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Hang Ups, which you can find on Hulu, only has only been around for one season, and—as is the case with many British shows—it’s a short one. But the series, which stars the hilarious Stephen Magnan (of Episodes fame) as Richard Pitt, a misanthropic psychotherapist, is just so good and smart and funny. Magnan’s shrink has imploded his practice, for unspecified reasons, and is attempting to rebuild it by offering Zoom sessions to patients (which is so unintentionally of the moment, and a fantastic premise for comedy). I laughed out loud so often while watching this show, and I am not a laugh-out-loud person.

The Great is a serial comic drama loosely based on the life of  Catherine the Great, and when I say loosely based, I mean exceedingly loosely. The first season follows Catherine—who is from an aristocratic family that has lost its money and power—as she marries the hilariously loutish Peter of Russia, who has chosen her precisely because her family poses no threat. There is suspense, there is sex (nothing graphic, though), and there are laughs aplenty. Watch it even if you don’t think historical dramas are your thing.

And speaking of history, we shelled out for Disney Plus a couple of weeks ago so that we could access Hamilton the movie (like a lot of you did too, I’d imagine) and can I just say that I actually enjoyed the movie of the play more than the play in the theater? Part of the reason why is because I loathe going to the theater so much that it’s practically a phobia (in fact, I wonder if such a phobia exists in the DSM-5). But the other part of it is just that I could really catch how genius it all is on second (and third, and fourth) viewing. Now I’ve watched it so much that I feel like a certified HamFan.  In addition to which, I’ve developed a momentous crush on Daveed Diggs. Now it’s your turn—what have you been enjoying?

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    Kim
    27 Jul 2020
    7:46pm

    Just watched Nanette by Hannah Gadsby last night. So. Good. Looking forward to watching her new one now.
    Partway through The Great and Schitt’s Creek, and thoroughly enjoying both. Putting Hang Ups at the top of my next-to-watch list.

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    gillian
    27 Jul 2020
    8:20pm

    “A Beautiful Lie” on Hulu, a 6 part Australian miniseries, so good!

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    Jen
    27 Jul 2020
    7:03pm

    Loved watching Hamilton with my family. My son and I have also been working our way through all the Star Wars movies, which I have to say is so fun (and a big nostalgia trip for Mom). My husband and I really enjoy Le Bureau, a French spy thriller available through Amazon, and Hanna, which is also on Amazon; the first season of that was better, but it’s still enjoyable (teen girls being trained to be super-killers by some dark wing of the military, with an amazing performance by Mireille Enos that carries it).

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    Stacey
    27 Jul 2020
    6:19pm

    Am I the only one who read and watched “Normal People”? While the characters are at university for most of the series, they’re quite complex and relatable in their inability to communicate with each other well about their lives and what they need from each other. Except in bed, of course, and I found the sex scenes between the main characters really perfect — considerate consent without killing the vibe.

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      Anna Gregory
      27 Jul 2020
      7:54pm

      I LOVED “Normal People”! I keep tell people to watch it but so far nobody has. Whyyyyyy?

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        gillian
        27 Jul 2020
        8:19pm

        loved it!!

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          Sal
          28 Jul 2020
          1:16am

          Loved it too and still can’t stop thinking abt it! Kim, did you watch it yet? Made me think and feel so much.

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        Stacey
        28 Jul 2020
        9:04am

        All I can say: they’re missing out!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      28 Jul 2020
      3:49pm

      Liked it – didn’t love it. They’re inability to communicate drove me a little crazy.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        28 Jul 2020
        3:49pm

        Ugh…*their

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    c.w.
    27 Jul 2020
    5:26pm

    I’ve been trying all day to think of something I’ve watched lately that really held my attention and truly the list is rather pathetic…Bordertown on Netflix was good. Professor T on Amazon Prime (at least seasons 1 and 2) I’ll Be Gone in the Dark on HBO and I did a binge watch on a list of “Grey’s Anatomy” the “best 25 episodes” as per Shonda Rhimes as listed on her blog: Shondaland. It was more interesting to see what she thought was the best than the shows––although the earlier shows are, to me, much better written and the acting is more accomplished. Whatever you do DO NOT WATCH any episodes of West Wing. It will break your heart. Truly.

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      Betsy
      27 Jul 2020
      7:54pm

      We watched half of the first season of West Wing and It did break our hearts. We had to quit.

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    Ruth Harris
    27 Jul 2020
    3:35pm

    I love spy/political thrillers w brains.

    Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame) on Netflix. By producers of Chernobyl, set in Tokyo/London. Soulful, conflicted detective, alienated female cop, OTT London rent boy, plus Yakuza thugs & bosses at war, romance and deadpan humor. Loaded with style and definitely not the SOS.

    Bureau of Legends. On Sundance Now via Amazon. Superb French thriller. IMO even better than all the great things I’d heard about it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bureau_(TV_series)

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    Ruth Harris
    27 Jul 2020
    2:15pm

    I love thrillers with brains and class.

    Giri/Haji (Duty/Shame) on Netflix. By producers of Chernobyl, set in Tokyo/London. Soulful, conflicted detective, alienated female cop, OTT London rent boy, plus Yakuza thugs & bosses at war, romance and deadpan humor. Loaded with style and definitely not the SOS. https://www.netflix.com/title/80190519

    The Bureau Of Legends on Sundance Now via Amazon. The definition of excellence. Realistic, gritty, pas de BS. As good as, if not better, than anything you’ve heard about it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bureau_(TV_series)

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    Kelly
    27 Jul 2020
    1:34pm

    Watching You’re the Worst on Hulu. Dark and funny but I took a breaker after season 2. Fun to discuss with my millennial son. May go back to it.

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    A
    27 Jul 2020
    1:41pm

    I feel way too old for it, but I just blew through “Never Have I Ever” on Netflix.

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      Liz
      27 Jul 2020
      9:51pm

      That show was hilarious. I loved the John McEnroe voice over.

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      Heather
      27 Jul 2020
      9:57pm

      I am neither Indian-American nor a teenager, and I loved that show.

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      Kelly
      27 Jul 2020
      7:25pm

      ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! But so GOOD!

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    rita
    27 Jul 2020
    1:23pm

    I’m having a hard time concentrating on much of anything, but I’m self-soothing with Schitt’s Creek episodes—funny people who at heart want to be kind to each other is currently about my only jam. On that note, if you have kids around, Phineas & Ferb is just a fabulous show to watch jointly. My kids and I both love it, and it carries through those same themes of people treating each other kindly but being hilarious as well. (It’s all on Disney Plus.) Beyond that, I’m having a hard time making myself watch much—a lot of it feels like homework.

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    Suzanne M
    27 Jul 2020
    12:56pm

    What We Do in the Shadows (HULU) is so much better than it ought to be. I’m not generally a fan of vampire-fic (or is it fiction?!) but the literally LOL absurdity of this show is astounding. Probably best to watch the 2014 movie first, but not necessary.

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    Karen
    27 Jul 2020
    12:26pm

    HGTV and the Hallmark Christmas movies…people, i just can not handle anything right now that requires a any kind of emotional or intellectual commitment, i just want an escape with an happy ending

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    Amy
    27 Jul 2020
    12:37pm

    Better late than never to the HamFan club. I saw it twice on Broadway and enjoyed the movie just as much if not more. Now my young niece and nephews, who have yet to experience a live Broadway show are fans as well. Btw, when I saw it the first time with Daveed at beginning of second act there was a long wait for him to start his number as the well deserved applause and cheering for him was immense.

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    Julie
    27 Jul 2020
    12:37pm

    Just watched “the Twelve” on Netflix. A Dutch series about a trial that highlights the jury as much as the trial
    It’s complicated and dark but fascinating.

