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    Tales Of The City

    I have no particular insight into how Netflix makes its choices, but it did feel as though this series was written with the idea that this would be it. There is a definite conclusion for the person who has been a constant in bringing others together throughout all the various seasons.
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    Nate And Jeremiah By Design

    I've been catching up on past seasons, and I'll admit to laughing every time Nate and Jeremiah talk about how the LA house is going to be their forever home. I guess forever lasted what, two years?
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    S08.E08: Episode 8

    Yeah, besides, they seemed to imply that Miss Higgins and the Sgt were getting together as a couple.
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    Tales Of The City

    There are major differences. I personally never bought the idea that Mary Ann would have walked out on Shawna in service of her own ambitions (this is something that happened in both the books and the movie). I can believe she would have divorced Brian, but not that she just walked away from her daughter and never looked back. It was too cold and heartless, and did not seem to mesh with the character from the first few books.
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    S02.E02: Tell Tale Hearts

    Yeah, that was the sign that Bonnie's mom is not there to help. Though maybe Nathan is smarter than he is given credit for, and used Bonnie's mother as a way to drive Bonnie back to him. I couldn't believe that Celeste was telling Mary Louise all this stuff, when you just know that Mary Louise will use it later as ammunition. The moment that Mary Louise started pulling her "well, why didn't you go to the police," and completely dismissing the idea that Perry could have sexually assaulted someone, she needed to be gone.
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    Nate And Jeremiah By Design

    Why can't they? It might be donated or sold at a discount, but it's still a gift to the homeowners as they aren't paying for anything beyond their budget. I think you have to pay taxes based on the market value of the gift. Think of it kind of like winning a prize on a game show. You have won the new car, but you have to pay taxes based on the market value of the car, as your winnings are counted as income. Now maybe they don't pay taxes for the services rendered, but they do pay it on things like the new furniture or appliances that can be priced out. My guess is that the homeowners have to sign contracts before the renovations that spell all this out, so there are no surprises.
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    Tales Of The City

    I think they are both on YouTube. You should look for them under the titles More Tales of the City (season 2) and Further Tales of the City (season 3).
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    Nate And Jeremiah By Design

    I think I had read here or in an article about the show that the homeowner had to pay taxes on however much was spent on the renovation beyond the homeowner's original budget. I was curious if that was actually true. Does anyone know?
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    Tales Of The City

    I think he was confrontational. I think the one guy got upset because it's pretty obnoxious to tell someone who lived through a time period where his mere existence was illegal, followed by the anti-gay backlash of the late 70s (heck, Anita Bryant was a huge plot point of the second series) and AIDS crisis of the 80s and early 90s, how privileged they are.
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    Tales Of The City

    I think I would try to read the room before I decide it's my job to start correcting strangers. If the people truly offend me, I probably would not see them again. I'm sure there are scenarios where someone uses extreme language that might make me say something in the moment, just like I'm sure there are scenarios where I might decide direct confrontation is a bad idea. As it was, it didn't seem like Ben convinced anyone, and he took away the wrong message from his confrontation.
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    Tales Of The City

    It's interesting, I viewed it from the opposite perspective. They are having a dinner party, and a complete stranger feels the need to lecture them on language. I understand Ben's perspective, but I also understand the "and who exactly are you?" response he got. To me, it's telling that Ben's decision on how to handle things was to essentially run away, and then go into "how dare they" mode where he attempts to use his race as a way to one up their suffering with his.
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    Antiques Roadshow (US)

    Just looking at the schedule, it looks as though the "vintage" episodes of cities that were aired originally in 2005 start up on Monday.
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    Tales Of The City

    I wanted to tell her three things. 1) Wash your hair, 2) get a haircut and 3) stop wearing that gross hat everywhere. This. For people she regularly referred to as her family, Anna didn't seem to give much thought to what would happen to them when she deeded Barbary Lane to her old acquaintance.
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    The Practice

