There aren’t too many current shows not on any streaming services keeping my interest.  They are few and far between like Blacklist and Forensic Files.  Once in a while I watch The Wall and The Misery Index when it comes to reality/game shows.

June 27, 2020: TV Episode Recommendation: World’s Biggest Great White? (2019)

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One of my dreams is to swim with sharks especially Great White sharks. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen, but it will probably just play out in my mind how awesome it would be for a while. This episode was part of Shark Week on National Geographic in 2019. The footage of three female Great Whites off the coast of Hawaiian island, Waikiki, was amazing to watch even on the screen and the photos the divers captured were what I’d call crispy clear. The divers/photographers were Kimberly Jeffries, Mark Mohler and Andrew Gray with Dr. Christopher Lowe who spoke of the eating behaviors of sharks among other things. It’s not hard to believe, but there is a pecking order when eating with sharks. After the encounters, they realized one of the sharks was Deep Blue based on her markings. She was around 20 feet or 6.1 meters and about 50 years old. She didn’t move as fast as other sharks due to her size and the divers thinking she was pregnant. People often think the Great White is the most aggressive shark but that belongs to the Bull shark. It reaches 7 to 11.5 feet or 2.1 to 3.5 meters and weighs 200 to 500 pounds or 91 to 225 kilograms and unlike most other sharks, they don’t mind freshwater and live in highly populated areas. Therefore, the chance for increased attacks on humans but all in all the chances of getting bitten or killed by a shark is 1 in 3.75 million chance. Putting this in perspective, you have around a 1 in 3.02 million chance of winning the Mega Millions and 1 in 2.93 chance of winning the Powerball jackpot. You basically have a better chance of having an extra finger or toe which is around 1 in 1,000 so there you go.


  1. Tiger shark can get up to 16.5 feet or 5 meters and weighs between 850 to 1,400 pounds or 353 to 635 kilograms. It feeds on fish, mollusks, jellyfish, marine mammals, turtles, sea snakes, and other sharks.
  2. Pacific Sleeper shark can get up to 23 feet or 7 meters and weighs between 700 to 1900 pounds or 317 to 861 kilograms. It feeds on fish, mollusks, and squid.
  3. Great White shark can get up to 20 feet or 6.1 meters and weighs around 5,000 pounds or 2,267 kilograms. It feeds on fish, marine mammals, and seabirds.
  4. Basking shark can get up to 33 feet or 10 meters and weighs around 35,838 pounds or 16,256 kilograms. It feeds on plankton.
  5. Whale shark can get up to 33 feet or 10 meters and weighs around 41,000 pounds or 18,597 kilograms. It feeds on plankton and small fish.


  1. Cretoxyrhina or Ginsu shark could get up to 24 feet or 7.3 meters. They had long sharp teeth and ate fish, marine animals, and dinosaurs.
  2. Pychodus shark could get up to 33 feet or 10 meters. Their teeth were flat and ate mollusks and shellfish.
  3. Otodus shark could get up to 39 feet or 11.8 meters. They also had sharp teeth and ate mainly whales.
  4. Helicoprion shark could get up to 39 feet or 11.8 meters. Their teeth were coiled in order crush prey easily.
  5. Megalodon shark could get up to 59 feet or 17.9 meters. Their long teeth ate whales and their bite force was projected to be 40,000 psi. Putting this into perspective the Nile crocodile has a bite force of 5,000 psi and the Tyrannosaurus Rex had a projected bite of 10,000 psi.

May 6, 2020: TV Recommendation: Roseanne (1988-1997)

Quote by Roseanne

“I think the problem is that there is no problem.”


Creators: Roseanne Barr and Matt Williams

Total Seasons: 10 but I’m focusing on 9 of them

Episodes in Each Season: Varies

TV Rating: PG

Running Time of Each Episode: 21 or 22 minutes


Major Cast: Roseanne Bar as Roseanne Conner, John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Alicia Goranson as Becky Conner, and Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy,

Supporting Cast: Natalie West as Crystal Anderson-Conner, Johnny Galecki as David Healy, Glenn Quinn as Mark Healey, and Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris

Other Cast: Martin Mull as Leon Carp, Michael O’Keefe as Fred, Sandra Bernhard as Nancy Barlett, James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell, Tom Arnold as Arnie Thomas, Bonnie Bramlett as Bonnie Watkins, Shelley Winters as Nana Mary, Matt Roth as Fisher, Ned Beatty as Ed Connor


Roseanne was hilarious when it first aired and is just as funny when replayed.  The later seasons went off the rails a bit and don’t get me started with the 9th season finale.  The best episode out of them all is in season 7, episode 26 where the Conner family transforms into the Gilligan’s Island’s cast. I’m not too much into this particular reboot so I haven’t seen much of it although I do see Katey Sagal and Jay R. Ferguson have been added to the cast.  Time will tell if I invest in the later seasons.  As done before, I listed the best episodes of the first nine seasons.


Season 1 = “Death and Stuff” is the 21st episode where a salesman dies in the kitchen and during the time when Roseanne and Dan try to sell their their washer and dryer. IT aired on April 11, 1989.

Season 2 = “Brain-Dead Poets Society” is the 10th episode where Darlene reads a poem during Culture Night. It aired on November 28, 1989.

Season 3 = “Trick or Treat” is the 7th episode where Roseanne is a male trucker for Halloween and gets in trouble at the Lobo Lounge. It aired on October 30, 1990.

Season 4 = “Stressed to Kill” is the 9th episode where Roseanne starts smoking to deal with stress and tries to hide it from Dan It aired on November 29, 1991.
Season 5 = “War and Peace” is the 14th episode where Darlene bails Dan out of jail after hitting Jackie’s boyfriend. It aired on January 12, 1993.
Season 6 = “David vs. Goliath” is the 15th episode where Roseanne throws David out of the house and starts living with Jackie. It aired on February 1, 1994.
Season 7 = “Punch and Jimmy” is the 8th episode where D.J. is bullied at school and Dan teaches D.J. and David how to fight. It aired on November 9, 1994.
Season 8 = “Thrilla Near Vanilla” is the 12th episode where Jackie and Roseanne compete as supermarket sample people. It aired on January 2, 1996.
Season 9 = “Arsenic and Old Mom” is the 22nd episode where Dan thinks his mother, Audrey, is trying to kill him. It aired on May 13, 1997.
Roseanne gets FOUR FINGERS of GREAT at 90%.

March 13, 2020: TV Review: Game of Thrones

Quote by Tywin Lannister

“A lion does not concern himself with the opinion of sheep.”



February 21, 2020: TV Review of Boston Legal (2004-2008)

Quote by Denny Crane

“Alan, you know, one thing you sometimes forget is, no matter how hard your day is, no matter how tough your choices, how complex your ethical decisions, you always get to choose what you have for lunch.”


Creator: David E. Kelley

Executive Producers: Many

Writers: Many

Directors: Many

Major Cast in Season 1: James Spader as Alan Shore, William Shatner as Denny Crane, Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt, René Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston, Mark Valley as Brad Chase, Monica Potter as Lori Colson, Rhona Mitra as Tara Wilson, and Lake Bell as Sally Heep.

Major Cast in Season 2: James Spader as Alan Shore, William Shatner as Denny Crane, Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt, René Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston, Mark Valley as Brad Chase, Julie Bowen as Denise Bower, Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson, Monica Potter as Lori Colson, and Rhona Mitra as Tara Wilson.

Major Cast in Season 3: James Spader as Alan Shore, William Shatner as Denny Crane, Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt, René Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston, Mark Valley as Brad Chase, Julie Bowen as Denise Bower, Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson, Gary Anthony Williams as Clarence Bell, Constance Zimmer as Claire Simms, and Craig Bierko as Jeffrey Coho.

Major Cast in Season 4: James Spader as Alan Shore, William Shatner as Denny Crane, Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt, René Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston, Mark Valley as Brad Chase, Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson, Gary Anthony Williams as Clarence Bell, John Larroquette as Carl Sack, Tara Summers as Katie Lloyd, Saffron Burrows as Lorraine Weller, and Taraji P. Henson as Whitney Rome.

Major Cast in Season 5: James Spader as Alan Shore, William Shatner as Denny Crane, Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt, René Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston, Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson, John Larroquette as Carl Sack, and Tara Summers as Katie Lloyd.

Total Seasons: 5

Episodes in Each Season: Varies

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time of Each Episode: 44 minutes


It took me a while to get into this show, but again once I did, I was fully invested.  I encourage anyone to watch this show again to understand how a loyal Democrat and a loyal Republican can have their major differences (sometimes with too much paintball gun firing) and still be friends at the end of the day.  Life definitely recycles itself into a TV show with Denny Crane (Republican who likes real guns a little too much) and Alan Shore (Democrat who has trouble with just about everything related to women).  They challenge each other every chance they get and throughout the show there is personal growth in them both.  Many topics highlighted and cases tried are the same ones of today and when you throw in the upcoming Presidential election as well, it is TV mirroring life. 

With this being said, this show is more than two friends who grow to love and support each other although the center of the show is often Denny Crane’s Mad Cow as he refers to his disease.  The other law partners and lawyers of Crane, Poole & Schmidt operate more like a dysfunctional family than peaceful co-workers, but their main objective always being to win any civil case walking through the doors.  The show had a revolving cast, but it was never not entertaining. Season one focuses on Alan Shore and the rival he forms with Brad Chase.  It didn’t help they both liked the same woman. 

The second season has an introduction of new characters especially with Denise Bower and Jerry Espenson.  Season three was the strongest in the diversity of characters and guest stars.  Jeffrey Coho and Claire Simms entered as lawyers.  Clarence Bell finds his place in the firm.  Bethany Horowitz is a great adversary for Denny and Katey Sagal was superb and chilling as the overprotective mother.  The fourth season welcomed Carl Sack, Whitney Rome, Katie Lloyd, and Lorraine Weller into Crane, Poole & Schmidt family. 

