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RECENTLY REMOVED SHOWS, DUE TO CANCELLATION/ENDING:
Parentheses=position at point of removal
1. Breaking Bad (1)
2. Community (19)
3. Enlightened (14)
4. Last Resort (20)
5. The Office (45)
6. Southland (8)
7. Happy Endings (26)
8. Spartacus (5)
9. Bunheads (43)
11. Dexter (22)
12. Treme (11)
13. Nikita (30)
14. Fringe (13)
15. Raising Hope (47)
16. 30 Rock (25)
16. How I Met Your Mother (48)
17. The Bridge (35)
18. Sons of Anarchy (49)
19. Parks and Recreation (23)
20. Wilfred (45)
21. The Legend of Korra (40)
22. The Colbert Report (36)
23. Parenthood (25)
24. Boardwalk Empire (24)
25. Arrested Development (23)
26. Mad Men (3)
27. Justified (5)
28. Continuum (45)
29. Strike Back (36)
30. Hannibal (1)
31. Utopia (15)
32. Community (48)
33. Looking (40)
34. Banshee (3)
35. True Detective (29)
36. Childrens Hospital (44)
37. The Good Wife (34)
SERIES GRADE: B+/A-
SERIES GRADE: B+
What a wonderful start. Coming in, I was apprehensive, but I quickly realized this show was special. The cast was absolutely brilliant, and the way the show delved into the psychological terror of the situation was wonderful. I loved how the procedural cases never really took precedent, but they had effect down the line. This was evident in the finale, which I think was one of the best episodes of television ever.
SEASON 7 AS A WHOLE: A-
And sorry, but I haven't watched the Sopranos yet, so that's why it isn't on here..I'm getting there, though.
P.s. if anyone feels like something was left out, please comment. i love finding new shows/eps.
Breaking Bad-8 (Yes, it deserves this many)
Christopher Nolan movies-3
Game of Thrones-2
Six Feet Under-2
Curb Your Enthusiasm-2
Sons of Anarchy-2
Everything else (The Office, Friday Night Lights, The Shield, The Walking Dead, Chuck, Fringe, Scrubs, The Office UK, 24, The Departed, Awake, Homeland, Justified, The Newsroom, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, The Departed, Sherlock) -1
SERIES GRADE: B+
SERIES GRADE: B+
SERIES GRADE: B-
SERIES GRADE: B-
SERIES GRADE: B+
SERIES GRADE: C
SERIES GRADE: B+
SERIES GRADE: B
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Goodbye, Fringe. Thank you to everyone who made this series possible, and kept it up and running for 5 years. Thank you. It was a show near and dear to my heart, and I couldn't have asked for a better end.
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OVERALL GRADE: A-
Part 1 (2012) Overall: 9.5-amazing
When "Breaking Bad"s brilliant 4th season ended, I didn't think this show could top itself AGAIN. They had done something almost unprecedented before, improving in quality each of the past seasons. Gus Fring was perhaps my favorite TV villain of all time (matched by only the Trinity Killer), and his driving force made me love Season 4.
But lets talk about these first 8 episodes of the final season of "Breaking Bad". The premiere didn't impress me much because the transition of Walt happened too fast and the episode didn't meet my massive expectations. However, as the season went on, I was more and more impressed with the writing and the quiet symbolism integrated throughout the show as a whole. I was also impressed with how the show could be just as intense and gripping both on the home front (see "Fifty One") and in the field (see "Dead Freight", which had 10 of the most gripping minutes I have ever seen on television). The season had its own share of shocking moments (shooting of the kid, Mike's death, Hank's revelation-only Breaking Bad would make the series' biggest revelation revealed while sitting on a toilet), and they were played out brilliantly. The actors were all top notch once again (I say that every season because it's true), and I found myself rooting against Walt (something I never thought would happen-it just shows how scary good Bryan Cranston has been in this role). The finale set up things wonderfully (the two montages were beautiful-in their own way), and I seriously cannot wait.
