There aren’t too many shows that keep my interest. They are few and far between like decents ones such as Blacklist and Forensic Files.
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
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
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?”
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.”
DON’T READ ANY FURTHER UNLESS YOU’RE OKAY WITH KNOWING ABOUT MINOR PAST AND PRESENT SPOILERS!!!
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
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.”
DON’T READ ANY FURTHER UNLESS YOU’RE OKAY WITH KNOWING ABOUT PAST AND CURRENT SEASON SPOILERS!!!
Creator: Jon Bokenkamp
Episodes in each Season: 22
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.”
September 18, 2019: TV Recommendation: Forged In Fire (2015-)