Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix Original)
After the mysterious death of their parents, Violet, Sunny, and Klaus Baudelaire are sent to live with supposed relative Count Olaf, a wretched actor. Unbeknownst to them, Olaf (played brilliantly by Neil Patrick Harris), is determined to steal their enormous inheritance. Even after he loses legal guardianship, he dons various costumes and adopts multiple personas in order to get close to them. His schemes always involve separating the Baudelaires from their fortune and he is willing to do whatever it takes along the way.
Lemony Snicket is a wacky show that will keep you entertained with its ludicrous plots and equally ridiculous characters. IMHO the Netflix series is better than the 2004 movie. This is mostly due to the fact that episodic storytelling best suits the plight of the Baudelaires. They have a lot of mysteries and secrets to uncover and watching them do that over the course of three seasons (rather than a two hour movie) worked really well. The third and final season was released on the streaming giant at the top of the year!
One Day at a Time (Netflix Original)
If you love a good family sitcom and haven’t seen this reboot yet, what are you doing with your life!? Justina Machado stars as Penelope, a single mother raising her two kids with the support of her old-school Cuban mom Lydia (Queen Rita Moreno). The writing is [insert flames emoji] and the acting is [insert two flames emojis] too! This show is not afraid to tackle tough topics. No topic is off the table: immigration, PTSD, gender equality and everything in between is up for discussion. It’s fun, it’s flavorful, it’s family! And to top it off, legendary TV icon Norman Lear* serves as executive producer. Please do yourself a favor and check out the series on Netflix.
*Good Times, The Jeffersons, and All in the Family (to name a few)
Good Girls (NBC)
Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta), and Annie (Mae Whitman) star as suburban moms who conspire to rob a grocery store. They have pretty good reasons: Beth’s home is in danger of foreclosure, Ruby’s daughter has serious medical challenges, and Annie is facing a custody battle with her ex. As is often the case, a little bit just isn’t enough, and one robbery turns this trio into full-on career criminals. The writing is semi-dark, yet empowering and the cast is hilarious. NBC has renewed the series for a sophomore season (yes!!!!!!) and we’ll see these good girls back in action starting March 3rd. In the meantime, you can catch up on the first 10 episodes on Netflix.
What were some of your favorites in February? Any books, films, or music that I should check out? Leave your suggestions in the comments down below!