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Office TV installed just in time

Pic posted April 12, 2024

Crisis averted – should be set for the weekend

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Letterkenny S12 ✅

Pic posted April 11, 2024

Only six episodes is a downer, but I thought the series was already over, so still a net win

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🫡 Some big checkmarks on the To Do list

Posted April 11, 2024

  • State and federal taxes ✅
  • Office TV installed before the Masters ✅
  • First outdoor training run of 2024 ✅

Upward and onward!

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Curb Your Enthusiasm S12 ✅

Pic posted April 8, 2024

What a great end to a great series

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Fargo S5 ✅

Pic posted March 31, 2024

OK, so the accents and some of the dialogue this season were supremely cringe, but I *loved* Jennifer Jason Leigh, Juno Temple, Jon Hamm and Dave Foley

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Full Swing S2 ✅

Pic posted March 30, 2024

This season really showcased the best and worst of professional golf (for me)

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Top 7 Worst Ad Channels 👎

Posted March 29, 2024

Usually try to keep it positive around here, but wow are ads getting terrible:

  • iOS gaming ads
  • Anything on YouTube
  • Hulu (With Ads)
  • Over the air radio ads
  • Instagram “Sponsored” content
  • Email spam/junk folders
  • Most commercial websites

Could we at least get back to having funny ones? Oh, almost forgot about movie theaters that show anything other than upcoming trailers…

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Kings from Queens: The Run DMC Story ✅

Pic posted March 26, 2024

Another good one from the Peacock trial

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Rough morning for Mary

Pic posted March 26, 2024

Winter is laughing at spring in Minnesota rn

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Link: Prince, Letterman, Dolphin, Dash

Linked March 16, 2024

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Sweet Lou, NO MOR 😢

Pic posted March 7, 2024

Thanks for the great commentary all these years – 2025 just won’t be the same without him

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All Creatures Great and Small S4 ✅

Pic posted February 24, 2024

Wish these seasons were longer – six + a bonus is not enough

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True Detective Night Country ✅

Pic posted February 19, 2024

Season 4 was a good one 🥶

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Master of None S3 ✅

Pic posted February 18, 2024

This wasn’t really season three – this was season one of a spin-off

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Master of None S1 ✅

Pic posted February 13, 2024

Also halfway through S2 – can’t believe the Nashville episode had the same hotel we stayed at last year

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Griselda ✅

Pic posted January 28, 2024

Sounds like some of the storyline strayed quite a bit from actual events, but Sofía Vergara was great and it’s from the same team that created Narcos

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Lupin S3 ✅

Pic posted January 27, 2024

Didn’t see that twist at the end – fun season

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What a finish at PGA West

Pic posted January 21, 2024

The American Express tournament is fun to watch on that great Pete Dye course – Dunlap with the historic amateur win…

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Downfall: The Case Against Boeing ✅

Pic posted January 13, 2024

Timely, given the Alaska Airlines incident. Don’t understand why there weren’t lawsuits after the first two crashes, though (h/t Feeley)

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The best TV shows of all time

Posted January 7, 2024

The Sopranos 25th anniversary story I linked to this week made me think, what are my favorite TV shows of all time? I asked Colleen this question and she had no difficulty coming up with her top 7: The Wire, The Sopranos, Charlies Angels, The Carol Burnett Show, Looney Tunes, Sesame Street and RuPaul’s Drag Race (with an honorable mention to The Flip Wilson Show). Me? I have trouble narrowing down my top 7 shows on HBO, let alone of all time.

Let’s start with HBO. I *loved* all of these shows: The Sopranos, The Wire, Game of Thrones, Deadwood, Treme, Entourage, Big Little Lies, True Blood, The White Lotus, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Barry, The Larry Sanders Show, Six Feet Under, The Last of Us, The Righteous Gemstones and Westworld. More than one needs to come out of this group, for sure.

When I look back at the shows that were popular while growing up in the 70s and 80s, there are some personal favorites that jump out to me: M*A*S*H, WKRP in Cincinnati, The Muppet Show, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Brady Bunch, Welcome Back, Kotter, The Love Boat, Hawaii Five-O, Hogan’s Heroes and Gilligan’s Island. Animated favorites included The Scooby-Doo Show, The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Looney Tunes and The Jetsons.

Shows my mom liked that I watched a lot include The Rockford Files, The Carol Burnett Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Quincy, M.E., The Streets of San Francisco and Magnum, P.I. Of course there were the channel two PBS shows she let my brother and I watch: Sesame Street, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, The Electric Company and 3-2-1 Contact. Also loved staying up late until she got home from work, so Johnny Carson and David Letterman were both huge influences.

Launched in late 1989, The Simpsons started a string of “modern” animated series that influenced a ton of shows I’ve watched since: Futurama, Disenchantment, South Park, Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, The Critic, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (tried to like BoJack Horseman, but that one just never clicked with me).

I’ve had a long love of British television, starting with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and continuing with shows like Red Dwarf, Blackadder, Mr. Bean, Father Ted, The Vicar of Dibley, The Benny Hill Show, The IT Crowd, The Office, Ballykissangel, The Young Ones, Da Ali G Show, Coupling, Absolutely Fabulous, Derek and Black Mirror. The last few years, I’ve watched Downton Abbey, Poldark, All Creatures Great and Small and Annika – loved them all.

Before the rise of the streaming services, there were a string of very solid network shows we watched regularly: In Living Color, the original CSI, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, The Wonder Years, Modern Family, The Office, Community, Scrubs, Arrested Development, Survivor and Saturday Night Live (the last two we still watch regularly). There are a bunch of shows that I believe were produced by various cable networks that were also stellar: Mad Men, Portlandia, Letterkenny, Kids in the Hall, Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience, The Killing and Bosch.

Showtime produced Dexter, Weeds and Yellowjackets. FX did Fargo, Sons of Anarchy, Nip/Tuck, Justified, Dave and What We Do in the Shadows. Hulu has Only Murders in the Building, Reservation Dogs, The Bear and The Patient. Disney Plus has the great Star Wars spin-offs: The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and Andor. Apple TV has Ted Lasso, Slow Horses and The Morning Show.

Lastly, there is the original king of the streamers, Netflix. Looking at this list, their history is nearly on par with HBO: Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Beef, Lupin, The Queen’s Gambit, I Think You Should Leave, Peaky Blinders, Stranger Things, Ozark, The Crown, Wednesday, Squid Game, Orange is the New Black, Narcos, The Politician, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bloodline, Emily in Paris and Lilyhammer.

If I’ve learned anything from this little exercise, it’s that I’ve watched *a lot* of television during my lifetime. Thanks to all the talented creators for many, many hours of entertainment – bravo!

P.S. – I will continue to ponder a top 7 list, but wow is that hard…

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Well, have you tried running around in circles and screaming at the top of your lungs?

— Super Grover, on tech support

Quote posted January 7, 2024

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The Crown S6, Part 2 ✅

Pic posted January 7, 2024

Very much enjoyed the end of this season (and the series) 🇬🇧

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Link: The Sopranos turns 25 on my birthday

Linked January 5, 2024

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Live golf from Hawaii season 🌈

Pic posted January 4, 2024

OMG, love watching The Sentry from Kapalua every January

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Same, Kevin, same

Pic posted January 1, 2024

“An abomination of a loss to the Packers”

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