Category Archives: Television

All of my reviewed television shows

Sons of Anarchy

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IMDb Description:

A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club.

This show…..is one of the most amazing things I’ve watched. Well, the most amazing, backstabbing, so much death, betrayal, and badass kind of show. It also drew me in from the start and had me swooning over the bad boy that was Jax Teller. Charlie Hunnam epitomized that bad boy to a T, he embodied that roll damn well, especially the swagger….he swagged it up. I will never use swagged again because it slightly makes me want to punch someone. I watched the first three seasons or so earlier this year but this summer I binged on the other three and I don’t regret it one bit.

First of all Charlie Hunnam is the one that drew me into this show because I’ve loved him ever since I watched Nicholas Nickleby and he plays Jax so well. He is also easily my favorite character in the show, to me he’s just so easy to like, he’s loyal, he’d do anything for his family and brothers, it’s pretty incredible to watch even if most of the time it may result in death or a beat down. There are so many other characters and I’m just going to say that my other favorites are Tig, because he is so weird and crazy, Chibs is amazing and Scottish and a lot of the time I have trouble understanding him, Robert is so cool and he’s pretty much the heart of the club, Opie I loved him because he was Burtier in Remember the Titans, and Chief Wayne was just a guy who wanted to do the right thing and keep people safe.

There was so much action in this show it was just mind boggling. There wasn’t an episode without someone getting punched, or shot, or hit with something. I have to say that it was pretty awesome and kind of fed my bloodthirsty side. Then there would be parts that would just make me have to stop and think or be like you wot mate?

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There was just so much complexity to this show that makes it just so amazing and unlike other shows in this category. It’s just so unique and brings out your side that makes you want to go get in a fight but you don’t really want to do that because pain is not your friend.

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Anywho this show is beyond glorious and I highly recommend it and want you to go watch it right now and catch up because the current season right now is the last one.

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-Chelsea K.

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Haven

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Haven

Syfy Description:

Syfy’s one-hour drama series Haven, starring Emily Rose (Jericho, Brothers and Sisters) is based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. The series follows the shrewd and confident FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose) as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine on a routine case. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are affected by a range of supernatural afflictions. The truth about Audrey’s mysterious past (which she can’t fully remember) starts to come out as well. 

As the townspeople’s dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey helps keep these forces at bay while discovering the many secrets of Haven — including one surrounding her own surprising connections to this extraordinary place.

This is another one of those shows that I had seen commercials for and I thought it looked good but I jut never got around to watching it. There was a show or a movie that my mom and I were watching when we saw a trailer for this show and she thought it looked good so I thought why not? So we went on Netflix and hopped on the train. I marathoned this show so hard that I couldn’t just watch episodes with my mom when she got home and finished all four seasons in about a week or two.

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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this show and the fact that Duke and Nathan are so damn adorable and the fact that Nathan’s ass in his jeans could change lives. That is literally no joke. He knows how to wear a pair of jeans.

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Audrey is a pretty kickass person who deals with more things in a way more rational way than most people could. I instantly liked her because she didn’t seem to try too hard as an actress in this character for the most part. I mean it was a Syfy show so the acting isn’t the greatest. But I really felt that she was just pretty easy to like. Nathan was so adorable, but I felt he kind of brooded just a little too much, but otherwise he was a definite boy next door type. Now Duke was just hilarious, I instantly loved him because of his humor. There were times when he would get really serious and it pretty much made my heart ache for him, he is probably the best actor on the show.

The story line was pretty good….at times it was a bit too unrealistic. The graphics also at times were a laughable, but in spite of all that I still loved the show. There was so much sexual tension in this show that I wanted to punch someone when there was FINALLY a kiss somewhere in season two, it drove me a bit mad. The town they shot this show in is gorgeous, also I just want to go swim in that water so badly because it was just super duper pretty.

Well I hope you go watch this show because it is really amazing.

-Chelsea K.

Awkward.

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MTV Description:

This series takes an irreverent look at the conflict, chaos and humor that defines teenage life through the eyes of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton, whose life begins to change when a simple accident becomes an epic misunderstanding and is blown way out of proportion. Narrated in the first-person voice of Jenna’s blog posts, “Awkward.” captures the humor within the struggles and experiences everyone can relate to from their formative years. The series picks up in the aftermath of the accident as she must deal with a new not-so-fun stigma, while at the same time managing the other daily drama that comes with being a teenager. From a secret relationship with a popular guy, to being undermined by a mean girl, and parents who just don’t get it – Jenna’s misfortune will eventually serve as the catalyst for amazing change, but it’s not without some missteps and mishaps along the way.

The day I was getting ready to leave for New Orleans is when I started watching this show and that was all I did for the rest of that day until I had to leave. the thing that makes me love this show is that they don’t make the main character perfect and that she makes actual mistakes, like an actual human being. So when I got back from NOLA I just vegged out and watched the first 3 seasons. One night I forced my mom to watch it with me and I’m pretty sure I got her hooked!

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This show just makes you relate to it so much because I feel that it is like high school should be. The complicated relationships, awkward first times, the mean girls, and all the other things you can think of. It just makes it feel more real than the other shows that have people who are mid twenties trying to play high school students whereas this show has people who actually look like high school students!

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I also love how they have the characters grow through these three seasons. Matty used to be kind if an asshole but now….damn son…I love you even more. The actress who played Jenna was just brilliant and her emotions seemed real to me and she did an amazing job in this role. I love the people who play the parents, they are hilarious and just crazy awesome. I know this is a really short review but you just need to see it to believe it. So the cast and just this whole show is glorious and I definitely recommend watching it.

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-Chelsea K.

The Killing

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IMDB Description:

A police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

This has quickly become, in the couple of days it took me to watch the seasons, one of my favorite shows. This show is just incredibly written and directed and produced. I am already anxiously awaiting season 4.

In the first season I was didn’t really like Detective Holder much, it might have been the way he talked and dressed but by the end of season 1 I really liked him and then the end of season 3 I was thinking of him as a best friend. Now Linden, I slowly started to like her throughout the first couple of episodes. She, in general, seems like a hard person to get to know and get along with at times, but as I began to understand her I began to truly like her. I feel like throughout these three seasons, Linden and Holder are a perfect partner match just because they both have had difficult pasts and seem to understand the other person a little bit better than that person might understand themselves.

It seemed that throughout the first two seasons I was constantly yelling ‘Who is the killer?!’ I have to say that season 3 was most definitely my favorite season and that ending, aka just the last episode where that crazy is, made me scream and I am still currently seething over what happened. Just…aodspvjaiojbiojewoijobijijvijijdoaijw!!

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I’m probably going to be livid over that last episode until the next season comes out. From the sets to the actors the shows was made gloriously well, everything worked together amazingly well and kudos to the creators and everyone involved in this show. This is a very highly recommended show from me, so if you like murder mystery shows I definitely suggest this one, just be prepared to have to wait a whole season or two to find out who the killer is and it can get very frustrating, but it is most definitely worth it.

-Chelsea K.

Orphan Black

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Amazon Description:

Sarah, a streetwise hustler on the run, witnesses the suicide of a stranger who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity, hoping that cleaning out the dead woman’s bank account will solve all of her problems. Instead, after taking on the new identity, Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers.

I have seen a lot of commercials for this show and I’ve seen lots of people talking about it, so I decided to watch it. This show is so gloriously amazing and unique that I quickly became addicted to yet another BBC show.  If you watch this there will not be another show out that that is like it. In this show someone has somehow perfected the art of creating clones and has created who knows how many of them. We slowly find out about more about the clones as the show progresses and we discover that someone is starting to kill off the clones.

I also found myself falling in love with another male tv character, Beth’s boyfriend Paul. It’s partially because he’s really good looking and there’s that mysterious air about him throughout the show that just pulls ladies in by the herds. He also seems like he just generally wants to help Beth and get her to move on with her life after what happened with her.

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Then there is Felix and damn he is one sassy guy. He is ridiculously hilarious and I love him for his comedic relief during the season. I am now definitely ready for season 2 to be out in April. I need my Orphan Black!! I definitely recommend this show if you are a fan of BBC and science fiction.

-Chelsea K.

Luther

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IMDB Description:

A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

I’d seen commercials for this show a lot last summer when I would watch Broadchurch. I just kept putting it off like eh…it looks okay, I might watch it in the future. So here I am, I just finished the last episode of season 2 Friday night and wow…I’m in love with Idris Elba. That accent, the brooding that he seems to do so well at times just works for him. There is just something about a nice looking accented guy solving crimes that draws me in.

So Idris plays DCI John Luther. In these two seasons we see him going around solving crimes in that badass way of his, and BBC never does crimes shows repetitively in the way the crimes are done and solved. It always amazes me because I’ll be sitting there thinking yeah that guy totally did and it apparently was not him and then I have to sit there and reevaluate my life because I got it wrong. Now in the first season we see that he is split from his wife but he still desperately loves her, which pulls on the heartstrings, makes you feel for him and just want to hug him and make him not feel sad. Ruth Wilson who plays Alice Morgan, is disgustingly brilliant. She plays that crazy smart psychopath that just follows Luther around but would strangely help him out if he needed it. She is a character that you hate to love, she’s so bad sometimes she’s good. Then Warren Brown who plays DS Justin Ripley who is a completely loyal friend to Luther, and looks up to him and would do anything for him no matter the cost. I love Ripley, every time something happened to him I would freak out and be like no he can’t be scratched by that bush!! How dare you try to scratch him, who do you think you are bush, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?! But this whole cast works together like perfectly conducted orchestra. There were no awkward scenes that looked like they were just weirdly filmed or the acting was just not good. The way they filmed it and the places they filmed it at seemed to fit each scene perfectly and just good job BBC, you’ve done it again. This show was amazing and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

-Chelsea K.

Upstairs Downstairs

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IMDB Description:

A new family and their servants live at the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in 1936.

I had heard about this show a few times but never really thought anything of it, so yesterday when I pulled Hulu up and saw it I decided why not? It’s another BBC show, and if you haven’t figured it out by now I’m in love with the BBC. So I went on a binge and just finished seasons 1 and 2. Each episode is about an hour long and the first season has 4 episodes while the second season has 6. The closest thing I can compare this show to is Downton Abbey. While Downton Abbey is of a much larger scale, Upstairs Downstairs is more of an almost rich suburby kind of way of living.

This show takes place before the second world war and is about this wealthy married couple who buys a home in London. The first season you see their journey of hiring servants and finding the right fit, and redecorating the house. Now while I was watching the first episode I recognized the actor Neil Jackson, who plays the chauffeur Harry Spargo. I’ve really only seen him in Push and Make It Or Break It, but he is in a whole bunch of other things. He is the only actor that I recognized in this show, so everyone else was a new experience in watching act. Now in season two Alex Kingston is part of the cast. If you watch Doctor Who you would recognize her as River Song. Now she adds a bit of spice to the show, since we find out she’s a lesbian, GASP! How scandelous! Now in the second season the sister Percy and her brother in law Sir William Holland just angered me to no end, just AOIJDVOINIENOIPBNWE!!

I enjoyed this show, but is it a favorite of mine now? No probably not, but if you liked Downton Abbey I’d say give it a try.

-Chelsea K.

Wallander

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IMDB Description:

A TV program centered on a soul-searching Swedish cop.

So my first series review. AHH! Okay, let me think of where to start. A week or two ago I finished the first 3 seasons of Wallander. The episodes are done like Sherlock, 3 episodes a season each about an hour and a half long. What first drew me to this series is that Kenneth Branagh was the lead actor. You have no idea how much I love Kenneth Branagh as an actor and director. I mean he directed Thor and he’s stared in so many movies, Harry Potter, Wild Wild West, which are only just a few that I’ve seen him in. Also the fact that it’s a BBC show and I have become addicted to the BBC.

Kurt Wallander is a detective in Sweden who is divorced and has a 20 some year old daughter. I was watching the first episode when BAM! Tom Hiddletson pops up in all of his adorable glory, now he’s only in the first two season which made me a little sad, but it still stays consistent in the quality of the show in the third season even without him. Now Tom wasn’t a major character, but in my heart he was. Throughout the seasons the crimes are dealt and solved in a myriad of ways that kept me guessing and almost every episode seemed to have a part that made me get close to tears. Any show that makes me feel the emotion that they are portraying through the actors, music, and the scenery, or background, is a show that makes me want to keep watching it because it’s doing something right. I holed myself up in my room until I finished this series. The supporting actors were amazing, they all were up to par with Kenneth and none of the scenes looked or felt awkward or forced, they all flowed really smoothly. Now the places, the places in Sweden where they filmed were gorgeous, and I liked that they didn’t do studio sets, or at least if they did it didn’t seem like one to me, made it more real and believable. If you like mystery shows, this is one that I definitely recommend.

Now I don’t know when the fourth and unfortunately final season will air in the U.S. but I’m ready for it and I hope it comes soon.

-Chelsea K.

House of Cards

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IMDB Description:

A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

I’m not really sure what drew me to this show since I’m not really a political person and I’ve never been a fan of political shows, but if I had to pick one thing it would have to be the cast. This cast worked so well together in this show that I have to say Netflix knew what it was doing. It actually makes you stop and think that there is this level of corruption and manipulation in the government and the press.

This show is about a chunk of Kevin Spacey’s character Francis Underwood’s political journey. Underwood gets angry at being turned down at a position he expected to be promoted to, this then starts the flame for him to get back at the government.

I really don’t want to give too much away for this show because you really just have to watch and get the full effect of it. This is about as brief a summary I could do without getting all spoilery, because every detail in this show I feel is a potential spoiler. So if you like or don’t like political shows, just give the first episode a try and see how you feel!

-Chelsea K.