What I'm Watching

Updated: Apr 10


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As an introvert, I've never minded spending extended periods of time indoors or alone. (I think there's even a meme now that expresses this very sentiment, so I know I'm not the only one.) Still, constantly being in the house can be maddening. If you're trying to figure out what shows to watch while fending off cabin fever, here's what I'm watching right now:

Black Lightning:

This show is about a superhero, Black Lightning, and his fight against crime in his beloved hometown, Freeland. It's a fun one to binge. It does get a little intense in later seasons but I like the story line and the character development. If you like superhero shows/action shows, I think you'll like this one.


YOU:


I'm a bit late on the YOU train, but now I'm obsessed. ;-) This show might not be for everybody, but if you like creepy creepers, drama, comedy, and a story told from the perspective of a serial killer, this is the show for you. The show is about Joe, a book store manager who falls in love a little too hard. And by a little, I mean a lot. The object of Joe's insane desire, at least in the first season, is an unimpressive twenty-something named Beck. Beck somehow attracts the obsessive love of TWO gorgeous people throughout the series and somehow, while she is being stalked and spied on, never does anything embarrassing like trip or pick a wedgie, or fart when she thinks she's in a room alone, or try to sing a Mariah Carey song and end up screeching at the top of her lungs like a capuchin monkey. Despite that lack of realism, I enjoy the way the story is progressing. FYI: I started the series feeling sorry for Beck but eventually, I realized no one in the show was really very likable with the exception of: Karen, Paco, and Ethan. EDIT: Just watched the last episode of the first season...noooo Paco!

Ozark:

I haven't watched every single episode as this is really my husband's binge that I occasionally sit in on, but I will say that this is an excellent show. I may not watch all the time, but when I do, I'm glued to the screen. It's about your average American family who just happens to be involved in money laundering and relocates to the Ozarks. Ozark is sort of like Breaking Bad, in that you know the main characters aren't shit but you just keep watching the train wreck of their lives slowly unfold. The acting is amazing and I always enjoy Jason Bateman, so...it gets thumbs up from me.

Ugly Delicious:

I don't normally like food shows, but I enjoy this show. David Chang, of Momofuku and other restaurants, travels around sampling different foods. Episodes feature different types of cuisine as well as a bunch of notable people, such as actors, writers, etc.

Bojack Horseman:

Ok, I guess there's kind of a theme here. This is another series about a flawed protagonist. They're just the most interesting, am I right? Anyway, this is a cartoon about a celebrity horse living in what is basically Hollywood. He drinks, he does drugs, he makes questionable decisions, he sometimes disappoints the people around him, and he spends a lot of time navel-gazing. Don't be scared off- it's a good show.

Grace and Frankie:

Two older women find out their husbands have fallen in love and have been cheating on them so the ladies end up moving in together and starting a business. It's a typical odd-couple type show- Grace is polished and high-maintenance, Frankie is a hippie at heart, but the story line is anything but formulaic. I mean, they're two older ladies selling vibrators, for goodness sake!

Kim's Convenience:

This is the most wholesome show in my list. It's a frickin Canadian show and it's frickin CUTE. It's about a family with a convenience store and their quirky lives. The parents, Appa and Umma, are soooooo adorable. They make me want to move my family to Canada.

And yes, like most of America, I did watch Tiger King. That's one you should watch too if you haven't already. Everyone in it is a complete mess. And once you watch it all the memes and the social media speculations about Carole Baskin will start to make sense.

Happy watching!



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