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Kim’s Convenience (2016 – ) Netflix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND πŸ₯³
Decided to hit ya’ll with a quick πŸŽ₯ this week


The misadventures of a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store.

IMDb

When thinking πŸ€” about this review, I thought, “I don’t have many if any Korean friends & hope my review does not come across as racist!” πŸ™…πŸ½

I don’t know for certain πŸ™„ the characters portrayed in Kim’s Convenience are a realistic representation of Korean families πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦. Would a Korean person watch this sitcom & get offended? 🀷🏽

I grew up with Jewish ✑️ friends & family; so when I see a movie or TV show of a Jewish family, I know if it rings true to character. πŸ’―

Basically I will be putting aside the cultural references of the show and keep my review strictly focused on content.

For all 5️⃣ seasons this family keeps you laughing like crazy πŸ€ͺ. The best moments of the show are the touching moments between father πŸ§”πŸ½ & daughter πŸ‘©πŸ½

Set in Canada, the cast:

have accents that are distinctly Canadian & clearly not fake❣️

HIGHLY RECOMMEND Kim’s Convenience for a binge worthy TV weekend πŸ™†πŸ½β€β™€οΈ


The Good Place (2016 – 2020) Netflix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

June is Rebuild Your Life Month 🧰. With that in mind, wanted to include a “Rebuild Your Life” themed story for my television reviews πŸ“Ί this week.

Like to give IMDb‘s “Storyline” in my reviews to save you from having to research it yourself πŸ˜‚

The Good Place is a town where those who have been good throughout their lives go once they have passed away. Michael (Danson) is the architect who oversees the town–and this is the first one he has been in charge of creating. Eleanor (Bell) arrives at the Good Place and realizes they have her name right, but everything else is wrong. She isn’t meant to be there at all. With the help of Chidi, her soul mate (Harper), Eleanor tries to right her wrongs, seeking to finally earn her spot in the Good Place.

Unlike most television series, The Good Place hooks you IMMEDIATELY 😍! Creator Michael Schur has you furrowing your brow & smiling πŸ€” initially. By the end of the first episode your mouth will be gaped open 😲.

Giving mad props to the casting directors Ben Harris & Allison Jones πŸ’£ . Every actor 🎭 clearly brings their “A game” 🀩 to the production, because you really become invested in the character’s stories.

The writers ✍️, producers πŸ’° βž• ANYONE involved deserved EVERY award they received over the 5 years of the show running: 27 wins and 134 nominations

This is a ROLL ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING MY AS OFF show πŸ€ͺ; for all 4 season you are riveted. When you sit down πŸ›‹ to watch an episode (or 2), before you realize, you have binged an entire season. HIGHLY RECOMMEND❣️


Emily in Paris (2020 – ) Netflix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am a lover πŸ’˜ of all things Paris πŸŽ† (Search my archived Paris Blog) so of course I was going to watch Emily in Paris.

Created by Darren Star (Sex and the City) this hilarious romp is very much the Darren Star vibe of boy meets girl πŸ’, boy looses girl πŸ’”, etc…

IBDb says “A young American woman from the Midwest is hired by a marketing firm in Paris to provide them with an American perspective on things.”

Emily in Paris makes it πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ into the television πŸ“Ί reviews for a few reasons.

  1. It is a Netflix original πŸŽ₯ & lately they have been KILLING THE GAME 🀩 with their original programming πŸ’£
  2. Been helping me improve my French πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸŽ“
  3. The fashionsπŸ₯» are FIRE πŸ”₯
  4. Lead actress Lily Collins also stars🌟 in the movie Mank, which I’m writing about for this weeks Movie Reviews 2020 – 2021 πŸ•΅πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Lily is the daughter of the legendary musician πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ€ Phil Collins & gives a terrific performance in this roleπŸ‘πŸ½. There are moments she is the best actor on screen, as some of the acting 🎭 feels forced πŸ™πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

The friends Emily makes in Paris (Ashley Park, Samuel Arnold & Bruno Gouery), keep you falling on the floor laughing 🀣. However, the story line is a bit predictable 🀫. Again, the saving grace is IT’S PARIS❣️

It has been announced πŸ“£ a new season is in the works 🎬. Production just began (May 2021) so we may not see this cast of crazies πŸ€ͺ until late 2021 or early 2022 🀦🏽

πŸ’― Highly recommend for a weekend πŸ“Ί binge session!


Disjointed (2017 – 2018) Netflix

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Scrolling through Netflix, saw Kathy Bates surrounded by marijuana 🌿 & had to βœ”οΈ it out.

Created by David Javerbaum (The Daily Show) & the legend, Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men & The Big Bang Theory).

Disjointed according to IMDb is about Cannabis legend Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (Bates). She employs her newly graduated son πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ¦± (Aaron Moten) and a team of young “budtenders” to help run her Los Angeles marijuana dispensary πŸͺ

Something I found interesting is the actor Dougie Baldwin (“Pete” a grower Ruth meets on a communal kibbutz), is Australian & oddly incorporates his real accent into his California hippie character.

