I received an email from K, who asked, “I was wondering if you could do a TV show or Movie recommendation list. I have a few shows I’d like to share and I’m looking for new ones to try.”
Yes, we can! In fact, we’ll do it more than once!
I know it’s the start of a new month, and we just shared all the books we’re planning on reading, but I’m also curious about what you’re watching!
I just learned about a show that I am very curious about from Malaraa, who told the Podcast Patreon Discord about it: have you heard of The Green Gloves Gang?
It’s a Polish series (with subtitles or dubbed into English) on Netflix. Three older women who are burglars hide out in a nursing home, where Something is Not Right. The green gloves definitely hint at Robin Hood themes, I think.
Here’s the trailer:
I am very excited about this. It has extreme Killers of a Certain Age vibes and I am excited to watch.
What about you? Whatcha watching and loving lately?
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It’s been recently announced that Warner Brothers is planning new Lord of the Rings movies so I’m back on my Middle-Earth bullshit (although not sure how I feel about the new movies yet). I enjoy watching the making ofs almost as much as the movies (or in case of the Hobbit sequels a little more than the actual movies) so I’ve been indulging in that. I’ll probably move on to the Rings of Power making ofs on the weekend bc even though I found some of the costumes/props cheap looking – and frankly ugly – I’m intrested to see what went into it.
I’ve also been watching a lot of ice dance competitions and gardening shows recently. The Skating ISU Youtube channel has lots of livestreams from past competitions and some of the couples have swoonworthy chemistry and programmes. For gardening shows I keep coming back to “Big Dreams Small Spaces” with Monty Don. It’s so relaxing and some of the garden transformations are amazing.
The Green Gloves Gang looks very interesting and has been added to the watchlist 😀
I seem to be going for maximum cozy these days and watch the nice British competition shows like Bake Off, The Great British Sewing Bee, and The Great Pottery Throw Down.
We just got BritBox (actually, we’re using one of our daughter’s accounts—she subscribes because she loves “Q.I.” with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies) and are catching up with the latest season of “Vera”, plus taking a leisurely stroll through the entire run of “Bergerac” (a show from the 1980s, set on the island of Jersey, and featuring a pre-Midsomer Murders John Nettles as the title police sergeant). I thought the first few seasons of “Bergerac”, which focused on the differences in life and law on Jersey as opposed to on mainland England, were more interesting than the episodes from the later 1980s, which seem heavily influenced by “Miami Vice” and feature standard issue drug smugglers, human traffickers, dirty cops, etc. Anyway, now that Spring Training games have started and the beginning of the regular baseball season is just a few weeks away, I daresay most of my other viewing will soon be taking a backseat to watching baseball games.
Finally got to watching Abbot Elementary, and love it!
Eugene Levy’s The Reluctant Traveller on Apple. Delightful!
I finally started Our Flag Means Death which is as good as everyone says.
I’ve also started the anime Buddy Daddies. It’s about a team of assassins who start raising the daughter of a mob boss they performed a hit on. I’ve only seen two episodes so I can’t give an unqualified rec, but it’s cute so far
I’ve just gotten started on Peacock’s Poker Face, and I love it already! Natasha Lyonne is just fantastic. Excellent stuff!
The first episode of THE MANDALORIAN on Disney+ was a lot of fun. Grogu makes me smile. 🙂
I love westerns, and I’m really enjoying WALKER: INDEPENDENCE on the CW.
After seeing all the hype, I’m also watching POKER FACE on Peacock. Overall, I like it. Very Columbo-esque. Although the episodes can feel a little slow at the beginning until Charlie shows up, and my enjoyment does depend a bit on the guest stars/plot of the week. The episode with Ellen Barkin and Tim Meadows playing actors was great, but I didn’t much care for the one with Nick Nolte being a special effects artist. YMMV, though.
Late to the Will Trent train. I watch it on Hulu. Love it.
I binged all of EXTRAORDINARY on Hulu last weekend and loved it. It’s a British superhero comedy series. I checked it out because it has the actress who played Sister Michael on DERRY GIRLS (another show I highly recommend if you haven’t seen it yet.)
Also finally checked out A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN series on Amazon and was snorting with laughter by the end of the first scene.
Wait….. THE GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE ?!?! I’m in. Where do I find this ?
The Company You Keep (ABC/HULU) with Milo Ventimiglia.
Fun fact: when This Is Us ended, he brought the crew to the new show. Milo stated this on a talk show, not hearsay–I saw him say it.
Love the British shows like pottery throw down and Handmade: Britain’s Best woodworker. And Sewing Bee is back on like April7. For those outside the US, use a VPN. I have no idea why a US distributor doesn’t purchase earlier seasons of Sewing Bee.
And Extraordinary on Hulu is awesome!!! Another British show -Everyone Else Burns – has the same vibe and is so funny!
On Netflix, I have enjoyed The Witcher, the Dark, Women at Wat, 1899, and The Peripherals.
I’ve been watching Crash Course In Love (Kdrama with subtitles, there’s probably a dubbed version too. Netflix). Slow burn with a side order of suspense.
Green gloves gang sounds brilliant. I loved Killers of a Certain Age too.
THE WAY HOME which is still airing its first season on the Hallmark Channel and is also accessible through Peacock. I do love Hallmark, so I may be biased, but I genuinely think it would have broad appeal. It’s a family drama with a time travel element, a little bit of romance and a little bit of mystery. So far it’s very tightly plotted in a way that I really enjoy and the acting is really quite good. Apparently Hallmark’s VP of Programming brought it with her when she left Netflix, so it doesn’t sound like it was originally developed for Hallmark which might be why it stands out from other Hallmark shows for me. Highly recommend.
THE LEGEND OF VOX MACHINA on Amazon – the second season was really satisfying with some grand character arcs. It’s not what you think D&D is thanks to the voice actors who inhabit their characters that they’ve played in the long-running campaign and a well-focused story in each season, building on those dynamics. A bit raunchy and crude at times, but also pretty poetic and epic with some lowkey romantic elements as well as a strong “found family” narrative.
I very rarely watch movies or tv because I’m easily overstimulated, but I’d totally watch a Killers of a Certain Age film.
Lockwood and Co on Netflix is my current catnip! Found family, swoon-worthy slow burn romance. Binged the series, read the books, binging the series again. Don’t let the YA tag away you either way – it’s great TV
I’m watching and loving Start Trek: Picard. (But I think I’m genetically engineered to love it since my mom was also a trekkie)
Additionally I’m waiting for Wheel of Time season two and am finishing up His Dark Materials. (Yes there’s a theme here and it’s mostly sci Fi or fantasy or both)
I’m enjoying THE COMPANY YOU KEEP on ABC. I love a good caper series and this one starts with the hot sex rather than building up with a slow burn. I’m also very much loving ABBOTT ELEMENTARY and look forward to returning to THE MANDALORIAN. While I am not usually a huge fan of zombie stuff, THE LAST OF US on HBO is amazing, particularly in its portrayal of relationships. It’s truly some top shelf acting, despite the premise.
Yes to LOCKWOOD & CO! I did have some issues with the books but the show is terrific.
We are loving the third season of All Creatures Great and Small. Season 3 of Star Trek: Picard is off to a good start; it brings nearly the entire cast of STNG back together. (Season 2, which we binged in February, was also excellent.) We’re also watching the Brokenwood Mysteries, which are really good; we finished season 1 and are about to start season 2. I finally got around to watching A Discovery of Witches, and I’m hooked — finished season 1 and dove into season 2 this week. And NOVA had a good episode about the James Webb Space Telescope, and the discoveries being made with it.
Yes, a thousand times YES!! for Will Trent.
And QI, I’m up to the second season with Sandy Toksvig. I laughed so hard last night I nearly peed.
Bosch showed up on Hulu last month so I spent one of my home with Covid (more than a dozen cross county trips -plane and car- during the height of the pandemic, no problem. Hug a Friend/Co-worker three years in? Problem..) days binging season one. I have been falling into Titus Welliver’s blue eyes thru decades of character roles and guest appearances. Hours and hours of those eyes and that voice made the time on the sofa pretty tolerable. And I have more seasons to go. Yay!!
And last, but not least, Bluey on Disney+. Yes, it’s a cartoon for very young children. It’s my 2yo godgranddaughter’s favorite, and justifiably so. I think the writers had or are the best patents ever. It is a delight in every way and my new favorite end of day mood adjuster. “I slipped on my beans!”
I’ve read all the Will Trent books, so I’m excited to start the show. I’ve been watching/binging Traitors on Peacock. And Poker Face – I’m loving everything about that show!
The Last of Us….this is in the top 5 of any series I’ve watched. It’s brilliant. The acting is top notch and zombies aren’t in every episode and I’m good with that.
Picard season 3….I LOVE Patrick Stewart. Plus I’m a Trekkie from way back.
