While most people spend the summer going to festivals and swimming, I’ve been backstroking in the entertainment-less abyss that is my showhole left by the hiatuses of my favorite regular season shows. You know, the ones that weren’t cancelled. RIP The Passage.
Thanks to premium channels and streaming services, there’s always new shows to discover. So here’s how I spent my summer vacation: binge-watching a variety wonderfully weird, deliciously diverse, fantastic new television. Since there’s still a good three weeks before the new TV season gets into full-swing, I’ll share the best binges I’ve had this summer, excluding the food truck festival I went to in July...
I truly believe that you stumble on the right television show at the right time. I call it Divine Fandom. When I was struggling in both my personal and professional life, I somehow found Shameless—the Showtime drama about a dysfunctional family from the south side of Chicago that my best friend has begged me to watch for years. No matter what is happening in your life, I felt nothing but #blessed after seeing what the Gallaghers endure on a daily basis.
Within a week, I was six seasons deep into the drama that is equal parts crazy, heartwarming, hilarious and fantastic. It’s a shame how a show that is inclusive, that is as dark and twisted as Shameless, that is as expertly and sublimely acted has been mostly ignored by major award shows. Yet it also falls in line with the drama’s south side charm. The Gallaghers move heaven and earth just to survive, barely catch a break, so why would they expect any praise?
Here are 6 reasons—one for each Gallagher (psychotic half-sister Sammy doesn’t fucking count)—to binge Shameless before the start of Season 9 on September 9.
We are currently in the midst of the second golden age of television, thanks to an abundance of streaming networks and the emergence of niche programming. However, Hollywood's nauseating love of reboots and remakes smacks of such unoriginality and laziness on behalf of the studios. So it's ironic that one of my favorite shows, and one of the best shows on television and streaming services is Netflix's One Day At A Time, a remake of the 1975 show.
Starring Justina Machado and the legendary Rita Moreno (a member of the prestigious EGOT club), this remake is centered on a divorced veteran mother, her extended family and pesky landlord Schneider as in modern day Los Angeles. One Day At A Time is a seamless and exceedingly watchable combination of comedy, drama and a family's amusing and relatable dysfunction.
So I was aghast when the cast and crew began expressing concern that Netflix had yet to renew it for a third season. In a world where Fuller House not only exists but is thriving, I cannot abide by this at all.
Here are 8 reasons why Netflix needs to renew One Day At A Time immediately.
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