This will be one of my regular blog series because I love watching shows (and movies sometimes), and I love getting recommendations. So I hope this will be helpful for you!
Some of my other blog series: Best Books Lately, Wedding Series, Board Game Reviews, and Pinspiration. (more coming soon 😉
OKAY, I get it- I was definitely late to this party, but I’m glad I arrived. It only has 3 seasons so it’s a relatively quick binge. I had to stop myself after the second season because I wanted to savor the show a bit more before knowingly watching the last season. Does anyone else do this!? I LOVE the two main characters and their interactions. David Tennant is amazing as always, as is Olivia Colman. (3 total seasons)
on Netflix ∙ 5 stars ∙ binge-worthy ∙ dark, murder mystery ∙ British
I was pleasantly surprised to see they renewed for a second season, and I finished watching it recently. This is one of those binge-worthy shows. There was a long wait for season 2, but it seems like season 3 is set to release some time this year! They wrapped filming before covid-19, and they had a “soon to come” teaser at the end of the season 2 finale. (will have a 3rd season at least)on Netflix ∙ 5 stars ∙ binge-worthy ∙ reality, light, real estate, drama
Dead to Me
I didn’t start watching the first season until the second came out last month. It’s not one of my favorite shows, but it’s pretty interesting. I have a few friends who absolutely love it. Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are great opposites. This show leads me to think about what I would do if I were in these characters’ shoes. I like waiting to see what will happen next and if/when the characters will find out the big secret. (will likely have a 3rd season)
on Netflix ∙ 3.5 stars ∙ heavy, but also comedic ∙ Will Ferrell produces
Peanut Butter Falcon
I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I’ll be honest, I saw that Shia LaBeouf was in it so I wanted to watch it. (sorry, not sorry #madcrush) But wow, everyone in it was stellar and it was such a great storyline. It really touched me… I honestly think everyone should watch it. Cannot sing it’s praises enough.
on Amazon∙ 5 stars∙Indie∙ great actors∙ feel good∙ dramatic
Dr. Pimple Popper
This show will not appeal to everyone, but Chris and I find it fascinating. I also find the excisions themselves to be gross- the sounds and the dead skill cells coming out- no thank you. But my heart goes out to the patients. I still cannot understand WHY some people have to bully, laugh, and make nasty comments to people. It is SO easy to keep your mouth shut if you don’t have anything nice to say. (has at least 4 seasons)
on Hulu ∙ 4 stars ∙ reality, light ∙ can be graphic ∙ human interest
This is a great one! I love seeing Michelle Dockery and Chris Evans in new roles, and I am always a fan of shows set in or close to Boston. (Bostonian accents are my absolute fav) Plus, this show is a lawyer/police drama and I love those. Definitely binge-worthy, and it’s based on the book by the same name, by William Landay. (likely only one season- limited series)
on Apple TV ∙ 4.5 stars ∙ crime ∙ well-known actors ∙ darker/heavy
Let me just say I am PISSED that this didn’t get renewed for a second season! They did a nice job of wrapping everything up so it’s not a cliffhanger, at least. (but still!) It had a really intriguing storyline and great actors/characters. I got really invested in the characters and wanted to see what happened to them. (only 1 season)
on CBS∙ 4.75 stars∙ crime/mystery∙ binge-worthy∙ socioeconomic divide
The Challenge: Total Madness
I’ve been watching The Challenge for years! Not since the beginning since that was a little before my time, but definitely 10+ years. I love how some of the same people come back so you get to see the how they change or stay the same. I’m always amazed at some of the things they’re able to do. I always wonder if I would be able to do them/how I would do on the show. (at least 35 seasons)
on MTV∙ 4 stars∙ reality∙ fitness/challenges∙ strategy/games
WOW, what a powerful movie. It definitely drove me to tears more than once. It is a little longer than the typical movie and can be a tad bit slow at time, but it’s 100% worth the watch. It’s a true story about a young lawyer who is trying to free an innocent man from death row. Really sheds light on just some of the racial injustices POC have to face.
on Amazon∙ 4.75 stars ∙ serious drama ∙ big name actors
Teen Mom OG
I have watched this since the beginning (including 16 & Pregnant). Learning about others’ lives has always fascinated me and it’s so interesting to see how their lives have unfolded since they gave birth. This is one of those shows that I could watch for several more years. (at least 8 seasons)
on MTV∙ 4.5 stars∙ reality∙ binge-worthy∙ human interest
The first season was the bomb.com. I feel like now, on the third season, it’s feeling a tad bit played out. Don’t get me wrong, I still love it and will continue watching, but I really feel like the first season was magic. I’m not big into comedic shows, but this one is worth it. (and doesn’t have a laugh track!) (will be a 4th season)
on Netflix+Hulu∙ 4 stars∙ comedy/drama∙ binge-worthy
That season 10 finale! I’ll be honest, this is one of those comfort shows that I’ll put on in the background. It’s been on for so long and the episodes are kind of repetitive but I like procedurals. Tom Selleck reminds me of my dad so I love that too. They will touch on some grounded events and make it thought-provoking. (seems like there will be an 11th season)
on CBS∙ 3.5 stars∙ cop/law drama∙ well-known actors∙ can be heavy
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These didn’t make the list for best:
The Great – I made it to the third episode but it’s a tad bit too outlandish for me. I really wanted to like it, but I couldn’t get there. It gets a pretty good review from fans/critics, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. I might pick it up again to put in the background to see what happens. (no spoilers, but I want to know if it happened!?) On Hulu
Sweet Magnolias – I wanted to like this one, too. I also made it to the third episode and it’s just TOO slow for me. It seems VERY predictable and follows the typical cliches. If you like that (no judgement!), then you’ll probably enjoy this. I know it’s been in the top 10 on Netflix, so I’m sure lots of people are enjoying it.
The Hustle – Chris and I watched a movie for the first time in FOREVER together and we chose this light-hearted comedy. While I enjoyed the twist, these types of movies just don’t do a lot for me. Some parts were funny but overall, not the best. (The Heat was hilarious- that’s the comedy I want to see again) On Hulu
What are some of the best shows and movies you’ve seen lately? Anything I should check out? I’m always looking for new things to watch!
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