Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Recommended for You!

I've just finished Season 2 of Sherlock and I realised I watch quite a lot of things that I find to be brilliant, so I figured... time for my top 10 things to watch!

10. The Ricky Gervais Show.

A show wherein 3 men, Ricky Gervais, Steven Merchant, and Karl Pilkington discuss news, travel, every day life and issues in a brilliantly comical way. Taken from a well know podcast, the series comes to life with animations depicting the hilarious anecdotes... Famous for Karl Pilkingtons simpleton outlook on the world, his resemblance to a chimp, his nonsensical, illogical comments, mispronunciation of words, complete lack of perspective and rational thinking and of course... perfectly spherical head like 'a fucking orange'. This show will have you giggling like a maniac, and if that doesn't do it, Ricky and Steve's running commentary on Karl's opinions and ideas will have you pissing yourself, and even if that doesn't do it, then Ricky's hilarious laugh and Steve's outrage voice will surely give you a smirk.

Animated episodes made from the podcast they used to do, a 3 series show, it's hilarious, there are no words to describe my intense love for these three men. Especially Karl Pilkington... which brings me onto my next point.

9. An Idiot Aboard 1 & 2

An Idiot Abroad series 1 was based around the travels of Karl Pilkington, who was sent to some of the dankest corners of the world, with the idea put into his mind by Ricky and Steve, that he was going to nice places. In this series they send him to some of the weirdest places on earth to meet some of the strangest people, try the nastiest food, and get all kinds of bowel irritations. He went to see the Seven Wonders of The World, and usually had to make a rigorous journey to get there. However, Karl is known world wide for his ability to remain constantly unimpressed by everything and his skills at moaning are second to none, never happy about anything, and rarely seen smiling, Karl often has completely mundane views on some of the worlds greatest monuments and sights to see... at one point claiming the Great Wall of China should be renamed to The Alright Wall of China.

In this clip, they show the Best Bits of Karl's time in Mexico, wherein he goes wrestling, and endures a mexican festival renowned for causing injury, at one point, his guide runs to him, smiling, pointing to his arm saying with glee "Karl I just got burned!" While Karl himself tries to suck in all his body mass to hide behind a lamppost. Worth a watch.

In series 2, Karl is sent around the world again, this time to complete a bucket list he has chosen, but of course, with Ricky and Steven involved, it would never be that simple... when Karl chose a day alone on a desert island, he probably imagined white sand, palm trees, perhaps even a small forest or jungle to gather food from. What he instead had was a small island, that in his description, looked like a muffin, that was very small, very rainy, very rocky, and with very little to look at. On top of this, the tribes forced him into wearing underwear made of leaves, as a sign of respect. Although Karl has chosen his bucket list himself, Ricky and Steve often send him on detours along his journey, meaning he underwent astronaut g-force training, attended a cuddle party, lost very badly at sumo wrestling, met a lot of transexual japanese women/ formerly men, among other things. Sometimes his bucket list would actually just be changed entirely, from swimming with dolphins, for example, to swimming with sharks. Karls commentary throughout makes it hilarious viewing, and if nothing else, it's brilliant for those who are big fans of schadenfreude. 

One of my favourite episodes :')

(Also, since the release of series 2, people have begun making movie posters about Karl, and here is my favourite.)

8.Black Books.

If you haven't already seen Black Books, you should try to as soon as possible, it's a little gem of a series that's gone a little unnoticed by the majority of people, or it has become one of those series where people know the name, but haven't really seen it. 

Black Books is set in a book shop somewhere in London I believe, it is run by Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), a constantly drunk, alcoholic, chain smoking, angry irishman. He works next door to Fran (Tamsin Grieg) who runs a knick-knack and curios shop next to his book stop, the two are old friends and regularly drink together. One day during an odd street fight they both meet Manny (Bill Bailey) who during an incident involving swallowing a miniature pocket book, temporarily loses sanity, after regaining it thanks to Bernard stopping the fight as a means of getting injured, so that he won't have to fill out his tax returns, Manny offers to do his tax returns for him, as he just recently lost his job doing just such things. Drunkely, Bernard offers Manny a job in the bookshop, and the entire series is set from there. Usually completely ridiculous things occur, involving completely ridiculous people and characters, almost always resolved by the end, and almost always involving copious amounts of wine. It's a slightly black comedy, with ridiculous bits of utter insanity woven tightly into it. 

Unfortunately, thanks to copyright from Channel 4, there are no short clips on youtube to upload, however, 4od does have all the episodes available, so here is the first episode to start you off!

7. The IT Crowd

The IT Crowd has gotten a lot of publicity over it's past few seasons, so most people will know of it by now. If you don't however, here's a brief summary.

At the heart of Reynholm industries is the reliable IT department, set in the basement of the building, it consists of Moss, a man whom makes the words 'Computer Geek' an understatement. Roy, a lazy Irish IT technician who's main joy in life seems to be complaining... and finding both himself and Moss in the weirdest situations... And Jen, trusty relationships adviser... who knows absolutely nothing about computers... or relationships.

I feel that describing the hilarious brand of humour the IT Crowd delivers is difficult, as it's a type of humour i've rarely come across before, so rather than try and feebly describe it to you, here is a clip...

6. The Mighty Boosh 

The Mighty Boosh has generated somewhat of a phenomenal fan base over the years, and much like The IT Crowd, words fail me in trying to describe it. A brilliant show full of brilliant ideas. Quotable and hilarious.

Here is one of my favourite, and one of the most well know episodes to date. In full! :')

5. Doctor Who

If you don't already watch Doctor Who, I will exercise my right to force you to. I would love to go into a description of the show, but being so iconic, and so long running, the description would either be inadequate, or far too long. I went to wikipedia. 

"Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord, a time-traveling, humanoid alien known as the Doctor who explores the universe in a sentient time machine called the TARDIS that flies through time and space, whose exterior appears as a blue police box from 1963 London which is when the Series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, he faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help people, and right wrongs."

So there you have it! And though Doctor Who always has running themes of humour throughout, it's not actually a comedy, it's Sci-Fi/Adventure, however, I couldn't help but take clips from the current Doctor's funniest moments that I found on youtube, so here's a quick introduction to Doctor Number 11! 

(By the way, it doesn't say in the wiki description, but The Doctor can do this thing called Regenerating, which is when his body starts to die, or shut down, and it regenerates itself a new body, same mind, new body, meaning various actors can play the role, also meaning the series can go for as long as people will write for it.) 

(Bow ties are cool.)

4.Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

This isn't a series in the traditional sense, it's a panel quiz show, however, it is pretty damn funny, there's not a lot to say other than the fact that it's a comedy based quiz show... and the fact that Simon Amstell used to host it, so it must be good, also Phil Jupitus and Noel Fielding are regular panel hosts. 

Arguably one of the funniest episodes in a long time.

Oh and if you google Never mind The Buzzcocks, you get copious amounts of Noel Fielding. I am okay wiht this.

3.Flight of The Concords.

I can't really explain what it is I find funny about this show, perhaps it's the awkward nature of the main characters, or the purposely stilted sense of humour with which they deliver their lines, or the ridiculously funny and sometimes uncomfortable songs they write, or perhaps it's simply the storyline... regardless of what it is... There is just something great about this show.

If the thumbnail isn't enough to make you click play, i don't know what will.

2. Sherlock.

The BBC adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories never ever fails to disappoint. The only bad thing about it is the fact that there are only 3 episodes per season, and currently to date, only two seasons, with a third now being eagerly anticipated. The writers do a brilliant job, and in my attempts to write a review, I became very aware that there was so much good stuff to write about, I couldn't fit it all in without simply stating what had happened in the episodes from start to finish. The portrayal of every character is so perfect, every role was perfectly cast and every line perfectly delivered. The storyline obviously comes from the original Arthur Conan-Doyle books, but set in Modern Day London, with John Watson as an ex Army Doctor and Sherlock as a self proclaimed Consulting Detective. Amazing cinematography, fantastic actors, outfits and scenery, as well as brilliant visual explanations and representations of the deduction thought process used to solve crimes. Action packed, thrilling, moving and also, really rather humourous in many places. It is easily one of my favourite shows to watch, everything down to the sets, music and an undeniably attractive cast is perfect. Not a fault to pick anywhere. 

This is the season 1 trailer, give it a watch, then watch all six episodes, then thank me.

1. Dexter.

Dexter has to be my one of my all time favourite series. I've watched all 6 now, and i'm glad to hear there will be another 2... luckily, so far, Dexter hasn't become one of those shows that starts to get worse with every series, it has it's high and low points, and every fan has their favourite series. No matter which yours is, you can bet on your life that it'll be brilliant. 

Dexter is about a serial killer... who kills other killers. Almost good in a deranged way. Trained by his adoptive father, a police officer at Miami Metro Homicide, Dexter has learnt to cover his tracks, never get caught, and always kill the people that deserve it, the people the police can't catch. However, whilst also maintaining his dark desires, he finds himself having to try to appear completely normal and human, despite being almost completely emotionally void on the inside. He does this by working IN Miami Metro Homicides forensic department, as a blood splatter analyst, cutting it kind of close to the skin there, I know... pun not intended, but working alongside his adoptive sister Debra, who works in homicide, the very department that would end up investigating him, were he ever to leave behind any evidence, he finds the advantage of his job means that he can use full forensic facilities, cover his tracks, and mislead the police away from a serial killer, just so that Dexter himself can kill him or her instead. He also tries to appear outwardly normal by sustaining a relationship with his girlfriend Rita, and her two kids Astor and Cody. But whilst his outward appearance seems normal, his secretive serial killer catching skills are far from normal. Armed with animal tranquillizer, half a ton of plastic wrap, a whole set of knives and a couple of bin bags... Dexter is more than prepared to catch himself a killer... but more often than not, complications arise when he's faced with a serial killer just like himself... a very brilliant show all round, I'm always left hanging on my seat waiting for the next episode.

With an ace scoundtrack, mind-blowing internal monologues, fantastic storylines, and even a bit of humour thrown in for good measure, this is a must see series. Not to mention Michael C. Hall gets more attractive the more you watch.

This has been a post. Thank you, and enjoy your viewing!

Know any good series? Suggest them in the comments box below, you never know, we could have something in common, or you could end up introducing me, or any other readers, to something new and really cool, thanks in advance! :D

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