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Stranger Things: Season 3 – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

Community Rating: 75.62% (2)

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 Like80s Sci-Fi/ Fantasy

Shows With Teens Doing What The Adults Should

Giant Monsters

US vs. Russians

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

Hate When Formidable Villains Are Defeated Indirectly

Dislike Many Deaths Not Having The Impact They Should

Noted Cast
ElMillie Bobby Brown
MikeFinn Wolfhard
LucasCaleb McLaughlin
MaxSadie Sink
DustinGaten Matarazzo
WillNoah Schnapp
NancyNatalia Dyer
JonathanCharlie Heaton
SteveJoe Keery
RobinMaya Hawke
BillyDacre Montgomery
MurrayBrett Gelman
JoyceWinona Ryder
Dr. OwensPaul Reiser
EricaPriah Ferguson
GrigoriAndrey Ivchenko
KarenCara Buono
HopperDavid Harbor

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Summary

It has been less than a year since the events of season 2, and the kids are trying to enjoy their summer. El and Mike by making out as much as possible, Lucas and Max have an off, and on relationship, Dustin just got back from camp, allegedly even got a girlfriend, and as for Will? Well, he is getting left behind as he hasn’t really gotten into dating and prefers to play D&D.

As for the teenagers? Well, Nancy is still taking advantage of Jonathan and upset her newspaper internship is purely her paying dues and not doing any meaningful work. Unlike Jonathan who is developing photos all day. Then, when it comes to our beloved Steve? He is working at the mall, with a new friend Robin, who picks with him like she is his sister. Lastly, Billy works at the pool where every girl and woman, even the moms, ogle him.

But, of course, the peace and sense of normalcy doesn’t last. Russians, since the US government decided to abandon opening the gate, have picked up where they left off. Leading to the Mind Flayer returning and wanting revenge. Making it so the kids, teens, and adults, all are drawn back into the chaos they thought was over.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

Murray waving his hands with blueprints in them.
Murray: Yoo hoo!
  1. Were Max and El spending Max’s money at the mall?
  2. Did Billy think he was working with the devil, an alien, or was he just so out of it that he was barely thinking at all?
  3. So is killing someone formerly possessed by the Mind Flayer considered murder?
  4. What’s the likelihood of Murray being gay or sexually fluid? Or was he just getting close to Alexei and that’s it?
  5. Who is the American mentioned at the end of the episode? Could that be Hopper? Within 3 months, who is to say, like El in season 1 going into season 2, he didn’t disappear but end up rematerializing in the Upside Down? Then, since the Russians won’t quit, finding a way back over and ending up in Russia?
  6. How was the Mind Flayer defeated if the Russians have a live Demogorgon? They are on the lower end of the Upside Down monsters and can’t exist in our world unless the gate is open. So how in the world did the kids and adults defeat the Mind Flayer and, if the gate is open again, does that mean it is starting things up in Russia now?
  7. Anyone else surprised the news didn’t cover the disappearance/ death of 20+ people more?
  8. What happened to the Russians that were still around as Joyce and Murray were leaving?
  9. Was the main thing Dr. Owens did was cover everything up or something beyond that?
  10. Where is Joyce moving to and how was it decided she’d take El?
  11. Where is Murray after the time jump?
  12. So will season 4 just be about El getting her powers back?
  13. How did Erica and Dustin’s parents react to them being gone as long as they were?
  14. Did Dr. Owens interrogate the kids, and Joyce, since they not only experienced something supernatural but also fought Russians?
  15. What is the likelihood Grigori had superiors who know of Hopper and his associates?
  16. Will the Starcourt be rebuilt or will locals refocus on main street stores? If there is a recovery of either at all.
  17. How does Will feel about El basically becoming his adopted sister? Much less, how does El feel about Joyce becoming her adopted mom? It isn’t like any of the combinations with El have been that close.
  18. Who bought Joyce’s house?
  19. How was Billy’s death explained to Max’s parents?
  20. Considering the lack of security on “The Lab,” the government used to operate, will there be more considering all that was under the Starcourt right under everyone’s noses?
  21. Was there a funeral for Hopper and who said what?
  22. Is It Wrong To Have Hoped & Expected Kali and The Others To Show Up?

Highlights

El Getting A Sense Of Normalcy – 85

After the events of the first season, and pretty much living out the entire series as a weapon, El finally got a sense of normalcy on the show. She and Mike were just a boy and girl in love, Max and she became girlfriends and, for a few episodes, she only used her powers for trivial things. All of which was a nice change of pace for a character who pretty much has only know trauma, loss, and some sense of isolation.

Dustin – 89

Dustin and Steve at his job.

Since the beginning, Dustin may have been seen as a comic relief, especially because of his scream, but this season reminded you how essential he is to the show. In many ways, Dustin has a level of compatibility, chemistry, that the others don’t necessarily have. For whether we’re talking about Erica or Robin, Dustin helps them get acclimated and also makes their sudden important seem natural. Which, of course, you have to also add in Steve’s help. Yet, lest we forget, it was Dustin who helped Steve go from the high school ass**** to one of the most lovable characters on Stranger Things.

So put some respect on his name and singing talents.

The Diverse Depiction Of Women & Girls – 90

Often times, diversity can be seen strictly in just casting someone who isn’t a white male, and it is left at that. Also, usually there is a restriction in age, size, gender performance, and sometimes sexuality. Stranger Things is a tad different. For while no one physically took the place of Barb and gave us someone who didn’t look like a top of the pyramid cheerleader, either past or present, there was diversity in other ways.

For example, we got Erica who is very in your face, curious and, though she hates to admit it, a bit nerdy. Then there is Nancy who is very girly girl, oblivious to her various privileges, and then there is Max and Robin. Max is this interesting mix of many of the ladies in that she can be as aggressive as Erica, girly as Nancy, yet also has this sort of tomboy vibe like Robin has.

And speaking of the newest young woman, Robin brings on queer representation to the show. Also, like Erica, she presents some comic relief, and while Max is relegated to a smaller role this season, Robin is made damn near to be an equal amongst the teens. And while she doesn’t necessarily get a big moment, outside of coming out, she has quickly made herself essential.

Robin laying on the floor.

Lastly, when it comes to the adults, you have to appreciate what Joyce and Karen bring to the show. Joyce is struggling as a single parent, yet remains curious about life. She doesn’t just let things happen to her but is willing to fight and struggle for them to change. Which isn’t to put down Karen, but it does show the difficulty there once was for women to be mobile socially and economically. Leading to you understanding why Nancy, despite how aggravating she can be, is often encouraged to do what she wants, despite the consequences. After all, would it be as grating if it was Jonathan or the boys taking on such initiative? Even if it meant exploiting others?

Murray – 80

While, again, not a huge part of this season, just as he wasn’t really of the last, you have to enjoy Murray’s quirks. Be it him pushing a ship hard and forcing them to maybe act on their underlying feelings, or just being this weird, comical dude without patience. I won’t say that Murray should become a core and more consistently seen character, but I think he has to show up once a season and stick around at least.

