Friday, April 3, 2020

Entertainment tonight: Looking for something new to watch?

By Matt Pascarella

If you’ve come pretty close to exhausting your Netflix queue while you are socially distancing yourself, here are a few Netflix suggestions that I deem ‘binge-worthy.’

“Black Mirror”
I realize I’m late to the game on this one, but it’s very good. Each episode stands alone and usually has to do with technology. It tells a story and has a twist at the end. Similar to the “Twilight Zone”. Five seasons.

“Good Girls”
This NBC show is in it’s third season and there are two on Netflix. Three women (Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman and Retta) decide to rob a bank and then things spiral downward from there. They get in over their heads and need to figure how to get out. The third season is currently streaming on Hulu.

“100 Humans”
This is a fun show where you might learn something, too. Three individuals answer various questions like, ‘can good looks keep you from jail?’ or ‘is praise better than criticism?’ OR ‘is the last name effect real?’ They answer these and other questions showing data to back up their answers.

“The Toys That Made Us”
Remember “He-Man”? “Ninja Turtles”? “My Little Pony”? “Hello Kitty”? Were these toys from your childhood? Maybe some you still have? Or maybe your kids play with now...
Regardless of whether you had these toys, get the stories behind them in this fun three season show. The creators and designers talk about starting the various toy lines, how the public reacted, etc.
Oh, and of course they talk about “Star Wars”.

“LEGO Masters”
Ok, this particular show is on Hulu, but it’s a good one. Various teams, with one eliminated each week, participate in challenges like, designing a city, building a movie genre, designing a bridge to see how much weight it can hold (the winning answer will surprise you) or designing a mad lib from a child’s imagination. It’s just a fun show.

“Better Call Saul”
This one is on Netflix and is a little darker than the previously mentioned. If you liked Vince Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad”, “Better Call Saul” is a great prequel. Find out how shady lawyer Saul Goodman became who he is. I found myself needing to know what is going to happen next, which is perfect, especially if you can watch one after another. Oh, and you might see a character or two from the ‘Breaking Bad’ universe.

"The Office"
Shot documentary style, even if you’ve seen this more than once (or more than twice) this is just good TV. You’ll laugh, you might cry, you’ll enjoy yourself. Watch it before NBC pulls it off Netflix.

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