TV Shows Watchedby funwithfridge | created - 27 May 2014 | updated - 11 months ago | Public
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1. The Wrestlers (2018– )
60 min | Documentary
From the bright lights of Florida to the spotless streets of Japan and the chaos of the Congo, Damian Abraham dives headlong into the fascinating ways cultures around the world have ... See full summary »
01: Lucha Libre! Push past the anti-Trump speculation. Wrestler's featured worked the US circuit despite the doc makers fears. Follows Fenix desire to relocate his family to the US and tracks 2 rising stars who started out wrestling at the traffic lights. Resulting in the best wrestling sequences of the episode. Rey Mysterio, Konan and Pentagon also cameo.
2. Ace of Cakes (2006– )
21 min | Reality-TV
Chef and owner of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, Maryland, Duff Goldman, and his crew of decorators attempt to create amazing and awe-inspiring cakes for their clients each week.
The usual level of over the top emotional responses expected in modern reality TV are (unfortunately) vividly captured here. However the energy and skill of this team of bakers and cake decorators holds interest well enough.
Season 2 (watched through until 2x 13):
- Watched circa 2010, reviewed 2014
3. Adam Ruins Everything (2015– )
TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, History
Iconoclastic Adam Conover from CollegeHumor turns life as we know it on its ear by showing us how unnecessary, and sometimes horrible, things we think we know to be real and true really are.
An educational hipster show, highly cynical of things assumed to be facts. Funny and interesting even if some of the viewpoints are a bit simple. Though some episodes are so PC they become fallacious.
13) Reality TV & Awards Shows - weak episode. Notes that awards ceremonies are heavily influenced by spending on wooing the judging members. That the red carpet is a marketing juggernaut for selling product and that reality TV is mostly scripted. Claims this is ok as long as the people tuning in know what is and isn't legit - but doesn't tackle that the majority don't. Quotes Slate to argue that the rating system for movies is arbitrary and more concerned with sex (especially non-heterosexual sex) than violence. It's a very one sided discussion, getting caught up in seeking out homophobia and racism, rather than considering the value of a consistent (even if biased) rating system is useful for viewers in determining whether they or their children wish to see a film.
12) Death - a more philosophical episode. Besides the facts of funerals are expensive, embalming processes are no better than refrigeration for one and done viewings and coffins are unnecessary the focus is more esoteric. About preparing for death, letting loved one's know what to do and accepting that death will come to all of us. Adam pushes the atheist conception that death is the end but the show itself has Emily walking around as a ghost and concludes with him being afraid of death.
11) Nutrition - covers the Linus Vit C myth, the processing in milk and orange juice and the construction of fad diets. Adam also demonstrates that 'science' journals will take cash for publication of very poor research, including chocolate results in weight loss and even the show script! So just listen to your doctor, your body and exercise at least a bit.
10) Sex - Circumcision (supposedly a means by Kellogg to reduce masturbation rates - although they do acknowledge it's religious connection), Hymen (not always broken during sex, not indicative (all the time) of virginity and definitely not covering the vagina) and Herpes (common, minor side effects). However they seriously downplay the evidence counter their point (minor health benefits for circumcision, hymen remaining intact at least 50% of the time for virgins and sexual freedom's contribution to mental issues and the like) and seem to consider chicken pox the same as genital herpes - which is dishonest. Like episode 9 it suffers from clear ideological leanings.
9) Summer - probably the weakest of the series, because of the incredibly broad strokes. Begins by blaming long school breaks, tv and violent neighborhoods for reduced education of low-income earners. Then pushes a series of feminist agenda arguments regarding sexism in toys, video games and clothing. Going on to praise Animal Crossing (a time and money consuming beast). The section on Copy Right and the changes to releasing creative commons resulting in loss of current and generated intellectual property is interesting.
8) Work - claims the 5 day 40 hr work week was promoted by Henry Ford for the purposes of making sure his employees had sufficient money and free time to spend it to buy his products. And that during that period the powers that be expected the average worker to be working only 4 days by out time period. Also completely misrepresents the so-called earnings gap between gender and minorities (ignoring the fact that different job ought to see different wages) but argues for the sharing of salary details among workers (to improve knowledge and bargaining power) and the current conditions of most internships and freelance jobs in the US being illegal.
7) Voting - interesting attempt at explaining simply the very complicated American process.
6) Hygiene - Lysterine (halitosis scare campaign, floor cleaning product), Showers (once a week, soap sparingly), Flushable Wipes (fatbergs, unnecessary), Running Clean Water (many don't have)
5) Restaurants - Tipping (encourages poor pay and bribery), Fish (false labeling, over fishing, dying farmed salmon pink)
4) Forensics - Polygraph (unreliable, beaten many times, wrongly determined many times), Fingerprints (no evidence unique, human error and bias), Witness Testimony (fallible/ changing memories, leading questions), Bite Marks/ Hair Analysis (unreliable, confused with animals), DNA (mostly good, developed science)
3) Cars - Roads (bigger roads, lead to more cars), Dealers (anti-competitive legislation, lack of choice, dependency of government), Public Transportation and Walking Spaces
2) Security - Security Theater (airports, credit card signings, tamper proof seals - the drugs are more dangerous), Credit Card Fraud (banks tend to just reimburse anyway)
1) Giving - Engagement Rings (diamonds aren't rare, they're overpriced and the mandatory giving of rings is a clever marketing campaign), Needy (bad idea - canned food, second hand clothing, buy one give one free models, good idea - cash, no expiry, most versatile, no shipping or sorting cost), Blood (expiry date means need a consistent blood flow not a response to one off events).
4. Æon Flux (1991–1995)
TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Æon Flux is a mysterious and amoral secret agent from the country of Monica. Her motives or background are left unexplained, as are those of her antagonist/love, Trevor Goodchild. On her ... See full summary »
5. Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie (2009– )
TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Agatha Christie's masterful storytelling gets a soupçon of French flair in these attractive, witty mysteries. These French adaptations are a fresh, stylish twist on classic Christie tales.
Agatha Christie's Criminal Games (French)
01: A reporter looking to move up from Agony Aunt 'helps' the new detective (Laurence) in town solve a series of murders at an experimental criminal psychiatric facility. The earnest reporter contrasts well with the rough-housing rogue detective.
- 2018 SBS
6. Agent Carter (2015–2016)
TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis.
10) Team Carter beats Whitney to the punch, successfully draining her of the ZM and closing the rift. Leaving Whitney quite the nut case to the disappointment of her Mafia lover Manfredi. Wilkes takes a job with Stark and Carter finds reason to stay in LA longer (a solid butler in Jarvis and an old love in Souza). Jack is killed in the closer and the blackmail file on Carter is stolen.
9) Whitney takes Wilkes who has become a time-bomb of ZM to an off-grid waste disposal factory. Carter's attempted rescue operation goes awry due to Jack trying to kill Vernon and Whitney. The gamma bomb is stopped but Wilkes' ruptures ZM on Whitney.
8) Anya awakens but the knowledge that she will be sterile makes Jarvis reckless, though his revenge is ineffective. Wilkes chooses to side with Whitney to recreate the rift using the uranium rods (recovery of which sees Jack join Carter). A machine designed by Stark closes the rift and Whitney captures Jarvis and Carter to convince Wilkes to help her out.
7) Whitney's council remove Souza of his post, capture temporarily corporeal Wilkes and shoot Anya. All aimed at uncovering the missing uranium rods to recreate the ZM experiment.
6) Running out of options, Carter and crew breakout Dottie to obtain a sample of ZM from Whitney, in order to stop Wilkes' fluctuations. The primary objective is completed but Dotty goes rogue. Sending Jack after Carter and putting Dottie in the hands of Whitney, whose recently re-ordered the board and removed her husband.
5) Unsure of who to trust, Carter assembles an odd squad of 'lesser' members of the SSR. Souza, Jarvis and Carter are joined by telephone lady Rose (quite the fighter) and an unlikable scientist itching for field work, Samberley. The unorthodox approach pays off when they successfully stop Whitney from gaining access to nuclear material. Carter is injured and Wilkes once again becomes invisible.
4) Whitney reveals herself to be a brilliant scientist, con-woman and vicious killer. Using her new found ability to subsume the hit-man Carter and co manage to flip. Their attempt to raid the arena club is derailed by shady government bureaucracy.
3) Whitney's ZM scar grows after she subsumes a man by touching him. The hitman she sends for Carter fails. She tips jack off the Arena Club is rigging the election for Calvin. Carter, Jarvis, Souza and Stark receive unexpected help in solving the ZM puzzle from Wilkes now stuck in another dimension.
2) Iodine Industries is being scrubbed by a shadowy cabal with pins like Dottie tried to steal. Carter convinces Wilkes to steal the Zero Matter from the facility. But when Whitney intervenes, the explosion that follows causes Wilkes disappear. Whitney now has a ZM scar, Carter is grieving the loss of Wilkes and Souza is unable to propose to Anya.
1) The SSSR capture Dottie during a heist. Before Carter can turn her, Chief Jack sends her to LA to help Souza with a radioactive frozen body in a lake. The FBI takes Dottie away from Jack before he can get anywhere. Carter, Souza (now with nurse Violet) and Jarvis (who is frightfully bored with Stark off making pictures) join local police on an investigation spanning murderous senator's wives (Calvin Chadwick & Whitney Frost), contagious frozen bodies and a charming but tricky physicist (Wilkes). Jarvis' wife (Anya) turns out to be mischievous and lively.
8) The Battle of Finau, where all the Russian soldiers died was caused by the psycho-gas against Stark's will creating his distrust of government. Stark returns to set things right but is caught by the Doctor and Dottie who set him up to repeat the tragedy. Until the combined work of Carter, Souza and Jarvis prevent it. Dottie escapes and the Doctor lands in prison with a senior leader of Hydra. Carter and Angie move into one of Stark's many residences. Souza love for Carter goes unrequited but she finally lets go of Steve Rogers, including destroying his blood.
7) Jarvis makes an ill advised attempt to get Carter out of custody by faking a signed confession from Stark. When Carter notices the Russian psych passing messages to Dotty she struggles to win back the trust of the SSR, even coming clean. Both Dottie and doctor escape with a gas that turns regular people into psychotic killers and leave the SSR with a Chief in bomb vest. He explodes convincing everyone that Carter is telling the truth.
6) Carter's time at the Griffith comes to an end when SSR agents storm the building to capture her. An acting performance by Angie would have let her escape but Dottie (receiving orders from the supposedly defected Russian psychiatrist) plants a kiss of sweet dreams on her. The Russian psychiatrist is mind-controlling men within the SSR, Dottie and Jarvis are in the wind and Carter has some serious explaining to do.
5) Dotty turns out to be a Russian agent for Leviathan who is every bit as cunning as violent. Trained in a ruthless girls institution she sleeps with one hand cuffed to the bed and rather than confront Carter directly gains access to her apartment to poke around. Carter makes herself useful to the SSR in a field mission to Russia with Cap's old crew where she learns the Russians are building a Stark weapon they probably stole the prints for and discovers bully Jack is no war hero. Souza discovers the mystery blonde at the club has bullet holes in the shoulder just like Carters.
4) Stark returns and convinces Carter to swap out one of his stolen inventions. They part ways when she discovers it's a vial of Roger's blood. Stan Lee makes a cameo and the boss of the SSR speaks to a Nazi leader on death row about a battle where men were torn to pieces before it started (which Stark took a plane to). Souza (cripple) is closing in on Carter. The Griffith residence has a new resident (Dotty), a ballet dancer and assassin who is poised to attack Carter.
3) The sign leads to the Heartbreak boat and the cache of stolen Stark weapons. Jarvis' causes Carter some work discomfort when questioned over the number-plate they found. He forged the signature of his superior to save his Jewish wife Anja and that 'treason' is used as leverage. Forcing Carter to intervene and lower her already diminished work reputation. SSR captain blames Stark for the hit on a key witness and an agent, even though he's still out of the country.
2) Waitress Angie tries to get Carter to move in as her neighbor but after the murder of her last room-mate she's not keen. Jarvis insists on accompanying her to track down the explosive milk truck from the factory. It goes boom with the murderous laryngectomy (Y scar) agent seemingly attached and the 'good' one dies in the exchange. He warns about Leviathan and tries to scribble a symbol in the dirt (likely Hydra).
The SSR continues to collect evidence that might link Carter to Stark's arsenal. Carter ends by taking Angie up on the apartment offer and begrudgingly accepting Jarvis' continued assistance. The episode is filled with period appropriate Captain America radio play vignettes which though initially cheesy are used to make sense of Carter's vigilante behavior. The technique works particularly well during an intercut fight sequence, contrasting the damsel in distress with the Agent in charge.
1) Following the events of Captain America in 1946, while Steve Rogers is frozen in the ocean, Agent Carter, despite being a war hero is relegated to menial duties at the SSR. When Howard Stark is accused of profiteering from the illegal sale of his weapons projects, he enlists her and his butler to find them.
Carter's an interesting character of contradiction; tough and athletic but very feminine (in presentation and emotional reaction). Pretending to be submissive but secretly something of a vigilante. She's ably assisted by Stark (not dissimilar to Tony Stark) and the Butler Jarvis (a younger Alfred Pennyworth with a loving devotion for his wife) who might just be playing her. The episode ends with the SSR finding evidence that will link to Carter and the blowing up of a rival factory.
7. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013–2020)
TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
6) Interesting tie-in with Agent Carter's Zero Matter story line. Wherein Rider's uncle Elias emerges as the controller of matter and the one responsible for ghosts and his nephews drive-by.
5) Rider has an episode during a prison job that reveals inmates to be Watch Dogs. Shield director goes public about being inhuman, only to be blackmailed by Simmons to avoid testing and his debate opposite.
4) Quake and Rider put their personal missions aside to join with Coulson's team in finding the Book that is responsible for the ghost infestation. Simmons has a few lies to pass regarding androids.
3) May requires a hard reboot to fix. Watch Dogs go international with new backers, using a series of EMP strikes to enable them to knock off inhumans.
2) Rider and Quake save Simmons and Mack from box-ghosts before heading out on the road again. May is restrained by the inhuman Director who is keeping Coulson out of the loop regarding Quake and May.
1) Despite orders, Agent Coulson and Mack are chasing Daisy (now Quake) who is chasing Ghost Rider. Cleanup team leader May is infected by the box Coulson finds. Fitz is helping an old friend hide a female robot and Simmons is trying to balance her friends interests with new security clearance and access to the Director.
22) The vision Daisy saw takes place. Lincoln after being badly wounded fries the controls and directs a Quinjet into space with both Hive and the warhead on board, killing them both but saving the planet. Daisy takes the loss hard and 6 months on is working as a vigilante running from SHIELD, meanwhile the doctor responsible for the primitive inhumans celebrates acquittal and the birth of Ada (perhaps an AI).
21) Hive is captured and placed in stasis thanks to intel Daisy provides from lock-up. However his escaped henchmen (a pyro and telekenetic) find a way to revive him and in so doing provide him with a missile alternative, a Quinjet courtesy of SHIELD. The episode ends with Daisy begging to be reunited with her former master.
20) General Talbot makes a long scheduled visit to SHIELD HQ due to a loose connection with the Sokovia Accords registry from Captain America 3: Civil War. During his time on base, Daisy hacks the system and seemingly helps Lincoln escape. When the Quinjet arrives though Lash emerges and very nearly ends Hive as well as his new inhuman Wolves. When Daisy intervenes, Lash cures her of the infection and sends her back to HQ and fulfilling his purpose is killed.
19) Two attempts to take out Hive fail (one scientific, one brute force) and when he calls down his own makers (Kree Hunters) and kills them in unarmed combat the situation looks very grim. When Daisy kills the other Kree (more easily than Hive's), Mack tries to get her to turn back. He nearly dies in the failed effort but at least he destroys the Kree blood vital to infecting the earth. When Daisy reveals her blood is partly Kree even that small victory is lost.
18) Ward/ Hive's infection spreads to Daisy and a handful of other inhumans - operating as a singular organism. They capture a doctor of human transcendence and intend to recreate the experiment the Kree performed to produce Hive many years ago. SHIELD take down Hydra with a whimper and Fitz & Simmons throw caution to the wind.
17) Despite all odds the super squad successfully rescue all team members and capture Malick. Too late he reveals that Ward can control inhumans, initially accusing Lincoln, Daisy leaves with mutagen crystals and the space object. After killing Malick and fracturing the team and SHIELD HQ.
16) Malick's fear of Ward makes sense when it is revealed he rigged the system to send his brother to the Hydra monster. Charles vision makes him think his time is up but Ward instead kills his daughter and reveals he not only remembers the lives of his previous victims but also seems to be victim to some of their compulsions. The team except Daisy and Lincoln are captured, making it necessary to call in the inhuman ringers.
15) Charles is a homeless inhuman who gives visions of a future death to anyone he touches. Daisy touches him twice, one death is his, the other seems to be hers. When Ward convinces Malick to kill someone himself it leads him to finally experience fear. Andrew returns and makes his final transformation in front of May into Lash.
14) Mack is trying to make time for his brother but an attack by Wolves (anti-inhuman group funded by Malick) gets in the way and outs his real job. Daisy is letting the job get personal, which despite Fitz's protestations will likely lead to disaster.
13) Following Hunter and Bobbi to Syria SHIELD uncover a plot by Malick to assassinate members of the Russian government. Though they manage to kill the threat and save the prime minister, Bobbi and Hunter are disavowed and forced to leave the team probably forever.
12) Lincoln and Daisy fight, as training partners, as idealists (regarding the possibility of a cure) and as lovers. Malick crashes a symposium on the inhumans, where General Talbot (Ward's brother and new head of the ACTU) is coerced into betraying Coulson at least until SHIELD save his son. Ward begins to build his inhuman army and sacrifices humans to return his strength.
(11) A Columbian police patrol has all their weaponry stolen in a matter of moments. Mac successfully identifies the culprit and with SHIELDS help captures the speedster (Yo-Yo) only to discover it's the police who need reigning in. Meanwhile Ward gathers his strength under the protection of Malick whilst Coulson tries to find a means to locate him.
(10) SHIELD take the base, rescue Fitz and Coulson but Will is already dead. The inhuman (alien grub thing) plays along as Will in order to try and hitch passage but Fitz burns the body and Coulson kills Ward. Garner is set loose and kills the other captured inhumans. Malick escapes and against all odds finds Ward (grub infested) waiting for him.
(9) Ward takes charge, killing Rosalind and capturing Fitz and Simmons. Playing them off each other he convinces Fitz to help them bring the inhuman back through the portal. Malich then convinces Ward to lead that team. Furious with Ward, Coulson leaves Mack in charge and utilising Ward's brother tracks Ward down in time to take the portal express. Leaving Bobbi and Hunter in the air being fired upon. Whilst Mack clears the inhuman team led by Daisy to take back the portal.
(8) Coulson proves he has the cooler head when he simultaneously interrogates Rosalind and recons the ACTU. Proving that Rosalind's government contact is HYDRA and that the science division of the ACTU has been dosing the population to produce inhumans. Fitz and Simmons determine that the NASA program that sent Will was an inhuman worshiping cult, the true purpose of HYDRA. Ward tries to make Garner turn permanently.
(7)With the help of Connor and the ACTU, SHIELD apprehend Garner. May agrees to put him in stasis. Fitz shares a possible lead on getting to Will with Simmons. Connor comes to SHIELD and Daisy saves Rosalind. Bobbi and Hunter agree to stop hunting Ward. Coulson sleeps with Rosalind who in turn is in bed with a colleague of Wards. Ward wants Coulson dead.
(6) Hunter is benched for failure. May and Bobbi (after an unorthodox field test) go after Ward, by way of Verner. An older Hydra agent sees that the boy dies. In the melee that follows Bobbi proves herself fit and May is left broken over the revelation that Garner is Flash. Rosalind reveals the medical intent to find a cure to Coulson. Daisy tries to convince Connor to come in whilst Fitz researches Will to find out what kind of man he's trying to save.
(5) A flashback episode that reveals the events on the other planet. Simmons finding a planet seemingly abandoned, apart from carnivorous aquatic life, is captured by a suspicious former astronaut Will. Time together forges a romantic relationship. When Fitz is successful in opening the portal, the evil being on the planet prevents Will returning with Simmons.
(4) Hunter runs into Ward a lot earlier than expected, May arrives to assist but is rendered impotent by the threat on Garner's life. Hunter's hot head prevails, Ward escapes injured and Verner attacks Garner. Daisy discovers the alien, is an inhuman (I suspect the leader of Rosalind's team) named Lash capable of returning to normal form.
(3) The team almost bring Lincoln in but end up having to trade to keep Daisy. When Lincoln runs, Coulson offers the government (Rosalind) a partnership. Hunter has to kill an old comrade to make it in to the new Hydra. Simmons seems to be suffering from PTSD due to her other world experience but the mystery thickens when she reveals she needs to go back.
