The Crimson Petal and the White shows the horrors of 1870s London

The Crimson Petal and the White is a four part mini series from 2011, now streaming on Acorn TV. It’s set in 1870s London at a time when women, whether prostitutes or well-married ladies, had few options and fewer freedoms.

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Review: The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas)

The Mess You Leave Behind (El desorden que dejas) is a Spanish language mystery series streaming on Netflix. It’s a well-written series with two exceptional Spanish actresses in the lead roles. Mystery fans will enjoy it.

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Review: Bhaag Beanie Bhaag

Bhaag Beanie Bhaag is a contemporary Indian comedy streaming on Netflix. Beanie is a woman who dreams of being a stand-up comic. Her parents dream of grandchildren. The series was written and directed by women.

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Review: A Suitable Boy

A Suitable Boy is a gorgeous and authentic Indian drama about one young woman’s search for a suitable mate. It features an all Indian cast and a setting in northern India. Mira Nair directed this six-part series from the BBC. Episodes 1 and 2 are now streaming on Acorn TV in the U.S. The remaining episodes will add on Mondays through January 4.

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Review: I May Destroy You

I May Destroy You is a British series from the BBC, now streaming on HBO Max. It’s a story about sexual assault and recovery, about consent, about friendship, and about facing your own truth. Powerhouse talent Michaela Coel starred in, created, and co-directed the series with Sam Miller.

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Review: Love and Anarchy (Kärlek & Anarki)

Love and Anarchy (Kärlek & Anarki) brings Swedish dramedy to Netflix with a woman led and woman directed series. Sofie (Ida Engvoll) goes to work in a failing publishing house with the task of moving them into the digital world and bringing them back to profitability.

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Review: The South Westerlies

The South Westerlies is an Irish production streaming on Acorn TV. It’s about a small town on the Irish coast scheduled for offshore wind turbine development and a single mom sent there to make sure it happens. The folks in town can’t agree on whether it is a good idea to go green with a coast full of tall wind turbines.

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Review: Someone Has to Die (Alguien tiene que morir)

Someone has to Die (Alguien tiene que morir) brings a mere 3 episode series from Spain. Set in Franco’s repressive era when homosexuality was a crime, the story looks into the tragedy surrounding a dysfunctional family. The series is on Netflix.

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Review: Tehran

Tehran is an Israeli series. A Mossad agent on her first spy assignment is sent undercover into Tehran. She’s a hacker. Her goal is to disable the military’s radar temporarily so Israeli planes can bomb a nuclear plant without being shot out of the sky.

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Review: Giri/Haji

Giri/Haji, the Japanese title of this multi-continent drama, means Duty/Shame in English. Those two words – duty and shame – encapsulate the themes and drivers of the action in this drama about family, love, responsibility and survival. It’s streaming on Netflix. There are minor spoilers ahead.

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