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Poll #1939316 Boxing Loves

I have never watched any of the following TV series. If you were to recommend just one to me to get as a DVD box set, which would it be?

Breaking Bad
0(0.0%)
Desperate Housewives
0(0.0%)
Dexter
1(5.6%)
Downton Abbey
1(5.6%)
Game of Thrones
1(5.6%)
Madmen
3(16.7%)
Sex and the City
0(0.0%)
The Killing
2(11.1%)
The Sopranos
0(0.0%)
The Wire
3(16.7%)
Wallander
2(11.1%)
Another, which I'll name in the comments
5(27.8%)


This is in aid of being prepared when asked what I'd like for Christmas, so please don't just put down your favourite. Try to factor in my tastes, as far as you're aware of them! All advice gratefully received.
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Big Love. (The first few eps get tiresomely into polygamous sex, obviously to get the audience into the storyline, but the characters begin to take on life, and it becomes a terrific series, nothing like it, with fascinating women. And a transcendent ending.)

I've not heard of that one. It looks intriguing!

(no subject) - jemck, 2013-10-18 03:31 pm (UTC)(Expand)
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Thanks for the tip - a new one on me! (I'm rather relieved about Wallander - it sounded a bit dull.)

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(no subject) - nightspore, 2013-10-19 03:29 am (UTC)(Expand)
(no subject) - nineweaving, 2013-10-19 05:29 am (UTC)(Expand)
As long as you're okay with sub-titles and y'know, the whole murdered children thing.

Subtitles, no problem - I've been watching nothing but anime for the last six months. Murdered children... it depends whether we get to know them first, and/or watch them being murdered. Simply stumbling upon their remains is fine!

(no subject) - jemck, 2013-10-18 03:33 pm (UTC)(Expand)
Dexter has a rational protagonist who explains his actions, and tries to live according to his own precepts whilst not being infallible or completely consistent. Being a serial killer could be regarded as purely incidental.

Also, how about anti-recs? Sex & the City.

Dexter has a rational protagonist who explains his actions, and tries to live according to his own precepts whilst not being infallible or completely consistent. Being a serial killer could be regarded as purely incidental.

That sounds intriguing...

I'm no help to you here because I've not watched any of those either!

I'm of no help on this one. Only two of them have I seen more than a couple episodes of, and in both cases I quit after the first season, for disparate reasons. One I've seen a couple episodes of, a couple more I've seen short clips of without being moved to see any more, and three of them I've never even heard of.

Anyway, if you are the kind of lit teacher I had in school, which I think and hope you are not, the kind who gives the students dank, depressing, boring modern works which go nowhere and in which nothing happens except the characters exuding angst (examples: Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Conrad, Evan Connell, John Knowles), then I would say run, do not walk, towards Mad Men, because it's exactly that sort of thing.

Thanks for the heads-up. I prefer to leave that kind of thing to David Gilmour.

Peaky Blinders.

I've only seen the trailers, which reminded me a little of When the Boat Comes In crossed with Gangs of New York - not necessarily a bad combination!

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Criminal Minds? Elizabeth Bear has lots of recap posts- I think this http://matociquala.livejournal.com/979520.html discussion of the first series points at bits of why I like it, but also, lots of strong female characters who aren't Strong Female Characters- they're individual people, not a stereotype of kick-ass sexy- and excellent ensemble acting.
It's about an FBI team profiling serial killers so it has nasty elements, but no more than The Wire or Dexter, I think.

Thanks - I like the look of that one.

I've never seen any of them either. My favourite box set is probably the complete Auf Wiedersehen Pet. Though Hornblower is close.

Garrow's Law? Early Misfits?

I have a feeling you would detest Downton Abbey, Sex and the City and most of Desperate Housewives, though you might not dislike the first season of the latter.

I recently bought the DVD of the 80s sitcom Nightingales, which we are rewatching with great enjoyment - utterly bonkers but wonderful scripts and performances.

I caught Garrow's Law once, and enjoyed it (I'm also a bit of an addict of the Old Bailey transcripts on which it is largely based). I suspect you're right about Downton and Desperate, but they bob up so often in conversation that I was beginning to feel culpably ignorant.

Swedish Wallander or British? I like the Swedish one, because it's less glossy and, obviously, they don't mispronounce the names. And also I like Krister Henriksson in the role, though I know others think Rolf Lassgård is the definitive Wallander.

That's true, I should have specified. I expect I would have gone for the Swedish version anyway.

Borgen! (Which is great, and which I'd bet you'd like.)

That one I've watched! Or at least I've seen quite a few episodes, initially at the behest of my mother, who's a fan. Initially I was lukewarm (I was thinking - "It's nordic - so where are the bodies? Does not compute!"), but it grew on me.

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I'd not heard of that. Amazon tells me...

"The body of a woman is found in the middle of the Øresund Bridge. Half of it belongs to a Swedish politician, the other half to a Danish prostitute."

I'm confused. Does 'it' refer to the bridge, or the body? If the body, does it mean that the prostitute led a shady double life working as a politician? Or are these in fact two halves of two separate bodies, and not "the body of a woman" at all?

Well, I'm curious, anyway!

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(no subject) - steepholm, 2013-10-19 11:52 am (UTC)(Expand)
Mad Men is not nearly as depressing as The Wire or Breaking Bad, imo, and a lot less violent. Some very intense character examination against the rapid change of American culture.

That's useful to know. Increasingly, I find that I only enjoy unrealistic violence, if that.

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