(2) Fitz is vindicated, when with the help of Daisy and some Asgardian knowledge he manages to rescue Simmons. Hunter finds May, who agrees to go after Grant Ward. Who is rebuilding Hydra with a new violent meritocracy. After indoctrination Strucker's son (Verner) enrolls in the class taught by SHIELDs on call psychologist (Dr. Garner).
(1) Daisy (formerly Skye) and team are trying to work out who is scooping up new inhumans before they can provide aid. A new government initiative (ACTU) to replace SHIELD are suspected but Coulson's investigation suggests otherwise. May is MIA, Bobbi is in rehab for a knee injury, Couslon is trying to learn to use a new hand and Fitz is trying to get Simmons back. Simmons is seemingly lost on another planet.
- 2015 & 16
The scope of characters, themes and powers increases. The inhumans come to the fore and the relationship between Skye and her parents is revealed with devastating results.
Not dissimilar to other works of Joss Whedon's (Buffy and to a lesser extent Firefly) the show rewards continued viewings. Starting slowly but by the conclusion of the first season has woven an intricate web of double crossing and intrigue. Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) is standout but he is well supported by a solid cast, in particular Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward) and Chloe Bennet (Skye).
8. Alcatraz (2012)
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 1963, all the prisoners and guards mysteriously disappear from Alcatraz. In the present day, they resurface and a secret agency are tasked with re-capturing them.
The premise of capturing past historical (due to an unexplained mass disappearance of convicts) prisoners of Alcatraz is fresh at first but becomes formulaic after a few episodes. Sam Neil though played a good character.
Season 1 (through until 1x08):
- Watched circa 2010, reviewed 2014
9. Alias (2001–2006)
TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) is an international spy recruited out of college, trained for espionage and self-defense.
Watched 1x01 - circa 2004
This show never grabbed me. Jennifer Garner is an average actress who doesn't have the clout to keep my interest for a full episode much less a full season or series. - Written 2014
10. Almost Human (2013–2014)
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In a not-so-distant future, a human cop and an android partner up to protect and serve.
Surprisingly good Si-Fi, buddy cop hybrid. Decent special effects, interesting plots, two great lead characters, humour and some fun technology.
Season 1x1 to 13
11. Alphas (2011–2012)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Alphas is a science fiction drama focusing on a team that investigates people with supernatural abilities.
Heroes with a lower budget but none the less interesting characters. Chiefly Gary, a very realistic portrayal of an autistic boy who grows far beyond his initial disability. Also involving a well created semi-immortal villain in Stanton Parish.
Season 2x1 to 5, 7 to 13
12. The Americans (2013–2018)
TV-MA | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
At the height of the Cold War two Russian agents pose as your average American couple, complete with family.
Season 1x01 to 09
13. American Dad! (2005– )
TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy
The random escapades of Stan Smith, a conservative C.I.A. Agent dealing with family life, and keeping America safe, all in the most absurd way possible.
Watched a bunch of random episodes - typically cause brother had it running or a friend had it on at their house.
Simpsons, then Family Guy, then American Dad!
The continual cartoon obsession with capturing the 'typical' American family throughout the last 2 or 3 decades.
Some funny moments, mostly involving Roger (the alien), with the humour more or less always derived from the selfishness of one of the title characters (as per the other two wildly popular cartoon families previously mentioned). - reviewed 2014
14. American Ninja Warrior (2009– )
TV-PG | 40 min | Action, Game-Show, Sport
Contestants run, jump, crawl, climb, hang, and swing through crazy obstacles as they compete to become the next American Ninja champion.
ANW9 (07, 08, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)
----USA v The World: 14
Finish Stage 3: Drew Dreschel (US), Josh Levin (US)
Finish Stage 2: Jessie Graf (US-f), Sean McColl (Europe)
----Finals - Stage 3: 13
Finish: No finishers
Course: Keylock Hang, Floating Boards, Ultimate Cliffhanger Double Cross (1F), Curved Body Prop, Hang Climb (1F), Walking Bar, Flying Bar
----Finals - Stage 2: 13
Finish (left): 3:81s (Daniel Gil), 1:70s (Drew Dreschel)
Course: Giant Ring Swing (1F), Down Up Double Salmon Ladder (4F), Wave Runner (5F & 1DQ), Butterfly Wall, Double Wedge (4F), Wall Flip, Time Limit 3:30s
----Finals - Stage 1: 11, 12
Finish (left): 34:75s (Jake Murray), 27:56s (Thomas Stillings), 15:03s (Daniel Gil), 14:10s (Brian Arnold), 12:39s (Jessie Graf f), 11:03s (Neil Craver), 8:22s (Nicholas Coolridge), 8:22s (Chris Wilczewski), 8:01s (Najee Richardson), 7:76s (Josh Levin), 7:78s (Drew Dreschel), 4:81s (Grant McCartney), 4:78s (Flip Rodriguez), 4:74s (Adam Rayl), 4:10s (Joe Moravsky), 2:10s (Ethan Swanson), 0.08s (Michael Torres)
Course: Snake Run (6F), Propeller Bar (13F), Giant Log Grip (11F), Jumping Spider (8F), Sonic Curve (3F), WW (2DNF), Broken Bridge (1F), Flying Squirrel (5F), Time Limit 2:20s (3DNF)
----City Finals (F = Falls)
Finish: No finishers
Course: FS, Log Grip, Paddleboards (1F), Wall Drop (3F), Rolling Thunder (6F), WW (1DNF), SL (1F), Flying Shelf Grab (4F), Stair Hopper (8F), IL (2F)
Finish: 5:14:27 (Daniel Gil), 5:57:43 (Grant Clinton)
Course: FS, Ring Swing (1F), Log Runner (6F), Tire Swing, Bar Hop (5F), WW, SL (4F), Bungee Road (4F), Window Hang (5F), IL (1F)
Finish: 5:40:62 (Adam Arnold), 6:34:68 (Jake Murray), 6:37:81 (Brian Arnold), 7:53:91 (Ian Dory)
Course: FS (1F), Rolling Log (4F), Fly Wheels (3F), Disc Runner (1F), Swinging Spikes (4F), WW, SL (1F), Hourglass Drop (8F), Circuit Board (3F), IL (1F)
Finish: 5:01:62 (James McGrath), 5:05:26 (Drew Dreschel), 6:52:17 (Travis Rosen), 7:36:45 (Brett Sims)
Course: FS, Big Dipper (4F), Block Run, Spin Cycle (2F), Pipe Fitter (2F), WW (DNF), SL (3F), Floating Monkey Bars (8F), Clacker (3F), IL
Finish: 8:21:30 (Josh Levin) First clear of Wedge (Jessie Graff (F))
Course: Floating Steps, Tick Tock (2F), Escalator (3F), Ring Jump, I-Beam Cross (2F), 14.5" Warped Wall, Salmon Ladder (2F), Wedge (16F), Helix Hang (1F), Invisible Ladder
----Qualifiers: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
.................................................................... ANW6 - Athletes
Joe Moravsky - Weather Man (FS1 - 1:35s, FS2, FS3 - fell HC) Elet Hall (FS1 - 1:18s, FS2, FS3 - fell FB) ---FS2----------------------------------------------------------------- Lorin Ball - Breakdancer (FS1 - 1:29s) Paul Kasemir (FS1 - 1:33s) Josh Cook (FS1 - 1:41s) Ian Dory (FS1 - 1:41s) Chris Wilczewski - Gym Owner (FS1 - 1:42s) Travis Rosen (FS1 - 1:45s) Joseph Bynum (FS1 - 1:47s) Abe Gonzalez (FS1 - 1:47s) Isaac Caldeiro - Rock Climber (FS1 - 1:49s) Andrew Lowes - Gym Coach (FS1 - 1:52s) Ryan Stratis - Stuntman (FS1 - 1:56s) Dan Galiczynski (FS1 - 1:56s) Noah Kaufman - ER Dr (FS1 - 1:57s) Yen Chen (FS1 - 2:01s) Brian Arnold (FS1 - 2:03s - waited) JJ Woods (FS1 - 2:04s) Jon Stewart (CFS1 52yrs) ----FS1----------------------------------------------------------------- Cacy Katanzaro (QS1 - #1 Female, CFS1 - #1 F, FS1 - DNF) Michelle Warnky (QS1 - #2 F, FS1 - DNF) Meagan Martin (QS1 - #3 F, CFS1 - DNF, FS1 - DNF but #1 F 1/2PA)
---ANW6 - Course-----------------------------------------------------
FS1 (2:05s limit)
New Piston Road, Giant Wheel, New Silk Slider, Spider Climb, Half Pipe Attack, Warped Wall, Spinning Bridge, Swing to Cargo
FS2 (2:05s limit)
New Rope Jungle, Double Salmon Ladder, Unstable Bridge, New Butterfly Wall, Metal Spin, 3x Wall Life
New Cannon Ball Incline, New Apex Door Knob Grasper, Floating Boards, Ultimate Cliff Hanger, New Propellor Bar, Hang Climb, Spider Flip, Flying Bar
FS4 (time unknown)
77ft Vertical Rope Climb
----ANW World Series--------------------------------------------------
Each stage 3 heats - worth as many points as the stage number
----Athletes - USA (9pt)----------------------------------------------- 5pt Brian Arnold (S2H1 - 2:55s - 2pt, S3H3 - 4:08s - 3pt), 2pt Travis Rosen (Cap) (S2H2 - 1:48s - 2pt, S4H1 - 36s) 1pt Joe Moravsky (S1H1 - 1:12s - 1pt, FS3H2 - fell HC) 1pt Paul Kasemir (S1H3 - 1:17s - 1pt, S3H1 - fell CBI) Elet Hall (S1H2 - fell SS, S2H3 - 2:06s)
---Athletes - Japan (0pt)---------------------------------------------- Hitoshi Kanno - Jeweler (S1H2 - TOut WW, S2H3 - fell RJ) Kasuma Asa - Tree Trimmer (S1H3 - fell SC, S3H1 - fell CBI) Ryo Matachi - Plumber (S2H2 - fell RJ, S3H3 - 5:04s) Yusuke Morrimoto - Student (S2H1 - fell BW, S3H2 - 5:38s) Shingo Yamamoto (Cap) - Auto Shop (S1H1 - fell SC)
----Athletes - Europe (10pt)------------------------------------------- 3pt Sean McColl - Prof. Climber - World Champion (S2H3 - 1:46s - 2pt, S3H3 - fell FB, S4H1 - 0.3s win - 1pt)
3pt Stefano Ghisolfi - Prof. Climber (S2H1 - fell DSL, S3H2 - 4:48s - 3pt)
3pt Vadym Kuvakin - 2004 Olympic Gymnast (S1H1 - 2nd finish, S3H1 - fell HC - 3pt)
1pt Tim Shieff (Cap) - Prof. Parkour (S1H2 - 1:02s- 1pt, S2H2 - fell MS)
Miska Sutela - Superfan (S1H3 - TOut WW)
15. American Ninja Warrior (2009– )
TV-PG | 40 min | Action, Game-Show, Sport
Contestants run, jump, crawl, climb, hang, and swing through crazy obstacles as they compete to become the next American Ninja champion.
