Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 4: “It Only Has To Work Once”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2, episode 4, I realized that “there’s something about Bridgette Bird.”  Sure, she may be a little quirky, but it’s important that she recognizes who she is and stays true to herself.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “So Maybe I Look Feminine,” Bridgette has a busy day planned, as she tries to tackle her to-do list.  Meanwhile, Nelson invites Bridgette to the salon, which leads to some temptation and fantasy along the way.  My top 5 moments from SMILF season 2 episode 4 are:

5

“You’re the one that should shush.”

In the beginning of the episode, Rafi and Nelson arrive at Bridgette’s apartment to pick Larry up for a fun weekend.  Bridgette is thrown off when Nelson shushes Larry while on the phone.  Bridgette is very protective of Larry and she wants him to feel loved wherever he goes, but she chooses not to confront Nelson in this very moment.  However, she does point out to herself that Nelson is the one that should really shush.

4

“Rollin with the homies…”

After trying to tackle her to-do list, Bridgette takes Nelson up on her offer and joins her and her friend at the salon.  After flipping through some hairstyle choices a la Britney Spears and Brittany Murphy, Nelson decides she will be going with the Brittany Murphy look and her and her friend break out into a tear-filled “rollin with the homies” to honor Brittany’s classic performance in one of my favorite films of all time, Clueless

3

“I think you should consider going blonde.”

While waiting for her stylist, Bridgette meets a bride to be, played by Ari Graynor, and the two bond over some eyeliner tips.  The woman suggests that Bridgette goes blonde, which allows us to see Bridgette’s fantasy world complete with an adorable polka dot ensemble, while watching a polo match.  Bridgette actually looks really fabulous with her blonde hair, but we quickly learn that it has somehow transformed her entire life, which I’m not sure is really possible, but sometimes we all need a change in our look here and there.

2

“Is that Kevin Bacon on a horse?”

I mean, Bridgette’s fantasy would not be complete without Kevin Bacon showing up on a horse.  After all, Hollow Man is her favorite film.  Later on, Bridgette crosses paths with Kevin Bacon, who offers to “finger bang” her.  However, he does not want to do this in front of his horse, Peggy, named after Pegasus.  After the act is complete, Kevin asks Bridgette to dinner, who is beyond thrilled to accept.

1

“I missed you today.”

After the encounter with Kevin, Bridgette confronts Nelson about shushing Larry and Ari Graynor’s character ends up getting brutally hit in the face with a polo ball.  There is blood everywhere and Bridgette repeatedly asks, “Will someone help her?”  Bridgette spots a mannequin dressed like her former self in a t-shirt and shorts with brown hair, reminding her who she really is.  This moment snaps Bridgette back to reality, as she is now staring in the mirror at her messy brown hair and makes the decision not to go to the salon.  Bridgette is beyond thrilled to see Larry return, reminding her what’s truly important to her.  Stay tuned for more SMILF fun!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on SMILF below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 3: “Birthday twins!”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2  episode 3, I was reminded that one night can have a ripple effect on so many others, only you don’t always realize it.  After Bridgette’s fiasco last week, we actually get to learn how her night impacted other characters on the show, which was clever and fun.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Surrogate Mothers Inspire Loving Families,” which is a play on SMILF, Bridgette takes the statue of Mary home and tries to recover from her crazy adventure.  Meanwhile, the episode is split up into three parts, allowing us to see how that same day impacted:  Ida, Ally & Mindy, and Elsie.  My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 2 episode 3 are:

5

“Everybody always misses my birthday.”

In the beginning of the episode, we flash back to “earlier that day” and Ally starts talking about how everyone always misses her birthday.  Ally is clearly in a rut because of Mr. Daddy’s infidelity, but she desperately tries to put a bright spin on everything.  Only we quickly learn that this big day for Ally actually impacts a lot of the people around her as well.

4

“Come dance with me.”

The first perspective of the episode belongs to Ida, who works very hard for Ally.  We learn that Ally’s daughter, Chloe, actually has a very close bond with Ida.  Ida even helps her “roll” out her fat so that she feels confident for her date.  After the date, Chloe is upset and feels rejected, but Ida keeps her staying positive, as the two of them dance away their worries, which is heartwarming and special.  Even though Ally is Chloe’s mother, I’m not sure that Chloe feels comfortable talking to her about her problems, but it’s nice to see that she has another woman under her roof who is there for her.

