Dave Chappelle: Sticks and Stones – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

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In “Sticks & Stones” Chappelle reaches peak “I Do Not Give A F***” as he delves into Michael Jackson, the LGBTQ community, and more.


Director(s) Stan Lathan
Screenplay By Dave Chappelle
Date Released 8/26/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Special
Good If You Like
  • Unapologetic Comedy
  • Social Commentary
  • Politically Incorrect Statements
Noted Cast
Himself Dave Chappelle

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Specials & Season ReviewsOverallSynopsisSpecial & Show Information
Dave Chappelle: Epilogue – The PunchlinePositive (Watch This)In Epilogue: The Punchline, Dave shares a few celebrity encounter stories, does Q&A with the audience and talks about a chat with a trans person named Daphne.
Director(s) Stan Lathan
Screenplay By Dave Chappelle
Date Released 8/26/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like
  • Storytelling Comedians
  • Hearing About Odd Celebrity Encounters
  • The Idea Of A Toned Down Dave Chappelle
Noted Cast
Himself Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle: Sticks and StonesPositive (Watch This) | RecommendedIn “Sticks & Stones” Chappelle reaches peak “I Do Not Give A F***” as he delves into Michael Jackson, the LGBTQ community, and more.
Director(s) Stan Lathan
Screenplay By Dave Chappelle
Date Released 8/26/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Special
Good If You Like
  • Unapologetic Comedy
  • Social Commentary
  • Politically Incorrect Statements
Noted Cast
Himself Dave Chappelle
Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It?Positive (Watch This)“Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It?” has interesting thoughts in it, but you’ll forget most of them once the sex robot is brought out.
Director(s) Marcus Raboy
Screenplay By Whitney Cummings
Date Released 7/30/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like
  • Objectivity On Feminism
  • Hearing About The Difference Between How Men Operate Through Life Compared To Women
  • The Topic Of Sex Robots
Isn’t For You If You
  • Are More So Looking For Jokes Then Self Reflection, Musings, And Deep Diving Into The Role Sex Robots Will Play In The Future Of Mankind
Noted Cast
Herself Whitney Cummings
Marina Franklin: Single Black FemaleMixed (Stick Around)Marina Franklin: Single Black Female is a solid hour of material from a conversational comedian who will definitely push you to check what else she has out there.
Director(s) Brian Volk-Weiss
Screenplay By Marina Franklin
Date Released 7/23/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like
  • Comedy That Isn’t Too Vulgar
  • Conversational Comedy
  • Comics Who Don’t Say Things Which Could Be Considered Controversial – By Much
Isn’t For You If You
  • Like Really Physical Comedians
  • Are Seeking Big Laughs Rather Than Chuckles
Noted Cast
Herself Marina Franklin
Aziz Ansari: Right NowPositive (Watch This)Aziz Ansari: Right Now brings us a more mature Aziz, reminiscent of Dave Chappelle’s The Bird Revelation, but still presenting the manic persona many have come to love.
Network
Netflix
Director(s) Spike Jonze
Writer(s) Aziz Ansari
Air Date 7/9/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like
  • Story Telling Comedy
  • Observational Comedy
  • Aziz Both Addressing His Criticism Yet Questioning It
Isn’t For You If You Want Aziz To Be Completely Remorseful And Not Seem Like He Isn’t Pushing Back A Little Bit
Introduced This Episode
Himself Aziz Ansari
Pares Ratliff: I Hate PeopleMixed (Stick Around)Pares Ratliff: I Hate People is a new comedy special from an interesting new comic, who offers a few chuckles.
Director(s) Pares Ratliff
Written By Pares Ratliff
Date Released 2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good, If You Like Checking out new comedians

Urban-Focused Comedy

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Urban-Focused Comedy
Noted Cast
Himself Pares Ratliff
Stranger Things: Season 3Mixed (Stick Around)Season 3 feels like the peak for Stranger Things, and from here, it can either plateau or go downhill.
Network
Netflix
Creator(s) The Duffer Brothers
Genre(s) Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
Good If You Like 80s Sci-Fi/ Fantasy

Shows With Teens Doing What The Adults Should

Giant Monsters

US vs. Russians

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Dull Romances

Hate When Formidable Villains Are Defeated Indirectly

Dislike Many Deaths Not Having The Impact They Should

Noted Cast
El Millie Bobby Brown
Mike Finn Wolfhard
Lucas Caleb McLaughlin
Max Sadie Sink
Dustin Gaten Matarazzo
Will Noah Schnapp
Nancy Natalia Dyer
Jonathan Charlie Heaton
Steve Joe Keery
Robin Maya Hawke
Billy Dacre Montgomery
Murray Brett Gelman
Joyce Winona Ryder
Dr. Owens Paul Reiser
Erica Priah Ferguson
Grigori Andrey Ivchenko
Karen Cara Buono
Hopper David Harbor
Stranger Things: Season 2Positive (Watch This)Stranger Things’ second season not only presents a serious new villain, and more complicated characters but also finds a way to make minor characters more relevant.
Queen Sugar: Season 2Positive (Watch This)Queen Sugar remains one of the top shows if you want a diverse depiction of Black folk. However, one could argue they took advantage of that monopoly in the 2nd half of the season.
Better Things: Season 2Positive (Watch This)Better Things remains a show without any direct peers and it makes you wonder why it took so long for someone to give Pamela Adlon a show?
She’s Gotta Have It: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Spike Lee’s modernized She’s Gotta Have It finds the middle ground between shows like Insecure and the TV programming of Lee Daniels and Mara Brock Akil.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel does stumble a bit in its first season, but ultimately its charm sees it through.
Star: Season 2 (First Half)Mixed (Stick Around)The first half of Star Season 2 pushes us 5 months after the season 1 finale and it seems despite the major career step, everyone’s personal lives remain in disarray.
Good Behavior: Season 2Mixed (Stick Around)Season 2 of Good Behavior really pushes your suspension of disbelief to trying levels. Especially in terms of Letty’s silver tongue.
Juni Taisen (Zodiac War): Season 1Negative (Niche Show)Juni Taisen (Zodiac War) is the ultimate showing of a program peaking too soon and then nose-diving off a cliff.
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash): Season 1Positive (Watch This)A complete [All 12 Episodes] recap/ review (with Spoilers) of the first season of Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash).
SMILF: Season 1Positive (Watch This)SMILF is perhaps one of the few shows which doesn’t try to glamorize or make it a thing of comedy to be working class, or maybe even poor. Nor does it seek to make it into awards bait. It just presents life as many of us live it – fantasies of better and all.
Just Because!: Season 1Positive (Watch This)Though void of drama and staying true to its genre’s name, “Slice of Life,” Just Because’s melancholy nature surprising can win you over.
Grisaia no Kajitsu (The Fruit of Grisaia)Positive (Watch This)What appears to be a slightly ecchi shounen harem, about a former military teen who gets the chance live some semblance of a normal life, has more than what meets the eye.
Girl Meets World: Season 1Though certainly a bit cheesy, and featuring the comedic style of many Disney Channel shows, Girl Meets World has just enough of Boy Meets World to be considered a success.
Gangsta.: Season 1Gangsta. strangely takes your usual mafia, crooked cops, and slightly nuts hero trope and brings some sort of freshness to it by doing one thing many animated programs aren’t good at: balance.
Girl Meets World: Season 2As a new year begins in Riley’s life, she is reminded that despite life often focusing on bending to her will and whims, she is not the center of the universe.
Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka – Braves of the Six Flowers): Season 1Every now and then a show comes along which you didn’t anticipate for it wasn’t on your radar. Rokka no Yuusha, for me, was one of those shows. Thankfully though, superficial curiosity led me to read the summary and somehow within the first few minutes, I knew I found something which certainly had to be watched. 
Devilman Crybaby: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Like many a violent and graphic anime, while Devilman Crybaby starts off strong, it loses steam quickly and avoids the more interesting avenues it could have taken.
Network
Netflix
Creator Go Nagai
Director(s) Masaaki Yuasa
Writer(s) Ichirō Ōkouchi
Air Date 1/5/2018
Official URL https://www.netflix.com/title/80174974
Noted Cast
Akira Kōki Uchiyama
Miko Ami Koshimizu
Miki Megumi Han
Ryo Ayumu Murase
Silene Atsuko Tanaka
Kima Rikiya Koyama
The End of the F***ing World: Season 1Positive (Watch This)The End of the F***ing World is undoubtedly Netflix’s first big hit of the year, and one of the few which may not be overhyped.
Network
Netflix
Creator Jonathan Entwistle
Air Date 1/5/2018
Official URL https://www.netflix.com/title/80175722
Noted Cast
James Alex Lawther
Alyssa Jessica Barden
Phil  Steve Oram
Vanessa  Kelly Harrison
Tony  Navin Chowdhry
Gwen  Christine Bottomley
Eunice  Gemma Whelan
Teri  Wunmi Mosaku
Marvel’s Runaways: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Marvel’s Runaways seems like a FreeForm show that got dropped but being that it is a Marvel product, Disney decided to slap it onto Hulu just to see what would happen.
Network
Hulu
Creator Stephanie Savage, Josh Schwartz
Official URL https://www.hulu.com/marvels-runaways
Noted Cast
Amy Amanda Suk
Alex Rhenzy Feliz
Karolina Virginia Gardner
Chase Gregg Sulkin
Gert Ariela Barer
Nico Lyrica Okano
Molly Allegra Acosta
Tina Brittany Ishibashi
Robert James Yaegashi
Geoffrey Ryan Sands
Catherine Angel Parker
Darius DeVaughn Nixon
Frank Kip Pardue
Leslie Annie Wersching
Dale Kevin Weisman
Stacey Brigid Brannagh
Janet Ever Carradine
Victor James Marsters
Jonah Julian McMahon
GATE: Season 1Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri, or simply Gate, slowly turns from something which seems like a silly ecchi filled anime to something which really holds clout in terms of presenting fantasy, action, and character development.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)If you look at the season as something made to appeal universally, you’ll be disappointed. However, if you look at this as a children’s series, one more so aimed at tweens or children, you learn to accept the show’s quality and style.
BelieveMixed (Stick Around)I should probably note, I’m speaking on this series mostly out of nostalgia and while I will recognize its fault which led it to only having one season, I figured this would be better than just spamming this blog with all of season 1’s episodes. So, with that said, let’s talk about the gone too soon show called Believe.
The Good Place: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Though it had a rough start, The Good Place learned how to balance out a bunch of quirky and eccentric characters and craft a plot which fits the usual NBC factory of making programs which are unique and against the norm.
Switched At BirthPositive (Watch This)After the end of Kyle XY and Lincoln Heights in 2009, and the birth of Pretty Little Liars as well as The Secret Life of the American Teenager, it seemed ABC Family was going to become the new go-to location for cheesy teen soap operas. Ones in which it would be very much like what we saw on Network TV. A bunch of your everyday middle class, or upper middle class, families dealing with sensationalized and elaborate versions of the average teen lives. Yet then in the summer of 2011 was born Switched at Birth and the channel which seemed a little bit like a joke decided to be asked to be taken seriously.
Mariah’s World: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Mariah’s World is a constant struggle between Mariah reminding you how hard she works so that her kids could have the life she didn’t and you questioning how much of this reality show is scripted/ everyone showing off for the camera.
One Day At A Time (2017): Season 1Positive (Watch This)While ABC has become the leader in having diverse and modern comedies, drama, and sitcoms, Netflix is steadily challenging them for the throne and perhaps the best example to date is One Day At a Time. A show which, just in 12 episodes, fully establishes the characters, their personalities, their goals, and by the final episode it leaves you in tears.
Emerald City: Season 1Negative (Niche Show)Emerald City is one of those shows where you can see so much potential. However, it never focuses on the stronger aspects of the show. Characters/ actors with better stories and charisma are relegated to second-tier roles. Meanwhile, the top billing characters/ actors struggle under the weight of expectation and are crushed by it as the season comes to an end.
Star: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)When you got a formula which works, in which you can just change the actors (physically but keeping similar personalities),  tinker with the storyline, and make something new, you use that! That is what Ryan Murphy has been doing for years and with Lee Daniels really gaining a lot of commercial notoriety with Empire, that is what you get with Star.
Fleabag: Season 1Positive (Watch This)Awkward, quirky, and cringe-worthy has become a norm for female comedians. It is like Black comedians telling jokes about white people. It pretty much has become the basic go to. However, in Fleabag Season 1, you get the sense that while Phoebe Waller-Bridge is likely embellishing and making up a few things she has gone through, it’s not all about the jokes as it is about real people trying to get through weird and uncomfortable moments.
Thirteen Reasons Why: Season 1Positive (Watch This) | RecommendedThirteen Reasons Why: Season 1 sets an almost impossible standard for what may follow. For YA novels, Netflix has presented an adaptation which is no holds barred and barely snips away at anything. In fact, it does what many don’t think to do. It fleshes out the characters who we heard about in the books, and makes them human, complicated, and makes it harder to just take the protagonist’s side. But what it also does is make its subject, both suicide and Hannah, into something which you develop hard to explain feelings on. For whether you have had suicidal thoughts, know someone who does, or know someone who killed themselves, this series forces you to reflect on your feelings. In terms of what you can do, could do, and trying to understand why someone would do that to themselves.
Chewing Gum: Season 2Positive (Watch This)Everyone’s favorite odd Black girl Tracy is back in Chewing Gum and in this season, prepare for more of the weirdest sex situations you have perhaps ever seen and some attempt to mature and grow.
Alias Grace: Season 1Positive (Watch This)Alias Grace is a reminder that big and showy performances are by no means needed to get the point across. Sometimes just a bit of coyness, dagger like stares, and a tad bit of mystery is all that is needed for entertaining and award-worthy performances.
Raven’s Home: Season 1Positive (Watch This)After being away for nearly a decade, Raven Symone and Anneliese van der Pol return to the Disney Channel and quickly adapt to the culture change since That’s So Raven ended.
Liar: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)While Liar starts off strong, as characters make ridiculous decisions and the truth gets revealed too early, it flounders.
Big Mouth: Season 1Positive (Watch This) | RecommendedBig Mouth strangely finds a way to present the vulgarity of one of its few peers, South Park, alongside having the type of heart that the Disney Channel has recently afforded its shows.
Insecure: Season 2Positive (Watch This)

Insecure: Season 2 for some characters was a step forward. One in which you could see maturity and growth. However, sometimes becoming a better person is just uncomfortable so some end up regressing. More on that below.

The Bold Type: Season 1Positive (Watch This) | RecommendedThe Bold Type is the perfect mold between FreeForm’s primary focus and that of its former identity, ABC Family. We get both FreeForm’s obsession with young, modelesque young adults while we get what ABC Family did best. Which is pushing the envelope, bring about diverse and intriguing stories, while also catering to that a teen audience without patronizing them.
Castlevania: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)I can’t remember where, but recently I read something to the effect of Netflix being the new HBO. Something which Castlevania adds fuel to. If only because, while gloriously violent, like some HBO shows, it is rather thin in story.
SukaSuka (World’s End): Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)SukaSukaWorld’s End, and the one or two other titles you can find for it are as confusing as its names. If only because it is the type of show which has potential, but it keeps focusing on this one particular thing. Something which it, even in the end really, it doesn’t get right, but just couldn’t stop trying to make a thing.
GLOW: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)GLOW is very much like an action movie. When there is fighting you are engaged and kind of like “Wow, look at them.” However, when the leads start talking about their problems, you begin to understand why Netflix is probably the only company which would greenlight something like this.
Alice to Zouroku: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Alice to Zouroku starts off strong, but then it becomes a slice of life kind of show. One which just so happens to feature some low-key sci-fi elements.
Andi Mack: Season 1Positive (Watch This) | Recommended

What Girl Meets World started for the Disney Channel, Andi Mack picks up the baton. In its first season, it leads Disney away from the overtly silly characters and makes things more real. Topics which perhaps may have been taboo or for one-off episodes like discovering one’s homosexuality or unwed, possibly teenaged, pregnancy are made as part of the core story. A story which, perhaps for the first time on the channel, is squarely focused on a young bi-racial Asian girl. Thus not only bringing us a step into modern times with story but also in terms of racial diversity.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Carmichael Show: Season 1 & 2Positive (Watch This) | RecommendedBeing politically correct, or fearing backlash, has changed the output of comedy. This can especially be said for network TV for the Archie Bunker types could never get a green light nowadays. However, The Carmichael Show seems to dance on that line. The line of which what an overly sensitive culture will allow for comedy yet will praise for its insight. So with the 3rd season coming this Wednesday, let’s talk about the last two.
Just a Couple: Season 1Positive (Watch This)Just a Couple is the type of show which helps you realize that while Black actors may get more opportunity for roles in America, the Brits are the ones with more diverse choices.
The Good Doctor: Season 1Positive (Watch This)The Good Doctor starts strong but as you get used to the tear-jerking patients and moments of the hospital staff, you begin to see flaws which can use some patching up.
Network
ABC
Creator David Shore
Noted Cast
Shaun Freddie Highmore
Dr. Glassman Richard Schiff
Dr. Andrews Hill Harper
Dr. Melendez Nicholas Gonzalez
Jared Chuku Modu
Claire Antonia Thomas
Morgan Fiona Gubelmann
Lea Paige Spara
Dr. Alex Park Will Yun Lee
Steve/ Evan Dylan Kingwell
Dr. Coyle Eric Winter
Jessica Beau Garrett
Allegra Tamlyn Tomita
Dr. Lim Christina Chang
Dr. Mohan Catherine Lough Haggquist
The Chi: Season 1Positive (Watch This) | RecommendedThe Chi acts as a bridge between the 80s – 00s Black Renassiance to the modern one by reviving familiar stories, continuing ones that got cut short, as well as featuring characters who were seldom seen or heard.
Network
Showtime
Creator Lena Waithe
Noted Actors
Jason Lucien Cambric
Coogie Jahking Guillory
Ronnie Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Tracy Tai’isha Davis
Brandon Jason Mitchell
Jerrika Tiffany Boone
Laverne Sonja Sohn
Greavy David Alan Anderson
Quentin Steven Williams
Trice Tosin Morohunfola
Jake Michael Epps
Kevin Alex R. Hibbert
Reg Barton Fitzpatrick
Maisha Genesis Denise Hale
Papa Shamon Brown Jr.
Emmett Jacob Latimore
Sonny Cedric Young
Miss Ethel LaDonna Tittle
Amir Behzad Dabu
Habib Amro Salama
Hannibal Chris De’Sean Lee
Andrea Mariah Gordon
Rafiq Common
Tiffany Hannaha Hall
Detective Cruz Armando Riesco
Detective Wallace Brian King
Sergent Clemmons J. Nicole Brooks
Jada Yolonda Ross
On My Block: Season 1Positive (Watch This)On My Block balances what it means to live in an urban gang area, while never forgetting these are but 13 – 15-year-old kids. Of whom are just trying to make the best of a, sometimes, bad situation.
Network
Netflix
Creator Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
Noted Cast
Monse Sierra Capri
Ruby Jason Genao
Jamal Brett Gray
Cesar Diego Tinoco
Abuelita Peggy Blow
Oscar Julio Macias
Olivia Ronni Hawk
Jasmine Jessica Marie Garcia
Chivo Emilio Rivera
Julia Lisa Marcos
Rosé Angela Elayne Gibbs
Requiem: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Requiem is, by all means, an adequate, I got a few hours to spare, TV show to binge, but nothing you are going to want to push others to watch and talk about.
Network
BBC One/ Netflix
Creator Kris Mrksa
Noted Cast
Mathilda Lydia Wilson
Hal Joel Fry
Janice Joanna Scanlan
Rose Claire Rushbrook
Nick James Frecheville
Aron Richard Harrington
Davey Brochan Evans
Trudy Sian Reese-Williams
PC Graves Clare Calbraith
Sylvia Tara Fitzgerald
Eddie Dyfan Dwyfor
Sean Sam Hazeldine
Stephen Brendan Coyle
B – The Beginning: Season 1Negative (Niche Show)B – The Begininng­ seems like the kind of product that had too many people involved with writing the script and left one person to ultimately salvage what could be used.
Network
Netflix
Black Panther (The Animated Series): Season 1Positive (Watch This)With this series, we get a taste of the Black Panther in such a way that may never be seen with this much investment again.
Altered Carbon: Season 1Positive (Watch This)Altered Carbon stumbles quite a bit in its first season, but thanks to the characters of Quell and Rei, it leaves you craving for a second season.
Network
Netflix
Creator Laeta Kalogridis
Noted Cast
Takeshi (Future – In Ryker’s Sleeve) Joel Kinnaman
Takeshi (Past) Will Yun Lee
Takeshi (Carnage Revival) Byron Mann
Kristin Martha Higareda
Quell Renée Elise Goldsberry
Laurens James Purefoy
Clarissa Anna Van Hooft
Young Takeshi Morgan Gao
Young Rei Riley Lai Nelet
Poe Chris Conner
Lizzie Hayley Law
Rei Dichen Lachman
Dimi The Twin Tahmoh Penikett, Michael Eklund
Magical Girl Site (Mahou Shoujo Site): Season 1Negative (Niche Show)Magical Girl Site may have its touchy, and gory, moments, but neither are consistent enough to keep those with a feign interest watching.
Network
Amazon Prime
Creator Kentarō Satō
Noted Cast
Aya Oono Yuuko
Yatsumura Akaneya Himika
Nijimin Serizawa Yuu
Amagai Hara Yumi
Kiyo Matsui Eriko
Mikari Hondo Kaede
Sayuki Mao
Nana Nakao Ryuusei
Sarina Yamazaki Haruka
Kaname Okamoto Nobuhiko
Vida: Season 1Positive (Watch This) | RecommendedVida for STARZ is perhaps the first show it has had, in a long time, which makes it a network worth subscribing to.
Network
STARZ
Creator Tanya Saracho
Noted Cast
Emma Mishel Prada
Lyn Melissa Barrera
Vida Rose Portillo
Eddy Ser Anzoategui
Mari Chelsea Rendon
Johnny Carlos Miranda
Cruz Maria-Elena Laas
Tlaloc Ramses Jimenez
SweetBitter: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)SweetBitter is really just an appetizer, a sample platter, that you’ll likely find enticing enough to ask for more.
Network
STARZ
Creator Stephanie Danler
Noted Cast
Tess Ella Purnell
Howard Paul Sparks
Will Evan Jonigkeit
Sasha Daniyar
Ari Eden Epstein
Heather Jasmine Mathews
Jake Tom Sturridge
Simone Caitlin FitzGerald
Star: Season 2 (Second Half)Mixed (Stick Around)The second half of season 2 of Star, seemingly is about cutting any and all fat so that season 3 can refocus on core characters.
Network
FOX
Creator Lee Daniels, Tom Donaghy
Noted Cast
Simone Brittany O’Grady
Noah Luke James
Carlotta Queen Latifah
Gigi Keke Palmer
Alex Ryan Destiny
Rose Naomi Campbell
Star Jude Demorest
Maurice Lance Gross
Ayanna Michael Michele
Karen Imani Lewis
Angel Evan Ross
Brody Stephen Dorff
Jahil Benjamin Bratt
Cassie Brandy Norwood
Derek Quincy Brown
Soraya Annie Jacob
Miss Bruce Miss Lawrence
Jackson Matthew Noszka
Cotton Amiyah Scott
Otis Darius McCrary
Andy Elijah Kelley
Christine Patti LaBelle
Arlene Nealla Gordon
Omari Justin Marcel McManus
Elliot Jack J. Yang
Ruby Juanita Jennings
13 Reasons Why: Season 2Positive (Watch This)Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why continues to push the TV landscape and harness the types of stories and visuals only seen in indie movies. Giving a sometimes too raw, to the point of seeming for the sake of dramatics, story.
Network
Netflix
Creator Brian Yorkey
Noted Cast
Hannah Katherine Langford
Olivia Kate Walsh
Andy Brian d’Arcy James
Sonya Allison Miller
Dennis Wilson Cruz
Alex Miles Heizer
Jessica Alisha Boe
Tony Christian Navarro
Tyler Devin Druid
Mr. Bolan Steven Weber
Jessica Alisha Boe
Bryce Justin Prentice
Nina Samantha Logan
Ryan Tommy Dorfman
Courtney Michele Selene Ang
Marcus Steven Silver
Sheri Ajiona Alexus
Clay Dylan Minnette
Cyrus Bryce Cass
Mackenzie Chelsea Alden
Zach Ross Butler
Skye Sosie Bacon
Mr. Porter Derek Luke
Montgomery Timothy Granaderos
Chloe Anne Winters
Justin Brandon Flynn
Garrett Brandon Black
Atlanta: Season 2Positive (Watch This)The second season of Atlanta doubles down on the eccentrics of the first and with that comes more inventive stories and the question of what was done purely because Glover and co. had the money to do it?
Network
FX
Creator Donald Glover
Noted Cast
Al Brian Tyree Henry
Earn Donald Glover
Sierra Angela Wildflower
Tracy Khris Davis
Darius Lakeith Stanfield
Van Zazie Beetz
Dear White People: Season 2Positive (Watch This)Season 2 of Dear White People shows immense growth from the first season but still has this vibe that it is the type of show that just preaches to the choir.
Network
Netflix
Creator Justin Simien
Noted Cast
Sam Logan Browning
Troy Brandon P Bell
Coco Antoinette Robertson
Lionel DeRon Horton
Kelsey Nia Jervier
Brooke Courtney Sauls
Wesley Rudy Martinez
Joelle Ashley Blaine Featherson
Reggie Marque Richardson
Officer Ames Scott Michael Morgan
Muffy Caitlin Carver
Dean Fairbanks Obba Babatundé
Gabe John Patrick Amedori
Kurt Wyatt Nash
Silvio D.J. Blickenstaff
Rikki Tessa Thompson
Black Lightning: Season 1Positive (Watch This)What Black Panther did with empowering the undeserved on the big screen, while appealing to the masses, Black Lightning does on television episode to episode.
Network
CW
Creators Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil
Noted Cast
Jefferson Cress Williams
Jennifer China Anne McClain
Will Dabler
Tobias Marvin ‘Krondon’ Jones III
Lady Eve Jill Scott
Proctor Gregg Henry
Anissa Nafessa Williams
Lynn Christine Adams
Chenoa Shein Mompremier
Grace Chantal Thuy
Lala William Catlett
Alexa & Katie: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Alexa & Katie is a throwback to simpler times. Back when kids shows didn’t have political elements or were about starting larger conversations. It is just simple jokes and characters, with a cancer gimmick for some flavor.
Network
Netflix
Creator Heather Wordham
Noted Cast
Alexa Paris Berelc
Katie Isabel May
Gwenny Kerri Medders
Lucas Emery Kelly
Lori Tiffani Thiessen
Dave Eddie Shin
Jennifer Jolie Jenkins
Robbie Alan Ritchson
Hannah Merit Leighton
Reagan Iman Benson
Dylan Jack Griffo
Violet Evergarden: Season 1Positive (Watch This)Violet Evergarden is one of the few animes which match beautiful visuals with a story that will, in time, rock your heart and inspire tears.
Network
Netflix
Creator Akatsuki Kana
Noted Cast
Violet Ishikawa Yui
Major Gilbert Namikawa Daisuke
Claudia Koyasu Takehito
Luculia Tadokoro Azusa
Charlotte Megumi Nakajima
Ann Morohoshi Sumire
Oscar Satoshi Taki
Cattleya Endou Aya
Erica Chihara Minori
Benedict Uchiyama Kouki
Diethard Kiuchi Hidenobu
Iris Tomatsu Haruka
The Quad: Season 2Negative (Niche Show)Ultimately, The Quad was a show with good ideas that had never really found a way to execute the majority of its plots for long-term success.
Network
BET
Creator Felicia D. Henderson, Charles Holland
Noted Cast
Eva Anika Noni Rose
Cecil Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Cedric Peyton Alex Smith
Bryce Larry Rhem
Noni Zoe Renee
Clive Taylor RonReaco Lee
Ebonie Erica Michelle
BoJohn Jake Allyn
Coach Hardrick Sean Blakemore
Carlton E. Roger Mitchell
Sydney Jazz Raycole
Junior Miles Stroter
Terrance Kevin Savage
Tiesha Aeja Lee
Jason Redaric Williams
Bronwyn Katlynn Simone
Ella Grace Jasmine Guy
The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Mahoutsukai no Yome): Season 1Positive (Watch This)Beautifully tragic. Essentially that is what The Ancient Magus’ Bride is. A story dealing with neglect, ostracism, outright abandonment, and trying to figure out a way to more than just deal with it but find stable sources of joy.
Network
Crunchyroll
Creator Kore Yamazaki
Noted Cast
Chise Atsumi Tanezaki
Elias Ryota Takeuchi
Lindel Daisuke Namikawa
Angelica Yūko Kaida
Renfred Satoshi Hino
Joseph Ayumu Murase
Silky Aya Endō
Alice Mutsumi Tamura
Garo – Vanishing Line: Season 1Negative (Niche Show)Garo – Vanishing Line is bloated and surely not going to push you to look into the other series under the Garo umbrella.
Network
Crunchyroll
Noted Cast
Sophie Rie Kugimiya
Martin & Queen Romi Park
Sword Tomokazu Seki
Gina Ami Koshimizu
Luke Nobunaga Shimazaki
Christopher Daisuke Namikawa
Bishop Kenyuu Horiuchi
King Ryūsei Nakao
Kokkoku: Season 1Negative (Niche Show)Kokkoku ultimately is like walking down a dead end street, reaching the end, and continuing to walk forward, into an empty lot, hoping to find something valuable.
Network
Amazon Prime
Creator Seita Horio
Noted Cast
Makoto Ryuto Iwata
Tsubasa Hirofumi Nojima
Juri Chika Anzai
Grandpa Kazuhiro Yamaji
Sagawa Hozumi Goda
Majima Asami Seto
Takafumi Koji Tsujitani
Citrus: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Citrus has its moments. Especially when addressing female homosexuality in Japan. However, despite the growth of character Yuzu, it’s more about tantalization than substance.
Network
Crunchyroll
Creator Saburouta
Noted Cast
Yuzu Ayana Taketatsu
Mei Minami Tsuda
Harumin Yukiyo Fujii
Amamiya Shou Nogami
Sara Hisako Kanemoto
Matsuri Shiori Izawa
Light As A Feather: Season 1Negative (Niche Show)Light as a Feather shows that giving YA novel adaptations more time to develop doesn’t mean you’ll get a better product.
Network
Hulu
Creator R. Lee Fleming, Jr., Zoe Aarsen
Noted Cast
Violet Haley Ramm
McKenna Liana Liberato
Olivia Peyton List
Candace Ajiona Alexus
Alex Brianne Tju
Henry Dylan Sprayberry
Trey Jordan Rodrigues
Marc Alex Lange
Gabby Leah Lewis
Mr. InBetween: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)While the first season of Mr. Inbetween failed to find a sweet spot between the gangster and dad, it still made for one hell of a first season.
Network
FX
Creator Scott Ryan
Noted Cast
Ray Scott Ryan
Freddy Damon Herriman
Gary Justin Rosniak
Britt Chika Yasumura
Ally Brooke Satchwell
Bruce Nicholas Cassim
Elite: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)While the inconsistency of many relationships might annoy you, the drama of Netflix’s Elite will keep you coming back for more.
Network
Netflix
Creator Carlos Montero, Darío Madrona
Noted Cast
Pablo Alberto Vargas
Samuel Itzan Escamilla
Guzmán Miguel Bernardeau
Marina María Pedraza
Nadia Mina El Hammani
Christian Miguel Herrán
Carla Ester Expósito
Polo Álvaro Rico
Nano Jaime Lorente
Lu Danna Paola
Ander Arón Piper
Omar Omar Ayuso
Yusef Abdelatif Hwidar
Big Mouth: Season 2Positive (Watch This)Big Mouth season 2 tackles shame, Planned Parenthood, female pleasure, and so much more. All the while seeming like it is more so edutainment than just raunchy good fun.
Network
Netflix
Creator Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett
Insecure: Season 3Positive (Watch This)In season 3, Issa finally has real stable growth as Molly continues to seem stagnant. But, when it comes to their friend group, they’re dealing with growing pains of a different kind.
Network
HBO
Creator Issa Rae
Noted Cast
Molly Yvonne Orji
Lawrence Jay Ellis
Issa Issa Rae
Kelli Natasha Rothwell
Tiffany Amanda Seales
Condola Christina Elmore
Daniel Y’lan Noel
How Not To Summon a Demon Lord: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)How Not To Summon a Demon Lord is such a frustrating show. For it seems to know what it would need to be better than what’s delivered, but is too lazy to be consistent.
Network
Crunchyroll
Creator Yukiya Murasaki
Noted Cast
Sakamoto/Diablo Masaaki Mizunaka
Shera Yū Serizawa
Rem Azumi Waki
Sylvie Ookubo Rumi
Edelgard Katou Emiri
Lord Galford Ootsuka Akio
Alicia Hara Yumi
Keera Ishida Akira
Krebskulm (aka Klem) Tanezaki Atsumi
Maniac: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Maniac ultimately seems like a good book that was adapted into a lopsided production that relied heavily on its female lead as it let its male lead drown.
Network
Netflix
Creator Patrick Somerville
Noted Cast
Annie Emma Stone
Ellie Julia Garner
Dr. Robert Rome Kanda
Owen Jonah Hill
Jed/ Grimsson Billy Magnussen
Olivia Grace Van Patten
Dr. James Justin Theroux
Dr. Greta/ GRTA Sally Field
Dr. Fujita Sonoya Mizuno
Patricia Selenis Leyva
Atypical: Season 2Positive (Watch This)Atypical continues to exemplify the capabilities of high functioning people with autism, while not making that the sum of the lead or show.
Network
Netflix
Creator Robia Rashid
Noted Cast
Sam Keir Gilchrist
Paige Jenna Boyd
Doug Michael Rapaport
Elsa Jennifer Jason Leigh
Casey Brigette Lundy-Paine
Evan Graham Rogers
Izzie Fivel Stewart
Nate Graham Phillips
Julia Amy Okuda
Lily Nikki Gutman
Amber Layla Weiner
Megan Angel Laketa Moore
Arlo Major Curda
Theo West Liang
Bailey Ariela Barer
Zahid Nik Dodani
Sharice Christina Offley
Christopher Anthony Jacques
Ms. Whitaker Casey Wilson
Officer Timms Jeremiah Birkett
Holly Mina Badie
Ozark: Season 2Positive (Watch This)Season 2 of Ozark is a great improvement of the first and it is all thanks to the women, sans Charlotte and Rachel, of the show.
Network
Netflix
Creator Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams
Noted Cast
Marty Jason Bateman
Darlene Lisa Emery
Jacob Peter Mullan
Helen Janet McTeer
Frank John Bedford Lloyd
Charles Darren Goldstein
Wendy Laura Linney
Jonah Skylar Gaertner
Buddy Harris Yulin
Ruth Julia Garner
Wyatt Charlie Tahan
Three Carson Holmes
Cade Trevor Long
Roy Jason Butler Harner
Rachel Jordana Spiro
Charlotte Sofia Hublitz
Mason Michael Mosley
Queen Sugar: Season 3Mixed (Stick Around)Season 3 of Queen Sugar feels like a transition season as it wraps up the trials and tribulations of the first two seasons and preps for the show’s future.
Network
OWN
Creator Ava DuVernay
Noted Cast
Charley Dawn-Lyen Gardner
Davis Timon Kyle Durrett
Remy Dondre Whitfield
Romero Walter Perez
Micah Nicholas L. Ashe
Sam David Jensen
Aunt Vi Tina Lifford
Hollywood Omar J. Dorsey
Nova Rutina Wesley
Ant Myles Truitt
Ralph Angel Kofi Siriboe
Blue Ethan Hutchison
Darla Bianca Lawson
KJ Stevonte Hart
Asha Nikko Austen Smith
Too Sweet Isaac White
Trinh Vivien Ngô
Toine Brian Michael
Prosper Henry G. Sanders
Sierra Deja Dee
Benny Jaren Mitchell
Jacob Lea Coco
Frances Annalee Jefferies
The Innocents: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)The Innocents lacks a real, and consistent, hook, but June and Harry’s relationship, alongside a character named Kam, pushes you to hope the season will get better as it goes on.
Network
Netflix
Creator Simon Duric

Hania Elkington

Noted Cast
June Sorcha Groundsell
John Sam Hazeldine
Harry Percelle Ascott
Lewis Philip Wright
Ryan Arthur Hughes
Steinar Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson
Ben Guy Pearce
Runa Ingunn Beate Øyen
Elena Laura Birn
Sigrid Lise Risom Olsen
Christine Nadine Marshall
Doug Jason Done
Shane Andrew Lee Potts
Lil Sabrina Bartlett
Kam Abigail Hardingham
Sam Katie Clarkson-Hill
Deborah Clare Calbraith
Andrew Andrew Koji
Love Is: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Love Is doesn’t necessarily try to sell you a love story for the ages, but it does try to make dudes who are investments seem like they are ultimately worth it.
Network
OWN
Creator Mara Brock Akil

Salim Akil

Noted Cast
Wiser Yasir Clarke Peters
Yasir William Catlett
Wiser Nuri Wendy Davis
Nuri Michele Weaver
Wiser Sean Tim Reid
Sean Tyrone Marshall Brown
Ruby Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing
Rose Loretta Devine
Wiser Angela Vanessa Bell Calloway
Angela Idara Victor
Deonte Danny Boyd
Destiny Tiffany Black
Norman Kadeem Hardison
Carol Tammy Townsend
Insatiable: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)While Insatiable does have a few buds which could have grown, the overuse of terrible jokes and storylines suffocate what could have bloomed.
Network
Netflix
Creator Lauren Gussis
Air Date(s) 8/10/2018
Genre(s) Dark Comedy
Good If You Like Offensive Jokes

Sporadic Touching Moments

Soap Opera Styled Drama That Just Escalates Higher and Higher

Shows Which Seem They Mean Well But Ultimately Fail To Prove It

Noted Cast
Bob Armstrong (Bob A) Dallas Roberts
Patty Debby Ryan
Etta Mae Carly Hughes
Magnolia Erinn Westbrook
Bob Barnard (Bob B) Christopher Gorham
Angie Sarah Colonna
Brick Michael Provost
Coralee Alyssa Milano
Stella Rose Beverly D’Angelo
Dee Ashley D Kelley
Pastor Mike Michael Ian Black
Dixie Irene Choi
Donald Daniel Kang
Nonnie Kimmy Shields
Regina Arden Myrin
Julie Michelle Hendley
Andi Mack: Season 2Positive (Watch This)In season 2 of Andi Mack, the show continues to push the standards and expectations of the Disney Channel past even what older generations experienced.
Network
Disney Channel
Creator Terri Minsky
Noted Cast
Bex Lilan Bowden
Andi Peyton Elizabeth Lee
Celia Lauren Tom
Bowie Trent Garrett
Amber Emily Skinner
Cyrus Joshua Rush
Buffy Sofia Wylie
TJ Luke Mullen
Jonah Asher Angel
Natalie Shelby Simmons
Walker Darius Marcell
Ham Stoney Westmoreland
Marty Garren Stitt
Iris Molly Jackson
Miranda Chloe Hurst
Morgan Eden Grace Redfield
Dr. Metcalf Oliver Vaquer
Gabriel Anthony Rey
Claws: Season 2Mixed (Stick Around)In season 2, Desna embraces that she isn’t a victim of circumstance but simply someone avoiding her calling and thanks to a woman named Zlata, she becomes the boss she was meant to be.
Network
TNT
Creator Eliot Laurence
Noted Cast
Clay Dean Norris
Zlata Franka Potente
Riva Andrea Sooch
Desna Niecy Nash
Dr. Gregory Ruval Jimmy Jean-Louis
Juanda Dale Dickey
Bryce Kevin Rankin
Jennifer Jenn Lyon
Hank Hunter Burke
Quiet Ann Judy Reyes
Arlene Suleka Mathew
Dr. Ken Jason Antoon
Dean Harold Perrineau
Virginia Karrueche Tran
Polly Carrie Preston
Marnie Morgan Lily
Matilde Sheryl Lee Ralph
Olga Katherine Reis
Roller Jack Kesy
Clint Michael Drayer
Ms. Wallace
The Bold Type: Season 2Positive (Watch This)In season 2 of The Bold Type, it’s more about personal growth than season 1’s professional. Which, for some, comes with a whole lot of pain.
Network
FreeForm
Creator Sarah Watson
Noted Cast
Kat Aisha Dee
Adena Nikohl Boosheri
Sutton Meghann Fahy
Jane Katie Stevens
Ben Luca James Lee
Ryan Dan Jeannotte
Jacqueline Melora Hardin
Alex Matt Ward
Oliver Stephen Conrad Moore
Richard Sam Page
Angie Shyrley Rodriguez
Jessica Tattiawna Jones
Pose: Season 1Positive (Watch This)When the industry speaks on new voices, faces, and stories, perhaps the best example is Pose. For with it presenting trans and gay stories front and center, it reminds you of why television can be considered revolutionary.
Network
FX
Creator Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Noted Cast
Elektra Dominique Jackson
Blanca Mj Rodriguez
Angel Indya Moore
Damon Ryan Jamaal Swain
Pray Tell Billy Porter
Darius Charles Brice
Costas Johnny Sibilly
Ricky Dyllon Burnside
Keenan Blake Morris
Lulu Hailie Sahar
Candy Angelica Ross
Helena Charlayne Woodard
Mr. Ford Christopher Meloni
Stan Evan Peters
Patty Kate Mara
Matt James Van Der Beek
Lil’ Papi Angel Bismark Curiel
Anne with an E: Season 2Positive (Watch This)In its sophomore season, Anne with an E ventures into adopting modern storylines while holding onto the heart of Anne from Green Gables.
Network
Netflix/CBC
Creator Moira Walley-Beckett
Noted Cast
Anne Amybeth McNulty
Billy Christian Martyn
Cole Cory Grüter-Andrew
Diana Dalila Bela
Matthew R. H. Thomson
Marilla Geraldine James
Jerry Aymeric Jett Montaz
Gilbert Lucas Jade Zumann
Sebastian Dalmar Abuzeid
Muriel Stacy Joanna Douglas
Aunt Josephine Deborah Grover
Rachel Corrine Koslo
Thomas Phillip Williams
Jeannie Brenda Bazinet
Josie Miranda McKeon
Nate Taras Lavren
Mr. Dunlop Shane Carty
Minnie May Ryan Kiera Armstrong
Mrs. Barry Helen Johns
Mary Cara Ricketts
Ruby Kyla Matthews
The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2Mixed (Stick Around)In season 2, The Handmaid’s Tale finds itself in a sophomore slump as it finds itself in a perpetual loop barely broken in the season finale.
Network
Hulu
Creator Bruce Miller
Noted Cast
June Elisabeth Moss
Hannah Jordana Blake
Serena Joy Yvonne Strahovski
Eden Sydney Sweeney
Nick Max Minghella
Emily Alexis Bledel
Janine Madeline Brewer
Luke O. T. Fagbenle
Moira Samira Wiley
Rita Amanda Brugel
Commander Lawrence Bradley Whitford
Aunt Lydia Ann Dowd
Fred Joseph Fiennes
Red Table Talk: Season 1aPositive (Watch This) | RecommendedIn the first half of season 1, Jada Pinkett-Smith revives Red Table Talk and gives us the type of show you wish was in the headlines for more than sensationalized topics.
Network
Facebook Watch
Creator Jada Pinkett Smith
Noted Cast
Herself Jada Pinkett-Smith
Herself Willow Smith
Herself Adrienne Banfield-Jones
Herself Gabrielle Union
Herself Tiffany Haddish
Them self EJ Johnson
Himself Cesar Millan
Five Points: Season 1Positive (Watch This)Five Points really helps legitimize Facebook Watch as not yet another platform getting into the original content game, but a platform which may have something different to present.
Network
Facebook Watch
Creator Adam Giaudrone
Noted Cast
Natasha ‘Tosh’ Madison Pettis
CJ Ray Cham Jr.
Lexi Hayley Kiyoko
Eric Spence Moore II
Wallace Nathaniel Potvin
Ananda Daniela Nieves
Alex Jake Austin Walke
Jonathan Trey Curtis
Humans: Season 3Positive (Watch This)After a lackluster season 2, Humans comes roaring back with a vengeance thanks to its focus on synthetics pursuing civil rights.
Network
Channel 4 & AMC
Creator Sam Vincent, Jonathan Brackley
Noted Cast
Karen Ruth Bradley
Sam Billy Jenkins
Niska Emily Berrington
Max Ivanno Jeremiah
Mattie Lucy Carless
Leo Colin Morgan
Laura Katherine Parkinson
Audrey Yasmine Akram
Mia Gemma Chan
Anatole Ukweli Roach
Agnes Holly Earl
Joe Tom Goodman-Hill
Flash Ritu Arya
Stanley Dino Fetscher
Astrid Bella Dayne
Neha Thusitha Jayasundera
Neil Mark Bonnar
Ed Sam Palladio
Sophie Pixie Davies
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)While The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina undercuts any sense of danger, you become such a fan that you find yourself ignoring flaws.
Network
Netflix
Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Noted Cast
Sabrina Kiernan Shipka
Edward Georgie Daburas
Zelda Miranda Otto
Hilda Lucy Davis
Diana Annette Reilly
Roz Jaz Sinclair
Susie Lachlan Watson
Father Blackwood Richard Coyle
Prudence Tati Gabrielle
Ms. Wardwell (Lilith) Michelle Gomez
Tommy Justin Dobies
Harvey Ross Lynch
Ambrose Chance Perdomo
Luke Darren Mann
Super Drags: Season 1Positive (Watch This)Super Drags goes beyond what you may expect to be by having a few touching stories, amongst all its comedy.
Network
Netflix
Creator Anderson Mahanski, Fernando Mendonca, Paulo Lescaut
Noted Cast
Lady Elza Ralph Velez
Safira (Ralph) Wagner Follare
Lemon (Patrick) Sergio Cantu
Scarlet (Donizete) Fernando Mendonca
Champagne Silvetty Montilla
Reverand Sandoval Fernando Mendonca
Goldiva Pablo Vittar
A Discovery of Witches: Season 1Positive (Watch This)A Discovery of Witches seems to recognize there is a market for those who love witch, demon, and vampire fantasy, but have grown past 20-year-olds being the stars.
Network
Sky One
Creator Deborah Harkness
Noted Cast
Diana Teresa Palmer
Matthew Matthew Goode
Satu Malin Buska
Peter Knox Owen Teale
Hamish Greg McHugh
Agatha Tanya Moodie
Nat Daniel Ezra
Emily Valarie Pettiford
Sarah Alex Kingston
Sorry For Your Loss: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Sorry For Your Loss is a moving show which sadly stumbles as it tries to distance itself from its central tragedy.
Network
Facebook Watch
Creator Kit Steinkellner
Noted Cast
Leigh Elizabeth Olsen
Danny Jovan Adepo
Matt Mamoudou Athie
Jules Kelly Marie Tran
Amy Janet McTeer
Bobby LisaGay Hamilton
Becca Lauren Robertson
You: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)You challenges what can be acceptable and set aside when it comes to finding and maintaining love in the internet age.
Network
Lifetime
Creator Greg Berlanti, Sera Gamble
Noted Cast
Joe Penn Badgley
Paco Luca Padovan
Ethan Zach Cherry
Beck Elizabeth Lail
Peach Shay Mitchell
Benji Lou Taylor Pucci
Greenleaf: Season 3Mixed (Stick Around)The third season of Greenleaf seemingly is about resolving past issues in order to do a soft reset and ensure the show’s future.
Network
OWN
Creator Craig Wright
Noted Cast
Mae Lynn Whitfield
James Keith David
Rochelle Letoya Luckett
Basie Jason Dirden
Charity Deborah Joy Winans
Kevin Tye White
Aaron William H. Bryant Jr.
Jacob Lamman Rucker
Kerissa Kim Hawthorne
Tasha Asia’h Epperson
Grace Merle Dandridge
Sophia Desiree Ross
Zora Lovie Simone
Isiah Roshon Fegan
Percy Richard Gant
Maxine Patti LaBelle
Coralee Bethany Anne Lind
Darius Rick Fox
Lionel Tim Reid
Connie Jen Harper
Phil Demars Sean Blakemore
Bob Whitmore Beau Bridges
My Brilliant Friend: Season 1Positive (Watch This)My Brilliant Friend is a true statement to the power of girls and young women despite a world which tries to undermine and oppress them.
Network
HBO
Creator Saverio Costanzo, Elena Ferrante
Noted Cast
Lila (Child) Ludovica Nasti
Lila (Teen) Gaia Girace
Elena (Child) Ingrid Del Genio
Elena (Teen) Margherita Mazzucco
Elena (Golden Years) Elisabetta De Palo
Rino (Teen) Gennaro De Stefano
Nunzia Valentina Acca
Fernando Antonio Buonanno
Immacolata Annarita Vitolo
Vittorio Luca Gallone
Donato Emanuele Valenti
Nino (Teen) Francesco Serpico
Stefano (Teen) Giovanni Amura
Pasquale (Teen) Eduardo Scarpetta
Maestra Oliviero Dora Romano
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 2Positive (Watch This)The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – season 2, still rushes Miriam’s success but compensates with better character development.
Network
Amazon Prime
Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino
Noted Cast
Susie Alex Borstein
Miriam Rachel Brosnahan
Sophie Jane Lynch
Harry David Paymer
Joel Michael Zegen
Rose Marin Hinkle
Noah Will Brill
Abe Tony Shalhoub
Declan Rufus Sewell
Lenny Luke Kirby
Tessie Emily Bergl
Shy Leroy McClain
Imogene Bailey De Young
Mary Erin Darke
Benjamin Zachary Levi
The Hookup Plan (Plan Coeur): Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)The Hookup Plan is a fun series to binge but may not become your must-see of the year.
Network
Netflix
Creator Chris Lang, Noémie Saglio, Julie Teisseire
Noted Cast
Elsa Zita Hanrot
Max Guillaume Labbe
Chantal Ludivine De Chastenet
Charlotte Sabrina Ouazani
Emilie Josephine Drai
Matt Tom Dingler
Antoine Syrus Shahidi
Jules Marc Ruchmann
The Fix: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)The Fix is a bit awkward in its first season, but the laughs and insight on the topics compensate for that.
Network
Netflix
Creator ?
Noted Cast
Himself Jimmy Carr
Himself D.L. Hughley
Herself Katherine Ryan
Herself Mona Chalabi
Alexa & Katie: Season 2Mixed (Stick Around)Alexa & Katie’s second season enhances what worked the first season, but forgets developing most of the characters that fill out the cast.
Network
Netflix
Creator Heather Wordham
Noted Cast
Barry Scott Wordham
Cody Jordan Austin Smith
Sasha Alyvia Alyn Lind
Megan Nadja Alaya
Alexa Paris Berelc
Katie Isabel May
Lori Tiffani Thiessen
Jack Finn Carr
Jennifer Jolie Jenkins
Dave Eddie Shin
Ryan Nathaniel James Potvin
Dylan Jack Griffo
Cody Jordan Austin Smith
Gwenny Kerri Medders
Lucas Emery Kelly
Hannah Merit Leighton
Reagan Iman Benson
Ready To Love: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Ready To Love may have presented us with a lot of women we don’t often see on TV, but it’s elimination process ruined the dating aspect of the show.
Network
OWN
Creator Will Packer
Noted Cast
Himself Aaron
Himself Michael
Herself Shea
Himself Alexx
Herself Ashlee
Herself Dr. Lexy
Himself Paco
Himself Devan
Himself Tommy
Herself Tiffany
Herself Shatava
Herself Stormy
Himself Pastor Chris
Herself Courtney
Herself Angel
Goblin Slayer: Season 1Positive (Watch This)Goblin Slayer takes the least tread road by being a sometimes-violent anime yet still putting time and effort into its lead’s emotional development.
Network
Crunchyroll
Creator Kumo Kagyu
Good If You Like Anime Which Balances Violence and Having Some Heart

