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Three TV Shows I’ve Loved Recently

As I looked forward to a nice long weekend in the sun, New York City gave us all the rain (and cold wind) it could muster. So, I had no choice but to dig out my sweatshirt and settle in for excellent television, instead. (Oh, well!) Here are the shows that held my attention all weekend…

High On the Hog

I’d been looking forward to this show for weeks — so much that some friends and I had a soul-food brunch to celebrate its arrival. Based on the book by the same name, High On the Hog joins Stephen Satterfield with food experts of the African diaspora, including author and food writer Jessica B. Harris and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty. The series begins in West Africa in the country of Benin, one of the ports for the Transatlantic slave trade. This was perhaps the most gripping segment to me, looking at the types of meals Beninians enjoyed and passed down before they were ripped from their homes. Besides the recipes themselves, this show explores the nuances of Black individuals addressing the emotional impact of their vanished pasts and the new traditions and cuisine enslaved Africans brought to the South.

Special, Season 2

The first season of Special surprised me. It was so smartly written and important, I wondered why everyone wasn’t going crazy for it. When season two came out, I was thrilled. Creator Ryan O’Connell plays himself in a semi-autobiographical role — a gay man with cerebral palsy, learning to juggle a writing career, dating and friendship, as well as creating a more healthy/less dependent relationship to his mom. It’s complicated, beautiful and very funny. Season two continues Ryan’s path of self-discovery, and dives more deeply into some of the isolation he experienced as a child with a disability. He also seeks out a support group of disabled individuals who call themselves ‘The Crips.’ Ryan’s best friend, Kim, is played by Punam Patel; her confidence can’t be faked, nor can her straight-forward humor. One laugh-out-loud moment is when she, Ryan, and Ryan’s boyfriend recite the ‘Why is no one reaaaddyy??’ line from The Devil Wears Prada, because they’re running late for a trip. It’s perfect.

Master of None, Season 3

Master of None did what I wish a lot of shows would do — pass the mic to Black women. This season entitled ‘Moments In Love’ follows Lena Waithe’s character, Denise, through struggles with marriage, ambition, wealth, the decision to have kids or to not, and finding someone who feels like home. Naomi Ackie’s fearless, hopeful portrayal of Alicia, Denise’s wife, was my favorite part of the entire season. (I took so many screenshots of her flawless wardrobe!) I appreciated this season’s pivot toward Denise’s character, and the show’s departure from the previous two seasons, although they were great. Creator and usual main character, Aziz Ansari, only appears in the first two episodes and takes a quieter role as director. I‘d planned to watch the first episode and ended up watching the entire season in one night. I loved the voyeuristic feeling of peeking into someone’s private life, the quietest, most subtle moments. It’s my favorite season of the show yet; and I hope to see more Black love stories told in such tender, nuanced ways.

Anything I should add to my list? What’s a show you’ve watched lately?

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  1. Mare of Easttown
    Shtisel
    Borgen

  2. Megan W says...

    Can I recommend a kid show? Bluey is one of my favorite shows on tv and I recommend it to parents and non-parents alike. Obviously I’m in the young kid “season of life,” but I’ve learned so many lessons about being a parent and friend from the sweet and hilarious characters. Watch it- you won’t be sorry!

    • Lenae says...

      I slept on this show for a while after a friend recommended it, but we finally watched and it’s SO good — for both parents and kids. It’s funny and heartfelt. My son is almost 2 and loves it.

  3. Lacy says...

    The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime. I was invested immediately! It is a hard show to watch but so important.

  4. A says...

    Motherland. Very funny take on the juggle of motherhood and school gate politics. Total cringe. Loved it.
    Catastrophe. A comedy drama that is completely binge worthy.

  5. Wendy says...

    Absolutely loved Last Tango in Halifax! Wish there were more seasons. Sir Derek Jacobi is riveting.

  6. Heidi says...

    Kim’s Convenience is excellent! It started off as a play about a Korean-Canadian family and it was turned into a tv show. Netflix just dropped Season 5. The cast is phenomenal–you will laugh and cry. So good!

  7. elise says...

    I have very little time for tv, and typically I try to reserve my screen time with running on the “dreadmill”. The only 2 shows I’ve loved in the last year are that made me actually want to get on that thing are –
    Workin’ Moms – Canadian series you can watch on Netflix. As a working mom I LOVED this show! It’s the only thing I’ve watched obsessively since the Office ended. Even though all the moms/families are different, you can find yourself in all of them. It’s funny and relatable.

    Dead to Me – with Christina Applegate. I have only watched Season one but I also loved this suspenseful, complicated, touching show. Season 2 is out and I’m trying to clear my schedule to binge watch it!

    love all these suggestions – maybe I’ll get in a few more workouts!

  8. I’ve been hooked on British TV for years. There’s something about it: the tight writing, the flawed characters, the reliability, the scenery. And the fact that the shows don’t just drag on and on for endless episodes. I love watching 6-8 episodes/series. Enough to tell a good story, but not as long so as to need filler and pointless drama.

    Right now I’m watching The Other One (written by Holly Walsh, if you’re into British comedy), Motherland (with the fabulous Anna Maxwell Martin and Lucy Punch) and Foyle’s War (and learning more WWII history than I’ve ever learned in school).

    • tiffany says...

      Loved British TV thanks for the new show recs.

  9. Jenny says...

    Call My Agent! On Netflix (I think), French, several seasons. SO good. My husband and I are so bummed it’s over. It’s just what you want in the evening — funny, relatable, long ongoing storylines, just enough wackiness but not so crazy, not intense and serious and you never feel devastated afterwards, but also juicy and substantive, not mindless — just what evening TV should be, post-work, kids in bed!

    And Borgen — people say it’s like a Danish version of Madam Secretary (also good), which is true, but being Danish adds something different. Really good. And turns out, also helpful for learning about parliamentary systems and coalition governments, so handy in recent news cycles….

  10. I was THRILLED when Master of None season 3 came out. Totally surprised, too, because I’m not up on entertainment news and last I heard Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang said they weren’t going to do a season 3. I LOVE how they went a totally different direction. Getting to know Denise better and also the amazing Alicia has been so good. Last night we watched the IVF episode and wow. Tears. What a gift. One thing I love about this season is how slow and quiet it is. Like in the IVF episode, just taking all the time for Alicia to figure out how she was going to give herself a shot. There wasn’t music. It was just real. And then when she’s sitting in the laundromat for what feels like FOREVER, feeling like shit with this boisterous music in the background…there’s so many moments where the characters are just living their lives, thinking their thoughts, and feeling their feelings in moments when so many of us might be scrolling our phones. It truly feels subversive.

