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What a brat
Man that kid that played Ritchie is a brat. I've thought this in every episode. He yells his lines, throws tantrums, and talks back. Maybe that's how they wanted him portrayed that way. But it's too bad they didn't find a better child actor for him.
The Andy Griffith Show: The Lodge (1966)
I thought Mayberry was in a dry county. When Andy offered Howard a beer at the lodge meeting, that took me aback.
I can't understand Howard's mother being so manipulative and so obsessed with her son. It's time for Howard to cut those apron strings!
I will agree that this show just wasn't the same after Barney Fife was gone. (Even though that character was so obnoxious and annoying.) But there are so many good actors in this show, that portray their characters to their best. Even at its 'lesser' quality, this is still one of the best shows to watch with family
Covert Affairs: No. 13 Baby (2013)
Really? He jumps into bed with Helen. He's supposed to be a brilliant spy, and he's that stupid to fall for that? Disappointing,
But a lot of the characters' thinking doesn't ring true. They act so dumb so often, I have a hard time believing they are top spies.
And to have Henry playing everyone the way he does? Any four year old could see through the holes in this plot.
I'm glad that Caldwell is a good guy after all. I really like Hill Harper and hated to see him being on the wrong side.
Scandal: Lost Girls (2017)
Okay - this show is completely off the rails. Who the hell gave Olivia the power to take the White House. She doesn't have the means to be threatening everyone and trying to bully anyone who doesn't agree with her. And what happened to her father? Even though he was an ass as Control, I liked him a lot better when he was that character. Now he's this wussy old man that is scared of everything.
The premise of the show was good in the beginning. But it has gotten ridiculous with the story lines.
Plus, I am so sick of her jumping from man to man. Why would anyone trust her? Why do any of these men want to be with her? Especially Fitz. He needs to just move on, but not as an older man jumping into bed with young girls. Move on and be a great former president. She isn't kind or loving or respectful to anyone.
And I am sick of the gay agenda being showed down my throat in all of Rimes' shows. Just stop with pushing so many gay characters, which aren't believable. In this episode, the billionaire just doesn't fit as a gay man.
Mellie is just stupid as the President. She doesn't present herself as intelligent. She's always throwing tantrums and yelling at everyone. Plus, the whole crap of her libido was just confirming the stereotype of the hysterical woman.
This has gotten too unrealistic to follow. It's like the show is trying to be like Blacklist, which is a far more believable show. And a far more entertaining and fun show.
Scandal: Inside the Bubble (2014)
here comes the liberal
And . . . now we have the slam-you-over-the-head, didactic, liberal slant over gun control.
May be the last episode I watch. Too many shows today just shove the liberal down your throat. I realize this is a 'political' show. But it's disappointing that it's the same old, same old as every other show with any kind of political twist.
I've said before, Quinn is just extraneous to anything. She is annoying and it's just unrealistic that she would suddenly be able to drop Charlie to the ground, shot a gun, etc.
Scandal: Flesh and Blood (2014)
get rid of Quinn
I want to just barf every time Quinn is in a scene.
There is no legitimate reason why she should have any combat or shooting skills. Honestly - how did she acquire these almost magical skills she suddenly has. It's not believable that she would be recruited by a super spy organization.
She's trying too hard to be a cross between Huck and Olivia. she's not a bad ass, like she wants to be. She isn't useful any longer to the show as a character and should be written out.
Scandal: No Sun on the Horizon (2014)
Like I have said in a previous episode, all Olivia Pope does is yell at people. And whine. And act like a damaged little girl. I really do not like this character. She is so one dimensional and boring.
I honestly don't know why either Fitz or Jake would want to be with her. She isn't loyal to either man, or anyone else for that matter. She hops in and out of their beds, leading both men to think she wants only him. Yuck
all the yelling
Like so many other shows, many by Shonda Rimes, there is so much yelling in this show. I don't know anyone in life that yell at each other like this. And are able to maintain solid relationships. Yelling is destructive and hurtful, and there are times I have to turn this show off because of the screaming.
I don't like the way Olivia speaks - she exaggerates her lips so much that it's distracting. I haven't watched Kerry Washington in anything else. Maybe this is how she normally talks, but it is distracting.
And I have never 'gotten' the relationship between Olivia and Fitz. They are so mean to each other! Yes, they have sex. But that doesn't equate to love. They seem so angry all the time when they are together. Some of the things they have said to each other are things that most people couldn't forgive or get over.
I'm not condoning the relationship, or excusing his cheating on his wife. Or her culpability in the affair. But how many presidents, or common men, cheat. How many women cheat. In today's world, I just don't think this affair would be elevated to the point that this show is making it. Why can't he divorce his wife? They don't love each other. She is as manipulative as he is. She is a shrew. Yes, her husband cheated. But it is obvious he doesn't love her. Why would she want to stay and continue to be embarrassed and abused like that?
Plus, Olivia's emotional tantrums are so fickle. First, she loves Fitz. then she hates him. Then she hops in bed with him. It's like whiplash trying to keep up with her.
