The award-winning Australian television series McLeod's Daughters
aired from 2001 – 2009. A drama, the story begins by following the lives of half sisters Claire and Tess McLeod, reunited after they inherit a vast outback cattle farm (“Drover’s Run”), that has been handed down through the men in their family for generations. 224 episodes were produced, and all are available on YouTube. [more inside]
is a fantastic anime written by Gen Urobuchi, the man who brought us 2011's brilliant Puella Magi Madoka Magica
. Even if you are not an anime fan (I'm iffy on it myself), Psycho-Pass
is worth checking out. Set in a "utopian" society where psychological profiles can be analyzed remotely, police carry guns that can only fire at would-be criminals, and aptitude tests determine how to provide "the greatest number of people with the greatest amount of happiness", Psycho-Pass
asks intriguing, provocative questions about the relationships between humans and computers, criminals and society, and the responsibilities we owe society, versus the responsibilities said societies owe us in turn. There is also a good deal of people shooting each other, if you're into that sort of thing.
can be watched for free, either subbed or dubbed, at Hulu
(as can Madoka
if "lighthearted" "fantasy" is more your cup of tea).
With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
is an artist who has been producing minimalist posters for each of the last 8 episodes of Breaking Bad.
Dr. Donna Nelson
is the science
advisor for Breaking Bad
. After reading an interview
creator Vince Gilligan said no one
on the show's staff
had a scientific background
, she reached out
to the Breaking Bad
creator. The rest is history.
The Law & Order Database
is complete. Which characters
had the highest success rate?
was an HBO series that ran three seasons from 2008 through 2010. Adapated - often word-for-word - from the Israeli drama BeTipul
, it depicted the weekly sessions of a psychologist (Emmy-nominated Gabriel Byrne
) with his patients (including Debra Winger
, Emmy-nominated Hope Davis
, and, in her first American role, Mia Wasikowska
) and with his own therapist (Emmy-winning Dianne Wiest
). The filming of the series placed extraordinary demands on Byrne - which are well described in this interview
with showrunner Warren Leight. (h/t: MCMikeNamara)
You can watch its entire first episode here
. (possible spoilers throughout)
A fascinating interview with Vince Gilligan, showrunner of Breaking Bad.
The questions are as excellent as the answers.
This points to that quality of improvisation with the work you’re doing. In a traditional crime show, like “CSI,” if it were a big band, it’s a big band working off charts. The arrangements are very tightly controlled. And what I sense with “Breaking Bad” is a sense of, I don’t know, “John Coltrane on acid.” You have this sense of improvisation where you go with things you know, where you tell the story the length it needs to be told. You’re inspired collectively by a moment and you decide to go deeper into that moment. You’re in essence leading a parallel life with your characters and letting those characters take you where they want to go — not necessarily where the dictates of commercial convention say they have to go.
Meanwhile, Alan Sepinwall asks actors Bryan Cranston (2)
and Aaron Paul
about some of their most iconic moments on the show. [more inside]
Louis C.K. on eating pressure and providing an alternative to The Man
- "I ask him to think about what he really needs; when he tells me, I give him a little more. It buys me goodwill with this person; I feel good about what I'm paying them. I like to give people a little more than they want, and I like to ask people for a little less than they're willing to give." [more inside]
The Booth At The End
is a drama about a man who makes deals. 62 parts, each lasting just two pretty fantastic minutes. [more inside]
TV serials, says Richard Beck, self-consciously set out from the very beginning to get us to take them seriously. From Hill Street Blues
to The West Wing
to The Sopranos
and The Wire
, how the television series convinced us that it was art
— and now, why Lost
's achievement of success via casual genre mixing and narrative derangement might signal that there's no future creative ground left within the old limits of serial drama.
The New Orleans blogosphere and twitterverse have been abuzz about HBO's Treme
, which premieres tonight. Today's edition of the local paper features an open letter to New Orleanians
from director David Simon. [more inside]
Nathan Avon "Bodie" Barksdale
is a real life Baltimore gangster upon whom the character from "The Wire" was based. Now, Nathan Barksdale has a chance to tell his side of the story in this upcoming documentary
. [more inside]
Winner of an Emmy for best dramatic series in 1988, thirtysomething (ABC, 1987-1991) represented a new kind of hour-long drama, a series which focused on the domestic and professional lives of a group of young urban professionals-- a socio-economic category of increasing interest to the television industry. The series attracted a cult audience of viewers who strongly identified with one or more of its eight central characters, a circle of friends living in Philadelphia. And its stylistic and story-line innovations led critics to respect it for being "as close to the level of an art form as weekly television ever gets," as the New York Times put it.
- Museum of Broacast Communications [more inside]
History and the Universe
, mentioned months ago in a NYTimes travel feature
, has finally gone live. This Internet TV channel has two shows so far: Big Book of Lies
and Emily Time
, both filmed in Buenos Aires. Video is high quality, even filmic at times. Favorite characters include Buck Chomsky, the disaffected son of you-know-who
, and Exon, a 5'3 Colombian gangster with a penchant for Apple products.
is quite possibly the best television show ever produced. Not only is it amazingly gripping stuff, it's also meticulously researched. (Pretty easy to do when the entire city
is a registered historic landmark
Sure, we all know that Wild Bill
and Calamity Jane
were real people. As it turns out, though, almost every
main character in the show (and many minor ones) had a real life counterpart, as did many of the events
Deadwood notables EB Farnum
, Reverend H W Smith
, Seth Bullock
and his partner Sol Star
, Colorado Charlie Utter
, Al Swerengen
with his Gem Saloon, and the crosseyed gambler Jack McCall
all lived and breathed in one of America's most storied cities.