Seasons: 1 season, 6 episodes Starring: Christine McConnell, Colleen Smith, and Adam Mayfield Description: This show features Christine McConnell living in a huge and kind of creepy mansion. The house has all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures inhabiting it with her, including her faithful sidekick, a raccoon named Rose, a werewolf who goes by the name of Edgar, and a peculiar Egyptian cat-mummy called Rankle. The curious creations that the title refers to are the delicious desserts Christine bakes up with her favorite friends in her fabulous 50s get-up.
Why it’s a keeper: The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell is a clever mix of DIY fixes and masterfully scripted little sections that blend together to create a feel-good show. Christine’s love for all things 1950s, baking talents, and furry friends, comes through in her quirky style, which will pull you into her wonderful, yet slightly strange world.
One Day at a Time (BEST)
Seasons: 4 seasons, 46 episodes. Starring: Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Todd Grinnell, Rita Moreno, Marcel Ruiz, and Stephen Tbolowsky. Description: One day at a time was released in 2017 as a remake of the ’70s sitcom of the same name. The show tells the story of everyday life in a Cuban-American family. Justina Machado, who plays the lead role of a single mother, Penelope, struggles with her family while adjusting to life as a civilian after serving as a nurse in the army. There are also themes relating to PTSD, sexuality, juvenility, discrimination, and family.
Why it’s a keeper: This is one of those dramas that manages to be just as good, if not better, than the original. It’s gritty yet believable and heart-warming at the same time. One day at a time manages to capture the essence of everyday life and appeals to people of all ages.
Big Mouth (BEST)
Seasons: 5 seasons, 51 episodes Starring: Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, Maya Rudolph, and Jennifer Flackett. Description: Puberty can be tough, and Big Mouth is not afraid to talk about the most awkward and embarrassing moments that happen when this colossal shift is taking place. Big Mouth is an animated series that follows the story of Nick as he deals with life as a 7th grader, and the hormonal changes that occur, not to mention his newfound fascination with girls.
Why it’s a keeper: If you like your humor to be cringe-worthy, then Big Mouth will be perfect for you. Because it’s a cartoon, it can get away with talking about some of the most disgusting things that happen to boys when they transition into teenagers.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (BEST)
Seasons: 6 seasons, 40 episodes Starring: Hasan Minhaj and occasional guests. Description: Hasan Minhaj hosts a daily politics show that tackles all sorts of subjects, from cultural, political, and social to pretty much everything in between. Hasan is not afraid to bring up big issues and the big names associated with them. No matter how taboo.
Why it’s a keeper: Hasan Minhaj is a very engaging host. He brings his own sense of humor and charm to whatever subject matter he is covering, or whatever guest he is interviewing without feeling preachy. This is no easy challenge when discussing some of the divisive issues that the world is currently dealing with.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (BEST)
Seasons: 3 seasons, 25 episodes. Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, and K. Todd Freeman. Description: Based on the famous books of the same name, the series tells the story of three children who were orphaned and made to live with an evil guardian called Count Olaf. He is a distant family member who has less than good intentions. The children come to realize that Olaf’s real motivation is to get his hands on their inheritance. In an attempt to keep Olaf at bay, the children embark on many adventures, some less successful than others, but along the way, the children discover some of their family's best-kept secrets.
Why it’s a keeper: While there are some dark themes relating to Olaf, there is a great sense of camaraderie among the children, and the show stays faithful to the book by Lemony Snicket. It helps the story come to life and does nothing to limit the imagination.