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

what to binge 2019

OK  PEOPLE

A WHOLE NEW CROP OF SHOWS EXIST AND I. AM. LIVING. But Sunday May 12th I did die a little because VEEP came to an end. The 7th season reminded viewers that it was nothing short of one of the most fucking hilarious shows ever conceived.

Take a look at what I’ve binged / am currently binging and let me know what your show-of-the-moment is!

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VEEP (HBO GO)-¬†It’s the end of an era, people. To be completely open, honest, and candid: I’m not sure I got the ending I wanted. It made sense I guess but it really left me questioning like, everything.

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Lunatics (Netflix) Chris Lilley is back and funny as fucking ever. His career is serious goals because he created it, wrote it, directed it, composed the theme music for it AND¬† stars in it and he plays all of these funny ass endearing characters. I laughed and cried with Becky, Joyce, and Jana. I eerily identified with Quentin Cook (minus the attitude, the big ass, and I’m actually a good singer). I did have to fast forward through Gavin’s portions of the show, though.

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Special (netflix)- Listen, I love it. The episodes are 15 minutes long making it insanely easy to binge, and truly, it’s a good show. I really actually didn’t hate a single character except maybe the mom’s boyfriend.

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Now Apocalypse (Starz)-¬†It’s bizarre. It’s very sexual. It’s kind of amazing? Definitely a must watch purely for the wtfs that will be flowing from your mouth at every crazy sexy plot twist.

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Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)- I am d e v e s t a t e d by the cancellation of Santa Clarita Diet because it was so fucking light hearted and funny and I have a thing for Drew Berrymore even though she’s sort of terrible but her hair is a goal of mine. Hopefully Netflix changes its mind because hello at least 65% of their original shows are not even close to good.

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-Barry (HBO) I really only started watching Barry because it came on right before Veep and right after Game of Thrones but I actually got into it quite a bit.

-Dead to Me (Netflix) – Binged in two nights, a definite must watch. It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, it’s vulgar, as one tweet i saw described it: it’s about rich white people destroying each other’s lives by the beach,–it’s everything I love.

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-Game of Thrones (HBO) – The final season of the biggest show on television, people! But I will say–the writing is a lil lazy? Not as dramatic as I expected? Not as…idk…convoluted as i expected? barely any nudity??

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What / If (Netflix) –¬†I love a good Renee Zellweger piece so i may be a touch biased but i was pretty into this show. Definitely different than I thought it would be and not funny really at all but kind of in the sense that it pretty much seemed like a more polished daytime soap opera most of the time.

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I’m Sorry (Netflix) –¬†Obsessed. Typically, shows that air on cable aren’t my total favorite because the vulgarity isn’t up to the level I normally love but I’m Sorry gets it done. I love Andrea Savage as Veep’s president Laura Montez and she just kills as a character loosely based on her real-life persona and Tom Everett Scott as Mike is a perfect foil.

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The Other Two (Comedy Central) –¬†Their little brother is famous and they exist. I love it. Is this how literally everyone in my family feels like all the time? ūüėĚ

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Overthinking With Kat and June (Youtube) –¬†I don’t watch much on YouTube but I tuned into this and I actually really liked it. It’s an easy watch, lighthearted and funny and I love a pretty ginger.¬†AND I FuCkInG LOVED June’s dinosaur outfit are you KIDDING.

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Out Of Practice (Prime)-¬†¬†A very ’05 sitcom about a family of doctors just like doing their thing. A typical divorce and lesbian sister and those elements. AND canned laughter. But it’s interesting to see Ty Burrell before becoming Phil Dunphy.

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Chernobyl (HBO) –¬†¬†It’s intense. And intensely slow? It’s interesting to learn about (albeit through the lense of artistic liberties) such a crazy event in the history of the world. Like a whole area that’s just like nope, not a chance.¬† So crazy.

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Sideswiped (YouTube) – Kind of into it. They introduce each new character with a dating profile so that’s kind of cool. Easy binge, funny, solid show, you know. And they used the real price of a Trenta Iced Coffee from Starbucks so that’s dope.

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Blackish (Hulu) –¬† I think it’s hilarious. I love the characters, I love Tracee Ellis Ross, the kids are funny, I’m into it.

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Succession¬†(HBO) –¬†I love a good wealthy family drama so it’s not shocking atall that I would like Succession.¬†Each character is dynamic and well developed and they keep the semi been-there-done-that storyline Season two starts in August.

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Grace and Frankie (Netflix) –¬†New season alert, bitches. Hilarious as always–if I live that long I hope I have a dope beach house and friends.

Champaign Ill (YouTube) – I got sucked into a vacuum of YouTube originals one day and I really enjoyed Champaign Ill — it was funny and chill and lighthearted.

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Black Mirror¬†(Netflix) –¬†Okay I’m not really a¬†Black Mirror¬†fan BUT Miley is in an episode of the newest season so I tuned in for her. I liked it! Weird but good. I ended up watching from that episode to the end of the season and you know, I was less creeped out than I thought I would be for sure.

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Big Little Lies¬†(HBO) –¬†SeAsOn tWo MoTHa FUqQEr!! currently airing, it’s good. Meryl screamed! Laura Dern’s character may become likeable?! Big things are happening in the Otter Bay community.

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Russian Doll¬†(HBO) –¬†A strangely addictive show–I went through an interesting roller coaster of really enjoying it and then also kind of cringing? You have to be a Natasha Lyonne fan because the whole show revolves around her and her three syllable pronunciation of “cock-a-roach”. The bathroom door in the first episode though is very dope.

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The Newsroom (HBO) –¬†I’m currently grappling with how I really feel about this show. Admittedly, I hated the first episode and that kept me at bay for a while but i decided to give it a whirl starting with episode 2 and it seems to have helped. I like the pace of the dialogue but I don’t know that I love the humor? And the concept of it being a fictional tv show about a fictional newsroom reporting factual, real-world news is very interesting.

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House Of Cards (HBO) – Two words: Robin. Wright. I will admit that the season had a different pace, a different feel with the absence of Spacey. She does well to fill the vacuum and then some, but it was a weird feeling as a viewer to have watched this woman rise from running a charity like a Fortune 500 small cap huge corporation to the highest office in the land. Listen though, she wears that power well.

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Chasing Happiness (Prime) –¬†This. is. hilarious. All the drama of a boy band mixes with the brother aspect mixes with struggles with religion mixes with why did they live in texas and new jersey and like pennsylvania or something mixes with finally, the story of how the Jonas Brothers died the first time.

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Guava Island (Prime) –¬†Loved the music; loved the vibe; love every opportunity I get to stare at Rihanna for any given amount of time; it’s a solid watch. I was kind of surprised when it was over because I was like wow so short.

So that’s the newest batch of shit i’m watching!!!! I hope that this list will alleviate some of the ‘oh shit what is there to watch on literally any platform’ thoughts that will be plaguing you when you sit down to chill.

Enjoy!

 

-chasertheprince

 

 

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