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Flaked - Netflix
Much of your reaction to this might depend on your appreciation and tolerance for Will Arnett's schtick as a charming ne'er-do-well. This is his project: creator, producer star, and the entire show revolves around his character of a yes, charming, irresponsible, sullen, gregarious, recovering alcoholic in Venice, CA. Comedy/melodrama. On one hand it's a ridiculous middle-aged man-child fantasy where gorgeous 20 year old women hang out with and are fascinated by 45 year old self-absorbed men with no drive, no jobs and limited good looks. On the other hand it is carried along by a good ensemble cast almost all of whom are portraying sympathetic damaged people who simultaneously repel and attract. Highlight is a late 1st season episode where they drive out to a spa and on the way visit his best friend's very eccentric mom (Kirstie Alley) and her very courteous and proper new boyfriend, a 60-yearish old Japanese man obsessed with golf and Arnold Palmer (both the man and the drink). I've already written more than this deserves but I feel a need to both make you want to watch it yet warn you it might just be annoying so you won't hate me. A late season one plot twist kind of turns the premise of the show upside down even though it is telegraphed and season 2 is not so interesting (2 episodes in) but I cautiously recommend season 1.

The Detectorists - Netflix
In some ways deceptively a very very similar show to Flaked, with the main differences being the stars and England/America. Mackenzie Crook (Gareth of the UK Office) is a charming, irresponsible, gregarious lovable loser in a small town in Essex, England with no steady job, a devoted girlfriend he does not deserve and a hobby that consumes him: searching for ancient metal objects in local rural fields using a metal detector with his best friend (Toby Jones - omnipresent character actor in British productions). Also comedy/melodrama. But I need no disclaimers for this. If you don't like it I accept no responsibility because it is just good.

Comrade Detective - Amazon
Just six episodes. Supposedly this is a 1980s era detective show produced in Romania that has been recently found and restored and dubbed into English so Americans can enjoy it as a time-capsule piece of Cold War east European Communist entertainment/propaganda. In fact it is completely made up: produced and filmed recently by what seems to be a joint American/UK/Romanian team, in Romania with Romanian actors speaking Romanian, then dubbed into English. The voice actors include Channing Tatum, Chloe Sevigny, Joseph Michael Levitt and Nick Offerman. All the standard TV detective show tropes are there: the main character gets a new partner he hates but learns to respect, the beleaguered chief who yells but understands his go-their-own way detectives, the other detective pair who show up just to banter with the main guys, etc.
 
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+1 for the Detectorists. The sort of low-key celebration of everyday humanism that the Brits seem to excel at.
 
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Comrade Detective - Amazon
Just six episodes. Supposedly this is a 1980s era detective show produced in Romania that has been recently found and restored and dubbed into English so Americans can enjoy it as a time-capsule piece of Cold War east European Communist entertainment/propaganda. In fact it is completely made up: produced and filmed recently by what seems to be a joint American/UK/Romanian team, in Romania with Romanian actors speaking Romanian, then dubbed into English. The voice actors include Channing Tatum, Chloe Sevigny, Joseph Michael Levitt and Nick Offerman. All the standard TV detective show tropes are there: the main character gets a new partner he hates but learns to respect, the beleaguered chief who yells but understands his go-their-own way detectives, the other detective pair who show up just to banter with the main guys, etc.
I was wondering about this. Probably one I'll have to hit on my own, as my wife doesn't always share my enthusiasm to watch things off the beaten path.

Have you checked out Patriot? I mentioned it before (maybe even a thread), but don't think anyone had watched it. It comes off as a Wes Anderson/Cohen brothers mashup. So if you don't dig those guys, it's not for you.

ETA: I'm still pissed that it looks like we may not get another season of Alpha House or Sneaky Pete. I highly enjoyed both.
 
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I was wondering about this. Probably one I'll have to hit on my own, as my wife doesn't always share my enthusiasm to watch things off the beaten path.

