Thank goodness spring weather puts everyone in a good mood (especially me) because otherwise I’d be suffering from a mild depression now that we’re deprived of new episodes of our favorite tv shows.
Every year around May as I watch all the season finales I wonder, but what will I watch? This usually means that summer is our time to find new (old) tv shows we love via streaming services and watch all the episodes, get “caught up”, and then become a regular viewer in the fall.
Here are some we’ve found recently that I’d recommend.
Amazon Prime Original Series
Where do I even begin with how much I loved this show? The show is about a Los Angeles family and their lives as they each discover that their father Mort is transgender and is now Maura. Sometimes the pain on Maura’s face (played by Jeffrey Tambor) was so raw, so brutal, that I’m unsure how anyone could watch the show and not feel for her. I cried multiple times but since it’s technically a dramady, it also has plenty of laughs. The entire show was just so real.
The best way I can describe it is that it made me feel all the feels the way Parenthood did but more adult content mixed in.
I feel like this show is a shining example of how television shows (or movies) can do good in the world by using fictional stories to bring light to real issues, real people. Everyone wants to be loved and accepted. Everyone deserves that.
Grace and Frankie
Netflix original series
When their law partner husbands come out as long time lovers, Grace and Frankie are shocked. These two former rivals could not be more different. Grace (played by Jane Fonda) is a high-maintenance, former cosmetics mogul. Frankie (played by Lily Tomlin) is an artistic hippie.
The two never really liked each other, though they are forced to realize that they need each other to get through this difficult time in their lives.
This show has just the right amount of serious with funny. I love the chemistry between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. I enjoyed the evolution of their friendship as the episodes went on. I also loved Sol, played by Sam Waterston (from The Newsroom and Law and Order).
CBS, available on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming
Why didn’t I watch this sooner!? Extant came out last summer with 13 episodes. Halle Berry is the main character in this Steven Spielberg produced sci-fi drama. Yup, I love sci-fi.
Molly (Halle Berry) returns home after a 13 month solo mission to space. As the show progresses, details come out about strange events that took place in space. Almost every episode has an oh-my-gosh moment and after the first episode, I was hooked. The next season comes out this July and I can’t wait to watch.
Do you have any recommendations for shows that are available via streaming services? Please share!