P.S. I think Walt's cancer may have come back, which was the reason he decided to get out of the meth business. What do you guys think?
Part 2 (2013) Overall: A
-All TV PILOTS I choose to watch (existing shows aren't included-for example, the season premiere of Sons of Anarchy wouldn't count as a pilot)
-July 2013-August 2014 pilots are all fair game
Overall: 8-great (B)
OVERALL: 6.5-okay (C)
Overall: 9-amazing (Thoughts to come later)
-All pilots I choose to watch (Not premieres of existing shows, NEW SHOWS)
-Both fall and mid season
-Anything from September 2012-August 2013 is fair game.
These are my impressions of the pilots only-they are not an indication of what I may think later.
This includes not just the main villains, but the people who I deemed were important enough to be counted as villains. You could also say "antagonists" (Doakes/Quinn I would count in this category). The ones that appear in only one episode are not counted unless they were absolutely amazing, but anything from 2 up is fair game. If I miss any, just let me know.
My, these seasons go by so fast, don't they? It's going to be incredibly hard to wait for Season 4, but hey, this was a great season. I absolutely loved everything that went on with the Lannisters, for one. Dinklage killed it as usual, but what was especially great was Tywin. Last season, we had incredible Tywin-Arya scenes, and this season, we had incredible Tywin-Tyrion scenes. The dialogue in these scenes are as good as any other shows on the air right now.
I also loved Dany's arc, especially because she really didn't have much to do in season 2. The final scene in episode 4 was brilliant; it's always nice to see those dragons in action. Jon Snow's arc also got a little more interesting, although the fun banter could get old.
Jaime Lannister was also fantastic; kudos to the writers for being able to make me feel sympathy for someone like him. One person I did not feel sympathy for, though, was Theon. I really had no interest in his storyline throughout the season; hopefully, he has more to do next season.
And of course, all the season events lead up to "The Rains of Castamere", one of the most shocking, brilliant episodes I've seen on television. Everything about it was perfect, yet at the same time devastating. The way the tension built up and exploded was a work of art. Fairley, Madden, and Williams were all especially great in that episode.
The finale was quieter, but that was to be expected. It still opened up exciting routes for S4, though.
Let's face it: The Office was one of the most influential shows of all time. It also has a special place in my heart, and will continue to do so for as long as I live. It created wonderful characters, relationships, and really hilarious moments. It reflected the boredom of office life. It made us cheer, and cry, and laugh. I will miss it.
Now, the eighth season was terrible. It wasn't funny, and it was pretty painful to watch. I felt the 9th season really redeemed the show; it was once again fun to watch, especially due in part to the better usage of the new characters. In addition to that, characters like Erin and Dwight were still fantastic.
The whole Brian the boom guy storyline was pretty terrible, however. That whole situation seemed like an excuse to throw in some drama into Jim-Pam, all because it was the final season. However, the way the storyline wrapped up in AARM was incredible sweet.
The finale brought great closure to all the characters, and the Michael Scott cameo was excellent. The final 10 minutes of talking heads brought tears to my eyes, and the final line of the show struck me deep inside. I will truly miss the show. Goodbye, The Office.
So, Parks and Rec. I loved the first half of the season, but was disappointed with the episodes after Leslie and Ben's wedding. The main criticism I have is the static nature of the show; nothing happens. Sure, it's enjoyable and it's just a comedy, but some stakes would be nice.
I'll keep this short, so what I did like was, of course, the fantastic characters. The Leslie-Ben relationship was fleshed out this year, and while not quite as awesome as Andy-April, it still was the subject of many fantastic storylines. Ron was great as always, as well as the supporting cast.
I look forward to what very likely is the last season.
This was an excellent debut season. It hooked me straight from the pilot, and the writing throughout was impeccable. Anchored by brilliant performances by Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and Margo Martindale, the show quickly became a favorite.
What I loved so much was that we know what will happen; what's important is not plot. It's characterization. The show has done a fantastic job showing the changing dynamics of family, spy life, and character motivations. I can't remember specific episodes, but I really loved the Gregory plotline; it was a nice complement to Elizabeth's development. One thing I had a problem with was that the Phil/Liz relationship changed a little too much. Other than that, it was extremely well done.
