It’s almost the end of the month, and everyone is talking about what’s coming and going on Netflix (catch up on Doctor Who if you’re behind, even though they struck a deal it’s still apparently leaving Netflix for the time being). But personally I’ve finally had time to try out some new shows and I have some recommendations.
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23
Back in college, I actually had one of the cinematographers from this show come and talk to a film class about his work, and he mentioned working on the pilot for this and selling the show to the network. I wanted to watch it when it was on TV, but I’ve gotten into this awful habit of not watching shows live anymore, mostly out of laziness. Both seasons of it are on Netflix now, and especially after the wonder that was Jessica Jones I had to check it out.
I’m really happy that I did! If you appreciate weird, hilarious scenarios, James Van Der Beek being ridiculous (he plays himself and can’t seem to get away from his Dawson’s Creek fame), and dry humor, you’ll love this show. Krysten Ritter shines in a role apparently inspired by Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, although portrayed here as a scam artist in New York who does whatever she pleases at everyone else’s expense. It’s well worth checking out, especially if you need to just veg on the couch for a bit after a long day at work.
I absolutely love this show. I’m already on a second viewing (once through on my own, and now I’m making P watch it so I have someone to talk about it with). The first season was filmed essentially using the process of “dailies” with the script; every actor took their roles knowing they could be the killer, and no one knew who it was until the last episode was being filmed. The show is moody, it’s dark, it’s slow paced in the best sense, and so well acted that I often found myself sitting on the edge of my seat.
There are plenty of familiar faces (just look at the promotional poster!) and now that the creator, Chris Chibnall, is taking over Doctor Who starting with season 10, I highly recommend checking this out to see what’s in store, and also because it’s an amazing drama.
Being a 20/30 something who has had roommates and even just incredibly close friends, I think this show is amazingly relatable. As with any sitcom, the characters and situations are hilariously unrealistic at times, but that’s definitely part of the appeal. The acting and writing are incredibly well done, and it’s another fantastic show to take your mind off how much work and life can suck.
Maybe now P and I will finally find time to watch some super hero shows together, like Arrow and Daredevil.
What are you currently watching on Netflix?