I’ve been binging again. I mean, it’s all for research for blog posts. Right? Either way, I’m finding some really good stuff on and off TV.
Waco (Paramount Network App)
I think I’ve mentioned that I’m a fan of cult anything. Not that I want to be in a cult, start a cult, or have been in a cult; but you have to admit that it’s really interesting how people can be brainwashed to leave their families, give up all of their money, and live on compounds (especially those without running water). My co-workers suggested I try Paramount Network’s 6-part miniseries about the tragedy in Waco, Texas.
First of all, it was amazing. I was hooked from the first few minutes. It never dragged and the whole time I was wondering how they would fit this into 6 episodes. I mean, you have to watch it for several reasons, but the main one is that this has a Culkin brother in it. Like Kevin McCalister’s younger brother. Those are some strong genes by the way.
Second, ever since finishing the series over a rainy weekend, I have had Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” playing over and over in my head. I think you will see it for yourself. Those religious folks may have had some strange ideals, practices, and were stock piling guns like end times were headed their way; but all of that tear gas started that blaze.
Divorce (HBOGo App)
Luckily, there are two seasons of this SJP show for you to binge. The episodes are short. The love triangles are entertaining. I think Robert wasn’t supposed to live in New York. I think that Frances is fantastic and giving me all of the suburban Carrie Bradshaw feels that I need in my life right now. And Molly Shannon! She’s fantastic and like a grown-up version of Mary Katherine Gallagher.
This show may not be for everyone, but I love it. Just give a couple of episodes a try and you’ll be watching for Mr. Big and hoping for an encounter with Aidan.
Here and Now (HBOGo App)
This is a weird one. It looks at mental illness, race issues, and some pretty deep family problems. It’s new and only a few episodes in, but I think that it’s worth the wait to see what happens next. I’m kind of in love with the dad character, which is played by Tim Robbins. He calls it like it is and takes no bull shit. I’m also happy to see Grey’s Anatomy’s Dr. Stephanie Edwards again. She is so different here, and I love it.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Now here is a show to binge. I waited to start this one until right before the release of season 2. I finished season 1 in about three days. I thought from the previews and images online that it was set in the past. Hell no! It’s a post-apocalyptic type of society that takes place after the second “American Civil War.” It’s like a blend of The Scarlet Letter and The Hunger Games.
Here is a cult for you. These religious freaks are a special kind of messed up. Their crazy practices and beliefs made me root for the army of handmaids trying to take back the country one “no” at a time. You have to watch this one. Season 2 comes out on April 25. I’ll be glued to the TV again.
Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
I love this show. It’s like The Walking Dead and Dexter had a comedic and sarcastic baby. The way the husband handles his newly un-dead wife is exactly what I want in a man. Understanding. Calming. Always ready to discard of a body. (Just kidding. Sort of.) The first season went by in a day for me. They are 30-minute episodes that are quick witted and leave you hanging to see who she kills (and eats) next.
Season 2 comes out on THIS FRIDAY, March 23; and I’m sure I’ll have it finished before Saturday is over.