The "The '80's" Edition
Goodbye (57)81, hello ‘82!
In case one of your Jewish New Year resolutions doesn’t have to do with watching less TV, I can report that I caught up on two late-to-the-party series. The two masks have called to me:
Never Have I Ever, by Mindy Kaling (Netflix). High school rom-com that people are obsessed with. I liked her college-setting series better, though it has a worse title, The Sex Lives Of College Girls (HBO). I really loved that one. Both premised on female friendgroups (one a 3-some, one a quad); and their unrequited urges, crushes, and experimentations; and somewhat unreasonable but loving parents. Season 4 of NHIE is coming in 2023. Season 2 of SLoCG is coming this November! I wonder if it’s odd for Netflix and HBO to have dueling Mindy Kaling series. Give the brilliant woman a home, I say!
“Pieces of Her,” starring Toni Collette. I ate up every episode of this mystery/thriller/“who are any of us, really?” series. I somehow thought I had missed something that ‘everyone’ thought was amazing, but now I just looked it up to include a review here. Turns out, not entirely, but those same ‘everyones’ agreed that Toni Collette is amazing to watch and that it really gets you going…
Okay, readers, for those of you who did see it, (not really a spoiler but still if you want to skip to the next paragraph, please do:)…why did the guy eavesdropping at the very end, in the final episode, have her nickel?
If one of your resolutions is to “read more,” try The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett. More stories about kids! This time, a sister and brother and the exploration of abandonment (whether physically or emotionally), fairy tale family trials and tribulations; and also fairy tale endings. Apparently I am among the last to the Patchett Party — people are very passionate about this absorbing story and all her other books!
Also speaking of resolutions, just fyi the Jewish New Year resolutions aren’t, really, so much about going to the gym more or trying to be less careless about losing socks in the dryer. More like confessing to all the sins that the human character is capable of and praying (literally) to be able to do better next year under penalty of death. It makes the recurring January 1st promises look like a cakewalk.
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