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Going Through Changes With Big Mouth

For me personally, the turning point for Friends is the Reese Witherspoon arc in Season 6. I will pretty much rewatch any rerun from the pilot up through the end of that arc. After that, I will only watch a handful. Joe put it best when he says the plot lines are warmed-over. They are all just so anemic in later seasons. Tara is correct that this cast can elevate lackluster material, but not week after week for four seasons. It’s especially jarring when TBS or other cable channels show random episodes out of order. You can see the quality difference between the earlier seasons and later seasons in stark contrast.

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The Brass Eye series was a follow-up to Chris Morris' excellent "The Day Today", which was a spoof of news programs. The Day Today has a lot more humor than the Brass Eye series, so you might want to also check that out. Plus, it gives you your first look at Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge (a character originally developed for Morris' radio series "On The Hour").

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Dave: '2012' was itself based on an Australian series called 'The Games'. It was a mockumentary (hate that word) that followed the logistics team organising the Sydney 2000 Olympics. '2012' was meant to be done.m by Working Dog, the team behind 'The Games', but the deal went weird and there was even a legal battle about it, I believe.

'Utopia' is great but 'The Games' is a goddamned classic and I've been
meaning to do a Canon
submission on it forever. It would be worth looking up - it should be pretty easy to find and I think you'd enjoy it.

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Dave was kind enough to rewatch the Dreamland/Utopia AUS pilot last night, and then we watched the next one. I like it and it does have a very "Office Rosehaven" feel to it -- or, as I said last night, "gentle Thick Of It." (Dave: "The Thin Of It.")

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A note about Dreamland...I just looked it up on Netflix, and 2 seasons are available there, but there also was note that they will only be available until 11/10/18. So, if you want to check it out, you have less time than you may have thought.

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Well done, Dan Casino, for forcening @David T. Cole to watch Australia's Utopia, which is, as noted by @Yoshi, made by the Working Dog production house. Basically, just about everything they have ever done (TV, movies, books) is gold, Jerry, gold! Their very first 'mockumentary' series, Frontline (1994–97), was a razor-sharp spoof of tabloid TV current affairs shows, and episodes have been (and still are) on the high school English and/or Media syllabus in several Australian states. Well worth seeking out. As for Utopia, it's a 'water cooler' show here in Australia even in this digital age. In episode 3 of season 3, the office was adjusting to a new IT system, and it was so hilariously true that it was excruciating. Everybody who has ever worked in an office was talking about it the next day. If you only ever watch one episode, make it that one. :)

ETA: Utopia won Australia's equivalent of an Emmy (an AACTA Award) for Best TV Comedy Series for season 1, and Celia Pacquola (who is also in Rosehaven) won one for Best Performance in a Television Comedy for season 2.

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Dave was kind enough to rewatch the Dreamland/Utopia AUS pilot last night, and then we watched the next one. I like it and it does have a very "Office Rosehaven" feel to it -- or, as I said last night, "gentle Thick Of It." (Dave: "The Thin Of It.")

[applause]

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