I rate 30 for 30 GOOD at 80%.
It gets THREE FINGERS.
November 25, 2019: TV Show Recommendation
There aren’t too many new shows that kept my interest or new seasons of current shows, but a few exist. They are few and far between. I’m realizing I prefer to binge watch shows unless it’s Blacklist and DWTS.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
November 15, 2019: Dancing with the Stars Review (2005-)
Quote about Dancing with the Stars by Al Pacino:
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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-)