The Empress: love, marriage, and palace intrigue
The Empress, a German series, tells the story of the love match between Austrian emperor Franz Joseph and Elisabeth von Wittelsbach. Elisabeth married Franz because she wanted to be his wife, not because she wanted to be an empress. That was a source of plenty of trouble.
Review: Outlander, season 1 is just the beginning
Outlander began season 1 in 2014. Season 6 will release in 2022, and a 7th season is in the works. I’d never seen it because it was on a channel I didn’t get. But seasons 1-4 are now available on Netflix, where I can watch it!
Review: Somebody Somewhere, the first few episodes of season 1
Somebody Somewhere is a half-hour show on HBO Max. I wouldn’t call it a comedy. It’s about a 40ish woman in Kansas who still hasn’t figured out her life or where she fits in the world.
Review: Head of the Class, season 1
The Head of the Class remake on HBO Max dropped the entire season 1 on the same day. I didn’t watch the original, so I had nothing to compare with this version. I found it very light-hearted and cheerful. It was unrealistic in terms of the pressures and stresses of high school life and in […]
Review: Only Murders in the Building – gosh, whodunnit?
Only Murders in the Building recently aired its season 1 finale on Hulu. A lot of folks have been watching it week to week and already know it is an awesome series. But I want to go on record here by summing up the entire season with this news: It is an awesome series.
Review: Open Your Eyes (Otwórz oczy), season 1
Open Your Eyes (Otwórz oczy) brings mystery and sci-fi from Poland in a six episode series that keeps you guessing to the end. The end feels more like opening a new phase of the story to be told in a second season (which I haven’t seen announced yet). The series is on Netflix.
Season 1 of Hacks brings Jean Smart back to comedy
Hacks, season 1, just finished its run on HBO Max. Season 2 was approved just as season 1 ended. In Jean Smart’s long career we’ve seen her do everything, but she hasn’t often been the lead character. In Hacks she’s running the show and her performance is absolute gold.
Review: Candice Renoir, season 1
Candice Renoir, a charming French police series about an unconventional detective reached US audiences on Acorn TV. Eight seasons already aired in France. Acorn TV posted season 1 and promises season 2 on June 28. I can’t find anything about further seasons on Acorn, but even a part of this series is fun to watch. […]
Review: Shadow and Bone, season 1
Shadow and Bone is a fantasy adventure epic. Unlike some of the fantasy series of late, Shadow and Bone has no rapes, no gratuitous nudity or sex, and no gore. It’s aimed at a younger crowd (although I enjoyed it very much). It features a big, inclusive, cast. It’s streaming on Netflix.
Made for Love: clever and barbed
Made for Love is a creative new series that looks at love, freedom, control, and privacy with a funny but pointed story. With 8 half hour episodes, it could be considered a comedy, but it brings some strong messages about modern life with it. It’s streaming on HBO.