I can't wait for next season.
-The music choices were fantastic throughout
-The finale was a thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the season.
Thoughts to come soon
This is a masterpiece of a show. What. A. Ride. Never before has a show elicited in me the reactions this has. I have cheered, I have cried, and I have laughed all throughout this amazing journey. Thank you, Steven DeKnight and co.
When I first started the show, I was apprehensive. I liked the pilot enough, but I didn't imagine it would become one of my most loved shows of all time. It has created breathtaking visuals, amazing choreography, and fantastic characters (shout-out to Batiatus, who was one of those people you love to hate, yet you root for).
As we came into the third season, I was excited to see the show's take on historical figures like Crassus and Caesar. I was not disappointed. Both actors did a fantastic job, and while the Roman side of things weren't as compelling as before, they served as a nice final group of antagonists to Spartacus.
One thing I did not like was Tiberius. I felt nothing for him, not even hate, and he came across as more boring than anything else. His death was inconsequential and quiet, which was nice, although after killing Crixus, I wanted his face to be sliced off or something. Speaking of, Manu Bennett was so fantastic this season. I absolutely loved him, and his death scene was one of the most heartbreaking, yet beautiful things I've seen on television. Although I didn't much like this new Naevia, I still felt for her (and man, that last shot of "Separate Paths" was beautiful).
And of course, Liam McIntyre. Kudos to him for keeping Whitfield's legacy living through this character. He once again did fantastic work, none more so than in the finale.
What a finale that was. Seriously. I give it an 11/10. It was beyond a masterpiece. Once again, the battle scenes were cinema-quality, and I was cheering and holding my breath the whole time. Everything about it was beautiful. Merrells did fantastic work as Crassus, and McIntyre did fantastic work as Spartacus. The last few minutes hit me hard, and the last shot of the series was beautiful. Spartacus dies under a red serpent. One of my favorite things about the finale is that DeKnight created this sense of hope; you just hoped history would be changed. Yet, they stuck to the story, and I thought it was the right choice. They told the story of Spartacus, and they did it perfectly.
-Loved Gannicus as well. Hated what happened to him, though
-Loved Ashur throughout the series. He was the perfect sneaky weasel
-Loved the pit trap in the finale, as well as F--- YOUR MOTHERS!!
-The credits of the finale was a perfect tribute to all the characters. It was so fantastic to see Varro, Batiatus, Lucretia, etc. again. And of course, Andy Whitfield closing it out. That brought tears to my eyes.
I. AM. SPARTACUS.
My, what a season. It rivals season 2, even without the presence of the brilliant Margo Martindale. At first, I was skeptical about the new direction the show was taking (no big bad, season-long mystery), but I warmed up to it. The acting was sublime as always (and we saw a lot more Tim/Rachel, thank God), and besides the regular praise, I'd also like to say just how great Joelle Carter (Ava) was this season. I was thoroughly invested in her arc, and I grew to care about her more than even Boyd. It was inevitable something bad was going to happen to her, though, but I'm just glad she didn't die.
The Drew Thompson mystery was entertaining enough, although it fizzled out at the end. This season was more about the characters, though (though it obviously did have its badass moments, as always), and their relationships: Arlo/Raylan, Boyd/Ava, etc. And special shoutout to Arlo Givens, who was an *beep* but whose death was brilliantly executed.
The season ended on a pretty tragic note, but I am really looking forward to season 5, after yet another fantastic season from the best show no one's watching.
Fantastic bounce-back season. I was absolutely hooked straight from the premiere, and it was quite a ride. The tension was more palpable, the excitement was off the charts, and there were even some nice character moments thrown in. Hopefully the new showrunner can continue this (he actually penned one of the best eps of the season, Clear).
