Great show or greatest show ever?
OT: True Blood
Definitely not the greatest show ever.
Maybe not even great.
But it's pretty good.
I once saw an article claim Rome was the best TV show ever made... which is like, it was a really great show but let's not get carried away. If Rome can be the best ever, so can True Blood.
still on season one, but I do know that Amy (Lizzy Caplan) is freaking gorgeous.
I still can't get over the fact that Lizzy Caplan was the dorky girl in "Mean Girls." Holy cow is she hot.
Isn't True Blood effectively just a television version of Twilight? In which case, should I shoot myself when it first enters by house, or should I at least make a vain attempt to keep it out?
Does Twilight have graphic violence and sex along with a twisted sense of humor and a shitload of social commentary on the prejudices in American society? Because if so, I misjudged it.
They both involve vampires, so I assume yes.
Everything in the vampire genre pales when compared to Dracula: Dead and Loving It
Actually, yes it does. The social commentary is there, though it's poorly done and from a Mormon perspective. Nevertheless, still teenybopper fluff.
Nice. This comment alone is going to get me to start watching this show. I actually kind of thought it was in the same boat as Twilight as well, so I never really thought about it much.
That's what I thought at first, couldn't be more diffrent(other then the vamps). True Blood is neck and neck with, if not better then, Entourage and Weeds. I highly sugest watching them all from the first episode. I'm not a fan of vampire, warewolf type shit but this show is the absolute tits. Once you watch a episode and see a vamp run you'll notice they were all trained by barwis.
Haha, neck and neck.
I have yet to watch an episode (which I desperately need to do), but I'm still of the opinion that Lost is the greatest TV show of all time; we'll see what happens in Season 6, though.
The greatest TV show ever thing was kind of a joke... I mean, it's a quality TV show but it's no X-Files if you get what I'm saying.
I've never been able to get into Lost, no matter how hard I try.
But what about Seinfeld? If you want the greatest shows ever as voted by:
gals: sex and the city/friends
I don't find this to be true. Seinfeld's universal appeal is greatly exaggerated, and this is coming from a major fan. As the years have gone by, I've found myself less and less enamored with it... I'm down to the point where I'll only stop on a select few episodes.
And if we're talking comedies, The Simpsons trumps all else.
What The Duece!?
Brian gave you one hundred million points!?
don't spend'em all in one place.
I just got done watching the last three shows. And it reminded me why i never watch first run television. I hate waiting until next week for a new episode. Good show. I usually netflix seasons and watch them using Double Vision on my monitor. I recommend it to everyone. I plays videos as a transparency behind what every your working on your monitor. Great for office jobs while stuck behind a computer. Http://www.godoublevision.com
I thought this was a UofM Football site? I know some off the wall shit comes up on here sometimes but Trueblood? The show is unwatchable, it is so bad and the lead actess needs to get that gap in her teeth fixed. But lets go Blue!
It's early August. Would you rather this thread be the millionth one about predictions? If discussing showering isn't too off the wall for a Michigan football forum, then why would discussing a popular TV series be?
You'd be right if this was October, or maybe even next week if we've got some good info from the practices. As it is, we've got a 150 comment thread going about a meeting that may or may not have been called by RR a day early. I could care less what people start posting about at this point. Just think of it as team building/bonding exercises for the MGoBlog community.
at anna paquan's tits, you'll change your mind
Mmmm...Anna Paquin's tits.
Kind of OT... but Tom Bradys meant to be on todays episode of entourage. Would be monumental if him and Ari talked about Michigan!
I love Ari but I could definitely see him making a smartass comment about the past Michigan football season...I hope the Entourage writers don't force me to hate him
I'm not sure if you know but Ari (on the show) recieved his JD from Michigan so I doubt theyre'd be any smartass comments. I was just hoping for some good Michigan-related banter
I'm pretty sure it was his MBA but the point still stands. I don't think he would smart off about Michigan football either.
you're both right (or both wrong). It was a JD MBA from M. Sorry, dont really know how to make this comment without sounding like a dick.
