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”