicious}} being too heavy-handed]].

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* ''PoliceCameraAction''.''Series/PoliceCameraAction''. It's a documentary, but the DeadpanSnarker commentary and varied selection of clips, plus CringeComedy of some drivers, as well as the presenters, and the way they get AnAesop across, makes it worthwhile watching without [[{{Anvilicious}} being too heavy-handed]].
10th Jun '17 10:45:06 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheWire'' is pretty much made of awesome. [[BadassBookworm Lester Freamon]] is The Man. [[JustLikeRobinHood Omar]] is The Man. [[DrunkenMaster Jimmy]] is The Man. Stringer, Bunk, Bubbles, Mouzone, Daniels, Avon, the Greek, are all The Man. Several of the women are The Man. The City of Baltimore is The Man. David Simon is The Man, and he knows it. [[CatchPhrase Sheeeeeeit...]] It is really the best television show ''ever''. You read reviews about how complex, realistic and intricate the plot is, about how great the acting is, about how strong the messages are and about how it's miles better than any other show in existence? You think it is just massive hyperbole? You expect it must suffer from HypeBacklash? But they are right. It ''is'' that good. In fact, whoever is reading this right now, stop, and go watch ''TheWire''. Buy a boxset, rent it on Netflix, download it off of fucking [=BitTorrent=] if you have to (though it'd be preferable if you didn't). This was a series that was ''made'' to be viewed on DVD, and even if you're not the type to usually watch TV, please, at least watch this. You owe it to yourself, and you won't regret it. P.S., it is [[ViewersAreGeniuses fairly complicated]], just so you know, so pay attention.

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* ''Series/TheWire'' is pretty much made of awesome. [[BadassBookworm Lester Freamon]] is The Man. [[JustLikeRobinHood Omar]] is The Man. [[DrunkenMaster Jimmy]] is The Man. Stringer, Bunk, Bubbles, Mouzone, Daniels, Avon, the Greek, are all The Man. Several of the women are The Man. The City of Baltimore is The Man. David Simon is The Man, and he knows it. [[CatchPhrase Sheeeeeeit...]] It is really the best television show ''ever''. You read reviews about how complex, realistic and intricate the plot is, about how great the acting is, about how strong the messages are and about how it's miles better than any other show in existence? You think it is just massive hyperbole? You expect it must suffer from HypeBacklash? But they are right. It ''is'' that good. In fact, whoever is reading this right now, stop, and go watch ''TheWire''.''Series/TheWire''. Buy a boxset, rent it on Netflix, download it off of fucking [=BitTorrent=] if you have to (though it'd be preferable if you didn't). This was a series that was ''made'' to be viewed on DVD, and even if you're not the type to usually watch TV, please, at least watch this. You owe it to yourself, and you won't regret it. P.S., it is [[ViewersAreGeniuses fairly complicated]], just so you know, so pay attention.
8th Jun '17 5:20:19 PM jormis29
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* Just...''Series/{{Rome}}''. A show that refused to shy away from both {{Fanservice}} and {{Squick}} with its portrayals of the ancient civilization's practices. With main characters who verge on sociopathy not out of choice but simply because that is how their society works. It had Moments of Awesome and Tearjerkers that simply blew you away. With great writing and great actors (Kevin [=McKidd=] and Ciaran Hinds), this show is one the best, if not the best, portrayals of ancient Rome.

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* Just...''Series/{{Rome}}''. A show that refused to shy away from both {{Fanservice}} and {{Squick}} with its portrayals of the ancient civilization's practices. With main characters who verge on sociopathy not out of choice but simply because that is how their society works. It had Moments of Awesome and Tearjerkers that simply blew you away. With great writing and great actors (Kevin [=McKidd=] (Creator/KevinMcKidd and Ciaran Hinds), this show is one the best, if not the best, portrayals of ancient Rome.
18th Apr '17 5:58:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' might have sounded like it was going to be a rip-off of ''30 Rock'' but it was an imaginative, very clever show that you get to see very rarely. Aaron Sorkin's and Tommy Schlamme's name appearing on the small screen again was way too cool for their fans. To the creators' credit, the series tried to wrap up everything very quickly when they realised it was going to finish. It was a great, very well done show; it was funny and it had very likable characters. It was simply great.

