~ Telly Series of the Decade (2010-2019) ~

BigBone

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Disclaimer: in order to qualify as The Telly Series of THIS decade, one must have at least 60% of all episodes aired between 2010 and end of 2019, so Breaking Bad qualifies, Curb Your Enthusiasm does not

This was likely the best ever decade on television, but from Hodor to Pinkman to character actress Margo Martindale to UFOs in North Dakota to consecutive normal punches to Simple Rick to the greatest villain of all time: graphite on the floor, is it even possible to pick one? I'll let you kick this one off!



@Pedderrs @Penis Face Cat Funeral @Arka @Lunny @2manyusernames @nufc_jay @Joe @Tko6 @McGrain @Boggle @Matty lll @Ramon Rojo @Lester1583 @DomB @PityTheFool @tezel8764 @Carles @Setanta @thehook13 @Baldilocks @johnmaff36 @Boxed Ears @joe33 @Aussie_Al @Jdempsey85 @Ernest Shackleton @Boogle McDougal @Boxed Ears @Boogle McDougal
 

BigBone

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Aight, it came extremely late to game, but just about EVERYTHING was absolutely FLAWLESS about Chernobyl (2019).



Having grown up early 90s in Hungary with some memories of the late 80s, the bleak 'socialist happiness' shown in the booming town or Pripiaty in episode one instantly woke up long forgotten memories and ambivalent sense of nostalgia. The concrete blocks of flats, the playgrounds and schools, the hairstyle and clothes, the radios and cars all are incredibly familiar and accurate, as well as the behavior of the bureaucracy and the innocence of the ppl. which were lied to.



The atmosphere works from episode one, minute one, the bleak visual style is outstanding (Jacok Ihre), the writing (Craig Mazin) and directing is immaculate (Johan Renck) and the acting is top drawer, especially Legasov (Jared Harris), Dyatlov (Paul Ritter) and Shcherbyna (Stellan Skarsgård). The enemy they were fighting is invisible and yet far more terrifying than zombies and killers, and the consequences of human fuckup and suffering is panned over hours - and yet, I remained on the edge of my seat all the way. Sound design also gets my A+ (Hildur Guðnadóttir).



This is a series with a simple but incredibly clear message leaving plenty to your brain and imagination to work out as you try to come to terms how many lives were affected and how horribly, while the machinery of the Party (and perhaps any group of ppl. in power) cared more about their status and cover-up rather than the ppl. they were supposed to protect.



There are individual scenes that will stay with me forever, as well as the overall feeling of being there with an atmosphere so suffocating and you can't decide if it's radiation itself of the dying, decaying Soviet Union. Chernobyl is so much more however: it's a gut punch right when we feel how fast we're head toward inevitable climate catastrophe cause of human negligence and little care for our surroundings. Is this the series of the decade? I dunno, I just can't think of a series with less shortcomings and more clarity.



I nominate Cherobyl.
 
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Clarence Worley

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I couldn’t get on with the cockney accents on them Ukrainians and I tapped out when they killed the dogs.

I’ve recorded the rest but not watched it yet.

Anyway, I nominate Silicon Valley
 
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BigBone

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I couldn’t get on with the cockney accents on them Ukrainians and I tapped out when they killed the dogs.

I’ve recorded the rest but not watched it yet.

Anyway, I nominate Silicon Valley



In the end they had to make a decision: r we gonna somehow figure out the incredibly complicated accents and dialects of mostly dead ppl. that came from different countries, social classes, education and often mother tongue, AND create the English accent crossover for each character and bring terrible amount of attention away from actual acting skills, with distracting results like here:



... or let talented actors act in their mother tongue, something that happens in Shakespeare's theater, where actors don't speak broken medieval Italian-English for Romeo and Juliet or medieval Danish-English for Hamlet. BTW, you should definitely watch Citizen X, tough but great serial killer movie that pretty much perfectly influenced Chernobyl's style.

Of course I understand how difficult the animal episode was for you, I'm a dog person as well. Still, think about the following statement: killing them by the thousands might have been the most humane thing in the entire clean-up process, putting terminally ill (radiation poisoning) animals that were about to die of hunger away. Compared that to ppl. slowly or rapidly dying of radiation sickness or cancer, being relocated with all your belongings destroyed, back stabbed at every turn when trying to help, incarcerated for uncovering the truth and getting cancer for cleaning other ppl.'s monumental pile of shit up. Insane.
 

Beefcake

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Bojack Horseman

Better Call Saul, if we're strictly talking live-action shows