Julia, episode 8, “Chocolate Soufflé”

Julia wrapped up season 1 with the “Chocolate Soufflé” episode. But celebrations are in order, because just before the episode aired, HBO Max announced the series will get a second season! Even more Julia Child is coming.

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Review: Pachinko, epic family saga from Korea

Pachinko is a fascinating, beautifully written and photographed family saga. Everything revolves around the Korean character Sunja, whose life story is told from birth into her 80s. In the photo above you see the teen Sunja, played by Minha Kim. With her is Hansu (Lee Min-Ho).

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The Good Karma Hospital, season 4

The Good Karma Hospital continues its winning recipe for success with season 4. That means exciting medical work, continuing character development for the main cast, interesting new characters, and seasonal guests with meaningful issues.

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Review: Parallel Mothers with Penélope Cruz

In Parallel Mothers (Madres paralelas) director Pedro Almodóvar and star Penélope Cruz team up one more time to create another fascinating story. Two parallel stories, actually. One is about facing the truth as a modern mother, and one is about uncovering the truth about Spain’s violent past.

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Grace and Frankie, the final episodes, a loving farewell

The final episodes of Grace and Frankie were told with tenderness and affection. The two key relationships – Grace and Frankie and Sol and Robert – were written as the beautiful love stories they had always been. Everyone is getting older and that isn’t always roses and rainbows, but they age with love. Spoilers ahead.

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Julia, episode 7, “Foie Gras”

The “Foie Gras” episode of Julia was directed by Jenée LaMarque. In this episode Julia Child (Sarah Lancashire) went to New York City to give a keynote address at a gala for public television. During her visit she met both pleasant and unpleasant people.

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Review: Harry Wild, amateur sleuth

Harry Wild stars Jane Seymour as a former professor of literature at an Irish university. She retires from teaching and quickly becomes an amateur sleuth solving cases that hearken back to famous works of literature.

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Review: The Paradise, Finnish crime drama set mostly in Spain

The Paradise (Paratiisi) features a complex older woman who is a Finnish cop, Hikka (Riitta Havukainen). She’s semi-retired because her husband has dementia. A friend asks her to go to Spain “for one day” to find someone. That sets her off on an investigation that expands into a search for a serial killer and keeps her in Spain for several days.

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Review: Heartstopper, an absolute 10!

Heartstopper tells a charming and beautiful story about a group of LGBTQ+ teens coming of age. It was created and written by Alice Oseman, based on her graphic novel. It stands as a positive and heart-swelling example of what teen stories like this ought to be.

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Review: Anatomy of a Scandal, privilege and power prevail

Anatomy of a Scandal is one of several British series out now with scandal in the title. This series is mostly female behind the scenes. S.J. Clarkson (a woman) directed the series created and written by Melissa James Gibson and David E. Kelley. It was based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Vaughan.

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