A Brand new show for you all to get into. Atlanta follows Earn, played by Donald Glover, a young man rising though the Atlanta rap scene. Sounds a familiar concept with a certain other programme that just recently hit Netflix for sure and for any fans of 'the Get Down', this show could fill the void while we wait for the next batch of episodes. It isn't a complete fit of course and has its own style to make it stand out on its own right. This series emphasises much more on comedy and there are laugh out loud moments in this very charming look at Earns life, a scene where he is waiting in jail is one of the funniest things I have seen in a while. Credit to Donald Glover, who not only plays lead role Earn but also wrote the show, and has given an incredible charm to the storytelling. Only up to episode 4 so far and with only half an hour episodes this will be an easy one to catch up with if it sounds your thing.
This comedy series really was consistently good in its first 9 episode season. It ended this week and left a superb cliffhanger as the plight of vice principal Gamby, and his counterpart Lee Russell, was up in the air. Their plot to oust principal Brown has come to an exciting conclusion which I simply didn't expect from a comedy series. But perhaps that shouldn't come as a shock as this series has had far more than just good comedy throughout, it's had decent moments of drama and has tugged at the heart strings more than once and that's credit to the excellent writing of the show. Danny McBride and Jody Hill should both be heralded for another very successful show, following the critically acclaimed Eastbound & Down, and personally I feel this show might even be stronger as an all round enjoyable watch. So if you have missed it go back and watch season 1 now before the next hits our screens sometime in 2017.
You always knew what you would get with this show, it was silly and it was nerdy and that's why we loved it and the new series is exactly what you would expect again. This is not a show everyone will like, but if you're already a fan of Red Dwarf I think you’ll enjoy this latest effort too. Is it as good as it always was? I would probably say I preferred those early days of Dwarf more than the last few series but that's not to say it's still not an enjoyable watch. It's still silly and it's still very nerdy and as a silly nerd, it's still right up my street. The gang are back in episode 1 as we follow Lister, Kryten, Rimmer and the Cat in the latest exploits in deep space and the only negative I have is no sign of Holly who I always used to love, but I may be being greedy with that wish, none the less its still good to have Dwarf back on the tele.
Went back to visit this show that hit our screens back in January, it's a weird comedy but has something special and it's the perfect time to write about it following one of the characters surprise success at the Emmy’s this week. It follows Chip Baskets, played by Zach Galifianakis, who is an aspiring clown and follows his struggle from Clown college in Paris, France back to his struggling home life in Bakersfield, USA. Chip has to deal with his very attractive french wife who is clearly more interested in a green card than Chip himself, his brother Dale (also played by Galifianakis) who always seems interested in putting him down, new found friend Martha who I thought was played so well by the very dry Martha Kelly, and last but certainly not least, his mother played by Louie Anderson. It's a fabulous character and I was delighted upon finishing this series to hear he had won an award for the role at the recent Emmy’s, it may have shocked a few as I don't think this show was particularly well known but certainly shows its strength. What is unsurprising is how good and how funny this show was when I realised Louis CK was at the helm. It has a similar feel to previous CK shows but all have been remarkable in their own special way and this was no different.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
I know this is a very popular show but I have to admit after watching the first season and losing interest, I just never revisited it. Upon hearing of a new series I thought I would dip back in to see what I was missing out on. It's well shot that is for sure but did episode 1 thrill me and excite me to go back for more? I’m sorry to say, it didn't really. It was ok but it's certainly not the best horror series I have seen and wouldn't match up to any of the classic horror movies that I love either. It seemed almost like a watered down horror show for people who would rather watch The Shining with the lights on, despite it being the middle of the afternoon. I will certainly keep watching for now just to see if this develops as a series because clearly episode 1 was more about setting the scene and introducing the characters, let's just say I wasn't blown away, thats for sure.
