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/)


C list, tried but gave up on:

American Dad!
My Name Is Earl
Criminal Minds
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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
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
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers. (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
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
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
Arrested Development (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 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. (489 mins.)
“ Nice ensemble and beat all together though not/never as funny as it strives to be ” - stormt
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

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
The Walking Dead (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma, to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. (44 mins.)
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.)
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years. (57 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.

'Playboy-TV-style' acc. to Ginia Bellafante at NY Times
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/


Phillip Maciak

"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
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.)
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.)
Top of the Lake (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay. (60 mins.)
The Man in the High Castle (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war. (60 mins.)
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth. (44 mins.)
The Fall (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serialist in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity. (60 mins.)
The Night Of (2016 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
After a night of partying with a female stranger, a man wakes up to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder. (60 mins.)
Better Things (2016 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An actress raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of working in Hollywood and being a single parent. (22 mins.)
The Returned (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The Returned opens in a small mountain community which is rocked to its core when several local people... (52 mins.)
Mozart in the Jungle (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Love, money, ambition and music intertwine in Mozart in the Jungle, a half hour comedic drama that looks at finding yourself and finding love while conquering New York City. A brash new maestro Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) stirs up the New York Symphony as young oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) hopes for her big chance. (29 mins.)
The Bridge (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two detectives work together to take down a serial killer operating on both sides of the Texas-Chihuahua border. (43 mins.)
The Night Manager (2016 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer's inner circle. (358 mins.)