Dr. Tanya has this prompt called “5 Things” and this week she’s interested in hearing about five movies or shows we’ve watched and enjoyed on TV in the year of the pandemic. So here we go:
If you have a hankering for a good old fashion western, Pilgrim, you might want to take a gander at “Godless.” It’s a seven-part mini series on Netflix and I found it to be an excellent, well acted western drama. And I was surprised by the credible performance from Michelle Dockery, best known as Lady Mary in “Downton Abbey,” as a strong, tough, independent lady of the Wild West.
“Atypical” was a pleasant surprise for me. It’s sort of like “The Wonder Years,” only narrated by, and told from the perspective of, a teenage boy with autism. It is essentially a coming of age story about an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. While he is on his journey, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal? There are three seasons available for binge-watching and a fourth (and final) season is due in 2021.
Black Mirror“Black Mirror” is an anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide. It first appeared in 2011 and has a total of 22 episodes. It sort of reminds me of a 21st century “Twilight Zone,” so if you’re into that genre, you might enjoy it.
UnbelievableI’m a fan of detective stories. I mentioned a few I really enjoyed watching this year when I designated seriously flawed detectives as my Who Won the Week winner in August. “Unbelievable” is an eight episode mini series that tells the the story of a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped and the two female detectives who team up to follow the path to the truth. I wouldn’t characterize these two detectives as seriously flawed as much as very human and very determined.
Orange is the New BlackMy wife and I finally got around to binge-watching “Orange is the New Black,” a series with 91 episodes spread over seven years. It’s based upon the story of a 30-something woman. Piper Chapman, who was convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend. Normally law-abiding Piper is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be. It’s got a quirky cast of colorful characters and is fun to watch.