Seeing Lead Characters Emotionally Grow and Develop

Slight Harem Inclusion

This Isn’t For You If You Prefer Shows Featuring Epic Adventures Throughout The World

Comedy Is Something You Like As Part of Your Viewing Experience

You Feel All Characters Should Have Equal Development Throughout A Season

World Building Is A Huge Thing For You

Noted Cast
Goblin Slayer Umehara Yuuichirou
Onna Ogura Yui
Tokage Sugita Tomokazu
Kouhito Nakamura Yuuichi
Yousei Touyama Nao
Dirty John: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Dirty John fits what most would describe as a guilty pleasure for there will be times you hate-watch it just to see how it ends. 
Network
BRAVO
Creator Christopher Goddard, Alexandra Cunningham
Good If You Like Shows Based On True Stories

A Villain Who You Love You Hate

Isn’t For You If You Can’t Deal With A Lead Who Is Far Too Forgiving, Naïve, And Very Agitating At Times
Noted Cast
Debra Connie Britton
John Eric Bana
Veronica Juno Temple
Terra Julia Garner
Toby Kevin Zegers
Arlane Jean Smart
Sex Education: Season 1Positive (Watch This)Sex Education accurately exhibits the awkwardness of becoming a sexual being while experiencing romantic feelings for the first time.
Network
Netflix
Creator Laurie Nunn
Good If You Like Teen Sex Comedies

Sex More So Being About The Emotion and Connection Behind It Than The Audience Getting Tantalized By Pleasure

The Joy & Issues of Sex Being Shown For More Than Just Straight People

Watching The Various Things Young Adults Go Through Growing Up

Isn’t For You If You Are Expecting A Bunch of Sex Jokes & Comical Situations

Were Expecting A Lot Of Gillian Anderson

Just Wanted To See A Lot Of Female Nudity

Noted Cast
Otis Asa Butterfield
Jean Gillian Anderson
Eric Ncuti Gatwa
Maeve Emma Mackey
Adam Connor Swindells
Ola Patricia Allison
Ruthie Lily Newmark
Tanya Alice Hewkin
Kate Olive Gray
Sam Jonny Amies
Aimee Aimee Lou Wood
Eric’s Dad Deobia Oparei
Anwar Chaneil Kular
Ruby Mimi Keene
Lily Tanya Reynolds
Jackson Kedar Williams-Stirling
Remi James Purefoy
Jakob Mikael Persbrandt
Wayne: Season 1Positive (Watch This)While compared to The End of The F***ing World, Wayne proves itself to be more than a distant, working class, American cousin.
Network
YouTube Premium
Creator Shawn Simmons
Genre Comedy, Drama, Young Adult
Good If You Like Vulgar Teenagers Who Come From Dysfunctional Backgrounds

Supporting Characters Who Grow On You

The End of the F***ing World

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Excuse Bad Behavior Due To Someone’s Background or Upbringing

Are Expecting A Hilarious Comedy

Noted Cast
Wayne Mark McKenna
Wayne Sr. Ray McKinnon
Maureen Michaela Watkins
Del (Delilah) Ciara Bravo
Jay James Earl
Sgt. Geller Stephen Kearin
Bobby Dean Winters
Carl Jon Champagne
Teddy Jamie Champagne
Tom Cole Mike O’Malley
Orlando Joshua J. Williams
Donna Abigail Spencer
Reggie Francesco Antonio
Ramon Juan-Carlos Velis
Tracey Janet Porter
Siempre Bruja (Always A Witch): Season 1Negative (Niche Show)Siempre Bruja (Always A Witch) makes one too many missteps to be forgiven for and wastes the handful of good things it had going for it.
Network
Netflix
Creator Ana Maria Parra
Genre Fantasy
Good If You Like Shows Which Seem Like They Are From 90s Network TV
Isn’t For You If You Like Shows Which Are Politically Correct

Don’t Like Shows With A Villain In The Style of Adam West’s Take On Joker

Noted Cast
Carmen Angely Gaviria
Cristobal Lenard Vanderaa
Ninibe Veronica Orozco
Aldemar Luis Fernando Hoyos
Hilda Mayra Luna
Ximena Norma Nivia
Lucho Jose Restrepo
Lucien Sebastian Eslava
Braulio Jhon Alex Castillo
Paula Ana Mosquera
Leon Carlos Quintero
The Umbrella Academy: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)The Umbrella Academy‘s first season is a bit hit and miss, but by the final, it seems to have found its footing.
Network
Netflix
Creator Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, Steve Blackman
Genre Sci-Fi, Drama, Comedy
Good If You Like Melodrama
Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Superheroes Who Don’t Use Their Powers Often To Fight Crime

Like Charismatic Villains

Think Most CW Shows Are Trash

Noted Cast
Reginald Colm Feore
Luther Tom Hopper
Diego David Castañeda
Allison Emmy Raver-Lampman
Klaus Robert Sheehan
Number Five Aidan Gallagher
Ben Justin H. Min
Vanya Ellen Page
Cha-Cha Mary J. Blige
Hazel Cameron Britton
The Handler Kate Walsh
Leonard John Magaro
One Day At A Time: Season 3Positive (Watch This)One Day At A Time season 3 is a whirlwind of positive emotions that leaves us on a finale which will make you clamor for a season 4.
Network
Netflix
Creator Gloria Calderon Kellett

Mike Royce

Good If You Like Experiencing laughing, crying, and receiving a message all in one episode

Notable season to season growth and story development

Isn’t For You If You Don’t like characters who are purely comic relief or love interests
Noted Cast
Tito Danny Pino
Schneider Todd Grinnell
Penelope Justina Machado
Dr. Berkowitz Stephen Tobolowsky
Lydia Rita Moreno
Elena Isabella Gomez
Alex Marcel Ruiz
Syd Sheridan Pierce
Estrellita Melissa Fumero
Pilar Stephanie Beatriz
Mirtha Gloria Estefan
Victor James Martinez
Ramona Judy Reyes
Jill Haneefah Wood
Avery India de Beaufort
Berto Tony Plana
Mateo Alex Quijano
Schneider’s Dad Alan Ruck
Nicole Gloria Calderon Kellett
Bronx SIU: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)Bronx SIU may not have the most interesting week to week cases, but it compensates with a sense of emotion that most procedural dramas don’t have.
Network
UMC
Creator(s) Dan Garcia
Genre(s) Drama, Crime
Good If You Like Characters Dealing With Various Forms of PTSD

Interpersonal Relationships Between Characters

Corrupt Cops

Isn’t For You If You Like Complicated Cases Which Take Some Time To Figure Out
Noted Cast
Jimmy Brian White
Darius Ameer Baraka
Tess Jillian Ferry
Yolanda Shanti Lowry
Tarik Keeland Ellis
Miriam Leticia Jimenez
Zakia Eddie Davenport
Gloria Vanessa Lyon
On My Block: Season 2Mixed (Stick Around)Season 2 of On My Block loses a bit of the luster the first season had but remains a loveable staple of the Netflix library.
Network
Netflix
Creator(s) Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
Genre(s) Comedy, Drama, Urban
Good If You Like Urban Drama Featuring Teenagers

A Bit Of Hijinks

A Balance Between The Difficult Side Of Living In The Hood And The Personalities Which Make It Not Seem So Bad Sometimes

Isn’t For You If You Are Looking For A Show Which Digs Deep Into Racial Or Socio-Economic Issues
Noted Cast
Cesar Diego Tinoco
Ruby Jason Genao
Jamal Brett Gray
Monse Sierra Capri
Jasmine Jessica Marie Garcia
Monty Reggie Austin
Oscar Julio Macias
Chivo Emilio Rivera
Dwayne Eme Ikwuakor
Jamal’s Mom Raushanah Simmons
Marisol Peggy Ann Blow
Amber Shoshana Bush
Mario Danny Ramirez
Geny Paula Garces
Latrelle Jahking Guillory
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season 2Mixed (Stick Around)Season 2 doubles down on what season 1 of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina put out for better and worse.
Network
Netflix
Creator(s) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Genre(s) Fantasy, Drama
Good If You Like Socially Aware Shows

Female Empowerment/ Feminist Messaging

Trans Representation

Magic With A Sense of Culture Behind It

Isn’t For You If You Want Strong, Formidable Villains

Don’t Like Characters Who Are So Impetuous and Lucky That It’s A Surprise They Aren’t Dead

Noted Cast
Sabrina Kiernan Shipka
Father Blackwood Richard Coyle
Zelda Miranda Otto
Enoch (The Anti-Pope) Ray Wise
Harvey Ross Lynch
Roz (Rosalind) Jaz Sinclair
Theo Lachlan Watson
Billy Ty Wood
Mr. Putnam Adrian Hough
Prudence Tati Gabrielle
Lilith Michelle Gomez
Luke Darren Mann
Ambrose Chance Perdomo
Methuselah William B. Davis
Lucifer (The Dark Lord) Luke Cook
Dr. Cerberus Alessandro Juliani
Hilda Lucy Davis
Adam Alexis Denisof
The Good Doctor: Season 2Mixed (Stick Around)Season 2 of The Good Doctor leans on the personal, and sometimes professional, growing pain of its characters as organizational changes happen.
Network
ABC, CTV
Creator(s) David Shore
Genre(s) Drama
Good If You Like Medical Dramas

Office Politics

Characters With A High Level of Stubbornness

Complicated Romances

Isn’t For You If You Feel Ensemble Dramas Should Equally Focus On All Cast Members

Need Awe-Inspiring Romance

Don’t Like Drama, Sometimes, For The Sake Of Drama

Noted Cast
Shaun Freddie Highmore
Dr. Glassman Richard Schiff
Dr. Han Daniel Dae Kim
Claire Antonia Thomas
Dr. Melendez Nicholas Gonzalez
Dr. Lim Christina Chang
Dr. Park Will Yun Lee
Morgan Fiona Gubelmann
Maddie Holly Taylor
Dr. Andrews Hill Harper
Tyler Dan Byrd
Lana Vered Blonstein
Ravi Alex Plank
Carly Jasika Nicole
Lea Paige Spara
Allegra Tamlyn Tomita
Debbie Sheila Kelley
Lucifer: Season 4Mixed (Stick Around)Lucifer’s 4th season is more of the same and while it may satisfy avid fans, for those who dropped the series or are curious, it won’t hype you up for a 5th season.
Network
Netflix
Creator(s) Tom Kapinos
Genre(s) Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Good If You Like Puns

Debauchery

Episodic Police Cases

Playing With The Lore Of Heaven, Hell, Demons, and Angels

Isn’t For You If You Prefer A More Serious Tone To The Idea Of Angels, Demons, and The Chaos They Bring

Don’t Want Watch Past Seasons & Just Jump Right In

Noted Cast
Remiel Vinessa Vidotto
Trixie Scarlett Estevez
Father Kinley Graham McTavish
Chloe Lauren German
Caleb Denny Love
Lucifer Tom Ellis
Eve Inbar Lavi
Dan Kevin Alejandro
Ella Aimee Garcia
Maze Lesley-Ann Brandt
Linda Rachael Harris
Amenadiel D. B. Woodside
Star: Season 3Mixed (Stick Around)Season 3 of Star is honestly a mixed bag, but when it addresses generational trauma and growth, it reminds you why you fell in love with the series.
Network
Fox
Creator(s) Lee Daniels, Tom Donaghy
Genre(s) Musical, Comedy, Drama
Good If You Like Urban Drama

R&B and Gospel Music

Messy Storylines & Characters

Hard Conversations Between Friends & Family About Topics Which Caused Trauma

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Large Ensemble Casts In Which Some Cast Members Are Forgotten Periodically

