Rando Recommendations: What Pop Culture Thing Do You Recommend (Not Geek Media)


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Mallus

Legend
I guess it's time for me to watch Letterkenny. Friends have been recommending it for awhile, mainly for all the things the characters do to the English language.

I'll second Booksmart. It manages to be very funny without ever being cruel, which seems damn hard for a film set in high school.

Mindhunter on Netflix is great. Who knew the guy who sang George III in Hamilton was such a good actor? (probably people who were paying attention...).
 

Ryujin

Legend
I've mentioned it before, but I can't watch Lettekenny. Remove the modern conveniences like cell phones and it's where I grew up. It's based in small town Ontario, Canada, and the language used, characters, and situation are far too close to the truth. It would be like having grown up in a specific Manhattan neighbourhood and then being subjected to Seinfeld.
 

TwoSix

Unserious gamer
I guess it's time for me to watch Letterkenny. Friends have been recommending it for awhile, mainly for all the things the characters do to the English language.
Just a note if you watch Letterkenny; the third episode ("Fartbook") is widely regarded by fans as the weakest episode in the show's entire run. Don't give up on the show if you hate that episode, it quickly rebounds after that.
 



ART!

Legend
The Great British Baking Show aka The Great British Bake-Off is just a delight. It's a reality show with no backstabbing, no gossiping - just charming contestants who actually help each other out when things go sideways. It doesn't hurt that the focus is on making delicious-looking things that (occasionally) inspire me to bake.
 

Rabulias

the Incomparably Shrewd and Clever
I don't usually get into game shows, but The Hustler has been great fun to watch. I get to test my own Wisdom (Insight) rolls and see if I can tell who is lying (spoiler: I am not very good at it! :) ). Plus it's hosted by Craig Ferguson, who is always fun. As Wikipedia says:
Wikipedia said:
...it follows five contestants who collaborate to build up a cash prize by answering a series of trivia questions. One of the contestants is secretly designated as the Hustler beforehand and given the answers to all the questions. By the end of the game, two of the honest contestants have been eliminated; the other two must correctly choose the Hustler in order to stop them from winning the entire prize.
 

Undrave

Hero
Alright, I'm gonna recommend the youtube channels Bedtime Stories and Unclassified Encounter

Bedtime Stories deals in the bizarre, the strange and the frightening, from ghostly hauntings and UFO encounters, but also mysterious deaths and grisely crimes all told in a chilly atmosphere with some amazing artwork. Really solid work.

Unclassified Encounter is a newer spin-off channel, where the subject are short stories, usually set against a backdrop of WWII, where soldiers have run-ins with the supernatural and the unexplained. They're all bangers so far.

If you enjoy solid documentary and theme parks, or children's television, I can not possibly recommend Defunctland enough! The started by simply retelling the story of former attractions at Disney and Universal, then went on to full parks (the Action Park one is worth the watch) and then also branched out into nostalgic TV and did this absolutely amazing mini-series on the life and career of Jim Henson that left me in tears at the end, and a full length (90 min) documentary on Disneyland's forgotten sci-fi band. Just quality content all around.

In the same vein, on the children's television side, the channel Poparena has been doing an amazingly deep dive into the History of the Nickelodeon TV network with the 'Nick Knack' series. It goes over all of their major productions, and many of their important acquisitions, one by one in chronological order and goes into the show's history and the people behind it. It's SUPER fascinating and very well researched, with the author mentioning his sources at the end. I'm not American, so a bunch of these shows I've never watched or even never heard of, but I really enjoy the documentaries nonetheless. They also have a fun series, Monthly Goosebump, that goes over every book in the series one by one.

I feel like this one might be too famous but what the heck: Jelle's Marble Runs! For years now, Jelle's, with the help of commentator Greg Woods, has been entertaining the masses with his amazing marble races! The sand rally, the Marble League (former Marblelympics) and Marbula-1, all with every-increasing production value and their own dedicated fanbase. (#MomoStrong) It might seem silly at first, but I big you to watch Marble League 2021 to see what it's all about! Who knew you could care so much about inanimate balls?
 



Mad_Jack

Hero
I guess I'll throw this out there, although it's not a tv show per se...

