I had lunch with my agent, Meg, Saturday, just because we hadn’t seen each other in such a long time. Also, I love Meg. We caught up about kids and general social stuff and then got started on TV. Like me, she is cordless, getting her moving pictures from Amazon and Netflix and other streamers, and we got started on that “Have you seen this?” thing you do when you talk about TV. What really surprised me is that I hadn’t seen any of hers and she hadn’t seen any of mine. I thought we were soulmates. What happened?
Meg’s picks were deeper and more serious, more emotional that mine. She went for The Americans, The Good Wife, Homeland, (I know they’re good, I just can’t face drama right now)and The Detectorist (Toby Jones!). I’m sure those are all great, but right now I want escape, not More Bad News. So I pitched my usuals: Leverage, Life on Mars (UK version only, do not watch on Hulu), Galavant, and Person of Interest. I figured iZombie and Legends of Tomorrow would be a bridge too far, as probably would Legion and Limitless. Looking at the two lists, I realized that I’ve been avoiding reality, or at least realistic TV, but given that the greatest reality show of all time is unspooling right now in real life (Michael Cohen’s third mystery client is Sean Hannity; I defy you to think of a reveal this good on fictional TV, probably excepting the end of the first season of The Good Place.), I’m getting enough realism thanks. Give me compentence porn in capers, time travel, singing serfs, and okay, PoI is not exactly a laff riot, but that community is so good, I escape there anyway.
We both agreed that we’ll have to binge The Good Place as soon as possible, so that might be a place where we’ll meet. Then she leaned back and said, “This really is the Golden Age of television,” and I had to agree. The storytelling on the tube right now is amazing.
So I know we missed a lot of good stuff–neither one of us watches enough to keep up-to-date plus no cable so we miss a lot–so what else is out there that’s good? Don’t worry about us sneering at your picks; remember I’m the big Legends of Tomorrow fan. Also, this is not a new weekly series. It’s all I can do to keep up with four now.
So whatcha watchin’?