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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...
Netflix’s never-ending stream of true crime docu-series continues with How to Fix a Drug Scandal, a new 4-part series from Erin Lee Carr, director of Mommy Dead and Dearest. The doc follows crime drug lab chemist Sonja Farak who was caught both tampering evidence – and using the drugs she was tasked with testing. As the case unfolded, it became clear that there was a clear effort at a cover-up. Watch the How to Fix a Drug Scandal trailer below.How to Fix a Drug Scandal Trailer
Netflix really seems to have the market cornered on true crime documentary series, and I continue to be a sucker for almost all of them. Their latest is How to Fix a Drug Scandal, which brings to light a story I’m sure many of us are unfamiliar with:
In 2013, Massachusetts State Police arrest 35-year-old crime drug lab chemist Sonja Farak for tampering with evidence: and that was only the beginning. Over time, details emerged that Farak had been in fact using the drugs that she was tasked with testing. Did anyone know what had been going on? And when did they find out? The scope of Farak’s addiction—and the number of people convicted as a result of her drug testing—comes to light, despite repeated efforts to suppress evidence in the case. This riveting four-part docuseries directed by Erin Lee Carr Mommy Dead and Dearest, Dirty Money examines an essential, but obscured, part of the criminal justice system. In addition to re-creations of Farak’s compelling grand jury testimony and interviews with attorneys and experts, we hear from Farak’s family for the first time, delving deep into how the actions of one crime lab employee can impact tens of thousands of lives.
This looks fascinating, and I’m always interested when the true crime story focuses on something larger and more far-reaching than a standard murder mystery. I’ve seen several of Erin Lee Carr’s true crime docs, and have enjoyed them Mommy Dead and Dearest, which inspired the Hulu series The Act, is particularly good, so I’m all-in on this.
How to Fix a Drug Scandal arrives on April 1.Source: Slashfilm.com
Last Updated: March 26th
In the world established by Joss Whedon's famously canceled Firefly television series which is sadly no longer available on Netflix, the word “shiny” shares a connotation with the word “cool.” So the co-opted adjective is all too perfect for assessing the 15 best sci-fi shows on Netflix streaming right now.
Anything ascribed to the genre of science fiction typically includes elements like imagined futures, advanced technologies, and life on faraway planets whose constellations are unrecognizable to our own, but not everything there is straight sci-fi. Nevertheless, here are the “shiniest” shows that are must watch viewings on Netflix.
Related: The Best Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix Right NowNetflix Sense8
2 seasons, 22 episodes + 1 Christmas special | IMDb: 8.3/10
The Wachowskis' Sense8 is about a group of people around the world who are suddenly linked mentally. Like Cloud Atlas, the disparate stories about love and relationships weave in and out of each other. For all its sci-fi flourishes, however, Sense8 is about big, sloppy profound love, and as unwieldy as the series can often be, there's at least one moment in every episode so powerful that viewers can't help but to feel moved by the affection the characters feel for one another. It is sometimes cheesy, and occasionally illogical, but it is also one of the most diverse, multi-cultural, romantic, life-affirming sci-fi series ever. It may require some patience from viewers, but for idealists and romantics, it's a truly special series.Netflix Altered Carbon
2 seasons, 20 episodes | IMDb: 8.1/10
Based on the 2002 science fiction novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon mixes a few great, new ideas with a lot of derivative ones and delivers a series that alternates between frustrating and brilliant. The show is set in a future where everyone's consciences have been downloaded into stacks, which can be transferred into different “sleeves,” or bodies. Theoretically, a person can live forever, unless his or her stack is destroyed; however, in practice, only the wealthy can afford to buy the necessary sleeves to live indefinitely. In this world, Joel Kinnaman stars as Takeshi Kovacs, a former U.N. elite soldier who returns in a different sleeve to work as a private investigator hired by a wealthy man to solve the murder of his own sleeve. The premise itself is fascinating, but the show gets bogged down in world-building before it can establish its characters. There are also a few fascinating wrinkles clones, backed-up consciences, Blade Runner-like androids, but it's a show that, for better or worse, requires viewers' close attention. Unfortunately, the characters themselves are often not worth the attention required. It's a better show on paper than onscreen, but there are...