Current Television Obsession: March 2017

Thanks HBO for my March Television Obsession.


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Big Little Lies

This isn’t a show that really grabbed my attention. The previews just seemed a bit boring and yet I still gave it a try. In the words of Ron Burgundy “When in Rome”. The opening of the show is very calm and shows you a beautiful scenic drive involving the main characters Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) and Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) driving their children to school. The first episode starts off almost like the show “Revenge”. They show the audience the final episode, but doesn’t show who was killed and who did the killing. The first few episodes weren’t just meh. It was slow and we just didn’t really learn too much of any of the characters. Because I love all 3 actresses I decided to give continue and see where it lead, especially since it was a miniseries and I would only be vested for 8 episodes. Along the way I figured out about 80% of the puzzle. The finale aired this past Sunday and what I did not predict was the killer. It was a surprise but still left with a lot of questions and question I don’t really care to have answered. Everything was mostly on the surface. It didn’t go deeper.

I don’t know if I should suggest this show only because it was just okay. The other shows I’ve seen/suggested I would much rather suggest again rather than try to convince someone to watch this. It wasn’t bad but wasn’t the greatest.

Synopsis: Based on the same-titled best-seller by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Told through the eyes of three mothers — Madeline, Celeste and Jane — the series’ narrative explores society’s myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star as the three prominent “mothers of Monterey.” (via Wikipedia)


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DIVORCE

Now this was an unexpected dark comedy I didn’t think I’d like and would suggest. There are 10 episodes, 20 minutes long and shows a dark but humorous side to getting a divorce. It showcases how quickly you could change your mind from being cordial to getting nasty in a divorce. Weirdly, the show did make me laugh at times when I probably should have but it was more of a “oh snap” laugh than a malicious laugh. Obviously a divorce is no laughing matter but just try the show out and you’ll see what I mean.

Synopsis: Raising two children together and sharing more than 10 years of marriage have taken a toll on Frances, who is suddenly reevaluating her life and the strained relationship she has with her husband, Robert. Friends like Diane, who is successful and has no children, and Dallas, who has been both widowed and divorced, make Frances wonder what she’s missed, or is missing. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and starting anew is harder than she thought. “Divorce,” a comedy series co-executive produced and starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Frances, follows a middle-aged couple living in the suburbs of New York City as they grapple with the effects of their failing marriage, not just on themselves, but also on their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions.

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