Binge and Repeat: ‘Dead to Me’: A crackling thriller

There’s nothing like a good whodunit to capture the imagination, instead of wondering who is at fault, audiences get to ask “how long can the truth stay hidden” with Netflix’s new series “Dead to Me.” Christina Applegate stars as Jen, the grieving widow who listens to death metal while she cries, and Linda Cardellini plays Judy, the optimistic artist holding … read more

Binge and Repeat: Exploring ‘The Act’

A few years back the horrifying murder of DeeDee Blanchard was splashed across the headlines. During the course of the murder investigation details of her daughter’s abuse garnered even more attention to the story, resulting in the public’s fascination with the grim case. When watching “The Act,” viewers pay witness to the dark and often difficult to watch events that … read more

Binge and Repeat: ‘Special’ navigates identity

Special is one word for the semi-autobiographical series “Special” based on Ryan O’Connell’s memoir, “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.” O’Connell wrote and stars in the Netflix series as Ryan (yes, the actor and character share a first name) a man in his late 20s trying to navigate his identity as a gay and disabled man. Ryan isn’t … read more

Binge & Repeat: The kiddie con

Westport resident Melissa Joan Hart, known for her starring roles in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Melissa & Joey” and a number of holiday films recently found her way into my Netflix queue in her new series “No Good Nick.” The family-friendly series follows a teenage girl, Nick, as she cons an unsuspecting family into taking her in so she can … read more

Binge and Repeat: ‘After Life’ is surprisingly sweet

Since “Game of Thrones” returned on April 14 and I needed to rewatch the previous season before anxiously waiting for the new episode, I selected a quick binge. Ricky Gervais stars in the charmingly dark comedy “After Life” on Netflix. Tony can’t cope with his wife’s death so he behaves like an abhorrent and hateful individual. He doesn’t want to … read more

Binge and Repeat: ‘The Widow’ falls flat

Making her television debut, Kate Beckinsale stars in Amazon’s series, “The Widow.” She plays Georgia Wells, the titular widow, who sees an image of her husband in a news clip three years after he supposedly died in a plane crash in the Congo. After glimpsing a man she believes is her husband, Georgia hops the next plane to the Congo … read more

Binge and Repeat: ‘The OA’ returns with a twist

Netflix recently gifted viewers with a second season of “The OA,” more than two years after it originally aired. Fans of “The OA” must be rejoicing to learn what happened after the abrupt and disjointed finale at the end of season one. A quick recap of season one; Prairie Johnson returns home seven years after her disappearance, but the circumstances … read more

Binge and Repeat: ‘The Order’ feels too familiar

Snarky and supernatural stories have been popular for years and while these stories can seem repetitive, audiences keep coming back for more. Monsters, of course, come hand-in-hand with these stories as studios keep churning out teen dramas revolving around vampires, werewolves and witches. Fans of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Charmed” in particular might find that Netflix’s new series, “The … read more

Binge and Repeat: Save the day with ‘Jack Ryan’

Jim from “The Office” had quite the glow when John Krasinski starred in Amazon Prime Video’s “Jack Ryan” series, based on the books by Tom Clancy. While the character has certainly cropped up in a few films before, this is the first time Ryan’s story has unfolded in a television series. Krasinski plays the ultimate Boy Scout as the Marine … read more

Binge and Repeat: Let ‘Carmen Sandiego’ steal your time

Man, lately I have been binging some non-stop drama. For a change of pace I decided to indulge my inner-child and watch Netflix’s animated series “Carmen Sandiego.” I thought it seemed absolutely delightful that the star of one of my favorite computer games (back in the Stone Age of dial-up Internet) was teaching kids about geography in a new television … read more

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