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Hannah Gadsby Nanette

My friends and co-workers can attest that I’ve been RAVING non-stop about a certain show for weeks…

Have you seen Nanette? I found the comedy special while scrolling aimlessly through Netflix one night and decided to give it a go. I had no idea what I was in for.

Written and performed by gay comedian Hannah Gadsby, Nanette is the most powerful thing I’ve seen on screen in a long, long time. It starts out as any stand-up set would, with a light tone and hearty punchlines. But, 30 minutes in, there’s a stark shift in energy.

“Do you understand what self-deprecation means when it comes from someone who exists, and always has done, in the margins? It isn’t humility. It’s humiliation. I make fun of myself in order to make other people feel more comfortable with my difference. And I decided I don’t want to do that anymore. Not to myself or anybody who may identify with me.”

From there on out, Gadsby expertly weaves social commentary on identity, assault, homophobia and misogyny into her narrative that holds the audience’s attention in the palm of her hand. I don’t want to give too much away, but as Rolling Stone noted, “It will likely go down as one of the greatest stand-up sets of our time.”

I was so rocked after watching that I scoured the internet for everything Hannah-Gadsby-related, and ended up getting tickets to see her perform Nanette live. It was even more moving the second time. Near the end of her set, she said, “Laughter is not our medicine. Stories hold our cure.” I couldn’t agree more.

Here’s the trailer, if you’d like to see:

What are you watching these days? We’d love to hear your recommendations. Joanna has been devouring 2 Dope Queens, the stand-up comedy series based on the podcast by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, and Stella can’t get enough of HBO’s new crime drama Sharp Objects, based on the bone-chilling novel by Gillian Flynn (of Gone Girl fame).

P.S. The coolest Instagram account and the joys of re-watching TV shows.

(Top photo by Robert W. Kelley.)

  1. Rhonda Stroud says...

    I can not thank you enough for recommending this show. Now, I’m telling everyone to watch! That was incredibly powerful.

  2. Ali says...

    Vida! It’s just six 1/2 hour episodes on STARZ. Really good!

  3. Andrea says...

    Should I be embarrassed to say Harlots? It’s a fascinating and believable trip back to the disturbing world of brothels long ago. Some amazing actors and time period costuming and settings. Love it!

  4. Sarah says...

    Wow have to see Nanette. The Detectorists is gentle, funny genius.

    • I also love The Detectorists! And Killing Eve is making me happy on the other side of the coin.

  5. Colleen says...

    TV is so great now, handmaid’s tale, Shameless, The Good Fight, Patrick Melrose, Australian series “Wanted “, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisal, The Durrell’s in Corfu. And don’t miss Happy Valley. It’s riveting.

  6. Robin says...

    CBC’s Workin Moms is the best! You can watch it for free on cbc.ca. I’ve also recently enjoyed Outlander, The People Versus Larry Flint, The Nice Guys, Call the Midwife, Wind River, Bloodline, Wild Wild Country, Mind Hunter, Brother’s Keeper, Night Crawler, All Good Things, and Trapped.

  7. Caro says...

    I have just watched The Fourth Estate about the New York Times coverage of Trump’s first year in office. Amazing watch !

  8. She is a National Treasure, already adored by women- it’s wonderful see the world find out about her. My friend was at the night it was filmed and she said strangers were hugging and crying afterwards. After you have watched it you feel like your life has changed in some way.

  9. KIRSTY says...

    Kim’s Convenience – it’s just landed on Netflix in a bunch of countries, including the US. It’s a Canadian sitcom about a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store, and it’s absolutely fantastic. It’s funny and wry and heartwarming and heartbreaking, and it’s amazing and important to see an Asian-led cast (with a whole range of underrepresented demographics as supporting cast) as real characters, not just stereotypes.

    • Amelia says...

      I discovered it yesterday and marathoned all of season one. It’s so good! SO even stopped playing his video game to watch with me.

  10. inbal says...

    I watched it last night and was sobbing at the end. Her truth is so painful and real. When my kids are old enough I would want them to watch it.

  11. Amy says...

    The Crown is the most beautiful television on television right now. Obvi. And Netflix’s DARK is fun! Sci-fi fantasy edgy mystery set in Norway I think, dubbed over so no subtitles, which is nice though a bit odd. But excellent, really pulled us in!

    • The Dark is MUCH better with the subtitles on. And The Forest, a French murder mystery, is wonderful and terrifying. Also just started Anne with an E.

    • zu says...

      actually Dark is made in Germany ;)

    • Liv says...

      “Dark” is so good! The plot is so suspenseful and mind-bending. It was the perfect show to binge-watch in the winter. And yep, it’s German, not Norwegian, though it does have a dark, Nordic-y vibe to it. Definitely watch it with subtitles, not dubbed – for some reason it’s set to be dubbed by default, and I remember having to manually change it to subtitled before each episode.

  12. redweather says...

    Anne With An E on Netflix! This Anne of Green Gables reboot quickly moves into more of a fanfic territory; it’s so fun to watch a darker, higher-stakes Anne have new adventures. Side note: the show is only mildly successful in their attempt to diversify PE Island, but I appreciated the effort.

  13. Cindy says...

    Fox News…I love the new Supreme Court pick.

  14. FLS says...

    Thank you for sharing! Just reading your review and watching the trailer hooked me (and made me tear up a bit). I can’t wait to watch it tonight.

  15. Gina says...

    Ooooh, definitely gonna check out Nanette! Looks great!
    I am OBSESSED with Pose, Ryan Murphy’s new drama, and can’t get enough. I was surprised at just how much I love this show. The character’s are well developed, there’s humor, drama, and fun, and the music is amazing! Also excited to check out Killing Eve, with Sandra Oh. It looks fun and intriguing.

  16. Charlotte says...

    Anne with an E on Netflix! Besides being stunningly beautiful and artistic, the plot lines serve to remind me of all that we should value in society- honesty, kindness, courage and heart. So lovely, especially right now.

    • Stacy says...

      Yes….so well said. I loved these books as a girl and am so enjoying the series now.

  17. Lacey says...

    Just started watching The Sinner via Netflix. The title kind of threw me off when my husband suggested it, but I agreed to give it a chance. We are only 3 episodes in and I am sooooo curious about where it is going! I went out with a friend last night and was a little sad we had to postpone the next episode viewing. :)

    Sharp Objects is on the list but we don’t have HBO at the moment. I am super ready for new seasons of The Man in the High Castle and Mindhunter. I am also looking forward to the new series on Amazon with John Krasinski (who can do no wrong, in my opinion <3).

    • Lindsey says...

      I just finished The Sinner and it was interesting. I mean, the premise had me hooked from the start! But some parts felt strange, too. It was a good watch!

  18. Anaïs says...

    I don’t think anyone has mentioned The Good Fight (which is a spin-off to The Good Wife), and it is so so so excellent. The show is so well put together, so witty, and always deals with current issues.

    Currently, I’m also hooked by Handmaid’s Tale and West World.

    • Love The Good Fight!

    • CB says...

      Love Love The Good Fight

  19. If you loved Nanette, please check out the work of the Hudson Valley-based storytelling nonprofit TMI Project. They are truly changing the world, one story at a time. http://www.tmiproject.org/

    • Franny Eremin says...

      Thank you for sharing, Sara!

  20. Meghan says...

    Catastrophe, Fleabag, Gomorrah, Man in the High castle, and The Americans

  21. Patrick Melrose. high maintenance. and season 4 of the affair!

    • Yes to The Affair! I’m surprised I haven’t seen it mentioned more on these TV articles!

