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.
|Genre(s)||Isekai, Drama, Action|
|Good If You Like|
|Isn’t For You If You|
|Myne||Bridcutt Sarah Emi|
|King Autocray||Nakano Yutaka|
|Queen Mirellia||Inoue Kikuko|
|Pope Balmus||Sugou Takayuki|
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For reasons unknown, Naofumi, Ren, Motoyasu, and Itsuki find themselves transported to the Kingdom of Melromarc and expected to defend the kingdom against waves of demons. Now, why do these waves happen, how many must be defeated, is there a way home? Some questions are answered, and some not. But, before the lead character, Naofumi, can even begin, he is accused of raping one of the princesses of the kingdom, Myne. Due to the accusation, and Melromarc being a matriarchy, Naofumi is seen as a social pariah. One that doesn’t end up in jail solely due to being what is known as a Cardinal hero.
Thus leaving Naofumi, early on, with a massive handicap. For on top of his reputation preceding any and all interactions, he is cursed with being the shield hero. Meaning, he is only able to defend from attacks and can’t go on the offensive. Luckily though, despite his reputation, those like Dorei-shou, a slaver, only care about money. Leading to Naofumi purchasing two allies. The first being Raphtalia, a demi-human fox, and Filo, a demi-human whose demon form looks like a Final Fantasy Chocobo.
Together, they support Naofumi, who becomes a paternal figure to them, as he faces off monsters in the field, as well as the other heroes, specifically Motoyasu, the waves, and much more.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- General: Anyone else wonder if Elhart gets any flack for still backing Naofumi despite his less than popular antics?
- Episode 8: How powerful is Filo to be swallowed whole, by a dragon, and yet not have a scratch on her?
- Considering the waves hit each kingdom, and Fitoria seemingly was handling them alone, how quickly did she squash the other waves and why didn’t she ever help the cardinal heroes? Especially when it came to Glass and the others?
- So if Raphtalia and Filo didn’t get to choose their class upgrades, would it have been so terrible to tell us what they did get?
- How does Filo breathe underwater?
Naofumi’s Suffering Early On – 90
Isekai anime (Person travels from their world to an unfamiliar one, often with new powers) feels increasingly common. However, while most establish themselves as comedies like How Not To Summon a Demon Lord, or straight dramas like Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash), we were given something in the middle with The Rising of the Shield Hero. It wasn’t overly funny, but was capable of being light. Yet, between Noafumi being accused of rape, embracing being a social pariah, and dealing with people thinking he was capable of rape, it got dark multiple times. Though, better than being dark, in terms of piling stuff onto our protagonist, it was able to harness a sense of emotion. All the while, not trying to seem overly sympathetic. Which is rare for our viewing habits since usually when shows go “dark” it is just by having something graphic rather than tap into the fact the characters should be seen as real people.
Raphtalia – 89
Case in point, Raphtalia. She lost her family in a wave, humans massacred her village, and she was enslaved. Her background is heartbreaking enough to cry. Making Naofumi, albeit callously at first, training her to be his sword, and raising her almost like a daughter something which crafts many emotional moments. But, even without noting her relationship to Naofumi, Raphtalia’s story of survival is tragic and showed how great the writing could be, even past the show’s first few episodes.
Raphtalia, Filo, and Naofumi’s Relationship – 88
Tapping into the aforementioned family relationship Naofumi crafted, truly, during the majority of the show, when Naofumi isn’t dealing with waves, the Cardinal Heroes, or royals, that is what makes the show. Granted, in the long run, you may feel they could have had this group’s side quest be shorter and dedicated to other things. However, considering how their relationships allowed Naofumi some form of depth, cracked open Raphtalia, and created this adorable father/daughter relationship, it became a lifeline when the show began to lose its luster.
It Teases Seeing Other Kingdoms But Never Leaves Melromarc – 65
From a kingdom ruled by demi-humans, and one which has mercenaries, we are teased about various worlds which could be of great interest. However, despite Naofumi hating it in Melromarc, and the King not caring for him one bit, they never get the opportunity to leave the kingdom. They are trapped, and we are forced to watch Naofumi run around Melromarc until he is coerced to return to the capital.