3

“I hate Judge Judy.”

During the “Ally & Mindy” portion of the episode, Ally gets a call from her son and has to pick him up from school because he is not feeling well.  Ally tries to bond with her son and suggests that they can curl up on the couch and watch television together, but her son hilariously reminds her, “I hate Judge Judy and it’s so predictable.”  Later on, Ally wants to go into a store and tries to get her son to behave and says he can buy whatever he wants at Target and that “he can shoot guns all night” as long as he remains quiet, which is not the phrase that Ally opted for.  It doesn’t look like the bonding is going anywhere, however.

2

“Thank you Miss Ally and your cheating ass husband.”

The third part of the episode is from Elsie’s perspective and she is beyond excited to go to a concert later on.  After Ally decides to replace her own refrigerator simply because it doesn’t go with the rest of the decor, she agrees to let Elsie have the discarded refrigerator, which frees up some money so that Elsie can go get her hair done in style.  Unfortunately, Elsie misses out on the concert when she gets the call from Ally to babysit Larry while Ally and Bridgette go out for her birthday, but she ends up making the most of it by dancing the night away with Mindy, while keeping a watchful eye over Larry of course.

1

“Birthday twins!”

During the Ally & Mindy portion of the episode, Mindy helps Ally in the store she works at.  Ally has been desperately trying to obtain a rare Birkin bag, which costs $23,000 and is tired of being put on the waiting list.  After discovering that Ally and Mindy share the same birthday, Mindy decides to help out Ally after being snubbed by another customer who was waiting for the bag.  Ally isn’t the kindest to Mindy either, but Mindy is still sweet to her and ends up watching Larry with Elsie when they are unable to go to the concert together.  It seems like Ally doesn’t really know how to hold on to a friend, but perhaps she should take a further look at the women around her who are always there for her.  Birthdays are a time for celebration, but we also tend to take a good hard look in the mirror at ourselves and determine where we are in our lives.  Ally may still need some time to recover over Mr. Daddy, but I think that she should take a cue from Ida, Elsie, and Mindy, who seem to make the best of their situations no matter what.  At least Ally got that Birkin bag though.  Stay tuned for more SMILF fun!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on SMILF below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 2: “Well Change Hurts”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2  episode 2 last night, I was reminded that Third Eye Blind’s song, “How’s It Going to Be,” can really get you through a lot.  It may not solve your issues overnight, but I have to agree with Tutu’s choice of soundtrack here.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Sorry Mary, I’m Losing Faith,” Bridgette gets asked out on a date, but realizes that she may not be ready for such a big step.  Meanwhile, Tutu tries to deal with her own grief, and Ally tries to pick up the pieces of her marriage.  My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 2 episode 2 are:

5

“Well change hurts.”

In the beginning of the episode, Bridgette decides to get her basketball tattoo covered up because it reminds her of her father.  The tattoo artist reminds her that “change hurts,” but sometimes change can be just what we need, as he spontaneously asks Bridgette out on a date.  Bridgette says yes and seems genuinely excited about it, but now she needs to find someone to watch Larry.

4

“You planned a scavenger hunt?”

When Bridgette drops off Larry to Rafi, he explains that he cannot watch him during her date because he has his own romantic evening planned for his girlfriend, which involves a scavenger hunt around the city leading to a nice dinner.  The idea is actually pretty clever, but Bridgette is not amused, as she starts to realize that her own potential romantic evening may now be put on hold.

3

“You’re fired.”

After finding a sitter for Larry, thanks to Ally, Bridgette agrees to go out with Ally before her date, but Ally is an emotional mess right now after finding out that her husband has a mistress.  Ally surprisingly fires Bridgette because she can’t have another woman around the house anymore, but still wants to be friends.  Bridgette seems open to the idea, but will Ally have a change of heart?  After all, it seems like Bridgette does make a difference with her kids.

2

“I’m Team Ally.”

Well sure, Bridgette, maybe you are Team Ally, but I’m not sure that following her advice about taking a Xanax is necessarily the best idea before your big date.  Bridgette is definitely more relaxed now, but ends up bailing on her date, realizing that she is not ready for this big step in her life just yet.

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“I’m really worried about the future for my kid and my future too I guess.”

