The Man in the High Castle (2015)

Dec 11, 2015 by Mr. Nau This spectacular series, produced by Amazon and based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, imagines an America that lost World War II and is occupied by the Third Reich and Imperial Japan. A believable collection of characters try to evade capture while smuggling banned films into the neutral […]

Black Mirror (2011)

Jan 09, 2015 by Mr. Nau This British miniseries gives us a glimpse of a slightly off-kilter future using close-at-hand technological advances that skew the world in sometimes ominous ways. The writing and acting here are both first rate. Some stories are hard to watch, but they’re always thought-provoking and completely engrossing. Grade: A+. IMDB: […]

Vikings (2013)

Feb 05, 2013 by Mr. Nau The History Channel has produced an incredible television series–complete with visceral and realistic fight scenes, wonderful acting performances, and believable historical detail–to tell the story of the legendary Viking hero Ragnar Lothbrok and his clansmen, as they make their first voyages across the North Sea toward Great Britain. Grade: […]

Satisfaction (2007)

Dec 12, 2013 by Mr. Nau In this Australian TV drama, we follow the work and lives of six employees of a high-class Melbourne brothel, get an inside look at some of the customers, the conflict between romantic partners, and the dangers these women face. High production values and engaging storytelling make this show entertaining. […]

Persons Unknown (2010)

Oct 16, 2013 by Mr. Nau Seven strangers from all across America are abducted and wake up in a hotel in an abandoned town with no clue how they got there or what their captors want. The pressure builds as they try to escape. Good writing and characters make this single-season series worth a look. […]

The L Word (2004)

Sep 04, 2013 by Mr. Nau This series about a group of lesbians and their allies who live in Los Angeles breaks stereotypes around sexual orientation, gender identity, romantic choices, partnership, and parenting within and outside the gay community. With fantastic screenwriters and great acting from everyone, this enlightening show shakes up conventional tropes with […]

House of Cards (2013)

Feb 23, 2013 by Mr. Nau Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright lead a spectacular cast in this Netflix original series about a Washington power couple, a South Carolina Congressman and his activist wife, using every dirty trick to keep moving up in the political arena. The acting performances are first rate and the storytelling is […]

Terra Nova (2011)

Nov 12, 2012 by Mr. Nau In this science fiction series, time travel enables refugees from dystopian 2149 to resettle the Earth of 85 million years in the past. Our story focuses on an exiled detective who keeps the peace as he learns his way around Terra Nova, the colony established in the dinosaur-filled world. […]

Lillyhammer (2012)

Jun 06, 2012 by Mr. Nau When mobster Frank Tagliano is offered witness protection in exchange for his testimony, he picks Lillehammer, Norway, as his new home. In this unusual, but engrossing fish-out-of-water comedy series from Netflix, Steven Van Zandt and a Scandinavian cast put a new twist on the confused immigrant trope. Grade: A. […]

Surviving the Cut (2010)

Nov 18, 2011 by Mr. Nau The most elite military training is shown in gritty detail in this documentary series. The impossible tasks performed at full strength under sleep deprivation drive home how these services–Army Rangers, US Marine Recon, Air Force Pararescue, and Navy EOD, among others–weed out most people who start the courses. Grade: […]

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