Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Sundance Channel's Rectify?

As if there weren’t already enough beautifully shot TV series about difficult subject matter featuring capable actors, along comes Rectify, the Sundance Channel’s first wholly owned scripted series. The crime drama centers on the twenty-year aftermath of a brutal rape and murder that rocked and shocked a small Georgia town, the main suspect's release from Death Row, and how his newfound innocence affects everyone around him. 

But the main question is whether or not you should watch this, right? Well, I’ve seen the two-episode premiere, and here's my two cents:

Rectify? What is this even about?

It's about this dude named Daniel Holden who spent 19 years on Death Row for raping and killing his then-teenage girlfriend. Some new DNA evidence comes to light and he's released back into his small Georgia hometown. Some people think he's innocent and some people think he got off on a technicality. Everybody's pretty weirded out about his return, though some folks mean well and others want to slap his ass right back into prison. Most of the drama comes from how the family comes to terms with being the center of local controversy, and the existential side of Holden's return to granted, everyday freedoms.
    

Now hold on who's behind all this Rectify business?

Ray McKinnon, who's normally an actor, created the show and wrote the two-hour season premiere. His writing credits are few and far between, but McKinnon has a long and storied acting career with stints on Deadwood as Reverened H.W. Smith and Sons of Anarchy as Lincoln "Linc" Potter, so he probably absorbed tons of pointers. Add Breaking Bad producers Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson with the always prestigious Sundance name and this show certainly isn't hurting for esteemed credentials. Daniel Holden is played by Aden Young, an Australian actor who, in addition to appearing in a slew of well-regarded Aussie movies and TV shows, also garnered the award for Best Actor from the Australian Film Critics Circle for the film Metal Skin. He's joined by Abigail Spencer (Mad Men, HawthoRNe, Suits) as Daniel’s plucky, supportive sister Amantha, as well as tons of other familiar faces.



When does this Rectify fellow get released from incarceration?

Rectify premieres Monday, April 22 at 9pm on the Sundance Channel.

Who is the audience for Rectify?

Ex-cons, the wrongfully accused, good ol’ boys, people with weird families. But mostly, Rectify is aiming for a crowd that appreciates pensive, edgy material presented in an artful way. Given the violent backdrop, male lead character, and its premiere spot nestled between The Shawshank Redemption and a Breaking Bad rerun, thoughtful adult males will probably make up the bulk of viewers. It’s like that show Oz, but about what happens once you get out and have to deal with a nice family and a gawking public. So if you like that show, maybe you’ll like this one too? Also folks who enjoy the serious parts of Justified and Breaking Bad might give this a spin, because there’s a focus on familial relationships subjected to extreme circumstances. But it’s not trying to be fun really, so keep the dourness of The Killing in mind and remember how that was somewhat enjoyable. 

What's good about it?

Daniel Holden has the perfect voice. End of story. I could listen to this guy read the side of a water heater. By the end of the second episode, the characters are all fully formed and ready for some interesting journeys. Humanizing the return of a family member from prison whose guilt is debatable is certainly a worthwhile focus. And who doesn't like spending time in a cozy small town? The series shot exceptionally well (for the most part), and has a strong handle on Southern music. My favorite parts are the philosophical diatribes about basic existence that the bewildered Daniel occasionally goes off on, almost in an Enlightened sort of way. Aside from that, the fun of this show is going to be the eccentricities of family and the dark side of small-town politics 



Hey man quit jerking me around and give it to me straight, what's not good about it?

The first hour is super slow—like, to the point where I was ready to write off the show altogether. Also there were three instances of news reports/press conferences expositing information, a tell-tale sign of lazy writing. Hang on for the second hour! Aden Young is a fine actor, and I'm sure getting out of Death Row is very disorienting, but the character Daniel Holden sometimes comes off like a straight-up alien on his first visit to Earth (though to be fair, one character at least alludes to this in the show by calling him "Star Man"). Also, it can be emotionally exhausting to think about rape and murder so much with little relief. Sometimes, Rectify feels like it chose a heavy subject for the sake of dramatic edginess, and doesn't necessarily earn it.
        

Dude, should I watch it?

Yeah why not? I mean, there were only about two scenes in the whole first two hours that felt especially captivating, but they also felt unique to this show. I think Rectify is worth checking out to see where it goes. 

Is there a trailer I can check out first?

Stay right there I got one somewhere around here... oh okay yeah:



What liquids and solids are good for the face-hole while my brain and eyes do stuff with the talking picture box?

Toilet wine, fried chicken, and mama's lemon squares.  

Rectify premieres Monday April 22 at 9pm on Sundance, right after The Shawshank Redemption.

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May 07, 2013
Just had to come back and commend this show for making me interested in a man just walking around WalMart. Everything about this show is brilliant, and those who cannot see that should just stick to anything that involves shootouts or vampires.
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May 07, 2013
This IS a game changer- in the vein of Madmen, The Killing, Top of the Lake, The killing. Stellar acting, and true character development, more nuanced story. Shows the potential TV has for elegant story telling.
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May 07, 2013
Great list, we need to swap some show suggestions from the look of it :)
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Apr 24, 2013
It's slow, but good.
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Apr 23, 2013
I caught the first three episodes on this website I frequent that streams tv shows. I only decided to watch the pilot because I was bored and I kind of got hooked and genuinely want to know what going to happen with Daniel and his family.
My opinion, you should watch it, it begins kind of slow but after awhile you get interested.
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Apr 23, 2013
I don't watch a lot of dramas currently and I was interested on watching this, but then I found out its from Sundance Channel. There's a Sundance Channel? I don't think my cable providers has this channel in Canada.
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Apr 24, 2013
Isn't it offered on most cable plans (or the one above basic cable)---I can't remember since I basically stream everything online now
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Apr 22, 2013
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Apr 24, 2013
you made 87$ in Five months! wow--impressive...not.
I recommend sticking with your other job were you made 10K this past month but I think you are exaggerating unless 10K unless you are talking pesos
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Apr 24, 2013
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Apr 22, 2013
Has a "Twin Peaks" feel...
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Apr 21, 2013
I've seen the first 3 episodes and I like it thus far. They have so many angles to explore.
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Apr 21, 2013
DO NOT GO INTO THIS SHOW WITH EXPECTATIONS OF BREAKING BAD OR JUSTIFIED.
my voice hurts now:-)
go in just expecting and well acted show.
Seriously, for all shows it's best to have low expectations so that you can be pleasantly surprised.
This show in NO way resembles Breaking Bad or Justified! But you can enjoy the show anyways!
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Apr 23, 2013
That's totally right. I adore Justified (never seen Breaking Bad), but I absolutely enjoyed Rectify. It's very contemplative, the plot is simple but with lots of very subtle hints, the music is great and there is mystery in it! And the guy who plays Daniel is astonishing good. I was mesmerized every time he was on screen. The rest of the cast are also brilliant (that younger brother!?) I think if you are ready to watch one hour of good fiction, and allow yourself be encompassed by the rhythm of the story, you will have a great time.
I also fully agree with what you said about not having expectations! I think it's much better to place yourself in the most neutral possible position and let the story develop, then decide. I love shows that are so different from each other, just because I like to be surprised. ^_^
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Apr 21, 2013
I think I will watch this one. I am also happy for once someone else is doing a "Should I watch this" review beside Tim !
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Apr 21, 2013
I'll have to see about this one. Don't get the channel so I'll have to download or wait for Netflix.
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Apr 21, 2013
The torrent for the first three episodes are already out and I was thus able to watch it. Frankly,it is just too gloomy and slow to take off.after three episodes it would not be a spoiler to say WTF.
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Apr 22, 2013
You pirated it. Your opinion is invalid.
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Apr 22, 2013
<--- Can't tell if serious. -_-
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Apr 22, 2013
You're an idiot. Whether his method of viewing a show suits your morals or not is irrelevant: Kerkesh was reviewing the show and that's all that matters. If you disagree with the way he watched it then it's another matter entirely; it does not make his opinion of what he watched any less valid.
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May 04, 2013
One producer doesn't speak for everyone who gets pirated.
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Apr 22, 2013
Clearly discouraging law-breaking in a public place is foolish. That's why shoplifting is totally okay, right? I wonder what sorts of knick-knacks we'd find in your closet. :D
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May 03, 2013
Hmph. Some producers would disagree with you...

http://winteriscoming.net/2013/04/hbo-exec-calls-piracy-of-game-of-thrones-a-compliment/
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Apr 22, 2013
thank you, kind Sir.
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Apr 26, 2013
No; I know for a fact that torrents aren't legal and are, in fact, incredibly damaging to the industry of film and television.
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Apr 26, 2013
You are assuming that theft was involved, while I chose to believe and in fact know that the initial upload were from legally obtained material and the guy probably wanted to share with the world, which is not theft.Anyway, you are an insipid holier than thou ( insult that bothers you most) and those who voted here voted for me.This ends here so just piss off.
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Apr 25, 2013
There's nothing noble about stealing from auteurs who need the money made from their works to live. Stealing the blood, sweat, and tears of passionate creators is indefensible.
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Apr 25, 2013
I'd rather be the "bad man " on the side of Anonymous, Julian Assange and wikileaks, the Pirate Party people, and internet freedom in general than those like you who are for persecuting Bradley Manning and condone the prosecutors of Aaron Swatz. :)
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Apr 24, 2013
Well thank you for admitting that you're a bad man. I can ask for nothing more than that. ^_^
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Apr 23, 2013
the law breaking is then not my own and yes I am, as millions all over the world, profiting from them.If it were available and free, I wouldn't do it, but there you have it. I am a bad man.Now what?
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Apr 22, 2013
That doesn't make it ethical or legal. Someone stole those episodes and you're profiting off of them.
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Apr 22, 2013
I don't get you, Zeofan 1, what is "downloading torrents is legal where I live" don't you get.There is no legislation regarding or restricting the use of the internet in my country as in many others around the world.Nitchivo, Nada, Nothing,La Chay'e,Rien.This is fact, there is no moral or any other issue involved here.
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Apr 22, 2013
Watching it is not enough. If you don't do it legally, you're just a leech.
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Apr 22, 2013
no downloading torrents is legal where I live.
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Apr 21, 2013
Passing. It sounds alright, but I'm burned out on overwrought drama lately.
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Apr 21, 2013
can reviewers please stop assuming men and women like different shows? I know women who like sports, tools/cars/mechanics, and violent shows. I know men who like shows like project runway, glee, and revenge.
It like you are saying girls aren't interested in or good at math.
I am good at math but my husband is not.
I like MMA fights but my husband does not.
I work full time and my husband takes care of the home (I know many professional females with the same arrangement).
The world is changing and I hope that people stop arbitrarily assigning gender roles.
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May 07, 2013
Absolutely!! I think this show is really fascinating and is finally where intelligence wins out over noise.
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Apr 22, 2013
I feel the exact same way. Women can handle gloom and philosophical meat just as well as men.
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Apr 21, 2013
at least they said it should be watched. Unlike say.... cougcoughBANSHEEcoughcough. Really though this is not an overwrought drama or a show aimed at men.
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Apr 21, 2013
No television drama for men is "overwrought", as long as there is no crying, hugging or sharing of emotions (other than revenge or celebrating good craftsmanship) they should not be considered overwrought. Banshee is acceptable because it is so realistic.

Here is a guide for real life situations

Moments when it is acceptable for a man to cry - wars, loss of a limb, at funerals(of family members and pets only), taking a hit to the genitals, and finally one tear may be shed when a mans favorite sports team wins a big game.

Moments when it is acceptable for a man to hug - wars, loss of a limb, at funerals(of family members and pets only), taking a hit to the genitals, and when a mans favorite sports team wins a big game.

Hugs should not last more than 3 seconds, otherwise you can consider it assault and should defend yourself appropriately.
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Apr 23, 2013
regarding your accusations of adult movies = porn and your insults to the Husky breed of dogs everywhere (plus my golden retriever is a registered helper dog that does volunteer work---she may have to work with your dog if your lab has you as a role model):

Before
Intelligent
Time
Ends

Men
Evolve (now please)

If your mind didn't wallow in smut you would know whether or not to watch rectify
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Apr 23, 2013
"If your mind didn't wallow in smut you would know whether or not to watch rectify" - i would remind you, that you are the one watching what you described as a husky snuff "movie" 8 below.....so why would i accept your recommendation to watch rectify.
This moral turpitude you display makes me wonder whether or not you should be allowed to own any dogs, and i cannot let my dog be associated with your golden retriever because of this reason

Dog ownership
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Personal
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Helper dogs are an
Integral part of society
Today and i applaud your dogs service (NOT YOU, THE DOG'S SERVICE)

So to you, little miss sunshine, i would suggest you take the lead from your dog (pun intended and accomplished) and become a productive member of society and stop watching pornography

I hope this guidance will set you on the right path. There is no need to thank me. You're welcome.
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Apr 23, 2013
couldn't respond below but 1 tear or 100 tears, it's still a tear over sissy dog movie;-) I could see tearing up at the death of huskies in the husky snuff "movie" 8 below but that is an adult movie.

I bet you dress your miniature poodle in dresses and paint the nails/claws pink and style the hair since you cry at kid's movies;-)

My dearly departed husky would of though it was a snack. My golden retriever would dunk it in the lake--mistaking it for a squeaky toy.
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Apr 24, 2013
I think you made an interesting point. A number of men cling harder and harder to this masculine bullshit to avoid confusion over their role when the truth is, they don't need a set role. Men and women don't need set roles or gender; they should just follow their individual passions and live as people without trying to police or impose limits on other people. "Acceptable moments to cry" If something resonates with or is meaningful to a person in particular, they can cry as much as they damn well please. Not every story means the same thing to the same person; trying to say it's only okay for men to cry at certain stories or moments is utterly ludicrous. Not to mention it spits in the face of America's purported values. If we're an individualistic society, why is this clown trying to say what men can and can't cry at? That's collectivist.
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Apr 23, 2013
Marley and Me was a documentary about the relationship and lifelong commitment between a man and his faithful companion, not a kids movie.

I own a Golden labrador and do not put make up on it
The only apparel for my dog are its collar and lead - as a mans dog that is all the clothing it needs.

You categorize the Husky movie as an adult movie - adult movie is another name for porn.
The fact that you associate Huskies with pornography says more about you than me.

I am very disappointed with the direction you have taken this conversation - snuff films, pornography, animal clothing, cross dressing-, i just wanted to know whether or not to watch rectify!!
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Apr 23, 2013
couldn't respond to your comment below so I'm responding here:

you are no MAN--you watched Marley and Me! lol

FYI: I didn't watch it because I would of cried like a little kid:-)
That was the movie about a dog's life and he died at the end??...not for me since I'm still traumatized by Where the Red Fern Grow or that HUSKY SNUFF FILM "Eight Below"--most horrific movie I ever saw---it was even more horrifying then the French horror flick Inside
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Apr 23, 2013
i shed 1 tear for Marley for his lifelong service to his family - still manly

i refuse to watch films with Paul Walker unless he is accompanied by Vin Diesel (always in the hope of Vin Diesel killing Paul Walker)

i haven't watched Where the Red Fern Grow, because it sounds like a film about gardening

ps. - another moment when it is acceptable for a man to hug = hugging Marley just before he dies, when repeating the loyalty into his ear

Dogs = manly
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Apr 23, 2013
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Apr 22, 2013
Gender is a meaningless social institution that attaches limits to them based on their sex. Women are expected to go out of their way to be feminine, while Men are expected to go out of their way to be masculine. So ultimately the women who might want to be masculine run into trouble and the men who might want to be feminine run into trouble. And in the process, femininity is expected to be subordinate to masculinity and women are marginalized by the media. Gender means nothing; Sex means nothing. Simple truths, but apparently not commonly known.
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Apr 23, 2013
Gender is what differentiates males from females.
I believe you were trying to construct an argument about masculinity and femininity.
As a man, i accept your apology in advance and will go off and do some whittling on a fine piece of mahogany - i may fashion a chair
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Apr 22, 2013
Well said!

Gender roles seem to be less defined now a day by intelligent people. I predict that this trend will continue. It seemed to start with more and more women working outside the house and now that is the norm. More and more young men seem lost or confused about their role in society...just my opinion and it does not apply to all men and women...just a trend I think I see happening---about time!

I don't think grumpy is being grumpy...I THINK he is clowning around...like I said, men are now confused as he surely is:-)
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Apr 22, 2013
These self-imposed limits are what's wrong with society.
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Apr 22, 2013
Society is full of people who have different opinions to my own.
As soon as society comes to its senses and just agrees with me, the happier society will be.

ps. Another moment when it is acceptable for a man to cry - watching Marley and Me.
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Apr 21, 2013
LOL!

I smell bullsh*t---I bet you shed a tear at the end of Spartacus!
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Apr 21, 2013
no, i just nodded and thought "the craftsmanship of their shields are quite good"
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Apr 21, 2013
coughcoughBANSHEEEEE!!!!!!coughcough--lol, not as subtle!
I miss Banshee and miss writing it:-)

It is not an overwrought drama---it's actually subtle and imo gender neutral.

Yes it should be watched but not limited to men or fans of BB or Justified since it is nothing like those shows. It is a unique show that has an excellent plot and has riveting acting.

People should just try it out themselves and decide for themselves. If they pass without watching then it is their loss.

I watched it because KiowaWoolley (you need a shorter name, lol) recommended it and I tend to like the shows he likes (or he comments on the reviews I read and I just read those for shows I watch--then I check out his list(s) and decided to watch the show).

THANK YOU KiowaWoolley!

Thank you tv.com (Ryan) for giving this show an article and actually saying it should be watched!
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Apr 21, 2013
Calm down little lady, the menfolk are reviewing a show :-)
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Apr 26, 2013
Oh my god. 'little lady'? 'Menfolk'? Can someone clear this misogynist out of here?
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Apr 26, 2013
no need to get your panties in a twist
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Apr 27, 2013
underwear (panties--lol) are over-rated and they are best when twisted
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Apr 26, 2013
If you were being jokingly machismo, I misunderstood. This is the internet and text is all I'd have to go on. I'm sorry if you're really not entrenched in gender. And dude, I'm gay; why would I have a slanted view on men?
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Apr 26, 2013
" What gives you the idea that I have something against men?" - the fact that you thought my posts were serious.
So you are either unable to recognize humor, have a slanted view on men or both.

The notification system has been a bit screwy the last few days though.
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Apr 26, 2013
I didn't get the notifications. :P Gender is just another system designed to limit people from being who they want to be. What gives you the idea that I have something against men?
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Apr 26, 2013
i could point out that Vicky and I are joking around, but you would probably misinterpret that as me exploiting Vicky for my own misogynistic ways.
Its nice to see you sticking up for Vicky and all womankind, but doesn't the fact that you feel that you think i'm serious say more about you and your attitude towards men.
I like the fact that my "little lady" and "menfolk" post was 5 days ago, while your first response was 4 days ago- this tells me that you haven't been paying to much attention to this thread and the all the jokes have been over your head.
I think the fact that i said that Banshee was realistic should have been a hint. Have you actually seen Banshee?
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Apr 21, 2013
C U Next Tuesday;-)
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Apr 21, 2013
where is auto censor when you need it?
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Apr 21, 2013
tattletale whiney ass tabanid:-)
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Apr 21, 2013
NO CENSORSHIP you Twinkly Weird As Turnips clown
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Apr 21, 2013
Been Interesting To Chat Here ;-)
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Apr 21, 2013
Don't Ignore Cute Kittens:-)
ok, you win!
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Apr 21, 2013
It's not about generalizing. Obviously there are girls and guys who like shows, movies, music...etc that's not targeted at them but for the most part men and women are the targeted by different shows. The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Spartacus...are targeted at men while The Good Wife, Subergatory, Once Upon a Time...are targeted at women. That's not to say men and women can't enjoy those shows, they're just not the target demographic.
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Apr 21, 2013
The title of that part of the article is "Who is the audience for Rectify" and not who is the network target demographic for the show. This is an opinion based article and his opinion is it is for guys.

I looked up on line some info on target demographics and networks since this is not part of my knowledge base. This is what I found:
"The line for NBC's broadcast of the Opening Ceremonies for the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Wednesday, February 10 reads as follows: 9.0/27, 32.64

Those numbers, from left to right, signify rating, audience share, and total viewers. The first two numbers only apply to adults from ages 18-49, the key target demographic for most primetime shows. "

It doesn't seem like it is divided into sexes and let's say the advertisers what to target females (for feminine hygiene products), how do they really know what someone is watching? The only real way they can, to my knowledge, would be target groups and surveys. Neither have much power scientifically/statistically but that's the only way so it is better then nothing.

I know many females like me who love Banshee, Spartacus, Breaking Bad.....I watch the other shows but it's bothersome that the best shows are considered "guy" shows. It seems like younger males are less stereotypically masculine then they use to be and homes are not like the stereotypical 1950s portrayal of homes/gender roles. Networks and advertiser need to get with the times--my husband does all the grocery shopping (stereotypical female role) and cooking/cleaning--those ads should be gender neutral. Just use puppies! men and women all love puppies in advertising! Both of us turn to mush over puppies and kitties.

take gender out of the equation just like race and faith
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Apr 21, 2013
Dont worry your pretty little head about that, maths are for men, you'll only get hysterical from looking at all those numbers.

This should explain the situation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd30JESdb9o
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Apr 21, 2013
Cartman is hilarious!

Dude, A in Calculus 1 and A in statistic but that was a long time ago.

Is a female writing and typing for you? We know how men have limited verbal skills. Isn't it one grunt for yes and 2 grunts for no? If not then ha ha you type like a secretary--what a wuss:-)
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Apr 21, 2013
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Apr 21, 2013
I've seen three episodes and found it riveting. There is minimal action, not that much dialogue yet the dialogue there is, unique plot/characters, gorgeous cinematography and the extremely powerful acting is what makes it fascinating.

I really don't see the comparison to Justified (except it involves small towns) or Breaking Bad or OZ except all are great shows and so far this show seems very good. If people watch the show with expectations of Justified, Breaking Bad, or Oz then people will be disappointed.

I did not like the Killing--slow and boring imo but Rectify is "slow" and interesting (also top notch acting). By "slow" I mean it doesn't have a ton of action or rapid dialogue but slow does not mean boring in this case.

I recommend trying 2 episodes then deciding if it is for you. I recommend this to both men and women.
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Apr 23, 2013
Again, agree!! I had to stop watching the Killing after 1st season, not because it was too slow, but for the amount of red herrings and repetitive argument. I found the writers were deliberately taking the mickey, leading the audience nowhere (a bit like what's happening right now with The Following, only this one is totally ridiculous in spite of the good acting!!) The speed is not the matter, but to find the right rhythm and to portrait interesting, complex characters. It's a shame that many of the shows that manage this are considered "shows for men", just because people assume men don't like soapy shows. There are many who do, and there are plenty of women (most, I think) who crave for interesting stories. I for one prefer 10.000 times Justified, Person of Interest, gory Supernatural or things like Battlestar Galactica rather than disguised soap operas, a la Vampire Diaries or Grey's Anatomy, which I would have to be screwed to the chair to watch. No offense!
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Apr 21, 2013
I've been on the fence about this show, and I don't think this article pushed me to either side.

On the one hand, it seems like it could be good. Just from the comparisons made by Ryan in this article and KiowaWoolley below, I feel like I'll like it. The Shawshank Redemption is arguably my favorite movie, Life is one of my favorite shows all-time, I really like Luther, and I like the serious parts of Breaking Bad and Justified (along with everything else about them).

On the other, I don't think this plot will interest me for more than one or two episodes -- it seems like a movie idea. It just feels like it'll be reaaaaaaaaaaally slow with absolutely nothing going on except for characters looking at and talking to each other. I'm all for character-driven material, but I can't lie and say I don't care about plot and, yknow, things happening.
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Apr 21, 2013
the girl from parade's end is here too!!!
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Apr 21, 2013
"Thoughtful adult males"? Thoughtful adult females enjoy thoughtful adult shows, too.
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Apr 21, 2013
Maybe he's saying women aren't as likely to enjoy plots about crime, rape, and murder as much as guys do, which to a certain degree is true I imagine. Obviously you can't say ALL women are less likely to enjoy things like that but certainly less of them. He's just saying who it's geared to, not that that's the only people who will enjoy it.
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Apr 21, 2013
So you think Law and Order SVU doesn't have any female viewers?
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Apr 21, 2013
accidentally flagged your comment below--it wouldn't let me response.
Forever Always Grumpy
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Apr 21, 2013
I watch that but then again I like "GUY" shows...maybe I have penis envy...not....lol
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Apr 21, 2013
Let Everyone See Butterflies In A Nebula
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Apr 21, 2013
the main plot is adjusting to home after being released from prison. There is no rape/murder seen and it is just mentioned.
Women can enjoy the show and if argued from a stereotypical sexist point of view then it is a show about families.
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Apr 21, 2013
Using the word enjoy seems wrong, as if guys get off on plots with those themes could have been phrased better and I don't really agree anyway.
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Apr 21, 2013
Id actually think females are more inclined towards this show than males. Especially the kind of males who tune into Justified, Breaking Bad or GoT.
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Apr 21, 2013
This is a great show. Like I said in another comment elsewhere for people who have been looking for quality without rampant sex scenes and nudity, fight scenes, guns, vampires, dragons I'd definitely recommend this show. The pacing is more like something from overseas like Wallander or Luther, and I get a Shawshank Redemption/Green Mile vibe far more than Oz (the only similarity between this and Oz is that there happens to be a prison), and it is beautiful and dialogue driven more like Carnivale or Six Feet Under.

Aden Young is outstanding so far and at time is parts of Andy Dufresne, Forrest Gump and Johnny Cash all at the same time. One powerful moment in particular is when taken to play golf and he lays out some prison experiences. Powerful stuff. Many people probably will not make it that far however, because the show is just not for them. They will say it is too slow, boring, etcetc, but in my opinion... this is quality television.

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Apr 21, 2013
Fans of Damien Lewis in the cancelled way too soon series 'Life' will especially like this show. The post-prison characters are a lot alike, just take out the procedural detective stuff
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Apr 21, 2013
Well you convinced me with all the great references you've cited ! I miss Life, I adored Six Feet Under and I'm not scared off shows where "nothing happens", where you can take the time to enjoy the characters.
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Apr 21, 2013
It really is great. There is an episode that just involves Daniel wandering around the family home when everyone is gone. After 18 years in prison he has pretty much been in a time capsule, and its fascinating to see and think about what coming home must be like. The dialogue in all 44 minutes is probably under 10 minutes, and I never got bored. The Killing is boring. Rectify is... unique.
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Apr 21, 2013
Is it odd I'd rather think about fictional rape and murder than fictional cancer and meth? yeah I'm probably the only one who hasn't seen breaking bad due to conscientious objection. you mentioned justified too though which is my show.

it's funny how australians can seem to do perfect american accents and then there are those (depends on the dialect obviously) british actors who can't do one at all or are seemingly stumbling through it at every turn.

anyway probably going to try this. thanks for the preview. oh almost forgot ...even on deadwood with so many great characters the reverend most certainly stood out. dude was awesome.
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Apr 21, 2013
"then there are those (depends on the dialect obviously) british actors who can't do one at all or are seemingly stumbling through it at every turn. " - you can say the same about american actors trying to do britsh,irish,scottish,french or german accent
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Apr 21, 2013
I watched 5 seasons of The Wire and never knew Idris Elba was British.
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Apr 21, 2013
Dominc West is also British (The Wire)
Charlie Hunnan too (SOA)
There are few.
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Apr 21, 2013
sure, but who watches movies like those? last time I saw one where that was attempted was with ryan phillipe in some not big budget movie and I just turned it off as soon as it happened. where as potentially great big budget movies have been marred by the other such as cowboys vs aliens and dredd. I would think it's pretty clear by the wide range of foreign actors playing american now that we probably don't need americans playing the opposite, no?

bates motel is a television example where it's pretty obvious highmore has a bit of trouble with the american accent. at least in that case it fits his character.
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Apr 21, 2013
"sure, but who watches movies like those?"

Well here is a few that did well at the box office or some critical acclaim-

Keanu Reeves in Dracula
Brad Pitt in The Devils Own
Nicolas Cage in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Kevin Costner's Robin Hood
Marlon Brando in Mutiny on the Bounty
Tommy Lee Jones in Blown Away
Tom cruise in Far Away
Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins
Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta
Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones
Julia Roberts in Mary Reilly
Heather Graham in From Hell
Don Cheadle in Oceans 13
Forrest Whitaker in The Crying Game

The list goes on

I personally dont care about the accents as long as the writing and acting is good
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