  11. silly lily says...

    “Last Tango in Halifax” (British) and “Offspring” (Austrailian). Netflix I think, maybe Prime. Very engaging.

  12. CG says...

    Kominsky Method (been a fan since S1)! I only intended to watch 1 episode of the final season and ended up watching all in one go.

  13. Rebecca says...

    Mare of Easttown — Kate Winslet is phenomenal in it! It was riveting, we could not wait to watch the next episode as they were airing. It is SO bingeable with amazing writing, acting, plotline, delivery and suspense!

    • Margie says...

      Totally agree! Just finished Mare of Easttown, I loved the relationships and the normalcy of the people and the town. Lots of twists!

  14. Meredith says...

    Thank you, Kim, for the High on the Hog recommendation – it is incredible! The first episode especially is so powerful.

    • Blandine says...

      Yes, I loved it. Stephen Satterfield is incredible and the whole show is so well documented while also with beautiful photography.

  15. carly says...

    I loved Search Party!

  16. Ki says...

    I am loving This Way Up with Sharon Horgan (from Catastrophe).

  17. LT says...

    Wow…so many great suggestions!!!! Here’s my take:

    *The Kominsky Method – just discovered this a few days ago and so far its provided many laughs. Looking forward to the remaining episodes of season one.
    *The Flight Attendant – was okay, didn’t hold my attention after a few episodes.
    *Ted Lasso – Really like this show. Is it possible to like and be annoyed with Kiely at the same time? haha
    *Shrill – Really surprised me in how much I like it.

    • Kate says...

      Ohh, I really LOVED the Flight Attendant! I normally don’t like dark thrillers but I guess the (somewhat) glamourous travelling lifestyle of Cassie helped me get through the bleak winter.

      Just to piggyback, another show I enjoyed this winter was Girls from Ipanema. I never watch a series more than once, but this one I went back and started again when it ended because it was sooo incredible! Especially healing for a broken heart.

  18. Zoe P says...

    I am SO thrilled to see Special featured on COJ! Ryan is a friend from high school and I love the amount of recognition his show is receiving. It’s such a fun, funny, poignant look at disability and intersectionality. I’m sad that this is the final season but so happy the episodes are longer in season 2!

  19. Jenna says...

    Moone Boy on Hulu – so funny!

  20. Lisa says...

    I watched the first episode of Mare, but wasn’t particularly enthralled. Is it something that grows on you?

    We finished a french series called Baron Noir, which is like a french house of cards effectively. My husband is french and he said it accurately represents french politics, and some of the things that happen have been lifted from real life. It is fascinating, and I’ve learned a lot about french politics and constitutional law. Only problem is we could only watch one episode an evening, because between trying to understand the french and the politics, I would always fall asleep. (It’s on Amazon in the U.K.)

    The most recent season of Shtisel – best yet. I sobbed, I laughed. It was incredible. (Netflix)

    • Marla says...

      Give Mare another go. It’s so good and Kate Winslet is superb!

    • Jen says...

      LOVED SHTISEL!!!

  21. Megan says...

    General and super eclectic list of recently-watched-and-enjoyed shows (since I use the comments section of these sorts of posts for viewing ideas!):
    -Anne with an E
    -The Durrells on Corfu
    -Hacks
    -This is Us season finale (whoa!)
    -just started Mare of Easttown and I am riveted but also fairly shook after each episode
    -Ted Lasso
    -Lupin

    Can’t wait to watch Master of None, particularly given the IVF as a single woman plot line. As a solo mom by choice who had to go through fertility treatments, I am so grateful that this experience is being portrayed on a mainstream show. As everyone (including CoJ) says over and over–representation matters.

    • Blandine says...

      Anne with an E! It took me a looooong time to recover from my crush on Gilbert Blythe. I particularly loved how they brought Black canadian and LGBTI characters into that show (Bash….)

  22. Jean says...

    What’s the last show that made you laugh hysterically? Like the new Arrested Development or The Office? I need to laugh hard. Can’t do dramas right now!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’ve been laughing out loud with the new show Hacks (HBO).

    • EG says...

      Girls5Eva on Peacock!

    • Girls5Eva on Peacock is hilarious! And I’ve also been re-watching the entire 11 seasons of Frasier – laugh out loud funny! My 19 year old daughter and I watch 2-3 episodes right before bed.

    • Rue says...

      Space Force and Derry Girls on Netflix, Detectorists on Amazon or Acorn.

    • Chelsea says...

      Derry Girls! I watched first and then rewatched with my boyfriend and guffawed just as much the second time around.

    • M.Nicole says...

      New Girl never disappoints! It is a fantastic ensemble show!

    • Em says...

      Catastrophe

    • Bee says...

      IT Crowd on Netflix or Detroiters on Prime video!

    • Laura says...

      Bless this Mess :)

    • Jenn says...

      I’d like to second Derry Girls and add Schitt’s Creek. I put off watching the latter because the name really turned me off, but it’s truly hysterical.

    • Yes to Frasier, Derry Girls and The Other One (by Acorn) for a good laugh. Also Taskmaster. It’s a panel show, not fiction, but I am in tears almost every episode.

    • Kate D says...

      Mythic Quest, get past episode 1 as it’s all set up. OMG, working in corporate tech, I haven’t laughed that hard in awhile.

    • Cindy says...

      chewing gum. OMG.

    • Rachel says...

      Friday Night Dinner on Prime has been making me giggle.

  23. Denise says...

    Mythic Quest and Dickinson on AppleTV+. Both so unique and GREAT!

  24. Ashely Milliken Schneider says...

    HACKS!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes!!!

  25. I have seen and enjoyed most of the shows you have commented on but I discovered by accident, a very special series called Navillero. (Korean on Netflix) If you are up for sub-titles and a few tears, this show is extra-ordinary! I can’t even tell you!! Would love to know what you all think.

    • Sarah says...

      I just looked this up and it looks so interesting. Thanks for the tip!

  26. Ooh so glad your first two recs are on Netflix because they are new to me and sound amazing! I’ve been enjoying the second season of Everything’s Gonna Be Okay on Hulu. It’s one of those shows where I’m like “It’s so good why aren’t more people talking about it more so that it doesn’t get cancelled!” ha

  27. Charlie says...

    What great recs! I just watch High on the Hog at your suggestion: SO GOOD.

    Amazing travel, history, and the story of people who – through their strength, resilience, and power – brought us so many of the foods we, today, call American. But were first African! The first episode flies us to Benin, and walks through a rich history of foods – from the avant-garde and modern takes of high end chefs, to those of traditional and local water villages – spiced fish, blackeyed peas, fry bread, you name it. Highly recommend!