We Don’t Learn Much About Naofumi’s Life Before Melromarc – 64
Naofumi barely, if ever, after the first episode, talks about his family or life before Melromarc. That includes with Raphtalia who goes from being like a daughter to someone who is in love with him. All of which seems strange since it isn’t like Naofumi hated his former life and is glad he got away. He had a relationship with his little brother and seemed like he wasn’t a NEET. Not to say his life was a dream but you’d think there would be a reason or drive for him to want back home, talk about home, and even wonder what his brother was doing.
The Other Cardinal Heroes Aren’t Developed – 63
But, to make things worse, when it comes to the other heroes, we learn their name, age, that they aren’t from the same Japan timeline as Naofumi, and that’s it. After that, all we get is pure personality, and with each one so rooted in an archetype, they seem like they could be interchangeable with other Isekai anime.
The Queen’s Secret Army Wasn’t Fleshed Out – 62
The shadows Queen Mirellia use are of great interest and help build her into an interesting figure on the show. Especially as it is made to seem between being trapped or in exile, she needs them to do what she cannot. But, in time, we learn Queen Mirellia was just conducting peace talks and the shadow army not only loses notoriety but even the girl we often see, she isn’t named or developed. They just exist.
Despite The Class Upgrade Being Made Into A Thing, We Didn’t Really See Any Notable Change – 61
One of the big things halfway through the season is Naofumi’s crew reaching a level cap and needing a class upgrade. Something they fight hard for and even try to leave the country to do. Yet, when they finally get to upgrade not only do we not get to see any notable changes, but we are told Filo and Raphtalia didn’t get to choose their upgrade. Leading to a firm establishment of the show building us up to moments where it falls on its face.
On The Fence
The Show’s Villains – 70
From Myne to the pope, Motoyasu as well, the show didn’t really have a solid villain. And while Glass seemed like she was perfect for that role, she is only in about 3-4 episodes. Also, there are huge gaps from when the show starts and her first introduction, then until we see her again near the end of the season. Leaving us with clowns for villains and Naofumi’s emotions becoming the closest thing to a formidable adversary on the show.
The Action – 71
For an action anime, there aren’t a huge amount of battles which you can say were choreographed and drawn in such a way it was stunning. Mind you, it isn’t like the art style is AAA, big budget, or anything like that. However, you will rarely, if ever, feel anyone’s life is legitimately threatened and barely will there be moments when you are shocked by a new move or how a battle finishes. A lot of the time, battles service the story but don’t act as the exclamation point they feel like they should be.
What You’re Left With Is A Origin Story – 75
The 25 episodes you watch ultimately feel like an unnecessarily long origin story. One of how the Shield Hero, Naofumi, started from the bottom, slowly won the hearts of the people, cleared his name, and then accepted his life in Melromarc could potentially be permanent. Which kind of sucked since it made all of the side quest he did, which did attribute to him leveling up, feel like filler. Not of a useless variety, but something which certainly could have been cut and not have caused much of a disruption to the story.
Despite A Sense Of Culture Presented, Many Aspects Go Ignored – 72
The Rising of the Shield Hero isn’t without giving Melromarc and the world at large a sense of culture. We learn the history of villages, human and demi-human interactions, are introduced to local religions, as well as the various governments. However, a lot of it may feel surface level. For example, we know there are two major religions, one which is dedicated to the shield hero and the other to their peers. As for why this split? That isn’t gone into in depth. We are told the Shield Hero has been one of the more kind heroes, towards Demi-humans anyway, but why there is a legacy which preceeds Naofumi isn’t gone into.
In fact, a lot of what the last set of heroes did isn’t really uncovered despite how that information could greatly help the new heroes who know nothing of this world. And it just adds up from there. Leaving you feeling that that so much gets touched on but no sooner than a facet of the world is introduced, the show moves onto the next topic.
Overall: Mixed (Stick Around)
The sole issue of The Rising of the Shield Hero is that it is the kind of anime which focuses more on building a large foundation versus creating an actual structure. And while we are shown blueprints of where things could go, given reasons to have faith by getting heartbreaking episodes, season 1 feels unfinished – even after 25 episodes. Leaving you to wonder if The Rising of the Shield Hero, like Black Clover and others, was meant to go on for 100 episodes or more – hence how the season end?
Which is why this is being labeled to stick around for. While there currently isn’t any word if we’ll get a second season, one could only hope things don’t end here. For if this is truly the end, the show will be left feeling a bit lackluster considering multiple high points throughout the season.
Has Another Season Been Confirmed?
Yes – A season 2 & 3.
