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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 - 30 April 2021
What will you be watching this weekend? Justin Theroux's new Apple TV drama The Mosquito Coast? Teen dramedy Sexify on Netflix? Or are you brave enough for more Handmaid's Tale?
The promise of Apple TV+'s The Mosquito Coast is intoxicating. It looks like it has the potential to be the next big relatable crime drama, plunging an everyday family into a world that they're not equipped to handle. Plus it has Justin Theroux in the lead. Reviews have been middling, but I know I am very keen to check it out over the weekend.
Another show that is way more watchable than you'd expect is the new YA dramedy Sexify on Netflix. It's no more sophisticated than most teen shows and it's only real point of difference is the generous amount of nudity on display. But the cast are really appealing and did I mention the nudity? Would it be as watchable if everyone kept their clothes on? Don't make me answer that.
The big title this week is the season 4 return of The Handmaid's Tale. Is there a more respected, but overly fatiguing show on television? Everywhere I see people talking about the show, it is never the show itself that people are discussing - it's whether they want to put themselves through watching the show for another season.
There's no question that it is a good, quality show. But it's also a show that offers no reward for its viewers. It just keeps on punishing. Grinding the viewer down. That's kinda the point of the show - but unlike the women of Gilead, the viewers have the freedom to just not press play.
This week on the Screen Watching podcast we review: TV: Sexify (Netflix) | Young Rock (Peacock / Foxtel) | This Way Up (Stan) Movies: First Cow (in cinemas now) | Wrath of Man (in cinemas now) | Land (in cinemas now)
Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity's unlikeliest last hope.