by Camille Borodey
If you’re stuck at home because of the snow or simply just need something new to watch, here are some bingeable tv-shows you can stream right now.
Only Murders in the Building (Hulu): Charles, (Steve Martin) Olivier, (Martin Short), and Mabel (Selena Gomez) live in the same apartment building and bond over their love of the same murder podcast. When a death occurs in their building, the unlikely trio team up to start a podcast about their investigation into a possible murder. Only Murders in the Building is the type of show that has a little something for everyone. Martin and Short are hilarious, and Gomez’s deadpan delivery balances their goofy moments. It’s a fun mystery full of scandalous twists and nuanced characters without being too intense or violent like many murder shows. If anything, the show pokes a little fun at people obsessed with true crime.
Tuca and Bertie (Netflix): Tuca (Tiffany Haddish), a fun-loving but often irresponsible toucan, and her best friend Bertie (Ali Wong), an anxious and daydreaming song thrush, face the hardships of careers, adulthood, and relationships. Significant changes come to their friendship when Bertie moves in with her boyfriend, Speckle (Steven Yeun). Created by the Bojack Horseman animator (Netflix animation I highly recommend), animator Lisa Hanawalt, Tuca and Bertie start out as a silly cartoon, kind of like a mix of Bojack and Broad City, but as I continued to watch the season, I was shocked with how well a cartoon is able to tackle issues like addiction, depression, and sexual assault.
Mare of Eastown (HBO MAX): Kate Winslet won an Emmy for playing Mare, a detective in Philadelphia investigating the murder of a young mother and also dealing with her own family troubles and mental health. Mare is a town hero, but citizens lack faith in her detective abilities due to another unsolved murder case. The mini-series is a fairly standard crime drama, but the performances from Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, and Evan Peters (who also won Emmy’s) make Eastown worth watching. Winslet gives one of her best performances, and it’s brilliant how well she tackles Mare’s ugliness and trauma in an unglamorized and authentic way.
The Babysitter’s Club (Netflix): I wanted to include at least one kid-friendly option on the list, but I will also say, I’m a 30-year-old woman who grew reading these books, and I love this show. The story of five seventh-graders who start a babysitting club in their Connecticut suburb has gotten a modern-day update. Still, it stays true to the original books proving Ann M. Martin’s stories are timeless. This is a show with positive messages for young girls (or kids in general) while also being down-to-earth enough for parents to enjoy. The girls in The Babysitters Club are compassionate, hard-working, have their own unique personalities without falling into stereotypes, and usually learn some type of valuable life lesson in each episode.
What We Do in the Shadow (Hulu): Fans of The Office and The IT Crowd might enjoy this Vampire mockumentary-style comedy written by Jemaine Clements (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Jo Jo Rabbit). Nandor, Laszlo, Nadja, and Colin Robinson are four vampires living on Staten Island trying to survive and adjust to modern-day life. A human, Guillermo, also lives with them, has served as Nandor’s familiar for ten years, and is anxious to become a vampire. What We Do in the Shadow is based on the movie of the same name and is a whole lot of ridiculous fun. I know vampires seem overdone, but this show creates refreshing scenarios for the characters, and all of the actors have excellent comedic timing.