CHINA BEACH (1988 – 1991)

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Creators:John Sacret Young and William Broyles

Cast : Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo

Here is a great piece of greatness. The thing is that not too many people remember that one. It is the M*A*S*H version but serious and the female version of it, and it became great drama. Dana Delany was outstanding in this role and touches your heart. Through her you see what it is like to see young men dying and  dealing with terrible, life altering injuries and how hopeless she feels when she can not save them. Yet she plays an important part in their life the patient could related to her, a-she would sympathies with them trying to make them fell better even though some times she knew they were going to die. The series is set around a bunch of women take care i-of the injured and doing other thing. I remember watching the series and back in the day the opening credits set to the Supremes’ “Reflections”. I said to myself just in 3 minutes in dam! this is going to be a great series and I was right. It was center around doctors, nurses, soldiers and even USO entertainers stationed at the base even there were a hooker on the base. The writers here are done their jobs well  the stories were gripping and raw . Thee cast was the perfect cast in a series at the time. You see the writers has interviewed nurses from Vietnam to tell their stories. So give it a try watch this one you will not be disappointed. You can find this series on DVD now.

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GENERATION X (2013)

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Directed by Philipp Kadelbach

Stars: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler 

They are 5 friends from childhood in 1941 Berlin. They are in this bar where Greta works they are saying goodbye it is July. Greta, Charlotte, Vikor, and Friedhelm , Wilhem follow a different path Greta was to be a star a singer, Vikor is a jew taylor who is going to take over his father’s business. Charlotte is a nurse and is going to the front to take care of the soldier who are Hurt. as for Friedhelm and wilhem who are soldier and brothers are going to fight the Russian. They wow to come back 6 month later when the war is over at Christmas. Oh! boy where they wrong.

This is based on a true story of five German friends. This is also the first time that the German Cinema has told the story during World War II, although one movie comes in mind Das boot.No one not even the war veteran even talk about the war ever. For the first time a director from Germany has had this bold idea to do a mini series about it. People has talked about the series still six month after it came out. The young one started to ask question to they elders about the war and they answered. You see the German has swept the war under the rug, and like one superior said to Friedhelm it is a different kind of war. They had no idea what was going on. When they find out some of them didn’t think it was right to kill the jews. Like Friedhelm and wilhem said this war does not make sense. To make matter worst Hitler promised a victory soon. Yeah! right. The story does not excuse what the German did during the war. It is compared with band of brothers of course it does not surprise me. Charlotte who was in love with Wilhem (he does not see it at first ) is eager to serve her country as the series moves along you see her in discuss and scared to see all those soldier dying in front of her. Reality checks in. Friedhelm became a murderer under his brother regime later on he become human again and seek redemption toward the very end. His brother on the other end trained rookies in becoming soldier killing machine later on he decided that he has enough, the war does not makes any sense any more he brushes death and lives in a house where he fishes to survive only for a little while. Greta who’s boyfriend is the jew Vikor want to become a stars has an affair with a German SS Officer and tried to get papers for her boyfriend Vikor. Vikor gets caught by the German and he is sent on the train to the camp only to escape and join the polish resistance. Great acting jobs by all the actors. I have been told that the polish media gave a negative review. A must see.

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LAZY COMPANY (2013 – )

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Creators: Samuel Bodin / Alexandre Philip

Cast: Alban Lenoir, Antoine Lesimple, Alexandre Philip

June 6, 1944. 700 warships, 23,400 airborne units, 156,000 men, and 4 goofballs oops! I meant   … 4 totally incompetent soldiers parachuted into occupied France. Clumsy, a little loose, endearing, they form the most special unit of the entire US Army. 4 morons who, unintentionally, will change the course of history. They form the Lazy Company. 

Here is cool series as I call it GI joke. Of course it is a fictional series during world war II. During their missions, the four goofballs will have the opportunity to meet many historical figures such as Churchill, Hitler, Charles de Gaulle, Mussolini, Pétain or Einstein. Oh boy you don’t say. This is like Hogan’s heroes a la band of brothers but a comedy. They tried to capture the era as authentic as possible like every series first they develop the characters on the first season you get to know them and what there are about. You have Caroline Vigneaux wife mistress sadistic Nazi and Quentin Baillot who portrays an hilarious hitler. You see they are soldier who are waiting until the war is over so they don’t get kill. There is this one episode were one of the soldier of the resistance has a resemble to hitler you know where that is going. The writers  are taking risk nothing is sacred nothing it is all out there. If you like hogan’s heroes you will like this one. It is a bit outrageous at time but it is funny and well done. they signed on for 2 more seasons and that is so cool.