Anyways I feel Ari is too proud to make fun of M but I can see it being brought up.
True Blood is too weird for me. I watched 5 minutes the other day and it consisted of 1 vampire biting the neck of a human girl (insane amounts of blood everywhere) and killing her. He then immediately eyes the female vampire in the room and they aggressively get it on in a pool of blood on the bed with the dead girl next to them.
I had a similar experience. I consider it to be too weird as well.
If you see that and think anything other than "Holy shit best show ever" then you and I are on two different wavelengths
It's not "The Wire," so it's not the greatest show ever, but it's still prety frickin' good (at least the first six episodes of season 1, which is all I've watched so far, have been). It's a little soap opera-ish at times, but the writing is clever, the characters are well-developed, and there's a lot of sex and violence. (Really though, the sex and violence is all I need.)
Agreed, True Blood has a long way to go before it is even in the same realm as The Wire it terms of greatness. The 1st season of True Blood was kinda boring, but it has really stepped up this season.
Californication is pretty awesome if you want to go with non-cable. Dexter is pretty good too. I've never seen true blood but it seems to be coming up a lot, so I'll be sure to add it to the list.
My wife got the first season and I watched the first two episodes with her. I'm skeptical, but it's got enough violence and sex to keep me interested for now. The brunette waitress is on fire and Anna Paquin is strangely attractive, even with (or maybe because of?) the gap in her teeth.
However, the whole vampire thing seems really tired - Dracula, Lestat, Twilight, now this. I can't figure out why this theme continues to be popular. Enough already.
It WAS created by Alan Ball who I have huge respect for - see Six Feet Under.
"It WAS created by Alan Ball who I have huge respect for - see Six Feet Under."
Co-sign. Six Feet Under is for me the best show thus far. It is big-screen quality, the best 60-hour movie you will ever see.
True Blood is good, but not great. It seems to be geared toward either a younger or dumber audience, or both. Like someone said above, the social commentary is poorly done, and it has some bad dialogue and simple-minded story lines. Nothing like SFU.
Dexter - SFU is the same reason I gave Dexter a chance - same lead actor. But I find Dexter to be really bad in terms of his 'self-commentary' - some really cheesy corny stuff. Can't sit through a whole episode anymore because of it.
I'm not sure if you guys know but TrueBlood is based off the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I don't know how to post a pic but I can give you a link. Check out the hotness of the lady who writes them.
+1 for the author link.
into clicking that link -- I had no idea she looked like that!
+1 for you, sir.
Ahhh, me eyes....me eyes!!!
a co-worker told me about the book, and actually highlighted all the spelling and grammar mistakes that somehow made it through publishing.
There is even one instance where the Author accidentally combines the first name of one character with the last name of another, so you don't know which character just spoke.
Just thought it was worth noting that you won't be reading the Godfather if you pick up that book.
literally and figuratively.
Once you get past Anna Paquin's insufferable southern Louisiana accent, it's a good show. And it never fails, every time Bill shouts "SOOKKEH!" (spelled phonetically), I start laughing.
I also like how she pronounces his name "BEEL".
But really, those two are like the worst part of that show. Bill is always a huge, gigantic wet blanket ("But Sookeh. That would be impropah!") and Sookie's always being all pure and devoted and crap... and then they have sex. Yawn.
Personally, I just root for as much Lafayette in every episode as humanly possible because he is campy as fuck and awesome. That and the redheaded vampire chick and the preacher's wife both need to get naked like yesterday.
Well, Bill and Sookie are boring because the only drama they really create is relationship based. If you don't care about either character then it's impossible to find them at all interesting. Personally, Sookie reminds me of someone I know so I can't help but like her... though Bill always seems like such a giant douchebag to me.
As much as I love this show, I can't think of another show that I didn't care for the main charecters but watched. BEEEEL is the biggest pussy ever, excluding the eating people.
...it's just that the rest of the surrounding characters are so much more interesting.