The last season made for desperate times as the firm’s existence hung in the balance despite Denny and Alan finding themselves in front of U.S. Supreme Court again.  If you are not anything like Denny Crane, but still find him entertaining and likable due to the great writing and acting of William Shatner, watch the show.  The same goes for Alan Shore as played by James Spader.   The two together actors portraying their characters amounts to gold.  This is one show I’d watch again.



Season 1 = Tortured Souls” is the 15th episode where Alan takes a case defending a police officer accused of torture.  Denny takes on a case involving a woman left at the altar and his son, Donny, as the opposing counsel.  It aired on February 20, 2005.

Season 2 = “Smile” is the 15th episode where Alan defends a girl for being rejected because she can’t smile.  Denise and Shirley take a case about a hospital that refused to offer emergency birth control to a rape victim.  It aired on February 14, 2006.

Season 3 = “The Nutcrackers” is the 10th episode where Alan bets Shirley he can win his case involving twin daughters.  Denise, Brad, and Jeffrey takes a case about a woman who wants to sue God while Denny takes a case about custody of an anorexic teenager.  It aired on December 5, 2006.

Season 4 = “The Object of My Affection” is the 6th episode where Alan attempts to prove his client was temporarily insane when she killed the man who killed her daughter.  Jerry helps a client with Asperger syndrome and Denny fires an associate lawyer for being fat.  It aired on November 6, 2007.

Season 5 = “Thanksgiving” is the 10th episode where Shirley reluctantly invites some of  the firm members to her house for Thanksgiving.  This leads to a lot of disagreements, cold mashed potatoes, and overall chaos.  It aired on November 24, 2008.


I rate Boston Legal Four Fingers and One Thumb at 100%.


January 31, 2020: TV Review of Friends (1994-2004)

Quote by Chandler Bing played by Matthew Perry

“I”m not great at the advice.  Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?”

friends I had been meaning to compile a list of my favorite episodes of Friends since last year and then the whole David Schwimmer debacle happened recently where a Living Single actress, Erika Alexander (I remember her from later The Cosby Show episodes as Pam Tucker) commented on his unawareness the show she was in came before his.   I’m sure the creators gleaned some inspiration from it, but this doesn’t deny the humor and comical genius of Matthew Perry, Courtney Cox, and David Schwimmer as well as Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, and Lisa Kudrow.  I watched this show to laugh although the first season was not as funny compared to the later ones.  Here are my favorite episodes from every season and what I think showcases the best one for all the six major actors/actresses.  The characters were Chandler Bing played by Matthew Perry, Monica Geller played by Courteney Cox, and Dr. Ross Geller by David Schwimmer, Rachel Green by Jennifer Aniston, Phoebe Buffay by Lisa Kudrow, and Joey Tribbiani by Matt LeBlanc.


Season 1 = “The One with the Birth” is the 23rd episode Ross’s ex-wife, Carol, goes into labor.  Meanwhile, Ross gets locked in a closet with Carol’s wife, Susan, and Phoebe while Joey helps a single woman in labor who is played by Leah Remini.  It aired first on May 11, 1995.

Season 2 = “The One Where Eddie Won’t Go” is the 19th episode where Chandler’s weird, new roommate won’t leave.  Eddie says he will move out but never does and is played by Adam Goldberg.  This forces Chandler to devise a plan using Eddie’s own forgetfulness against him.  It aired on March 28, 1996.

Season 3 = “The One Where Chandler Can’t Remember Which Sister” is the 11th episode where Chandler can’t remember which sister of Joey’s he was intimate with and upsets the whole Tribbiani family over dinner.  It aired on January 9, 1997.

Season 4 = “The One with the Jellyfish” is the 1st episode where Ross has trouble picking between Rachel or Bonnie.  Monica also gets stung by a jellyfish and Phoebe is angry to find out who her biological mother really is.  It aired on September 25, 1997.

Season 5 = “The One with the Cop” is the 16th episode where Phoebe impersonates a police officer and then goes on a date with him.  Ross also decides he can carry a bulky couch up the stairs with Rachel and Chandler’s help.   It aired on February 25, 1999.

Season 6 = “The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance” is the 4th episode where Joey has a hernia, but can’t go to the doctor because he has no health care benefits.  Meanwhile, Ross overcompensates by taking on an English accent while teaching.  It aired on October 14, 1999.

Season 7 = “The One with the Nap Partners” is the 6th episode where Joey and Ross like to take naps together.  Phoebe and Rachel also both want to the Monica’s maid of honor.  It aired on November 9, 2000.

Season 8 = “The One with the Rumor” is the 9th episode where Rachel finds out a high school friend of Ross’s hates her over Thanksgiving dinner.  Will who is played by Brad Pitt tells her the reason why.  It aired on November 27, 2001.

Season 9 = “The One with Memorial Service” is the 17th episode where Ross and Chandler post false information about each other.  Chandler has come out as gay while Ross is now dead.  Joey still has attachment issues with his penguin called Hugsy.  It aired on March 13, 2003.

Season 10 = “The One with the Birth Mother” is the 13th episode where Phoebe tries to teach Joey French, Ross and Rachel still have a connection, and Erica visits Chandler and Monica.  It aired on February 19, 2004.


Best episode of Chandler Bing played by Matthew Perry is the 9th episode in season ten.  It is titled “The One with the Birth Mother” where Chandler convinces Erica played by Anna Faris to allow them to still be parents of her child.  It aired on January 8, 2004.

Best episode of Monica Geller played by Courteney Cox is the 13th episode in season five.  It is titled “One with Rachel’s Sister” where Monica won’t admit she is sick much to Chandler’s disgust.  It aired on February 3, 2002.

Best episode of Dr. Ross Geller played by David Schwimmer is 22nd episode in season three.  It is titled “The One with the Screamer” where Ross is on the receiving end of Rachel’s date Tommy played by Ben Stiller.  It aired on April 24, 1997.

Best episode of Rachel Green played by Jennifer Aniston is the 11th episode in season nine.  It is titled “The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work” where Rachel finds a replacement at her desk played by Dermot Mulroney.  It aired on January 9, 2003.

Best episode of Phoebe Buffay played by Lisa Kudrow is the 14th episode in season five.  It is titled “The One Where Everybody Finds Out” where Phoebe challenges Chandler’s feelings for her.  It aired on February 11, 1999.

Best episode of Joey Tribbiani played by Matt LeBlanc is  the 15th episode in season nine.  It is titled “The One with Joey’s New Brain” where Joey finds out his brain is no longer of use on Days of our Lives and neither is Ceclilia Monroe played by Susan Sarandon.  It aired on February 15, 2001.


I rate Friends ONE THUMB and FOUR FINGERS of NEAR PERFECT at 95%.


December 13, 2019: TV Review of Family Ties

familyties This is the second time I binge watched this show since it first aired in 1982. I watched all seven seasons, noticing Mallory’s haircut changed and everyone got younger in a few episodes that were out of order. Despite this continuity jump, it was a trip down memory lane with seeing guest stars before they “made it” in Hollywood. Tom Hanks, Julia Louis Dreyfus, and There are many great episodes in this show. It was hard to choose just one for each season. The fact Michael J. Fox is way shorter than Michael Gross is a little bit of an eyesore, but it made for hilarious comedy between them. I picked the best episode in each season and the best episode showcasing the acting chops of the major and some of the recurring actors/actresses. The daily life of the Keaton family premiered in September 1982 and concluded in April 1989.

Season 1 = “Margin of Error” is the 16th episode where Alex secretly uses his parents’ money to invest in the stock market.

Season 2 = “The Harder They Fall” is the 3rd episode where Steven and Elyse can’t keep their cool around Alex’s teacher during parent/teacher conferences due to his rudeness.

Season 3 = “Here We Go Again” is the 2nd episode where Elyse has to tell the family she is pregnant again after they come back from a camping trip.

Season 4 = “Mr. Wrong” is the 3rd episode where Steven and Elyse aren’t fond on Mallory’s new boyfriend, Nick, and invite him over to dinner.

Season 5 = “My Mother, My Friend” is the 12th episode where Mallory’s friend has more in common with Elyse and she becomes jealous of them.

Season 6 = “The Play’s the Thing” is the 18th episode where Steven convinces Elyse to star in his play and then gets jealous of her co-star.

Season 7 = “Rain Forests Keep Falling on My Head” is the 21st episode where Jennifer is obsessed with saving the environment and enforces rules for the whole family to follow.


Best episode of Elyse Keaton played by Meredith Baxter = It’s in season seven, episode 26, where Elyse can’t be happy for Alex that he is moving to New York.

Best episode of Steven Keaton played by Michael Gross = It’s in season three, episode 16, where Steven plays Thomas Jefferson in Alex’s dream.

Best episode of Alex P. Keaton played by Michael J. Fox = It’s in season four, episode 1, where Alex falls for an art student instead of his original pick from a magazine. Ellen is played by Tracy Pollan.

Best episode of Mallory Keaton played by Justine Bateman = It’s in season three, episode 15, where Mallory is the most affected by the death of Aunt Trudy.

Best episode of Jennifer Keaton played by Tina Yothers = It’s in season four, episode 7, where Jennifer acts her age around Alex’s math tutor who is also her age. Eugene Forbes is played by River Phoenix.

Best episode of Andrew Keaton played by Brian Bonsall = It’s in season six, episode 6, where Andrew is jealous of Lauren, Alex’s new girlfriend. Lauren is played by Courteney Cox.

Best episode of Skippy Handelman played by Marc Price = It’s in season two, episode 19, where Skippy finds out he’s adopted and sees his birth mother.

Best episode of Nick Moore played by Scott Valentine = It’s in season four, episode 8, where Nick tries to impress Steven and Elyse by being more like Alex.

Best episode of Lauren Miller played by Courteney Cox = It’s in season seven, episode 1, where Lauren has to deal with Alex in her study about overachievers.


I rate Family Ties Four Fingers and One Thumb at 96%.


November 25, 2019: TV Show Recommendation: 30 for 30


Creators: Bill Simmons and Conner Schell

Main Producers: Bill Simmons, Connor Schell, and John Dahl

Number of Seasons so far: Currently in 3rd season

Running Time of Each Episode: Varies
According to IMDb, 30 for 30 has four seasons, but on Wikipedia it says it has three seasons plus ESPN Films Presents, Shorts, and Soccer Stories. I’ve only seen three episodes so far: The Price of Gold about Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, The Prince of Pennsylvania about John du Pont and Mark and Dave Schultz, and The Good, The Bad, The Hungry about Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut. This documentary styled series about various sports and its culture allows me to learn new things. Hot dog eating shouldn’t rank high on the sports list. Calling them athletes is ridiculous and any sport that requires great physical conditioning and endurance is ten, twenty, or more times legitimate than finding the best way to soak a hot dog bun so it goes down easier. Yet, these contestants were interesting, as they devoted their whole life to taking part of eating challenges. Next up the episode about Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.

I rate 30 for 30 GOOD at 80%.



November 25, 2019: TV Show Recommendation

Who Do You Think You Are?

Quote by Maya Angelou

“The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.”


Executive Producers: Dan Bucatinsky, Lisa Kudrow, Alex Graham, Pamela Healey, Anna Pousho, Stephanie Schwam, Cameo Wallace, Al Edgington, Howard Lee, Jennifer O’Connell, Timothy Kuryak, Nancy Daniels, Amy Winter, Don Roos, Greg Finateri, John Hein, Maxine Watson, and Tom McDonald

Directors: David Gardner, Jyllian Gunther, Elizabeth Dobson, Christopher Bruce, Sarah Feltes, Kate Richter Green, Heather Ross, Rupert Smith, Lisa Bohacek, Eddie Schmidt, and Rebecca Snow

Writers: Lynn Dougherty, Reed Kowit, and Crystal Sarando

Narrator: Mocean Melvin

Number of Seasons so far: Currently waiting for the 11th season

Episodes in each Season: Varies

TV Rating: NA

Running Time of Each Episode: 42 minutes
With the success of Who Do You Think You Are? original British version, the producers decided to come out with the American version. It premiered in 2010 with Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, and Spike Lee. From there it continued with Mocean Melvin as the narrator in the next seasons with the 10th being the last season to be aired. It focused on the genealogies of Mandy Moore, Josh Duhamel, Regina King, and Matthew Morrison. The show started on NBC, moved to TLC, and returned back to NBC for its 11th season with 13 episodes that hopefully will be released in 2020. All the episodes are great to watch and I actually prefer this show over Finding Your Roots as viewers have the ability more to see the guests traveling to the cities and countries their ancestors once lived and how it has impacted the family members still alive.

I rate Who Do You Think You Are? GREAT at 90%.



November 18, 2019: TV Show Recommendation

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr (2012-)

Quote from Finding Your Roots by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

“Every family has untold stories buried in the fog of the past.”

Executive Producers: Peter W. Kunhardt, Henry Louis Gates, Dyllan McGee, Dalton Delan, Stephen Segaller, Anna Harrington, Anne Harrington, Julie Anderson,

Directors: Hazel Gurland, Jesse Sweet, Sabin Streeter, Josh Gleason, Muriel Soenens, Jamila Wignot, Phil Bertelsen, Hannah Olson, Krista Whetstone, and Lindsey Megrue

Writer: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Host: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Number of Seasons so far: Currently in the 6th

Episodes in each Season: Ten

TV Rating: TV-PG

Running Time of Each Episode: 51-53 minutes
Even with the Ben Affleck snafu of hiding his less favorable ancestral members, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr, is a good show. The most recent ones I’ve seen is from season four with Fred Armisen and season five with George R.R. Martin. Sometimes they uncover unsavory parts of the family while other discoveries point to the positive. Fred Armisen thought he was part Japanese, but his grandfather turned out to be a Korean dancer who took a Japanese name. George R.R. Martin held the belief he was part Italian from a grandfather who left his grandmother. When his DNA was tested, he had not a drop of Italian blood in him, but found out he was 22.4% Ashkenazi Jew. In other words, the grandfather he figured that left his family for another woman turned out not the be the case. The guests from the episodes travel within and outside the U.S. to find their ancestral historical lineage and the secrets of their family, often having them rethink their long-held beliefs. This type of show outweighs its criticism because while there are similarities among us with DNA, knowing one’s personal history should be viewed as good even when it includes the bad.

I rate Finding Your Roots GOOD at 80%.



November 18, 2019: TV Recommendation: The Misery Index (2019-)


Creators: Andy Breckman, Ben Newmark, and Dan Newmark

Executive Producers: Michael Lopez, Adam Bold, Andy Breckman, Daniel Calin, Howard Klein, Jason Mauro, Ben Newmark, and Dan Newmark

Director: Ryan Polito

Writers: Scotty Landes, Andy Breckman, Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark, and Mason Steinberg

Cast: Jameela Jamil, Brian Quinn, James Murray, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano

Episodes: 5 so far

Running Time of Each Episode: 21 minutes


For all the dangling of the carrot before the show premiered, I was excited for the first episode. I watched it and while it isn’t as funny as Impractical Jokers, it has enough miserableness and suspense to keep your attention. This game show has two teams competing against each other. The four friends (Q, Murray, Joe, and Sal) are paired with two contestants who have done something embarrassing in their own lives (who hasn’t done this) and are introduced to the audience and viewers. They watch real-life events and based on a scale from 1 to 100 and scored by the experts. The contestant who advances to the final round gets the chance to win $30,000. It reminds me of Hollywood Game Night a little bit, but The Misery Index has something it doesn’t and that is the antics of the four life long friends and the facial expressions of Jameela Jamil. It airs on Tuesday on TBS and has a rating of TV-14.

I rate The Misery Index GOOD at 80%.



November 15, 2019: Dancing with the Stars Review (2005-)

Quote about Dancing with the Stars by Al Pacino:

“All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be, I am a dancer. But I don’t think I would be on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ mainly because I would be too shy.”


Executive Producers: Ashley Edens-Shaffer, Joe Sungkur, Rob Wade, Andrew Llinares, and David Ruskey

Directors: Alex Rudzinski, Deepak Gattani, Phil Heyes, and Brett Register

Writers: Dave Boone, Gina Casazza, Christine Castanon, Brandon Clayton, Amy Colman, Ed Driscoll, Rebecca Hoobler, Rj Hurley, Ben Kenniston, Kelly Jean Kurowski, Carl Leaf, Heather Mnross, Jack Montague, Steve Nahaj, Ryan O’Dowd, Dianne Perotta, Lauren K. Sokolov, Matthew Traylor, and James Woods

Hosts: Tom Bergeron, Lisa Canning, Samantha Harris, Brooke Burke, and Erin Andrews

Judges: Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli

Professional Dancers: Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani, Maksim Chmerovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Kym Johnson Herjavec, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sharna Burgess, Julianne Hough, Louis van Amstel, Edyta Sliwinska, Anna Trebunskaya, Peta Murgatroyd, Chelsie Hightower, Lindsay Arnold, Witney Carson, Emma Slater, Lacey Schwimmer, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Gleb Savchenko, Dimitry Chaplin, Keo Motsepe, Allison Holker, Tristan MacManus, Alan Bernstein, Jenna Johnson, Anna Demidova, Henry Byalikov, and Damian Whitewood

Number of Seasons so far: 28

Episodes in each Season: Varies

Running Time of Each Episode: 40-86 minutes
Where do I start with DWTS? Probably the beginnning. Seasons 10 to 21 were the best. They had a great set of professional dancers with Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Julianne Hough, Karina Smirnoff, Peta Murgatroyd, and the say what’s on my mind Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The dance group was great to watch too. There were two seasons in each year. The best was the one during Halloween although the spring season was decent too. When Derek Hough (I met him once and even got a picture despite never talking to him) permanently left the show along with Mark Ballas, and Karina Smirnoff, the show began to really take a nose dive in the shallow end of the pool. I know Erin Andrews is already locked into place as one of the hosts, but bring back Brooke Burke please. As much as I would love the challenge of being on the show (that I know will NEVER happen because I’m not famous nor would I ever subject myself to this kind of embarrassment for I have no rhythm), the DWTS competitors have gotten to the point of scraping the bottom of the barrel. In the words of one of my friends, “we’re now at the point of murderers (Ray Lewis) and liars (Sean Spicer).” It’s no secret many watchers boycotted DWTS due to Sean Spicer as a competitor. I was one of them until I couldn’t stay away anymore. I usually skipped over Spicer’s dances if I was streaming it or changed the channel when he came on if it was live. All I can say is despite some of the stupidity of this show, I’m glad he finally was voted off. DWTS didn’t need a repeat of last season’s winner of Bobby Bones. Let it be no more popularity contest and even though my family doesn’t understand why I watch this terrible show I’m looking forward to seeing who gets first place. My prediction is James Van Der Beek and Emma or Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber will win the mirror ball trophy. Now that it’s only airing once a year, I will probably be back in 2020, but no more political competitors, just a thought.  I included a list of first, second, and third winners below.
first second third


I rate DWTS Season 27 THREE FINGERS.

It is GOOD at 71%.


I rate DWTS Season 27 THREE FINGERS.

It is GOOD at 73%.


I rate DWTS Season 22-26 THREE FINGERS.

It is GOOD at 80%.


I rate DWTS Season 10-21 FOUR FINGERS.

It is GREAT at 90%.


I rate DWTS Season 1-9THREE FINGERS.

It is GOOD at 80%.


October 23, 2019: Peaky Blinders Review Season 5 (2019)

Quote from Peaky Blinders by Polly Gray

“Brave is going where no man has gone before.”