On Youtube there's a channel called The Charismatic Voice. In addition to videos on how to sing, vocal analysis videos, and interviews with singers, the lady (Elizabeth Zharoff, a trained opera singer) also does reaction videos to music.
Not only does this woman know what she's talking about as far as singing, but she is ridiculously cute and absolutely frakkin' hilarious to watch: she has the most expressive face you've ever seen, and her reactions are priceless.
Sometimes she bounces up and down in her chair and flails her arms, and often goes off into a full geek-spiral about something while still masterfully explaining what she just found so fascinating.

(On a side note, she also plays D&D...) :cool:
 

Ulfgeir

Hero
I guess I'll throw this out there, although it's not a tv show per se...

On Youtube there's a channel called The Charismatic Voice. In addition to videos on how to sing, vocal analysis videos, and interviews with singers, the lady (Elizabeth Zharoff, a trained opera singer) also does reaction videos to music.
Not only does this woman know what she's talking about as far as singing, but she is ridiculously cute and absolutely frakkin' hilarious to watch: she has the most expressive face you've ever seen, and her reactions are priceless.
Sometimes she bounces up and down in her chair and flails her arms, and often goes off into a full geek-spiral about something while still masterfully explaining what she just found so fascinating.

(On a side note, she also plays D&D...) :cool:
She is fun to watch. It is clear that she loves music. And her tea time interviews are top notch. Shee really connects with the interviewee and they can Geek out.
 

Cobra Kai. In what's sort of an apotheosis of 80s nostalgia TV (making a sequel to The Karate Kid movies... with the original cast) they actually do a good job building the characters, making Johnny less of a villain and Daniel less of a hero and even making Kreese credible, and setting up a new bunch of teenagers to do the martial arts thing. (I'd argue there are even a few somewhat-subversive points in the early seasons, but I'm told Netflix overturns them in the last season.)
 

Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
I guess I'll throw this out there, although it's not a tv show per se...

On Youtube there's a channel called The Charismatic Voice. In addition to videos on how to sing, vocal analysis videos, and interviews with singers, the lady (Elizabeth Zharoff, a trained opera singer) also does reaction videos to music.
Zharoff is excellent. I don't watch all of her stuff, but certainly some.

I never expected to get into the Reaction Video YouTube genre, but for music specifically it can be a lot of fun to watch someone experience and respond to a song you love for the very first time. It's kind of like introducing a friend to music, except that the reactor is (usually) more focused, and often has some music training and puts some work into understanding and articulating what they get out of it. And you can watch it while you're on the elliptical or driving in to work. :ROFLMAO:

It's certainly not AS good as introducing an actual friend to a song and having them geek out over it WITH you, but those experiences are sadly hard to come by for most of us, with adult schedules and lives.

My other top channels in this genre are probably College Students React (Andy & Alex), two younger guys who are also hobbyist musicians and have the vocabulary and critical ears to notice and articulate a lot of details, and Lost in Vegas, a couple of guys (George and Ryan) primarily coming to rock and metal music from a hip hop fan background. Some of my love for the latter may be linked to the fact that they love Black Sabbath and Alice in Chains as much as I do. The first vid of theirs I ever saw was them hearing War Pigs for the very first time and absolutely losing their minds over it, especially Bill Ward's epic drumming. Their BS and AiC reactions are something I can pull up any time I have ten or twenty minutes to spare and need a smile. Oh, and Ixi Music, which is a newer channel which started out just doing deep dives into Nine Inch Nails, but has branched out a bit since. Ixi gets deep into the sauce of the chord progressions, changes and songwriting.

Closely related is Rick Beato's channel, where you can watch a professional musician break down a ton of classic songs (like in his What Makes This Song Great? series), some of them using isolated tracks he's been able to obtain thanks to industry/producer connections.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Closely related is Rick Beato's channel, where you can watch a professional musician break down a ton of classic songs (like in his What Makes This Song Great? series), some of them using isolated tracks he's been able to obtain thanks to industry/producer connections.
Great channel!
 

Mezuka

Hero
Physical on Apple TV. Watched the first episode. Stunned and fascinated. I can't say more without spoiling the episode. Adult life themes.
 

Hades#2

Explorer
I recommend The World According To Jeff Goldblum on Disney+. They had an episode where he talked to a guy that travels around looking for old denim at abandoned mining locations and sells it to collectors.
 

Aeson

Legend
I've enjoyed a Hulu series called Dollface. It stars Kat Dennings. It's a sitcom for mature audiences. Season 2 just premiered recently. The season 1 finale was Wizard of Oz themed and I thought it was clever.
 

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