  22. Gemma says...

    If you’re not watching “Somebody Feed Phil,” you are missing out on one of the most joyous Netflix shows to binge. Beautiful scenery, people, and food enjoyed by maybe the world’s most appreciative man! It’s hard to watch an episode without smiling. I love it!

    • Lindsey says...

      LOVE this show! The first episode made my heart burst a little, remembering a trip to Venice two years ago.

    • Natalie says...

      Yes! I love this show and was delighted to discover they’d released part 2. Have you seen the original series on PBS? It’s called I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.

  23. Stasha Ashton says...

    GLOW!! I love it and I actually remember when the real thing was on TV when I was a kid. Makes me want to dress up :)

    • Lana says...

      Me too! His smile is infectious!

  24. I just binge-watched “Crashing” last night on Netflix, about a group of property guardians living in an old hospital. It’s hilarious, and I was laughing out loud in every episode.

    • Kalli says...

      I love that show! I like anything Phoebe Waller-Bridge is up to. Everyone mentions Fleabag, but I enjoyed Crashing more.

  25. Maire says...

    Highly recommend the Australian historical drama/soap opera called A Place to Call Home. It is set in the 1950s/60s in small town Australia and is the perfect summer binge. I rent the DVDs from my local public library, but I think you can get it on the Acorn streaming service as well.

    • Denise says...

      I loved A Place to Call Home too! How does Anna get her hair to do what it does? I started watching on PBS/OPB but then switched to DVD’s from Netflix.

  26. Patricia says...

    Hasan Minhaj has a comedy special on Netflix called “Homecoming King” that is OUTSTANDING. Also, Neal Brennan’s comedy special “3 Mics” is really good. He does a great job mixing comedy and emotional dialogue and I couldn’t recommend it more.

    • Lora says...

      Both on Comedians in Cars this season…. so funny!

  27. Merleb says...

    Offspring!

    • Carolyn says...

      such a great series

  28. Cláudia says...

    Ricky Gervais’ Humanity. Probably the best comedian alive. :)

  29. If you can find it, watch A Place to Call Home. I watched it through Hoopla, which is a free service offered by my library.

    It’s an Australian drama set in the years after the end of WWII. It’s got excellent acting, amazing production value and nail-biting plot twists. It starts as a great show but it just keeps getting better and better. (I’ve watched 5 seasons so far.)

    So about the topics. It tackles everything – from anti-semitism, post-war PTSD, abortion bans, inter-religious marriages, inter-class marriages, homosexuality (and the horrible “treatments” they had for it), female empowerment, “libertine” female characters, addiction. In the latest season, they’re also talking about racism against Aboriginal Australians.

    I was talking to my husband about it (he’s more hooked than I am) and we came to realize that it’s a very woman-centric show, even though it’s not in your face. All the female characters are complex, well-written, and strong as hell. Again, this is very very well done, so it took us a couple of seasons before we realized it. And yes, you’ll even empathize with the villains.

    It’s a goooooood show.

  30. Meg says...

    I recently finished, & loved, The Letdown & Love. Now I’m enjoying The Bold Type, Call the Midwife, Yellowstone, Animal Kingdom, & Younger. So many guilty pleasures!

    • jacquie says...

      The Bold Type is a great guilty pleasure! I try to convince myself that it’s not that trashy because of the supportive female friendships and the (sometimes cringing) to discussions of hot-button social topics lol

    • Amelia says...

      The Bold Type is amazing. I’m so glad the younger generation has a show like this.

  31. Thanks for recommending this show! I am definitely putting this on our ‘to watch’ list.
    Shows I have enjoyed lately are the second season of Glow which is really great, Handmaid’s Tale (about to watch the final episode and close to biting my nails in anticipation), Brooklyn 99, Mindhunter and Call My Agent (this is a French tv series available on Netflix with English subtitles – having lived outside of France for 14 years, I tend to miss out on what is going on there tv and films wise so I was delighted to find out about this – French tv is not often great but this is definitely a good one to watch).

  32. KIRSTY says...

    Hannah Gadsby is in a fabulous Australian series called “Please Like Me”.
    It’s sad, funny and heart warming all at once.

    • Taylor says...

      YES! “Please Like Me” is my favorite show. All the characters are amazing.

  33. Kimberley says...

    Did anyone mention This Is Us yet? Oh my goodness, I cried the whole way through the first season, and a lot of the second. And now I’m so involved with the characters that I don’t know what I’m going to do when it ends. Jack Peason (Milo Ventimiglia)…swoon!

  34. Sarah says...

    GLOW is so great. Fun but thought provoking and short episodes. My husband and I love to watch it together.
    I’ve been watching Felicity and reminiscing about the late 90s/early 2000s and college life. A sweet drama.
    Which got me started on The Americans. So good and well done.

    Also loved Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, This is Us, New Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, and Riverdale this past year, and spent a good amount of time watching addictive Korean dramas on Netflix. I tend to like dramas that are on the lighter side.

  35. Rach in Oz says...

    I’m so glad you posted about Nanette, Franny! Was really hoping the CoJ team would help grow its audience – I was blown away. So real and powerful, and masterfully structured too.

  36. Jennifer says...

    Thank you. My husband and I just watched Nanette at your recommendation. It was probably the best thing I’ve seen all year. We will be sharing it with our children and our friends. I hope Hannah knows how important and meaningful her words were.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      So happy to hear this, Jennifer!

  37. Jennyg says...

    Marcella on Netflix cures the British detective bug with an excellent female lead. CB Strike also very good in this genre. Just finished Handmaids Tale. Wow!!! So good!

  38. Olivia says...

    Glow! Season two made me smile SO much and cry just a lttle.

  39. Killing Eve. It’s a BBC production that’s absolutely thrilling, visually stunning , and the musical score is ace – you will Shazam every song. You can find it on amazon or iTunes. I can’t wait to check out Nanette! Thank you. We are living in a golden age of tv.

  40. Tracey says...

    If you like Nanette, the TV series Please Like Me is amazing viewing. It has Hannah in it and speaks to mental health in a hilarious, off-beat, sentimental yet black humour way. It’s brilliant.

    • Jess says...

      YES. And the episode on abortion is handled so well – best representation I have seen or read in pop fiction around this contentious issue.

  41. Annie says...

    Thank you, dear Cup of Jo readers. Can’t write all your recommendations down fast enough.

  42. I’ve said this in so many different places – but we just finished the third season of The Expanse and it is OUTSTANDING. Really well done sci-fi – excellent cast, great (timely) story, well done effects. The show runner holds multiple science PhDs so the science is very sound – so many little details that really get it right! I’m so thrilled Amazon saved it after Syfy canceled it – fourth season should come out next year!

  43. Ash says...

    I randomly watched Nanette the day it came out since I am a sucker for all standup. As soon as I finished it, I immediately played it again. I was sort of in shock of what I just watched. It was incredible, moving and empowering. I’ve now watched it four times and I keep getting new things from it every time. I cannot recommend it more!

  44. Sara says...

    I started out watching Suits to check out who Meghan Markle was. Turns out it’s great! And Mike Ross kinda reminds me of an old boyfriend so it’s fun to watch.

    • Liv says...

      Ha, I recently started watching Suits for the exact same reason and I love it too. Meghan Markle’s great in it!

  45. I’m really liking medical dramas at the moment though I do cover my eyes for some scenes! I’ve really enjoyed: The Good Doctor, The Resident and 9-1-1. I will say I am looking forward to New Amsterdam by NBC the trailer looks so good :)
    I love The Bold Type and Younger, they are such fun and inspirational shows which everyone should be watching.
    I also watch a lot of comedy so Brooklyn Nine Nine is always on repeat along with The Office (US) and The IT Crowd. I’ve also really enjoyed recently American Housewife, AP Bio, Black-ish (and it’s spinoff Grown-ish), Young and Hungry and Champions.