The writers of Disjointed give you wacky montages

Cannabis related commercials

And CRAZY stoner clips 😜 for you to trip on when you’re baked

But some of the silliest stoner πŸ€ͺ moments are with Dank & Dabby, a stoner couple that somehow fall ass deep into good luck πŸ€ at every turn

Included this clip just because it’s FUCKING HILARIOUS😹😹

Although Kathy Bates is an incredible A-list actress, not even her chops could keep this show πŸ“Ί going. Due to low ratings πŸ“‰ Netflix cancelled 🚫 Disjointed after only 2 seasons πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

πŸ‘πŸ½ Still recommending this as a MUST WATCH weekend binge in my television reviews. As you can see from the clips it’s just good old fashion fun! 🀹🏼


Cooked with Cannabis (2020 – ) Netflix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Watched Cooking with Cannabis when it first came out in 2020. Watching the Netflix trailer πŸ“Ί, I said, “A PROFESSIONAL FOOD COMPETION βž• STONED CELEBRITIES πŸ™ƒ… WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT IN A TV SHOW!!! 😎”

Yes, that statement was meant to be all caps because seriously, how could a show with that premise go wrong πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

As a foodie πŸ§–πŸ½β€β™€οΈ & patient, I believe alternative methods to dispensing medication 🌿 is imperative to the cannabis movement ✊🏽 More on later in television reviews.

From IMDb: Cooked with Cannabis is a competitive cooking show where three chefs πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸ³ make cannabis infused meals 🍝 for a chance to win $10,000 😁 Co-hosts Kelis and Leather Storrs judge πŸ‘©πŸ½β€βš–οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš–οΈ the contestants with the assistance of their “best buds” who are guests on the show.

Watching Amanda Seales, Jo Koy, Elle King, Too $hort, Sabrina Jalees & Jeff Dye, getting stoned through 3️⃣ courses is not only FUCKING FUNNY 🀣🀣 but πŸ†’ to see them taking the competition aspect seriously.

πŸ’―Real talk with Hollywood celebrities Mary Lynn Rajskub (her first time) & Ricki Lake (not her first time🀫) is HIGHlarious but seeing Flula Borg‘s first cannabis experience on the show is EPIC!

Cooked with Cannabis got my stamp of approval πŸ‘πŸ½ when award winning chef Michael Voltaggio (originally from MD 😊) was invited to sit on the tasters panel. A 🧨 move from the producers, completely legitimized the πŸ“Ί shows integrity to Mischelin-level cuisine πŸ₯˜

As mentioned earlier, there are lots misconceptions πŸ€” people make about the cannabis industry. As you will learn πŸŽ“ on Cooked with Cannabis, safe dosing πŸ›‘ is important for a pleasant dining experience 🍴 Each contestant is only allowed 8️⃣mg of THC for all 3 dishes of their tasting menu.

SEASON 2 YES OR NO❓

According to TheCinemaholic: Unlike its predecessor, β€˜Cooking on High’, which didn’t quite manage to entertain the viewers πŸ™…πŸ½β€β™€οΈ, β€˜Cooked with Cannabis’ hit the mark because of its unique format that involves chefs who are actual experts πŸ‘©πŸ½β€βš•οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈ in cooking with the star-ingredient 🌿 . Plus, βž• its light-hearted πŸ’• tone and humor add to the entertainment quotient. Therefore, the chances of the show getting recommissioned by Netflix are pretty highπŸ˜‰ (why didn’t they make a stoner pun here?). If and when that happens, we can expect β€˜Cooked with Cannabis’ season 2 to release sometime in 2021, on Netflix.

Full article HERE

It’s obvious from this television reviews, this is weekend binge worthy!


Somebody Feed Phil (2018 – Present) Netflix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I remember how excited I was when Season 4 of Somebody Feed Phil was announced in 2020 πŸ€— I Tweeted about how excited I was & Phil actually liked my Tweet πŸ™€

Was fully prepared to write an entire blog on Phil Rosenthal’s travel shows πŸ›«. Wanted to shout to the masses how much I love Phil; think I’m his #️⃣1️⃣ fan❣️

Phil’s episode on Paris in his other show I’ll Have What Phil’s Having (PBS paid subscription) was my food bible πŸ§–πŸ½ through the city of lights πŸŽ†
Do a page search for my Paris blogs to read more on I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.

Unfortunately, with the pandemic, never got around to writing a blog πŸ˜” Happy to now bring you these shows in my television reviews.

For 4 seasons Phil takes you on hilarious adventures of some of the most stunning places on the globe 🌎 As the creator of the hit show Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil is joined by some Hollywood elite: Al Roker, Judy Gold, Elaine May & Tracy Morgan.

