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Favorite HBO series ever?

06-19-2013, 08:20 PM
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Favorite HBO series ever?

Torn between True Blood and The Sopranos.
06-19-2013, 10:41 PM
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06-19-2013, 11:28 PM
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Curb Your Enthusiasm or The Life and Times of Tim.

Also R.I.P. James Gandolfini.
06-20-2013, 12:30 AM
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Eastbound and Down.
06-20-2013, 05:48 AM
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Mr. Show with Bob and David
06-20-2013, 07:19 AM
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Not just saying it due to the sad events yesterday but for me the best is the Sopranos 100%
06-22-2013, 02:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Papa Deuce View Post
Torn between True Blood and The Sopranos.
True Blood? Really? Even at it's current quality?! It's a fun show but doesn't hold a candle to The Sopranos (RIP James Gandolfini). For me it's The Wire.
06-22-2013, 02:29 AM
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Am I the only one who actually watched all of the sopranos yet somehow found it boring, I kept expecting it to get better and it never did.

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out
06-22-2013, 03:21 AM
Originally Posted by Teknikal View Post
Am I the only one who actually watched all of the sopranos yet somehow found it boring, I kept expecting it to get better and it never did.
I haven't watched enough to have an opinion, but what I did see definitely didn't impress me. It was a while back, though, so maybe it's worth it for me to give it another chance... but it's not very likely.

Honestly, the only HBO series I have gotten hooked on before is True Blood, so it's truly my favorite... but that's not saying much at all considering, like I said, it is the only one that I have watched enough to have a real opinion of.

That being said, these last two seasons have pissed me off to the point where I didn't even care about the premiere of the newest one this last Sunday. The show is really starting to show its stupid storytelling patterns. Frustrating, to say the least. The last few seasons, it seems to always go:

Episode 1: Pick up the cliffhanger from the last season with a devastatingly anticlimactic resolution. Repeat for all cliffhangers. Pick up from the other storylines that were started at the penultimate or final episode of last season and tie them into the new one... somewhat anticlimactically.

About 40 minutes of crap filler that nobody gives an ish about, then the last 5 or 10 minutes is all about adding a couple interesting cliffhangers for the stories being told. HOW WILL THEY GET OUT OF THIS ONE?

Episode 2: Resolve the cliffhangers anticlimactically for 5 - 10 minutes. 40 minutes of crap filler nobody gives an ish about. 5-10 minutes adding some more cliffhangers for the next episode to pick up from. HOW WILL THEY GET OUT OF THIS ONE?

Episode 3-11: Repeat Episode 2's explanation. Usually in episode 11 they start laying down story threads that will be tied into the next season. I guess that's special? It does seem to be that Episode 11 is the most satisfying aside from the inevitably massive cliffhanger from the season finale.

Episode 12: Anticlimactic resolution of last episode. 5-10 minutes of filler crap. 35-40 minutes of somewhat interesting story directions. Final minutes set up a mind-numbingly suspenseful final cliffhanger or two or three and you are like, "HOLY MOTHER FUDGING CLAM CAKES! HOW THE HELL WILL THEY GET OUT OF THIS ONE? I HATE IT! GUESS I NEED TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR TO FIND OUT!!! "

Yeah. I don't remember the first two seasons being quite this blatant with their narrative patterns... and season 3 was all right, if a little bit of a letdown for half of it. But season 4 and 5 were just... terrible. Just... terrible I was hooked in season 4, but the patterns were showing themselves... but after the atrocity that was season 5, I can't take the show seriously anymore and I have ripped it quite intensely from my "Favorite TV shows" list. It was somewhat of the odd duck since the other shows were It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Modern Family, Arrested Development, and Breaking Bad.

Even Sunny is kind of tiring to me right now. It's still hilarious, but I'm beginning to not care as much about it, if that makes sense. Breaking Bad is legitimately the only television show I actually watch when it airs, so naturally I don't have a TV subscription... well I do, but I never use it.

After my marathon rewatching of Arrested Development Seasons 1 - 3, in preparation for Season 4's premiere, I have put it right back on top of the throne and crowned it the undefeated champion of comedy television and I also remembered why it used to be my favorite TV show ever... I was beginning to stop believing! But then I rewatched it and realized... yeah, this show is pure comedic gold and there will never be anything that comes close to reaching the incredible heights that it did in a mere 3 seasons. Season 4 is holding up well so far, though!

...and I just realized I completely forgot what this topic was about. Back to HBO:

Coincidentally, after Arrested Development referenced it in an episode, I really want to try out Oz. It's the show about life in prison, right? I heard it is gritty, realistic, and a great show. I wanna try it out!

And of course The Wire is brought up a lot. I still haven't seen it, though...

Oh, last thing: my friends have been adopting a love for Game of Thrones, so I'm thinking it's time to open my copy of season one up and start firing it up. It seems like it's one of those rare gems of a show that is impossible to dislike. I mean, all across the board, everyone seems to love it and enjoy every episode so far. It's astounding to see the kind of passionate following it has. I legitimately can't think of any other show that has attained what I view as a perfect following. The Dark Knight has almost done it, but that's a movie. Toy Story has definitely... but it's ALSO a movie.

Hm... Leave it to Beaver? M*A*S*H*? South Park? The Simpsons? Jackass? Nah... not even close. Game of Thrones sounds like the next TV show I should start up, haha

06-22-2013, 07:28 AM
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Entourage. It's like the story of my life.