5x17, 18, 19, 20 Las Vegas Finals Stage 1
New Timbers, New Giant Cycle, New Rope Glider, Jumping Spider, Half Pipe Attack, Warped Wall, Spinning Bridge, Final Climb
Joe Moravksy - Weatherman (36s) Jesse La Flair - Parkour (26s) Casey Finley - Trampolinist (21s) Paul Kasemir - Software Engineer (22s) William 'Spartan' Brown (22s) Noah Kaufman - ER Doctor (14s) Chris Romrell - Stuntman Jamie 'Captain NBC' Rahn - Artist Drew Dreschel - Car Salesman Travis Weinand - Artist James McGrath - Icecream Vendor Travis Rosen - Stock Trader Josh Cook - Carpenter Andres Des La Rosa - Personal Trainer Ellet Hall Idoko Abuh - Musician/ Audio Engineer (1s) Brian Arnold - Maintenance Director Brent Steffenson - Obstacle Course Trainer
5x21, Stage 2: New Hang Slider, Double Salmon Ladder (La Flair, Rahn, Kasemir, Hall, Cook, Kaufman, Steffenson, 3others fell), Unstable Bridge (Romrell, Dreschel, 1other fell), Balance Tank, Metal Spin (Des La Rosa fell), Wall Lift
Finley (41s) McGrath (35s) Abuh (28s) Arnold (26s) Moravksy (17s) Weinand (10s) Rosen (5s)
Stage 3: Roulette Cylinder (Abuh, Finley fell), Doorknob Grasper (Weinand fell), Floating Boards (Rosen, McGrath, Moravsky fell), Ultimate Cliffhanger, Bungee Rope Climb, Hang Climb, Spider Flip, Flying Bar (Arnold fell)
5x22, USA vs Japan
Team USA: David Campbell, James McGrath, Travis Rosen, Brian Arnold, Brent Steffensen
Team Japan: Yuuji Urushihara (2xwinner), Shingo Yamamoto (15x competitor), Hitoshi Kanno (stage 4 finalist), Kazuma Asa, Ryo Matachi
Stage 1: USA 3:0 Japan : Points 1:0 McGrath (1:17s) : Yamamoto (3x fail Warped Wall) Kasemir (1:25s) : Kanno (1:26s) Steffensen (1:15s) : Asa (hit head & fell Spin Cycle)
Stage 2: USA 2:0 Japan : Points ??: ?? Arnold (1:15s) : Matachi (fell Salmon Ladder) Rosen (fell Metal Spin) : Urushihara (fell Dble Salmon Ladder)
16. American Ninja Warrior (2009– )
TV-PG | 40 min | Action, Game-Show, Sport
Contestants run, jump, crawl, climb, hang, and swing through crazy obstacles as they compete to become the next American Ninja champion.
Season 4x01 to 02
SW Regional Finals (Stage 1): Quad Steps, Log Grip, Spinning Log Jump Hang, Devil Steps, Warped Wall, Salmon Ladder, Arm Rings, Cargo Climb
Evan 'The Rocket' Dollard (3:04s) - american gladiator Kole Stevens (3:08s) - fire-arms instructor Ryan Thompson (4:XX) - IT trainer NO ONE ELSE FINISHED (30 ran)
Season 4x04, 05, 06
Mid W Regional Finals (Stage 1): Quad Steps, Log Grip, Bridge of Blades, Jump Hang, Curtain Slider, Warped Wall, Salmon Ladder, Lamp Grasper (Globe Grasp w/ Incline), Cargo Climb
Matt Derouen (2:25s) - computer tech/ rock climber Andrew Karsen (3:15s) - test technician/ former cheerleader Jack Morgan (3:26s) - gymnastic coach Stephen Volcko (3:35s) - unemployed Arthur Skov (3:45s) Michael Silenzi (4:18s) - gymnast Nick Stephforn (4:30s) Johnathon Morin (5:44s) - youth pastor
Season 4x07, 08, 09
NE Regional Finals (Stage 1): Quad Steps, Log Grip, Bungee Bridge, Jump Hang, Jumping Bars, Wall Lift, Warped Wall, Salmon Ladder, Cycle Road, Cargo Climb
Tim 'Live Wire' Shieff (2:43s) - parkour champion Louis Moco (2:49) - stunt man livin' in a van Dan Galiczynski (2:49) Chris Wilczewski (2:56) - parkour gymn owner Elet Hall (3:01s) Travis Graves (3:21s) Jessie Villarreal (3:32s) - fisherman Christopher DiGangi (4:07s)
Season 4x10, 11, 12
NW Regional Finals (Stage 1): Quad Steps, Log Grip, Spinning Log, Jump Hang, Devil Steps, Warped Wall, Salmon Ladder, Arm Rings, Cargo Climb
James McGrath (2:12s) Travis Furlanic (2:28s) David Campbell (2:43s) Sean Noble (3:16s) - rock climber Kyle Cochrane (3:19s) - Type 1 Diabetic Justin Sweeney (3:25s) Josh Horsley (3:48s) - rock climber Nathan Sausedo (3:49s) Justin Walcker (3:57s) J.B Douglas (3:59s) Kevan Reoli (4:12s) Ben Snead (4:44s) Brian Kretsch (5:07s) Gunner Bahn (5:14s) Patrick McGrath (6:03s) - James' brother Andres De La Rosa (6:40s)
Season 4x13, 14, 15
MidS Regional Finals (Stage 1): Quad Steps, Log Grip, Bridge of Blades, Jump Hang, Rope Junction, Warped Wall, Salmon Ladder, Lamp Grasper, Cargo Climb
Bob Pondrom (3:48s) - motorbiker James Wyatt (3:57s) - youth pastor
Season 4x16, 17, 18
SE Regional Finals (Stage 1): Quad Steps, Log Grip, Bungee Bridge, Jump Hang, Swing Circle, Wall Lift, Warped Wall, Salmon Ladder, Cycle Road, Cargo Climb
David 'Flip' Rodriguez (2:02s) - parkour Drew Dreschel (2:04s) - parkour/ car yard salesman Travis Rosen (2:12s) Jared Woods (2:19s) Michael Eckert (2:20s) Bull Bullard (2:27s) - harlem globetrotter Sean Morris (2:31s) William Brown (2:38s) Thomas Hall (2:52s) - student Brendan Kelly (2:53s) Andy Taylor (2:58s) Adam Grossman (3:01s) Nick Bogucki (3:27s) Tony Reddick (3:28s) Paul O'Connor (3:29s) TOO SLOW Kamerion Wimbley (4:25s) NFL defensive lineman Ryan Saegert (4:26s) Patrick Cusic (4:35s)
Season 4x20, 21, 22
Las Vegas Finals (Stage 1): Step Slider, Rolling Log, Giant Swing, Jumping Spider, Half Pipe Attack, Warped Wall, Spinning Bridge, Final Climb
Derek Nakamoto (1:35s) - engineering student Lorin Ball (1:38s) - breakdancer/ parkour Brent Steffensen (1:41s) - trampolinist Danny Johnson (1:43s) - visual effects editor Kole Stevens (1:43s) - navy fire-arms instructor Paul Darnell (1:45s) - stuntman Elet Hall (1:46s) - wilderness survival Drew Dreschel (1:47s) - car yard manager Ben Snead (1:48s) - carpenter/ rock climber Paul Kasemir (1:48s) - software engineer Ahmed Toure (1:48s) - youth climbing coach Remi Bakkar (1:51s) - acrobat Travis Rosen (1:51s) - stock broker James McGrath (1:52s) - icecream vendor David 'Flip' Rodriguez (1:51s) - parkour Brandon Douglas (1:53s) - parkour coach Sean Noble (1:54s) - marine biologist J. B. Douglas (1:58s) - gymnast? Brian Arnold (1:59s) - rock climber Evan Dollard (2:00s) - american gladiator Chris Wilczewski (2:02s) - gym owner Will Dodd (2:03s) - cartoonist Josh Lobeck (2:06s) Nathaniel Spencer (2:10s) - pro golfer
Las Vegas Finals (Stage 2): Slider Drop (Wilczewski, McGrath, Stevens), Double Salmon Ladder (Spencer, Dodd, Dollard, Lobeck, Snead, Bakkar, Johnson, Ball), Unstable Bridge (Noble, J.B. Douglas, Douglas, Hall, Dreschel, Darnell), Balance Tank (Arnold, Rosen, Toure, Rodriguez), Metal Spin (Kasemir, Nakamoto), Wall Lift - 110lb max
Steffensen - 0:00:03 sec left of 1:45:00 sec
Las Vegas Finals (Stage 3): Roulette Cylinder, Door Knob Grasper, Floating Boards, Ultimate Cliff Hanger, Bungee Rope Climb, Hang Climb (Steffensen fell)
17. American Ninja Warrior (2009– )
TV-PG | 40 min | Action, Game-Show, Sport
A worthy progression to the Japanese started Ninja Warrior (Sasuke) obstacle course.
----ANW1 - Japanese Course------------------------------------------ Results unknown
----ANW2 - 2x01 to 02 Japanese Course----------------------------- UNWATCHED (2x03 to end)
----ANW3 - Japanese Course------------------------------------------ Season 3x01 to 09: Stage 1 Cleared (time remaining) - '4 step rope glide', Rolling Escargot, Spider Jump, Half Pipe Attack w/ 'small landing' (Drew Dreschel fracture knee), 16ft Warped Wall, Spinning Ball Bridge, Net Climb
----ANW3 - Athletes---------------------------------------------------- David Campbell (44s) - musician Travis Furlanic (43s) Brent Steffenson (33s) Paul Kasemir (26s) James McGrath (22s) - ice cream vendor Travis Rosen (21.7s) David 'Flip' Rodriguez (17s) - parkour Ryan Stratis (13.9s) - national guardsmen Jake Smith (7s)
18. Angel (1999–2004)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption.
I remember watching a few episodes on random intervals after coming home around 3am from night shift in 2004- 2005, while eating. It passed the time while eating but I never really connected. Around the same time I discovered Firefly during the same timeslot (GWN) and that was a keeper. Since then I've come to enjoy quite a few of Joss Whedon's works (Buffy, Dr. Horrible, The Avengers, Much Ado About Nothing) and would probably take a renewed interest in this if one of the free to air stations decided to replay it (on demand of course). - reviewed 2014
19. Archer (2009– )
TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
Covert black ops and espionage take a back seat to zany personalities and relationships between secret agents and drones.
