BINGEWORTHY

what i’m watching:

dickinson: season 2 | apple tv

It’s a slightly edgy take on the life of America’s most captivating hermit, Emily Dickinson. Hailee Steinfeld delivers a complex yet contemporary Emily and I enjoy it. Who knew Emily Dickinson was a champion baker? I do now. I guess you do as well, so congrats. Season 2 just dropped a couple of weeks ago so get on it!

THE UNDOING | HBO MAX

OKAY BITCHES WE BACK! Nicole Kidman is just perfect, I will say. Plus, we love shows about ridiculously wealthy New Yorkers!! It’s the only time NYC truly looks hospitable. I had been hearing people talk about this show and truthfully I’m not sure what made me wait so long to start it but I’m glad I at least had the forethought to wait until the whole series had dropped so there was no waiting til next Sunday to see how it all pans out. I promise through the whole first episode I was like “WHO is this bitch and WHY the eyes?!?!?”, but one quickly comes to understand as the episodes unfold.

Pretend it’s a city | netflix

Martin Scorsese directs and support-stars in this 7 or 8 episode look at Fran Lebowitz’ New York. First of all, I didn’t really know Fran Lebowitz until I watched this, much like I didn’t know Joan Didion til I watched the documentary on her [HELLO THIS IS WHY DOCUMENTARIES AND DOCUMENTARY-STYLE PROJECTS ARE WILDLY IMPORTANT!!!] Anyway, she’s amazing. She’s got a bucket full of opinions on everything, much like I do, and she hates everyone, much like I do. Wow. How she survives with all those people around her I will never know. But seriously. I watched it in one sitting. It’s riveting, hilarious, I learned so much, and Scorsese directs it so you know it’s overdone in terms of documentary shots. So good.

FLIGHT ATTENDANT | HBO MAX

I missed the Kaley Cuoco of “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughters” and let me tell you, it’s like that bitch grew up and became a flight attendant!!!! and she coped with her father’s premature death by way of grocery-store-heart-attack by becoming an alcoholic ūüė¨ not the healthiest BUT it created this character so we’re running with it! It’s based on a book I believe, so if you’re so inclined pick it up! If not this series is great. It’s lighthearted but with a few heavy moments sprinkled in at a pace you can deal with. The characters are all super fun and truly there are so many twists and turns it very easily keeps one entertained.

the bee gees: how can you mend a broken heart | hbo max

I’ll not lie; I cried. I knew so little about the Bee Gees other than their disco music and THERE’S SO MUCH MORE. First of all, the vibes. THE VIBES. The outfits. THE OUTFITS. The music. THE MUSIC. It’s so cool to see their evolution from Beatles-sounding boy band to disco vibes to literally writing ISLANDS IN THE STREAM!! And literally everything in between. It made me v mad I missed my audition for a Bee Gees cover band in LA because of my stupid marijuana brand ambassador job [RIP]…though truthfully I don’t know that I could sing solely in my falsetto for that long. Anyway, I 100% recommend this okay, even if you literally ignore the entirety of this post, please just watch this doc. it’s so worth it.

Black Monday | Showtime

It’s a fictionalized account of 1987’s Black Monday [yet another time when the stock market plummeted] and I srsly wish this is what truly happened. I mean not because I want it to have happened but because it did happen and for some ridiculously stupid reason like in the show so at least I know what went into the motivation behind imploding the stock market for jeans…Anyway, the show is cast well and just done really well. Think Wolf of Wall Street but with less white people and much funnier. Definitely recommend, season 3 is set to drop sometime this year.

LET THEM ALL TALK | HBO Max

When Meryl Streep invites you on a cruise, you go. You don’t ask questions, you pack your bag and go. So she’s an American author who’s won an award in London and she has a crippling fear of flying. Her publisher/agent/idk who comes up with the idea to send her on the Queen Mary across the Atlantic and she obliges, if she can bring her two bffs. Two bffs, mind you, she hasn’t spoken to in years. It’s an interesting lil movie, I enjoyed it. Full of surprises, like women of a certain age tend to be. Watch it!

I LOVE DICK | Prime

Let me tell you something: I did *not* expect this show to be what it is. I mean it’s called “I Love Dick” so I could’ve taken the hint but I did not. It’s a dope show, though. Centered around the guy everyone wants to fuck or be, Dick. Dick Marshall, I want to say. Not going to look it up. Anyway, Dick is an artist and created this creative compound for artists in Marfa, Texas. Katharyn Hahn is the lead and I just love her. She’s just so good and real and raw and funny and weird and she’s just good. A short series with short episodes, so get to it!

better THINGS | hulu

It’s a sweet show. It’s about a working actress single mom living with her three daughters in Los Angeles. I watch this show at a different pace because it’s so different…I don’t mean like in editing or in style, just in writing. I haven’t really encountered a show like it and can’t compare…To me it’s kind of groundbreaking because it’s unfamiliar ground being trod in each episode, in each character’s life. It’s interesting. It’s weirdly comforting even though there’s so much chaos. I don’t know, give it a spin and maybe you’ll see what I mean.