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* ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip'' might have sounded like it was going to be a rip-off of ''30 Rock'' but it was an imaginative, very clever show that you get to see very rarely. Aaron Sorkin's and Tommy Schlamme's name appearing on the small screen again was way too cool for their fans. To the creators' credit, the series tried to wrap up everything very quickly when they realised it was going to finish. It was a great, very well done show; it was funny and it had very likable characters. It was simply great.
26th Mar '17 9:22:47 PM MagnusForce
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* ''Series/UltramanMebius'' is quite possibly the greatest entry in the franchise's very long run. The {{Mythology Gag}}s, {{Homage}}s, and ContinuityPorn it brought as [[MilestoneCelebration the 40th anniversary series]] are absolutely wonderful for any long-time ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' fan (So great to see so many classic monsters return!). The cast is very endearing and well-developed, the show pulls of major [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]], [[FunnyMoments funny]], [[AwesomeMoments awesome]], and [[TearJerker sad]] moments, the idealism is refreshing, and the stories are always top notch with a nice balance of light-hearted and serious. They even got actors from the earlier entries to reprise their former roles, creating many amazing guest appearances! It is well-paced, well-toned, and probably one of the best tokusatsu series in general. The characters are well-done but not overworked, the humor is well-done, and it doesn't take itself too seriously.
* ''Series/UltramanMax'' is a fantastic entry. From its fun and likable cast to its excellent usage of some of classic monsters to its relatively solid SFX to its fairly lighthearted charm, there's something for anybody who loves {{Toku}}, {{Kaiju}}, or Ultraman as a whole. It's also a fantastic entry for newcomers to get introduced to the standard Ultraman formula without the troubles of adjusting to the more outdated effects of older series, being locked out of continuity and {{Homage}}s, or getting the wrong idea of the franchise's general nature. Unfortunately being sandwiched between grimdark franchise reboot ''Ultraman Nexus'' and nostalgia-fuelled MilestoneCelebration ''Ultraman Mebius'' keeps ''Max'' from getting as much attention as other series. [[AwesomeMusic Oh, and theme song is kickass.]]

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* ''Series/UltramanMebius'' is quite possibly the greatest entry in the franchise's very long run. The {{Mythology Gag}}s, {{Homage}}s, and ContinuityPorn it brought as [[MilestoneCelebration the 40th anniversary series]] are absolutely wonderful for any long-time ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' fan (So great to see so many classic monsters return!). The cast is very endearing and well-developed, the show pulls of major [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]], [[FunnyMoments funny]], [[AwesomeMoments awesome]], and [[TearJerker sad]] moments, the idealism optimism is refreshing, and the stories are always top notch with a nice balance of light-hearted and serious. They even got actors from the earlier entries to reprise their former roles, creating many amazing guest appearances! It is well-paced, well-toned, and probably one of the best tokusatsu series in general. The characters are well-done but not overworked, the humor is well-done, and it doesn't take itself too seriously.
* ''Series/UltramanMax'' is a fantastic entry. From its fun and likable cast to its excellent usage of some of classic monsters to its relatively solid SFX special effects to its fairly lighthearted charm, there's something for anybody who loves {{Toku}}, {{Kaiju}}, or Ultraman as a whole. It's also a fantastic entry for newcomers to get introduced to the standard Ultraman formula without the troubles of adjusting to the more outdated effects of older series, being locked out of continuity and {{Homage}}s, or getting the wrong idea of the franchise's general nature. Unfortunately being sandwiched between grimdark franchise reboot ''Ultraman Nexus'' and nostalgia-fuelled MilestoneCelebration ''Ultraman Mebius'' keeps ''Max'' from getting as much attention as other series. [[AwesomeMusic Oh, and the]] [[EarWorm theme song is kickass.]]