At the end of the episode, Bridgette ends up walking into a church and helping herself to some church wine, as she has a heart-to-heart talk with the statue of Mary.  Bridgette opens up about some of her fears and doubts, but ends up stealing the statue to set her free.  While I’m not sure this is the wisest decision, luckily Rafi ends up picking Bridgette up and helping her.  I don’t know if these two are meant to end up together or not, but it’s nice to see that Rafi is trying to be there for Bridgette and Larry.  Although I’m not really sure what Bridgette is going to do with the statue of Mary now?  Stay tuned for more SMILF fun!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on SMILF below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 1 season premiere: “You are a Disaster”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2  episode 1 season premiere last night, I was reminded exactly why I adore Bridgette Bird, played by the brilliant Frankie Shaw.  She’s far from perfect and she doesn’t always say the right thing, but you still root for her all the same and laugh and cry along with her.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “S…Man, I’ve Literally Failed,” Bridgette tries to track down her father.  Meanwhile, Bridgette meets a new friend at the airport and says goodbye to someone very dear to her heart.   My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 2 episode 1 season premiere are:

5

“You are a disaster.”

It seems slightly offending when someone you just met makes this assessment, but then again, the stranger is really referring to Bridgette’s back, as she offers to give her a massage after explaining that her father has moved back to Boston.  Bridgette is beyond upset, as she just traveled all the way to Philadelphia from Boston, but at least she gets a little TLC while she is there.

4

“That’s your shadow self.”

In the beginning of the episode, Bridgette has a dream that she is riding a dark horse and she has flowing hair and a carefree spirit, almost like she is right out of a fairy-tale.  While I’m not really sure what the dream means, the stranger Bridgette meets in Philadelphia explains that it’s her shadow self and that great stress is coming Bridgette’s way.  Is Bridgette truly ready to face it, however?

3

“Girl to girl…”

After getting off the plane, Bridgette makes the mistake of leaving her wallet on board.  She desperately tries to run back inside, but she cannot go through because of security measures.  Bridgette tries to reason with the female security guard “girl to girl,” but is politely declined.  After explaining that she has the right to shoot Bridgette if she tries to run through, Bridgette comments, “That is so extreme.”  While Bridgette doesn’t have any luck finding her wallet, she does squeeze in some cardio by running back up the escalator.

2

“Maybe I would…but I can’t.”

When Bridgette is waiting at the airport, she meets a father with his young daughter.  The father is clearly frustrated with his daughter, but Bridgette can’t help intervening as a “roaming child therapist” and she explains that he should communicate better.  Even though Bridgette gets over involved here, that’s what makes her Bridgette Bird.  She is not afraid to make an impact, even if she doesn’t always go about it the right way.  Later on, Bridgette bonds with the father and daughter and he gives her some good advice about her own father, reminding her that if she has to look for him, maybe he isn’t really worth it.

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“You kept me alive all these years.”

At the end of the episode, Joe passes away with Larry in the house and Tutu and Bridgette are left to pick up the pieces and deal with their grief.  Bridgette also learns that her own father has passed away and she saves the obituary that read:  survived by one daughter.  Bridgette initially did not want to speak at Joe’s funeral, but has a change of heart and finally allows her emotions to emerge.  Bridgette recognizes that Tutu was the one who was truly there for both her and Joe and she takes a moment to express her gratitude here, which is real and heartwarming.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this show in the first season and the second season has already started off strong.  I’m looking forward to more adventures with Bridgette Bird and I’m sure you are too.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on SMILF below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 1 episode 8 season finale: “The Heart Wants What it Wants.”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 1 episode 8 season finale last night, I am left with a clutter of emotions ranging from sadness to heart-warming.  While season one has come to a close, Bridgette explored what’s been locked away for so long, relying on the support and love of her family and friends around her.  She demonstrates vulnerability and extreme courage simultaneously, making us adore her and root for her that much more.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Mark’s Lunch & Two Cups of Coffee,” Bridgette tries out a new job and a new hair-cut.  Her lack of interest in finding a match on Tinder leads to an unexpected match with her long-lost father.  Meanwhile, Rafi graduates from “sober living” and Tutu takes the big step of leaving the house to be there for her daughter when she needs it the most.   My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 1 episode 8 season finale are:

5

Bridgette gets a job at Account Collect Management.