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    Tahe Z
    27 Jul 2020
    11:54am

    We watched all of the latest installments of Unsolved Mysteries which was really good. I LOVED Hamilton, but the hubs and kid were not interested in the least bit. I’m with you on the Daveed crush, too, but love the guy who plays Washington. Not a crazy Hamfan yet or I’d know his name! We also have enjoyed The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes which is a few years old, but I could watch the Norway episode over and over. I prefer the smaller, cozier houses myself. Lastly, we watched a film called the Assistant with Julia Garner from Ozark which really was a very bland “day-in-the-life” film about an unseen movie mogul’s assistant. We kept waiting for something to happen and then there were the credits. Maybe if I worked in that industry it would have been more resonant but nah.

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      liz
      27 Jul 2020
      12:26pm

      I watched The assistant too. The unnamed company is Miramax soooo

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    Carrie P
    27 Jul 2020
    12:02pm

    I’m watching Parenthood. I don’t have kids but am very much missing my family in the states and find this show comforting due to the warm family dynamics. I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan so it’s great to see Laura Graham again. Just finished second season of The Politician w my hubs. May I dare say the Gwyneth is so hilarious! Also watching A Place to Call Home on Acorn TV. Australian drama that is taking me away when I need to go somewhere else.

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      liz
      27 Jul 2020
      1:41pm

      Loved Parenthood. I wrath This is Us to fill the void but it is not nearly as good.

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    Tanya Hahni
    27 Jul 2020
    12:04pm

    I look forward to checking out Hang-ups, this is the first I’m hearing of it! I’m currently watching Killing Eve since I wasn’t ready for it when it first came out. I’m ready for it now and love it of course. My recent fun watch was Down to Earth w/ Zac Efron on Netflix. He and a superfood guru travel the world to explore innovative ideas that support sustainability and better quality of life. Once I got past the fact that they are flying all over in the name of sustainability I was able to thoroughly enjoy the content and the magic that makes Zac Efron a teen dream.

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    AmyM
    27 Jul 2020
    12:06pm

    I loved The Great so much I’m planning on watching it again. The new Perry Mason on HBO is really good, as is I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Also loving POSE, both seasons now on Netflix.

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      Meg
      27 Jul 2020
      2:49pm

      Ah Perry Mason is excellent. Matthew Rys and Tatiana Maslany both deliver strong performances. The great John Lithgow too. “Pose” is our mother daughter bonding show. Can’t wait for the new season.

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    LisaC
    27 Jul 2020
    12:09pm

    I’m watching “I’ll be Gone in the Dark” also. 5/6 episodes so far – it weaves together a true crime story and the story of the person who pursued it. Engrossing, maddening, and sad all in one. For something totally different, I watched “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir” with Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney. And since I got a dog in early March, reruns of The Dog Whisperer on NatGeo.

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    Katrina
    27 Jul 2020
    11:51am

    Grey’s Anatomy is now on Netflix, and I am enjoying rewatching it. It’s comforting to me.

    As for new TV, I’m watching “I May Destroy You” on HBO (CW: sexual assault). I can’t say I’m “enjoying” it but it is fantastic and compelling. It’s difficult, but necessary viewing.

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    Pia
    27 Jul 2020
    11:32am

    Episodes was incredibly underrated…will have to check out Hang Ups.

    I like things very, very dark at all times, but especially during COVID. Jeffrey Epstein, Better Call Saul and Euphoria have all been ways I’ve recently tuned out.

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      Betsy
      27 Jul 2020
      7:57pm

      LOVED Episodes!

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      Stephanie
      27 Jul 2020
      3:24pm

      Episodes was delightful.

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    Emily
    27 Jul 2020
    11:00am

    I’ve been uninterested in anything remotely gloomy, so I watched Sweet Magnolias which is an adaptation of a romance novel. It is extremely cheesy but is quite pleasant and I enjoy the focus on female friendship. And having grown up reading Baby-Sitter’s Club books, I checked out the series on Netflix and was surprised about how much I loved it. It’s made for tweens and stars actual tweens (rather than much older actors playing 13 year olds); it’s fantastic, well made, and good for the world. It might be the new thing I watch when I’m sick and laying on the couch.

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      Karen
      27 Jul 2020
      12:20pm

      100% —if i even get a whiff of unhappy or unsettling I’m changing the channel

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        Carrie P
        27 Jul 2020
        12:53pm

        Me too !

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    kimbersam
    27 Jul 2020
    10:48am

    Morning Show (didn’t finish, so bad), Married at First Sight (good for group-watch mockery), Picard (starring my lifelong crush PStew), Newer Star Track (just awful!). The Good Fight (Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski are Queens)

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      Liz
      27 Jul 2020
      1:06pm

      I loved The Morning Show! I thought it was a super campy soap opera, and I enjoyed it on that level. Billy Crudup especially cracked me up.

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        Carrie P
        28 Jul 2020
        11:29am

        Yes I loved it too! The entire cast!

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      Pia
      27 Jul 2020
      11:29am

      Wanted to love Morning Show but it was so meh.

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        AmyM
        27 Jul 2020
        12:03pm

        I finished it but every time I sat down to watch it felt like homework.

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          kimbersam
          27 Jul 2020
          1:01pm

          Right!? I kept saying, “how can there be another episode?” And what a waste of Reese Witherspoon!

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    rachel in berkeley
    27 Jul 2020
    10:50am

    My family of four, including the two teens, are watching Watchmen (we are late to the party) and are left jaw-dropped and perplexed every episode. It’s as good and indescribable as everyone said. And Regina King is extraordinary.

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    Liz
    27 Jul 2020
    10:08am

    I love Stephan Magnan! I’ll have to check this out. The two best shows I’ve seen lately (besides The Great) are both on Apple +: Mythic Quest, a really funny workplace comedy about a video game company, and Servant, a campy horror series about a wealthy couple who replace their dead baby with a doll after the baby’s mother has a breakdown. The mother, played by a hilariously weird Lauren Ambrose, thinks the doll is real and hires a creepy, religious, mysterious nanny from Wisconsin to take care of it. It’s both scary and so over the top (I think intentionally so), that I laugh out loud several times per episode.

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    Shannon
    27 Jul 2020
    10:40am

    Watched Hamilton for the first time with my Mom last weekend. She’d seen it on stage, and had also picked up a book on Amazon that’s this crazy libretto-production history-interviews all in one place, so I could skim through and follow along while we watched. It is truly a marvel of production and performance. I’m not a fan of musicals and I loved it. We’ve also watched the McDonald’s Monopoly scandal series (crazy!) and are in the midst of “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” about Michelle McNamara’s writing of her book on the Golden State Killer. It’s about to get sad. Husband LOVES “What We Do in the Shadows” and I admit, it is pretty dang funny.

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      kimbersam
      27 Jul 2020
      11:12am

      WWDITS is HILARIOUS! More seasons, please!

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    LisaR
    27 Jul 2020
    9:40am

    I’ve recently started watching “Ozark” which miraculously takes my mind off of everything else going on. I’ve also enjoyed watching some Broadway-related documentaries: “Every Little Step” which follows the development of the original production of “A Chorus Line” as well as the 2006 revival, including creator Michael Bennett’s process for developing his idea for a show about dancers; and “The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened” which documents the initial failure and subsequent popularity of Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince’s “Merrily We Roll Along” as well as the lives of it’s young cast members and how the experience impacted them as adults.

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      Mimi A
      27 Jul 2020
      11:34am

      “Every Little Step” is one of my favorite movies/documentaries of all time. Back in the dark ages I even bought the DVD. I defy anyone with a pulse not to tear up somewhere in the film, although musical haters might want to stay away. I’ve had “The Best Worse Thing…” in my Netflix queue forever. With your endorsement maybe I’ll finally get around to watching it. If you have access to the HBO archive you’d probably enjoy “Six by Sondheim.”

