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Started by donttellhimpike on Sep 1, 2021 11:37:24 PM
TV streaming services that aren't Netflix or Amazon.

Thread to discus stuff that's on Apple TV+ Brit Box etc etc.

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donttellhimpike - 01 Sep 2021 23:39:49 (#1 of 25)

Needed somewhere to talk about Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) because I think it's one of the best things on TV in years. Like Netflix's The Good Place, it's a feel good programme, brimming full of positivity and general niceness. That's not to say it doesn't get sweary and filthy (but in a wholesome positive way)

Anyone else watching?

Natascha - 01 Sep 2021 23:41:03 (#2 of 25)

I'm thinking of dropping NOWTV to get on Apple+ simply beause of Ted Lasso.

donttellhimpike - 01 Sep 2021 23:52:45 (#3 of 25)

ti oD

AlanII - 02 Sep 2021 14:28:26 (#4 of 25)

What other stuff does it have?

MorrisMitchener - 02 Sep 2021 16:05:42 (#5 of 25)

Quite enjoyed series 1 of Ted Lasso but found the excess of Hugging And Learning as it progressed, especially the final couple of episodes, a bit off-putting. Still, going to check out series 2, plenty of things to like in it.

M Night Shyamalan's mightily weird Servant is worth a look too. All about atmosphere really as not much seems to actually happen.

donttellhimpike - 02 Sep 2021 16:18:37 (#6 of 25)

See Is another big budget series, set in a world where humans have gone blind, Stars Jason Momoa ( sp?) Seems worth checking out.

MorrisMitchener - 02 Sep 2021 16:53:03 (#7 of 25)

I watched a couple of that Jennifer Aniston newsreader thing. Not for me. Rich telly personalities and their troubles; first world problems.

davedanon - 02 Sep 2021 18:21:37 (#8 of 25)

Another Ted Lasso fan here. Just finished the first series. I see it as a very sophisticated, very meta send up by the Americans of Americans making a series about a cartoon American coming over here and getting everything deliberately wrong about soccerball.

Could have been an almighty mess, but ultimately what saves it is the characters. They're all very believable and irresistibly likeable. Especially Ted and his bulletproof American good humour and optimism.

Also I love the irascible Roy Kent, the bearded, raging, ageing, former Premier League midfield colossus who's won everything in the game but is now facing the dying of the light. He's a Londoner, yes, but who could he possibly be based on?

davedanon - 02 Sep 2021 18:25:39 (#9 of 25)

Christ, I had to edit that for misspellings about 8 times.

MorrisMitchener - 02 Sep 2021 21:13:56 (#10 of 25)

Bill Lawrence also created Scrubs which started very well but went down the dumper pretty quickly. I'm hoping he avoids those mistakes with this new Ted (hey two big sitcoms about a Ted!).

Gigi76 - 03 Sep 2021 07:26:12 (#11 of 25)

It’s not a secret he’s based on Keane. I like Ted Lasso a lot. It’s got enough complexity to balance the sweetness. I like the female characters’ development too.

Gigi76 - 03 Sep 2021 07:27:41 (#12 of 25)

I also liked The Morning Show. Best thing Anniston has ever done. It did take me the full year free subscription to actually finish it, as it dragged a little in the middle, but the of season 1 was powerful.

Gigi76 - 03 Sep 2021 07:30:44 (#13 of 25)

Finally, I watched Schmigadoon. Glossy, and well cast, yes, but despite some good song writing which shows an intimate knowledge of the era it’s drawing on, rather lacking in heart. It underused a lot of the cast too.

phantlers - 04 Sep 2021 08:28:47 (#14 of 25)

I'm enjoying Ted Lasso at present and although the writing is uneven, sometimes brutal and clunky at other times sublimely layered, and the characters two dimensional / stereotypical its tone is unrelentingly upbeat. Very bingeable, I watched the first five episodes in one sitting. Thanks for the recommendations.

rejonked - 04 Sep 2021 08:35:46 (#15 of 25)

The Morning Show is superb - but not found anything else on Apple worth watching really. Looking forward to Foundation though which is coming this Autumn sometime.

phantlers - 08 Sep 2021 12:14:55 (#16 of 25)

Not sure what streaming service it might be on but The Godfather of Harlem went out on Epix in the U.S. and from viewing the first two episodes it looks pretty good. There are now 2 seasons, s02 just finished transmission.

Forest Whittaker stars alongside Giancarlo Esposito and some other familiar faces among both sets of gangsters, Black and Italian on opposite sides. Violent but not overly graphic.

donttellhimpike - 15 Sep 2021 10:24:59 (#17 of 25)

Last few episodes of Ted Lasso have seen one subplot take a pretty dark turn, as it reflects on the power social media has over one's personality.

Also, Nick Mohammed is a great actor, I can see very big things in his future.

MorrisMitchener - 15 Sep 2021 11:00:19 (#18 of 25)

Nick Mohammed has his own show, Intelligence, on Sky co-starring David Schwimmer which is excellent and sorely underrated. Well worth seeking out.

Dementor - 15 Sep 2021 12:09:46 (#19 of 25)

Downloaded the My5 app to watch a submarine documentary - there’s loads of other channels and films, though - eg “A Boy and His Dog” (weird 70s sci-fi starring Don Johnson - if anyone remembers that).

phantlers - 15 Sep 2021 11:12:59 (#20 of 25)

GoH gets better as it goes. The Italian mobsters draw heavily on The Sopranos and the Godfather movies but the most engaging characters are Erik LaRay Harvey as Del Chance and Elvis Nolasco as Nat Pettigrew, Bumpy GoH's 'trusted lieutenants'.

Yet to be renewed and I have yet see how s02 concludes but I hope Amazon pick it up. Recommended.

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