Bridgette seems to be taking a step in the right direction finding a suitable 9-5 job that can still allow her to be there for Larry.  However, the world of account collect management is not as glamorous as one might guess.  Bridgette desperately tries to get through her page of calls, but finds herself empathizing with the callers on the list.  She tells one customer that “it sucks” and tells her not to worry about paying them right now.  While it’s difficult for Bridgette to separate her personal feelings from her job responsibilities, she is ready to at least try, which says something.  Bridgette gets an A for effort for now, but something greater is out there for her.

4

Bridgette gets a new hair-cut.

Now that Bridgette has entered the work-force, she is ready for a change in her appearance as well.  Her friend convinces her to get a “lob” like Khloe Kardashian, but Bridgette comically makes the mistake of calling it a “ball cut.”  Tutu’s hair-dresser goes with it and assumes she means a “bowl cut” which is not so flattering on Bridgette.  Either way, she is happy to make a change and owns her new look with confidence.

3

Bridgette eats cupcakes in the bathroom.

As the pressure becomes a little bit too much to handle at her job, Bridgette takes a time out to find out what’s for lunch in the fridge.  She begins sampling other people’s lunches that are not labeled, assuming they are there for everyone.  A delightful box of cupcakes catches her eyes, as she grabs the entire box and hides out in the bathroom stall, away from the claustrophobic feel of the cubicles.  Bridgette dives into the cupcakes, literally eating her feelings, when her boss comes to find her to see why she hasn’t gotten to her list of calls yet.  Bridgette exits the stall in shame with chocolate caked all over her face and explains that she’s not feeling well, but promises to make the calls the next day.  Lucky for Bridgette, her boss is willing to give her another chance, but her friend points out those cupcakes were for Molly’s birthday in shock.  Perhaps she should give labeling a try as Bridgette suggested.

2

Rafi graduates from “sober living.”

Rafi reveals that he has indeed “graduated” and is ready to move in with his girl-friend to the surprise of Bridgette.  Bridgette shows concern, as she worries about Larry’s well-being when he stays with Rafi.  Rafi assures her that he is alright and is ready to embrace the responsibilities of sober-life, but Bridgette is not so sure.  While I am hoping that Rafi is better and recognize his accomplishment, we will have to see what next season holds for him.

1

Bridgette matches with her father on Tinder.

Earlier in the episode, Bridgette absent-mindedly scrolls through unworthy candidates on Tinder repeating “no” over and over, even getting Larry to agree.  However, she panics when she finds a man that looks very much like her father.  It is revealed that Bridgette was abused when she was younger and hasn’t seen her father since she was a little girl, but she is convinced that it is him and even digs out some old photos for evidence.  Tutu is concerned about Bridgette’s plan to “go on a date with her dad” to get him to admit what he did so she can find some sense of closure.  After Bridgette tries on an array of outfits, she is ready to come face to face with her dad.  Tutu and her friends stay at the restaurant to support her and Tutu gives her a letter that Bridgette wrote to her dad so many years ago.  When Bridgette sits down at the table, she is trembling with uneasiness, but confidently reads the letter aloud, which is absolutely heart-breaking.  The man cuts her off to say that she has made some kind of mistake and Tutu rushes over to let Bridgette know that the man across the table from her is not her father.  They apologize to the man for the mistake and he does tell Bridgette that for what it’s worth, he would “murder her father” if he ever saw him.  Bridgette was initially disappointed to not get the closure she was looking for, but has her friends and family there around her to support her, proving that she is loved and worth something.  While Bridgette may never be truly ok from what happened to her in the past, she has the unconditional love of her family to pick her up when she falls down.  Overall, the first season of SMILF gave viewers the chance to laugh, connect with characters on a deep level, and find meaning in life, re-defining the parameters of how to be the “perfect parent.”

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on SMILF below. Happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 1 episode 7: Bridgette and Larry go to the movies

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 1 episode 7 last night, I am left with some thoughts on motherhood from actress Sophia Loren who once said that “when you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”  Bridgette can absolutely use some of this advice, but part of what makes her so likable is that she is truly trying…one mistake at a time.  But it doesn’t necessarily make her a bad mother.  It just makes her human.  She does tend to think for herself first out of habit, but Larry is still her number one priority.  Part of Bridgette’s forgetfulness is not out of lack of love or devotion to her child, it’s just how she is as a person and she’s learning from it with each new day.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, Bridgette attempts to toilet train Larry and feels an overwhelming sense of boredom creep in, inspiring her to go to the movies.  Meanwhile, Tutu faces an emotional breakdown of her own and tries to recover from her encounter with Edmund.  My top 5 moments from SMILF season 1 episode 7 are:

5

“Fun….fun….fun.”