Creator: Steven Knight

Executive Producers: Caryn Mandabach, Jamie Glazebrook, Frith Tiplady, Steven Knight, Will Gould, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Read, Greg Brenman, Tommy Bulfin, Donald Mason, Patrick Spence, and Hugo Heppell

Writers: Steven Knight, Toby Finlay, and Stephen Russell

Directors: Colm McCarthy, Tim Mielants, David Caffrey, Anthony Byrne, Otto Bathurst, and Tom Harper

Major Cast: Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly, Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby, Ned Dennehy as Uncle Charlie Strong, Finn Cole as Michael Gray, Ian Peck as Curly, Harry Kirton as Finn Shelby, Packy Lee as Johnny Dogs, Natasha O’Keeffe as Lizzie Stark, Kate Phillips as Linda Shelby, Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Esme Shelby, Anya Taylor-Joy as Gina Gray, and Tony Pitts as Sergeant Moss

Other Notable Cast: Sam Claflin as Oswald Mosley, Cosmo Jarvis as Barney, Kingsley Ben-Adir plays Colonel Ben Younger, Andrew Koji as Brilliant Chang, Annabelle Wallis as Grace Burgess, Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons, Neil Maskell as Winston Churchill, Charlie Murphy as Jessie Eden, Benjamin Zephaniah as Jeremiah Jesus, Aidan Gillen as Aberama Gold, Jack Rowan as Bonnie Gold, Emmett J. Scanlan as Billy Grade, Daryl McCormack as Isaiah Jesus, Brian Gleeson as Jimmy McCavern, Elliot Cowan as Michael Levitt, Charlene McKenna as Captain Swing, and Kate Dickie as Mother Superior

Past Major and Notable Cast: Joe Cole as John Shelby, Paddy Considine as Father John Hughes, Charlie Creed-Miles as Billy Kimber, Adrien Brody as Luca Changretta, Noah Taylor as Darby Sabini, Gaite Jansen as Princess Tatiana Petrovna, Charlotte Riley as May Carleton, and Iddo Goldberg as Freddie Thorne

Episodes in each Season: 6

Running Time of Each Episode: 60 minutes
Peaky Blinders is my favorite show that plays on Netflix, hands down, although Narcos and The Last Kingdom are close behind it. I’ve watched the show more than once despite there being many other options in my queue. I blew through season five in one day although it wasn’t too hard because there’s only six episodes per season. I wish there were a lot more, at least ten, because it’s that perfect of a show. You have to hand it to Cillian Murphy and Paul Anderson as the two remaining older Shelby brothers. They have an awkward chemistry together that is great to watch. Season five begins in 1929, right before the stock market crashes on Wall Street, which sends the Shelby company into a tailspin when it happens. Tommy is now fully submerged in politics, of course with an angle, and his main nemesis is Oswald Mosley. He’s played brilliantly by Sam Claflin and hard to believe he is the same actor from Me Before You and last two Hunger Games movies. As Tommy’s plan to defeat Mosley gains traction, he seeks people from his past to help him execute his plan. The problem with being on top is others wanting to knock you down whether reporter, politician, or rival gang member. Tommy tries to keep his family and friends in check while scrambling to rebuild what was lost and not lose any more power along the way. Tommy realizes there’s another rat in his inner circle during the final episode so based on this there is another season coming. Despite missing Joe Cole as John Shelby, I’m glad to see a new character enter the Shelby family, an American woman named Gina, who is Michael Gray’s wife. The rest of the Shelby family do what they do best. Ada continues living her own life apart from Tommy with consequences. Arthur continues to be a walking emotional time bomb with severe consequences. Aunt Polly remains the voice of reason when things are tense. Tommy continues to be haunted by Grace while his children provide extra family drama although he loves them fiercely. This historical drama show has it all even in scenes when the character is never seen again. Case in point is Kate Dickie in the first episode (GOT fans should recognize her). Give it a try and watch it.

I rate Peaky Blinders Four Fingers and One Thumb.

It is PERFECT at 100%.


October 19, 2019: TV Review Season 7 of Blacklist (So Far)

Quote from The Blacklist by Raymond Reddington:

“I finally had a chance to see her, Sam. There’s a fire inside she got from you. She’s volatile, unpredictable, soft, and hard, and… soft again. Stronger than she knows.”



Creator: Jon Bokenkamp

Major Cast: James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington/Ilya Koslov, Megan Boone as Elizabeth “Liz” Keen/Masha Rostova, Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler, Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper, Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai, Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma, Brian Dennehy as Dominic Wilkinson, Laila Robins as Katarina Rostova, and Natalie Paul as Mila/Frankie Campbell
Rating: TV-14 Completed Seasons: 6
Episodes in each Season: 22
Running Time of Each Episode: 43 minutes


A lot has happened since Blacklist first aired. Major characters have died including Tom Keen/Christopher Hargrave (Ryan Eggold), Kathryn Nemec/Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert), and Meera Malik (Parminder Nagra) while recurring characters have also perished including Alan Fitch (Alan Alda), Naomi Hyland (Mary-Louise Parker), Laurel Hitchin (Christine Lahti), and Ian Garvey (Jonny Coyne). In season six, Samar Navabi (Mozhan Marno) almost died and left to keep Aram Mojtabai (Amir Arison) safe. With season seven now three episodes deep, I can’t wait to see what materalizes. I haven’t been this excited about this show since season four when there were flashbacks of a young Katarina Rostova (Lotte Verbeek) and her relationship with Mr. Kaplan. Will Aram find love again? It looks like he might be headed into another complicated relationship. Will Ressler finally put his killing of Laurel Hitchin (Christine Lahti) behind him? We found out the identity of the bones and why they were put there, but now the question is what did Reddington do so bad for Katarina to want to drain all his blood after the fact? They still have attraction to each other, even if it is drenched in dysfunction and competition, so get ready for more cat on cat games. I wish Jennifer Reddington would come back for a single blow to Red’s ego, but I understand her wanting to remain alive. This season’s focus most likely will be between Katarina Rostova and Raymond Reddington and Katarina Rostova and Elizabeth Keen. It’s already hinting at some kind of revelation between mother and daughter. The intentions for Katarina aren’t clear yet for Liz. She’s resourceful, devious, and someone who doesn’t let go of grudges. One thing is clear that Red will keep revealing people on the Blacklist and using people for his benefit as in Nurse Mila who initially was instructed by Katarina to kill him. The 19 episodes left should be spectacular.

I rate Blacklist Four Fingers and One Thumb.

It is PERFECT at 100%.


September 24, 2019: TV Recommendation: A.P. Bio (2018-)

Quote from A.P. Bio by Jack Griffin

“So I’m not gonna teach you anything in here, okay? If you keep your mouth shut, you get an A. If you say anything to anybody, you get an F. Welcome to AP Bio.”



Creator: Michael Patrick O’Brien

Executive Producers: Glenn Howerton, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Michael Shoemaker, Donick Cary, Shelly Gossman, Andrew Singer, Barbara Stoll, Emily Cutler, Luvh Rakhe, and Franco Barrio

Directors: Osmany Rodriguez, Andrew DeYoung, Carrie Brownstein, Maggie Carey, Lynn Shelton, Trent O’Donnell, John Solomon, Payman Benz, Daniel Gray Longino, Julie Anne Robinson, Tristram Shapeero, Jennifer Arnold, Richie Keen, Blake McClure, and Michael Patrick O’Brien

Writers: Britt Matt, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Charlie McCrakin, Zeke Nicholson, Jeff Vanderkruik, Brendan Jennings, Nicole Sun, John Blickstead, Donick Cary, Shelly Gossman, Rob Klein, Trey Kollmer, Emily Cutler, Brian Ashburn, Aseem Batra, Luvh Rakhe, Amy Hubbs, Dan Klein, Paula Pell, and John Solomon

Major Cast: Glenn Howerton as Jack Griffin, Nick Peine as Marcus Kasperak, Jacob Houston as Victor Kozlowski, Jean Villapique as Michelle Jones, Allisyn Ashley Arm as Heather, Eddie Leavy as Anthony Lewis, Aparna Brielle as Sarika Sarkar, Patton Oswalt as Ralph Durbin, Lyric Lewis as Stef Duncan, Sari Arambulo as Grace, Mary Sohn as Mary Wagner, Spence Moore II as Dan Decker, Marisa Baram as Marissa, Paula Pell as Helen Henry DeMarcus, Jacob McCarthy as Devin, Tucker Albrizzi as Colin McConnell, Miguel Chavez as Eduardo, and Jacob Timothy Manown as Caleg

TV Rating: TV-13

Running Time: 21 minutes per episode


This show from what I hear is a watered down version of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I wouldn’t rate this show one of the best I’ve seen, but it had enough plot and humor. The plot of A.P. Bio on NBC is simple where Jack Griffin’s ultimate goal is to get out of Ohio. His high level of narcissism and disinterest in teaching is obvious to the students, but despite his terrible dress, he does have a few redeeming qualities. Over the course of the semester or year as I’m not sure about the span of time, Jack forces his students to help him get revenge on the man who took his job and others who have wronged him in the past. He teaches his students the harsh realities and hard knocks of life or so he justifies it this way. The first season Jack is more disgruntled and set on revenge. The second season he’s figuring out how to use this small Midwestern city for his benefit. Trouble still follows him around the hallways and yet he sometimes gets to save the day. My favorite episode so far is when the faculty and staff try to save their funding. Let’s say this isn’t a show I’m dying to watch when the new season premieres, but I’ll likely watch the third season in 2020.

I rate A.P. Bio GOOD with Three Fingers at 80%.



