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Top 11 Obscure TV Shows That Only I Might Remember Pt. 2

June 27, 2022

6. Moonlight (9/07 – 5/08)

When this show came out, I was already two years into working in New Jersey with very little money and not much access to television. This was before there were streaming services, of course. I wouldn’t have had the money for a streaming service anyway. I actually bought episodes of this show with Pepsi points of all things. This show is about a vampiric private investigator who struggles to help humanity more than he helps it. I was drawn to the show because of Jason Dohring who was a regular on this show and had been a featured actor on my favorite show Veronica Mars. The show approached vampirism in interesting ways. Their unique lore feels closer to something you would see in Vampire The Masquerade with vampires getting some extra non-traditional powers. For example, Dohring’s character was older than the main character but the main character’s actor was older than Dohring. The main character was played by Alex O’Laughlin who is charismatic and was an easy character to follow. The mysteries that O’Laughlin tackled were also interesting. It often involved undead politics and also human/vampire interactions. The show only made it one season, laid low by the writers’ strike of that time.

5. Freakzoid! (6/95 – 6/97)

I thought a while about including this on the list because my friends and I talk about this series all the time. I watched it religiously because it ran concurrently with Animaniacs, a much more remembered cartoon from the time. Freakazoid was about a young teen Dexter Douglas who accidentally gets zapped into cyberspace and gains the ability to turn into the Freakazoid, a hero basically made of the Internet. However, they often tossed that origin aside if it did not further the plot. Freakazoid is played by Paul Rugg and is an often childish but well-meaning hero. He is highly distractible and is not always on the ball but comes through in a pinch. He usually pals around with a middle-aged cop named Cosgrove (voiced by Ed Asner). His rogue’s gallery is just as silly as he is and so are all of the other heroes he encounters. The episode’s rough plot is just an excuse for gag after gag kind of like movies like Airplane! or Police Squad. While every episode has a Freakzoid story, it also has a few shorts about other heroes. The show lasted years but only 24 episodes.

4. Dead Like Me (6/03 – 10/04)

I only caught this show because a friend of mine lent me his DVDs well after it was on the air. He knew the offbeat stuff that I was into and raved about the show and I agreed to check it out. I was immediately hooked. This show follows George Lass, a young woman on the verge of getting her life together when she is hit by debris from a destroyed space station and killed. Instead of moving on, she is tapped to become a grim reaper and tasked with taking people’s souls before they die of misadventure. Ellen Muth plays the lead and she is snarky and relatable as somebody caught in a day job even after death. Her boss is the gruff but likable Rube played by Mandy Patinkin. They are joined by a British drug addict, a meter maid, and an ex-actress in a misfit squad of reapers. The show also follows George’s family as they mourn her and try to figure out how to move on. The show made it two seasons and had a movie sans Mandy Patinkin who was apparently difficult to work with.

3. The Unusuals (4/09 – 6/09)

I am not even sure how I managed to watch this show as it was not on for long. As well as I can remember, I probably watched this directly on ABC’s website as the start of on-demand viewing. I tried it on a whim having seen a thumbnail and I immediately latched on. This show is about the New York City police precinct that always has to handle the weird stuff. Not supernatural but just erratic, absurd behavior. The show stars Amber Tamblyn who plays a young cop from a rich family who becomes a detective. She is great as the audience’s surrogate as the newbie who needs things explained to her but she is very clever in her own right.  Her partner is played by Jeremy Renner, a hardened yet empathetic cop trying to root out corruption in the force. Harold Perrineau and Adam Goldberg play a hysterical odd couple pair of partners who oscillate between bickering and having each other’s backs. The rest of the cast are also oddballs. Each episode has several cases being run at once, each one strange and comical. The show only made it ten episodes. 

