There’s something no one tells you about having a baby. It is literally the best way to sit and binge-watch TV shows. THE BEST. I mean, it’s exhausting and you’re so tired some (most) days you can barely function, but in those early months when the baby just needs to be fed and cuddled endlessly all day long and all night long, you can sit on the couch, turn on Netflix, and watch episode after episode of a show while the baby feeds, or while it refuses to sleep anywhere but snuggled up on your chest. So even though you’re more tired than you’ve ever been in your entire life, you also have all this time to just sit and not do anything. So you might as well catch up on some TV, right?
My bub is six months old (WHAT), but I’m still managing to snag some decent couch time while I feed him and play with him on the floor when my older daughter is at kinder. Over the past couple of months I’ve discovered a few new shows, so I thought I’d pass on some recs to your guys. It’s really a public service announcement to better all of our lives.
My sister recommended this to me and I’M SO GLAD SHE DID. Younger is exactly what I needed to watch when I was in an extreme newborn fog and just wanted to watch an easy show about pretty people working in the New York publishing world. It’s part comedy, part drama, and it’s all around entertaining. Starring Sutton Foster, who I love whenever I see her in anything, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, and a quirky ensemble cast, the show focuses on Foster’s character Liza. She’s a forty year old, newly separated mother who hasn’t worked since her college-aged daughter was very young. A book editor by trade, Liza finds it difficult to get a job once the extremely young publishing powerhouse women realised how (GASP) old she is. So, she does what any totally fictitious character does and lies about her age, pretending she’s twenty six. What do you know, she automatically lands a job in the marketing department at a publishing company and has to keep up the rouse by pretending she knows all about social media, texting and all the other young people cool stuff. She lands herself a hot young boyfriend, who also believes her lie, as well as capturing the attentions of her forty something boss. Despite a slightly unbelievable premise, the characters are likeable and sweet, and the storylines are split evenly between Liza’s hidden secret and the inner workings of the publishing company. There are three seasons already out, and season four is starting in June, so GO FORTH AND BINGE WATCH. Seriously, this has been one of the best shows I’ve watched in a while!
Sophia Marlowe is based on real life businesswoman Sophia Amoruso, who became a self-made millionaire by the time she was in her mid-twenties. She started selling vintage clothing on While I haven’t read the real Sohpia’s book, this Netflix series is a fun romp through the world Sophia Marlowe as she struggles to figure out how to earn money without actually having to answer to anyone else. Accompanied by her best friend Annie and with a new boyfriend, Sophia navigates the world of vintage clothing, eBay selling, and figuring out how to launch her own website. She’s a frustrating character, and often comes across as completely bratty as she chases down more and more inventory to launch her shop, but the actress (Britt Robertson, who I realised is one of the daughters from the film Dan in Real Life) is charismatic and cute, and looks ridiculously good in the vintage clothing, so it’s easy to plough through the episodes to see what happens next. Kay Cannon is the creator and one of the executive producers of the show, and it does have a very Kay Cannon feel to it – funny and slightly silly, with lots of fast paced dialogue. If you want something that includes comedy with a little bit of melancholoy drama, this is worth a watch.
Good Girls Revolt
Set in 1969 in New York, this show follows a group of female researchers at News of the Week (loosely based on the real Newsweek publication). The series is based on the book of the same name about real life events, which for me makes it even more of a drawcard. I adored Mad Men, and I love watching shows about the process driven side of advertising, newspapers, magazines, and basically any publishing/communications industry type work. The premise focuses on the female researchers who work one on one with a male journalist. They research the stories for the men and often end up rewriting or even flat out writing the articles that eventually get published. But their names never get a byline and they get paid significantly less than their male counterparts, so the men get all the credit. Patti Robinson, one of the lead characters, gets fed up with the lack of recognition, and together with her co-workers Cindy and Jane, they decide to bring a lawsuit against News of the Week, demanding equal pay and equal recognition. Set against the heady world of the late sixties and early seventies, the series is deliciously rich with period detail, from costumes to set design, which I adore. While it’s writing isn’t as polished as Mad Men, it’s an interesting look through at the publishing world through these young women’s eyes. The lawsuit is the main story arc, but it’s interwoven with the personal stories of the female characters adding another layer of complexity to a revolutionary time. If you liked Mad Men, you’ll enjoy this show as well.
Most of the shows I’ve been watching have been fairly light-hearted – I don’t have the brain capacity for heavy drama at the moment, so I’ve been on the look out for some new comedies. Speechless came recommended to me by several friends, and I started watching it just two weeks ago. I burned through season one in about ten days. It’s a half hour comedy, so that’s easy to do, but it was such a delightful discovery that I couldn’t wait to watch each episode. The show focuses on the DiMeo family – Maya and Jimmy are the parents, and JJ, Ray, and Dylan are their three children. JJ, their oldest son, has cerebal palsy, and is non-verbal. He requires an aide to help communicate his thoughts at school and at home, and the family employs Kenneth, a former groundskeeper at their new school to help out. While this sounds like it could veer into Very Special Episode territory, this show couldn’t be further from that particular TV trope. Matriarch Maya DiMeo is played by Minnie Driver, who is FANTASTIC in this role. Her fiercely protective nature for JJ is somewhat masked by her delightfully blunt and assertive personality, traits that the entire family shares. They’re happy to just live their lives, without caring what anyone else thinks, with the exception of middle child Ray, whose intense anxiety more than makes up for his family’s unapologetic existence. While they all put JJ’s needs first, their honest portrayal of living with a disabled child and sibling is refreshing and intentionally amusing as they help JJ navigate the world of high school. This is a delightful comedy that really surprised me. Also, props to the show for using actual disabled actors on numerous occasions (aside from Micah Fowler, who plays JJ) – a rare quality in a TV show. Speechless is really wonderful, and I can’t recommend it enough!
What are you all watching at the moment? I’m always on the hunt for new shows!
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