The Stand – I’ve been wanting to read ‘The Stand’ for a very long time, but because it’s so massive I’ve never been able to find the time to get properly stuck into it. This TV adaptation of the book was a lot of fun. The theme of a fast-spreading virus was slightly too close to home, but it was still an enjoyable watch and we binged it over the course of a week or so. Alexander Skarsgard was perfection as Randall Flagg, and I would LOVE to see something (anything) in the future featuring Alexander as Flagg and his brother Bill as Pennywise. Make it happen, universe.
Clarkson’s Farm – This was exactly the kind of stupid, light-hearted entertainment I was needing this month and I absolutely adored it. Watching Jeremy Clarkson learn about farming, beginning to love it, and also somehow learning some important life lessons along the way was pretty much what I expected from this show and it was a delight to watch.
James May Oh Cook! – Watching Jeremy Clarkson’s special put us in an old-school Top Gear mood, so when we saw this pop up on Amazon we decided to give it a go. This was another silly and light-hearted show that was a bit of a comfort to turn on at the end of a long day. I don’t think I’ll be rushing to cook anything we saw on the show, but it was still enjoyable to watch.
RuPaul’s Drag Race US [ season 13 ] – Watching this at the same time as the UK season probably did it a disservice, as I didn’t find any of the queens this season as interesting or as charming as the queens from the UK this year. Having said that, Drag Race is always a fun time for me, it’s a great way to escape my life and switch off for an hour every week and I’m guaranteed at least one laugh out loud moment per episode. I was happy with who won this season, and now I say bring on All Stars!
The Sons of Sam [ season 1 ] – This was a True Crime series about Son of Sam, and the events that took place following his arrest. This was a really interesting viewing experience for me, because I knew of Son of Sam but I knew very little about what had taken place, and the killings that occurred. This is definitely worth a watch if you’re interested in learning more. It was well put together, and kept us interested throughout.
Mad Men [ season 2 ] – This show was so consistently good that I can’t think of a specific season that stands out above the rest. This season was no exception, it was beautiful from start to finish. One highlight this season for me was being able to watch Peggy come out of her shell all over again. Knowing what’s to come in her character arc makes it more enjoyable seeing her development from the beginning.
The West Wing [ season 2 ] – This is another show that felt consistently good throughout the entirety of the series, and this was another strong season with a powerful finale.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK [ season 2 ] – This was such a fun season and the cast this year was full of a lot of memorable Queens. I did not see that ending coming though, and was quite disappointed with who was crowned the winner this season. Despite that, it was a great season overall and often made me laugh out loud. Such a good balm for the soul.
Bridgerton [ season 1 ] – This show was a lot of fun, easy on the eye, and was a bit of mindless entertainment that was easy to enjoy at the end of a long day. I did not feel the chemistry between the main characters at all, so that was a bit of a disappointment for me. But I found the problematic older brother hot enough to distract me enough to keep me invested and keep me watching.
WandaVision [ season 1 ] – It took me about three episodes of this to get absolutely hooked. This was such a unique viewing experience, it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen on the small screen and I loved it. Be warned – this was a rollercoaster of emotions. This kick-started our desire to re-watch the Marvel movies in chronological order which has been a fun experience so far.
9-1-1 [ season 1 ] – I came down with a pretty bad flu in the middle of the month, and ended up binge watching this ridiculous show for a week. This was exactly what I needed, something mindless and fun that made me laugh and was entertaining without requiring too much brainpower. There was also just the right amount of eye candy to keep me interested (Buck, hello).
9-1-1 [ season 2 ] – The ridiculous continued into season two, but the action was jacked up a bit with a major earthquake taking place in Los Angeles. I binged watched the entire second season soon after the first, and it got me through a week spent on the couch feeling sick and sorry for myself.
Mad Men [ season 1 ] – Sebastian and I have embarked on a re-watch of Mad Men, and finished off the first season this month. This is one of my all-time favourite shows, and I am falling in love with it all over again on re-watching it. The acting, the characters, the aesthetic… all of it is perfect.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel – As you can tell by this post, it was a light TV watching month for me, and I only finished one TV season in the entire month. And I’m sad to say, it was a disappointing watch. I remember being fascinated with the Elisa Lam case when it first broke, I remember watching the elevator footage and feeling uneasy about the way she was acting. But now knowing what she was going through, and how things ended for her is just… sad. This series drags things out and plants unnecessary seeds that detract from what Elisa was experiencing. By all means research the case, learn about Elisa’s story, but it’s probably not necessary to do so by watching this.