Posts Tagged ‘culture’

My current TV show list

Here are my favorite current TV shows. Maybe I’ll make a list of favorite shows from the past sometime, too.

The Good Place. I’ve been a fan of Kristen Bell’s since watching Veronica Mars years ago, so I was excited to see her in a major role on a sitcom on network television. Plus, Ted Danson (originally of Cheers fame) is in it, too. The main story: it’s about four people who die and find themselves not where they expected to be in the afterlife. The Good Place manages to include philosophy and ethics about what it means to be a good person and how people can change. Plus, it’s a sitcom and there are plenty of funny moments.  I would love to be a fly on the wall in their writers’ room — there have been quite a few plot twists I didn’t see coming.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It’s a musical dramedy, which, well, there aren’t many of those on television.  The main character is Rebecca Bunch, a neurotic (also quirky, passionate, etc.) lawyer who moves from New York City to West Covina, California, where the guy she dated at summer camp in high school happens to live. There’s definitely romance, heartbreak, and drama in the series. I also really like how the series continues to develop its characters. It also addresses mental illness in a refreshing way. Here’s a link to a sampling of songs from the three seasons.

This is Us. Stellar performances by its ensemble cast. The story of one family’s love, joys, heartaches, and loss across the years. It can be overly tear-inducing and heart-wrenching at times, but I think its strongest scenes are its portrayal of the characters in everyday moments.

Since I got distracted by The Good Place and This is Us (and freelancing and living my life) over the past few months, I haven’t been watching the fourth season of Jane the Virgin. I’ve pretty much watched it from the beginning besides that. It’s played off like a Latin American telenovela. It definitely has intrigue, mystery, and drama, but it’s also so much more. I love how it portrays the relationship between Jane and her mother and grandmother.  Also, Gina Rodriguez, who plays Jane, is a great actress.

Past seasons of The Good Place, Jane the Virgin, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are streaming on Netflix. This is Us is available on Hulu.*

*This is not an advertisement for any of these services or shows. I’m posting this because I wanted to share.

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Friday link roundup 10/27

Video:  A tourist asks if he can play with a group of Italian street musicians….and the result is amazing.

The quiet radicalism of singer-songwriter and activist Tracy Chapman.

On men taking classes to unlearn toxic masculinity.

On Danes and work-life balance.

On the benefits of being a “non-monogamous employee” — on working multiple jobs, having a side hustle in addition to a full-time job, etc.

Friday link roundup 10/13

The Boy Scouts has announced that it will soon start admitting girls.

After 20 years, AOL is shutting down AOL Instant Messenger. Ah, all the memories of good chats….

About the “mystery box” aspects in television shows  The Good Place and This is Us.

From the New York Times: stories of several of the women coming forward about their experiences with film producer Harvey Weinstein.

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary online: better ways (or more effective ways) to say, “This sucks.”

Friday link roundup 9/22

Today is the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring in the Southern. Happy equinox and change of season!

From The New York Times: a conversation with Hillary Clinton and actress/activist America Ferrera.

Sterling K. Brown won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and is the first black actor to win this award in almost 20 years.

A “What Were You Wearing” art installation at a Kansas university takes aim at the age-old sexual violence myth.

Updates on the aftermath of the earthquake in Mexico.

On the devastating flooding in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

A commute in a Japanese commuter train is made more fun…with kittens!

From space.com: Best night sky events for this month, with stargazing maps.

Work-At-Home School: Coming in 2018. A one-stop shop for gaining skills, resources, and knowledge to successfully work at home!

Daily Goodie Box: free samples in exchange for reviews.  It takes being active on their social media pages to receive a box, but it’s legitimate and the products are great!

A link from a reader: The Freedom Model, a new way of looking at and approaching addiction.

As always, please feel free to contact me and send me your links!

Friday link roundup 9/15

 

Stop saying be careful...

Saw this on Facebook and appreciated the suggestions. Thought it would be great for parents and caretakers of children.

The devastation of Hurricane Irma: Satellite images of several Caribbean islands.

The economic impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

Today, the Cassini Probe ended its orbit around Saturn by plunging into the planet’s atmosphere.

From Wired: A preview of new music albums coming out this fall.

Friday link roundup 8/18

From Alternet: 10 healthy food essentials that you can easily make at home.

From The Atlantic: Hidden texts: Uncovering ancient languages from manuscripts from a monastery library on the Sinai Peninsula.

If you enjoy Game of Thrones, here are some epic fantasy books written by women.

Target just unveiled a sensory-friendly clothing line for kids.

From NPR: Many nurses lack the knowledge of health risks to mothers post-childbirth.

Four organizations fighting racism to donate to following the violence in Charlottesville. How to talk to kids about what happened in Charlottesville.

Children’s books about race and social justice.

On the continuing effects of the Civil War and the significance of statues and monuments.

Link roundup 7/15

First look at the new A Wrinkle in Time trailer.

On the contracting and expanding nature of grief.

A Delaware-sized iceberg broke off of Antarctica.

A teacher’s perspective on name-shaming in classrooms and the potential of underlying racism.

Hug a baby, grow a brain. Why hugging babies and young children may increase brain growth and intelligence.

Great story of people coming together for the greater good: A family got caught in a riptide off of the Florida coast and beachgoers formed a human chain and saved them.