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Anne with an E: 2018 (Netflix) This Canadian television series is loosely adapted from Lucy Maud Montgomery's 1908 classic work of children's literature, Anne of Green Gables. It is a coming-of-age story about a young orphan who is seeking love, acceptance and her place in the world. Amybeth McNulty stars as Anne, a 13-year-old who has endured an abusive childhood in orphanages and the homes of strangers. In the late 1890s, Anne is mistakenly sent to live with aging siblings, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, who live on Prince Edward Island. Anne, who proves to be uniquely spirited, imaginative and smart, transforms the lives of Marilla, Matthew and everyone else in their small town. I loved the books when I was young and first watched the series several years ago. Gary is watching it with me now, and he loves it too. Recommended!

 

Atypical: 2017 (Netflix) This heartfelt comedy follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a teenager on the autism spectrum, who has decided he is ready for romance. In order to start dating -- and hopefully find love. Sam will need to be more independent, which sends his mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) on her own life-changing path. She and the rest of Sam's family, including a scrappy sister (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and a father (Michael Rapaport) seeking a better understanding of his son, must adjust to change and explore what it means to be "normal.". Despite playing an autistic character, Gilchrist is not autistic. The Canadian actor did a great deal of research to get to the point where he could play an autistic person. We watched in 2017 and liked it so much we decided to watch it again. There is a 4th season now which we hadn’t seen before. The 4th season sees everyone in the family settled, sort of. The final episode was a good one. There will not be a 5th season. Netflix cancelled the series. We will miss it! Recommended!

 

The End of the F***ing World: (Netflix) The British series follows James (Alex Lawther), a 17-year-old who believes himself to be a psychopath, and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), an angry classmate who sees in James a chance to escape from her tumultuous home life. James and Alyssa, embark on a road trip to find her estranged father, who left home when she was just a child. The series turns darker after James kills the owner of a house the two teenagers broke into to protect Alyssa from being raped. We watched the first and second season which  takes place two years after the first. The ending is hopeful, but they are two screwed-up kids. There are no plans for a third season. The series is based on Charles Forsman's mini-comics The End of the F***ing World, which were collected into a book in 2013. Series creator Jonathan Entwistle contacted him about making a film, and a short was made in 2014. This film is now considered to be lost, with no way to access the film online. Instead, an eight-part serial was commissioned, with filming beginning in April 2017. Rotten Tomatoes critics loved it, giving it 94%, and audience liked it almost as much giving it 92%. Recommended, if you a fan of the bizarre.

 

Hacks: 2021 (HBO Max) It is a comedy-drama television series that premiered in 2021, on HBO Max. After watching the first season last year, I got distracted. Thanks to son, John who likes it and reminded me of the series, for which I thank him. I watched the second season this year. It ended with Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) firing Ava (Hanndh Einbinder) for Ava’s own good. It will be interesting to see season three with Deborah and Ava going their own way. Season three is officially on the way after picking up 15 Emmy nominations and three wins from season two. "We congratulate Hacks' extraordinarily gifted executive producers and cast, and our partners at Universal Television," HBO Max's head of original content Sarah Aubrey said in a statement. I, for one, will be watching. Recommended!

 

The Old Man: 2022 (Hulu) Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges) absconded from the CIA and lives off the grid. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past. The FBI's Harold Harper (John Lithgow) is called on to hunt him down because of his complicated past with the rogue fugitive. When Chase proves to be more difficult to apprehend than the authorities expected, a highly trained special ops contractor is sent to pursue him as well. While on the run, Chase rents a room from Zoe McDonald (Amy Brenneman), who draws on reserves she never knew she had to survive the day when she learns the truth about her new tenant. It’s a dark tale, both literally and figuratively, so watch it at night, otherwise you won’t see much in those dark scenes. Recommended for those who like spy stories.

 

Uncoupled: 2022 (Netflix) Michael (Neil Patrick Harris) has had his life turned upside down after his partner, Colin (Tuc Watkins), walks out on him after 17 years. (There is a lot of man-on-man sex, so if that is not your cup of tea, better avoid it.)  The show’s eight-episode first season ended with life-changing cliffhangers for nearly everyone in Michael’s orbit, made even more frustrating by the fact that Uncoupled hasn’t been officially renewed for a second season.

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