2. Terriers (9/10 – 12/10)

I only recently started and finished watching this show this year so it is the show on this list freshest in my mind. It had been on my list for quite a while because of the advertisements that I saw. The show is about two private detectives, former cop Hank and former criminal Britt who struggle to make ends meet. Hank is played by Donal Logue, one of my favorite actors, and is a recovering alcoholic trying to do his best. Britt is a former thief and is eager to walk the straight and narrow as long as his bills keep getting paid. The show’s strength is in the chemistry between these two tight friends. We also get to know the interesting characters in their orbit. The show is really good at creating standalone episodes that also further long plot arcs and was actually pretty brilliant at putting things together. Logue’s acting in particular is so good. The show does not pull any punches when it comes to darkness but it has a lot of comedy as well. The show’s one season lasted only a few months.

1. Life (9/07 – 4/09)

This was another show that was introduced to me by my only friend up in New Jersey. I had no idea it existed and probably would never have known about it without his help. It just has such a generic title that I may never have given it a second glance. The show is about a cop who gets framed for murder but is exonerated by DNA years later. As part of a settlement with the city, he gets his badge back plus millions of dollars. Damien Lewis plays this cop, Detective Crews, who has become very zen in order to survive being a cop in prison. He acts offbeat and very un-cop like which creates both incredible dramatic moments and comedic ones. His partner is Reese, played by Sarah Shahi who comes across as hard but is secretly compassionate and really good at her job. The show also has great characters played by Donal Logue, Adam Arkin, Brent Sexton, Brooke Langton, and Robin Weigert. The series has a really great at laying out a big mystery while also having episodes that worked great on their own. This remains in my top five favorite shows. It only made it two seasons.

Media Update 11/25/21

November 25, 2021

Our Kind of People

Frankly, I would not have even heard of this show if I did not know somebody in the cast. It is not my kind of show and I have heard it described as “Black Dynasty” which I think is pretty accurate. The show is a primetime soap opera about a black family dealing with their past and the fact that they are in control of a huge company. The show is about wealthy people and therefore not extremely relatable although not everyone was raised rich. I was very pleased to see Joe Morton as the patriarch as he is an actor I love. He plays a great villain who is also relatable. Yaya DaCosta plays the show’s protagonist, the one we follow the most and are supposed to be rooting for. She is a lot of fun. Nadine Ellis plays a perfectly snarky tweener who has some villainous tendencies. The show is very dramatic but it is very well-produced. I recommend this show if you like drama.

Monster Hunter

I have never played a Monster Hunter game but I have seen a few streamed on Twitch and I like the look and feel of the games. When I found out that there would be a movie adaptation, I was interested. Given that it starred Milla Jovovich and was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, I thought it would be basically like the Resident Evil movie franchise. It was a little bit but did not quite achieve what I wanted. The movie was very pretty and had a lot of cool interactions of the titular monsters. It followed quite a few rules of the game and had some similar visual elements. However, it lacked a lot of the goofiness that went into the games. It was grim and gritty whereas the games are often comical, goofy, exciting, grim, gritty, and scary. Milla did a really great job as usual. Tony Jaa was interesting as a character that the audience could not understand and was mostly comic relief. I am always glad to see Ron Perlman. I actually do not recommend this movie unless you are familiar with the games.

Terriers

I had been looking to watch this show for a long time (it came out in 2010). I have always been a fan of Donal Logue and wanted to see it and finally, I took the opportunity. Donal Logue plays a down on his luck, scrappy private detective and he is charming as usual. Michael Raymond-James has such great chemistry with Logue and is really funny. The show is really well-written and rests squarely on Logue’s back but he is always up to the task. The show is quirky and funny but also has some great mysteries. It feels like a cousin to Veronica Mars. I recommend this show.

Music of the Week:

Clarence Clarity – SU฿LORD

Yard Act – Fixer Upper

Cory Hotline – Love Is What We Need

Jean Tonique – Let Your Body Move

Mashup of the Week:

TJA Mashups – Ride it Off

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Found Family”
I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch
I watched more Doom Patrol Season 3
I watched more Bob’s Burgers Season 11
I watched more Titans Season 3
I started Young Justice Season 4
I started Elementary Season 6


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