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Are there any Netflix/Amazon Prime dramas which don't involve murder or deeply flawed characters?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by warrenn, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. jth tv

    jth tv Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2014
    Bought the DVD's (12) a couple of weeks ago for $22 on Amazon, just started season 2. The box says Subtitles:None yet also says CC, can't figure out how to turn it on, for the second season CC would nice.

    For the first half of the first season there was plenty to think about, philosophy, religion, but then they seemed to dumb it down. And "Kevin", well, that comparatively is really dumbed down, but I like it.

    First time I've bought a TV series. Just wanted something nice to watch.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2017
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  2. The Spud

    The Spud Rather be cruising TCF Club

    Aug 27, 2002
    Kent, WA
    My wife & I enjoy Kevin Probably Saves the World. My daughter was home for Thanksgiving and, by coincidence, started watching Joan. To further the Ritter tie in, I have been watching 8 Simple Rules.
  3. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

    Dec 5, 2000
    CO via Chi-town
    Wait is that one a joke, or is the show not about what the books are about...
  4. pdhenry

    pdhenry Now 15% off

    Feb 27, 2005
    The show is like a Wes Anderson movie (e.g., Moonrise Kingdom comes to mind). Charmingly quirky despite the essentially dark subject.
  5. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

    Dec 5, 2000
    CO via Chi-town
    Ah, like Fargo. :)
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  6. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Silly library system here--has the second season, but not the first. :(
  7. ThePhoenix

    ThePhoenix Brr. It's Chile here

    Feb 13, 2008
    Sacramento, CA
    I was just thinking about this show. For $22 I might have to buy the series.
  8. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Subtitles and CC are completely different.

    Subtitles are on the DVD itself with menus. CC is turned on *on your TV*. At least in analog TV days, it was encoded on one of the VBL lines (the horizontal bar you see if your TV's hold was off).. I think there's still a VBL even in digital recordings, even with the now "digital to analog to digital" old style closed captions..

    Try turning on CC on your TV.. _MAYBE_ this is only transmitted via some kinds of connections (e.g. composite but not HDMI, or something like that)..
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  9. jth tv

    jth tv Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2014
    Success !

    CC button on TV remote Works with "composite but not HDMI". The picture quality for the Joan of Arcadia DVD is 480i vs 480p. It very fast and easy to switch back and forth using the TV remote Last button. And actually 480i doesn't look that bad.

    A million thanks.
  10. John Gillespie

    John Gillespie Active Member

    Oct 27, 2016
    The Crown, second season starts Dec 8th. Get caught up this weekend and be ready next.
  11. jilter

    jilter Happy to be here.

    Oct 4, 2002
    Not sure if they get to preview an entire season, but The Crown, Season 2 received a 92 on Metacritic.
  12. megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

    Jan 22, 2003
    I might have the same taste as you do.
    I'm sure you've watched West Wing, but . . . just in case.
    Also, several British shows--stories, character development, hold my attention. Sadly, Netflix deleted Foyle's War which I loved, and was ready to watch again.
    I've found 6 Feet Under on Amazon, but I really hate the Amazon app.

    (It is a study in how to make something that's easy on Netflix take 20 clicks on Amazon Incredibly no-intuitive. Can't believe how bad it is. Hope it's better for people who have non-Vizios.)
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017 at 1:29 PM
  13. jilter

    jilter Happy to be here.

    Oct 4, 2002
    I have been feeling the same way about Amazon recently: Too many clicks, and often only to find out I have to pay to see what I searched for. Pales greatly in comparison to Netflix.
    I would not pay one dime for it, I guess it comes free with Prime for a reason.
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  14. megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

    Jan 22, 2003
    Yes, Amazon seems to be intentionally deceptive & bait-and-switchy. Somewhat less confusing on Roku, but Roku's remote is so primitive compared, e.g., to TiVo's. I thought all this wd be worked out over the years, but I don't see much change. I stick mostly to Netflix.
  15. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I never use Roku's remote. My Harmony does Roku.
  16. tivoknucklehead

    tivoknucklehead Active Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    Orlando Florida
    If you can handle subtitles a Japanese series called "Good Morning Call" about a very popular high school boy and a conservative high school girl that are forced by circumstances to become roommates is hilarious, but also has many serious moments. I had never, ever watched a Japanese TV show before and I was hooked on episode one. The actress that plays the girl is fantastic in the role. two seasons on Netflix streaming
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  17. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Active Member

    Mar 5, 2004
    Unless someone mentioned it earlier, what about Fuller House on Netflix, it's not too dark.
  18. JandS

    JandS Member

    Oct 1, 2010
  19. mooseAndSquirrel

    mooseAndSquirrel Well-Known Member

    Aug 31, 2001
    Whatsamatta U
    Haven’t seen it yet, but just saw an ad for Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel that gets great Amazon reviews.
  20. wendlan

    wendlan New Member

    Apr 21, 2002
    I haven't seen anyone mention "Call the Midwife", which is a PBS series from the UK on Netflix. It's a series about midwives in the UK starting in the 50s, which sounds boring as heck, but has many interesting stories against a backdrop of England only a decade from WWII. It's has some tough moments, but it is overall very positive and "feel good", and also touches on many modern issues like women's rights, universal heathcare, etc. As a guy, I would NEVER have started it, but my wife got me hooked and she watched most of it a second time with me :).
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