What are you watching?

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Here are some shows (and a movie) I’ve seen recently, as well as a few that I watched a while back but never shared with you here.  First up, we have the deeply charming film My Salinger Yearwhich is based on a memoir by writer (and GOACA reader) Joanna Rakoff. Margaret Qualley, who I love, plays Rakoff, a young writer who gets an assistant job at the New York City literary agency that represents J.D. Salinger, and who is put in charge of responding to his fan mail. Sigourney Weaver is a delight as Rafoff’s imperious, Luddite boss, and the whole movie really brings you back to that time, post-college, when you think both that you are on the verge of taking over the world, and destined to become an abject failure..

I watched Alone Together on the insistence of a friend, who swore it was one of the funniest shows she’d seen in a while. And she was right: the show follows two aimless twentysomethings: best friends who bicker constantly and—it is clear to everyone but them—are totally in love. I will warn you that Alone Together is full of youth culture references that can make you feel old, but it is also really funny. There were only two seasons before the show got cancelled, so enjoy what you can.

I know I’m going to get this story a little wrong and I forget exactly where I read it, but The Center Will Not Hold makes me think of an anecdote Joan Didion told on herself somewhere. Her husband had just died or was about to die, and Didion overheard the nurses debating how to approach her with the news. One nurse said something like “We can tell it to her straight. She seems like a cool customer.”  The Joan Didion in this film is old now and remarkably frail, but still hugely formidable and yes, a very, very cool customer. To wit: the answer she gives when asked about the passage in Slouching Towards Bethlehem in which she encounters a five year-old tripping on acid is just astonishing.

It seems like half the people I know are watching Call my Agent!, which is about a Paris talent agency and is a whole lot of fun. But I mostly like it for co-star Camille Cottin’s awesome wardrobe.

At the center of British series The Split is a family law firm run by matriarch Ruth Defoe. Her staff includes one of three daughters—another, Hannah, has just jumped ship to a rival firm. There are affairs, there are breakups, there are spectacularly messy divorces, and it all sucks you in.

One night not so long ago, I fell down an Absolutely Fabulous rabbit hole for some random reason, and it was an absolute delight—the show is dated, badly, but now that’s just part of its charm—the 1990s seem like such an innocent time in retrospect. And it’s still just as hilarious as ever.

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    Liz
    19 Mar 2021
    5:54pm

    Thank you for the recommendation of Alone Together, Kim! My husband and I watched three episodes of it last night and it was hilarious. The actress who plays Esther was my favorite character in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, so I’m glad she got a starring role. I’m bummed that it was cancelled.

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    SK
    19 Mar 2021
    3:59pm

    British/Irish Crime series binge: Broadchurch (3 seasons), Unforgotten (3 seasons) and my favorite, The Fall (3 seasons), with Gillian Anderson. Anderson is cool, calm and chic and the show has a feminist slant. I loved it.

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    Ann
    19 Mar 2021
    2:57pm

    After watching Call My Agent and needing more France, I decided to concentrate on French shows for a while. I’ve enjoyed The Hook Up Plan (very cute, great female friendships), Spiral (gripping crime show), The Bureau (super tense spies), and am now in the middle of A French Village (Occupied France — also fantastic!).

    I’m not sure what to watch after A French Village, though!

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      Brikka
      21 Mar 2021
      10:27am

      Ann, you might enjoy A Very Secret Service (Netflix), about Cold War French spies. Really funny and self-aware, and the early 1960s vibe is so much fun. Les Revenants – zombies, sort of, but not typical zombies – was gorgeous and a bit gory (I’m a wimp but I’ve been toughening up!). I think I watched it on Hulu but it looks like it’s on Amazon Prime now. *Loved* Call My Agent.

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        Ann
        21 Mar 2021
        9:42pm

        Brikka, thanks for your suggestions, I will definitely add them to my liste!

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    Mouse
    18 Mar 2021
    7:52am

    AbFab forever. Comic genius.

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    Mary
    18 Mar 2021
    8:06am

    Recently, I’ve enjoyed “Defending Jacob,” “Money Heist,” “The Undoing,” “The Affair” and “The Stranger.”