  28. Sarah says...

    I also loved loved loved the most recent season of Master of None. It felt so honest. The episode about IVF had me in tears. Another must watch show is Shrill. I know some people were bummed about the final episode, but I love how this show celebrates the true love we find in our life-long friendships.

  29. Linda Davick says...

    The Bureau is hands down the best series I’ve ever watched. (Sundance.)

    • Dana says...

      Yes it is! Couldn’t agree more!
      Watch Spiral next!! ( called Engrenages in French)

  30. Michelle says...

    For All Mankind on Apple TV+ has been amazing and gripping. There are two seasons available, and it’s been such a treat to binge them all because I discovered it recently. The show depicts an alternate history of how the space race would have gone differently if the Soviets landed on the moon first. Even if you don’t love sci-fi or space, you should check it out!

    • Susan says...

      I love For All Mankind! I tell everyone to watch it.

  31. Zara says...

    I just finished Season 3 of shrill and the first 6 episodes of Hacks (both on Crave for my Canadian friends). If you have not yet watched the shows High Maintenance, Catastrophe, or I Think You Should Leave, I gave those faves a rewatch this winter. I…love TV.

    • Danielle says...

      I just think High Maintenance is such a gem. It’s unreal all they manage to pack into an episode. Really brilliant short story writing.

  32. Veronica says...

    Master of None just gets better and better! And I’ve started High on the Hog.

  33. ALV says...

    Ah different strokes! I had to turn off Master of None as I found is excruciatingly dull. I loved the fast paced comedic seasons… watching people do laundry, not so much.

    • Lori says...

      Ditto – after watching 1st episode of season 3, my husband proclaimed that “he’s out”. I may continue to watch as I have a higher tolerance for these types of slow paced/more emotional stories. I was really underwhelmed by the one episode (painfully slow and not much to compel me to come back for more) but given CoJ feedback, will give it another try.

  34. Rae says...

    I LOVE Korean Dramas (kdramas for short).

    Watching the kdrama Vincenzo on Netflix right now about a Korean-Italian mob lawyer out to bring down an evil corporation. It’s so outrageous and incredibly entertaining.

    Also, I feel like most kdramas are catered to a female audience, so let’s just say there are some beautiful men on dramas.

    Any other kdrama fans on COJ? Looking forward to watching Move to Heaven next on Netflix but I haven’t seen too many reviews for it.

    • MG says...

      I had never seen a Kdrama before the pandemic and now that is basically all I watch! If you haven’t seen one, Crash Landing on You is a great entry point. Watch the first two episodes before making a call on whether to continue as there’s a shift after episode one.

      Rae, to build on your point: the industry seems to have much greater representation in terms of women, including as creators. As a result, it’s a nice respite from the white male gaze, and from the idea that men can only be heroes if they are depicted as invulnerable.

      If you like Game of Thrones and Vincenzo’s lead Song Joong-Ki, try Arthdal Chronicles. If you like horror, try Kingdom (although warning, has a theme of contagion).

      Also, the act of having to read subtitles makes it much more immersive, so it really does feel like a break!

    • teacher looking forward to having a real break this time says...

      Sky Castle. I teach at a private school, so this was especially entertaining to me. Obviously, it’s a drama, so it gets quite “dramatic” over the course of the show, but still, I spent my first week of summer break a couple years back decompressing with this show.

    • Rae says...

      MG: Crash Landing was the first kdrama I watched! It’s a great entry point for sure. I also started watching them in the pandemic. A little nervous about Kingdom as I’m not a fan of gore. Was it too much? Oh, yes, got to check out Arthdal Chronicles if only to see more Song Joong-Ki ;) Got to love his sweaters in Vincenzo hahaha. His horse riding scene alone in Vincenzo was perfection!

      If you haven’t watched It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, HIGHLY recommend it. It’s my absolute favorite. So unique and with a really well done story. The female heroines in dramas are incredibly done, with women portrayed realistically as strong yet vulnerable. For a great portrayal of female friendship, try Because This is My First Life.

      Teacher looking forward: I’m a teacher too :) I’ll check out Sky Castle. Thanks for the rec.

    • jane says...

      I learned of Itawon Class in a past COJ comment section and ended up binging it. Then I somehow found Sungkyunkwan Scandal and totally enjoyed that.

      Next up is Navillero, from one of the commenters here. I am not Asian and I love them!

    • teacher looking forward to having a real break this time says...

      Has anyone watched Penthouse and Penthouse 2 yet? From the trailers, it looks seriously over the top stylized… I can’t decide if it’s gonna be good OTTS or bad OTTS.

    • MG says...

      Kingdom is lot of gore, but I have to admit that I just fast forward through all gore. Aside from the gore, there are a lot of beautifully shot scenes.

      I could write an entire book on Kdrama wardrobes, and Heroes in Turtlenecks would have to be a chapter (photos in appendix). The wardrobe alone is making me consider Penthouse and Penthouse 2.

      I really liked IOTBNO, but it took me a couple episodes to adjust to a female lead who wasn’t constructed to be likeable from the first meeting.

      I am contemplating Descendants of the Sun next but not sure that I’m ready to commit to a non-Netflix streaming platform. Worth it?

      Thanks for the recs on other dramas! I’ll put them on my list!

    • Rae says...

      Jane: I have to say I was disappointed in Itaewon class. It really jumped the shark for me with the ending. Though there was an inside joke in the drama that I’m watching right now about a character being a Park Saeroyi wannabe and I got the joke! I was so proud of myself hahaha

      Teacher looking forward: Haven’t tried Penthouse yet, it seems like it is super popular in Korea though so maybe I’ll try it.

      MG: Thank you for the tips about the gore. My husband wants to watch it so, we’ll see!

      And heroes in turtlenecks, I would totally buy your book. hahhahaha. Hyun Bin in Crash Landing sold me on them. Ko Myung-Young is such a great character in my mind. and speaking of wardrobe, OMG she hers was STUNNING! I have to admit I get a little annoyed at the boring clothes of the girl-next-door characters on dramas, so I loved her clothes.
      She’s so demanding and I loved her straight-forwardness. I also liked how they didn’t diminish her over time but she was the one who showed Gang-tae to not hide himself and to live for himself.

      I also haven’t gone past Netflix in terms of dramas. I don’t have Rakuten Viki yet but I promised myself a summertime subscription. I really want to watch Goblin and Healer, as they are supposed to be classics.

  35. Angie MacRae says...

    FYI. I’m trying to read the comments, and the pop ups keep flipping me back to the top. This is becoming super frustrating.

