Murder, Freaks, and Kimmy Schmidt

Happy Sunday, everybody!

I have to say, this time of year is a boring sad time for tv.  Not that I’m a huge tv watcher, but I do have certain shows that I follow and enjoy.  And this is the time of year when all those shows disappear for that new fangeled thing they call “the mid season finale”.  Why is this a thing?  What happened to watching a show until the season ended?  Maybe I shouldn’t be mad.  Maybe I should be happy that now I can watch my favorite shows in fall and spring and not have to wait an entire year for them to come back.  I don’t know.  All I know is now I have to work at finding something else to occupy my nights.  

And that’s what I’ve been doing.

Enter Netflix, the greatest invention of our time.  In the hallowed halls of progress, people will one day marvel that such a service never existed.  When we tell our grandchildren about having to leave our houses to rent movies, they will gasp in shock and surprise.  All hail Netflix.  

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve at least hear of Making a Murderer, the real crime documentary about Steven Avery and the murder of Teresa Halbach.  If you haven’t watched it, don’t worry.  I won’t give anything away.  

I started watching Making a Murderer because a friend had suggested it.  She and her husband had been watching it and she needed someone to talk about it with.  And since I’m nothing if not a good friend, I obliged.  

Now, even though I saw the hype, I wasn’t sure this was a show I was going to be into.  I like to be able to engross myself in something without having to think too much.  I know how that sounds.  Don’t judge me.  At the end of the day my brain is lucky if it can formate complete sentences.  

From the first episode, I was hooked.  I wanted to know more about why things were happening they way they were and how this would end.  I wouldn’t say there was a lot of thinking involved, seeing as the case has blaring discrepancies that even my children could recongize, but it did require a lot of LISTENING.  This is not the kind of show that you can sneak in an episode while the kids play upstairs.  I’ve tried.  It took 45 mins to get through the first 8 mins of an episode.  Just don’t bother.  

All in all, I enjoyed the documentary, however heavily biased it may have been.  Plus if you watch it, you’ll be able to talk to, oh I don’t know, EVERYONE about it.  Yay pop culture! 

On the other far end of the spectrum, I’ve been rewatching  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  I adore all things Tina Fey, and this series has been no exception.  Her humor is my jam.  (I often tell my husband, I feel like I AM Liz Lemon.  I’m ok with it.). You can’t hate this show.  You can’t.  And I know because my cranky hubs tried.  He wanted nothing to do with it and about 10 minutes into the first episode, he was trying to hide his laughter from me.  Becuase I was right.  Can’t.  Hate. It. 

Ellie Kemper is adorable as the main character Kimmy.  She’s the type of person that would probably drive you crazy in real life, but watching her on screen is fantastic.  Infectious.  That the word.  She’s infectious.  Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon is LIFE.  That might be slightly dramatic.  But goodness is he a great time.  Just say “Pinot Noir” to anyone who watches this show.  You’ll see.  Gold.  And of course the cooky and lovable Carol Kane as Lillian the landlord is perfection.  

The one “issue” I have with Kimmy Schmidt, is Jane Krakowski’s character, Jacqueline.  I love Jane, but goodness her character is like watching Jenna’s (from 30 Rock) estranged cousin. Or sister.  Or just, Jenna.  It’s the same damn character.  I will say she plays the part so well that it isn’t hard to get over it and still enjoy her for what she is, snarky and convoluted in the most hilarious ways.  The back story to Jacqueline is an interesting one and I appreciate how it ties her to Kimmy in ways that neither of them really knows.  But, I digress.  

Season two comes back this spring, so catch up with Kiimy Schmidt.  It’s a good time.  Even the theme song is fantastic.  Just try and watch the trailer without feeling really happy at the end.  Try.

I also just recently started watching Freaks and Geeks from the beginning.  And I know right now you’re thinking “Girl!  That’s so late 90’s!”  And you’re right.  But when this show came out, I was too busy watching Girl Interrupted and Guys and Dolls on repeat. It was a weird time for me.  I have to say though, I’m glad I didn’t watch Freaks and Geeks when it originally premiered because I know I wouldn’t have appreciated it nearly as much as I do as adult me.  

Judd Apatow has this amazing ability to make you laugh while simultaneously breaking your heart.  This show is a prime example.  Laced with teenage angst and longing to belong, it has moments that make you cringe while giggling.  Though my high school experience was vastly different than those in the show, adult me can absolutely relate to the main character, Lindsay Weir (played by the gorgeous Linda Cardellini). Her plight to fit in and reinvent herself after the death of her grandmother speaks to my soul.  Teenage me would have been confused.  Adult me knows exactly how it feels to wonder how you fit in and where you belong.  Go figure.  

The cast for this show is awesome.  You get to watch John Franceis Daley (who was just so darn cute!), James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel, and countless others (Rashida Jones, anyone?) before they were well known and recognized.  And of course a cameo from Judd Apatow’s lovely wife, Leslie Mann.  I can’t stress how much I love her.  Half the fun of watching this show now is yelling “OH!  Is that who I think it is?”  Spoiler alert, it probably is.  

So that pretty much covers what I’m currently watching to fill the cold winter months.  I plan on posting about what I’ve been ready recently as well for those fellow book lovers out there but figured I’d wouldn’t bore you too much today.  What are you currently watching?  Anything you’re loving?  Hating?  Let me know below!

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