I honestly cant comprehend the fact that it’s already March. I know that February is a short month but time still sneaks up on me these days. February had a slew of new premiere dates for both returning shows and new programs, and I found myself sampling quite a bit more than I normally do. But that didn’t keep me from continuing to make my way through a huge list of shows to binge on Netflix. Checking a show off my never-ending list always feels like such an accomplishment. So without further ado, here are some of the shows that were hits for me this month.
Big Little Lies (HBO) This show was one of HBO’s big premieres this month. I had been anticipating it for quite some time, mostly because of its all-star cast – Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley are among the top billed. The premise comes from Australian author Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, and presents us with a mystery involving a murder at a school fundraiser. Intrigued? While the mystery does serve the core plot of the show, it is actually the relationships between our key female characters and their husbands, children, and friends that piqued my interest. The show comes across as the epitome of “rich white people problems,” but in a way it effectively serves to show that money can’t allow you to escape from all your problems. Yet, it still feels like escapist for the average viewer, who will be overwhelmed by picturesque Monterey and suffer from some considerable real estate envy.
Girls (HBO) Girls returned for its final season this month and I can’t help but be overly nostalgic about this series coming to an end. Over the years it has faced some pretty serious criticism about its whitewashed privileged cast and some of the ways in which it has taken on portraying millennial life. However, I truly feel that the show has only gotten better with age. We’ve gotten to see some beautiful capsule episodes that are some of the best half hour blocks of television I’ve ever seen, and the characters have grown and changed in ways that have allowed us to grow with them, as our own lives have evolved over the past six years. This season starts off just as strong as the last season finished, and I’m very excited to follow it through to the very end of its run.
Easy (Netflix) I’m a huge fan of Joe Swanberg’s films. From Happy Christmas to Drinking Buddies, I’ve been completely enamored with his minimalist directing style and the deep characters that he writes, allowing their conversations and relationships to take precedence over plot. So I was losing my mind when it was announced that he would be taking on a series for Netflix, and trust me when I say it does not disappoint. Just eight episodes long, Easy takes on the topics of love, sex, technology, and culture in an anthology format. Starring actors you probably already love like Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Malin Akerman, and Orlando Bloom, each episode exists almost as a short film with an encapsulated plot and time. However, as you watch the series, everything starts to come together even more as characters become intertwined in each other’s stories. It’s fun to put all the pieces together and see fringe characters in one episode get their own time to shine in another.
Legion (FX) Yet another new piece of material from the prolific Noah Hawley, Legion is his first foray into the Marvel universe. As someone who generally doesn’t love “superhero” programming, Legion really surprised me and had me hooked immediately. The story revolves around David Haller, a young man who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, but is actually struggling with inhuman powers -- meaning that the voices in his head are real. This show is an artistic dream. Set as a period piece in the 70s, the colors and sets create an undeniable tone that feels very different from the Marvel worlds that we’ve seen up until this point. It is definitely a show that I’ll be recommending to everyone, and I cannot wait to see where it goes this season.