Brooklyn Nine-Nine

I finally decided to give Brooklyn Nine-Nine a try (from season 1, on Netflix) and I gotta say that it’s really growing on me — to a point where I binged close to the entire season this weekend. I wouldn’t put it on the same level as The Good Place or The Last Man on Earth (my two favorite comedies from recent years, and I’m still devastated that the latter was cancelled), but it’s a solid Parks and Recreation-like. The cast is fantastic, and that’s pretty much how you get drawn in and addicted to the show. I’m sure it won’t take me long to blast through the other 4 seasons.

Cobra Kai

When I first saw this series announced, I was more than skeptical about it being good — especially that’s it’s a YouTube series — but I was curious enough to check it out, and I gotta say that the first two episodes (that you can watch for free) were incredibly fun to watch. Yes, it smothers itself in the nostalgia of the old films, but deliciously so, and what they’ve decided to do with the characters (at least so far) — sorta switching them up — is really great. I definitely want to watch the rest of the season.

Aggressive Retsuko

I didn’t think this would really be for me — I remember finding the premise of the character (an office lady who loves death metal) pretty funny, but didn’t think much of it beyond that — but I got curious when the animated series popped up on Netflix the other day, and I gotta say that I had a pretty fun time watching a few episodes (which are very binge-able, at like 10-15 minutes in length). Warning though, if you’ve worked in an office in Japan, this may trigger some PTSD.

The Chalet

I really enjoyed this series, that popped up on Netflix recently. It’s a 6-episode mystery set in a small village in France, with a group of people “stranded” and deaths starting. That’s always the best of setups when it comes to mysteries, and my wife and I both had a good time watching it. I think the story and solution were pretty satisfying.

Ash vs Evil Dead (Season 2)

I thought the first season was an incredibly fun return to this character and this world, and I was quite looking forward to the second season. It aired a while back, but was just recently added to Netflix, and so far (I’m halfway through) it’s just as fun. It’s kinda insane who much they manage to fit into one episode, and the casting of Lee Majors as Ash’s dad was pretty inspired.

Lost in Space

I watched the first episode of Netflix’s new Lost in Space series, and gotta say I was really impressed. That first episode feels like a movie more than a TV series (in terms of production values), and it sets things up quite nicely for what’s to follow (i.e. I really want to know where this thing is going to go). I was cautiously excited about the series following the first trailers, and I’m glad that it seems to be avoiding the sci-fi curse Netflix has these days (most of its sci-fi productions tend to be disappointing).

Everything Sucks

This has been described as Freaks & Geeks but set in the 90s, and that’s actually not a bad description. I’m 5-6 episodes in, and having a really good time watching it. The kids are great, the story is fun, and the soundtrack is, well, it’s pretty much all the stuff that I was listening to back then (or that I remember hearing a lot). I’m really happy that Netflix produced this.

Fred Armisen: Standup for Drummers

I quite enjoyed this standup special on Netflix. The gimmick is that the audience is entirely composed of drummers, and a lot of the material is drumming-related. I generally like Fred Armisen, always enjoyed him on SNL, and I really like him here. All of the jokes aren’t gold, but he just has a fun way of delivering stuff, and I like when he gets a bit surreal. I think the highlight isn’t even a funny bit, but rather when he runs through drum sets/styles from the past century.

The Last Man on Earth

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series since it started, and for some reason just never got around to watching it. It’s on Netflix now (3 seasons), and so I started watching it the other day, and love it. I’m 7-8 episodes into the first season, and so still have lots to watch, but already I can tell this is something special — and I’ve always enjoyed Will Forte in general. The frustration he feels once the 3rd person shows up (and then the 4th) does feel a bit frustrating for me too — I sorta feel like, jeeze, just get the hell out of there and find other people to be with — but I’m still having fun watching it.