January 2017 Hits

It’s been a while, but I’m back with another list of shows that I’ve been loving in the new year. Do yourself a favor and sample some of these series this month. You wont be disappointed.


Sweet/Vicious (MTV) One of the most important shows to come out of MTV (maybe) ever, Sweet/Vicious takes on the topic of sexual assault on college campuses in a way that makes it easily digestible without losing the ability of its narrative to be a crucial call to action. The series follows Jules and Ophelia, two unlikely cohorts, who come together to seek revenge for sexual assault victims who fall through the cracks of the Title IX institutions at fictional, Darlington University. It’s witty and sweet with plenty of pop culture references that will keep you on your toes. But most importantly, it will open your eyes to an unfortunate trend on college campuses across our nation.

You can read my full review of the first season HERE @ Really Late Reviews



The OA (Netflix) This show has had a major divide among critics. It seems to be a situation where you either love it or hate it and there is no in between. The most definitive thing that I can say about The OA is that it surprised me. I’m generally not someone who enjoys programs that fall into the genres that this show does. What those genres are – I’m still not sure. It has supernatural elements along with a little bit of science fiction and mystery. There’s a romance at the show’s core, but it tends to rely mostly on the unlikely friendships that evolve in difficult situations (a topic that I can always get behind). Although I left the first season feeling like I still had a lot of questions, I wouldn’t be completely disappointed if this show didn’t get a second season. In the eight episodes it had, it told and interesting and cohesive story that while sometimes slow, kept me interested the entire time. It relies heavily on the trope of storytelling as we see the plot evolve from the story that our protagonist tells to a ragtag group of teens (and one of their teachers). The show is lyrical in its approach to plot and its ending (the main portion of the show that critics are still divided on). I would recommend taking the time to watch the first episode. You might just find yourself hooked.


One Day at a Time (Netflix) I cannot say enough good things about this show. Never before has a sitcom had me laughing through uncontrollable tears. This Netflix original is a remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom of the same name. While the bare bones of the characters and plot are the same, the remake takes on modern issues with a Cuban family living in Los Angeles. By far, the best change from the original is the addition of the grandmother character, played by Rita Moreno (a national treasure). But all of the actors bring something to the table that is unique and hilarious. Prepare yourself for a heart-wrenching coming out story and the exhibition of love that this family has for one another.


Riverdale (The CW) Riverdale is a show that came out of left field for me. Somewhere along the way I missed The CW’s promotion for the series, but was intrigued by a couple ads I saw leading up to the premiere. As a disclaimer, I know nothing about the world of Archie comics. In fact, I’ve never read a comic book in my life. But Riverdale seems to be using the comics as a platform to launch the next must see soapy teen drama a la Gossip Girl. In my opinion, it’s been too long since we’ve had something in this genre on The CW (although they’ve been putting out some pretty great content). The show is being described as a soapier version of Twin Peaks with its foggy ambiance and mysterious death (plus Twin Peaks cast member, Mädchen Amick, as Betty’s overbearing mother). It’s worth tuning into if you enjoyed the soapier fare of CW and WB past.

You can join me as I livetweet the show, Thursdays @ 9pm pst over on the @late_reviews Twitter account.



It may be mid-June, but I’m finally getting around to my wrap-up for the past couple of months (better late than never, right?). Between starting a new job, and attending the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX (more on that later), I’ve barely had time to breathe… or sleep… but I’ve of course found some way to fit TV in, so at least there’s that! Here’s what I watched throughout April and May.



Garfunkel and Oates (Season 1)

Am I the only one who constantly trolls the “recently added” section of Netflix? I’m always anxious to see what new shows have come available to binge that I may have missed when they aired or (if we’re being honest) ones that I put off purposely in order to binge later. Garfunkel and Oates is one of those shows that I always intended to watch, but never even ended up setting my DVR to record (it’s pretty full so prioritizing is necessary). I was lucky enough to see Riki Lindhome record an episode of the podcast Baby Talk with Dan Levy last year, and I was instantly obsessed with her bubbly and relatable sense of humor. So when Garfunkel and Oates popped up in the recently added column on Netflix, I immediately played an episode, and then another, and then another… until I was shocked to see that I had finished the entire season (there are only 8 eps and at 20min a pop they go by pretty quick).

