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Kim’s Convenience (2016 – ) Netflix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND ๐Ÿฅณ
Decided to hit ya’ll with a quick ๐ŸŽฅ this week


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

IMDb

When thinking ๐Ÿค” about this review, I thought, “I don’t have many if any Korean friends & hope my review does not come across as racist!” ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿฝ

I don’t know for certain ๐Ÿ™„ the characters portrayed in Kim’s Convenience are a realistic representation of Korean families ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ. Would a Korean person watch this sitcom & get offended? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝ

I grew up with Jewish โœก๏ธ friends & family; so when I see a movie or TV show of a Jewish family, I know if it rings true to character. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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

For all 5๏ธโƒฃ seasons this family keeps you laughing like crazy ๐Ÿคช. The best moments of the show are the touching moments between father ๐Ÿง”๐Ÿฝ & daughter ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ

Set in Canada, the cast:

have accents that are distinctly Canadian & clearly not fakeโฃ๏ธ

HIGHLY RECOMMEND Kim’s Convenience for a binge worthy TV weekend ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ


The Good Place (2016 – 2020) Netflix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

June is Rebuild Your Life Month ๐Ÿงฐ. With that in mind, wanted to include a “Rebuild Your Life” themed story for my television reviews ๐Ÿ“บ this week.

Like to give IMDb‘s “Storyline” in my reviews to save you from having to research it yourself ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜! Creator Michael Schur has you furrowing your brow & smiling ๐Ÿค” initially. By the end of the first episode your mouth will be gaped open ๐Ÿ˜ฒ.

Giving mad props to the casting directors Ben Harris & Allison Jones ๐Ÿ’ฃ . Every actor ๐ŸŽญ clearly brings their “A game” ๐Ÿคฉ to the production, because you really become invested in the character’s stories.

The writers โœ๏ธ, producers ๐Ÿ’ฐ โž• 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 ๐Ÿคช; for all 4 season you are riveted. When you sit down ๐Ÿ›‹ to watch an episode (or 2), before you realize, you have binged an entire season. HIGHLY RECOMMENDโฃ๏ธ


Emily in Paris (2020 – ) Netflix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am a lover ๐Ÿ’˜ of all things Paris ๐ŸŽ† (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 ๐Ÿ’, boy looses girl ๐Ÿ’”, 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 ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ into the television ๐Ÿ“บ reviews for a few reasons.

  1. It is a Netflix original ๐ŸŽฅ & lately they have been KILLING THE GAME ๐Ÿคฉ with their original programming ๐Ÿ’ฃ
  2. Been helping me improve my French ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŽ“
  3. The fashions๐Ÿฅป are FIRE ๐Ÿ”ฅ
  4. Lead actress Lily Collins also stars๐ŸŒŸ in the movie Mank, which I’m writing about for this weeks Movie Reviews 2020 – 2021 ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

Lily is the daughter of the legendary musician ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐ŸŽค Phil Collins & gives a terrific performance in this role๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ. There are moments she is the best actor on screen, as some of the acting ๐ŸŽญ feels forced ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

The friends Emily makes in Paris (Ashley Park, Samuel Arnold & Bruno Gouery), keep you falling on the floor laughing ๐Ÿคฃ. However, the story line is a bit predictable ๐Ÿคซ. Again, the saving grace is IT’S PARISโฃ๏ธ

It has been announced ๐Ÿ“ฃ a new season is in the works ๐ŸŽฌ. Production just began (May 2021) so we may not see this cast of crazies ๐Ÿคช until late 2021 or early 2022 ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝ

๐Ÿ’ฏ Highly recommend for a weekend ๐Ÿ“บ binge session!


Disjointed (2017 – 2018) Netflix

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Scrolling through Netflix, saw Kathy Bates surrounded by marijuana ๐ŸŒฟ & had to โœ”๏ธ 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 ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿฆฑ (Aaron Moten) and a team of young “budtenders” to help run her Los Angeles marijuana dispensary ๐Ÿช

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 ๐Ÿ˜œ for you to trip on when you’re baked

But some of the silliest stoner ๐Ÿคช moments are with Dank & Dabby, a stoner couple that somehow fall ass deep into good luck ๐Ÿ€ at every turn

Included this clip just because it’s FUCKING HILARIOUS๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

Although Kathy Bates is an incredible A-list actress, not even her chops could keep this show ๐Ÿ“บ going. Due to low ratings ๐Ÿ“‰ Netflix cancelled ๐Ÿšซ Disjointed after only 2 seasons ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ 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! ๐Ÿคน๐Ÿผ


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 ๐Ÿ“บ, I said, “A PROFESSIONAL FOOD COMPETION โž• STONED CELEBRITIES ๐Ÿ™ƒ… WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT IN A TV SHOW!!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž”

Yes, that statement was meant to be all caps because seriously, how could a show with that premise go wrong ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

As a foodie ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ & patient, I believe alternative methods to dispensing medication ๐ŸŒฟ is imperative to the cannabis movement โœŠ๐Ÿฝ More on later in television reviews.

From IMDb: Cooked with Cannabis is a competitive cooking show where three chefs ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿณ make cannabis infused meals ๐Ÿ for a chance to win $10,000 ๐Ÿ˜ Co-hosts Kelis and Leather Storrs judge ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€โš–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โš–๏ธ 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 3๏ธโƒฃ courses is not only FUCKING FUNNY ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ but ๐Ÿ†’ to see them taking the competition aspect seriously.

