In case you missed it, Neil Patrick Harris’ most recent project is starring in the TV series adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. For those of you who grew up on these books and were dissatisfied by the 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey (which, let’s be honest, is all of us) you will find the TV adaptation to be more satisfying. While the movie crammed three books into 107 minutes and was aimed at somewhat younger children, the TV series gives each book its own two episodes, and maintains more of the books’ dark humor. There are some moments that may be scary or simply over the heads of young kids, so I would recommend this show for middle school age youngsters and the 20-somethings who grew up on the book series.
All-in-all, I would highly recommend the TV show to anyone who loves the books and appreciates a good live-action adaptation. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now on Netflix.
Everyone knows Netflix makes excellent original series. Orange is the New Black, 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things, Fuller House, etc have all become part of 2010s pop culture. One Netflix original you might not have seen but you totally should is Everything Sucks! If you liked the 90s and were once a teenager, you’ll love this cute dramady set in Boring, Oregon in the late 1990s. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, it’ll make you nostalgic for the 90s with relatable outsiders with angsty teenage problems. Check out Everything Sucks! season 1 is streaming now on Netflix.
This week I want to share with you a show I really enjoyed watching. If you know me, you know that, like the rest of my family, I adore television. My family ate dinner together every night, but we certainly did it plopped down in front of M*A*S*H or The Dick Van Dyke Show or Hannah Montana. TV is great. Fight me.
I generally stick with sitcoms, but now and again I’ll get fully immersed in a good drama. This was one of those times. Deutschland 83 is set in Germany in 1983 during the height of the cold war. It follows Martin, an East German soldier as he is blackmailed into spying on the West German military and NATO operations. There was one episode that was so intense I had to take a break from the show for a few days. If you watch the 8-episode series, I can almost guarantee you you’ll be able to tell which episode I’m talking about, but I don’t want to spoil anything.
You must either speak German or be cool with subtitles to enjoy this show. I don’t speak German, and I felt the subtitles were excellent and I never felt lost or as though the translation was insufficient. It’s streaming on Hulu, go check it out!