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I am 3 episodes in. It isn’t something that I must keep watching, but I will end up watching them all as at least background noise. I don’t hate anybody in the show except maybe the guy who got super drunk. 

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I watched the entire season. It started a little slow and I was worried that I would always see Ed Helms as "Andy Bernard", but by the fourth episode, the characters dig in and the show gains alot of momentum.

I really enjoyed the show, and each of the characters brings a unique perspective to the show. It's not laugh-out-loud funny to me, but it's interesting and pensive with some light-hearted moments.

There's alot of material they can pull from in future seasons. Although, I'm worried that since it's on Peacock, it won't get the attention it deserves. Hopefully if Peacock does get shut down, NBC would move it over because it's really enjoyable.

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I'm through seven episodes so far. It's not bad and it has a lot of potential.

It feels unsure if it wants to be more of a dramady (which would require really figuring out the plot more) or a straight-up comedy (it needs more jokes). While I generally like that Schur is not afraid to let characters have honest moments without jokes, this show could use more jokes throughout. 

From where I am in the series, it feels like only a handful of characters are full realized.

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I think one of the reasons I can't get into the Reagan/Josh relationship is that Josh feels empty. I still don't have a sense of his backstory other than he went to the same school as Reagan. He doesn't have many defining characteristics other than being a podcaster and hot.

Bobby also feels like a lot of their story is missing. The character so far is a one-note enthusiastic assistant. 

 

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13 hours ago, Dots And Stripes said:

I think one of the reasons I can't get into the Reagan/Josh relationship is that Josh feels empty. I still don't have a sense of his backstory other than he went to the same school as Reagan. He doesn't have many defining characteristics other than being a podcaster and hot.

I agree. I wanna ship Reagan/Josh but there is just nothing there with Josh. I either didn’t give a shit about him or I found him annoying. Honestly, if they get another season, I think they should just get rid of him.

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I really enjoyed the pilot and I'm enjoying the second episode too.  I am finding the cast extremely appealing.  

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I watched the first three eps. I generally like Shur shows, but I don't know if I want to pay for another subscription, which is what I'd have to do to see the rest of the series that isn't available for free-with-commercials folks. I would definitely watch it not for the paywall. I know it's not super-expensive, but still... there are already a lot of straws on my financial camel.

I wish it wasn't so heavily focused on Ed H's character. It feels like he's the main character and everybody else is kind of an accessory at this point, which I find to be both bad storytelling AND bad politics. Even when they give the other characters scenes without him, they're mostly scheming for or against him. I also wish the mayor got more development beyond the brief scenes she was in with Ed. 

I can't remember EH's character's name. I realize it was probably said a lot of times, but it didn't stick. The only name I remember is Reagan, and the only reason I know Josh's name is that I just read it upthread.

It's funny about Josh. The actor played The Boyfriend To Alexis on Schitt's Creek and was basically the same guy in a different profession. He was a veterinarian instead of a journalist, but he was basically The Hot Guy For More Important Female Character, and there wasn't much more to him. I guess it's payback for the long history of Hot Girlfriend Characters who have no personality outside of Someone For Dude To Date.

 

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Watched the first two. I am loving the guy who runs the casino. He is a boss.

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On 5/1/2021 at 1:58 AM, possibilities said:

It's funny about Josh. The actor played The Boyfriend To Alexis on Schitt's Creek and was basically the same guy in a different profession. He was a veterinarian instead of a journalist, but he was basically The Hot Guy For More Important Female Character, and there wasn't much more to him. I guess it's payback for the long history of Hot Girlfriend Characters who have no personality outside of Someone For Dude To Date.

I had a very similar thought! I see similarities between Ted and Josh, but having watched all of season 1, I can confidently say Josh is much worse than Ted. Ted at least is very into being a vet. Josh barely does his job. He's there to do a podcast centered around Nathan's drama and yet he's only met him twice? We only see him "working" maybe two or three times even though the rest of our main characters should be integral to his project. His relationship with Reagan raises all sorts of ethical concerns too.

I totally agree that seeing a one-dimensional male love interest isn't the worst thing as Hollywood typically produces more than their fair share of bland female love interests. I do find it more frustrating that in a cast of five main characters Josh is so one dimensional.

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On 5/2/2021 at 12:02 AM, Machiabelly said:

Watched the first two. I am loving the guy who runs the casino. He is a boss.

Yes, Terry alone would make this show worth watching. The actor is a revelation to me lol.

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2 hours ago, peachmangosteen said:

Yes, Terry alone would make this show worth watching. The actor is a revelation to me lol.

Michael Greyeyes is a Canadian actor. I've definitely seen him in a variety of shows up here, and he is great.  Fun fact--he's a trained dancer.

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Well bummer. I checked this out after hearing very positive reviews on Pop Culture Happy Hour, but apparently only the first 3 episodes were on the free Peacock. Beyond that you need to pay. Seemed like it had potential, almost Ted Lasso vibes, but not enough to get me to subscribe to yet another service. 

One thing was confusing me though. Ed Helms’s  character was the last Rutherford living in Rutherford Falls, right? But his brother lives in the house they grew up in, which was apparently a train or plane ride away (based on his arriving in a taxi)? What did I miss? Did the family move away many years ago, then he moved back to their ancestors’ hometown?  I’m disoriented!

