Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

What the Bear is Watching

Winter is a great time to just hunker down and watch the tube. Fortunately there is some pretty good stuff out there to keep us occupied. Of course there is "House of Cards" on Netflix. I think Shakespeare would love the plot and the writing of the show. I'm not sure how it's going to end, but you can sense the building tragedy of ruthlessly pursuing power, achieving it, and then finding the difficulties of keeping it or discovering the power you have is never enough. Just brilliant television.

Our latest addiction, which I have hinted about in earlier posts, is Showtime's "Shameless." It's based on a British series (available on Netflix) but I'm liking the American version a whole lot more. The word that comes to mind every time I watch the show is "human." The characters are flawed, sometimes to the point of loathing, but you can always identify with them. William H. Macy is such a great actor that even though his character is so reprehensible, you still find a place in your heart for him. The show is filmed about 3 miles from my mom's house and I can somewhat identify with the attitudes of the family in the show based on what I saw growing up in a similar neighborhood.

I'm still working my way through "Sons of Anarchy." It's not a perfect show, but I can see how it became almost a cult classic. It's a "poor man's 'Sopranos'" or perhaps "a 'Sopranos' for FX." I like that it doesn't pull its punches and, outside of the main 3 or 4 characters, the show is not afraid to kill off characters. The parade of guest stars is also pretty impressive including Henry Rollins, Jimmy Smits, Tom Arnold, Danny "Machete" Trejo, and even David Hasselhoff.

Of course there's also "Better Call Saul" on AMC which we are definitely getting into. Not only does it have the New Mexico connection but the backstory takes place in my hometown (but filmed here). It turns out that the actor Bob Odenkirk (Saul) was born in the town next to mine which is probably why the backstory is set there.

Anybody else have some hidden gems on the little screen they would like to share. I've heard good things about "Manhattan," the show about building The Bomb during WWII. It's got that NM connection that gives it bonus points.
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