What I’m Watching: Fuller House

If you haven’t binge watched Fuller House on Netflix yet, I am not sure we can be friends. When I first heard about this revival I was so excited, and I have to say they did a pretty great job! Sometimes reunion episodes or sequels can fall flat, but Fuller House may just be the exception to that rule.

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For anyone who hasn’t seen Fuller House (or the trailers and cast press interviews!), the show starts with a recently widowed DJ raising her three boys. Stephanie and Kimmy decide to step in and help her, and all three of them move their families into the Tanner family home. Danny, Uncle Jesse, Aunt Becky, and Joey make appearances throughout the series. Michelle unfortunately does not come back to San Francisco, but there are a few funny moments regarding her absence.

This new show definitely keeps the same underlying themes of Full House alive. I like that you can see pieces of Uncle Jesse and Joey in Kimmy and Stephanie while they help DJ. There are of course the life lessons and funny moments throughout every episode but they are modified to fit today’s modern problems. I don’t want to give anything away, of course… but it is definitely a great new show you need to watch!

Have you seen Fuller House? Thoughts? Love it or hate it?

What I’m Watching: Making a Murderer

Okay, I’ll admit it. I spent the entire Jonas Blizzard in my apartment drinking coffee, baking cookies, and binge watching Making a Murderer. It was an absolutely perfect weekend. As you may have noticed from my previous posts (here, here, here, & here) there is always a new TV show to check out. I love winter days curled up in bed with my laptop and a hot cup of coffee, while the snow falls outside. The plan this snow storm was simple, relax. Mission accomplished. I started watching this ten part documentary after constantly reading about it in the news and hearing rave reviews from friends.

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I’ll admit, it takes an episode or two to fully get immersed in the case and all the background information. But I promise that once you hear all the different sides of the story, it is absolutely addicting. The documentary follows the story of Steven Avery a Wisconsin man who in 1985 was accused and imprisoned for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen. And that is only the beginning, but I won’t give anything away! All I can say is, it is definitely worth a Netflix binge.

While watching Making a Murderer I couldn’t help but find the timing interesting. I almost served as a juror on a criminal murder trial this past week! I was excused by the judge and only ended up being in the courthouse for one day. As I watched this documentary, I kept wondering what it must have been like for the jury serving on Steven Avery’s case. His fate was in their hands, a truly life changing decision. I’ll admit that in the weeks leading up to my obligatory civic duty, I scoffed at the idea of having to serve on a jury. All I could think about is how much time I could possibly be away from work. But while watching this documentary and thinking about the case I could have been a juror on, I was repeatedly reminded of the important role a jury plays in our legal system. I was almost in a similar position, deciding someone else’s fate.

All in all, I can say without a doubt that this documentary is definitely worth the hype!

What I’m Watching: Odd Mom Out

As you may have noticed from previous posts (here, here, & here) I am constantly finding new TV shows to binge watch. I am a huge Netflix Junkie and love just having TV on in the background while I clean my apartment or make dinner. My latest find is one that has been plastered on pretty much every bus in New York City…Odd Mom Out. This is a Bravo scripted series that is like a comedic spin off of the book Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir, which recently made headlines.

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The show stars Jillian Weber, a married mother of three, living on the Upper East Side. But Jill is not exactly like the other moms nearby. She is quirky, fun, and honestly pretty normal (in my opinion). However, she constantly faces pressure from her husband Andy’s family, to conform to the lavish Upper East Side lifestyle. Specifically, it is Jill’s sister-in-law Brooke and her mother-in-law Candace who comment on Jill’s choices. Jill’s extended family are clearly status-obsessed and in one episode even consider changing their names to highlight their status even further. I love watching the different problems Jill faces, some are absolutely ridiculous, while others actually have some merit. On the other side of this Upper East Side status obsessive group, is Jill’s best friend Vanessa, a divorced ER doctor who represents Jill’s life pre Upper East Side. Vanessa is often Jill’s sounding board for all the absurdities she faces.

Fun fact: The diner that Jill and Vanessa frequent together is one of my favorites in the city and is not terribly far from my own apartment on the UES!

Every episode of Odd Mom Out shows a new aspect of Jill’s life that forces her to try and stay true to herself, while not giving into the temptation of her husband’s family legacy. One of my favorite episodes is Brooklandia, when Jill gets a glimpse into what life might be like outside of the Upper East Side neighborhood she calls home! This is a very funny show that is a great option for New Yorkers, specifically us Upper East Siders to laugh at.

What I’m Watching: Madam Secretary

To preface this post (and all previous & future “What I’m Watching” posts) I watch a ton of TV. Even though I don’t have cable in my apartment…I still somehow manage to watch a lot of television.

Madam Secretary is one of those shows that I randomly started watching when it first premiered and have kept up with ever since. I highlighted it a few months back when I noticed how many networks were debuting shows with strong female leads. I love that it is on every Sunday night because I know after a crazy long Monday at work I can watch the full episode online at CBS.com.

Check out the trailer here for a sense of the show!

Tea Leoni is absolutely incredible in this role. She plays Elizabeth McCord a former CIA agent and a professor at the University of Virginia. She takes on the role of Secretary of State when the current one dies in a fatal airplane crash. The President of the United States was her former boss at the CIA and he chooses her for her unique approaches to problems. As he says in the promo, “I recruited you for the CIA. I trained you as an analyst. I know how you think. You don’t just think outside of the box. You don’t even know there is a box”

Each episode she takes on new challenges and more times than not she is at odds with the Chief of Staff and even the President on how to approach the situation. She is knowledgeable, strong, and is clearly a force in this male dominated field. She is also a mother of three and has a wonderful husband Henry, all of who she somehow manages to keep a priority. Henry is a religion professor and also an expert in his field. The relationship Elizabeth has with Henry is one I have rarely seen on TV before. Their dynamic is completely comfortable, and it is clear that Henry fully supports his highly successful wife. For example, while Elizabeth is handling an international crisis, Henry is home consoling his heartbroken daughter or frustrated son. Henry is so supportive of Elizabeth and even tells her, “If you’re asking me to be the man beside the woman, I’m in.”

What I love most about this show is how realistic and believable each episode is. Elizabeth takes on major challenges and always devises unique solutions. Madam Secretary does not create farfetched plot lines, but instead serious political problems that are not completely unknown to the world we live in today. This show also allows me to indulge in my Political Science major interests and the constant drama continually keeps me hooked. I cannot recommend Madam Secretary enough. It is the perfect TV show combination: a strong lead, political conflict, and personal drama.