The TV Club Formerly Known as Film Club

So this is what happened.

On the first leg of my flight out west back in March, I started writing a response to Brandon grading us on our quizzes (Remember that back in the olden days?), but then I got stuck overnight in Detroit, which goofed up the beginning of my trip and derailed all my bloggy plans. A quick note now: Brandon, I loved that you graded us on our posts, and you are so right that I also read Manohla Dargis in the NYT. I always forget things when I try to make lists. You guys are all way better at that than I am.

Also, you guys all saw and talked about Spring Breakers when I was on that trip. I have no interest in seeing that movie, but I wanted to mention how much I enjoyed John’s post about it. I suspect it’s better than the film itself.

But, seriously, who watches movies anymore? Let’s talk about TV.

On the aforementioned trip out west, my friends Tanita and David introduced me to The Middleman, which is an ABC Family show that only ran for one season. I know that makes it sound like it would be lame, but it is one of the funniest shows I’ve watched in a long time–sharp and witty and fast-paced. I’ve watched the whole run and am still attempting to deal with my grief over the severe lack of a second season. It feels very Firefly to me.

Then there’s all the TV I’ve been watching with Amy and Arthur.

We finally got through season one of Game of Thrones, which I enjoyed–not as much as the book, but still. Some moments play out better on film than they do in the book, like Ned’s death, which almost made me cry when we watched it, even though I knew full well it was coming. We aren’t going to watch season 2 until Amy and I are done reading the second book. (Arthur’s already read all the books and watched all the shows because he’s kind of an overachiever that way.)

Now that we’re on a GoT rest break, we’re watching three shows concurrently: Maron, season 3 of Louie, and Soap.

You all know I’m a crazy Marc Maron fan, and so I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that I’ve already heard a lot of what I’ve seen in the first two episodes of Maron. Still, I think the thing has promise. The second episode is notably better than the first, and I like a lot of the details on the show. The set design is particularly good, and, you know, I like Marc.

Speaking of which, John, no more Mehroning out of you over there.

Louie continues to be brilliant, my current favorite show.

When I was about five years old, my favorite TV shows were Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Little House on the Prairie, and Soap. So I was super-excited to see that Arthur had discovered Soap and obtained it on DVD. We’ve watched two episodes so far. The last time I rewatched the series was probably about 20 years ago, when I was in college and made my late husband watch it (he wasn’t late then), and it still makes me laugh a lot. Maybe even more than Louie.

All this is making me think I should make a list of my all-time favorite TV shows, but maybe we did that at some point? I was going to say that we’re the most disorganized Film Club That Seems to Have Turned Into a TV Club ever, but, really, it might just be me who’s disorganized. About this, anyway.

Now I have to get back to Clash of Kings.


  1. Chad
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    I STILL to this day say “Confused? You won’t be after this episode of…Soap.”

  2. adrienne
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    And here is another reason why we get along, Chad. Why does everyone not know that show?

  3. Patty
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    So many things to love about Soap, but mostly I loved Katherine Helmond.

  4. Amy
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    we need to think of a snazzy name for our tv-watching group.

  5. adrienne
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Patty, The humor really holds up in it. We were noticing, too, how much Arrested Development must have been influenced by this show.

    Amy, I’ll work on it.

  6. Posted May 18, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I am very much enjoying the new TV show ORPHAN BLACK.

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