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Alexandra Karlsson Tyrefors in A Nearly Normal Family

A Nearly Normal Family, a mystery series of moral puzzles

A Nearly Normal Family, a limited series from Sweden, asks many questions about legal right and wrong vs. moral right and wrong. It looks at what parents will do for their children. The story uses suspense to keep the tension […]

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The three sisters in middle age in Three Days of Christmas

Three Days of Christmas, Spanish family drama set at Christmas

Three Days of Christmas (Días de Navidad) tells a soapy melodrama about a family with lots of secrets. The story is told in 3 episodes set at Christmas time, each episode years apart. It’s a family saga, but shortened to

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Ida Elise Broch in A Storm for Christmas

A Storm for Christmas: delightful holiday series from Norway

A Storm for Christmas is set mainly in the Oslo airport during a storm that grounds all the flights. It’s one of the best holiday offerings I’ve seen in a long time. The cast is diverse, there’s a polyglot mix

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Sarah Lancashire and Patrick Breen in Julia

Julia: S2.E7 Shrimp and Grits

Julia: Shrimp and Grits is my all time favorite episode of Julia. It tells a clear story about women’s role in the world and the almost invisible ways they’ve had to wield influence over the years. Episodes like this one

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Nikki Rodriguez in My Life with the Walter Boys

My Life with the Walter Boys, YA romance drama

My Life with the Walter Boys is a young adult series devoted to love and romance using a love triangle to propel the story. The series definitely does not pass the Bechdel Test, because all the girls in this cliché

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David Hyde Pierce and Sarah Lancashire in Julia

Julia: S2.E6 Chartwinkerie

The Julia: Chartwinkerie episode contains so much humor, starting with the word “chartwinkerie.” Paul (David Hyde Pierce) makes it up on the spur of the moment while he and Judith (Fiona Glascott) are having a cooking challenge match. She tosses

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Kitty Flanagan in Fisk

Fisk: season 2 of this oddball Australian comedy still delights

Fisk might more properly be called a Kitty Flanagan comedy of Australian humor, because Kitty Flanagan created, co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the entire series. The second season of this comedy is now on Netflix. A third season is in

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Sarah Lancashire in Julia

Julia: S2.E5 Bûche De Noël

Julia: Bûche De Noël shares some good laughs, twin David Hyde Pierces, and the sad realization that for all the things that have changed, things are still the same.

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Brie Larson in Lessons in Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry: Brie Larson shines in this one

Lessons in Chemistry uses interesting, unique characters and powerful themes to tell a story of love and science. It isn’t the usual kind of storytelling – one episode is told from a dog’s point of view – but it works

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Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in Faraway Downs

Faraway Downs makes something new out of Australia

Faraway Downs is a project director Baz Luhrmann undertook during the time when everyone was stuck at home due to COVID. Luhrmann was the director of 2008’s film Australia. He had miles of film in his garage from the making

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