I was thinking of all the shows on TV that I've enjoyed watching over the last 17 years or so over the weekend.
I'm sure there are others that I've forgotten.
So it was nice to see two new series pop up on the small screen over the last two years.
It's not often you get two shows coming along at once on TV that are good. That have a good cast, good production values and are well written with characters that you can go on a journey with. In my opinion, TV is a lot different to movies.
I really want to see a lot of character development with good story lines and good production values. All too often I'll start watching a series on TV, only to be disappointed by the lack of character development. With very poor production values. No effort put into the show at all.
In regard to character development in a movie. Again this depends on the genre of the movie. Not every movie needs strong character development, but it does need to be entertaining, and logical to some degree. But I'm going off on a tangent.
I decided to treat myself over the weekend to the entire series of Game of Thrones (2011). I'd been hearing a lot of good things about it. And I have to say, that's one heck of series. I'm unfamiliar with the source material so I can't comment on how closely the TV series follows it.
But as far as entertainment goes, it certainly scores a 10/10. In a way it reminded me of the first series of ROME, except this has the fantasy element in it which I'm partial to. Nothing like a bit of sorcery. But that side of it doesn't come into play until the second series. And I'm hoping this aspect will play strong in future series. I know there are five novels written so far by George R. R. Martin. So there's plenty of material to dig into and work from, which I'm looking forward to.
The other series that I've been following is The Walking Dead based on the black and white comics created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore (who was later replaced by Charlie Adlard).
I know some will say that the second series sucked because it was set in one location and that not much happened, but I think this was because of budget constraints etc. You can only do what the budget allows.
In my opinion both shows are pretty damn good. Good cast, great writing and good production values.
Hopefully in time and with no future cuts to budgets, both these shows will progress and grow even bigger.
They both have a wealth of source material to work from, only time will tell.
As far as the list above.
I wish they'd bring back:
Going off on a tangent here.
But it would also be great to see these two shows revived at some point:
Two favorites of mine.
Mustn't forget Downton Abbey. Great cast. Well written. Great production values.
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