The Too Much TV Roundup

It’s Monday again, and that means it’s time for me to drop my top 10 picks from the television I watched last week. I’m going to spoil the surprise and say that I’m far enough behind I didn’t even bother starting the final seasons of Ozark or Grace and Frankie yet. There’s just TOO MUCH TV!

1) Better Things (FX/Hulu)

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Just like I started last week’s list off by bidding Black-ish farewell, I’m starting this week by saying goodbye to Pamela Adlon’s Better Things. it’s never been my favorite show, but I’ve always thought she was great in it. I’m hopeful she gets more exposure and “better things” in her future. Sorry, i couldn’t resist. This finale was adorable, and I loved that they ended with the cast singing Always Look on Teh Bright Side of Life. It was such an odd moment, but for a series that collected odd moments that make us human, and showed us how relatable all of our oddities are, it felt like the perfect way to close out the series.

2) The Rookie (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

The first episode of the back door pilot for a potential FBI centered spinoff was interesting, though Niecy Nash isn’t Nathan Fillion. But she does have her own fans, and coming fresh off of Claws, maybe this two episode pilot will lead to her becoming a Rookie in her own right. I’m excited to wrap up this two-parter.

3) Moon Knight (Disney Plus)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

Of course this made my list. Duh. Moon Knight is incredible and it’s making it harder to rank these MCU shows. Oscar Issac gave us yet again another tremendous performance as the show got really dark, and took a little glimpse at how systematic abuse may have actually created one of the two personalities. If you beat your children so much that they develop DID as a coping mechanism, you should be jailed. #Truth.

4) First Ladies (Showtime)

English Audio Description: No

I’m interested enough in this show, contextually, to put up with the nonsense of there being no audio description. Truth be told, it’s a bio show anyway, with these actors playing real life First Ladies and Presidents, and there’s more to a performance than just being able to mimic a voice. I’ve been on the other side, and sometimes someone nails the voice, but that’s it. It’s more about the whole performance, and I try to remind myself of that since none of these actors sound like their counterparts. However, I might have showed up for the wonderful Viola Davis and Gillian Anderson, but it’s actually Michelle Pfeiffer who is stealing this show. SHe’s reminding me just how great she is, and I love watching more of the Betty Ford storyline, as I know less about her. Let’s face it, people aren’t rushing to make a Gerald Ford movie. But we’ve seen Michelle and Eleanor before on screen.

5) The Girl From Plainville (Hulu)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

i don’t know how I feel about this Elle Fanning limited series. i just started it, and I didn’t look up what it was about. Then I remembered the story, almost immediately. One of those ripped from the headline stories. I’m not sure I needed an episodic limited series on this. I’m sure an episode of Special Victims Unit would have sufficed. That being said, I watched this with someone who could see, who pointed out something we would miss, but also something that would have required the audio description to talk over actors. There’s a moment where the detective is pouring over documents, and at the same time Elle Fanning is doing some funeral rehearsing or whatever, and her stuff prevents us from being shown all of the text conversations that he can read, and the visual audience can see, but we’re too involved in what Fanning is doing. There’s no way to fix that. It just is. I wasn’t crazy about the first episode anyway, and I may not finish an entire series about this case.

6) Severance (Apple Plus)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

I’m officially one episode away from the finale, and this show keeps getting better and better, which is why it keeps ending up on my list.I still feel like Christopher Walken has been very underused.

7) Julia (HBO MAX)

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I just got through the James Beard introduction, and that was a fun episode. I think this is a very underrated show that I hope more people are watching. David Hyde Pierce has some really nice moments in this episode.

8) Slow Horses (Apple Plus)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

I didn’t know what to do with this show at the beginning, but it slowly gets better. But then, just when it starts to get better, we’re treated to a scene where Gary Oldman farts audibly and discusses it at length. The tone shifting in this show can be swift and fast, and in one episode we can go from uncovering espionage and then moving on to a monologue on a fart, and finishing it out with a graphic death. I don’t know what to think about the show. But at least it has me thinking.

9) New Amsterdam (NBC/Peacock/hulu)

English Audio Description Available?: Depends on the platform

So, last week, I was certain that putting that many people up for danger would lead to at least one of them dying. I think I just have this kind of specific PTSD from having watched Grey’s Anatomy, to know that if this had been an episode in that series, probably everyone would be dead. We got a very different ending, and now another cliffhanger moving into this week’s episode.

10) Our Flag Means Death (HBO MAX) or Minx (HBO MAX)

English Audio Description Available?: Yes

II’m going to keep Our Flag Means Death somewhere on my Top 10 until it gets a second season, and enough people have seen it. That being said, I am now enjoying Minx, which would have gotten the final slot, had Our Flag gotten a second season. Both on HBO MAX. With the cancellations that occurred last week (RIP Raising Deon, Space Force, Batwoman, and Legends of Tomorrow), I’m anxious about any show I watch. Three of those four I was fully up to date on, and I’ve seen all four.

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