* ''Series/{{Ultraseven}}'' was the best of the Showa entries (entries from 1966-1981) in the ''Ultra Series''. While it was actually fairly sparse in terms of Kaiju, which the franchise is famous for (even so, it produced many memorable ones), the aliens made for far more interesting villains. It had smart writing, thought-provoking episodes, and [[DarkerAndEdgier darker elements]]. It touched on subjects like genocide, war, racism, tyranny, and so much more. The special effects [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny may look awful]], but they were amazing for their time (Some actually hold up not too badly!). There is a reason why Ultraseven has gotten more remakes and appearances than the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', after all!
* The original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' deserves a lot more credit than it gets. Carrying over the special effects magic of the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} movies that made [[Creator/EijiTsuburaya Eiji "Master of Monsters" Tsuburaya]] famous, it's got lots of charm ([[NarmCharm the lovably cheesy kind included]]), genuine heart, and characters you can truly root for. There's no denying that it is rather outdated from the 60s values to the old-school practical effects, but the same old-fashioned feel adds to the retro charm like the phone that sounds like King Ghidorah or the wrestling-type battles. Of course, we have the real stars of the show - the monsters, of which the very best (Zetton, Gomora, Antlar, Baltan, Red King...) are worthy of the Master of Monsters' best Toho creations. All in all, the original ''Ultraman'' is the perfect show for anybody who loves old-fashioned television or Showa-era Kaiju flicks. There is a reason why the titular red-and-silver giant hero is such a pop culture icon is his homeland, after all!

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* ''Series/UltramanGaia'' is another great entry in the series with its darker elements, overarching storyline, interesting characters, and intriguing conflict between Ultraman Gaia and [[AntiHero Ultraman Agul]]. It also has lots of memorable monsters and some pretty good special effects. Also worth mentioning is how the show deconstructs HumansAreTheRealMonsters and the various new spins it put on the Ultraman formula, such as a larger and more diverse defense team, the changing views towards Earth monsters, a new origin story for the Ultramen, and having adventures or crises beyond Japan.
* ''Series/{{Ultraseven}}'' was the best of the Showa entries (entries from 1966-1981) in the ''Ultra Series''.''Franchise/UltraSeries''. While it was actually fairly sparse in terms of Kaiju, which the franchise is famous for (even so, it produced many memorable ones), the aliens made for far more interesting villains. It had smart writing, thought-provoking episodes, and [[DarkerAndEdgier darker elements]]. It touched on subjects like genocide, war, racism, tyranny, and so much more. The special effects [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny may look awful]], but they were amazing for their time (Some actually hold up not too badly!). There is a reason why Ultraseven has gotten more remakes and appearances than the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' after all!
* The original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' deserves a lot more credit than it gets. Carrying over the special effects magic of the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} movies that made [[Creator/EijiTsuburaya Eiji "Master of Monsters" Tsuburaya]] famous, it's got lots of charm ([[NarmCharm the lovably cheesy kind included]]), genuine heart, and characters you can truly root for. There's no denying that it is rather outdated from the 60s values to the old-school practical effects, but the same old-fashioned feel adds to the retro charm like the phone that sounds like King Ghidorah or the wrestling-type battles. Of course, we have the real stars of the show - the monsters, of which the very best (Zetton, Gomora, Antlar, Baltan, Red King...) are worthy of the Master of Monsters' best Toho creations. All in all, the original ''Ultraman'' is the perfect show for anybody who loves old-fashioned television or Showa-era Kaiju flicks. There is After all, there ''is'' a reason why the titular red-and-silver giant hero is such a pop culture icon is his homeland, homeland!
* As the franchise's 50th anniversary series, ''Series/UltramanOrb'' was everything an Ultraman fan could ask for. Tons of VisualEffectsOfAwesome, stories that could be either fun or serious, great homages to the generations of heroes, an interesting storyline, and a nice mix of great new and beloved old monsters. It also does a pretty good job at integrating the MerchandiseDriven Ultra Cards into a believable part of the show and there are some well-done changes to the franchise's usual formula that really show why the ''Ultraman'' franchise is still alive and kicking
after all!50 years.
15th Mar '17 5:05:18 PM MasterFuzzy
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* ''Series/HighwayToHeaven'': The show is chock-full of feartwarming, funny, and generally awesome moments, but just the premise: That there's an angel walking around for literally ''no other reason'' than that he wants to help people. And he needs the help of ordinary humans to do it. It may be from the 1980s, but it's just as wonderful as ever, teaching messages like YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre to everyone from overweight high school students to executives who don't have time for their families.
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