Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I am a big fan of the new FX crime show Justified. 10pm on Tuesday nights. Episode #2 airs this evening. It's an hour of Elmore Leonard-inspired ass-kicking and Timothy Olyphant is right at home in the lead role. After tearing it up on Deadwood, he's found his next juicy character. This show, along with TNT's L.A. crime saga Southland, makes for a solid night of viewing.


Joel said...

My dad and I have been dying to watch this, but I'm thinking it'll be rental on DVD. As a family we're already following "American Idol,""Fringe," "Heroes," "Human Target," "Lost," "The Office," "Psych," and "24." Dad watches "The Amazing Race," and both Dad and Mom follow "The Biggest Loser," "Survivor: Gamoa," and "Undercover Boss." I'm also personally following "Life Unexpected," "Modern Family," and the astonishing "Parenthood" (probably damn close to my favorite new show), as well as various "CSI," "NCIS," and "Law & Order" episodes, to keep up with it.

I don't think "Justified" can fit in there. Add it to my list of shows with "Deadwood," "True Blood," and "Mad Men" that I'll catch up on later.

Actionman said...

Myu father is a big fan of Justified. Episode 2 was very well done.

My "can't miss" shows at the moment are: Lost, Justified, The Pacific, Southland, 24, The Office and South Park.

I can't wait for Rescue Me, Entourage, and Californication to return later this year and I am really excited for the upcoming HBO/Scorsese project Boardwalk Empire which debuts this September.

I wanted to like Parenthood but for me, almost everything felt forced and obvious and telegraphed way in advance. It was a big disappointment for me, as the showrunner is Jason Katims, who has steered Friday Night Lights into the end zone for the last few years. I thought the performances on Parenthood made it watchable, but my wife and I decided last night to remove it from our show roster.

Get cracking on Deadwood ASAP; it's still probably the best show I've ever seen.

Joel said...

"Deadwood" has been on my radar for years, actually. Just never got around to it. I'll probably just buy the first season at some point this summer. And in fact, I'll probably buy that and a few other HBO/Showtime/AMC/FX television shows in a wallet-emptying spree over summer.

To name just a few others that I need catch up on: "Big Love," "Bored to Death," "Breaking Bad," "Brotherhood," "Californication," "Carnivale," "The Comeback," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Damages," "Dexter" (the first season was incredible), "Eastbound & Down," "Entourage," "Extras," "Flight of the Conchords," "Generation Kill," "Hung," "In Treatment," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The L Word," "Mad Men," "Nip/Tuck," "Nurse Jackie," "Rescue Me," "The Shield," "Six Feet Under," "Sleeper Cell," "Sons of Anarchy," "The Sopranos," "The Tudors," "The United States of Tara," "Weeds," and "The Wire."

Okay, so maybe not just a few, LOL. Any thoughts on any of these?

Actionman said...

You list a lot of shows that I have never seen and a few that I have seen a season or two of.

Eastbound and It's Always Sunny are two of my absolute favorite comedies on TV. Same with Curb.

I, too, need to watch The Wire.

Generation Kill was a masterwork.

The first few seasons of Nip/Tuck were excellent, and then it fell off sharply.

Bored to Death is a unique and gives off a very stony vibe. I enjoy it. Ted Danson is a hoot.

Sons of Anarchy is a show that I am looking forward to discovering.

Weeds was awesome for two seasons, then the third season got a bit on my nerves, then I gave up after the begining of the fourth.

Big Love was a show that I watched, and really enjoyed, for one season. No real reason why I didn't continue watching...but I didn't.

And as good as Southland is, there'll never be a better cop show than The Shield.

Also -- if you like cop shows -- you should seek out the show Homicide: Life on the Streets. And maybe some day CBS will put out Michael Mann's short-lived (and incredible) policier Robbery Homicide Division, a show that Southland borrows from liberally.

Joel said...

You know, I've heard that about "Nip/Tuck" from a lot of people. I heard something about them bringing in another couple writers or something and it ruined the show. But "fell off sharply" follows what I've heard. I'll give it a watch nonetheless.

I can't wait to start "The Shield" and "Sons of Anarchy," since they came from the same producer (at least, I think they did). Same with "Rescue Me" and most of FX's product, all of which looks excellent.

And HBO and Showtime are the same way. I just loved the first season of "Dexter," which is deliciously macabre in a way that I can't explain. I was hooked to the first season when a family friend let my dad (who was also a huge fan) borrow it. I also can't wait to basically watch EVERY huge show HBO has ever released on TV, starting with "The Sopranos" and "Deadwood."

Oh and somewhat unrelated but...last night's episode of "Lost" was superb in literally every way. Nestor Carbonell was phenomenal as Richard Alpert. That, "24," and "The Office" are really shining in their current seasons, but I have to say that, unfortunately, "24" is my least favorite of the three.

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