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  • TV series you were really late to (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)
  • IHN
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    We’ve just started watching Happy Valley, finished S1 last week, just started S2. Its only taken us eight years… Jesus, it’s brilliant, Sarah Lancashire is just incredible (as indeed is Siobhan Finneran as her sister, and James Norton is a much better actor than I’d previously given him credit for).

    The other big example is when we started watching the Sopranos for the first time in 2012, 15 years after it was released… And it’s still The Best TV Series Ever.

    So, what examples do you have of having your finger somewhat behind the the popular cultural pulse?

    Onzadog
    Free Member

    Just watch “Newsroom”. Binged all three seasons. It’s about a decade old. Does that count?

    What hooked us in was seeing the opening scene on YouTube. Stumbled across Jeff Daniels character having a rant about why the USA wasn’t the greatest country in the world.

    bigblackshed
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    Peaky Blinders.

    I didn’t start watching it until 18 months ago.

    Firefly.

    Haven’t seen the spin off movie Serenity.

    MSP
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    I didn’t watch the wire until 2015. Started on Sunday afternoon and watched a couple of episodes thinking well it’s ok but I don’t see what the fuss is about, 2am on Monday morning I am still watching thinking I can watch just 1 more episode before going to bed (I have to get up at 6).

    It is just so perfectly paced, from episode to episode, no big cliffhangers but the story just develops so well it is hard to stop, very moreish just like crack cocaine.

    IHN
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    Just watch “Newsroom”. Binged all three seasons. It’s about a decade old. Does that count?

    Deffo. I was the same actually with The West Wing, which (if you’ve not seen it) you’ll like if you like Newsroom, written by the same fella (Aaron Sorkin). And it’s now 20 years old, so it’ll definitely count 🙂

    I didn’t watch the wire until 2015. Started on Sunday afternoon and watched a couple of episodes thinking well it’s ok but I don’t see what the fuss is about, 2am on Monday morning I am still watching thinking I can watch just 1 more episode before going to bed (I have to get up at 6).

    Yep, late to The Wire too, and agree that after the first episode you think ‘meh’, but after a couple more you’re absolutely hooked. It is superb.

    northernmatt
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    Breaking Bad – I started watching it about 4 years after the last episode had aired.

    dirtyboy
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    Spiral/Engrangés Très bon.

    zilog6128
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    Haven’t seen the spin off movie Serenity.

    don’t

    chakaping
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    Only about 15 years late, but I’m just getting to the end of 30 Rock and I’ve loved it so much – I genuinely regret not watching it at the time. It would have made my life better.

    Haven’t seen the spin off movie Serenity.

    Watch it, is good.

    Is Firefly on any of the streamers now? My daughter might like it.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    Haven’t seen the spin off movie Serenity.

    don’t

    Haha, well I remember enjoying it… I think.

    IHN
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    Spiral/Engrangés Très bon.

    Ah, oui, ca c’est un autre que nous etions en retard.

    martinhutch
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    We finally watched the Sopranos last year. Mad men the year before that.

    soundninjauk
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    Is Firefly on any of the streamers now? My daughter might like it.

    It’s on Disney+. Serenity doesn’t seem to be available on any of them unless you pay though.

    fooman
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    Jericho (2006) on Netflix it’s not perfect but they have an interesting take on a nuclear apocalypse maybe more relavent now.

    Before committing to watching I checked they had a full storey arc as many US series get cancelled after one season and you never get a conclusion, but fortunately fan demand got a limited s2 commissioned and they wrapped threads up in a brisk 7 episodes.

    I think it would be better if made now in terms of what can be achieved with TV visual effects these days.

    WorldClassAccident
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    Happy Valley S1E1 last night. apparently it is quite good even though the wife said she was bored by it the first time we started watching it 8 years ago so we have to try again now.

    IHN
    Full Member

    What hooked us in was seeing the opening scene on YouTube. Stumbled across Jeff Daniels character having a rant about why the USA wasn’t the greatest country in the world.

    Well, if we’re sneaking in clips…

    BruceWee
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    Deffo. I was the same actually with The West Wing, which (if you’ve not seen it) you’ll like if you like Newsroom, written by the same fella (Aaron Sorkin). And it’s now 20 years old, so it’ll definitely count 🙂

    After The West Wing there was Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip which I reckon is well worth a watch (although I have no idea where you would find it).

