Top Ten Television Challenge - Part 2
Updated: Mar 14, 2021
Last week's post on #toptentvserieschallenge, I gave you 5 shows with a couple bonus shows. I will continue with the next 5 shows but first I want to share a documentary I stumbled upon last week.
Amazon Prime is streaming Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown. A chronicle of the life, work, and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos. It interviews several contributors to the Cthulhu universe as well as super fans who do a deep dive into the writer and the stories he created. A much watch for fans and people interested in the creative process.
If you don't have Prime you can stream with the TUBI app.
6. My Family
A popular show from Britain, I caught a few episodes on BBC America 15+ years ago and fell in love with the Harpers. This is one of those regular family sitcoms that is anything but, as we follow the day to day happenings of Ben and Susan Harper and their three kids (+who ever else shows up to live with them throughout the series). It lasted 11 seasons - which is saying something for a show like this. You don't usually see more than a season or two before they are off to the next thing on the BBC. Add in 11 Christmas Specials and you have 118 episodes of an angry, put upon Dentist and his crazy family's shenanigans.
This show is so popular they relaunched it from the beginning in the same Friday night time slot it originally aired on BBC One earlier this year. Unfortunately, you can't see it on any channel on this side of the pond that I've found. I had to buy the complete region 2 DVD set to watch the series and it was worth every penny.
U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns of eastern Kentucky. This show is incredible and the cast is perfect. I love Timothy Olyphant and would give him a pass if necessary, but I've never seen him in anything subpar.
After his role of Bullock in Deadwood, he moved on to play a modern-day cowboy. After an altercation in Miami, he is sent to work in the US Marshall Office in Kentucky. Problem is he was born and raised there, and he still knows many of the people who live on the wrong side of the law.
You can stream this, and all FX shows, on HULU
8. Community / Rick & Morty
Yeah, I'm cheating again but you need to see both shows. Dan Harmon is the man behind both series and the dude is funny.
Community - A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eccentric staff and student body.
Rick & Morty - An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson.
You can watch Community on Amazon Prime and HULU
Stream Rick & Morty on HULU and new episodes should be out soon.
This is one of the funniest shows I've ever watched. It figured out how to balance the absurdity of the show's premise with a great procedural. The cast is top-notch, and as the show continued there were bigger and bigger guest stars. Shawn & Gus have some of the best chemistry I've ever seen on TV.
A novice sleuth is hired by the Police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases.
I wrote all about the show here, when they released their 2nd movie on Peacock.
Listen...just go watch it. You can stream on Amazon Prime and Peacock(with or without adds)
10. Home Movies
Brendon Small, an ambitious eight-year-old filmmaker, shoots movies in his basement with his two best friends, while coming to terms with adolescence, life, and relationships.
Before H Jon Benjamin did his amazing voice work on Archer and Bob's Burgers, he was on a little Cartoon Network Adult Swim show called Home Movies. While he's not the main character, he does quite often steal the show.
The premise allows for a wide variety of topics. Brendon is a wannabe Spielberg and makes a series of home movies with his friends and classmates. While the animation is early "squiggle vision", the later seasons moved away from it.
You can watch the whole series on HBOmax and 2 seasons on Hoopla and Directv streaming