(Note to our Readers: We only have subscriptions to Netflix , Hulu and Amazon.
If you have seen something noteworthy on another streaming service, we would appreciate your review.)
Click on pics for trailers
All Creatures Great and Small 2020 (We streamed from the PBS site.) It's 1937 and Glasgow is in the grip of depression. James Herriot, fresh out of veterinary college, moves to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales for work, and soon discovers that treating the animals is as much about treating their owners. It is based on “If Only They Could Talk” by James Herriot, and that is the name of the Glasgow veterinarian who goes to Yorkshire in the series. The cast is uniformly excellent and the Yorkshire scenery is beautiful. I eagerly await Season two, which will be filmed in 2021. I’m enjoying it, and the critics on Rotten Tomatoes obviously enjoyed it too, because they gave it 96%.
Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist 2021 (Netflix) In this 20-minute video, writers, directors and actors come together in a conversation about the extraordinary artistic process of Chadwick Boseman. Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Phylicia Rashad, Spike Lee and more explore Chadwick Boseman's incomparable commitment to his craft. We don’t think this one will have wide appeal, but Gary and I as former actors found it fascinating.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 2021 (Hulu released the first 3 episodes of season 4 on April 28. But episode 4 wasn’t released until May 5th and episode 5 not until May 12th. (Antithetical to the idea of streaming, isn’t it?) Fans of the series will be glad to hear that there's a light at the end of the 10-episode tunnel, as the series readies itself for some sort of a future beyond the horrors of Gilead. Margaret Atwood, inspired by the series, released a sequel to her original book called "The Testaments." The bestselling second novel is set about a decade ahead of where the show is now, and features three narrators: Aunt Lydia; June's daughter Hannah, who is still trapped in Gilead; and June's other daughter, Nicole, who is living in Canada's Little America. The book does not, however, include June — but it does confirm that she, and not just her tapes that comprised the first book, made it out of Gilead alive and disappeared into the wilds of Canada. The series writers borrowed from "The Testaments" in their writing of season 4.
In Treatment 2021 (Streamed on HBO Max, also available on demand if you have HBO) We loved this series originally. It starred Gabriel Bryne as Dr. Paul Weston, the therapist, and ran for three seasons. The 4th season stars Uzo Aduba (“Crazy Eyes” in Orange Is the New Black) as the therapist, Dr. Brooke Taylor. There are 4 episodes a week—2 on Sunday and 2 on Monday. We watched the first four episodes and we are eagerly awaiting the next four.
Mare of Easttown 2021 (Streamed on HBO Max-- We recorded the series from HBO) The TV series stars Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, and Guy Pearce, In the story, Mare Sheehan (Winslet) is a small-town Pennsylvania detective with 20 years of experience and a jaded demeanor. She investigates a local murder while trying to keep her own life from falling apart. Mare finds herself paired up with a young hotshot detective — Colin Zabel (Peters) — sent by the county to assist on the case. Mare is still feeling the repercussions of her broken marriage which followed her son’s suicide. She’s trying to raise her grandson with the help of her own mother, Helen (Smart). Mare also tries to convince her daughter, Siobhan (Rice), to chase her dreams so she can get out of Easttown one day. Meanwhile, Mare’s ex-husband, Frank (Denman), has bought the house behind her home (in an attempt to have a friendly divorce) and is now engaged to his new girlfriend. This superior series got a 92% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and 91% from audiences. We hope Kate/Mare will be back for a second season.
The White Princess 2017 (STARZ) In a tale of power, family, love and betrayal, The White Princess -- adapted from Philippa Gregory's best-selling novel of the same name -- follows up the BBC/Starz miniseries The White Queen. It's told from the perspective of three noblewomen waging an ongoing battle for the English throne at the conclusion of the War of the Roses. Promised in marriage to the newly crowned King Henry VII in hopes that it will unite the Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth (aka Lizzie, played by Jodie Comer, Killing Eve) instead resents and plots against him. She matches wits and wills with Lady Margaret Beaufort, King Henry VII's mother, each maneuvering to gain his trust. Meanwhile, Lizzie's mother, Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, struggles with rumors that her long-lost son Prince Richard is alive -- forcing Elizabeth into choosing between her new Tudor husband and the boy who could be her own blood and the rightful York King.