  46. rachel says...

    Is anyone watching wild wild country on netflix about the indian cult that took over a town in Oregon? It’s really interesting.

    • OMG it’s amazing. I found myself thinking “Being in this cult doesn’t sound that bad!” haha, but then the perspective shifts so often you’re not sure what to believe.

    • Kohlie says...

      It’s interesting, but I wound up feeling very frustrated by it. The large majority of the interviewees come from one of two camps: Outsiders who don’t understand and definitely hate the cult, and people who are still hugely into the cult to this day. I would’ve liked to hear more–like, from kids who grew up in the cult but didn’t stay their whole lives, from academics who might’ve put the cult in perspective, from some of the once-homeless people who were bussed in to live (and vote) in the village, etc. The topic is fascinating, but in the end I felt the views presented were all fairly shallow.

  47. justine says...

    I love friends from college and kimmie – two terrific shows. I was also surprised by less than favourable reviews for friends from college. Oh well. I still love it.

    • Kate says...

      Ditto! I loved Friends From College! They’re all really bizarre, damaged people but I think it’s hilarious.

  48. angela jamieson says...

    You have to watch ‘Please Like Me’-an Australian series with Hannah Gadsby and genius Josh Thomas. An extraordinary portrayal of families experiences of mental illness, living in a share house in Melbourne and being young and queer.

  49. justine says...

    My mat leave starts tomorrow, close of business and I just discovered that I can watch Catastrophe, Marvellous Mrs. Maisel and my all-time-favourite 30 Rock on Prime (Canada). Amazing! Will definitely check out Nanette. The reviews on this thread are incredible. Thanks for these recos everyone. Will be good to have some shows lined up for those long cluster feeding hours. Not having to pay extra or download is a great bonus.

  50. Rachael says...

    Hannah is wonderful in Please Like Me (available on Netflix) – I will have to watch her stand up this weekend!

  51. Christina V says...

    My husband and I are hooked on Bosch right now- police drama on Amazon Prime. We’ve been up way too late each night bingeing!

  52. Farah Sanders says...

    Another vote for Glow and Cobra Kai!

  53. I’m loving season 2 of Glow (on Netflix)! It’s wonderfully female and empowering and SO MUCH FUN! Also, just started Sharp Objects and love it already!

  54. Lyn says...

    We have DVDs of all the old Lassie shows, and we like curling up with our dog and watching them. It brings back happy memories of watching them when they were first on when we were kids!

  55. Raquel says...

    Ali Wong! Both stand ups at Netflix are HILARIOUS! It’s so relatable in the themes of feminism/motherhood. I’m surprised no one has mentioned it yet!

    • Megan says...

      Yes, her standups are incredible!

  56. Em says...

    So many documentaries are killing it right now! Though it’s still in theaters, I’m sure it will come to tv or subscription service soon- Won’t You Be My Neighbor (about Fred Rogers) is so so so so so good! I highly recommend!

    • Tobin rotchford says...

      I 100% agree! This was an incredible film that shook and inspired me!

    • Caz says...

      Loved Won’t You Be My Neighbor

  57. Amanda says...

    Go over to Hulu immediately and start watching Handmaid’s Tale if you have not already. Sooooooooo amazing – intense and thought provoking. And the cinematography alone, so many stunning shots and they richly play with color and symbolism.

    • Haley says...

      The best show I’ve seen in the last few years!

  58. Desi says...

    OMG ? both my husband and I welled up and laughed while watching Nanette. It was shocking in the most beautiful way!

    • A Martin says...

      Yes!! Same here! My husband and I LOVED it!! I am so happy CoJ featured it!

  59. Hilleary says...

    OMG. The trailer had me at “hello”. Thank you so much for posting. Can’t wait to watch Nanette. What important and real content during a time when we so desperately need to feel again.

  60. Dani says...

    Lately my job is so stressful I’m searching for light, mindless TV. I just finished season 2 of Nailed It, which is hilarious. I also love the Great British Baking Show.

  61. Ellen W says...

    A Place to Call Home – Australian family drama set in the 1950’s, like a PG-13 version of Downton Abbey. I’m getting the dvds from the library but it streams on Acorn. Also introduced my boys to Parks & Rec – we watch 2-3 episodes to wind down the evening. I forgot how funny that show can be.

  62. Emily says...

    I don’t usually sob alone in my apartment in front of the TV, but that’s where Nanette left me.

    Some other TV I’ve enjoyed recently-ish:
    The Letdown
    Search Party
    Dark
    Easy
    Seven Seconds

  63. Heidi says...

    ‘Dark’ on Netflix – a German thriller/sci-fi show that husband convinced me to watch. Super super good! Totally unexpected.

  64. Katie says...

    Looking forward to watching Nanette! Has anybody watched Detroiters on Comedy Central? My husband and I laugh so hard at nearly every episode!

  65. Nicole says...

    If you like 2 Dope Queens (tv), the podcast is SO much funnier. I blazed through them all while on maternity leave/middle of the night breastfeeding sessions. Truly LOL funny.

  66. Alexandra says...

    I am surprised that no one has mentioned Jane the Virgin. It is so fun! It is a smart and creative repurposing of a telenovela. The characters are fantastic and the writing is impressively good . It is already 4 seasons in and it is still entertaining – a tough feat for most shows!

    • Claire says...

      I love that show so much, and want to be friend will all of the characters.

    • Brooke says...

      YES!! Gina Rodriguez does such an incredible portrayal of, tender, intelligent, intense, funny, loving Jane -There’s so much heart and beauty in this show. There’s the frame of telenova I think that the show gets disregarded for but it’s really just background dressing for a very lovely family drama that’s also exploring things like sexuality, Catholicism, immigration, and how to balance dreams and relationship. And a good reminder that things are framed as for women aren’t then lower culture.

  67. Nancy says...

    Thank you everyone for the great recommendations! I will be watching Nanette with my 17 year old daughter tonight! I just want to add Fauda to the list (subtitles). It is quite heavy but also shines light on an important issue in the Middle East. Acting was superb! Also subtitles. I believe it is the show that inspired Homeland.

  68. Acorn TV is fantastic and just finished two stellar shows with multiple seasons, “The Heart Guy (also known as Doctor Doctor), and “800 Words”. Also loving the Detectorists which we are currently watching. k

  69. Gabi says...

    GODLESS. Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, beautiful photography, music by T Bone Burnett. It just doesn’t get any better.

    • Kim says...

      Very good, but INTENSE!

  70. Lindsay Somers says...

    Can’t wait to watch Nanette! It keeps on being recommended to me. I want to save it for a special night in!

    I have been watching Anne on Netflix. The story of Anne of Green Gables. She is a bold heartbreaking, feminist and fierce orphan making her way through life in PEI, Canada. It’s very human.

  71. Courtney Tait says...

    QUEEN SUGAR is everything. Also, Grace and Frankie. (And loved Nanette!)

  72. Jill says...

    I thought Nanette was stunning and powerful. It should be required viewing!

    I also LOVE Catastrophy – like a funny train wreck that you can’t stop watching – I also loved Flea Bag – for the same reasons really. Killing Eve was delicious fun.

  73. Ashley H. says...

    Queer Eye on Netflix! It was heartwarming to watch people be so kind and caring to others. Ugly cried during multiple episodes, though, but it was a good cry if that makes sense.

    • Noella says...

      ahhh I absolutely love this show! What they do is absolutely amazing!

    • Tracy O says...

      I love this, too! The humanity and kindness of this show makes me so happy and hopeful – but, it isn’t cloying and it’s so entertaining. And, you’re not alone with the ugly cries!

    • Julie says...

      I LOVE this show! I binge watched the first season and I’m just about to start the second!

  74. Lizeth says...

    KILLING EVE! God, I love it.

    • Jill says...

      Yes!

    • Carly says...

      YAAASSS! It is so delicious; seriously the best show I’ve seen in a few years.

  75. Emily says...

    The new series with Kevin Cosner, Yellowstone is fantastic. It’s on the new Paramount network, but I think you can catch the episodes online. It’s so good.

  76. Joaquina says...

    Hannah knocks it out of the park with “Nanette” and I found myself exclaiming, “right on!” over and over. I especially loved their
    comments about Picasso (“but…CUBISM!”) and artists’ reputation vs humanity, and mental illness. Hannah is brilliant.

    “Sharp Objects” is on my watch list though it was my least favorite
    GF novel.

    • 1000% agree! As a lady creative professional, so many of the moments in Nanette deeply resonated with me. I didn’t know how’s many of these things had never been said to me that I needed to hear. What a fabulous bit of television.

  77. MelTown says...

    I already mentioned Schitt’s Creek down thread, but seriously it’s so good. Also, Catastrophe, Orphan Black, and I’m currently watching Friends from College which I love but apparently hasn’t been super well received. I’m super tardy to the party, but I just started Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt and it’s hilarious. I actually *just* got Netflix so my watch list is a little intimidating at the moment!

    • Betsy says...

      Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is my favorite show right now.

  78. el says...

    halt and catch fire, on netflix, so so good

  79. Nicky says...

    Terrace House on Netflix.

  80. Ivy says...

    As if a couple Emmy nods weren’t enough to convince you, you MUST MUST MUST watch Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Shit, that show is incredibly funny and although it takes place in a different era, all the jokes about feminism and femininity are beyond spot-on. Not to mention there are some stellar casting choices as well. A must-watch! (And I have to give a nod to Great British Bake-off, which holds my heart.)

    • Lesley says...

      +1

    • Abraham says...

      Yes! One of the best series I’ve ever seen. (also shouts to my wife Cecilia for putting me up on Cup of Jo….the illest blog on the entire internets!! *raises glass of lychee lemonade in your honor*)

  81. I have been in the mood for angsty teenage drama (+ some serious moral shades of gray) so I’m on The 100 and Riverdale. I also love Orphan Black, well worth it if you haven’t seen it, and of course there are my old stand-bys, Angel and Buffy. My tastes lately have been weird — I crave drama, not comedy, but can’t seem to handle anything TOO dark (I stopped watching Westworld and only got through one ep of the Handmaid’s Tale) so if anyone has any recos for other shows along that line, I am all ears!

    • I know exactly what you mean by none too dark, none too comedic. Riverdale is an awesome option as it pulls you in just enough to be exciting, without leaving pleasantly familiar cliches.

      I’m not sure whether you’d enjoy these recommendations, but as we seem to have similar tastes I’ll name them anyway, as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these series:
      – Skins
      – The OA
      – Outlander
      – Love
      All except the latter (as far as I know, I got half a season left to go) have some bery dramatic moments in them but somehow I was able to handle them very well (not unlike the mess in Riverdale)

    • ally says...

      omg yes to Riverdale! the second season gets a little campy (i found myself laughing at the moments that were supposed to be dramatic/serious) but it was very very entertaining.

    • The campiness of Riverdale is why I love it so much. And yes, I straight-up laugh at some of the more serious scenes all the time.

      I watch Outlander (and read the books!) I’ll have to check out those other ones, thanks!

  82. Amy says...

    Thank you for recommending Nanette — I just watched it after reading your post! I work from home and was on my “lunch break”. Wow. I was laughing and crying so hard. So hard. And had a conference call right after it ended! I’m often late to the party on popular culture, so I’m sure many people I know have watched this already but I’m still going to spread the word about it. Thanks again, Franny!

  83. Jessica O'Malley says...

    The Bold Type on Freeform. Surprising, I know, but it’s great!

    • Lindsay says...

      I love this show. It’s totally my guilty pleasure!

    • If you like The Bold Type you should also watch Younger! I love sitting down and watching these shows about women focusing on their careers instead of getting married/having kids/settling down.
      Also to me there is no such thing as guilty pleasures you shouldn’t be ashamed of what you enjoy!

    • Donna says...

      It’s soooo good, right? The actors have great chemistry and it is smart and not preachy. The first few episodes’ jump shots and music almost gave me epilepsy (no offense to you folks suffering with it) but they’ve reigned it in. I love Younger too.

    • Rachel says...

      SO good!

    • Kyla says...

      Yes! I’m telling everyone about this show, it’s not even my guilty pleasure anymore. Think it’s smart and fairly realistic and fun

  84. LeighTX says...

    Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has moved from Crackle to Netflix, and it makes me laugh out loud more than any other show I’ve seen. Some of the interviews are more poignant or interesting than others but I’ve loved every one I’ve seen so far.

    • MJ says...

      Me too!! I was trying to watch as many as possible on Crackle which for some reason was not easy for me. So easy now that it is on Netflix, laugh out loud at least once per short episode :)

    • Emmy says...

      Oh that’s interesting that it’s laugh out loud funny to you. It’s one of my favorite shows but I think I’ve only laughed out loud once. I like peering into the different personalities. It’s also fun to see who is apprehensive of the show while being on the show.

  85. Therese says...

    Yellowstone on Paramount….Kevin Costner…cowboys…enough said.

  86. Lula says...

    I just watched ‘Nanette’ yesterday. It is honestly one of the best things I have ever watched. I’m a secondary school teacher in the UK and I wish I could show a particular group of boys the last twenty minutes, after several frustrating conversations about race, gender and misogyny. It concerns me that young men like them – middle class, white, privileged and from affluent backgrounds – are the ones least likely to see it and yet most need to listen!

    Other things I have watched recently and enjoyed are (aside from Queer Eye and Drag Race, obvs!) ‘The Bridge’, ‘Mindhunter’, ‘Manhunt: Unabomber’. On a slightly more lighthearted note, I adored ‘The Letdown’ – I couldn’t have watched it when my daughter was a baby, but it feels familiar yet sharp now that she is four. I also love ‘Ballers’ for pure escapism (and, of course, The Rock, swooooon!). One of my favourite shows of all at the moment is ‘Billions’, which I think is like a modern day Shakespearean tragedy.

    I’ve also watched a lot of good fashion documentaries recently – the Zac Posen one on Netflix, The First Monday in May, and the McQueen documentary.

    I watch a lot of TV, it would seem… ha ha!

    • Erin Q. says...

      I teach middle school Humanities in Canada and I had a similar reaction when I watched Nanette – I really wish I could show this to my students. There’s so much in there about stories and empathy that I want my students to know. ?

    • Keira says...

      Yes – ‘the letdown’ i would also HIGHLY recommend to mothers who have managed to survived the trenches of the first few months of motherhood!!!!

  87. We’ve been watching Dietland on AMC. I have no idea where it’s going, but it’s an interesting ride. Here’s the description: “”Dietland” offers a darkly comedic look at the war of the sexes. The series explores a multitude of issues women face today — including patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture and unrealistic beauty standards — by following Plum Kettle’s journey to self-awakening. A ghostwriter for the editor of one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines, Plum has waged a lifelong battle with her image. Fed up, she turns to weight-loss surgery but ends up in the middle of two rival feminist factions — one that may be responsible for the attacks on male harassers, and the other that preaches female empowerment. As she straddles the two groups, Plum must decide what part she plays in a wildly complicated, changing world.”

