Streaming Saturday: Bridgerton

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

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Bridgerton on Netflix. There is one season of 8 episodes currently available. It’s based on the book The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.
Wealth, lust, and betrayal set in the backdrop of Regency era England, seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.

Why I’m Watching

It seemed like everywhere I looked, I was seeing an advertisement for Bridgerton. I’ve liked a few Shondaland shows, so I thought I’d give it a try, even though I really didn’t have any high expectations for it. I’ve never read the book, nor am I super interested in regency romance stories these days. However, I really ended up loving it! It’s such a fun show with some absolutely stunning settings and costumes. It does get a little (or a lot) risque at times, so make sure your kids aren’t watching it with you if you give it a go. 

There’s romance, humor, mystery and a large and lovable cast of characters. The chemistry between the two leads really makes the show. 

Watch If You Like…

The Duke and I

Pride and Prejudice 

Scandal 

Gossip Girl

What are you streaming right now?

Streaming Saturday: I Still Believe

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

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I Still Believe – rented on Amazon. 
The true-life story of Christian music star Jeremy Camp and his journey of love and loss that looks to prove there is always hope.

Why I’m Watching

I first heard Jeremy Camp’s music when I was in college and it has really meant a lot to me over the years. I’ve had the opportunity to see him in concert a few times (the below picture is from a concert from 2004 lol) and I heard him tell the story of this movie. I cried at that concert and I really cried at this movie. It’s a sad story, but it’s also really beautiful. I cannot recommend it enough. 

I did struggle with the casting just a bit. I just kept picturing all the stupid things Archie Andrews has done on Riverdale and had kind of a hard time seeing the actor as sweet Jeremy Camp. And while he’s a talented singer, he’s definitely no Jeremy Camp. However, overall I think he did a good job.

Watch If You Like…

Movies that are based on a true story

Inspirational stories

The music of Jeremy Camp

What are you streaming right now?

Streaming Saturday: Teen Wolf

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

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Teen Wolf on Amazon Prime.

An average high school student and his best friend get caught up in some trouble causing him to receive a werewolf bite. As a result they find themselves in the middle of all sorts of dramas in Beacon Hills.

Why I’m Watching

I’m not really a Halloween person, but as the weather starts to get more Fall-like, I get in the mood for spooky/scary/horror movies/tv shows. I went looking for what was available on the streaming services I use and came across Teen Wolf. I remember watching a few episodes when it first came out years ago, but didn’t really remember anything about it besides liking Stiles. I decided to give it another try and I really enjoyed it. There is a certain amount of ridiculous you need to get past (even once you get past the title), but I loved the friendships and the humor and the times when it could be surprisingly emotional. Seasons 2 and 3 were my favorite and season 6b (the final season) was probably it’s worst, but it was still definitely worth the series binge and I blame this show as the reason why I read so little last month.

Obviously, though, the best part of the show is Stiles. He’s one of the very few humans among all his supernatural friends and while he started off as mostly comic relief, he brings a lot of heart to the show. I’m a definite Stiles fangirl now.

Watch If You Like…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Vampire Diaries

Scream (the tv series)

What are you streaming right now?

Streaming Saturday: Making the Cut

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

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Making the Cut on Amazon Prime. A group of designers compete in New York, Paris and Tokyo to bring their brands to a new level. So far there is one completed season. 

Why I’m Watching

Though I’m certainly not very fashionable, I always enjoyed watching Project Runway. I was sad when Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn announced they were leaving the show, but then it was announced they were doing a new, similar show on Amazon. It was one of those shows that released episodes weekly instead of dropping all at once, so I was resistant to start it. Recently, I was looking for something to watch that I didn’t have to pay too much attention to when I stumbled upon Making the Cut and decided to finally give it a try.

I found the show enjoyable. It was VERY similar to Project Runway, though. The biggest differences I noticed were:

-The designers are assigned seamstresses and give them patterns to work on overnight.
-At least two outfits are done for every challenge. One look is supposed to be “accessible” for the masses and the challenge winner’s design was put up for purchase on Amazon.
-Unless I missed it, Tim never says “Make it work.”

Watch If You Like…

Project Runway

America’s Next Top Model

What are you streaming right now?

Streaming Saturday: The Baby-Sitters Club

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

The Baby-Sitters Club (2020)
 

The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix. The show is based on the book series of the same name, focusing on a group of young girls who start their own babysitting service. There is currently one season with ten episodes available. 

Why I’m Watching

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If there is one thing that defined much of my childhood, it’s The Baby-Sitters Club books. I remember one summer walking to our small town library every day and checking out multiple BSC books at a time. Or going to Walden’s Books in the mall and using allowance money to purchase as many as I could. There are over 100 books in the series, as well as multiple Super Specials, which ignited my love of the Multiple 1st Person POV. 