September 18, 2019: TV Recommendation: Forged In Fire (2015-)


Executive Producers: Paul Hogan, Jaim Pasquarella, Shawn Witt, Simon Thomas, Steve Ascher, David George, Tim Healy, and Brent Montgomery Directors: Michael Pearlman and Alfonso Trinidad Host: Wil Willis Major Cast/Judges: J Neilson, David Baker, Doug Marcaida, Jason Knight (season 3 and 4), and Ben Abbott (season 4-) TV Rating: I didn’t it listed but would rate it TV-MA
Running Time per Episode: 43 minutes


Forged in Fire is a reality show, but it’s also educational. I watch it on the History channel. Every episode contains random blade smiths from the United States who compete for the prize of $10,000. I guess that’s a lot of money in the blade smithing world. There is three rounds and each round someone may get eliminated by not producing what the judges ask for at the end of the first two rounds. The first round is forging the blade, the second round is making any changes to the blade and adding a handle, and before the last round the blades are tested on animal carcasses, ice blocks, car doors, sand bags, and ropes. The blades and contestants that survive advance to the third round where they have four days to create a version of the weapon chosen by the judges. The blade goes through similar strength and sharpness tests and the judges (J. Neilson, David Baker, and Doug Marcaida) declare a winner by the end. The show started with eight episodes but over time they increased the number and now there is 16 episodes per season. The sixth season started on February 6, 2019. I used to watch this show more back in the day, but I enjoy a episode now and then. 

I rate Forged in Fire GREAT at 90%.


August 12, 2019: TV Recommendation: Impractical Jokers (2011-)

Narrator from Impractical Jokers

Warning, this show contains scenes of graphic stupidity among four lifelong friends who compete to embarrass each other. Viewer Discretion is advised.


Executive Producers: Charlie DeBevoise, Mark Hickman, Brian Quinn, James Murray, Joe Gatto, Sal Vulcano, Pete McPartland, and Simmy Kustanowitz

Directors: Andrew Hood, Mark W. Roden, P.J. Morrison, Dave Scarborough, Alphonse Freed, Peter Fowkes, Yesenia ‘Moony’ Perez, Sandor Bondorwky, and Jeff Celis

Writers: James Easter Bradford, Brian Greene, Erin Hurm, Razor Rocco Rizzotti, The Tenderloins, Christine Walters, and Julia Young

Major Cast: Brian Quinn, James Murray, Sal Vulcano, and Joe Gatto

Narrators: Drew Patterson, Bill St. James, and Erik Falcon

TV Rating: TV-14

Number of Seasons: Eight and renewed for a 9th season to be released in 2020

Episode Running Time: 19–21 minutes (seasons 1–5), 23–24 minutes (seasons 6–7) with longer times for specials and season finales


imjokefour.jpg Since 2011 although I got hooked onto this show much later, these four friends singly or in pairs compete in challenges against each other on Impractical Jokers. By the end of each episode, there is a clear loser or sometimes losers. These losers are subjected to a punishment meted out by the winners. This usually involves something the loser is afraid to do, sometimes dangerous and other times over the top stupid. I don’t really have a favorite because they are all funny. I find Sal ridiculous in his fear of cats, but identify with his fear of germs. Joe is a natural comedian and seems to excel in most anything he does except when he loses. The gang really seem to enjoy punishing Murr as he has had some good ones. Check out the one with Danica McKellar. Q used to be firefighter with the FDNY and has a big heart. Check out the one with the red X’s on children’s drawings. This can be viewed on truTV as it plays reruns on the weekends and new episodes on Thursdays.

Pisaries Creator rates Impractical Jokers PERFECT at 100%.


August 5, 2019: TV Recommendation: American Masters (1985-)/The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018)


As a precursor, I’ve been in my rewriting phase of one of my novel ideas. It’s been a long process. One year passed, then another, and here I am in 2019. You’d think that me working so long on it, I should have a great masterpiece. I’m telling you 100%, it will not be, but it’s an idea I needed to get on cyber paper. Trust me when I say the writing pain in real and everything that might come after it too. I’m hoping to finish this rewrite by the end of this year so I can have a few people hack it to pieces (make suggestions to the flow, wording, missing stuff, etc). Then, guess what’s next? Another rewrite but hopefully not as long and in depth. I’m also hoping all this confusion, self-doubt, fear subsides in addition to ignoring the need for perfection, which leads to my other stories written in half the time and rewritten in half the pain. leguin This documentary couldn’t have come at a better time last Friday night as I was in bed, thinking about sleep but not wanting to go sleep, as I’ve picked up this nasty habit of watching TV. I was set to watch something else, but realized that was a rerun. As I was flipping the channels, I came across Ursula K. Le Guin talking about her father. I watched the rest of it, despite never being into science fiction or reading any of her books. Of course, I had to watch the 15 minutes I missed and buy a few of her books this past weekend. The part that stuck with me was how she found herself again, even in her twilight years, and how she allowed herself to change and grow as a writer. A female writer who influenced many fans (pissed off some in her later writings that she talks about) and other writers, science fiction or other genres.  She gave me hope to keep writing until I’m gone.  Le Guin’s legacy will not only be her books, but her creativity, drive, personality, and history. It’s all woven into her writing. She has an impressive amount of work: novels, volumes of short stories, essay collections, children’s books, and poetry.  You can watch this documentary by Arwen Curry on PBS American Masters, also known as 9th episode of season 33. The trailer is below.


July 24, 2019: TV Series Recommendation: NOVA (1974-)

Quote by Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Asteroids have us in our sight. The dinosaurs didn’t have a space program, so they’re not here to talk about this problem. We are, and we have the power to do something about it. I don’t want to be the embarrassment of the galaxy, to have had the power to deflect an asteroid, and then not, and end up going extinct.”


Executive Producers: Paula Apsell, Sam Bancroft, Aidan Lavery, and Peter Wyles

Directors: Sarah Holt, Ben Lawrie, and Ross Young

Writer: Sarah Holt

TV Rating: TV-PG

Episode Running Time: 53 minutes


I’m not even going to list the show’s executive producers, directors, narrators, or cast of this show. Not when the show has run since 1974, but I did list key people for this episode. Time is limited and so is mine right now, but this episode was fascinating and interesting to watch. If it weren’t for the asteroid hitting Earth millions of years ago, killing nice and mean dinosaurs as we saw in Jurassic Park, humans probably wouldn’t have existed. Do you really see dinosaurs and humans co-existing? I don’t no matter how much it would be cool to see one alive. The bulk of this episode shows various scientists removing and analyzing rock from the Chicxulub crater for greater understanding of the asteroid and its impact. The destruction of it was due to its power and speed. It had the energy force of 10 billion atomic bombs and speed of 40,000 mph. The dinosaurs not killed on impact suffered a longer death by the release of sulfates and blockage of the sun, which eventually led to starvation. So what are the chances of an asteroid hitting Earth again? According to a team from Princeton, the odds are in our favor. There is a 1 in 5,000 chance of an asteroid big enough to wipe out civilization in the next 100 years (stated in 2011). If asteroids regularly hit planets including Earth every 100 million years, I’d say it’s safe to say the Earth isn’t disappearing anytime soon, but the fact human beings live for such as short amount of time still scares and fascinates me. After you watch this episode from 2017, there are 879 episodes to choose and a few are on Netflix.


I rate NOVA episodes PERFECT at 100%.


June 18, 2019: TV Miniseries Recommendation: Manhunt: Unabomber (2017)

Quote from Manhunt: Unabomber by Ted Kaczynski

“You know, the irony is, they’re gonna show this cabin as evidence that I’m crazy. But if everyone was content to live simply like this, we’d have no more war, no poverty, no pollution.”


Creators: Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente, Tony Gittelson

Executive Producers: Dana Brunetti, John Goldwyn, Troy Searer, Andrew Sodroski, Kevin Spacey, and Greg Yaitanes

Director: Greg Yaitanes

Writers: Andrew Sodroski, Nick Towne, Jim Clemente, Tony Gittelson, James R. Fitzgerald, Max Hurwitz, Steven Katz,and Nick Schenk

Major Cast: Jalen Major as Airplane Passenger, Sam Worthington as Jim Fitzgerald, Jeremy Bobb as Stan Cole, Ben Weber as Andy Genelli, Chris Noht as Don Ackerman, Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski, Lynn Collins as Natalie, Keisha Castle-Hughes as Tabby, Mark Duplass as David Kaczynski, Elizabeth Reaser as Ellie Fitzgerald, Jane Lynch as Janet Reno, Bonnie Johnson as Wanda Kaczynski

TV Rating: TV-14 for a disturbing violent sequence

Running Time: 60 minutes per episode


Manhunt: Unabomber is a TV miniseries that aired on Discovery Channel in August and September 2017. This eight part episode explores the life of Ted Kaczynski and Jim Fitzgerald, the FBI profiler, who was one out of the 150 task force members assigned to capture the Unabomber. The effort to identify and arrest him spanned basically 18 years from 1978 to 1996. Once Kaczynski was arrested, it was the U.S. court system’s responsibility to make him accountable for killing three people and severely injuring 23 others. Despite knowing the Unabomber was caught, the series still allows you to experience the failures and successes as the manhunt continued to its end. There were a few scenes regarding Kaczynski’s childhood especially his time at Harvard that negatively influenced him, but clearly doesn’t explain all his future behavior. Rarely one thing ever does. He was sentenced to eight life sentences without the possibility of parole in 1998 and is currently housed in a Colorado prison known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” While Sam Worthington played a good adversary, Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski was a great portrayal of a highly intelligent, mentally and emotionally conflicted person. While Fitzgerald and Kaczynski never met during or after his capture, it led to interesting psychological jockeying between the actors portraying them. I consider this one of the strongest parts of this miniseries.

I rate Manhunt: Unabomber GREAT at 90%.



May 10, 2019: TV Recommendation: Damnation (2017-2018)

Quote from Damnation by Creeley Turner: “Never imagined this is what I’d grow up to be.”


Damnation is about a small town in Iowa called Davenport. It centers around a preacher, Seth Davenport, who rallies the town against those in power through calculated strikes and plans to take their farms back. There are richer and deadlier men who stand in the town’s way, and as the current Sheriff, Christopher Heyerdahl, struggles to keep his own gun and badge, the fight for power continues until the end. I’d say the strength of this series is the effortlessness of how the stories play out against the historical backdrop of the Great Depression. Family dynamics, personal motives, and clear differences among the townspeople leads to a cliffhanger in the last episode, but maybe somebody will realize the show needs more than one season for closure.



