I genuinely feel bad for anyone wanting to talk about movies or TV who doesn’t care for the “Avengers” saga or “Game of Thrones.”
While I enjoy both, I recognize that each has completely swallowed up the conversation when it comes to their respective medium. In particular, “Game of Thrones” is the only TV show I hear anything about. That’s sad because there’s so much good TV that’s currently on the air.
If you’re not into dragons, swords and weird romances, here’s what else you could be checking out right now:
“Barry” (TV-MA, HBO. Streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now) — “SNL” alumnus Bill Hader’s first big foray into drama is perfect for the person looking to fill that “Breaking Bad” or “Dexter” -sized hole in their lives. He plays an Army vet-turned-assassin with nuance and unnerving emotion. As he’s trying to keep his cover, he enrolls in an acting class, falling in love and befriending a cast of odd characters played by TV MVPs like Henry Winkler, D’Arcy Carden and Stephen Root. It’s dark, intense and often hilarious.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (TV-14, NBC. Streaming on Hulu) — TV’s funniest sitcom soldiers on with one of the best ensemble casts in television history. Andy Samberg is great as the bumbling detective Jake Peralta of the NYPD. But it’s actors like Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz that give the show such a deep bench of comedic talent and a wealth of storylines. In its sixth season, the show has weathered a network switch, going from FOX to NBC, and remains as strong and funny as ever.
“Killing Eve” (TV-14, BBC. Streaming on BBC and AMC) — What should have been a one-off, cat-and-mouse chase between a sociopathic murderer and an obsessed detective has turned into a captivating character study of each. Sandra Oh plays the cop, who waffles between being sympathetic and frustratingly stubborn as she goes on the hunt for Villanelle (an unhinged performance from Julie Comer). It sounds like a generic procedural, but the twists and risks it takes with its characters and storylines bring me back every week.
“I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson” (TV-MA, Netflix) — This sketch show, created and starring “SNL” writer Tim Robinson, is a true love-it-or-hate-it show. Broken up into six 17-minute episodes, it’s a brisk journey through incredibly awkward encounters, usually centered around confident idiots who dig themselves into a hole and then keep on digging to the point where you want to shut it off. I love it. Most of my friends couldn’t get past the first episode. So your mileage will vary on how awkward and dark you like your comedy.
“What We Do In The Shadows” (TV-MA, FX. Streaming on the FX app) — Based on the New Zealand-made vampire comedy, this TV adaptation has a new set of vampires trying to make it in the modern world. While it’s not quite as funny as the film, it captures the dry wit and odd couple style of the movie very well. With some more time, this could be a classic.
— Andrew Gaug | News-Press NOW