Is Mare of Easttown too dark?

I resisted watching Mare of Easttown because I thought it’d be too grim and serious. Reviewers at the Guardian raved about the seven-part drama’s grittiness when it first broadcast in the spring. At the end of the year they listed it as no. 3 in their list of the top fifty shows of 2021, and... 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: Is Squid Game worth watching?

It seems that everyone loves Squid Game, the nine-part drama about a contest to win 38 million dollars (US). The South Korean Netflix show is popular with viewers across the globe. Why is that? At first glance Squid Game looks like just another survival saga. Several hundred players compete in a series of schoolyard games.... 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: Gossip Girl (2007 to 2012)

I love the original Gossip Girl. This year I watched all six seasons as a first time viewer. The show held my interest over 121 episodes because it has some very strong will-they-won’t-they romantic storylines. These begin in the first season and aren’t tied up until the very end. Gossip Girl varies in tone across... Continue Reading →

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