Thursday, July 11, 2013

TV Show Review: 'Moone Boy' and 'Orange is the New Black'

The new wave of television watching is actually through the computer. Netflix and Hulu are competing for your money and time and attention. They are creating programming, buying programming and going outside the US borders in search of programming. To that last item, Hulu & Netflix this week rolled out new shows that are making a big deal out of.

Netflix has Orange is the New Black.  The synopsis goes: "From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new series set in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates."


OK, sounds like it could be good. Martha Stewart in jail, with wacky inmates... I'll bite.

Seven seconds and one sentence into the first episode the viewer sees a closeup of two naked woman in a shower kissing, and nothing is left to the imagination. There was no warning. Lord, blot out my eyes.

So then I went to Hulu. Hulu is gaga over Moone Boy.

NY Times explains "‘Moone Boy’ Joins the Hulu Stable of Imported Television." Monarch of the Glen was good. I love Doc Martin. Could be good...

Irish comedy set in the 1980s? Great! Who didn't like The Commitments? It's Wonder Years meets Harvey? Better! It's a show about a family? Wonderful!! The show centers on the young boy! Super! I bit.

One episode is about 21 minutes long. In that 21 minutes I learned that girls run the world, dads are ineffectual, parents hate their kids, life is a hopeless round of family and work, bullies are left to their own devices, but can be bought if you let them touch your sister's breasts...

Sigh.

The search continues.

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