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      Deb kelt
      18 Mar 2021
      10:31am

      Joanna Rakoff’s job was also my very first job after college — I worked at Harold ober for this very agent — though about ten years earlier. It was lovely to see it all played out on screen! I miss those dark offices and the scotch on Fridays! And the dictaphones!! Lol
      Though when Judy Blume came in one day she was wearing a full length mink —not a denim jacket.

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    JB
    18 Mar 2021
    8:07am

    What I am/have watched and recommend: I have been watching Love on Netflix. Judd Apatows show. Thumbs up. I am almost thru New Girl which I love. Also in my rotation and depends on mood: glow, firefly lane (meh), community (first season good now dragging), greys anat.(there is no end), jane the virgin (ok but premise is getting old), schitts creek (2nd time thru excellent ), Ginny & Georgia (binged many episodes and haven’t gone back yet), vampire diaries (ditto), Sherlock (ok-good), master of none, lupin (good), blown away (ok for seeing craft up close but some annoying people), the British baking series (seen them all waiting for new season), the next in fashion (I marvel at the thinness of Alexa Chung – it was engaging ), interior design masters (tough journey based on who wins).

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      Katrina
      18 Mar 2021
      12:23pm

      Jane the Virgin is excellent and is probably one of my favorite shows. I think it’s great pandemic viewing, as I find it to be a really joyous, comforting show.

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      Eloise
      18 Mar 2021
      8:14am

      Smug me had never seen an episode of Greys Anatomy until 2019 (darn you, Sandra Oh on Killing Eve – loved Season 1 but couldn’t get past the second Episode of Season 2) when I binge watched all the. 15 or so seasons and caught up to real time. So much shark jumping over the years but I still watch…sigh. Feels like this year’s mess of a season will (finally!) be the last, though.

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      JB
      22 Mar 2021
      8:07am

      Sorry – indulging myself here with all my winter viewing: DERRY GIRLS so good and funny especially if you are a girl of a certain age have watched it twice with subtitles lol.

      Also really good: kominsky method, dead to me, the Wicher, never have I ever, and grace and Frankie ( 3x) and the sinner (Jessica Biel episode is good).

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    Eloise
    18 Mar 2021
    8:07am

    I don’t seem to have the patience for the screen these days but recently watched How Can You Mend a Broken Heart on HBO. I’m not a documentary fan and didn’t really know very much about The Bee Gees but I was glued to the set and am likely to watch it again.

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      cw
      18 Mar 2021
      10:10am

      I was never a fan of The BeeGees, but that documentary floored me. Just the other day The Guardian did an interview with Barry Gibb––breaks your heart.

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        cw
        18 Mar 2021
        10:12am

        The Guardian didn’t “do” an interview, they “published” an interview. Oy and Egad, throw me in the grammar river and leave me to drown.

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      CC
      18 Mar 2021
      8:18am

      That documentary was wonderful!

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        judy goodman
        18 Mar 2021
        10:57am

        totally agree. also the documentary of Queen/Adam Lambert.

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        kimbersam
        18 Mar 2021
        11:29am

        I had chills.

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    Patty
    18 Mar 2021
    10:52am

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Last Tango in Halifax. Charming.
    And Derry Girls. It may remind you what it was like to be a teenager.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      18 Mar 2021
      11:46am

      I adore “Last Tango in Halifax”! And it’s much edgier than people think it’s going to be, IMHO. My daughter that lives in Ireland got me started on “Derry Girls,” and it’s pretty funny. The young woman that plays Clare is in “Bridgerton.”

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      JB
      22 Mar 2021
      8:10am

      Yes, both are excellent – Derry Girls just cracks me up. Last Tango was really really good I was sad for it to end as you get attached to the characters just like a good book.

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    judy goodman
    18 Mar 2021
    10:55am

    recently (and i see a theme): Bosch, Jack Irish, Line of duty, Jack Taylor, Cardinal (so good), Marcella, CB Strike, Hinterland, Shetland….and for some fun The Heart Guy!

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    Mimi A.
    18 Mar 2021
    10:55am

    “Promising Young Woman,” nominated for 5 Academy Awards, is now streaming on Amazon for $5.99. I found it very unsettling, ambitious, original and more. It includes several plot twists, striking tonal shifts, a soundtrack marinated in irony and a candy-colored palette in great contrast to its dark themes. I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m midway through season 2 of “Call My Agent.” Love it, but I have to be really awake to read subtitles. I have soothed my skinny jeans hate by chalking up their presence in the show to the episodes I’m watching being several years old. Loved “Inside Bill’s Brain” documentary series about Bill & Melinda Gates and their philanthropy.