Thanks to ABC's sporadic programming schedule haven't watched more of this.
Season 3 - all 10 episodes
Sometimes the content can be a bit blue, which is unfortunate because the show is at it's best when spoofing the James Bond, secret agent dynamic and leaving the raunch to one side. When it is on song, there's not much in cartoon form that is funnier.
Season 4: Midnight Ron, Live & Let Dine, Coyote Lovely, The Honeymooners, Un Chien Tangerine, Papal Chase, Sea Tunt: 1 & 2,
Season 5: Archer Vice 1 to 8
20. Arrested Development (2003– )
TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy
Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.
Season 1 watched up until 1x04
I had caught occasional episodes on SBS or ABC prior and found some funny moments. During a bus trip across the Nullabor for NTE with a large group of University friends we viewed 4 episodes during the trip. It surprised me how much of the humour content was sexually derived (didn't recall this at all) and subsequently I haven't seen an episode since.
21. Arrow (2012–2020)
TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.
A live action adaptation of DC Comic's Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) character and story arc. Many character's are renamed, omitted, events changed but the general premise remains the same. Some of the dialogue and plot construction can come across a little soap opera-ish on occasion but for the most part this is a solid action/ thriller series. At it's best when exploring the development of Oliver through his experiences on the Island. - 2014
As the series progresses the DC universe is carefully expanded. In the villainous crew there is Deathstroke/ Slade Wilson, Deadshot, Clock King, Bronze Tiger & Shrapnel. Then there are grey knights; Amanda Waller, Mockingbird & The Huntress. Finally some additional heroes; Black Canary, Roy Harper/ Arsenal & the Flash.
The handling of each character is interesting, with many characters committing acts that clash somewhat with their expected villain or hero responses. If the upcoming Batman v. Superman and later Justice League series take a similar approach they will be a real treat.
Season 3x1 to 2, 5 to 23
The series continues to add characters: Ra's Al Ghul, The Atom and Wildcat. But more shocking is the violent end to Black Canary. A demise that fuels most of the series. Leading to the completion of the Arrow and perhaps the end of Oliver as well as the rise of a new Canary. Kitana and the Atom also feature. For flashback, Oliver has made it off the island but his time in Hong Kong is a whole new level of moral challenge. As before the two story lines come together well.
22. Assassination Classroom (2015–2016)
TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
A powerful creature claims that within a year, Earth will be destroyed by him, but he offers mankind a chance by becoming a homeroom teacher where he teaches his students about how to kill him. An assassination classroom begins.
The End class 3-E, a group of 3rd years marked as academically deficient losers are tasked with killing their teacher (Koro Sensei). To make matters worse the teacher is a magical tentacled being with super speed and other powers who after blowing up the moon has guaranteed he will blow up the earth if they fail. The army have been unsuccessful what chance do the kids have?
missed... 2017 x5
14) A class bully is talked into helping White and Etona to knock Koro off. The plan involves water and draining Koro of his protective mucus reserves to tilt the fight in Etona's favour. What the bully doesn't know is it also involves putting the entire class at risk. A gamble that backfires when the class unites to stop Etona from killing Koro and taking the prize money.
13) Kurosama continues to offer extra assassination classes to the students. A former colleague of his comes to relieve for PE but his methods are a dangerous combination of false affection, bribery and violence. With Karma truanting Nagisa (narrator kid) surprises everyone by agreeing to take a real knife challenge. And surprises them again by proving he could of killed him, who tries to go a second round but is stopped by Kurosama and strangely the Principal who sends him packing.
12) Samurai Champloo took one episode to zero in on the Japanese love for baseball and here Assassination Classroom displays there own version of the game. E-Class even under Koro's guidance beat the top team only by bunting and crowding the batsmen but it's a clear message to the Principal and hints at a serious confrontation come end of year.
11) Another exchange student, Koro's brother (Etona) and his teacher a white clothed magician (aka White to me) arrive and very nearly kill Koro. The existence of another biological life-form with head tentacles (even one shaped as a kid) causes Koro to lose his cool in order to win. White puts his protege down after the initial contest and leaves to lick wounds. The students decide they want to be the assassins not some ring-in.
10) Jelavic is visited by her former mentor who is disappointed with her settling for teaching. Koro sets up an assassination challenge between the two of them that reunites Hellavic's passion. She wins because Korusama? is tired of the disruption to class. Koro also takes Karma and the narrator to see a movie. The cliche ending of brother against sister leaves Koro in tears - which seems strange until the closer reveals Koro's brother is being sent to kill him for the destruction to the moon.
9) Stretching the definition of exchange student AIFA is a mechanized infantry unit brought to 3-E to end Koro. On her second attempt she makes Koro bleed but the disruption turns the class against her and they restrain her box mounted guns so they can get back to learning. Koro takes pity on her and adds functionality intended to ingratiate her with the class, her creators deem the additions disruptive and remove them but she hides core material and in that act of rebellion gains free will and becomes Ritsu.
8) Conclusion to E Class's trip to Kyoto. Sniper Red Eye is hired to try and take out Koro and in failing learns his sweat is bulletproof and makes for a good soap. Jelavic reveals she's just 20 and Koro hints at a varied lovelife and a different body in the past.
7) Half of E Class are abducted by high school students while on a trip to Kyoto. Which would have been a real problem if Koro hadn't provided the students with a comprehensive guide book that included response suggestions for just such an occasion.
6) The Principal makes a visit to E Class to ensure the status quo continues which only drives Koro to teach better and threaten to leave if the kids don't all make the top 50 in the school. But the test is rigged with questions and topics the Principal personally taught the rest of the school but didn't even notify E Class. Koro is ashamed of the system until Karma (who aced everything anyway but decides to stay) calls him on cowardice.
5) Obaka asks Koro to drink poison she cooked up with chemistry, he complies and it has strange temporary transformative effects. Kukudon the bizarre school mascot shows up again to detail how E Class is being used a means of motivating other students to succeed by showing them abject failure. When Koro corrects a hazing opportunity at school assembly it invites the ire of the Principal with red glowing eyes.
4) Professional Irina Jelavic (Hellabitch to the students) joins the faculty as English teacher when her attempted seduction and assassination of Koro fails on day one. Koro reveals lead bullets melt on impact and takes the time to pretty Hella up.
3) Karma makes an immediate presence, succeeding on the first day in blowing Koro's arm off (with a handshake laced with knife fragments) and his feet with pink bbs. When Koro starts to use his super speed to not only foil the remaining attempts but pretty the boy up he goes all in leaping from the cliff - either Koro dies or he does (along with Koro's reputation as a teacher). Off course Koro saves the boy and then bizarrely encourages him to keep trying to kill him.
2) An attempt to kill Koro with a baseball (laced with pink bbs) fails but causes him to teach one of the students better pitching technique. Besides super speed and flight, his tentacles can read minds and determine biological data. One of the government handlers is sent in as a PE teacher and a former student expelled for violent behavior (Karma) is returned to 3-E.
1) The students are given guns with special pink bbs and floppy green knives that harm only their Koro and immediately put them to use. Chiding them for failing, Koro encourages them to be more creative but when a class member uses a bb filled grenade he gets angry. Threats are made on their family if they attempt to kill him without regard for their own safety (part of the agreement with the army). Even so Koro proves himself to be an excellent teacher with the class producing the best academic work of their time as students.
23. Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (2016– )
TV-14 | Game-Show
This show is a test against a person's will and strength. Teams work together to win each race and to advance throughout the brackets... And a chance at the finals and a prize of 250,000 dollars.
Placeholder: Australian Spartan
Premise: Ninja Warrior is made better with bigger team-based obstacles
Evidence: Not in (1x01)
24. Australian Ninja Warrior (2017– )
Contestants make their way through a giant obstacle course to win a cash prize. Contestants run, jump, crawl, climb, hang, and swing through crazy obstacles as they compete to become the ... See full summary »
Season 3 - 2019
01 to WATCH
----------------------------------- Season 2 - 2018
01 to 12
----------------------------------- Season 1 - 2017
Stage 2: Jungle Ropes (Alex, Ben, Jack, Lee), Basket Toss (Rob), Salmon Ladder, Unstable Bridge (Ashlin, Fred, Tom), Wall Lift (30, 40, 50kg), Crazy Cliffhanger, Floating Boards, Flying Bar
Time limit: 65s to Wall Lift, then untimed
Stage 1: QS, Big Dipper, SL w/ Donut, JH, Spider Jump, WW, Globe Grasper, Ring Swing, CC (3 storey) (3:45s time limit)
2:24s Ashlin Herbert (VIC) - Carpenter 2:34s Rob Patterson (QLD) - Mechatronics Student 2:46s Tom O'Halloran (NSW) - Climber 2:50s Ben Polson (WA) - Music Producer 3:00s Johann Ofner (QLD) 3:02s Lee Cossey (NSW) - Climber 3:18s Jack Wilson (QLD) - Deadly Marathon Runner 3:22s Fred Dorrington (NSW) - UK Ninja Warrior Finalist 3:37s Alex Mathews (WA) - Firefighter
8) Semi-Final 3: QS, LG, SL, JH, Big Wheel (3x), WW, Swinging Spikes, PG, CC
4:40s Ben Polson (WA) - Music Producer 4:41s Tom Hazell (NSW) 4:44s Ryan Solomon (QLD) - Plumber 6:07s Luke Williams (SA) - Gym Owner 7:51s Sam Goodall (WA) - Carpenter DNF (PG) Daniel Weston (QLD) - 19yrs DNF (PG) Jack Wilson (QLD) - Deadly Marathon Runner
7) Semi-Final 2: QS, LG, SL, JH, Bungee Road, WW, Flying Shelf, PG, CC.
3:13s Ashlin Herbert (VIC) - Carpenter 3:19s Lee Cossey (NSW) - Climber 3:29s Jayden Irving (VIC) - Stuntman 3:34s Tom O'Halloran (NSW) - Climber 4:06s William Baron Croston (NT) 4:09s Ben Cossey (QLD) - Climber 4:35s Fred Dorrington (NSW) - UK NW Finalist
Special Mention: Furthest female competitor ever Andreah Hah - Climber (PG) - technical DQ (touch water)
6) Semi-Final 1: Quintuple Steps, Log Grip, Spinning Log, Jump Hang, 3x Tyre Swing, Warped Wall, Ring Jump, Pole Grasper, Chimney Climb.
3:56s Rob Patterson (QLD) - Stuntman 4:02s William Laister (VIC) - Tradey 4:43s Mike Snow (VIC) - Stuntman 6:06s Alex Mathews (WA) - Firefighter DNF-PG- Matthew McCallum (NSW) DNF-PG- Johan Ofner (QLD) DNF-RJ- Neal Holmes (VIC)
5) Qualifier. Course perhaps a little easier. Dominated by full-time workers and part-time athletes. Including a great run by a WA musician.
4) Qualifier. The course gets more difficult but a team of climbers clear convincingly. Whilst Australia's best female rock climber is stopped by the Warped Wall.
3) Qualifier. More gymnasts. More failures. Out of Perth brothers (of Australia's first Ninja Warrior Gym) only one limps through the course. Before a foul-mouthed harpy takes a well deserved plunge.
2) Qualifier. More athletes in this batch but the top spot is taken by a mothers boy.
1) Qualifier. More in common with the American variant than the Japanese original. Both because the course is easier than the Japanese behemoth and the competitors are chosen more for back-story than athletic capability. Though 2 free-running twins are impressive. The girls run the same course as the boys - and boy will the commentators never stop claiming there as good - even if they fail to demonstrate it.
25. Avengers Assemble (2013– )
TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The further adventures of the Marvel Universe's mightiest general membership superhero team.
Season till 1x25:
Episode 1x19 The Ambassador - Dr. Doom (Victor) is pitch perfect here. His verbal and physical sparring is excellent throughout and his supposedly evil actions are so well explained that he becomes quite relatable. - 2014
26. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010–2012)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Family
After 74 villains break out of prison, Marvel's most powerful superheroes team up to capture all of them, and also to defend the Earth from widespread threats.
A solid adaptation of the famous titular heroes (Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Ant Man).
27. Batman Beyond (1999–2001)
TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Fuelled by remorse and vengeance, a high schooler named Terry McGinnis revives the role of Batman. Under supervision of an elderly Bruce Wayne, he fights crime in a harsh, futuristic Gotham.
Here known as Batman Beyond
Like Frank Miller's latter half of The Dark Knight comics and animations, the series benefits from tapping into the psyche of the now grizzled, battle weary but still stubborn as hell Bruce Wayne as he trains (reluctantly of course at first) a new Batman to take on the challenges of a new world. Much of the series tackles questions of artificial intelligence and man's role with technology and gives the show a significant Sci Fi bent.
The opening episode is brilliant. Wayne's character and struggles are well explored and McGinnis (the to be Batman) is brought into his life cleverly. The early exchanges between the two are probably the best of the series. So too the exploration of the Jokers' legacy and influence beyond the grave, as gangs championing his namesake continue to plague both Batmen. The season suffers a little from some of McGinnis' struggles being too childish to well relate for adults (not surprising given it is a kid's show). So too the villains are not as memorable as the original Batman's rogue's gallery. Although Inque is interesting.
Season 2 (up until episode 12):
Notably here episode 2x04 Lost Soul explores all the same ground as the recent movie Transcendence (Johnny Depp). - 2014
28. Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)
TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.
A darker take on Batman with a darker palette of colours and orchestral work to match. Often features the caped detective unhampered by pointless sidekicks.
Season 1x01 to 06
On Leather Wings (1x01) sees a lesser known rogue (Man-Bat) in a gothic sort of Jekyl & Hyde style tale. Setting the scene for the continual police pursuit of Batman. The Joker (1x02, Christmas with the Joker) soon takes over with his madcap schemes of villainy. Unfortunately this episode also sees the introduction of Robin. 1x03 Nothing to Fear introduces the Scarecrow in a solid episode of paranoia. Joker is back in The Last Laugh (1x04) before Poison Ivy (Pretty Poison 1x05) sets out to wipe out Harvey Dent.
The lesser known rogues grow with the introduction of the Sewer King (The Underdwellers 1x06) in a nicely told episode.
29. Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008–2011)
TV-Y7-FV | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
An updated animated series centering on the Caped Crusader himself as he partners and deals with his fellow superheroes in the DC Comics universe.
Showcasing the lighter side of Batman and the DC Universe, it still holds viewer interest with it's madcap combination of witty one-liners and odd hero (and villain) matchups.
Aquaman, introduced early in this season is standout, with his grandstanding and "outrageous" rhetoric and stories. The short two part arc between alternative universes where a long time rival of The Bat is perhaps the only good (albeit loopy) man left is particularly well told. Breaking the fourth wall the arrival of BatMite is a weak point in the season and his later re-entry in later seasons will eventually ruin the series.
Season 2 - up till 1x26
The Seige of Starro arc is memorable, bringing to the fore the best hero to emerge within the series - Bwana Beast!
In this Season even the first episode with BatMite is not terrible but has a few good moments courtesy of the Joker (unfortunately the second of the BatMite offerings is very poor). Still with the Joker - The Knights of Tomorrow episode is more than solid.
The arc with The Weeper and The Joker is a nice change up - focusing more attention on the excellent rogues gallery. Also memorable is the episode where Batman out of action is temporarily replaced by multiple hero fill-ins. "How does he do it?" In a similar vein a time travelling romp showcasing Batmans of past and future is also very well told. Finally BatMite returns as aforementioned and ends the season on a most unfortunately weak moment.
30. The Batman (2004–2008)
TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Billionaire Bruce Wayne fights crime and evil as the mysterious Batman.
A darkly, absurd take on the Bat (lightening in tone a bit with the introduction of more sidekicks). Favoring his traditional rogues gallery.
(1) In the build up to the Justice League in the previous season Superman was conspicuous in his absence. Season 4 sees him arrive (along with Metallo, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane and Jimmy... and unfortunately Kryptonite) immediately. (2) The interplay between Batman and Superman is pretty well handled. Also the role of Batman as detective is explored more thoroughly.
(3) Green Arrow is next to be explored (quick backstory on the island) and then he and Batman team up to deal with Count Vertigo. (4) Later Firefly's romantic entanglements lead to the development of Phosphorous.
(5) Flash joins w/ B&R when dopplegangers of heroes start to rob Gotham, the work of Mirror Master & Smoke. (6) Joker then returns for some more classic Batman action.
(7) Green Lantern drops in to warn Batman of Sinestro's incoming and in the end Batman proves he doesn't need the help. Robin is even more unnecessary than usual. (8) Joker enlists a gamer to help him carry out some withdrawals resulting in a doppleganger that no one is a fan of.
(9) With Batgirl graduated high school, B & BG tackle a college case of animal mutagen linked to Manbat - with three outcasts posing very little problem. (10) Wrath & Scorn evil versions of B & R are giving them serious trouble until they work out they are people they know.
(11) Black Mask and Shadow Theif try to heist a Thannagar meteorite leading to teaming up of B & R and Hawkman. Hawkman is a weak character in this (especially compared to the excellent Hawkgirl in Justice League) - he's as straight laced as Green Lantern or Superman and doesn't add much in power set.
(12 to 13) A fairly weak finish with The Joining returning with help from Hugo Strange to steal Justice League powers and threaten the earth. The usual schtick about how Batman/ Green Arrow don't need powers to beat the enemy. Coupled with a surprisingly speedy finish to a double episode.
Robin (Dick Grayson) joins the Bat. For the villains - Riddler, Harley Quin, Killer Moth, Clayface 2 (after Ethan Bennet is cured), Black Mask, Everywhere-man and Rumor.
The season takes a dramatic turn in 1x13 when Jon Jones (Martian Manhunter) introduces Batman to the Justice League (Green Arrow, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman).
Joining Batman's Rogues this season - Poison Ivy, The Ventriloquist, Maximillian (Gladiator), Krank (Patton Oswalt voices), Rag-doll and Gearhead. Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) also joins Bat's side.
----Season 1x17 to 26--------------------------------------------------
Season see's the entrance of Joker, Penguin, Hugo Strange, Clayface, Killer Croc, Firefly, Bane and Mr. Freeze.
31. Beauty and the Beast (2012–2016)
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
A beautiful detective falls in love with an ex-soldier who goes into hiding from the secret government organization that turned him into a mechanically charged beast.
Season 1x04 to 1x22:
The central premise is interesting enough - genetic experiment of the government, hiding in a city block in America is brought into contact with a girl who he previously saved the life of. Like Jekyll & Hyde before it, the key issue here is whether the man can keep the monster at bay, or at least control it when it arises. Some of the relationship dramatics (in particular the terrible decisions of the lead girl) are too soapy for my taste. - 2014
32. Being Human (2008–2013)
TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A werewolf, a vampire and a ghost try to live together and get along.
Three unlikely housemates: George (Werwolf), Annie (Ghost) & Mitchell (Vampire) struggle with eachother's help to hold onto their humanity in-spite of such significant transformations.
The three characters are developed well as their relationship together transforms. George goes looking for love, Annie for answers and Mitchell for revenge. None of them quite getting what they expected. Mitchell's brooding and at times psychotic behaviour contrasts well with Annie & George's softer methods. Herrick is a wonderfully malicious villain.
What made the first season so good was the way in which whilst respecting the mythology for each 'race' the psychology of humanity was explored through each character. Love/ lust, justice/ revenge & redemption. Herrick served as a reminder of what each character was battling. The second season explores similar ground but with a broader palette of characters and starts to feel a little tired and lacks as clear a focus. Mitchell though is excellently portrayed as he falls further into bloodlust.
Mitchell's past transgressions lead to a distressing finale. The conclusion though riveting left a sizeable hole in the Being Human universe - not easily filled. - 2014
33. Beware the Batman (2013–2014)
TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Batman, a crime-fighting vigilante of Gotham City, goes up against the underworld.
A somewhat darker and grittier cartoon adaptation of the caped crusader. Using an odd assortment of well known and newer players. On the side of the Bat, James Gordon (and his kid daughter), Katana and Alfred (a former MI6 agent). Against the Bat, Killer Croc, Deathstroke, Two Face, Anarchy, The Whale, The Key and many more. Decent reworking.
Season 1x11 to 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
34. Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms (2012)
Brothers in Arms is the story of the lead up, reasons and the repercussions of the "Milperra Massacre" where two warring Motorcycle Clubs faced off in the car park of a western Sydney pub ... See full summary »
Like Underbelly this series explores the events leading up to a list of terrible killings. The acting, script and characters are solid without being great. The main reason for watching being an introduction to Australia's past. - 2014
35. The Blacklist (2013– )
TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.
1) Season 3, represents a change in formula. Evolving from a police procedural with one dubious asset (Reddington); now with Keen forced on the run, Harper relieved of command (replaced by Resler) and Reddington in the wind. 2) A terrifyingly effective henchman (Matthias Solomon) of the cabal tries to locate R & K before Red can untangle the web.
3) Although R & K deal a blow to the cabal by successfully foiling a get rich scheme through a gm crop virus it comes at the cost of Keen shooting a cop. Meanwhile Djembe and other's of Red's associates are being systematically tortured for information by the henchman. With Red now aware of the abduction - action might be taken. Tom Keen is also co-opted by Harper in a scheme to deal with Karrakurt (assassin from last season).
4) Djembe tries to make an escape but is undone by a supposed friend. R & K help Ressler capture another list entry and Red continues to compile what might be evidence to clear Keen or something else. Meanwhile Tom goes undercover to try to clear Keen independently. 5) Keen is placed on a dark net hit site - with terrible consequences. It culminates in a standoff between Red, Keen & Solomon, which Djembe interrupts to save the day. Keen's death is then faked and things become more awkward when the head of the CIA (Peter, suspected member of the cabal) is forced upon Ressler and his team. Tom makes inroads into tracking down the Russians who can give him access to Karrakurt.
6) Red again plays everyone for fools as he finds the secret to stealing Peter's escape fund and ends another Cabal asset. This gives Ressler material to try to push Peter out of house and Solomon cause to contemplate tying his end. Tom manages to locate Karrakurt, for a rather grisly price. This gives more leverage to exonerate Keen and adds an interesting layer to a character I thought was finished mid-way season 1.
7) A series of wire taps gives Ressler the leverage he needs to oust Peter from the teams HQ. Tom's plan with Karrakurt hit's a roadblock when Harper fails to convince Ressler to get involved. Peter demonstrates a willingness to hurt his own to protect his cover, in his interrogation of Solomon. Samar discovers her brother she thought dead is a wanted bomber, ending by giving him to Red.
8) Samara's fling with Ressler gets her caught for aiding Red. Red is kidnapped by a local group of thugs, who he successfully plays off the other (in usual calm style). Keen's desperation to get Red back leads to giving up the key to her exoneration. Both Djembe and Keen are captured by Ressler. Red is again in the wind. Tom, Harper (& his wife) & Karrakurt run to a cabin in the woods when the Cabal try to assassinate Karrakurt by tracing a tracker in his chest. Solomon picks up the trail and is kept out of the spotlight by the murder of a higher official.
9) Foiled at moving Keen to a more kill friendly location the Cabal instead try to poison her with Nitrogen in her holding box. Forcing Aram to release her, just in time for Red to successfully negotiate her personal transfer for testimony under Ressler (who is now better informed than ever who the Cabal's members are). Despite Solomon's attack, he lands in jail and Tom and Harper keep hold of Karrakurt. Navabi after being fired by Ressler, begins working alongside Djembe for Red.
10) About the only thing that doesn't go Red's way is that Keen has to cop a plea for manslaughter over the senator, which even with no time served leaves her out of her job with the agency. Karrakurt is charged with the conspiracy and Peter (former CIA head and Cabal member) takes a one way trip. Everyone else more or less returns to their old roles, Tom in the shadows, Harper at the desk and Ressler on the street. Red continues to offer his consultancy services and also surprisingly takes a seat at the Cabal.
11) Confusion surrounding Red reaches fever pitch when the FBI arrest a man who also claims to be Raymond Reddington. Upset at Red's decision to hand over former friends this new man makes a deal to release the details of a secret meeting of criminal overlords in exchange for his freedom. By the time the episode ends Red has successfully killed the man responsible for the trouble, the imposter (who in fact was a grifter with terminal illness hired by Red) and ended all rumours he is working for the FBI. A man on the street recognises Keen and attacks her - her subsequent hospital visit reveals she is with child.
12) A nasty cult who kill pedophiles, gets worse when it turns out it's members were formally convicted of the same crime and worse again when it's revealed the men they were killing were instead white collar criminals. All part of a tricky plan by a church father to move in on the money laundering scene. Red wraps it up in his usual fashion and also meddles in Liz's life: removing Tom's job opportunity and replacing her neighbor with his people. Which all leads to Keen dialing an adoption agency.
13) After playing up Red's nasty streak, the series takes a turn with a case involving an arranger of criminal mergers who is of personal interest to Red because of his role in harming a lover. Meanwhile Liz's reputation reduces her respect at work and her options for adoption. Whilst Tom visits an old flame to turn some serious cash in a risky heist.
14) A twisted tale involving a witch in the woods and her plan to give children immortality by carnivorous butterflies leads to Liz reconsidering her decision to give her child away. Red also gets hold of her mother's KGB file. Tom's heist ends in violent trouble, and he concludes the episode hospitalised.
15) An NSA program designed to remotely control webcams leads Red and the team to take down a 'performance artist' and serial killer. Meanwhile Tom is spared arrest by Red on Liz's behalf, leading to them both deciding to keep the child. Red receives a painting portraying Liz and his grave supposedly from Rostova (Keen's mother).
16) A convoluted kidnapping plot to reveal dangerous secrets is once again solved by Red's connections. His personal stake this time is keeping Keen from the truth about her mother. Even so she starts to suspect Rostova is looking for her. Tom tries to end things amicably with his former flame after Keen says yes to his marriage proposal but she is working for someone else.
17) Solomon expects to be tied up as a loose end but finds himself strangely in the employ of someone who wants Liz brought to them. This plays havoc with wedding plans for her and Tom when a firefight ensues. Tom's former employer also ends up dead at the hands of his former flame.
18) A car crash caused by Solomon during the newlyweds attempt to escape leads to pregnancy complications, rushed to an emergency facility the new girl Agnes is left with Tom as Liz fails to recover and passes en-route to better equipment. Solomon's team are dead but he is still in the wind.
19) Perhaps as a reflection of Red's damaged mental state post trauma the show takes a dramatic left turn. With an atmospheric, house on the beach, a mysterious woman and a hit squad. A perfectly executed counter fight dissolves to memory and Red is left holding a locket. Possibly an heirloom from a former lover.
20) Avoiding a moving funeral (by TV standards), Red goes instead to Keen's absent grandfather, who accuses him of killing all his family. The team stops an abduction attempt connected to Solomon's kill squad and glimpses a woman who Tom suspects is Katarina (Keen's mum).
21) Red's recent slump is made all the stranger when he successfully tracks down the manager (Scottie, the woman thought to be Katarina) of Halcyon responsible for the attempted abduction of Liz, only to offer her help in dealing with Alexander Kirk's revenge attack for the botched job. Tom continues working for the team as an asset.
22) Apart from Red, Tom has been the most consistently interesting character of the series (moving from loving husband, to double agent, to wanted fugitive, to vicious murderer, to grieving husband and doting father). His drive for revenge against Liz's killers, gives him a chance to use old skills in some of the best sequences of the series whilst also demonstrating he's a man undergoing moral change (saving a little girl). Scottie has a great opening sequence, reminiscent of some of Red's negotiations and her chemistry with Tom is undeniable, made creepy when Red reveals to Tom she is his mother.
23) Red tries to bring Kirk to the US so he can assassinate him but when Tom runs with Agnes to Cuba, Kirk intercepts both of them and Liz who is waiting for them. Cate (one of Red's closest allies) helped arrange the escape of all three. It's unclear if Tom is still alive and the action ends with Kirk informing Liz he is her father.
As with season 1, Reddington continues to enthrall. It's his little tics, stories in place of answers and unusual emotional responses that continue to work. Luther Braxton (Ron Perlman) provides a nice mid season counterpoint. The conclusion is thrilling and brings most of the mystery to a close. Wonder what they will do with another season?
The rest of the cast are good and the script writing is top notch but it is (as with Boston Legal and The Practice) - James Spader's portrayal of the sometimes villainous, sometimes heroic Raymond Reddington that keeps view interest. Every moment he is on screen is captivating.
36. Black Panther (2010)
TV-14 | Animation, Action, Adventure
Black Panther is the ruler and protector of the African nation of Wakanda. Using technology, wits, and extraordinary fighting ability he must protect his nation from an invasion led by Ulysses Klaw, the man who killed his father.
A very different animation style to the majority of Marvel themed offerings. Older looking in a good way, rougher and darker. Really suits the subject matter and lead character. The Panther is perfectly explored, the viewer introduced to the world of Wakanda, it's rituals and it's enemies brilliantly. Criminal that they only made one season of this. - 2014
37. Blindspot (2015– )
TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body.
10) OVER IT
Roman is now a fugitive amnesiac, Patterson captured by an ousted Borden, Jane returning in suspect circumstances and the entire Sandstorm plan was seemingly a ruse. Feels like too many new components and an unclear overall plot arc.
9) Roman shoots Shephard instead of proving his loyalty by killing Jane (sister). Jane drugs Roman to turn him in. Patterson is shot by Borden (mole and lover).
8) Weller and Jane go AWOL during a sting operation, a risk that pays off but leaves Kamal's job insecure. Zapata returns the evidence and Reade help the killer, an old friend leave the state.
7) Rich.com gets arrested to have the FBI deal with an assassin problem. Zapata tampers with evidence to avoid a conviction for Reade, except he likely didn't kill the coach. The FBI mole lets Roman know Jane is compromised just as she is warming to Sandstorm.
6) NSA hacker Winter was framed by Shephard (Kurt remembers her voice) and Roman (Jane is close to turning). Kurt sleeps with Kamal whose bug is found by Patterson in Borden's office. Zapata helps Reade cover his tracks.
5) Jane is close to finding Shepard lied. A case against the mob sees Allie (with whom Kurt is expecting) taking a bullet to the leg. Zapata tracks down Reade to find his abusing coach dead.
4) Reade's potential abuse sees him benched for acting out. Weller discovers Sandstorm has tracked him for 20 years, Shephard claims a poisoned lake was the beginning of the movement and Zapata leans on the latest capture to perform a dark web hack.
3) A string of bombings are much more easily solved than Remy (Jane's) loyalty test assassination, Weller's shock pregnancy, Reade's repressed memories or Patterson and Borden's (psychologists) new relationship.