  36. D says...

    Kim, we watch the exact same shows!
    – Just finished Special season 2 and LOVED it. I haven’t heard any news but it felt pretty “finale”-like to me and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more!
    -Master of None- Episode 4– weeping with Alicia! I wanted a “This is a wonderful human!” banner to unfurl every time Cordelia spoke.
    -High on the Hog- on my list and looking forward to watching!

    Looking forward to some Netflix favorites returning soon: Kim’s Convenience, On my Block, Gentefied

  37. CS says...

    I loved Mare of Eastown. Currently watching Happy Valley, a British detective show-so good! I’m adding High on the Hog to my list!

  38. Lisa says...

    Do you ever watch Skip Gates’ Finding you Roots on PBS? I think it is the best show on TV. It will turn everything you thought you knew about US history, race, and immigration on its head. The stories are fascinating! My favorite episodes were Michael Strahan’s and Bernie Sanders’. Every episode makes me cry.

  39. Trish says...

    High on the Hog is excellent! I devoured it whole (pun intended) 😂

  40. Lydia says...

    So happy to see so much love for Mare of Easttown. What a surprise and treat this show was.

    I have to encourage everyone to watch the Underground Railroad, directed by the incomparable Barry Jenkins, based on the novel by Colson Whitehead.
    This is not a television show but really a film, told in chapters.
    After each chapter, I had so much to think about, so much emotion bubbled up.
    I could only watch one episode a night, but each day I would look forward to the next episode, knowing I would be knocked off balance with the unexpected and filled with emotion.
    My only wish is that I could have watched this on the big screen, the cinematography, the sound, everything is so evocative and stunning. Barry Jenkins is a singular talent, the best director working and one of the best directors period.
    That last episode (no spoilers) addressed woman and woman’s health in a way I have never seen, in film or in my life personally.

    And then I saw High on the Hog… That first episode was so powerful and when they talked about okra coming to America, I thought about The Underground Railroad. I thought about the symbolism (initally lost on me until that moment) of Cora bringing the okra seed with her on her journey, guarding it with her life. Those who were forcibly enslaved and ripped from their homes, bringing their history and a bit of their home with them and perserving that through the generations. Truly food of the soul.

  41. Kate says...

    I have been hearing about High on the Hog everywhere! As a lover of so many of those Netflix foodie shows that focus on the history and experiences of chefs (David Gelb’s work in particular), I am really excited to learn more about the “backstory” to African American cuisine!
    Also, insanely jealous of your rain and sweatshirt scenario. Tucson has been hot, hot, hot. :/

  42. Ceridwen says...

    I just started watching Master of None and really enjoying it. Denise is my favourite character so I am excited to hear what you say about season 3! I thought it is the kind of show that finds its straps, just keeps getting better.

  43. Sadie says...

    Derry Girls on Netflix is great for anyone who is sad Schitt’s Creek is over. Season 3 should be coming soon.

  44. Reese says...

    Anyone looking for a good laugh that’s intelligent but not too intelligent and has a bit of heart please watch both seasons of Miracle Workers on HBO. I won’t give too much away because it was a joy to discover completely free from expectations. But I will say Daniel Radcliffe + introduced me to Geraldine Viswanathan + Lolly Adefope from Shrill! + Steve Buscemi …the cast & writing is great y’all :)

  45. Lauren says...

    My buddy (and EXCELLENT chef) Omar is featured in High on the Hog!
    Great shout-out for the show!!

  46. Elizabeth says...

    Kim, I never even have to read the byline – by the second sentence I always know it’s you. I am a Luddite who doesn’t watch anything at all but I love your voice and was so thrilled to hear it today. Thank you!

  47. Em says...

    Adored this season of Master of None. Heartbreaking and relatable. I’m still thinking about it. I haven’t tried Special but had my eye on it! Thanks for reminding me of it.

  48. Ro says...

    I absolutely loved the hilarious show Ghosts from BBC.

  49. Cassie says...

    you got me excited about master of none! ok i’m in

    • Elizabeth says...

      Me too! I was eh until this description – gonna start this season tonight.

  50. Claire says...

    Couple more recs: We love mysteries and were so immersed and enthralled with the British show Endeavor (as much as Broadchurch) that when we finished watching we wondered if we should just give up tv because what was the point of watching anything else. But we moved past this, thankfully, to watch joyful non-mystery shows, like Schitt’s Creek and Ted Lasso (so excellent, can’t wait for the next season) and this fabulous show that was poetic, funny, and quirky called The Dectorists.

    • Katie says...

      Have you watched Vera and Shetland (two separate shows)?

    • AmesB says...

      Very different vibe but also something you might enjoy is Line of Duty, a BBC show about a police anti-corruption unit. Something of the wide eyed innocent dogedness of young Morse in DS Steve Arnott. First series is fine, but 2 & 3 (6 altogether but I’ve just finished 3) are superb.

    • Rosalie says...

      I love the Detectorists! Such a quirky show, but beautiful!

    • Mandy says...

      So on your rec, I had to look this up but there are two British tv series called Endeavor!! Which one is it?? Hope you read this reply 🙏🏼. Thanks!

    • Jenna says...

      To Mandy- I think it is Endeavour with Shaun Evans and Roger Allam. My mom adores this show. If you like this show, you may also enjoy Midsomer Murders, Doc Martin, A Place to Call Home, or Miss Marple.

    • Mandy says...

      Thanks so much guys!! I thought it may be as that seemed more the murder/mystery genre! ❤️

  51. Michelle says...

    shout out to Shrill on Hulu – Aidy Bryant is the damn best and her roomie’s absolute joy is PALPABLE in this season.

    • bethany says...

      I second this – I was just watching it yesterday and even though the show is funny most of the time there are a couple of really tender moments that got me this season. I love it.

  52. kat says...

    Fast request – for these and any future show suggestions, can the streaming service be written out? Yes I could click the links, but having it clear as day would be so helpful. I really appreciate all the commentators including where to find shows they suggest.

    • Emma says...

      try the app Reelgood — it’s free and it tells you where you can stream any movies or shows.

  53. Sarah says...

    The Great Pottery Throwdown. I’m not even a “people person” but I get soo attached to each potter as you see them plan, struggle, fail and succeed. I’m going through a pretty rough patch and seeing how other people deal with challenges, disappointment and failure with such grace and strength feels encouraging to me right now. Many of the potters actually help their competitors when they’re in a pinch, too! And their creations are a delight to see come to life!

    • Jenny says...

      Sarah – I so agree! The Great Pottery Throwdown on HBO Max is so lovely and so charming; you can’t help but root for all the contestants. It has a similar formula to the Great British Bake Off. What I love about both shows is that no one is competing for big money or some big grand prize, (which is so different from American competition shows). The fact that the potters and bakers are competing for a simple title of “winner” shows that the contestants have a true passion for what they are doing, which is just so refreshing to watch.