Also in each city Phil is hosted by some of THE culinary super stars of the world: Daniel Boulud, Mike Solomonov, Alice Waters, Nancy Silverton, Massimo Bottura & the legendary Thomas Keller 🀯

From Tel Aviv & Bangkok πŸ—Όto Marrakesh & New York πŸ—½ (Phil’s hometown), the show dives into culture, landscape ⛺️, a bit of history 🏰, but more importantly FOOD 🍱 & COCKTAILS 🍸

Everyone knows food bring people joy πŸ€ΈπŸ½β€β™€οΈ & brings them together πŸ‘« In the New Orleans episode the great chef Leah Chase of Dookey Chase said it best, “…you can solve all the problems of the world by sitting down over a nice bowl of gumbo!”

UPDATE

Wanted to see if Netflix picked it up for Season 5️⃣. In an article πŸ“° on Looper it says, “… As of right now, Netflix has not renewed or cancelled Somebody Feed Phil for a fifth season. But looking at the show’s continued success πŸ“ˆ, it’s reasonable to believe that a renewal is on the horizon πŸŒ……”

“…In another conversation promoting the release of season 4️⃣, Rosenthal explicitly stated that he thinks the show will return πŸ₯³, but that “there will be a slow evolution back 😟…”

Full article HERE

All 4 seasons are completely binge worthy show that will make you laugh πŸ˜‚, cry 😒 & HUNGRY 🀀


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017 – Present) Amazon Prime

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The trailer on Amazon Prime for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel had me dying for the premier in 2017.

Can’t get enough of Jewish humor, growing up with a Jewish family. As a fashion stylist that adores clothes of the 50s & 60s, it was a no brainer 🧠 I would critique this show for my television reviews.

Amy Sherman-Palladino created this delightful New York πŸ—½ based Rom-Com which stars Rachel BrosnahanAlex BorsteinMichael Zegen.

One if my favorite sitcoms of the 2000s was Monk, because Tony Shalhoub is BEYOND funny πŸ˜‹ In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel he FAR EXCEEDS any other comedy 🎭 I’ve seen him in. He basically steals EVERY scene he’s in.

Set in East End London during the 50s & 60s, you follow the lives of a group of midwives πŸ§™πŸ½β€β™€οΈ & the struggles they face in impoverished rundown London πŸ˜₯

I know another season is in the works & I can’t wait. This is like Seinfeld updated, extended & kick ass.

FOR SURE binge worthyπŸ“Ί. βœ”οΈ it out this weekend, then comment below to let me know what you think.


Call the Midwife Netflix (2012 – Present) Netflix

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

With 9️⃣ seasons under it’s belt, Call the Midwife is proven to be a πŸ” show.

Set in East End London during the 50s & 60s, you follow the lives of a group of midwives πŸ§™πŸ½β€β™€οΈ & the struggles they face in impoverished rundown London πŸ˜₯

The stories of the midwives is fascinating but the trials of birthing babies🀰🏽during that time is wholly unbelievable 🀯, but true❗️

Narrated by (& ⭐️s in a few episodes) the incomparable Vanessa Redgrave❣️

Other cast include Jenny AgutterLaura Main, Helen George, Judy Parfitt & Cliff Parisi as the loveable grounds keeper.

This is definitely binge worthyπŸ“Ί Each episode keeps you captivated & wanting more!


Magic for Humans Season 3 Netflix (2020)

Why isn’t this show trending on Netflix people?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Magic for Susan’s, Trick Questions, Spoiler Alerts and Close-πŸ†™ Magic (*boop) is some of the fun Justin Willman 🀹 brings to the 3rd season of Magic for Humans.

When I saw the thumbnail on Netflix for Season 3, I stopped everything to binge the entire season. Justin brings even more jaw dropping magicπŸ§™πŸΌ & performs with his mom that will bring you completely to tears😒

Due to the pandemic, it may be quite some time before Justin brings us a 4️⃣th season. I hope Netflix will keep him in the rotation when filming resumes post-COVID.

5-stars for the laughter, amazement & overall joy this show brings 😁 Already re-watched each season & every episode many times over❗️


Basic vs. Baller – Travel at Any Cost (2017) Hulu or TasteMade

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Not knowing when we will be able to travel🌍 again, I’m glad I came across this travel show on Hulu.

Alex & Marco Vagabrother travel 🧳 from Laos & Lyon to Austin, TXπŸ›«

Each episode the brothers have a trivia wager based on the country they are in. The winner will travels luxury styleπŸ’Ž, while the loser is global basic bitch🚫

As a mega foodie 🍱, enjoyed seeing cuisine both high⬆️ & low-end ⬇️ in each location. The brothers are really fun πŸ€ͺ to watch & they teach you a lot about their destinations.

In 2018, Alex & Marco moved their hijinks to YouTube TV (TasteMade). Giving Basic vs. Baller, 3-star rating, since there is only 1️⃣ season.


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