    Prior to West Wing there was Sports Night. For some reason the early episodes had a laugh track. Very jarring. They turn it down until it’s gone by the 2nd season from what I remember.

    Honestly though, I find Sorkin’s stuff hasn’t aged brilliantly. I still love the characters and the dialog but it just seems naively optimistic and unrealistic these days.

    kelvin
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    Call the Midwife – I shit you not… always assumed it was sentimental trash, but then watched an episode at my Mum’s reluctantly… turns out to be one of the best things made for TV… writing, acting, all of it. Now six season in on iPlayer.

    IHN
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    Honestly though, I find Sorkin’s stuff hasn’t aged brilliantly. I still love the characters and the dialog but it just seems naively optimistic and unrealistic these days.

    Yeah, I’d agree with that, but with a heavy heart, and it’s more down to the cesspit that modern politics has become than the shows I think. And yeah, I’ve seen Studio 60, I enjoyed it but it only got one season though.

    thols2
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    I didn’t start watching Game of Thrones until about season 4 had already aired. Binge watched the first seasons, which were excellent, then as soon as I caught up, it turned to garbage.

    I never watched Lost. It didn’t appear on my radar until the final season was underway so I figured I’d binge watch it once it was finished. Then I learned what happened and there was no point in watching it.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    It’s on Disney+.

    Cheers pal.

    Honestly though, I find Sorkin’s stuff hasn’t aged brilliantly. I still love the characters and the dialog but it just seems naively optimistic and unrealistic these days.

    This is how I felt about West Wing at the time TBH.

    Recently learned about the term “competence porn” (is safe to Google) to describe it, and some other genres.

    The thrill of watching imaginary clever people being great at their imaginary jobs.

    IHN
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    The thrill of watching imaginary clever people being great at their imaginary jobs.

    Surely this some up a LOT of TV/film watching though, doesn’t it? Lots and lots and lots and lots of shows/films are about watching someone imaginary doing something they’re very good at.

    zilog6128
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    Recently learned about the term “competence porn” (is safe to Google) to describe it, and some other genres.

    The thrill of watching imaginary clever people being great at their imaginary jobs.

    ha, interesting. Never really got into those kind of shows, much prefer Seinfeld/Curb etc where all their elaborate plotting eventually (and inevitably 😂) backfires. Incompetence porn? 🤔 😂

    pocpoc
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    Criminal Minds on Disney+. It’s just a CSI type thing, started in 2005 but never heard of it before. 16 seasons at 24 episodes each. We average maybe 1 per night, currently up to start of season 7. Should be all caught up by end of June maybe!

    Also did Breaking bad starting in about 2019, then 5 seasons of Better Call Saul before the final season started.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    Surely this some up a LOT of TV/film watching though, doesn’t it? Lots and lots and lots and lots of shows/films are about watching someone imaginary doing something they’re very good at.

    Fair comment, but it’s particularly useful to describe some shows/films. And it doesn’t have to be a negative thing.

    e.g. this article highlights The Martian as a really good film which is also a strong example of the trope.

    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/02/the-martian-sherlock-holmes-and-why-we-love-competence-porn/

    IHN
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    ha, interesting. Never really got into those kind of shows, much prefer Seinfeld/Curb etc where all their elaborate plotting eventually (and inevitably 😂) backfires. Incompetence porn? 🤔 😂

    You should try Spiral – it’s great, but we nicknamed it “Incompetent French Police”; they’re always, always ballsing something up.

    vmgscot
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    Detectorists – binged all series over Xmas so I could watch the Xmas edition.

    MSP
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    Recently learned about the term “competence porn” (is safe to Google) to describe it, and some other genres.

    I really liked the west wing, but always felt it idolised the “american president” role. Especially as I was raised on the incompetence* porn” of Yes minister/prime minister.

    *not to be confused with incontinence porn.

    jp-t853
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    Amateurs – my 15 year old daughter started watching Dynasty during a bout of Covid recently and it has turned in to a Monday night staple. I am actually quite enjoying it 🙂

    And Catterick as well

    maccruiskeen
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    The other big example is when we started watching the Sopranos for the first time in 2012, 15 years after it was released… And it’s still The Best TV Series Ever.