    • Sandy says...

      I just started because of your comment—already LOVING it :) Thank you!

    • Toni says...

      Loved this show too!! (and I also didn’t think I would get as invested in each potter as I did)

    • M.Nicole says...

      This show is on my “to watch list” on HBO Max. I’m definitely planning tow atch it.

  54. Maggie says...

    For grown-ups: I’m bummed Mare of Easttown is over, but I absolutely loved the final episode. What a crushing decision for Mare to make, but the right one. I also recently watched Season 1 of Broadchurch, which I really enjoyed. Currently trying to decide whether moving ahead to Season 2 is worth it.

    For kiddos: Bluey! What a gem of a show that has something for parents and kids. My new favorite question for friends with kids is: (1) Have you seen Baby Race and (2) If so, did you sob, because I sure did.

    • ks says...

      I don’t have children, but 4 nieces and we devoured bluey on a family trip recently. I don’t know who laughed more – the kids or the adults.

    • Katie says...

      We are just started Mare of Easttown the other night and have stayed up way too late watching two episodes in a row (the horror!). I LOVE IT. Have you seen Happy Valley? It’s incredible. And yes, I would recommend watching season 2 (and 3!) of Broadchurch. All of those gritty detective shows make me feel so, so cozy. And if you like to read the same in book form, Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series (In The Woods is the first) is phenomenal!

    • Jessica says...

      baaaaby raaace (crying emoji)

    • Simone says...

      BLUEY!!! I also cried at the end of Sleepytime (I think they won an award for this one?). Being from Australia this has so many nostalgic nods to my childhood. We love it as much as the kids!

    • Helen H says...

      Yes! Bluey!!!! My kids are 6 and 8 and Bluey is the one show the whole family can agree on. It is somehow wholesome and hilarious (truly) all at once. I well up in nearly every episode. LOVE!

    • Eileen says...

      We love Bluey!! Even we grown ups enjoy it. So cute and hilariously relatable even as a cartoon. We always try and get our kids to pick this over PJ Mask.

    • Kathy says...

      I adore Bluey!

    • MsShanghai says...

      + one million for Bluey. I laugh and cry at pretty much every episode and watch it often without my children. I love it!

    • karen says...

      Bluey is adorable! I think the dad makes the rest of us parents look bad though. Ha. He drops what he’s doing at the first ask, no matter what! “I’m working right now Bluey, but that can wait, lets play for the next 8 hours and I’ll work later” :)

    • Angela says...

      OMG we LOVE Bluey! I identify probably a little too much with Chili and reference the show pretty frequently. Aaaaaand I’m also looking at blue/red heelers all of a sudden.

    • Kelsey says...

      I read this comment yesterday and came back to say THANK YOU! Bluey has turned out to be a perfect break for my rainy day with the kids while WFH. These characters are so kind and I can hear my kids giggling together from the little nest they built.

    • Angela says...

      We LOVE Bluey and I cried during Baby Race too!

  55. Zoe says...

    Ramy is a newly discovered show for me! Very good.

    • Ramy is so good! I am ready for the next season!

    • Kris says...

      I liked the show itself, but Ramy’s character got sooooo annoying to me!

    • AG says...

      YES. Each episode had something I related to. Very well done!

  56. kenzie says...

    I adored Lena Waithe’s character in the first two seasons of Master of None so much that I named my plant Denise! So excited for this new season :)

  57. Nathalie says...

    Now with the pandemic and all I really like funny TV shows. I really can recommend Trying (AppleTV) and Plan Coeur (Netflix). They are European shows (British and French) and I had so much fun watching these! Plus: Paris and London… Gotta love the setting!

    • Hanna says...

      These are two of my favourite shows! Currently watching Trying for the second time, it‘s so lovely :)

  58. Jill S says...

    We have Apple TV+, so we’re watching The Mosquito Coast and Mythic Quest S2 right now. I adore Mythic Quest – it’s a really smart, kinda out there workplace comedy about a company that produces a Warcraft/League of Legends – ish type game. It’s made by the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia team. The Mosquito Coast is really interesting so far – it does a really good job of making me need to know what the hell is going on. And we’re about to wrap up The Flight Attendant, one ep left. My BF had already watched it, but we’re watching it together now. It definitely deserves all the accolades it got!

    • Jenny says...

      I’ve completely love Mythic Quest! Episode 5 of Season 1…. amazing. I love Poppy Li! I love that they have a diverse cast and I love that Poppy is the head of engineering / co-creative designer.

    • Brianna says...

      Yes, loving mythic quest!

    • MP says...

      I second Mythic Quest for something fun (and funny)! I am not a gamer and sorta rolled my eyes when my husband suggested it but then we blew threw season 1 this past week. Very entertaining.

  59. celeste says...

    Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is the best show I’ve seen in years and I hope more watch it so it gets renewed for a 3rd season.

    • Hillary says...

      I agree!

    • mika says...

      The first season of Zoey’s WRECKED me in (in a good way). It was one of the most honest portrayals of the process of watching an illness progress in a loved one, and the grieving process. I laughed and cried for 15 minutes after the last episode – such a beautiful show!

  60. Ginger says...

    I just finished a grad school semester (my first academic experience in 15 years!) so I’ve been binging on TV hard – everything I missed while working on research papers and projects, plus this weekend I got my second Covid-19 vaccination, so I embraced the sloth.

    On Netflix: Shadow & Bone, Special, Cable Girls
    On Acorn: Keeping Faith, Queens of Mystery, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, My Life is Murder, the Agatha Raisin Mysteries
    On Peacock: Rutherford Falls, Girls5Eva, all of the Harry Potter movies

    I’m a sucker for dark, gritty murder mysteries where the landscape is like a character, and oddly whimsical murder mysteries as well (Midsomer Murders is also a fave). I’ve probably seen most of them out there in English, but would love to get more recommendations!

    • Hello fellow noir addict! If you love dark crime procedurals, check out almost anything by Walter Presents on Amazon. All foreign with subtitles, but wow! so many good series. Procedurals got me thru and panorama! I also have a PBS Masterpiece channel subscription — lots of good stuff on there as well. My highest rec is for any of these is Rocco Schiavone: Ice Cold Murders — Italian. I’ve intro’d many friends into membership in the Rocco Appreciation Club! (Superb plot twist in epi. 1)

    • Susan G says...

      Shetland! The scenery is one of the best things.

    • Ginger says...

      @Shannon – Thanks for the recommendation! I hadn’t heard of Walter Presents, nor Rocco. I’ll have to check them out!