Creator: Tony Tost

Executive Producers: Adam Kane, Tony Tost, Gillian Berrie, Guymon Casady, David Mackenzie, James Mangold, and Daniel Rappaport

Directors: Adam Kane, Rod Lurie, Eva Sørhaug, Alex Graves, Kate Dennis, and Katie Jacobs

Writers: Tony Tost, Nazrin Choudhury, Julia Cohen, Michael D. Fuller, Kevin Lau, Rayna McClendon

Major Cast: Logan Marshall-Green as Creeley Turner, Killian Scott as Seth Davenport, Sarah Jones as Amelia Davenport, Chasen Harmon as Bessie Louvin, Christopher Heyerdahl as Don Berryman, Joe Adler and DL Sullivan, Phillippa Domville as Martha Riley, David Haysome as Deputy Raymond Berryman, Melinda Page Hamilton as Connie Nunn, Teach Grant as Preston Riley, Rohan Mead as Sam Riley Jr. Paul Rae as Melvin Stubbs, and Gabriel Mann as Martin Eggers Hyde, Ph.D. Rating: TV-MA
Episodes: 10

Running Time: 60 minutes

I rate Damnation Four Fingers and One Thumb at 100%


April 19, 2019: Documentary Recommendation: The Untold History of the United States


Quote from The Untold History of the United State by Oliver Stone: “Americans, like people everywhere, are in thrall to their visions of the past, rarely realizing the extent to which their understanding of history shapes behavior in the here and now. Historical understanding defines people’s very sense of what is thinkable and achievable. As a result, many have lost the ability to imagine a world that is substantially different from and better than what exists today.”


Executive Producers: Carlos Guillermo, Chris Hanley, Oliver Stone, Tara Tremaine, Robert S. Wilson, Serge Lobo, and Rob Wilson

Director: Oliver Stone

Writers: Matt Graham, Peter Kuznick, and Oliver Stone

Major Cast: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jm Ward, André Sogliuzzo, Chris Cox, Chris Edgerly, Alex Veadov, Daniel Hagen, Greg Berg, Mark Jeffrey Miller, Tim Russel, Mark Ivanir, Jeff Bergman, Jack Blessing, Michelle Bruce, Bill Farmer, and Eidan Hanzel
Rating: Not Rated but would say TV-MA
Episodes: 12
Running Time: 58 minutes per episode
Whether you like or hate or somewhere in between Oliver Stone for whatever reasons, he will continue to be interested in history and how the U.S. influenced the world. This 12 part documentary covers elections, wars, ideas, competition, and domination that you probably won’t find in high school history books. It starts with World War II and Franklin Roosevelt’s relationship with Joseph Stalin. It progresses into the time after the war when Democrats were scared of Henry Wallace and Britain’s desire to maintain their colonies. The third episode focuses on the atomic bomb and Harry Truman’s entry into politics. The Cold War and Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist tirades dominate the late 1940s into the early 1950s. It continues with Dwight Eisenhower and his fight against Communist influence. We head into John F. Kennedy and the CIA’s failure in Cuba regarding Bay of Pigs. When JFK dies, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon are all guns blazing into the Vietnam War. The eighth episode blazes past Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan and his strained relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev. There is a shift when George Bush and Bill Clinton are sworn in regarding how America is viewed by the world. The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars lead us into a state of heightened security especially after 9/11. Barack Obama is the last episode where security and economy are the two most important issues during his presidency. There were two prologue episodes during the early 1900s including World War I, Russian Revolution, Woodrow Wilson, and Smedley Butler. If Oliver Stone is correct that invasions often turn into long, unnecessary wars, started from greed, superiority, and narcissism, then many suffer directly and indirectly including demonstrators and revolutionaries if that occurs. I found most interesting his question of how much one country should try to influence another whether it be for dominance or altruistic reasons. It appears when it comes to U.S political elections and results, the jockeying for influence and power is still with us, and more so than ever with twitter debates and news coverage. Does it really matter who is ahead and who is doing what when it comes to space exploration, technological advancement, economic power, and social influence? To a degree, yes, because cyber attacks should be taken seriously. And yes because we live in a time of nuclear weapons. And even more of a yes because I’d rather not have any country invade another one for reasons not substantiated. And yes the concept of warfare and political dominance have been around for so long that it’s become a part of our social makeup, but remaining static is not good either. I watched this because I like history, but these were some of the questions Stone offered. In case your wondering, I’m undecided on who I would like to see elected as the next President of the United States. Yet, I’m looking forward to seeing how it all materializes.

I rate The Untold History of the United States GREAT at 90%


April 15, 2019: TV Show Recommendation: Whiskey Cavalier (2019)

Quote from Whiskey Cavalier by Will Chase: “I have my feelings. My feelings don’t have me.”


Creator: David Hemingson

Directors: Peter Atencio, Jon East, Romeo Tirone, Rob Bailey, Matthew A. Cherry, Amanda Marsalis, Michael Spiller, and Daisy von Scherler Mayer

Writers: David Hemingson, Jameel Saleem, Erica Batty, Helen Berger, Seth Cohen, Sheri Elwood, Adam Higgs, Dean Lopata, Rich Muirragui, Kelsey Murray, Amy Pocha, and Adam Sztykiel

Major Cast: Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Frankie Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish, Vir Das as Jai Datta, and Ray Prince as Josh Hopkins
Rating: TV-14
Episodes: 13
Running Time: 60 minutes per episode
What were viewers going to do after Jake Ballard got his at the end of Scandal? Scott Foley went from being part of B613 to being an FBI agent in Whiskey Cavalier, and everyone who watched Scandal sighed a big relief. In his new show, Foley plays Will Chase, a FBI agent. Will is made to work alongside his new partner, CIA operative, Frankie Trowbridge after they finished their first assignment. The team is now complete with Will, Frankie, Jai Datta (Frankie’s co-worker), Susan Sampson (FBI profiler), and Ray Prince (FBI agent). This is a lighthearted show with some action and humor, mainly focusing on the connections and lack of among this new team as they conduct missions. You can watch it on ABC although I wait until it comes on Hulu so it doesn’t have commercials. Part of the appeal is the work tension between Will and Frankie, but the cast together is well rounded. Time will tell if ABC will cancel it due to lower ratings than other shows, but hopefully it will get picked up for a second season. Maybe, I shouldn’t wait to watch it after all so it boosts the ratings.


I rate Whiskey Cavalier GREAT at 87%.



February 25, 2019: TV Show Recommendation: The Good Place (2016-)

Quote from The Good Place by Chidi Anagonye: “Principles aren’t principles when you pick and choose when you’re gonna follow them.”



Creator: Michael Schur

Producers: Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, Drew Goddard, David Hyman, Joe Mande, and Megan Amram

Directors and Writers: Many

Major Cast: Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye, Jameela Jamil as Tahani Al-Jamil, Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza, Ted Danson as Michael, and D’Arcy Carden as Janet

Rating: TV-PG

Episodes: 13 in Season 1 and 12 in Season 2 and 3

Episode Length: 22 minutes


Created by Michael Schur and produced by Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Universal Television, The Good Place first aired in 2016 on NBC. I recently watched all three seasons and while I wasn’t sure of it in the beginning, I now 100% recommend this show to anyone who likes Ted Danson and comedy. The premise is about four people who have died and live together in an after world with way too many frozen yogurt establishments unless you love frozen yogurt. The main cast who have died are Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto). In addition to the foursome, there is Michael (Ted Danson) who created this Good Place and his loyal sidekick Janet (D’Arcy Carden). They are never far away and give their expertise and knowledge. There’s a lot of laughs throughout the seasons as everyone in the first tries to deal with the fact they are first dead and how to cope with it. They each have soul mates and continue to “live” as normal as possible for dead people in season two despite major revelations. I didn’t think they could top the first two seasons, but season three manages to do that by going deeper yet. It takes something engaging to keep my attention when it comes to comedy, and this definitely did in all respects of story, characters, concept, and production design. The show has been renewed for a fourth season.

I rate The Good Place with Four Fingers and One Thumb at 100%


February 15, 2019: TV Show Recommendation: The Blacklist (2013-)

Quote from Blacklist by Raymond Reddington: “Every cause has more than one effect.


Creator: Jon Bokenkamp

Directors: Many

Writers: Many

Major Cast: James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, Megan Boone as Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler, Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen, Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper, Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai, Mozhan Marnò as Samar Navabi, and Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma, and Susan Blommaert as Mr. Kaplan
Rating: TV-14 Completed Seasons: 5
Episodes in each Season: 22
Running Time of Each Episode: 43 minutes
When Blacklist came onto the airwaves, I was hooked. Here was a show about the FBI about a newly minted agent to become quite powerful in her own way and the opposition she faced regarding a fugitive. Throughout the five completed seasons and now the sixth already progressing with new faces and cases, the relationship between Raymond Reddington and Elizabeth Keen remains in the forefront. So who is Raymond Reddington? He used to be a former U.S. Naval Intelligence officer who left his position and absorbed himself in areas of the world one can only dream of visiting world, which landed him a spot on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. He makes a deal with the FBI where he will help them capture criminals that pose a danger to the country. This fulfills two other goals: getting closer to Elizabeth Keen and eradicating the individuals who risk his lifestyle in some way. In other words, Reddington uses his charming personality to persuade others to get what he wants and if that doesn’t work, he doesn’t think twice with using a deadlier option. This leads to who is Elizabeth Keen and why Reddington has such a fascination with her. Keen is a FBI profiler who is married to a teacher, Tom Keen. As she gets more involved with Reddington and deeper into the cases he provides for the team, her initial loathing for him decreases. He may actually have a redeeming bone or two in his body. She’s the type of person to keep work and personal separate, but over time this proves to be difficult. People aren’t what they seem that leads to more questions with unsuitable answers. The deeper part of her wants to know who she is and the secrets Red seems willing to keep that way at all costs. My favorite season so far has been the fourth because of the back story of Mr. Kaplan and further insight into her relationship with Reddington. The last season started slower than usual, but it picked up after the first few episodes. Through all the twists and turns, lives saved and lost, and still not knowing all the details about Reddington, Blacklist still keeps my attention. I’m patiently waiting for the next episode to air tonight because the character of Jennifer played by Fiona Dourif (yes, the daughter of Brad Dourif who is known for the voice of Chucky) hopefully proves to be more of a force for Reddington than the normal course of action usually taken. The other supporting actors and actresses are excellent as well with the characters of Mojtabi and Navabi being two of my favorites.