The Occasional Over The Top Performance

Noted Cast
Miss Bruce Miss Lawrence
Derek Quincy Brown
Bobby Harold Perrineau
Cassie Brandy Norwood
Carlotta Queen Latifah
Calvin Ben Vereen
Simone Brittany O’Grady
Star Jude Demorest
Nina Camila Banus
Mateo William Levy
Alex Ryan Destiny
Miss Ruby Juanita Jennings
Cotton Amiyah Scott
Noah Luke James
Diane Kimberly Elise
Andy Elijah Kelley
Maurice Lance Gross
Xander Chad Michael Murray
Charlene Nealla Gordon
Amber Drake Erika Tham
Rashad Major.
Olivia Kayla Smith
Jackson Matthew Noszka
Angel Evan Ross
Gigi Keke Palmer
Lil’ Dini Marcos Palacios
Christine Patti LaBelle
Joyce Teyana Taylor
9-1-1: Season 2Positive (Watch This)Season 2 of 9-1-1 avoids any sense of a sophomore slump by balancing the 911 drama you love and developing both new and old characters.
Network
Fox
Creator(s) Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear
Genre(s) Action, Drama
Good If You Like Seeing First Responders In Crazy Situations

The Occasional Emotional Episode or Scene

Redemption or Life-Changing Stories

Isn’t For You If You Feel That A Show Like This Always Has To Up The Ante
Noted Cast
Bobby Peter Krause
Hen Aisha Hinds
Chim Kenneth Choi
Eddie Ryan Guzman
Athena Angela Bassett
Eva Abby Brammell
Doug Brian Hallisay
Christopher Gavin McHugh
Shannon Devin Kelley
Karen Tracie Thoms
Buck Oliver Stark
Ali Tiffany Dupont
Maddie Jennifer Love Hewitt
Marty Joseph Lyle Taylor
Nathaniel Troy Winbush
Michael Rockmond Dunbar
Sonia Skye P. Marshall
Harry Marcanthonee Jon Reis
May Corinne Massiah
It’s Bruno! – Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)It’s Bruno certainly has its moments, but without much in the way of character development, is it worth watching?
Network
Netflix
Creator(s) Solvan “Slick” Naim
Genre(s) Comedy
Good If You Like Absurd Comedy

Dogs

Seeing People Be Petty

Isn’t For You If You Getting To Know The Lead Character & The Supporting Characters
Noted Cast
Malcolm Solvan Naim
Lulu Shakira Barrera
Rosa Jade Eshete
Cuban Tone Anthony Valderama
Harvey Rob Morgan
Game of Thrones: Season 8Mixed (Stick Around)Season 8 of Game of Thrones may contain lackluster ends for some fan favorites but ultimately reminds you the show never set out to consistently give fans what they wanted.
Network
HBO
Creator(s) David Benioff, D. B. Weiss
Genre(s) Drama, Fantasy
Good If You Like Seeing Things Till The End
Isn’t For You If You Were Expecting One Epic Moment After Another
Noted Cast
Daenerys Emilia Clarke
Jon Snow Kit Harington
The Night King Vladimir Furdik
Cersei Lena Headey
Tyrion Peter Dinklage
Varys Conleth Hill
Bran Isaac Hempstead Wright
Jamie Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Lyanna Bella Ramsey
Jorah Iain Glen
Theon Alfie Allen
Arya Maisie Williams
Missandei Nathalie Emmanuel
Gendry Joe Dempsie
Sansa Sophie Turner
Brienne Gwendoline Christie
Tormund Kristofer Hivju
Yara Gemma Whelan
Sandor “The Hound” Rory McCann
Trinkets: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)In trying to be a light drama, Trinkets avoids addressing what’s human about its characters and barely takes us beyond the surface.
Network
Netflix
Creator(s) Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer, Kristen “Kiwi” Smith
Genre(s) Coming Of Age, Drama
Good If You Like Lighthearted Drama

A Show Focused On Young Women

A Coming Of Age Show Not Focused On Sex, Drugs, and Has Minimal Debauchery

Isn’t For You If You Desire To Get To The Core Of Character & Really Get To Know Them Beyond What They May Put In A Social Media Vent And Delete Later
Noted Cast
Paula Julana Torres
Carl Michael Ray Escamilla
Kayla Jessica Lynn Skinner
Elodie Brianna Hildebrand
Doug Larry Sullivan
Mara Lynn Adrianna
Tabitha Quintessa Swindell
Moe Kiana Madeira
Luca Henry Zaga
Noah Odiseas Georgiadis
Whit Linden Ashby
Lori Joy Bryant
Brady Brandon Butler
Vicky Larisa Oleynik
Rachelle Haley Tju
Sabine Katrina Cunningham
The Chi: Season 2Negative (Niche Show)Season 2 of The Chi, despite issues caused by Jason Mitchell, retains the vibe of being a high-brow urban drama which balances both the dark and beauty of an urban area.
Network
Showtime
Creator(s) Lena Waithe
Genre(s) Drama
Good If You Like Urban Dramas

Shows Which Focus On Kids As Much As Adults

Shows In Urban Areas Not Soley Focused On Violence

Seeing Young Boys Become Men

Isn’t For You If You Want The Women To Have Equal Development To The Men

Don’t Want To See An Old Woman Get Beat Up

Get Frustrated By Characters Appearing, Seemingly Like They May Cause A Shift For Characters, Then Disappearing

Noted Cast
Brandon Jason Mitchell
Jerrika Tiffany Boone
Ronnie Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Jada Yolonda Ross
Miss Ethel LaDonna Tittle
Kevin Alex R. Hibbert
Maisha Genesis Denise Hale
Papa Shamon Brown Jr.
Jake Michael Epps
Emmett Jacob Latimore
Tiffany Hannaha Hall
Sonny Cedric Young
Darnell Rolando Boyce
Malcolm Cayen Martin
Reg Barton Fitzpatrick
Hannibal Chris De’Sean Lee
Greavy David Alan Anderson
Detective Toussaint Crystal Anne Dickinson
Detective Cruz Armando Riesco
Nina Tyla Abercrumbie
Karen Malkia Stampley
Keisha Birgundi Baker
Rafiq Common
Amir Behzad Dabu
Otis “Douda” Perry Curtiss Cook
Tracy Tai’isha Davis
Mr. Bennett Richard Gant
Years and Years: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)While Years and Years starts on a high note, as you grow indifferent over the future the characters go through, it pushes you to realize how complacent you’ve become of your own.
Network
HBO, BBC ONE
Creator(s) Russell T Davies
Genre(s) Drama, Horror
Good If You Like
  • Watching How A Dystopian Civilization Begins
Isn’t For You If You
  • Want A Deep Personal Connection To Characters
  • Feel You Could Grow Indifferent To Bad Things Happening
Noted Cast
Rosie Ruth Madeley
Daniel Russell Tovey
Muriel Ana Reid
Vivienne Rook Emma Thompson
Viktor Maxim Baldry
Stephen Rory Kinnear
Celeste T’Nia Miller
Edith Jessica Hynes
Ruby Jade Alleyne
Lee Callum Woolford
Lincoln Aaron Ansari
Bethany Lydia West
The Rising Of The Shield Hero: Season 1Mixed (Stick Around)The Rising of the Shield Hero, despite early on potential, mostly thanks to its tone of drama, loses quite a bit of luster by its last episode.
Network
Crunchyroll
Creator(s) Aneko Yusagi
Genre(s) Isekai, Drama, Action
Good If You Like
  • Action Anime With Some Sense Of Depth To It
  • Strong Character Relationships
  • Origin Stories
Isn’t For You If You
  • Want A Lot Of Explanations As To Why Is What
  • Desire Graphic Or Intense Action
  • Like Strong Villains
Noted Cast
Naofumi Ishikawa Kaito
Ren Matsuoka Yoshitsugu
Motoyasu Takahashi Makoto
Itsuki Yamaya Yoshitaka
Myne Bridcutt Sarah Emi
Dorei-shou Ogata Ken`ichi
Raphtalia Seto Asami
Filo Hidaka Rina
Glass Han Megumi
King Autocray Nakano Yutaka
Queen Mirellia Inoue Kikuko
Elhart Yasumoto Hiroki
Pope Balmus Sugou Takayuki
Adam DeVine: Best Time of Our LivesMixed (Stick Around)While a bit all over the place, with little in terms of an arching narrative, Devine’s high energy saves Adam DeVine: Best Time of Our Lives.
Director(s) Jay Karas
Screenplay By Adam DeVine
Date Released 6/18/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like Seeing A 35-Year-Old Dude Seriously Excited To Tell Disjointed Stories

DeVine’s Comedic Style

Self Deprecating Humor

Isn’t For You If You Aren’t Into Juvenile Humor
Noted Cast
Himself Adam DeVine
Wanda Sykes: Not NormalMixed (Stick Around)Once Sykes gets past the obligatory Trump commentary, she finds a really good groove. But does she make this feel like a special?
Network
Netflix
Director(s) Linda Mendoza
Writer(s) Wanda Sykes, Esther Roll
Air Date 5/21/2019
Genre(s) Comedy, Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like Jokes About Menopause

Jokes On The Differences Between French/White Culture & Black American Culture

Isn’t For You If You Aren’t Fond Of Comedy Dealing With Race
Noted
Herself Wanda Sykes
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”Positive (Watch This)Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” brings on the nostalgia and, for the most part, revives the spirit of the source material.
Network
ABC
Director(s) James Burrows, Andy Fisher
Writer(s) Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernie West
Creator(s) Norman Lear
Genre(s) Comedy, Live
Good If You Like Nostalgia

When Comedy Was Not Politically Correct

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Enjoy, Sometimes, Dated or Corny Jokes
Noted Cast
Louise Wanda Sykes
George Jamie Foxx
Archie Woody Harrelson
Helen Kerry Washington
Tom Will Ferrell
Mama Jefferson Fran Bennett
Florence Marla Gibbs
Edith Marisa Tomei
Homecoming: A Film By BeyoncéPositive (Watch This)

Every legendary artist has that moment, show, or performance which summarizes all they were and the epitome of who and what they are. For Beyoncé it was Beychella.

Director(s) Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Ed Burke
Written By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Date Released 4/17/2019
Genre(s) Musical, Documentary
Good If You Like Beyoncé

Black Excellence

Hearing Music Which, At Minimum, Will Make You Bob Your Head

Watching Legendary Performances

Isn’t For You If You More So Wanted A “Making Of” Beychella Than To Watch It All Over Again
Noted Cast
Herself Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Kevin Hart: IrresponsibleMixed (Stick Around)Kevin Hart: Irresponsible brings about all you expect from the comedian, and for longtime fans that might be a problem.
Director(s) Leslie Small
Screenplay By Kevin Hart
Date Released 4/2/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like Kevin Hart’s Usual Antics
Isn’t For You If You Feel Like Kevin Should Be Evolving After So Many Years And Specials
Noted Cast
Himself Kevin Hart
Amy Schumer: GrowingPositive (Watch This)You might be surprised that, after The Leather Special, Schumer has a new comedy special that *gasps* is actually quite funny.
Director(s) Amy Schumer
Writer(s) Amy Schumer
Air Date 3/19/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like Raunchy Comedy

Pregnancy Jokes

Jokes About Marriage

Period Jokes

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Amy Schumer
Noted Performers
Herself Amy Schumer
Leaving Neverland (2019) – Part 2Mixed (Stick Around)Part 2 of Leaving Neverland doesn’t present a smoking gun as much as tries to appeal to its audience’s emotions after wearing you down for roughly 4 hours.
Director(s) Dan Reed
Written By N/A
Date Released 3/4/2019
Genre(s) ?
Good If You Like
Isn’t For You If You
Leaving Neverland (2019) – Part 1Negative (Niche Show)While not a big Michael Jackson fan, with the past coming to roost for so many I expected the worst. However, all we got was a shoddy hit piece given legitimacy by HBO.
Director(s) Dan Reed
Written By N/A
Date Released 3/3/2019
Genre(s) Historical Fiction
Good If You Like Seeing lots of archival Michael Jackson footage
Isn’t For You If You If you were expecting a serious documentary which seemed well thought out with more than just the accusers to back up what allegedly happened.
Noted Cast
Himself Wade Robson
Himself James Safechuck
Herself Joy Robson
Kim Possible (2019)Mixed (Stick Around)This modernized version of Kim Possible could grow on you, but many of the jokes, and changes, including Kim being made insecure, may turn off older fans.
Director(s) Adam Stein, Zach Lipovsky
Written By Josh Cagan, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle
Date Released 2/15/2019
Genre(s) Action, Drama, Comedy
Good If You Like A Less Perfect Kim Possible

Seeing Kim On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown – Multiple Times

Corny Jokes

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like When A Classic Show Gets Modernized

Wanted A Straight Adaptation of Kim Possible Like How Disney Has Been Adapting Most Of Its Movies From Animation To Live Action

Noted Cast
Kim Possible Sadie Stanley
Ron Sean Giambrone
Dr. Drakken Todd Stashwick
Shego Taylor Ortega
Athena Ciara Riley Wilson
Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (2019)Mixed (Stick Around)You Complete Me, Ho is an autobiographical comedy special noting the highs and lows of comedienne Ken Jeong from being a doctor to Crazy Rich Asians.
Director(s) Jon M. Chu
Written By Ken Jeong
Date Released 2/14/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like Crass Humor

