Hello, friends. I have to admit, I didn't think I would be writing this roundup for the seventh week in a row. Quarantine is stretching longer than any of us expected, which means I am deep into streaming mode.
Each Friday I have been sharing a list of what to watch. Here are all of the previous picks:
- 6 Shows to Watch this Weekend (Volume 1)
- 6 Shows to Watch this Weekend (Volume 2)
- 6 Shows to Watch this Weekend (Volume 3)
- 6 Shows to Watch this Weekend (Volume 4)
- 6 Shows to Watch this Weekend (Volume 5)
- 6 Shows to Watch this Weekend (Volume 6)
Before getting into this week's recommendations, I wanted to put two dates on your calendar. First, Mindy Kaling is producing a new series called Never Have I Ever and it debuts on Netflix this Monday, April 27. Second, season two of Dead to Me, which co-stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, premieres on Netflix on Friday, May 8.
Now, onto this week's list!
1. Outer Banks (Netflix) - Last weekend, my bestie was gushing about a new Netflix series called Outer Banks. She described it as, "Dawson's Creek meets Blue Crush meets The Goonies." Who could say no to that?
The show follows a group of friends as they search for buried treasure (stay with me!) and try to solve a murder. Actor Chase Stokes plays the lead character, John B. Whoever cast him deserves a medal. I would watch the show on mute if it meant I got to keep seeing him on screen.
Charles Esten, who played Deacon on Nashville, also has a sizable role. It was nice to see him again!
There are 10 episodes and each is about 48 minutes. I watched the entire thing in two sittings.
One warning: though it seems like this show is geared toward teens, it does have a lot of brutal violence. There were a few scenes where I had to cover my eyes.
2. 20 Feet from Stardom (Netflix) - When this documentary first came out in 2013, my parents raved about it. They are obsessed with live music and saw it in the theater. The film follows the careers of several back up singers who tried to make the transition to front man or woman.
Judith Hill is one of the singers profiled, who became well known on The Voice. She had been a back up singer for Michael Jackson as he was preparing to go back on tour right before his death.
Bruce Springsteen and Sting are both featured, gushing about particular back up singers they worked with over the years.
The documentary is 90 minutes (the perfect length, in my opinion) and includes lots of great music you'll know and want to sing along with.
3. The Last Resort (Netflix) - This documentary feels like taking a trip to an art gallery. In one hour and ten minutes, you see hundreds of photographs taken by Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe, chronicling the first generation of Jewish families living in Miami Beach, FL.
Before Miami became a hot spot for celebrities and bachelor parties, it was a retirement haven. There's a sweetness to the purity of that community in the 1970s and 1980s.
This is a very feel good movie!
4. Scandal (Netflix) - If you never watched the Shonda Rhimes show Scandal when it was on ABC, now is your time! It's about a political fixer, Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), who happens to be having an affair with the President of the Unites States.
Olivia Pope is fierce, determined and has one hell of a wardrobe! Her motto, which became famous, is "It's handled."
In addition to a powerhouse female lead, Scandal also features an epic love triangle between Olivia Pope, the President and Jake Ballard (played by Scott Foley of Felicity fame).
You have to watch now because the show is leaving Netflix on May 18. Hurry, hurry!
5. Crazy, Stupid, Love (Amazon Prime or Hulu) - The other night I was looking for something comforting to watch and I rediscovered Crazy, Stupid, Love. I forgot what an A-list cast this is! Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
Re-watch it for the Dirty Dancing lift. I promise you will smile!
6. Lovesick (Netflix) - Speaking of love, if you missed Lovesick the first time around, add it to your watch list. The premise of the show is that 20-something Dylan learns he has chlamydia and his doctor recommends he get in touch with every person he has slept with to share the news.
Each episode is named after a different woman in Dylan's past and you learn about their relationship through flashbacks.
There are three seasons available and I am positive you'll race through them. The show is very endearing.
There you have it, this week's recommendations. I'll be back next Friday with a new round!