I HATE SUZIE | HBO MAX

I went to start the series and realized I had actually….already…watched it….in its entirety? And I had no recollection of it whatsoever. You may be thinking “ūüė¨ that probably says enough about it”, you may be surprised! It’s one of those shows that just addresses so much while taking the piss out of everything but also while reluctantly trampling the tropes that put the main character in the obscurity she is *not* so desperate to leave. It’s intriguing. You should give it a spin.

THE REAGANS | SHOWTIME

It’s a critical profile of one of America’s most beloved presidents, and rightfully so…Honestly…why was the so beloved? He ignored AIDs??? He ran on racism?? He was the mouthpiece for millionaires? He was just pissed at the Kennedys for going after GE/MCA??? He had a deep-seated belief that if it’s good for business, it’s good for everyone and I truly think that formed every view he had. Verrry interesting. They say politics is show business for ugly people…and though he wasn’t ugly, I feel like he realized such insane popularity when in competition with boring ass, stuffy ass, old ass, politicians. I just question going from an open mind to a closed mind in one’s life because it should evolve the opposite way in my opinion, but who am I?! Anyway, less impressed. But good show! Watch if you just kind of want to be annoyed but also want some fact-weapons to deploy against your “Reagan Republican” family members, you know what I mean?

EUPHORIA SPECIAL EPISODES | HBOMAX

Listen, I just now binged both of the special episodes they released and I am…..broken. Not really because I also watched the behind the scenes extras that played after each episode and realized like yes okay honestly their breakup is for the best because right now they have some shit to work through personally. I love that they touched on the fact that they had to figure out something slightly different in terms of format for these episodes due to COVID, which is why we have more of a one-scene kind of feel to Rue’s episode. You can tell restrictions had lifted a bit for Jules’ because you see a lot more of the quick-sequence of a multitude of shots in different places with different lighting, etc. You won’t be disappointed by these episodes, just heartbroken and destroyed. Definitely recommend.

The Happiest Season | hulu

Nice holiday film, I did not expect the whole coming of age and coming on out aspect but picked it up as soon as they were in the car on the way to her parents home for Christmas. The casting was extremely well done, everyone is believable and funny and hello Kristin Stewart actually decided to act!! Daniel Levy is just so good. Aubrey Plaza is everything always. Overall, a good watch!!

i tried to watch:

bridgerton | netflix

People who like this show::: Why? I mean I get it but it’s still just lacking for me somehow. Don’t get me wrong, the-Duke’s-inability-to-cum-inside-his-bride-because-he’s-trying-to-spite-his-father is a great first season plot line, supported by a million smaller plots of the same exact nature: arranging marriages; and then somehow centered around a Baroque Dan Humphreys character who’s spilling the tea everywhere. A lot is going on while nothing is happening. I will say that I love the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella style diversity in casting. The sets and backdrops are fucking beautiful. Overall it’s an okay watch but it’s just not what I had expected, honestly. I’ve heard rumors that it’s been extended for 8 seasons so, we’ll see.

IMPOSTERS | NETFLIX

It’s not a bad show to have on in the background, you know? It’s a Bravo scripted series so you know, take that as it is. I will say, I did not expect pretty much anything that was going on. I will blame that largely on the fact that just watch the main girl act for three seconds and you’re like huh? What’s all the hype about? Why is everyone so obsessed? How do I become such a successful scam artist??

yearly departed | prime

In theory it’s a very clever idea. In execution, it misses the mark. I wish it had been more of a Comedy Central Roast of 2020 instead? I feel like that kind of vibe just would’ve been better. I wanted to like the comediennes, especially Ms. Maisel but she just proved not to be so marvelous. In her defense, her topic was pants. Overall, not good. Didn’t finish.

i can’t stop watching:

SUPERSTORE-HULU

Truthfully hilarious. Created by former “The Office” writer, Justin Spitzer, it follows a hilarious gang of ppl you want to work with as they live their lives and work retail at a big box store. It’s seriously so funny you will not be disappointed. Every character is so well done. HOT TIP – Season 1, while funny, is not the absolute best. Superstore sort of reboots itself with the second season, so you honestly could start there and not really miss anything. I do love that Cheyenne has her baby, Harmonica, twice. Once in the season 1 finale, and once in like episode 2 of season 2.

