About Scott: Television

So many good shows

Little boy sitting on a bed, looking at a tablet.

Watching Fireman Sam, Lyon, France, November 2018

Reading time: 3 minutes

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Television

For years, I've read that we're hitting Peak TV.

It's a time when the number of shows will finally start to drop. We're not there yet.

Marlin Fitzwater flatly called him an idiot after a short and uncomfortable interview.

The TV Pantheon

The best of the best. My Hall of Legends. Not in order:

  • Six Feet Under. Perfect. Fascinating characters, especially the women.
  • Halt and Catch Fire. "The computer isn't the thing, it's the thing that gets us to the thing." A thousand times yes. Lee Pace was astonishing.
  • Banshee. I didn't know how well lightning + metaphorical crack cocaine + artful TV could go together. A great, great show.
  • Mad Men. Sometimes slow, but truly amazing most of the time.
  • Da Ali G Show. Marlin Fitzwater flatly called him an idiot after a short and uncomfortable interview. Genius.
  • The Wire. Brilliant in every way. Even Season 2, which I loved.
  • Breaking Bad. I didn't know how well lightning + actual crystal meth + artful TV could go together. Oh, and I liked Skyler.
  • The Leftovers. Season 2 was arguably the most perfect season of TV ever, climaxing at Episode 8, "International Assassin."
  • The Office (UK and USA). Nothing to say other than they were fantastic, hilarious shows.
  • The Shield What would Vic Mackey do? Turns out, anything. Addictive and just a little bit different.
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley's People. The BBC miniseries with Sir Alec Guinness as George Smiley. I loved the novels and I watch these series every couple of years. They're magnificent.
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Watching German fire trucks answering calls on YouTube. Jun 2019

Unless they pull a House of Cards, Game of Thrones, or Penny Dreadful, (ie, complete derailment), these shows may enter the Hall of Legends when they're over:

  • Billions. Dick-swinging is usually boring. Not here.
  • Engrenages (Spiral). In France, both cops and criminals love this show.
  • Better Call Saul. Better Call Breaking Bad: I like this even more.
  • Fleabag. Just enough neurosis. She's a riot.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm. Anger at the little things, plus Susie and Leon. My kind of show.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Pure fucked-up brilliance.
  • Le bureau des légendes (The Bureau). Might be the show most perfectly suited for me, specifically, ever. Phenomenal.
  • Barry. The only problem with S2 E5, "ronny/lily," was the dearth of Noho Hank. Other than that, I could watch the episode every week or so.
  • Archer. A few weak seasons, but the hardest I have ever laughed in my life has been when they caught me by surprise with a good line.
  • Black Mirror. When it's on - which is most of the time - it's brilliant, sad, and scary.
  • Ozark. After every episode, I'm grateful for my normal life and relationships.

After every episode, I'm grateful for my normal life and relationships.

Saving

Shows I'm looking forward to watching someday soon:

  • Atlanta
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • BoJack Horseman
  • The Chi
  • Mr Robot
  • The Good Place
Francis sitting on the floor, watching TV

Francis watching Bob the Builder. May 2019

Gina anf Francis at a table in an empty, gilded department store

Lunch at the Arcade, Cleveland, OH. Not TV, I just like the picture. Dec 2019

Overrated

These shows are good - even very good - I just don't think they're great - and I'm in the minority:

  • The Crown. Honestly, not much happens - but they make it look fascinating.
  • Russian Doll. Good show, but I liked Run Lola, Run better.
  • Altered Carbon. Great idea. I enjoy the show, but it has a gimmicky feel.

Ended too soon

This list is about bad numbers or dumb network executives or, in the last case, simple tragedy:

  • Deadwood. Stopped right in the middle of the arc. The movie didn't really make things better.
  • Marco Polo. I loved this show. Did someone get greedy? What happened?
  • Watchmen. WTF? Really? You're just going to stop?
  • Au service de la France. This show was hilarious if you know how France and the French were in the 50s and 60s. Actually, through the 90s. Actually - maybe still?
  • Patriot. It's criminal that this brilliant show never saw Season 3. Criminal.
  • Parts Unknown. I think of Bourdain and I cry. His death was deeply personal for me.

Archive

About

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Some basics

A brief biographical sketch

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Travel

Pardon the saccharine and the obvious, but travel is everything

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France

France deserves its own section

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Reading

The bullshit of daily life? I'd rather read.

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Music

Let me take you back

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Television

I watch a lot more television than movies

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Soccer

The only sport that matters

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Food

As a travel writer, I have to talk about food

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Dumb stuff

You will not feel smarter after reading this

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Minimalism

Trying to live simply

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Other Interests

I've only driven a Ferrari once

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Get off my lawn

A few brief rants

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