Thank God for Netflix. Seriously. I think that enough time has passed for me to put out another TV-streaming suggestion list and have it be well received. This time around I’m posting about mostly older shows, well, not really old, 90’s and early 2000’s, but I think that they all stand the test of time. Even if it’s not that much time. Let’s just dive in, shall we?
United States of Tara
I adore Toni Collette. I’ve loved her since Little Miss Sunshine, which was my favorite film all throughout high school. You get to see an incredible range from her in this series, which follows Tara’s struggle with multiple personality disorder. All three seasons of this show are on Netflix. The show was created by Diablo Cody, screenwriter of Juno, and boasts some really interesting family dynamics. Look out for Brie Larson as Tara’s daughter. You’ll probably recognize her, as she is currently gaining popularity. Most recently she played Amy Schumer’s sister in Trainwreck. This show is witty, genuine, and so full of feelings. Definitely worth a watch.
A Young Doctor’s Notebook (And Other Stories)
Warning: this one gets dark. This show is also kind of zany in the way that it’s assembled. Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm play the same character at different stages of his life. I actually read a few of the stories that this show is based on in my “Russian Short Stories In Context” class, so, as you might assume, the whole thing is set in Russia. Does that mean that anyone has a Russian accent? Nope! They just live in the fantastical universe of the BBC. As with many BBC shows, the series are very short. At this point, there are two available online. There are really funny spots and really upsetting themes, making this a truly interesting art piece to experience.
Freaks and Geeks
I know that those of the young, artsy set have probably either watched this series or had it on their to-watch list for years. That is as it should be. This show is heralded as one of the great cancellation injustices of our time. The writing is amazing, the characters are incredibly relatable, and the plot-lines will make you have many a feel. On a personal note, this was the performance that made me fall in love with James Franco. Honestly, I didn’t really like him before seeing it. Now, the feelings are strong. The show was created by Judd Apatow, so you get to see a lot of his favorite actors before they were adults: Jason Segal, Seth Rogen, Busy Philipps, and more.
Garfunkel & Oats
Here’s a much more recent cancellation injustice. I adore this comedy-music-duo and their show was so unique and well-done. The fact that it was cancelled after 8 episodes makes my blood boil in IFC’s general direction. This show has a lot of my favorite things. It follows two single, quirky, unapologetic female comedians through their day-to-day lives. The material seems to be crafted with reference-ability in mind. Seriously, I have joked about someone pulling a Little Mermaid so many times and no one ever knows what I’m on about. (Related side note: "Speechless" might be my favorite episode). It is my not-so-secret hope that Netflix will step in and give these girls another season, now that they’re on a break from Another Period.
The IT Crowd
I really, really, REALLY love British TV. This show is so British, I can barely contain myself. Again, the series are shorter, but at least there are four of them! Isn’t it interesting that British shows refer to seasons as series? I think it is. Anywho, this is a great one to watch for Bridesmaids fans, because you’ll get to see that adorable cop being all crotchety and nerdy. My favorite aspect of this entire series is Moss, the character played by Richard Ayoade. Everything about him slays me. This show makes me laugh out loud and often. It is sweet at times, but mostly ridiculous, which is exactly what I’m into.
Stream with wild abandon my friends :)