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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.
What to watch this weekend - 27-28 April 2019
Always Be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett
While the world is pre-occupied with the huge cultural juggernaut that is Avengers: Endgame, with THE epic Game of Thronesepisode on the horizon, there are a few low profile shows that seem targeted to impact with specific audiences this week.
The best of the bunch, in my opinion, is Hulu’s Ramy. It’s an incredibly smart and relatable comedy about a young Muslim man navigating the world of dating with all of the expectations placed on him because of his religious beliefs. Know that while he is commenting on his faith, the show is certainly not pious - it’s very human and earthy.
Gentleman Jack will also find a very loyal audience with its early-modern lesbian family drama.
A new Always Be Watching Podcast dropped this morning too, with Dan and Chris joined by our pal Maria Lewis. Up for discussion is Avengers: Endgame, but also Maria checked out new Amazon drama Hanna, Dan watched Netflix comedy My Husband Won’t Fit, and Chris watched Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
After years apart, high school best friends Tiff and Pete reconnect in New York City only to discover they may not know each other as well as they used to. Tiff has a little secret: she is one of New York City's top dominatrixes. Knowing that Pete, a struggling standup comic, is in need of cash, she makes him an offer he can't refuse: to become a dominatrix's assistant.
Ramy, the son of Egyptian immigrants, is on a spiritually conflicting journey in his New Jersey neighborhood, pulled between his Muslim community that thinks life is a constant test, his millennial friends who think life is full of endless possibilities, and a God who's always watching.
Set in 1832 West Yorkshire, England and inspired by the true-story and coded journals of Anne Lister, this series follows her attempt to revitalize her inherited home, Shibdhen Hall. Most notably for the time period, a part of Lister's plan is to help the fate of her own family by taking a wife.