      @Susan G. – I love Shetland! So dark and moody…Have you seen Hinterland? Similar moodiness, set in Wales. Or Vera (also by Ann Cleeves)? I’ve been putting together a Vera Stanhope Halloween costume, but sadly I don’t think anyone I know would get it. I’m THAT person on Halloween, always having to explain my costume.

  61. Amelia says...

    These are awesome suggestions – thank you! One I haven’t actually watched yet but I’m so excited about is Rutherford Falls – I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before but it sounds really amazing: the largest number of Indigenous writers on a sitcom, with Indigenous actors as well – with Ed Helms and and Micheal Schur (of Parks and Rec and and The Good Place fame). It sounds like Parks and Rec but explicitly wrestling with Indigenous history and American dominant cultural narratives in a small town??? Whaaaaat???

    • kat says...

      I hope you like it! We tried the first two episodes and it got more serious that we were ready for. Mega-stressed working parents with young kids – evening TV needs to have some escapism! Maybe it they framed it less as a fun comedy? I’ll be curious if it gets its footing akin to Schitt’s Creek. The diversity is fantastic for sure.

    • Suzanne says...

      Thanks for the reminder about Rutherford Falls. Adding to my watch list.
      I love:
      1) Superstore (on Netflix)- light, funny and smart. Like The Office but more LOLS.

      2) Catastrophe (on Amazon Prime) – Two people in their late thirties get pregnant on a fling and try to make it work. Funny, dark, awkward.

      3) Scotland’s Home of the Year (I watch it on YouTube)- Each episode features three home tours and one is picked by judges. Great home porn.

  62. As a single lady going through IVF right now I have watched Master of None Season 3, Episode Four over 5 times this past weekend. Weeping. The nurse Cordelia was everything. The slowness of it all. Their love. I have a nurse walking me through my fertility journey who texts me good luck and also hands me the bad news it’s such a lovingly tender way. I’m never alone, because of her. THIS, https://www.vulture.com/article/master-of-none-ivf-episode-4-season-3-nurse-cordelia.html.

    This year she had held my hand through two miscarriage’s as we got through Covid together, behind our masks. I wish I had watched this 2 weeks ago, when I started my injections. BOUT TIME we see queer black women as the dam STARS they are.

    HIGH ON THE HOG should be required in every dam school across the U.S. That too, made me weep.

    • Lara says...

      Tara, you’re amazing and inspiring to me! You’re already such a wonderful momma; I hope your baby comes to you very soon. And your nurse sounds like an angel. :)

    • Meredith says...

      I also cried so many times throughout this episode, while nursing my IVF baby. It’s so well done- the hope, the pain, the terror the first time you have to inject medication, the loneliness, the deep fear that it won’t work. I have gone through IVF three times (finally got my baby on the third) and it was amazing to see it portrayed so realistically, especially in a show created by men. Naomi Ackie is incredible.

      Hang in there Tara, I know it’s tough. I really, really wish you success.

    • md says...

      Tara – hoping so deeply that your IVF is successful. What a blessing to have the nurse that you do.

    • Juliet says...

      Sending hugs and love to you Tara xo

    • Elisa says...

      Those RE nurses are the seriously saints. Hoping all the best for you, Tara. I agree that High on the Hog should absolutely be required viewing. It was incredible.

  63. Michaela says...

    I binged Mare of Easttown after all the recommendations on Four Fun Things. So so good! We caught up before the finale and watched the finale Monday. Some of the best acted television I’ve seen in a long time. I really loved how complex all the character arcs were.

  64. liz says...

    Do you think you have to watch season one and two of Master of None to watch season three? The Woody Allen-y feel of Aziz in the first two seasons really put me off but I like the description of this season.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      I don’t think you need to watch the first two to appreciate this third season. Go crazy!

    • liz says...

      awesome, thanks for your response!

    • Kj says...

      I’m not going to watch any season of Master of None. Since his sexual misconduct accusation, Aziz has never apologized publicly. It feels like he’s playing us all— this new season reeks of performative allyship.

      I’m disappointed cup of jo continues to write about him and recommend his work without bringing up the allegations. Sure he’s no longer the main character, but he’s still making money from this. A lot of money.

      Good article in Paste:
      https://www.pastemagazine.com/tv/netflix/master-of-none-aziz-ansari/

    • annie says...

      @KJ, mere allegations do not a criminal make, nor does the court of public opinion get to decide whether they should. (and shame on anyone who thinks otherwise. if we all had articles written about us based on the bad decisions we’ve made, i think everyone would sing a different tune about aziz.)

      luckily, everyone is welcome to their opinion, which means you get to avoid master of none while others (myself included) get to continue watching + enjoying it. freedom of choice is a marvelous thing.

      i also think it’s worthwhile to point out that MoN isn’t about aziz only. lena waithe is a huge talent whose work is important. thank goodness she’s out there.

    • KJ says...

      @Annie I never said he was a criminal.

      I do think it’s important to acknowledge the accusation, which reads like far more than a “bad decision” someone made once. I just wanted to share my POV (yes, “freedom”) and more info around it (really that paste magazine article is a great read).

      I did not mean to shame any readers for watching the show, apologies if that’s what I did. I just wanted to share more info and to not ignore an incident that was credible enough for the show to change direction away from Aziz.

      Imagine if Lena Waithe was able to work on a show NOT co-created by a man who listed Woody Allen as his “dream director” ? That’s the world I want to live in.

    • Donna Thibodeau says...

      Do watch the episode in season two (9?)where you are introduced to Denise and see her journey to an adult. I had to go back and find it since I didn’t remember Denise.

    • NN says...

      I’m with KJ on this one. I liked MoNand I loved Denise’s story, but I can’t support Aziz Ansari’s work.

      I hope HBO and other producers continue to support — increase their support of — Black creators more directly in the future.

    • Kali says...

      @KJ – no need to imagine what Lena Waithe could do on her own. She created/writes/produces a great show on Showtime called The Chi.

  65. Amanda says...

    I just plowed through Mum, starring Lesley Manville, on BritBox. Loved it! I felt I needed a little reprieve from all the dark stuff I’d been watching lately. It was funny, bittersweet, and has a great cast.

    • Catherine says...

      Mum is one of my very favorite shows. It’s almost like a play and the characters are so funny and lovable. Lesley Mannville and Peter Mullan are amazing together.

  66. MRM says...

    Rutherford Falls and Girls5eva (both on Peacock)- I really enjoyed!

    • Jess says...

      Yes to both!

  67. Katie says...

    Everyone who is even slightly interested in SciFi should check out the Expanse. There are currently 5 seasons (they are working on a final season now) and it matches great story telling, wonderful characters, a diverse cast and plausible science. I found it hard to get through the first few episodes because at the top of the first season they focus more on two of my least favorite characters, but after that I was hooked (and some of my favorites aren’t introduced until the second season). Definitely recommend!

