I’ve been watching a weird mix of stuff lately. Thought I’d share what’s been keeping my interest and would love to know what you’re watching too. I have not been able to sit down and watch movies– I don’t have the attention span for it at the moment. Mike and I tried to watch a few at the beginning of this and we both gave up on it. Between figuring out what to watch and then having to commit for two hours at a time, we were over it.
Gilmore Girls: This is not my first time watching the series, but I’ve been putting it on the background while I needlepoint. It’s comforting to watch. Though now I have a LOT of thoughts about the show… namely everyone needs a therapist.
Little Fires Everywhere: This was a limited series based on the book of the same name. Honestly loved it. I thought they did a great job with casting, particularly the kids. They were fantastic.
Defending Jacob: This is an Apple TV series. It’s not amazing but I’ve really been enjoying it. It’s also based on a book, though when I started it I thought it was a Jodi Picoult book (House Rules) so I was surprised when the plot was not what I remembered, ha. They’re releasing episodes every Friday. At first I wished they’d release all of them at once, but now it’s become something to look forward to on the weekends. Mike usually works out in the garage or outside for a while during the day so I get a couple of hours where I feel “alone” in the house and watch it!
Normal People: Another limited series based on a book (okay, I’m sensing a theme, 🧐). I LOVED Normal People the book. Like, LOVED IT. But here’s the thing, people either love the book or hate it, from what I have polled there is no in between. Hulu did this series and they did the book justice. I am enjoying it as much if not more than I loved the book. I’m watching it in small increments because I want it to have my undivided focus, so no needlepointing or anything like that, and it’s just… so good. I had a similar-esque relationship in college with someone for years so some parts hit a little too close to home and I have to take frequent breaks for that reason too.
Naked and Afraid XL: My friend Maddie got me hooked on this one. It’s a GREAT show to put on when you’re doing something else because in true reality show fashion, they replay the same scenes frequently to build drama. It’s so good though? I was skeptical but it’s even better than the original, which I used to watch years ago. I couldn’t survive in the wilderness for a hundred reasons (hell, I wouldn’t even have the stomach to sleep in our backyard because of the foxes and bugs!), but here I am watching every episode thinking about what survival item I’d bring, how’d I’d hunt, what shelter I think would be best. The social dynamics make this show 10x better than the original. Big groups of very hungry people in the wilderness? What could go wrong.
Mike and I eat dinner together every night and then usually watch one episode (or two) of a show together afterward.
McMillion$: This is on HBO and really entertaining. It’s a great story and they do a great job of building it up. We blew through this and had to force ourselves to make it last longer by only watching one episode at a time, even when we could have done multiple in a row.
Tiger King: Obviously everyone seemingly watched it. We liked it in that there was a major entertainment factor (it’s insane), but we were both kind of glad when it was over.
The Crown: We worked our way through The Crown and each loved it. It’s a great show to watch on your own or with a partner. Mike is a history nerd so each episode would send us down a rabbit hole of researching what happened, how close the episode was to the truth, finding pictures of the real people and reading actual documents. It was beautifully done and interesting.
Silicon Valley: Now we’re watching Silicon Valley! I watched a bit of the first season when it first came out but it’s been a fun show to zip through. Super light and funny and the episodes are super short!