Bojack Horseman - Season 4

Probably the absolute high-point of one of the best shows ever made. Can you believe that nobody won an award for this? Not even Wendie Malick?



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The Sopranos - All Seasons

I imagine that at most meetings that happen at HBO, someone ends up writing "Darker and Edgier" on a whiteboard, and then underlines in three or four times for emphasis, and then says, "Did you even read my email? I asked for darker and edgier."

This is the most overrated show of all time. The first season was okay, except the by-the-numbers mafia plot and that characters were mostly stolen from things Scorsese and others had done years or decades earlier.

After season one's story arc, about a quarter of the episodes were bottom-tier soap opera, and three quarters were gimmicky one-offs ("Imagine a mafioso at an X! What a incongruous situation for a mobster to be in lol!!"). Imagine Mr. Ed but instead of a horse it's a psychologist and instead of Wilbur it's a bunch of characters stolen from much better stories. Except that, once in a while, Mr. Ed's jokes would actually land.

Even worse than the show was the theme song, which is the bottom of the barrel of white guys ripping of old blues. It's the soundtrack to the life of a middle manager who wears jean jackets and flannel on casual Fridays, and has a blonde ponytail, and snorts coke, and asks you to recommend him an ashram as a thinly-veiled pretence for recommending you his favourite ashram. He says he likes the song because it reminds him of how he likes to live his life: intensely.



Classic Papacy


Ronald Reagan, Morticia Addams, Mickey Rooney, Etc.


MST3K: The Gauntlet (2018)

More consistent than The Return. More consistent than the original show. If they can make six good episodes every year or two, I'm a happy man.



The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Season One

I didn't think I'd like this, but I gave it a chance anyway, because I'd heard a lot of good things and Jen Kirkman is one of the writers. I'm glad I did watch it, because it was pretty much perfect. Even when it was bad, it was good.



Corner Gas - Season One

Not bad, but, unless you're already a fan, jump to season two. Or just watch the last episode if you're not sure. The romance subplot was awful, but they picked up the fumble later on.



Bob Hope Christmas Special (1964)

Bob Hope spends December touring East Asia, finishing with a Christmas in Vietnam, where things were already pretty grim. This is pretty solid early-middle Bob Hope. He wasn't young and hungry, but he still hadn't given up on being funny like in the 70s, and he was decades away from this trainwreck. Great music, great as a piece of history, the jokes are not bad.