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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Always Be Streaming - 2 October 2020
ALSO: 90210 turns 30. Yes, you read that right!
Some TV thoughts for your weekend:
News to make you feel old
This weekend Netflix are releasing romcom series Emily In Paris. Creator Darren Star first came to prominence as the creator of a ‘lil pop culture phenomenon called Beverly Hills 90210.
On Saturday 3 October Beverly Hills 90210 celebrates the 30th anniversary of its first episode airing on Fox in the US.
I remember seeing the first episode on Channel 10 in Australia (I’m guessing in 1991/92) and have complete memory burn of watching the episode. As an 11/12 year-old at the time, this show rocked my world.
The series was a turning point in pop culture. Yes, the 80s had its MTV, but the debut of 90210 was the point where teenagers (or actors well into adulthood playing teenagers) were the featured characters in a prime time TV soap. It seems funny to say it now, but that was a pretty fresh idea. Look how hip they all looked…
A great German series you should jump a wall to see
If you haven’t checked out Deutschland 83, definitely give that a look. It’s in its third season now (Season 2 is Deutschland 86 and now there’s Deutschland 89). It’s a fun(-ish) cold war spy show about a German agent sent from East Germany to West Germany where he’s confronted with freedom and a greater sense of youth culture.
I understand a lot of you are watching The Boys on Amazon Prime Video. The season finale drops on the service NEXT Friday, which gives you a week for this. In the episode (and this isn’t really a spoiler - don’t freak out too much), there is a really strange homage to the movie Boogie Nights. No, I won’t explain any further. And also, no, it’s not THAT scene. Well, not exactly. But… if you have never seen Boogie Nights or you haven’t seen it since it came out… might I suggest finding a few hours this week and give it a watch. It’s a great film and it’ll give you a reference point next week.
South Park (s24), Carmen Sandiego (s3), Warrior (s2), Have I Got News For You (s6), Deutschland 83 (s3), The Simpsons (s32), Fargo (s4), Bob’s Burgers (s11), Family Guy (s19)
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