EvenBob
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July 25th, 2014 at 12:50:00 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

I enjoy Hogan's Heroes. I am not sure how it "works", since the reality of the situation was so horrific. .



It worked because the war had only been
over for 20 years in 1965. Now when you
mention WWII and Europe, people get the
knee jerk reaction of death camps. It
wasn't that way in 1965.

Most of the vets were in their 40's then,
not their 90's. They knew the war had
a lot of nuance, like having POW camps
just for captured AF. So having a camp
run by inept Germans was a funny
premise. Klink and Shultz and the others
at the camp were not Nazis, but Nazis
did visit occasionally.

The time the show takes place is mostly
the winter of 1941-42. That's why it's
always winter in every episode. We had
just gotten into the war and Hogan was
was one of the first Americans captured.
He was flying for the Brits at the time, I
believe.
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Nareed
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July 25th, 2014 at 1:03:45 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

I enjoy Hogan's Heroes. I am not sure how it "works", since the reality of the situation was so horrific. Perhaps the idea of bumbling Nazi's with an American pulling the strings is a very appealing escapist fantasy.



Same way as "The Producers" works: making the nazis look like blithering idiots.
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mickeycrimm
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July 25th, 2014 at 1:18:34 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Anybody else watching Hell on Wheels? One of the best
shows ever on TV. It depicts the Old West very well
and they spare no expense on sets or extra's. You can
see the first 3 seasons on Netflix, and the 4th starts
Aug 2nd. Anson Mount is wonderful in the lead role,
I have a man crush on him. We all wanted to be this
guy when we were 35..



Yes, I watch Hell On Wheels. Can't wait for Aug 2nd. It was a newspaperman in 1868 who coined the term "Hell On Wheels" in describing the railhead somewhere in Wyoming when the first transcontiental railroad was being built. I also like Deadwood.

When channel surfing, and I get to Animal Planet, if those idiot bigfoot hunters are on, I keep surfing.
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EvenBob
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July 25th, 2014 at 1:26:21 PM permalink
Quote: Nareed

Same way as "The Producers" works: making the nazis look like blithering idiots.



Producers was also made in the mid 60's.
We looked at WWII and Nazi's differently
then, we laughed at them a lot. They
weren't evil incarnate as they are depicted
now.
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AxelWolf
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July 25th, 2014 at 1:32:08 PM permalink
Quote: GWAE

I am intrigued on shows that take place in the 40-60s. Shows like Pan am, Play boy club, and Vegas show another side to life that I have a hard time believing was true.

I do to but ,PA was bad after a few episodes. As the youth would say, IT'S GAY.

You might like Magic City. WIKI: Set in 1959 Miami, Florida shortly after the Cuban Revolution, Magic City tells the story of Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the owner of Miami's most glamorous hotel, the Miramar Playa. Evans is forced to make an ill-fated deal with Miami mob boss Ben Diamond (Danny Huston) to ensure the success of his glitzy establishment.


The Americans is 70/80s but its interesting

FX:The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of "Philip" (Matthew Rhys) and "Elizabeth Jennings" (Keri Russell), who have two children – 14-year-old "Paige" (Holly Taylor) and 11-year-old "Henry" (Keidrich Sellati), who know nothing about their parents’ true identity – grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Their neighbor, "FBI Agent Stan Beeman" (Noah Emmerich) has already come dangerously close to discovering their secret, but was thwarted by "Nina" (Annet Mahendru), his KGB mole and paramour. Torn between his wife "Sandra" (Susan Misner) and his deepening feelings for Nina, Stan is completely unaware that the beautiful Russian is actually a double agent, reporting on him to the KGB. Philip has been more successful handling his mole within the FBI, "Martha" (Alison Wright), assistant to Stan’s boss, "Special Agent Gaad" (Richard Thomas). Romancing Martha under the guise of one of his cover identities, an FBI bureaucrat named "Clark," Philip has secured her unquestioning loyalty…by marrying her. Meanwhile, in the Jennings’ house, Paige has become increasingly suspicious that her parents are hiding something.

I'm surprised they have not tried a TV series with a Catch me if you can theme.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
socks
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July 25th, 2014 at 2:15:08 PM permalink
Currently on:
Rush - New show on USA that has many similarities to House
Graceland
Californication

I saw someone mention Cowboy Bebop which is one of my past favorites.
Ayecarumba
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July 25th, 2014 at 2:38:02 PM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

I'm surprised they have not tried a TV series with a Catch me if you can theme.


There was a show called, "It Takes A Thief" with Robert Wagner (based on the Hitchcock movie) with sorta that theme. More recently, there was also a really fun show called, "Leverage" on TNT that starred Timothy Hutton as an ex insurance investigator who forms a con-team to perform Robin Hood swindles. There's a British version of the show too called, "Hustle".
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JimRockford
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July 25th, 2014 at 2:44:07 PM permalink
Favorite comedies of their era
MASH, Cheers, Seinfeld (There may never be a sitcom as funny as Seinfeld)

In no particular order:
Comedies:
Always Sunny in Philadelphia
30 Rock

Dramas
Friday Night Lights
House of Cards
24
Person of Interest (Best current network show)
True Detectives
The Rockford Files, I almost forgot :)

Sports: (off topic, I know)
I know you don't agree and I'll not try to persuade you. It will always be a niche sport, but there is nothing better than the drama and beauty of the Tour De France. I will be sad to see it end on Sunday.
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EvenBob
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July 25th, 2014 at 3:00:03 PM permalink
Quote: JimRockford

(There may never be a sitcom as funny as Seinfeld)
.



That's because there's only one Larry David.
He was that show, and when he left it wasn't
nearly as funny. Seinfeld is OK, he doesn't
have half of LD's talent though. David's
show was on for 8 years and it wasn't cancelled,
he got tired of doing it. He says there will
be a season 9, when he gets around to it.
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Nareed
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July 25th, 2014 at 3:03:01 PM permalink
Quote: JimRockford

The Rockford Files, I almost forgot :)



Scandalous :)

Quote:

Sports: (off topic, I know)
I know you don't agree and I'll not try to persuade you. It will always be a niche sport, but there is nothing better than the drama and beauty of the Tour De France. I will be sad to see it end on Sunday.



I thought it ended when Neil Armstrong admitted to taking illegal performance enhancing drugs when he rode his bike to the Moon ;)
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