    • Jill says...

      Yes! I am waiting anxiously for every episode. I’m also enjoying Pose. And Atlanta is so good–love the humor on that show.

  88. Allyson says...

    I have never been one for reality TV but…ya’ll*…Southern Charm on Bravo is amazing. It has everything. Debutantes. Balls. Old Money. New Money. No Money. Amazing style (Pat Altschul). BFF girls (Cameran and Chelsea). Baby Mama/ Daddy drama. Playboy man-children. A #metoo moment about to burst (see ya T.Rav).
    *ya’ll for effect. Midwesterners don’t really say ya’ll.

    • Heidi says...

      I love Southern Charm! “Ba Ba Doooo…. “

    • Shira says...

      I also love Southern Charm!!!

  89. Val says...

    Succession on HBO. Its dramatic and shakespearean.

    • Annie says...

      Totally agree. The best.

  90. KL says...

    Like you, I had no idea what I was in for [with Nanette]. I thought it was just a comedy special, so I put it on. As it got going, and then when it was REALLY going, I found myself crying and shouting “YOU GO GIRLFRIEND!” So many unexpected emotions for a Tuesday evening! I loved it, loved it, loved it.

  91. Christy says...

    Our 16yr old teen daughter has been binge watching Office and Supernatural on Netflix this summer. We all still laugh out loud at all of Friends episodes that we know all the lines to.

  92. Olivia says...

    Recently discovered Catastrophe on Amazon. It’s hilarious! Love it when a show makes you laugh out loud.

    • Traci says...

      It is sharp and funny! It’s rare that I laugh out loud to shows but this show is so well written and hilarious!

    • Amanda says...

      Catastrophe is one of my favorite all-time shows; it’s brilliantly funny!

  93. SEVDI says...

    I watched Nanette last night after hearing from so many people that it’s life-changing. I’m almost fifty and I’ve seen my share of stand-ups, so I didn’t really expect my world to be rocked. The end of her set found me balled up on the couch, unable to breathe, let alone cry, because I felt like I was punched in the gut. I think she has managed to redefine what stand-up comedy can and should do. The sad fact is that those who should watch it probably never will.

    On a lighter note, for those of you not allergic to subtitles, may I suggest La Casa De Papel (Money Heist) on Netflix.

  94. Lucy says...

    Claws! Hulu has season 1 and season 2 just started this summer on TNT. It’s dark and dramatic, but with humor infused. Niecy Nash is fantastic as is the rest of the cast.

  95. sarah says...

    So many on here that i LOVE – schitt’s creek, handmaids tale, the killing (OMG SO GOOD), just started watching sharp objects. the affair is really good and love queer eye. Also – AMC just put out dietland, which is really different but good :)

  96. J. says...

    Call the Midwife…I think other than that just waiting for so many shows to come back on at the moment! Just finished Handmaid’s Tale season 2, waiting for Insecure next month, Catastrophe, Transparent, Master of None, Big Little Lies. And excited to watch Sharp Objects!

    • Adriana says...

      Oh, Call the Midwife is one of my favorites. I love that it packs so much drama but no cattiness, betrayal, contrived love-triangles and the like. It truly celebrates female friendships and is such a warm, loving show.

      I also love what I like to call “kind” comedies. Funny shows where all the characters actually like and support each other a la Parks and Rec and Brooklyn 99

  97. Claire says...

    Orphan Black!!!

    • Adrienne S says...

      Yes!! Tatiana Maslany is incredible playing all of those characters!! It’s sci fi, but cool sci fi everyone needs to check it out. You can stream it with Amazon Prime.

  98. Eva says...

    Watching The Staircase and re-watching Mindhunter (Cameron Britton deserves an Emmy!). Re-watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine perpetually. Also just super excited for the newest season of Great British Bake Off on PBS :)

    • Josie says...

      Mindhunter! Oh my gosh! So good!

  99. Tami says...

    Claws….I LOVE all of the characters.
    Super sleazy, crazy, funny and – since no one else has mentioned it – I may (or may not) be embarrassed to say that I’m hooked.

  100. laura says...

    I’m calling it already and naming Handmaid’s Tale season 2 as my fave of 2018.

    • Andrea says...

      Same! I desperately wait for Wednesday each week to watch the next episode!

    • Chrissy says...

      I wept more than I would like to admit while watching season 2. SO GOOD.

    • Vashnie says...

      Praise be!
      I second your call :)

  101. Monica says...

    I watch a ridiculous amount of stand-up and I couldn’t agree more that Nanette will go down in history as one of the greatest sets of our time.
    I want to give her the biggest hug.

  102. Nadine Hughey says...

    Husband & I are in season two, I think, of House of Cards. Still miss The Killing & Broadchurch.

  103. Mandy says...

    I don’t have NetFlix, only cable. I STILL love Grey’s Anatomy, Queen of the South and Good Behavior. :)

    • Emily R says...

      Ditto – if it’s not on cable, I’m not watching it.

  104. Lisa says...

    I can’t wait to watch Sharp Objects as I loved the book (I read anything by Gillian Flynn that I could find after finishing Gone Girl).

    I am completely into Queer Eye, so much so that I fantasise about nominating my husband for a makeover. He’s not that much of a mess but I would love to hang with the Fab Five, have Bobby redo our home and gossip with Jonathan. I powered through both seasons in less than a week each time. It’s just so hopeful and healing (I can’t think of any other way to describe it).

    As a young mother – The Let Down (also on Netflix) which is an Australian show centred around a young mother called Audrey, but also the other parents around her. I’ve pretty much watched it from behind my fingers as some of it is too real (the sleep training episode was particularly close to the bone) but it’s sweet and funny. I also devoured Good Girls (Netflix again!) with Christina Hendricks, Anne from Arrested Development and Retta who was in Parks and Rec. So so good.

    • Tania says...

      Yes! The Letdown was great. I sort of resented and was creeped out by how hard Netflix was pushing it on me — like, yes, I’m a new (ish) Mom, I’ve got maternal ambivalence, my parents are Australian! — but I finally succumbed, and I’m glad I did. It was a kind of perfect little show.

  105. Allison Hicks says...

    Endeavour is fantastic, great acting and this latest season (5) is really good. Keeping Faith. Marcella and Ozark are riveting as well. I’m so looking forward to viewing Sharp Objects!

  106. Julie says...

    Hannah Gadsby is a character on the Australian show Please Like Me and this show just blew my mind. So funny, charming and sad.

    • Beth says...

      Yes! I forgot she was in that! ‘Please like me’ was so brilliant- funny and touching. As an Aussie I love spruiking our ‘goods’ but honestly we have so many unsung treasures.
      Also the line that stuck with me in Nanette is (paraphrasing) “ “nothing is strong as a broken woman who has put herself back together.” BOOM!!!! And also they way she explains artists with mental illness don’t need to suffer for their art. I’m glad she is finally receiving the recognition she deserves and can’t wait to see what she does next.

    • Please Like Me is one of the most moving shows I’ve ever seen and she’s fantastic on it.

    • Erin Q. says...

      I absolutely LOVED Please Like Me. It’s so funny, but tackles big topics like mental health, families, sexuality, and abortion with tenderness and care.

    • Frankie says...

