It’s a strange time for television; there’s no debating that. While many productions have halted, new spring series that had already wrapped are still premiering as planned. While the stay-at-home order has left us with more time to binge, nobody wants to spend their time endlessly browsing for something good to watch. That’s where our staff picks come in:
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I must admit, Latin dancing is something I absolutely love to do. Salsa, mambo, and bachata are at the top of my list. Despite how physically and mentally demanding dancing is, it’s also relaxing because my worries drift away as I get into the music. Who doesn’t like to take a break away from the troubles of life? So while staying safe at home, I’ve been learning some new dance moves, courtesy of Deseo Studios by Serena Cuevas on YouTube.
I have been enjoying light romance to escape reality. I watched Modern Love on Amazon Prime (I wish there was more to watch), and then watched To All the Boys I Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You on Netflix. These are adaptations of Jenny Han’s YA novels. I really wish that they would adapt The Summer I Turned Pretty series as well!
I have taken this trend into my eBooks on hoopla by reading the All Laced Up series by Erin Fletcher. Ice skating, drama and romance. If you are a fan of the movie The Cutting Edge; this is a read for you! I am now moving on to our Romantic Comedies collection in OverDrive/Libby curated by our librarians.
I’ve been watching the miniseries, Mrs. America on Hulu. It’s a captivating look at the women who fought for and against the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970’s. It has been very interesting to see how each political side approaches the ERA, and the autonomies each side fears losing. Plus, this killer cast will transport you right to the 1970’s! Who isn’t lining up to watch a show featuring stars such as Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrn, Uzo Aduba, and Sarah Paulson?!
My wife and I have been binge watching Death in Paradise on hoopla. It’s a British detective dramedy, which follows the exploits of a series of awkward but brilliant British inspectors, who’ve been assigned to the fictional Caribbean island nation of St. Marie.
I’ve been bingeing on Fawlty Towers on Amazon Prime (also available on YouTube) starring Monty Python’s John Cleese. It’s a British television sitcom where an inept and slightly out-of-his-head English hotel manager named Basil Fawlty and his bossy wife try to raise the profile of their Fawlty Towers Hotel, but endless mix-ups arise.
Right now, I’m watching New Amsterdam on NBC (also on Hulu). I’m loving it because the cast of characters are all good, but all have very human and relatable flaws, and the main character reflects a lot of my own passion for helping and coming up with creative solutions… I miss being able to do that at the library!
I’ve been watching all of the episodes of Defunctland and Yesterworld, two YouTube channels that go into the history behind some theme park rides and have a lot of cool Disney information. In addition, I’ve been rewatching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on hoopla, which is a feminist Australian detective series set in the 1920s.
I’ve been watching Vera on hoopla. It’s the British Mystery show based on the novels by Ann Cleeves. Brenda Blethyn plays the titular Detective Inspector in the series. Vera is caustic and she doesn’t care. She is from Northumberland and wields her wit to solve crimes in her backyard, with no metropolitan cityscapes to speak of.
My next binge is Line of Duty on hoopla—another British police procedural and wholly different from Vera. Line of Duty is based on AC-12 (Anti-corruption) a unit, equivalent to IAB (Internal Affairs Bureau) for us stateside, investigating the questionable actions of DI’s and higher-ups. The series include notable actors: Martin Compston, Keeley Hawes, and Thandie Newton. The ensemble cast and high action, make this series a suitable companion to Vera.
I can’t get enough of House Hunters International on Hulu! I LOVE visiting the various countries and seeing how people live around the world. I also binged Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum’s Making the Cut on Amazon Prime Video. I am constantly in awe of the uber-talented designers who can create beauty from fabric and their imaginations. These programs that travel the globe make me feel like I have gotten away, at least for 45 minutes.
I’ve been watching Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu based on the novel by Celeste Ng. It examines friendships, motherhood, and race. It’s set in 1998 so there’s some 90’s nostalgia sprinkled in there as well. I really enjoyed the book, I’ve read it twice, and I’m loving the series. It’s just drah-ma, and I love it. It’s thoughtful drama too, not like KUWTK or Vanderpump Rules, which have their appeal, but all the drama in Little Fires Everywhere is set in motion by a character’s actions based on their convictions. Convictions that the viewer WILL question at some point during the show.
Another show I’ve been watching is The Innocence Files on Netflix. Wow. This is too depressing to watch in one sitting. This limited series looks at cases in which people were wrongly convicted for crimes and the factors that led to the conviction. Specifically, the series looks at forensic odontology, eyewitness accounts, and other frequently used methods to build a case against a suspect. The show reveals the compounding factors that give us a broken justice system (that can be fixed).