The prison was a much more foreboding and threatening place than the farm, and the town was a nice facade to cover up the evilness of the Governor, played so brilliantly by David Morrissey. New additions included Michonne, who I thought was good but not great, and Tyreese, who I refer to as Ty-Dog (RIP T-Dog).
The show stumbled a bit in the middle of the season, as we got bogged down with stupid Lori subplots and stuff like that, but it picked up at the end. I don't know how to feel about the finale. It was very structurally good, but it built up to nothing. Wasn't the finale I was looking for, although it was a good episode. I'm excited for next season, though.
This was such a fun show. It had fantastic staged action, especially in Episode 3, and I loved the weirdness of the whole show. I loved the atmosphere, as well as the characters.
The main plot could get a bit tedious at times, but the self-contained stories/characters were interesting enough to keep me interested
Analysis later tonight
Suits is still one of my favorite shows on TV. The first part of this season was wonderful, but fizzled out at the end. However, it was still excellent. Costabile made a great villain, and the high point was definitely Sucker Punch, which was an absolutely wonderful episode.
However, the back 6 episodes were a bit weak. I hated Mike's characterization, and the storylines were just weak. There were still some good moments, but the relationship stuff and merger drama got a little grating at times. The finale, once again, was underwhelming. I didn't like the final scene, but it does open interesting avenues for the show to explore.
Still a great season, though. Very underrated show.
(Analysis to come)
-Analysis to come
Pretty inconsistent, but still good.
It better not win again this year.
I know I'm reviewing this very late, but it's helpful to see someone's opinion after watching this season on DVD. During its broadcast, fans complained, especially during the first 6 episodes of the season. They were tired of the retreading of story lines, and the frustration reached a boiling point, especially with a 3 month hiatus coming up. Now, after watching this on DVD, I must say I actually enjoyed the first 6 episodes a lot. I'd liken that to my watching it on DVD.
After the "prologue", 2 fantastic episodes got the show back in its groove. Not in Portland and Flashes Before Your Eyes were two magnificent episodes, especially the latter. This season helped make Desmond grow on me a lot more. Of course, though, being a 23 episode season, there were bound to be duds. Stranger in a Strange Land and Tricia Tanka Is Dead were terrible, and thank god I could immediately move on to the next episodes.
Man From Tallahassee kicked off a brilliant second half, especially "The Brig" to the end, the best stretch of episodes Lost has produced. Let me just say, Ben Linus is one of my favorite villains ever. Emerson did fantastic work with him, and he was the "villain you rooted for". I also loved O'Quinn's work this season, as well as Fox. The acting prowess on this show was incredible.
I felt that Season 2 was a bit lacking in story, and I felt the writers didn't really know what to do. Now, with The Others, they had a lot more to work with. Juliet was a great character as well, and it was interesting watching her conflicting feelings over the whole situation with the pregnant women. I really loved her scene in DOC with Sun.
Charlie, one of my least favorite characters before this season, was also someone who grew on me. I started to feel bad for him, especially with his impending death. His actual death scene (and farewell episode, Greatest Hits), also struck a chord with me. It was emotional and really beautiful, actually.
Now, the finale. One of the best finales I've ever seen. Tense, exciting, brilliant. Especially, the whole flash forward was unexpected. It was a perfect capper to an almost perfect season of television. Of course, there's now a lot more questions that Lost will never answer.
Well, that was a great season. We entered it with the characters dealing with Amber's death, which I thought was well done. The first high point of the season, though, came at Birthmarks, a fun, moving episode that focused on the relationship between House and Wilson. Then, the next high point came at Last Resort, which was an episode bashed by critics and viewers alike. However, I don't care about ridiculousness. I enjoyed it a lot, and that's what matters. After that, the show entered a stretch of good, but not great, episodes in which we had stupid storylines, especially the relationship between 13/Foreman. That was a tired, meandering story line that ultimately was just boring. I didn't really enjoy Cuddy's baby story line earlier, but still, that wasn't as terrible as this.
