Hacks – season 2

I really liked season 1.

And season 2 is even BETTER.

Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas stand-up comedy diva, needs to re-invent her aging act to avoid losing her residency at the Palmetto Casino.

Ava is a young comedy writer who is unable to find work due to an insensitive tweet and her reputation for being self-centered and arrogant.

When Ava’s manager sends her to work as Deborah’s new head writer, the two slowly bond as Ava pushes her new boss to take more risks and Deborah, in turn, helps Ava start to work through her personal problems.

Fantastic comic dialogue.

Interesting video editing.

Great cast.

I’m now a big fan of Canadian comedian Mae Martin.

Of course Hannah Einbinder is great. She’s so natural in this show.

Stealing many scenes is Megan Stalter as Kayla.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. The lesbian cruise episode is funny.

I was also looking forward to The Flight Attendant – season 2. But quit when Cassie Bowden started drinking again. Too depressing.

Doc Martin seasons 6-7

Doc Martin is still keeping me amused.

Doc and Louisa finally get married. And then, unsurprisingly, separate.

Doc is hopeless.

Eventually … they go to couples therapy.

Over the last few seasons, Jessica Ransom, as Doc’s harried receptionist Morwenna Newcross, has become my favourite character.

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Doc Martin – seasons 4/5

When I get fed up with dark, heavy TV shows I switch back to charmingly hilarious Doc Martin.

Doc is grouchy, abrupt, and lacks social skills. His direct, emotionless manner offends many of the villagers, made worse by his invariably unpleasant responses to their ignorant, often foolish, comments.

None of the townsfolk can understand why the lovely Louisa Glasson (Caroline Catz) has his baby — and then tries to marry him. Twice.

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WOW – Don’t Look Up

I rejoined Netflix mainly to watch Don’t Look Up.

Brilliant.

Be sure to watch the credits. There are 3 endings.

Satire that reminded me of both Swift’s A Modest Proposal and Wag the Dog.

Something between a star-studded Hollywood blockbuster and an amateur YouTube documentary. Very original editing.

You’ve never seen DiCaprio like this. He had a lot of input on the script.

The cast is great. Best is Jonah Hill who plays a Don Jr. idiot appointed by his mother as the insanely unqualified  Chief of Staff.

The Republican tribe is urged to NOT LOOK UP at the planet busting comet. And deny what they can see with their own eyes. 😀 It parallels the American idiocracy of covid denial, for example. Apathy, incompetence and self-interest.

Denial of science.

It’s certain ReTrumplicans will hate this film.

This movie came from my burgeoning terror about the climate crisis and the fact that we live in a society that tends to place it as the fourth or fifth news story, or in some cases even deny that it’s happening, and how horrifying that is, but at the same time preposterously funny.[10]— Adam McKay, writer, director, and producer of Don’t Look Up

Hacks – season 1

Not the best TV comedy of the year. But it is original. Brave.

100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas stand-up comedy diva, needs to maintain relevance: the head of the casino where she performs wants to pare down her performance dates.

Ava is a Gen Z comedy writer who is unable to find work due to being “canceled” over an insensitive tweet. The two reluctantly team up …

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I really like Carl Clemons-Hopkins as the one smart get-it-done character.

Hannah Einbinder is intriguing. Here she plays an awkward loser.

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Never Have I Ever – season 2

Never Have I Ever‘s fresh take on the coming-of-age comedy is hilariously honest, sweetly smart, and likely to have viewers falling head over heels for charming newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.

There are a LOT of things I like about this comedy

Great music. For sure.

The dialogue includes a lot of contemporary slang. And funny one liners.

Lily D. Moore as Rebecca Hall-Yoshida, too.

Lily was born with Down syndrome, but that hasn’t slowed her career in film, television, and national commercials. 

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is a natural comic. She plays Devi, an Indian American, overachieving teen struggling to find her place at High School.

Best of all is the voice over narration of John McEnroe and other celebrities. 

Hilarious. 

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