What You Need to Catch Up On.
AMC has done so many great things for TV recently. Mad Men, The Killing, The Walking Dead, and of course Breaking Bad. In my opinion Breaking Bad is one of the best shows on television right now. How can you go wrong watching an ex high school chemistry teacher with terminal lung cancer turning into a bad ass fearless meth cook? This show is so wrong it’s right. None of the characters really have any redeeming qualities to make you root for them in real life but on the show you do. And holy shit! Last season’s finale was so insanely good it left me speechless. I can still picture Gus standing in the hallway with half of his face blown off. It’s like nothing else on TV which sets it apart. Walter White is a mixture of genius and psychopath and that draws you in every episode. I only have to wait until mid July for the fifth and final season to start and that gives everyone out there who hasn’t discovered Breaking Bad yet a chance to catch up. Get to it. (****).
Lena Dunham created this new HBO comedy series about a small group of 20 something friends in New York. It’s nearing the finale of season one and if you haven’t started it yet please do. It’s awkward and uncomfortable to watch at times. Especially during the weird sex scenes. But its honest and realistic and funny throughout. There are a lot of people who have been bitching about this show though. Saying that it isn’t diverse enough (which it isn’t) or that it is only portraying privileged young adults (which it is) but I think those things are trivial. Girls isn’t setting out to try and address problems everyone faces in today’s society. It’s geared towards privileged hipsters. Lena Dunham is smart with sticking to writing about what she knows and it makes the show very good. If she tried to venture out and please everyone this show wouldn’t work at all. So if you can go into it understanding that it is from a specific perspective then you’ll be able to see how good it really is. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve watched in a long time. (****).
Season 2 is starting on June 14th on the USA network. I don’t even know how I came across this show last summer or why I watched it but I was glad I did. I was surprised on how much I enjoyed the first season. It’s a law drama done in a way that isn’t boring. And it doesn’t really bombard you with so much jargon that you are checking your phone instead of paying attention. It follows Mike Ross a very smart college drop out who was caught taking tests for college students for money. He crosses paths with Harvey Specter a big time attorney who eventually hires Mike at his law firm. Mike is a genius with his memory and Harvey is one of the best attorneys in New York. They fake that Mike has a Harvard degree to allow him to work under Harvey. It follows them working on cases together. This show is a good watch as far as summer series go and it’s something that you won’t have any problem jumping into the second season without seeing the first. It’s not great TV but it is enjoyable and worth watching. (** and 1/2). -RC