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    HickfromStyx
    18 Mar 2021
    11:04am

    I watched the entire AbFab series on videotape from the “Foreign” section of the video store long ago. How can I forget, sweetie darling?

    My favorite TV series at the moment is “Resident Alien”, with the fabulous Alan Tudyk and the also fabulous cast for this show. Who doesn’t need a good laugh right now? “Resident Alien” delivers that and more, a kind of “Northern Exposure” for the otherworldly Covid era. The timing couldn’t be better.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    18 Mar 2021
    11:23am

    We have been enjoying our Hulu membership (really like that they have a single annual payment option). To my surprise, we’ve been LOVING Brockmire, just finished season 3. Though I should warn, it is not wholesome family viewing: Hank Azaria as Brockmire is a Rabelaisian achievement. Anyway, I really like that, as outrageous as the comedy is, they never treat characters as mere setups for gags and punchlines, which is what turns me off a lot of comedies.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      18 Mar 2021
      11:48am

      God, I freakin’ love your vocabulary!

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    Tahe Z
    18 Mar 2021
    11:37am

    We really enjoyed watching the limited series Behind Her Eyes, and Versailles, which is another series that came out several years ago. I saw some mention the show Blown Away which is pretty good, but there are indeed some really irritating personalities on there. If you like these kinds of competition shows, one that surprised me was Forged in Fire. The contestants are incredibly talented and really root for each other. It was a nice departure from the cattiness that happens on other shows like this. It’s a male-heavy show, but there are a few women who compete, as well. Plus, I LOVE Doug Marcaida for his catch phrases and his sweet smile.

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      Liz
      18 Mar 2021
      11:54am

      I enjoyed Blown Away even though I’m not into glass art and some of the contestants are pretty annoying. A Netflix competition show with AMAZINGLY eccentric contestants is The Big Flower Fight. You should watch it for Yan and Henck’s outfits alone. There’s one episode where Henck shows up with his head painted like a watermelon. I am also very into Stanley Tucci’s Finding Italy, because Tucci is just charming as hell and knows all these fabulous rich people with incredible villas. It’s truly relaxing and has inspired a number of good Sunday Italian dinners in our house. Oh, and of course, King of the Hill on Hulu, which I just think might be the funniest show of all time.

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        Liz
        18 Mar 2021
        11:58am

        Oh, and I forgot to mention Crazy Delicious, a Netflix food art competition show. The set is incredible, like an enchanted forest, and the judges, including Carla Hall and extremely hot Swedish chef Niklas Ekstadt, are so charismatic.

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          themis
          18 Mar 2021
          12:22pm

          I enjoyed The Big Flower Fight and it was killing me to recognize the hostess with her quick dry wit but not know where from – quick check of IMDB and of course, it was Natasia Demetriou from What We Do in the Shadows and that Eurovision movie. And Crazy Delicious is so escapist and fantastical.

          I am loving every minute of Dix Pour Cent (Call My Agent), and my husband who’s barely interested in television likes it so much he won’t let me watch without him. So scandalous, minute-to-minute funny, heartwarming. It’s just as anti-pandemic as Schitt’s Creek but doesn’t take a season and a half to warm up, and then you get to club around Paris with stylish people making really poor decisions. The cameos are the greatest.

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            Liz
            18 Mar 2021
            12:36pm

            Oh my god, I totally didn’t recognize her as the actress from WWDITS. I love that show! We clearly have the same taste, because I also really liked Call My Agent. It used to be my airplane show, because flying makes me so anxious that I can only watch silly shows with plots that don’t require too much attention. I watched it mainly for the stylish Parisians.

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      Eloise
      18 Mar 2021
      1:05pm

      YES, Forged in Fire is weirdly enjoyable!

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        Eloise
        18 Mar 2021
        1:07pm

        And, by “weirdly,” I meant= “suprisingly.”

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    Caroline
    18 Mar 2021
    9:00am

    Thanks for the list!
    With the exception of Ab Fab I haven’t seem any of these.

    Slightly off topic, but I’ve been on a movie bing recently.
    “Promising Young Women” flawed but completely memorable.
    “Parasite” finally got around top watching. Fantastic.
    And last but not least Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita”.
    Seen it a million times, but wanted to show my teenage daughter who’s into acting..just so so good..

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    Susanna
    18 Mar 2021
    10:06am

    The Fran Lebowitz/Scorsese series “Pretend It’s a City” on Netflix is delightful. And Stanley Tucci “Searching for Italy” on CNN for some vicarious travel.

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    cw
    18 Mar 2021
    10:08am

    If you haven’t seen Nomadland it is a must. I also read the book which is also a must. The movie is available on Hulu and if you don’t have a subscription to Hulu or have already used your “thirty day free trial,” I was told you can start a new e-mail account with gmail and do another 30 day free trial with your new e-mail account. I haven’t tried this, it’s just something I was told. Also, for those who are suffering from I-have-never-watched or I-haven’t-watched-in-forever Grey’s Anatomy you can catch up and be well informed for the final season by watching a list of the best Grey’s shows put together by Shonda Rhimes on her Shondaland.com blog. I did so this summer when I heard an underground rumor that Season 17 might be the last (and not because Ellen Pompeo wants zillions of dollars––although her contract is up so that might also be true, but because she wants more diversity in the population behind the camera–– I have NO IDEA IF THIS IS TRUE––it’s just what I was told).

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      Mamavalveeta03
      18 Mar 2021
      11:51am

      “Nomadland” was AMAZING. Frances McDormand is the best! I cried through a lot of it, but it’s so worth it.

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    kimbersam
    18 Mar 2021
    11:38am

    Grand Design. There are 14 or so seasons sprinkled across Hulu and Prime. Host, Kevin McCloud is juuuust over-educated and snotty enough to be strangely endearing. My favorite part is the “reveal” where it seems he improvises a poem inspired by each home. Some of the projects (and owners) are charmingly eccentric and it’s fun to research the homes to see if they are an Air B&B or sold, or still lived in, or wrecked on the banks of the Thames.

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      JB
      22 Mar 2021
      8:15am

      I really enjoyed Grand Design… wish there were more episodes.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    18 Mar 2021
    11:40am

    I’m a HUGE Nicola Walker fan – I think she’s the best actor working in television, so “The Split” has been on my list! I’m going through Scandinavian and British crime procedural withdrawal because I’ve watched every damned series out there. That and documentaries on serial killers – my husband fears that he should sleep with one eye open. (The SNL skit is for REAL! https://youtu.be/J4RdcE6H4Gs)

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      Jenny
      18 Mar 2021
      12:00pm

      Yes! I loved both seasons of the “The Split” — I think 2 is even better than 1. Apparently 3 will be the last. And that led me on a Nicola Walker binge with Last Tango in Halifax and The Unforgotten. Now I’m deep into Line of Duty, but will want something cozier and more Vera-esque once I’m done. My boyfriend struggles with subtitles, so I’ll have to find time to watch Lupin and Call My Agent on my own.

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        SK
        19 Mar 2021
        3:44pm

        Big fan of Nicola Walker. Unforgotten Season 4 is now playing in England, hopefully coming to U.S. tellies soon.

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      Bobby
      18 Mar 2021
      3:25pm

      If you’re a Nicola Walker fan (as I am) you MUST WATCH “River”.

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        liz
        21 Mar 2021
        9:09pm

        Also Collateral which also stars Carey Mulligan.

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    Nemo
    18 Mar 2021
    11:46am

    I really enjoyed watching Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band. Great music and bittersweet memories. High Fidelity with Zoe Kravitz has great characters, wonderful music, and is funny as hell.
    My inner sociologist loved watching Shtisel. Season 3 is out soon!
    And finally Babylon Berlin is fantastic on every level. I’ve watched this series twice. Such a great show about a time in Germany, the era of the Weimar Republic, that received only a paragraph in my history books. This show has it all in spades – great acting, set design, costumes, music, dancing, sex, and murder.

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    MaryAlice
    18 Mar 2021
    11:48am

    Watching The Sopranos – I was raising kids the first time around and had no time for TV – Also got obsessed with Last Chance U – the basketball edition. Call My Agent is a delight, and is Buried By the Bernards on Netflix. If you haven’t watch The Investigation I highly recommend as long as you don’t mind subtitles.

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      kimbersam
      18 Mar 2021
      4:48pm

      The Sopranos reminds me of people and places I knew during my childhood. Grew up in Philadelphia and NJ, went to Rutgers and NYU. No mafia crimelords but the whole Italian family thing and the “things we do not see or talk about.”

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    Laura
    18 Mar 2021
    12:08pm

    You always have good watching suggestions. Women holding cigarettes – I see what you did there. I’m finally watching and loving Baroness von Sketch. For all who said Lupin – yes, it was great, can’t wait for next season.

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    Katrina
    18 Mar 2021
    12:36pm

    I have recently gotten into Koreanovelas after years of resisting, but the pandemic makes us all do things we didn’t used to do. They’re great for really switching off because, unless you speak Korean, you can’t really doom scroll on your phone while watching, since you need to read the subtitles. I like that the shows (the ones I’ve watched at least) are mostly about good people going through life, with no crazy dramatic stakes or whiplash-inducing plot twists. I can’t recommend “Prison Playbook” on Netflix enough, it’s my favorite so far, about a hotshot professional pitcher who unexpectedly finds himself in jail.

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    Cola
    18 Mar 2021
    1:08pm

    Love Call My Agent and Lupin! I now call all small terrierish dogs Jean Gabin. And, thanks to the subtitles, I feel I am practically fluent in French. I will also put in a plug for Cobra Kai. Sweet, funny, nostalgic, and sort of genius. I never would have watched this had Kara Swisher not done a pod cast episode on it. Also I recently watched the Hulu mini series Four Weddings and a Funeral. Once again Mindy Kaling knocks it out of the park. I watched with my young adult daughters and when we finished we watched it all again. Also Stanley Tucci. Love him! And all of Italy. Lastly, my husband and I have started watching Outlander. Despite the bouts of violence (and trama – season 1 finale, looking at you) it has excellent story telling and characters. And cliff hangers.

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      Cola
      18 Mar 2021
      1:37pm

      And Ted Lasso on Apple+. How could I have forgotten about that gem! Sign up for a free week and binge away!

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    Coralee
    18 Mar 2021
    1:15pm

    For all the Nicola Walker fans check out River with Nicola and Stellan Skarsgård. It is beautiful and haunting. Can’t really explain the appeal as on the surface it’s pretty depressing but it totally drew me in. Did watch it pre pandemic but think it holds up if you enjoy high caliber acting and are okay with a few tears.
    On a completely different note recently got into Search Party and it’s been a great diversion as it’s kinda nutty. Cast is a big part of the appeal with this show as there are many great actors who pop in and out. I think Kim might have recommended it in a previous edition of What are you watching and she was right of course.
    I find lots of great ideas in these comments so thanks everyone!

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      FizzyBlonde
      19 Mar 2021
      11:43am

      River haunted me for days. Superb, heartbreaking, uplifting. Also truly love Borgen, but it requires you read subtitles unless you understand Danish. It’s like the West Wing but without any of the sentimentality. Female prime minister and all the dirty doings within the political system. Haven’t seen a bad episode yet. Also loved Normal People on Hulu.

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    Kim
    18 Mar 2021
    1:36pm

    Currently watching The Great on Hulu. It’s not for the faint of heart (casual violence) but it’s fantastic – amazing costumes, political scheming, a woman discovering and using her power.

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      Lynne
      19 Mar 2021
      12:29pm

      I loved The Great! So funny and Elle Fanning is a gem. The casual violence (especially with animals) is too much for me, and I had to FF through those scenes though I can appreciate how the violence is part of the story telling on how depraved the Russian court was. I can’t wait for the next season.

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      Stephanie
      18 Mar 2021
      11:01pm

      I really, tremendously enjoyed The Great.

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    Laura
    18 Mar 2021
    2:33pm

    I think Ted Lasso is the BEST thing on “TV” right now! It’s funny and sweet and insightful and uplifting – and really well cast. It has been picked up for 2 more seasons. I started missing it as soon as I finished. I hope you guys give it a watch.

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    Donna
    18 Mar 2021
    3:03pm

    Thanks for the recs. On my list: Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, The Social Network, Steve Jobs, The American President, Apollo 13, The Right Stuff, Pulp Fiction. Full disclosure – I’ve been watching the Master Class with Aaron Sorkin. Also wearing an inordinate amount of blush (thank you Bobbi Brown Master Class).

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    Liz
    18 Mar 2021
    3:10pm

    I am a little obsessed with the comedy horror series Servant on Apple+. It is super campy and has a great cast, including Lauren Ambrose and Rupert Grint. Lauren plays a local tv news anchor who was given a doll as part of her therapy to get over the loss of her baby (which somehow never manages to be sad or depressing). She ends up believing the doll is real, and her husband, a chef who makes some serious disgusting looking food, and coke head brother decide to humor her and go along with it by hiring a nanny from some small Midwestern town. Things take a turn when the nanny also believes the doll is real. The nanny is also a bit witchy. I think it’s the best show no one is talking about.

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    y.k.
    18 Mar 2021
    8:09am

    i just finished the College Admissions Scandal documentary on Netflix (Operation Varsity Blues, such a ridiculous name) . Riveting, I think even for those w/o a stake in the admissions process. Although there are some reenactments, the incriminating telephone conversations are mostly lifted from the actual transcripts. I’m an old cynic & even I was astonished by the complete moral bankruptcy of some rich people.

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    Heather
    18 Mar 2021
    8:12am

    I watched the new season of All Creatures Great and Small – truly, a bong hit in Tv show form – and am now rewatching the older series. Original Tristain was my first crush (age 10), and in retrospect, that explains a lot of things: he’s a charming, sociopathic alcoholic. Also loved Nomadland.

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      Kim
      18 Mar 2021
      1:28pm

      I LOVED this. Took me back to all the times I re-read these books growing up. Watched it with my fam. We are all looking forward to the second season!

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      MARGARET
      18 Mar 2021
      8:27am

      LOVED THIS. I feel the need to go to Yorkshire when this is all over and pat the side of a giant, gentle bull.

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    MARGARET
    18 Mar 2021
    8:24am

    These are some I have enjoyed:

    Kim’s Convenience (Netflix)- about an immigrant family running a small store in Toronto. Funny, heartwarming, wonderful acting. Watch this one if you’ve been missing family and feeling down. It will pick you up!

    Anne with an E: Another Canadian gem! If you were an Anne of Green Gables girl, I need not say more. The showrunner worked on Breaking Bad, and she makes an effort to deal with issues that a real Anne might have deal with as a turn of the century orphan in Canada. This is my comfort watch, plus the theme song is by The Tragically Hip and is so perfect.

    Norsemen (Netflix) – a Norwegian comedy about vikings. It’s filmed on location in a reconstructed Viking village. It’s deadpan humor and f’ing HILARIOUS.

    Lodge 49 (Hulu) – this only had two seasons on AMC but they were good ones. It’s about a mystical fraternal lodge/social club and the sweet stoner (the actor happens to be the son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell) who joins to give his life some meaning after the mysterious disappearance of his dad. It’s absolutely charming and wonderful.

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      HickfromStyx
      18 Mar 2021
      11:11am

      Much love for Kim’s Convenience. Crushed that it has been cancelled.

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      kimbersam
      18 Mar 2021
      11:40am

      Norsemen is HILARIOUS!

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      JB
      22 Mar 2021
      8:25am

      I watched a good bit of Ann of Green Gables but the main character became very shrill and irritating to me after awhile. Had to stop.

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    LisaC
    18 Mar 2021
    8:25am

    I just finished the Tiger Woods documentary and snippets of Allen vs. Farrow. Both sad, for Tiger’s inability to escape his raising and for Dylan Farrow.

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    Nancy
    18 Mar 2021
    8:25am

    1. Lupin on Netflix…the photography of Paris is wonderful
    2. Stylish with Jenna Lyons on HBO…I could have done without the competition of employees hoping to win a job BUT loved her critiques of clothing/style tips.
    3. Re-warched The Crown and savored each show
    4. Also rewatching lots of Say Yes to the Dress episodes

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      Gemma
      18 Mar 2021
      8:35am

      Say Yes to the Dress is a huge comfort watch for me, too. Even though I eloped and never wished to have a wedding, it’s so fascinating to watch brides shop for fancy white frocks.

