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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – Freak Show

The formula of American Horror Story is quite unique in that each season uses mostly the same cast but changes the characters and settings and then tells a dark and disturbing tale. Mr O and I watched the first three seasons when they came out but then somehow lost track of the show and stopped watching. A friend recently reminded me of it and as past seasons are on Netflix, I decided to catch up a bit.

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TV REVIEW: The Good Place – Season 2

[SPOILER ALERT] If you have not watched Season 1 of The Good Place it might be best not to read this review. While it doesn’t have spoilers for season 2, it does mention the big reveal at the end of season 1.

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TV REVIEW: Line of Duty – Season 3

When a suspect is shot during a chase the armed police team claims they were acting in self defence but the forensics recovered by AC-12 suggest that there is more to the story. The plot thickens further when the team leader, Danny (Daniel Mays) is killed in a scuffle with his other team members and another member of the squad commits suicide.

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TV REVIEW: Line of Duty – Season 2

A couple of years after the DI Gates controversy, AC-12 has moved on and Dot Cottan (Craig Parkinson) is now the team’s DI. When a protected witness is killed in an explosion during a transfer, it initially seems like a confusing mistake but as DS Arnott (Martin Compston) and DC Fleming (Kate McClure) start to look at the circumstances surrounding the incident, suspicion is cast on Missing Persons DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes) who was driving the vehicle.

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TV REVIEW: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Season 1

I am old enough to remember the first television outing of the Archie comic, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. It was a sitcom that involved a half witch-half mortal teenage girl who lived with her aunts and her talking cat and got herself into funny, sticky situations involving magic. The new version in no way resembles the old version apart from a few character names. Some viewers are finding this a very hard transition. I am not one of them

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TV REVIEW: Maniac

Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) suffers from Schizophrenia, which has left him on the outer edges of his wealthy family. His only hope of redeeming himself is by agreeing to provide an alibi for his brother Jed (Billy Magnussen) in a court case against him that could potentially ruin the family business. After losing his job and unwilling to take assistance from his parents, Owen decides to participate in a mysterious medical trial to make some money.

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TV Review: Killing Eve – Season 1

Security operative, Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) is bored with her desk job and desperate to be a “real spy”. After unofficially following up on an assassination case she believes was committed by a woman Eve gets herself fired. However she’s come to the attention of a senior operative (Fiona Shaw) who seconds her to further the investigation.

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TV REVIEW: Bodyguard

With absolutely everyone talking about this six part series, I felt like I better get in on it before I missed some kind of pop culture event. I was a bit of a late starter and finisher, which is why this review is maybe a little bit late but if you’re keen it is knocking about on BBC iPlayer for the next 6 or so months.

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TV REVIEW: The Innocents – Season 1

The Innocents is one of Netflex’s newest original dramas and I got super sucked in by the atmospheric trailers showing people shapeshifting and suggesting some kind of secret organisation and powers and all the supernatural stuff that I love. What I got was something rather different from what I was expecting and I’m not sure that was really a good thing.

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TV REVIEW: GLOW – Season 1

It’s the 80’s and actress Ruth Wilder’s (Alison Brie) life isn’t going according to plan. She’s not getting any of the roles she wants, she’s broke and she’s been sleeping with her best friend, Debbie’s (Betty Gilpin) husband (Rich Sommer). Drawn in by an intriguing advert she finds herself at an audition for GLOW – Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

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TV REVIEW: The Handmaid’s Tale – Season 2

Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale picks up with the handmaids facing punishment for their refusal to stone Janine (Madeline Brewer) to death. June (Elisabeth Moss) is spared due to her pregnancy but the growing child inside her means her relationships with Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski), Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and Nick (Max Minghella) become ever more complex.

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TV REVIEW: Brooklyn 99 – Season 3

Season 3 kicks off with Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) trapped in his new unwanted job in PR, which means that the 99 are forced to face a series of replacements, including the frankly awful, Vulture (Dean Winters). It’s an amusing premise, seeing Holt struggle with the menial tasks Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch (Kyra Sedgewick) sets him as well as how Gina (Chelsea Peretti) responds to her new environment.

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TV REVIEW: The Handmaid’s Tale – Season 1

I started watching The Handmaid’s Tale when it was first shown on Channel 4 but we went away on a series of holidays around when the last couple of episodes went up and I was not able to watch them before Channel 4 craftily removed them. Recently the whole boxset of the first season went up onto Now TV so I decided to rewatch the episodes I had watched previously and finish the season.

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TV REVIEW: Brooklyn 99 – Season 2

After enjoying season 2 of Brooklyn 99 so much and with it ending on a cliffhanger, there was no question that Mr O and I were going to crack on with season 2. The question is was it as good?

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TV REVIEW: Brooklyn 99 – Season 1

According to Netflix Mr O and I tried to watch Brooklyn 99 a while ago and abandoned it during the first episode. I imagine this was probably somewhere in the first year of Little O’s life where he didn’t sleep on his own ever. We were forever getting five minutes into something and then he’d wake up and we’d give up. Recently we’d heard a lot of noise from fans over the fact that the show has been cancelled (and subsequently picked up) so we decided to give it a second go.

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TV Review: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Season 3

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a really unusual premise for a show, combining comedy, mental health and fantasy musical elements into one intense package. I have to admit that if I read the description of the show it probably wouldn’t appeal to me at all but somehow the combination really works and I have been hooked since the first season.

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TV REVIEW: Gavin & Stacey – Season 3

The final season of Gavin & Stacey kicks off with Gavin (Mathew Horne) starting his new job in Cardiff, having moved to Barry to be closer Stacey (Joanna Page). Nessa (Ruth Jones) is now living with her fiance, Dave (Steffan Rhodri) and Neil, the baby, in Dave’s caravan, while Smithy (James Corden) remains in Essex.

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TV REVIEW: The Crown – Season 2

For some reason many people are fascinated with royalty. Maybe it’s the idea of some kind of mystical divine right to power from days of yore or maybe it’s because we are pumped full of fairy tales about princes and princesses from when we are children. Whatever it is, the modern royal that seems to draw the most interest is the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, so it is no surprise that Netflix saw an opportunity in creating a series about her life. The question is, is it any good?

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TV REVIEW: Gavin & Stacey – Season 2

Season two of Gavin & Stacey begins with the happy couple returning from their honeymoon and moving in with Gavin’s parents (Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman) in Essex. At the same time the bomb has dropped that Nessa (Ruth Jones) is pregnant and Smithy (James Corden) is the father. Read more…

TV REVIEW: Gavin & Stacey – Season 1

The O household has felt a bit plaguey of late. All three O’s have been struck down with varying levels of flu, which has left us a bit flat. It’s also meant that concentration levels have been low and we’ve been looking for some comforting, low energy viewing for the brief hour or so we’ve managed to stay awake past dinner. This lead us to revisiting one of our favourite late noughties sitcoms, Gavin & Stacey. Read more…