Category Archives: TV Series

TV Series: The Leftovers S01 (2014) – Interesting and Involving despite a slow pace


The premise of a post-rapture suburban New York might seem a bit hokey, but the recent HBO show The Leftovers did a credible job of portraying it. Through its ten one-hour episodes, we see the way that people are driven … Continue reading

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TV Series: Boardwalk Empire S05 (2014) – Fitting but regretful ending to a classic show


I can’t believe that we won’t be seeing Al Capone or Nucky Thompson next year. Or Lucky Luciano and Bugsy creating Las Vegas. Yes, Boardwalk Empire came to a series end last Sunday with a bang. With only a few … Continue reading

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TV Series: Gomorrah S01 (2014) – Great adaptation of the book and the movie


Roberto Savianno has got to be one of the bravest people on the planet. Having taken on the Camora (the Naples mob) in the book and movie of the same title (both of which are excellent) and having been assigned … Continue reading

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TV Series: Penny Dreadful S01 (2014) – Slowmo horror mashup


On a friend’s suggestion, I watched the 8 episodes of the Penny Dreadful series that aired this summer on Showtime. It was a mashup of sorts of various monsters from horror stories in Victorian London: Doctor Frankenstein, Count Dracula, and Dorian … Continue reading

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TV Series: Ken Burn’s Jazz (2001) – Beautiful documentary but based on flawed premises


I have been reading a LOT about jazz lately (see my articles on Monk, Miles, Giddens, etc). Through this reading, I bumped into the existence of the world’s record holding for sheer length (19+ hours) documentary by Ken Burns that … Continue reading

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TV Series: Orange is the New Black S02 – Piper and Alex together again?


During my business trip last week, I binged on S02 of Orange is the New Black. If you recall, I enjoyed S01 last year and I was impatient to see where Jenji would take the storyline this year. I love … Continue reading

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TV Series: Californication S07: The end for Hank?


This year, Hank Moody flew off into the sunset from LAX back to NY just as he had arrived  at LAX seven seasons ago. Karen by his side and relatively optimistic. It has been a real interesting ride seeing him … Continue reading

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