The show follows Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, as themselves, as they navigate life as a comedy band, dating, break-ups, and friendships. Each episode features one of their original songs that fits the context of the story (warning: they will get stuck in your head). But the best part? Throughout the season there is a slew of cameos by all of your favorite comedians! From TJ Miller to Anthony Jeselnik, you’re bound to spot someone you recognize. It has a very similar feel to Portlandia and definitely worth a quick watch while it’s available to stream.



Mulaney (Season 1)

This was one of those shows that I had such high expectations for and was so disappointed. Yes, I stuck it out and watched the entire season anyway because I am such a huge fan of John Mulaney (I’ve seen his stand-up special “New in Town” more times than I can count). The pilot episode wasn’t great and basically regurgitated jokes from Mulaney’s special, but I was willing to give it a chance, hoping that it would be funnier when I didn’t already know the punch line to every joke. While there were a few quality jokes here and there, the show never really clicked for me as a whole. I definitely recommend spending your time on Mulaney’s stand-up instead.



Manhattan Love Story (Season 1)

Another show that both myself and the other American viewers didn’t really care for. I did love the casting and the idea behind the show with its rom-com tropes, but unfortunately in the end it came across as a little too cheesy, with characters that I constantly felt second-hand embarrassment for. However, it’s great as something to have on in the background if you’re not focusing 100%.



Felicity (Season 1)

I hold onto a lot of 90s nostalgia despite the fact that I was too young during that particular decade to really enjoy a lot of the main pop culture staples. Felicity was one of those shows that I missed out on and had to give a try. I instantly fell in love with the simple plot that allows the characters to really be the main focus of each episode. It’s the perfect show to enjoy on a random Saturday with copious amounts of coffee, and one I’m excited to continue with in the coming months.



Fresh Off the Boat (Season 1)

This show sat in my Hulu Plus queue for the length of its first season run, but as soon as I watched the pilot I was hooked, and binged my way through the first 13 episodes in a matter of a couple of days. I’ve watched plenty of interviews with Eddie Huang, and seen him appear on news shows like Take Part Live (Pivot), but I wasn’t familiar with his book prior to starting the series.

The show follows the life of a young Eddie, as his first generation family from Taiwan relocates to sunny, whitewashed, Orlando, Florida for a new start with a new business (a wild west themed steakhouse). Each of the actors brings something really unique to the table as this hilarious family and I can’t get enough of them.




One of the new things I started doing for 2015 is keeping track of the media that I consume month to month. I’m a big fan of making lists but not always super successful at crossing things off of them, so keeping track of the shows I’m watching makes me feel pretty accomplished (even though most people might consider it to be evidence of extreme sloth-like behavior). So whether you’re impressed by the five seasons of television I watched last month, or a little concerned for my mental health, here’s a little wrap-up.



House of Cards (Season 3)

Shocked that I didn’t complete this one in the month of February? Well that makes two of us. But then again, I was really trying to pace myself with this season (which I accomplished to a certain extent). I don’t want to say too much about it because of spoilers (but come on, if you haven’t watched this show yet you almost deserve to be spoiled), but I will say that this season was my favorite so far, which seems to be an unpopular opinion with everyone I discuss the show with. I think it probably has to do with the amount of focus on Claire this season, and I’m a sucker for a badass female character.

Favorite Episode: “Chapter 32"



Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 1)

Clearly I drink the Netflix kool-aid. I’ll pretty much give all of their original programming a shot, and for the most part I’ve fallen in love with some pretty great shows (Hemlock Grove aside). I’m also still compiling a list of shows that I’m wishing Netflix will bring back for another season on the heels of news that Arrested Development is getting picked up for another? Really? Honestly, I think Netflix would be better off focusing on new programming rather than continuing to beat that dead horse, but I digress… Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the newest show from 30 Rock creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock is incredible! I made my way through most of the season in one sitting, and found myself singing the theme song long after I finished (although we wont talk about what I thought the words were before my friend clued me in to the correct lyrics).

The show focuses on Kimmy, a young impressionable woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult, and starts her life over again in New York City. She’s wide-eyed, bushytailed, and hilariously communicating with her new circle of acquaintances, which includes her flamingly gay roommate and posh boss (who both have their own unique takes on the world). I would recommend that any comedy fans give this show a try, especially those that are fans of 30 Rock (it carries the same tone, and fast-paced, off-beat dialogue).

Favorite Episode: “Kimmy Rides a Bike”



Melrose Place 2.0 (Season 1)

Yeah, this happened. I’ve attempted to watch this show several times before, and never made it past the first episode on account on it’s particular breed of awful… but this time I was determined to get through it. Why? I’m not really sure, but I think it has something to do with my desire to make my way through all of the CW’s programming. I usually fall in love with all of their lighthearted teen dramas for one reason or another, but that was not the case with this reboot. The only exception being the relationship between Lauren and David, which was cute but also pretty frustrating just like the rest of the show. Still thinking about giving it a shot? Then just let me leave you with this warning: the series ends on cliffhangers that will never be resolved since the show was axed. I have so many unanswered questions and regardless of just how petty they are, it’s excruciating. So don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Favorite Episode: “Stoner Canyon”



Grounded for Life (Seasons 1-2)

These were a rewatch for me since they tended to be a staple of my after school programming back in high school when they would play reruns on ABC Family every afternoon. I always like to have an easy rewatch in my recently watched section on Netflix for casual consumption at odd times (i.e. when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t - for the life of me – get back to sleep). Because I’ve never actually seen all of these episodes in order, it’s been fun to binge through them and embrace the sense of nostalgia that comes with all of Sean and Claudia’s blunders as parents (although Eddie definitely holds the honor of having the best one-liners). There’s also something so fun about the format of the show, which utilizes flashbacks to tell the entire story of the episode. I’m currently making my way through season three, and realizing how bummed I’m going to be when I finish the series again.

Favorite Episode: “The Kids Are Alright”

All hail the female showrunners nominated for Golden Globes

I profiled the badass women (who I seriously idolize) behind some of this year's Golden Globe nominated series for HelloGiggles. Follow the link below to read the post!


Invaluable Life Lessons I Learned from Richard Gilmore

This week we lost Edward Herrmann, the extremely talented actor who portrayed Richard Gilmore for seven magical years. In memory of him, I shared the invaluable life lessons I learned from his Gilmore Girls character with HelloGiggles. Follow the link below to read the post:


Bingeable: College Edition

We are well on our way into the month of September, and that means that back to school season is upon us. Target has been stocked with the newest school supplies for months now, and while new sixth graders excitedly choose themed notebooks (I couldn’t resist picking out some ‘Where’s Waldo’ ones for myself), the new high school graduates hound the dorm décor section, picking up twinkle lights, twin XL sheet sets, and mini fridges to adorn their new shoebox size homes at a college where they will spend their next four years. When I went off to college, five years ago (to live in my own little shoebox), it was my DVD collection that I brought with me that proved to provide the most comfort in my first years away from home. While it has been noted that college shows don’t generally do as well on television as high school programs, these five shows deserve a spot in every college student’s television repertoire:



Favorite Episode - 01X01: "Pilot"

Felicity, created by J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves, premiered on the WB in 1998 and put Keri Russell on the map, as a high school graduate who makes a momentous last minute decision to attend NYU after learning that the boy she has harbored a secret crush on, Ben, will be attending school there. While her motivation for making such a rash decision seems poor at the outset, it ends up leading to her reclaiming her sense of identity from her parents, who have always expected her to live her life in a particular way. Despite the fact that this show is over 15 years old, the dilemmas that Felicity and her friends face (both lighthearted and heavy) continue to be relatable for current generations. More importantly, it evokes 90s nostalgia in the best way possible. 




