TV Reviews

TV Thursday – Best Cable/Streaming Shows

On Tuesday, I did a list with my favorite network TV shows.  Today, I’m going to list my favorite shows from cable, Netflix, or Amazon.  These are in no particular order after #4.  My top 4 are in specific order.

1. Game of Thrones (HBO).  I binged this in less than a month and was hooked.  This show is fantastic, but it is also very confusing, because there are SO many characters to keep up, and it’s in a make believe land.  I feel like I’m googling things constantly just to keep up, but now there is an “after” show, which is awesome.  I can’t believe I waited so long to join the fun.


2. You’re the Worst (FX).  I’m not sure what lead to me this show, but I’m so glad I found it.  This show, in addition to being really funny, tackles the tough topic of clinical depression in a sympathetic manner.  The characters are ‘the worst’ but this show is hilarious, and I’ve turned several people onto it.

you're the worst

3.  Downton Abbey (PBS).  I’m cheating here, but since I watched the first five seasons on Amazon, I’m putting it on this list.  If you haven’t watched Downton Abbey and you have Amazon Prime, do yourself a favor and check out this incredible show.  I’m so sad it’s over.

downton abbey4. Veep (HBO).  This is one of the funniest shows on cable TV, and regardless of your political party affiliation, you are likely to find this show funny.  I will warn you – it is very vulgar, but it’s got a great ensemble cast and totally worth the watch – it’s a half hour comedy.


5.  Grace & Frankie (Netflix).  Two women, almost 70, discover that their husbands of 40 years have been in a homosexual relationship for twenty years and are tired of hiding their affair, so they ask for a divorce.  This follows what happens next, and how it affects each family.  Top notch cast and great story.

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6.  The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX).  This miniseries told the infamous story of the trial of OJ Simpson, who in 1994, was accused (and guilty) of murdering his ex-wife and her friend.  We saw the case from the inside, and I learned several things that I didn’t know happened during the trial.  This show had a top notch cast, who are likely to earn several Emmy nominations.  I would highly recommend this.


7.  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix).  The shows second season got off to a slow start, but ended with a bang.  Tina Fey (30 Rock) is an executive producer, so if you liked that show, you will really like the story of Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who was kidnapped and kept in an underground bunker for 15 years, then goes to New York to start her life.

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8.  The Jinx (HBO).  This six-part miniseries was the story of Robert Durst, eccentric billionaire from New York who is suspected of three different murders in three different states.  Durst himself is interviewed, and is a creepy dude.  This was so well done, and I would highly recommend watching.

the jinx

9.  Making a Murderer (Netflix).   This 10 part miniseries is the story of Steven Avery, who in 1984 was convicted of rape, only to be exonerated 18 years later.  He then sued the county for $36 million dollars, and while that was going on, was charged with murder.  It’s a seriously messed up story with so many twists and turns.  It starts out slow, but if stick with it, you won’t be disappointed.

making a murderer10.  Transparent (Amazon).  Transparent is the story of Mort/Maura, a 69 year old man who decides he is tired of living a lie, and decides to live his life as a woman.  The show depicts how his decision affects his family, and more importantly, Maura.  People aren’t real accepting of her decision, and it’s fascinating and sad to watch.  The second season wasn’t nearly as good as the first, but it’s still a good show.

transparentHappy watching.