TV – What’s On (April 2013)

THE AMERICANS

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10 (7,105 votes)

Americans....or not? Don't worry, that guy who was in one episode of The Walking Dead will find out.

Americans….or not? Don’t worry, that guy who was in one episode of The Walking Dead will find out.

I really like this show.

The pilot showed just how good a show set in the past, filmed in a somewhat noir fashion, can be. The show has a rather dark and seedy feel to it. Understandable, seeing as most of the scenes occur at night.

Of all the shows out right now, The Americans seems to have the firmest grasp on audience interest and character motivation. They’ve set the plot up to be not only understandable to a guy like me – who has no idea about the Cold War and Russians sleeper spies – but also enjoyable to experience.

Each character seems just right to me, in terms of what I imagine people from the time to be like. Of course, I may be wrong, therefore rendering the characters as awful. But if I’m not mistaken, the characters are developed in such a way that is historically correct. Good job, writers.

There’s a lot to like about The Americans. Sure, I’m not quite down with how the Sleepers sneak out at night without their kids ever finding out. Or how they developed poisons and/or antidotes (watch Episode 2). But what I do know is that The Americans is a good show at heart, with interesting characters, and a thinnish plot that does seem to expand the further into the episode you get.

If you enjoyed he first 10 minutes of the pilot as much as I did, you’ll fall in love with The Americans.

“Why is everyone so punctual in this business?”

MY RATING: 8 out of 10. I’d get on this one before it gets big.

HOUSE OF LIES

IMDB Rating: 7/10 (8,423 votes)

The stars of this super sensual show.

The stars of this super sensual show.

This show has just about as much crap as it does sexual themes. And there’s a LOT of sex in this show.

House of Lies follows the story of management consultant (I think that’s right) Marty Kaan, played by Don Cheadle. The story progresses through some of the multiple firms he and his crew visits, but is not limited to that. The plot also revolves around Marty’s relationship with his ex-wife, his almost certainly gay son, his family, his crew, and the women he sleeps with.

Cheadle is very good in this show. He has a great sense of humour and adds a great deal of depth to what seems like a one-dimensional man. Kristen Bell is also quite good. Her character shares a fair bit of banter with Marty and the two act it out in good style.

On that note, the script for House of Lies is PHENOMENAL! Every line just jumps off the person’s tongue and into your head. It is quite a fantastic piece of writing. All the dialogue is witty, all the characters are interesting, and all of Marty’s situations are intriguing.

House of Lies doesn’t fall short of the mark set by other comedy-dramas. The great script and well thought out plot makes this a winner on all fronts. Don’t believe me? Watch it for yourself.

Do you like inappropriate comedy? This’ll just about do it for you.

MY RATING: 8.5 out of 10. A winner in my books.

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