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I searched but only found really old threads on this topic, but if there is a current thread going - I apologize and ask the moderators to please cancel this thread and just drop my post in the one that's already going.

Assuming there isn't another thread going on this, here's our inaugural post:

The first (and, so far, only) season of In The Dark (via Netflix, originally on the CW network).

It's off to the races right from the start in this crime mystery wrapped inside a drama about a young, very attractive blind girl, Murphy (played by Perry Mattfield) - early 20s, smokes, drinks, has (lots of) casual (and meaningless) sex, is rude, but, and kudos to the writers and Mattfeld for this, shows enough humanity (and more as the show goes on) to keep you intrigued and, mainly, rooting for her - and her devoted but weary parents and small circle of friends - you'd be weary too; she's pushes everyone's buttons, often too far.

But the catalyst for the plot is the murder of her young, still just a minor, teenage male friend and extremely small time drug dealer and Murphy's obsession to find his killer - you don't want to get in this blind girl's way when she's on the hunt for a clue.

Modern TV - when done well, as this show is - knows how to slowly unfold complex plots over several episodes while equally building three-dimensional characters and relationships where everything - the murder mystery, the characters and the relationships - continue to change in (overall) surprising but (mainly) believable ways.

As Murphy's world of friends, family and coworkers slowly gets entwined with the crazy dangerous world of drug dealers and both honest and dirty cops that Murphy engages with to solve the murder, the tensions rise and conflicts increase. This smashing together of two worlds flips everybody's "normal" upside down as when Murphy's kind veterinarian roommate finds herself accidentally teaming with drug dealers to hide a body and chase a suspect for a putative greater good that would knock any normal person's gyroscope way off balance.

And that's why you watch - everyone's gyroscope is rocked to tilt as a force-of-nature blind woman, who had an atypical but wonderful and deep friendship with a young drug dealer, pushes herself and anyone in her orbit to question their morality, their physical abilities and everything they believed about themselves and the world whether they want to or not, while, Murphy - ultimately - is forced to do the same.

It's not always easy watching, but few things that challenge you are; however, a surprising amount of light humor and warm friendships - that come from unlikely places - keeps it from draining you and there's also this: Murphy's companion dog has one of the best dog names ever - Pretzel (and he's as handsome a dog as you'll find). Oh, of course, it's not missed that Murphy's life and the crime mystery are all just one giant pretzel.

There's too much modern TV out there - some of it's garbage - but the good stuff, like In the Dark, is better than almost every movie made - quite a switch from a time when the quality was in film and TV was almost all mindless fluff.


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I am not generally a TV watcher, but lately I've been binging on "The Americans", a spy drama.

(I discovered the show from an article in the WSJ on a private intelligence firm - founded by some ex-Mossad guys - called Black Cube. Amusingly, one thing they do with recruits is have them watch "The Americans", because it so accurately portrays tradecraft. Intrigued, I watched an episode, and was immediately hooked.)



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I haven’t watched a regular TV series for some time.

I did start and kept up with HBO’s Westworld and am looking forward to the 3rd season.
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