A while back in 2008 I became a TV series junkie and started exploring a lot of new shows.
From those listed Pushing Daisies and Dirty, Sexy, Money both got cancelled part way through the second season (very sad)..obviously too intelligent for the US audiences. Thankfully Dexter turned out to be excellent, I’ve watched ALL seasons of the Soprano’s and The Wire – two of the best TV series ever made in my opinion..I’ll watch both of them again in full and I’ll write about both of those later..they are a bit heavy and require a little more thought and consideration though.
Just started Chuck and it’s ok but a bit cheesy and predictable, tried Reaper but it get’s repetitive very fast. A new found favourite is the UK series Skins, pure excellence. Also Californication is good, just started Lie To Me – seems good so far. House was a favourite but also got repetitive after a while, CSI is always a good filler, some UK series I threw in too are IT Crowd and Shameless both pretty entertaining, watched all seasons of The Shield – not bad but certainly not up to The Wire, fell asleep during The Tudors and well that sums up most of it.
Those which I’ve got but haven’t started yet are as follows:
- Mad Men
- How I Met Your Mother
Anyway this post is supposed to be about Entourage, one of my newly discovered favs. Over the CNY holiday period I watched ALL 6 seasons of Entourage and enjoyed every single episode. If you don’t know what Entourage is about basically it’s a series created by Mark Wahlberg that is loosely based on his experience as an up-and-coming film star. It chronicles the rise of Vincent Chase, a young A-list film star, and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City, as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of Hollywood, California.
Can’t wait for the 7th season to come out this summer. It’s just a great, entertaining series. It’s not too tough to watch like Soprano’s which is slow and deep with multiple layers of sub-plot.
Entourage is a straight forward, straight up entertaining, laugh-out-loud kinda show. It’s all about the characters, on the surface it seems like it’d be a very superficial show but actually it’s less about Hollywood and all the trappings and more about a bunch of guys from Queens, New York and how they look out for each other and how their relationships change and develop as time goes by.
Also about the other people they meet in the showbiz industry and how they become friends too, the most important for me of course being Ari Gold one of the best characters to ever grace the TV screen.
He’s won multiple Emmy’s and been nominated almost every year, pure genius by Jeremy Piven, he has some of the best lines ever heard on publicly broadcast television.
There even a whole website dedicated to his quotes with a Youtube! video for each one – Ari Gold Quotes
Don’t visit the site before you’ve watched the show in full though as it’ll take some of the edge off.
The other character that cracks me up non-stop is played by Matt Dillon’s brother and is the legend Johnny ‘Drama’ Chase, brother of the lead character Vincent Chase.
He just comes out with some of the most ridiculous lines and observations humanely possible. Non-stop entertainment! If you aren’t watching it yet, I suggest you do!
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not a series kind of guy. . . .
i love Ari and Lloyd!!!!
yeah! right on about entourage! awesome stuff! somethings are quite true about the film and music industry in there. =) cant wait for the next season!
is it good from the start? (eg. season 1?)
r u from the states ST? u seem like u watch an awful lot of american series
I’ve seen Mad Men, Weeds & HIMYM. Mad men is ok, a little slow sometimes but I like the show for the period it is based on, the vintage fashion, furniture etc. 😛 Weeds can be funny but gets boring after a while. How I met your mother is HILARIOUS! I’ve seen all 5 seasons, heh. Barney Stinson will get you into stitches.
foodcrazee: Yah I wasn’t either, just started watching in 2008.
kimberlycun: Haha yah Lloyd rocks too!
alda: Haha yah I can imagine.
SamuelGoh: Yah it’s good from first episode to the last..Most TV shows come from the states, why would that make me a yankee?
Shirley: Yah heard some ppl mention Mad Men is slow and quite a few stopped watching it. Thanks for the inputs.
Man, why must you say something mean like that about the US audience when the shows you like get cancelled? I don’t see you praising the exact same audience for shows like THE SOPRANOS, DEXTER, ENTOURAGE, and whatever else American shows you like. It is only a select few of the American audience who get to decide which shows do well enough in ratings to stay. Same few who didn’t like PUSHING DAISIES, same ones who love THE SOPRANOS. If you want to blame someone, try the network executives who make it worse by not keeping shows around long enough to thrive.
I do agree with you (and so do most of the people who watched it), however, that PUSHING DAISIES should have continued on. FORTUNATELY, PD got enough warning about the cancellation that it was able to come up with a semi-satisfactory ending.
