Summer (Guilty) Pleasures

Young woman watching television, rear view
Young woman watching television, rear view

I came to the TV series binge-watch party a little late…but better late than never! As guilty pleasures go, this one seems fairly harmless - and it’s been fun way to tune out of the busyness of daily life sometimes. As I’ve spent the last 25 years living with men/boys/men, I’m not drawn to shows such as Prison Break, 24, and Game of Thrones. My personal escape preference tends toward light, funny, and chick-flick-esque (with a splash of  psychological drama!) viewing.

If you are looking for some summer fluff (with a side of provocative, obsessive mystery), here are my three binge-able favorites:

Younger This is 100% my kind of show! Created by Darren Star (of Sex & the City and Melrose Place fame), this hilarious show follows a 40-year old divorced mom who disguises herself as a younger woman to re-enter the publishing world. Sutton Foster is fantastic - and believable - as she navigates what it means to be ‘Liza’ at 26, exploring career and friendships and love interests…and delivers plenty of OMG moments! You can find Younger on TV Land. This article offered an interesting perspective on the show: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/01/younger-tvland-review/424617/

Grace and Frankie From the king of binge-watching, Netflix, comes this fantastic take on a modern family. Starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two women thrown into a foul-mouthed, complicated, touching friendship after their respective husbands left them for a gay relationship (they’d been cheating! with each other!), Grace and Frankie is a joyful buddy comedy, and the second season just started streaming! This is a fun read about the show: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grace-frankie-set-visit-behind-900000

The Affair Drama, intrigue, and married people doing lousy things — this is about as dark as television and movie viewing gets for me. And yet, I’m interested in the characters, and the story, and even though it makes me cringe…I keep watching! Maybe it’s the great actors, or the stunning locations (gorgeous Montauk vacation homes, unrealistic NYC apartments), but I want more. Season Three doesn’t start on Showtime until November 20th, but you can binge on complicated relationships with the first two seasons of The Affair now. (I’m not sharing any links…because I don’t want to unintentionally create a spoiler alert!)

If you want to get out of the sun/away from relatives/recover from the dreaded summer cold…try one of these marathon-worthy television escapes. And let me know what I should add to my binge-list next!