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21 hours ago, SoMuchTV said:

Well bummer. I checked this out after hearing very positive reviews on Pop Culture Happy Hour, but apparently only the first 3 episodes were on the free Peacock. Beyond that you need to pay. Seemed like it had potential, almost Ted Lasso vibes, but not enough to get me to subscribe to yet another service. 

One thing was confusing me though. Ed Helms’s  character was the last Rutherford living in Rutherford Falls, right? But his brother lives in the house they grew up in, which was apparently a train or plane ride away (based on his arriving in a taxi)? What did I miss? Did the family move away many years ago, then he moved back to their ancestors’ hometown?  I’m disoriented!

Peacock offers a 7 day free trial and it's also free for Xfinity cable subscribers.

I *think* Nation's brother lives in the family's former vacation home in New Jersey? It definitely could have been clearer.

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On 5/1/2021 at 11:02 PM, Machiabelly said:

Watched the first two. I am loving the guy who runs the casino. He is a boss.

And so attractive! 

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6 minutes ago, BoogieBurns said:

And so attractive! 

Not my preferred gender, but I can't argue.

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I LOVE this show! For me, it's filling the void left by Parks and Rec. 

I was hooked as soon as Reagan first appeared. To me she's like a younger, nicer Melissa McCarthy. (Nicer than the characters Melissa plays I mean.) I find her so funny and charismatic. (Mr. Melina finds her annoying so I guess she's not for everyone.) 

I do find Andy - I mean Nathan - unpleasantly self-absorbed, but they addressed it in the episode I just watched, which made me happy. I like that the characters, like Terry, are a mix of good and bad qualities, rather than be either all good or all bad people. 

I'm really enjoying the Native actors and themes of the show, and how they're addressing so many serious and often confusing and divisive cultural and historical issues with so much humour. It's like nothing is so awkward that it's off limits. Love it. And again, no one involved is perfect. Everyone is flawed and messy at times, but ultimately likeable. 

This is my #1 show right now. 

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I just binged this show, and enjoyed it. It's not as quirky and funny as Parks and Rec, but I really liked the more serious parts about the complex history of the town. I loved when Reagan re-did the cultural center to add the modern artifacts and the stories behind them, and when she played hardball to get the items from Nathan's aunt, and when she "pulled down the crabs" in the Facebook meeting of people heckling her. I also liked the debate about the student film about the Minishonka made by the white boy.

I like all the characters so far, but want to see a little more self-awareness from Nathan. Bobby is great, but seems more like a college student than a 16-year-old. Terry is definitely my favorite. He's a good guy, but does the intense moments very well, like in the meetings with the lawyers. Love him! (I first saw the actor in a Lifetime movie from about 25 years ago with Janine Turner. He was even more handsome then, and I think I'm probably the only person who owns it on DVD, lol.)

On 5/6/2021 at 7:15 PM, SoMuchTV said:

One thing was confusing me though. Ed Helms’s  character was the last Rutherford living in Rutherford Falls, right? But his brother lives in the house they grew up in, which was apparently a train or plane ride away (based on his arriving in a taxi)? What did I miss? Did the family move away many years ago, then he moved back to their ancestors’ hometown?  I’m disoriented!

From what I understand, Rutherford Falls was founded in the 1600s by Lawrence Rutherford, and Nathan is now the last one in the extended family still living in the town. I don't know if they specify whether or not he grew up in the historical house he lives in now. The house his brother lives in was built in 1821 by some other Rutherford, and has been passed down through the family. Nathan says that he and his brother spent their summers there, so I guess they still lived in Rutherford Falls as kids, and just visited whoever lived in the larger house for vacations, before it was passed on to Nathan's brother. But yeah, it was weird that he arrived by taxi to a house in NJ, when Rutherford Fall is clearly somewhere near NYC (since Josh lives in Brooklyn and goes back and forth so much).

And I could be wrong, but it REALLY looks like the set of the town square is the same one used in Back to the Future.

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Bobby is gorgeous. The actor/actress playing the role is very attractive, and they've done a great job with the character.

I liked it, but I think we missed a couple of episodes due to COVID. I can't imagine they thought they'd end the season that hung up in the air. 

Ed Helms keeps playing Ed Helms. I think it would be interesting to see him play something else, because I've never found an Ed Helms character likable. Not on the Daily Show, not on the Office, not when I've seen him in movies and frankly not here. The self-aggrandizing, patronizing, goofily unaware, too-caught-up-in-name-and-entitlement upity New Englander who somewhere has a decent heart just isn't appealing to me anymore.  

It was nice of Mike Schur to give the guy who played Brent on The Good Place the chance to not be an asshole. On the podcast he said he was always cast as guys like Brent, so it was good to see.

I like the Native American through line, and both Terry and Regan are good characters who are entertaining. Regan's coworkers are also fun. 

I'll watch if it comes back, but I gotta think there's some stuff left out there somewhere. 

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On 6/3/2021 at 10:08 PM, whiporee said:

Ed Helms keeps playing Ed Helms. I think it would be interesting to see him play something else, because I've never found an Ed Helms character likable. Not on the Daily Show, not on the Office, not when I've seen him in movies and frankly not here.

I've never liked Ed Helms either and it took me about four episodes to not see him as Andy Bernard. He seems to be the go-to for white, rich, entitled characters because he plays them really well. Nathan is definitely a toned-down version of Andy, and I did warm up to him eventually. He had some really great moments on this show especially where he was flirting with the Mayor. I thought the two of them had great chemistry.

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