AG’s Quarantine Survival Guide: TV Shows

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Welcome the AG Quarantined Guide. Today the AG staff will be giving you ideas of TV shows to binge-watch while stuck at home.

This stay at home thing sucks. Even if it’s for the best, let’s be honest we are are all so, so bored. No bars, no in person hangouts, and worst of all no sports!

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But don’t worry, AG has still got you covered to appease that boredom, at least temporarily. Each staff member will be giving you their personal recommendations on various activities to help you get through this whole social distancing thing. We highly encourage y’all to share your picks in the comments below, as well.

Next up is TV shows. With the presence of online streaming the options seem endless, but with that comes the catch-22 of finding something actually good. So, gals and guys…what have you been binge-watching?

MITKO:

If you read Friday Night OTs, you’ll know I’m a big zombie enthusiast. So unsurprising I’ll be recommending a zombie TV show streaming currently on Netflix. (In fact a few more topic may be zombie based as well.) No I’m not talking about that overrated “The Walking Dead”. Instead I’ve currently been binge-watching “Kingdom”, which just released it’s second It’s a dubbed thriller set in Korea during the Joseon period after the recent invasions by Japan and introduction of firearms. I’ve recommended this to people who are even “meh” on zombies. It involves political conspiracies among a battle with the undead. Unlike most zombie movies, the characters have extreme depth, it doesn’t rely heavily on guns, and has wonderful fighting choreography. Korea knows how to do horror and “Kingdom” is no exception.

BRAG:

It’s long been established that I love me some infotainment, so with that in mind I suggest Time Team. It’s a British Ch. 4 production rather than BBC, but it’s still doing sound archeology in an easy to follow way. The premise is a team of experts take three days doing an investigative dig, as opposed to a full-on excavation that we normally associate with archeology presented in a 1-hour format.

They primarily dig in the UK, but also have done work elsewhere, such as in the USA and France. Every dig’s interesting in its own way, and in terms of range their digs span everything from the stone age to WWII. Of particular interest is their Roman digs, and following along with those can teach you a lot about the Roman rule in Britannia. There’s similar threads to follow involving everyone from Vikings to Celts.

The team’s composed of some colorful and interesting people, too. Phil in particular is wonderfully quirky, what with his hat thing, long hair, love of beer, and a tendency to say things like “stone the crows” in a completely natural way. He’s energetic and good-natured, and at his happiest when he’s digging down to the artifacts.

But there are others on the team, and one of the more interesting things to watch develop is the progress of John’s “geophysics” team as they progress in technique and technology over the 20-year life of the program, not to mention the additional specials, one of which was a dig on royal property, with the Queen dropping in to check on the progress. At first John gets a lot of razzing about his results, but his improvement, though slow, is steady. Then again, the show itself develops along the way, so while the first couple series/seasons are a bit clunky and short, once they hit their stride it greatly improves.

Last but not least are the creators of the series, the late Dr. Mick Aston, an archeology professor, and Tony Robinson as the presenter. Mick provides the guidance for each dig and discusses what’s going on with Tony taking the “everyman” role so they can discuss things so the general public can easily understand. I binge watched the whole series, with the exception of the last few seasons after Mick had left the show. Tried a few, and it just wasn’t the same. Anyway, all 215 episodes are available on Youtube and the specials on a different playlist at the same channel. Protip: Learn how to skip the intro theme, a few minutes times 215 really adds up.

DAVE:

Well, since I’m still working daily and have limited TV-watching time, I’m taking Tiger King. seeing as how it’s the only show I’ve finished. And if you still haven’t seen it, my gawd, please do so.

As about 99% of the world already knows, the show mainly follows Oklahoma native Joe Exotic, a mullet-haired, gun-wielding, country-music-singing, big-cat-owning polygamist of the homosexual persuasion. If that description alone doesn’t make you want to stop what you’re doing and check it out, you have no hope.

It follows Joe’s exploits as a “zoo” owner, along with a colorful cast of possible-murderers, cult-leaders, con artists and assorted other “ne’er-do-wells” while he attempts to battle an animal rights guru whilst also running for multiple political offices. Yes, that’s a thing in this series.

The ending will make you sit back and say “whaaaaaa –” and you will absolutely be entertained throughout its’ entirety. My suggestion is to watch at least the first two episodes, as the first one is slow to break into the craziness. By the end of episode two, it’s too late — you’re hooked.

TONY:

Kenny vs. Spenny is the greatest reality TV show of all time, and every episode is free on YouTube. It’s about two guys in Toronto and do a different competition each episode, with the loser having to do a humiliation. These competitions range from the normal (who can gain the most weight) to the absurd (who can wear a dead octopus on their head the longest).

