- The Good Place
I really enjoyed this quirky comedy with Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop, a vain and selfish woman who has died and, apparently accidentally ended up in “the Good Place”, where she knows she does not belong but is determined to stay. Danson plays the Architect of the Good Place, who seems quite unwitting when it comes to Kristen’s deception. All your assumptions will be challenged and you might even learn about a few ethical theorists in the process as you follow the characters through this whimsical and entertaining story about good, bad and in-between.
This is a fictionalised version of how the Behavioural Sciences Unit at the FBI was formed, including how the term “serial killer” came to be coined. It’s the brainchild of David Fincher (Seven, Zodiac), and it’s a little dark and disturbing, but it turns the standard procedural drama on its head as it progresses. The real story here isn’t the bizarre and awful behaviour of the serial killers, it’s the relationships and the effect the work has on the FBI detectives who study them. Great acting, compelling story.
For when you’re more in the mood for style over substance, this is a good staple. It’s based on the ridiculous premise of a young man with exceptional cognitive abilities who is able to con the most prestigious law firm in New York City that he has a law degree from Harvard. But if you can suspend your disbelief you’ll probably enjoy the eye-candy (the Suits), the banter and the fun characters. Netflix has all the seasons, 1 to 7 (made this year) so you’ll have plenty to binge on.
- Rick and Morty
A little weird, this best described as Dr Who meets The Thick of It with some Back to the Future thrown in. It’s full of bad language and very rude jokes, but if you like your sci-fi irreverent and wild, it won’t disappoint. My husband and I enjoyed watching the Nihilistic scientist and his gormless grandson venture through time zones and dimensions.
Based on the wildly bestselling series of historical romances by Diana Gabaldon, this story is based on a woman from the 1940s who accidentally gets swept back in time 200 years. She is torn between the men of each era and is caught up in the historical events of both her present and her ancestors. I haven’t watched this yet – it’s on my to-do list. But I think it’s probably a good one for a girl’s night in. I have been told it’s very violent and intense, FYI.