Self-Deprecation & Ego-Based Jokes

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Cheap Jokes On Occasion
Noted Cast
Himself Ken Jeong
Kevin Hart’s Guide To Black HistoryPositive (Watch This) | RecommendedKevin Hart’s Guide To Black History feels like a potentially classic edu-tainment program like what used to come out steadily in the 90s and early 00s.
Director(s) Tom Stern
Written By Evan Waite
Date Released 2/8/2019
Genre(s) Comedy, Educational
Good If You Like Learning

Edutainment

Kevin Hart’s Comedy Style

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Embellishment, Surrounding Pertinent Facts

Comical Reenactments

Noted Cast
Kevin Kevin Hart
Riley Saniyya Sidney
Jeffrey Eoghan Thomas Murphy
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits AllPositive (Watch This)One Show Fits All gives you everything and more. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, hear wonderfully told stories, and will seriously be tempted to see Gabriel Iglesias live.
Director(s) Manny Rodriguez
Written By Gabriel Iglesias
Date Released 1/29/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like (Mostly) Clean Comedy

Stories About Family, Being Star Struck, Traveling, and Relationships

Random Sounds, Noises, And Comically Done Accents

Isn’t For You If You Prefer Vulgar or Sexual Comedy
Noted Cast
Himself Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
Rent: LiveMixed (Stick Around)RENT: Live does occasionally stumble, and may not live up to expectations, but you can see an effort made to honor the spirit of the musical.
Director(s) Michael Greif
Written By Kristoffer Diaz, Jonathan Larson
Date Released 1/27/2019
Genre(s) Musical, Drama
Good If You Like Stories About The Disenfranchised
Isn’t For You If You Are a RENT Purist
Noted Cast
Mark Jordan Fisher
Roger Brennin Hunt
Benjamin Mario
Tom Collins Brandon Victor Dixon
Angel James “Valentina” Leyva
Mimi Tinashe
Maureen Vanessa Hudgens
Joanne Kiersey Clemons
Various Keala Settle
I Be Knowin’Positive (Watch This)I Be Knowin’ is a “Best Of” collection for fans of Amanda Seales, but that is what makes this special the perfect entry point for when you introduce her to people.
Director(s) Stan Lathan
Written By Amanda Seales
Date Released 1/26/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Special
Good If You Like Comedy From A Black Perspective

Comedians Who Are Diverse And Can Take You From Saying N**** In Every Other Sentence To Hitting You With Some Culture

Inclusive Comedy

Isn’t For You If You Aren’t Comfortable With Comedy Which Calls Out Toxic Masculinity or White Privilege
Noted Cast
Herself Amanda Seales
Ellen DeGeneres: RelatablePositive (Watch This)Relatable is a welcomed return for those a fan of Ellen DeGeneres’ style but if not into it? Well, this may not convince you she’s funny.
Director(s) Joel Gallen, Tig Notaro
Written By Ellen DeGeneres
Date Released 12/18/2018
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like Jokes About Being Gay

Observational Comedy

Comedy About Growing Up Poor

Jokes About How Wealthy Ellen Is Now

Noted Cast
Herself Ellen DeGeneres
Trevor Noah: Son of PatriciaPositive (Watch This)Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia, may not focus on his mother strongly, but it does help you understand how her perspective allowed him to be open to the weirdness of life.
Network
Netflix
Director(s) David Paul Meyer
Writer(s) Trevor Noah
Air Date 11/20/2018
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like International Perspective on American Life

Traveling While Black Stories

America v. The Rest of The World Stories

Featuring
Himself Trevor Noah
Latin History For MoronsPositive (Watch This)John Leguizamo continues to use the unique lane he created for himself to not only present his comedic take on the ignorance of Latin history but also present an epic history lesson.
Director(s) Aram Rappaport
Written By John Leguizamo
Date Released 11/5/2015
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like History

One Man Shows

Noted Cast
Himself John Leguizamo
D.L. Hughley: ContrarianMixed (Stick Around)A bit dated, and lacking the type of punch you may be expecting, D.L. Hughley: Contrarian has its moments but lacks a reason to be called a classic.
Director(s) Jay Chapman
Screenplay By D.L. Hughley
Date Released 9/18/2018
Genre(s) Stand Up Special
The Hook His Jokes Dealing With His Momma, Wife, and Son Who Has Asperger’s.
Noted Cast
Himself D.L. Hughley
The Bobby Brown Story (Part 2)Mixed (Stick Around)The Bobby Brown Story seemingly had two goals in mind: Demystify his relationship to Whitney Houston and show how much better he is now.
Director(s) Kiel Adrian Scott
Screenplay By Abdul Williams
Date Released 9/5/2018
Genre(s) Drama, Comedy, Biopic, Musical
Good If You Like Seemingly Bias Biopics

Bobby Brown

Biopics Which Have Sad and Tear Jerky Moments, But Don’t Force You To Feel The Full Effect Of Them

Noted Cast
Bobby Brown Woody McClain
Whitney Houston Gabrielle Dennis
Bobbi Kristina Donshea Hopkins
Alicia Alyssa Goss
The Bobby Brown Story (Part 1)As you can imagine, The Bobby Brown Story is from his point of view and with Bobby having lived a full life of triumph and loss, he has no f***s to give. Which shows in this movie.
Director(s) Kiel Adrian Scott
Screenplay By Abdul Williams
Date Released 9/4/2018
Genre(s) Biopic, Musical, Drama, Romance
Good If You Like The Illustrious History of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston

Baby Momma Drama

Slightly Stiff Performances

The New Edition Story

Noted Cast
Bobby Brown Woody McClain
Whitney Houston Gabrielle Dennis
Kim Asia’h Epperson
Robyn Yvonne Senat Jones
Teddy Riley Moses Jones
LA Reid Marc Jean
Babyface Isaac J. Sullivan
Carole Sandi McCree
Janet Jackson Cree Davis
August 28: A Day in the Life of a PeoplePositive (Watch This)August 28: A Day in the Life of a People needs to be a perennial feature on OWN, and a play done across the nation during Black History Month.
Director(s) Ava DuVernay
Screenplay By Ava DuVernay
Date Released (On OWN) 8/28/2018
Genre(s) Historical
Good If You Like African American History
Noted Cast
Unnamed Lupita Nyong’o
Unnamed Angela Bassett
Iliza Shlesinger: Elder MillennialMixed (Stick Around)Elder Millennial has the vibe of a YouTube video. It isn’t hilarious but the way things are talked about are comical and insightful enough to make you want to subscribe for more.
Director(s) Steve Paley
Screenplay By Iliza Shlesinger
Date Released 7/24/2018
Genre(s) Comedy, Comedy Special
Good If You Like Dating jokes

Jokes about Meeting People At A Club

Comedians who use voices and make animal sounds

Noted Actors
Herself Iliza Shlesinger
The Comedy Lineup: Part 1Mixed (Stick Around)The Comedy Lineup really pushes the idea that the word special needs to be far more exclusive and we need to start using the word “showcase” to take expectations down a notch.
Network
Netflix
Director(s) Christopher Storer
Writer(s) Michelle Buteau, Ian Karmel, Taylor Tomlinson, Sam Jay, Phil Wang, Sabrina Jalees, Jak Knight, Tim Dillon
Air Date 7/3/2018
Actors Introduced
Herself Michelle Buteau
Himself Ian Karmel
Herself Taylor Tomlinson
Herself Sam Jay
Himself Phil Wang
Herself Sabrina Jalees
Himself Jak Knight
Himself Tim Dillon
The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Part 3 (The Couple Roast)Positive (Watch This)The shared set between Natasha and Moshe shows you how both cute, comical, and vicious these two can be.
Director(s) Jay Karas
Screenplay By Moshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero
Date Released 4/17/2018
Genre(s) Comedy Special
Noted Actors
Himself Moshe Kasher
Herself Natasha Leggero
The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Part 2 (Moshe Kasher)Positive (Watch This)Moshe’s part of the shared comedy special is stronger, though makes you slightly question if it is just because of his opening act.
Director(s) Jay Karas
Screenplay By Moshe Kasher
Date Released 4/17/2018
Genre(s) Comedy Special
Noted Actors
Himself Moshe Kasher
The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Part 1 (Natasha Leggero)Mixed (Stick Around)Trashy, but dressed classy, Natasha Leggero in part 1 of this shared special probably will more shock you by what she says than make you laugh.
Director(s) Jay Karas
Written By Natasha Leggero
Date Released 4/17/2018
Genre(s) Comedy Special
Marlon Wayans: Woke-ishPositive (Watch This)Unpredictable and outlandish is the only way to describe Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish, as he proves not just why the Wayans are one of the funniest families in comedy, but why he is one of the funniest comedians period.
Director(s) Marcus Raboy
Screenplay By Marlon Wayans
Date Released 2/27/18
Genre(s) Stand Up, Comedy
Noted Actors
Himself Marlon Wayans
Notes From The FieldPositive (Watch This) | RecommendedOver the course of 18 characters, Anna Deavere Smith doesn’t just present a masterclass in acting but also understanding the various aspects of the school to prison pipeline.
Director(s) Kristi Zea
Screenplay By Anna Deavere Smith
Date Released 2/24/2018
Genre(s) Drama, Stage Play
Noted Actors
Various Anna Deavere Smith
Chris Rock: TamborinePositive (Watch This)Chris Rock, thankfully, brings a comedy special light on Trump and while it delves into his personal philosophies, he doesn’t turn his standup into a college lecture.
Director(s) Bo Burnham
Screenplay By Chris Rock
Date Released 2/14/2018
Genre(s) Stand Up Special, Comedy
Harith Iskander: I Told You SoPositive (Watch This)Harith Iskander’s “I Told You So” is the kind of comedy special which makes you hope Netflix snatches Iskander up and offers him more than additional special, but perhaps a show.
Director(s) Michael McKay
Screenplay By Harith Iskander
Date Released 1/19/2018
Genre(s) Comedy, Comedy Special
Noted Actors
Himself Harith Iskander
Katt Williams: Great AmericaMixed (Stick Around)Katt Williams: Great America won’t make you think Katt Williams hasn’t missed a step since his height in 2008/2009, but his set will bring enough nostalgia to see you through till the end. 
Director(s) Leslie Small
Written By Katt Williams
Date Released 1/16/2018
Genre(s) Comedy, Comedy Special
Noted Actors
Himself Katt Williams
Dave Chappelle: The Bird RevelationPositive (Watch This)In a way, The Bird Revelation, like Equanimity, isn’t really a comedy special. It is funnier than the latter but is definitely more about exploring ideas than telling jokes.
Director(s) Stan Lathan
Writer(s) Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle: EquanimityMixed (Stick Around)Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, isn’t so much a comedy special as Dave defending everything he has said and done when it comes to Trump and Trans people.
Director(s) Stan Lathan
Writer(s) Dave Chappelle
Judd Apatow: The ReturnMixed (Stick Around)There comes a certain point where you wonder if this is a comedy special or people are paying to be this man’s silent therapist.
Director(s) Marcus Raboy
Writer(s) Judd Apatow
Michelle Wolf: Nice LadyPositive (Watch This)Michelle Wolf’s Nice Lady is a comedy special for a different kind feminist. You know, the ones which could care less about always being politically correct.
Director(s) Neal Brennan
Writer(s) Michelle Wolf
Barbara: The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!Positive (Watch This)Barbara: The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic! Will surely turn any casual fan, or those who know Streisand just for her acting, into a fanatic for her music.
Director(s) Jim Gable & Barbra Streisand
Writer(s) Barbra Streisand, Jay Landers, and Richard Jay-Alexander
DeRay Davis: How To Act BlackMixed (Stick Around)DeRay Davis: How To Act Black doesn’t push you into thinking Davis is overdue for a special but is still enjoyable nonetheless.
Director(s) Marcus Raboy
Writer(s) DeRay Davis
Mea CulpaNegative (Niche Show)Mea Culpa is like a Spanish language version of Amy Schumer’s infamous Leather Special.
Director(s) Raul Campos, Jan Suter
Noted Actors
Alexis De Anda
Def Comedy Jam 25Mixed (Stick Around)Some of the greatest comedians from the original Def Comedy Jam hit the stage, but mostly to read off prompters and introduce clips and others. Leaving only a handful of moments where you understand how this show became a hit.Director: Louis J. Horvitz
Jeff Dunham: Relative DisasterPositive (Watch This)While Jeff Dunham’s stereotypical puppets are losing their edge, Walter and Peanut help show Jeff still has it.
Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal BeastPositive (Watch This)While Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beasts won’t lead you to question why it took her 20 years to have a special like this, it will lead you to wonder why haven’t you heard of her before?
Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to HollywoodMixed (Stick Around)While not a potential classic, and kind of disappointing after Girl’s TripTiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood is a decent comedy special.
The Defiant Ones: Part 4The end of The Defiant Ones brings us the rise of Eminem, more name dropping, then how Beats by Dre became the phenomenon that it is. Thus leaving only how the money from that Apple deal was spent for the ending.
The Defiant Ones: Part 3At a certain point, Jimmy’s story stops and just merges with Dr. Dre. Thus giving Interscope it’s meteoric rise. Yet, as before, while we hear people praise Jimmy, Dre shares his spotlight with the artist he helped make into legends.
The Defiant Ones: Part 2As with part 1, while Jimmy gets the privilege to name drop music legends, the more personal side of Dre competes with that. For while Dre’s time in NWA is featured, as well as Ruthless records, it is his personal life which you remember the most.
The Defiant Ones: Part 1Positive (Watch This) | Recommended

After the still fairly recent NWA movie, Straight Outta Compton, you might think the world was done putting the spotlight on Dr. Dre. However, there is always more to a story than even a two and a half hour biopic can cover. Especially one you are sharing with 4 other men. For it was missing the man who helped Dr. Dre go from a seriously talented producer to the billionaire he is today: Jimmy Iovine.