Bridgette goes to the playground with Larry and feels the repeated routine of pushing him on a swing take control.  She absentmindedly says “fun, fun, fun” over and over with a look of extreme exhaustion and boredom on her face.  She later complains that “I’m so bored I think I’m dying.”  Bridgette is feeling pressure and is looking to escape even if just for an afternoon.

4

Tutu has an interesting bench conversation with strangers.

After Tutu’s encounter with Edmund, she is left with a mixed bag of emotions, unsure how to deal with the baggage.  She leaves her husband in the bathtub and mechanically walks out of the house, not really sure where she is going.  When she ends up at the park, she finds herself waist-deep in the water, staring up at the sky contemplating life.  Like Bridgette, Tutu feels a desperate need to escape her circumstances and looks for distractions along the way.  She sits down next to a father and daughter on a bench and comments that “they burned witches at the stake not far from there” and then starts wondering out loud about what it feels like to be burned alive to their horror.  Tutu then aimlessly wanders around the stores, trying on clothes and make-up and having harmless conversations with the employees, but once she leaves the store she is right back where she started with an aching sense of loneliness.  When she buys a bunch of scratch offs, her husband climbs up the stairs in exhaustion to let her know they won a boat cruise.  This snaps her back into reality and she is so thankful that he felt the need to do that for her, realizing that she does have someone in her life who truly cares for her.

3

Bridgette attempts to toilet train Larry.

In the beginning of the episode, Bridgette is desperately trying to toilet train Larry and keeps commenting to herself that she has no idea what she is doing.  She even tries to guilt him into doing it but his adorable “no” to everything she asks, brings a familiar sense of defeat Bridgette’s way.  Later, Eliza assumes that the task cannot be that difficult and takes a shot at it, only to face the same results.  When it seems like this might never happen, the girls are arguing near the tow-truck lot and Larry successfully sits on a toilet there to Bridgette and Eliza’s surprise.  Perhaps Larry had been feeling the pressure before much like his mother, but is ready now for sure.

2

Bridgette brings Larry to the movies during nap time.

Bridgette was super bummed that she could not go to the movies with Eliza when Tutu is unable to watch Larry.  However, the boredom at the park was too much to bear.  Bridgette realizes that since it is Larry’s nap time, there is no harm in bringing him along.  The girls are watching a horror movie and keep commenting on the violent death scenes.  A couple behind them begins to pass judgment explaining that it is no place for a child, but Bridgette dismisses them, assuring them that he is asleep.  When Larry wakes up, she is disappointed she cannot see the next victim die.  Later on the bus, Bridgette asks Larry if he saw the movie and of course he says “yes” innocently.  She proceeds to ask him then if he has anxiety or depression because of the movie and he says “yes” to every question, reassuring Bridgette that he was not scarred for life by the movie.  However, then she realizes that she hasn’t fed him breakfast or dinner yet.  Luckily, a kind stranger on the bus provides her with a diaper and some cheerios.

1

Bridgette asks for help.

Earlier in the episode when Bridgette is at the playground, a woman tells her in Spanish that it is OK to ask for help.  These words truly resonated with Bridgette, when she agrees to a ride from a stranger with Eliza and Larry to retrieve her car.  Bridgette tries to explain to Eliza the odds of parking in tow-away zones to no avail and then realizes she didn’t check the hours of the lot either.  When Larry runs inside, Bridgette goes after him.  They find the car and drive up to the gate, not knowing what to do next.  A Spanish woman and her daughter approach her and Bridgette tells her that she has a beautiful daughter and then asks her for help.  The woman is fearful that her boss might find out she brought her daughter, so she is more than willing to help Bridgette out.  She pulls open the gate, as Eliza and Bridgette look at each other in disbelief, realizing they could have done the very same thing.  Either way, this moment is important for Bridgette as she now understands that she can’t always be a perfect mother.  She is going to make mistakes but her love for Larry and the support from the people around her will keep her in check.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on SMILF below. Happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

