THE WEEKEND IS HARDEST TO SOLVE TWO KEY THINGS: what to cook and what to see. So that you do not rush for a long time, sorting through the lists of the best by genre, author or year, we have compiled a recipe for the perfect vacation. Here are five TV shows that you can start watching right now and which are not a pity to spend more than one evening on.
Lasted only one season and 27 episodes, the product of the detective series boom in the late 50s. The main thing that distinguishes him from other examples of the genre of the time is John Cassavetes, who plays the main role. His Staccato is a New York City jazz pianist with a side job and Doc Sportello's favorite detective from Pynchon's Inborn Vice. With money from the series, Cassavetes then edited his directorial debut "Shadows", which will in many ways begin American independent cinema. In "Staccato" he still plays by the rules, but still about half a tone away from the others and with his trademark nervousness. Other pleasing features of the series include Elmer Bernstein's music, the Greenwich Village jazz scene as the backdrop, five episodes directed by Cassavetes himself, and a number of his future collaborators among actors, including his wife and muse Gina Rowlands.
Made in accordance with all the canons of the 70s and wildly popular at the time, the police series about Theo Kojak - a charismatic bald New York cop of Greek blood in a perfect suit and with a lollipop in his mouth. According to the laws of time, Kojak was a variation of Dirty Harry, he acted not according to protocol, but according to concepts and for the sake of fighting crime he was ready to go against the law. The series was a wild success outside the United States, and Kojak himself entered the lexicon and became the hero of catch phrases in several countries. So, in Brazil, for a long time, the bald were called Kojaks, in Chile - Lollipops, and in Israel - police flashers. A full-length remake of the series with Vin Diesel in the title role is currently being prepared.
Almost everyone watched part of The Naked Gun by the Zucker brothers, but not everyone saw the TV series Police Squad! Which spawned them. - a parody of serious examples of the detective genre of previous eras. As in the full-length versions, Leslie Nielsen plays here police captain Frank Drebin, who somehow investigates cases and commander of a group of equally unlucky subordinates. Each episode is built according to the same scheme, the same jokes are heard in the same places, but it is impossible to tear yourself away from it. Unlike Naked Pistol, which admittedly fired blanks half the time, The Squad's six short episodes are a masterpiece of comedic minimalism and perhaps the best the Zuckers have ever done.
A short-lived project by Michael Mann, who was given carte blanche after the success of Miami Police, but the author failed to get into the audience for the second time, and the series lived only two seasons. The show is the story of the long-term hunt of Chicago detective Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) for the young bandit Ray Luca, who is rapidly climbing the mafia career ladder. The series took place in the late 60s, the characters had funny costumes and mustaches, and in the opening credits they entered the frame under "Runaway" by Deal Shannon. At first, all this attracted a considerable number of viewers, but "Crime Story" could not compete with the cops from Miami, as if they had come out of the MTV video. In addition, the series chose a horizontal model, which was not very common for that time, and instead of "the case of the week" told one big story. In this sense, he influenced television no less than the Miami Police, and by today's standards, he seems to be more intelligible and stylish.
An unexpected genre somersault, made a few years ago by the French director Bruno Dumont, who had previously filmed cutting-edge French dramas in terms of cinematic language from the lives of freaks and people. In "Kenken" it is told about them and against the background of the same cold beauties of the north of France, but the dramatic optics are replaced by comedic ones. A pair of ridiculous cops (one toothless, the other with a nervous tic) investigate a series of brutal murders in a provincial wilderness. The same is done by a gang of no less comical teenagers led by the bully Kenken with a hearing aid in his ear. None of them, of course, will reveal the crimes, but here this is clearly not the main thing. Dumont's four-part series probably cannot be called a truly massive work, but the former gloomy philosopher's sense of humor turned out to be at its best.
PHOTOS: NBC - Johnny Staccato, NBC - Kojak, Warner Bros. Television - Crime Story, Arte - P'tit Quinquin, ABC - Police Squad!