Today’s A Month of Faves prompt is the year in books, but there are still two whole days left in the year and I may finish another book before then, so I’m catching up on the prompt from Dec. 23:
#AMonthofFaves On the Screen or in Your Ear. What did you watch this year that you absolutely loved? Did you see any movies inspired by books you’ve read – what did you think? Or, what are some of your favorite podcasts, audiobooks or songs / albums that you listened to and have on repeat.
Just like last year, I’m going to break this up into two posts, one for movies and one for TV. Also just like last year, I’m going to lament the fact that figuring out what new TV I watched this year was hard. However, unlike last year, that one is probably my own fault as I had more than one person recommend a TV tracking app to me that I never used, so, you know. I really had no excuse. Plus, I deleted my Twitter account since the takeover, and it is past the point of recovery so your guess is as good as mine about what I watched prior to June. Anyway, let’s get into it.
This is part two of the #AMonthofFaves on the screen post from last week and officially my last A Month of Faves post.
Figuring out what new TV I watched this past year was a lot harder than figuring out the movies I watched. For one, there is no Letterboxd for TV. For two, there are no real TV seasons anymore! And for three, last year was seriously like two years; it was so long. Anyway, enough of that. Let’s get on with the TV.
Let me tell you the story about a girl named Zoey who goes for an MRI and comes out with a superpower–the ability to hear people’s “heart songs” aka the songs that express what they’re really thinking and feeling. For, lo, that is what Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC/Peacock/Hulu) is about.
Full disclosure: The is the one time I’m breaking my self-imposed rule and posting about something I’ve already used before for an A to Z Challenge. I think the reason is obvious but just in case it’s not: X IS A HARD LETTER. The only thing I have watched that starts with an X is X-Men. I have read no books that start with an X. So it is what it is.
And what it is, is the X-Men…cartoon from the ’90s.
Here’s where I admit that I never finished watching Ugly Betty. It’s not the show’s fault, honestly. It’s just that I was working on my PhD and felt immensely guilty when I watched anything I actually enjoyed on television. So, this was just one of many TV casualties. It was a dark time.
Anyway, the point is that every time I see that Ugly Betty is streaming on Hulu, I think now would be the perfect time to actually revisit the show and finish watching it.
Some time last summer I posted on FB asking people what was a dumb show they were watching to get them through the pandemic. Some people took umbrage to that, so I redacted and changed it to silly show, and, well, either way, I was asking because I had discovered To Tell the Truth (ABC/Hulu), which I like but think is kind of dumb but don’t mean it in a mean way. Not that being called dumb is ever nice, but whatever. I know what I mean.
Originally, I was going to pick a different show for S because, of course, lots of things start with S. (This is the problem with the A to Z Challenge: there’s an embarrassment of riches for some letters and a dearth of choices for others. But I digress.) However, I figured since I just put four Schitt’s Creek (Netflix) stickers on my laptop that came with the four Schitt’s Creek themed potholders I bought AND that I’m considering just going on ahead and making my whole kitchen Schitt’s Creek themed (I have my eye on an apron and a soap dispenser)…well, it might just be a good fit for the theme.
Reba is currently streaming on Hulu, and it is the perfect comfort watch. I know because before she left to go back to school, my daughter started a rewatch of the show, and it made both of us so happy.
May I suggest spending some time with the Alvarez family (and Schneider) during the pandemic?
When this show first came out on Netflix, several friends asked me if I had watched it. For some reason, they thought a show about a single mom with a gifted (and headstrong) teenage daughter as well as a pre-teen son would work for me. Perhaps it was also that the grandmother lived with them and had lots of interactions with the teens? The focus on mother-daughter relationships? What I’m saying is I have no idea why my friends who know about my life as a single mother, my interest in YA, and how much I love senior + teen combos would be something I would dig.
Listen, I tried to resist the siren call of The Masked Singer (FOX/Hulu). My best friend asked me way back at the start of season one if I was watching. “The show with the weird dog thing?” I scoffed. “Absolutely not.” And I didn’t watch it. I was one hundred percent uninterested. I don’t think I even knew or cared what the premise was, but I just kept seeing the dog costume billboard around town and was like HARD PASS.
But, as often happens in my house, I was tricked into watching, which is to say my daughter was watching it in the living room, and I happened to catch an episode. And then I had to watch more.