You’re a loner. You keep your distance. You travel freely through foreign lands. You’re rootless. You’re very comfortable here with your glass of Scotch, but you’re just as comfortable sleeping in a cave with rebels or sharing dinner in some hole-in-the-wall noodle shop. Your closest friends are strangers. You understand that tight bonds can make you vulnerable, so you’re careful not to have any. And that’s why you’re so conflicted about me. You need me. And you hate that about yourself, because it makes you vulnerable.
In 1981, NBC presented a new police series calledHill Street Blues – a pivotal show in the history of quality television. It’s just been released on DVD, in its entirety, for the first time – and our TV critic, David Bianculli, says the show was a game changer –
“Before NBC televised Hill Street, most continuing drama series were presented as stand-alone, interchangeable hours, starring the same characters. Every week, Mannix or Kojak or Baretta would investigate a crime, catch the villains, and wait for next week to do it again. Hill Street borrowed from daytime soap operas, and presented sequential story lines, which carried over from week to week.
There were other innovations, too. Instead of one or two central stars, Hill Street featured a large ensemble cast. Camerawork was often hand-held and frantic, more like a documentary.Dialogue overlapped and sounded natural, as in a Robert Altman movie. Scenes of intense drama sometimes were followed by moments of broad humor. And the crimes themselves, and the solving of them, usually took a back seat to the private lives of the cops, officers and lawyers who populated the show.”
“Schitt’s Creek is a filmed sitcom without a laugh track, but one that falls in line with a long TV tradition. Basically, it’s a reboot of Green Acres, except in that Sixties sitcom, only the wealthy wife didn’t want to relocate to a small town. In Creek, none of them wants to be there – but in both shows, rubbing up against the locals is the main point of the story, and the main source of the comedy.”
David Bianculli from TV Worth Watching reviews 4 DVD releases of vintage television shows: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes, Dirk Gently, and China Beach: The Complete Series.
why do you hate damon and like katherine then if they are both rapists? especially because she raped one of your favorite characters
Because Katherine is written as a clear villain (I mean she turns into the devil in Season 8, for goodness sake). And she’s an incredibly well written villain. She has moments of potential redemption but in the end, always looks out for herself, always takes the low road out of situations and at the series conclusion, pays the ultimate price for it. Katherine is a likable villain. Do I sit there and scream at my TV when she does something to hurt my little cinnamon roll Stefan or screw over the Scooby gang, as she has time and time again? Of course. She’s someone whose actions I disagree with most of the time, but can accept because she literally get’s destroyed with hellfire in the series finale.
You see, I don’t want everyone to be written as heroes. That’s bloody boring. I LOVE a good villain, a well written complex “big bad” if you will, it’s what makes drama television worth watching- bad villain? bad show. What I have a problem with is when writers (who otherwise write pretty interesting and well done characters) have a character so sloppily written that they would let them perform ALL of the actions a villain would (or has) and then label them as a hero. Then never make them pay for their mistakes, never have them learn how to truly be better, never allow karma to catch up with them. I mean sometimes they let Damon out of even having to simply say SORRY for doing absolutely horrific and insufferable things to the people “he cares about”.
Damon is such a sloppily written character. He’s a mess and it’s blatantly obvious the show bent all their rules for him (for whatever reason) so that he could come out on top. To me, that’s just jipping your audience and being a bad writer, you can’t just erase your continuity like that and expect people to fall in line and support your show. If Damon does everything every other villain on the show has done at some point, then Damon should have to pay for those mistakes, just as every other person on the show has done at one point or another. Including Stefan.
Let’s be honest for a minute. Is Hannibal, the television series, actually worth watching? Like I love the franchise besides Hannibal Rising, and don’t know if I want to commit to yet another shitty prequel series.