      Please Like Me is 10/10 in my books. It’s my new re-watch-when-needing-comfort-show. Everyone should see it. Truly hilarious and original. And sad, that too.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      I DEVOURED this, Bridget!!!

    • Unreal is so great. Anything written by Marti Noxon is something where you can’t go wrong.

  107. amy says...

    I just finished watching THE FALL on netflix. It’s dark but I thought Gillian Anderson was amazing!

    • Claire says...

      Good one! She is amazing! Have you watched The Killing? also dark, but so well done. Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman are riveting.

    • Shannon says...

      Almost finished with it and agreed, so good! Jamie Dornan is phenomenal, too.

    • Yasmine says...

      The Fall was such a deliciously satisfying watch!! I’ve been dying to find something else like it. New fan of Gillian Anderson here.

  108. anne says...

    Younger is my favorite show for the summer. Everyone I know that has been introduced to it has also fallen in love with the show (and with Hilary Duff)!

    • Madeline says...

      100% AGREED. So great.

    • Issa says...

      A 1000x yes!

    • Babs says...

      I love this show unabashedly. I tend to go for dark and disturbing (anyone else bingewatch the Handmaid’s Tale?), but for some reason this show is my summer bubble machine. Super fun.

    • Katie says...

      My favorite show right now. My best friend recommended it in the winter, I binged it in a week and have now told practically everyone I’ve seen since to watch it. Everyone I’ve recommended it to has loved it, too.

      It’s smart, fun, funny, shows strong female friendships and also features serious topics like ageism. I don’t know why this show isn’t bigger, probably because it’s on TV Land, but I love it!

      Also #teamcharles

    • Lise says...

      LOVE LOVE LOVE Younger – hope at any age :)

  109. Kelli says...

    The Detectorists! Such a sweet, gentle comedy. Calm in an otherwise stormy world right now :)

    • Caro says...

      Yes, it is so sweet and it’s completely different and rather old now but for light and funny watching I love the IT Crowd

  110. Erin says...

    I first discovered Gadsby in Please Like Me, an Australian show that’s also on Netflix in most countries and on Hulu in the US. If you liked Nanette, give Please Like Me a go. It’s hysterically funny but also treats important topics like sexuality, mental health, abortion, and family dynamics with tender care.

    I recently watched Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Prime and it is an absolute delight. It stars Lola Kirke (sister of Girls’ Jemima Kirke) as an oboist named Hayley trying to break into the New York Symphony. Contrasting Hailey is Gael Garcia Bernal as the Symphony’s new virtuoso conductor, Rodrigo. Together, Kirke and Bernal made me smile from ear to ear. Definitely a hidden gem kind of show. I’m desperate to talk about it with someone but no one I know has seen it!

    • sarah says...

      I LOVE mozart in the jungle!

    • KL says...

      Erin, thanks so much for the recommendation. I’m going to stream ‘Please Like Me’ on my commute home tonight!

  111. tracy says...

    Killing Eve is amazing and you will want to watch all of it in one sitting.

  112. Estee says...

    I am few episodes into The Sinner on Netflix and Amazon Prime. The action comes quick and starts with Jessica Biel’s wife and mother character acting out a crime of shocking violence. Nothing is as it seems and the character development is really interesting. I like too, their portrayal of a sex worker supporting character. And of course I have the BIGGEST crush on Christopher Abbott (Charlie on Girls) who plays Jessica’s husband.

  113. Catalina says...

    GLOW on Netflix is absolutely terrific–simultaneously over-the-top, hilarious, and deeply thoughtful about both pop culture and human nature. Plus, who doesn’t want to see Zoya the Destroyer face off against Liberty Belle? I became a lot more interested in female wrestling than I ever expected to be.

    If you like mind-bending scifi and spectacular visuals, “Legion” is worth checking out. (There was a late-in-the-game plot twist in season two I’m not as sure about yet, but season one is perfection: it’s like David Lynch and Wes Anderson got together to make a superhero show.

    “Cobra Kai,” from earlier this year, is just delightful. 30 years after the All Valley Karate Tournament, both Daniel La Russo and Johnny Lawrence haven’t entirely let it go–and when Johnny reopens the Cobra Kai dojo, their old rivalry gains new life. Honestly, I want to take this show and screen it for every studio exec who wants to reboot an old property, because THIS is how you do it. The show revisits a lot of the moments/themes of “The Karate Kid,” but always puts a twist on it that makes it fresh. And both Daniel and Johnny have failed to let go of the biggest event of their teenage years, and the show illustrates that failing to let go of a victory can be nearly as self-destructive as failing to get over a defeat. This is light and fun, but it’s thoughtfully done.

    I’m also going back and showing my partner “Fringe,” which was goofy as heck but always a good time.

    • liz says...

      I’m loving GLOW! In addition to being hilarious and well-written, I love how it its lady-centric and feminist it is in its depiction of the sexism and objectification women of faced in the 80s. I’m also a huge Marc Maron fan and think his role is perfect for him.

    • Tricia says...

      Both my husband and I love GLOW so, so much.

    • Jodi says...

      Another vote for GLOW! It’s a great mixture of comedy, pathos, and social commentary. But if you are offended by bad language, drugs, or nudity, you probably want to give it a pass.

    • Julie says...

      I am OBSESSED with GLOW!!! Just finished the second season and I’m so sad that it’s over. I already miss those girls!

  114. Kaitlyn S says...

    I just re-watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – I made my husband watch it with me this time. The first time I watched the entire season was on a plane going to and from California for a job interview and I think I was in a haze; this time I truly got to enjoy it. I’m so looking forward to the next season!! I’m targeting 2 Dope Queens next. My husband has no idea what he’s in for :) I love re-watching things too – I just rewatched Hasan Minhaj’s standup special on Netflix (Homecoming King) because it’s hilarious and doesn’t make me depressed.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we have the same TV taste, kaitlyn!!! i LOVED all the ones you listed. excited for you to watch the 2 dope queens HBO special. xoxo

  115. Laura C. says...

    Poldark. I’m totally Poldarked. DOn’t miss it! Currently waiting for “Oultlander” and next season of “Strike”.

  116. Katherine says...

    LOVING the reboot of Queer Eye. My husband and I just finished The Staircase on Netflix – good for any true crime junkies.

  117. Eliza says...

    We just finished The Handmaid’s Tale and the first season of Ozark. Now we’re starting Sharp Objects. Can’t wait for Season 2 of Big Little Lies! So many great shows!!!

  118. Anna Guenther says...

    The second season of Handmaid’s Tale. Maybe I blocked out the first season but the second season seems a lot more intense, and I’m only on episode 3. Next up on my list is Killing Eve!

  119. Megan says...

    Schitt’s Creek, absolutely. So refreshing to recently stumble upon another great comedy instead of re-watching 30 Rock or the first three seasons of Arrested Development for the millionth time!

    • Erin Q. says...

      Ahhhh yes Schitt’s Creek. You might think going in that it’s going to be cheesy but it’s so not! And David and Patrick make me swoon!

    • Kristy says...

      I am absolutely in love with Schitt’s Creek! I laugh out loud all the time, but as the seasons go on and the characters develop, ugh, it’s just so good!

    • DeeDee says...

      Love Schitt’s Creek. I re-watch it every couple of months!

    • Katie says...

      The husband and I are also huge fans for Schitt’s Creek. By episode three, we were hooked.

    • Adrienne S says...

      Are you all Canadian like me? If not, it completely warms my heart that you’re into this show! Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara are Canadian legends and the whole show just has a distinctly made in Canada vibe.

    • Katie says...

      Yes! My husband and I have been workings through this and I thought it was going to be flat caricatures at first, but they’ve really developed. And Catherine O’Hara’s ad for the vineyard had us crying we were laughing so hard.

