TV Shows [Short Reviews]

Updated 2021-09-15
I simply can’t believe I missed out on Line of Duty, simply an amazing British TV show.

Here I collect every short review I made on TV Shows. When it comes to TV Shows. I enjoy mainly the ones that follow a storyline throughout a whole season. TV shows where they are going to solve a case in 45 minutes I usually find very boring. As you see, sometimes I rate each season and sometimes just the whole show. About the ratings, I would say that a show that has 5 seasons under its belt and get a 9/10 rating is way higher up than a one season show with 9/10. So it’s really not fair to compare the two.

I’m the type of persons who hates spoilers, I more or less never watch trailers and don’t want to know anything about the movie more than the basic plot. So in that vein is also my reviews. They are more of short things that maybe can wake someones interest and make you discover the show themselves.


Absentia (2017-2020)

6,5/10

Season 1: 6
Season 2: 6
Season 3: 8

Plot: The series tells the story of FBI special agent Emily Byrne who disappears without a trace while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, and she is declared dead in absentia. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years that she was missing. She returns home to learn that her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by the new wife, and she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

Opinion: Ok Crime/Thriller/Drama show for a one time watch, and not very common, but usually the first seasons are the best, but I would say that the last season, 3, is the best one.

Read full review here!

Anna Pihl (2006-2008)

6/10

Plot: A policewoman, who is doing her best at the job, but struggles to be there for her son.

Opinion: I do not really know what to think about this one. Charlotte Munck as Anna Pihl is really good and charismatic. But the storyline of the episodes is extremely simple and the camera technology and the quality of the film itself feels extremely cheap. Kind of like daytime TV al’a “Glamour” from 1994 or similar. To me it also has a kind of comedic touch (maybe the cheap filming technique does that), so when there’s something like a rape case or drunk driving with lethal outcome it just feels wierd.

So after about 5-6 episodes I was about to quit, but decided to keep on but have it more of a background show while googling the internet or something. I mean I’m a sucker of the Danish language, so just that make it worth watching.

Barry (2018–)

7/10

Season 1: 8/10
Season 2: 6/10

Plot: Disillusioned at the thought of taking down another “mark,” depressed, low-level hit man Barry Berkman seeks a way out. When the Midwesterner reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an actor who is bedding a mobster’s wife, little does Barry know that the City of Angels may be his sanctuary.

Opinion: I love the parts when Barry is involved with the gangsters and mafia and especially the hitman parts. The theater lesson parts I could mainly do without,

Bill Hader is a favourite actor of mine, his kind of awkward persona really makes a lot of situations extremely fun. Anthony Carrigan as the bad guy NoHo Hank is amazing, and so are the theater class teacher played by Henry Winkler. Last but not least, Barrys (Bill Haders) employer Stephen Root I think is the best of them all.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-)

7/10

Plot: Jake Peralta, an immature, but talented N.Y.P.D. detective in Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt.

Opinion: Very funny comedy show about a police district in New York. When writing this there is 6 seasons out. Highlight actors are the lead Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) and the new commanding officer Ray Holt (Andre Braugher)

Castle Rock (2018-)

8/10

Season 1: 8/10
Season 2: 8/10

Plot: Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series intertwines characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock.

Opinion: First season started out really creepy, but as I always feel with Horror TV shows it’s hard to keep that creepiness, mysteriousness and suspense for an entire season. Extra point here for Bill Skarsgård awesome performance as “The Kid”. Season two I found most interesting following the storyline of Annie and her daughter Joy. The “death cult” or what you want to call it without spoiler not that much. Also here and extra point for Annie (Lizzy Caplan) amazing performance as the “crazy” woman.

Channel Zero (2016-2018)

5/10

Season 1: 6/10
Season 2: 4/10
Season 3: 5/10
Season 4: Haven’t Seen

An anthology series based on popular Internet Creepypastas Candle Cove, The No-End House, Butcher’s Block, and The Dream Door.

Just watched the first season, and it’s supposed to be creepy and I guess I also thought it was … for about 10 minutes early on. But then as always with me and horror shows, it’s hard to hold up the suspense for 6 episodes. Also, it was something about the film quality that made it look really cheap and I think it would have been more effective to show the toothmonster during nighttime instead of in broad daylight.

Season two is a big fail for me. Apart from when they are in the “house” in episode one there is nothing at all that’s creepy about it or you feel any tension because of what’s happening on screen.. Sure there are some mysterious things happening, but at no point do I feel threaten or spooked. For example a middle aged man dressed up in a old womans clothes with a whig is supposed to be scary? The concept with the house felt interesting but didn’t deliever. Why draw out something to a full TV show when it could have been a movie without the long pointless conversations on what/what not to do.

Season three is a little step up from the last season, but not much. I like the sisters, the weird midgets and the psycho man in blue costume, also the scene in episode three with the masked “upside down” crawler. But again I think they show a little bit too much so it fails in being scary, for example Rutger Haurs character and the stairs in the park.

So I don’t think I will watch season 4 since the first three didn’t impress me at all.

Chi, The (20

7,5/8

Season 1: 8
Season 2: 8
Season 3: 8
Season 4: 5

Plot: On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences.

Opinion: I have no idea about how life is on the south side of Chicago, but according to reviews I have seen across the internet, this show seems pretty accurate. I like to follow them all.

Read my full review of the show here!

Deliver Us [aka Fred til lands]  (2019-)

6/10

Season 1: 6/10

Storyline: In a small town five people join forces and plan the perfect murder of the local town psycho only to realize that once you start playing God, it’s easy to end up as the Devil.

Opinion: I really like the concept with a town bully that people are feed up with, and I’m a sucker for Danish movies and TV shows. But for some reason I never really fell in love with this. The episodes in the middle of the season where kind of slow and no really likeable characters. Plus point for some twists.

Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

8/10

Plot: Set on Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional town of Fairview in the fictional Eagle State, Desperate Housewives follows the lives of a group of women as seen through the eyes of their friend and neighbor who took her life by suicide in the pilot episode. 

Opinion: So the street called Wisteria Lane, there lived 4 desperate housewives. One was a hot tempered Italian (Lynette), one was a Trump voting bible thumping stick up her ass housewife (Bree), the third a psychotic dipping her nose in everything that’s not her business (Susan). Last but not least we have the whore (Gabrielle) who does everything for money, clothes and jewelry… I really enjoy this. It’s funny and charming.

Read full review here!

Deuce, The (2017-2019)

9/10

Season 1: 10/10
Season 2: 8/10
Season 3: 9/10

Plot: A look at life in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s when porn and prostitution were rampant in Manhattan, New York, and the violence of the drug epidemic is worsening. Twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino become fronts for the mafia while operating out of Time Square, which is also the home of Eileen “Candy” Merrell, a street-level prostitute who exits the dangers of the street by entering the now-legal emerging porn industry as an actress and director.

Option: This period in New York history has always been on top of my ”if I could time travel” list so I was very eager to dive into this. After 2-3 episodes I called it the best TV show ever, as the show went along I calmed down a bit but still really loved it. I could go so far as to say it’s the best show ever on HBO together with The Wire (Yes, I´m looking at you Game of Thrones). We get to follow the ups and downs of the characters, and it can be pretty emotional. When some of the customers treat the women bad I get so furious I just want to jump into the screen and punch people…

Read full review here!

Dublin Murders (2019-)

5/10

Season 1: 5/10

Storyline: As dusk approaches a townland near Dublin in the summer of 1985, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Reilly, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 13-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox–his partner and closest friend-find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past. Richly atmospheric and stunning in its complexity, Dublin Murders is utterly convincing and surprising to the very end. 

Opinion: I like the darkness of the show, but there are looooong stretches that is just plain boring and you just don’t care. The story in itself is good, but as I said it just feels like we stand still the whole time and are supposed to “care” about the mental state of the detectives.

Flatey Enigma [aka Flateyjargátan]  (2018-)

6/10

Season 1: 6/10

Plot: Set in 1971, the series follows Johanna, a professor of Nordic Studies, accused of murder. To prove her innocence, she has to solve a riddle in a medieval manuscript about Norse kings, the Flatey Enigma. On top of that, Johanna has to face her deepest fear: the man she ran away from ten years ago.

Opinion: This Icelandic drama is set in the 1970’s where it seems like all men on Iceland are absolute scumbags and should be sent back to medival times. I went into this hoping for a mystery but it was more of a drama piece. Although I really felt for the abused girls and the males pissed me off, I couldn’t really get into it. There really was no one with a winning personality in this.

Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

7/10

Plot: Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Opinion: This was proberly the most talked about TV show of the decade, but I gotta confess … fantasy is proberly my least favourite theme and I might be the only person in the world who doesn’t think this is the best thing that have happened to TV. Don’t get me wrong, I like it, amazing action scenes but a little bit to much of “two persons in a room talking about who should/shouldn’t be on top of the throne. Another thing that makes me go against the grain is that I thought the ending was really good.

Good Girls (2018-–)

6,5/10

Season 1: 7/10
Season 2: 6/10
Season 3: 6/10
Season 4: Not Seen Yet

Plot:

Opinion: Comedy show (not sitcom) with some crime elements. Started out pretty funny, and Christina Hendricks has been always charismatic. But it pretty soon became extremely repetitive and I found it very annoying (I guess it was meant as funny) that more or less everyone they encounter are pushing them around. Also, the dance with the ”bad guy” gets pretty old fast.

Haunting of Bly Manor, The (2020)

6/10

Plot: After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry hires a young American nanny to care for his orphaned niece and nephew who reside at Bly Manor with the chef Owen, groundskeeper Jamie and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose.

Opinion: A horror mini-series that has some creepy atmosphere going on, but it doesn’t really go anywhere for what feels like ages. A week after I watched it, I got a question what it was about, and I had already forgot. So no lasting impression. A one time watch for me!

Read my full review here!

Hidden (2018-)

6,5/10

Season 1: 7/10
Season 2: 6/10

Plot: It tells the story of Detective Sargeant Cadi John, played by Requiem and Emmerdale star Siân Reese-Williams, who returns to North Wales to care for her ailing father.

Opinion: This Crime/Drama is very heavy on the drama part, but for some reason I just don’t find that interesting in here when it comes to the main characters personal life. The drama part behind the perpetrators on the other hand is much more interesting.

Read my full review here!

In The Dark (2019-)

8,5/10

Season 1: 9/10
Season 2: 8/10
Season 3: Not Seen Yet!

Plot: An irreverent blind woman in her twenties, Murphy, drifts through life in a drunken haze. She has only two friends—Jess, her understanding roommate, and Tyson, a teenage drug-dealer who saved her from a violent mugging. Out for a walk with her guide dog, Pretzel, she stumbles upon a corpse that must be Tyson’s, but it disappears before the police arrive. When they do not seem inclined to investigate, Murphy clings onto the only thing that can keep her together: figuring out what happened to her friend.[1] She resolves to solve the murder herself, while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at “Guiding Hope”, a school run by her parents for training guide dogs.

Opinion: Coming soon!

Killing Eve (2018-)

8,25/10

Season 1: 9/10
Season 2: 8/10
Season 3: 8/10

Plot: After a series of events, the lives of a security operative and an assassin become inextricably linked.

Opinion: Really entertaining show that has its twist and turns. The amazing Jodie Comer as bad girl Villanelle is fantastic. Another favorite of mine, the danish actor Kim Bodnia also makes a great role here. On the other hand, an actress that I don’t like at all, Sandra Oh has one of the lead roles. A Women with only one facial expression. But since the story, and the other characters are so good, she doesn’t drag it down.

Line of Duty (2012-)

9/10

Season 1: 10/10
Season 2: 10/10
Season 3: 10/10
Season 4: 9/10
Season 5: 8/10
Season 6: 7/10

Plot: British Crime/Mystery/Drama series following DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), who is transferred to Anti-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12) after refusing to agree to cover up an unlawful shooting by his own team. At AC-12 Arnott is partnered with DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), a highly commended undercover officer with a keen investigative instinct. They work under the supervision of Superintendent Ted Hastings uncovering corruption within the fictional Central Police Force. Throughout the series, AC-12 investigate seemingly disparate cases involving seemingly corrupt police officers.

Opinion: Beyond awesome! How can I have missed this one. 6 seasons with an extreme high quality. Exciting and extremely hard to not bench watch all seasons at once. Martin Compston is unbelivable good as an anti-corruption officer with his passion and anger when he gets wind of any wrong doing. Also Vicky McClure (as Kate Fleming) and Adrian Dunbar (as Hastings) are nothing short of awesome. The two last seasons is not as good as the first 3, but still bloody good.

Marcella (2016–)

8/10

Season 1: 8/10
Season 2: 7/10
Season 3: 9/10

Plot: Marcella Backland left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her.

Opinion: The first season was really good and I imidettly took a liking to the maincharacter, Marcella. She’s really special and breaks all “this is how a women should be” boundries, awesome!

Season two was a littler slower but was okey, and I really, really liked the ending.

So now we have season three out and this time Marcella goes undercover in a organized crime family. We get to take a deeper dive into her complicated psyche and as I really like that part of her I have a tendency to tune out when it comes to more “dream sequences”. This and that the last episodes are a little bit slow/repetitive is the only thing that prevent me from giving this a 10/10 review.

Morning Show, The (2019-)

9/10

Plot: An inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the men and women who carry out this daily televised ritual.

Opinion: Great show in the aftermath of the #metoo movement, and it shows how important it was that it all was dragged out into the spotlight. Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell are awesome as always. I have kept myself far away from Reese Witherspoon before, ever since I watched her awful Legally Blonde movies, but here she’s just amazing. I can’t wait for a season two, although I have no idea where it would go.

Outsider, The (2020)

7/10

Plot: The Outsider begins with a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy. But when an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in.

Opinion: I liked this, don’t get me wrong but I didn’t love it as the whole internet seems to do. The first part was awesome, but when we get to know who’s “the bad guy”, I kind of loose interest. I think this would have worked better for me as a 3 -4 hour movie.

Maybe I’m not that big of a Stephen King fan when he goes too much into “other realms”, I like them more when they are grounded in reality like Cujo or Stand by Me … but on the other hand I love “It Part 1” and “Maximum Overdrive” so go figure!

Ozark

8,5/10

Season 1: 9/10
Season 2: 8/10
Season 3: 9/10

Plot: A financial adviser drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.

Awesome drama/thriller show with two of my favourite actors, Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. It’s thrilling and tense and I put my self in their situation. I usually binge watch the whole seasons when they’re released. I will surely pick up the blu-ray box if they released it after the show is done/cancelled. Read full review here!

Safe (2018)

8/10

Plot: After his teenage daughter goes missing, a widowed surgeon begins uncovering dark secrets of the people closest to him.

Opinion: British miniseries that’s goes in high speed. Not many seconds spared for thinking. Had a problem the first episode with one of my favourite actors Michael C. Hall having a british accent, but I got used to it pretty soon. I like the high tempo, although sometimes it gets comedical that he finds a clue everytime he opens a phone/computer. But all in all, this type of “who done it” mystery/thriller shows is one of my favourites, so it’s a recommend!

Scorpion (2014-2018)

4/10

Plot: An eccentric genius forms an international network of super-geniuses to act as the last line of defense against the complicated threats of the modern world.

Opinion: So, I’m guessing this is a show for 10-13 years. The characters are all warm and likeable, but there are too many annoying things throughout the storylines, like solving World war crisis in 40 minutes, referring to themselves a million times in each episode as geniuses with a straight face, made up technological/scientific solutions that have no real life basis.

… and one last thing and this is not the shows fault … STOP MAKING TV SHOWS WITH CLIFFHANGERS OVER SEASONS. The show is now cancelled, but it ended with a real cliffhanger. Please production companies, STOP IT.

Squid Game (2021-

6/10

Plot: Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits with deadly high stakes. A survival game that has a whopping 45.6 billion-won prize at stake.

Opinion: Autumn 2021 most talk about TV show. I think the concept is interesting and how you can draw parallels into the society and the real world. But it kind of feels like they didn’t know how to fill the episodes, so they added endless monologues and dialogues that are usually extremely pointless or just plain annoying. Also, they make a big mistake by showing too much of the bad guys so all the mystery that was built up at the start are totally lost and in some scenes, for example when the VIP arrives, it gets comical instead of creep or scary.

Start Up (2016-2018)

7,5/10

Season 1: 9
Season 2: 8
Season 3: 5

Plot: A desperate banker, a Haitian-American gang lord and a Cuban-American hacker are forced to work together to unwittingly create their version of the American dream – organized crime 2.0.

Opinion: Really good first season, but then it goes kind of downhill from there. One favorite actor to me, Martin Freeman, makes a really good appearance in this. The story is exciting at first, but maybe gets too many fast twists and turns for its own good. Otherwise it has the regular Hollywood things like way to black tattoos, like they all came out from the tattoo parlor 20 minutes ago and too many “pretty” people etc.

Stranger, The (2020-)

10/10

Plot: Follows the lives of suburban families whose secrets and lies are made public by the appearance of a stranger.

Opinion: This one was simply amazing, just the kind of show I love. We have a mystery, or should I say several mysteries and until the end it keeps us guessing. I watched the whole thing in two sittings, more or less the entire time on the edge of my seat. Hard to tell you much more than this without revealing to much. Read full review here!

Terra Nova (2011)

3/10

PLOT: Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying, who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

OPINION: Holy f**k, this was a piece of crap. Interesting story, but generic characters, bad cgi and we’re supposed to care when stupid teenagers make stupid decisions, I can go on forever. I understand why it was only on for one season.

Truth be Told (2019-)

8/10

Season 1: 8/10
Season 2: Watching Now!

PLOT: A true-crime podcaster tries to solve the mystery surrounding a family patriarch’s death.

OPINION: I love Octavia Spencer, I think she’s extremely charismatic and she can carry a TV show all by herself. Here she plays Poppy, a true-crime podcaster that gets involved in murder cases. i enjoyed season one, especially the murder mystery part. I don’t feel that engaged with the family drama/issues.

Wayward Pines (2015-2016)

7/10

Season 1: 9/10
Season 2: 5/10

PLOT: A Secret Service agent goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

OPINION: The first season is an awesome affair, we follow Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) as the secret service agent who goes to the small town Wayward Pines in Idaho to search for his missing colleagues. I found especially the first episodes very intriguing. What I really liked is that I noticed that I changed who to “cheer” for several times during the season as the story developed. Read full review here!

White Sands (aka Hvide Sande) (2021-

8/10

Plot: White Sands is a light crime series about an undercover expert and a homicide detective who are secretly sent to a Danish seaside town to solve the killing of a young German man while pretending to be a married couple.

Opinion: I live in Sweden, and our neighbors are Denmark. Usually there should be some animosity from me as it always is between neighboring countries,

Both the main actors Marie Bach Hansen and Carsten Bjørnlund are fantastic here, both really good and both have a presence and charisma that’s really amazing.

Woods, The (2020)

9/10

Plot: The Woods (Polish: W głębi lasu) is a Polish mystery thriller television miniseries, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Harlan Coben. The story unfolds in two different time periods: August 1994 and September 2019. In 2019, Warsaw prosecutor Paweł Kopiński (Grzegorz Damiecki) is called upon to identify the body of a murder victim who was found with newspaper clippings about him. The murder seems to be linked to the August 1994 summer camp where Paweł was a chaperone, during which two people were murdered and two others—including his sister Kamila—went missing without a trace.

Opinion: This is right up my alley … dark, mysterious, moments that gives you goosebumps. It’s kind of slow but were you get to know the characters on a deeper level. The charismatic Grzegorz Damiecki (as Paweł) is simply amazing. Also the young versions of the kids made a really good job, Laura (Wiktoria Filus) and Pawel (Hubert Milkowski) and where very convincing in their affection for each other.

Read my full review here!

You (2018-)

8/10

Season 1: 7/10
Season 2: 9/10

Plot: Based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, YOU is a 21st century love story that asks, “What would you do for love?” When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way.

Option: I liked the first season, the love interest Beck (Elizabeth Lail) is very charming and plays the slightly neurotic girlfriend just great. I enjoy the concept of the show but wished it would have been more decadent and Joe (Penn Badgley) even more depraved. Season two is even better in my opinion …

Read my full review here!

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