Of course, then we get to Locked In, the start of the final stretch of episodes that bumped this season grade up from an 8/8.5 range to a 9. It was an interesting, refreshing episode with a fantastic performance by Mos Def. Then, Simple Explanation, an episode which, I think, dealt with Kutner's suicide in a beautiful way.
The suicide led House to start losing it, in a final 3 episodes that were some of the best House episodes ever. Amber came back in hallucinations, and Hugh Laurie did fantastic work with portraying a sad, desperate man. The finale was kind of disappointing until the end, when House found out about his hallucinations and the fact that he's still on Vicodin. The last 10 minutes were beautifully directed, and it's definitely a great ending to a great season.
Wow. What a season. This was without a doubt, the best season of 24. It was gripping, tense, and just downright awesome. Let's dissect it, shall we?
The premiere started off with a bang, with the assassination of David Palmer. As if that wasn't enough, Michelle Dessler also was killed off. These were shocking deaths, and that quickly catapulted us into this season.
President Charles Logan, introduced last season, was just a fantastic character to watch. Even before the revelation that he's one of the bad guys, he was amazing to watch. Gregory Itzin portrayed him perfectly, the not confident, sneaky president. I loved the whole story with the attack on the Russian motorcade; that was exciting. After that, we had the nerve gas. I was a little nervous about this, as it had been done before (and would actually be done again in Season 7). However, I really liked how this all worked out, especially since it was revealed Logan was behind it all. Bierko was also a formidable villain, as was Henderson. I loved Weller this season; he brought a cold, calculating presence to the show (I'd say the villains this season are the best out of all the other seasons).
Look at my grades from episode 9 on. It's amazing that, in a 24 episode season, that they could sustain the same quality throughout the season. Yes, the plot was ridiculous, but it kept moving and moving. I honestly was never bored the last half of the season. The last half was kicked off with Edgar's death, which was incredibly moving; silent clock well deserved. Then, Logan was revealed as the guy behind it all. There it kicked into high gear. It was compelling TV, watching Logan try to cover his tracks. Jean Smart did fantastic work as Martha Logan, and I also loved that Aaron Pierce took a bigger role this season.
The finale was the best, as well, that the show produced. The submarine raid was incredibly tense and well done, and the last episode was absolutely brilliant. It gave Itzin and Sutherland a chance to shine, and was a great ending. The cliffhanger was also good (although I really hate cliffhangers to end seasons).
To sum it all up, fantastic work, 24. That was awesome.
Many of the criticisms this season stemmed from plausibility issues. I don't have as much of a problem with those things than some, but I do recognize that this show became a more 24-like thriller this season. That being said, it's definitely one of the most tense and well written shows on TV.still. It's also well acted. The acting is superb, and the dark horse this season was Mandy Patinkin as Saul. He doesn't get much recognition, and I'd like to acknowledge the work he did this season, especially in the finale.
The first couple episodes were great, as we took a trip to Beirut that saw Carrie chased across its streets. However, the first part of the season was leading up to Q&A, one of the best Tv episodes this year. It was just two people sitting in a room, yet it was a masterpiece.
After that episode, it got a little 24-esque, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's just, the first season proved that this show could be more of a quiet, psychological thriller. However, that's not to say Homeland can't do tense. Especially, for example, the scene where Carrie is chasing Abu Nazir. It's so ridiculous, yet is one of the most exciting scenes I've seen. Same with the killing of Walden; it was exciting, but ridiculous. That's how I felt about a lot of this season.
I generally liked the Quinn story line, as he is a very interesting character. His story could sometimes get weird, but I still liked it. On the other hand, Dana's story line was just stupid. I love her as a character, but it was totally unnecessary to go through that whole "hitting someone with a car" stuff.
This season, the show also bought more into the Carrie-Brody relationship than I thought was necessary. I never bought that Brody truly loved Carrie that much, and some scenes, while compelling, were a little much.
That being said, I loved the last batch of episodes because of the excitement. The finale was brilliant. It was gripping, and I'm excited for where this show heads next. It'll be interesting to see what the writers do with Brody.
But all in all, another fantastic season.
