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  • #269558

    ffm
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    I have enjoyed two series on Netflix so thoroughly that I feel I have to climb a mountain top and scream their names.

    The first is An Idiot Abroad. Ricky Gervais sends a “friend” who he deems and idiot, who we find out is far from one, around the world. The thing is, his friend, Carl, is not an adventurous or open minded fellow and pretty much hates every minute of it. Sounds horrible to watch but it isn’t. Carl is, without trying, hilarious. He gives profound insights into life, culture, people etc. the whole time. He is an accidental genius. He also visits some amazing places and always stays in the worse arrangements (by design) which gives even more insights into the places he is going. The Rio episode is great! There are three seasons total.
    The second is The Long Way Round. Ewan McGregor, and a friend take a trip around the world on motorbikes. They start in London, cross Europe to the Pacific, fly to the US and continue to NY. IT IS HARD!!!!! I was blown away how a Hollywood star would take on such a challenge and conquer it like a boss. You have to watch to see what I am talking about. It is beautifully filmed and again, a lot of insights into life, cultures, people, etc. I was sad when it ended. The follow up, The Long Way Down, where they go from Scotland to Cape Town was equally good.
    You need an app to access either US or UK netflix. I use Hola.
  • #269591

    Ron
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    Both also available on ‘PirateBay’ – Thanks for the recommendation.

  • #269599

    Finrudd
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    Not seen either, and shamelessly riding on the coat-tails of your post: some TV Series I have really enjoyed since living in Brazil:

    1. Breaking Bad – Season Six just announced for 2015, although I hope they don’t flog a dead horse with this one.
    2. Hannibal – loved all of the TV series. Dark, Dark and Darker again.
    3. Fargo – the TV Series.
    4. Bates Motel – a young Norman Bates, and his mother, played by Vera Farmiga, who I think I am in love with.
  • #269603

    lynchem
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    Suits
    Justified
    Game of thrones

    Ray Donovan
    White Collar
    Person of Interest
    and ten others…
    Primewire.ag
  • #269607

    S Bibb
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    all but the last one on brasilian cable, or pirate bay, or eztv.it:
    the last ship
    covert affairs
    intelligence (canceled, but 1st season on here and worth it)
    the leftovers
    the blacklist
    the lottery
    better than any of these is “the killing,” based on a danish series. netflix rescued it from cancellation for a fourth stunning season. if you’ve never seen it, start with season 1.

  • #269608

    Anonymous

    Leblon, if you like White CollarI believe you’ll enjoy The Blacklistwhich fellow poster norah just listed.
    I know one of the episode writers (there is an overlap on both, moving from originally White Collarand now onto The Blacklist which is now in production for its second season. So the two shows are very much in the same vein).
    And yes, of course The Killingis quality all the way. The plot twist at the end of the third season (of the original Danish series) completely saw my jaw dropping to the floor.
    picolino2014-08-28 16:19:47

  • #269610

    Finrudd
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    I have heard a lot of people talking about The Killingand saying how good it is – must give it a go!

  • #269619

    S Bibb
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    [QUOTE=picolino]And yes, of course The Killingis quality all the way. The plot twist at the end of the third season (of the original Danish series) completely saw my jaw dropping to the floor.[/QUOTE]
    yeah, season 3 was the best. each season is a different case, but start with season 1 anyway for the character development.
    i also like “murder in the first,” which is steven bochco’s redo of his “murder one,” though this one is a serial of one case.
    “covert affairs” is the one i look forward to the most every week.

  • #269628

    ffm
    Member

    [QUOTE=finrudd]Not seen either, and shamelessly riding on the coat-tails of your post: some TV Series I have really enjoyed since living in Brazil:

    [/QUOTE]

    Heck no man! That’s why I started this thread. To throw out there that these shows exist and are awesome AND hoping to see if ya’ll have some recommendations! Big smile
  • #269661

    ffm
    Member

    What a weird coincidence, the day I posted this, Hola unblocker got buggy and stopped working properly (for me). I have since been using Proxmate. Seems to be working fine.

  • #269666

    Finrudd
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    For TV series I use kickass.to and then save them to a media server. I use OpenElec as a media client that I connect to my TV, and recently have used a Raspberry PI mini-PC as a client, which is cheap, and works well. For anyone with a fairly modern SmartTV that can download Apps, I would recommend PLEX media server and the Plex App on the TV – this allows you to watch all your films and TV series on a local server or network attached storage device on your TV over the home network. If you want a simpler solution, most USB hard drives can connect to a TV these days, and let you browse the content on the drive via your TV with direct playback – you wont get the fancy artwork and synopsis for each episode, but it’s no harder than saving the TV series to the hard drive, plugging it into the tv and watching the thing!

  • #269667

    Finrudd
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    Incidentally, I had lots of people recommending The Wire – I tried it, and I really tried to like it, but I just could not get into it. It was too much in the way of fast dialogue, and too American for me to keep up with. The characters all seemed to talk in short bursts, and I struggled with the accents and what they were saying, or what they meant – I was really quite taken aback at how difficult it was for me to follow. I might give it another go (as I have three series downloaded) but has anyone else tried it and liked it?

