Dear BSR Subscriber,
As our year-end lists continue, Broad Street Review writers have TV recommendations for you.
Each week this December, we’re coming to our subscribers with our top media picks of 2022 (with personal notes from our staffers), and today, it’s TV shows -- across platforms that we may consider "television." If you like this list, join our supporters and become a Friend of BSR today. We’ll have a year-end virtual event on December 29 for staff, writers, and Friends, where we’ll trade more of our top picks!
You may also enjoy listening to our staffers chat on a recent BSR podcast episode. Kyle, Alaina, and Neil talked about Japanese television shows and eye-opening non-fiction books, among many, many other topics.
Alaina, Darnelle, Kyle, and Neil recorded a BSR podcast episode virtually
On to the recommendations! I'm keeping them brief, because I'm sure you're catching up on your own to-watch list at the moment. A few more titles are always welcome, though, right?
I'll kick things off this week. One show my wife and I watched this year faithfully was Only Murders in the Building on Hulu. Steve Martin and Martin Short are pitch perfect, and Selena Gomez rounds out their unlikely trio of characters. I love a murder mystery; dark comedic and New York elements heighten the fun.
Writer Gail Obenreder recommends Searching for Italy on CNN. She explains that "Stanley Tucci is a wonderful host who simply loves Italy and its food. He goes throughout the country area by area (Tuscany, Puglia, etc.), with each segment dedicated one region’s food, culture, society, and history — and how they intersect with one another. He’s ineffably curious and positive, but also realistic about challenges."
Editor-in-chief Alaina Johns recommends Severance, available on Apple TV. Alaina's explanation is that "this TV series is as funny as it is heartfelt and disturbing, revealing the weirdly tender dystopias we all inhabit in the modern workplace, and the way we fracture ourselves to keep on living."
Alaina also recommends Elephant Whisperers on Netflix. "Elephant Whisperers was released earlier this month. It's a nature documentary about an Indian couple who care for rescued elephants on a pristine rural preserve and undertake the historic task of successfully raising an infant Asian elephant. The entire thing is so affirming and pure and beautiful."
Writer C.M. Crockford suggests "Reboot (on Hulu) is quite funny and needed more episodes (8?! 8?!)."
BSR writer Jill Ivey has "been rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. It's emotional comfort food. There are a few unfortunate jokes in the shows that didn’t age well at all, but I’m thrilled with how well Buffy holds up overall, and Angel is actually better than I remembered.
That's it for our list of TV shows! Don't forget to check the BSR site for other streaming media reviews and of course subscribe to our podcast, hosted by Darnelle Radford, where you can hear some other picks on a recent episode.
I have had fun rounding these up. With luck, you'll see another list or two like this in the next month.
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