The other two. Season 2
This was one of my favorite new shows from 2019 and I’m so glad it is back. It follows a wannabe actor Cary (Drew Tarver) and his former professional dancer sister, Brooke (Heléne Yorke). They struggle to find their way in the industry while dealing with their younger brother Chase's rapid climb to online fame.
In its second season, The Other Two is still an incredible delight. The outstanding comedic performances from Tarver and Yorke are an absolute blast to watch. And having Ken Marino and Molly Shannon around doesn’t hurt too. The characters are charming, and the writing is really witty.
If you like comedies like Hacks and Search Party you will definitely enjoy The Other Two. And if you never heard of any of these shows, you have a lot to catch up on.
Reservation dogs. Season 1
Reservation Dogs, which just successfully release its first season on FX, is the first scripted television series to be shot in Oklahoma. And it's also a pioneering series in which the entire cast and crew are indigenous people.
This show has me totally hooked. It is not only super fun but it also has a lot of heart. A fascinating insight into a culture that isn't usually portrayed on TV. It is amazingly written, the cinematography is beautiful and the cast is on point. Reservation Dogs deserves all the praise it has got. It is so funny and unique. Anyway, this show makes me happy, and I recommend it to everyone.
The chair. Season 1
The Netflix dramedy, created by Amanda Peet and Annie Wyman follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh), the new Chair of the English Department at Pembroke University. She has to navigate her new responsibilities and deal with a department that is already in trouble due to declining enrollments and a shrinking budget. And if that wasn’t enough, one of their professors, a hot mess named Bill Dobson (Jay Duplass), sparks outrage with a viral video of him doing a Nazi salute in class.
I really liked this show. The writers did a good job balancing the tone and displaying what our culture is becoming on and off college campuses. Sandra Oh was a treat to watch, as usual. It was fun, but also exhausting sometimes, to see Ji-Yoon, the first woman to chair the department and one of the university's few staff members of color, dealing with Bill’s self-inflicted troubles. It was also interesting how the show is as much about Bill as it is about Ji-Yoon. Bill is a generally nice guy who's been blinded by his privilege and Duplass did a great job playing the character. Actually, the whole cast is amazing and delivers on their performances.
Peet and Wyman provided some of their sharpest characterizations of the way societal topics like manufactured anger on college campuses and the conflict between millennial and boomer ideals are handled. And despite its often sensitive subjects, The Chair is a fun watch.
Dave. Season 2
Dave has a foundation of silly dick jokes but it also has a lot of heart. The show follows the story of Lil Dicky, the alter ego of Dave Burd, an ambitious rapper with a dream of becoming a global icon, who occasionally puts Burd's best interests to the sideline.
In its second season, the show has explored considerably darker issues. The overall tone was gloomy and hectic at times. But always with a dash of humor that mirrors Dave's demeanor when confronted with difficult circumstances. In my opinion, the show improved and became more intriguing than the first season, which was quite enjoyable. Dave has become extremely interesting and even sophisticated.
The growth of the characters in season 2 was impressive. For instance, the rise of GaTa, Burd's real-life hype guy, was for me the season's icing on the cake. Having a front-row view of Dave's rising success, GaTa labored in the background during season 2 to make his own aspirations a reality.
Overall, I'm thrilled by what this season has achieved. It was emotional, character-driven, and had mind-blowing production values. The celebrity cameos and the ridiculous juvenile humor are still there. But the show also tackled themes such as mental health, racial injustice, and the ins and outs of being an entertainer.
Modern love. Season 2
Modern love is an Amazon Prime anthology series based on the New York Times column of the same name. The series, which consists of eight episodes, tells diverse stories of relationships, connections, betrayals, and surprises in each episode, all based on true situations.
The first season of Modern Love starred Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, and Dev Patel. While the second season features a completely new cast, it doesn’t mean that it has less star power. The cast appearing in season 2 includes Minnie Driver (Will & Grace), Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), and Anna Paquin (True Blood).
Even though I thought that season 2 had some weak episodes, it was still amusing. And the finest episodes of this season are even sharper than some of the first season. The show can be very entertaining for rom-com fans. It is well-written and well-directed. The stories aren’t over-the-top and have just the right amount of smiles and comfort.