Billy’s Death – 84

A lot of people, named characters and random people introduced this season, die. However, the only one which had any real impact, and was left to be a definitive death, was Billy’s. And between El going into his memories and his final words being an apology to Max, Billy’s death is the only one which ends with a period or even exclamation point. Unlike others who died to prove the ruthlessness of others or had their deaths left on an ellipsis.

Low Points

The Russians – 64

The main issue with the Russians is that they repeated what the Americans were doing but seemed to be less organized and easier to infiltrate. That second part, especially, was what undercut them. For whether you are talking about Hopper, Joyce, and Murray breaking in, or the kids coming in and leaving, it made them look inept in ways which made it hard to take them seriously. Even with Grigori presenting himself as an adept soldier.

The Possibility of Hopper Still Being Alive – 65

Billy’s death is the only one which is worth praising since, even as the laser blew up, while we saw many Russians clearly get killed, the same couldn’t be said for Hopper. And while the show has this beautiful letter he wrote for El readout, there was this sense his death isn’t real. Which, admittedly, is common. However, with the Russians noting they have an American, and not showing who, it leaves a door open for his return and it makes the ending he had so cheap. Killing any real need to worry or feel anything for him.

On The Fence

The Mind Flayer – 79

This season, the Mind Flayer took over multiple people and the size we saw in the Upside Down, it didn’t get that big, but it did get massive. Making the way they escalated the villain quite awesome and kept it relatively fresh. However, with it being defeated indirectly, solely due to the gate closing again, that was a major bummer.

Nancy – 75

Nancy talking to her mom.

Nancy is one of those characters who aren’t likable, yet you recognize she is also essential. Actually, let me rephrase, I don’t like Nancy because of the way she treats and talks to Jonathan, and due to her being privileged. Which, strangely, members of her family don’t exhibit anywhere near the level she does. Yet, you have to admire her taking the initiative at work and usually being one of the first to grab a weapon to help El. So while she may not be as lovable as El, Max, or Robin, there is no denying if she were to die or leave the show it would be a noticeable absence.

The Relationships – 70

Most of the relationships seem rooted in trauma more so than love. It’s something Jonathan says to Nancy, and it really puts things into perspective. If it wasn’t for them both experiencing the Mind Flayer and Demogorgon phenomena together, he and Nancy wouldn’t be together. Heck, if Jonathan wasn’t such a pushover, Nancy wouldn’t be with him.

From there, it spreads. Joyce and Hopper aren’t so much cute together because of their past, but simply because they can rely on one another through these series of traumatic events. Thus crafting what comes off like chemistry but, as shown through Bob, isn’t the kind which develops into love. It is more about dependability more than anything.

Something we also see in El and Mike’s relationship. For, as Max points out, there is this certain realm of control Mike has over El since he is the most consistent person in her life. So, it makes it where, even with Hopper’s existence, she depends on him for affection and normalcy. Which, after living most of her life traumatized to develop her powers, creates this imbalance that taints any sense of romance.

And of course, lastly, on the negative tip, there is Max and Lucas. Two characters who, in season 2, seemed like they could be cute together, but that is gone in season 3. Max to Lucas just seems like a pale redhead version of Erica. Well, if the two got along better.

Making it so the only relationships which was appealing was Dustin & his girlfriend, Suzie. Who, granted, is very new, and only appears for maybe 15 – 20 minutes the entire season. Yet, with their relationship not being forged from sharing a life or death series of moments, or anything which complicated the relationships named above, it is pure. Add in they are both weird in ways that seem like you could find a couple like them, and it makes them the one romantic reprieve of the season.

Overall: Mixed (Stick Around)

Stranger Things is coming to that point where it is starting to repeat itself and isn’t coming up with new stories that can match or outdo the old ones. And while they upped the Mind Flayer, and Grigori was a formidable villain, their ends weren’t necessarily the one-two combination you could hope for. Grigori made a foolish mistake by being cocky and the Mind Flayer, once more, was solely defeated because the gate closed. Thus leaving the door open for its return.

And, speaking of returns, I’m sure most would agree that when a show kills off a character it is often more about building up suspense and drama than story. Such is the case with leaving the door open for Hopper’s return rather than making it clear he is dead-dead and the rest will have to move on without his leadership. Which, all together, is why this is being labeled as mixed. As with most shows, while season 3 of Stranger Things has its high points, taken as a whole, you’re reminded how hard it must be to keep a show engaging for years. Especially one with a villain that is reused over multiple seasons, who may get more stronger and aggressive, but will ultimately still be defeated. Much less, by the same group of people who seemingly just can’t catch a break in the battle against the villain, or in their personal lives.

Has Another Season Been Confirmed?

No, but it is likely.

Thoughts On Another Season

Max's face as she sees Billy face off against the Mind Flayer and get mutilated.

I’m mixed about the idea. Mostly because the Mind Flayer keeps getting defeated indirectly and not being killed. So unless the show takes things to where it is and fights the Mind Flayer in their element, it will just feel like the show is repeating itself year after year. Add in the whole Russian angle flopped this season, them coming back for another doesn’t inspire much hype. Never mind not definitively killing off Hopper but leaving a door open for his return.

But, with the group separating, that could lead to some interesting moments. As noted in the recaps of this season, we didn’t see Kali and her group and with El losing her powers, now is the perfect time for them to return. Heck, them joining El to defeat the Mind Flayer once and for all could make for an excellent final season. One which, since I like a quality character death, could be the end of El since it seems she is doomed to die if she keeps fighting as hard as she does.

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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
CreatorDavid Shore
Noted Cast
ShaunFreddie Highmore
Dr. GlassmanRichard Schiff
Dr. AndrewsHill Harper
Dr. MelendezNicholas Gonzalez
JaredChuku Modu
ClaireAntonia Thomas
MorganFiona Gubelmann
LeaPaige Spara
Dr. Alex ParkWill Yun Lee
Steve/ EvanDylan Kingwell
Dr. CoyleEric Winter
JessicaBeau Garrett
AllegraTamlyn Tomita
Dr. LimChristina Chang
Dr. MohanCatherine 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
CreatorLena Waithe
Noted Actors
JasonLucien Cambric
CoogieJahking Guillory
RonnieNtare Guma Mbaho Mwine
TracyTai’isha Davis
BrandonJason Mitchell
JerrikaTiffany Boone
LaverneSonja Sohn
GreavyDavid Alan Anderson
QuentinSteven Williams
TriceTosin Morohunfola
JakeMichael Epps
KevinAlex R. Hibbert
RegBarton Fitzpatrick
MaishaGenesis Denise Hale
PapaShamon Brown Jr.
EmmettJacob Latimore
SonnyCedric Young
Miss EthelLaDonna Tittle
AmirBehzad Dabu
HabibAmro Salama
HannibalChris De’Sean Lee
AndreaMariah Gordon
RafiqCommon
TiffanyHannaha Hall
Detective CruzArmando Riesco
Detective WallaceBrian King
Sergent ClemmonsJ. Nicole Brooks
JadaYolonda 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
CreatorLauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
Noted Cast
MonseSierra Capri
RubyJason Genao
JamalBrett Gray
CesarDiego Tinoco
AbuelitaPeggy Blow
OscarJulio Macias
OliviaRonni Hawk
JasmineJessica Marie Garcia
ChivoEmilio Rivera
JuliaLisa Marcos
RoséAngela 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
CreatorKris Mrksa
Noted Cast
MathildaLydia Wilson
HalJoel Fry
JaniceJoanna Scanlan
RoseClaire Rushbrook
NickJames Frecheville
AronRichard Harrington
DaveyBrochan Evans
TrudySian Reese-Williams
PC GravesClare Calbraith
SylviaTara Fitzgerald
EddieDyfan Dwyfor
SeanSam Hazeldine
StephenBrendan 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
CreatorLaeta Kalogridis
Noted Cast
Takeshi (Future – In Ryker’s Sleeve)Joel Kinnaman
Takeshi (Past)Will Yun Lee
Takeshi (Carnage Revival)Byron Mann
KristinMartha Higareda
QuellRenée Elise Goldsberry
LaurensJames Purefoy
ClarissaAnna Van Hooft
Young TakeshiMorgan Gao
Young ReiRiley Lai Nelet
PoeChris Conner
LizzieHayley Law
ReiDichen Lachman
Dimi The TwinTahmoh 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
CreatorKentarō Satō
Noted Cast
AyaOono Yuuko
YatsumuraAkaneya Himika
NijiminSerizawa Yuu
AmagaiHara Yumi
KiyoMatsui Eriko
MikariHondo Kaede
SayukiMao
NanaNakao Ryuusei
SarinaYamazaki Haruka
KanameOkamoto 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
CreatorTanya Saracho
Noted Cast
EmmaMishel Prada
LynMelissa Barrera
VidaRose Portillo
EddySer Anzoategui
MariChelsea Rendon
JohnnyCarlos Miranda
CruzMaria-Elena Laas
TlalocRamses 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
CreatorStephanie Danler
Noted Cast
TessElla Purnell
HowardPaul Sparks
WillEvan Jonigkeit
SashaDaniyar
AriEden Epstein
HeatherJasmine Mathews
JakeTom Sturridge
SimoneCaitlin 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
CreatorLee Daniels, Tom Donaghy
Noted Cast
SimoneBrittany O’Grady
NoahLuke James
CarlottaQueen Latifah
GigiKeke Palmer
AlexRyan Destiny
RoseNaomi Campbell
StarJude Demorest
MauriceLance Gross
AyannaMichael Michele
KarenImani Lewis
AngelEvan Ross
BrodyStephen Dorff
JahilBenjamin Bratt
CassieBrandy Norwood
DerekQuincy Brown
SorayaAnnie Jacob
Miss BruceMiss Lawrence
JacksonMatthew Noszka
CottonAmiyah Scott
OtisDarius McCrary
AndyElijah Kelley
ChristinePatti LaBelle
ArleneNealla Gordon
OmariJustin Marcel McManus
ElliotJack J. Yang
RubyJuanita 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
CreatorBrian Yorkey
Noted Cast
HannahKatherine Langford
OliviaKate Walsh
AndyBrian d’Arcy James
SonyaAllison Miller
DennisWilson Cruz
AlexMiles Heizer
JessicaAlisha Boe
TonyChristian Navarro
TylerDevin Druid
Mr. BolanSteven Weber
JessicaAlisha Boe
BryceJustin Prentice
NinaSamantha Logan
RyanTommy Dorfman
CourtneyMichele Selene Ang
MarcusSteven Silver
SheriAjiona Alexus
ClayDylan Minnette
CyrusBryce Cass
MackenzieChelsea Alden
ZachRoss Butler
SkyeSosie Bacon
Mr. PorterDerek Luke
MontgomeryTimothy Granaderos
ChloeAnne Winters
JustinBrandon Flynn
GarrettBrandon 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
CreatorDonald Glover
Noted Cast
AlBrian Tyree Henry
EarnDonald Glover
SierraAngela Wildflower
TracyKhris Davis
DariusLakeith Stanfield
VanZazie 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
CreatorJustin Simien
Noted Cast
SamLogan Browning
TroyBrandon P Bell
CocoAntoinette Robertson
LionelDeRon Horton
KelseyNia Jervier
BrookeCourtney Sauls
WesleyRudy Martinez
JoelleAshley Blaine Featherson
ReggieMarque Richardson
Officer AmesScott Michael Morgan
MuffyCaitlin Carver
Dean FairbanksObba Babatundé
GabeJohn Patrick Amedori
KurtWyatt Nash
SilvioD.J. Blickenstaff
RikkiTessa 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
CreatorsMara Brock Akil, Salim Akil
Noted Cast
JeffersonCress Williams
JenniferChina Anne McClain
WillDabler
TobiasMarvin ‘Krondon’ Jones III
Lady EveJill Scott
ProctorGregg Henry
AnissaNafessa Williams
LynnChristine Adams
ChenoaShein Mompremier
GraceChantal Thuy
LalaWilliam 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
CreatorHeather Wordham
Noted Cast
AlexaParis Berelc
KatieIsabel May
GwennyKerri Medders
LucasEmery Kelly
LoriTiffani Thiessen
DaveEddie Shin
JenniferJolie Jenkins
RobbieAlan Ritchson
HannahMerit Leighton
ReaganIman Benson
DylanJack 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
CreatorAkatsuki Kana
Noted Cast
VioletIshikawa Yui
Major GilbertNamikawa Daisuke
ClaudiaKoyasu Takehito
LuculiaTadokoro Azusa
CharlotteMegumi Nakajima
AnnMorohoshi Sumire
OscarSatoshi Taki
CattleyaEndou Aya
EricaChihara Minori
BenedictUchiyama Kouki
DiethardKiuchi Hidenobu
IrisTomatsu 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
CreatorFelicia D. Henderson, Charles Holland
Noted Cast
EvaAnika Noni Rose
CecilRuben Santiago-Hudson
CedricPeyton Alex Smith
BryceLarry Rhem
NoniZoe Renee
Clive TaylorRonReaco Lee
EbonieErica Michelle
BoJohnJake Allyn
Coach HardrickSean Blakemore
CarltonE. Roger Mitchell
SydneyJazz Raycole
JuniorMiles Stroter
TerranceKevin Savage
TieshaAeja Lee
JasonRedaric Williams
BronwynKatlynn Simone
Ella GraceJasmine 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
CreatorKore Yamazaki
Noted Cast
ChiseAtsumi Tanezaki
EliasRyota Takeuchi
LindelDaisuke Namikawa
AngelicaYūko Kaida
RenfredSatoshi Hino
JosephAyumu Murase
SilkyAya Endō
AliceMutsumi 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
SophieRie Kugimiya
Martin & QueenRomi Park
SwordTomokazu Seki
GinaAmi Koshimizu
LukeNobunaga Shimazaki
ChristopherDaisuke Namikawa
BishopKenyuu Horiuchi
KingRyūsei 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
CreatorSeita Horio
Noted Cast
MakotoRyuto Iwata
TsubasaHirofumi Nojima
JuriChika Anzai
GrandpaKazuhiro Yamaji
SagawaHozumi Goda
MajimaAsami Seto
TakafumiKoji 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
CreatorSaburouta
Noted Cast
YuzuAyana Taketatsu
MeiMinami Tsuda
HaruminYukiyo Fujii
AmamiyaShou Nogami
SaraHisako Kanemoto
MatsuriShiori 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
CreatorR. Lee Fleming, Jr., Zoe Aarsen
Noted Cast
VioletHaley Ramm
McKennaLiana Liberato
OliviaPeyton List
CandaceAjiona Alexus
AlexBrianne Tju
HenryDylan Sprayberry
TreyJordan Rodrigues
MarcAlex Lange
GabbyLeah 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
CreatorScott Ryan
Noted Cast
RayScott Ryan
FreddyDamon Herriman
GaryJustin Rosniak
BrittChika Yasumura
AllyBrooke Satchwell
BruceNicholas 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
CreatorCarlos Montero, Darío Madrona
Noted Cast
PabloAlberto Vargas
SamuelItzan Escamilla
GuzmánMiguel Bernardeau
MarinaMaría Pedraza
NadiaMina El Hammani
ChristianMiguel Herrán
CarlaEster Expósito
PoloÁlvaro Rico
NanoJaime Lorente
LuDanna Paola
AnderArón Piper
OmarOmar Ayuso
YusefAbdelatif 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
CreatorNick 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
CreatorIssa Rae
Noted Cast
MollyYvonne Orji
LawrenceJay Ellis
IssaIssa Rae
KelliNatasha Rothwell
TiffanyAmanda Seales
CondolaChristina Elmore
DanielY’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
CreatorYukiya Murasaki
Noted Cast
Sakamoto/DiabloMasaaki Mizunaka
SheraYū Serizawa
RemAzumi Waki
SylvieOokubo Rumi
EdelgardKatou Emiri
Lord GalfordOotsuka Akio
AliciaHara Yumi
KeeraIshida 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
CreatorPatrick Somerville
Noted Cast
AnnieEmma Stone
EllieJulia Garner
Dr. RobertRome Kanda
OwenJonah Hill
Jed/ GrimssonBilly Magnussen
OliviaGrace Van Patten
Dr. JamesJustin Theroux
Dr. Greta/ GRTASally Field
Dr. FujitaSonoya Mizuno
PatriciaSelenis 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
CreatorRobia Rashid
Noted Cast
SamKeir Gilchrist
PaigeJenna Boyd
DougMichael Rapaport
ElsaJennifer Jason Leigh
CaseyBrigette Lundy-Paine
EvanGraham Rogers
IzzieFivel Stewart
NateGraham Phillips
JuliaAmy Okuda
LilyNikki Gutman
AmberLayla Weiner
MeganAngel Laketa Moore
ArloMajor Curda
TheoWest Liang
BaileyAriela Barer
ZahidNik Dodani
ShariceChristina Offley
ChristopherAnthony Jacques
Ms. WhitakerCasey Wilson
Officer TimmsJeremiah Birkett
HollyMina 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
CreatorBill Dubuque, Mark Williams
Noted Cast
MartyJason Bateman
DarleneLisa Emery
JacobPeter Mullan
HelenJanet McTeer
FrankJohn Bedford Lloyd
CharlesDarren Goldstein
WendyLaura Linney
JonahSkylar Gaertner
BuddyHarris Yulin
RuthJulia Garner
WyattCharlie Tahan
ThreeCarson Holmes
CadeTrevor Long
RoyJason Butler Harner
RachelJordana Spiro
CharlotteSofia Hublitz
MasonMichael 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
CreatorAva DuVernay
Noted Cast
CharleyDawn-Lyen Gardner
DavisTimon Kyle Durrett
RemyDondre Whitfield
RomeroWalter Perez
MicahNicholas L. Ashe
SamDavid Jensen
Aunt ViTina Lifford
HollywoodOmar J. Dorsey
NovaRutina Wesley
AntMyles Truitt
Ralph AngelKofi Siriboe
BlueEthan Hutchison
DarlaBianca Lawson
KJStevonte Hart
AshaNikko Austen Smith
Too SweetIsaac White
TrinhVivien Ngô
ToineBrian Michael
ProsperHenry G. Sanders
SierraDeja Dee
BennyJaren Mitchell
JacobLea Coco
FrancesAnnalee 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
CreatorSimon Duric

Hania Elkington

Noted Cast
JuneSorcha Groundsell
JohnSam Hazeldine
HarryPercelle Ascott
LewisPhilip Wright
RyanArthur Hughes
SteinarJóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson
BenGuy Pearce
RunaIngunn Beate Øyen
ElenaLaura Birn
SigridLise Risom Olsen
ChristineNadine Marshall
DougJason Done
ShaneAndrew Lee Potts
LilSabrina Bartlett
KamAbigail Hardingham
SamKatie Clarkson-Hill
DeborahClare Calbraith
AndrewAndrew 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
CreatorMara Brock Akil

Salim Akil

Noted Cast
Wiser YasirClarke Peters
YasirWilliam Catlett
Wiser NuriWendy Davis
NuriMichele Weaver
Wiser SeanTim Reid
SeanTyrone Marshall Brown
RubyYootha Wong-Loi-Sing
RoseLoretta Devine
Wiser AngelaVanessa Bell Calloway
AngelaIdara Victor
DeonteDanny Boyd
DestinyTiffany Black
NormanKadeem Hardison
CarolTammy 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
CreatorLauren Gussis
Air Date(s)8/10/2018
Genre(s)Dark Comedy
Good If You LikeOffensive 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
PattyDebby Ryan
Etta MaeCarly Hughes
MagnoliaErinn Westbrook
Bob Barnard (Bob B)Christopher Gorham
AngieSarah Colonna
BrickMichael Provost
CoraleeAlyssa Milano
Stella RoseBeverly D’Angelo
DeeAshley D Kelley
Pastor MikeMichael Ian Black
DixieIrene Choi
DonaldDaniel Kang
NonnieKimmy Shields
ReginaArden Myrin
JulieMichelle 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
CreatorTerri Minsky
Noted Cast
BexLilan Bowden
AndiPeyton Elizabeth Lee
CeliaLauren Tom
BowieTrent Garrett
AmberEmily Skinner
CyrusJoshua Rush
BuffySofia Wylie
TJLuke Mullen
JonahAsher Angel
NatalieShelby Simmons
WalkerDarius Marcell
HamStoney Westmoreland
MartyGarren Stitt
IrisMolly Jackson
MirandaChloe Hurst
MorganEden Grace Redfield
Dr. MetcalfOliver Vaquer
GabrielAnthony 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
CreatorEliot Laurence
Noted Cast
ClayDean Norris
ZlataFranka Potente
RivaAndrea Sooch
DesnaNiecy Nash
Dr. Gregory RuvalJimmy Jean-Louis
JuandaDale Dickey
BryceKevin Rankin
JenniferJenn Lyon
HankHunter Burke
Quiet AnnJudy Reyes
ArleneSuleka Mathew
Dr. KenJason Antoon
DeanHarold Perrineau
VirginiaKarrueche Tran
PollyCarrie Preston
MarnieMorgan Lily
MatildeSheryl Lee Ralph
OlgaKatherine Reis
RollerJack Kesy
ClintMichael 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
CreatorSarah Watson
Noted Cast
KatAisha Dee
AdenaNikohl Boosheri
SuttonMeghann Fahy
JaneKatie Stevens
BenLuca James Lee
RyanDan Jeannotte
JacquelineMelora Hardin
AlexMatt Ward
OliverStephen Conrad Moore
RichardSam Page
AngieShyrley Rodriguez
JessicaTattiawna 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
CreatorRyan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals
Noted Cast
ElektraDominique Jackson
BlancaMj Rodriguez
AngelIndya Moore
DamonRyan Jamaal Swain
Pray TellBilly Porter
DariusCharles Brice
CostasJohnny Sibilly
RickyDyllon Burnside
KeenanBlake Morris
LuluHailie Sahar
CandyAngelica Ross
HelenaCharlayne Woodard
Mr. FordChristopher Meloni
StanEvan Peters
PattyKate Mara
MattJames Van Der Beek
Lil’ PapiAngel 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
CreatorMoira Walley-Beckett
Noted Cast
AnneAmybeth McNulty
BillyChristian Martyn
ColeCory Grüter-Andrew
DianaDalila Bela
MatthewR. H. Thomson
MarillaGeraldine James
JerryAymeric Jett Montaz
GilbertLucas Jade Zumann
SebastianDalmar Abuzeid
Muriel StacyJoanna Douglas
Aunt JosephineDeborah Grover
RachelCorrine Koslo
ThomasPhillip Williams
JeannieBrenda Bazinet
JosieMiranda McKeon
NateTaras Lavren
Mr. DunlopShane Carty
Minnie MayRyan Kiera Armstrong
Mrs. BarryHelen Johns
MaryCara Ricketts
RubyKyla 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
CreatorBruce Miller
Noted Cast
JuneElisabeth Moss
HannahJordana Blake
Serena JoyYvonne Strahovski
EdenSydney Sweeney
NickMax Minghella
EmilyAlexis Bledel
JanineMadeline Brewer
LukeO. T. Fagbenle
MoiraSamira Wiley
RitaAmanda Brugel
Commander LawrenceBradley Whitford
Aunt LydiaAnn Dowd
FredJoseph 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
CreatorJada Pinkett Smith
Noted Cast
HerselfJada Pinkett-Smith
HerselfWillow Smith
HerselfAdrienne Banfield-Jones
HerselfGabrielle Union
HerselfTiffany Haddish
Them selfEJ Johnson
HimselfCesar 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
CreatorAdam Giaudrone
Noted Cast
Natasha ‘Tosh’Madison Pettis
CJRay Cham Jr.
LexiHayley Kiyoko
EricSpence Moore II
WallaceNathaniel Potvin
AnandaDaniela Nieves
AlexJake Austin Walke
JonathanTrey 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
CreatorSam Vincent, Jonathan Brackley
Noted Cast
KarenRuth Bradley
SamBilly Jenkins
NiskaEmily Berrington
MaxIvanno Jeremiah
MattieLucy Carless
LeoColin Morgan
LauraKatherine Parkinson
AudreyYasmine Akram
MiaGemma Chan
AnatoleUkweli Roach
AgnesHolly Earl
JoeTom Goodman-Hill
FlashRitu Arya
StanleyDino Fetscher
AstridBella Dayne
NehaThusitha Jayasundera
NeilMark Bonnar
EdSam Palladio
SophiePixie 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
CreatorRoberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Noted Cast
SabrinaKiernan Shipka
EdwardGeorgie Daburas
ZeldaMiranda Otto
HildaLucy Davis
DianaAnnette Reilly
RozJaz Sinclair
SusieLachlan Watson
Father BlackwoodRichard Coyle
PrudenceTati Gabrielle
Ms. Wardwell (Lilith)Michelle Gomez
TommyJustin Dobies
HarveyRoss Lynch
AmbroseChance Perdomo
LukeDarren 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
CreatorAnderson Mahanski, Fernando Mendonca, Paulo Lescaut
Noted Cast
Lady ElzaRalph Velez
Safira (Ralph)Wagner Follare
Lemon (Patrick)Sergio Cantu
Scarlet (Donizete)Fernando Mendonca
ChampagneSilvetty Montilla
Reverand SandovalFernando Mendonca
GoldivaPablo 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
CreatorDeborah Harkness
Noted Cast
DianaTeresa Palmer
MatthewMatthew Goode
SatuMalin Buska
Peter KnoxOwen Teale
HamishGreg McHugh
AgathaTanya Moodie
NatDaniel Ezra
EmilyValarie Pettiford
SarahAlex 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
CreatorKit Steinkellner
Noted Cast
LeighElizabeth Olsen
DannyJovan Adepo
MattMamoudou Athie
JulesKelly Marie Tran
AmyJanet McTeer
BobbyLisaGay Hamilton
BeccaLauren 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
CreatorGreg Berlanti, Sera Gamble
Noted Cast
JoePenn Badgley
PacoLuca Padovan
EthanZach Cherry
BeckElizabeth Lail
PeachShay Mitchell
BenjiLou 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
CreatorCraig Wright
Noted Cast
MaeLynn Whitfield
JamesKeith David
RochelleLetoya Luckett
BasieJason Dirden
CharityDeborah Joy Winans
KevinTye White
AaronWilliam H. Bryant Jr.
JacobLamman Rucker
KerissaKim Hawthorne
TashaAsia’h Epperson
GraceMerle Dandridge
SophiaDesiree Ross
ZoraLovie Simone
IsiahRoshon Fegan
PercyRichard Gant
MaxinePatti LaBelle
CoraleeBethany Anne Lind
DariusRick Fox
LionelTim Reid
ConnieJen Harper
Phil DemarsSean Blakemore
Bob WhitmoreBeau 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
CreatorSaverio 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
NunziaValentina Acca
FernandoAntonio Buonanno
ImmacolataAnnarita Vitolo
VittorioLuca Gallone
DonatoEmanuele Valenti
Nino (Teen)Francesco Serpico
Stefano (Teen)Giovanni Amura
Pasquale (Teen)Eduardo Scarpetta
Maestra OlivieroDora 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
CreatorAmy Sherman-Palladino
Noted Cast
SusieAlex Borstein
MiriamRachel Brosnahan
SophieJane Lynch
HarryDavid Paymer
JoelMichael Zegen
RoseMarin Hinkle
NoahWill Brill
AbeTony Shalhoub
DeclanRufus Sewell
LennyLuke Kirby
TessieEmily Bergl
ShyLeroy McClain
ImogeneBailey De Young
MaryErin Darke
BenjaminZachary 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
CreatorChris Lang, Noémie Saglio, Julie Teisseire
Noted Cast
ElsaZita Hanrot
MaxGuillaume Labbe
ChantalLudivine De Chastenet
CharlotteSabrina Ouazani
EmilieJosephine Drai
MattTom Dingler
AntoineSyrus Shahidi
JulesMarc 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
HimselfJimmy Carr
HimselfD.L. Hughley
HerselfKatherine Ryan
HerselfMona 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
CreatorHeather Wordham
Noted Cast
BarryScott Wordham
CodyJordan Austin Smith
SashaAlyvia Alyn Lind
MeganNadja Alaya
AlexaParis Berelc
KatieIsabel May
LoriTiffani Thiessen
JackFinn Carr
JenniferJolie Jenkins
DaveEddie Shin
RyanNathaniel James Potvin
DylanJack Griffo
CodyJordan Austin Smith
GwennyKerri Medders
LucasEmery Kelly
HannahMerit Leighton
ReaganIman 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
CreatorWill Packer
Noted Cast
HimselfAaron
HimselfMichael
HerselfShea
HimselfAlexx
HerselfAshlee
HerselfDr. Lexy
HimselfPaco
HimselfDevan
HimselfTommy
HerselfTiffany
HerselfShatava
HerselfStormy
HimselfPastor Chris
HerselfCourtney
HerselfAngel
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
CreatorKumo Kagyu
Good If You LikeAnime Which Balances Violence and Having Some Heart

Seeing Lead Characters Emotionally Grow and Develop

Slight Harem Inclusion

This Isn’t For You IfYou 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 SlayerUmehara Yuuichirou
OnnaOgura Yui
TokageSugita Tomokazu
KouhitoNakamura Yuuichi
YouseiTouyama 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
CreatorChristopher Goddard, Alexandra Cunningham
Good If You LikeShows Based On True Stories

A Villain Who You Love You Hate

Isn’t For You If YouCan’t Deal With A Lead Who Is Far Too Forgiving, Naïve, And Very Agitating At Times
Noted Cast
DebraConnie Britton
JohnEric Bana
VeronicaJuno Temple
TerraJulia Garner
TobyKevin Zegers
ArlaneJean 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
CreatorLaurie Nunn
Good If You LikeTeen 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 YouAre 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
OtisAsa Butterfield
JeanGillian Anderson
EricNcuti Gatwa
MaeveEmma Mackey
AdamConnor Swindells
OlaPatricia Allison
RuthieLily Newmark
TanyaAlice Hewkin
KateOlive Gray
SamJonny Amies
AimeeAimee Lou Wood
Eric’s DadDeobia Oparei
AnwarChaneil Kular
RubyMimi Keene
LilyTanya Reynolds
JacksonKedar Williams-Stirling
RemiJames Purefoy
JakobMikael 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
CreatorShawn Simmons
GenreComedy, Drama, Young Adult
Good If You LikeVulgar Teenagers Who Come From Dysfunctional Backgrounds

Supporting Characters Who Grow On You

The End of the F***ing World

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

Are Expecting A Hilarious Comedy

Noted Cast
WayneMark McKenna
Wayne Sr.Ray McKinnon
MaureenMichaela Watkins
Del (Delilah)Ciara Bravo
JayJames Earl
Sgt. GellerStephen Kearin
BobbyDean Winters
CarlJon Champagne
TeddyJamie Champagne
Tom ColeMike O’Malley
OrlandoJoshua J. Williams
DonnaAbigail Spencer
ReggieFrancesco Antonio
RamonJuan-Carlos Velis
TraceyJanet 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
CreatorAna Maria Parra
GenreFantasy
Good If You LikeShows Which Seem Like They Are From 90s Network TV
Isn’t For You If YouLike Shows Which Are Politically Correct

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

Noted Cast
CarmenAngely Gaviria
CristobalLenard Vanderaa
NinibeVeronica Orozco
AldemarLuis Fernando Hoyos
HildaMayra Luna
XimenaNorma Nivia
LuchoJose Restrepo
LucienSebastian Eslava
BraulioJhon Alex Castillo
PaulaAna Mosquera
LeonCarlos 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
CreatorGerard Way, Gabriel Ba, Steve Blackman
GenreSci-Fi, Drama, Comedy
Good If You LikeMelodrama
Isn’t For You If YouDon’t Like Superheroes Who Don’t Use Their Powers Often To Fight Crime

Like Charismatic Villains

Think Most CW Shows Are Trash

Noted Cast
ReginaldColm Feore
LutherTom Hopper
DiegoDavid Castañeda
AllisonEmmy Raver-Lampman
KlausRobert Sheehan
Number FiveAidan Gallagher
BenJustin H. Min
VanyaEllen Page
Cha-ChaMary J. Blige
HazelCameron Britton
The HandlerKate Walsh
LeonardJohn 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
CreatorGloria Calderon Kellett

Mike Royce

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

Notable season to season growth and story development

Isn’t For You If YouDon’t like characters who are purely comic relief or love interests
Noted Cast
TitoDanny Pino
SchneiderTodd Grinnell
PenelopeJustina Machado
Dr. BerkowitzStephen Tobolowsky
LydiaRita Moreno
ElenaIsabella Gomez
AlexMarcel Ruiz
SydSheridan Pierce
EstrellitaMelissa Fumero
PilarStephanie Beatriz
MirthaGloria Estefan
VictorJames Martinez
RamonaJudy Reyes
JillHaneefah Wood
AveryIndia de Beaufort
BertoTony Plana
MateoAlex Quijano
Schneider’s DadAlan Ruck
NicoleGloria 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 LikeCharacters Dealing With Various Forms of PTSD

Interpersonal Relationships Between Characters

Corrupt Cops

Isn’t For You If YouLike Complicated Cases Which Take Some Time To Figure Out
Noted Cast
JimmyBrian White
DariusAmeer Baraka
TessJillian Ferry
YolandaShanti Lowry
TarikKeeland Ellis
MiriamLeticia Jimenez
ZakiaEddie Davenport
GloriaVanessa 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 LikeUrban 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 YouAre Looking For A Show Which Digs Deep Into Racial Or Socio-Economic Issues
Noted Cast
CesarDiego Tinoco
RubyJason Genao
JamalBrett Gray
MonseSierra Capri
JasmineJessica Marie Garcia
MontyReggie Austin
OscarJulio Macias
ChivoEmilio Rivera
DwayneEme Ikwuakor
Jamal’s MomRaushanah Simmons
MarisolPeggy Ann Blow
AmberShoshana Bush
MarioDanny Ramirez
GenyPaula Garces
LatrelleJahking 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 LikeSocially Aware Shows

Female Empowerment/ Feminist Messaging

Trans Representation

Magic With A Sense of Culture Behind It

Isn’t For You If YouWant Strong, Formidable Villains

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

Noted Cast
SabrinaKiernan Shipka
Father BlackwoodRichard Coyle
ZeldaMiranda Otto
Enoch (The Anti-Pope)Ray Wise
HarveyRoss Lynch
Roz (Rosalind)Jaz Sinclair
TheoLachlan Watson
BillyTy Wood
Mr. PutnamAdrian Hough
PrudenceTati Gabrielle
LilithMichelle Gomez
LukeDarren Mann
AmbroseChance Perdomo
MethuselahWilliam B. Davis
Lucifer (The Dark Lord)Luke Cook
Dr. CerberusAlessandro Juliani
HildaLucy Davis
AdamAlexis 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 LikeMedical Dramas

Office Politics

Characters With A High Level of Stubbornness

Complicated Romances

Isn’t For You If YouFeel 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
ShaunFreddie Highmore
Dr. GlassmanRichard Schiff
Dr. HanDaniel Dae Kim
ClaireAntonia Thomas
Dr. MelendezNicholas Gonzalez
Dr. LimChristina Chang
Dr. ParkWill Yun Lee
MorganFiona Gubelmann
MaddieHolly Taylor
Dr. AndrewsHill Harper
TylerDan Byrd
LanaVered Blonstein
RaviAlex Plank
CarlyJasika Nicole
LeaPaige Spara
AllegraTamlyn Tomita
DebbieSheila 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 LikePuns

Debauchery

Episodic Police Cases

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

Isn’t For You If YouPrefer 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
RemielVinessa Vidotto
TrixieScarlett Estevez
Father KinleyGraham McTavish
ChloeLauren German
CalebDenny Love
LuciferTom Ellis
EveInbar Lavi
DanKevin Alejandro
EllaAimee Garcia
MazeLesley-Ann Brandt
LindaRachael Harris
AmenadielD. 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 LikeUrban Drama

R&B and Gospel Music

Messy Storylines & Characters

Hard Conversations Between Friends & Family About Topics Which Caused Trauma

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

The Occasional Over The Top Performance

Noted Cast
Miss BruceMiss Lawrence
DerekQuincy Brown
BobbyHarold Perrineau
CassieBrandy Norwood
CarlottaQueen Latifah
CalvinBen Vereen
SimoneBrittany O’Grady
StarJude Demorest
NinaCamila Banus
MateoWilliam Levy
AlexRyan Destiny
Miss RubyJuanita Jennings
CottonAmiyah Scott
NoahLuke James
DianeKimberly Elise
AndyElijah Kelley
MauriceLance Gross
XanderChad Michael Murray
CharleneNealla Gordon
Amber DrakeErika Tham
RashadMajor.
OliviaKayla Smith
JacksonMatthew Noszka
AngelEvan Ross
GigiKeke Palmer
Lil’ DiniMarcos Palacios
ChristinePatti LaBelle
JoyceTeyana 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 LikeSeeing First Responders In Crazy Situations

The Occasional Emotional Episode or Scene

Redemption or Life-Changing Stories

Isn’t For You If YouFeel That A Show Like This Always Has To Up The Ante
Noted Cast
BobbyPeter Krause
HenAisha Hinds
ChimKenneth Choi
EddieRyan Guzman
AthenaAngela Bassett
EvaAbby Brammell
DougBrian Hallisay
ChristopherGavin McHugh
ShannonDevin Kelley
KarenTracie Thoms
BuckOliver Stark
AliTiffany Dupont
MaddieJennifer Love Hewitt
MartyJoseph Lyle Taylor
NathanielTroy Winbush
MichaelRockmond Dunbar
SoniaSkye P. Marshall
HarryMarcanthonee Jon Reis
MayCorinne 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 LikeAbsurd Comedy

Dogs

Seeing People Be Petty

Isn’t For You If YouGetting To Know The Lead Character & The Supporting Characters
Noted Cast
MalcolmSolvan Naim
LuluShakira Barrera
RosaJade Eshete
Cuban ToneAnthony Valderama
HarveyRob 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 LikeSeeing Things Till The End
Isn’t For You If YouWere Expecting One Epic Moment After Another
Noted Cast
DaenerysEmilia Clarke
Jon SnowKit Harington
The Night KingVladimir Furdik
CerseiLena Headey
TyrionPeter Dinklage
VarysConleth Hill
BranIsaac Hempstead Wright
JamieNikolaj Coster-Waldau
LyannaBella Ramsey
JorahIain Glen
TheonAlfie Allen
AryaMaisie Williams
MissandeiNathalie Emmanuel
GendryJoe Dempsie
SansaSophie Turner
BrienneGwendoline Christie
TormundKristofer Hivju
YaraGemma 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 LikeLighthearted 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 YouDesire 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
PaulaJulana Torres
CarlMichael Ray Escamilla
KaylaJessica Lynn Skinner
ElodieBrianna Hildebrand
DougLarry Sullivan
MaraLynn Adrianna
TabithaQuintessa Swindell
MoeKiana Madeira
LucaHenry Zaga
NoahOdiseas Georgiadis
WhitLinden Ashby
LoriJoy Bryant
BradyBrandon Butler
VickyLarisa Oleynik
RachelleHaley Tju
SabineKatrina 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 LikeUrban 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 YouWant 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
BrandonJason Mitchell
JerrikaTiffany Boone
RonnieNtare Guma Mbaho Mwine
JadaYolonda Ross
Miss EthelLaDonna Tittle
KevinAlex R. Hibbert
MaishaGenesis Denise Hale
PapaShamon Brown Jr.
JakeMichael Epps
EmmettJacob Latimore
TiffanyHannaha Hall
SonnyCedric Young
DarnellRolando Boyce
MalcolmCayen Martin
RegBarton Fitzpatrick
HannibalChris De’Sean Lee
GreavyDavid Alan Anderson
Detective ToussaintCrystal Anne Dickinson
Detective CruzArmando Riesco
NinaTyla Abercrumbie
KarenMalkia Stampley
KeishaBirgundi Baker
RafiqCommon
AmirBehzad Dabu
Otis “Douda” PerryCurtiss Cook
TracyTai’isha Davis
Mr. BennettRichard 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
RosieRuth Madeley
DanielRussell Tovey
MurielAna Reid
Vivienne RookEmma Thompson
ViktorMaxim Baldry
StephenRory Kinnear
CelesteT’Nia Miller
EdithJessica Hynes
RubyJade Alleyne
LeeCallum Woolford
LincolnAaron Ansari
BethanyLydia 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
NaofumiIshikawa Kaito
RenMatsuoka Yoshitsugu
MotoyasuTakahashi Makoto
ItsukiYamaya Yoshitaka
MyneBridcutt Sarah Emi
Dorei-shouOgata Ken`ichi
RaphtaliaSeto Asami
FiloHidaka Rina
GlassHan Megumi
King AutocrayNakano Yutaka
Queen MirelliaInoue Kikuko
ElhartYasumoto Hiroki
Pope BalmusSugou 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 ByAdam DeVine
Date Released6/18/2019
Genre(s)Stand Up Comedy
Good If You LikeSeeing A 35-Year-Old Dude Seriously Excited To Tell Disjointed Stories

DeVine’s Comedic Style

Self Deprecating Humor

Isn’t For You If YouAren’t Into Juvenile Humor
Noted Cast
HimselfAdam 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 Date5/21/2019
Genre(s)Comedy, Stand Up Comedy
Good If You LikeJokes About Menopause

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

Isn’t For You If YouAren’t Fond Of Comedy Dealing With Race
Noted
HerselfWanda 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 LikeNostalgia

