Those of us older than, say, about thirty, probably have a different idea of what is a “series.”  In my day, a “series” was (1) a TV series and (2) typically ran for a half hour or at most an hour. And let’s just say that, while fun, these older “series” were not necessarily works of art (think Green Acres).  Today, perhaps rivaled only by the advent of Podcasts, many series are in their own right remarkable media.  The focus here will therefore be on series, such as the outstanding British detective series, Foyle’s War (which will be the first series recommendation).  As always, we choose a series not because it is “entertaining,” but because it is worthwhile.  One word of warning:  be careful about binge watching!  I am not kidding, a good series takes me back to childhood times when I just could not put the book down or turn the tv or movie off because I was so lost in the moment that sleep would not arrive.

Godless

I must subconsciously be on a Western kick, fueled by my (very conscious) views on the political state of morality and truth

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Fauda

This series is both incredibly timely and incredibly hard to watch, for all sorts of reasons both “good” and “bad.”  The title, in Arabic, means “chaos.”  And right from that moment –an Arabic word used to define a show that centers around the actions of a secret Israeli unit- a remarkably transformative tone is set;

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Master of None

Master of None.  The best way to describe this series is as a self-mockumentary.  Using somewhat of a Seinfeld show like pattern, Master of None follows the life of Aziz Ansari, a youngish actor dealing with his immigrant background and upbringing as he tries to break into the worlds of comedy and film and television…

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Brockmire

I have only seen the first episode of this series; however, I have never laughed as much as I did while watching the most epic breakdown I have ever seen. Brockmire is the story of a legendary baseball announcer who has an unreal meltdown during a live broadcast over his personal life.

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Poirot

About three or so episodes into watching this series, which revolves around the famous Agatha Christie created detective Hercule Poirot, I called my father to discuss the show.  Specifically, I asked him if I was missing something…because I liked it.  The Film Professor completely surprised me by saying that he had already watched Poirot, and that…

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Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul. Full disclosure: there were times when I got tired of this series and/or found it to be somewhat redundant. That being said, what I liked about it is how different it was than the series from which it was spawned (and I use that word quite purposefully),…

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Father Brown

Long running series that features, wait for it, a priest sleuth.  Certainly not at the level of, say, Foyle’s War, but there is something very comforting and engaging about it all.  I will also add that it gives, without being over the top, a really nice view of religion generally…

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Fargo

The movie, Fargo, is a perfect example of how The Film Professor raised us, in terms of watching media. When I first watched the movie, I hated it. Pressed into action by The Film Professor, I proceeded to watch it several more times and, in almost Shakespearean like fashion, I…

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