    • MelTown says...

      Just here to join the chorus for Schitt’s Creek. It’s my favorite show, maybe ever! I love that it has evolved into something really special and full of heart without losing even a tiny bit of wacky hilarity. It’s THE BEST.

      Not Canadian, I live in Texas ;)

    • Tracey says...

      Australian here. Love it love it. In fact the other day I caught my reflection in the frozen veg door at the supermarket and laughed out loud that I was dressed like David. Black leggings, black and white sneakers, black oversized dress/T-shirt/tunic thing and a long big black puffy coat and sunglasses. DEEVID! Lol.

  120. jac says...

    I just fell into a Bob’s Burgers hole. I had never seen it before and I generally don’t think I should be watching cartoons as an adult. But…MAN I love it. The family is cute and hilarious. Especially Louise. And Gene.

    • Liz says...

      I second Bob’s Burgers. My ultimate “need-a-laugh-can’t-do-a-drama-tonight” show. I love the family dynamic too–Bob & Linda are actually really good parent figures! Very accepting and supportive of their kids.

      (And Gene’s one liners never fail to absolutely KILL.)

    • My brother is an animator on that show, so I love hearing that other people love it! I’ve never seen a full episode…eek!

    • Ashley says...

      Bob’s Burgers is one of my favorite shows! I am 35…so an older watcher too ? actually, I went as Tina for last Halloween.

    • Danielle says...

      Bob’s Burgers makes me so happy! Did you see that Blue Apron is doing a Bob’s Burgers collaboration with all the ridiculous burgers from the show? https://try.blueapron.com/bobsburgers/

  121. Stephanie says...

    Going to check out Nanette tonight! Thanks for the recommendation! I’m also very into Sharp Objects right now too. I loved the book and it’s also directed/produced (?) by the same people as Big Little Lies so it has a bit of a similar feel. It would be a great show for anyone who loved Big Little Lies. Great soundtrack too!

    • Christina M. says...

      I really want to watch Sharp Objects, but I’m a little bit of a scaredy-cat. Is it scary? Will keep me up at night?

  122. Claire says...

    We always pick a family show to watch w/ my teenager son through the summer, and this year’s pick is The Office (US version w/ Steve Carrell), from season 1 through to the finish. We love it- whoo, so funny! I am exhausted and discouraged from following current events and the news, so this is a welcome respite. We also watched episode one of Sharp Objects last weekend, and liked it (dark and creepy!).
    Nanette is on my queue, and I’m moving it up based on all these recs.

  123. Cathy says...

    I haven’t seen Nanette yet, but based on the quote you pulled, check out Pose on FX. Its brand new at look at the NYC gay/transgender community in the late 1980s. A combination of funny and heartbreaking. It focuses a lot on finding your authentic self, the history and trauma of the AIDS crisis, and the comparison of Trumpian Luxury vs the poverty and struggle of poor kids who had to make it on their own without family support. Also a lot of flash and glitter from their attempts to make their world beautiful.

    • Brooke Cedros says...

      Hi Cathy,
      I was skimming through to see if anyone had mentioned Pose yet. I love it – and your description is spot on! I’ve found it an eye-opening look into that era in NYC that I was fascinated by, but too young to really understand what was going on. Last week’s episode (the duet) was absolutely beautiful. It’s a wonderful look at humanity. And the soundtrack is the best!

      Also, Nanette? Totally visceral. A must see!

  124. Ashley says...

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!!!!

    • Heidi says...

      Me too! It‘s awesome! Can’t wait for the next season!

  125. Laura Ruth Zeugner says...

    I loved Westworld s2 which just ended recently and have been re-watching all of Brooklyn 99

  126. Stephanie says...

    Oh goodness, Nanette!
    One of my roommates and I popped it on one night without knowing anything about it. We liked Hannah Gadsby in “Please Like Me” and thought we were in for a laugh. Our third roommate got home and found us both weeping on the couch.
    So powerful!

  127. Nora B says...

    I’ve been hearing amazing things about Nanette. Must see!
    Lately I’ve been rewatching The Closer w Kyra Sedgewick. I love how it’s just her and a bunch of guys, and she doesn’t take any crap from them. Love how she makes them squirm when they are rude/sexist/screw up.

    • Nadine Hughey says...

      I was sad/mad when it ended, had been watching since season 2. Definitely not one of those shows that makes everyone perfectly one way or another. Brenda was hard to love sometimes.

  128. Julie says...

    My husband and I just tore through Barry, which was funny and dark and cemented my crush on Bill Hader. For my mental health, I’ve been rewatching Great British Bake Off, I Love Lucy, Frasier, and Community.

    I’m still mourning The Americans. My life is a little less full without the Jennings’ Wigs of Deception and Dowdiness.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i LOVED barry. the ending!!!!!!

    • Julie says...

      The ending DESTROYED me. I can’t wait for the next season!

    • CB says...

      My husband and I started watching Frazier as a way to mindlessly have something on the tv without getting hooked on another show… but now we can’t stop watching it! It’s a light way to relax from full time jobs and the nonsense in the news

    • Katie says...

      Love this:
      “For my mental health, I’ve been rewatching Great British Bake Off…”

      We are the same person :)

  129. I love British period dramas and mysteries. I recently discovered Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which stars Essie Davis as a private detective in ’20s-era Melbourne. It is SO GOOD. They only made three seasons, but now a movie is in the works! Very exciting!

    • Jessica says...

      Oh my gosh, there will be a movie?! I am SO excited about this!! (And it makes me want to watch the whole series again… for a 4th time!)

    • Anne says...

      I’m obsessed with Miss Fisher, and must have watched it over 50 times now. The clothes alone make it worth watching, and she just makes me super happy to watch. It’s my comfort show…

    • Jill says...

      I love this show! I watched the entire series and then immediately started over.

  130. M says...

    Yes, Nanette. I sat with my arms in the air at the end, like a salute or watching a touchdown. My heart almost burst.

    Sense8 on Netflix is where it’s at. Only two seasons and I am still trying to figure out who my favorite is. I love all of them. They show how closely we are connected and what loving others looks like.

    Queer Eye 2 is also a reminder of how love changes everything.

    • Erin says...

      I just watched the finale of Sense8 and cried and cried at the ending!! So great!!!

    • Jess says...

      I was shocked at how much I loved Sense8. Sci Fi-ish stuff is my husband’s jam, but not necessarily mine, but I never cared about that. I was too busy being fascinated by how much I loved each character and appreciated a show that was curated in such a loving way to be truly inclusive. No character’s placement felt contrived (like, I never felt like they were just trying to “check all the boxes of diversity”), they just felt natural and beautiful. It was created by the Wachowski sisters who know how to do action and sci-fi (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas, etc) but also personally understand how important representation is in Hollywood. It shows. I came to it late and binge watched the whole thing – so sad it is gone.

  131. judy says...

    Bosch. Stellar acting and stories. I have read every one of Michael Connelly’s books and the series surprised me with it’s attention to detail, diversity and emotion. Awaiting season 5!

    • Claire says...

      Nice sound track, too. We picked up some great jazz albums from watching/ listening to that show.

  132. Carrie says...

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine! It’s so funny and chill to watch. Gentle comedy is the only way I can unwind after work each day.

  133. I guess I know what I’m watching tonight – Nanette. I’ve been re-watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Frasier to fall asleep at night. I’ll be watching this post for some new ideas.

  134. Mk says...

    Handmaids Tale on Hulu. I also just finished the Americans! Both I highly highly recommend!!