RENO 911! | HBO MAX

Talk about a police department I would fund!!! This show is so fucking funny. A staple…I didn’t watch the reboot on Quibi bc watching tv on my phone???? but I bet it was funny. Not funny enough to keep Quibi going, but funny nonetheless. So, so funny nonetheless.

So, there you go!

Listen, I know I just dove right into the list with no lil introduction or anything but in 2021, we’re getting to the fucking point. So, anyway, I hope this curated list brings you your favorite binge of 2021.

Enjoy or don’t — it’s your life!!

-chasertheprince

26 shows to make that self-imposed quarantine fly by

Self imposed quarantine got you down? Here’s 26 of my favorite shows of the moment to help that isolation fly right by!

Suddenly, my superpower of being able to binge an entire series in usually just a couple of days has finally come in handy–and it only took a global pandemic to make it so!!

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A COUPLE OF THINGS:

a) This post is part of an ever evolving list of my favorite television shows, documentaries, and limited series that consistently made me laugh out loud, cry, be super fuqqin angry, and super sad and super happy all at the same time.

b) For more of what to watch, check out my previous posts here:

In Honor of the 2018 Emmy Noms Here are the Shows You Need to Binge ASAP

What to Watch

c) Also, it’s late, but it comes at a BRILLIANT time. If you are even the slightest bit tuned into pop culture, there’s a good chance you’ve watched a lot of these already. At the very least “Fleabag”. If not, you’re in luck–you’re why I did this so study up, kid!

I did started writing this eons ago but wanted as complete of a list as possible for viewers of all flavors. Plus I just, I don’t know, got distracted? However, now with that virus hanging around and canceling plans left and RIGHT, I thought the time never more appropriate.

Get those streaming subscriptions ready and dive right in to these wholly entertaining series:

FLEABAG – (AMAZON PRIME)**fleabag-amazon-season-2-canceled-renewed-season-3-590x224

Absolutely hilarious. Absolutely real. Just fucking amazing to be honest. Nominated for a whopping 11 Emmys, this show is pure gold, people. It’s filling the void in my soul that VEEP left and for that I am ever grateful. I have loved Phoebe Waller-Bridge since I watched the seriously-robbed-with-only-one-season-though-i-know-the-whole-purpose-of-the-show-is-very-fleeting-and-temporary-so-it-makes-sense-“Crashing”. At the time I didn’t realize what a badass she was and I am actively¬† obsessed with her to make up for lost time.

She is absolutely GENIUS. The show will take you on a ride that only your sense of humor will bail you out of.

DERRY GIRLS – (NETFLIX)

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It follows 4 catholic girls & one English catholic boy who attend an all girls school in Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom during the end of The Troubles. It’s cool because that’s a conflict I didn’t know much about / couldn’t really imagine what it would’ve been like, and this show, while obviously not a documentary lmao, sheds light into what normal life would’ve been like for Northern Irish Catholics. Plus it’s stupid funny. It only takes like two episodes to grasp the pentameter and pronunciation and you’re like golden.

EUPHORIA – (HBO)

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It’s the show everyone was talking about. First of all, if my high school experience was anything similar to this, I can’t even imagine the kind of boring person I would be now–i mean srsly what is left?! But this show is so brutal and honest and uncomfortable at times and completely uplifting for a moment and completely devastating–it’s quite the ride in every way but it’s worth it.

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I couldn’t find a poster that would work so I had to use this pic of the billboard lmaoooo. However–I really enjoy this series! Right now we’re only 4 episodes in but I’m into it. It’s a lighthearted space show which is nice because the galactic genre has always been so heavy. Not nearly as funny as VEEP but you can certainly pick up the similarities in the writing. Definitely worth climbing aboard and giving it like at least a two episode trial.

THE POLITICIAN – (NETFLIX)the-politician-netflix-season-2-1

Talk. About. Drama. And also, Gwyneth Paltrow is so good in general but like damn good in this as a billionaire mother (the role she was born to play in real life anyway). I also love that they never reference the fact that like in addition to doing all these extra curriculars and being hell bent on becoming the president and having a perfect grade point average and an enormous amount of money, he can also sing like really well, and he does a few times through the season. It’s definitely worth a spin.

HIGH FIDELITY – (HULU)

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So, I’m giving HULU an extended spin and I am srsly into it. I love Zoe Kravitz so it didn’t take much convincing at ALL to click play on this show. I love it. It’s beautiful. It’s lonely. It’s healing? It’s raw. It makes me want to move to New York and be aloof and make therapeutic playlists. But it also makes me think of my 5 top heartbreaks and, well, really I maybe only have one?

