TMP Television Edition: Fish Out of Water

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It’s the last Thursday of the month, that means instead of films, we talk about TV shows. To be precise, today we’re going to look at some fish-out-of-water series!

#1 Lilyhammer

Lilyhammer is the only show on my list today that I have already seen. It tells the story of a New York gangster who tries to start a new life in the remote Norwegian town of Lillehammer. The show is so funny and honestly, it’s basically worth watching for the beautiful scenery alone. The great acting and hilarious scripts are just the cherry on top!

#2 Schitt’s Creek

Everybody and their grandma have been all over Schitt’s Creek for the past couple of years. Somehow I still have not seen the show but I plan to remedy that soon!
Here we have a former wealthy family who lost most of their money and now find themselves in some backwater hamlet trying to figure out their new life.

#3 Outlander

And finally, Outlander. This show is based on a series of novels (do I watch the show first, or do I get started on the books? The eternal struggle!). In this show a WWII turns finds herself transported back in time to 1743 Scotland. That’s basically all I know about the show, but I really love the Scottish accent so that alone is reason enough for me to get started with Outlander! 😂

What’s your favorite TV about a fish out of water? Let me know in the comments!

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11 thoughts on “TMP Television Edition: Fish Out of Water

  1. I’m in the same boat with Schitt’s Creek, it’s been recommended to me by a bunch of people but I want to catch it from the beginning and the opportunity hasn’t presented itself yet.

    I couldn’t get into the Outlander books but I know people who love them. They are longgggg and dense but I don’t know if reading them is necessary to enjoying the series. My sister watches it and never read the books and she likes it.

    Haven’t heard of Lilyhammer but it sounds interesting.

    My first is almost a textbook example of the theme and I loved it when it ran in the 90’s the other two are from when I was a kid.

    Northern Exposure (1990-1995)-Fresh from his residency at a big city hospital native New Yorker Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) discovers he is contractually obligated due to a student loan agreement to practice in Alaska for the next four years. Expecting to be on staff in Anchorage he is livid when he discovers that instead he is assigned to the remote village of Cicely. Once he arrives, he finds the residents a unique idiosyncratic lot totally foreign to Joel’s New York sensibilities.

    My Favorite Martian (1963-1966)-During a ride around the universe a Martian’s (Ray Walston) spaceship nearly collides with a NASA rocket causing it to crash land in the hills near L.A. where he is discovered by young reporter Tim O’Hara (Bill Bixby). At first eager for a story Tim gives the Martian shelter while he works to repair his ship and passes him off as his Uncle Martin. They become buddies as Martin tries to both adapt to earthly norms and avoid the sweet but ditzy landlady Mrs. Lorelei Brown (Pamela Britton) from finding out the truth.

    Green Acres (1965-1971)-Successful New York attorney Oliver Douglas (Eddie Albert) decides to chuck big city life and move to a broken-down farm in Hooterville along with his extremely glamorous but very reluctant Hungarian wife Lisa (Eva Gabor). Silly bit of ridiculousness (they lived in a penthouse apartment in New York but can’t afford to fix up the shack of a house in the country? He farms in a three-piece suit while she wanders around the dilapidated hovel in satin and feathers) is put over by the talent of its stars and a willful suspension of belief.

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    • I almost added Northern Exposure to my list! Although I haven’t seen the show, I think it was pretty popular on German TV back when it originally aired, so I have definitely heard *of* it.


  2. Schitt’s Creek is great! I haven’t seen all the episodes but each one seems a classic to me. I so want to see Lillehammer which looks so funny and good. I wasn’t intrigued by Outlander until people started talking about it now.

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