  135. Julia says...

    “Do you understand what self-deprecation means when it comes from someone who exists, and always has done, in the margins? It isn’t humility. It’s humiliation. I make fun of myself in order to make other people feel more comfortable with my difference. And I decided I don’t want to do that anymore. Not to myself or anybody who may identify with me.”

    This comment! I have struggled to enjoy comedy routines for this exact reason and have never been able to formulate into words as to why. I always figured I was some sort of curmudgeon that hates what everybody else loves. “Who hates to laugh!?” people always say to me. I just never find it funny and feel a bit of sadness for comedians using themselves as a form to make everyone else laugh/feel comfortable. Love it. Will have to check this out.

    • Adrienne says...

      Ack. Thank you, Julia! I’m exactly the same way. I love to laugh. But I hate most comedy acts, because I find them humiliating and marginalizing. It’s so nice to find a kindred spirit.

  136. Jennifer says...

    I’m obsessed with I’m Dying Up Here, a weekly drama series about stand up comedians in LA in the 1970’s. I love stand up comedy and this shows the darker side of trying to make it in the industry. My husband can’t stand shows where characters are on their cell phones all the time (it ruined Master of None for him, and me because of his complaining about it!) so that’s another bonus of a show set in the 70’s! No phones but SO MUCH face to face drama.

    • Nancey says...

      I’m Dying Up Here…That show is incredible! You know why I love it? the feeling of it, it’s so smoky and so gritty, it has a great feel. Now I want to go home and watch I’m Dying up here all night.

  137. Nancey says...

    I can’t wait to check out Nanette! I am binge watching New Girl because I need to laugh lately, and I need to laugh at smart funny things. New Girl is the best! I just finished The Forest on Netflix, dark and dreary and really well done. I am also second episode into the second season of Goliath, which I loved the first time around. And I hear Ozark is coming back in October, yay!

  138. Sarah says...

    I saw Nanette. All I can say is wow. Her words pierced through my heart. Her work makes the world a better place. Now to go make some tea :)

  139. Lauren says...

    Queer Eye on Netflix! I devoured both seasons and am so sad I don’t have any more episodes to watch – will have to start re-watching! The new “fab five” are fantastic!!

  140. Denise says...

    Recently?
    Schitt’s Creek – so hilarious! The Durrell’s in Corfu – for like the 8th time – when will they come out with the next season?! I’m ready! Escape to the Contintent – I so want a flat in Lisbon now! I need my shows light and fluffy lately with a whole lot of escapism. I did also watch Nanette – which was super good. Not light and fluffy by any means but so worthy and so thought provoking. I just hope that Hannah’s leaving stand up is not the first and last time I hear about her. She’s great!

  141. Catie says...

    Oh my god yes! Loved Nanette so much. I just binged Killing Eve more quickly than I would like to admit. It is SO GOOD and so empowering for women. Highly recommend!

  142. Beth says...

    I just watched Nannette the other night for my “book club” And was moved to the core. We were all struggling to finish books as most of us have young kids and babies so this month’s host picked essays and Nanette. I too started off giggling and enjoying her witty humor and by the end was alone in my living room crying and giving a standing ovation. I think this should be required watching for all humans right now. Thank you for posting about it.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “by the end was alone in my living room crying and giving a standing ovation” = love that, beth.

    • Carol says...

      Just watched Nanette last night. I also would put it on required viewing list. Powerful to watch. Both funny and emotional. Such a strong person.

  143. Julie says...

    I don’t think there need to be more TV recs, Nanette is where it’s at right now. BUT since you asked, Cameron Esposito released her stand up hour, Rape Jokes, for FREE (you can make a donation to RAINN to purchase it). It’s powerful and moving. Here’s to more people telling their stories.

    (Trigger warning, her set does discuss sexual assault, if that wasn’t clear by the title)

    https://www.cameronesposito.com/

  144. Frankie Rose says...

    Watched Nanette last weekend and loved it. So powerful. Also lately have enjoyed Killing Eve, season 2 of Queer Eye (restores my faith in humanity), season 3 of Detectorists (gentle British comedy) and the new season of Comedians in Cars with Jerry Seinfeld. I’m on maternity leave with a newborn so I guess I’m getting some shows in! Also looking to checking out Sharp Objects.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      congratulations on your baby, frankie!

    • LOR says...

      While on maternity leave I burned through Cable Girls and Grand Hotel on Netflix (only if you can stand subtitles) both period shows based in Spain.

    • Amy says...

      I watched the Detectorists when i was on maternity leave too! It was lighthearted and funny. I also decided to watch Schitts Creek at 2am while up with a fussy baby and ended up giggling and enjoying it.

    • Josie says...

      Congrats on your baby! Frankie Rose is my baby’s (she’s 2 and a half now) name!

    • Rebecca says...

      Lor – if you liked Cable Girls and Grand Hotel, you should definitely check out Velvet, by the same production team and with a lot of overlapping cast (and I’m pretty sure basically the same set as Cable Girls). It doesn’t really hold up over all 4 seasons, but I really enjoyed a lot of it, and Miguel Angel Silvestre is definitely my celebrity crush.

    • LOR says...

      Rebecca – Yes, I watched Velvet, thank you though! Don Mateo (Javier Rey) is my crush.

  145. Sara says...

    Starting Sharp Objects tonight! Am so excited – it’s my favorite of Gillian Flynn’s books.

  146. Ellie says...

    So weird that you posted about this because a friend of mine just posted about this show on Facebook and was RAVING about it! I guess I need to watch it.

  147. KimV. says...

    Yes! I loved it. SO POWERFUL. Hannah is amazing!

  148. Clare says...

    BASKETS! Everyone should be watching Baskets. Dark but funny, by fave combo.

    • Annie says...

      Second this! Baskets is SO SO good and surprisingly touching for such a silly seeming show !! Louie Anderson playing a Mom sounds so ridiculous but after a few episodes, his acting is so good, you just forget. So many of his little mannerisms or comments are just so Mom-ish.

  149. London says...

    Nanette. A million times Nanette. I love what Netflix is doing with comedy generally (the Stand-ups! The Comedy Line Up!) but damn. She changed my mood, my mind, my attitude, my month. A delight, a shock, comedy and tragedy. I feel like I’m writing the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, but Nanette was better than Dickens.

    • Lindsey says...

      This is the greatest personal review I’ve ever read. Love this, London! (And completely agree.)

    • Alex says...

      Seriously, this is an amazing review. I am going to go watch it as soon as possible!

    • Lula says...

      Yes to all of this! It is life-changing.

    • Franny Eremin says...

      “I feel like I’m writing the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, but Nanette was better than Dickens.” – YES, LONDON!!! Love this review so much.

    • Cazmina says...

      “She changed my mood, my mind, my attitude, my month. A delight, a shock, comedy and tragedy” << THIS! Couldn't have said it better myself so I won't even try. As an Aussie I was already familiar with Hannah Gadsby and how funny she is, but I was blown away by Nanette.

    • nadine says...

      wow!! that’s a fantastic review! I just watched the show and I can’t express myself in better words. Thank you for the reccomandation Franny, I also just found out she’s coming to Montreal at the end of the month, can’t wait to see her live!!

    • Franny Eremin says...

      You will love her even more in person, Nadine!!!!

    • nadine says...

      Saw Hannah Gadbsy live show last night! Thank you again for the recommandation Franny!! She really is even more adorable and powerful in person.
      I’m looking forward to see what she’s going to do next, and at the same time I hope she won’t have too much pressure and she’ll be able to take the time she needs to choose her moves.