Right now I am watching a show on Netflix called “Grand Army”. It focuses on the lives of five teenagers who attend a school in New York called Grand Army, and it is by far one of the most realistic depictions of teenage life that I have seen.
I started watching “Invincible” on Amazon Prime. The premise is Mark Grayson is an average teenager with a superhero for a father. It’s almost like animated Sky High but violent and pretty tragic. The voice acting is also great, likely due to the majority of the cast having experience with it while still being mainstream live-action actors. Animated and comic book/superhero shows aren’t often my cup of tea, but I think what makes this so great is that it is animated so it retains the heart and impact comic books have.
I just got through watching episode 3 of “Adventure Time: Distant Lands.” “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” is the sequel to Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” series. The new series delves into the past and future state of the main characters’ relationships. It features 40-50 minutes of animation as opposed to the standard 11 minutes per episode. There are only 3 episodes so far, but more are expected to be released in the future. The show is extremely emotional for anyone who has watched the original series.
It’s hard for me to imagine any show taking “Hacks” place as the best of the year in my mind. The whole mentor-mentee relationship between Jean Smart’s older comedian and Hannah Einbinder’s younger writer isn’t anything particularly revolutionary, but the writing consistently builds into something greater with everything single episode. I can’t wait for the finale at this point.
I’ve also been rewatching “You’re the Worst” recently. It is the perfect blend of network sitcom familiarity with cable seriousness. With the rise of cable and streaming, it felt like we were promised a bunch of shows that would update that network sitcom formula into something modern, yet this (and “Broad City”) are the only shows that managed to do it successfully. It’s influence is so strong because of it.