One thing that will probably surprise you about me is the fact that I love television.
I know. Because I NEVER talk about TV.
Anyway, there are several shows I’m watching right now that I maybe haven’t talked about before, or that I haven’t talked about in awhile. I’m going to try to avoid spoilers, but if I end up writing any, I’ll warn you first.
So here are 6 shows on my DVR that I am just loving right now. Or at least enjoying enough to keep watching.
Plus one that is very close to being deleted…
This show isn’t great, and yet I just can’t not watch it. I stumbled across it one bored Saturday on Netflix. The first two seasons are there, anyway, and I just gobbled them up. The acting isn’t particularly compelling and the gore factor is off the charts icky. And yet, there’s just something about it that sucks me in. I can’t stop. And I’m a little bit bummed that it’s barely hanging on by a thread with a six episode third season. Sounds like that will probably be the final season. Which does make sense because you can only go so far with the same cast. In order to really keep the show going they’d probably need to do it more American Horror Story anthology style.
The Bachelor (ABC)
For so long, I successfully resisted. I lovingly teased my friends and family that loved to watch this ridiculousness. When my friend Stacey moved to town, we started watching together and I realized how much fun this crapfest could be. And then she moved away and I tried to keep watching but just couldn’t do it. The party was over.
And then Nick Viall happened. And Corinne. I don’t know whether I will watch this again after the season is over. I’m curious about new Bachelorette Rachel’s season, but honestly I’m watching Nick for the disaster. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. It’s too deliciously terrible to ignore.
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon are goddesses. I love them so very much. And the historic rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford is the stuff of legends. Creator Ryan Murphy has another anthology series for us and so far, me likey. Since this is a story that’s pretty much already written for him, I trust that this will play out more like American Crime Story than his American Horror Story seasons. His OJ Simpson was perfection. AHS, though…Well, they always start out SO GOOD. But he’s terrible at endings. TERRIBLE. I really hope this is more like OJ.
I know I’m always telling you to watch the best family comedy on TV: The Goldbergs. Followed fairly closely by Black-ish. And just like when those first started, Speechless caught me completely off guard. It’s funny and biting and real. I have a friend, Kristen, who opened my eyes to the way disabled characters are portrayed on screen. This show centers on JJ, a wheelchair-bound teenager with cerebral palsy. He can’t speak but is able to communicate. One thing I love about this show is that JJ isn’t this sweet, inspirational kid. As his older brother points out in front of the whole school, “JJ is kind of a jerk.” And his sister is very much, “No one messes with my family but me.”
The realistic portrayal of these three kids, plus Minnie Driver and John Ross Bowie as the chaotic, crazy, but fiercely loving parents are so perfect. The DiMeo family is perfectly imperfect. They fight and nag and pick on each other. But, most importantly, they love.
Big Little Lies (HBO)
If anyone spoils this show for me, you’re going to be in big trouble. I haven’t read the book, so I have NO idea what’s coming. Obviously, I know somebody’s dead since the first episode is called, “Somebody’s Dead.” But I don’t know who, what, when, where, or why. Or how, even. And I can’t wait to find out.
On the surface, you could see this as a kind of soapy show about pretty people in a pretty place. But it is so much deeper than that and so fascinating. I love these characters and I hate them and I can’t wait to learn more about them.
But the one character I don’t hate even a little bit yet is Ed, played by Adam Scott. He’s the best. I love him so much.
And because I know I will get comments, yes, I AM going to read the book. After the series is done. Because I want to know more about each character. But I am loving going through the show without knowing what happens.
This Is Us (NBC)
Confession time: When This Is Us first started, I liked it well enough, but wasn’t as immediately blown away as others. It was a little cheesy for my taste. But I kept going because of the man in the above picture. Yes, you all know how much I adore Sterling K. Brown. Like, to the point that if I meet him in person I cannot be held legally responsible for my actions.
Something happened as I kept watching, though. I started to really love some of the other characters too. Oh, who am I kidding? I love ALL of them. I’m a *little* bit on the fence about Rebecca, if I’m being honest. And Miguel. But otherwise, I adore them all.
I actually started a This Is Us support group on Facebook for myself and all my friends that love the show. Who needs therapy when Facebook is free?
And now…one show that’s starting to lose me…
Jane the Virgin
I know, I know. I was SUPER vocal about how Jane the Virgin is OMG SO GOOD last summer when I finally started watching it. And the first two seasons are fantastic. The first half of season 3 was also really good. And then the second half started and it almost immediately fell apart. At least for me. They have taken the series in a completely new direction. Which I don’t love. But I could even get past that unexpected sharp turn if it had come in a season finale. Or even a mid-season finale. Going three episodes into this half of the season and giving us no warning about what was coming was just mean. I haven’t been able to adjust to it. And because of that, I’m starting to feel a little cold toward the entire show.
Which makes me very sad.
If things don’t turn around in the final few episodes of the season, I’ll probably wind up forgetting about it when it comes back.
Other stuff I’m watching
You know, the usual:
- The Walking Dead
- The Goldbergs
- Bates Motel
- Arrested Development and Friends re-runs on Netflix
And waiting for the return of:
- Game of Thrones
- Doctor Who
- Deadliest Catch
- Stranger Things
- Fuller House
- Better Call Saul
- Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events
And planning to start but haven’t yet:
- The Crown (watched episode 1, but that’s it)
- The OA
- How to Get Away With Murder
- Grace & Frankie
So much TV, so little time. What great shows are on your DVR?