MORNING SHOW – (APPLE+)

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So I have no idea how many episodes Apple+ will let you watch without finally giving in and getting a membership, but so far I’ve watched 3 episodes of this bad boy and I’m hooked. I will say I’m not head over heels for Reese Witherspoon’s character, but legit I’ll love anything Jennifer Aniston does. The writing is solid, it’s all very believable and shot well…And I love the insights and position the show is taking on the whole scandalous world of morning talk show men and their shortcomings–and how they deal with them.

CATHERINE THE GREAT – (HBO)

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I’m not in the business of lying so I will be upfront and say it’s a touch slow. However, it is a) fucking gorgeously costumed, wonderfully set, beautifully filmed, incredibly acted–I mean come on it’s Dame Helen Mirren playing my third fave historical figure, Catherine the Great–What more could you as a human want or need? PLUS it’s in English which is a plus considering the Amazon series I posted about in version 1 of Here are the shows you need to binge ASAP” was in Russian, German, and French.

KIDS BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP – (FOOD NETWORK / HULU) KP701_KP_Heros_0046-1280x720

Carlee and I are OBSESSED with this pinnacle of Food Network programming. 13 middle-school-aged children compete for the title of Kid’s Baking Champion by baking the challenge of the week: ie, splatter paint cakes, desserts that look like main course food but it’s all sweet and delicious, macarons (dude this just kills them all) and so much more. It’s hilarious. Everytime one of those awkward kids makes a mistake and starts crying I just fuqqin lose it.

But honestly, kudos to them because they are just like using their brain and their taste buds to create shit and I’m still, at 26 years of age, referencing the back of the chocolate chip bag to figure out how the fuqq to make cookies.

McMILLIONS – (HBO)

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Well, really, all I have to say is that this shit is crazy on like every single level. Absolutely, without a doubt, hands down a must watch! It’s literally got everything–intrigue, drama, violence, sex, food, Italians–so many Italians. And also, it’s so simple. Like the whole thing–so simple, so easy to overlook.

THE BUSH YEARS – (CNN)

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I found this particularly interesting because it’s insight into a political dynasty that’s very real, I mean the 2000 election was the first I remembered experiencing, and what a moment that was for the Bush family you know what I mean–everyone was involved in that–Jeb, George Sr. I legit thought they were just like some family from Texas and that is all she wrote. But let me just tell you–nope.

THE WINDSORS– (CNN)

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You know I just can never get enough of anything having to do with the royal fam, and especially in these Megxit times, my interest is certainly PIQUED! It’s not revealing anything I didn’t already know, but new people talking about it, new video clips, etc. It airs every Sunday at 9:00 Central.

ATYPICAL – (Netflix)

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Initially, I did not believe I would really be into this show–the dad isn’t one of my preferred actors, I don’t like uncomfortable situations in TV shows and I really can’t stand when people are bullied on TV and it’s passed like being funny, you know? I am all about the humor if everyone’s in on it. Anyway, with that all being said, I gave it a spin and had it on in the background while I was doing some menial tasks and actually quite enjoyed it. Admittedly I have only finished season 1 and then switched shows but I’ll make my way back ’round.

THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES – (HBO)

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I’m going to throw this out there and say that this is probably exactly what it’s like in the houses of¬†televangelists¬†and those in charge of the megachurches. Sometimes I can’t handle it but other times I’m into it. Plus it’s just so comical to me because it’s so like Oklahoma christians.¬†

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE – (HULU)

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I mean, the cast. Reese Witherspoon in late 90s prepware; Kerry Washington serving nonstop unobstructed views of her collar bones. Planned communities. I wasn’t like 100% convinced I really wanted to watch a show with such an intensely boring yet definitely smoldering underlying story line but I’m into it.

GENTLEMAN JACK  Р(HBO)

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Okay I related to this show on another level. Coming from a real estate family, one day my job will be to collect some rent on the rentals we have–yes, lil ol’ frail ass ol’ me going around like plz sir will you pay me your rent haha oh you don’t have it oh I’ll come back? idk– Traditionally, this was seen as the Lord of the Manor’s job, the man of the family. Anne Lister (a real-ass bad ass woman) decided she would take on the role of collecting rents for her family’s inherited home, Shibden Hall. Things get a bit more prickly when she decides to take a wife–this is 1832 England, after all. We stan this trailblazing lesbian Lord.

