We’ve been a bit under the weather this last month - a rotating flu has systematically torn though the house. Couple that with “Dry January” and a good dump of snow. And we find ourselves motoring through shows as we wear out the couch.
The Gilded Age, Season 2 -
Remember Downton Abbey? Here we have the same writer, a bigger budget, different setting and an early time period. You get the same great character development as his previous work. Carrie Coon is great (And she just got cast in the next season of White Lotus!). There’s plenty of upstairs / downstairs power dynamics. You wouldn’t think a season built around competing opera houses would be so compelling.
TLDR: Like Downton Abbey? - watch this.
Lessons in Chemistry -
To preface: Meghan had read the book in the summer. Now I frequently catch her gazing over at me fondly while we watch a show… but in this case it was to catch my reaction to major plot events I didn’t see coming. This one has a similar vibe to “Marvelous Mrs Maisel” but gives up some of the fun in favour of more cutting social commentary.
TLDR: An enjoyable entree with a side order of 1950’s sexist condemnation.
Slow Horses, Season 1 & 2 -
Real spy’s can’t possible be as perfect as Bond or Bourne can they? People mess up, things go awry, life doesn’t work out as planned. Does this sound like the makings of an entertaining British spy thriller? Well it should - cause this one is great.
It’s only six episodes a season - and what starts out at a steady pace soon ramps up to the point where you’ll be amazed 45min has passed so quickly.
TLDR: Give it two episodes and your patience will be rewarded - I promise.