Is Quinn really so stupid to believe Charlie? I saw his manipulation from the first minute of his screen time.
This show is supposed to be so modern and so wonderful. But there are parts that are so mundane. There are great actors in this show, and it's disappointing that the show doesn't support them better.
Scandal: Snake in the Garden (2013)
I knew the kidnapping was fake from the first clip of her 'video'. There was no suspense, no worry for this girl.
Olivia was too quick to believe.
In several episodes, it seems like she should have better common sense and more suspicions of people, instead of taking so many at face value.
I have tried to get into this show, but there are a lot of holes in the character development.
I have it on as background noise, and that's about all it is.
Supporting cast is disappointing
I like this show, and am trying to like this season. But the way the writers have written Liz is distracting to everything else going on.
As always, Spader is an excellent Reddington. I'm glad he finally told the story about how he was set up (if it's true :))
But like everyone else, I'm ready to know who he really is. They have teased us along for six years, and if it continues much longer, I'm afraid my interest will be gone.
And WTF is going on with Liz and her sister? That whole plot line just doesn't make sense. As someone in a previous review said, she could easily get the imposter's DNA and I'm sure he is on file in some data base.
I was disappointed that Denbe lied to Red. Denbe is probably my favorite character, and I felt lying was beneath him.
I do hope they finally reveal who this man is, because I'm sure there are many more plot lines to be done on HIS life.
Hunter: The Incident (1990)
This season had some of the worst acting on tv. This episode had a great guest in Mitch Pileggi. But it wasn't much of a showcase for him.
I liked this series when it was on tv, at least the first few seasons. But by about season five, the acting became very heavy, with lots of yelling and exaggerated facial expressions.
This show should have wrapped when Stepfanie Kramer left. It just isn't the same without McCall!
This was a good show when it aired. And I remember watching it and enjoying it. But so many of the plots on this series are just too obvious. Like in this episode, it's obvious that Otto is setting of the bombs with the phone. Hunter and McCall are smart enough to figure that out when he makes the phone call from Finn's office. And Hunter certainly should have figured it out in the school.
It is frustrating to watch a show and know exactly what's going to happen. It's a great trip down memory lane, but the plot and acting can be a bit hokey.
I was confused when this episode started. I thought Angel's brother in law ran the newspaper where Angel worked in the first season. How could he jump from that to police commissioner without working his way through the ranks of the police. Did I miss something in earlier episodes about this man? That fact really took me out of the story for a bunch of this episode.
Putting that aside, there is humor in this episode. But I don't understand why Jim keeps going back to Angel. He has no redeeming qualities. He sells Jim out every chance he can, especially if thinks there's something better in it for himself. With how many times Angel has burned Rockford, it doesn't make sense to keep using him in the cons.
And one question I have had since it started - where does the plumbing go for the trailer house? It isn't set on a foundation. It looks like it's got clearance underneath. So where does the water and sewage go? Just something to think about . . .
21 Jump Street: Stand by Your Man (1989)
not quite believeable
In this episode, Judy is raped by a med student. She is a cop, and a feminist, so I have a hard time believing she would keep the crime to herself. Given her character, she would go to the hospital and report it. I know that experience is different for every woman, but hiding it just doesn't jive with her character as she's been so far in this show.
Beyond this episode, in a previous one, she took the sergeant's exam and passed on her first try, which is difficult, as I understand it. But it feels like she is young to even take the test. But I don't think that passing that test promotes her to detective. That promotion is based on merit and job performance.
Character development in this show is a bit bumpy.
This was one of the worst episodes of the series. Atrocious writing. Pure politics. And a big reason why this show lost fans. The writers /creators of this show ruined it by injecting their personal views into the episodes. The characters lost identities - Mary Jo started sounding exactly like Julia. Allison and Carlene are just annoying. Even Anthony is sounding political.
Beginning of the End
When they replaced Susanne with Alison, this show was doomed. It would have been better to just go on without a fourth lead.
Alison is such an obnoxious character. If the writers had toned her down a bit, it may have worked out okay. But to have her come in and start ordering everyone around, as if she bought the entire business. telling them how to dress, what to eat, etc. just grated on me from the beginning.
the original cast was so good and worked so well together that trying to bring in other people just wasn't going to work.
last good season
I so enjoyed this show when it was on the air, at least until both Delta Burke and Jean Smart left the show. They should have just ended it then; it never regained momentum.
I always thought that Anthony was the best character. Mesach Taylor was a very talented man. His scenes were always the best ones each episode.
blast from the past
I loved this show when it aired, and thirty years later, it's still funny. Loved this group of ladies and how well they worked together. You could tell they all liked each other and had fun.
The one thing that always struck me as funny is how none of them had a Georgian accent, especially the two sisters, as they grew up in the South.
The first season was simply fun. In later seasons, the writers showed liberal politics - which detracted from some episodes. But overall, the show maintains its likeability.
