New Girl is about a bubbly, innocent and slightly naive girl in her late twenties. In the pilot episode we see Jess come home to find her boyfriend cheating her, she then searches for another apartment and finds one with three guys: Nick, Winston and Schmidt. The series revolves around these four and also Jess’s friend, a model, Cece.
Hart of Dixie is a new show to The CW that began this autumn. The basic plot line is about a young New Yorker, Dr Zoe Hart, who is probably the most dedicated and proficient medical student that the world has ever seen; however, slightly ironically, she lacks one thing: a heart. It is because of this that she misses out on a great medical fellowship and is told that she should come back when she has learnt to actually care about her patients – both physically and emotionally. She then decides to take up the offer from a complete stranger, Dr Harley Wilkes, to work in his practice.
Every year since her graduation Zoe has received letters from Dr Wilkes asking her to come and work for him and every single time she has declined, but not this time. So, Dr Zoe Hart arrives in the small and cosy town of Bluebell, Alabama, which is possibly the furthest thing from anything she knows. Upon arriving in Bluebell, she is shocked to find out that Dr Harvey Wilkes has, in fact, passed away and left half of his practice to her. With many maladies completely unknown to the city doctor, and a less than warm welcome from the townspeople, she begins to feel extremely out of her depth and finally she decides to leave. That is until her mother turns up with a piece of news that changes everything.
So this is it. The final season of Desperate Housewives is here. I am quite saddened by this as Desperate Housewives has quickly developed into one of my favourite shows over the past few weeks. You would think that Desperate Housewives would appeal to, well desperate housewives; however, I’ve found that actually a wide age range love this show. I initially started watching this because my mum did and she specifically said that I was not allowed to. Of course, one of the worst things a parent can do is to say to their overly-curious child that they’re not allowed to do something. I have to admit though this show has not only gotten better as it has aged, but also as I have aged. For this reason I’m going to suggest that perhaps only 16+ teenagers and adults watch this programme. In addition, a large part of the content just isn’t appropriate for children younger than that age.
The Big Bang Theory is now on it’s fifth season and I’m pleased to say that it is still going strong and I haven’t seen a regurgitated story line or joke yet. A lot of people seem to dislike The Big Bang Theory claiming that it is neither funny nor worth watching but I strongly disagree with this. For one, this show has won countless awards. In 2009, the comedy was voted best comedy series at the TCA awards and in 2010, the show was voted favourite comedy at the People’s Choice Awards. Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, has won numerous awards for his role in the show including the award for individual achievement at the TCA awards, a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical, and another Emmy award for Best actor in a comedy series. In my opinion, that says it all.VIEW STORY »
Okay so firstly. The above photo is the movie poster for the show Friends With Benefits; however, now that I’ve had a proper look at it, I’ve realised that two of the people in this photo aren’t even in the show. Who the heck are those two mysterious guys on the left? I have no clue. As you can see, this show is already off to a bad start.
As if matters couldn’t get any worse, Friends With Benefits debuted back in August right after Friends With Benefits, the popular new film, was released. Well done NBC. Well done. However, this television show hadn’t reached my attention until now and this is probably due to the fact that NBC decided not to allow critics to view the show before it’s premiere consequently starving it of the attention that it needed. Note how I said that the attention it needed, not the attention it deserved.
Friends With Benefits is, as you can imagine, about a group of friends… with benefits. It’s sort of like friends with more sex and less humour. Instead of waiting for Ross and Rachel to get together, we’ve skipped out all the messy stuff inbetween and we’ve arrived at sex central where Ross and Rachel, sorry Ben and Sara, are already going at it like rabbits. The sex scenes aren’t even steamy or sexy, they just seem desperate. Of course, they say they’re just friends, but we’ve all heard that one before. Another thing to make it more obvious that this is another attempt to recreate the Friends franchise is the fact that each and every episode is named: ‘The benefit of —‘. Ring any bells? This is a blatant copy of the way that each Friend’s episode was labelled: ‘The one —‘, and had the shown actually showed itself worthy of stealing some original Friend’s ideas, I may have forgiven it. To be honest, there isn’t much other ‘friends with benefits’ that goes on which made me doubt the whole purpose of the sure. Sure, the needy (and nerdy) Aaron, develops feelings for Riley after their one night hookup, but even that’s not a major plot line. The other character, Julian, is what I can only assume to be the resident playboy, but he really doesn’t suit the role and there aren’t nearly enough scenes that show him to be this character and so he seems a bit like a lost cannon floating alongside the rest of the cast.
This show had the potential to be really funny and entertaining; however, it failed because it had a poorly constructed plot line and crap actors. Actually, the actors weren’t crap, in fact they’ve all been pretty decent actors in their other works, but for some reason they were all awful in this movie. Everything was overexaggerated and not in a funny way, but an annoying and repetitive way. Right now in my brain I can picture each and every character with a particular look or action on their face which just goes to show how much each of them must’ve used those moves. Sara (Danneel Ackles) always has an indignant what-are-you-talking-about look on her face; Ben (Ryan Hansen) has the same look of confusion, or that annoying face he puts on when he’s trying to be clever; Julian’s (Andre Holland) either got a perverted smile on his face or raised-far-too-high eyebrows; Riley’s (Jessica Lucas) always checking herself out in the mirror and Aaron (Zach Cregger) always looks dejected or exasperated.
This isn’t a totally humourless show; however, the majority of the moments which were supposed to be funny are just annoying. The characters actions aren’t funny, they just make them seem really dumb, which presumably wasn’t the aim of the show. I found myself sighing with exasperation as I watched NBC’s desperate attempt to make it’s audience laugh. There were some moments when I laughed, but these were moments of incredulity when I was either stunned by the stupidity of the characters actions or stunned by the stupidity of the plot, still, I guess that’s better than nothing.
Thankfully there are only 13 episodes to this series and each episode is only around 20 minutes long so I didn’t waste too much of my time watching this. However, for some extremely odd reason, NBC decided to release the 13th episode, the season finale, on iTunes and Amazon only, meaning that viewers would actually have to pay to watch it. I’m pretty sure most people just said hell-to-the-no at that point and walked away. If they even bothered to continue watching to episode 13, which to be honest, is quite unlikely. It doesn’t look like it’s been a good couple of months for NBC as their other debut show, Love Bites, did not go down too well with the critics either.
Given that ‘Friends With Benefits’ has already finished airing on television, I don’t particularly see much point in watching it now and it definitely isn’t DVD worthy. Trust me, you’re not missing out anything.
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I think there’s a really great British cast and that was my main reason for watching it. I expected this to be a really great television show with a fantastical comical bunch of British actors; however, I was sorely disappointed. I mean, it’s not a bad TV show, but it’s not a particularly good one either. Although it follows the lives of uni freshers, there’s nothing ‘fresh’ about it. It’s fairly entertaining on a wednesday evening but it’s the hope that it gets better that keeps me watching. Fresh Meat had such potential, but unfortunately I don’t think enough effort was put into this to make it unique. Whilst the acting performances are good, they’re not as great as they could’ve been. For example, Joe Thomas is an excellent actor, but his character, Kingsley, is basically Simon from the Inbetweeners, there’s nothing new there. Jack Whitehall is a great pompous British guy, but there’s just something about his performance that just doesn’t … work. He should probably stick to the stand up comedy. Zawe Ashton plays Vod and portrays her as a hardcore and headstrong girl; however, her never-changing facial expression means that I find it very difficult to understand her character and I can’t tell if she’s playing dumb or if Vod’s got some sort of nonchalant attitude to life.
Rumoured to be the uni version of Skins, I have to say I’m disappointed. There is limited sex in this show despite the raunchy looking television poster. That’s not to say that I’m some sort of sex obsessed maniac who thinks that sex is needed to make a good show, but if you’re going to advertise the programme as one where a bunch of uni students have sex all the time, they could at least try to live up to their own standard because it’s really misleading. Frankly the sex scenes in this are just really irrelevant and have probably only been put it because they think it’ll make the show ‘sexier’. They don’t.
There two main things that bothered me were: the fact that all British dramas are portrayed in the same way. Firstly the dramas are always filmed in dingy little houses with awkward teenagers who drink, take drugs and have sex. I’d like to tell the producers that there are other types of British students! On the other hand that is what separates the British dramas from the American ones. The American ones like to show the lives of the glamorous and the well-off whereas the British like to focus on middle or lower classes in their teen dramas. The other thing that bothered me was the fact that this is supposed to be at Manchester University, which is actually quite a good university and since my friend’s sister goes there I know for a fact that the majority of students there don’t have it nearly as rough as the student’s in Fresh Meat have it.
All in all, this is an alright show that’s worth watching if you’re bored and looking for something vaguely entertaining but to be honest, I could recommend you a whole host of television shows to watch before you even consider this one.
Favourite quote: ‘Well maybe you should tuck your cock away while I make us a nice cup of tea?’