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I haven't seen any of the new season yet, but I love this show. From interviews I've read, it really sounds like the whole show is just an extension of Joe Pera's whole approach to comedy without much (if any) interference from Adult Swim. He's a treasure.I’ve been getting pretty into Joe Pera Talks with You, and am kind of astounded that it exists. It’s an Adult Swim show through and through, but far calmer and more wholesome than anything they’ve put out before. It has the same non sequitur sense of humor as a Tim and Eric joint but with none of the casual cruelty you’ll find in most of those shows. It feels like they wanted to make a parody of Mr. Rogers which was just as pleasant to watch.
Basically if you’re a fan of Adult Swim shows but are hitting your 40s and want TV to be nicer, I recommend it.
So I bought a couple of DVD sets at a yard sale on the other side of town. One of these was The Sentinel, a syndicated action series from the 1990s about an ex-soldier who solves crimes with his heightened senses. I remember the series being entertaining enough; certainly worth the fifty cents the yard sale charged. Good luck trying to sell anyone else on it, though. There were plenty of syndicated popcorn action shows from the 1990s with ridiculous premises, but "man who sniffs out crime by literally sniffing out crime" isn't just ridiculous; it's underwhelming.
"So he has no super powers? He can't turn into a cat or have the strength of Hercules or kill people with pressure points?"
"What does he do, then?"
"He sees and hears better than most people."
"So it's like Bravestarr, but lame."
"Hey, that's not- I mean... uh, he solves crimes, too!"
I was prepared to riff on this by way of Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but… I watched that clip and by God, there’s nowhere left to riff.If we're talking about late 90s TV shows of this ilk then I feel it is my duty to remind you of or introduce you to Night Man: