Obsessing Over: 6 Shows I'm Loving
Television shows are so damn good right now — and there are so many to watch! Here are six shows that I’ve recently watched and have fallen utterly and hopelessly in love with.
On FX, season 3 is airing now
Better Things is a funny, heartwarming show that serves up filter-free realness about families and relationships. The show was created by and stars Pamela Adlon (Louis C.K. also helped develop the first two seasons of the show, but is no longer involved). Adlon based the premise on her own experiences as a single mother of three daughters, and it is perfection. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and I’ve loved every minute of every episode. A personal favorite is the final scene in the last episode of season two — I can’t stop rewatching it.
On Pop TV (in the US), season 5 is airing now
I raved about Schitt’s Creek in my last Obsessing Over post, and I’m still just as hooked! I love everything about this show, from the witty banter to the fact that it was created by father-and-son duo Eugene and Daniel Levy (who also star in the show). The four lead actors — Eugene and Daniel Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and Annie Murphy — are all exceptional at playing aloof, pretentious rich people who fell out of wealth but can’t quite master the real world in which us “commoners” live. I thought last season was amazing, but this season has just been as good if not better. I’m obsessed with Annie Murphy’s character Alexis — she is extraordinary.
On E!, season 1 available
Dating #NoFilter is the show you didn’t know you needed in your life. Each episode shows two couples going on blind first dates while comedians watch footage of the dates and comment. Many of the people going on dates are so bizarre or awkward that watching them would be amusing in itself, but the comedians bring that extra level of hilarity. Watch this when you want a feel-good show that will make you fall over laughing and let you forget what’s going on in the world for a few minutes. Unfortunately for me, I’ve already watched all 20 episodes. But I will happily watch them again — the show is that entertaining.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
On Netflix, season 2 is airing now
Patriot Act is one of the most engaging and fascinating news-esque comedy shows airing right now. Each week Hasan Minhaj (of The Daily Show fame) walks you through a topic that will surprise, horrify, or delight you (or some combination of the three). He’s covered everything from Supreme to Saudi Arabia, and the writing on this show is impeccable (as are the jokes). And if you can’t get enough of the show (like me), they have a very active YouTube channel with tons of great behind-the-scenes and bonus content. If you like John Oliver’s HBO show, you’ll love Patriot Act — it’s very similar, but with even better one-liners.
2 Dope Queens
On HBO, 2 seasons available
2 Dope Queens on HBO is essentially a live version of the podcast hosted by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. And I must say I’m loving the HBO specials — every episode is a delightful way to spend an hour cackling at jokes and envying the friendly banter between Jessica and Phoebe. The shows all feature a special celebrity guest and multiple stand-up comedians, as well as the 2 Dope Queens themselves. In full disclosure, I’m not a loyal fan of the podcast — I tried listening to it once, but I’m definitely going to revisit it now that I’ve fallen in love with their specials on HBO.
The Marvelous mrs. Maisel
On Amazon, 2 seasons available
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is set in the late 1950s and focuses on a mother who decides she wants to become a comedian as her personal life falls apart. I’m absolutely obsessed with Mrs. Maisel, who is such a well-written character and a badass woman with some incredibly hilarious lines. The show was created by the same duo behind Gilmore Girls (which I absolutely adored, though TBH the Netflix version wasn’t that great) — so if you like that fast-paced style, you’ll enjoy this show as well. I was a bit late to the MMM boat, because frankly I didn’t think the Gilmore Girls creators could develop another show as good with another strong female lead, but boy was I wrong!