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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.
12th Mar '17 2:02:21 PM nombretomado
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** ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' was one of the greatest children's shows of all time. It had witty humor, great songs, and a very talented cast. Not just MorganFreeman and Rita Moreno, but everyone. Them, the writers, the directors, everyone who worked on the show were people who knew what really entertained kids [[ParentalBonus and adults]]. Not to mention the graphics were cool. Most importantly, they taught a whole generation of kids how to read and to love reading. Nothing made afterwards comes close, not even ''Series/BetweenTheLions''.

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** ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' was one of the greatest children's shows of all time. It had witty humor, great songs, and a very talented cast. Not just MorganFreeman Creator/MorganFreeman and Rita Moreno, but everyone. Them, the writers, the directors, everyone who worked on the show were people who knew what really entertained kids [[ParentalBonus and adults]]. Not to mention the graphics were cool. Most importantly, they taught a whole generation of kids how to read and to love reading. Nothing made afterwards comes close, not even ''Series/BetweenTheLions''.
21st Jan '17 6:21:39 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''. Say what you want about DanBrowned facts and such, but it managed to get people interested in history, from the well-known pirates and ninjas, to the lesser-known (outside their home countries) Maori and Rajput. And Zombies vs Vampires... Brutality, monsters, and vampires taken back to their roots mythological roots, unrelenting predators that haunt the nightmares of their prey. No romantics, [[AnneRice no angst]], and most importantly [[{{Twilight}} no SPARKLING]]!
* ''FridayNightLights''! The dialogue, the emoting, the amazing music by Explosions in the Sky, a Christian speed-metal band with Jesse Plemons as frontman, Taylor Kitsch frequently shirtless and showing off the saddest puppy eyes ever filmed, oh and there's a bull named named KitKat.

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* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior''. Say what you want about DanBrowned facts and such, but it managed to get people interested in history, from the well-known pirates and ninjas, to the lesser-known (outside their home countries) Maori and Rajput. And Zombies vs Vampires... Brutality, monsters, and vampires taken back to their roots mythological roots, unrelenting predators that haunt the nightmares of their prey. No romantics, [[AnneRice [[Creator/AnneRice no angst]], and most importantly [[{{Twilight}} no SPARKLING]]!
* ''FridayNightLights''! ''Series/FridayNightLights''! The dialogue, the emoting, the amazing music by Explosions in the Sky, a Christian speed-metal band with Jesse Plemons as frontman, Taylor Kitsch frequently shirtless and showing off the saddest puppy eyes ever filmed, oh and there's a bull named named KitKat.
17th Jan '17 8:20:44 PM MagnusForce
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* ''Series/UltramanMebius'' 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.
* ''Ultraman Mebius'' 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!

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* ''Series/UltramanMebius'' 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.
* ''Ultraman Mebius''
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!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.



* Say what you like about it, but ''Gilligan's Island'' is such a fun show to watch. It's like Laurel and Hardy meet Robinson Crusoe with a good dose of Jules Verne added. Exotic scenery, likeable characters, jokes that are funny without being mean spirited, what's not to like? Also, the fact that it was created by an intellectual is pretty cool.

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* Say what you like about it, but ''Gilligan's Island'' ''Series/GilligansIsland'' is such a fun show to watch. It's like Laurel and Hardy meet Robinson Crusoe with a good dose of Jules Verne added. Exotic scenery, likeable characters, jokes that are funny without being mean spirited, what's not to like? Also, the fact that it was created by an intellectual is pretty cool.
8th Jan '17 6:24:44 PM nombretomado
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** ''LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple''. Best game show ever. Even if the show's been cancelled for years, people still dream of one day facing Olmec's temple. That Silver Monkey is going DOWN. One of the greatest forms of entertainment known to mankind. The temple guards to be the best part and always jumped when they came out of the trees.

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** ''LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple''.''Series/LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple''. Best game show ever. Even if the show's been cancelled for years, people still dream of one day facing Olmec's temple. That Silver Monkey is going DOWN. One of the greatest forms of entertainment known to mankind. The temple guards to be the best part and always jumped when they came out of the trees.
1st Jan '17 6:48:57 AM Hjortron18
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is one of the most brilliant television shows to come out of Britain in decades. Not only is it a ''successful'' re-imagining of Literature/SherlockHolmes himself, it is so true and respectful to the original stories. It has two brilliant (and unrepentantly geeky!) showrunners in Creator/StevenMoffat (yes, THAT [[Series/DoctorWho Steven]] [[{{Series/Jekyll}} Moffat]]) and Creator/MarkGatiss (yes, THAT [[TheLeagueOfGentlemen Mark Gatiss]]), who pepper their writing with references to the original ACD stories. It has two amazing stars: BenedictCumberbatch and MartinFreeman, both of whom embody their characters completely. You may not be able to take your eyes off Benedict and the "exotic animal" his Sherlock is (complete with gorgeous wardrobe and full-bore snark), but Martin's John is perfectly, wonderfully normal in the face of Sherlock's crazy. The rest of the cast is similarly wonderful, with extra special kudos to Mr. Gatiss pulling double-duty and providing a brilliant Mycroft Holmes, and to Rupert Graves's dryly paternal take on Inspector Lestrade. It's action-y, it's dramatic, and it's hilarious, and that ending cliffhanger ''will'' cause you to shriek at your television. It's faithful to the books, it's funny, it'd really frigging interesting and kind of creepy, it's surprisingly sweet and unrelentingly heartbreaking.

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is one of the most brilliant television shows to come out of Britain in decades. Not only is it a ''successful'' re-imagining of Literature/SherlockHolmes himself, it is so true and respectful to the original stories. It has two brilliant (and unrepentantly geeky!) showrunners in Creator/StevenMoffat (yes, THAT [[Series/DoctorWho Steven]] [[{{Series/Jekyll}} Moffat]]) and Creator/MarkGatiss (yes, THAT [[TheLeagueOfGentlemen Mark Gatiss]]), who pepper their writing with references to the original ACD stories. It has two amazing stars: BenedictCumberbatch Creator/BenedictCumberbatch and MartinFreeman, Creator/MartinFreeman, both of whom embody their characters completely. You may not be able to take your eyes off Benedict and the "exotic animal" his Sherlock is (complete with gorgeous wardrobe and full-bore snark), but Martin's John is perfectly, wonderfully normal in the face of Sherlock's crazy. The rest of the cast is similarly wonderful, with extra special kudos to Mr. Gatiss pulling double-duty and providing a brilliant Mycroft Holmes, and to Rupert Graves's dryly paternal take on Inspector Lestrade. It's action-y, it's dramatic, and it's hilarious, and that ending cliffhanger ''will'' cause you to shriek at your television. It's faithful to the books, it's funny, it'd really frigging interesting and kind of creepy, it's surprisingly sweet and unrelentingly heartbreaking.
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