Best Television Show of 2016 by dragah

Best Television Show of 2016 Tournament [Round 1, Match 11] (By dragah MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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dragah says 'A' - James Purefoy ("Rome," "The Following"), Michael Kenneth Williams ("The Wire," "Boardwalk Empire") and Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") star in a six-hour adaptation of novels by Joe R. Lansdale. Down on his luck after losing his job, '60s activist/ex-con Hap Collins can't help but listen when his seductive former wife Trudy -- for whom he still pines -- resurfaces with promises of finding a sunken treasure in the Deep South. Joining the adventure is Hap's unlikely buddy Leonard Pine, an openly gay black Vietnam War vet with a bad temper and little use for Trudy's feminine wiles. Soon enough the simple get-rich-quick scheme snowballs into bloody mayhem. ///////////////////// 'B' - Once a powerful lawyer, Billy McBride is now a washed up ambulance chaser, who spends more time in bars than the courtroom. When Billy reluctantly agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the massive law firm he helped create, a vast and deadly conspiracy comes to light. Billy and his team end up in a life-or-death trial against the ultimate foe, which could end up helping Billy find redemption and exact revenge on the firm. The Amazon original series is created by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.

Best Television Show of 2016 Tournament [Round 1, Match 12] (By dragah MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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dragah says 'A' - Chicago-Burnham Law School student Christine Reade (Riley Keough), lands an internship at the law firm of Kirkland & Allen and struggles to balance her workload, expenses and classes. When her close friend Avery reveals that she has been working as an escort, she encourages Christine to tag along and introduces her to a friend of one of her clients who is also looking for an escort. Christine eventually makes the decision to work as an GFE, women who provide "The Girlfriend Experience" - emotional and sexual relationships available through the transaction of money, under the pseudonym "Chelsea Rayne", initially working for Avery's madam Jacqueline (Alexandra Castillo). Christine eventually strikes out on her own, experiencing pitfalls along the way as clients cross boundaries and she uncovers a scandal at Kirkland & Allen. //////////// 'B' - The series, set in the confines of Major League Baseball, sets its focus on a young pitcher noted for her screwball pitch, who becomes the first woman to play in the Major Leagues, when she is chosen to play for the San Diego Padres.

Best Television Show of 2016 Tournament [Round 1, Match 13] (By dragah MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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dragah says 'A' - With hopes and dreams, Chip Baskets aims to become a professional clown. After failing to get a degree at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, he is stuck with a job at a local rodeo in his hometown of Bakersfield, California. ///////////////////// 'B'- Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May travel the globe as the hosts of this Amazon original series. At each location -- including Johannesburg, Lapland, Rotterdam, Stuttgart Whitby, Scotland, California, Nashville and Dubai -- the team films inside their giant traveling tent instead of a studio. In amazing places around the world, the hosts attempt extraordinary things, like becoming special forces soldiers at a secret training base, taking a powerful car on a test track, and going on the traditional gentleman's tour of Italy.

Best Television Show of 2016 Tournament [Round 1, Match 14] (By dragah MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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dragah says 'A' - The series centers on the Capitol in Washington, D.C., where alien bugs infect members of Congress. ////////// 'B' - Sam Fox is an actress, who is also a single mother raising three daughters -- teenager Max, eccentric middle child Frankie, and spicy youngest daughter Duke -- in Los Angeles. She also helps to care for her mother, Phil, who lives across the street. In addition to looking after her family, Sam tries to earn a living in the difficult acting industry while having time to have fun with friends and, occasionally, get in some private time with potential mates. In addition to starring as Sam, Emmy winner Pamela Adlon is a co-creator of the comedy series, along with former "Lucky Louie" co-star Louis C.K.

Best Television Show of 2016 Tournament [Round 1, Match 15] (By dragah MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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49 votes
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dragah says 'A' - When his cheating girlfriend leaves him, people-pleasing nice-guy Gus (Paul Rust, "I Love You, Beth Cooper" and "Inglorious Basterds") moves into a trendy apartment complex inhabited by lots of college students. A chance encounter introduces him to wild-child Mickey (Gillian Jacobs, "Community"), also recently single, and who despises her job in radio. Though wildly different, the two are drawn to each other, and that relationship is the basis for the Judd Apatow-helmed Netflix original series. And in the end, their differences may be what help them figure out just what love is. ///////// 'B' - CIA officer Daniel Meyer goes from being an analyst at Langley to an undercover agent in Berlin.

Best Television Show of 2016 Tournament [Round 1, Match 16] (By dragah MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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dragah says 'A' - The husband-wife team of Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, longtime correspondents on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," executive produce a comedy series inspired by their own experiences with family vacations. Jones stars as Nate, who plans an adventure of a lifetime -- a road trip from New York to Florida -- with wife Robin and their young kids, rebellious daughter Delilah and simpleton son Jared. Packed in cramped quarters, the 1,300-mile journey soon detours into disastrous territory as the family encounters one hellish turn after another. ////////// 'B' - The series follows the DiMeo family, each with a unique personality: Maya, a take-charge British mother with a no-holds-barred attitude; her husband Jimmy, who doesn't seem to care what others think; Dylan, their no-nonsense athletic daughter; Ray, their middle child who acts as the "brains" in the family; and their oldest son, JJ—a high schooler with cerebral palsy who has a biting wit and sense of humor. The DiMeos move frequently in an attempt to find a good educational environment for JJ. They believe they have found an optimal choice when they discover a school that prides itself on being inclusive and where JJ will have an aide to speak for him. Though they quickly find that not everything is as good as it could be, JJ enjoys having Kenneth, a well-meaning groundskeeper at the school, work as his aide.

