There's some TV I genuinely loved on my screen this week. Some thoughts:
- The Sex Lives of College Girls (now in its second season) is one of TV's most fun hang-out shows. Put aside the deliberately scandalous title and what you have is a lightweight relationship comedy about four college girls from different cultural and economic backgrounds who find themselves living in a dorm together. All four are driven by teenage sexual desire, but the show is very much about trying to understand identity and the shenanigans that present themselves along the way. It's funny, a bit sexy, and wonderfully charming. It's good TV that too many folks are sleeping on.
- Fleishman Is In Trouble is an 8-part mini-series that leans into one of my favourite genres of movies: the relationships of upscale New Yorkers as they talk frankly about love and sex. If you have a penchant for 70s and 80s era Woody Allen films or the endless stream of mid 90s relationship indie films set in New York, Fleishman is a wonderful return to what feels like a lost type of movie.
- Leopard Skin is an under-the-radar gem. I've only seen the first 3 episodes, but it is a limited 8-part drama which moves along at a cracking pace. With fractured timelines and a heist gone-wrong, the show is about three cons who have been lured to a remote Mexican paradise for a jewel heist. On the run from what might be local police, the trio take over a mansion occupied by two women with a pretty unique bond that ties them together. It has guns, nudity, laugh-out-loud jokes, and a tropical heat you can feel on the screen. It's a lot of fun.
Yellowstone (s05), Upright (s02), Leverage: Redemption (s02), Dead To Me (s03), The Sex Lives of College Girls (s02), Elite (s06), Fraggle Rock: Back To The Rock (s02)
The Santa Clauses - Disney+
Stars: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell
Scott Calvin is on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can't be Santa forever; Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole.
1899 - Netflix
Stars: Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard
Immigrants on a steamship travelling from London to New York get caught up in a mysterious riddle after finding a second vessel adrift on the open sea.
Fleishman Is In Trouble - Hulu [US], Disney+ [International]
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Claire Danes, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Brody
Recently divorced 41-year-old Toby Fleishman dives into the brave new world of app-based dating with the kind of success he never had dating in his youth, before he got married at the tail end of medical school. But just at the start of his first summer of sexual freedom, his ex-wife Rachel disappears leaving him with 11-year-old Hannah and 9-year-old Solly and no hint of where she is or whether she plans to return. As he balances parenting, the return of old friends Libby and Seth, a potential promotion at the hospital that is a long time coming, and all the eligible women that Manhattan has to offer, he realizes that he'll never be able to figure out what happened to Rachel until he can finally face what happened to their marriage in the first place.
Leopard Skin - Peacock
Stars: Carla Gugino
When a criminal gang seeks shelter in a remote paradise after a botched jewelry heist, they take Alba, Batty and their guests hostage. Soon after, a series of murderous secrets, coldhearted betrayals and shocking desires bubble to the surface as everyone awaits their fate.
Behind Every Star (AKA Call My Agent: Korea) - Netflix
Stars: Kwak Sun-young, Lee Seo-jin
Agents at a talent management firm tackle strong personalities and office politics while keeping their celebrity clients happy.
RIPD 2: Rise of The Damned - Netflix
Stars: Jeffry Donovan, Penelope Mitchell
When Sheriff Roy Pulsipher finds himself in the afterlife, he joins a special police force and returns to Earth to save humanity from the undead.
The Wonder - Netflix
Stars: Florence Pugh, Tom Burke
Set in The Irish Midlands in 1862, the story follows a young girl who stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse Lib Wright is brought to a tiny village to observe eleven-year old Anna O'Donnell. Tourists and pilgrims mass to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months.
A Christmas Story Christmas - HBO Max
Stars: Peter Billingsley, Erinn Hayes, Vince Vaughn
Ralphie returns to give his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had as a child. Long-awaited follow-up to holiday classic A Christmas Story.
Christmas With You - Netflix
Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr
Angelina, a pop star, escapes from her daily life to grant a young fan's wish in small-town New York, where she not only finds the inspiration to revitalize her career but also a shot at true love.
Slumberland - Netflix
Stars: Jason Momoa, Kyle Chandler, Chris O'Dowd
A young girl discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw, she traverses dreams and flees nightmares, with the hope that she will be able to see her late father again.
Spirited - Apple TV+
Stars: Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds
A musical version of Charles Dickens's story of a miserly misanthrope who is taken on a magical journey.
You know what? That was a big list of TV worth your time. Great to have a strong excuse not to visit family members or see friends.