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Mar 10, 2021, 06:55 PM
 
I also have enjoyed that, I was dubious at first, but the humor is clever and the characters are fun. I especially like the background scenes of customers doing weird things, and the running gag of what's under the shelves.

Is Pennyworth worth getting invested in? I see it only has 2 seasons and might not make more... I liked Gotham in the beginning.
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Same on Superstore. It felt a little directionless when they were on the whole unionizing tangent but Covid and BLM protests have kind of given them a target again. I was surprised Amy left but it hasn't suffered from her departure.
     
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I've been watching Raising Hope on Disney+. I started watching it when it came out but someone drifted away. Its good fun.
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Mar 17, 2021, 04:11 PM
 
Our three-year-old granddaughter has become a huge fan of an animated show called Bubble Guppies. It's surprisingly not bad. There are occasional episodes where the writers have written-in (clean) gags that are quite obviously there for the adults' sake. It's definitely a big step up from her previous fave show, Cocomelon, which she seems to have now abandoned. I'll miss Miss Appleberry, though.
     
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Oh man, I never thought I'd be a screen time parent, but quarantine pretty much threw that out of the window. I don't think my son even had a favorite show at 3, my daughter turned 3 in January and is very well versed in her many favorite shows. She's also way sneakier and way less compliant than he was, so in the morning before everyone else is up she'll sneak downstairs and grab a tablet, then sneak it back up to her room and watch Dora or Winnie the Pooh.

     
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Mar 17, 2021, 05:06 PM
 
Looks more like she’s conjuring the ancient ones. How’s your holy water supply?
     
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I remember my youngest was just about 3 when ipads came out, and she picked it up as naturally as anything. We didn't have streaming shows on it though, and due to space only a few movies. She watched fewer "toddler" shows than her brother, both because most of them were drivel, and she'd rather watch (or agree to watch) what big brother was watching or wanted to watch (scooby doo, batman, star wars clone wars). The exception was tinkerbell.
     
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Mar 17, 2021, 06:46 PM
 
It’s not at all uncommon to see toddlers playing games on mommy’s phone while grocery shopping. It’s their world, so they learn.
     
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
I remember my youngest was just about 3 when ipads came out, and she picked it up as naturally as anything. We didn't have streaming shows on it though, and due to space only a few movies.
She's apparently figured out how to open up Prime Video and navigate to whatever she wants.
     
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It’s not at all uncommon to see toddlers playing games on mommy’s phone while grocery shopping. It’s their world, so they learn.
I've compromised on a lot of stuff in the last year but never have I given a kid my phone in a store or in the car. They're allowed to bring tablets in the car if the drive is 1+ hours, but that's the minimum.
     
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Mar 18, 2021, 03:18 AM
 
I wonder if people underestimate the value of boredom these days. When I was growing up in the 80s it was common for kids to be left in cars when adults did things that were boring or grown-up. Must have spent ages with just a book to read or some paper to draw on. Not suggesting kids should be left in cars for hours, just there seems to be a prevailing parental belief that their children must remain occupied/entertained for their entire waking life and for some reason its up to the parents to provide this occupation/entertainment. Again, the number of times I was told to go and find something to entertain myself. I think it does the imagination a lot of good.
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Mar 18, 2021, 06:44 AM
 
Got into Brockmire. Much better than it should be. Hank Azaira sound like a bad Frank Underwood impression at first but I'm down with it now.
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Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
...Not suggesting kids should be left in cars for hours, just there seems to be a prevailing parental belief that their children must remain occupied/entertained for their entire waking life and for some reason its up to the parents to provide this occupation/entertainment. Again, the number of times I was told to go and find something to entertain myself. I think it does the imagination a lot of good.
I've noticed this, too. But, I've also noticed kids' parents with their eyes glued to their phones/pads/laptops 24/7, seemingly unable to take even a moment to just do nothing themselves. So, really, the parents are passing-on their habits to the kids, i.e. be entertained every damned second of the day.
     
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Mar 22, 2021, 09:47 AM
 
We limit the kids' screen time and the 8 yo is very quick to call out my wife and I for being on our phones. Screen Time shows I use about an hour and a half a day. Thinking back, my dad spent at least as much time reading the paper or watching TV...

https://www.sadanduseless.com/evil-iphones/
     
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Somehow, our three-year-old found reruns of Barney and Friends on Prime. She was over the other day and insisted on some Barney before her nap. So, on comes the purple dinosaur show, and I’m immediately smacked in the face with the “you’re really old” club, thanks to my realizing one of Barney’s friends is a then ten-year-old Selena Gomez. Geez.
     
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Same on Superstore. It felt a little directionless when they were on the whole unionizing tangent but Covid and BLM protests have kind of given them a target again. I was surprised Amy left but it hasn't suffered from her departure.
Oh, and it's over. I didn't realize they were wrapping it up! Seems like they tied up all the loose ends with a nice, feel-good finale. Good show, doesn't quite have the rewatch potential of P&R or The Office, but it has served us well the past few years.
     
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Apr 5, 2021, 11:29 AM
 
Not a bad ending, although it did feel a little forced to
 
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I was less happy with the ending to Mindy Project, which also reunited the predictable couple very quickly.

Thorzdad, my sympathies on Barney, my recommendation is to quickly introduce some better cartoon. My kids loved Little Bear at that age, and it's not nearly as annoying.
     
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Apr 5, 2021, 12:57 PM
 
Oh, it gets better. Apparently, she sang herself to sleep a few nights ago, singing that "I love you, you love me..." song over and over. I suppose it does have a message a three-year-old can hang onto.
     
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Not a bad ending, although it did feel a little forced to
 


Also I get serious anxiety any time kids are introduced in a TV show. When Pam had a baby in The Office, Leslie in P&R, when Amy got pregnant, all of that really wore me down. Luckily P&R fast forwarded over infancy and then mostly glossed over the kids, which was a relief.

 


I should probably talk to someone about that.
     
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Aug 9, 2021, 10:00 AM
 
Late to the party with Ted Lasso. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, though I do like Jason Sudeikis.

One show I didn’t expect it to remind me of is Blackadder. That show was basically a revolving setup for Blackadder’s snarky, observational one-liners, and this show is a revolving setup for Lasso’s homespun pop-culture metaphors. Less ironically, it reminds me of Major League.

It didn’t register until a few episodes in, but the Apple product placement is a little over the top.

It’s great to see Giles again.
     
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Sep 7, 2021, 01:28 PM
 
Doom Patrol is surprisingly good.
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Sep 7, 2021, 03:18 PM
 
I am saving Ted Lasso Season 2 for a mid-september treat.

Over the summer I watched Central Park, which was cute, although not all the songs are winners.

Schmiggadoon I appreciated, but it could have been even MORE over the top to be hilarious. Song parodies on point.

Kevin can Fuck Himself: I really wanted to like, the details of the All in the Family set, and the switches from "sitcom mode" to dark mode were well done... It takes on that sitcom trope of why does the wife stay with this obnoxious idiot. (IE, king of queens). The first few episodes especially work... but ultimately I started disliking the characters and the wife seems just as much to blame for her life failures as stupid Kevin.

Mr Corman: Not a "fun" show. But poignant and sometimes beautiful. Too sad to binge but the characters are well developed enough to care what happens.

Marvel What Ifs: kind of fun. Happy to see Agent Carter again certainly (in my mind I have retconned away her stupid season 2)
     
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Sep 7, 2021, 06:57 PM
 
I eventually caught up on Lucifer S5. Good thing, as S6 is due this Friday. Quality has not slipped.
     
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Sep 7, 2021, 10:35 PM
 
The White Lotus and Mare of Easttown were pretty great.

Otherwise it’s been a slow summer. Don’t want to judge Ted Lasso S2 at this point but it’s not quite hitting the same…starting to feel it’s lost a bit of magic. Looking forward to Succession.
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starting to feel it’s lost a bit of magic.
 
     
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Sep 8, 2021, 02:01 PM
 
Completely agree.
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Sep 8, 2021, 07:51 PM
 
Regarding Ted Lasso, completely agreed.
 
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Sooooo Casa de Papal? Season 5? Part 1? WTF?
     
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Sep 15, 2021, 02:17 AM
 
If you aren’t watching Kevin can F himself on Amazon then you definitely should be. Absolutely superb. Innovative, original and blisteringly well written and acted. Plus funny. And dark.
Talking of Dark. Now hooked on, err, Dark. German sci-fi time twister thriller. Remind me, who is he again????

On a lighter note: Netflix (UK) has two seasons of Battle Bots. God I miss robot wars. If only for the potential tips in how to defeat our metallic overlords in the upcoming robot uprising.
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I am saving Dark for October
     
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I'm always unexcited about spinoff shows. Almost none of them pan out. Saul was great in small doses and I have no desire for a full-on dose. I suppose we'll see.
I was dead wrong!!! Better Call Saul turned into one of the best shows on TV.
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Lou Grant > MTMS
     
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On a lighter note: Netflix (UK) has two seasons of Battle Bots. God I miss robot wars. If only for the potential tips in how to defeat our metallic overlords in the upcoming robot uprising.
I actually think Robot Wars can teach Formula 1 a thing or two. I'd like to see a remote driver race series with absolutely no limits on the technology used. 5000HP and 400mph. Big crashes and explosions. Absolutely balls-out racing to the very limits of whats possible.
Then another version which is similar but a demolition derby.
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Yeah, I’m there. F1 got boring after they made it safer. No people = go nuts.
     
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Sep 20, 2021, 06:54 AM
 
Cast of Ted Lasso prank a news reporter after this years FA Cup final:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgaTykbyTXY
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Wonder if that makes it into S3.
     
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I‘ve watched the first two episodes of Foundation, and the cinematography is absolutely breath-taking. I can‘t speak too much of the story yet. There are a lot of moving pieces and I don‘t know if the way they tell the story will be successful, but it is definitely worth watching at this moment. You can tell, though, that there are tons of moving pieces and you need to invest some time in order to get the most out of it.

PS I thought the last two episodes of Ted Lasso were pretty great.
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Only seen ep 1 of Foundation thus far but it was good. My only hope is it gets enough traction that they get to finish it.
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Only seen ep 1 of Foundation thus far but it was good. My only hope is it gets enough traction that they get to finish it.
Definitely cinema grade FX and an engaging story. Not sure how faithfully they are staying to the original story (so far based on 2 episodes - not very) but that's par for the course for adaptions. Already waiting for E3 in expectation of it standing on its own as a show but fairly sure Foundation will remain essentially unmade.
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Sep 29, 2021, 09:09 AM
 
JMS claimed that Babylon 5 is being rebooted. Holy mackerel, if this is true I will be beyond thrilled. It is one of the best SciFi series ever made.
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I will be cautiously hopeful. I sure would love to see a B5 reboot buck the usual "make it darker, more violent, and nihilistic" approach.
     
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^ I want to see a Star Wars Horror movie. Think Alien 1. Only Star Wars. Market it as kid friendly. Traumatize an entire generation, but instantly create a cult classic.
     
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Different component parts, but this is how I just described Lynch’s version of Dune.
     
 
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