    Prison Break was another one that I have never watched but have on a hard drive, along with 24 – another one that I have never seen a single episode of, but lots of people raved about. I only discovered Lost after it was finished, and was then hooked on the thing, watching all the series in a period of three months…
  • #269674

    ffm
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    [QUOTE=finrudd] The characters all seemed to talk in short bursts, and I struggled with the accents and what they were saying, or what they meant – I was really quite taken aback at how difficult it was for me to follow.

    [/QUOTE]
    That’s very racist of you!!!! LOL
    I’m joking of course. The “urban” characters are difficult for me to understand and I am American! But I LOVED the Wire. One of the best TV dramas ever IMO.
  • #269683

    Finrudd
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    I will give The Wire another go – I think I have subtitles I can use! House of Cards is another one I read about, and will give a go.

  • #269684

    cantak
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    House of Cards — filthy lying manipulative politicians. I hate and like Underwood the lead character

  • #269685

    S Bibb
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    these are all great shows, though i never got into “the wire” but still keep it on my media drive for that rainy month. if you’re digging into the past and have tired of cops and their ilk, but still want that juice and clever dialogue, look at “damages,” starring glenn close (probably her best role ever as a conniving, cuthroat lawyer), rose byrne (as a wannabe conniving, cuthroat lawyer) and ted danson (as a conniving, cutthroat criminal, in the first season). this was a show that, like GoT and some of the other top addictions, people just about died waiting for the next episode. five seasons.

  • #269692

    Finrudd
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    I have started with True Detective, with Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson which looks promising, and is going to a second series I heard.

    For a really good British series, Utopia was a dark surprise – just done second season, and very enjoyable.
    For anyone wanting something really quite dark, and British humour at its best and worst, Monkey Dust was something that I never heard of at the time, but have since enjoyed.
  • #270075

    S Bibb
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    in addition to eztv.it, which almost exclusively offers tv shows and events, i’d like to promote a site called torrenting.com, which bills itself as “a very tiny movie torrent site.” it’s free, the inventory is modest compared with pirate bay, but you can find “just in the theater” films there before other sites. it relies heavily on members seeding, and you can be booted if you don’t seed enough. some of the flicks are of a quality you wouldn’t want to watch, but some are high quality; you have to check the samples images and clips, as well as viewers’ comments.
    contributors do an especially good job providing cult films and classics. you can also find video games and other material.
    i’m passing it on because i want to see this site succeed. may not be your cup of tea, but check it out.

  • #270113

    sergiu
    Member

    Sounds like one I will have to look up. I will try to get it. Thanks for the info

  • #270123

    Finrudd
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    One I am about to try that has had quite a good write-up is The Leftovers http://thetvdb.com/?tab=series&id=269689&lid=7

    Anyone seen it – if so, any good?
  • #270125

    S Bibb
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    [QUOTE=finrudd]One I am about to try that has had quite a good write-up is The Leftovers http://thetvdb.com/?tab=series&id=269689&lid=7

    Anyone seen it – if so, any good?

    [/QUOTE]
    i’ve watched a few episodes, got sidetracked by my regular favorites, but i’ll get back to it. very weird but compelling. it’s what happens/will happen when a global event causes society as we know it to break down completely.

  • #270127

    ffm
    Member

    I tried starting the new Ricky Gervais comedy series Derek but could not get through the first episode. People keep telling me it picks up and becomes borderline genius. Has anybody dug into this one?

  • #270128

    Finrudd
    Participant

    [QUOTE=The Abbot]I tried starting the new Ricky Gervais comedy series Derek but could not get through the first episode. People keep telling me it picks up and becomes borderline genius. Has anybody dug into this one?[/QUOTE]

    No – but it is one I meant to try and then forgot. Thanks for the reminder.
  • #270131

    lynchem
    Member

    Just finished the first two seasons of Vikings, wow!!

  • #270335

    ffm
    Member

    I’m four episodes deep into the Cosmos re-boot with Tyson Neil Degrasse. This may be one of the best things EVER recorded EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I find myself saying WOW out loud at least four times per episode. No hyperbole. I really go WOOOOOOW out loud.
    Just like the original with Carl Sagan, the writing is off the charts good. The way they word the information is not only accessible for a moron such as myself, but it is beautifully poetic.
    This series is a MASTERPIECE!!!!! It should not be missed by any living soul.
  • #272197

    tdlankford
    Member

    Thanks to all the posts’ suggestion, my husband and I started watching the killing. We did all four seasons in less than a month. Just could not stopped watching it. We loved it. I almost cried at the end because it was over for good. Thanks!Mona2014-12-29 20:55:52

  • #272201

    S Bibb
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    a bunch of folks back home recommended ‘the affair.’ i downloaded the season, watched the first two and found it plodding. but it’s one of the few shows the new york times does a weekly roundup of, and a couple of reviews said it gathers steam in later episodes. so i’ll find out, but not right away. meanwhile, i’ve started watching ‘marco polo’ on netflix. it’s got my attention.
    and don’t wait for brasilian tv to show ‘downton abbey’ again. season 5 is long over, so get it somewhere else. the season 5 christmas special is really special – a big surprise!
    let me pitch torrenting DOT com again, too. it’s a great little site. now that we’re upon awards season, people are getting hold of dvds distributed by the studios for oscar votes. you’re rewarded for seeding and punished for not. as for tv shows, eztv deserves our support. they were busted by swedish authorities but came back full strength. probably the most reliable site because of assigned uploaders, not just any riffraff out there offering potentially infected files.

  • #27803

    jessbuurman
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