New TV Shows That You Need To Start Watching

One thing is certain as October draws to a close: It has not been a good month for New TV Releases. It’s possible that you weren’t paying attention to the truth because you were too busy watching horror movies and binging on HBO’s most popular Sunday-night lineup (Succession Insecure, Curb Your Enthusiasm), but it is true. It could be that platforms have frontloaded fall fare in September, or that they are betting big on Halloween nostalgia. Day of the Dead I know what you did last summer! Here’s a list of the best: A drama that calculates the human cost to poverty, a comedy that challenges conventions, and a bake-off that requires an engineering degree to win. Here are more ideas: last Month and First Half of 2021.

Baking Impossible(Netflix).

Food Network’s baking competitions have been a staple of their programming. But, with every streaming service putting its own twist on the recipe, it seems like a new one is being created each week. The format is getting a bit old, with the exception of the charming Great British Baking Show. It was a pleasant surprise to find myself drawn into Baking Improbable. This program pairs engineers with bakers to create edible artworks that can double as Rube goldberg machines, survive car crashes, and pass any other stress tests. It’s terrible. I picture pirates plundering bacon. The so-called “bakineers” are skilled, the challenges are interesting, and it’s both exciting and heartwarming watching previously unacquainted teams from very different backgrounds and with very different skill sets work together to achieve a very nerdy goal.

Love Life – HBO Max

It’s an old tale. It’s an old story. Just when you think that you know where you are headed, someone comes along and pushes you off the familiar, safe path and onto a new one. The smart second season of LOVE LIFE is an HBO Max series that documents the romantic struggles of a different character each season.

Marcus Watkins ( Jessica Williams ), a married editor, is the protagonist of this edition. He meets Mia Hines ( Jessica Williams ) during a wedding. ( Season1 viewers will recognize Anna Kendrick as Darby. Marcus’ marriage is ruined by small talk. He’s not able to navigate his new path with Mia as he had hoped. Instead, he finds himself lost in the woods, and isn’t just confused about who he really is and what he wants from life. The scenario yields a far fresher story than Kendrick’s generic single-girl-in-the-city tale. [ The full review is available

Maid -Netflix

This compelling drama, which is based on Stephanie Land’s best-selling memoir Maît: Hard Work and Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive, shows that having friends and family does not always mean you have someone you can count upon. When precarity turns into crisis, many Americans have to rely on social service. Maid is a disturbing (but not unremittingly grim) story of a 25 year-old mother who wants to give her daughter a better childhood. It also shows how families that society refuses to assist can become trapped in cycles and poverty. [Read the complete review. [Read the full review.]

Next Thing You Eat (Hulu).

A new food show? Yes, sorry. It’s not Baking Impossible, but it’s still a very different experience than the entry in this category. David Chang, a celebrity chef and Momofuku mogul (later of Netflix’s Delicious), teamed up to create this six-episode look at the future food industry. It is refreshingly open about some of its most difficult problems. The Next Things You Eat isn’t afraid of raising the alarm about the sustainability crisis that surrounds beloved dishes such as burgers or sushi, and the labor nightmares that can come with delivery apps. Chang doesn’t scold viewers. He’s openly honest about his belief that vegetarianism is a morally sound choice but has not yet made the decision to quit eating meat. The show isn’t really a polemic, but a wake-up call that alerts us to the fact that there are big changes happening in how we eat, regardless of whether we like them or not.

Queens (ABC)

Pop culture is obsessed with female music icons since the dawn of the millennium. This fascination extends far beyond Britney’s emancipation. Tina Fey, the executive producer, and Meredith Scardino, the creator, offered Girls5eva this spring. This musical comedy traces the story of a late-’90s girl group that had one hit. Next was BET Presents The Encore. This friction-packed reality series paired singers from R&B bands of the same time period in an attempt to launch a new act. Queens is a soapy drama about four members of the rap group Nasty Bitches, as they try to overcome their differences and ride the nostalgia wave.

Its cast includes many icons of Y2K-era pop, and this is the show’s greatest asset. Brandy, also known as Naomi, gives the story its emotional core. Xplicit lyrics, about a woman who is struggling to start a solo career as a singer-songwriter and her relationship with her daughter. Eve, a rapper plays Brianna (nomde rap: Professor Sex), a mother of five who is ambivalent about returning to the spotlight. Naturi Naughton was a member of R&B trio 3LW. She played the role as Lil’ Kim in Biggie Smalls’ biopic Notorious and Jill Da Thrill is the main-cast slot on Starz’s Power_. Jill Da Thrill plays Jill Da Thrill, who traded drugs for church, but must now choose between her husband and the woman that she secretly loves. Valeria (Nadine Valazquez, Major Criminal Crimes), a Machiavellian antagonist, rounds out the group. Zahir McGhee, a veteran of Skandal knows how to navigate a complicated plot. Because their backstories resemble real-life counterparts, from Salt-N-Pepa and TLC to Queen Latifah, McGhee clearly loves hip-hop and R&B. The music is also solid. Queens is the only broadcast series you should be able to watch this fall.

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