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Juliet

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« on: 08-08-2005 07:38 »
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I am starting to enjoy the drama TV series more then I use to. I find most of them are really good. I have been watching Desperate Housewives, Casanova, Blackpool, The L Word, and most recently Sugar Rush. Channel 4 is going to show this new U.S. drama called Lost on Wednesday and I heard that it been popular in the states. So that might be worth a look.

So I was wondering what TV drama do you watch and what is it that you like about them?

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« Reply #1 on: 08-08-2005 08:00 »

I'm completely in love with 'The 4400', 'Rescue Me' and 'Strong Medicine'. 'Nip/Tuck' is also really good.
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« Reply #2 on: 08-08-2005 13:24 »
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Lost is pretty good. If you've seen and liked The 4400, you might like Lost.

I like watching Law and Order. I think it's that sound.
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« Reply #3 on: 08-08-2005 14:40 »

I love the Law and Order sound.

Ok, um... I don't watch a lot of drama. I watch Lost, that's about all I can think of. The show kind of sucks. My Dad stopped watching it because its just so tedious, he says its pretty much a soap opera that should be on during the day. I kind of agree, but I still watch it, its interesting and entertaining enough. Also, I think Desperate Housewives is classified as a comedy, because it won some TV award in the comedy category I think, but it can still be both comedy and drama I suppose. I watched the first couple of episodes of Desperate Housewives and it didn't interest me.
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« Reply #4 on: 08-08-2005 14:45 »

Lost is quality, the man responsible for Alias is behind it (JJ Abrams), and boy does he know how to hang you off a cliff, the bastard.
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« Reply #5 on: 08-08-2005 15:14 »

 
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Lost is quality, the man responsible for Alias is behind it (JJ Abrams), and boy does he know how to hang you off a cliff, the bastard.

Lost starts on Channel 4 this Wednesday here in the UK, I'll have to make sure I catch it.
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« Reply #6 on: 08-08-2005 15:50 »
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Pfft, I saw the first episode months ago on Irish TV, HA!
Then I downloaded the next 10 episodes, bloody cliffhangers.
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« Reply #7 on: 08-08-2005 17:14 »

The only drama show I watch is "The Shield".  I really don't care for dramas unless they're cop shows.  I even have all the seasons of The Shield on DVD.
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« Reply #8 on: 08-08-2005 17:22 »

Despite trying to like it, Sugar Rush was pretty rubbish.

Nip/Tuck, now there's a show I love, despite the gory-ness. They keep managing to stretch the storylines, and sometimes it seems pretty far-fetched, but I love it  love

Can't wait for the Lost premiere on Thursday!
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« Reply #9 on: 08-08-2005 19:46 »
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It is on Wednesday at 8:30pm and 10pm

oh and on E4 straight after the ones on channel 4
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« Reply #10 on: 08-08-2005 21:02 »

Hey, does Gilmore Girls count as drama? 'Cause if it does, then that's probably the only drama I watch. I never got into Desperate Housewives or Lost (although I've seen bits and pieces of the former, and thought it was pretty good). I guess drama on TV's just not my sort of thing. I can't explain why...ignorance, I guess.
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« Reply #11 on: 08-09-2005 18:33 »

My husband will buy "Lost" on DVDs; I supposed that is good cos again I missed a lot of episodes. I do however suggest buying “Lines of Fire” instead since we got too much of aliens fantasy stuff on our DVDs collection. But it looks like my husband prefers to buy “Lost” than “Lines of Fire.”

I also tried “Kevin Hill”, a law drama, it's not bad, but due to the time shown I cannot always watch it.

A lot of people are talking about "Desperate Housewives", it is due in September where I live, let's see it's showing time, if I can watch it I will take a look.


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« Reply #12 on: 08-09-2005 22:46 »

 
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Originally posted by Gorky:
Hey, does Gilmore Girls count as drama?
Yeah, wuss drama.  tongue
Real drama should be like the start of that one Family Guy episode where it begins, "Last time, on Family Guy..."
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« Reply #13 on: 08-10-2005 01:56 »

I have Lost waiting for rental when it comes out on DVD. I missed the first few episodes when it came out, so I thought it'd just be best to wait for the whole season to be out for purchase. That way, I can see it at my own pace.

The Shield has already been mentioned, and you should be ashamed of yourselves for not giving it more love. Usually, I don't like cop shows, but The Shield is perhaps the peak of the genre. My friend lent me his DVDs a few weeks ago, and I'm already mid-way through season 3. You all should check it out. We need a thread for the show.

24 is more action/drama, but I watch that.
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« Reply #14 on: 08-10-2005 02:19 »
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new Battlestar Galactica. Sci-Fi action/drama, but it still feels damn realistic.
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« Reply #15 on: 08-10-2005 09:17 »

 
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Yeah, wuss drama.   tongue

What's your point?  tongue

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« Reply #16 on: 08-10-2005 09:22 »

wow, LOST came out in OZ AGES ago, its now finished here i think.

@Faze: Have you seen all the eps yet?
@Evan: What i'd try to do, is watch the whole season AS CLOSE as possible to the start of the next season, cause there isn't much closure at the end of the first season.

But GAH, it is brilliant.

Yeah Nip/Tuck is great. Six Feet Under is Awesome...and...the OLD 24 was cool.
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« Reply #17 on: 08-10-2005 12:36 »

Law and Order has always been one of my favorites.  When Jerry Orbach retired and subsequently died, I thought all was lost, and Dennis Farina has yet to fill his flatfooted shoes, but the show goes on.  This is primarily due to the fact that, unlike a lot of dramas, the story is in the case, not the characters.  I like the Criminal Intent spinoff too.  Vincent D'Onofrio is one of my favorite actors, and he has a real flair for bringing eccentric, erratic, and just plain weird characters to life.  Special Victims Unit doesn't really appeal to me as much as it used to, and I don't know why.

I used to watch ER, but now that the last of the original cast members has left, it seems substantially different.  Actually I started becoming disinterested when the whole Carter/Abby thing came to a close.

A couple shows I miss are NBC's Boomtown and Third Watch.  The common thread in both of those shows is that rank-and-file public safety workers figured prominently as characters (especially Third Watch).  I don't know if that's the reason both were cancelled, but it's probably the reason I liked them.
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« Reply #18 on: 08-10-2005 15:44 »

chay: Nope, only eps 1-11 because *cough Ican'tfindgoodtorrentsfortherest cough*
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« Reply #19 on: 08-10-2005 23:05 »

I don't really like how may drama shows rely on the viewer's necesity to see every episode in order to understand the show.  The only exceptions I can think of are Law and Order and CSI in which every episode is a different case.  I don't like when shows try to create an ongoing saga that winds up falling short.
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« Reply #20 on: 08-11-2005 00:51 »

 
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A couple shows I miss are NBC's Boomtown and Third Watch.  The common thread in both of those shows is that rank-and-file public safety workers figured prominently as characters (especially Third Watch).  I don't know if that's the reason both were cancelled, but it's probably the reason I liked them.


If you liked third watch i bet you'd like Rescue Me. The main characters are firefighters. It's also written and produced by Denis Leary.
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« Reply #21 on: 08-11-2005 10:09 »

@Faze: i'd send you them all on DVD but...you know..

*Flees*
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« Reply #22 on: 08-13-2005 16:32 »

I have seen the first three episodes of Lost and I thought this drama was brilliant. This is the show that will get me watching in excitement.
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« Reply #23 on: 08-14-2005 03:49 »
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Venus, we watch Rescue Me in dispatch (your tax dollars at work...well, not yours, but somebody's).  It is pretty damn good, but I don't know if I'd classify it as a drama or just an insanely dark comedy.

Also, we miss it a lot because "work" gets in the way, and I can never catch repeats because I don't have cable, and I doubt there's much of a chance broadcast TV will air it.  I mean if you cut out all the unbroadcastable dialog and visuals, you're left with two minutes of non-sequential, four second clips.

 
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I don't really like how may drama shows rely on the viewer's necesity to see every episode in order to understand the show.  The only exceptions I can think of are Law and Order and CSI in which every episode is a different case.  I don't like when shows try to create an ongoing saga that winds up falling short.

I totally agree.  That's one of the reasons I stopped watching The X-Files.  Maybe it was just me, but near the end it seemed like more of the episodes were about the greater, underlying conspiracy than they were about battling monsters or whatever in neat, self-contained episodes.
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« Reply #24 on: 08-14-2005 07:33 »

If you like ER, but prefer stuff that doesn't suck, you should check out Grey's Anatomy. I never get to watch it, but if I had a TIVO I'd be all over that show.

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« Reply #25 on: 08-16-2005 00:40 »

The problem with The X-Files wasn't that it all built to a greater conspiracy story, it was that Chris Carter admitted he had no idea where that story was going. He left all these great questions out there and never wrote a satisfactory answer.
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« Reply #26 on: 08-16-2005 05:18 »

My favorite was the last season, where they only had David Douchovoeneyendy for like 6 episodes, and they had to be really smart about how and where they used him... and then they ended up having like 5 episodes where they just show him standing there, in some fog or something, in a warehouse somewhere.

And he got paid like a billion damn dollars.
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« Reply #27 on: 08-16-2005 13:33 »

You mean Calculon!

I only really liked the comedy episodes of X-Files, like the Vampire one, and the one with Morris Fletcher where him and Mulder switched bodies.  big grin

And then came The Lone Gunmen to ease my pain.
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« Reply #28 on: 08-16-2005 14:59 »

 
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If you like ER, but prefer stuff that doesn't suck, you should check out Grey's Anatomy. I never get to watch it, but if I had a TIVO I'd be all over that show.


Seen it, mostly unimpressed, run-on sentence fragment.
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« Reply #29 on: 09-10-2005 16:01 »
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A lot of people are talking about "Desperate Housewives", it is due in September where I live, let's see it's showing time, if I can watch it I will take a look.

Yep it’s on now, and I can watch it due to its many repeats at different time slots due to its popularity here. Well I also saw the making of desperate housewives; it appears that the first Lady watches it too! It is said in this show that people who watch this show are middle class white women. Well I know quite a lot of my sister’s friends who watch that in Australia, and they are not white or middle class, maybe that’s just America’s statistic. The thing is most successful series or movies from the U.S. usually also becomes a success globally.

I saw the first 3 episodes, it’s quite entertaining. I'll say target audiences are for women mainly 25 and above.

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« Reply #30 on: 09-10-2005 16:08 »

 
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The problem with The X-Files wasn't that it all built to a greater conspiracy story, it was that Chris Carter admitted he had no idea where that story was going. He left all these great questions out there and never wrote a satisfactory answer.

Actually he did. He basically explained everything on the X-Files movie soundtrack. Really.

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