Young Sheldon and Big Bang theory…..I only started watching these in the last few months and I’m addicted.
Clarkson farm season 2……didn’t like it. It’s pretty contrived and I find Jeremy Clarkson annoying.
Ted Lasso is back this month and I couldn’t be happier.
I want to watch Perry Mason since I’ve heard it’s excellent.
@DDD: I’ve been a fan of QI since discovering it while on vacation in the UK back in probably 2015 or so. I love both Stephen Fry and Sandi Toksvig as hosts, and I never get tired of watching the assortment of comedians, et al (plus Alan Davies) they have as guests.
There is a spinoff podcast called No Such Thing As a Fish where the QI Elves discuss topics that they’ve discovered while doing research for QI.
Gardener’s World on BritBox through Amazon Prime is visual/auditory Xanax. My dogs enjoy it as much as I do, and with so many back seasons, we never run out of episodes. Your Place or Mine is a cute new romance movie on Netflix featuring many Crazy Ex-Girlfriend cast members.
Second the vote for Bluey. My 2 year old grandson loves it, and his many years older grandmother loves to watch it with him.
Currently watching THE EXTRAORDINARY ATTORNEY WOO, on Netflix. It’s a charming series about a young Korean woman who is on the autism spectrum. Each episode highlights a different case. She’s brilliant, graduated top of her law school class, and her way of looking at the world helps her win cases by thinking outside the box and using her encyclopedic knowledge of the law, but there are times it also presents problems. Her father is a doll (and I’m curious about his relationship to the woman who is head of the law firm), her best friend a trip, and her co-workers interesting. There is even a potential slow burn romance with one of the young litigators in her firm. As an aside, I know nothing of the Korean legal system, but is the legal profession similar to the British one in that there are barristers and solicitors? In the show the litigator seems to operate somewhat differently than the attorneys on Attorney Woo’s team.
I am knee-deep in Critical Role right now. I’m following Campaign 3 which is currently airing, but also hopscotching through Campaign 1 in between Thursdays. I also recently rewatched Mad About You on Amazon Prime just because–fed my 90’s nostalgia.
I loved the first season of Somebody, Somewhere on HBO. It is such a warm hearted show. I love shows where people are actively working on being good to each other.
And it was just renewed for a 2nd season.
I binged The Green Glove Gang and really enjoyed it. So much fun to see women play most of the roles, both major and minor. And the Robin Hood subtext was fun, too.
@Kris, yes to The Last of Us! It’s violent, but I’m there for the characters and story.
I’m waiting for more episodes of the Peripherals set in a dystopian future in London and in West Virginia, and Dark Winds about a police chief on the Navajo Nation.
We are almost done with the 3rd season of LEGMASTERS and it’s fun (and amazing) to see what these teams come up with. Highly recommend DESCENDANT, a documentary about the families in Alabama who are descended from the slaves brought to America on the Clotilda ship (the last slave ship that came to America).
The new series ACCUSED is quite good and features excellent acting (Malcolm Jamal-Warner was amazing in a recent episode). History people — OPERATION MINCEMEAT, MUNICH – THE EDGE OF WAR and THE COURIER are very good.
ARGH LEGO – masters
I’ve been re-watching the short comedy series from Japan A MAN WHO DEFIES THE WORLD OF BOYS LOVE. It’s about a guy who realizes he is living in a romance webcomic, but he doesn’t want to fall in love. He tries to avoid romantic situations but Of Course the universe has other plans. It’s SO funny and cute. I’ve been watching it on Rakuten Viki, but it may be available elsewhere.
@sarah faltesek there’s also a comic/manga
I just started watching Not Dead Yet (on ABC), The first few episodes were very enjoyable 🙂
Beyond that my husband commandeered the grown-up tv time for the past week-ish to watch the new season of Drive to Survive, so I guess I just watched that too. 😀
(The other TV time is when my kids watch TV, currently Rosies Rules and Daniel Tiger.)
I have been streaming Asian (Korean, Mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese) romance series, subtitled on Rakuten Viki (viki.com). The casting, writing, and production values are much better than on any of the American providers. But the main think is that they are more varied in their material and MUCH more romantic.
LOVE TO HATE YOU – k-drama that I thoroughly enjoyed
PHYSICAL 100 – an intense physical competition show
KARATE SHEEP – animated kids show, just started but I enjoy the animation style and it makes me laugh
CALL ME CHIHIRO – Japanese film, plot centers around a former sex worker
All are on Netflix.