I also finished the brilliant Cameron Crowe rock epic this week, typical of Cameron who also wrote my favourite ever movie ("Almost Famous"), he really tapped into rock culture on this one. All of the characters had their own great story, which were believable and very touching! The story of the people behind the lime-light had a sincerity aside the comedy, which was great throughout! I felt the series grew and grew and after episode 1 I thought I liked it, but by episode 10 I knew I loved it! There are so many sub plots in play that I was bursting with emotions beside the laughter! The music was also outstanding. Constantly using song of the day to showcase new acts while also using some legends of rock to tell the stories around them! Lindsay Buckingham and John Mellencamp being particular highlights! A superb cast made the characters complete and I felt so much like I was on that tour bus and that is testament to how much the story pulled me in. So once again if you didn't catch this show and you like a good rock inspired story, you should be getting on the road with 'Roadies'!
This had a phenomenal run last time out and my god it's started with the same intensity. After about ten minutes of episode 1, I was back on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next to Columbia's most famous drug lord. If you didn't catch this last time, Narcos is a dramatised story of Pablo Escobar, which is told from the point of view of the intelligence agents tasked with bringing him down. It's a fantastic story and be sure to check out season 1 if you missed it, for those lucky enough to be up to date though we are being truly blessed as season 2 has in true Netflix style been released all in one go. Time to get comfy on your couches, pull the curtains over and binge, binge, binge. Wagner Moura, who plays Pablo Escobar, is truly brilliant in this role and this program I think has been one of the best ever to grace television sets. It's action packed and although you know Pablo was a truly terrible bastard, you can't help but love him in this portrayal!
I used to adore this show, it was daft but very watchable and in contrast to the usually dire match of the day atmosphere, this had enough fun and thats surely what football should be about. I have to say though that since the change of Max Rushden to John “Fenners” Fendley it seems to be a hell of a lot more flat. Some of the more silly fun antics that used to make me roar of a Saturday morning have disappeared and in its place, seems to be an awful lot more filler. Bands are now playing at the start of the show which is not what you need at 10am, the lack of Tubes questions is a massive loss, where the hell did Rocket go??? All of this just means the fun has been sucked right out of this show and I just can't get on board with Fenners, aside from a truly hysterical John Stones skit, most of his style just plain annoys me. I can only hope that, like my team, most years it's a slow start and will build as the season goes on.
I have been on about this show before but I felt I should write more as this is just the best comedy about at the moment. It's got some very silly humour in there but I have been surprised at the amount of tender moments that just fits right in to what is essentially an all out comedy. Relationships forming between key characters and actually some really nice messages in there too, this week saw a very touching episode which was sprinkled with a fathers love for his daughter, but don't think it was all soft, it was also decorated with massive dollops of laugh out loud comedy too. Truly this is wonderful comedic writing once again from Jody Hill and Danny Mcbride. Danny, who plays lead Neil Ganby, is also a fantastic comedy actor, alongside Walton Goggins as Lee Russell, the pair have formed an unlikely alliance and bounce off each other so well. I am absolutely loving it and I think you should all be giving it a go too!
WOULD I LIE TO YOU?
"This is a show that can go one way or the other. For me, getting this comedy machine to work you need to put Lee Mack under the microscope to watch him joke his way out of a corner. You need to rile up David Mitchell into going into one of his epic rants and you need Rob Brydon to accidentally says something rude and to end up doing impressions of the panelists. Without these 3 ingredients I am can be left sullen and unsatisfied. Good job all those things happened then isn't it? This week sees David Haye and Romesh Ranganathan steal the spotlight of the brand new series, whilst Lee's team of Mel Giedroic and Martin Kemp look on as their team captain is a flamethrower of puns and quips. It's by far not the best episode I have watched but it certainly warmed the comedy cockles enough to remind me why I should tune into this show whenever it's on. On another note though, how bland has the BBC gotten recently? I don't really watch anything on it at all. So it wouldn't shock me if you actually all gave it a miss as the channel has just been pumping out bags of air for shows. But trust me on this one, let this be the exception to the rule." - J.B.