Favorite Episode – 01X12: “The Great Cappie”

As someone who was in a sorority, Greek holds a very special place in my heart when I look back on my college experience.  DVDs of the show were gifted to me by my mom when I first joined my sorority, and provided endless hours of entertainment for my friends and I on lazy Sundays when we were fighting massive hangovers. The show is sweet and the characters lovable. Even if you have no ties to greek life, the show still resonates through the perspective of Rusty, who is completely new to the world, and slowly begins to gain his footing over the course of four seasons.



Gilmore Girls

Favorite ‘College’ Episode – 04X06: “An Affair to Remember”

As I’ve written about before, Gilmore Girls was my go-to for motivation to study in college, and even became the subject of my final research paper. I’ve seen the college episodes more times than I can count, and watching them now makes me ridiculously nostalgic for cold rainy winter days holed up in the library with my film notes and a huge cup of coffee. At the time it wasn’t fun as much as it was stressful and required, but from time to time I miss the deadlines and the rush of adrenaline when it came time to get things done. Plus, Gilmore Girls finally comes to Netflix on Oct. 1, so it’s the perfect time to discover the brilliance that is Lorelai and Rory Gilmore if you haven’t already.



The Best Years

Favorite Episode: 02X05: “Destiny”

The Best Years was a Canadian show that ran on ‘Noggin’ during my final year of high school, and quickly became a favorite, as I got ready to head off to college myself. The show is a ‘teen drama’ that chronicles the college life of (former foster kid) Samantha Best, and her friends in Boston. It’s a cheesy take on the college experience, but also will get you psyched about dorm décor and a new roommate, so it’s worth a watch.




Favorite Episode: 01X01: “Prototype”

The follow up to Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared takes the same relatable approach to the trials of high school and applies it to college. The show follows college freshman Steve Karp and his dorm-mates as they embark on one of the greatest experiences of their lives. However, unfortunately for Steve, his lonely and recently divorced father is tagging along for the ride. Like its predecessor, Undeclared features a bunch of actors (including Charlie Hunnam, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel) in “before they were famous” roles, and is light heartedly entertaining. 

Why 'Girl Meets World' Is Important for Disney Kids Everywhere


I was a 90s kid and therefore I was a Boy Meets World kid. As a kid who was never all that into animation and wasn’t allowed to stay up past 8pm on any given night, I generally was drawn to watching daytime reruns of live-action shows, of which Boy Meets World was my favorite. During my high school years as I got more interested in television, I made a diligent effort to go back through the series and make sure I saw every episode. What is special about the show to me is that even now in my early twenties I can watch and enjoy the episodes, recalling just how it felt to be facing my pre-teen years. Because I have had this experience with the show, along with programs like Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens, I had a hard time seeing that most of the programming that was available to my younger sisters revolved around obtaining and maintaining fame in some way. There really was a lack of shows that dealt with general and relatable childhood experiences. While I was skeptical about the creation of Girl Meets World, I also was hopeful that it might function to fill that void in Disney channel’s lineup, and after watching the pilot of the show multiple times I can honestly say that I believe it does just that.

Riley Matthews is just a regular kid. She is young, awkward, and trying to find her own place in the world, just as her dad Cory did on Boy Meets World. Her relationship with her parents is strong, and there is a good level of give-and-take as they encourage her to branch out on her own and “make it her world” without going too far. Her best friend Maya is a troublemaker, but also a victim of circumstance who must lean on Riley and her solid family structure at times (she is also a reminder that a thirteen year old can be significantly cooler than I am). There is a cute boy, a dorky boy and a comedic little brother, but the most important element that carries over from the original is the show’s heart. It presents issues of identity and relationships in a way that will be relatable to a whole new generation of kids who have grown up with a landscape of child pop stars and dogs with blogs.

The first episode airs tomorrow night. I truly do hope that this show will be a hit for Disney. I know that I’ll be watching.