Have you checked out Patriot? I mentioned it before (maybe even a thread), but don't think anyone had watched it. It comes off as a Wes Anderson/Cohen brothers mashup. So if you don't dig those guys, it's not for you.

ETA: I'm still pissed that it looks like we may not get another season of Alpha House or Sneaky Pete. I highly enjoyed both.
Have not checked Patriot but will.
 

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Any good finds?

I've been laughing my ass off at The Inbetweeners. So crass.
Inbetweeners is excellent just avoid the feature film like the plague.

Somewhat similar kind of humor, Peep Show (entirely unrelated to stripping) is on Amazon. If you're into humorous blokes that are completely unrepentant selfish assholes you'll like it.
 

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Are you only taking recommendations / commentary on Amazon / Netflix Midas Mulligan Midas Mulligan ? Not HBO or Hulu or ...?
Amazon Prime has alot of HBO. Not any of the current stuff but The Wire, Sopranos, Eastbound, Boardwalk Empire, Veep, Curb, Deadwood, Flight of the Conchords are all on Amazon.

Mr. Robot, Good Wife, Justified, and most of The Americans are also on Amazon. I also liked Man in the High Castle but I haven't watched Season 2.
 

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i highly recommend Stranger Things (netflix)
That has its own thread. Was just wanting to a good place to for quick hitter recs. And I'm running low on stuff to watch.

Trying to get into Turn, but it's not grabbing me just yet.

Amazon Prime has alot of HBO. Not any of the current stuff but The Wire, Sopranos, Eastbound, Boardwalk Empire, Veep, Curb, Deadwood, Flight of the Conchords are all on Amazon.

Mr. Robot, Good Wife, Justified, and most of The Americans are also on Amazon. I also liked Man in the High Castle but I haven't watched Season 2.
I'be seen most of those. Or as much as I could take. Speaking of, that was how S2 of MITHC was for me. I've watched the first episode partially through several times, and it wasn't sticky.

Are you only taking recommendations / commentary on Amazon / Netflix Midas Mulligan Midas Mulligan ? Not HBO or Hulu or ...?
What Derek said is accurate. I didn't mean for our thread title to be overly limiting. Just mentioned those because they are the big VOD players. I get HBO on TV, which means you get HBOGo,too.

I loathe Hulu, though. As in, I'll stream illegally before I suffer their bullshit.
 
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Turn, eh. Watched it all first run DVR. Modestly interesting. Might not have kept up if it weren't well placed as summer filler programming. Much credit in that almost every single character is real, though they do take liberties with the stories. You can sit there watching and wikipedia just about everyone in it. At some point you think they must be adding fictional characters to fill things out but almost all of them really existed.
 

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Turn, eh. Watched it all first run DVR. Modestly interesting. Might not have kept up if it weren't well placed as summer filler programming. Much credit in that almost every single character is real, though they do take liberties with the stories. You can sit there watching and wikipedia just about everyone in it. At some point you think they must be adding fictional characters to fill things out but almost all of them really existed.
Huge liberties. I actually grew up in Strongs' Neck in Setauket. My church was the one the British used as their headquarters. My first job was working for the Strong family. The book it is based on is very good though.
 

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Danger Five, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, House of Cards, Rick and Morty. There's probably a whole ton of other shows I just can't remember but which should be recommended of the list I've watched. I haven't seen them but my friends also heartily recommend the Marvel series of shows (Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage etc).
 
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What Happened to Monday - Netflix

This was really fun to watch. A futuristic tale of septuplets hiding in a society where the law is 1 child per family. Pretty cool suspense with solid acting and interesting storytelling.
 
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What Happened to Monday - Netflix

This was really fun to watch. A futuristic tale of septuplets hiding in a society where the law is 1 child per family. Pretty cool suspense with solid acting and interesting storytelling.
The premise sounds so Orphan Black. I have it on the list anyway.

Have to give a shout out to What We Do in the Shadows if any of you missed it. Absolutely hilarious mockumentary about vampire flatmates from various centuries/backgrounds.

You're missing the point.

 
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