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Damages

I recently opened a Netflix account. A free month was offered and I can never refuse anything free so I signed up. My main thought was that my kids needed something very easy to use and I loved the fact that I could add it to our Wii which is currently in their room. I refuse to put cable into their room because all I could picture was them channel surfing all night but not really watching much of anything so Netflix was an excellent option because they can pick what they like and watch it, pause it, and get back to it. There are also no commercials. I hate my kids watching commercials because they usually end up begging me for something they magically figure we need because some kid on TV was having so much fun with it. Anyways, enough about Netflix. I’m on here to write about a spectacular TV show that I ended up watching on Netflix for hours on end named Damages. A show many of you have not yet watched but NEED to check out.

When I first read reviews on Damages my first thought was here we have yet another lawyer show but looks can be very deceiving. This show has taken me on quite the roller coaster ride with it’s superb acting and thrilling script. You never know what’s going to happen next…literally. The twists and turns left me on the edge of my seat and I fell in love with each and every character no matter how cold and evil they were.

Damages begins with one of the main characters running out of an elevator bloody and confused onto the street then it goes back to tell the story of what happened to her. I love when a show grabs your attention in the first minute and keeps your attention all the way through. It’s a sign of wonderful writing and acting.

As you continue to watch Damages you get to know (or think you know) each and every character and what they’re capable of doing to win a case. There’s a young lawyer named Ellen Parsons who is fresh out of law school and looking for a job. She is approached by a brilliant lawyer Patty Hewes and given the opportunity of a lifetime. To work at her firm and become her protegee. She takes on the challenge and that’s where everything begins. She soon comes to the realization that Patty Hewes will do whatever it takes to win and will stomp on anyone who gets in her way.

I can’t say enough good things about this show. Each character plays their role so well. If you want to check this show out you can watch it on Netflix or rent or buy all four seasons.

Damages was originally airing on FX and is now broadcast on DirecTV. It premiered on July 24, 2007 and they are currently producing the fifth and final season as of October 2011 but they have not said when it will air. Who knows what will happen in season five. Will Patty Hewes and Ellen Parsons go head to head like the final show in season four suggests? I’m excited to find out!!

There have been a few teasers as to who will be joining the show for season five. Word is that Ryan Phillipe will play a major role as well as Jenna Elfman, the star of Dharma and Greg, who will play an investment bank employee troubled by her company’s conduct. I think we’re in for a treat and I can’t wait.

Cast:

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
Rose Byrne as Ellen Parson
Tate Donovan as Tom Shayes
Ted Danson as Arthur Forbisher
Anastasia Griffith as Katie Connor
Zeljko Ivanek as Ray Fiske
Noah Bean as David Connor
Timothy Olyphant as Wes Krulik
William Hurt as Daniel Purcell
Marcia Gay Harden as Claire Maddox
Campbell Scott as Joe Tobin
Martin Short as Leonard Winstone
Lily Tomlin as Marilyn Tobin
John Goodman as Howard T. Erickson
Chris Messina as Chris Sanchez
Dylan Baker as Jerry Boorman

Season 5:
Ryan Phillipe as Channing McClaren

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Sons Of Anarchy

Sons Of Anarchy came as a true surprise to me. My husband and I had nothing else to watch one night so we rented the first season of Sons Of Anarchy and after episode one we became addicted. Filled with an amazing cast, fantastic writing and tons of twists and turns in each and every episode it keeps you on the edge of your seat during each one hour show.

Sons Of Anarchy begins in a fictional town named Charming in Northern California. It takes a look at the gritty, sometimes violent lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club named The Sons Of Anarchy. The show revolves around the main character Jackson “Jax” Teller, the Vice President of the club, who begins to question the club and himself.

Sons of Anarachy is filled with characters I’ve come to love. A mother named Gemma (some might recognize her as Peggy from Married With Children) who feels occasional guilt from past mistakes and her son Jackson’s association with the club, Jackson’s girlfriend Tara who is a succesful doctor, and the main character Jackson who struggles between loyalty to the club, dealing with the violence of the club and his father that passed away with a dying wish that his son not repeat the same mistakes he did as a member of the club.

Sons Of Anarchy first aired on September 3rd, 2008 on the cable network FX and the third season of Sons Of Anarchy attracted 4.9 million viewers per week making it FX’s highest rated show ever. The fourth season of Sons Of Anarchy is set to air in the Fall of 2011.

Cast:

Charlie Hunman as Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller
Katey Segal as Gemma Teller Morrow
Ron Perlman as Clarence ‘Clay’ Morrow
Mark Boone Jr. as Bobby Munson
Dayton Callie as Police Chief Wayne Unser
Kim Coates as Alex ‘Tig’ Trager
Tommy Flanagan as Filip ‘Chibs’ Telford
Ryan Hurst as Harrie ‘Opie’ Winston
Johnny Lewis as Kip ‘Half Sack’ Epps (Season 1-2)
William Lucking as Piermont ‘Piney’ Winston
Theo Rossi as Jean-Carlos ‘Juice’ Ortiz
Maggie Siff as Tara Knowles