B list TV Series

Average entertaining and well produced shows with minor flaws small enough to ignore but large enough to never make this viewers A list (http://www.imdb.com/list/kFQDk5fuIYc/)

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C list, tried but gave up on:

American Dad!
My Name Is Earl
Scrubs
Fringe
Lost
Chuck
Criminal Minds
Firefly
Rome
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1.
Carnivàle (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell. (55 mins.)
“ Fantastic periodic portrayal.
Boring and messy storyline
Total lack of humour
Ridiculous incestuous Justin Iris gaaazzzing

wtf Sofie moments:
sexual climax coincide with end of drought rain (really!)
turning from motherless emancipated tarot girl to Christian psycho sect subject to demon bred

Miscastings, Hallmark TV movie performances:
Tim DeKay (Jonesy, limb spitter)
Adrienne Barbeau (Ruthie, senior snake charmer) ” - stormt
 
2.
Modern Family (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways. (22 mins.)
“ Nice beat, great crew, somehow gets away with any goofy slapstick idea presented.

Terrrriiible Manny Delgado kid, those lines should never have been written for any child role.

Stopped watching during season 2, tried again in S3, fast forwarding, minimal fun, it's over. ” - stormt
 
3.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Dexter Morgan is a Forensics Expert, a loyal brother, boyfriend, and friend. That's what he seems to be, but that's not what he really is. Dexter Morgan is a Serial Killer that hunts the bad. (53 mins.)
“ Season 1 great.
Irritating sloppiness piled up afterwards including:
Debra Morgan part (apparently written by 5 different writers via email)
boring Jimmy Smits whatever now again
Keith Carradine posing as FBI ace in clown smile and summer hat
David Zayas mandatory goofy hat and flower shirts
come on ” - stormt
 
4.
The West Wing (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Inside the lives of staffers in the west wing of the White House. (44 mins.)
“ Clever, rare and impressively good to engage in complex storytelling within a standard drama series format

Too much up tempo wise crack rush talk
Annoying oh-we-fixed-the-world-in-a-day-again arcs ” - stormt
 
5.
30 Rock (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan", must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful TV show without losing her mind. (22 mins.)
“ Some great quirky characters, nice ensemble piece. 4-6 great as in truly great lines in every episode, however hidden in what seems like 678 bad lines

Challenging pace, must hold the record for most dialogue per recorded footage.
Jane Krakowski 70% embarrassing career killer role ” - stormt
 
6.
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable. (22 mins.)
“ Nice ensemble and beat all together though not/never as funny as it strives to be ” - stormt
 
7.
The Office (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives. (30 mins.)
“ Wonderful refreshing style, excellent character based comedy

Short lived series to the point, only intriguing arc are David Brent and Gareths evolving madness which rest of the cast and the audience are left as dumbfounded spectators to ” - stormt
 
8.
Weeds (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is. (28 mins.)
“ Season 4-5:
Sooo, all the things that worked flawlessly in season 1-3 comes back with a sloppy vengeance and it gets worse for every episode. Why are they letting down their characters in such a way?

Still an offbeat charmer but running out of ideas. We get to know Nancy and Andy much better though, grow up with Shane and Isabelle and suffer nicely with barking Doug. Alanis Morissette/Dr. Audra surprishingly refreshing as back in the day

Lowlights:
Hunter Parrish/Silas not exactly maturing with accommodating acting chops, silly cougar Julia Bowen dream team

Celia stories loosing touch, here comes a lost daughter, a rehab, a red rebel, a lesbian wacko pyramid perfume queen and here they go again while Perkins are bashing her arms and rolling eyes every second scene.

Demián Bichir/Esteban whispering, gleaning, smoking 30 cm long cigars, omg

Guillermo! What!? Same mystery with Seychelle Gabriel/Adelita & Kate del Castillo/Pilar. Hardly colourful, completely nonsense soap storylines.

Daynah Burnett, popmatters
"I want to laugh at its jokes, but its constant oscillation between vilification and victimization of its female characters leaves me frustrated, and more than a little pissed off. The women of Weeds can be bitches, but the men are typically babies. Their behavior remains unchecked and unpunished, and their characterizations are mostly sympathetic, even as they can’t decide if they want Nancy to be Mommy or MILF." ” - stormt
 
9.
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by the walking dead. Fighting the dead, fearing the living. (44 mins.)
 
10.
Enlightened (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work. (28 mins.)
 
11.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
While a civil war brews between several noble families in Westeros, the children of the former rulers of the land attempt to rise to power. (56 mins.)
“ Big budget fantasy universe succeeds although some surprisingly big flaws sneaked in, worst of all Daenerys Xena princess warrior among savage mascara men.**

All explanation of the 4000+ pages saga and legacy is given to characters to explain (instead of voice over narrator or similar) which just about works considering the magnitude.

Final screenplay turns out as a strange mix of noble family life, generic fantasy action, generic political power play and scheming and repeatedly gratuitous sex and incestuous relations*

Meanwhile every adult character inside any house is having a glass of wine in-between lines and closing scenes with waving in, evil James Bond villain style, guardsmen/happy whores/court jesters/able servants.

Still a compelling story and impressive production and cast effort overall.

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'Playboy-TV-style' acc. to Ginia Bellafante at NY Times
http://tv.nytimes.com/2011/04/15/arts/television/game-of-thrones-begins-sunday-on-hbo-review.html
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clever & funny feminist piece on female depictions in GOT: http://tigerbeatdown.com/2011/08/26/enter-ye-myne-mystic-world-of-gayng-raype-what-the-r-stands-for-in-george-r-r-martin/

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Phillip Maciak
http://www.slantmagazine.com/tv/review/game-of-thrones-season-one/248

"This continent, of course, is swarming with feudal lords, traitorous schemers, prostitutes, women the lords treat like prostitutes, and women the show runners treat like prostitutes, nearly all of whom, children included, are protecting devastating secrets and itching to slit somebody, anybody's, throat. "

"...Every act of brutality, every assaulted woman, every exoticized barbarian is presented for the delectation of the audience. No prostitute appears on screen without her bosom already exposed, no transgressive sex act occurs without the frame of luxuriant tapestries or the glow of moonlight upon it. This show's historical misogyny and racism are purely aesthetic, and that's a problem we should hope this series works out on the double." ” - stormt
 
12.
Homeland (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil. (55 mins.)
 
13.
The Newsroom (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor. (55 mins.)
 
14.
Top of the Lake (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When pregnant, 12-year-old Tui tries to kill herself in a freezing New Zealand lake, Detective Robin Griffin has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets. (350 mins.)