This is the story of how two men with wavering similarities, became a powerhouse friendship.

Tracy Morgan: Staying AlivePositive (Watch This) | RecommendedIn Tracy Morgan: Still Alive, Morgan proves he is much more than the Black guy from 30 Rock or SNL, or the dude who made millions off of Walmart.
Ali Wong: Baby CobraMixed (Stick Around)In Ali Wong: Baby Cobra, we meet this 33-year-old, married, 7 and a half months pregnant woman who is still ready and able to perform standup. And while it seems her life may seem a little too put together for comedy, she erases that perception and brings the funny.
Rodney King (2017)Mixed (Stick Around)Being that what happened to Rodney King happened while I was still in diapers, it has been a tale more so told often than truly felt. Yet, with so many looking to retell his story or what happened during the aftermath, it seemed only fitting to start at the beginning. To watch a one man show which lets you into the mind of the man who perhaps reawakened America to its racial issues. Though, without that being his intention.Rodney King (Roger Guenveur Smith). A man who may not have been a saint, but certainly didn’t deserve the type of beating which would have killed a lesser man. Standing as 6 feet, 2 inches, over 200 pounds, a gang of police officers used their batons to take him down. 50+ strikes, loads of blood lost, a metal pipe to keep his eye in place afterwards and hours of surgery. Rodney King went viral before going viral was a thing.

Yet, his story isn’t the only thing worth noting when it comes to the riots. There was Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old killed over a $2 bottle of orange juice. There were the riots of the past, like the Zoot Suit riots. But most importantly, there are patterns. Patterns in which Black and Brown people aren’t allowed their humanity. Black and Brown communities who know of justice in books, in the law, but it is a foreign experience. And where is anger to go where it is pent up inside of you with nowhere else to go but your hands and feet? Hence, the people riot.
Mike Epps: Only One MikeMixed (Stick Around)Mike Epps: Only One Mike continues Netflix line of comedy tapings which may get a few chuckles out of you, but certainly aren’t specials.
Director(s) Kevin Bray
Written By Mike Epps
Date Released 6/25/2019
Genre(s) Stand Up Comedy
Good If You Like
  • Jokes Which Aren’t That Complicated
  • Comedy Which Focuses On Cracking On People
  • Self-Deprecation
  • Urban-Focused Comedy
Isn’t For You If You
  • Storyteller Comedy
  • Jokes Which Craft A Narrative
  • Mature comedy, In Terms Of Beyond Being Sexual & Having Cursewords
  • Don’t Like The Majority Of The Show Being Crowd Work
Noted Cast
Himself Mike Epps
Laura Mvula: Generation AnxietyMixed (Stick Around)While you could write this off as a 15-minute“Celebrities Are Like Us” piece, there is an attempt to get you to understand how debilitating anxiety can be and that those who suffer from it are not alone.
Louis C.K. 2017Positive (Watch This)2017 isn’t so much a comedy special but the amusing musings of Louis C.K. which range from why he could not be a gay man, his complicated feelings on abortion, parenthood, suicide, religion, and relationships. Which will make you laugh but, at times, more so think about his out there perspectives.
Rock and a Hard PlaceMixed (Stick Around)For those of you familiar with the movie Major Payne from the 90s, imagine all the comedic elements stripped and Payne being part of a reform school. This documentary strongly resembles the hardline efforts you might remember in that movie as various men and women try to not only give these young cadets second chances but make them into men.
Dave Chappelle: Deep In The Heart of TexasMixed (Stick Around)The 2nd special which premiered on Netflix doesn’t up the ante or maintain the quality of the first, but it’s good enough that the desire to complain is minimum.
Dave Chappelle: The Age of SpinPositive (Watch This) | RecommendedAfter the “Meh” Trevor Noah special and Amy Schumer’s which was, like a cheap knockoff of a brand name comedian, Chappelle redeems Netflix’s comedy lineup with “The Age of Spin.”
Amy Schumer (The Leather Special)Negative (Niche Show)I’d like to think I enjoy vulgar comedy. After all, the majority of comedians I like can’t do a complete stand-up performance without some mention of bodily fluids, sex, or cursing. Much less, I’m a fan of the people Judd Apatow made famous. Yet, while I loved Trainwreck, I felt reminded why I have never watched Amy Schumer’s comedy show.
The Watsons Go to BirminghamPositive (Watch This)The Watsons Go To Birmingham is a book, I believe, I had to read sometime in Middle School. Unfortunately I don’t remember one bit of it, but if this film don’t do it justice, than I doubt any other would. For, we have the established Anika Noni Rose and Wood Harris playing the parents, the young Mr. Bryce C. Jenkins who was in Easy A, Skai Jackson who seems to be a Disney child, and Mr. Harrison Knight who maybe someone to be considered up and coming. There is also David Alan Grier, who slightly redeems himself after Peeples, and LaTanya Richardson, who may probably be easier identified as Samuel L. Jackson’s wife, but has quite a few movies under her belt which make you wonder “which one was she?”
Steins;Gate the Movie: Loading Area of Déjà vuPositive (Watch This)Being a fan of the original Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate series, I was waiting a long time for this OVA to be released. The original, though originally just a silly anime, got serious and made me cry tears. And, the OVA did as well, for while there were stronger episodes in the series than the OVA is as a whole, it reminds you why you loved the series.
The Trans ListPositive (Watch This)The Trans List, in many ways, seems like the thereafter or “Where Are They Now” sequel to Laverne Cox’s The T Word. For with each struggle as a child, teen or young adult, you have this person who made it. They sometimes aren’t 100% sure how, but here they are. Alive, living, and for the most part, happy. Thus giving hope to those who question or know that no matter the path you may take, there is a rainbow after the storm.
Trevor Noah: Afraid of the DarkPositive (Watch This)While Trevor Noah, like many comedians today, dabbles in observations on politics, traveling and life, there isn’t a lot of yelling, screaming, cursing and what have you. It’s about the storytelling, the use of accents, and the type of comedy you hear from friends every day. Just laced up well into an hour long special.Trevor Noah
Akatsuki no Yona [Yona of the Dawn] (OVA): Sono Se NiwaMixed (Stick Around)What seemed like a silly OVA, which could have become perverted, thankfully is about exploring Gija’s relationship with his father, as well as hinting at Jeaha’s childhood.

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Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones Summary

Dave is a comedian. It’s how he has made his living for decades and, like many comedians, he finds scrutiny over his jokes obscene. If he makes a joke about kids being molested by Michael Jackson, and notes he is a victim blamer, does that mean he was a pedophile? Even if he asks why wouldn’t Michael Jackson go for Macaulay Culkin?

What about the LGBTQ+ community? Is it right for him to question and prod a sensitive community? One which struggles with oppression, just like he does in a way as a Black man? Is the complexity of being a rich Black man not adjacent to being a white gay man who knows he should have a certain amount of privilege yet is denied it? 

In Sticks & Stones, the point seems to be what the point is for most talented comedians: I want you to look into this mirror and tell me what you see. Does it make sense to you? How the opioid epidemic is a big deal yet for the crack epidemic the most they did was a campaign which said, “Just Say No?” What about mass shootings and suicide? What can be said when a rich celebrity commits suicide but a 45 year old who managers a footlocker and lives with his mom doesn’t?

These are some of the idea explored and, if you can get past the jokes, which can be seen as offensive, you may understand why the joke is presented. It’s all about being the sugar to the nasty truth which is American society.

Review

Highlights

Peak Don’t Give A F***

You know how, for many, there is that certain age that’s hit when people stop filtering themselves since they think their age, and what they’ve been through, have given them the privilege to say what they want? Dave might be in that zone, if not in that tax bracket. For his whole victim blaming segment, that’s peak, “I could get cancelled today and still do well for the rest of my life.” Which, honestly, I’m not mad at.

For imagine Dave being afraid to talk about Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., or even Jussie Smollett? What about Dave not talking about the LGBTQ community due to a handful of articles? Articles that, in the long run, act as free press? That wouldn’t be Dave Chappelle. Hell, not only would it not be Dave Chappelle but Dave would be wasting the privilege he has as a veteran who actually is successful. One who, rather than use his privilege to start a dramatic acting career, decides to delve deeper into comedy. Say the kind of stuff people who just came out, or been in the game but don’t have much to show for it, can’t. That’s Dave’s lane and he is cruising down it with his iconic laugh louder than his horn telling you he is rich b****.

The Storytelling

The best thing about Dave is that he is a storyteller who happens to tell jokes. Also, not all of his stories end with a punch line. For example, while doing Chappelle Show, he had to go to standards and practices over using the word f****t in a sketch. He understood why he couldn’t use it, and dropped it. However, he had to ask the person in charge why he could use the N-word then? The explanation? Because he is Black and not gay, so he could use one word but not the other. Dave’s retort? But I’m Black but not a n***a. 

Which may sound simple, but it is a story which helps you understand how strange networks and the industry is. It also reminds you that as silly and weird Dave’s stories can be, like the LGBTQ community traveling towards acceptance, or equality, in a car, he isn’t being offensive and silly just to get a rise out of people. As noted in the summary, the whole idea here is for you to understand how strange life is outside of your bubble. Be it in communities you don’t deal with or the ones you are in. Because bias is a hell of a thing and damn near all of us are guilty of it.

It’s Generally Funny

As noted in his past Netflix specials, Dave is beyond gut-twisting funny. He does want to make you laugh, but he isn’t trying to be a jester anymore. Be it what happened at the end of Chappelle Show or other events in his life, he doesn’t want you to laugh at him but with him. Which brings about a whole new dynamic for you aren’t laughing at his pain or awkwardness now. Instead, you got to be in his shoes and deal with situations like how awkward it can be to buy a gun from KMART to handle opioid addicts in the area. 

And I know, that may not sound funny to read about, but that’s what makes a good comedian. How do you make what could be twisted into something strange, even horrific, into something funny? Talent. Making it so, even if it seems gender, sexuality, or even race specific, opening it up to be general so anyone and everyone can relate and understand what’s going on and laugh. 

While Political, It Doesn’t Bring Up Trump

From gun control, to the opioid epidemic, Dave touches upon issues which clearly need government intervention beyond “Just Say No.” And thankfully, Trump isn’t mentioned once. Which is good to me since, honestly, there is nothing worse than, after year one, people talking about an unpopular president and honing in on their looks and the way they talk. It is lazy and dances around the issue. So for Dave to make it personal, in terms of how easily he got a gun, how people look in his community, you get a balance. 

For oftentimes comedy, especially with Black comedians, is a “Us vs. Them” kind of thing. What Black people do, versus white people. However, Dave makes it clear by the end of the show, only a few decisions, be it personal or in our DNA, separate everyone. Not in a “We Are The World” way, but in a straight-up, “I make fun of people I can identify with.” Hence his connection between Anthony Bourdain and this dude he knew who was 45 and somehow still trying to survive. That’s why he brings up Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., and Michael Jackson. Also, why he makes an effort to talk about the people in his community in Ohio. All it would take is a big enough scandal for him to end up infamous like any of them. 

Thus leading to him being 46, as of a few days ago, and weathering highly public scandals which don’t seek to understand the context but see solely what is surface level. Twist words to produce clickbait and the kind of headlines that could lead to his gigs being cancelled like his peers. Which isn’t to downplay how many believe Chappelle’s words are callous and that he is using vulnerable communities for a joke. However, I’d submit the point is with his comments is that everyone is vulnerable and that connects us. The problem is we all have these shields up and stab about at the most subtle signs of attack. Making us ultimately incredibly sensitive solely to what we go through, in our own communities, and have forgotten laughter is the cheapest medicine for most things.

Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones Overall: Positive (Watch This)Recommended

Chappelle continues to show why his career didn’t begin and end with one show, or even Half Baked. He has diversity in his set, his jokes, and storytelling which reminds you what it means to have a comedy special vs. just a comedy taping. Hence the positive label and recommendation.

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