Must See TV on Netflix


Heartland

My wife has discovered a great Canadian TV show called Heartland.  It has been on Canadian TV forever, and has become the longest running show there.  No cursing.  Very little sex, although you can tell they want to. Great scenery and horses.  The Rockys in Alberta are stunning.  Family friendly.  Sort of like the Waltons, but fewer money troubles.  

In the first two seasons, one main character wears a really bad looking fake mustache. Not the blonde near the horse.  She’s cool.  Insecure but cool.  My family watches it, and I holler out “houwse!” or “a-boot” everytime somebody sounds particularly Canadian. 

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Reign

Apparently Netfix has made a deal with The CW to air all of the scripted shows.  This One of the programs is a period piece called Reign.  It’s theoretically about Mary, Queen of Scots in her early years in France.  Everybody in France speaks English with a British accent, including people from Scotland and Spain.

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There are some shows that capture the imagination through terrific acting, writing and drama.  This is not one of them.  It does for Bloody Mary what the movie Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter did for the 16th president.

Wallander

Wallander

Must buy razor.

If you like police dramas with lots of think time, this is the one.  Kurt Wallander is a Swedish detective, but as is the case in Sweden, everybody speaks English. To each other. Actually, Wallander traveled to Latvia on a case, and apparently that’s the custom there, also.  (This was produced for the English audience, but it bugs me a bit.)

Kenneth Branagh plays a brooding, brilliant yet troubled detective.  Actually now that I think of it, he’s not all that brilliant, though he does solve the crimes.  A brilliant detective might say “Oh, I’ve just had a crappy day.  Better get some sleep and try again tomorrow.”  Not this guy. Wallander sleeps in his chair, with a bottle of wine in his hand. Oddly, he always needs a shave.  Never has he actually shaved, but he always has a day or two of stubble. 

This show, like Hinterland has such a great and different feel compared to American cop shows. Wallander shoots a guy in self-defense in one episode and then spends months dealing with the grief.  I mean, he was so broken up he didn’t shave or eat.  Just like always.

The landscape is bleak, fields broken up with industrial towns and harbors.  The ocean is nice, but the whole look is beak.  Grey. One character gets a travel book with pictures of Sweden.  His wife looks at it and asked if it is really like that.  Wallander says, “Yeah. Midsummer. Sure.”  Like Hinterland, there was some tax money kicked in for the production, in this case I’m sure they wondered if Swedish tourism might be helped by the program.

Photo Courtesy The BBC, and the Swedish Tourism Office

This is why I like it.  The pacing is so non-American, the characters are so flawed, and the scenery is so normal.  The detectives are really not necessarily good at cracking cases, or at life for that matter. If you’re sick of the same stuff, Wallander is a terrific break.

So, what are you watching?

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Must See TV on Netflix

  1. Dianna

    Mary Stewart was not Bloody Mary. That was Mary Tudor, so-called because during her reign she tried to reconvert England to Catholicism. 300 people, approximately, were executed for religious “crimes”.

    Phone, train.

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  2. Paul Krendler

    On Netflix, Marvel has not yet had a misstep. I’m only caught up on Jessica Jones, but season 1 of Daredevil was excellent, and I’m looking forward to season 2 while making my way through season 1 of Luke Cage.

    All really great stuff.

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  3. Tulip

    River, on Netflix. It is absolutely beautiful and haunting – engrossing. I watched it over a year ago and it still stays with me. Masterful acting by Stellan Skarsgård.

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      1. Tulip

        I will and I’ll keep that in mind when I watch it. Thanks! Now that you’ve piqued my curiosity I’ll have to get to it soon. Last night started with “Reign” (so far so good) – so maybe when that’s completed.

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  4. monitor2112

    I watch Heartland as well. I’m currently in season 6…the show is ending this year, in season 10.

    I also agree with Paul…Marvel Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage are all great ADULT tv.

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  5. Clyde

    There’s no truth to the rumor that the box set of Wallander includes a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a Prozac prescription. Nope. Uh-huh.

    OTOH, Shetland, currently on our regional PBS, is fascinating. Good plotting, gorgeous scenery (well, the odd abandoned farm thrown in), and characters you don’t cringe watching.

    For the lighter side of mayhem, try Midsomer Murders. There, DCI Barnaby might be the most well-adjusted character in the bunch.

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    1. Dave Alexander (formerly ukuleledave) Post author

      The Brits have a bunch of lighter cop shows that I really couldn’t get into. Midsomer was one. Loved the Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis shows. The Last Detective is another show I watched for a bit, and tossed aside.
      Endeavor was great. Again, it took me a while to make a connection with Inspector Morse. I’m daft.

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      1. Clyde

        I missed most of the Inspector Morse shows, but Lewis was a favorite. We’re hoping that there may eventually be an Inspector Hathaway. I think we caught all the New Tricks episodes, and they were a lot of fun.
        The local PBS has been bringing out some of the old Joan Hickson Miss Marple shows, and the contrast to the later MMs is amazing. I liked Geraldine McEwen in Huckleberry, and as a Miss Marple, but the rewrites were extreme. Kind of like comparing an Ian Fleming James Bond novel to the equivalent movie.

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  6. Dave Alexander (formerly ukuleledave) Post author

    If they still have it, there’s a short series/movie called The Widower that was super odd. The same actor was in a series called Chasing Shadows, which was about a seriously different detective. The detective seemed to have autism. Imagine Monk — but written and directed in a serous way.

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  7. gmhowell

    Lately, videos of various maintenance and repair tasks for the BMW e36 convertible, interspersed with whatever my better half has picked to watch.

    I rarely get into TV shows these days, but I watch at least a few movies per week.

    Hoping to watch Luke Cage when significant other is ready.

    Oh, I forgot: I did find a show on Velocity called ‘Chasing Classic Cars’

    On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 3:00 AM, Dave Alexander & Company with David Edgren and Gus Bailey – The Artisan Craft Blog wrote:

    > Dave Alexander (formerly ukuleledave) posted: “Heartland My wife has > discovered a great Canadian TV show called Heartland. It has been on > Canadian TV forever, and has become the longest running show there. No > cursing. Very little sex, although you can tell they want to. Great > scenery and horses. T” >

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