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What I’m Watching Lately

2017 November 12
by Becky

What I'm Watching Nov 2017

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Stranger Things is back!!!

We’ve watched the previews, we’ve been waiting to see what the heck will happen in the next fantastic season of this incredible show that snuck up out of nowhere in 2016. It was worth the wait and did not disappoint. I’ve heard mixed reviews but I’m here to say it’s great, we loved seeing this gang of adorable kids back together. I’m totally satisfied.

And the music budget was clearly enormous because they played SO MANY incredible 80’s songs.

In honor of this very exciting cinematic event, and since the colder weather is finally upon us and I see more nights by the fire/tv in our future, I figured I’d share some of the other things I’ve been watching. Some movies, some shows, stuff I’ve enjoyed in the last six months or so. I hope you’ll share a few with me!

Curb Your Enthusiasm. Talk about a come back, OMG! Curb! I had no idea how much I missed LD till the first new episode aired a few weeks ago. Things haven’t changed much, the situations are still as relatable and uncomfortable as ever, and Leon is still as incredibly entertaining as I remember…J.B. Smoove is funny doing anything. The golf course episode was maybe our favorite.

Master of None. I feel like I’ve gushed about this ridiculously good show before, but there’s a new season out and I now love it—and it’s star Aziz Ansari—ten times more. Opening in a dream-like life Dev has created for himself in Italy that involves lots of food and an adventure with an old friend where they get a tiny car stuck between two buildings, the show tackles some extremely interesting topics with such a creative eye. I Love New York and Thanksgiving were my clear favorites, but I cherished every episode. Dev’s family (Aziz’s real mom and dad) and friends are the best kinds of characters, ones I could watch forever. Even if you aren’t a “comedian” fan, please give this a try. Oh and foodies rejoice, this show is for us especially. Get ready to drool.

White Famous. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been so instantly hooked on a show like I am on White Famous. The story is great, it’s funny, but the cast is what I love most, these lead characters are intoxicating. You might recognized Jay Pharoah from SNL, but honestly he shines so bright in this roll it was like watching him for the first time. He’s complimented brilliantly by his love interest, Cleopatra Coleman—my new girl crush—and his manager/roommate, who’s name is Balls and is played by Jacob Ming-Trent, someone new to me but a person I want to see in lots more stuffOnly three episodes in, I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Parks and Recreation. Ok I know this is pretty late in the game to be watching this show, but it went on my list after reading Amy Polher’s book a couple years ago and the last few months seemed like the perfect unpacking/photo editing/family album-making background entertainment. Plus, there were like 400 episodes which is fun…felt like it was never going to end and I didn’t want it to. I haven’t really watched a cable show like this since The Office and 30 Rock, but I really enjoyed it and found myself sneaking in episodes whenever I could.

Insecure. Issa Rae created and stars in this hilarious and incredibly interesting tale of 20-something black women navigating relationships, careers, and friendship in LA. The writing is superb, I couldn’t wait to see what Issa and Molly did next. I cried like a baby at the Season Two finale because the ending was an emotional rollercoaster…especially as a #teamlawrence flip-flopper…I just couldn’t decide how I wanted things to go, but I loved watching the story unfold. Issa’s mirror/inner monolog rap sessions were the best.

Comet. I don’t know how I happened upon this gem, but it was probably on a night Stu was gone and I was searching for something interesting to watch. I love Emma Rosen (she is incredible in Shameless) and I have a soft spot for Justin Long, so I figured they would be pretty awesome together. It’s a story you can’t predict and would never imagine but it’s very entertaining. Right now it is free on Showtime, no sure where else it’s streaming.

Hidden Figures. Of course you know exactly what this is, everyone was talking about it last year and for good reason, it’s a gut wrenchingly wonderful movie telling a phenomenal story the women who broke race and gender barriers with courage and persistence…and gigantic brains. The three leads—Octavia Jackson, Taraji P Henson, and Janelle Monae—were delightful to watch even when the real-life tale was hard to swallow. My long-time love Kevin Costner was his usual hero self, grumpy but lovable, and I cried like baby for the last 1/4 of the movie (or maybe more). This one is going on the future must-watch list for the boys.

Gypsy is another Netflix series that I flew through this summer. It’s easy to watch and you have no clue what the complex and troubled main character, played by Naomi Watts, has up her sleeve. She’s a therapist who gets waaaay too involved in her patients’ lives. At the beginning I was on the fence, is she good or bad? Give it a watch to see what you think.

The People vs. OJ Simpson is surely the best true crime series I’ve ever watched. We’d heard rave reviews and couldn’t wait for it to stream on Netflix. Every accolade was spot on, watching the details of this trial play out helped put all those pieces together, the ones I heard in the background as a Freshman in high school. The characters are brilliantly played, the story horrifying to hear, the verdict no less shocking.

Handmaids Tale has been all the buzz but seriously, it should be at the top of your list if you haven’t seen it. Everything about this show is perfect, down to the last detail. Yes, I read the book, but it’s not necessary because the show is so well written and takes the original story farther than the book in the absolute best ways. Sign up for Hulu for a month or so and watch it!!

Ok clearly I could go on for a while so here’s a quick list of some others I loved over the summer:

Arrival – get ready to be glued to your seat before you ugly cry. This is my favorite kind of sci-fi.
Being Mary Jane – Gabriel Union is on fire! Tons of episodes on Netflix, another season coming soon I hope!
The Incredible Jessica James – mostly because I hear Jessica Williams.
Get Out – Creepy, crazy, and just awesome. Streaming on HBO!
Spielberg – take a trip to your childhood and leave in absolute awe of Mr. Spielberg. On HBO.
SMILF – A new Showtime show I’m diggin, great female lead playing a young single mama.
Catastrophe – Loved the third season of this hilarious Amazon Prime show.
Friends from College – an easy, funny, and well cast Netflix original. Keegan-Michale Key and Fred Savage!!

Alright, gimme some new stuff. What MUST I watch now? 

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