Genius television that is hard to dethrone as the best thing on today. It'll be interesting to see the next season - if it ever comes on - with a new cast portraying the Queen and all. Rich production values, impeccable writing, directing and acting and always setting the high bar.
Ah, finally a talk show that you want to watch. Skip the Carson wannabes on American TV, there never will be another Johnny, and find this British gem. Norton is a great comic host and gets plenty of across the pond (meaning our side) zingers in during his brief monologue, but the reason to watch this show is the incredible guest lineup he manages to put together for nearly every show. People you just don't see interviewed, and maybe that's why we want to see them, show up on the couch. Where else are you going to see DeNiro watch someone do a DeNiro impression? Then there is the large contingent of UK movie stars and a lot of good old fun, no doubt encouraged by the liberal drinking that appears to be happening. Throw in an obscure (to American audiences anyway) musical performance or two and you've got a pretty much perfect talk show. Funny, entertaining and not hosted by someone who actually pays attention to his guests. The guests are having a great time too, especially when four or five of them are chatting away together.
Meh. Arriving dead jokes, trying to give too many characters attention and generally forced bits, the show is a mess. The only funny thing about it was Roseanne but once the people she made celebrities threw her under the bus the show's only hope for survival went away. Stick to the funniest "family" comedy of all time, the original Roseanne and you'll see genuinely hilarious and heartfelt comedy at its best. Skip this reboot if it's still even on the air.
Okay, you probably know the brilliant musical, probably know one of the film versions, but you must see this truly remarkable mini-series version, which goes much deeper into the Hugo text than earlier versions. The acting here is at the highest level led by Dominic West in yet another unforgettable role. Man, that guy just keeps delivering stellar work. Also is David Oyelowo as a great Javert. The cinematography, sets and authentic feel for 19th Century France are also impeccable. The ending seems a bit rushed as does the doesn't make sense final aging of Valjean but this small detail aside, Les Miserable is must watch television.
Of all of the awards shows, this one is one of the best in sheer number of top performances and production values. Plus there's little of the self congratulatory crap that you'll find at the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys. Country superstars are like professional hockey players that way, it's not about them it's about the work. A great show and it's in Las Vegas and that's always fun too.
My review is for the first two seasons. Haven't seen three yet. Overall the show has a raw tension and uneasiness that makes it unique for television. Great writing make this one stand out. You might feel a bit ill after seeing the underbelly of life that's depicted but it's always intriguing to watch the show unfold and reveal itself in dark and surprising ways. Great casting too.
Does the Simpsons really need a review after 30+ years of animated brilliance? Nope. They never get old - literally - and always manage hilarity that is unmatched in animation or live action. Even though the amazing Sam Simon is hone the show retains it's comedic excellence. Looking forward to the next marathon.