END OF THE F*&#ING WORLD – (NETFLIX)

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A little fucked up but so good. I am including this even though it’s featured in ‘the shows you need to binge ASAP”¬† because I wanted to make sure people didn’t forget about it because season 2 dropped! It’s dark but so is the world, you know? . This is one of those shows where the ambiguous ending of Season 1 left was honestly perfect. It could’ve completely ended there or continued on, and, in my v humble opinion, they extended the story line beautifully with the addition of Bonnie.

ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA – (SHOWTIME)

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Alligators. Mid level marketing. Pyramid Schemes. Pelicans. Water parks. Splashercize. Kool Aid. I think those pretty much sum this series up, and I am totally into it not even kidding. It’s a touch slow, but it’s honestly so honest about the world of product peddlers. And especially in this day of Instagram pyramid scheme wanna be influencers every other tap of our screen, it is pretty relatable.

VERY RALPH – (HBO)

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When you think classic American luxury, only one name comes to mind. Ralph Lauren. With ‘Very Ralph’ we get a glimpse into the iconic Americana world of Ralph Lifshitz and the brand he built as Ralph Lauren. From US Polo Association to Polo, to Polo Ralph Lauren, to Ralph Lauren, to Green Label, to Black Label, to Purple Label.¬† The advertising campaigns that watch like films–home films from the family beach house in The Hamptons. He has never shied away from having people of color wear his gorgeous garments in his international ad campaigns—something i think is iconically american at its most true center? So good.

AMERICAN STYLE – (CNN)

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This is what we’re made of you guys. A very interesting lil series about tastemakers and game changers in the fashion world from this side of the Atlantic. It’s also very, very interesting to see how politics and war and religion and sex all combine in textiles and what we collectively go through as a people is then directly reflected in what we put on our bodies!! v interesting.

YOU – (NETFLIX)

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I’ll say it: i’m normally way more of a comedy bitch, but something about a nice cocktail¬† of dayquil, nyquil, a steroid pack, and some other medicinal components put me in a weird mood and I decided to indulge myself in a more stalkery reboot of Dan Humphreys. Let me tell you: I. was. enthralled. First of all, sure, Beck is cute but let’s be honest, that long wool tweed coat & her friendship with Peach are the best parts about her. And season 2?! Some next level shit, truly. I kind of think I’d fall victim to him pretty quickly too…(I’d love the attention to detail).

DON’T F$#% WITH CATS – (NETFLIX)

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Normally I cannot handle scary things especially real-life scary things, so this was a bit left field for me as far as binging choices go. HOWEVER, when danger calls thrice, see if they’ll call a fourth and then definitely say yes. And there we were, 4 calls. So, I fuqqin answered. It’s insane. There are twists. There are turns. (and i’m not just talking about the stabbing technique of the asshole who killed cats and a PUPPY and also a human. A must watch, if only to realize the power of a few hundred websurfing wannabe Sherlocks doing daily post-work Pope & Associates-level intel-gathering.

SEX EDUCATION – (NETFLIX)

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So, it’s kind of got the energy of Barbara Strisand in “Meet the Fockers” mixed with¬† that Charlie Bartlett movie from a few years ago, and then poured over a steep glass of the British Isles to be honest. It’s exactly the same and yet a lot different than I expected it to be but funny and I definitely enjoyed it. 8/10 would recommend.

DAVE Р(FX on HULU)

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First of all, Lil Dicky’s “Earth” was one of my favorite releases of 2019. Second of all, I was a lil unsure that i’d be into the show since i tend to lean toward series with strong female leads. However, it’s really, really good actually. It’s funny, a lil poignant in its own way, and is like a pretty interesting mockumentary-type series about a c-level celebrity. I don’t really understand how they are doing the rollout but there are a few (like 4 maybe?) episodes available to binge now.

THE IT CROWD – (NETFLIX)

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Not going to lie, it took me a couple go-rounds to actually get invested…or really to even like it but sometimes it is literally so funny and those moments gave me the faith I needed to tune in repeatedly. Like an actually funny ‘Big Bang Theory’?

 

And, last but certainly not least,

MEDICAL POLICE – (NETFLIX)

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It is…so stupid. Occasionally, so intensely hilarious. It’s absolutely worth a spin of like two episodes and you’ll be more or less hooked to find out if they are, in fact, police officer-doctors or doctor-police officers. Plus the cast is honestly kind of a who’s who of off the wall comedy shows. If only they were in charge of soling this COVID crisis–we’d honestly probably be in the same boat but at least it would be funny.

 

So, okay, there you have it! Now that the ever expanding streaming universe is spitting out entire solar systems of new series, don’t fear–there’s enough streamable content to last us through this time of social distancing!

Stay healthy in there, okay?

 

 

-chasertheprince