Ranking the top 5 Binge-Watching worthy shows for the end of 2017: Filling the void of holiday reruns and specials

Happy Tuesday TV Fans!  As we approach the holidays, you may be preoccupied with your never-ending to do list, shopping, cooking, and spending some quality time at home with your family.  There is also that troublesome fear setting in that your favorite shows will be taking a break from new episodes and you will be left with a void of reruns and holiday specials.  So what’s a TV viewer to do?  Fear not, for there are plenty of binge-watching worthy shows to choose from when you may need a break from all of the holiday chaos surrounding you.  My top 5 binge-watching worthy shows to choose from for the end of 2017 are:

5) Fox’s The Mick.  I have been watching The Mick for two seasons now mostly because it stars the wonderfully funny Kaitlin Olson from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  Since the show is on Fox, the humor is not as crude and extreme, but it is just as funny.  Olson pretty much plays a similar version of Dee from It’s Always Sunny, which is hilarious enough, but supporting characters like Alba and Jimmy steal the show.  They are laugh out loud funny.  There are a lot of sitcom-like shows that don’t make me laugh out loud and I find this is hard to come by now.  Here and there I’ll chuckle, but it’s not the same as with Friends and Seinfeld from years ago.  The Mick has the perfect balance of value, or maybe lack of family values is more accurate similar to Shameless, with over-the-top hilarious moments.  I absolutely recommend that you binge-watch this show and check out the Halloween episode from a few weeks ago which is one of my personal favorites.

4) Netflix’s Slasher.  So one of my favorite series of scary movies of all time is Scream and I was somewhat disappointed in MTV’s version of the show they produced.  Don’t get me wrong, I did watch and see it through, but there was something lacking for me.  The characters weren’t believable and there wasn’t that underlying fear gnawing at me.  Netflix got it right with two seasons of Slasher.  Each season is different, very similar to American Horror Story with familiar actors but a different premise, plot, and murderer.  There were moments I had to close my eyes because I was so scared in the first season and the main character is someone you desperately want to root for.  Having characters present that you actually want to see make it out alive does carry weight.  The second season has more of an Agatha Christie like vibe mixed with the movie, Heathers which I found to be very addicting once I got past the first few episodes filled with back story and flashbacks.  No one is safe and it provides some edge of your seat moments as a result.

3) Netflix’s The Punisher.  I am a big fan of Marvel in general and The Punisher is one of my favorite heroes or maybe anti-heroes of all time.  Usually when I say this, fans question this and say why not Wolverine or Captain America?  The Punisher is so powerful to me because he has no super powers and his quest for revenge is sympathetic and tragic.  When Netflix’s Daredevil season 2 came out, the best part of it was the introduction of The Punisher.  I was ecstatic when I heard that the character would be getting his own series.  I am happy to say that I successfully binge-watched this show over the weekend and it is everything I could have hoped for.  Jon Bernthal is so believable as Frank Castle that you would think the comic series was based off of him.  He is someone to root for and although the violence may be extreme, the enemies get what is coming to them.  I also found myself investing time and energy into the supporting cast as well which is rare for me.  The villains are also so intense and heart-breaking, as Frank Castle finds himself being betrayed left and right while he is trying to make amends and bring those who deserve it to justice.

2) Showtime’s SMILF.  There are only a few episodes that have come out so far so you have plenty of time to catch up and binge-watch this hilarious new show starring and created by the brilliant and lovable Frankie Shaw.  The show has you laughing, crying, and cheering for single mother, Bridgette who is trying to find her way and pursue her dreams while maintaining a strong bond with her son.  Bridgette is far from the perfect mother for sure, but she truly loves her son and is doing the best she can.  You find yourself truly invested in Bridgette and root for her through every moment no matter how ridiculous some of them are.

1) Netflix’s Stranger Things season 2.  This show and season is absolutely worth a binge-watch and perhaps a second or third time through.  That’s how good it is.  The music alone sparked new life into this season, the characters and friendships were bonded further, and the quest to find out where one comes from and what “home” truly means is touching and beautiful.  Once again, this season blended the perfect amount of comedy with sci-fi mystery.  New friends and characters are introduced and the adventures don’t stop.  I don’t want to give away too much in case you haven’t gotten a chance to watch yet, but remember “friends don’t lie.”  So please watch and enjoy!

 

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your thoughts and comments below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl