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1. “Ozark” Season 3 available March 27
Why Should I Watch? If you’re a fan of dark crime stories, “Ozark” probably pulled you in a while ago. Directed, produced, and starring Jason Bateman, the Netflix drama about a family of money launderers trying to escape the tightening grasp of their cartel bosses is a perennial awards player and cultural talking point. But like the remote destination’s lakeside tourists, “Ozark” doesn’t come without its baggage. Some of the aforementioned “buzz” is centered around how hard it is to see what’s going on, and awards shows are often unreliable bellwethers of quality. Plus, Season 2 marked a dramatic downshift in the propulsive pleasures “Ozark” Season 1 offered, so can Season 3 recover? Reviews are embargoed, so I can’t possibly say — but there’s a reason this is the No. 1 March offering, and it ain’t because “Archibald’s Next Big Thing” is bad. Bless you, Tony Hale, for never creating bad things.
Bonus Reason: What can be said about Season 3 is that it makes a six-month time jump, skipping from one bummer of a ribbon cutting to the opening of the Byrde family’s brand new riverboat casino. Speed and efficiency are welcome choices in any Netflix drama, as is an increased intrinsic connection between character and plot: Marty Bateman and Wendy Laura Linney are reacting very differently to the piling pressure, and their partnership is put in the spotlight as the couple’s power dynamics fluctuate. “Ozark” still feels like it’s on the road to nowhere — what possible end could there be for this family, other than death and disappointment? — but if you were bummed out by Season 2 taking the slow lane, hop back in. Season 3’s moved into the carpool slot.2. “Ugly Delicious” Season 2 available March 6
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Why Should I Watch? The food-centric docuseries from renowned Chef David Chang returns for more variant episodes about breaking bread and breaking barriers. Some of the most successful foodie shows find more to talk about than just the chosen meal, and “Ugly Delicious” appreciated every ingredient in its lengthy recipe. Season 1 was widely praised for its efforts to broach deeper discussions with rich dishes, as well as the different styles filmmaker Morgan Neville used to tell each story, from sitcom spoofs to animated segments. “Ugly Delicious” isn’t just a show for people who love food; it’s a show for people who love adventure, knowledge, and great storytelling.
Bonus Reason: Joined by experts in cuisine and hungry famous folks, Chang travels around the world with...
[Editor's Note: Mild spoilers follow for the Bridgerton series of novels.]
“Grey's Anatomy.” “Scandal.” “How to Get Away with Murder.” “Private Practice.” “Station 19.” Is there a showrunner with a higher batting average than Shonda Rhimes? I don't think so. That's why her 2017 deal with Netflix — reportedly for $150 million dollars — created shockwaves after she was safely cocooned at ABC for over a decade: Rhimes, the highest-paid showrunner in television, knows what audiences want and offers the dream combination of attributes as she brings stories to screen: she's both brilliantly creative and prolific.
As her “How to Get Away with Murder” is filming its final episodes for its finale in May, Rhimes' empire is expanding. Her first show for Netflix is “Bridgerton,” set to debut this year, and it made IndieWire's list of most anticipated TV shows of 2020. It's at the same time a safe choice for the streamer — something that is based on existing and beloved book series — and innovative, featuring a race-blind cast in a romance set during England's early 1800s Regency period. While official details have been few and far between from Netflix, some careful Instagram sleuthing has revealed a trove of key details about the production.
As of early March, production has officially wrapped, and, frankly the wrap party looks like it was a hell of a time. Several of the cast and crew posted heartfelt tributes to their time on set, including Phoebe Dynevor, who wrote on Instagram “love you all you ridiculously marvellous humans.” Bessie Carter lovingly described it as “what a madness” and Nicola Coughlan cheered “high five if you finished filming Bridgerton Series One.” Is that....a hint or a wish for Season 2? We shall see.”
Now that filming is in the can and it's up to the gods in post production to make the finishing touches on the show, here's everything you need to know about “Bridgerton”:Popular on IndieWire Photo : Roberto Filho What is “Bridgerton” based on?
“Bridgerton” is based on a series of historical romance novels written by Julia Quinn. Quinn is a big, big deal in the romance community: Her sharp comedies of manners have led her to be compared to her heroine, Jane Austen; she's one of only 16 authors inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame; her books have sold 10 millions of copies in the U.S. alone; and they've been translated into 32 languages. The first book in the “Bridgerton” series was published in 2000 and by 2006 the eighth and final book in the series was published, although there have been compilations of various epilogues and novellas to the initial...
Former The Great British Baking Show host Sue Perkins is trading baked goods for the Brazilian Amazon. The British TV presenter and comedian is taking the wheel for a Netflix travel documentary show that will take her on a journey through Latin America.
Deadline reports that Sue Perkins will be journeying through the Latin American countries of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil for a new Netflix travel show under the working title Perfectly Legal. The travel documentary series will be produced by British production company Rumpus Media, which makes travelogues like The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan, in the company’s first commission for Netflix. Filming has already taken place on the series, though it’s not yet clear if that will be delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Perkins is a well-known U.K. comedian and TV personality, often presenting as a duo with Mel Giedrove, but she is probably best known to viewers in the U.S. as the host of The Great British Baking Show. As one of the original hosts alongside Giedroyc, Perkins helped launch the sweet-natured baking show to global acclaim, especially after it landed on Netflix. But Perkins and Giedroyc both departed the series in 2016 and were subsequently replaced by Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.
But baked confectioneries aren’t the only thing that Perkins knows. On the other side of the pond, Perkins is well known for her BBC travelogues, hosting solo travel adventures such as The Ganges With Sue Perkins and last year’s Japan With Sue Perkins, both made by Welsh producer Folk Films. But with Perkins’ greater global name recognition thanks to Netflix, there could be more anticipating heading into this new travel documentary series.
Perkins’ travel show is the latest travel documentary series coming to Netflix, which has released dozens of travel docuseries, mostly related to food. David Chang’s Ugly Delicious has proven to be a big hit, while Netflix has proven it could produce National Geographic-level nature documentaries with Our Planet. Judging by Perkins’ past BBC travelogues, her new series likely won’t involve food, but audiences may have an expectation for that element with her connection to Great British Baking Show.
Last Updated: April 3rd
Comedies can be difficult to compare. Sometimes you're in the mood for something cerebral, and other times you just want to watch people get punched in the nuts. While there are definitely some gems in Netflix's movie sections, you have to dig through a lot of straight-to-DVD sequels and bad indie flicks to find the best comedies to watch. While people have cracked the code for finding the best comedies on Netflix right now, we've put together a list of some of the funniest movies as a starting point in your quest for the perfect Friday night in.
Related: The Funniest Shows On Netflix Right Now1. Groundhog Day 1993 Columbia Pictures
Run Time: 101 min | IMDb: 8/10
Bill Murray has some great comedies living on his resumé, but none are as iconic, or at least, well-loved as Groundhog Day. That's because watching Murray play a surly weather-man forced to relive the same day over and over again is basically a comedy goldmine of a plot. At first, Phil Murray enjoys the time loop, binge-drinking, filming some half-hearted news segments in a hick town in Pennsylvania, having one-night stands, etc, but eventually, he realizes that in order to escape his never-ending bed-and-breakfast hell, he's got to better himself, not an easy task.2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975 EMI Films
Run Time: 91 min | IMDb: 8.3/10
Even if you've never seen any of the Monty Python films, you most certainly know of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It's been quoted, memed, gif-ed, and idolized by comedy fans for generations. At its core, it's a parody of the legends of King Arthur and his knights. It's stocked with an impressive cast — John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, etc — and its full of eccentric characters, bizarre adventures, and gut-bustingly funny jokes. Think failed Trojan Rabbits, modern-day murder investigations, animated monsters, and musical numbers. Intellectual midgets everywhere will love it.3. John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch 2019 Netflix
Run Time: 110 min | IMDb: 7.6/10
Comedian John Mulaney delivers another brilliantly off-kilter comedy special for Netflix, this time paying tribute to children's programming of the past with Mulaney and some friends palling around with kids for most of the 70-minute runtime. Jake Gyllenhaal gets deliciously weird as Mr. Music, and there's a tween talk show with Richard Kind, but it's Mulaney — who foregoes a script in favor of honest, insightful, darkly comedic convos with these kids — who really shines here.4. Kingpin 1996 MGM
Run Time: 114 min | IMDb: 6.9/10
Kingpin is the kind of movie that could only be made in the '90s. The absurdist...