But the best is, of course, who can blow the biggest fart.

CHRIS:

The Sopranos: This is probably the only series I have watched every single episode of. I watched it all on my second deployment, then actually watched it again. We do not watch network TV in our house, so I am not up on any of the current sitcoms they have out.

Anthony:

The obvious answers here are either Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad. They are probably the best TV series ever made, and since you’re never going to be able to leave the house again for the rest of your life, you are in luck because both are long running shows with plenty of hours of viewing to keep your lazy ass occupied without having to leave the couch. But that’s just too easy. No, rather, I am going to tell you to watch the best terrible show ever made. Dexter.

It’s genuinely terribad. And yet, somehow you will keep watching it throughout until its very painful end. With the exception of Michael C. Hall, who plays Dexter, the show producers set out to cast the absolutely worst actors possibly available. I’ve seen more convincing acting from Patrick Swayze…and he’s dead. But not to be outdone, they also hired the worst script writers known to man. The dialog is atrocious, and the delivery disturbingly off-cue. However, due to some mystery beyond my mental grasp, they managed to develop a storyline surrounding this main character that truly drew you in. And whats the premise? Well, it’s about a relatable serial killer. Sound fun? Fantastic.

Now let’s all head to the Winchester Arrowheadguys.com and wait for this whole thing to blow over.
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fansince63
fansince63
04/07/2020 5:54 pm

One of my favorite TV shows ever, Rescue Me.

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
04/07/2020 4:44 pm

I’ve been watching Versailles on Netflix. It’s a historical period piece about Louis XIV, his court, the building of Versailles, and how Louis leads France. It’s fantastic with lots of sex.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
04/07/2020 2:43 pm

My favorite show of all time start to finish is Justified.
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zulu trader
04/07/2020 1:06 pm
probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  zulu trader
04/07/2020 2:07 pm

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zulu trader
Reply to  probablyamistake
04/07/2020 2:21 pm

Big boy comedy

zulu trader
04/07/2020 12:35 pm

14:43 minutes

zulu trader
Reply to  zulu trader
04/07/2020 12:47 pm
DaChefs
04/07/2020 12:11 pm

We’ve also started watching The Office from S1E1. LOL

DaChefs
04/07/2020 12:08 pm

The Rain on Netflix. Danish series. Really good and highly relevant.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  Mitko
04/07/2020 1:03 pm

I’ve noticed a lot of Season 2’s get weird!

DaChefs
Reply to  Mitko
04/07/2020 2:35 pm

It was not as good as the first for sure.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
04/07/2020 11:43 am

Been watching The Americans. Weird dynamic, pulling for and hating on the ruskies at the same time. It’s probably because of the kids, don’t want to see them get hurt. Love the historical setting with Reagan, he really messed with those people. 🙂

zulu trader
Reply to  probablyamistake
04/07/2020 11:46 am

Actually, he broke them

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  zulu trader
04/07/2020 11:55 am

Yes he did, loved Ronnie for that. 🙂 We could use a repeat of that with Vlad right about now. I’ve had about enough of that jerk.

zulu trader
Reply to  probablyamistake
04/07/2020 12:10 pm

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probablyamistake
probablyamistake
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04/07/2020 12:25 pm

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NovaChiefs
Reply to  probablyamistake
04/07/2020 12:49 pm

Have you watched Comrade Detective? It’s a spoof of a Cold War era show shot in Romania. Supposed to be a Commie Propaganda show. On Amazon Prime.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  NovaChiefs
04/07/2020 12:57 pm

Haven’t seen it, will check it out. Love Cold War stuff, thanks.

NovaChiefs
Reply to  probablyamistake
04/07/2020 1:11 pm

It’s different. We’re the bad guys.

vvet818
04/07/2020 10:26 am

I’ve been binge watching this and the “Ask” version on Pluto (free stream)

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
04/07/2020 9:45 am

Barry on HBO is fantastic

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  Beachbeard
04/07/2020 12:52 pm

I started to really dislike Barry later in the season.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
04/07/2020 9:45 am

I completely forgot about Game of Thrones. My wife and I did a binge on it, by getting the free trial of HBO for I think 2 weeks. So make that TWO series I have watched every episode of.
Also watched a lot of King of the Hill when I was kiddo.

Nasrani
Reply to  CHIEFSandSABRES
04/07/2020 9:46 am

I love King of the Hill and am trying to collect the whole thing on DVD. Mrs. Nasrani and I have up to season 8 in our possession.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  Nasrani
04/07/2020 9:47 am

When it came out, the Simpsons went away for me. I do not think I have watched another 30 minute episode of the Simpsons in 20 years.

Nasrani
Reply to  CHIEFSandSABRES
04/07/2020 9:49 am

It’s good up until about Season 10-11, and then goes way downhill. A guy named Greg Daniels did a brunt of the writing for it, and then he left to lend his comedic brilliance to such shows as “King of the Hill,” “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.”

Tarkus
Reply to  CHIEFSandSABRES
04/07/2020 9:53 am

I started watching the Simpsons again in the past year or so, and while the consistency isn’t like it used to be, you still get reminded from time to time how great it can be.

Nasrani
04/07/2020 9:39 am

If nothing else, a certain sporting event from two months ago is making the rounds on YouTube… something about being the 54th one…

Tarkus
04/07/2020 9:24 am

I think this is the best season yet of Westworld. Really enjoying it so far.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  Tarkus
04/07/2020 12:59 pm

I like the first season. 2nd season was beyond confusing. 3rd season… I just don’t fully understand what’s going on because of season 2. Oh well.

Tarkus
Reply to  MasterChief
04/07/2020 2:13 pm

I can’t say I fully understand it (all seasons, really), but I love the futuristic society they’ve created, and I really like the addition of Aaron Paul to the show. Delores being a bad ass is fun to watch too.

Nasrani
04/07/2020 9:20 am

“The Office” is always good (and is on the ‘Flix), “Criminal Minds” is pretty good as a police procedural, but it also explores the connections of its main characters as well as delving a bit into their back stories, and the ‘Flix just put “Community” on (think “The Office” but with greater levels of apathy and taking place at a community college).

workingmansdead
Reply to  Nasrani
04/07/2020 9:32 am

Community was so good.

Nasrani
Reply to  workingmansdead
04/07/2020 9:35 am

My wife thinks it’s stupid, but then she thought “The Office” was stupid the first time she watched it and now she loves it – we just re-watched all of it and, say what you will about the last two seasons and not having Steve Carell as a cast member, but “The Office” ends really well.

I convinced her to go back through “Community” and give it another chance, so we’ll see what happens.

zulu trader
Reply to  Nasrani
04/07/2020 10:26 am

Hey Nas, why don’t you go down to the local car wash and get a job, then you won’t have time to watch tv

Nasrani
Reply to  zulu trader
04/07/2020 10:30 am

I’m too busy washing my hands to do anything.

zulu trader
Reply to  Nasrani
04/07/2020 10:34 am

at the car wash, you’ll get your hands washed multiple times a day

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Nasrani
Reply to  zulu trader
04/07/2020 10:59 am

I hear the boss don’t mind sometimes if you act a fool at the car wash.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  Nasrani
04/07/2020 3:38 pm

At the car wash?

NovaChiefs
04/07/2020 9:11 am

Catching up on my Trek. Got a free month of CBS AllAccess, and finished season one of Picard, starting ST:Discovery (which may have some of the WORST 1st episode dialogue I’ve ever heard. Hope it gets better).

Tarkus
Reply to  NovaChiefs
04/07/2020 9:21 am

I like Discovery a lot, but Picard is rather meh.

kcfreak725
04/07/2020 8:48 am

My wife and I are all caught up on Brooklyn Nine-Nine after watching all of that, now we have moved onto Frasier. I personally have started South Park and, if Leaf is out there, I’m almost finished with Kaguya-sama: Love Is War…I’m enjoying them all.

Nasrani
Reply to  kcfreak725
04/07/2020 9:21 am

“Frasier” is probably the best spinoff series ever done.

Tarkus
Reply to  Nasrani
04/07/2020 9:22 am

If not that, then Better Call Saul, which is the arguably the best thing on television right now.

Nasrani
Reply to  Tarkus
04/07/2020 9:38 am

I’m going to get chased off of here with torches, pitchforks, and the like, but I have yet to see “Breaking Bad.” I haven’t had time to sit down and give it the watching that so many of my friends say it deserves.

Tarkus
Reply to  Nasrani
04/07/2020 9:46 am

I finally started watching The Wire, which is often compared to Breaking Bad (in that both get a lot of traction as “best ever” series). So I can relate.

kcfreak725
Reply to  Nasrani
04/07/2020 10:47 am

What’s funny is my wife cannot stand Cheers for some reason, yet she loves Frasier.

Tarkus
Reply to  kcfreak725
04/07/2020 9:22 am

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is so good. I want to do a complete rewatch soon.

kcfreak725
Reply to  Tarkus
04/07/2020 10:48 am

No doubt

Tarkus
Reply to  kcfreak725
04/07/2020 10:52 am

Yeah, I just binge-watched it a few months ago, and I miss being able to watch new episodes whenever I wanted.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  Tarkus
04/07/2020 1:02 pm

Nine nine!

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  kcfreak725
04/07/2020 1:01 pm

Nine nine!

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