Hello, friends! Happy Friday. I have the day off today (hallelujah) and I am looking forward to a four-day weekend.
Unfortunately, the forecast here in Massachusetts is for rain, but I just view that as more streaming time!
Before we get into this week's picks, here are a few upcoming shows to put on your radar:
- Monday, June 7 - We are less two weeks out from the premiere of the new season of The Bachelorette, starring Katie Thurston as the woman seeking love. Chris Harrison is out as the host, replaced by franchise alums Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams.
- Wednesday, June 9 - Season two of LA's Finest hits Netflix. This cop show co-stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. I raced through season one.
- Friday, June 18 - Have you watched the Spanish high school drama Elite on Netflix? It's like Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars, set in Spain. Season four is coming up quickly, so catch up now ahead of the premiere.
- Wednesday, June 23 - One of my favorite CW shows, In the Dark, returns! Perry Mattfeld stars as Murphy Mason, a blind woman entangled with some very dangerous drug dealers. Casey Deidrick plays her incredibly handsome love interest, Max.
Now onto my top recommendations!
1. The Bold Type (Hulu) - This week The Bold Type returned for its fifth and final season. When we reunite with Jane, Sutton and Kat, they are hungover after trying to drink away Sutton's sorrows, post-break up.
The ladies are headed to a Scarlet retreat (Carson Kressley makes a cameo as a facilitator), but things go off the rails when Sutton gets drunk ahead of her big presentation, and Jane and Scott sneak away to secure a source for her workplace harassment story.
There is something so charming and relatable about these female friendships. I love this show and I am savoring every episode!
If you've never watched, all seasons are available to stream on Hulu.
2. The Underground Railroad (Amazon) - The Underground Railroad is an adaptation of Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The 10-part series is directed by Barry Jenkins, best known for Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk.
This is the story of Cora, a woman born into slavery in Georgia. She attempts to escape through the Underground Railroad, which is imagined here as a literal train that moves Black people to freedom.
I have watched the first four episodes so far, and the show is an artistic masterpiece. Jenkins brilliantly uses color, light and sound to transport you to a cotton field, a dark attic hiding spot or a cavernous train "station."
I will warn you, the depictions of abuse and violence are brutal. There is no sugar coating here or cutting away to spare your feelings.
While watching this show will absolutely make you uncomfortable, it's an important part of reckoning with the history of slavery in the United States.
The New York Times wrote a fantastic piece about the making of the show. I highly recommend reading it.
There you have it! This week's streaming suggestions.
I am also planning to watch High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, which just hit Netflix.
I'll be back next Friday with a fresh round. Happy weekend!