With the doldrums of winter upon us, the television landscape can get a bit bare. Now can be a great time to revisit some old favorites but it can also be a fantastic opportunity to watch something new and fresh.
Without further ado, here are my Tiff-tested and (usually) approved, shows to fill your holiday hiatuses:
Mindhunter (Netflix, 2 seasons)-FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) work a new, psychologically-driven branch of the FBI: that of multiple murderers. Season one focused on the agents interviewing some of the most notorious serial killers impressed, while season two was a tour de force of case study on the Atlanta murders of the early 80s.
Why Women Kill (CBS, 1 season)-This campy, vampy salacious take on love and marriage spans three different decades and three different couples (and a throuple). From Ginnifer Goodwin’s 1960’s housewife, to Lucy Liu’s 1980’s socialite, to Kirby Howell-Baptiste’s 2010’s attorney, the series focuses on the ways women are pushed to the brink…and the men who cause them to do so.
Castle Rock (Hulu, 2 seasons)-an anthology in the truest sense, the series is the brainchild of author Stephen King’s sprawling, New England-based novellas. Focusing on a family and their adopted son in season one, the second season pulls on the threads of all of King’s easter eggs and gives one heckuva reveal in the final episode.
The Boys (Amazon Prime, 1 season)-think of the movie Hancock but on steroids, and you’ve got The Boys. In a universe where supes are managed by a corporation (and farmed out at astronomical prices), a few brave citizenry see them for the sham they are. As evidence of the superheroes’ depravity comes to the surface, the anti-supe faction goes to great lengths to stop them.
Workin’ Moms (Netflix, 3 seasons)-following the lives of mommy and me group and bffs, this gem of a Canadian comedy gets real about the issues working mothers face. From a high-powered exec being pressured into part-time work, to a newer mother craving her independence and tiring of motherhood and marriage. The show is an honest and refreshing take on the pitfalls and successes of mommydom.
And with that, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a blessed season. Happy watching!