Roger Ryan wrote:
If I understand your post correctly, you've only watched the first two episodes of the first season of ENLIGHTENED, right? In that case, you may be happy to hear the second season episodes take the show to another level of excellence.
I'll throw in my praise for Enlightened
, too, if only because I want to be loved and accepted by all. My wife and I thought the first season was hysterical, a perfect counterweight to the madcap stonerisms of Bored to Death
(we watched both programs on demand, but if I'm not mistaken they aired in a single block early last year). Mfunk's Jason Reitman comparison is apt, but to me the show evokes the best of Alexander Payne. Granted, I tend to find Payne's work as cloying and self-serving as the characters it focused on (Election
aside, because goddamn
what a great movie), but I think I'm seeing in Enlightened
what everyone else seems to see in a film like Sideways
: that is, that sometimes the distance between action and self-awareness is the funniest punchline.
Still haven't tried Girls
. I made it halfway through a blind-buy of Tiny Furniture
before selling the disc back to Amazon, but a Louis CK endorsement of Dunham's show (not to mention praise on these boards) is enough to pique my curiosity. And I'm certain House of Cards
is on the docket, too, though with imminent returns of Mad Men
and Arrested Development
on the horizon, not to mention an ever-growing pile of shame, I'm not sure when we'll finally find the time.