in which i answer the burning question, what will laura binge-watch next?

In response to my help me find a new series to binge-watch post, I got tons of answers both here and on Facebook. I'm keeping the list for future reference.

In the category of watching by myself during R&R downtime, I am starting with Hinterland, which has long been in my Netflix list. I've watched the first two episodes, and it's very much like Wallander, a good sign.

After Hinterland, the to-try list: Peaky Blinders, Shetland, Fringe, Bloodline, Wentworth, River. Also will try The Defenders, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. Intelligence sounds good, but two seasons and no conclusion is a dealbreaker. 

Possibles: Lost, Criminal Minds, Friday Night Lights. I was pretty adamant about not watching FNL years back, but now I might give it a chance. 

Will try both Man Seeking Woman and Letterkenny, but have to wait until either there's more episodes or the show ends. 

In the category of Allan and I watching together over the winter, which generally means the best shows and intense binge-watching and discussions: The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Americans, not necessarily in that order.


Jen and Ryan said...

Ryan and I love The Americans so sad this next season is the final season. I started watching Wentworth but kind of lost interest. We are a big OITNB and OZ fans. Enjoy your binging.

johngoldfine said...

Deadwood: ordinarily I do not give a flying fuck about naughty language, but the language on Deadwood bothered me because it seemed so anachronistic. My understanding of the Power of Curse Words is that simple goddamnit blasphemy carried all the power in the 19th Century that a 'motherfucker' might carry today. But the Deadwoodies cursed like they'd wandered in from 'The Wire'....My son thinks I should overlook this, but it was a constant irritant and spoiled the show for me. A bad confluence of the undergraduate English major and the graduate degree in history!

FNL: try as I might, I can't convince Jean to watch FNL. "It's not about football!"
She knows my game, my only game, is baseball, but she still looks supremely skeptical as if I were trying to persuade her to slip into a cheerleader's costume and do a few backflips. Not gonna happen! What can I say? I watched it all once, and then I watched it all a second time, and if I could drag Jean along, I'd happily watch it a third time.

laura k said...

FNL: I've been with Jean on this one for ages. Football, nope, nope, nope. Of course I understand that it's not a show about football (as Jean probably does, too) but just the idea... yuck. But now for some reason it seems ripe for solo binge-watching, I guess because it seems to check all the boxes.

Deadwood: Are you sure they didn't curse like mad in those days? It's not like a record would survive -- even the most honest accounts would be sanitized beyond recognition, as was the case in those days. For example, from a later era but still relevant, when Allan was researching 1918, I had the impression locker-room talk was the same as it ever was.

johngoldfine said...

I think this is the original article that soured me on Deadwood's darned swearing, and it's a corker:


laura k said...

Great article, John. Thanks for sharing!

I think writers and producers decide to use anachronist language in order to get the right feel and intent. If they used the "bad" language of that era, contemporary viewers would hear those words as polite, euphemistic -- or ridiculous -- not knowing that those same words carried much more weight and shock value in that era.

The language needs to be updated and nonauthentic in order for the show to be more authentic. It's a paradox, but I think it's unavoidable.