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      Kate
      18 Mar 2021
      12:54pm

      So agree re: Jenna Lyons!

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      JB
      22 Mar 2021
      8:27am

      I never understood the allure of Jenna Lyons. Maybe I need to watch.

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    DC Jnell
    19 Mar 2021
    8:03am

    Oh, adding “Babylon Berlin” to this list. Three seasons on Netflix, believe another is coming. It’s set in Weimer-era Berlin, which means Germany between the world wars. It’s about vice cops and silent film stars, working girls (in all sense of the term), Russian spies and nightclub singers. It’s also a bit about the rise of Hitler, but that’s in the background, not the heart of the story. Most expensive show ever filmed in Germany, with great creations of what Berlin looked like in the 1920-30s (or I imagine how it looked, wasn’t there!). Great costumes, great sets. Yes, it’s in German, but subtitles are fine (and you can watch it dubbed, but I hear it’s not great that way). Best show to immerse you in another era since Madmen, and one of my all-time favorite shows. Trust me, really.

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    Cora
    19 Mar 2021
    7:22am

    I’m a bit late to the whole K-Drama/ Korean telenovela thing, but I loved “Crash Landing On You” tremendously – great storytelling, great cast, yes, it’s a bit over the top, but that is what I like about it. I’ve also seen “My Love From The Star” lately, which is … just okay.

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    Helen
    18 Mar 2021
    3:51pm

    I bought a row erg and have been working out at home since January. Watching shows and movies have made exercise truly enjoyable. I’ve watched or am watching via streaming:
    -Call My Agent (season 3 now)
    -The Flight Attendant
    -Canine Intervention
    -Behind Her Eyes
    -Allen v. Farrow
    -Stylish with Jenna Lyons
    -The White Tiger (Oscar nominated)
    -Sound of Metal (Oscar nominated)
    -Midsommar (freaky!)

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    Dawn
    18 Mar 2021
    4:11pm

    For those who love crime dramas: Giri/Haji (Japanese: 義理/恥, “Duty/Shame”). Really unexpected and at the end of the series, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenes in episodic TV history.

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      CJ
      18 Mar 2021
      10:29pm

      YES! The entire series is fabulous but the ending… How wonderful and gorgeous is that scene? It did literally take my breath away.

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    Cara
    18 Mar 2021
    4:18pm

    I like Scandinavian noir series. For those of you that are of a similar melancholic disposition, I recommend: “Trapped” (Icelandic) “Bordertown” (Finnish), “Criminal” UK,France, and Germany, “Deadwind” (Finnish) the excellent political drama”Borgen” and the Danish family drama ” “Herrens Veje”.
    For a cheer-me-up: “Somebody feed Phil”.

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    Jennifer
    18 Mar 2021
    5:27pm

    Enthusiastic yeses to Call MyAgent and Ted Lasso, which is easily the sweetest most charming show of the COVID era. I am now obsessed with Escape to the Chateau on Peacock & HGTV.

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    Tina
    21 Mar 2021
    8:53pm

    Since so many commenters are watching documentaries, I’d recommend a trio that I watched on Amazon, Breakfast at Ina’s, The Barklay Marathons, and A Tuba to Cuba. Three very different topics, three humanity-affirming docs. Truly each only made me feel great. I watched Barklay at the start of the pandemic and it meant so much to me.

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    Bkmam
    18 Mar 2021
    3:42pm

    I’ve enjoyed many of the shows recommended including Ted Lasso and The Investigation. Really enjoyed On Pointe (Disney), it follows students at SAB in the fall of 2019. I also have told everyone I know to watch College Behind Bars, an incredible documentary series that I’m still thinking about a year later. And finally, my feel good bedtime show lately is Nadia Bakes.

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    rachel in berkeley
    24 Mar 2021
    5:29pm

    I’m now *utterly* obsessed with The Split. I ration myself an episode a day otherwise I would forswear all responsibilities and hole up with Hulu. It’s got lots of holes and obvious moments but Nicola Walker (as mentioned above) is A M A Z I N G. Plus, I’m the eldest of three sisters ….

    Meanwhile, if I were offered back the minutes of my life I spent on Alone Together, I would take them eagerly.

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