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Even though I think that the overall arcs of Season 2 were every bit as good as Season 1, I feel that a lot of the stuff surrounding Sue's finger was handled a bit clumsily. The bag that was clearly labeled "Sue's Finger," for example, was a bit much even by comedy standards, but I could still shrug it off as a joke. Pac's accidental confession, though, was just too much. The character isn't meant to be a genius, but that was just a case of the writers making him handle the idiot ball way too blatantly. I'm all for her finding out, I'm all for her blackmailing him, and I think that overall the whole story went well once you got past that point... although if we don't get Sue back somehow I'm going to really miss her. (Hopefully the Revolving Door Afterlife trope comes into play.) But it just seemed like they really halfassed how to have White find out. Couldn't she have, say, approached him at the news stand or wherever, come up behind while he was talking about it to Roofie, and then maybe get the video footage away from a paparazzi who was catching her on a phone camera?

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I haaaaated Tyler Labine when I first saw him in Invasion. Didn't really see him in much since (a little here and there), but let me tell you he really redeemed himself to me with Deadbeat.  I've watched both seasons of Deadbeat and I just love this show.  I was very pleasantly surprised with Cat Deeley as well.  I love her on SYTYCD, but she was just being herself.  I love her getting to play a bitch in Chamomile White.  I wish this show had more episodes because I binge them and then am sad when it's over.

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I haaaaated Tyler Labine when I first saw him in Invasion. Didn't really see him in much since (a little here and there), but let me tell you he really redeemed himself to me with Deadbeat.  I've watched both seasons of Deadbeat and I just love this show.  I was very pleasantly surprised with Cat Deeley as well.  I love her on SYTYCD, but she was just being herself.  I love her getting to play a bitch in Chamomile White.  I wish this show had more episodes because I binge them and then am sad when it's over.

You should watch "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil", which I think is still on Netflix.  It's got him and Alan Tudyk, and is a surprisingly hilarious send-up of the teen horror movie genre.  I think I'd first seen Labine in "Reaper", which I quickly tired of as a treading-water show, and didn't think much of him at the time.  But between Tucker and Dale, and this, he's got some fun comedy chops in the right vehicle.

 

I just started watching this show a week ago, after finishing 11.22.63, and was pleasantly surprised to stumble across it.  Sad to see there's not more of a forum here for it, but it's a goofy, dumb, stoner-comedy show that has some terrific lines. It's definitely got a bit of "idiot ball" contrivance, as Kevin conveniently ranges from "only mostly dumb" to "mind-numbingly, impossibly dumb" whenever the plot demands it.  But besides that, I always have a few hearty chuckles every episode, and am happy to see a new season starts in a week (on 4/20, shockingly enough).

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I think it always starts on 4-20. I know it did at least once. I wasn't sure it had been renewed for a third, though. Just discovered that when a commercial for it popped up during the "iZombie" finale. Guess that means I need to get back to Hulu and finish my rewatch. See ya!

 

ETA: Just saw one of the ones with Samantha Bee! Sometimes I forget about all the guest actors who've played there.

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I have a weird love for Tyler Labine.  I don't know what it is about him as an actor, but I'll pretty much watch anything that he's in.  A lot of his stuff is on Netflix so I've seen quite of a few of his movies.  Maybe it's the lovable stoner type that he always plays that appeals to me.

 

As for Deadbeat, I've only managed to catch the first episode of season 3 so far.  I'm not sure how I feel about the direction they are going in since they seemed to have dumped all the characters from the past two seasons and pretty much rebooted the whole series.  They definitely aren't pulling any punches this season...that orgy was just eww.

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I'm about half way through the third season, and I'm enjoying it so far.  There are times the gross-out humor gets a bit much, but I still chuckle at a lot of the little one liners and malapropisms.  Kal Penn getting back to his stoner humor roots is nice, but mostly I'm enjoying that Kevin is no longer so... pathetic?  It's a nice change of pace to not have him being dirt poor, broke, starving, and completely stupid all the time.  The Chamomile White plot lines were okay, but that ran its course and they decided to move on before it became angry-making how she always one-upped him despite being a psychopathic fraud.  It seems Kevin is still played as daft and socially unadjusted, but not quite the borderline imbecile getting brutalized, and I think that makes for funnier setups.  Cringe comedy skirts that edge of a character being too pathetic and/or abused, and robbing the humor (I hated those Meet the Parents films, and a surprising number of Ben Stiller roles, for that reason).  Kevin for example is no longer ruining his rare good luck with improbably stupid confessions or implausibly idiotic choices... or at least nowhere near as often.

 

It's kind of funny: something like "Better Call Saul", where I've been active on the forums, has been somewhat frustrating to a lot of PTV viewers because it feels like the season kind of stalled, and characters were stuck in the same rut with the same interpersonal dynamics.  BCS is unarguably a "better" show in every respect to  "Deadbeat", except DB isn't making the same mistake by giving Kevin a new place, new friends, and a new dynamic.

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I'm also about half-way through.  I'm getting a little sick of the "guy" humor.  That's what I call it- a lot of masturbation, porno, toilet, etc, humor.  It was always like that but I just feel like they upped it by about 100%.  There's still enough about it that I find funny that I'll keep watching. 

 

I will admit, it took me about 3 episodes to really trust Kal Penn's character.  I was very suspicious of him at first but now I like their comradery.

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I watched this series on Hulu, so went straight from season 1 to 2 to 3 in a relatively short time.  I was looking forward to Season 3 with Kal Penn, but have been sorely disappointed in the general turn the show took.  This show had been smart, funny, irreverent, with a decent level of adult language/humor.  Now they fill five minutes with sights/sounds of characters having explosive diarrhea and vomiting into baby carriages.  I can't imagine what demographic they're going for with that, but they lost me. 

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7 hours ago, chaifan said:

I can't imagine what demographic they're going for with that, but they lost me. 

I liked Kevin and his friends well enough to stick it out through some pretty juvenile escapades, but the show has now amped up the crass-itude to the extent that being gross is the entire, and only, point. No real story or character development required. Imma have to pass.

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The problem for me with S3 isn't the crudeness of the jokes. It's the loss of all the good supporting characters.

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