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Heather’s Top Two TV Shows of 2016

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“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

– Meister Eckhart, German Christian mystic

2016 was a challenging year for me personally, for many of my loved ones, for my students, for our country, for the world.  I want it to be sealed with a kiss of hope and happiness, so My Favorites posts are expressions of gratitude for the people who created things that made me happy this year.

I hope they make you happy, too.

This second post is about the best TV I watched in 2016.  I was able to escape from life courtesy of  Downton Abbey, Justified, American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare, Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, Scandal, Modern Family, The Goldbergs, and more, but these two stand out and deserve some extra applause:

 

 

Sense 8 (Netflix, drama) –  My husband and I are only six episodes in, but it’s so good already that I would be remiss to not write about it.  This is one of the few TV shows I d0n’t want to binge on because it’s so, so good. I want to enjoy it in small doses, like running my finger through icing on cake, in little tastes.  It’s the story of eight people around the world who are figuring out they are psychically and physically connected.

The Wachowskis combine gently unfolding storytelling with their fast-paced action in a way that is wonderfully balanced. The cast is richly multi-ethnic, which is used to great effect in scenes of their cities, their culture, their clothing, their music – it’s all very sensual, a play on the title. One of the leads is a transgender woman, another display of diversity on TV that offers more faces and stories to learn from. Oh, and all of the main characters are talented and absolutely gorgeous and their chemistry is unlike anything I’ve ever seen on TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crazyhead (Netflix, horror/comedy) –  These two female British demon hunters in their twenties are just trying to get through their quarter life crises without being killed  a la Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets Broad City. I stumbled across this show one night and gave it a play without knowing anything about it.  The opening sequence turns out to be not at all what you think it is and once you figure it out, the British dry, dark humor takes over and you’re off to the demonic races.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What TV made you happy in 2016?  Please share in the comments!

Binge On These: My Top 3 Must-See TV Shows

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Binge On These: My Top 3 Must-See TV Shows

Like Fight Club, there’s one rule: don’t add up the number of hours you will spend binge-watching a TV show.  I think of it this way: it’s quality time with my husband and it gives us tons to talk and wonder about.  Plus, there’s usually a road-trip worthy podcast about the show.  If I’m bingeing alone, I label it time to unwind and decompress.
#rationalizations

Moving on… here are my current top three recommendations for some bingeing fun:

 

1) Scrotal Recall (2014, Netflix) Yeah, I know…the title. It’s awful.  ButScreen Shot 2016-03-25 at 7.15.05 PM I promise you, the show is hilarious. I’m starting with this because it’s only 6 25ish minute episodes. Plot: a twenty-something dude in England finds out he has chlamydia and has to contact all of his partners.  Hilarity ensues.  I mean it.

It’s a comedy about friendship and love and romance.  And…drumroll please…Season 2 is in the works!

2)  Scandal, Seasons 1-4 (Netflix and Hulu)  Season 1 and 2 were so good that I re-watched them with my husband so he could catch up. The feminist yet soapy pScreen Shot 2016-03-25 at 7.13.16 PMlot lines are ridiculously crazy and wonderful.  Drama, intrigue, romance, great clothes and a killer soundtrack.  I only say seasons 1-4 because Season 5 was a letdown – too much Olivia-Fitz drama and not enough “fixing”; Season 6 is boring me with recycled back-stabbing and plotting.  But 1-4, oh man, Shonda Rimes and her writers totally handle it.  Don’t miss “The Lawn Chair” (S4 E14) for some straight-from-the-headlines tear-filled badassery.

3)  Downton Abbey (Amazon) Yeah, yeah, a bunch of rich white folk in the EngScreen Shot 2016-03-25 at 7.17.21 PMlish countryside in the 1900’s.  YAWN.  I thought the same thing, but people whose taste I trusted were addicted.  My husband I started Season 1 over Christmas and finished Season 6 last week. SIX SEASONS IN THREE MONTHS, Y’ALL!  It’s THAT good.You learn about the aristocracy and the downstairs-cracy.  There’s something to love about almost every character, from the cranky Dowager Countess to the conniving Mr. Barrow.  Most of all, it’s a story about family and hope.  The past few months have been especially hard for me, so the hours we spent watching this show helped bring some light to a dark time.

What should I binge on next? Let me know in the comments!