Hello, friends. Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted. This work week kicked my butt!
Tonight I am going to start Ginny & Georgia on Netflix. By next Friday, I hope to have finished and will share my thoughts.
Here are a few upcoming shows and movies to look forward to:
- Monday, March 1 - Crazy Stupid Love co-starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone hits Netflix. This is also the day the new Notorious B.I.G. documentary premieres on Netflix. It's called Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell. Watch the trailer for a little taste.
- Tuesday, March 16 - Michelle Obama's new cooking show, Waffles and Mochi, debuts on Netflix. It's for kids, but I will still be watching. Chef Samin Nosrat is featured, who I absolutely adore.
- Thursday, March 25 - Andy Cohen is hosting a new series for E! called The Story of Reality TV. It's going to cover the early shows (The Real World, Survivor), the MTV era (The Osbournes, Laguna Beach, The Hills, Jersey Shore), The Kardashians and of course, the Bravo empire. I couldn't be more excited!
Now onto this week's picks!
1. Good Girls (Netflix) - When Good Girls premiered a few years ago on NBC, I didn't have any desire to watch it. I love the three lead actresses - Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, Retta - but the commercials just didn't grab me.
Last Friday night, I was looking for a new show to stream and after nearly a half hour of scrolling between Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Disney+, I decided to give this a go.
In the very first episode, all three women find themselves strapped for cash. They decide to rob the grocery store where Mae Whitman's character works. They do get into the safe in the back, but it turns out the money they stole is counterfeit and belongs to a local gang.
What follows is the women's attempt to pay back the gang, while hiding all of this activity from their families. I found myself totally sucked in. Each hour ends on a cliffhanger that has you reaching for the remote to press "next episode."
The highlight for me is the chemistry between Christina Hendricks and the gang leader, played by Manny Montana. Watch for their sizzle alone!
There are currently three seasons available on Netflix, so there's plenty to enjoy.
2. The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Amazon) - One of my besties recommended this movie to me. I hadn't heard of it and from the name alone I wasn't quite sure what it would be about, but she never steers me wrong.
It's the story of Mark and Margaret, two teenagers living in their own versions of Groundhog Day. Neither one has met someone else going through this until one day they collide - literally. Mark is played by Kyle Allen and Margaret is played by Kathryn Newton, who you may recognize from Big Little Lies.
This movie has one of the most clever opening scenes I've seen in a long time, and later, one of the most romantic. After learning about Margaret's fascination with space, Mark builds her a shuttle and creates a faux evening on the moon. I was majorly swooning!
The movies clocks in at 100 minutes (90 minutes is the ideal, in my opinion) and you'll be smiling the entire time.
3. Good Trouble (Freeform) - Good Trouble is a spin off of the Freeform show The Fosters. It follows sister Callie and Mariana as they navigate the early years of their adulthood in Los Angeles. The show has just returned for its third season. Two episodes have aired so far.
When we're reunited with the girls, Callie has just passed the California Bar Exam and is starting a new job, and Mariana is dealing with the fall out of sleeping with her boss.
What makes this show so special is the cast of supporting characters, both at work and at home. The sisters rent a room in a co-living space called the Coterie and their roommates serve as their local family.
The show also tackles political issues and current events. I continue to be impressed by how they use this platform to educate their audience.
If you've never watched The Fosters or Good Trouble, I recommend starting from the beginning. It's a wild ride.
There you have it! This week's streaming suggestions. Happy watching!