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  • 3519273540
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    Quick question? Link to this post

    This might be one for the FAQ, but I could not find an answer anywhere. Why do you only review US TV shows? Why not shows from the UK? Or elsewhere (the Danish original version of the Killing is supposedly good)? What about something like the recent season of Torchwood, is that ruled out because it is too British, even if it had many Americans in the main cast and mostly American locations?

  • TheTVCritic
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    It's a good question and the answer is as you suspect that I ruled out all British shows Torchwood included when I began the site.

    I wanted the site to be relevant to people watching TV now and as almost all the shows I was watching in 2007-8 were American I decided to specialise in that.

    I didn't want to waste energy on shows which the majority of my audience wouldn't see.

    With BBC America and streaming etc I suppose the situation is a little different now. However British shows are made in a different way and it might be simplest to just keep them apart.

    Dr Who \ Torchwood aside the UK tends not to produce the big budget dramas that I like which helped make my decision.

    From a practical standpoint I don't have the time to watch many more shows each week either.

    So there you go. If I were to one day unleash my personal taste on the site then I could spend hours writing about British sit coms that I grew up watching and loved like Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Only Fools and Horses, Dad's Army, One Foot in the Grave, Red Dwarf, Black Adder, Bottom, Men Behaving Badly and Coupling. But it's not likely to happen...

  • Derek
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    I've been wondering this for a bit and now seems as good as time as any to ask it. What are your thoughts just quickly and overall on Doctor Who (or Torchwood). I watched part of the Ten/Donna series and while I really liked the characters I could not get into the show. The sci-fi was too out there for me (it didn't seem to have any kind of set logic) and the show felt too procedural.

    I know a nerd on the internet who dislikes Doctor Who is a rarity but here I am.

  • TheTVCritic
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    Sadly I don't have a good answer. I did watch the first 3 Torchwoods and felt they were procedural and so didn't continue.

    A little shamefully I haven't seen any of the modern Dr Who's. I did watch them growing up and enjoyed some of them. They returned to TV in the UK just as Lost took my attention and my focus shifted entirely to US TV.

    I always assumed that I wouldn't like it. Partly because of the procedural stuff and partly because of just what you described in terms of a lack of rules for the universe. I'm assuming you are "the" Derek and so the fact that you say that makes me more confident in my prejudice

    I probably should watch a couple one day. I know people speak highly of the Torchwood mini-series'.

    It's tough to compare UK drama to what the US can do. When you watch Lost, TWD or GofT it's hard to accept production values that aren't as good.

  • 3519273540
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    The most recent season of Torchwood was co-funded by the American company Starz, and it had more or less American production values, and it even aired here in the US. It was also serialized with virtually no procedural elements.

  • Ben
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    Torchwood: Miracle Day was a mess, it tried to squeeze in too much and yet too little into 10 episodes.

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    That's exactly why I was curious about it. It fell apart in the end, and Bill Pullman was a mistake, but there were some good moments.

  • TheTVCritic
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    Obviously I don't have a lot to add. I believe it's the "Children of Earth" mini series that people rave over. Would you both recommend it?

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