If there’s one thing this quarantine has been good for it’s catching up on all of the shows and movies that people have been telling us to watch for months. Now, with the Safer at Home protocols being extended through the summer here in LA, We thought it’d only be fair to share this list with all of you. Happy viewing!
-The Bottle And Heels Team.
“A neurotic mid 20s suburbanite’s convinced he’s destined to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Now he’s got to prove it to everyone else.”
A wildly refreshing shock show as grounded as it is innovative. In a post Fleabag, Insecure and Atlanta world. Writer creator little dickie gives a shameless wildly vulnerable self portrait, not only himself, but if America, hip hop, sexual and racial dynamics, like we have never seen and you will never forget.
What We Do in the Shadows.
“A look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires, who’ve lived together for over 100 years, on Staten Island.”
This mockumentary style show about vampires going about their daily lives is such a gem and a much needed break from the realities of our world. The show, based on the 2014 movie ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, follows the lives of 3 vampires and their “familiar” and how they go about daily life on Staten Island in present time.
It’s just so bloody beautiful. Every. Single. Frame. It’s magical artistry through a lens. There’s not a weak link in the show. Riveting, brilliant, gorgeous!
Even if you are not a fan of The Gaming world. Give This show a chance- If Nothing else but for episode 5s stand-alone love story, or the special quarantine episode just released. writer/creator Rob and Katie McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz draw you in to a seemingly sophomoric office comedy and seamlessly mine tough subjects of race, sexual office politics, and modern macho vanity with unexpected nuance and deeply refreshing feels.
“Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma and social media…”
Imagine being a teenager in today’s world? (Yeah, me neither). Honestly, this series made me want to instantly buy tracking devices to put on my children when they become teens. It really stressed me out, but I couldn’t stop watching it. It takes you on a journey of teens growing up with addiction, depression, and immense peer pressure (and of course social media) among other coming-of-age obstacles that Gen Z has faced. It’s captivating, and terrifyingly real of the dark underbelly of the struggles teens are facing in today’s crazy world.
– Chantal Dube
Little Fires Everywhere.
“‘Little Fires Everywhere’ follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.”
Even though it seemed slightly night time soap-y melodramatic, there were definite moments of brilliance. Kerry Washington and Reece’s performances were seamless, explosive and nuanced. The exploration of the dark side of the white picket fence, systemic racism and socio economic themes were timely and poignant. It’s like being on a rollercoaster that doesn’t let you off, and yet it doesn’t bother you. Joshua Jackson’s performance sizzles without much substance under the surface. He finally gets to showcase what he is made of as the show comes to a flammable close.
– Tammin Sursok
“A royal woman living in rural Prussia during the 18th century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.”
I’ll be honest, I haven’t gotten to this one yet, but it’s the next one I’m starting on my list and I can’t wait. This show just came out a few weeks ago and has already been recommended to be by 5 of my friends. I’m excited to dive in!
– Cecilia Tripp
“Resplendent with authentic 1980’s music, fashion and vibe, “Miami Vice” follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.”
the OG one, but seen today. Don Johnson was and is so cool as Crocket. His style was fresh, the music insane (Depeche Mode, Stray Cats, Sheena Easton) and the BEST theme song and opening sequence of any TV show ever.
– Bowie Sims
Middleditch and Schwartz.
“Thomas Middleditch (‘Silicon Valley’) and Ben Schwartz (‘Parks and Recreation’) perform two-person long-form improv.”
This was such a fun watch for me and my husband. As two people who work in the entertainment industry we have missed going to improv shows so much. Middleditch and Schwartz is exactly that. You are watching a one hour long-form improv show every episode. They start the episode off by asking the audience a question, having a conversation with the person whose answer they liked, and then creating a show based off of that conversation. It’s like watching magic.Perfect way to spend an evening.
“All the flavor. None of the BS. Star chef David Chang leads friends on a mouthwatering, cross-cultural hunt for the world’s most satisfying grub.”
This is two recommendations in one right here! You may not know who David Chang is, but you certainly know his restaurants. He’s the genius behind Momofuku chain and Milk bar. He’s funny, he’s down to earth and he’s got the knowledge and passion to entertain you ALL day long about food. With all the extra cooking you’re probably doing right now while at home with yourself or you families you probably could use a little inspiration. Watching food shows always gets me more excited about cooking and about making things that I otherwise wouldn’t think to make. It also makes me super hungry. So binge these shows, but make sure your fridge is full because you’re sure to go on a cooking binge!
Avatar: The Last Airbender.
“In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.”
This s a show for kids but also a great choice if you are looking for something your family would enjoy watching together. Netflix recently released the full series on their platform and people are flocking to rewatch the show. It’s a show that has won awards and praise for its animation, music, story arcs, and characters. It has smart, complex, interesting story lines that appeal to adults just as much as they appeal to kids.
The Let Down.
“Audrey is determined not to be defined by motherhood. In theory, this seems fairly easy. In practice, her career-focused husband, self-obsessed mother, and fancy-free best friend make it damn-near impossible.”
This show really got me to my core. It’s a deep, funny, at times sad, exploration in to what it’s like to be a new mom. Life at this stage of life is messy, maddening and complete mayhem. For me, being a Mom threw my old identity out the window and I became a completely new version of myself. I’m so grateful this show put it out there, warts and all. The more honest we are about motherhood, the less isolated and alone we will all feel.
“A comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy.”
Who doesn’t love a show where passengers on the London Tube are choreographed to make painful faces to the Awolnation song SAIL while Fleabag looks on in confusion and finally states, ‘I think my period’s coming’. I really relate.
“Follows Marianne and Connell, from different backgrounds but the same small town in Ireland, as they weave in and out of each other’s romantic lives.”
Normal People on Hulu is one of the deepest, heartbreakingly nostalgic flawed love stories you’ve never experienced and yet will relate to so deeply it’s as if it rewrites your old fantasies while you watch. Haunting performances given the time to breathe deep flaws. Watching is like taking a bath in a new genre of timeless academic melancholy porn you never knew you needed. And will never be able to get enough of.
“Single hopefuls looking for love complete tasks, couple off and get voted out week by week. Packed full of drama.”
This show is strictly on here for all my girls who are tired of their bachelor/bachelorette reruns and want some new reality TV to binge. Love Island is the PERFECT show on the days when you want to turn off your brain and not have to think about what you’re doing. It’s got drama, sex, backstabbing, talent shows, everything you want out of reality TV and then some. Best part? Each season is about 50 episodes long and each episode is a full hour so you know you’ll have plenty to watch before you run out!
– Cecilia Tripp