Review: Blood and Water

Blood and Water is Netflix second effort with South African content after the success of Queen Sono. This time they chose to go with characters younger in age set in a posh high school. They scored plenty of drama with the decision.

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Review: Sweet Magnolias

Sweet Magnolias is indeed a sweet series on Netflix. It’s a portrait of a golden world where everyone gets along, everyone goes to church, the teenagers are only mildly rebellious, and friends last forever.

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Review: Into the Night, season 1

Into the Night is a Belgian sci-fi thriller. It’s a nail-biting thrill ride with one of the best cliffhangers at the end of the season I’ve ever seen. It’s mostly in French with some English, Russian, and Arabic in the mix.

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Review: Vida, season 1

Vida is a series I’ve read many glowing reviews about, but it was on STARZ and I couldn’t watch it. Amazon Prime Video is allowing free access to season 1 for the month of April, so I took advantage of it.

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Review: I Am Not Okay with This

I Am Not Okay with This fits into the category of girl coming of age who discovers her superpower amid high school horrors. It’s an origin story that begs additional seasons. Beware the spoilers.

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Review: Gentefied

Gentefied is a Spanglish mashup of gente (people) and gentrified that perfectly expresses what this bilingual comedy series on Netflix is about.

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Review: Bad Banks, season 1

Bad Banks is a German language financial thriller streaming on Hulu. A second season is out, but hasn’t arrived on Hulu yet.

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Review: Luna Nera, season 1

Luna Nera (or Black Moon) is an Italian language series on Netflix. It’s a tale of witches and witch hunters set in 17th Century Italy.

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Review: Locked Up (Vis a vis), season 1

Locked Up (Vis a vis) is an addicting Spanish language series on Netflix. It’s a women’s prison story with more twists than a corkscrew.

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Review: Balthazar, season 1

Balthazar is a French language crime drama featuring a male forensic pathologist in Paris who works with a female chief inspector. Season 1 is available on Acorn TV. A second season has already aired in France.

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