I rate Blacklist NEAR PERFECT at 96%


December 10 2018: TV Recommendation Watched on Hulu

Quote from Killing Eve by Villanelle: “Letting yourself into my apartment and drinking from a tiny cup doesn’t make you intimidating, by the way. It’s just rude.” killingeve

Creator: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Writers: Luke Jennings, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emerald Fennell, George Kay, Vicky Jones, and Rob Williams

Directors: Damon Thomas, Jon East, Harry Bradbeer, and Lisa Brühlmann

Cast: Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri, Jodie Comer as Villanelle, Fiona Shaw as Carolyn Martens, Darren Boyd as Frank Haleton, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Elena Felton, Owen McDonnell as Niko Polastri, Sean Delaney as Kenny Stowton, David Haig as Bill Pargrave, and Kim Bodnia as Konstantin Vasiliev

Rating: TV-14 for Sex & Nudity, Violence & Gore, and Profanity

Episode Number: Eight

Episode Length: 42 minutes

Killing Eve is an BBC America adaptation from Luke Jennings novella series called Codename Villanelle. This show is about a cat and mouse game played out beautifully between Eve Polastri (Oh) and Villanelle (Comer). It begins with Eve and her superior, Bill, being recruited by Carolyn Martens to find the assassin going by the name of Villanelle. As more bodies pile up, Eve and Bill feels the pressure but more desire to get closer to this assassin in order to stop her. Villanelle seems to be a few paces ahead of Eve whether in a spacious apartment, sprawling grassy fields, or Russian prison grounds. While things may seem to come a little too easily for Villanelle, it is the way Comer portrays her that makes it believable. She is the type of character where it is a fool to call her “crazy” or “psycho.” She is methodical and her tenacity is what drives Eve on her quest to destroy Villanelle. Oh’s performance as Eve is the other strong point of this show. Their need to play mind games with each other is the dysfunctional relationship they crave. The necessary questions are answered by the final episode to bring you back for season 2 (coming out in Spring of 2019), but whether the puddle of blood on the floor will lead to something Eve can’t even predict remains to be seen.

Pisaries Creator rates Killing Eve at 97%



November 15: TV Show Recommendation

Nurse Jackie (2009-2015)

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Creators: Liz Brixius, Evan Dunsky, and Linda Wallem

Major Cast: Edie Falco, Merritt Weaver, Paul Schulze, Dominic Fumusa, Ruby Jerins, Stephen Wallem, Anna Deavere Smith, Peter Facinelli, Mackenzie Aladjem, Eve Best, Arjun Gupta, Betty Gilpin, and Lenny Jacobsen.
As with many shows, there are many producers, directors, and writers.
Rating: TV-MA
Number of Seasons: 7
Running Time: 60 minutes

Edie Falco is most known for her role in The Sopranos as Carmela Soprano and recently as Leslie Abramson in the Law & Order True Crime mini series covering the Menendez brothers’ trial, but she also shined as Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie. This drama/comedy centers around a New York hospital with functional staff trying to keep control over the semi functional staff including Peyton, a nurse with an opiate addiction. She’s the classic work hard, don’t tell type of person. She likes order and routine. She doesn’t like chatty co-workers. She keeps secrets. She minimizes pain. She loves her patients. What makes this show so good is the writing and acting, but the interaction among the cast members is what takes the show to the next level. They couldn’t have put together a better cast selection. Merritt Weaver (Zoey), Stephen Wallem (Thor), and Anna Deavere Smith (Akalitus) are my favorites besides Edie Falco. The relationships between the doctors and nurses is about as real as they come in portrayal (okay, in some respects): the failures, demands, successes, and opportunities. Because Peyton is a highly functioning addict, much of what she views as reality can only be seen through her eyes, but she’s a damn good nurse. She’s also a stubborn nurse with definite wants that she views as needs to keep her going. There’s a good mixture of humor spread throughout each episode, and as the series progresses, you find yourself wondering in what ways her wall will crumble around her because no one can be that lucky.

Pisaries Creator’s Rating

I rate Nurse Jackie GREAT at 100%.


September 30, 2018: Cheers versus Frasier

cheersvfrasier When I made the decision to watch all the Cheers episodes despite not having any interest in bars or baseball, I was completely hooked in the first season. I loved the back and forth between Diane and Sam. They were very strong-willed characters, each trying to capture the essence of what they once were as children, and faced with the reality they were now older and facing adult pressures and expectations. The show’s success wasn’t only due to the cast and it had an amazing cast, and the story lines were realistic. The writers were not shy about discussing taboo topics as they sometimes could be in the 1980s. I would say my favorite characters after Diane and Sam were Cliff, Carla, Coach, and Norm. After Diane left and Coach died, Rebecca and Woody replaced them along with Frasier, Lilith, and Paul taking on more central roles. Cheers ran from 1982 through 1993 for 11 seasons. My top picks from each season are the following. cheers.jpg Season 1 = “Friends, Romans, Accountants” is the 7th episode where Norm throws an office toga party at the bar.

Season 2 = “Manager Coach” is the 8th episode where Coach becomes a ruthless baseball coach to a young baseball team.

Season 3 = “The Mail Goes to Jail” is the 17th episode where Cliff doesn’t rescue Norm when he is arrested for helping him on his mail route.

Season 4 = “Woody Goes Belly Up” is the 2nd episode where Woody overeats when his high school sweetheart visits.

Season 5 = “The Proposal” is the 1st episode where Sam proposes to Diane on his boat after her insistence he do it properly.

Season 6 = “My Fair Clavin” is the 11th episode where Cliff and his date, Sally, go to the bar so his friends can meet her.

Season 7 = “The Cranemakers” is the 16th episode where the Frasier and Lilith go camping to be one with nature.

Season 8 = “Death Takes a Holiday on Ice” is the 7th episode where Carla learns her husband is dead and has kept a secret from her.

Season 9 = “Rat Girl” is the 1st episode where Lilith finds out her beloved lab rat has been thrown into the garbage.

Season 10 = “An Old-Fashioned Wedding” is the 25th and 26th episode where Woody and Kelly marry at her family’s estate.

Season 11 = “Is There a Doctor in the Howe?” is the 16th episode where Frasier is upset that Lilith has left him for another man. frasier Then, I made the decision to watch all the Frasier episodes because how could you not like his character? I did and was completely hooked in the first season. Frasier had a pompous attitude, but he was charming as well. He offered good and bad advice on his radio talk show. He was the quintessential Freudian therapist complete with the dead mommy and son issues, but also with glaring father and son issues. The character of Lilith was supposed to be an integral part of the series, but Bebe Neuwirth did agree to come back for a handful of episodes. I can’t put one cast member ahead of another. They were all equally great. The relationships between Frasier and Niles, Niles and Daphne, Daphne and Martin, Martin and Eddie couldn’t have been any better. It was weird to see people who were just breaking into Hollywood as talking extras or had a role for a few episodes. Frasier ran from 1993 through 2004 for 11 seasons. My top picks from each season are the following.

Season 1 = “Give Him the Chair!” is the 19th episode where Frasier gets rid of Martin’s chair and replaces it with a new one.

Season 2 = “Breaking the Ice” is the 20th episode where Frasier and Niles compete for Martin’s affection on an ice fishing trip.

Season 3 = “The Adventures of Bad Boy and Dirty Girl” is the 7th episode where Frasier and Kate try to ignore their attraction for each other.

Season 4 = “Ham Radio” is the 18th episode where Frasier stages a radio murder mystery with the help from the whole gang including Niles.

Season 5 = “The Ski Lodge” is the 14th episode where Frasier, Niles, Daphne, Martin, Annie, and Guy go to the ski lodge for a getaway and a love polygon ensues.

Season 6 = “The Seal Who Came to Dinner” is the 8th episode where Niles holds the Gold Apron Award at the clubhouse he once shared with Maris.

Season 7 = “The Cranemakers” is the 16th episode where the Frasier and Lilith go camping to be one with nature.

Season 8 = “Motor Skills” is the 11th episode where Frasier and Niles goes to evening class to learn more about cars and where Martin overextends himself with Roz’s new dog.

Season 9 = “Bla-Z-Boy” is the 7th episode where Martin accidentally spills oil on the carpet, which sends Frasier into a frenzy of revenge.

Season 10 = “Proxy Prexy” is the 3rd episode where Frasier tells Martin to run for President of the Condo Board.

Season 11 = “The Doctor is Out” is the 3rd episode where Frasier follows Roz’s new boyfriend into a gay bar and realizes everyone thinks he is now gay.


After watching Cheers and Frasier, I would say they are pretty neck and neck in terms of story lines and content within each character. I saw more of the issues play out in person between and among people in Frasier. Yet, there was more variation in characters with Cheers and I laughed more overall. When push comes to shove, I conclude that Frasier edges out Cheers by a dog’s hair. winnerfrasier

November 25, 2017: TV Recommendations

Police, Detectives, and Agents! Oh my!


Outstanding police departments can make you feel safe in your community. I would venture to say they are cities not heavily populated, which are basically small town U.S.A. Corrupt police departments can dampen a whole city’s image. Los Angeles comes to mind, which The Shield is loosely based from, and in particular the Rampart Division. The rest who carry a gun and badge are in between the two. When you talk about the FBI and CIA, there appears to be more gray areas when it comes to procedural affairs. It might be because these institutions are so large compared to police departments. Nevertheless, these are the shows that have stuck with me over the years, and the ones I want to watch, but not finding the time.


The ones I have watched!!!

