Retired Coverage

 

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At some point, TV coverage comes to an end.  By that, I mean I took the show out of the regular weekly or daily rotation for whatever reason.  Want to see the stuff I finished or put on hiatus?  Check in here.

Rome

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Rome told the story of the days when the Roman Republic became the Roman Empire through the eyes of both the power players who made it happen, and a pair of soldiers, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, who had a ground level view of it all.  Cover can be found indexed here.

Penny Dreadful

This series, set in the Victorian era, used numerous figures from Gothic horror works to tell the story of Vanessa Ives, doomed psychic.  This is what True Blood could have been if it weren’t campy or what The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie wanted to be.  Find coverage for it here.

The Handmaid’s Tale

 

The nightmarish society from Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel continues, even as the main character’s plot armor seems to just get stronger. Will anyone ever find true happiness in this miserable show?  Find the coverage here.

The Night Manager

A classy, pseudo-Bond adventure, adapted from the John le Carre novel of the same name, featured a cat-and-mouse spy game between Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie.  You can find the key to those write-ups here.

American Horror Story

 

FX’s horror anthology may be more campy than scary, but you can still find the coverage here.

The OA

Netflix’s metaphysical (for lack of a better word) series where a long lost young woman returning cured of her blindness is not the weirdest thing she claims happened to her can be found here.

 

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

This British TV mini-series is a fun adaptation of author Susanna Clarke’s fun alternate history/fantasy novel, where magic and magicians are real in England during the Napoleonic wars.  Coverage can be found here.

Altered Carbon

 

Set in a future world where people can trade bodies called “sleeves” at will, former super-soldier type Takeshi Kovacs is on the case of a bazillionaire who wants his own murder solved.  Big and expensive from Netflix, and you can find the coverage here.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

 

The Baudelaire children are orphans with greedy villains on their trail, particularly the devious Count Olaf.  Can they keep their family fortune and their lives, or will a wannabe actor with a penchant for disguise get past them and a host of incompetent adult figures?  It may not end well.   Check out coverage here.

The Wire

Considered one of the best TV shows ever made, The Wire shows the shortcomings of the various institutions of a dying city.  Find the coverage here.

The Young Pope

 

A deep, aesthetically beautiful character study of a relatively young man, abandoned by his parents as a boy, who finds himself elected Pope and questions his faith.  He may be a saint!  See the footage here.

House of Cards

Frank and Claire Underwood are powerful, ambitious people who don’t care who they step on or how hard they trod to hold onto power.  Corruption and operatic silliness abound on this Netflix series, and you can find that coverage here.

The Night Of

HBO’s mini-series about one innocent young man’s harrowing trip through the criminal justice system, with a fantastic lead performance by John Turturro, has its footage here.

House of Cards UK

The UK’s original version of the House of Cards saga came 20 years earlier and told the whole story in 12 episodes.  See that coverage here.

American Gods

 

There are gods living in America.  Some are ancient.  Some are new.  And this country isn’t big enough for all of them.  Mostly because gods aren’t good at sharing.  As for the show, find the coverage here.

The Umbrella Academy

 

This series, based on a comic book about a family of superheroes where the real adversaries are their own inner demons. The coverage can be found right here.

Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls was a delightfully weird animated series about Dipper and Mabel Pines, a pair of twins set to stay with their somewhat crooked, somewhat greedy Grunkle Stan for the summer, and how they more or less save the world.  See the coverage here.

Runaways

Six teenagers learn their parents may be supervillains in this Hulu adaptation of the Marvel Comics series.  Find the coverage here.

Godless

A town full of women.  A former outlaw.  A sheriff condemned to cowardice.  And a 30-man gang of vicious killers.  This Western mini-series brought all that with some style.  See the coverage here.

Deadwood

The contemplative Western that made human beings out of the lawmen and psychos that inhabited a small camp out in South Dakota before the law moved in, when gold was possibly plentiful, and a rich man’s greed could bring a sheriff with a simple moral code and a brothel owner with his fingers in every illegal pie possible together as allies.  Coverage can be found here.

The Haunting of Hill House

 

A character-based, genuinely scary horror story about a really spooky old house.  Find the coverage here.

Good Omens

 

Based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the Apocalypse has never been funnier than it is in this mini-series.  Find the coverage here.

Lost in Space

The Netflix remake of the old 60s family adventure show had its moments.  You can find the coverage here.

Ash vs Evil Dead

Do I even need to describe this one?  It’s in the title.  It’s Ash Williams on one side, the Evil Dead on the other, and a lot of gory slapstick in-between.  Find the coverage here.

Over the Garden Wall

Two brothers get lost in the Unknown, with only a talking bluebird for help.  And maybe a frog.  Watch out for the Beast.  Anyhoo, Cartoon Network made a whimsical mini-series.  You can find the coverage here.

Stranger Things

 

Ah, the 80s.  When kids were allowed to do dangerous things in movies.  This Netflix adventure drama captures the feel of the era and tells a fun story to boot.  Find the coverage here.

Castle Rock

Everyone gets an interconnected universe these days, so why not Stephen King and his many works?  See how the town of Castle Rock deals with evil here.

Maniac

Two lonely, damaged people enter a futuristic drug trial in this really weird Netflix sci-fi mini-series.  You can find the coverage here.

Orphan Black

Clones, clones, and more clones.  This mishmash of a sci-fi show somehow worked, helped mostly by a lead actress who brilliantly played multiple characters all at once.  Find the coverage here.

Vikings

Here we are, the last of the original five shows I selected when I started this project.  Vikings is the story of Ragnar Lothbrok and his various sons as they…do viking sort of things.  Find the coverage here.

True Detective

HBO’s anthology series about various cops looking into mysterious deaths and disappearances, and when it’s good, it’s really good.  When it isn’t?  Er, no comment.  Find the coverage here.

Black Mirror

Technology is only as good as the people who use it.  That seems to be the message to the British anthology series Black Mirror.  Find the coverage here.

Doom Patrol

DC’s weirdest superhero team got the DC Universe’s weirdest–and possibly best–live action series.  Find the coverage here.

Swamp Thing

DC Universe canceled this show rather abruptly.  Why?  Who knows?  I watched and reviewed it anyway.  Find the coverage here.

Merlin

This family-friendly fantasy series from the BBC retold the Arthurian legends from the point of view of Merlin.  Here, the great wizard is just a young man hiding his powers from authority figures who would probably kill him if they knew what he could do.  Find the coverage here.

Big Little Lies

An excellent cast you wouldn’t normally see on TV (not even HBO) and a story that was far more compelling than it probably has a right to be, Big Little Lies may have at first blush been about the problems of the upper middle class, but it still was ultimately some damn good television.  Find the coverage here.