    I actually still haven’t watched it – bought it on bluray a few years ago.

    Its my habit generally to wait until bigger series are over before I start watching them. Theres always the risk of spoilers when a series is current and much talked about. If you’re not watching at the time then because you dont know who anyone is its info you just forget what you’ve heard when you come to watch it.

    I started watching the Wire after casually flicking channels and happening across a re-run of the final episode. So I watched the last episode first – then went back and watched the other 59.

    IHN
    Full Member

    I really liked the west wing, but always felt it idolised the “american president” role. Especially as I was raised on the incompetence porn” of Yes minister/prime minister.

    I listened to an interview with Richard Schiff (who plays Toby) about this, and he was saying that, regardless of the incumbent, the ‘office’ of President is more revered in the US than the office of the PM is here, which is why you get a show like the West Wing over there, and Yes Prime Minister here.

    But even with that in mind, yeah, I think it did idolise it, I think that was in some purpose the point – what would happen if ‘good’ people (and in the West Wing it recognised that the good people were not all on one side of the political debate) ran the country.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    I really liked the west wing, but always felt it idolised the “american president” role. Especially as I was raised on the incompetence* porn” of Yes minister/prime minister.

    Absolutely. And I think Yes Minister & The Thick Of It / Veep have proved much more insightful, prophetic and authentic than The West Wing.

    *not to be confused with incontinence porn.

    Hahaha, Google: “Did you mean…”

    martinhutch
    Full Member

    Call the Midwife – I shit you not…

    Wasn’t expecting this. Interesting. Please list other things you like, in case they include a disqualifying answer, like ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ or ‘Holby City’.

    montgomery
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    After firing up Prime for a month to get at the latest Handmaid’s Tale ad-free, and casting round the desert of content otherwise available, I stumbled on ‘The Last Ship.’ Total bollox, on a par with Jericho mentioned above, but I somehow find myself halfway through the second season while waiting for this weather to improve…

    In my defence, it does have Rhona Mitra in a lead role.

    soundninjauk
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    Absolutely. And I think Yes Minister & The Thick Of It / Veep have proved much more insightful, prophetic and authentic than The West Wing.

    This is all true but part of the reason I love The West Wing is the escapism it brings. Really it’s as likely to come to pass as Firefly (also brilliant) but I still love the characters and the stories they tell.

    thols2
    Free Member

    Absolutely. And I think Yes Minister & The Thick Of It / Veep have proved much more insightful, prophetic and authentic than The West Wing.

    Yes, you don’t have to look far on Twitter to find people who’ve worked in the White House who say that Veep is a better reflection of reality than The West Wing.

    I watched the first season or two of The West Wing. It was ok, but the idea that the president is going to make a great impromptu speech and all his critics will suddenly break out in applause and drop their opposition wasn’t realistic even at the time. These days, it’s just ridiculous.

    maccruiskeen
    Full Member

    Call the Midwife – I shit you not…

    For a moment there I thought that was the name of one of the episodes

    kelvin
    Full Member

    Please list other things you like

    Yeah, I was surprised as well.

    Other things I’ve watched, was late to, and can solidly recommend…

    How To with John Wilson

    Man Like Mobeen

    Detectorists

    Mum

    IHN
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    Yes, you don’t have to look far on Twitter to find people who’ve worked in the White House who say that Veep is a better reflection of reality than The West Wing.

    I’m sure, but no-one watched, say, Inspector Morse because they thought it was an accurate reflection of police work in Oxford.

    This is all true but part of the reason I love The West Wing is the escapism it brings.

    Exactly.

    zilog6128
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    This is all true but part of the reason I love The West Wing is the escapism it brings. Really it’s as likely to come to pass as Firefly

    far, far less likely. If I’m going to watch a show which is completely in the realms of fantasy, yeah it’s probably going to have spaceships in it not just people standing around talking 😂 TWW is a show people can watch and pretend they’re smart for enjoying it, meanwhile the really smart people are watching Rick & Morty 😉

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