Thoughts On Another Season
As noted, the main issue with season 1 is lack of information. So with Naofumi’s present setup, if this show was given an additional 10 episodes or, god forbid, 25, there is a lot of ground to cover. Just venturing to the other three kingdoms, and meeting the rulers and how things work there, could easily fill a whole season. Add in the complicated matter of how Glass’ world conflicts with Naofumi and how one or the other must die for the waves to possibly end, and another season would be welcomed with open arms.
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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 1 Positive (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 1 Mixed (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 1 Negative (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 1 Positive (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 1 Positive (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 1 Negative (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 1 Positive (Watch This) | Recommended Vida 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 1 Mixed (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 2 Positive (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 2 Positive (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 2 Positive (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 1 Positive (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 1 Mixed (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 1 Positive (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 2 Negative (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 1 Positive (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 1 Negative (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 1 Negative (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 1 Mixed (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 1 Negative (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 1 Mixed (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 1 Mixed (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 2 Positive (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 3 Positive (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 1 Mixed (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 1 Mixed (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 2 Positive (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 2 Positive (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 3 Mixed (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 1 Mixed (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 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 1 Mixed (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 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 1 Mixed (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 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 2 Positive (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 2 Mixed (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 2 Positive (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 1 Positive (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 2 Positive (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 2 Mixed (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 1a Positive (Watch This) | Recommended In 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 1 Positive (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 3 Positive (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 1 Mixed (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 1 Positive (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 1 Positive (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 1 Mixed (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 1 Mixed (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 3 Mixed (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 1 Positive (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 2 Positive (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 1 Mixed (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 1 Mixed (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 2 Mixed (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 1 Mixed (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 1 Positive (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 This Isn’t For You If You Prefer Shows Featuring Epic Adventures Throughout The World Noted Cast Goblin Slayer Umehara Yuuichirou Onna Ogura Yui Tokage Sugita Tomokazu Kouhito Nakamura Yuuichi Yousei Touyama Nao Dirty John: Season 1 Mixed (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 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 1 Positive (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 Isn’t For You If You Are Expecting A Bunch of Sex Jokes & Comical Situations 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 1 Positive (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 Isn’t For You If You Don’t Excuse Bad Behavior Due To Someone’s Background or Upbringing 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 1 Negative (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 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 1 Mixed (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 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 3 Positive (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 Good If You Like Experiencing laughing, crying, and receiving a message all in one episode 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 1 Mixed (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 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 2 Mixed (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 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 2 Mixed (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 Isn’t For You If You Want Strong, Formidable Villains 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 2 Mixed (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 Isn’t For You If You Feel Ensemble Dramas Should Equally Focus On All Cast Members 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 4 Mixed (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 Isn’t For You If You Prefer A More Serious Tone To The Idea Of Angels, Demons, and The Chaos They Bring 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 3 Mixed (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 Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Large Ensemble Casts In Which Some Cast Members Are Forgotten Periodically 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 2 Positive (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 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 1 Mixed (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 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 8 Mixed (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 1 Mixed (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 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 2 Negative (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 Isn’t For You If You Want The Women To Have Equal Development To The Men 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 1 Mixed (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 Isn’t For You If You 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 1 Mixed (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 Isn’t For You If You 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 Lives Mixed (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 Isn’t For You If You Aren’t Into Juvenile Humor Noted Cast Himself Adam DeVine Wanda Sykes: Not Normal Mixed (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 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 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 Beyoncé Positive (Watch This) 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 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: Irresponsible Mixed (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: Growing Positive (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 Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Amy Schumer Noted Performers Herself Amy Schumer Leaving Neverland (2019) – Part 2 Mixed (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 1 Negative (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 Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like When A Classic Show Gets Modernized 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 Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Cheap Jokes On Occasion Noted Cast Himself Ken Jeong Kevin Hart’s Guide To Black History Positive (Watch This) | Recommended Kevin 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 Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like Embellishment, Surrounding Pertinent Facts Noted Cast Kevin Kevin Hart Riley Saniyya Sidney Jeffrey Eoghan Thomas Murphy Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All Positive (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 Isn’t For You If You Prefer Vulgar or Sexual Comedy Noted Cast Himself Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias Rent: Live Mixed (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 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: Relatable Positive (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 Noted Cast Herself Ellen DeGeneres Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia Positive (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 Featuring Himself Trevor Noah Latin History For Morons Positive (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 Noted Cast Himself John Leguizamo D.L. Hughley: Contrarian Mixed (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 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 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 People Positive (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 Millennial Mixed (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 Noted Actors Herself Iliza Shlesinger The Comedy Lineup: Part 1 Mixed (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-ish Positive (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 Field Positive (Watch This) | Recommended Over 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: Tamborine Positive (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 So Positive (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 America Mixed (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 Revelation Positive (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: Equanimity Mixed (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 Return Mixed (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 Lady Positive (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 Black Mixed (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 Culpa Negative (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 25 Mixed (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 Disaster Positive (Watch This) While Jeff Dunham’s stereotypical puppets are losing their edge, Walter and Peanut help show Jeff still has it. Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast Positive (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 Hollywood Mixed (Stick Around) While not a potential classic, and kind of disappointing after Girl’s Trip, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood is a decent comedy special. The Defiant Ones: Part 4 The 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 3 At 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 2 As 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 1 Positive (Watch This) | Recommended Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive Positive (Watch This) | Recommended In 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 Cobra Mixed (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 Mike Mixed (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 Isn’t For You If You Noted Cast Himself Mike Epps Laura Mvula: Generation Anxiety Mixed (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. 2017 Positive (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 Place Mixed (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 Texas Mixed (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 Spin Positive (Watch This) | Recommended After 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 Birmingham Positive (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 vu Positive (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 List Positive (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 Dark Positive (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 Niwa Mixed (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.
Shows With Teens Doing What The Adults Should
US vs. Russians
Hate When Formidable Villains Are Defeated Indirectly
Dislike Many Deaths Not Having The Impact They Should
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.
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.
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
Seeing Lead Characters Emotionally Grow and Develop
Slight Harem Inclusion
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
A Villain Who You Love You Hate
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
Were Expecting A Lot Of Gillian Anderson
Just Wanted To See A Lot Of Female Nudity
Supporting Characters Who Grow On You
The End of the F***ing World
Are Expecting A Hilarious Comedy
Don’t Like Shows With A Villain In The Style of Adam West’s Take On Joker
Like Charismatic Villains
Think Most CW Shows Are Trash
Notable season to season growth and story development
Interpersonal Relationships Between Characters
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
Female Empowerment/ Feminist Messaging
Magic With A Sense of Culture Behind It
Don’t Like Characters Who Are So Impetuous and Lucky That It’s A Surprise They Aren’t Dead
Characters With A High Level of Stubbornness
Need Awe-Inspiring Romance
Don’t Like Drama, Sometimes, For The Sake Of Drama
Episodic Police Cases
Playing With The Lore Of Heaven, Hell, Demons, and Angels
Don’t Want Watch Past Seasons & Just Jump Right In
R&B and Gospel Music
Messy Storylines & Characters
Hard Conversations Between Friends & Family About Topics Which Caused Trauma
The Occasional Over The Top Performance
The Occasional Emotional Episode or Scene
Redemption or Life-Changing Stories
Seeing People Be Petty
A Show Focused On Young Women
A Coming Of Age Show Not Focused On Sex, Drugs, and Has Minimal Debauchery
Shows Which Focus On Kids As Much As Adults
Shows In Urban Areas Not Soley Focused On Violence
Seeing Young Boys Become 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
DeVine’s Comedic Style
Self Deprecating Humor
Jokes On The Differences Between French/White Culture & Black American Culture
When Comedy Was Not Politically Correct
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.
Hearing Music Which, At Minimum, Will Make You Bob Your Head
Watching Legendary Performances
Jokes About Marriage
Seeing Kim On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown – Multiple Times
Wanted A Straight Adaptation of Kim Possible Like How Disney Has Been Adapting Most Of Its Movies From Animation To Live Action
Self-Deprecation & Ego-Based Jokes
Kevin Hart’s Comedy Style
Stories About Family, Being Star Struck, Traveling, and Relationships
Random Sounds, Noises, And Comically Done Accents
Comedians Who Are Diverse And Can Take You From Saying N**** In Every Other Sentence To Hitting You With Some Culture
Comedy About Growing Up Poor
Jokes About How Wealthy Ellen Is Now
Traveling While Black Stories
America v. The Rest of The World Stories
One Man Shows
Biopics Which Have Sad and Tear Jerky Moments, But Don’t Force You To Feel The Full Effect Of Them
Baby Momma Drama
Slightly Stiff Performances
Jokes about Meeting People At A Club
Comedians who use voices and make animal sounds
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.
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