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Demian*
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AMERICAN GOTHIC 7/10
Sadly discontinued before the end, an absorbing and unsettling journey into an American midwest small-town, replete with conspiracy, corruption, ghosts and a lurking (but very real) evil. Very enjoyable, though the lack of an ending will leave you disappointed.
  

Demian*
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PEEP SHOW 9.5/10
A hilarious and often discomfiting look at the world through the minds of two insecure modern-day 'everymen'. Poking fun at the ridiculousness of the insecure human psyche, I think there is something here that virtually all of us can relate to. An utterly brilliant piece of writing.
Anonymous on 4th Sep '06 10/10
But what about the poo!
  Average Rating 9.75

Spanners*
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Sat 11th Dec '04 5:16PM
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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER 10/10
What can I say? This show acheives a near-perfect mix of comedy, sci-fi, fantasy, ass-kicking and totty. It has also done a lot of experimental work expanding the limits of the genre tenfold. Most notably 'Once More With Feeling' the musical episode and 'Hush' which was almost entirely silent.
From teachers that turn out to be Praying Manti to homicidal ventriloquist's dummies to Frankenstein's Monster-like creations to werewolf guitarists to bodysnatching hyenas to lesbian witches. It's not always about the vampires but it is guaranteed entertainment.
You will have to look hard to find a fantasy series these days that hasn't been greatly influenced by Buffy.
Second opinion by Amanshu on 5th Jul '06 10/10
It did indeed completely redefine the genre in a brilliant way, and lead to the resurgence of top-notch fantasy/sci-fi programs. It raised the bar of t.v., then got bored so it raised it a whole other notch. Quality stuff.
    Average Rating 10

Malcolm*
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Sun 12th Dec '04 4:51PM
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LOST 9/10
WINNER OF THE AWARD FOR BEST MINI-REVIEW
AT THEDADDY.ORG FORUM MEET 2005



An excellent mystery/drama series, broadcast (at the time of writing) on Tuesday evenings in the US, and downloaded on Wednesday mornings in our house. This review has been written just in case it's ever broadcast in the UK, because I urge you to see it if at all possible.
To summarise (and this isn't a spoiler): a plane takes off from Australia and crashes on an unidentified island, leaving some of its passengers dead and the rest of them to set about trying to survive on the island and attract help. As the series progresses, we discover snippets of the various passengers' histories, suspicions are rife, and stranger and stranger things happen on the island. Unusual about the series is that there are so many main characters - about 10 or 15 off the top of my head - and they're all intriguing. The plot never stops developing and never stops surprising us - excellent, gripping stuff. (and produced by David Fury, of Buffy & Angel, which is why we started watching it in the first place...!)

[edit: Stop press - Lost is to be broadcast on Channel 4 (UK) at some point in 2005! Absolutely, do not miss it!]

Second opinion by Amanshu on 2nd Nov '05 10/10
I decided to get some episodes off the back of Malcolm's review, and to be honest I think he was a little light on his praise - this series RULES! It's bizarre, it's funny, it's harrowing, it's scary, it's plain weird!

watch it, watch it, watch it!
Second opinion by General on 27th Mar '07 3/10
For the first half of the first series I thought it was really good, but with every passing episode I become more convinced that they are just being more deliberately obscure, there is no inderlying plot, it's being made up as they go allong and that at the end they will just say "ooo it was all a dream"
   Average Rating 7.33

The Guv
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MAX AND PADDY - ROAD TO NOWHERE 9.9/10
2 door men from pheonix nights in their own little adventure. From the off Very funny indeed any fans of Peter Kay should watch this. Just watch episode 4 and you will not have dry pants!!!!!

Demian*
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Mon 13th Dec '04 7:21PM
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ULTRAVIOLET 8.5/10
Short-lived (one six-episode series) BBC vampire drama series. Excellent writing, tight plots and dark, brooding direction make for a thoroughly enjoyable 5 hours or so of TV.
  

Jay21000
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Sat 18th Dec '04 5:24PM
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Friends 10/10
Phoebe, Chandler, Rachel, Monica, Ross, Joey, and all the extras. Comedy at it's finest. Enough said.

Amanshu*
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The 4400 10/10
This series was critically and publically celebrated in the states, so nobody is entirely sure why it was cancelled after just five episodes but it is one of those rare gems of a show.

Over the last eighty or so years 4400 people have been abducted never to be seen again - until a comet swings past the earth and returns them all. None of them have aged a day and they seem to have all gained superpowers (although they don't necessairly know it). So we have a group of people who have no control (or even knowledge) of their superpowers trying to pick up the pieces of their lives when everyone they know is now a different age to them.