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THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE ( 2012 – )

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Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle

4 brilliant women  work in the code breaking center and becomes  friends. Each one of them has a great talent. Actually one of them decode an important nazi message that will save a lot of lives. Each on has a great talent Millie (Rachael Stirling), memory master, Lucy (Sophie Rundle), and team leader Jean (Julie Graham) joined by the puzzle beaker Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin). In 1952, Susan lives a mechanical life as a housewife, caring for her two young children and wounded from the war  husband Timothy (Mark Dexter). After her husband goes to work Susan secretly keeps track of news reports concerning a serial killer working his way around town, killing young women. she figures out what his the killer next moves with the help of her husband who knows the chief of police at Scotland Yard she tells him what she has discover only to find out that she is not on the right track. She then decides to work on the case herself, calling in Millie, Lucy, and Jean to help bring down the killer to ignite their skills as an investigative unit.

Here is a great series who does not waste time in telling the story. Trust me when I say it is addictive big time, as well as well written, filmed beautifully well with soft light, and add to that talented actresses and actors. It is not you typical hollywood blockbuster series thank god for that. There is only 3 episodes but I think there is 4 new ones that is coming out soon but I am not sure yet. You see those are women who are determined to find the killer, they play ordinary women, everyday women from back in the day with their own set of fear. After the war Suzan fells the need to feel useful again she is not your ordinary person that what her friends say of her. She is brilliant at solving puzzle. In the other hand they have Millie who has a photographic memory, see at the time there were not copy machine so the could go town office or library and photocopy what they needed instead they have millie who has a photographic memory and that is becoming handy. The writing is center on character development as well on the steps of the investigation on how they are going to catch the killer. Everyone loves a great murder mystery you can’t go wrong with this one. Here is the thing I just find out there is a second series was broadcast in 2014 there will not be a third, it was not renewed.

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M*A*S*H (1972 – 1983)

 

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Creator: Richard Hooker. 

Cast: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit.

The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help and under staff the crew did practical jokes and revenge, on the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers, often find ways of making wartime life bearable.

Set In 1950 during the Korean War that lasted 3 years this Jewel of a series lasted 11 years. You hadJ ohn Francis Xavier “Trapper” McIntyre (Wayne Rogers) and Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce (Alan Alda) live in the Swamp and are out to make the lives of Franklin Marion “Frank” Burns (Larry Linville) and Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swit) miserable.

This show was funny at the time and very popular back then it is from the Movie from Robert Altman from the same title.  The show was risqué because they made it a comedy but war is not funny of course they put drama into it every time they lost a patient. and also they pushedj okes about sexuality and promiscuity. Klinger wanted to get out of the army in getting Section 8 and wanted everyone think he is crazy as he dressed in woman clothes. Hawkeye who was romancing hot lips and doing practical jokes to everyone . Radar is warm, fuzzy, and adorable you could see someone’ bother’s into his character. He misses his mom and his uncle wh has a farm in Iowa. Father Mulcahy, it is heartwarming to view a clergyman  a kind, caring, unselfish, and totally sympathetic light. Hawkeye is the real star of the show, absolutely charismatic. He experiences his own personal dramas,  with his own alcoholism. He was always trying to brew some. He was a great surgeon at that but couldn’t save all his patient. Later on in the seasons to come you will see how the characters developed. Here is a n interesting fact :As of November 2011, the series finale, “Goodbye Farewell, Amen,” is still the most watched television broadcast in US History. It was watched by approximately 125 million viewers. The finale aired from 8pm – 11pm on February 28, 1983. At 11:03 pm, EST, New York City public works noted the highest water usage at one given time in the City’s history. This was due to the fact that in the three minutes after the finale ended, approximately 77% of New York City flushed their toilets. Jamie Farr and Alan Alda were the only two cast members to have actually served in the US Army in Korea. Both of them did their tours of duty after the 1953 cease fire. As the series went on, the producers began interviewing actual M*A*S*H veterans for their stories and impressions; many of their recollections went into storylines. The gradual thinning of fresh ideas prompted work on the series conclusion. Klinger was do for one episode only but the audience loved him so he became a regular.

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UN VILLAGE FRANÇAIS (2009 – )

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Creators :Frédéric KrivineEmmanuel DaucéPhilippe Triboit

Cast : Robin RenucciAudrey FleurotThierry Godard

In June 1940, Villeneuve, fictional small sub-prefecture of Jura, is distraught by the arrival of the German army. The Occupation of France has just begun, it will last four years. Four years during which we will live with Daniel, Marcel, Marie, Raymond, Jeannine, Lucienne, and many others, in a world where fear, hunger, danger in their daily lives. Four years during which we will share the fate of these ordinary characters, discover their flaws, their secrets and their ability to live in troubled waters.

Here is a great French series. It takes place in 1940 in a fictional little town in the Jura. The thing is that they talk with world war II veteran talk about this they say there were not enough food to go around they had to feed the german first the rest was for them. Some of them were just kids back then. Some own businesses. There was a black market for all kind of food and other merchandise. The first Season was the introduction the occupation of the germans and them settle down. The other seasons some secrets comes out , an underground resistance is surfacing. Of course they are numerous love triangles., and let’s not forget there is wine drinking after all it is a French series. A must watch I have it in my collection.

 

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