I know I typically only post book reviews on this site, but I’ve been watching so much incredible TV these days, and I just had to share some of my favorites. It can be especially overwhelming with all of the streaming networks out there to know what to watch these days. Here’s a list of a few of my must-sees.
1 – “When They See Us” on Netflix
This limited series (based on real events) covers the horrifying story of the Central Park Five teenagers who were wrongfully accused of rape in the 80s. When the Emmy nominations came out, it was no surprise to me that this series got tons of noms. From the incredible acting (especially from the younger actors) to the authentic and moving writing, this series is not only powerful to watch – it should be essential viewing for all Americans.
2 – “Years and Years” on HBO
Interested in a dystopian drama that isn’t set in a future filled with robots and flying cars? Well, this limited series is terrifying in that it hits super close to home by being set in the very near future. A despot takes over the UK, immigration issues abound, banks collapse, etc. If there weren’t some genuinely funny moments, this show would be ultimately frightening and depressing. There are definitely scenes where I found myself wondering whether I should laugh or cry. I loved this mix of dry British humor and several shocking turns of events – plus the whole cast is absolutely brilliant. I certainly hope it gets some love come next year’s Emmys.
3 – “Fleabag” on Amazon Prime
Another British fave, this time coming from the quirky genius of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. This show runs two seasons, and I’m still tearing up knowing there won’t be any more to come. If you’d like a little peek into the frustrations of dating and an exasperating family in the UK, this show is wickedly funny (and heartbreaking at times too). With tons of (much deserved) Emmy nominations and a hilarious turn from Olivia Colman, I’ll definitely miss this gem.
4 – “Russian Doll” on Netflix
Love a show that has you thinking WTF the entire time? Then you’ll enjoy this sci-fi-ish series starring Natasha Lyonne. Her character is doomed to die and then relive the same day over and over again. This truly ingenious plot device feels fresh and insanely creative. Just when you think you know what to expect – you’ll be mistaken. I’m definitely hoping for some Emmy wins for this dark comedy.
5 – “Wine Country” on Netflix
Although this is technically a movie, I’m including it on the list because you can stream it on Netflix. I laughed so hard at this slice of comedy heaven, featuring the enormous talents of SNL alums Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, (and my personal fave) the incredibly funny Paula Pell from “AP Bio.” If you need to be reminded of the magic of female friendship or just feel like laughing your butt off, check this one out.
These are my top five for right now, but let me know if there’s something I should be watching!