Last week I wrote an article about how I never quite TV shows and that was true. Up to a point.
You see, having caught up with the best shows I hadn’t seen, I started digging around for some replacements. This inevitably brought with it some mixed results. Here I lay before you my mistakes so you won’t have to do the same.
Eastbound And Down
Danny McBride plays Kenny Powers, a washed up baseball player who becomes a high school gym teacher. Now, I am quite a fan of Danny McBride, but felt this was just a waste of time. Despite a great ten minute opening sequence, it quickly falls down into a boring mess.
A serial killer who kills serial killers. The show has an interesting premise and a decent story, but also a lot of flaws. Firstly, it has a weird tone and it can never quite work out whether it is a comedy or a drama and kind of ends up failing as both. It also contains some terrible, terrible acting and soap opera storylines. It is soon to embark upon season eight, after which it will end. I jumped out early in season three and that was a bit too late.
House Of Lies
A dramady, 4th wall breaking show about a group of management consultants working for horrible companies and being thoroughly unscrupulous about it.
Despite starring some actors I really like (Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Richard Schiff) the characters are too fundamentally unlikable to empathise with.
Also, the 4th wall breaking and mountains of “technical” terms was just flat out irritating.
One of the most horribly heartless and forced kooky shows I have ever had the misfortune to experience. Just thinking of it beings me into a rage. There are literally no redeeming features whatsoever. An absolute poison.
Watch New Girl instead.
One of the first shows I purposely stopped watching (as opposed to drifting away from). Just rubbish from the outset, I’m amazed I lasted three seasons. The jokes are lame, it has the same forced kookiness as Happy Endings, though isn’t quite as awful. What it does have instead is an over reliance on the same jokes every week. Just pointless.
The Walking Dead
One season was more than enough. Not that there was anything fundamentally wrong with it, but it was just a character-driven drama which just happened to be in a world full of zombies. Now, there is nothing wrong with character-driven drama, but the characters and the drama have to at least be interesting. Really can’t understand the hype for this at all.
Somewhere in early season three I bailed, sort of. This I just stopped watching and never went back. It just isn’t my thing. Pretty well written, looks great but just not for me.