๐Ÿ’ฏReal talk with Hollywood celebrities Mary Lynn Rajskub (her first time) & Ricki Lake (not her first time๐Ÿคซ) is HIGHlarious but seeing Flula Borg‘s first cannabis experience on the show is EPIC!

Cooked with Cannabis got my stamp of approval ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ when award winning chef Michael Voltaggio (originally from MD ๐Ÿ˜Š) was invited to sit on the tasters panel. A ๐Ÿงจ move from the producers, completely legitimized the ๐Ÿ“บ shows integrity to Mischelin-level cuisine ๐Ÿฅ˜

As mentioned earlier, there are lots misconceptions ๐Ÿค” people make about the cannabis industry. As you will learn ๐ŸŽ“ on Cooked with Cannabis, safe dosing ๐Ÿ›‘ is important for a pleasant dining experience ๐Ÿด Each contestant is only allowed 8๏ธโƒฃmg of THC for all 3 dishes of their tasting menu.

SEASON 2 YES OR NOโ“

According to TheCinemaholic: Unlike its predecessor, โ€˜Cooking on Highโ€™, which didnโ€™t quite manage to entertain the viewers ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ, โ€˜Cooked with Cannabisโ€™ hit the mark because of its unique format that involves chefs who are actual experts ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ in cooking with the star-ingredient ๐ŸŒฟ . Plus, โž• its light-hearted ๐Ÿ’• tone and humor add to the entertainment quotient. Therefore, the chances of the show getting recommissioned by Netflix are pretty high๐Ÿ˜‰ (why didn’t they make a stoner pun here?). If and when that happens, we can expect โ€˜Cooked with Cannabisโ€™ 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 ๐Ÿค— I Tweeted about how excited I was & Phil actually liked my Tweet ๐Ÿ™€

Was fully prepared to write an entire blog on Phil Rosenthal’s travel shows ๐Ÿ›ซ. Wanted to shout to the masses how much I love Phil; think I’m his #๏ธโƒฃ1๏ธโƒฃ fanโฃ๏ธ

Phil’s episode on Paris in his other show I’ll Have What Phil’s Having (PBS paid subscription) was my food bible ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿฝ through the city of lights ๐ŸŽ†
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 ๐Ÿ˜” 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 ๐ŸŒŽ 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 ๐Ÿคฏ

From Tel Aviv & Bangkok ๐Ÿ—ผto Marrakesh & New York ๐Ÿ—ฝ (Phil’s hometown), the show dives into culture, landscape โ›บ๏ธ, a bit of history ๐Ÿฐ, but more importantly FOOD ๐Ÿฑ & COCKTAILS ๐Ÿธ

Everyone knows food bring people joy ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ & brings them together ๐Ÿ‘ซ 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 5๏ธโƒฃ. In an article ๐Ÿ“ฐ 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 ๐Ÿ“ˆ, it’s reasonable to believe that a renewal is on the horizon ๐ŸŒ……”

“…In another conversation promoting the release of season 4๏ธโƒฃ, Rosenthal explicitly stated that he thinks the show will return ๐Ÿฅณ, but that “there will be a slow evolution back ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ…”

Full article HERE

All 4 seasons are completely binge worthy show that will make you laugh ๐Ÿ˜‚, cry ๐Ÿ˜ข & HUNGRY ๐Ÿคค


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 ๐Ÿง  I would critique this show for my television reviews.

Amy Sherman-Palladino created this delightful New York ๐Ÿ—ฝ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‹ In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel he FAR EXCEEDS any other comedy ๐ŸŽญ 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 ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ & the struggles they face in impoverished rundown London ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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

FOR SURE binge worthy๐Ÿ“บ. โœ”๏ธ 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 9๏ธโƒฃ seasons under it’s belt, Call the Midwife is proven to be a ๐Ÿ” show.

Set in East End London during the 50s & 60s, you follow the lives of a group of midwives ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ & the struggles they face in impoverished rundown London ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

The stories of the midwives is fascinating but the trials of birthing babies๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿฝduring that time is wholly unbelievable ๐Ÿคฏ, but trueโ—๏ธ

Narrated by (& โญ๏ธs in a few episodes) the incomparable Vanessa Redgraveโฃ๏ธ

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

This is definitely binge worthy๐Ÿ“บ Each episode keeps you captivated & wanting more!


Magic for Humans Season 3 Netflix (2020)

Why isnโ€™t this show trending on Netflix people?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Magic for Susan’s, Trick Questions, Spoiler Alerts and Close-๐Ÿ†™ Magic (*boop) is some of the fun Justin Willman ๐Ÿคน 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 magic๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผ & performs with his mom that will bring you completely to tears๐Ÿ˜ข

Due to the pandemic, it may be quite some time before Justin brings us a 4๏ธโƒฃth 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 ๐Ÿ˜ Already re-watched each season & every episode many times overโ—๏ธ


Basic vs. Baller โ€“ Travel at Any Cost (2017) Hulu or TasteMade

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Not knowing when we will be able to travel๐ŸŒ again, I’m glad I came across this travel show on Hulu.

Alex & Marco Vagabrother travel ๐Ÿงณ from Laos & Lyon to Austin, TX๐Ÿ›ซ

Each episode the brothers have a trivia wager based on the country they are in. The winner will travels luxury style๐Ÿ’Ž, while the loser is global basic bitch๐Ÿšซ

As a mega foodie ๐Ÿฑ, enjoyed seeing cuisine both highโฌ†๏ธ & low-end โฌ‡๏ธ in each location. The brothers are really fun ๐Ÿคช 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 1๏ธโƒฃ season.


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