Binge Worthy Streaming

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Binge Worthy Streaming

With so many viewing choices, you’d think it would be easy to pick something to watch.  It’s the good news/bad news conundrum – so many choices, too many choices. Well we have four shows that all happen to be streaming on Netflix now that have kept us binging.

Unbelievable

Based on a true story about an 18-year girl who is raped but the two male detectives who interview her don’t believe her and she recants. Truth and justice only come about when two female detectives in different precincts start to suspect a serial rapist.  The show is riveting from the start and the performances are outstanding.  Katilyn Dever gives a heartbreaking performance as Marie Adler, the young women who is raped and not believed. Merritt Wever and Toni Collette who play the two female detectives who team up to solve the rapes are outstanding.  We hope there’s a season two because they are terrific to watch on screen.  Streaming on Netflix.

Mindhunter

We raced through both seasons of this compelling crime thriller based on the true-crime book  Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit written by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.  It takes place in the late ‘70s to early ‘80s when two FBI agents, Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany ,start to realize there are certain patterns with killers of multiple people, that fall outside of what were thought to be the typical patterns of murderers.  They are soon joined by a female psychologist,  Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) and start to interview killers like Edmund Kemper and ultimately Charles Manson too, and they coin the term “serial killer” and the beginning of criminal profiling. It is an absolutely fascinating story, and you’ll really get involved with the backstories of the agents and the psychologist too. You won’t be able to stop watching.

The Kominksy Method

A very funny show for grownups that brilliantly pairs Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, an aging acting coach, with Alan Arkin who plays Sandy’s long time agent, Norman Newlander.  They’re best pals who support each other in their later years as they navigate LA and its culture of youth and beauty. This year’s cast includes Paul Reiser, who you will barely recognize, but he is so funny as the much older boyfriend of Sandy’s daughter, and Jane Seymour (as beautiful as ever) who plays the love interest of Norman who has recently lost his wife. And there is a very funny cameo with Kathleen Turner as one of Sandy’s ex wives. It’s very funny and for those of us of a certain age, very relatable.

The Politician

This is a very entertaining satire. Don’t be put off that it’s about wealthy high school kids competing for class president, because it definitely feels like grown up politics and powerplays.  Payton, played by Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt has known since childhood that he’s going to be president. First, he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape: high school. The ensemble cast is terrific and includes Gwyneth Paltrow as Payton’s mother, who is also the mother of two identical evil twin sons. Jessica Lange plays a grandmother who has fabricated a story that her granddaughter has cancer to cash in the sympathy of corporations and others to get free trips and other goodies. The show has it all – irony, satire, drama, occasional sincerity and a whacky cast of characters. It’s like watching a train wreck – you can’t stop.

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