21 Jump Street

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This show catapulted Johnny Depp as a heart-throb centerfold for teenyboppers. I was not one of those teenyboppers even though I was ripe for the age. I swear on my own hands, I was not, but, oh, Tommy Hanson and all the characters of 21 Jump Street. It ran from 1987 to 1991. It had a total of five seasons. Its creators are Stephen J. Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh. It even had a spin-off show, Booker, with Richard Grieco that lasted one season. I can hear the theme song, Hot in the City, to Booker now. 21 Jump Street involves an undercover police unit whose focus was on solving crimes committed by primarily young people in high school. I remember the ex-hippie Captain Jenko that was in the first season’s episodes before Captain Fuller came and stayed. The topics ranged from alcoholism to racism to child abuse to promiscuity. It had an overall seriousness with sporadic goofiness to make it realistic, primarily done by Peter DeLuise’s character.



This show has gotten criticism for how they portray certain Middle Eastern people, but it goes to show you can’t please every living person. This heavy laden topic is important, not the purpose of this blog. I’ve watched up to season three. Remember the shows collecting dust on my shelf. This is one of them. I have yet to watch the other three seasons. It premiered in 2011 and the seventh season starts in 2018. Its creators are Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. Homeland is about a CIA operative, Carrie Mathison, whose personal complications with her bipolar disorder often get in the way of being taken seriously by her co-workers. The end of the third season brought full circle the story of character Nicholas Brody. I look forward to what happens in season four because another personal complication arises for Carrie and her prevailing is what she does best.



I watched Quantico twice so far, both two seasons, because it was that good. I’m a sucker for learning about different characters and what makes them tick, question, scream, and punch their way through life. It premiered in 2015 and the third season starts in 2018. Its creator is Joshua Safran. The show is about a group of FBI recruits who train at Quantico. The mystery unravels to find out who is the terrorist or if one even exists. The main focus is on the characters of Alex Parrish and Ryan Booth. The ending of season two leaves it at a nice spot to leap into a new story line, sort of, but whether it goes there remains to be seen. There are some borderline knocking on 90210 door moments, but not enough to turn me away.

The X-Files


This is another show I watched partly in high school. It ran from 1993 to 2001. It had a total of nine seasons. The X-Files picked up again in 2016, but have not watched them. Its creator is Chris Carter. The episodes involve unsolved cases with questionable and often un-explainable phenomenon. Its main characters include two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who eventually come to the same conclusion about the government agency they work for and their personal and work related discoveries. If you are fascinated with the extra-terrestrial as I am, then this show is definitely up your alley. Yes, I saw the movie too.

The Shield


This show I could watch a million times and never get sick of it. Okay, maybe I’m stretching it a little too much, but DAMN is this a good show. Someone recommended this to me before I moved to Los Angeles. Thank you E.H. Then when I moved here, I saw the taping of The Shield by accident on one of my runs (when I actually ran instead of now jogging). In addition to seeing Michael Chiklis smiling in a doorway not very far away, I’ve seen a fair number of cast more than once: Walton Goggins (many times with family), Jay Karnes (airport), Benito Martinez (what a nice guy), and Kenny Johnson (many times with family). I’m still waiting to see CCH Pounder, Catherine Dent, and David Rees Snell. Michael Jace will die in prison for a killing his wife in 2014, which is a shame, because he played his character so well. It ran from 2002 to 2008. It had a total of seven seasons. Its creator is Shawn Ryan. The episodes involve the lives of a dirty cop and those that serve with him on his anti-gang task force. The notable guest stars of Forest Whitaker, Glenn Close, Anthony Anderson, and Laurie Holden, to name a few, made it all the better. The final episode is hands down one of the best I’ve seen.

The Fall


Forget about Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey. He blows his character, Paul Spector, out of the water in terms of creepiness. Then again, how many teenage girls are turned on by serial killers. Well, maybe some, but not to the level of C.G. This is a slower show, but once you get past that, you are able to see it for what it really is: a masterpiece showcasing a serial killer from Belfast going head to foot with law enforcement. It becomes a cat and mouse game between a methodical killer, Paul Spector, and driven police officer, Stella Gibson. It premiered in 2013, and has three seasons so far. Its creator is Allan Cubitt. I have yet to watch the last season, but it was the last for Dornan, so I’m sure it will blast the pressure to maximum force.

Criminal Minds

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The ever revolving door of actors and actresses for this show, but I’ll still take it. I’m still a little upset I’ll never know how Hotchner really was supposed to finish. This is a long running show. It premiered in 2005 and the thirteenth season is going on now. Its creator is Jeff Davis. Criminal Minds is about FBI agents, part of the Behavorial Analysis Unit (BAU), who are profilers hunting serial killers and those committing heinous crimes. It is led by Emily Prentiss. Her team uses the ever catchy term: unsub or unknown subject. I’ve seen all except the current season. This is the reason Netflix exists. I do a dive bomb when it is released, and don’t leave until I’ve watched them all.



I’ve watched this show about three times, and each time the ticking of the clock bothered whoever was around me. 24 ran from 2001 to 2010. It had a total of eight seasons. Its creators are Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow. The episodes involve Jack Bauer, director of a counter-terrorist unit in Los Angeles, and his team. I prefer to think of him as a bad ass who walks the thinnest of lines between sanctioned protocol and what’s on the other side of it. It’s hard to think so much action could happen in one day, and how the people involved are still functioning by the end. Yet, it does happen so it makes the show all the more impressive. There was a mini-series 24: Live Another Day that aired in 2014. There was a spin-off, 24: Legacy, that aired in 2016. It had one season.

The Blacklist


This show has basically replaced The Shield, for me, in terms of caliber. The level of corruption is astounding where it grabbed me from the start. The well-developed characters was a pleasant surprise. The character arc of Mr. Kaplan at the end of season four was one of the best I’ve seen. The Blacklist premiered in 2013 and season five resumes in 2018. Its creator is Jon Bokenkamp. The show involves primarily two characters: Elizabeth Keen and Raymond Reddington. Keen is a newly married FBI profiler. She comes face to face with Reddington, and throughout the show questions his motives and behaviors at every corner. It will be interesting to see how the second half of season five progresses since a major bomb was dropped on Keen.

The Killing

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This show was slow to start, and admit I had to give it another try. I’m glad I did because it is well worth the watching. Stay invested in it because I eventually didn’t want to turn it off, but had to because I needed sleep. The Killing ran from 2011 to 2014. It has four seasons. Its creator is Veena Sud. Its main characters, Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder, work as a team in a police investigation. As they uncover pieces to the story of what happened to Rosie Larsen, things get unhinged on personal and political levels. It is a great whodunnit and whydunnit show.



This show had the ever revolving door of the main actor that would bring a sex appeal factor to the television screen. David Caruso left the set, never to glance back, and actors kept replacing the last. This never detracted from the show because the writing was superb, but I wish actresses were given more credence to their profession. I think of A.D.A Sylvia Costas and Detective Connie McDowell. NYPD Blue is about the professional lives of detectives in their precinct, and how it often bleeds into their private lives. It ran from 1993 to 2005. There were twelve seasons. Its creators are Steven Bochco and David Milch. It is led by Lt. Fancy and later Lt. Rodriquez. The mainstays throughout most of the seasons were Detective Sipowicz, Greg Medavoy, Bobby Simone, and Connie McDowell. NYPD Blue was a groundbreaking show for a reason.



This show surprisingly I had to give another try as well because my eyes weren’t cooperating at the first round. But the second time, I was all in and ready to go. Mindhunter has one season so far, and can’t wait for the next one in unknown. Its creator is Joe Penhall. It involves the formative years of FBI research into the mind of killers by the hands of two agents: Holden Ford and Bill Tench. Both actors are excellent in their roles, but Holt McCallany knocks the ball out of the park. They forgo the old method of looking at crimes and delve deeper into a criminal’s modus operandi. This show is based from actual research and events. I’m willing to watch anything psychologically and/or criminally related. It’s one of the few things that can keep me up at night when I’m bone tired. Enough said.

The Assets


This mini-series was discovered as I was surfing Netflix. I’m not sure if it is still on there, but it’s worth the watch. It keeps you invested. The Assets is about the ultimate capture of a CIA mole by other CIA officers. This is a cat and mouse game between Aldrich Ames and Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille. This is based on actual events where Ames fed classified information to the Soviet Union. It aired in 2014.


There you have it: the shows I’ve seen that stuck with me. I’ve purposely left out other notable shows for a time factor. On that note, let’s move to the ones I have yet to see.


The ones I still need to watch!!!


Graceland is a show about a rookie FBI agent trained by a FBI legend in a beachfront residence. Its creator is Jeff Eastin. It had three seasons.


The Wire

The Wire is a show about the Baltimore inner-city drug scene from the view of the criminals and police department. Its creator is David Simon. It had five seasons.


True Detective

True Detective is a show about police investigations. It follows different cases in each season. Its creator is Nic Pizzolatto. It has two seasons so far.



Justified is a show about a U.S. Marshal going back to his poor, rural hometown in Kentucky. Its creator is Graham Yost. It had six seasons.



Luther is a show about a genius detective who is dedicated, obsessed, and consumed by his work in the Serious Crime Unit. Its creator is Neil Cross. It has four seasons so far. luther

Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake is a show about a detective attempting to solve crimes while keeping herself in check. It has a gap in between the seasons. Its creators are Jane Campion and Gerard Lee. It has two seasons so far.


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a show about forensic evidence team in Las Vegas. It had sixteen seasons. Its creator is Anthony E. Zuiker. (I haven’t watched enough episodes to say I truly know about it.)



Southland is a show about the LAPD. It had five seasons. Its creator is Ann Biderman. southland

The Americans

The Americans is a show about Soviet spies in America. It has five seasons so far. Its creator is Joseph Weisberg.


There you have it: the shows where people wear badges and/or affiliated with crime in some way. I could say so much more about this topic, but given the lack of time, I won’t. On that note, happy television watching because there’s a lot out there.

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