Best on TV: Must Watch List

November 2, 2019

Hi everyone- Claire here. Hope you guys are having a great Saturday. If you know me you, know that binge- watching shows is a talent of mine – and yes I mark it as a talent. It takes a lot of time and I lose a lot of sleep over it :). I have compiled a list of some of my current favorite shows in case you were needing any ideas for something new to binge.

SECCESSION // Succession follows the Roy family, owners of media conglomerate Waystar Royco. The family patriarch, Logan Roy, has experienced a decline in health. His four children – removed oldest son Connor, power-hungry Kendall, brown-nosing Roman, and politically savvy Siobhan – all with varying degrees of connection to the company, begin to prepare for a future without their father, and each begins vying for prominence within the company. You can stream sessions 1 and 2 on HBO.

BIG LITTLE LIES // Another amazing series from HBO. BLL came out with its first season in 2017 and released the 2nd this year. Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Lauren Dern and Zoë Kravitz, and tells the story of five women in Monterey, California who become embroiled in a murder investigation. Meryl Streep joined the main cast for the second season.

MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL // This series is a comedy-drama and a great, easy show to binge watch. It has received numerous awards such as  the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series-Musical or Comedy in 2017. It’s the late 1950s and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn’t previously know she had — stand-up comedy. This revelation changes her life forever as she begins a journey that takes her from her comfortable life on the Upper West Side through the cafes and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she makes her way through the city’s comedy industry on a path that could ultimately lead her to a spot on the “Tonight Show” couch. The series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”). You can stream seasons 1,2, and 3 on Amazon Prime Video.

THIS IS US // This Is Us is currently airing its 4th season on ABC. I quickly fell in love with this show. It reminded me a lot of Parenthood which should also be on this list. The series follows the lives of siblings Kevin, Kate, and Randall (known as the “Big Three”), and their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson. It takes place mainly in the present and uses flashbacks to show the family’s past. Kevin and Kate are the two surviving members of a triplet pregnancy, born six weeks premature on Jack’s 36th birthday in 1980; their brother is stillborn. Believing they were meant to have three children, Jack and Rebecca, who are white, decide to adopt Randall, an African American child born the same day and brought to the same hospital after his biological father abandoned him at a fire station. Jack dies when his children are 17, and Rebecca remarries over a decade later to Jack’s best friend Miguel. Randall becomes a successful finance professional and marries college classmate Beth; they raise two daughters and adopt a third. Kevin becomes a successful actor while struggling to be taken seriously. After lacking direction much of her life, Kate meets and marries Toby, pursues a career in music, gets a degree, and becomes a mother.

MADAM SECRETARY // For not loving politics, I love political dramas. I feel in love with Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord. Having left her job as a CIA analyst for ethical reasons, newly appointed Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord returns to public life at the request of the president, after the suspicious death of her predecessor. Valued by her boss for her apolitical leanings, knowledge of the Middle East, language skills and creative thinking, Elizabeth drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol, while negotiating national and international issues. At home, politics and compromise take on new meaning with her supportive husband and three bright kids. You can watch all 6 seasons on Netflix.

YELLOW STONE // This show is taking me a little longer to get through. I was having a hard time connecting to a character as so much drama was happening but I love Kevin Costner and in this series he is the marquee attraction of the ensemble cast in this drama series, starring as the patriarch of a powerful, complicated family of ranchers. A sixth-generation homesteader and devoted father, John Dutton controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. He operates in a corrupt world where politicians are compromised by influential oil and lumber corporations and land grabs make developers billions. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds, and hard-earned respect, Dutton’s property is in constant conflict with those it borders — an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. It just has 2 seasons right now on the Paramount Network.

UNBELIEVABLE // Unbelievable (Netflix) was recently released and once you start it you will want to finish all 8 episodes. It is based on a true story when a teen reports being raped, then recants her story, two female detectives follow evidence that could reveal the truth.

QUEER EYE // Netflix rebooted the “Queer Eye” franchise with a new Fab Five and a new setting. The first 2 seasons of the reboot were in Atlanta and then the last 2 have been right here in Kansas City which has been really fun to watch and see all our local restaurants and shops be featured.  The style experts forge relationships with men and women who often have different beliefs from them, leading to moments of social commentary interspersed with style advice. Advising people in need of lifestyle makeovers are food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming consultant Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France and culture expert Karamo Brown.

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS // This show aired last year on ABC and it quickly became something I looked forward to every week. It is currently airing its second season. “It has been said that friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things. That is certainly true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing that can save them from themselves.”

THE QUEEN // It’s on my list to rewatch the last two seasons of this series before the third is released shortly. It is an amazing series on Netflix that traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. I can’t wait for this season when Diana is introduced.

JACK RYAN // This is defiantly binge worthy! Season 2 just came out October 31st so I will definitely be watching it tomorrow. In this Amazon original thriller that centers on Ryan as an up-and-coming CIA analyst. He is thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time and uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication. That launches him into the middle of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

What are some of your favorite shows?

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