Think Pysch is just another crime show? Psych! Think again.
About: The TV show Psych features Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is an observant man who has an eidetic memory and incredible investigation skills. In order to solve cases with the Santa Barbara police department, Shawn pretends to be a psychic. Opening up a business with his best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) called Pysch, the pair assist with solving crimes all the while trying to maintain their ruse.
Why:I have seen so many screenshots and gifs about this show (shout out to that fandom), and I have always wanted to sit down and give the show a chance. Turns out its just as great and funny as tumblr made it seem!
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About: Put simply Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a sketch comedy show from the 60s. However when you look a little bit closer you see that the show was a revolution for absurdist humour, launched a number of careers, and had a lasting affect on humour which reaches into shows and movies of today.
Why: While I devoured the show during my childhood, my partner has only ever seen The Life of Brain and The Holy Grail. I feel like this is a huge oversight on his part and since Netflix has made the show available (in such a better quality than the VHS I watched the show on) we have been making our way through the 45 episodes.
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About: Escape to the Country is a BBC produced reality TV show like no other! Well okay, it is very similar to lots of other reality realty shows that are currently available to watch but unlike those other shows, Escape to the Country features the British countryside!
The basic premise of the show is that two people (usually a newly retired married couple who have sold their city homes for a stack of cash) are shown three houses in an area of the British countryside where they are interested in moving. Two of the houses fit the couples ideals, with a third ‘mystery’ house pushing the comfort zone of the pair.
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So painful and real – so beautiful.
About: the sun and her flowers is the second poetry book by Rupi Kaur and it is just as good as her first. Similar to Milk and Honey, this book is contains some painful and emotional moments from Kaur’s life.
The book is broken up into five sections:
wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. The book seems to follow the journey of a flower, and tends to have a focus on love, emotional well being, and healing, all the while intersecting the work with pain.
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Welcome to the Good Place, where everything is amazing!
About: Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) is a bad person who, when she died, accidentally ended up in the good place. The Good Place follows the story of Eleanor as she tries to hide from Michael (Ted Danson), the architect of the good place, and do whatever she has to to stay out of the bad place.
With the help of Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), Eleanor tries to learn ethics and become a better person, all the while coming to terms with the terrible person she was when she was still alive. The show is a dark comedy that explores the human psyche and what it means to be a good/bad person.
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A sweet, kick-started, gender fluid, cat themed, dating sim that will melt your heart.
About: Hustle Cat is a dating sim created by the team at Date Nighto. Originally on Kickstarter, the game is one that pushes past gender binaries and provides male, female, and trans pronouns for the main character. In addition to this there are two custom characters that you can select from which, once again, allow you to select from neutral representations and racial characteristics.
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They’re so bad, it’s good.
About: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American television show that follows the lives and misadventures of terrible five people as they run a bar and, put simply, are horrible to each other. The draw card of this show is the truly awkward and cringe worthy moments that litter the show. With episode titles such as ‘Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire,’ ‘Who pooped the bed?’ and ‘The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby,’ the show seems to tackle every taboo, off colour, uncomfortable topic and just run with it.
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So depressingly enthralling I can’t look away. Must. Binge. Watch.
About: A Netflix original, BoJack Horseman is an animated show about the life of anthropomorphic horse BoJack as he struggles to live his life after the success of his 1980s television sitcom. Voiced by Will Arnett, Bojack is a cynical, narcissistic, sarcastic, self-obsessed, wreck of a horse whose life always seems to be on the verge of falling apart. The story of the show is one that revolves around the writing, release, and aftermath of a ghost written BoJack biography.
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Swearing, confusion, back stabbing, power plays, an angry doctor, what more could you want in a show?
About: The Thick of It is a 2005-2012 show that follows the lives of the people who run the Social Affairs and Citizenship office of the British government. Characters that make an appearance range from ministers, personal assistants, civil servants, journalists, policy advisers, and the scene stealing Director of Communications, Malcolm Tucker.
Produced by the BBC, the show is an excellent mix of political intrigue, departmental stress and chaos. Actor, Peter Capaladi, known as the twelfth and current Doctor from Doctor Who, absolutely shines in the show. The show has since its inception spanned over four seasons and a movie, the HOB show Veep is even set within the The Thick of It world.
Why: The show has always been on my ‘To Watch’ list but the trail of Stan had the show, so I thought I would give it ago.
Best Bits: Malcolm Tucker. Literally every scene he is in is a gem.
Thoughts so far: Due of the show being based on British politics, I feel that a fair amount goes over my head, especially in regards to slang and cultural knowledge, however I am loving the political intrigue and twists and turns of the show.
I have just finished Part 1 of the specials and cannot wait to start Part 2!
Curing people one terribly managed hospital at a time.
About: Theme Hospital is a hospital management, simulation game. Players are given objectives and have to cure, manage, and make enough money to pass each level.
The game lets you mange a hospital by creating rooms, hiring employees, researching disorders, making money, and most of all, curing patients. The game has a fixed view camera that sometimes is an issue to navigate around but the seemingly simple game is very fun.
Why: Origin has the game as a free download for all PC gamers.*
Best Bits: The Bullfrog Productions developed game is indicative of the EA brand, that is, it is full of weird humour. Most of this humour can be found in the descriptions of disorders, employee descriptions, and the PA announcements.
Thoughts so far: While the game has the simple graphics from 1997, the game play is what keeps me coming back. Although it may be a tad off putting with the blocky graphics, it is still nevertheless entertaining.
I am enjoying the challenge of of trying to beat my ten year old self and get past the earthquake stage.
*As of writing this post.