Broadening Horizons


I’m not exactly sure why, but there are a whole bunch of new shows that have become season passes on the TiVo and DVR recently:

  • The Sopranos— Thanks to a twice-weekly showing on A&E starting with the first season, I’m really starting to get into it. Television at its finest? I’d seen a few episodes from later seasons previously on DVD and liked what I saw. I’m considering buying the future seasons on DVD after watching the remainder of Season 1 on A&E. (A)
  • House— House has it’s good points and bad. Sometimes it gets too repetitive and the schtick just gets old fast. But, hey, it’s better than most stuff out there. (B-)
  • Studio 60— It seems like there should have been more episodes by now. I had high hopes for this, and indeed the show has surpassed my expectations. It also seems to be getting better as the season wears on, or maybe that’s just because we’re getting more familiar with the characters, etc. (A)
  • My Name is Earl— The comedy is hit-or-miss, but it’s a good counterpart to The Office. (B-)
  • The Office— Funny. Funny in strange ways sometimes. Yes, I’ve seen the british version, and I’m not as big of a fan of it. I’m not sure why though, since I’m a fan of british humor in other places — heck, Red Dwarf is one of my all-time favorite shows. (B+)
  • Heroes— I missed the first couple of episodes, so was a tad lost when I first came across it. I’m all caught up now, and “wrapped up” in the action, so to speak. Well done, folks, well done. (A)
  1. #1 by Mike on February 6, 2007 - 5:46 pm

    I think your grades are spot-on. Although, I can’t imaging the syndicated Sopranos that’s being shown on A&E is as good as the “real” version. I’d highly recommend the DVDs instead.

  2. #2 by MRhé on February 7, 2007 - 11:07 am

    I agree – you need the unedited versions for the full effect. Seasons 1-3 are pure brilliance, Seasons 4 & 5 fall off a bit, and Season 6 is, um, flawed. Significantly.
    But it’s an enjoyable journey. Get the DVD(A)s.

  3. #3 by Foon on February 7, 2007 - 2:03 pm

    Yeah, I was just thinking last night while watching Season 3 on DVD that the A&E versions must be completely castrated by comparison. Season 3 is, so far, my favourite.
    If you (or your readership) want another rec — check out HBO’s “The Wire”, which is possibly the best program I’ve ever seen.