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The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Slick, well acted and devilishly entertaining
Normally something that belongs to teenage fangirling isn't my thing, and I'll be honest I started watching this because a girl I liked was in love with it. But even after initially getting over that girl this series had an appeal. The production values are nothing short of excellent and considering the small town setting it's got a very "epic" feel to it. Ian Somerhalder's the real breakthrough of this series, as soon as his devious Damon is introduced he sizzles with a sinister edge and you know he's going to be a problem. As the series progresses, however, he grows into an anti-hero who it's very easy to sympathize with, Damon's easily the most interesting character in the series but they all have their talking points. Especially Jeremy, the drug addicted brother of the leading lady, Elena.
All in all it's well worth checking out and outstanding for what it is, if you require a scale I would say it sits somewhere between Twilight and True Blood, not quite as miserable and soppy as Twilight but not quite as extreme as True Blood, either.
Black Books (2000)
I love the substance of this series!
While British comedy is often viewed as subtle and sophisticated, this series combines sophistication with absolute farce and over-the-top situations. The real steal for me is the acting though, the chemistry between the actor's is fantastic and every time character's speak with each other you're just holding in furious laughter at the way they address one another. The character of Bernard Black couldn't be more perfect, a stubborn drunk who, when offered help, thinks of a solution that is incredibly implausible, and with a fantastically strong performance of Manny from Bill Bailey who, like Moran, is an excellent comedian and actor, we can really laugh at the insane relationship that Manny and Bernard share. From Bernard eating frozen wine like a Popsicle to using pictures of plates as a crockery substitute, from Manny playing a piano from the inside with spoons to Fran going insane over an odd ornament which is ultimately a cigarette lighter, all of the jokes in this series are charming and laugh-out-loud funny, my only complaint is that the only did 3 season's of this superb sit-com, a must-see if you haven't already, just as good as Father Ted and Red Dwarf, one of the best British comedies of all-time.