drop your weapons, you are surrounded by ARMED BASTARDS


Alright, enough grousing. Time for recommendations: Tessa and I are knee-deep in the 2nd season of Life on Mars, the hit BBC drama about a cop who is hit by a car and wakes up in 1973. This show not only hits my sweet spot of kinda-time-travel and philosophical mysteries, but it’s SO GODDAMN FUNNY and if you remember the 1970s at all, it’s perfectly spot-on.


last season’s billboard ad in London, done in 1973 style with old logos

Hollywood (ABC in particular) is remaking the show for an American audience, but they botched the pilot and now they’re re-shooting every scene, presumably with replaced actors and a different script. If you were at this year’s Jartacular, you’d know why.

But let the Americans take care of themselves. If you can get a “Life on Mars” DVD from Amazon, do it, even though it’s expensive. It’s a “Region 2” disc, meaning it’ll only play on your computer (which you can hook up to your TV in “mirror” mode) but it’s worth it.

And now: your suggestions? Know of any awesome mini-series, or other TV on DVD you recommend whole-heartedly?

0 thoughts on “drop your weapons, you are surrounded by ARMED BASTARDS

  1. asd

    I LOVE Friday Night Lights. I am even considering downloading the theme song to my phone (which is not like me). Bums me out when I suggest it to others to watch and they tell me they don’t like football. That would be like not watching MASH because you are not that interested in medicine.

  2. karin Tracy

    I’m sure you’ve been watching Dexter, but if not…. wow. Great show and I believe both seasons are out on DVD.

  3. jersey

    If you didn’t catch John Adams series on HBO, it’s worth the watch.
    I also think that Season 1 of 30 Rock is fantastic.
    I’m also hooked on LOST, but I know that’s not for everyone.

  4. NOLAcathie

    Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren as Jane Tennyson
    Great stories, incredible acting…
    Helen Mirren is super-talented!

  5. Killian

    I second Prime Suspect–fabulous.
    La Femme Nikita: gorgeous people, glorious clothes, sophisticated accents. yummmmmm.

  6. ken

    It’s kind of obvious but “Freaks and Geeks” tops the list, the deluxe DVD set comes in a yearbook, complete with photos and signatures.
    We just finished season five of “The Shield”, which is fantastic. “Rescue Me” faltered a bit last season but looks to rebound next year. “Weeds” is great too. And even though it’s a laugh track comedy, “How I Met Your Mother” is aces.

  7. Randy

    If you didn’t catch “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog” when it was airing for free on the Web, you can still download the series for $3.99 on iTunes. Some people didn’t like it, but I found the 3-ep 45 minutes to be really entertaining. I also echo the recommendation on John Adams. Just got that from Netflix and enjoyed the whole series. How American made it to where it is today is a miracle of some perportion, but the backbone of the early Founding Fathers like Adams and Washington had a lot to do with it.

  8. Matt

    Re Life on Mars: So the cop has his same job? What do they do about his birth certificate and stuff?
    Anyway… I’m into shows like John Adams (mentioned above). Paul Giamatti is great. Someday, Hollywood will have all of American history sufficiently covered and high schoolers will never need to crack a book.

  9. T.J.

    I’ve just started watching Spaced, a British series by the same guys who did Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. It’s really funny. These guys are such media nerds, just like me (and, I suspect, many of you). Came out on DVD this week. It’s also on BBC America at 3 and 3:30 am Eastern every day, although it’s apparent they butcher it about as much as SciFi butchers Doctor Who. They only made 14 episodes, so you better catch it soon.

  10. kevin from NC

    Me likey Madmen on AMC.. I think the 2nd season premier is happening this Sunday night at 10:00. Set in NYC in the late 60s early 70s is full of cigarette smoke and bourbon at work. I really enjoyed season 1.
    The fashion is fantastic and the show has lots of underlying tension…. in a Hitchcock kinda way (but not scary). In many ways, the show is a comedy as we laugh at the way things were in that time. It is a male’s world in the show, and if you can get past the 50’s-60’s stereotype for women (which is also funny through today’s lenses)then the show enjoyable. Well written and acted.

  11. Walt

    SLINGS AND ARROWS – best TV portrayal of the backstage antics of theatre, ever. Plus it’s Canadian, and everything’s better in Canada. Right? Right?

  12. oliver

    I suspect I ought to be embarrassed to admit this, but I liked “Rome.” Also “Firefly,” if that’s not too ancient. I’d suggest “Heroes” first season, but then you’d feel obliged to watch the second.


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