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I know, I know, I shouldn't be talking about the end of summer because we want it to last forever. I am definitely not wishing the sun, flip flops or beach days away, but I am also acutely aware that Labor Day is next weekend.
One of my favorite things about summer is that all my regular season TV shows are in hiatus, so I feel no guilt about cheating on them with my boo, Netflix. The lack of primetime cable TV from June - August gives me hours upon hours to binge watch.
Here are four shows to consider adding to your queue before the fall TV lineup returns.
I tend to watch a lot of Netflix and Amazon Prime in the summer when my regular season shows are on hiatus. In May and June I was addicted to Mad Men, watching the entire series (seven seasons) from start to finish. After the finale, I wanted something more light hearted. If you haven't seen Mad Men, it's pretty heavy (drinking, cheating, workplace politics).
I never watched Mad Men when it originally aired (2007 - 2015), but Netflix has been recommending it to me for over a year. I recently finished Girlboss and was poking around for a new binge when the show popped up again. I decided to finally give it a go.
At the recommendation of a coworker, I decided to stream GIRLBOSS, the Netflix show based on the book #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the creator of Nasty Gal. Amoruso released her book on my birthday (September 29) in 2015, clearly a sign she was destined for greatness.
On Friday, April 28 Amazon released season three of the romantic comedy Catastrophe. I flew through season one and season two in August of last year, clamoring for more episodes.
Back in July 2016 my friend Stephanie (who is an author and screenwriter) recommended I read Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies. I devoured it (read that book review here) and couldn't wait for the HBO limited series to debut. At the time I was reading the book, the series had already been cast, but I tried not to read anything about production until I was finished with the book.
In January I read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and was thrilled to discover Amazon was producing a series based on the book. Season one of Z: The Beginning of Everything is now available via Amazon Prime. The first season is 10 episodes and each episode is 30 minutes long.
After finishing Goliath on Amazon, I was perusing all of the streaming sites for a new show. Netflix recommended something called Love. I watched three episodes and hated it. Apparently my taste in movies and TV often maps to the word “love” because the next show they suggested I try was called Lovesick.
Every night I stream something on my laptop for about an hour before turning in for the night. I've read all the articles that say watching TV (or any screen) before bed is bad for your sleep cycle and overall health, but you know what, I need to do it in order to relax. Take that, internet.
Other than my birthday, the Oscars is my favorite event of the year. I love the glitz, the glamour and the prestige. This year was particularly exciting because I had seen so many of the nominated movies.
Though the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards, for short) don't have the same cache as the Oscars, the Golden Globes or the Emmys, I have always loved watching the annual broadcast. Unlike the other awards show where the winners are determined by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, these awards are voted on by actors, for actors. As you regularly hear in the SAG Awards acceptance speeches, that recognition from their peers is often more coveted than any other statue all season.
I decided to give "Shameless" a try after a very convincing push from a co-worker. The shows stars William H. Macy (Bill, as his wife Felicity Huffman calls him) as Frank Gallagher, a deadbeat dad to six kids on the south side of Chicago. I had seen Macy walk the red carpet many times in years past when he was nominated for this role, so I was expecting him to be on screen most of the time. As it turns out, the actors playing his six children get much more air time.