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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Julia, episode 6, “Breads”

Episode 6 of Julia, directed by Melanie Mayron, is about both baking French baguettes and cooking sweetbreads. Instead of looking at what’s happening with Julia (Sarah Lancashire) in this episode, I want to talk about the supporting characters around her.

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Review: Russian Doll, season 2, when is now

Russian Doll, season 2, shifts the focus of Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov. Instead of dying again and again, she searches through time and her own ancestry to discover who she is. Natasha Lyonne was star, co-creator, showrunner, and director of several episodes in season 2. She was brilliant at all of it.

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Review: Only the Animals, a mysterious French drama

Only the Animals (Seules les bêtes) brings mystery from France in this tale of chance and interconnection. It’s about lonely and often isolated people who think they aren’t connected to anyone.

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Review: Minx, feminist ideals vs. capitalism

Minx puts an ardent feminist who wants to change the world into the hands of a p0rno magazine publisher. He suggests she put her ideas about equality into a magazine with nude men and a new magazine is born.

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Review: Roar, a celebration of women

Roar is an 8 part anthology series. Each story is about a woman and a pointed women’s issue. The list of women in front of and behind the camera is compelling and should convince you to take a look at the series.

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Review: Better Nate than Ever, Broadway bound for sure

Better Nate than Ever takes Nate, a talented middle schooler, from his life in Pittsburgh to New York City where he auditions for a role in a Broadway musical. It’s fun and charming and bursting with talented kids.

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