To binge is a luxury for most mommas. We don’t often get to watch TV let alone watch two episodes consecutively. So when we do indulge, we can’t waste time on less than entertaining TV. These binge-worthy TV shows will have you planning your next binge session. So put the kids to bed, then cuddle with your boo while you watch!
Comic actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars as Fleabag, a viciously witty mess of a human. In the first season Fleabag orchestrates one train wreck after another with the understanding that tragedies have affected her life and maybe her being. I tuned into the second season to see if redemption was on the altar. This genius two season series is binge-worthy not only to watch the spectacularly brilliant train wrecks, but to watch humanity on display in its most awful, hilarious, and entertaining form.
Set amidst the 1980s, ballroom culture `POSE' serves fierceness. The main character, Blanca, breaks away from her house mother, Elektra, and forms the house of Evangelista -a self-selected family that provides support to LGBTQ youth. I love watching the balls as houses compete against one another in the balls -- where house members challenge each other in various categories; outfits, attitude, and dance skills. But POSE is about more than the competitions. It's also about love, community, the family "we choose" The competing houses come together to navigate the social hierarchy of NYC from Wall Street to the Bronx. POSE is inspired by the documentary; Paris is Burning. If you have never seen it, go watch it and if you have seen, go watch again-on Netflix. Somehow Paris is Burning crystalizes POSE. Now, as I watch POSE, I feel as if I am visiting and delving deeper into the lives of real-life heroes and heroines.
Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, this series set in a totalitarian society, Gilead, in what used to be part of the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that took advantage of low birth rates to create hysteria and subsequently overthrow the US government. In the new world, women are the property of the state, no matter what 'place' in society they may exist. One such place is a handmaid-a woman treated like a baby making machine, whose name along is "OF- (insert the name of her owner here)" Season 3 is current, and it shakes me to my core watch fiction potentially foreshadow life.
As I am watching Julia Louis Dreyfus on this season's Veep, I wonder if art is imitating life or vice versa. It is probably a little of both. Anyway, Selina Meyer (Dreyfus' character) is running for president-again- and the writers for this final season have gone for complete raaaatchetness. One would think that it would not amuse, watching a bunch of politicians get down and dirty on the campaign trail, but then one would be wrong. The show is hilarious and thought-provoking. I ask myself, is she beating the boys at their own game or allowing herself pulled into the muck with them. Or maybe it is just showing that people are people. Nasty, lowdown, and dirty does not care what's between your legs.
Were you one of those people who watched American Idol to laugh at the folks who thought they could sing? Well, ya mean, so come sit next to me. In the meantime, let's try to teach our children to do better. Instead of laughing at folks, watch Nailed It and laugh along with the people who know damn well they don't have any business baking anything. Like that man who ate most of his ingredients and the plethora of contestants, who erroneously, make puddings instead of cakes. LMAO as I type this review. Anyway, watch for the sheer joy of it, and perhaps you will get some tips from Chef/host Jacques Torres. Or if you are like me, look forward to co-host Nicole Byer's comments/face when she witnesses the kitchen calamities du jour.
I heard that Russian Doll was like a dark groundhog day, but it is so much more. To sum up Russian Doll, the main character, Nadia, played by Natasha Lyonne, lives and dies each day- her 36th birthday to be exact. She does, however, get to extend her life if she learns and fixes shit as she lives. What makes this show so binge-worthy? Watching Nadia navigate her imminent deaths as she deals with life and the lives intertwined with her own. I guess it is what we all do, only Nadia and supporting cast keep it mad entertaining each of the eight episodes.
3 Detroit moms, two of whom are sisters, struggle to make ends meets. That's not the entertaining part. The premise of three mommas pulling off a supermarket heist and the fallout will keep you watching. The "get it momma" moments of the show will make you want to binge. Watch and cheer them on as they let life and everyone around them HAVE IT. Season 2 premieres March 3 on NBC. So you have time to catch up with Season 1, which is on Netflix.
Family Friendly TV!
Gather the kids for some food and magic. Amazon Prime's Just Add Magic, based on Cindy Callaghan's book, follows three friends who find a magic cookbook and begin cooking their way through adventures. I love watching with my babies. It is a show that is worthy of binging together, and you know what they say, the family that binges together... Not a saying? Well, now it is.