First Impressions: Trial & Error

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “Josh, a bright-eyed New York lawyer, heads to a tiny Southern town to defend an eccentric poetry professor accused of the hilariously bizarre murder of his wife. Josh’s optimism never ceases despite his legal team of unqualified local misfits and a makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop. Winning his first big case isn’t going to be easy, especially when his client continues to unwittingly say and do things that make him look guilty. Despite being complete underdogs, he and his ragtag team continue to take two steps forward, one step back to keep his client from stepping into death row.”

It’s The Office meets a murder trial and I absolutely love it!

John Lithgow starring in Trial & Error (and Nicholas D’Agosto cause I love him) were reasons enough for me to check out the show, but then the humor in it is what got me to stay.

First off, these characters are so out there, you can’t help but love them.  Seriously, Sherri Shepherd’s character is perfect.  They’re all kind of the weirdest of the weird, trying to come together to do something that ordinarily would be taken very seriously.

I am starting to be over all the police/crime dramas because they are blending in to being the exact same thing with different characters.  Adding the comedy of a half hour sitcom is extremely refreshing.

Like I said with Making History, I am not sure how long the show can last story-wise, but I am so excited to watch it happen.  If you think you might like a mockumentary show with a little bit of dark humor (not too dark, this is network TV) give it a watch and let me know what you think!

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First Impressions: Making History

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “College facilities manager Dan Chambers is misunderstood, but when he discovers time travel, he finds that he can claim movie quotes and stand-up bits as his own and be the cool guy in the 18th century. He doesn’t initially realize that by transporting himself back in time to hang out with his girlfriend, Deborah, he is altering events in the present. When Dan’s meddling leads to Paul Revere postponing his famous ride and altering the events of the American Revolution, he must turn to popular history professor Chris Parish for help. Together, Dan, Deborah and Chris try to set everything right.”

This season of new TV brought a bunch of shows dealing with time travel, Making History is the one that I have been excitedly waiting for since I first heard about it.  Seeing Leighton Meester and Adam Pally star and then the premise itself seemed perfect.

The first two episodes have aired so far, and I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed.  It’s awesome seeing a historical comedy instead of the usual drama.  The jokes are great and relevant to things going on today.  I’m not really sure as to where the show is going to go after the second episode since it kind of solved the problem from the pilot, but I’m interested to find out.

My only complaint would be that it is too short.  I’ve become less and less a fan of the half hour format of TV, especially for shows that aren’t your typical sitcom.  A show like this could be something really great if given the time to develop the characters and get you into the world.  I know it’ll never become a full hour, but hopefully it’s going to be given (at least) a full season and people give it a chance.

Seriously, watch it.  And make all your friends watch it.

Z: The Beginning of Everything

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, a brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern belle and the original flapper and an icon of the Jazz Age in the flamboyant 1920s. Zelda is a free spirit, who longs for a bigger and better life. When Zelda meets an unpublished writer named F. Scott Fitzgerald, a passionate, turbulent and notorious love affair emerges. This fictionalized biography pulls back the curtain on the wild parties and the music, as well the struggles, adultery, dark secrets and dashed dreams.”

Major binge watch alert!  I planned on watching the first two, maybe three episodes of this show and ended up watching the entire season in a day…oops.  To be fair, the episodes are only a half hour long.

Seriously though, why is a drama only 30 minutes?!  Somehow, they manage to make the episodes feel satisfying in the shorter amount of time and I actually didn’t realize they weren’t hour longs until I looked at the clock a few episodes in.

Before this I’ve only heard of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, so I had no idea what to expect with the show.  It starts before the couple has met and goes through their early relationship through the beginning of their marriage.  In what seems like a short amount of time, they really go through a lot.  Zelda seems like a great character and I am so interested to see where she is going to go next.

If you love the 20’s, you’re going to love the feel of the show along with its beautiful sets and costumes!

Available on Amazon Prime.

 

Black Mirror

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.”

This is a great show for people who like to think about things, even though you can still enjoy it more passively.  Each episode has a completely different cast, topic, and feel to it.  But they all are kind of like what if ____ .

Some of the scenarios are really creepy to think about because they could easily happen/kind of already have.  This isn’t a show that is going to make you feel happy and positive about technology, I’ll just say that.

You can watch the episodes in any order that you want, though there are a few things that you’ll pick up on if you watch certain ones in the correct order.  Some of them will leave you really wanting more and some were kind of meh, but overall it’s a great series and I hope there will be more.

Available on Netflix.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.”

From the weird intro song, which quickly grows on you, to the odd dialogue that wouldn’t fit in any other show, Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is everything I wanted it to be.

This was the first series of books that I got into after Harry Potter and I read every one except for the last (which kills me).  This series has the perfect blend of humor and tragedy that will leave you wanting more.  I just love the style of it…which is weird, so if you’re not okay with weird, you’re better off not watching.

Lemony Snicket’s interruptions do get to be a little bit much sometimes, but I hope his role in it will come together in the end.  I don’t remember what his deal was in the books and if there is any sort of explanation.

Each book, at least in this season, is split up into two episodes, so make sure you watch them in pairs.  I love this idea.  Instead of drawing out one book into an entire season or blending it all together like they had in the movie, this seems to make the most sense.

The acting is amazing, and not really being a fan of Neil Patrick Harris, I was worried with him playing Count Olaf, but he’s great and whether you were a fan of the books or just like interesting shows, you won’t be disappointed.

Available on Netflix.

Good Behavior

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5/5 Stars

Summary: “Good Behavior centers on con artist Letty Raines and her inability — despite good intentions — to consistently live a clean life. Fresh out of prison, Letty attempts to reunite with her 10-year-old son and keep in regular contact with her parole officer, whose motives for helping her are questionable. But after she overhears a hit man being hired to kill a man’s wife, Letty sets out to derail the job and finds herself on a collision course with the killer, entangling herself in a dangerous and seductive relationship.”

Yes, that is Lady Mary from Downton Abbey and yes, you need to start watching Good Behavior like yesterday!

There have been 5 episodes so far, but I knew halfway into episode one that I was going to get hooked. The acting is great.  Characters, great.  I love the potential for where the story can go.

It’s a little dark and funny and you don’t always know what is going to happen next.  On any other channel, I would say it was a great show, but for it to be on TNT and this good surprised me.  I don’t think I’ve ever liked any of their shows before.

Good Behavior is based on a book series and now I’m stuck deciding if I want to read them now or wait for the show to get through a few seasons first.  If you’ve read any of them, let me know what you think!

Eastbound & Down

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4/5 Stars

Because I loved season one of Vice Principals so much, I decided to give Eastbound & Down a try.

The main character, Kenny is a publicly disgraced major league baseball player who is constantly trying to get back on top (and usually failing miserably).  Each of the four seasons are kind of set in very different points in Kenny’s life which was interesting.  After season 1 I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I liked how it changed.

There are so many AMAZING guest star roles.  Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis, and Adam Scott just to name a few.  Along with the other great reoccurring characters are really what makes the show.

Honestly, there were some parts where I wasn’t that into the show.  It definitely isn’t as funny as Vice Principals, but if you enjoy raunchy comedy you need to check this one out.