What Was the Last Television Episode You Watched?

Seeing Is Believing - 5 witnesses see someone beat up a guy--the sketch looks exactly like Sgt Ed Brown. He has no alibi because he was off at a cabin trying to write an article abut the Chief. I figured they would use him as two different people but they didn't. They found someone who had a slight resemblance to Don Galloway (who co-wrote the script). Audrey Totter was listed as a guest star. Early on we see a bar patron who says she was a show business person. One thinks--omigod--she has really changed! But it wasn't her. She shows up later and easy to recognize.
We gave up on Dark after two episodes. No hook, not much else there.
To be fair, I'm not sure I could say what the hook in the first couple of episodes is except "mysterious tunnels", but overall, it remains possibly my favourite viewing experience of the past few years.

Having said that, though, I tried rewatching it recently and didn't pursue it. I thought maybe it was too soon for a rewatch, but it could be that the particular mystery appealed to me and with it solved, there wasn't enough to keep me.
I don't watch the TV much , but, when my enthusiasm to do anything reaches it's lowest point , I look at something to watch on my iPad . I recently bought The Encyclopaedia of TV Science Fiction . Using the book I search the internet , and the first find was , Blake's Seven . If you whanted to make a list of all the bad things about it , it would be quite a long one . But its fun , and easy to watch . The last episode I watched was Hostage and is about half way into the entire series of fifty or so episodes .
Shaedlake -episode 2

I've decided that I dislike this show now, and won't be watching the last episodes. Which is a shame, because obviously a lot of time has been spent on getting the 'feel' of the visuals right.

It's just a shame that the dialogue is poor, and feels far too modern for a Tudor drama. Also the characters and storylines deviate uneccessarily from the author's novel, and the whole lot seems unbelievably contrived.
I've finished two series in the past few days.

The first was Shardlake on Hulu for free. (I think this is the same as @paranoid marvin speaks of above.) I did not know it was based on a book, but that does not surprise me. The opening scenes of the series seem to presume some knowledge of who and what which were not at that time known from the revealed plot. I thought the detective stuff was pretty good given the limitations of the era (Henry VIII). I didn't realize how much I've come to expect scientific or deductive reasoning in my detective shows. The reasoning was mostly based social expectations of what was "good" or "bad" behavior, which all seemed pretty nebulous to me. The ending was not the kind of ending I prefer but pretty true to life in spite of my frustration with it.

Much to my disappointment I found the fact that there was a black African playing the Abbot to be off-putting. I doubt that there were any black Africans in such church positions in that day but why should that matter to me? It's only someone playing a role, (and very well I might add) should the color of their skin play a role. Decidedly not! But somehow it did, making me hang my head in shame.

Avoid --- Not Recommended --- Flawed --- Okay --- Good --- Recommended --- Shouldn’t be Missed

The second was Franklin on Apple TV+. This is the story of Benjamin Franklin in France as he sought to work an alliance with the French during the American Revolution. This was obviously well researched. I did not see anything in it that I was sure was a total fabrication, but a fair amount of poetic license was taken. I thought the feel of France at this time was pretty much spot on. The upper classes were abusing their privileges and didn't really have a clue about life in the lower end of the spectrum. And were doing some really stupid things to "keep up appearances." Although Michael Douglas does not look much like the historical Franklin, somehow he seemed to me to have imbibed his character. I think the series would have been much improved if more time had been spent on the meat of the negotiations, what was at stake, and how this was effecting France, instead of so much focus on the life Franklin and his grandson (only one of the two that went along with Franklin) but I suppose it did help to create the detached feeling from the war while being critical for its success. This was filmed in such a way to give the feel of living in the late 18th century. A lot of it was actually filmed by candlelight. I'm not sure how much makeup the French Uppercrust wore in that day, but there was a lot of it in the film. John Adams with all the makeup reminded me of the Joker which was certainly disconcerting for the story.

I'm glad I watched it, but I wouldn't call it great.

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MANNIX - Delayed Reaction--Back to season 1 and Intertect shenanigans. Lou explains how he started the company while assisting Joe with computer read outs and bailing him out of jail.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE - The Killer-Decided to skip a couple of seasons--now Leonard Nimoy and Leslie (Anne) Warren appear--and the MI team is a lot bigger--they have many more agents it seems judging from how many are used to make a hotel appear out of nowhere.

Murder Can Hurt You - a 1980 tv-movie I had forgotten about until someone reminded me--featuring spoofs of tv detectives from Baretta to Starsky and Hutch--most amusing is Burt Young as the Columbo parody--but Gavin MacLeod was also pretty hilarious doing a Kojak impression. There is a lot of lame humor--but the amusement was sufficient and the identity of the villain makes sense. I was surprised they used the theme music from the various shows--not just not a few seconds but the actual themes. The Columbo theme was the Sunday Mystery Movie theme--not the ones by Gil Melies or Henry Mancini that were the official theme tunes.
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Rebus iPlayer. Gritty, violent series, from the Ian Rankin novels, about Edinburgh detective, with a few of his own problems, against the local underworld. Excellent.
CANNON - Perfect Alibi-- --Richard Anderson hires Frank to find out why his ex-partner robbed his safe, which is hard to fathom since he is currently in prison. The local sheriff LQ Jones is skeptical about the theory that Whit Bissell the warden is forcing prisoners to commit robberies before they can be paroled. Some quirky humor in this.
Play For Today - The Factory

I feel like I've discovered a gold mine. A wealth of tv shows from the 70s; plays by different authors starring a wealth of talent in the main role. Dozens of episodes, all on YouTube and all completely different.

Last night's episode was The Factory, a funny microcosm of the relationship between workers and management. Leonard Rossiter and his understudy Ray Winstone are the only two workers left in an empty factory (all the rest have move to Wales) who have issues with the only member of management still remaining. Very funny and very cleverly written.

Why has this kind of thing completely disappeared from our tv screens?
A wealth of tv shows from the 70s; plays by different authors starring a wealth of talent in the main role. Dozens of episodes, all on YouTube and all completely different.
Good find -- though it looks like some of the more famous ones (Abigail's Party, Nuts in May, Penda's Fen) aren't there, I assume because they're for sale and have been copyright-claimed.
Good find -- though it looks like some of the more famous ones (Abigail's Party, Nuts in May, Penda's Fen) aren't there, I assume because they're for sale and have been copyright-claimed.

Yes, but there are loads of others, and some really good looking ones. I think the secret is to pick one at random, and then sit back and enjoy without knowing anything about it.

Top rate actors, and first class script writers. It'a a rwal tragedy that these have largely been forgotten abour, and even more that the premise of one-off regular plays/dramaa each week has been replaced by serialised crime/medical/soap opera dramas.

I think a caveat with these 'Play for Today' is that they do seem quite contemporary, so may not appeal (or be properly understood) by those not familiar with 70/80s Britain.
Penda's Fen
This reminded me I have a DVD copy that I bought several years ago and never watched (though I've seen it before). Learning that it was broadcast fifty years ago last month, I've just watched it. Written by David Rudkin and directed by Alan Clarke, it is an extraordinary work of imagination, and I think unlike anything else I've ever seen.
Tales from the Loop s1, e1-4
So far, I have enjoyed this very much and looking up the artwork that these short are based on has been insightful also, and I'm planning on ordering the original art book.

BUT, e3 in my opinion, really had no place or reason to have been made at all, if you have seen it. Just me.

On the other hand, e2 was right up my allay. It has a sad twist in the end that I half guessed before it happened.

Overall, an easy paced 'thinker' series.
Play for Today - The General's Day

Last night's offering srarred no less than Alistair Sim, who plays a retired army officer looking to replace his sinister charwoman Mrs.Hinch (Dandy Nichols).

The replacement he has in mind is an unmarried school teacher (Annette Crosby), with whom he has an amicable relationship.

I've probably made it sound duller than it actually is, but it was a worthwhile watch at just under an hour.
Sister Boniface Mysteries - Perfect viewing for those who think Father Brown is too gritty and realistic...
THE WILD WILD WEST - The Night of the Pistoleros - They could have called it The Night of the Doppelgangers but I guess that would give away too much. Ross Martin's near fatal heart attack caused him to miss a number of episodes and this was held over until his return. Thus the end scene on the train was shot after his return. I am watching them in production order rather than how they were aired since he keeps going back and forth to Washington in the alternate viewing order.

MANNIX - A Sleep In the Deep - Man is killed in the ocean and Joe is hired by his widow to find out who did it. Involves an experimental aqua gear that turns salt water into oxygen.

CANNON - Dead Lady's Tears - Dabney Coleman is Frank's cop liaison in a murder case but there's more to it than meets the eye. He goes to a yoga studio and tells a fat woman "keep your chins up--we shall overcome."
Play for Today - Bet Your Life

This was a gritty kitchen-sink drama that studied the relationship between a husband addicted to gambling, and his wife and son. Introduced into this cauldron is a psychiatrist who seems more interested in his career than helping the family.

Hardly what I would call an 'enjoyable' play, but it was well done. It was also interesting to remember what the inside of a betting shop used to look like, and how much they have changed over the years.

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