What I’ve Been Watching

It feels like it has been constantly raining here lately, which means that I’m doing a lot of reading and a lot of TV watching. And there is so much good TV happening right now, so I thought I’d share everything that I have been watching and loving.

Jury Duty (Amazon Prime)

Everyone needs to watch this show! It is, by far, my favorite on TV right now. The premise will sound kind of weird – it’s the filming of a jury duty documentary, except everyone but one person is an actor – including James Marsden, who plays an exaggerated version of himself. The antics just get wilder and wilder, and you watch the one non-actor guy (Ronald) react to everything going on around him. But the best part is that Ronald is never the butt of the joke at all. It’s strangely heartwarming, and only 8 episodes. I highly, highly recommend.

Schmicago (Apple TV)

I loved season one of this show (Schmigadoon), and I’m loving this season so far, too. A couple facing a crisis in their relationship is magically transported to a land of musicals – this season’s seems to be roughly based on Chicago (obviously), Sweeney Todd, Annie, with some Hair mixed in, too. Honestly, I will never say no to a show with musical numbers.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)

I will always watch any show that Dan Palladino and Amy Sherman Palladino create, and I’m really glad they get to end this show on their terms. If you haven’t watched at all yet, the show follows a female comic, Midge Maisel, starting her career in the 1950s/60s in New York City. It’s got the fast-paced dialogue of Gilmore Girls (and lots of cameos from the show, too), and has a Broadway feel to it, too – both things that I love.

Succession (HBO)

This season of Succession is GOOD. You likely know that the show follows a wealthy (and mostly terrible) family, deciding who will take over the business they own. I wasn’t sure what direction it was going to go in after last season, but each episode of this (final!) season seems to be getting better and better. I have no idea how it’s going to end, but I cannot wait to find out.

Class of ’07 (Amazon Prime)

I binged this show in a weekend – it’s Yellowjackets-esque; a group of women gather for a high school reunion, a natural disaster hits, and they find out that they’re alone, stranded, surrounded by water for miles, and have to figure out how to survive. I’d say it’s a dark comedy – there’s lots of old high school, cool girl dynamics that come back now that they’re all stuck together. I’m really hoping there’s a season 2 of this show, because I’m invested!

Ted Lasso (Apple TV)

This list would not be complete without Ted Lasso! I’m realizing that this show is also ending this season, and my TV calendar is going to have quite a few open holes next year. Ted Lasso follows an American football coach who goes to the UK to become a coach of the other kind of football (aka soccer). I love how heartwarming the show continues to be, while also getting a little more real and dark as we get past the surface charm of Ted to what he’s really feeling underneath that constant optimism.

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