When season 6 ended, I couldn't help but feel that Dexter had jumped the shark. The plotting was lazy last year, and it wasn't helped by the fact that Travis Marshall was a terrible villain. So, imagine my surprise when the premiere of this season turned out to be one of the best episodes this show has created. It was tense and quietly fantastic. As the season went on, I was impressed by Ray Stevenson's Isaak, a formidable villain for Dexter. Stevenson played the role fantastic, and I loved his interactions with Dexter. However, the way he was disposed of was just terrible. They wasted a great character, and while I understand why, he definitely deserved a better end.
Another new character was Yvonne Strahovski's Hannah McKay. She was an incredibly interesting character, and while she could get annoying at times, I liked her.
I wasn't a fan of Quinn and Nadia's storyline, as that ultimately went nowhere, and Batista had nothing to do this season. However, LaGuerta's (whom I find annoying) storyline was interesting at the end. And man, did the finale deliver. After 2 weak episodes, I felt the finale was tense, emotionally resonant, and just awesome. And how about some recognition for Jennifer Carpenter? She did fantastic work this season, especially in that final scene. Just brilliant.
So while there were fun "case-of-the-weeks", (Run), the overall storyline was also integrated nicely. I look forward to the (presumably) final season.
I really loved this show. I wasn't expecting much going in, but the pilot absolutely blew me away. I loved the whole style of it, and while it does move slow, the storylines are compelling. The action is also impeccably done, and the acting as well. Melissa George is a great actress, and it was fun seeing her interact with the people in the house as suspicions were raised. The finale was also superbly done, as it was tense and brilliant. The last few minutes were quite confusing, but I liked it.
The supporting cast in Byzantium I wasn't a big fan of, as they didn't really do much to advance the story, I feel. The story could also get quite confusing.
However, it was a fun ride. Hopefully Cinemax continues with it.
This was a very different approach Kurt Sutter took to craft this season. Unlike before, there was no real main "good guy vs bad guy" type scenario, as we had different stories running all over the place. We had Pope, Clay, and even the new guy introduced near the end of the season. Of course, that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. The writers were able to intertwine the stories very well.
I really liked Jimmy Smits' Nero, who is a pretty interesting character. I enjoyed his scenes with Gemma. Pope was also introduced. He wasn't that big of a character as initially made out to be, but he had his moments, specifically burning Tig's daughter. That was a shocking moment. Another shocking moment was Opie's death, which did open the door for some fantastic revenge storylines.
Ron Perlman was fantastic this season; he really showed Clay's fragileness, and it was hard not to feel bad for him (even after what he had done) when Gemma turned on him and sent him to jail. Tara's arrest was also an effective event, and I'm interested to see where they take this story. It was also interesting to see Jax's evolution; he wanted to get out of Charming, but as the season progressed, he became more ruthless and unforgiving.
All in all, the season was pretty great. We had great action, acting, and nice character moments, and it's going to be fun heading into the final 2 seasons.
-Walton Goggins as Venus Van Dam=perfect
-Roosevelt was also good this season, with his reactions to his wife's death
-Interesting last shot: mirrors Season 4's closing shot, but Tara is replaced with Gemma
-See you next season
This is my favorite season so far. Everything was bigger, more exciting, and just incredibly well done. I didn't even miss Jimmy, and he was one of my favorite characters. The season started off good, then ended spectacularly. Gyp Rosetti was a fantastic villain. He was both funny yet menacing, and I loved him. I also really liked Richard's storyline, especially what he did in the finale. Nucky's storyline was definitely much more exciting-there was a sense of real danger, and while I would've liked more Chalky, I thought this story came together nicely. Gillian's storyline was much more weird and disturbing, but it fit her character and was pretty compelling. However, Van Alden was way underused. Michael Shannon is a brilliant actor, but he was wasted this season.
The season hit its high point with "Two Imposters", the best episode I've seen of this show. It was moving, violent, intense, and was a masterpiece. I also thought the finale was very well done, and I'm looking forward to next season.