BROCKMIRE the recently concluded IFC comedy series with hank azaria, baseball, amanda peet, baseball, tyrel jackson williams and baseball

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I went into this one with zero expectations because the premise (alcoholic baseball announcer stages a comeback a decade after a very public breakdown) seemed both overly familiar and, as someone who does not care at all about baseball, not relevant to my interests. but loads of people I trusted seemed big on it and I've had nothing but time lately.

turns out this is not only NOT just another glorifying-the-shitty-antihero show (though it definitely flirts with that from time to time), instead it turns out to be a very, very funny and quite moving take on redemption, America, addiction, family, friendship, and about a million other things. I'd gush more but there's a surprising amount to spoil. I ended up finding it superior to its closest TV cousin, Bojack Horseman. also it runs four 8-episode seasons which is a PERFECT length.

clips and trailers don't really do it justice just watch a couple eps c'mon now

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 15 November 2020 01:04 (one week ago) link

Declined marginally season to season but that's only because S1 was a perfect 10 and S2 was a 9.5 and on down.

I have seen almost no Bojack so the closest cousin IMO was the first season of You're the Worst. (milo z), Sunday, 15 November 2020 01:07 (one week ago) link

oh I didn't think it declined at all, though there were certain characters I'd like to have seen more of. in general I love the way that Brockmire's various relationships (with family, friends, peers etc) evolved over the course of the show. it strikes a fine balance between pessimism and perhaps even full-blown nihilism (about broader American society and, yes, capitalism) and optimism (about our individual capacity to actually change for the better over time)

is this the only scripted series to namecheck Hypernormalization?

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 15 November 2020 01:19 (one week ago) link

also kinda rolled my eyes at Peet/Azaria at first but then found out she's only 8 years younger than him which, ok!

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Sunday, 15 November 2020 01:22 (one week ago) link

Folks, just watched S2E1. I hope Amanda Peet is going to come back. But don't tell me.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 02:58 (one week ago) link

i have now seen all but the final ep.

I really like Season 4 - the end of the strike ep was fairly touching

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 05:22 (one week ago) link

I may have said this on another TV thread but I would kill for Hank Azaria to do a Rockford Files-style '70s cop show. He can reuse Brockmire's wardrobe. (milo z), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 05:28 (one week ago) link

Azaria/Ruffalo 70s non-serialized detective duo show when

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 05:41 (one week ago) link

didn't care for the last season at all but the rest are great. Amanda Peet totally has a portrait of herself in the attic, I mean I still remember her in Jack and Jill and that was decades ago not just last week.

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 07:29 (one week ago) link

the Limon shit is pretty hilarious

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Thursday, 19 November 2020 02:34 (one week ago) link

yeah I thought that was a really nicely realized set of gags that also managed to be significantly more believable than yr average Black Mirror ep

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Friday, 20 November 2020 04:56 (one week ago) link

I loved the way it ended.

major LOLs at the odds of chaos in 10-15 years only going down to 72% with Limon as President

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Friday, 20 November 2020 04:58 (one week ago) link

re: the ending

I thought they struck a weirdly lovely balance of the characters finding new levels of self-acceptance even as they find themselves amidst, and possibly even helping to enable, an increasingly horrible world order. That felt weirdly profound and true-to-life for me.

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Friday, 20 November 2020 05:04 (one week ago) link

Ok we started this and it's very funny off the bat (no pun intended).

I have seen almost no Bojack so the closest cousin IMO was the first season of You're the Worst.

That's actually the other show we're watching now and yeah, they're almost too similar (but both good).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 23 November 2020 20:06 (five days ago) link

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