Television Worth Watching



The Crown
Netflix's gorgeous dramatization of the transformation of the English aristocracy into the modern age takes a brilliant turn with Season 3. Like the times portrayed, the tone is a bit more reflective, the texture of the narrative deeper and more nuanced.Olivia Colman is absolutely glorious in this role, bringing the emergence of the sovereign into Elizabeth's signature persona, wherein person and crown become unmistakably one. Colman reveals the embodiment of the State beautifully, with a subtlety of craft worthy of the highest accolades.
Men have their tiny fraternity of those who have played King Lear. Now there is a very small but equally erudite sisterhood of those who have worn The Crown.

Well done.


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Because I simply can’t lay off the weird-as-hell police procedural, and because Netflix is seemingly on a mission to keep me satisfied, add Marcella to the list. It’s beyond weird, and I loved how we, the audience, knew so much less than the characters. It’s a nice flip that I haven’t seen done except in Playing By Heart (one of the best ensemble cast movies ever, by the way). After watching the season, I’m not certain if I want or need to know more, and that’s pretty compelling in its own right.

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The production is beautiful, visually opulent in a way that we ordinarily aren’t given in television, and I could eat the series up on the merit of that alone.

And then there is the story itself, the meat-and-potatoes of it all, with characters that are as mysterious and interesting as their narrative. I loved this series. The unfolding of it was powerful without being edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, and possibly more compelling because of it.


Paranoid
Flat out, Paranoid was worth every minute. Don’t miss the opportunity to get lost in this lovely bit of Netflix Original Programming. Each and every one of these characters created a space in my heart as well as in my mind. In between episodes, I would find myself wondering what might unfurl next, and it was always a delight to set the time aside. This little bit of murder mystery in “our little market town” in out of the way England is delightful. Bonus points for including some fantastic images of Dusseldorf, and making me want to go visit.


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Stop everything you are doing and watch Soundtrack.

This is Netflix at its finest, and it's good to see again.

Art.
Life.
Love.
Music.


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Altered Carbon
Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Bletchly Circle
The Booth at the End
Broadchurch
Call the Midwife
Carnivale
The Code
Criminal, United Kingdom
The Crown
Daredevil, especially Season 1
Deadwood
Damages
Enola Holmes
The Expanse
The Fall
Firefly
The Five
Gentleman Dead
Godless
Hand of God
THe Handmaid's Tale
The Haunting of Bly Manor
An Honorable Woman
Humans 
Jessica Jones, Season 1
Kings
The Killing
Life
The Living and the Dead
Locke & Key
Marcella
Messiah
Mind Hunters
Mozart in the Jungle
Mr. Robot










Newsroom
OA
Occupied
Ozark
Peaky Blinders
Poldark
Queen's Gambit
Reckoning
Rectify
Rita
River
Russian Doll
Safe
Secret City
Sense8
Sherlock
The Stranger (Harlan Coben)
Studio 60
Top of the Lake
Travelers
True Detective, feel free to skip season 2
Umbrella Academy
Unorthodox
West Wing
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