Borgen from Denmark, Spiral from France, and now RAKE from Australia -- to fully understand and appreciate of what the medium is actually capable. If this title sounds familiar, it's because Rake was recently re-done for American TV, starring that excellent actor Greg Kinnear. I haven't watched the American version yet because I can't stand sitting through commercials (and even hate having to fast-forward via DVR). So I shall wait until it, too, streams commercial-free via an affordable service such as Netflix -- where you can now see the original version -- before I attempt critical comparison.
Richard Roxburgh (above, with Adrienne Pickering, and on poster, top), in this intriguing and memorable role. I've been a fan of Roxburgh's since the delightful and underseen Children of the Revolution from 1996, but this is clearly the role he's been waiting for and he knocks it, in episode after episode, to kingdom come.
Robyn Malcolm, above, who plays the randy woman to whom Cleaver owes both a lot of money and a lot of screwing.)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show -- even if these people are a lot more into letting it all hang out. They are all dealing with the problems that face us in these current times -- monetary to political -- as well as those that have dogged us since man and womankind first appeared: infidelity, parenting, owning up to it all. (Above, left, is the commendable Russell Dykstra, who plays Cleaver's semi-partner and best friend, Barney.)
Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Martin Henderson, Noah Taylor, Toni Collette (shown at left), Rachel Griffiths, and on and on. Sam Neill, bless his heart, gets an episode that, along with his amazing work in the must-view Dean Spanley, should see him become the go-to actor for anything dog-related.
Keegan Joyce, above, who plays Cleaver's son, Fuzz.)
Netflix streaming (it's not available on Amazon). Why wait?