Bud Powell, Gay Paree, And TV Recommendations

One evening not long ago, as my wife Sandy and I were polishing off dinner while listening to SiriusXM’s jazz channel, a marvelous piece of music graced our ears. It was Parisian Thoroughfare, a tune written by the late pianist Bud Powell. A key creator during the 1940s of the complex and quick-as-a-cat style of jazz known as bebop, Powell recorded a solo rendition of Parisian Thoroughfare in 1951. And it was this version (he subsequently recorded the composition two more times, once in a trio setting) that caused me to stop shoving food in my mouth for a few seconds so that I could listen closely. The song dazzled me, so jaunty is Powell’s approach to the keyboard, so beautiful are his cascades of notes. The performance delightfully captures Paris’s vibrancy. Before I go any further, let me introduce you to PT, courtesy of YouTube.

Over the next few days I guess it wasn’t too surprising that I couldn’t get Parisian Thoroughfare out of my mind. Not only did it make me think about the great times that I’ve had in Paris, a city I’ve been lucky enough to visit on four occasions, I also came to realize that it relates to a Netflix series that Sandy and I have been watching and enjoying the heck out of recently: Call My Agent! The show is set and was filmed in Paris, for one thing. And the banter and antics of Agent’s main characters sometimes are dizzying, rivalling the giddy speed at which Powell unleashes Parisian Thoroughfare.

I would describe Call My Agent!, whose French title is Dix Pour Cent, as a screwball comedy with depth. It follows the professional and personal affairs of four talent agents, their office staff and clients, and does so with charm, wit and poignancy. Sandy and I can find no flaws in the show, other than an occasional over-the-top moment. The dialogue is strong, the plot lines well-structured. And the acting? Ooh la la!

Now, here’s the thing: We never would have watched Call My Agent! were it not for our close friends Alan and Martine, who live in . . . shit yeah, they live in Paris! No lie. In March we were Facetiming with them, discussing this, that and whatever. Somewhere along the line the conversation turned to television, and Martine told us about Call My Agent!, which, in addition to streaming on Netflix, has aired on a French TV channel. Merci beaucoup, Martine, for the recommendation! We are in your debt.

That’s how a good bit of life unfolds, isn’t it? We often do what we do, go where we go, watch what we watch, based on recommendations. And, as a devoted viewer of television series (most evenings I spend an hour and a half or so in their presence), one of my aims in composing this essay is to learn about the shows that you enjoy. Between network television, premium channels and streaming services, there are more good ones out there than ever before. Your input will help me on my mission to remain highly entertained at night.

OK, so what other programs do I think a lot of? I’d be remiss not to mention The Investigation, a Danish production that dramatizes, soberly, the meticulous police investigation of a real-life murder that took place four years ago in waters separating Denmark from Sweden. The victim was journalist Kim Wall. Her final hours alive were spent aboard, of all things, a homemade submarine.

And then there’s Chernobyl. A retelling of the horrific accident at a Soviet nuclear reactor in 1986, and its aftermath, the show reinforced my belief that the human species, though highly intelligent in many ways, vastly overestimates its abilities to control that which it creates. Chernobyl is a limited series carried by HBO, as is The Investigation. In my opinion, they are well worth your viewership.

Time to move on to Family Guy, an animated series that is in its 19th season. In the USA, which is where I reside, new episodes are carried by Fox. And older episodes are on several networks here, including Fox. If anything is for sure in our little ol’ world, it’s that Family Guy ain’t your usual show. It’s as irreverent as anything I’ve ever seen. Family Guy ridicules religion and pop culture, for instance, and just about everything else. Yes, this program, which follows the whacko adventures and predicaments of the dysfunctional Griffin family, is not for everyone. Judging by its lengthy run, however, there are loads and loads of folks who dig it. And why is that so? Because, more than anything, Family Guy is hilarious.

Well, it’s time for this old f*cker to go and get his beauty rest. Not that I have any beauty left to preserve. Thanks for reading, girls and boys. Please don’t be shy about adding your comments. Goodbye till next time!