Moody, paranoid, hopeful and as interesting a look at the human spirit as I've seen, and that's even before the bodies start appearing and public opinion starts shifting murderously against them.

This show is brilliant
Second opinion by Demian on 4th Jul '06 10/10
Fear not - there's at least another two series after this!

Quite possibly my second-favourite TV programme ever, after Buffy. Same writer, too
Second opinion by Amanshu on 31st May '07 10/10
The first series (5 eps) is far too short, the second series (13 eps) gets a little too spread out in the middle (only two or three episodes though) but has a great start and end, the third series (13 eps) is simply amazing and the fourth series starts soon (Please be 22 eps, please be 22 eps).

It starts off with a group of 4400 abductees learning they have powers, by the end of the first series they've learnt who abducted them. By the end of the second series they've learnt... let's go with why they were abducted. By the end of the third series it's turned into an underground war to save the world from itself. Every series changes everything and every series improves upon an incredibly rich and detailed mythology that's still incredibly simple and straightforward to understand (unlike some other shows out there that are just plain incredibly complicated).
   Average Rating 10

Demian*
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Sat 29th Jan '05 6:56PM
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24 Season 1 9/10
Pretty much non-stop action for 24 hours, if you include 19 minutes of adverts for each episode; I'd recommend watching without and pretending the series is called '16.4'. A fast-paced and intricately plotted thriller which only flags for a couple of episodes in the series. The 'real time' one-hour-per-episode is little more than a gimmick, but doesn't detract from the action in any way, so why not?
  

BrightonBabe
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Sun 6th Feb '05 10:33AM
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Shameless 8/10
Rude yet comical series
Second opinion by Diziet on 21st Feb '08 9/10
5th series is brilliant!
 Average Rating 8.5

Demian*
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Carnivale 10/10
A deeply wierd journey into depression-era America, where an escaped chain-gang member with a secret hooks up with a travelling freak show. The actual performers in the show are downright normal compared to the other members of staff, however. Mysterious and supernatural goings-on abound, both within the Carnivale and in the life of the nearby firebrand preacher on a god-given mission to save the migrants. This is dark, scary, adult and disturbing in parts, but absolutely compelling viewing. Don't miss this!
  

Demian*
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Tue 8th Nov '05 7:28PM
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Nip/Tuck 9/10
Highly watchable, humourous and addictive series based around a partnership of plastic surgeons, one a serial womaniser and one struggling to hold a family together. Each episode has a unique patient's dilemma to solve and thus stands partly alone, whilst also covering the ongoing narrative of the two main characters (rather implausible) lives. Be warned: highly graphic scenes of both sex and plastic surgery. Keep that chisel away from my nose!
  

Spanners*
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Tue 8th Nov '05 11:56PM
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Scrubs 9/10
Brilliant comedy series about a group of dysfunctional young doctors in America. Deeply surreal but always delivers and has great celebrity cameos - Heather Graham, Tara Reid, Michael J Fox, Amy Smart and the lass from ER - you know the older one that was still quite tasty and ended up running away with George Clooney.

"I suppose I could riff a list of things that I care as little about as our last week together. Lemme see, uhh.... Low-carb diets. Michael Moore. The Republican National Convention. Kabbalah and all Kabbalah-related products. Hi-def TV, the Bush daughters, wireless hot spots, 'The O.C.', the U.N., recycling, getting Punk'd, Danny Gans, the Latin Grammys, the real Grammys. Jeff, that Wiggle who sleeps too darn much! The Yankees payroll, all the red states, all the blue states, every hybrid car, every talk show host! Everything on the planet, everything in the solar system, everything everything everything everything everything everything, everything that exists, past, present and future, in all discovered and undiscovered dimensions....Oh! And Hugh Jackman"

"Everybody knows you're still sleeping with Dr. Cox; and it can't be about making babies 'cause you'd probably just end up eating them, anyway. And as for revenge, I'm just not sure that driving to his apartment and pleasuring him while he watches sports on TV is hurting him as much as you might think. So I have to figure that you still care about him, whether you want to admit it or not. And if you lay one finger on me, I'm blowing my rape whistle."
Second opinion by Spanners on 9th Nov '05 9/10
No, really. It's great.
Second opinion by Amanshu on 10th Nov '05 9/10
It really, really is
Second opinion by Diziet on 2nd Jan '06 8/10
its not THAT great!

Second opinion by Xander on 22nd Sep '08 9/10
YES! It is that great.
    Average Rating 8.8

General*
Windows Bob - the best!
Wed 9th Nov '05 7:17PM
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Supernova 1/10
The usually excelent Rob Brydon besmirches his ontherwise exemplary TV career with this completely charm free piece of dross.
Set in Australia the main character is an astronomer at a high tech observation post.
The program relies heavily on huge amounts of handwaving pseudo sicence which will alienate non technical viewers and annoy those people who know enough to know it's all rubbish.

After watching the first episode the missus turned to me and said "I'll never get that half an hour of my life back"

I couldn't agree more.
    

Spanners*
Misses his big brother :(
Mon 2nd Jan '06 1:35AM
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Las Vegas 8.79/10
Fun show about a casino security firm in Vegas. Running around catching cheats, busting robberies and generally showing the glamourous side of Vegas muscle. Great action, great locations and great characters.
Well worth a watch.
    

Amanshu*
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Wed 1st Feb '06 11:53AM
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My Name is Earl 9.5/10
This series follows the adventures of Earl, an American Red Neck who's lied, cheated, stolen, and pretty much been your typical lowlife. Until one day he discovers Karma and turns over a new leaf. He creates a list, and proceeds to go back through his life trying to make up for all the bad things he's done for people.

This show is hilarious, and achieves a lot in every half hour segment. I'd highly recommend it to anyone
Second opinion by General on 1st Feb '06 9/10
The best comedy on TV at the moment
   Average Rating 9.25

Amanshu*
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Bones 8/10
He's a hard-nosed FBI agent who hates scientists, she's a driven forensic anthropologist who lacks social skills! Together, they fight CRIME!

Loosely based on an actual forensic anthropolgist, this is your typical forensic drama, only focussing upon the more decomposed corpses. It feels like it's pretty generic, and yet somehow it stays fascinating. Enjoy!
   

Spanners*
Misses his big brother :(
Wed 15th Feb '06 4:37PM
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Desperate Housewives 9/10
Now stonking through its second series in America this show is so much better than it sounds like it should be. Murder, sex, lies, intrigue and all narrated by the woman who comitted suicide in the pilot episode!
Bizarre but way entertaining.
Second opinion by General on 17th Feb '06 8/10
First series was ace.
Second one has gone down hill some what.
Second opinion by Diziet on 5th Aug '06 9/10
by odin's beard, this is some good gumbo!
    Average Rating 8.67

General*
Windows Bob - the best!
Fri 17th Feb '06 12:54PM
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Draw Together 9/10
Supremely offensive cartoon based on a big brother style house filled with characters from different cartoons: A cartoon pig, A legend of zelda link-a-like, A spongebob clone, Superhero, princess, etc

Series 2 currently showing on the stragely music free MTV.
    

Diziet
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Tue 13th Jun '06 12:23AM
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Dog Borstal 3/10
i've had some time off work lately. this, and the fact that my bedroom is too hot (meaning i can't sit at my laptop and do important things, like tapping my own name into google), has resulted in me spending more time in the lounge where the telly lives.

i've watched lots of tv in the last few weeks as a result. most of it reality tv, mainly because thats all that seems to be on.

dog borstal is a show about bad dogs and their owners. the owners seek help from professional trainers at a special canine prison camp (hence the name i suppose). there are 3 trainers - a woman, a man who wrote a book and this man...



beware this programme. i think it may have actually lowered my IQ.

Demian*
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Deadwood 9/10
Ian McShane (yes, Lovejoy!) stars as Al Swearengen, the owner of the Gem Saloon in Deadwood, next to the Dead Hills at the start of the American Gold Rush. The series follows the rise of Deadwood from a loosely-organised, lawless camp to a recognised town. The people, places and events are real, though heavily fictionalised.

It's dark, violent, and foul-mouthed - the producers decided to dispense with authentic 19th-century profanities (which were mostly blasphemies which are now more quaint than offensive) and use hardcore modern obscenities to simulate the feel of the language rather than the actual content. Personally I'd rather have heard some traditional cowboy cussin', but be warned if you're sensitive to bad language - it doesn't get any worse than this!

Life was apparently cheap in the 19th century - murder, mysogeny, scheming and hatred abound and every episode will make you give thanks for the enlightened, sheltered society we now live in. The dialogue is outstanding, once you get the hang of the 19th century slang (hint: Squareheads = The Dutch, Heathens = The Injuns).

I don't know if they built an entire Western town in order to film the series, but it certainly appears that way. An unsettling yet unforgettable series.


'The direction of this entire camp makes me sick, and it bores the livin' shit outta me. Sent a dozen men out with their plague sores healed to go back to getting them on their johnsons. I will not be a drunk where he's buried, and I cannot stay fuckin' sober. So you, and every human being on earth - past, present and future - can drink mare's piss'.
-Calamity Jane
Second opinion by Demian on 18th Sep '06 4/10
SERIES 2

After enjoying the first series I had to give up halfway through this one as it had become so dull. A great shame.
  Average Rating 6.5

Amanshu*
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Wed 5th Jul '06 10:09AM
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The Inside 9/10
Sadly discontinued FBI drama about a violent crimes unit, created by the co-creator of firefly. It only ran for 13 episodes, but it did in that time explore the weird depths of human psychosis.

