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.

Altered Carbon

I’ve only watched the first episode so far, but from what I’ve seen, I think I’m going to enjoy this ride. First off, I crave cyberpunk-set stories, and so just that fact alone was enough to draw me in, but it also looks like they’ve got the look/visuals down. Hard to tell how good the story will be, and sure, it sorta feels a bit trashier than what we get in a Blade Runner movie, but there’s nothing wrong with that — I don’t need all my cyberpunk media to be contemplative like that. I just wanna have a fun series set in a cool world, and I’m hoping this will be just that.

The X-Files (Season 11)

I’m having so much fun watching this latest (and probably last) season of The X-Files, because it’s really having a lot of fun with itself, to a point where it almost feels like a trashy parody of itself (especially this week’s 4th episode, which was fantastic). With last year’s return of the series, I can’t say that I was super into it, except for the two funny episodes — the one on drugs, and the werewolf one (starring Rhys Darby), which was in fact of the best X-Files episodes ever. It’s always been true that the real classic episodes were in the “monster of the week” category, especially the ones with a sly sense of humor, and not only are they embracing this right now, but it really feels like everyone involved is having fun. The weakest episode this season was the first one, which touched on the kind of boring overarching story they have, and I’m hoping they’ll only go back to this at the end of the season.


I knew nothing about this series, an Amazon Original — and apparently the pilot was first released back in 2015, and then the rest of the season was released now — but I noticed a few raves for it on my Twitter timeline and so decided to check it out, and I’m glad I did. I’ve only watched the first 3 episodes so far (of 10), but this is such a fantastic and smart series. It’s beautifully shot — it definitely has a filmic quality to it — and the situations are steeped in dark comedy (the premise is an American agent who goes undercover in an industrial company). It appears it has already been renewed for a second season, and that’s good news indeed. The funny thing too is that I watched the first episode of this straight after watching the original Robocop film, and so it put a smile on face to see Kurtwood Smith starring in both. The one thing that bugs me a bit though is that the inspector speaks French with a strong accent (i.e. she’s not really a French speaker). It becomes annoying because most of her dialogue is in French with subs.

Shameless (Season 7)

It continually surprises me just how much I continue to enjoy this show, 7 seasons in. They recently added this 7th season to Netflix, and I’m just over halfway watching it, and again, it’s just good fun. I keep thinking that they’ll have nowhere else interesting to go with these characters, and yet each new season is another fun (and ridiculous) new adventure with the Gallaghers.

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

I finally watched the first episode of this last night — with Obama as his first guest — and enjoyed it to bits. Obama truly comes off as a great, intelligent, reasonable, and funny man. The questions aren’t incisive, but Letterman is good at keeping the conversation going, and so I’m quite looking forward to the rest of the series — it’s on Netflix, and we’ll get a new episode every month.

The Toys That Made Us

This is a very enjoyable 4-part documentary series on Netflix about the toys from my youth — G.I. Joe, Star Wars, and He-Man (and although I didn’t play with Barbie dolls, I did find that episode interesting to watch). My favorite toy when I was a kid (not counting LEGO) was G.I. Joe, and so that’s the episode that I had the most fun watching, and loved that they included Larry Hama as part of the interviews — I loved his G.I. Joe comic, as well as the animated series (which he wasn’t involved in). Great fun if you’re around my age and these were the toys you played with back in the day.