  68. Ana says...

    Mare of Easttown. The last episode pretty much crushed me but so well done and so well acted.

  69. Jess says...

    Finished This is Us season 5 and am still absolutely in love with it. The fifth season wasn’t quite as great as the other four – for everyone but Randall, Randall and his family were fantastic as always – but still top notch TV.

  70. jen says...

    ‘River,’ a six part police series with skaannan scarsgard and nikola walker. she’s his dead partner who keeps haunting him. re\iviting. we are now watching ‘spiral’ frence cops in paris, also so good. both on prime.

  71. Trisha says...

    I too ended up watching all of Master of None season 3 in one sitting. I loved it. I love Lena Waithe and I really enjoyed the other seasons of MON, but definitely think this is the best one! I loved the quiet moments as well.

  72. Andrea says...

    Space Invaders—a decluttering show from Australia.

    • Sarah says...

      Ooh I’m intrigued! Thanks for the suggestion.

  73. Caroline says...

    I also am loving Master of None, season 3–intimate, beautiful, heartbreaking. Will check out the other 2 you recommended. My husband and I also LOVED The Great and I have to say, Elle Fanning’s acting blows me away. The style, the humor, the bawdiness, and also incredibly emotionally visceral……thrilled that it will be renewed for another season.

  74. Jess says...

    I just finished The Nevers and cannot recommend it enough!

  75. C says...

    Call my agent! I am obsessed!

    • Quinn says...

      Yes! Same! Currently trying to savour the last few episodes of Season 4. I adore the characters and it’s been a delight to be transported to Paris.

    • Brianna says...

      Same!! So good.

    • Megan says...

      Agree! Love the Paris setting, and a classic French comedy of errors is just so fun.

  76. Lisa H says...

    Really enjoying Hacks, on HBO Max. It stars Jean Smart, who I’ve heard is also in Mare of Easton. It also has Hannah Einbinder. She is a young comedian who is Laraine Newman, of Saturday Night Live’s daughter.

  77. Claire says...

    I am really looking forward to watching High on the Hog, and wonder also if you would be willing to share your soul food menu from your watch party? I also enjoyed a couple of recent seasons of Chef’s Table for the extraordinary stories of the people and culture behind the restaurants they profiled.
    In non-food stories, we’ve been enjoying The Nevers, Hack, and, like everyone else in the world, Mare of Easttown. I also plan on watching The Phenomenon, as I feel I am behind on my UFO/UAP history.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Hi, Claire! We had the most amazing quiche, cheese and grits and crab cakes! And I made a sweet potato pie! It was so so good.

  78. Sarah says...

    Finally we’re talking about Mare of Easttown! It’s just fantastic!

  79. Jenn P says...

    My husband and I finished The Nevers Sunday night and LOVED it. Victorian England, strong female characters, a bit of magic, a whiff of otherness. For my husband to want to watch more than an hour of scripted television (put on the news and he will sit there for HOURS) is a really big deal for me, so I was thrilled when we finished the second to last episode and he wanted to watch another. There’s only 6 episodes, and I don’t know if they’ve greenlit a second season yet, but they sure did set it up for one. So my fingers are crossed!

  80. Lisa says...

    Those Pjs on the right are Desmond and Dempsey. I have two pairs now and they’re the best Pjs ever. No contest.

    As for Tv shows, I’m probably late to the party but we watched Succession recently. It’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen – dark, funny and magnificently written and acted. And the music is spectacular

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      I made a mental note to look for her pj’s! Thanks, Lisa! xoxo

    • Lisa says...

      This is the exact pair – https://desmondanddempsey.com/collections/womens-pyjama-sets/products/pink-navy-tiger-long-series

      I know all their prints by sight 🤦🏼‍♀️ Because I buy one pair a year, and in the intervening year spend hoooours on their site trying to choose which one I like best. You can also get diaries / notebooks from papier.com which have their prints on them (and they’re personalisable) so you can be very classy with fancy PJs and matching notebooks

  81. Britny says...

    Definitely mare of easttown. It even crashed the HBO max app!

  82. Rosie says...

    I know it is from 2019, and maybe I missed the hype when it was on then, but I devoured Why Women Kill in less than 24 hours this weekend. I am not an easy laugh, and I was cracking up. It’s on Paramount+ and a great choice if you need something funny but a little dark. The second season starts in a couple of days.

  83. Abbie says...

    How did we feel about the Mare of Easttown ending? No spoilers, just curious if people were fans of how it wrapped up. I was not.

    • Sara says...

      Do you mean who the killer was? If so, I was satisfied with the ending. I was glad it wasn’t a typical (cliche?) suspect.

    • Alison says...

      What didn’t you like? I loved it. Especially the last shot.

    • Sarah says...

      Abbie – I wasn’t totally a fan of how it wrapped up. I enjoyed the series but the last episode had a big shift in tone almost to the point of a lack of continuity.

    • Laura D says...

      I’m on the fence. I was expecting another unpredictable twist. I would have also liked more satisfying closure with the young people in Erin’s life (Dylan, her best friend)—that felt kind of glossed over. I still enjoyed the series. The finale just wasn’t quite as good (in my opinion) as some of the other episodes.

    • Catherine says...

      We’re watching the finale tonight, but this show is just SO heavy-handed. I feel like they just could have investigated Erin’s case and made it much more interesting. Mare is a terrible officer and I feel like the main plot is literally: Stay the heck away from Easttown. I don’t know how any of those characters even get out of bed in the morning, lol. The job opportunities for girls in that town are either teenage mom, murder victim, or both. I have to watch Hacks after just to cheer myself up.

      It reminds me of how I couldn’t stomach Friday Night Lights because they filmed a lot of the exterior shots near my home, and the entire thing was one big Texas stereotype.

  84. Rose says...

    I really appreciated episode 4 of Master of None. So rarely so we see the nitty gritty of trying to get pregnant via IVF – especially as a queer or single person. Spelling out the financial reality for queer and single people undergoing IVF is necessary. My spouse and I are currently saving up to do reciprocal IVF and it kills me that nothing will be covered by insurance simply because we don’t have sex with people with a penis. Kills me. I felt that frustration and anger reverberate throughout Alicia’s experience of IVF and the actress played it beautifully. She was incredible.

    • Liz says...

      Loved that episode; it was the most realistic portrayal of the experience of IVF I have seen on screen. Sadly IVF is frequently not covered by insurance for anyone- my husband and I paid roughly $30,000 out of pocket for our two cycles.

    • Rose says...

