I did some research on what people in Connecticut are streaming. Turns out the most watched Netflix show in the Constitution State is Glee. Interesting choice. Few people appreciate cover songs with a theatrical flair more than me, but I think we can do better.
So before you carve out a few hours this weekend to watch a group of teens sing mashups of our favorite karaoke songs, I’ve got a few other options for you to consider on each of the streaming giants.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
What’s It About (via Wikipedia): The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City.
Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Kimmy Schmidt is a spiritual sequel to 30 Rock. If you got a kick out of the weirder things that happened 30 Rock’s version of New York, this show is right up your alley.
This show is unbelievably bingable. The second season recently debuted giving you 26 episodes of fun to stream silliness. Ellie Kemper, who plays the title character, is a joy to watch largely in part because of her unbreakable positivity. TV is a undergoing a revolution for sure, but most shows are bleak-on-bleak-on-bleak. The mis-adventures of Kimmy and her big city friends are a welcomed reprieve.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT (via Wikipedia): Catastrophe is a British sitcom first broadcast in the UK in January of 2015. It stars Sharon Horgan as Sharon Morris and Rob Delaney as Rob Norris, who get together after she falls pregnant following a brief affair while he is in the UK on business.
This is the best comedy I’ve seen in a long, long time. With two seasons on Amazon Prime and a third rumored to be in the works, watching both seasons of Catastrophe in one weekend (you can crush all twelve in less than six hours), is exactly what you should do the next time you don’t want to go outside and play.
While not as silly as Kimmy Schmidt, and packed to the gills with swear words (I guess they can swear pretty liberally on TV in the UK?), Catastrophe is the best comedic depiction of a marriage I’ve seen in years. They go through the same beats as every couple does on most sitcoms, but their relationship isn’t played for a joke. You don’t look at Sharon and Rob and ask yourself, “Why are they together?” You understand exactly why as soon as you see these characters interact with each other.
What both of these shows lack in covers of Journey classics, they make up for in fresh ideas and interesting plot twists. Give them a shot – you’ll be glad you did.