Hello, friends. It's the last Friday in August. Can you believe it?
This is week 25 of working from home and social distancing. As I have every week since mid-March, I'm sharing a list of TV show and movie recommendations, including a few upcoming releases we can all look forward to:
- Tuesday, September 1 - Wedding Crashers hits Amazon Prime! I love this movie.
- Wednesday, September 2 - Netflix's Emmy-nominated series Chef's Table is back, this time with a focus on BBQ pitmasters. Here's the trailer, it looks amazing (even to this vegetarian!).
- Thursday, September 3 - Netflix is releasing a new movie starring Rachel Leigh Cook (yes, from She's All That) called Love, Guaranteed. She plays a lawyer representing a dating website that guarantees finding "the one."
- Friday, September 4 - Hillary Swank and Josh Charles co-star in a new Netflix series called Away. Swank plays an astronaut.
- Wednesday, September 9 - Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, the women behind the organizing service The Home Edit, chronicle their adventures inside celebrity homes including: Khloe Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Rachel Zoe and Neil Patrick Harris. The show will air on Netflix and is produced by Reese Witherspoon and Molly Sims. It's called Getting Organized with the Home Edit, and the trailer was just released!
In honor of 25 weeks of "What to Watch" lists, I decided that this week's top six would be a "Best of Quarantine" edition. Today I'm highlighting the six best things I've watched during the pandemic.
1. Best love story: Normal People (Hulu) - If you haven't watched Normal People on Hulu, what are you waiting for? It is based on a book by the same title, written by Sally Rooney. It's the story of high school classmates Marianne and Connell, and their unlikely romance.
This show completed reeled me in, kept me gripped, and then gutted me at the end.
2. Best rom-com: The Kissing Booth 2 (Netflix) - I wasn't the biggest fan of the first Kissing Booth movie, but the second installment is fantastic. It's smart, witty and full of swoon-worthy moments (many of which involve the game Dance, Dance, Revolution).
After I watched it the first time, I watched it twice more in the same week.
3. Best reality show: Indian Matchmaking (Netflix) - I can't say enough about how entertained I was during every single episode of this show. Sima, a professional matchmaker, seeks to help singles find their ideal partner. Their list of required traits are hilarious, the dates are cringe-worthy, and the parents are overbearing in a way that makes for incredible television.
4. Best display of humanity: Lenox Hill (Netflix) - It took me a while to get on the Lenox Hill train, but once I watched, I couldn't stop recommending it to anyone who would listen. The show follows four doctors at Lenox Hill hospital in New York City and the show will restore your faith in humanity.
Because the show was shot pre-COVID, but aired in the middle of the pandemic, the show creators decided to shoot an additional episode, checking in with the four doctors we've all come to know and love. That bonus episode will move you to tears.
5. Best live performance: Hamilton (Disney+) - I had already seen Hamilton live on stage in Boston, but watching the movie got me hyped all over again! Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius and his brilliance beams right through the screen and takes over your living room.
After I watched the movie (On July 4th) I finally downloaded the original cast album and I keep noticing things about the lyrics that deepened my reverence for the show. I've listened to the album all the way through three of four times already.
6. Best re-watch: The Good Wife (Amazon) - There are few shows that can keep my attention in a re-watch (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Gilmore Girls, Hart of Dixie) and I'll put The Good Wife at the tippity top of that list.
It's an all-star cast: Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Chris Noth, Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane and more. The attorneys at Lockhardt / Gardner are always in hot water and watching them wriggle out of those situations kept me engrossed for seven seasons.
There you have it! The best of the best.