Hello, friends. Happy Friday! It's week 19 of quarantine and at long last I feel like I am settling into a good work-from-home routine. My office is going to remain closed through the end of 2020 (and possibly longer) so I've released my disappointment and I'm starting to embrace the remote work life.
Since mid-March, I have been sharing a list of TV show and movie recommendations each week. If you missed any of the earlier picks, you can find all of them on my TV recaps page.
A few upcoming things to look forward to:
- Sunday, July 19 - The Last Dance, the incredible documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, is finally coming to Netflix.
- Friday, July 24 - The Kissing Booth 2 becomes available on Netflix. I watched the first and it was pretty cute!
- Tuesday, July 28 - Last Chance U returns to Netflix with a new season, at a new school. Head to Laney College in Oakland, CA to watch these players fight for redemption.
- Sunday, August 2 - Bravo welcomes back the fiercest ladies in Maryland, The Real Housewives of Potomac.
- Friday, August 7 - Season three of Selling Sunset premieres on Netflix. Work It, a movie about a high school student starting a dance team, will also be released on Netflix this same day.
Ok! Now onto this week's top six.
1. The Babysitters Club (Netflix) - When was in elementary school, everyone in my Girl Scout troop read The Babysitters Club books. When I heard the series was being adapted for TV, I was thrilled.
On Netflix, you can now watch 10 episodes that bring you right back to Stoneybrook, on the bedroom floor with Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia and Stacey (and my favorite sibling name, David-Michael). Warning: you may feel old when you discover Alicia Silverstone is playing Kristy's mom.
The whole time I was watching, all I could think about was how I wanted to re-watch it with my nine-year-old cousin, Lilah. The show is honest, real and tackles some very current issues.
If you have daughters or nieces in elementary school or middle school, this show is a must!
2. Down to Earth with Zac Efron (Netflix) - Let's be honest, I would watch this show on mute. Zac Efron is gorgeous and he commands my full attention no matter what he is doing. In this new travel show on Netflix, Efron and Darin Olien fly around the world in search of best practices to preserve our planet's most precious resources like energy and water.
So far, I have watched the first two episodes: Iceland and France. Some of the stops on their tours are intensely nerdy, but the show will remind you of the thrill of exploring somewhere completely new. At a time where travel is so restricted, Down to Earth helps fill the wanderlust void.
3. David Foster off the Record (Netflix) - Real talk: I was drawn to this documentary because it highlighted a Whitney Houston song in the trailer. In actuality, it is one hour and 45 minutes about David Foster's life. That includes his childhood in Canada, his early years in music, his incredible producing career (he has 16 Grammy awards) and his multiple wives.
While Foster himself is kind of an asshole, I did really enjoy the interviews with the artists who credit him with making their careers - Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Michael Bublé and more.
His next project: launching a musical on Broadway in New York City.
4. Palm Springs (Hulu) - Do you miss the movie theater? I really do. Palm Springs on Hulu felt like a movie that would have been released in the summer. You would have watched, enjoying the air conditioning, and sipping on a fountain soda.
The movie co-starts Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live, Brooklyn Nine Nine) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) as Nyles and Sarah, two strangers who meet at wedding in Palm Springs, CA and become part of a Groundhog Day-like experience.
The final 10 minutes of the movie was my favorite part, but I have many friends who loved the entire thing. Watch it and let me know what you think!
5. Shrek (Peacock) - The other night, I really wanted to watch Shrek. I couldn't find it on any streaming platform (without having to pay) and then NBC launched its new streaming service, Peacock, and guess what? It's on there! Shout out to my cousin who texted me with this important news.
I would put Shrek in the same category as Toy Story and Finding Nemo: animated movie perfection!
6. Chopped (Hulu) - We've been at home now for about four months and even if you like to cook, you are likely getting bored of your usual go-to recipes. Enter, Chopped, the popular food network show requiring chefs to make appetizers, entrees and desserts from the most bizarre and unlikely ingredients. I watched an episode earlier this week where they had to use butter soda. Yes, fizzy soda that tastes like butter.
I always enjoy watching, but I love the show even more when local Boston chef Tiffani Faison serves as one of the judges on the panel.
You can watch tons of previous episodes on Hulu.
There you have it! This week's list. I'll be back next Friday with a fresh round.