Resident Alien: Season 1 Review

I watched season one of Resident Alien in three days straight. This sharp and original comedy is the best show I've seen all year. It stars Alan Tudyk as Harry, an extraterrestrial living in disguise in a Colorado mountain town. Tudyk is supported by a talented cast, including Sara Tomko as Asta Twelvetrees and Judah... Continue Reading →

Is My Love from the Star too cheesy?

My Love from the Star is credited with popularising Korean drama outside South Korea. The 21-episode romantic comedy first aired on SBS in 2013 and 2014. It now has classic status and is a must watch for K-drama fans. So, why is My Love from the Star so good? I resisted watching it for a... Continue Reading →

TV: Abyss by Moon Soo-yeon

I try to watch a whole Netflix series before reviewing it, but I couldn’t resist coming here to tell you about Abyss. So far I’ve watched five of the sixteen episodes of this South Korean drama. I think it’s just brilliant. Abyss first aired in 2019 on tvN in South Korea and on Netflix worldwide.... Continue Reading →

Who plays Bob Armstrong on Insatiable?

I’m half way through watching season two of Insatiable, a Netflix comedy set in the American state of Georgia. The first season of Insatiable was highly controversial due to the puzzling way that it satirised bigoted attitudes. Season two looks like a very different show. It’s less befuddling and far more openly progressive. Spoilers coming... Continue Reading →

TV: Insatiable’s controversial first season

Insatiable is a Netflix comedy about a 17 year old called Patty who competes in beauty pageants after losing weight. When it was first advertised in 2018 its theme caused immense disquiet. Over 100,000 people signed a petition demanding that Netflix withdraw the show. The petition argued the following: This series will cause eating disorders,... Continue Reading →

Who is in Awkwafina is Nora from Queens?

Awkwafina is Nora from Queens is a family comedy about Nora Lin, a young woman who lives with her father and paternal grandmother in Queens, New York. The show is warm-hearted, upbeat and sometimes surreal. The comedy mostly follows the adventures of Nora. She’s a cheerful, lively soul who’s struggling to find a place for... Continue Reading →

TV review: What’s Fleabag about?

Fleabag (2016–2019) is a two-season comedy-drama about a mischievous woman and her loved ones. The titular character, known only as Fleabag, lives alone in London and runs a guinea pig themed cafe. The episodes focus on her relationships with her successful, married sister Claire, her widowed father, his ghastly new partner, and a succession of... Continue Reading →

TV review: Shrill comedy shows subtle face of prejudice

Shrill (2019–2021) is a three-season comedy-drama set in Portland, Oregon. It stars Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant as twenty-something journalist Annie Easton. British comedian Lolly Adefope plays Fran, a hairdresser and Annie’s housemate. The show is known for its positive portrayal of plus-sized people and its critique of fatphobia. It follows Annie’s journey... Continue Reading →

TV review: You Netflix

I really love You. The Netflix drama stars Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, a book-loving serial killer with a very dry sense of humour. The three seasons follow Joe as he chases love interests in New York, LA and San Francisco. Some wits have compared Joe to Ted of How I met your mother. There... Continue Reading →

TV Review: Nobody dies in Skarnes

I really enjoyed Post Mortem: Nobody dies in Skarnes (2021). This quirky Norwegian series is a fresh and original take on the vampire myth. The vampire in this instance is care home assistant Live Hallangen. In the first episode she’s found dead in a field but doesn’t stay like that for long! When she wakes... Continue Reading →

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