Dream Sequence
 member, 53 posts
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 04:04
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Now that we're officially in the '20s, we can officially nominate things for being "Best of the 2010's" in whatever category.  :)

"Best Sci-Fi TV Shows of the 2010's" were Orphan Black, Stranger Things, and Fringe.
Ski-Bird
 subscriber, 69 posts
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 09:12
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Nightflyers is on Netflix (maybe also Hulu?)  Horror / Sci-fi mashup based on a collection of stories written by George R. R. Martin.
Varsovian
 member, 1501 posts
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 10:55
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Penny Dreadful, maybe?

As for the films, try Starry Eyes. Great little horror movie.
daniel_t
 member, 127 posts
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 11:51
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Stretch your wings a little bit and watch Cadfael. It's a medieval detective serial.
prophacyks
 member, 313 posts
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 16:57
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Mr Robot on Amazon and if you feel the need to cry and want to kill someone at the same time Don't F with Cats on Netflix
PCO.Spvnky
 member, 425 posts
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 18:57
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Good grief.  I don't know how old you are looking for?  Or how new?

Altered Carbon, American Gods, Black Sails, Brooklyn 99, Con man, Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, Doom Patrol, Good Omens, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Letter Kenny, Lie to Me, Love Death and Robots, Man in the High Castle, Misfits, Patriot, Peaky Blinders, Runaways, Dirk Gently, Taboo, Watchmen, Westworld.....
Rez
 member, 4628 posts
 Hmm.
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 19:00
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Walking dead and fear the walking dead :)
yuirick
 member, 18 posts
 The world is ending,
 so don't forget to laugh
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 19:05
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Have you watched Avatar: The Last Airbender? I guess you have, but if you haven't, it's by the folks that made The Dragon Prince iirc, and it's got all the same charms (and downsides). More in the vein of kinda dark anime like Castlevania, I'd recommend Devilman Crybaby. Really weird romp, but I love it quite a bit.
PCO.Spvnky
 member, 426 posts
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 19:09
What to watch? Need Recommendations
OH! I just watched Phillip K. Dick's Electric Dreams on Prime, it was quite good also.
Bornite
 member, 76 posts
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 20:36
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Doesn't drop until Feb., but Locke & Key on Netflix looks to be very good.
tmagann
 member, 603 posts
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 23:20
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Frankie and Grace. Maybevwhatbyou need is a change of pace, and, believe me, that's a change of pace.
Cygnia
 member, 293 posts
 Amoral Paladin
Sat 18 Jan 2020
at 23:30
What to watch? Need Recommendations
Buzzfeed's Unsolved stuff (Prime or Hulu)
soulsight
 member, 299 posts
 Reality is 10% perception
 and 90% interpretation.
Sun 19 Jan 2020
at 01:31
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
tmagann:
Frankie and Grace. Maybevwhatbyou need is a change of pace, and, believe me, that's a change of pace.

I think Frankie and Grace gets my vote... but I'm old enough to remember Lily Tomlin's shtick on Laugh In, so I'm biased.
horus
 member, 934 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 11:54
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
If you are looking for some short format video for those times when you don't have a lot of time, check out the Youtube channel Bedtime Stories.  Most of them are about 10 to 15 minutes, tops, and all of them treat on the mysterious or unexplained.

It's not high cinematic art, just a series of hand-drawn slides shown in sequence with a voice-over by a Scotsman narrator.  I have found them addictive.
witchdoctor
 member, 171 posts
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Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 15:17
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
  Adventure Time, Regular Show and Gravity Falls are all great choices for animated shows that are a lot deeper than they might seem.

  The Amazing World of Gumball is another short format show you might like if you like high weirdness and surrealism.
OceanLake
 supporter, 1092 posts
Sat 25 Jan 2020
at 21:35
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
Heretical, perhaps...read some books?
praguepride
 member, 1531 posts
 "Hugs for the Hugs God!"
 - Warhammer Fluffy-K
Sun 26 Jan 2020
at 07:13
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
I would recommend:

Umbrella Academy

Mr. Robot (but probably only 1st couple of seasons. When it starts to drag on you it's fine to stop)

Battlestar Galactica (remake, only 1st 2 seasons. 3 and 4 are pretty strudel and infuriating if you are trying to pay close attention).

Orphan Black but maybe first 3 seasons? 1 and 2 were really good but goes downhill from there.

If you like dystopian then "What Happened to Monday" was enjoyable. It's a movie.

If you liked the Expanse I highly recommend Dark Matter, the whole series. Very well done and while its is far more "fantasy" then "science" it is better than most.

Netflix's remake of Lost in Space was enjoyable. A bit perkier than the above stuff.

Hulu's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is hilarious. It is Douglas' Adams take on Sherlock Holmes starring Elijah Wood and it is as humorous as it is bizarre. Stick with it though. The middle can get a little wacky and wild but the ending pays it all off and makes it worth while.

Netflix added Neon Genisis Evangelon and Hulu has Cowboy Bebop if you don't mind anime. Hulu also has Attack on Titan which is incredibly intense.

This message was last edited by the user at 20:39, Sun 26 Jan.

praguepride
 member, 1532 posts
 "Hugs for the Hugs God!"
 - Warhammer Fluffy-K
Sun 26 Jan 2020
at 07:16
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
PCO.Spvnky:
Good grief.  I don't know how old you are looking for?  Or how new?

