Here are 10 shows, documentaries and movies that will serve as good company. So, get your drink of choice, a yummy snack and enjoy! Stay safe!
GRAND ARMY (Netflix) – A group of high school students navigate challenging times. This diverse group struggles with issues ranging from sexual assault, racism, and sexual identity. The show isn’t as dark as HBO’s “Euphoria” but it’s close.
A TEACHER (FX, Hulu) – A high school student falls for his new AP English teacher. The teacher’s ultimate abuse makes for some compelling story. The show is still airing so only four episodes are available on-demand/Hulu.
BILLIONS (Showtime, Showtime Anywhere) – A federal prosecutor and a billionaire stock broker play a game of cat and mouse in this intriguing character study. The first half of the first season gets off to a slow start but quickly picks up. Seasons 2 and 3 are magnificent. The casting, from series regulars to guest stars, is spectacular.
INDUSTRY (HBO Max) – This London-based series focuses on young stock traders and bankers cutting their teeth in the cut-throat financial world. Another series boasting a diverse cast. Only two episodes have aired but the characters are so multi-layered it only took two episodes to get me hooked. HBO Max announced that all remaining episodes of the first season will be available on Friday, November 27.
SOMEONE HAS TO DIE (Netflix) – This limited series has so much story it could have easily been more than three episodes. Alejandro Speitzer, a Netflix darling, stars as a young man who returns home to Spain after living in Mexico for the last ten years. He brings along with him a friend and a shocking secret.
LOVEBIRDS (Netflix) – Put down the leftovers, order takeout and open a bottle of wine when you watch this charming rom-com. Issa Rae is fantastic as one half of a couple on the brink of a breakup when they inadvertently become involved in a murder mystery. You don’t need a +1 to enjoy this movie.
THE BOYS IN THE BAND (Netflix) – Based on the stage play this is the story of a group of gay men who gather to celebrate a birthday. But, throughout the night ugly truths are exposed and their friendships ultimately challenged. The cast is amazing and does the play and 1970 movie adaptation proud.
I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK (HBO, HBO Max) – This documentary about one true crime writer’s quest to solve the mystery of the Golden State Killer is six episodes of compelling tv. And while ultimately triumphant, it’s also heart wrenching.
I MAY DESTROY YOU (HBO, HBO Max) – This British series is probably my favorite new show of the year. Michaela Coel created, wrote and starred in a show about a young writer whose world is turned upside down after a sexual assault.
LOVE VICTOR (Hulu) – Based on the film “Love, Simon” this sweet series focuses on a teenage boy coming to terms with his sexuality. While the show certainly isn’t perfect, it sweet and services an underserved audience.