S.W.A.T.: The Running Man: Part 2 (1976)
Cheesy but likeable
I grew up in the 70s watching these tv shows. As a kid, forty years ago, they were edge-of-your-seat suspense and action.
But today, these are pretty cheesy - the acting, the storylines. Mostly, I have these old series on for noise when I'm cleaning, etc. But this episode went too far on the reality spectrum.
Ben Jordan testified against the mob and went into witness protection. The first thing he did was draw attention to himself when the other guy caused a car wreck. And he just kept drawing attention to himself. Common sense would have dictated that he lay low, stay out of trouble, and keep to himself. He's spouting off police protocol and causing himself to be sought after by the people in his new town.
It was hard to believe this one, even giving it a 40 year cushion.
I understand that this is a tv show for entertainment purposes. But they wouldn't send in just six people to put down a prison riot. Even as SWAT members, they would be overrun and dead. especially when they walk in not knowing what's going on, where everybody is, etc. They can only carry so many rounds of ammo; the prisoners would have access to the armory and unlimited supply of buns and bullets.
I've never understood risking police lives in prison riots, anyhow. Let the animals kill each other, and when they start coming out of the prison, have the perimeter lined with armed police. Just pick them off.
I know there are hostages, but more than not, they are dead anyhow, regardless of what the prisoners say. For sure the warden and guards. May be calloused to say, but those people working in prisons know the risks.
And when the big guy came into the kitchen and starting fighting with them, just shoot the SOB in the knee. I don't think they'd take him on hand to hand when there is a riot going on.
And I have to agree with a previous episode's review that the inclusion of a woman on SWAT is unrealistic. And this woman could not physically compete or beat the men on this team. She's too small. Women cannot out muscle men who are bigger and stronger than them. That's just fact (and coming from a woman:) )
I just found this series. It's enjoyable enough, but some things really stand out. They have an absolutely perfect complement of every 'type' of person on their team: black, white, Asian, bisexual, plus a female captain that is an immigrant. A little heavy handed with the political correctness.
Plus, I am having a hard time believing Cortez would rise to the rank of Captain at her age, passing by older and more experienced officers. She just doesn't fit the role. She seems tentative and, forgive me, too girly.
The romance between Hondo and Cortez isn't believable, either. But that's pretty typical with Shemar Moore. I like him, but he just doesn't 'do' romance well. He's definitely eye candy but I'm not sure he's the one to carry the show. Frankly, Jay Harrington is a better actor and more believable in his role.
Overall, the show is decent enough that I will keep watching it, but it's not superb.
frustrating lack of common sense
I've been watching this series, and it started out well. It was interesting and moved forward nicely. But now, everyone's lack of common sense is getting irritating. These people are supposed to be highly intelligent agents and yet they are all gullible to accept everything told to them at face value without demanding proof. Best example from this episode is the DNA 'proof' that Kirk is her father.
Liz is so indignant that Red lied to her about Kirk. But it's so obvious that it's not true.
Her fickleness regarding Red is growing tedious. She runs to him when she wants something. Then gets pissed when he doesn't tell her every single detail of every situation. Liz's character is not a sympathetic one. The writers have really dropped the ball with her. She just comes across like a petulant, spoiled child.
And why in the world would she agree to save Kirk's life. He stole her baby, kidnapped her and threatened their lives. Let him die.
Designated Survivor: #whocares (2019)
Like many others reviewing this - I agree that the liberal bias is being shoved down our throats more each episode.
and this story line specifically does anger me. There are sick and dying children - American citizens - in this country who cannot get treated and yet the show's writers want to hold this up as a tear jerking sway on emotions. Why should this family get medical treatment that American citizens can't afford? This highlights part of what is wrong in our political systems and in our immigration policies. I have no problem with people immigrating, but illegals should not get special treatment for coming into this country against our laws. It's like they get rewarding for circumventing the system. it's no wonder people are so angry about illegals flooding into this country.
All these writers are doing is polarizing viewers and running people from their show. Sadly, I won't be watching any more of this show. Like other dramas that started out decent, this one has descended into liberal garbage, trying to influence the morality of viewers, rather than simply provide an entertainment.
21 Jump Street: Blindsided (1987)
This show aired 30 years ago, but even taking that into account, there is an ick factor when these cops show interest in underage high school girls. This isn't the first episode in which that happens.
They are probably only a few years older than these girls, but those few years are pretty important, comparing a high school girl and an adult man.
I have this on for background noise when I'm cleaning or cooking, but this has really stood out - makes my skin crawl.
Madam Secretary: The New Normal (2019)
I , like many others, count this as the last episode I'll bother watching. Tired of the preachy, anti-American writing. This show had such potential but I'm done with the show tramping on everything - blaming the US for everything, blaming Americans for our views.
BTW - loved when Mike told her off - telling her she was a self righteous blue blood. I agree. The characters are vapid and unrealistic. She is so liberal it is vomit-inducing. The dialog is too preachy. And why should the American tax payer shoulder the burden for the rest of the world.
I like the main actors, but I don't like their characters. Too many other options for my viewing time.