The Office

The office

It all started on March 24, 2005.  This is when Greg Daniels started a new revolution of funny. The Office is a hilarious documentary style look into the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the world of the standard 9 to 5. It’s 2018 and this show is still captivating Americans. Greg Daniels, the writer of The Office, is known for his work on SNL, The Simpsons, Parks and Rec, and King of Hill. The Office aired on NBC from 2005-2013. Many don’t know that The Office first aired in the UK but the success rate was not high. I just discovered this show last year and at first I did not like it and flipped to another show. After giving it another try, I have re watched it three times already and highly recommend it to everyone. This show is absolutly hilarious. It makes me laugh out loud so hard. After some research, season one had many mixed reviews when it released but the following four seasons were a buzz on the media. After finding myself researching this show more and more it lead me to find some interesting facts of the auditioning for the show. When the cast went to audition for the show they were NOT given a script. It was very unusual but it worked because the cast is awesome! They simply sat down in a conference room and they were told to act like the charater they were auditioning for. That is how they made their decision. In December of 2017, their were several rumor that their would be a revival of the show in 2018-2019. Recently one the cast members, John Krasinski appeared on “The Ellen Show” and when Ellen called him out on it, he said that was “the only one that wasn’t called for it”. Quite a cliff hanger! We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

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Silicon Valley

Is there anything better than discovering a new TV show? I don’t think so. After watching The Big Sick (Michael Showalter, 2017) for the thousandth time and falling more in love with Kumail Nanjiani‘s sense of humor every time, I finally decided to Google him and to find out what other films or shows he has been in. I discovered that he was in the HBO series Silicon Valley. I had heard of the show before but I had never watched it since shows on HBO tend to air very late at night and that doesn’t work with my grandma-styled sleeping schedule that puts me to bed at 9. After watching a trailer for the show and realizing that Zach Woods, a.k.a. Gabe from The Office, and Martin Starr, a.k.a. Bill from Freaks and Geeks, were on it I knew I had to give it a whirl. I watched the first episode on a Friday night and before I knew it, it was Sunday night and I had finished all four seasons. The premise of the show is a guy named Richard who creates some type of data compression system that is revolutionary. After turning down multiple million dollar offers, he decides to create his own company with his friends called Pied Piper. The show follows all of the crazy, yet realistic situations that they get into as a startup in Silicon Valley. I cannot recommend this show enough. It is laugh out loud funny, informing, and emotional all in the span of 28 minutes. Although the show is a comedy, it is a really good depiction of what Silicon Valley is actually like right now. It seems to be such a vicious “dog eat dog” world, yet for some reason I’m attracted to it and want to be a part of it. Enough about me – if you’re looking for a new show to binge watch I highly suggest Silicon Valley, especially since the fifth season airs later this month!

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A Monopoly Game in 1814

From the minds of Peaky Blinders (2013-present) the next cinematic underdog on the small screen is Taboo. It is a co-production from BBC America and FX Networks which is written by Tom Hardy and his Father, Chips Hardy. The series is set for a second season likely in 2018. The first season saw the eight-part series, set in 1814, begin with James Keziah Delaney (Tom Hardy) returning to England after twelve years in Africa following the death of his father and as the war with the United States is nearing its end.

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Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney (Picture: BBC/Scott Free Productions)

The first we see of his character it is at his father’s funeral as his mere appearance frightens everyone as he was believed dead after being on a ship that had sunk. During the burial, he murmured strange words as he painted his face with red dust. Delaney comes home not expecting to inherit anything other than what he brings which is rough diamonds he has stashed, his father’s home and the possessions inside.

Delaney would come to find out though his father owned a sound off of the Pacific Ocean, called Nootka Sound. This sound had become immediately valuable because of the trading post it would give the United States or Great Britain after the war against each other in 1812. A company he once worked for has interest and he sets out to meet them. This company being the East India Company. The asking price is below what he would like and asks for a heftier price. The offer is denied and Delaney leaves without selling. As a result, The East India Company plot his murder. At the same time news of who is holding the rights to the land reach the King of England, the United States and others. Delaney must weave himself through multiple dangerous cat and mouse games in order to see if he can keep the monopoly he decides he now wants.

The new season is set to premiere sometime likely in 2018. The production value of the show including set design, props and costumes is great. The cinematography and directing are Oscar-worthy. The actors including Tom Hardy who plays James Keziah Delaney transform themselves into each character amazingly. I cannot recommend this show enough.

To read and see more about the show and the actors, click here.

http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/taboo

 

Here is the trailer: