Throughout Friday night You’ll find Twitter and Facebook increasingly filled with your friends/family talking about the new Netflix movie Wine Country. It’s Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and friends as late-40-somethings drinking wine and hanging out for two hours. And frankly, sometimes that’s all you need.
But by Sunday lunchtime, I am pretty sure I’m going to be tired of hearing about it.
Wine Country springs to life here and there, but there’s something dispiriting about the way these women seem to be working hard for laughs rather than just being funny.
For youth trash-fun, the Lord of The Flies-inspired The Society is worth a look. Starring in that is Pamela Adlon’s daughter Gideon Adlon. You might remember her as being one of the best things about the film Blockers.
Dan Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter says:
Netflix's high school 'Lord of the Flies' riff from 'Party of Five' co-creator Christopher Keyser isn't always as fresh or fluid as it thinks it is, but has some big ideas and moves well.
HBO’s Chernobyl is reportedly rather incredible. Not many laughs in that one.
NEW & RETURNING
These are the notable new and returning shows that aired this week - meaning you can go right ahead and stream them now…
Returning Shows: Big Hero 6 (s2), Deep State (s2), Lucifer (s4) , Sneaky Pete (s3), Easy (s3)
Wine Country - Netflix (US)
When a group of longtime girlfriends goes to Napa for the weekend to celebrate their friend's 50th birthday, tensions from the past boil over.
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The Society - Netflix (US)
A group of teenagers struggles to survive after they're mysteriously transported to a replica of their wealthy town with no trace of their parents.
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Tuca & Bertie - Netflix (US)
The story of two 30-year old bird women who live in the same apartment building.
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The Spanish Princess - Starz (US)
Catherine of Aragon is the Princess of Spain, who has been promised the English throne all her life. She arrives in a rain-lashed England with her glorious and diverse court including her ladies-in-waiting Lina and Rosa. When her husband dies suddenly, the throne seems lost to Catherine until she sets her sights on the new heir, the future King Henry VIII.
Chernobyl - HBO (US/UK)
In April 1986 an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.
State of The Union - Sundance TV (US)
Every week before their weekly marital therapy session, estranged couple Tom and Louise meet at a pub to try and get their story straight for the therapist. With each successive episode, we piece together how their lives were, what drew them together and what has started to pull them apart.