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What's almost as good as new episodes of your favorite tv show? Watching someone discover the brilliance of The West Wing.
 

Bottom line: I'm lovin' The West Wing, and each episode is engrossing me more and more. (I'm also going to do away with grades, since the episodes have been getting better and better… not much room to grow, eh?)
 

For added enjoyment

Alan also has threads on Band of Brothers, though I still prefer our marymary 's threads. No one can top her color commentary and polls.

So while I wait for Mad Men to begin its new season, I can read through this threads and contemplate watching some of my old favorites on DVD again.

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marymary
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Aw, you're too nice. :-) *hugs you*

I haven't even read Sepinwall on BoB! And the WW thing sounds like a blast. brb, reading...
gatsbyfan
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
I skimmed some of it. I plan I reading it tomorrow when I avoid all tv and news sites in effort to avoid any additional coverage of the Michael Jackson craziness.

I am so beyond sick of it.
ok_with_that
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Timing, timing, timing.... sigh. I stumbled on the BoB stuff the other day and meant to ask you (all) if you'd seen it. Haven't read it yet, but will soon. Though I think you're right, gatz; mary can't be topped. :)

Fresh WW commentary is somehow perfect for tonight; thank you! Went straight to Crackpots, just because. Where I found:

And in the spirit of celebrating, Bartlet decides to throw an impromptu chili dinner in honor of his daughter Zooey, who is visiting from Sterling Cooper in New York.

... because all things (and all the best shows) converge eventually. :)

(I'd kinda like to see what this guy would do if he *did* take notes, you know? :)



marymary
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Ok, I just dove into Sepinwall on Why We Fight, and I feel like I'm either going to have to not read any of them or spend all of the next three days replying on his threads. :-) Because I have an addition or rebuttal to literally everything everyone's saying.

Not that I disagree with him, based on what I've read so far (except for two things...*g*). He clearly loves the series. <3
kaprin02
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Thanks, Gatz. Now I'm going to have to re-watch Sports Night, TWW, and BoB all at the same time! I don't have time for this! ;)
tomfoolery815
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
Gatz, I've been reading Sepinwall's B of B recaps, too. I agree that his are fun, but inferior.

A TVSquad contributor had lovely things to say about his/her recent initial viewing of TWW. It made me feel good.

Edited at 2009-07-07 04:33 am (UTC)
tomfoolery815
Jul. 7th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Here it is, from Brad Trechak of TV Squad. I really liked it, so you guys might as well:

About a month ago, I mentioned my television summer project. The West Wing was such an excellent series that I stampeded by way through the episodes and am done already. In fact, if you summed up the quality of every reality show on television, it wouldn't come close to the quality of The West Wing (thus furthering the argument that writers are mandatory for good television).

I agree with most of the critics that the series took a drop in quality in Season 5. With the departure of Sorkin, the characters began to make decisions that seemed inconsistent with the first four seasons (I'll write more about that in a separate article). Seasons 6 and 7 saw an upswing in quality, mostly due to the change in the whole premise of the show (making it about the Presidential Election rather than the Presidency).

The West Wing was a very deep and intelligent program and probably better than we deserve.
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