Crashing

Last watched November 2016 Description: An eclectic collection of people share a dilapidated building in London through a ‘property guardians’ program. This includes the dorky, but adorable Fred who is both gay and very shy; the realistic equivalent of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (read: flawed, chaotic, childish and deeply irresponsible) Lulu; Lulu’s oldest friend…

Getting On

Last watched 2015 Summary/Opinion: I tried to write a summary about this show, but it is too much like Arrested Development in that the plot doesn’t really go anywhere so it’s hard to explain without giving a detailed blow-by-blow. It’s set in a British geriatric ward run by the NHS and it is everything (and more)…

Raised By Wolves

Last watched: July 2016 Summary: Della Garry works at the Pound Store and looks after her homeschooled six kids, Germaine, Aretha, Cher, Yoko, Wyatt and Mariah. She is a smoking, sharp talking kick ass mother who doesn’t take shit from anyone. The show centres around the nature of the family, teenage love, puberty, parenting, lust,…

Better off Ted

Last watched 2014 Summary: Ted is middle management in a mega-corporation with a semi-sociopathic boss (Portia deRossi) and a jimminy cricket daughter who keeps him ethically in-line. Opinion: Better off Ted is a very lovingly tongue-in-cheek comedy punching up at corporations and capitalistic dystopian work places where murder-cyborgs cause HR headaches and the people Up Top…

Green Wing

Last watched 2009 Summary: Caroline Todd has just started at a new job in a new hospital but, heaven help her, she starts as she continues — with a massive faux pas. (I won’t spoil it for you) The hospital itself is pitted with a variety of eccentrics from the deeply possessive Scottish HR person…

Miranda

Last watched 2015 Summary: Miranda comes into some money so does what any normal person would, she buys a joke shop and hires her very ambitious best friend to manage it. When her long-time crush Gary moves in next door, she struggles to keep her cool. Opinion: Miranda Hart’s style of comedy is so particular…

Steven Universe

Last watched July 2016 Summary: Steven is a young boy who is, I guess, half alien (or Gem, to be precise). His mother died when he was born so he could exist and he is brought up by three other Gem-people in Beach City. Opinion: Oh gosh, you are in for a treat with this one….

Fresh off the Boat

Last watched 2015 Summary: Eddie Huang’s Taiwanese family moves from Chinatown in Washington to Orlando, Florida, to open a cowboy themed steak restaurant. Eddie’s father heartily embraces American culture and the American dream, Eddie’s mother struggles with living in a largely white neighbourhood. Opinion: I love how much Eddie loves hip hop. I love the…

Bobs Burgers

Last watched Jan 2016 Summary: The Belcher family run a burger shop. Opinion: Bob’s Burgers the next generation’s the Simpsons without the slow decline in writing/quality (yet, I guess). They run a burger joint and are all impeccably peculiar. Bob relishes (~_^) burger puns in his naming of burgers. Linda often breaks into song as though…

the Family Law

Last watched 2016 Summary: Benjamin Law is a young Chinese kid coming to terms with his sexuality in the middle of a complicated family storm. His parents’ marriage is rocky and he is the middle child of five. Opinion: When interviewed about this show, Law said (I paraphrase) that it is often compared to Fresh Off the…

Jane the Virgin

Description: After her grandmother convinces her that she will be ruined if she gives away her virginity before marriage, Jane decides to wait. Unfortunately, due to a mix up at the hospital, she gets inseminated instead of getting a regular check up. As a hard-working, religious Venezuelan-American woman, abortion is out of the question so…

Brooklyn 99

Last watched: probably yesterday, (officially August 2016) Description: The 99 is a police precinct in Brooklyn staffed by some of Brooklyn’s finest, and by finest I mean most eccentric and to-be-expected. You have the over enthusiastic teachers pet, Amy, the utterly devoid of use aging cops Scully and Hitchcock, the plucky sidekick, Charles, the snide…