    I've been rewatching the show on Amazon. At some points, the show is just awful and really dated. Lindsay basically sets the womens' rights movement back 50 years by throwing what can only be described as multiple emotional tantrums in front of Judge Heller when she is trying to get her former law professor's sentence reduced. I also find it fascinating that in 1997, the show has Jimmy arguing in court to allow his lesbian mother to marry her partner in Massachusetts, approximately seven years before it was legalized there. Mind you, Jimmy spends most of the episode saying horrible things to her about her sexuality, and the court entertains arguments with regards to gay marriage that would never pass muster today, but it's interesting the show was so far out there on the issue.
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    Tales Of The City

    I wouldn't say it is bad. It does feel a lot like they aren't quite sure what they want to say. Further, there is so much unexplained backstory between Brian, Maryann and Shawna (I know it is explained in the books, but it's not clear what is supposed to be canon from the books and what is not) that I don't know you could make much sense of it if you haven't read the books.
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    S02.E01: What Have They Done?

    I agree with the stipulation that if daughter is not going to college, she is on her own financially, and should not look to her parents to bail her out if things don't work out as she thinks they will.
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    S02.E01: What Have They Done?

    It's hard to read Mary Louise's motivations. I'd almost say everything she is doing is purposefully designed to unsettle people to get them to reveal information they'd rather not reveal, but it is not clear. If I were Celeste, the screaming and quasi-freak out during dinner would have been enough for me to start limiting Mary Louise's time around the boys.
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    Nate And Jeremiah By Design

    Yeah, the show could easily be transferred to New York. There are plenty of people in Queens, the Bronx, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, etc. with sad stories and budgets for renovation. I liked the family this episode. They seemed very sincere, and it wasn't just another about to be divorced couple who had been living in a hell of their own making for a decade. I also liked the niece's sunglasses that she wore on the way to the reveal. I wouldn't get them for myself, but she made them work.
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    All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    I had the opposite thought. I can understand Mark being ignorant and having some fear, but his behavior was enough that in reality he could have been fired and lost his medical license. I mean, I think it's one of the most basic ethical rules for doctors, i.e. that medical records are confidential, and a doctor has no right to go through a random person's records to satisfy their curiosity. More to the point, imagine if when Mark had a tumor, but had not revealed it publicly, Kerry went through his medical records without authorization to determine what was going on. He would have been apoplectic.
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    Tales Of The City

    You are right, the age difference is greater with those two, but I think it's a celebrity relationship where normal relationship rules don't always apply. For me, looking at Michael and Ben, it was Ben not getting Michael's pop culture references, pointing out that Michael's finances were such that he was 54 and couldn't afford to live on his own and just the drastically different places they were in their lives. Also, there was something about Brian's haircut and general look that made me feel like he could easily have played an Aunt on the The Handmaid's Tale. I can't quite put my finger on it, but he would have been a very handsome woman.
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    Tales Of The City

    I binged it. Some things were very good. Dede is obviously the person who is living her best life. Ben was just awful. Everything he did just rubbed me the wrong way, and I seriously wondered how a relationship between he and Michael could ever work given the fairly big age difference. I also enjoyed it when the older guys told him off. I am further glad never to have attended a wedding where a sex tent was a thing.
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    Fosse/Verdon

    I felt like the show was so niche, that the people watching knew who both were.
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    Tales Of The City

    I think I had read in one of the reviews the age of all the characters is just something you have to not think too hard about. I've only watched a bit, but everyone seems to just be playing it as though the characters are the same age (or close to it) as the actor, rather than the age they would be if the 43 years or so had passed since the the time period of the original series. I mean, otherwise, all the original characters, excepting Anna, should be in their later 60s or even 70s, and they clearly are not.
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    Chernobyl

    I don't think the show made the argument that this one man was to blame for the accident. If anything, I think the show was an indictment of the entire Soviet state. Sure, Dyatolov screwed up badly in how he handled the testing, but I think they made it clear that there were factors well beyond him that led to the explosion.
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    Tales Of The City

    I think the shifting tone from miniseries to miniseries is due primarily to the books, since they were following the storylines from those. I think the recasts occured either because the actors who played the roles originally were no longer available (there was a five year gap between the filming of the first and second miniseries), or wanted too much money to return.
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