By the way, if you think DIRTY SEXY MONEY is a show that requires intelligence to watch, umm … I have to question your idea of intelligence 🙂 The show is trash–pure and simple–like a cheap romance novel. That doesn’t mean it isn’t fun and all but there is nothing intelligent about it. The main characters are all quite unlikeable and in the end, I just wanted to kill them all, except for Brian (who really grew on me).
I agree that CHUCK is super cheesy and predictable. It should have been cancelled after the first season like the network wanted to; but it was given another chance due to a campaign by persistent fans (and SUBWAY). Hopefully, it’ll get better. FYI: you might not want to waste anymore of your time watching REAPER because it was cancelled quite a while ago (and rightly so!); and so was LIFE. And that’s my rant. Cheers!
haha, that’s true
I love How I met your mother, Glee and Supernatural! Though Fringe and Dollhouse was nice to watch but I usually get bored over these sci-fi-ish series. LOL
how dare u not to include “24” in ur must-watch list?
I recommend :
24 Season 8
Lost Season 6
Burn Notice Season 3
Damian: Hahah sorry, was being purposely inflammatory. But it’s not fair to make the same comparison with HBO anchor shows (Sopranos, Wire, SATC etc) because they aren’t controlled by the same metrics as other network shows. But I agree, the networks are controlled by money, which is controlled by viewing percentages..so sadly great shows that are not commercially viable perish (like Pushing Daisies), same goes for movies. Yah DSM wasn’t particularly intelligent, I find it similar in many ways to Gossip Girl which is hugely popular. Yah I deleted Reaper after a few episodes, it wasn’t going anywhere. Life seems good though, shame it got canceled.
stephy-nie: Great, will check those out. I’m a sci-fi fan though so I might enjoy those more.
zachary: Only watched the first season so can’t really judge properly yet.
fietheelf: A lot of votes for Glee eh?
Petrofsky: Burn Notice is the only one I haven’t checked out, will take a look.
The Good Wife for Julianna Margulies’ perfect hair!
Aha, looks like entourage is catching on in Malaysia. Only recently I heard about a friend’s colleague starting to watch it.
Been watching it ever since season 1 was aired on HBO, and I gotta admit the Entourage series is just amazing. Gotta love the way Ari does his business 😀
I’ve been wanting to watch the sopranos but it seemed like a tough series where there are a lot of deep interconnected plots which means you can’t miss an episode.
Chuck may be super cheesy in season 1 and still season 2, but I think you’ll find that in season 3 which is airing right now.. there seems to be some development to the Chuck character.
I was a little bummed out that Lost wasn’t on the list. That being said,Petrofsky, Lost s6 hasn’t exactly gripped me. Nor my friends.
And we’re die hard Losties. I re-watched all 5 seasons prior to the premiere of the season finale. A little disappointing if you will have it.
Leverage & Royal Pains.
Love Californication. David Duchovny is sex on legs. Try True Blood. Love the show! Or maybe it’s more for chicks.
chris: Yah I got full set of BSG, haven’t started on it yet tho. Will check out Good Wife looks decent.
moons: Yah it’s an awesome show, can’t wait for Season 7 later this year! Sopranos and The Wire are must watches, but yes they both take a fair bit of concentration. Not sure if I can make it to season 3 for Chuck..
Andrew: Never been a fan of Lost, but I did watch all of Prison Break and enjoyed it so may give it a try but most likely will wait till the series is finished.
SamZz: Leverage looks interesting, put it in the queue.
Kah Han: Haha yah Dr Who is great! Love it too.
ElleSia: Yah watched True Blood first 2 seasons, waiting for 3rd to air now.
how about some BBC production like Top Gear? even uncle ho is producing it now in box set.
and how about old-time classic sitcom like Everybody Loves Raymond? one of my all-time favourite. if u haven’t watch it i guarantee u’ll love it 🙂
ST – i must say to me LOST is the greatest, they exceed all my prediction. dammit. you should watch it from the beginning. there are slow paces but the suprise really make you hook.
@andrew – for the season 6, the final season, i believe the best is yet to come, so keep wacthing.
spiller: I tend to watch more Channel 4 stuff, some BBC comedy (Fast Show, League of Gentleman, IT Crowd, Little Britain, Shameless) but Top Gear I won’t classify under TV series. Not a fan of Raymond, it’s ok la – more of a filler than anything else.
matjoe: Yah will watch Lost after it finishes up.