Wednesday, 5 June 2013

love for the idiot box: drama.

I have to admit, I am majorly into television series. So much so that I cannot even tell you the last movie I sat through. It got me thinking about whether this is a 'thing' now. It seems to me like television series are the new place to find wonderfully written dialogue and story lines. 

For me it all started with the Sopranos. I remember spending multiple hours after university classes ensconced by this over-stuffed chair, absolutely enamored with the ever-changing story line. 

Oh the memories. 

That show seemed to open the floodgates for really engaging television drama. Keeping the momentum going for as long as they did was an incredible feat in my opinion. MUCH more involved than a movie. It set the bar really high. 

As always when a trend like this catches on there are all kinds of things that can come out of the woodwork as a result. 

To be fair, HBO has always had really great series. They have the premium advantage of being able to say and do whatever they want. At all times. It is at the end of the rated R spectrum FOR SURE. Because of this risque element, their series are often, quite brilliant. It is amazing what you can experience when you see characters, albeit exaggerations, experience really raw and intense situations. (oh hey OZ or THE WIRE) While all kinds of fun art can be made when you have no limitations, it is also impressive to see what people can come up with when they have limitations. 

It is when other networks started trying to gear themselves towards this emerging audience that things started getting interesting.  

Dexter was my first Showtime fav. 

seems like a good enough reason. 

The Dexter fandom was pretty prolific. Huge amounts of people are dedicated to this show. Especially during the Jon Lithgow season. Every week people sat on the edge of their seat genuinely concerned about what was in store for the most lovable serial killer on the planet. 

Then came Walt. Probably the LEAST lovable TV character you can find. 

This show had me shaken for days after I manically watched it over the course of a week or so when I was pregnant. The intensity and constant life or death situations were always so effectively portrayed. This show was another one that had people HOOKED. 

These are just a few of my favorites. Rather than looking for movies, I would MUCH rather find a great new series to watch. 
Just for fun I will throw in some more memes of some of my favorite dramatic series:

What do you think? Series or movies? or both? Is our obscene access to everything we want to see good or bad? What are some of your favorites?


  1. Series! My favourite of all time was Six Feet Under. I still tear up when I think about the final episode.

    1. Oh I am definitely going to have to check this one out! It has always been on my to-do list. Such a great cast!