2) New NSA co-director (Kamal) is listening in on Weller's psych sessions. Reade begins to remember his time under coach Jones. A gun-sting program is prevented by the team despite continuing unease over Jane, who is drugged and kidnapped by Roman, against Shephard's orders.
1) Exciting opener, where Jane creatively escapes a black-ops torture facility only to be captured and re-enlisted as a FBI/ Sandstorm double-agent. Reconnecting with her adopted mother (Shephard) and brother (Roman), the FBI has a mole in its operation.
23) Pretty solid ending. Kurt is relieved when the place his father mentioned is empty, until he checks where he really meant and finally he finds the body of Taylor. Jane finds Mayfair's body but is captured by Oscar who tries to once again wipe her memory. They fight and he dies in the exchange. The rest of the FBI team follow breadcrumbs left by Mayfair to uncover all the files on Daylight and Orion. Kurt confronts and arrests Jane for her deception.
22) Both Jane and Mayfair are cut from the FBI and Kurt is made the new Director. Mayfair skips house arrest to dismantle the false charges against her and Jane tracks down a center farming babies for bone marrow. Mayfair is shot by Oscar, after tracking the connection between Sophia and the disappearance of Carter and dies knowing that Jane was a mole. Kurt's dad dies revealing that he actually did kill Taylor Shaw and tells him the location of the body.
21) The team's HQ is hacked on the day that Weiss (the man running Zapata) comes in to investigate the death of Mayfair's friend. Kurt and co manage to stop the hackers from leaving with what they came for. However with the crisis averted Mayfair is immediately arrested by Weiss who presents copious evidence that implicates her in the murder of Carter, Guerro and her friend. The work of Jane through Oscar's side missions and disturbingly Sophia.
20) A young girl who doesn't speak is carrying around a notebook containing her detailed drawings. One of which matches Jane's tattoo, the rest pertain to a radical Islamist group. The ensuing kerfuffle is poorly handled, multiple instances of decisions to advance the plot at the expense of the intelligence of the main cast. The serious fighters leave Patterson to use shooting and survival skills (a stark contrast from her running in the woods experience earlier) at odds with her character in order to set up a possible relationship with the team psychiatrist (Dr. Borden). Mayfair's potential fling ends in a bloody warning to stop investigating Carter's disappearance and Jane is coerced into stealing files for Oscar.
19) Tattooed numbers, the same as a college's football game scores place the team in the middle of a school shooting prompted by a pedophile coach. The action is handled well but the pacing is ruined by multiple cuts to prior event slow vignettes for the team. All of which could have been placed before or after the main plot: Kurt's dad forgiving him, Taylor convincing Oscar to remain her handler, Zapata opening up at an AA meeting and Mayfair providing Sophia with cash to keep running.
18) Good episode. One of the top fences, Mr Dot Com (whom Weller & Jane previously captured) is attacked in jail and offers up a notorious money man for terrorists in exchange for better quarters. The team need to steal a set of paintings from an art thief to flush him out. Dot uses the ruse to escape and steal the real paintings. Jane is free to pursue Kurt when Ally asks for space. Mayfair makes arrangements to meet a new lady, when her old (thought dead) partner Sophia makes an appearance.
17) Same problems as previous episode (re employees in bed) but the writer's at least switch the formula up. Leading to an exploration of grief for Patterson, by way of a treasure hunt accompanied by a David manifested by her subconscious. The serial killer ending is a bit forced but it's a decent send-off for the character. Reade informs Mayfair of the threats on his safety, whilst Zapata begins to investigate her for corruption and Kurt's dad has a heart attack following their reconciliation.
16) The team successfully prevent a North Korean faction from releasing Sarin Gas. It's an episode of many weak links, overly concerned with employee sexual relationships (Kurt & Ally, Jane & Oscar & Reade & Kurt's sister) and weak tattoo links that feel implausible and make smart character's seem stupid. Cross-word puzzles with dead boyfriends and only just deciding to investigate the links between the tattoos rather than follow blindly the trail as laid out. Oscar tasks Jane with becoming Kurt's girl but then sleeps with her.
15) Reade's captor discourages further investigation into Carter's death, leading to him ending things with Weller's sister. A Banksy-style art exhibition has a painting exactly matching Jane's tattoo stolen. When the team responds Weller is seriously injured by a targeted explosion whilst Jane places a tracking chip in the team van for Oscar. Cade, a past colleague of Jane's is responsible, a second attempt on Jane's life ends with him wounded and thought dead but very alive and dangerous.
14) An anonymous email (Oscar) acts in the absence of Jane to send the team on a chase to save a man on death row and shut down an illegal brothel. Zapata volunteers to go undercover and narrowly avoids death in the rescue operation, she also has to deal with a new handler, who like Mayfair is gunning for the truth of Carter's disappearance. Reade finds camera footage of Oscar with Carter's car and is taken captive just as Jane is warned by Oscar that the group she works for will kill Weller if she does not comply.
13) Jonas Fisher, gunning for Mayfair's job uses the death of a witness and claims of a Russian mole in the FBI to trawl through the office's dirty laundry. He pins his hopes on proving Taylor is the mole and in the process outs the kiss between her and Kurt, his sister's relationship with one of the team, bugs in another Zapata's apartment and circumstantial evidence around Carter's disappearance. When Fisher is revealed to be the mole Taylor kills him in questionable self defense and breaks off her arrangement with Oscar.
12) A drug induced super-soldier program is uncovered when a soldier thought dead is responsible for a shooting at a military based. Jane swaps Mayfair's pen per the instructions of Oscar - who reveals Orion is where Jane died. Kurt discovers his dad left to kill himself on the night he blamed him for Taylor's abduction. One of Kurt's team (Reade) begins dating his sister.
11)Carter's death is staged to look like a suicide but an internal reviewer (Jonas) looks to leverage Patterson's sharing of classified data to remove Mayfair from her post. Kurt and team follow Jane's tattoos to a latitude and longitude where they discover a missing passenger jet and a plan to blind the US satellite network. Jane meets Oscar who confirms she is Taylor Shaw and that following her own plan will require completing tasks he gives her.
10) A Russian sleeper-cell plot to assassinate defectors, hits close to the heart for both Jane (due to memories of her time in an orphanage) and Patterson. Patterson's grief causes Jane to seek a relationship with Kurt. Immediately afterwards she is kidnapped and tortured. Oscar (tree root) arrives, kills Carter and a recording of Jane reveals all is going according to her plan.
9) Kurt and Jane go undercover as an assassin couple to secure a list stolen from witness protection. It causes Jane to remember being engaged - presumably to tree man. Carter's mole destroys the bug she's given. A ex-boyfriend of the team's analyst (Patterson) and prisoner Guerro are killed. Zapata refuses to install the bug in Jane's apartment.
8) Daylight is revealed to be an NSA program spying on US citizens - run by Carter (CIA), Mayfair (FBI) and Davenport (Gov). The running of which lead to the suicide of Mayfair's partner. It's an abuse of power that's echoed in the latest case involving police using body-cam footage for blackmail purposes. More blackmail ensues as Carter extends his Zapata's one-time only deal.
7) Another tattoo chase leads to an armed segregated nationalist community where the team are surprised to find a man on the FBI's most wanted. The tattoo's lead them to military hardware which helps with the forest based fire-fight and impressively a military helicopter hidden for their use. Jane finds she can fly it even under heavy fire but has control issues with plane travel. Kurt's return with the fugitive leads to him learning about Daylight.
6) Tracking those responsible for government agent killings leads to the coder of a dark-web GPS app. The young girl responsible shakes up the team; outsmarting the resident computer analyst and filling a social need in Jane's life. When she ends up in danger the team are personally invested in her safe return. Jane's dream of a man with a tree tattoo seems to be rooted (pun) in reality, one of the agents (Zapata) settles a gambling debt and Kurt's father learns Taylor is alive. He breaks down very convincingly.
5) Tensions between the CIA and FBI rise with the accidental discovery of an on US soil CIA black site. Jane remembers being abducted to a facility with other children. Searching for a dirty bomb maker allows Carter to try to kill Jane. Unsuccessful he probes for a weakness in the FBI team.
4) Kurt and Jane's relationship strengthens through brave actions and shared child hood memories. The team deal with a plot to spread disease to fix overpopulation. One of the team members is revealed to have a gambling problem, the boss continues to deal with threats from the Tom Carter (CIA) over daylight and the analyst opens a potential leak through classified data read by her boyfriend. Jane's identity is again questioned when new biological results suggest she grew up in Africa.
3) Mystery man and another man connected to Jane's past die, one warning her not to trust the FBI and the other says only 'Orion'. Taylor Shaw is confirmed by DNA and the unorthodox nature of her role with the FBI is corrected somewhat by the decision to arm her for field work. A decision made stranger by the initial reluctance of one of the team and the revelation that the management are worried about her knowledge of a program called daylight.
2) A rogue US soil drone operator is the target of the next deciphered tattoo. Jane remembers killing a nun and stealing a drive. Kurt is convinced that Jane is Taylor Shaw whom his dad was convicted of kidnapping when she was 10. The mystery man from Jane's training comes to see her.
1) A surprisingly good start. Tense, taught and very mysterious. Two good leads in FBI Agent Kurt Weller and Jane Doe, the completely amnesic, mystery woman, covered in tattoo clues, dumped in NY in a body bag. Jane learns she speaks Mandarin, has great hand to hand combat skills, is a crack shot and likes coffee. She has Kurt's name tattooed on her back and the tattoo of a spec ops Navy Seal.
- 2015 to 2016
38. The Blue Rose (2013– )
Not Rated | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A contemporary, smart investigative drama in which the lowly back-room office staff join forces to fight for justice in a corrupt corporate world. This will involve bending of office ... See full summary »
39. Boston Legal (2004–2008)
TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running David E. Kelley series The Practice (1997), following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole, and Schmidt.
1x01, 1x03, 1x04, 1x06, 1x07, 1x08, 1x09, 1x11, 1x12, 1x13, 1x15, 1x17
2x01, 2x02, 2x03, 2x04, 2x05, 2x07, 2x08, 1x12,
40. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.
Sets the tone of the series - an almost walking pace delivery of events, punctuated by extreme emotional and violent action. This hyper realism leads to some of the most impressively acted and most confronting scenes ever put to television. One of the most memorable involves a trip to a hardware store to find a bucket. Undeniably deserving of all the praise received but a hard show to view in quick succession.
Season 5 to 5x08: