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Underappreciated TV

I’m still wanting to make two posts about crazy-good underappreciated TV and books.

So, here's some of my favourite TV that I think doesn't have enough fans, fandom and fic! 

Deadwood - HBO gets appropriate credit for their cutting edge serialized TV. We can all admit that The Sopranos changed the face of the small screen forever. True Blood? Be still my fandom-beating heart. Westwood. But Deadwood is the one closest to my heart. Admittedly, I am a massive Westerns fan, so it had me there. And mules and mule teams! Oh, and men with nasty facial hair. But what else Deadwood has is Shakespearian dialogue. I kid you not. The dialogue! (oh, and full frontal male nudity for what that's worth) Cancelling this show was a crime against art and can never be rectified. The storylines are wonderful, overlappy and there is sexual tension (always a PLUS in my fetish book), and irreverencey in the characters that makes it absolutely endearing. Thankfully, HBO did attempt to fix its error and funded a movie that came out last month. A kind of swans song that the characters needed.

Legion - This is one of the most amazing sleeper shows out there. It's FANTASTIC! Absolutely fantastic! Mind bending, gorgeously filmed with sets straight out of dark commix. The acting! Be still my Aubrey Plaza loving heart. Also, Jemaine! The story does stay tied together which is astonishing because it is COMPLICATED. It's the anti-superhero for the superhero fans.

True Detective S1 & S3 - S1 is probably my favourite bit of small screen work I've ever seen. It staggered me. And it is my preciousssssssssss. The ending is the greatest ending in any piece of artwork ever created. Not the spectacular finale, but the final last five minutes. I did think it was flawed for a long, long time....but I've made my peace with that and found a way to resolve it in my mind. S3 is a triumph, too, just differently than S1. S1 is all about philosophical dialogue and existential angst. S3 is all about dialogue delivery and the distances we put between ourself and ourself and those we love.

The Terror - WHY HAS NO ONE WATCHED THIS SHOW??? First, boats. Second, seamen. Third, mariner disaster. Fourth, exploration. Fifth, folklore and magical realism. Sixth but should be first - bae Jared Harris. I loved every single minute of this show. And it made me CRY. Like seriously weep with the humanity. And this one also has a superb ending that just blew me away. Every episode is a mini-film. It's perfect from the casting to the costuming to the set design to the haunting cinematography to the dialogue.

Bitten - A guilty pleasure ala The Vampire Diaries. Beautiful people in silly supernatural situations. Oh, and HEADY sexual tension. But with the same issues that all our fave supernatural shows grapple with - women are abused terribly. Still. It's worth an effort. 

Penny Dreadful - This is one of the more witchier, darker and complex shows ever to be written for TV. It really is without comparison. Religious and thought-provoking. Supernatural but with a definite literary bent. Robbed via cancellation. It might be too dark for some the way that Hannibal is too dark. But it's really gorgeous and riveting work and needs more fans. 

Wuthering Heights - I went looking for the Tom Hardy version because DAMN it's AMAZING, but went down a rabbit hole of a newer version which I've not heard about. Does anyone know about the PBS 2018 version??? Still, hard if not impossible to beat the Tom/Charlotte Heathcliff/Cathy version. Honestly, I doubt any of the flist haven't seen it. But still. It needs pimping. 



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Jul. 19th, 2019 11:31 pm (UTC)
(LJ is making me crazy today!)

I agree with you on almost all of these, well all of them in theory. I had to give up on Legion because my crashy brain just couldn't keep up, but I really tried. ;-)

Bitten. Don't know what happened. I may just have lost it at the end of a season, and not come back for the next.

I think I did watch Wuthering Heights, on PBS last year, but honestly, I can't specifically recall anything about it. Vague images floating through the ether of my foggy brain.

Will write more when I have a bit more energy.

So far this month I have only missed two days of the post every day in July thing. Are you not getting notifications again? :-) There is great weirdness on LJ lately.


Edited at 2019-07-19 11:42 pm (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2019 12:32 am (UTC)
We do have similar viewing tastes, M! Plus, I find Canadians to be into the more experimental and arty tv than most Americans. Also, we share a love for the Scottish detective show. LOL!

I have to find out more about that Wuthering Heights!!!

I will check your journal. LJ just doesn't seem to be able to maintain the notifications.

Jul. 20th, 2019 12:55 am (UTC)
"LJ just doesn't seem to be able to maintain the notifications."

They are definitely making it harder to use--not so user-friendly.

We do have similar taste, but then the awesome shows are the ones you turned me on to. ;-)
Jul. 20th, 2019 12:01 am (UTC)
Kira and I really enjoyed “Bitten” — I’ve read all the books that the series was based on, she lost interest in some of the book plotlines that followed other characters. Wish there were more of the show!!

Have you watched “Elementary” or “Killing Eve”?


Edited at 2019-07-20 12:02 am (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2019 12:31 am (UTC)
Another Bitten fan! We are few, A. Have you seen Blood and Chocolate? And I noticed there is a high school werewolf show? Also, that show with the young Skarsgaard. Simply not enough good wolf stories out there.

I can't find Elementary on netflix or Prime and I've not heard of Killing Eve.
Jul. 20th, 2019 12:45 am (UTC)
I read Blood & Chocolate!

Is the high-school/college show the werewolves vs. ritual magicians one? I’m spacing on the name. We watched 4 eps and lost interest, there wasn’t a hook that really grabbed either of us.

We did watch a chunk of Hemlock Grove, which had its moments, but the plot was really aimless.

Killing Eve is available on Hulu (and I’d guess the first season is on DVD right now.) It stars Sandra Oh (who is AMAZING), and her developing connection/obsession with a female assassin.

Elementary is currently in its final season, airing on CBS. It MUST be watched from the beginning (picking it up now would ruin all the development), I don’t know if it’s streaming anywhere.

You’d love Jonny Lee Miller in it, I think (he’s a perfect brash, misfit, prickly, wounded Sherlock), and Lucy Liu as Watson is delightful.


Edited at 2019-07-20 12:46 am (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2019 12:58 am (UTC)
Just checked. The Terror is available on DVD--finally! So is Deadwood.
Jul. 20th, 2019 12:47 pm (UTC)
Penny Dreadful still haunts me to this day. As I told SO, you KNOW
Jul. 20th, 2019 12:58 pm (UTC)
Whoops, hit post too soon!

KNOW John Logan is Catholic, given all the religious significance. I thought the last season fell apart a bit because it seemed rushed in different episodes. I also find it interesting that Eva Green has deliberately been going for less intense roles since they wrapped. Speaking of which, I LOVED the acting! Everybody should've won an award, imo.

Jul. 20th, 2019 03:27 pm (UTC)
*nods vehemently* It was an utter sh*t show. And why??? Terribly disappointing and pretty unfair to the characters. BUT PD's version of Dracula??? I LOVED IT! Creepyfantastic. I wanted so much more for Frankenstein's Monster...really dissatisfying ending.
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