When Comedy Was Not Politically Correct

Isn’t For You If YouDon’t Enjoy, Sometimes, Dated or Corny Jokes
Noted Cast
LouiseWanda Sykes
GeorgeJamie Foxx
ArchieWoody Harrelson
HelenKerry Washington
TomWill Ferrell
Mama JeffersonFran Bennett
FlorenceMarla Gibbs
EdithMarisa 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 ByBeyoncé Knowles-Carter
Date Released4/17/2019
Genre(s)Musical, Documentary
Good If You LikeBeyoncé

Black Excellence

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

Watching Legendary Performances

Isn’t For You If YouMore So Wanted A “Making Of” Beychella Than To Watch It All Over Again
Noted Cast
HerselfBeyoncé 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 ByKevin Hart
Date Released4/2/2019
Genre(s)Stand Up Comedy
Good If You LikeKevin Hart’s Usual Antics
Isn’t For You If YouFeel Like Kevin Should Be Evolving After So Many Years And Specials
Noted Cast
HimselfKevin 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 Date3/19/2019
Genre(s)Stand Up Comedy
Good If You LikeRaunchy Comedy

Pregnancy Jokes

Jokes About Marriage

Period Jokes

Isn’t For You If YouDon’t Like Amy Schumer
Noted Performers
HerselfAmy 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 ByN/A
Date Released3/4/2019
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 ByN/A
Date Released3/3/2019
Genre(s)Historical Fiction
Good If You LikeSeeing lots of archival Michael Jackson footage
Isn’t For You If YouIf 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
HimselfWade Robson
HimselfJames Safechuck
HerselfJoy 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 ByJosh Cagan, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle
Date Released2/15/2019
Genre(s)Action, Drama, Comedy
Good If You LikeA Less Perfect Kim Possible

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

Corny Jokes

Isn’t For You If YouDon’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 PossibleSadie Stanley
RonSean Giambrone
Dr. DrakkenTodd Stashwick
ShegoTaylor Ortega
AthenaCiara 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 ByKen Jeong
Date Released2/14/2019
Genre(s)Stand Up Comedy
Good If You LikeCrass Humor

Self-Deprecation & Ego-Based Jokes

Isn’t For You If YouDon’t Like Cheap Jokes On Occasion
Noted Cast
HimselfKen 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 ByEvan Waite
Date Released2/8/2019
Genre(s)Comedy, Educational
Good If You LikeLearning

Edutainment

Kevin Hart’s Comedy Style

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

Comical Reenactments

Noted Cast
KevinKevin Hart
RileySaniyya Sidney
JeffreyEoghan 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 ByGabriel Iglesias
Date Released1/29/2019
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 YouPrefer Vulgar or Sexual Comedy
Noted Cast
HimselfGabriel “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 ByKristoffer Diaz, Jonathan Larson
Date Released1/27/2019
Genre(s)Musical, Drama
Good If You LikeStories About The Disenfranchised
Isn’t For You If YouAre a RENT Purist
Noted Cast
MarkJordan Fisher
RogerBrennin Hunt
BenjaminMario
Tom CollinsBrandon Victor Dixon
AngelJames “Valentina” Leyva
MimiTinashe
MaureenVanessa Hudgens
JoanneKiersey Clemons
VariousKeala 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 ByAmanda Seales
Date Released1/26/2019
Genre(s)Stand Up Special
Good If You LikeComedy 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 YouAren’t Comfortable With Comedy Which Calls Out Toxic Masculinity or White Privilege
Noted Cast
HerselfAmanda 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 ByEllen DeGeneres
Date Released12/18/2018
Genre(s)Stand Up Comedy
Good If You LikeJokes About Being Gay

Observational Comedy

Comedy About Growing Up Poor

Jokes About How Wealthy Ellen Is Now

Noted Cast
HerselfEllen 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 Date11/20/2018
Genre(s)Stand Up Comedy
Good If You LikeInternational Perspective on American Life

Traveling While Black Stories

America v. The Rest of The World Stories

Featuring
HimselfTrevor 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 ByJohn Leguizamo
Date Released11/5/2015
Genre(s)Stand Up Comedy
Good If You LikeHistory

One Man Shows

Noted Cast
HimselfJohn 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 ByD.L. Hughley
Date Released9/18/2018
Genre(s)Stand Up Special
The HookHis Jokes Dealing With His Momma, Wife, and Son Who Has Asperger’s.
Noted Cast
HimselfD.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 ByAbdul Williams
Date Released9/5/2018
Genre(s)Drama, Comedy, Biopic, Musical
Good If You LikeSeemingly 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 BrownWoody McClain
Whitney HoustonGabrielle Dennis
Bobbi KristinaDonshea Hopkins
AliciaAlyssa 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 ByAbdul Williams
Date Released9/4/2018
Genre(s)Biopic, Musical, Drama, Romance
Good If You LikeThe Illustrious History of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston

Baby Momma Drama

Slightly Stiff Performances

The New Edition Story

Noted Cast
Bobby BrownWoody McClain
Whitney HoustonGabrielle Dennis
KimAsia’h Epperson
RobynYvonne Senat Jones
Teddy RileyMoses Jones
LA ReidMarc Jean
BabyfaceIsaac J. Sullivan
CaroleSandi McCree
Janet JacksonCree 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 ByAva DuVernay
Date Released (On OWN)8/28/2018
Genre(s)Historical
Good If You LikeAfrican American History
Noted Cast
UnnamedLupita Nyong’o
UnnamedAngela 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 ByIliza Shlesinger
Date Released7/24/2018
Genre(s)Comedy, Comedy Special
Good If You LikeDating jokes

Jokes about Meeting People At A Club

Comedians who use voices and make animal sounds

Noted Actors
HerselfIliza 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 Date7/3/2018
Actors Introduced
HerselfMichelle Buteau
HimselfIan Karmel
HerselfTaylor Tomlinson
HerselfSam Jay
HimselfPhil Wang
HerselfSabrina Jalees
HimselfJak Knight
HimselfTim 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 ByMoshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero
Date Released4/17/2018
Genre(s)Comedy Special
Noted Actors
HimselfMoshe Kasher
HerselfNatasha 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 ByMoshe Kasher
Date Released4/17/2018
Genre(s)Comedy Special
Noted Actors
HimselfMoshe 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 ByNatasha Leggero
Date Released4/17/2018
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 ByMarlon Wayans
Date Released2/27/18
Genre(s)Stand Up, Comedy
Noted Actors
HimselfMarlon 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 ByAnna Deavere Smith
Date Released2/24/2018
Genre(s)Drama, Stage Play
Noted Actors
VariousAnna 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 ByChris Rock
Date Released2/14/2018
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 ByHarith Iskander
Date Released1/19/2018
Genre(s)Comedy, Comedy Special
Noted Actors
HimselfHarith 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 ByKatt Williams
Date Released1/16/2018
Genre(s)Comedy, Comedy Special
Noted Actors
HimselfKatt 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 ByMike Epps
Date Released6/25/2019
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
HimselfMike 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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I started Wherever I Look back in 2011 and from movies, TV, the occasional book, play, and Broadway show, have been trying to bridge the gap between a critic and an avid lover of various forms of media.

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