Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Show exploring adventure of a small-town poser and his one-sided-love-affair
2) Supporting cast and cameos: Vineet Sharma as Singham, Abhimanyu Singh as Chachaji
3) Theme song by Vishal Dadlani

 

Cons –
1) Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain have set the bar too high for small town comedy
2) Shallow direction with hardly any memorable scenes; one-time watch.

 

Quote –
“shaashan prashaashan ki banti nahin, pata nahin tujhe”

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Sacred Games (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Team Phantom of Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane & Varun Grover have outdone themselves with this mind-blowing Mumbai noir. This series explores Mumbai underworld beyond the RGV point of view. What a debut for Netflix India!
2) Bold casting – Apart from the main cast, the supporting cast stands-out.From Sunny Pawar to Luke Kenny, from Jitendra Joshi to Elnaaz Norouzi.
3) Soundtrack. Right from the opening credit theme to the background score. The promo songs from Divine are also fabulous. (Kaam 25 & Jungli Sher)
4) Kukoo jaw-dropping revelation.Kudos to Kubra Sait for this bold role.
5) Extremely well-written screenplay. Two timelines executed simultaneously smoothly. The socio-political commentary by Gaitonde gives more weight to the series. The show is unapologetically multi-lingual.
6) Hindu mythology is an essential backdrop of this series. Episode titles from Mahabharata, Mandala theme in every episode etc.
7) Constable Katekar subplot.

 

Cons –
1) I wasn’t expecting a cliffhanger finale with a possible Season 2.
2) Nawaz role looks like an extension of Faizal from Wasseypur. He is so good at playing such characters that he’s typecasted just like De Niro as a gangster.
3) The nuclear connection is predictable.
4) Radhika Apte – not suited for a RAW officer role.

 

Quote –
“dharmon ko roop yahi hai, raahgir go prem se ghar bulao, aadar samet bhojan grahan karao, fir uske aatma pe kabza kar lo”

Parks and Recreation (Season 5)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Possibly the best season so far
2) Patton Oswalt’s EPIC monologue
3) Return of Burt Macklin
4) Jenny Slate as Mona-Lisa Saperstein

 

Quote –
“Garth Blundin : Let the filibustering begin.”

Roseanne (Season 10)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) Working-class sit-com; not too many around nowadays.
2) Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris – the best character of the series
3) “Go Cubs” – best episode

 

Cons –
1) It’s not a laugh riot. Treat for old fans but not for new viewers.

 

Quote –
Roseanne: Did she just call you ‘Darlene’?
Darlene: Yeah, so what? I don’t have a problem with that.
Jackie: It’s very modern, Roseanne. It allows the parents and the kids to communicate as equals.
Becky: See you, Jackie.
Jackie: Call me ‘Aunt Jackie’, it’s the only title I have.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 5)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –
1) The fast-paced quality of the show is not declined even after 5 seasons.
2) Dropped by FOX, picked by NBC.
3) Cameos: Danny Trejo, Reginald VelJohnson

 

Cons –
1) Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago – lost her charm

 

Quote –
“Title Of Your Sex Tape”

Last Man Standing (Season 2)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 1/5

 

Pros –
1) Tim Allen in a Home Improvement spin-off sequel
2) Anti-snowflakes concept

 

Cons –
1) Unfunny plots
2) Weak supporting cast – Nancy Travis as Vanessa, Christoph Sanders as Kyle

 

Quote –
Ed Alzate: Mandy has thousands of friends on the world wide web.
Mike Baxter: And as a parent, you’re always going to be frightened that one of them is a weird, old man.

Barry (Season 1)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Finally, a show where Bill Hader is the lead central character.
2) Excellent supporting cast especially Stephen Root, and D’Arcy Carden.
3) Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau
4) Breaking Bad of black-comedy; gruesome
5) Superb finale

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Barry : “My Lord, the Queen is dead”