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I was going to mention the laugh track. I really wish I could watch it minus that...it's more distracting than anything. And there's that ONE GUY I can hear every time. I heard him on the Brady Bunch when I was a kid too. Professional laugher I guess.
Could have been someone who was recorded for the Laff Box in the '50s and was long dead before The Brady Bunch or M*A*S*H* ever made it to air.
 

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Could have been someone who was recorded for the Laff Box in the '50s and was long dead before The Brady Bunch or M*A*S*H* ever made it to air.
Wow, I find this super interesting, thanks for sharing!
 

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Could have been someone who was recorded for the Laff Box in the '50s and was long dead before The Brady Bunch or M*A*S*H* ever made it to air.
This is sending me down a rabbit hole in search of that certain laugh I've always heard on sitcoms. I haven't found it yet, but I found this...which I find pretty damn funny.

 

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Big SNL fan. Wally Ferensten, he does cue cards for SNL for forever (as well as some late night shows).
He made me a custom cue card as it would be formatted for SNL, but I couldn't get anything NBC had the rights to. So I mocked it, lol.
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It’s WILD that in addition to the costumes and the pressure of live TV and last minute rewrites and worrying about laughs and all the rest, they gotta read this guy’s own personal Comic Sans from off camera with his hands in the way and whatnot.
 

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I'm hooked. Though I really need to go back and watch it again because I was working while I was watching it. So I missed a bit.
Any familiarity with the source material to compare it to?

It's a little weird how little of an impact DC's shows have made overall. Are they not good enough to enter the public conversation, or is the subscription model limiting access, or what? I haven't heard a single thing about Doom Patrol, either. In fact the only thing I've seen is the stories about Swamp Thing's failure out of the gate.
 

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Any familiarity with the source material to compare it to?

It's a little weird how little of an impact DC's shows have made overall. Are they not good enough to enter the public conversation, or is the subscription model limiting access, or what? I haven't heard a single thing about Doom Patrol, either. In fact the only thing I've seen is the stories about Swamp Thing's failure out of the gate.
I never read the comics or watched the animated Teen Titans.

The DC shows are comparable to a very good netflix original. Very good production and special effects. The special effects might be better than what netflix has for most everything.

The DC Originals are all 4K HDR.

Watch Stargirl on the CW to compare. This is the latest DC Universe original where the CW picked it up to air the day after. Edited ofcourse to fit within their timeslot, and remove language. The DC Universe version is about 10 minutes longer per episode.
 

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Any familiarity with the source material to compare it to?

It's a little weird how little of an impact DC's shows have made overall. Are they not good enough to enter the public conversation, or is the subscription model limiting access, or what? I haven't heard a single thing about Doom Patrol, either. In fact the only thing I've seen is the stories about Swamp Thing's failure out of the gate.
Thanks to HBO Max and insomnia, I've watched the first 10 or so episodes of Doom Patrol and it is surprisingly good and weird. The rated R element also gives it some edge to counter-act the inherent cheesiness.
 

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Things I watched this weekend:

The Jeffrey Epstein docuseries on Netflix. You already know he is a monster. This tells you just how huge of a monster he was. And there are others that are getting away with it.

Homecoming S2. I liked how it was essentially told backwards. And tied into last season but wasn't dependent on last season. And it keeps flipping your opinions of the characters. But it also felt rushed. Like a bridge, not a full verse.

Uncut Gems. That was an unpleasant ride. Some good performances. But I'm not sure I need to see that ever again.
 

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Homecoming S2. I liked how it was essentially told backwards. And tied into last season but wasn't dependent on last season. And it keeps flipping your opinions of the characters. But it also felt rushed. Like a bridge, not a full verse.
We haven't started it yet, but I've been wondering what the reaction would be for the first season that doesn't have any source material to draw from.
 

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Homecoming S2. I liked how it was essentially told backwards. And tied into last season but wasn't dependent on last season. And it keeps flipping your opinions of the characters. But it also felt rushed. Like a bridge, not a full verse.
I keep forgetting to watch this. Mostly I haven't watched anything remotely suspenseful, dramatic, scary, dark, or whatever. I keep trying to just watch positive happy things... but this one is easily doable for me I just can't remember to do it when I have the time. Liked season one enough, but wasn't completely overwhelmingly satisfied with it.
 

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I've been trying to get my kid to watch Buffy for a year or so now, but I made the mistake of telling her the first season kinda sucks and the show gets a lot better after that, so she's been resistant to it.

Well I finally caught her in a moment of weakness and now it turns out SHE F*CKING LOVES the first season and tore through 10 eps last night. I'm a little nervous now about whether she'll still like it when it actually gets good and the goofy "our teacher is a praying mantis / uh-oh, Xander is possessed by a hyena" stuff* is a thing of the past.

She's also the type of person who reads lots of spoilers, and I'm trying to tell her that doing that will ruin a lot of the fun this show has to offer, but I don't think she's listening, which is too bad. Buffy has some true surprises in store if you don't know what's coming.

(She doesn't know yet that Angel gets his own series eventually. I think it's going to be a fun thing this summer to watch her pack 12 seasons of this into her brain.)

*Edit: Speaking of that hyena episode, this show barely got through half a dozen episodes before one of its plot points was a group of teenagers eating their principal alive during the school day. And at the end of the ep they're all just like "meh, well, you guys didn't know what you were doing, you weren't in control." Those kids have not even pooped yet; THERE IS A MAN DIGESTING IN THEM and they're like "welp, see you in geometry, roll credits!"
Yikes. I'm pretty sure we started Buffy on Memorial Day, and as of last night (two weeks later) we're a few episodes into Season 4. Now we have to start ping ponging back and forth with Angel for a bit to make it make sense. So far the kiddo hates this transition to the college setting, and so far I don't blame her. I didn't remember just how much it has to re-find its footing in the new setting, and without Angel or Cordelia.

I started tracking down some of the Season 8 comics secondhand last week. The last few years of the comics seem relatively easy to find, but the collected editions for Seasons 8 and 9 can get insanely expensive. It may not be worth it. Has anybody on here read those stories and if so, are they good enough to track down?
 

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Things I watched this weekend:

The Jeffrey Epstein docuseries on Netflix. You already know he is a monster. This tells you just how huge of a monster he was. And there are others that are getting away with it.

Homecoming S2. I liked how it was essentially told backwards. And tied into last season but wasn't dependent on last season. And it keeps flipping your opinions of the characters. But it also felt rushed. Like a bridge, not a full verse.

Uncut Gems. That was an unpleasant ride. Some good performances. But I'm not sure I need to see that ever again.
Things I watched this weekend:
The weather
The Bob Newhart Show

This was all I had the capacity for this weekend.
 

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We haven't started it yet, but I've been wondering what the reaction would be for the first season that doesn't have any source material to draw from.
I keep forgetting to watch this. Mostly I haven't watched anything remotely suspenseful, dramatic, scary, dark, or whatever. I keep trying to just watch positive happy things... but this one is easily doable for me I just can't remember to do it when I have the time. Liked season one enough, but wasn't completely overwhelmingly satisfied with it.
It wasn't really suspenseful or scary or dark. Maybe dramatic. It was also 7 episodes, each under 30 minutes. So it was a very fast binge. Not nearly the focus on PTSD that last season had. I don't want to give anything away but I didn't find that it added anything to the stress of the world that I feel on my shoulders.

And yes, Ben, I would say I agree with the assessment of S1. I liked it enough but wasn't hugely satisfied. And that is how I feel about S2. I think I liked it a bit better than S1. But it still left me feeling a bit cheated out of .... something. It seemed to fly by before I could fully absorb it.
 

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13 Reasons Why ..series 4..

I was amazed at how good, and incredibly challenging season 1 of this was...and season 2 ...again, just as good..some of the most visceral television I’ve seen, certainly not an average teen drama ..by season 3 the standards had slipped but seemed to tie up the story arc...but season 4 has arrived and sadly 4 episodes in..it’s a series too far...but I would urge anyone who hasn’t seen seasons 1 and 2 to watch this
 
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