102 thoughts on “Bud Powell, Gay Paree, And TV Recommendations

  1. liliannemilgrom May 3, 2021 / 12:23 am

    I was born in Paris and everyone said I would like Call My Agent, but I couldn’t get into it. Maybe I’ll give it another go! The first four seasons of Australian show ‘Rake’ is fabulous by the way.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:15 pm

      Hi there. I’ve seen many mentions on Netflix for Rake. Maybe my wife and I will give it a try. Thanks.


  2. Thistles and Kiwis May 3, 2021 / 1:31 am

    I enjoyed Call My Agent too. Have you seen the French police drama Spiral? You do need to start at season 1, so it might be something for winter evenings!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:11 pm

      Hi. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll keep Spiral in mind in the event we subscribe to the streaming service that it’s on . Thanks for the recommendation.


  3. Lynette d'Arty-Cross May 3, 2021 / 1:38 am

    Yes, as the commenter above said, Rake is a great series; it drops off in quality toward the end, but the first four seasons are very enjoyable. I’ve been watching Call My Agent in French (I’m French-Canadian) and so far, have enjoyed it (only three episodes in). Thanks for the suggestions. Sleep well. 😉

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  4. johnlmalone May 3, 2021 / 3:14 am

    I’ve got a few favourite shows: Midsomer Murders, now in its 22nd series, Hard Quiz, an Aussie hybrid of quiz show and comedy, and a series called ‘Wakefield’ set in a psychiatric hospital of the same name in the picturesque Blue Mountains. And as for film: I can’t laud ‘The Big Dry’ enough, an Aussie masterpiece starring Eric Bana. I saw it on the big screen where it belongs. You must see it, Neil — and oh, I enjoyed Bud Powell. Cheers, Neil 🙂

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  5. Paddy Tobin May 3, 2021 / 4:14 am

    As ever, I of the tone deaf ears and of the lack of interest in television programmes, must simply dream of returning to Paris, Paris of long walks and pleasant eating!

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  6. Basia Korzeniowska May 3, 2021 / 4:25 am

    Well what a recommendation for call my agent. Will have to try it. At the moment my husband and I are feeling bereft because we have watched an episode of two each night of Deutschland 83, 86 and 89. It’s about a young East German who is inveigled into being a spy. An agent. A double agent. He is confused. So are we, some of the time. He’s a bit unlikeable at first but then his charm and biiiig blue eyes win you over. And his habit of telling people the truth about himself. They don’t believe him. Gripping stuff I don’t know if you can get it in the Us but it’s co-written by an amiracsn German couple. Authentic. And wonderful eighties interiors

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:22 pm

      Hi, Basia. Deutschland seems to be on Amazon here. We don’t subscribe to Amazon, but someday we might. Thanks for the tip.

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  7. Alyson May 3, 2021 / 6:02 am

    We loved Call My Agent. Some great characters in it, some of whom then popped up in Emily In Paris (no subtitles this time) which we also enjoyed. Lupin was another clever French drama about a gentleman thief. (All on Netflix.)

    So much great telly around at the moment but I fear our cinemas may never get back to business as usual. Even the Oscars this year had to include Netflix shows this year. Shame as most of my socialising with friends took place at the cinema – A drink and a chat first then the film – Missing it very much.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:27 pm

      Hi. I know what you mean. My wife and I would go to cinemas often. Some have opened again in our state, but we haven’t gone to them. Yet. We’re vaccinated, so I suppose it’s safe to go there. By the way, did you watch the Oscars? It was very different from their usual production, but at least there were people in the audience.

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      • Alyson May 4, 2021 / 12:53 pm

        I saw snippets of the Oscars on News Channels (not on mainstream telly here). Good they were able to do it this year albeit very different. Next year? Who knows.

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  8. joylennick May 3, 2021 / 6:14 am

    Hi Neil, Thanks for interesting post. When young, we used to frequent the West End of London and attend a ‘foreign film’ cinema where we watched fascinating French and Italian films with sub-titles. Fast forward ‘donkey’s years’ and we enjoyed ‘Spiral’- a French series recently (serious) and we also saw the Danish submarine murder you mentioned- We haven’t got Netflix, so must look out for the comedy series Call my Agent and Family Guy, as we love humour..Did you catch Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. I loved that too. Happy film.watching. Cheers! x

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  9. swabby429 May 3, 2021 / 6:54 am

    I’m not a television viewer. However, lately I’ve been watching YouTube documentaries of airliner disasters and other airline related videos. I don’t know why. They have simply snagged my attention.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:30 pm

      YouTube is incredible. The other day a friend of mine said that YouTube is like Amazon. In other words, they’ve got everything!

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  10. Laurie Graves May 3, 2021 / 8:27 am

    I LOVED “Call My Agent.” You described it perfectly. Over the top, yes, but it also is about something. This, to me, raises the show above mere farce. Another recent show that does this—an American show—is “Rutherford Falls,” on Peacock. It’s a sitcom that’s actually about something. This gives it some punch. My son-in-law, on the other hand, wants sitcoms to be just sitcoms, with no larger meanings. Different people, different tastes. But, one thing we can all agree on, I think: Vive la France!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:32 pm

      Hi, Laurie. Have you seen Lupin, on Netflix? It’s set in France. We liked it a lot. If you’ve seen Emily In Paris, please let me know what you think of it. I’ve thought of watching it, but haven’t yet.


      • Laurie Graves May 3, 2021 / 10:28 pm

        I have seen Lupin and liked it a lot. Emily in Paris was enjoyable but light as fluff and is certainly no Call My Agent.

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  11. sloppy buddhist May 3, 2021 / 8:36 am

    I too have been watching and listening to music that are not my language … I feel I’m away and not here in the mess of Alberta … I also appreciate telly when humans look ‘real’ and natural so I appreciated that in ‘call my agent’ … it was delightful…I will try the danish one now Neil … happy spring 🌷🌞 sending you joy 💫 hedy

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:34 pm

      Afternoon, Hedy. My wife and I have season four yet to watch with Call My Agent. And, by the way, I’ve read that season five probably will be happening.


  12. JOYCE HAMILTON May 3, 2021 / 8:43 am

    Never saw any of the shows but l agree I love Paris. I have been there twice.

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  13. kegarland May 3, 2021 / 9:15 am

    I listened to this song as I read your post. I like it. Family Guy was always on at our house because our daughters used to watch it religiously (a bit inappropriate, I know, but hey).

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  14. Helen Devries May 3, 2021 / 9:15 am

    We watched Call my Agent in French…so very funny. We also watched Emily in Paris, which we would not have done had it not been for french friends enthusing abiut it as poking fun at Parisians – something which makes all rural french people happy. – us too.
    Spiral is brilliant…but you might need to start at series 1, and we liked Marseilles,starring Depardieu.
    I don’t know if Line of Duty is on anything but BBC….but the early series are super – a police unit investigating bent coppers. Worth it for the boss, played as a chao from Northern Ireland who has had half the nation shouting ‘Mother of God’ and ‘Now we’re sucking diesel’.

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  15. tylerus May 3, 2021 / 10:10 am

    A most enjoyable read. I have many (!!) shows to catch up on . . . and, one day, I will. I’ve noted yours as recommendations. 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:39 pm

      Afternoon, Tyler. There are so many good shows available these days, it’s amazing. Lots and lots of fare for any taste.


  16. Jacqui Murray May 3, 2021 / 10:12 am

    So much in this post, Neil, from jazz piano to Sirius to TV shows. Where do I start! OK, Sirius–that’s my streaming music channel of choice also because I already pay for it to be in my car. They do well. I love how you crowdsource your TV show inspiration–from your Parisienne friends. “..a screwball comedy with depth…” I have one of those (though admittedly short on depth)–Brooklyn 99. Funny, dumb and I can’t believe I like it.

    Fun post, Neil.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:42 pm

      Hey there, Jacqui. It’s great that people can now listen to Sirius at home, in addition to in their cars. So many channels, so much good music!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:44 pm

      It’s a wild show. I don’t know how they come up with all the gags and crazy situations that occur. The show’s writers are something else.

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  17. Donna Cameron May 3, 2021 / 10:46 am

    We’re not finding many new shows that hold our interest (though I will look for Call My Agent), so we keep returning to old favorites that we know are stellar: Life, The Newsroom, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. For half-hour shows, Sports Night and Frank’s Place are classics that still shine and, more recently, The Good Place was outstanding. And, yes, Bud Powell is always a treasure.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:47 pm

      Wow, I can’t believe that you mentioned Sports Night and Frank’s Place. I loved those shows. What network/streaming service are they on? Maybe I have access to them.

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      • Donna Cameron May 3, 2021 / 8:30 pm

        I didn’t think to check whether they’re available for streaming. I don’t think Frank’s Place is. We still have the episodes we copied from our TV when the original series aired. I think some are available on YouTube. We’ve gotten Sports Night in DVD from our local library. I think some of the streaming services like Prime and IMDB Video also offer it. Knowing that we share a fondness for those makes me suspect I will like Call My Agent.

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  18. stargazer May 3, 2021 / 11:47 am

    I don’t watch much television, but I also have fond memories of Paris, one of them being a superb concert with Diana Krall. By the way, it looks like the video isn’t available for me, but perhaps it’s because I’m not in the US.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:50 pm

      Yeah, YouTube is weird. Videos don’t necessarily play in every country. You probably can find another video of it on YouTube which will play where you live. Very good performance by Bud Powell.

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  19. talebender May 3, 2021 / 1:13 pm

    Nice music, nice city…..can’t wait to shed this covid shut-in and do more travelling and exploring. For now, though, Netflix helps!

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  20. Rosaliene Bacchus May 3, 2021 / 1:24 pm

    I haven’t seen “Call My Agent!” but I couldn’t miss the HBO series on Chernobyl. Why we continue to build nuclear power plants is beyond me.

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  21. JT Twissel May 3, 2021 / 1:43 pm

    I’ve missed this series! Generally I like the travel shows and the British mysteries. Nice piece of music. I can see why it’s addictive.

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  22. Robert Parker May 3, 2021 / 2:51 pm

    Yeah, cascades is a good term for this, a really sparkling shower of notes – great!
    I can’t watch Family Guy, Stewie scares the crap out of me.

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  23. eden baylee May 3, 2021 / 3:11 pm

    Hi Neil… funny how the universe is converging on all things French right now. 😉

    I just started watching “Dix pour cent” as well! Thanks for sharing the tune by Bud Powell, great play 😃eden

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 4:58 pm

      I don’t mind subtitles, but I’d prefer to be able to understand it in French. I can make out a bit of the French here and there, but my command of the language is definitely nothing to write home about.

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  24. Dave May 3, 2021 / 3:58 pm

    Good timing on the “Call My Agent” rec, as we’re wrapping up a six-season binge of “Southern Charm” and looking for something new. SC is about the intertwined lives of a handful of the rich and trust-funded in Charleston, SC. The personalities make the show, as well as the look into privileged (and often wasted) lifestyles. The first several seasons are the best; later seasons focus more on petty drama and less on real life. SC is on Bravo but you can purchase past seasons on Prime Video.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 5:01 pm

      Hey, Dave. I hope you’ll enjoy Agent. It probably takes a couple of episodes to get a feel for the different characters. There are quite a few of them, and they all are well-played by the actors. Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.


    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 5:05 pm

      Hi, and thanks for the visit. One thing that I like about Agent is that each character is well-defined and very distinct from all the other characters. I hope you’ll like the show.


  25. andrewcferguson May 3, 2021 / 4:23 pm

    Call My Agent is on my ‘to try’ list. The UK has been going nuts recently over the latest series of ‘Line of Duty,’ a corrupt cops and robbers thing that is very intircately plotted and well acted. Well recommended but you should probably start at the beginning.

    Also on Netflix: ‘Money Heist’ (Casa de Papel) about an ethical bunch of robbers who take over Spain’s Royal Mint…

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 5:06 pm

      You know, I’ve heard about Money Heist. I’m going to keep it in mind. I’m continually floored by the large number of really good shows to watch.

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  26. Paula B May 3, 2021 / 5:44 pm

    Someone recommended “Call My Agent” to me a while ago and I promptly forgot about it. But your recommendations are always spot-on, so I will put it on my list! (Just today, in fact, I happened to order an Eva Cassidy CD, based upon your writing about her a while ago.)

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 3, 2021 / 6:26 pm

      Hi, Paula. I hope you enjoy the series. With Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc., programs from all over the world are available now. That’s really expanded our entertainment options.


    • Dave May 3, 2021 / 7:31 pm

      Just like Paula B, I’m listening to Eva Cassidy thanks to your post. Love her vocals.

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  27. annieasksyou May 3, 2021 / 10:19 pm

    Loved that Parisian Thoroughfare!

    We’ve just started Imposters on Netflix. Compelling in its way—quirky humor juxtaposed with some delving into human nature’s dark side.

    Will definitely look into Call My Agent soon. Thx, Neil.


  28. tanjabrittonwriter May 3, 2021 / 10:30 pm

    We have also benefited from others’ recommendations when it comes to films or television series, Neil. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about some of your favorites. Call My Agent sounds quite intriguing and I will try to view it. Being rather old-fashioned, we will have to try to find a DVD.
    Happy listening and viewing.

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  29. cincinnatibabyhead May 4, 2021 / 12:52 pm

    As you know CB doesnt bullshit. I was listening to my ‘The Amazing BP’ last week. He was good. Love the piece you played. perfect taste of Bud.
    You have me very curious on the Danish production. Chernobyl Ive heard about. I think it has Stellan Skarsgard in it. You mentioned another show in previous post, diplomatic something or other??? I dont watch a lot of the tube but a few series have got me over the years. These suggestions sound worth checking out.

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  30. snakesinthegrass2014 May 4, 2021 / 2:38 pm

    We stopped our subscription to Sirius-XM a few years ago for budgetary reasons, but I must admit that I really miss that specific station (“Real Jazz”). My favorite DJ was Les Davis; I don’t know if he’s still on it, but I really thought he was great. Marcus Miller too. You’re inspiring me to maybe smash the piggy bank and re-join.

    Family Guy is a favorite of ours, though only one of us in our household will admit to it. 🙂 – Marty

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 4, 2021 / 4:06 pm

      Hey there. It’s possible that Sirius has discount prices available. I got lowered prices from them last year. And you don’t necessarily have to get it for the car. You can subscribe for home use: you would then download a Sirius app to your phone. And then, via your phone’s Bluetooth, you would be able to play Sirius on a “smart speaker.” Thanks for stopping by, Marty. Enjoy the week.

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  31. George May 5, 2021 / 12:38 am

    Parisian Thoroughfare is dazzling. Bud Powell plays like a waterfall. And I didn’t know about him till I read this, so you have done me the same service with Bud as your Parisian friends did you with Call My Agent. Thank you! I’m off to seek out more Bud Powell.

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  32. Annika Perry May 5, 2021 / 7:35 am

    Neil, you’ve now got me hooked on ‘Parisian Thoroughfare’, although I had to go and find a version elsewhere as your link won’t play here. It’s brilliant! Thanks for the recommendation of ‘CAll My Agent’ – I’m always on the lookout for a good new series and love some of the foreign ones.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 5, 2021 / 11:10 am

      Hi. Thanks for your input. You know, over the last few years I’ve appreciated Bud Powell even more than I had. He was one of the all-time great jazz pianists.

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  33. Jeff the Chef May 9, 2021 / 12:18 pm

    I’ve heard about Call My Agent; this gives me the push I need to check it out. Plus, I love French stuff. I’ve been watching Invincible. It’s a cartoon, but don’t let that put you off. It’s really good.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 9, 2021 / 2:21 pm

      Hey Jeff, and thanks for the tip. Yeah, give Agent a try. There’s a good chance you’ll like it a lot.


  34. ckennedy May 9, 2021 / 7:14 pm

    Call My Agent! will be next on our list to watch for sure. Right now, we’re still watching Downton Abbey. We’re a little late in getting on board with this one, but it’s rather enjoyable.

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  35. KT Workman May 9, 2021 / 7:18 pm

    I’ve watched Family Guy since it’s inception. It’s hilarious!
    My taste in TV fare probably runs against the grain from what I’ve read in the comments here. To me, the best two series I’ve watched in a long time both stream from Amazon Prime: The Man in the High Castle (which has completed) and The Expanse (which has one more season to go). Oh…and also Netflix’s Stranger Things.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 9, 2021 / 10:02 pm

      Hi KT. We’re living in a golden age for TV. There have an incredible number of series, and loads of them are good or better than good.

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  36. Judith May 11, 2021 / 10:50 am

    I was not familiar with Parisian Thoroughfare, so thank you for introducing me. And now I’ll have to check out Call My Agent!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 11, 2021 / 1:47 pm

      Hello there, Judith. Thanks for stopping by. My wife and I were sad to reach the end of Agent’s fourth season. There probably will be a season five, but no time soon.

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      • Judith May 11, 2021 / 1:56 pm

        Isn’t that awful when you have to wait for a new season. It’s even worse when a decision is made not to continue the show. We were hooked on “People of Earth” and that stopped, and then there was a show about Memphis and rock ‘n’ roll… we loved it, and nope, no ending to it. Just cancelled for no good reason. 😦

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  37. D. Wallace Peach May 11, 2021 / 2:14 pm

    Thanks for the television show recommendations, Neil. My husband and I are always looking for something decent and we like series, limited or otherwise. We’re going to check them out!

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  38. Darts and Letters May 13, 2021 / 6:10 pm

    I’ve been wanting to watch the HBO Chernobyl miniseries. Earlier this year I read Midnight in Cherno byl. Have you checked out Kim’s Convenience? that’s a series on Netflix. We watched that last year, it was one of our favorite shows to watch with our oldest boy. So I guess I recommend that. It was the beginning of the pandemic and we binged watched it for ultimate escapism and man alive were we disappointed when it was over. I’m not versed in jazz really at all but my oldest is going to be in jazz band next year, he’s gotten pretty good on trumpet and his band teacher thinks he needs to go that route, so we’ve been trying to learn all the greats and standards because it’s important to know those things despite my not knowing them at my advanced age. We’ll listen to Bud Powell, that could be pretty cool for my son because he plays piano, too. We’ve been listening to Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis. My very youngest likes to draw to the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Well, happy Thursday Neil.
    -Jason, just some guy in Seattle

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 13, 2021 / 7:20 pm

      Jason, many thanks for adding your thoughts. Music I guess is my main interest. I like many genres, including jazz. There are too many great jazz talents for me to go into. But I’ll mention that your son might want to check out Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Duke Ellington, Randy Weston, Horace Silver — I could go on and on, but I’ll stop. All of them were composers as well as players. Of the ones I mentioned, Tyner, Ellington, Weston and Silver were pianists. See ya!


  39. jkaybay May 14, 2021 / 9:47 pm

    two of my favorite shows right now (and many people’s favorites) are both Canadian:
    Kim’s Convenience
    Schitt’s Creek
    Seen them?
    I’m going to check out Call my Agent 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 15, 2021 / 8:17 am

      Hi there. Thanks for the suggestions. I’ve seen some episodes of SC, but not of KC. Currently my wife and I are watching the new run of City On A Hill. It’s entertaining and violent, and we have trouble understanding what’s going on!


  40. carolinehelbig May 15, 2021 / 8:47 pm

    We loved Call My Agent and hubby kept swooning about how beautiful Paris is. Chernobyl was one of the best (and most unsettling) documentaries I’ve ever seen. I’m putting The Investigation on my list.Thanks! If you want other great French series, try Lupin and The Break (actually Belgian I think). Topping the recent favourite list for me is multi-season Shtisel, an Israeli series about an ultra-orthodox family in Jerusalem.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger May 16, 2021 / 7:00 am

      Greetings, and thanks for your input. We saw and enjoyed Lupin. I’ve read that another five or so episodes of Lupin will be on Netflix this year. Have you seen Unorthodox? I liked that series a lot.

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      • carolinehelbig May 16, 2021 / 12:45 pm

        Yes, really enjoyed Unorthodox. The female lead in Unorthodox plays a main character in Shtisel.

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  41. alhenry May 16, 2021 / 6:33 pm

    Amazed to learn Family Guy is still running. I have my 31-year-old son’s DVDs of the first 3 seasons from when he was in high school. Does this make me a millionaire??? Ha-ha, if only. Then I could live in Paris, which like you, I visit often and love the ooh-la-la of it all. In fact, we were supposed to spend 3 weeks in Paris when COVID screwed up everything, but je reviens. The cafes of Montmartre are calling to me.

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