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        LisaR
        27 Jul 2020
        11:55am

        I loved “Six by Sondheim” and have viewed it several times! You should definitely watch “The Best Worse Thing

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      Eloise
      27 Jul 2020
      10:20am

      I loved “Every Little Step!”

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    Candy
    27 Jul 2020
    8:50am

    I recommend the movie “Palm Springs,” with the always-funny Andy Samberg, about two wedding guests couple caught in a time loop a la Groundhog Day. Clever and a fun distraction from politics, pandemics and all those other depressing subjects. For same reason, also enjoyed The Old Guard, about a band of immortals with Charlize Theron doing some major butt-kicking.

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      Celia
      28 Jul 2020
      2:36pm

      Palm Springs was really fun. A well-edited movie that is somehow funny, ridiculous and poignant all at once.

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    Betsy Palmer
    27 Jul 2020
    9:19am

    The Split on Hulu about family practice (read divorce) lawyers whose lives are the main focus. Think Ally McBeal but with no bathroom jokes and British acting. Top of the Lake which I missed the first time around. The Netflix Explained series on Coronovirus which gives a better understanding of the virus than anything else I have read or seen.

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      liz
      27 Jul 2020
      8:12pm

      Thanks for the recommendation. It is great. I also watch Last tango in Halifax.

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      Meg
      27 Jul 2020
      2:54pm

      I loved The Split season 1 and 2. Still can’t get over that Nicola Walker in the lead role is the same actress who played Jillian in Last Tango in Halifax (Netflix) Amazing actress.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        28 Jul 2020
        10:45pm

        I watch everything Nicola Walker is in! Loved her in “Spooks,” which was called “MI-5” here, her star-making performance as Helen Bartlett in “Scott and Bailey,” and her quirky stylings in “River” with the fantastic Stellan Skarsgård.

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        Kathy Houret
        28 Jul 2020
        5:43pm

        Yes, I agree! I’ll pretty much watch anything Nicola Walker is in. She is also great in Unforgotten where she plays the lead detective in solving cold cases. You can find it on Amazon Prime.

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      liz
      29 Jul 2020
      10:35am

      Had to add that Stephen Magnan is a star of the Split.
      I watched Episodes when it was first on SHO and enjoyed it. I will check out Hang Ups next.

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    Eloise
    27 Jul 2020
    8:36am

    I’ve been having a hard go of it lately, but Hamilton helps a lot. (Kind of pathetic….). Also, for those with newly short attention spans (I can’t even read these days and I usually read A TON and now have to fight my way through Vanity Fair articles), try Quiz on AMC about a couple accused of cheating on the British version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” There are only 3 or 4 episodes and – even never having watched the game show, I was riveted. (And, for those Fleabag fans among us, the series stars Fleabag’s sister.) Also, for those who haven’t done so, watch “Harriet.” So good!

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      Jenny
      27 Jul 2020
      3:14pm

      Not pathetic at all, Eloise. Truly, whatever gets you through without harming self or others is a-okay. I got chills when BF and I watched Hamilton. This is still an excruciatingly hard time for so many of us. It can be hard to say that, for me at least, because everyone I love is healthy (although my BF’s complete COVID recovery is very very very slow-going) and has some money coming in (although I’m on greatly reduced salary). No need to apologize or deprecate your sweet, struggling self.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    28 Jul 2020
    3:45pm

    I’ll be checking out “Hang-ups” on Hulu because I love to laugh out loud! Another series I loved on Hulu, also British and too short, “This Way Up” with Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan (of the BRILLIANT “Catastrophe”) about a woman who is released from a psych facility after a bad breakup. The scenes of her teaching her ESL class via KUWTK is laugh out loud funny. And can we all just take a moment to appreciate the sublime Daveed Diggs?

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    Kathryn
    28 Jul 2020
    9:10am

    I watched and loved The Babysitters Club.

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