Big Little Lies - HBO
Big Little Lies offered not only a first-rate drama written for and by women, starring and produced by women, but features the delicate web of friendships woman create when they are forced together in a situation where they must socialize -- as parents of local elementary children. From the close, dear friends who are discovered to the catty, jealous acquaintances and hot wives of ex-husbands, the layers are intricate and delicately balanced. Add in affairs, spousal abuse, sexual addiction, and more and the complex characters and storytelling of BLL is born. It was nothing less than addicting, and at the level of this production, award-worthy.
The Good Place - NBC
When The Good Place Season 1 ended, it seemed like the jig was up. The pace would slow down and more of the same was on the way. Season 2 is not only giving side characters more beefy content to cut their teeth on but with the doors to the bad place open, anything can happen at any time. The rules are meant to be broken and they're breaking at a glorious pace. By the time it's all over, we won't be surprised to find out where the people are hanging.
The Eleven - A&E
Eleven girls were murdered near Galveston County in South Texas during the '70s. With no killer ever found, the case was reopened when a confession letter from convicted murderer Edward Harold Bell was discovered. This series could have been just another cold-case crime investigation, but the stark contrast of the carefree life of pre and early teens in the 70s and now is so interesting it raises it above the norm. Great detail is paid to the lives of the dead girls, and their daily habits of walking to the beach, riding bikes, hanging out with friends in locations far from home, and meeting boys (and men) would scare the hair off the heads of parents today. Watching for historical reference is a good reason to start, staying for the investigation and hope these forgotten get justice a reason to finish.
Mindhunter - Netflix
While we've become accustomed to the investigations of serial killers and the idea murderers are profiled, there was a time nobody thought to do that. Why look at a different murder for thoughts on a new one? This Netflix series takes viewers back to the beginning and the FBI profiling unit in 1977 with agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench based on real-life agents John Douglas and Robert Ressler. The most fascinating part of the first season is getting to know Ed Kemper (real name), the colossal serial killer who allowed the agents to get to know him. Ford, especially, loses himself while trying to get close enough to his subjects to identify and understand their motivation. The dance between maintaining his professionalism and being one of the guys is captivating.
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