A couple weeks ago I posted a little something under the headline What Heather Is Watching, and guys, it was farce. You see I wasn’t watching those shows (with the exception of a Derry Girls rewatch). They were simply suggestions of shows that I thought fit a back to school theme. I had already watched these shows, enjoyed them, and thought I would pass the recommendations along. That being said I am watching quite a bit of television right now (obvi, like what else would i be doing) and I am very much enjoying everything I’m watching, and you might too! So here is what I’m watching for reals.
The Righteous Gemstones (HBO)
I worship at the altar of Walton Goggins. Vice Principals? Yes please. Justified? Sure. Ant-Man and the Wasp? Of course. Sons of Anarchy? Oh hell yeah. The Unicorn? It’s on the DVR, we’ll see. And now The Righteous Gemstones with Danny McBride? Gimme. The Righteous Gemstones follows the evangelical Gemstone family who put Jim and Tammy Faye Baker to shame. The Gemstones clan is rounded out by John Goodman, Jennifer Nettles, Adam Devine, and Edi Patterson (who I happened to think was the best thing about Vice Principals). You need to watch if for the flashback episode alone…which wasn’t even in the original batch of episodes they just got ahead of their writing schedule and thought it would be fun to do!
90 Day Fiancé (TLC)
You will not make me feel bad about liking 90 Day Fiancé. Its Lady Gaga’s favorite show, Chrissy Teigan has recently become a devotee, and some of my favorite funny people like Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, Danielle Schneider, Seth Rogan, and Nicole Byer all love the show; and if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for me. 90 Day Fiancé follows people through the process of getting a K1 spousal visa, and it is great. Everyone is scamming everyone, coming and going, up and down, left and right. You’ve never seen so many people with a secret to confess. Every single person on this show is just plain awful, it’s magic. I feel better about myself when I watch it because I know I wouldn’t get catfished by someone in Tunisia. Yeah I would probably get Dirty John-ed in a heartbeat, but I’m not letting some tool from the Netherlands who doesn’t even know how to evenly apply bronzer tell me how to cut a steak. Yes that is something that really happened.
90 Day Fiancé The Other Way (TLC)
See above, but reversed.
Schitts Creek (Netflix/Pop)
I’m going to let you in on a secret, I’m pretty much always in the midst of a Schitts Creek watch. Schitts Creek follows the Rose family after they lose all their money, thanks to an unscrupulous business manager, and head to live in the town Daddy Rose bought years ago as a joke and hilarity, and a couple emotional tears, ensue. Schitts Creek fills me with joy, it will probably fill you with joy to, unless you’re a joyless monster who doesn’t like a good wig gag.
I took a while to get on the Unbelievable train, and “by a while” I mean “a couple weeks.” The show is based on an Pulitzer Prize winning article, and the trailer showed a young woman reporting a rape, multiple people questioning her report, and overall treating her like shit. I wasn’t exactly excited to watch a show about a woman who is treated like shit when she reports her assault because, quite frankly, I see enough women getting assaulted and treated like shit in real life every single day, and knowing it was based on a true story made it even worse. I read good things about the show and decided to give it a go anyway, and I’m glad I did. The show focuses on the victims, and the work of two female detectives to solve previously unconnected rapes. It’s never titillating or leans to rape porn, the survivors are portrayed with the empathy and respect they deserve, and shines a real light on how the justice system is failing women. To paraphrase a line from Unbelievable, imagine how differently rape would be handled if one in four men were sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Also maybe this should be required watching for people before they pop open their slaw-jawed mouths to question a woman reporting her assault.
Ok, that’s what I’m watching now, and I’ve already got a batch of shows lined up to start this month, so stay tuned!