When I stopped actively watching TV in the mid 2000s I regularly caught Nip/Tuck and Rescue Me, but simply fell off from watching television on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, after I dropped off from TV I missed hot programming like HBO’s Game of Thrones, AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fox’s Empire.
While I never went back and finished up Nip/Tuck and Rescue Me, it was through streaming platforms like Netflix that helped me catch up rapidly to The Walking Dead, Z Nation, and Helix and in tandem with live tweeting made me want to get back into live viewing. I pretty much caught up on several years of programs during last winter.
I joined Hulu earlier this year for older programs, older anime and cartoons, and enjoyable movies Netflix didn’t have. I took my time actually entertaining the FX programs for some time. Sons of Anarchy had several seasons and I’d never watched it and never had the time. On a day when nothing was going on I finally watched season one of both Tyrant and The Strain and I was blown away.
In Tyrant’s first season the characters were both totally irredeemable and morally terrible, were a little too high on their high horse, were just utterly annoying, or they were just not remarkable. On that note, the writing was solid. Season two improved upon things and turned main character Bassam “Barry” Al-Fayeed from attempted usurper to his brother’s position to action hero-freedom fighter.
While Tyrant hasn’t gotten the traction of other FX shows, The Strain has developed a following. It’s an outbreak horror series with vampires instead of zombies based on Guillermo del Toro’s novel trilogy by the same name.
The first season really delivered story and lore-wise and presented some characters viewers could get behind from the start. Season two continues with this for the most part. The second season picked things, but gave viewers some refrigerator questions throughout such as “How is it that everything is still operational in a city knowingly combating a vampire apocalypse/outbreak” among others.
There were other programs FX delivered on such as the western adaptation of The Bridge—which ended in two seasons—and of course Sons of Anarchy. On the horizon is The Bastard Executioner which looks to be very entertaining and is from FX regular and Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter.