Tuesday top / favorite things


by Otessa

Since the TV season is at one of those periods of change-up, like a train switching track, I figured I’d do a follow-up to my ‘What You “Should” Be Watching’ post from a few weeks ago.


1. Being Human

What could have been mere paranormal schtick-and-nonsense, instead transcends the adjectives used to describe it.  This show is about the experience of being a freak, of “otherness”, of finding one’s place in society, and of building family & community from rough scraps. Truly it is SF/Fantasy at  some of its best, in that it uses a speculative framework to explore topical and relevant contemporary themes. I’ve been watching the UK version– although I hear that the US version is equally good (if not better…I swear reputable people are saying this?!) I’m waiting to watch the US version, until after I have experienced the UK version’s entire run-of-show. UK version is available on Netflix, as well as being on UK’s BBC3. US version is currently airing on Netflix & SyFy.



2. Titanic

Just in time for the centenary of the doomed vessel’s maiden voyage… is a Julian Fellowes’ mini-series. I haven’t even seen it yet– however considering the creative minds behind it — I have added it to my “To Watch List”.   What do you think: will you be tuning in ordoes this look set to be a limp version of “Downton-at-Sea” ?? It’s on ITV, or find it on the “interwebs”.



3. Fresh Meat

From the same twisted madmen who brought you Peep Show, Fresh Meat is their take on the first-year  college experience…which is to say brilliant. The opening scene with the pantsless peking duck prep… it had me at hello. Have a taste of the meat here: Watch it on UK’s Channel 4 or get sly with your computer.



4. Game of Thrones

Just a matter of days now… and oh my goodness, I can hardly wait. I feel like a cartoon jail-bird, who may as well be ticking off the days on the wall.  The 2nd season starts this Sunday on HBO. Here is a trailer to keep you sated in the mean time. _____________________


5. Life’s Too Short

Haven’t seen it yet — though I could probably give you some full scene recaps, thanks to the reviews & ravings of those in my social network.  What do you think:  comic genius or a gimmicky continuation of “Extras” or potentially degrading?? If I had HBO, I’d be able to actually weigh in with some authority.  What are your thoughts?


And now for one from the past (2009 show, set in mid-to-late 1800′s)…


6. Desperate Romantics

An admittedly flawed, over-the-top, bawdy, and raucous romp centering on the lives and tangled loves of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Flawed though it may be, it does have a fast-and-loose charm about it.  I was also utterly enamored with the Pre-Raphaelites as teen.  You could say they were my first artistic obsession. So, this show had a definite appeal and nostalgic draw for me.  Plus, it’s largely set in the 1850′s, which was a golden age of clothing & tailoring, and the show’s Production & Costume Design do not disappoint.  If this sounds like your cup of tea, I highly suggest a TV bender, to revel in all the paint & laudanum. 

Re-creating Lizzie Siddal's pneumonia-inducing sitting for Millais' art-world-shattering painting "Ophelia"


And finally, here are some which have piqued my interest…but of which I know very little… anyone else familiar?  Anyone have any adds to the list?  What are you watching/hating/enjoying/holding your breath for?

7. The Fades

(English teenager named Paul is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that nobody can explain.)


8. Black Mirror

(A press release describes the series as “a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world”, with the stories having a “techno-paranoia” feel. Channel 4 describes the first episode as “a twisted parable for the Twitter age”.) ___________________________________________________________

9. Mad Dogs

(British black comedy and psychological thriller TV series, whereby four long-time, middle-aged friends get together in a villa in Majorca to celebrate the early retirement of their friend Alvo. They soon find themselves caught in a world of crime & police corruption after Alvo is murdered.)

Be Sociable, Share!