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Gritty cop drama.Great acting,all round.
This was one of the best cop TV shows ever.It was gritty,and edgy,but there was always that dark cop humour that would make you laugh out loud.They are doing a tough job,and they'd make a crack at each other,that some people would find racist or offencive,but they are cops,so it's how real cops would act.If someone was Hispanic,they'd make a crack,or if someone was black or white,they'd make a crack,or if someone was gay they'd make a crack.It was like real cop,terms of endearment stuff.The acting was brilliant,and shows that there are some excellent American actors out there.The good thing with this show,was there was no main character to focus on,as they were all given deep,interesting characters.I got tired of waiting for the fifth season to air on British TV,so I watched it online.What surprised me,though,was the swearing was bleeped out.On British TV,the profanities were kept in,and while having the swearing bleeped out was just a minor annoyance,I found it a bit daft.If a perp got out of a car and started shooting at me,or I'd found a dead child's body,I'd be swearing too! Also,I found the lack of any background music a really good thing.Some say music adds tension,but in this series,it would of detracted.Of course,It's been cancelled.All the best shows get cancelled! Anyway,I really enjoyed this series.Superiour to The Wire,and The Shield.(although I enjoyed both those shows)Great acting.Highly recommended.
The Americans (2013)
Dull cold war,touchy,feely 'drama'
***WARNING,MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS*** Oh,dear.Started of promising in the pilot episode...Three episodes later,it's so clichéd.The Russian agents start to get a concscienous,and one of them is a cold killer,They cold bloodily shoot a poor security man in the head,then the next episode shoot another agent,the camera pans on their face to show how bad and guilty they feel.I'm sorry,it doesn't work.The soapy family background,the sham marriage that now is becoming real.And couldn't they have got younger actors to play the two main protagonists,during the flashback scenes set 20 years earlier? This could have been so much better,if they had left the on/off romance and feely stuff out.The 80's setting is the only decent thing.I am surprised there will be another series.It's dull.I gave it a chance,no more.I feel the writers are trying to appeal to a male and female adult audience,and also a teen audience(what a surprise,they have a teenage daughter)Remember the teenage daughter who spoils 'Homeland'? Well,the girl in this show hasn't been in it much,but it's only a matter of time.I'm very surprised by the high scores this is receiving.If you like a lot of yapping,little action,no tension,and relationship stuff,knock yourself out.