By @merv60 😊
The Mist. Unfortunately, this only ran for one season, but it was a good season. A nice take on the Stephen King story & subsequent film, if you like the horror genre this is worth a quick binge.
Stranger Things. One of the biggest shows on Netflix, this one channels Steven Spielberg & Stephen King to tell its story. 80's culture, a group of kids who are best friends, a missing child, a supernatural child & a netherworld where strange creatures lurk. What's not to like?
The Good Place. The Good Place is a hugely enjoyable & very quirky comedy. It stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop who has died & ended up in The Good Place, a kind of heaven, which is run by Michael, wonderfully played by Ted Danson. There are also other oddball characters who have ended up in The Good Place plus an android assistant (think of Alexa in human form) who's on hand to help. We have thoroughly enjoyed it, it certainly is different from your regular comedy shows. I'll admit I only gave it a go because Ted Danson is in it, as he starred in my all-time favourite sitcom, Cheers. I'm glad I did.
Shameless Us. If you wondered where this disappeared to after being on More4, here it is with S1 - 6 available. This is one of my all-time favourite shows, I never saw the UK version but tuned into this as it starred William H Macy. It is so brilliantly anarchic & so un-PC, anything goes in the daily lives of the Gallaghers.
Ozark. If you're still looking for a Breaking Bad fix may I suggest giving Ozark a try? This new show is a dark & gritty drama with an interesting storyline & great performances throughout. It stars Jason Bateman & Laura Linney (both brilliant) as Marty & Wendy Byrde, who are married with two kids & seem on the surface a regular family.
However, part of Marty's job as a financial planner is laundering money for a Mexican drugs cartel. When it all goes horribly wrong Marty has to make big changes in his life to accommodate the drug lords. We binged the first season over the last couple of weeks & really enjoyed it, even though there aren't any really likeable characters as they nearly all have their flaws, but that's what keeps it interesting. I particularly liked the character of Ruth.
A warning though, it's not for the faint-hearted or easily offended. Whilst it's unlikely we'll ever have anything as good as Breaking Bad again, this certainly comes close. Definitely recommended.
Lost in space. An update on the 60's TV series, this is literally The Swiss Family Robinson in space. I sort of remember the original series, so gave this new version a go & actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It's 2048 & Earth is in peril, so a search is made for a new planet to colonize. When it's found, a manned spaceship sets out for it with the Robinson family onboard. And then things go wrong...
Designated Survivor. The West Wing gave us Martin Sheen as the president of America, this show gives us Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman in that role. Not that Tom actually wanted it. He is thrown into being the president after a terrorist attack during the State of the Union means he, as the designated survivor, is left to become president.
S1 shows him & his family coming to terms with what has happened & coping with his new job role, as well as the FBI investigation into the attack. S2 differs as it has a new story for each episode. Unfortunately, this is all there will be as it has now been cancelled. Still worth a watch though, it's like a more fun, lighter version of The West Wing.
Happy! Stay with me on this one. Christopher Meloni plays Nick Sax, a good cop gone bad. Nothing new there, right? Then he has a heart attack which he survives, only to find he has a new friend - a small, talking, flying blue unicorn named Happy ( voiced by Patton Oswalt ). Only Nick can see him. Sounds bonkers, yes? That's because it is, but it works. It's not a simple gimmick though, there's a reason Happy exists. It is based on a comic book series & it shows in the brilliant way it is filmed. Then there's the storyline of the evil Father Christmas who is kidnapping children. We're only 3 episodes in with 5 more to go & we love it. Plus it's been renewed for a S2. Please don't make the mistake of thinking this is okay for children because it has a cute, blue unicorn in it. This is definitely not for children.
Better Call Saul. Continuing the adventures of Saul Goodman in a prequel to Breaking Bad, where we get to see how Jimmy becomes Saul. If you enjoyed Breaking Bad, you'll enjoy this, simple as that.
Santa Clarita Diet. Starring Drew Barrymore & Timothy Olyphant, this is an oddball comedy that is definitely out there. If you ever thought that The Walking Dead could do with a few laughs, this is for you. Joel & Sheila Hammond are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California.
One day, whilst showing a property, Sheila vomits. A lot. She then dies & comes back needing to feed on human flesh whilst carrying on a normal daily life. This isn't easy when their neighbours on both sides work for law enforcement.
Quite a dark comedy, it's also very gory but in a funny way. Kudos should go to Liv Hewson as their daughter, Abby & Skyler Gisondo as Eric, who is very funny indeed. 2 seasons are available, with a third on the way next year.