      Ugh Liz I am sorry to hear that! I didn’t know that – my insurance will cover it if you can show 6 months of trying with your partner (and trust me, I asked if we would qualify because we’ve been “trying” for years, lol). It is sad to hear that almost everyone has to majorly shell out for IVF. I wish fertility care was more accessible in the US. Sending hugs.

    • Lisa says...

      I’m just watching now. I’ve been through three rounds of IVF – first resulted in a very healthy baby, second in a miscarriage and third pregnancy (but I’m on edge as I’m waiting for the 8 week scan to see if everything is ok). One of the things that shocked me (but it’s the USA, shouldn’t be surprised) is the cost, where they say it’s $7-10k. In the UK, depending on your NHS trust, you can get up to three rounds for free (though I’m not sure about how queer people are covered. We went through IVF because of fertility issues). The last two rounds we have chosen to go privately. It’s £3,600+ the cost of meds.

      The nurses at the clinic I go to are amazing. They have been very sensitive to what happened last time and so supportive.

  85. Angeline says...

    Aaahhh I’d been wanting another post on fave TV shows and here it is! I’ve been dying to gush about my current pandemic fave, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. I started with Season 2 so I missed much of the events leading up to the titular character’s life but i LOVED that her secret superpower is being able to gain insight into how others are feeling/thinking via their “heart songs”, which they subconsciously sing to only her. I found it so refreshing compared to the usual smash-bang-wham-POW world-ending kind of superpower that’s typical of all the tentpole comic book movies lately. Also the fact that Zoey has no control over when or where a heart song may happen makes it a lot less creepy and more of a (silent?) cry for her help. Yes the vibe is quite similar to Glee in that characters get things off their chest through song but the central conceit here is more interesting coz the characters don’t even know they just sang their hearts out, and most of the time she uses her powers to help people. Of course there’s also a downside in that her powers also tend to overly complicate/mess up her love life due to her always knowing what the other person is thinking, but that just makes it more engaging! Plus, I loved all the songs, although some of the actors were definitely much better singers than others. Also, Skylar Astin (*all the heart eyes*) and John Clarence Stewart (*such a hottie*) make it really easy on the eyes 😍😍😍

    My other fave was, surprisingly, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. Yes it was formulaic as heck and retread the same underdog tropes as the original Mighty Ducks characters, but it still turned out to be a fun watch with my hubby. It’s not high-brow or edgy fare by any measure but sometimes we just wanna kick back and not think too much about what’s on the tv. Plus I’ll always have a soft spot for the original ‘90s era Ducks. (Quack! Quack! Quack!)

    Also I’ve been rewatching Ted Lasso, just because. Can’t wait for Season 2!!!

    Also did anyone else watch the Friends Reunion? Am I the only one who was underwhelmed by the whole thing/irritated by professional fanboy Corden?

  86. Hattie says...

    What I found so engrossing about Mare of Easttown was that it is much more than a show about a murder mystery and two kidnappings. It portrayed life (often grim) in an small working class town in Pennsylvania and tackled big themes such as guilt and grief with a sense of genuineness that is noteworthy.

  87. Allie says...

    I had completely the same reaction to Season 3 of Master of None. All the feels. Love. love. love.

  88. Maclean Nash says...

    Long Way Up!
    Ewan McGregor (swooooon!) and his friend, Charley, travel 13,000 miles around Central and South America on electric Harley Davidson motorcycles. It is funny, heartwarming, and at times, very suspenseful!

  89. Stephanie says...

    Just binged Mare of Easttown over the weekend and it was incredible!!!

  90. I am excited to start the third season of Master of None. I wish that High Fidelity on Hulu had the chance to feature Cherise in their second season — I heard that that was the plan before it was canceled. Such a clever way for TV shows to continue without getting boring or trope-y.

    I am currently watching (and loving!) Hacks on HBO.

    • Kim Rhodes says...

      Lexie, I felt the exact same way about Cherise on High Fidelity! I think the next season was supposed to focus more on her character, too! What a bummer.

  91. Laura says...

    Love recommendations for good TV, especially since it feels like it’s been a while waiting for new content! I will third Mare of Easttown, have been loving every week. But really I came here to say — soul food brunch?! That sounds amazing. What was on the menu?

  92. Colleen says...

    Mare of Easttown! So well written and the acting was phenomenal by all the cast members!

  93. Elizabeth says...

    This was my exact rainy New York weekend lineup too! And I cannot stop saying “Why is no one reaaaddyy?” under my breath to no one at all.

    • Julie says...

      ha! I lol’ed at this :)

  94. Erika says...

    A Black Lady Sketch Show has been hilarious! So excited it’s been picked up for a third season.

  95. Maggie says...

    Mighty Ducks Game Changers (on Disney+)! What started as a show for my two kids to watch while it was pouring, I sat down to watch it for a few minutes and was quickly sucked in by Lauren Graham and Emilio Estevez.

    • karen says...

      It’s a great family show! Perfect compromise show for my Gilmore Girls loving self.

  96. Jessie says...

    My partner and I have absolutely fallen in love with Ted Lasso. The show is the antithesis of those shows (I always think of Ben Stiller movies) where you’re just cringing for the main character the entire show. It’s hilarious and thoughtful and full of really beautiful energy. I can’t recommend it enough.

    • jillian Bedell says...

      Oh, thank god. I really need to talk about Ted Lasso.

    • Susan Grine says...

      TED LASSO!!!!!

  97. Elise says...

    I loved Master of None Season 3. Having gone through egg freezing myself and alone, you totally understand what she’s going through. I personally wish I would have had Alicia’s grit when she tells her doctor that they are going to make it work because they are “bad bitches”. The couple of episodes are a good insight into the procedure whether you are thinking about doing it, maybe considering IVF, or know someone who is. Throughout the season, Lena White is amazing is so is Naomi Ackie.

  98. Jen says...

    Mare of Easttown! Kate Winslet is phenomenal.

  99. Jean says...

    Mare of Easttown, what a show and it delivered a heartbreaking and satisfying finale, plus Kate Winslet is phenomenal.

    • Jen says...

      Ha! I didn’t see your comment until after mine posted, but we seem to have identical thoughts! ;-) She was so great as Mare!

    • Hanna says...

      Oh, I couldn’t agree more! I’ve just finished it and can’t stop thinking about it. And Kate Winslet – her role is a masterpiece!

    • Karen says...

      It was amazing! Nail biter and heartbreaking

    • Elisa says...

      Mare of Eastown was a beautiful show full of so many emotions. I really thought the entire cast was wonderful in telling their own stories. I highly recommend!

    • Haley says...

      I can’t stop thinking about Mare! So good!