Of course, BEEL and SOOKEH are the central characters around which a veritable hurricane of debaucherous funtimes swirl, and as such they sort of have to play the "straight man" role. That said, the only time I've been at all interested in Bill since the beginning of the series is when they did those flashbacks where he was having crazy bleeding death sex with his maker.
All the tv shows that I watch or have watched are great for the first three seasons and gradually decline after that. I found myself thinking Nip/Tuck, Weeds, and Entourage were the best shows ever when watching them, and they were until after their third seasons where they are still interesting but clearly on the decline. True Blood is certainly really interesting, but not as good as Californication IMO. The one show I really like is Royal Pains. The show is super lame and predictable, but the guys a concierge doctor in the Hamptons, whats not to like about that?
The only TV i watch are some of the sports games, the Sunday night line up on HBO and the duo of Burn Notice and Royal Pains. I'd have to say that I enjoy Burn Notice the most. You should check it out sometime. An ex-spy in Miami. It's pretty bad ass.
Royal Pains is the best thing USA has put out yet, IME.
I think Weeds has gotten better the farther along its gone.
It is still good, but I do not like the whole switch to Renmar and how characters like Sanjay and them are gone from the show.
Naww . .
That would put it above (or on par with) these, and its not:
1. X-Files, the best hour long show of all time;
2. Seinfeld, the best sitcom of all time
3. Dexter, the best crime drama of all time
4. John Adams (that probably doesn't even count as a tv show, though)
5. Scooby Doo, (talking original here -- minus scrappy-doo)which is the best Saturday morning cartoon of all time.
I like True Blood and watch it regularly. It's my favorite show right now -- but looking forward to new Dexter season. Also thought that Curb your Enthusiasm is coming back for another season -- which is another very good -- but not "greatest of all time" caliber show, as is Entourage. I'd put True Blood in the same category, but wonder how long that story line can hold up.
Scooby Doo is solid, but the greatest Saturday morning cartoon of all time was the Superfriends (post-Marvin, Wendy, and Wonder-Mutt edition).
We agree on X-Files, woo. Never has a single television series done horror, humor, social commentary, sexual tension, serialization and downright awesome character based drama as well as TXF did. Consistently for the first 6 seasons and then season 8.
is the best drama, though the two or three laughs per episode make it a great black comedy as well.
Arrested Development is the best comedy of all time. If you think otherwise, you were probably a flipper baby.
Now to get all Anglophile on you, I think Yes, Minister and Blackadder are also in the running.
Best sketch comedy ever was MTV's The State, narrowly besting their inspiration: Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Best News/Interview show is obviously Bill Moyer's Journal.
Best sports play by play goes to every mute button, ever.
Yes, Minster > Yes, Prime Minister
True blood is indeed an excellent show. All of HBO's series are great. The writing is just so clever and the stories are totally unpredictable. True Blood has great characters too and HBO's shows pretty much always have unique social commentary and realistic portrayals of human behavior (within it's satirical context, of course). Like "God hates fangs". LMAO
True Blood is a good show, but not as good as the Sopranos, Dexter, or Lost IMO.
I always describe it to non-watchers as comic-bookish.
I hope I don't lose the only two points I have for using two hyphenated terms in one sentence...
In tonight's episode, the following line was said by Eric the vampire:
"Hail to the conquering hero."
True Blood is very good. Although I don't think it is as good as Six Feet Under or Rome. The first season or two of the Sopranos were pretty good. The first season of Heroes was great, then it turned to shit. Curb is great. If it wasn't for Ari, Entourage would be unwatchable.
Someone told me The Shield was the best show ever. I haven't seen a single episode, but I love renting TV series. Do you guys think I should rent this, starting with the first season?
My girlfriend always watched Trueblood and I never did. When I moved in with her, I (not by choice) began watching Trueblood as well. I am not hooked beyond hooked on that show, I think it is currently the best show on TV right now. I watch Hung, Entourage and Trueblood every Sunday, and I am a huge huge Entourage fan, but I would miss that before I would miss Trueblood. Very, very good show.