Tag Archive: Boardwalk Empire

Why did Boardwalk Empire lose me?

Boardwalk Empire. Oh man, everything about it was right up my alley. It was a well-polished period piece with smart writing, great actors, the involvement of Martin Scorsese, gangsters, and it was set here in my home state of New Jersey. Plus, I’ve said before that HBO does awesome television. So why the hell didn’t it click with me? And I mean, it TOTALLY didn’t click with me. I only made it halfway through the first season. Like anyone with as lick of sense, I loved the setting. Great production values, great cast, great premise, and the pilot episode was pure Scorsese, which is to say it was frickin’ AWESOME. Yet for some reason the series just failed to hold my attention. Can’t place my finger on why, either….
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Thank you, HBO, for making TV awesome

I recently finished watching all five seasons of HBO’s The Wire, a critical darling that pretty much no one saw. The show has been lauded by some as the best drama in television history, a level of hyperbole that at first I did not easily swallow but which I’ve come to completely understand. What began as a cop show with profanity became one of the most powerful pieces of social commentary of the last 40 years. And that’s the truth. When it comes to my relationship with HBO programming, these revelations are beginning to become routine. I’m one of those obnoxious people who all but gave up TV. About seven years ago I stopped flipping through the channels and ceased paying attention to television. Before…
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