Best Television Show of 2016 Tournament [Round 1, Match 17] (By dragah MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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dragah says 'A' - In a dystopian near-future Los Angeles, a couple, Katie (Callies) and Will (Holloway) Bowman live with two of their three children under a regime of military occupation by an organization known as the Colony Transitional Authority. They are part of a larger invading force of extraterrestrial origin who are referred to as the "Hosts", and as the "Raps", apparently a reference to raptors (the logo of the human collaborating forces features a stylized bird of prey). It is said of them that "no one ever sees them". The Hosts have built an enormous wall, around 20–30 stories tall, several meters thick, and many miles in length, which surrounds the central part of Los Angeles, where the series is set. Other similar walls have been constructed around other major cities (now called "Blocs"), while various buildings still display severe damage from the armed conflict during the invasion, known as the "Arrival". The geographical extent of the alien invasion is unclear, but it is presumably worldwide. The occupying forces shown to the viewers are all human, speak American English, and enforce their occupation via black-and-red-uniformed militarized police with automatic firearms and armored personnel carriers, nicknamed the "Redhats" by characters in the series. These Redhats, along with a privileged class of elites, the "Proxies", were all drawn by the Hosts from the local population, and are thus denigrated by some of those they control as "Collaborators". It is unclear how the Redhats were initially organized or equipped. They may be staffed by members of what was Homeland Security, and are still often referred to as such. The Redhats do recruit from the local population, though such recruits are sometimes shown to be thuggish or wannabe types. These forces maintain control by separation of loved ones, shoot-on-sight curfews, forced disappearances, random checkpoints and frequent electronic identity checks, limitation of motor vehicle usage to official transport by special permit only (most citizens must walk or ride bicycles), pervasive visual propaganda, slave labor in a facility called the "Factory" for any transgressors (and their families) who are not executed, and electronic surveillance with Host-provided drone aircraft that launch from the wall. Some medical problems, such as diabetes, have been "deemed unworthy for treatment" by the Hosts, to cull the population with a crude form of eugenics. An active resistance movement is referred to as both the "Resistance" and the "Insurgency" (without universal support among the population, even among non-Collaborators), alongside a black market, though both are subject to ruthless suppression. A resistance cell based in Los Angeles includes at least one former U.S. military/intelligence operative named Broussard. Most basic resources are rationed by the Transitional Authority, while limited trade is conducted between citizens, bartering home-produced, used, and sometimes stolen items. The apparent leader of the resistance is known by the codename "Geronimo", after the Apache leader. /////// 'B' - The series features the adventures of superheroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rotating members of the Justice League as they fight various supervillains and other threats to Earth.

Best Television Show of 2016 Tournament [Round 1, Match 18] (By dragah MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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62 votes
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dragah says 'A' - Roadies are a largely underappreciated part of a concert. This comedy series, created by music industry veteran Cameron Crowe ("Almost Famous"), puts the hard-working individuals in the spotlight by providing an insider's look at the lives of some of the roadies for the Staton-House Band. Although they don't have the prolific lives and public scandals of the rockers who take the stage each night, there is still enough recklessness and romance to go around for the road crew. The roadies persevere through the issues they face in their personal lives to make sure the show goes on as planned every night. //////// 'B' - The multi-talented Baz Luhrmann and a team of collaborators -- Oscar-winner Catherine Martin, legendary MC Nas, Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, and hip-hop historian Nelson George -- have created a music-driven drama that documents the emergence of a new art form. Set in the late 1970s, when New York was at the brink of bankruptcy and disco was dying out, the rise of hip-hop is told through the lives, art, music and dance of a group of young people in the South Bronx.

Best Television Show of 2016 Tournament [Round 1, Match 19] (By dragah MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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dragah says 'A' - Driven by the dreams of a courageous blacksmith named Noah, some plantation slaves in 1850s Georgia band together to attempt a daring escape. The fight for their lives, their futures and their freedom leads to Noah's risk-filled plan to travel hundreds of miles away via the Underground Railroad. The landmark 10-episode anthology is created by Misha Green ("Sons of Anarchy") and Joe Pokaski ("Daredevil") and co-executive produced by John Legend, who also oversees the series' score, soundtrack and musical elements. ////////// 'B' - In 2016, NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan discovers that she is able to speak to her deceased father Frank Sullivan in 1996 via his old ham radio. Her attempts to save his life trigger the "butterfly effect", changing the present in unforeseen ways. To fix the damage, she must work with her father across time to solve a decades-old murder case.

Best Television Show of 2016 Tournament [Round 1, Match 20] (By dragah MaleGold MedalGold TrophySuper StarDiamondGold Crown 2 years ago)

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dragah says 'A' - Eddie Lane lives in Upstate New York with his wife Sarah and their two children, Hawk and Summer. They are all members of the Meyerist Movement, a new age spiritualist movement. Eddie returns from Peru, where he had undergone a spiritual retreat designed to advance him further up Meyerism's spiritual ladder. Unbeknownst to his family, while in Peru, Eddie experienced a revelation which causes him to question his faith in Meyerism. Meanwhile, Cal Roberts, a friend of Sarah's and one of Meyerism's top leaders, is looking to expand their influence and deal with the imminent death of their founder, Doctor Steven Meyer. ///////// 'B' - When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.