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#1 Pasidon

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Posted 27 December 2019 - 01:25 AM

There are more streaming services than actual original shows at the moment, but I think I managed to sort through the humbug and spot the top ones.

 

5. The Mandalorian

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It's already the most expensive show in the actual universe, so you would expect some appeal.  Disney is cashing in on the cute puppet trend, plus the obvious Star Wars nostalgia that they pried from Lucas' doughy fingers, and it works somehow.  "Is is just a spaghetti western in space?"  Yes, including the painful ring of obvious outlaw betrayals and escaping railroad executions every other scene.  But it's still good.  The final episode of the season hasn't come out at this point, but even without it, it's still one of the better shows of the year.

 

 

4. Watchmen

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"Tick-tock" is the sound an HBO executive's phone makes when they press "m" for "money."  Watchmen is a sequel to the Watchmen comics, and a ghost sequel to the mundane Watchmen movie that awkwardly forgot about the giant squid.  It's about white supremacists using the concepts of superheroes as props in their war against the government and black culture.  Isn't that what you expected after a giant squid is dropped on New York City and a super-human blue man goes to Mars so people stop getting cancer?  Oh.  Well, it's good regardless.

 

3. Happy!

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Enjoying my random Google images yet?  Well, you'll also enjoy season 2 of Happy, which is just more mindless action featuring aliens, Satan, and white stuff.  It's Si-Fis only good show, so just let them have it.

 

 

2. Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

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As the prequel to the creepy movie from the 80's, Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a show about puppets who are pretending to be not puppets with the help of some Jim Henson trickery and Netflix budget CGI.  It's definitely one of the best looking shows ever made, with every character and prop being 100% man made and tailored perfectly to this dark fantasy world.  There are a few story issues,  but the sheer amount of work put into the show's visuals masks them well.

 

1. Chernobyl

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Really?  A show about cleaning up nuclear gunk is better than the Witcher?  Chernobyl is a dramatic representation of the most famous core meltdown in history, and the horrors that followed.  No, you won't be vibrating in terror over  a radioactive super-bear, or two-headed zombie rats.  The real horror of the show is how low the Russian government would go to clean up their biggest mistake, and that it's also all 100% true.  No, it's not a documentary.  It's pure, raw horror derived from one of the darkest moments in human history.


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Posted 27 December 2019 - 05:19 AM

The Mandalorian is one of the great TV shows of 2019 all right, but only eight episodes like every other Netflix show in a given season.

 

So is my binge watching 9-1-1 and The Masked Singer which are decent but worth watching, but I think Pasidon might say those two may be the terrible shows of 2019 so far (plus Game of Thrones terrible final season). The Masked Singer is already on a roll to season 3 too soon. Are people already getting too tired of Dr. Ken quote of "I know exactly who this guy is"?

 

However, Treadstone IMO has surpassed and riveted my expectations among all shows I have watched so far this year. The music, the suspense, the unexpected thrills and the new characters..... well.... most TV shows don't have that and the show does retain the Bourne vibes. It's too bad NBC should have had it despite PG-13 violence but unnecessary language profanity because all Jason Bourne movies don't use the F word, because then otherwise that would have been the next great TV show after The Blacklist.

 

I also am currently watching The Witcher, Jack Ryan season 2 and Lost in Space season 2, those of which I don't have an opinion yet. I have already cut down most of the TV shows shown on TV because I losing interest with a lot of them right now due to Trump, conservatism and streaming killing television.

 

Yes, with more streaming services, there's way too many TV shows to battle. But unfortunately most of them are for one season (and most will get cancelled) and then wait about 12 to 24 months for a new season which I am not too happy about. Besides Law & Order SVU already made history with its 21st season, and fans are losing interest. Survivor needs to end after 30+ crappy seasons. SWAT and The Blacklist may be gone after this season. I am still waiting for Criminal Minds and Blindspot final season. And I still have some interest left of what Gordon Ramsay has in store with his shows.

 

However I do have an opinion of my favorite top 5 TV shows of 2019:

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Edited by PurpleGaga27, 27 December 2019 - 05:42 AM.


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Posted 28 December 2019 - 05:37 AM

Not sure what Tredstone or 9-1-1 is.  You seem to have a lot of reality TV and crime drama stuff in your top lists and a lot of that stuff breezes past me these days.  I still watch Gordon Ramsey stuff, but I wouldn't dare put cooking shows in direct competition with heavy story content.

 

I would have liked to of seen Stranger Things season 3 get on my list this year, but it was really awful.  It was just, yet another, rehash of the last two seasons, with the addition of Boris & Natasha Russian goons that made my head hurt.  The charm of the first season is almost entirely lost at this point.  The show isn't limited to children fighting black ooze.  Season 4 better expand or perish at this point.


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Posted 28 December 2019 - 06:50 AM

Treadstone airs on the USA Network. Unlike most shows, that thriller drama isn't very tedious, but every word counts instead of crappy scripting.

 

9-1-1 and The Masked Singer have been the comebacks for the FOX Network (now owned by Disney). Even a spinoff of 9-1-1 called 9-1-1 Lone Star is coming in January due to its popularity but it felt like a spinoff is unnecessary. If it hadn't been for the great character chemistry and Jennifer Love Hewitt's character, that show wouldn't have gone over the top. 9-1-1 IMO is the latest example of a great TV show of diversity.

 

Yes, I still watch reality TV (and game shows) these days, but I am already starting to getting tired of looking at the same old thing. Most shows are getting outdated.

 

Also.... the last two episodes of The Mandalorian have been epic so far.


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Posted 29 December 2019 - 03:29 AM

Yea, I watched the last episode of Mando today.  I don't think it moved it up my list any, but it was still overall "good."  At least it didn't end horribly.


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Posted 29 December 2019 - 10:14 PM

Are you going to list your "top 5 worst shows of 2019" soon?



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Posted 30 December 2019 - 12:15 AM

Maybe.  There were some shows I didn't like, but "worst" would be strong for them.


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