Alias Grace

Yeah, I kinda went full on Canadiana last night, and the final piece — also watched through the CBC app — is the first episode of this adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel. I think this is a co-production between the CBC and Netflix (so on Netflix outside of Canada). I didn’t really know anything about the story, but figured it would be something worth checking it out, and I quite enjoyed the first episode (which is the only one that has aired here so far). Also, it’s fun seeing David Cronenberg play an acting role in it!

Baroness Von Sketch Show

Another find through the CBC app (or rather as highlighted in Apple’s Television app) was this all-female comedy series that is currently on its second season. Reading up about it afterwards, it gets described as the best thing in Canadian comedy since Kids in the Hall, and I think I agree. I’ve watched the first 3 episodes of season 1, and although not everything hits, a lot of it does, and I’m now a fan.

Big Mouth

This came out of nowhere for me (added to Netflix last week), as I had heard nothing about it. But seeing that Nick Kroll and a lot of other fun actors were involved, I decided to check it out, and wow, this series is incredibly funny. I’ve watched the first 3 episodes, and they’re deliciously crass in the way they handle kids going through puberty (with an honest-to-god puberty monster to cheer you on when you get erections). One of the funniest things I’ve watched this year.

Star Trek: Discovery

I just watched the two-hour opener for the new Star Trek series, and enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. Sure, there’s something a bit weird about Star Trek being so war-focused, but what I was presented with was an incredibly interesting new setup, and I was actually shocked by the way the 2nd episode ended — and then super excited by what I saw in the preview of what the season is going to look like. The show looks great, and the new main character is a big draw for me (and I was a bit shocked too by the early exit of another key character). As I wrote in my post about The Orville, I’ve watched everything Star Trek, and so you could say I’m a pretty big fan of the series in general, and to me this feels like a fresh and exciting new take on the franchise. I like the latest movies fine, but I’m much more interested in watching this series and seeing where it’s going to go.

F Is for Family (Season 2)

I had really liked the first season of this series, but then when the second season hit during the summer, as happy as I was to start watching it, I found myself not really digging it — it felt less funny and just meaner. So I only watched the first couple of episodes, and then kinda stopped. I don’t know what made me want to continue watching it again recently, and I’m not sure if it’s because there’s an actual change in tone, but for me it got back in its groove and I was hooked again, quickly binging the rest of the season. I’d say the second half gets even funnier than anything in the first season. I’m glad I persevered.

Jerry Before Seinfeld

I quite enjoyed this new stand-up comedy special by Seinfeld for Netflix. It also made me realize that I think this was the first time I watched an actual full set by him — if you don’t count all of the stand-up bits that were part of the original Seinfeld series (which funnily enough, I started watching again from the start, since I noticed it’s up on CraveTV, a Canadian Netflix-like). The set is a fun walkthrough of his early career, and the jokes themselves hit way more than they miss. I believe this is the first of a series of specials that he’s doing for Netflix, and so I’m pretty excited to watch the next one.

The Orville

I didn’t really know if I wanted to watch The Orville, Seth Macfarlane’s parody take on Star Trek — and I’m much more excited to watch this fall’s Star Trek: Discovery. I like Star Trek (I’ve watched every series and every movie), and I did like Galaxy Quest, but I didn’t know if I was in for a joke-filled Trek-like. I watched the first episode last night, and was first surprised by the fact that it’s not as joke-filled and spoofy as I was expecting. I actually had a good time watching it, and the funny bits were mostly funny, and the overall episode was pretty entertaining. I won’t say that I love it, but I’m definitely going to watch a few more episodes.

The Good Place (Season 1)

I’d heard good things about this series, and so when I saw it pop up on Netflix this past week (the first season, ahead of the start of the second one), I decided to check it out. I’m only on the 3rd episode, and I already love it. On top of a great cast (I especially like Jameela Jamil’s character), the situations and jokes are just generally pretty great, which I don’t really expect to get from network TV anymore. Very much looking forward to watching the rest of the first season.

Narcos (Season 1)

When the first season of Narcos was added to Netflix, I remember watching the first few episodes, and enjoying it, but for some reason I got distracted and never finished it. With the addition of a 3rd season recently, I was reminded that I always meant to go back, and since I couldn’t really remember what had gone on in those first few episodes, I started from the start, and just finished watching that first season (watched it this past week). This is a fantastic show, I really enjoyed every bit of it, and can’t wait to now get through the next two seasons. Also, funny thing, I was trying to place the actor who plays Pena, and it was only the other day that I saw a tweet where someone was mentioning that he was Oberyn on Game of Thrones — I’d completely forgotten.

Halt and Catch Fire (Season 4)

Halt and Catch Fire is among my favorite series of all time — it constantly feels like it was written just for me — and what we’ve seen so far of season 4 (the final season) has been fantastic. Every season has been set during a different era of technology, and this latest one, focusing on the birth of the web, brings back so many nostalgic memories — and the early 90s soundtrack doesn’t hurt either. Sure, I’m a bit sad that this is the final season, but maybe that’s for the best, as I imagine it’ll offer up some sort of closure.