TV Shows [Short Reviews]

Updated 2020-08-07 (Added: Good Girls)

Here I collect every short review I made on TV Shows. To see another genre look at the index page. You find it here! When it comes to TV Shows. I enjoy mainly the ones who follows 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.

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 them discover the movie themselves.


Barry (2018–)

7/10

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

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. He follows his target into acting class and ends up instantly drawn to the community of eager hopefuls, especially dedicated student Sally, who becomes the object of his affection. While Barry wants to start a new life as an actor, his handler, Fuches, has other ideas, and the hit man’s criminal past won’t let him walk away so easily.

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 a amazingl, 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.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-)

7/10

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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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

6/10

Season 1: 6/10

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.

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 middle episodes where kind of slow and no really likeable characters. Plus point for some twists.

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Dublin Murders (2019-)

5/10

Season 1: 5/10

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. 

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.

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Flatey Enigma [aka Flateyjargátan]  (2018-)

6/10

Season 1: 6/10

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.

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.

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Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

7/10

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

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.

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Good Girls (2018-–)

Season 1: 7/10
Season 2: 6/10
Season 3: 6/10

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.


Marcella (2016–)

8/10

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

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.

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.

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Outsider, The (2020)

7/10

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.

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!

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Ozark (2017-)

8,5/10

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

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!

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Safe (2018)

8/10

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

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!

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Stranger, The (2020-)

10/10

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

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!

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Terra Nova (2011)

3/10

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.

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

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Wayward Pines (2015-2016)

7/10

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

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.

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!