Posts Tagged ‘shows’

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 4/21

Netflix has released a series called 13 Reasons Why, based on the book by the same name. While I’ve read plot synopses, I’ve never read or watched either one (my choice). The story is centers around a teenager who dies by suicide and the tapes she leaves behind to describe what (and who) contributed to her decision. I’m sharing articles about the series because the show addresses sensitive topics, and I think raising mental health and suicide awareness is important — and it’s also important to make an informed decision on whether to watch the show (or things to consider if you do). So, trigger warning in these articles for mentions and discussions of suicide, rape, and sexual harassment and assault.  A guide to the series for parents and teachers.  First-person articles from people who have watched it: Why I Wish I Didn’t Watch ’13 Reasons Why.’  4 Important Lessons From ’13 Reasons Why.’  About the show’s visual choices and using teen iconography.  From someone who lost a friend as a teen: 13 Reasons Why Tells a Captivating Story, but Not My Story.  How the show’s promise to raise teen mental health awareness backfired.  On how the show addresses rape culture.

Have some nostalgia with a show that depicts the background of an infamous fictional thief: A future Netflix release that might excite people who grew up in the ’90s: Carmen Sandiego! I don’t know how many hours I spent playing “Where in the World…” then “Where in Time…” on my computer, in addition to watching the PBS game show. I think I also watched the cartoon series a few times, too.

Creative Action Network: A global community of artist and designers making art with purpose. Plus, you can submit your own art that follow the different sayings and themes!

Live updates of the March for Science from all around the world.

There’s a theory that there are four types of introversion.

A few reactions to Starbucks’ limited-time-only Unicorn Frappuccino. What I’ve heard from people I know: “It’s sweet,” and “I’m not sure about this…”