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Tales from the Darkside (1983)
Some good, some bad.
I recently watched this entire series with a friend of mine. Most of the episodes are so-so at best, with a few good (if not great) episodes. The following are the best of the lot: Trick or Treat, Halloween Candy, Seasons of Belief, Do Not Open This Box, The Greezenstacks, Inside the Closet, Monsters in my Room (look for a YOUNG Seth Green!), and The Last Car. I only recommend this for nostalgic purposes as I don't find it to be a great "Twilight Zone" style show. The acting is iffy, the effects shoddy, the camera work weak (even for the mid-80s), and the stories rehashed and often boring.
Overall TV Rating: 6/10
Fantastic show that doesn't receive its accolades due to language.
Deadwood is probably one of the top 5 shows on television today. I didn't know much about it before I began to watch it other than it features myriad curse words and said curse words are used frequently. I had a friend tell me that "Deadwood just uses curses and there's nothing else to the show." There is MUCH more to the show than curses! There's an intricate plot, fantastic acting, and enough suspense to make you come back for more.
Granted, if you are adverse to a lot of cursing (which uses ALL of the major curse words) then you might be distracted from the fantastic story lines. But if you can get past those words (and they are just words, no?) you'll find an amazing show.
Teen Titans (2003)
This show is NOT for everyone.
I am a male college student. I am a comic book fan. I think of myself as a connoisseur of decent television. In 2003, I decided to watch the premiere episode of Teen Titans simply because I was a fan of the comic book series and Batman: TAS, Superman: TAS, Batman Beyond, and Justice League are some of the finest cartoons ever to grace a television. Apparently the producers of this show are NOT targeting people like me.
The show opens with an annoying JPop band singing a typical sugary JPop theme song; the lyrics are barely English and it's overly annoying, IMO. OK, so the theme song is geared toward teeny bopper girls...I can deal if the show is decent.
The artwork. Oh, the artwork...Amerime! I presume the producers wanted to grab a piece of the anime market and decided to emulate a crude manga/SD style. Overall it's pretty poor but not so bad that it's unwatchable.
The characters. Characters are the keystone to any show. These characters (called 'teens') are essentially 11-13 year old girls (yes, even the male characters are very feminine, sans maybe Robin) that have typical preteen problems. Oh, yeah, they fight bad guys on the side. This is where the producers decided this show was strictly for preteen girls (and some boys) and alienated most, if not all, potential adult followers.
Oh, don't forget all of the slapstick Super Deformed anime facial expressions.
Excellent show that suffered from lack of interest.
Hercules was, and is, probably one of my top 10 favorite TV series of all time. The offbeat acting, the sly humor, and the gorgeous scenery all played well as a backdrop to the Americanized (some say bastardized) version of the Hercules myths.
Seasons 1 through 3 are fantastic. Seasons 4-6 steadily lost the flair that the previous seasons exuded, but they are not without charm. Friday nights at 8pm was the prime watching hour for Herc; unfortunately, the show lost this time slot and was delegated to mid-afternoon on Saturdays. It is readily apparent that the show's writers/producers knew that Hercules was destined to end and you can really see that with seasons 5 and 6. They introduce many more 'goofy' themes (the Nordic myths, the Irish druid myths, King Arthur, the odd "modern" episodes) in these seasons. It was around this time that Xena also got a bit odd with Xena killing the Gods and whatnot (and a sudden leap into the future with Gabrielle). But, for my money, you can't beat the Herc/Xena combo from 1995-1997/1998 (or so).