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04 August 2010 @ 11:34 pm
TV meme, day 8  

Day 08 - A show everyone should watch

Once I tried to convince someone she should really watch Angels in America. "It's almost as good as The Singing Detective", I told her. "Hmm, I didn't like that one either", she replied, and I was utterly shocked that an otherwise reasonable person could not love that series.

Some time ago I lent Due South to my BF and he found it enjoyable enough, although he thought the scenes in which Fraser has conversations with his dead dad ridiculous nonsense.

So I should have known better than to force Life on Mars on him, and indeed, while he likes the regular cop-show bits, he doesn't care for the weird stuff (which is exactly what distinguishes it from your regular cop show and makes it brilliant in my, and no doubt most fans', eyes).

And so, finally, lesson learned: there are no shows that everyone should watch, because no shows can cater to everyone's tastes.

Current Mood: apatheticapathetic
Current Music: The worker - Fischer-Z.
heartofdavid: hellowhatsinthereheartofdavid on August 5th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
and I was utterly shocked that an otherwise reasonable person could not love that series
Seems such a riddle though, doesn't it? I agree that there are no shows that everyone can watch, but...it doesn't seem right somehow. My need to make sense and logic of things insists that there should be at least one thing, in all categories, that everyone should agree upon as 'good', and yet it isn't so. I am stunned that some people cannot abide chocolate, yet these aliens are among us and look like ordinary human beings.

And although I know they are aliens, I get along with them. One of my best friends has totally opposite tastes when it comes to television shows - we do not agree on a single item. I think the shows she enjoys are stupid and boring after making attempts at watching them to see what the attraction is. She thinks the shows I like are weird. I shake my head and snort my disgust at her viewing habits, she rolls her eyes at mine. Yet we are in total agreement in our love for The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz.

I think she is right though, about the 'weird' part, in that what appeals to me is what deviates from normal. I don't want normal and routine - I can look out my window and watch that - oh look, here comes the mailman! *snores* I want the appearance of normal with a few surprises thrown in. So, if my mailman pulled up in a flying saucer, or had silver skin and a pair of wings or three sets of arms and a long bushy tail, now that would be interesting!

Edit to add - I'm bored by the average - average is what makes up most of aspects of daily life. I don't find that entertaining. So, in entertainment, I want...deviation. *lol*

Edited at 2010-08-05 04:15 am (UTC)
Mnemosyne: thinking_lethe_ on August 5th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
yet these aliens are among us and look like ordinary human beings.

Exactly! How is this possible? Taste is just inexplicable.

Lots of Wizard of Oz references in Life on Mars, BTW. :)

what appeals to me is what deviates from normal

I have that too. All my favourite books and films have something quirky or surrealistic or odd.
: )call_me_lovey on January 29th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
As do mine. Even the books I read that look normal aren’t really. As a disabled person, my life would probably be unbelievably boring without a bit of escapism -– that or I’d sit about thinking about myself all the time, which wouldn’t be good.

The idea behind most shows I watch sound so daft a lot of people won’t even try them, & when I mentioned my luv for Gene Hunt they thought I was gay, so I just don’t bother recommending stuff anymore.
chetbakerfanchetbakerfan on August 8th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
The Pretender. Michael T Weiss had just come off Jeffrey, and did a complete turnaround in his role as Jarod. He could do anything it seemed. and now he only does b-movies and pretender conventions. such a talented actor. same with Andrea Parker, as (wait for it...) Ms Parker. I'd never seen a character like her on TV when that show premiered. so many layers to Jarod AND Ms Parker. and it was fascinating to see Weiss as a completely different person each week. all the while he was staying just half a step ahead of Ms Parker, desperate to find him and get back to corporate, and his 'mentor' Sydney, desperate to have his genius lab rat (and 'adopted' son) back at The Center, an evil think tank. i think the most amazing thing i ever saw on the show was a 'pediconference' between Ms Parker, Sydney, and their computer geek Broots in the darkened concrete halls of The Center. While they walked, a group of doctors in surgical masks, covered in blood, crossed the hall behind them. another verbal plot point, and a team of soldiers in full riot gear with assault rifles ran the opposite way down another crossway. none of them noticed. dark, but clever.
Mnemosyne_lethe_ on August 8th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if this was ever broadcast here. It sounds interesting though, I'll keep my eyes open.
chetbakerfanchetbakerfan on August 9th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
it's well worth the search. oh, and by the way i was wrong- michael t weiss is now on broadway.