Altered Carbon, American Gods, Black Sails, Brooklyn 99, Con man, Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, Doom Patrol, Good Omens, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Letter Kenny, Lie to Me, Love Death and Robots, Man in the High Castle, Misfits, Patriot, Peaky Blinders, Runaways, Dirk Gently, Taboo, Watchmen, Westworld.....


Also all of this. This is a really really good list, imo.

Some of these though fall into the "you can stop watching after X" like first 2 seasons of Misfits are AMAZING but by like season 4 or 5 all of the original cast is gone and I just couldn't get on board with the new group.
phoenix9lives
 member, 989 posts
 GENE POLICE!  YOU!
 GET OUTTA THE POOL!
Sun 26 Jan 2020
at 07:31
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
The Boys on Prime is an interesting take on the Super Hero Genre.  I enjoyed it, but it can be bloody.
tmagann
 member, 604 posts
Sun 26 Jan 2020
at 17:21
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
soulsight:
tmagann:
Frankie and Grace. Maybevwhatbyou need is a change of pace, and, believe me, that's a change of pace.

I think Frankie and Grace gets my vote... but I'm old enough to remember Lily Tomlin's shtick on Laugh In, so I'm biased.


One ringy-dingy. Laugh-In is on Prime, too. All 6 seasons of the original show (not the remake from the 70s, however). Of course, if you weren't around in the 60s much of it may be lost on you.
Bornite
 member, 77 posts
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 16:55
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
"Locke and Key" on Netflix should be good, though it doesn't drop for another week or so.
Rez
 member, 4644 posts
 Hmm.
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 17:07
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
MASH, Will and Grace, the Rifleman. Hmm.
PCO.Spvnky
 member, 427 posts
Tue 28 Jan 2020
at 19:54
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
I just found the shows "Sex Education" and "The end of the ******* world".  They are pretty keen also.  The new Harley Quinn animated series is pretty good too.
horus
 member, 935 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 09:40
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
I see a lot of new stuff here.  Some more Classic TV stuff you might find interesting:

First let me second Cadfael.  A Benedictine monk who used to be a crusader is now an herbalist at the Abby of St. Peter & St. Paul.  Medieval Quincy, anyone?  It's one of the few series I can watch over and over.  It's based on a series of mysteries by Ellis Peters, and is well researched with incredible production values.  Shot in the actual town of Shrewsbury, it is a joy for the spirit.

Patrick McGoohan in the original series The Prisoner is worth your time.  Seventeen episodes, all pure mind-fruit-ery.  He plays a retired spy who is captured before he can get off to Tahiti.  He wakes up in an apartment he thinks is his until he looks out the front windows upon a place called The Village.  Known only as No. 6, he is pressured, tortured, and generally fruited with by his captors, who are led by a different No. 2 almost every episode.

Action/Adventure from Japan you say?  Two series that leap to my mind immediately are:

Baian The Assassin (of which only seven episodes starring Ken Watanabe, Isao Hashizumi, and Miho Jun are available in the U.S.)
Zatoichi Monogatari (Tales of Zatoichi) staring Shintaro Katsu as the blind swordsman.

Baian is an acupuncturist by day, healing his community's ills as a physician, and an assassin by night, killing those whom the law cannot touch, those who must die for the good of all mankind.  Miho Jun plays O-Mon, Baian's love interest (she's just a living doll, too).  Isao Hashizumi plays Hikojiro, Baian's closest friend and fellow assassin.  Seven episodes in the U.S. release, sumptuously filmed, with a soundtrack by Isao Tomita.

Zatoichi is a blind masseur who is also death on two legs with a sword cane.  He wanders from place to place in Edo period Japan, always kind to everyone he meets (except Yakuza and other miscreants who want to collect his head for some kind of bounty) he often finds himself fighting battles he didn't want to against enemies who don't stand a chance.

Back to Britain for a bit:

Blake's 7.  It's cheesy low-budget sci-fi in the best traditions of the BBC.  It has the most flamboyant theme music in outer space,  the grooviest looking starship (the Liberator), and one of the sexiest villainesses ever (Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan).  Yet... with all that, there's a certain quality in the writing, and the story still rings true after all these years.

Another British (before there was a UK) import to the US, The Avengers, is well worth the time, more especially the episodes starring Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg.  (Of course, these were from before she was knighted...)

From America, The Untouchables with Robert Stack as Elliot Ness.  Based on true stories from Agent Ness's case files back in the days of Al Capone and Prohibition, this late-night black and white series is still a hoot after all these years.

Hmm... Science-Fiction:  The original The Outer Limits is well worth at least one trip through its 49 episodes spanning two seasons.  Some of the best speculative fiction out there from major writers of the period, done in glorious black and white.  The later remake of this series isn't too bad, either (1995 to 2002, and produced by Pen Densham.)

Space:  Above and Beyond is a grim look at Earth's future after encountering a decidedly unfriendly species.  It's worth watching if for no other reason than R. Lee Ermey's stellar performance as Sgt. Major Bojus.

Last but certainly not least:  Firefly.  A beautiful series that died an untimely death, but what there is of it is amazing.  Yeah, I'm a Browncoat.

That oughta keep ya busy for a while.

This message was last edited by the user at 09:45, Wed 29 Jan.

jamat
 member, 620 posts
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Wed 29 Jan 2020
at 21:15
Re: What to watch? Need Recommendations
Lucifer and the umbrella academy both on netflix