The Too Much TV Roundup

It’s Monday, so it’s time for another smattering of television programs I’ve been watching. I wrapped up a few this week, which should allow me to launch into a few new ones next week.

1) The Wonder Years (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description Available?: Not Consistently

This should have made my list last week when they got the phone call right at the end, but I really wanted to see where they would go with this week’s episode, bringing back the eldest brother from Vietnam after being wounded in combat. I expected the episode to go dark with this, but it kept it fairly light, choosing to focus on his desire to feel useful and get back on his feet, instead of just allowing depression to take over him. It ended on a nice note, and for a sitcom dealing with a tough and heavy topic, especially from the point of view of a child, I thought they handled it quite nicely. This has been one of the better surprises from the Freshmen class, and I do hope it gets a second season renewal.

2) Our Flag Means Death (HBO MAX)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

I might just put this show in my list every week until it actually gets a second season renewal, or until I’m positive everyone has seen it. I’m literally confused as to how their drama Winning Time managed a renewal before the first season was even over, considering the ratings weren’t stellar.

3) Moon Knight (Disney Plus)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

Of course this was hitting my top 10. You think I’m crazy? This show has excellent audio description, strong performances from Ethan Hawke and Oscar Issac as well as this episode introducing us to way more lore about the world that Khonshu hails, and other Egyptian Gods,who also haven’t human avatars. I’m getting more and more interested in a character that I love from the comics, but always assumed would be too difficult to translate onto the screen. It’s magical watching this thing actually happening. My childhood comic book nerd part of me is very happy.

4) Severance (Apple Plus)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

We are inching closer to the finale (for me). This is definitely one of the more interesting episodes. I can’t wait for Christopher Walken’s character to just blow my mind. he’s been sitting there, and he’s great in every scene he’s been in, but you don’t go out and get Walken in a TV show for the kind of stuff I’ve been seeing.

5) The Thing About Pam (Peacock/NBC/Hulu)

English Audio Description Available?: on some platforms. Not hulu.

This one is in the books. What a weird lady. Glad she’s locked away. Renee Zellweger did a terrific job here. I’m still not convinced we needed six episodes, but i keep putting this on my list because Zellweger deserves the recognition.

6) Bel Air (Peacock)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

So, next week I’ll officially be talking about the finale to this show. I’ve loved the ride so far. I know Will is about to meet his dad, and I have no idea what that will do for the future of the show. But, this has been a really surprising reboot for me. I thought it could never work without Will smith, but this proved me wrong. Kudos to a strong writers room.

7) Black-ish (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

So, this week is the final episode of Black-ish. This last episode focused on college for Jack and Diane, as well as taking the men on their own journey. Are we ready to say goodbye? Why does The Goldbergs get to keep going even after losing multiple cast members, but Black-ish has to end?

8) Inventing Anna (Netflix)

English Audio Description Available: Yes

My other personal shame is that despite how good this show is, I have one episode left, so i should be finishing this also this coming week. This has really been a captivating story, and unlike some of the other more recent limited series, I feel like inventing Anna made good use of every episode. Making it maybe one episode shorter might have tightened it up a bit, but I’m not sure it needs it.

9) Space Force (Netflix)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

So here’s the hard truth. This show is just OK. I said it. however, should Netflix choose to pick it up, of course I will come back for more from Steve Carell and john Malkovich. But that’s really why I started watching in the first place, and why I’m still watching. Ths show is inconsistently funny, if we’re being honest.

10) Julia (HBO MAX)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

Third episode in, and Julia is already trying to finance her own show. This show is a fascinating look at the rise of feminist culture and this idea that only men could ever be good enough for certain things, or have the capacity to make certain decisions. The cast is terrific, and this has been a very pleasant surprise.

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