It centred on Rebecca Locke, a new recruit into a special team of the L.A. Violent Crimes Unit. Rebecca was kidnapped when she was very young for 18 months. She doesn't really remember what happened to her during that time, or how she eventually escaped. This event both drives her and gives her a unique ability to see into the minds of the victims of violent crimes, to essentially create a profile of the person who is attacked rather than the attacker.

The unit she is part of has been hand picked, and they are in someway each as driven by their own demons as anything else. Basically this is a lot of fun. If you like your fun alienated, dark and with serial killers that is.
   

Diziet
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ideal series 1 and 2 8/10
johnny vegas stars as moz, a sad loser who deals cannabis from his salford flat. the entire show is set in the flat which makes for some quite creative story writing.

the series is both funny and (very) dark. it took me a while to get into it but by the end of the first series i was hooked.

a stream of regular characters - dim jenny, cartoonhead (a hitman with a cartoon mouse for a head), psycho paul (the gallagher brother noel and liam don't like to talk about), PC (the copper who supplies moz with his weed) - all add a soap opera flavour to the whole thing.

my favourite episode is the one where judith, moz's necrophiliac neighbour, bakes him a cake containing 100 magic mushrooms. he eats the whole cake before she has a chance to tell him about the 'shrooms. unfortunately, cartoonhead and psycho paul have forced him to let them use his flat as a safe house for a kidnapping. on top of that, his girlfriend is trying to tell him that she's shagged two of his best mates and is pregnant. on top of THAT, a wild party has developed around him in the flat and everyone is starting to look strangely like cartoonhead...


Diziet
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50 films to see before you die... 2/10
....or the plots and twists of 50 excellent movies given away by channel 4.

boo!

Spanners*
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Mon 24th Jul '06 3:47PM
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Tribe 10/10
Bruce Parry heads off into some far off corner of the world, as untouched by modern life as you can get and spends a month living with a native tribe learning how they live, fight and farm. Taking part in their ceremonies, getting to grips with their culture and almost always being accepted as a full member of the tribe.
It's magnificent!
    

Amanshu*
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Mon 24th Jul '06 4:11PM
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Prison Break 10/10
Your brother is on death row for a crime he didn't commit. He's also being held in a prison that you designed. Nothing for it but to get yourself arrested and break him out. Except it's not even that easy (and that's not easy) because there's some kind of national conspiracy that wants your brother dead.

This is a hugely entertaining and deeply gripping show. I pretty much burnt through the first series in a weekend and it's as fresh and original as shows get. Highly recommended.
Second opinion by Spanners on 24th Jul '06 9/10
Love that jazz. Love it!
   Average Rating 9.5

Diziet
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Extras - the Les Dennis episode 10/10
one of the darkest, funniest things i've seen in years.

les dennis deserves an award for his portrayal of himself.

genius.

Demian*
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Sat 19th Aug '06 11:55AM
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Psych 7/10
An excellent premise but unfortunately somewhat lacking in execution. A policeman's son who grew up with amazing observational skills convinces the Police Department he is a freelance psychic and sets about solving crimes whilst maintaining the charade. It's written as a comedy, buit is unfortunately never quite funny enough to carry the storylines. I think this would have been better if it was darker or grittier, but it's still pretty watchable.
  

Amanshu*
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Fri 25th Aug '06 1:59PM
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Eureka 10/10
US Marshall Jack Carter is transporting his delinquent runaway daughter home when a flat tyre runs them off the road. So they're forced to stay for a few days in the peaceful town of Eureka until their cars repaired. Or the not so peaceful town of Eureka.

Eureka is in fact the biggest national security secret in America. Since the second world war the american government has been secretly moving the world's top scientists (and their families) there to create the ultimate think tank.

The good news is that this means that the town has the best technology in the country (since most of it was designed in Eureka) however it also means that it has the biggest concentration of cutting edge experiments and advanced weaponry known to man. So if someone makes a mistake things could go disasterously, end of the world, wrong. Needless to say people regularly make mistakes...

Basically this show is a sci-fi action comedy that actually works. Half the characters are as delightfully kooky as you'd expect the best and the brightest to be. The other half (including the marshall) are constantly running around trying to find a way to put everything back to normal and save the day.

Refreshingly addictive.
   

Amanshu*
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Blade: the series 3/10
The pilot didn't suck as badly as it could of done. Just cliched and annoying really.

I had the next two episodes to watch but I didn't bother, and I doubt I will in the future.

Edit: I didn't, and neither did anyone else.
   

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