While I am, obviously, much older than the target audience for the show, I knew I had to watch it. And it’s adorable! Not every episode is a winner and they get a little too social justice warrior-y for me at times, but it was enjoyable and filled me with so much nostalgia. I thought the casting was on point for most of the characters and it was fun to see Alicia Silverstone and Marc Evan Jackson as some of the parents. 

Watch If You Like…

I don’t watch enough teeny-bopper shows to be able to list similar shows, but you should definitely give this one a try if you read and loved the books as a kid, like I did. 

What are you streaming right now?

Streaming Saturday: The Amazing Race

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

The Amazing Race (2001)
 

The Amazing Race on Amazon Prime. The first 29 seasons are free to watch on Prime, but there are 31 seasons so far and the 32nd season will premiere sometime this year on CBS. The show features 11-12 couples that go on a race around the world. They visit multiple countries where they have to perform tasks and obstacles and the last person to check in at the pit stop for a particular leg, loses. The winners get a million dollars. There’s always a diverse group of couples that you will either love or love to hate. 

Why I’m Watching

I spent a very long time one day browsing available shows and absolutely nothing looked interesting to me. Then I saw The Amazing Race was available and decided to give it a try. I’ve seen almost every season of the show, but that hasn’t hindered my enjoyment in re-watching them. I’ve genuinely forgotten who most of the winners have been. I’ve watched about 6 random seasons over the last couple of weeks. I don’t even remember them all, but I do know my favorite seasons are 10 and 11. I’m looking forward to watching more of them. 

Watch If You Like…

Reality Competition shows like:

Survivor

Master Chef

Big Brother

What are you streaming right now?

Streaming Saturday: Sweet Magnolias

 

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

Brooke Elliott, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, and Heather Headley in Sweet Magnolias (2020)
 
Sweet Magnolias on Netflix. There is 1 season with 10 episodes so far. It has not been officially renewed for season 2 yet. It’s based on the book series by Sherryl Woods
 
Centers on three South Carolina women, best friends since high school, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career, and family.

Why I’m Watching

I’ve been hearing good things about this show. I haven’t read the books it’s based on, but I’ve enjoyed another tv series based on books by the same author (Chesapeake Shores on Hallmark) so I decided to give it a try. I’ve seen it compared to Hallmark shows, but I would say it’s slightly too racy for Hallmark – though still pretty tame by any other standard. I think it took a couple episodes to really find it’s groove, but after a bit of a rough start, I ended up really enjoying it. It was cheesy at times, but I liked the romance and the friendships of the central three characters. I think a lot of the storylines are relatable and despite a cliched cliffhanger ending, I am really hoping it’s renewed for a second season. 

Watch If You Like…

Chesapeake Shores (tv show)

Hart of Dixie (tv show)

Black Dog Bay series by Beth Kendrick (books)

What are you streaming right now?

Streaming Saturday: Being Erica

 

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

Being Erica. Série, 2009. Erica Strange, une jeune trentenaire, est persuadée que sa vie est un désastre à cause des mauvaises décisions qu'elle a prises. Elle fait alors la connaissance d'un certain Dr. Tom, un mystérieux thérapeute, qui va lui donner la possibilité de revivre les moments qu'elle regrette le plus.
 
Being Erica on Amazon Prime. The show originally ran from 2009-2011. All four seasons are on Amazon Prime. 
 
The show follows Erica Strange, a woman who begins seeing a therapist to deal with regrets in her life, only to discover the therapist has the ability to send her back in time to actually relive these events and even change them.

Why I’m Watching

About a decade ago, I cancelled my cable subscription. This was back when watching shows online was a relatively new idea. My regular tv was still able to pick up two channels, one of which was the Soap Opera Network. There weren’t a lot of shows to choose from, but Being Erica was one of them. I never saw past the second season, though, so when I saw it was on Prime, I decided to restart it and see how it ends. To be honest, I don’t really know if this is a show I would necessarily recommend to people. It’s not a bad show, but it’s not that great, either. The main character is likable enough, but can be pretty frustrating – the girl definitely needs therapy. The time travel rules aren’t super clear and seem to change whenever the storyline of a particular episode calls for it. 

Watch If You Like…

Shows that feature time travel or soapy drama.

What are you streaming right now?

Streaming Saturday: Selling Sunset

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

Selling Sunset (2019)

Selling Sunset on Netflix. There are two seasons so far and I just started the second season last night.

The elite real estate brokers at The Oppenheim Group sell the luxe life to affluent buyers in LA. The drama ramps up when a new agent joins the team.

Why I’m Watching

I’ve been in a book slump lately and haven’t felt like reading, so I was scrolling through Netflix, debating watching The Office for the millionth time, and this show kept cropping up. I was expecting an HGTV type show, something like House Hunters. Oh, was I surprised! The real estate is in the background as the show follows the major drama of the model-esque real estate agents. Among the cast are three blonde women that it honestly took me about four episodes to be able to tell apart, the (soon to be ex) wife of Justin Hartley (from This is Us), and the current girlfriend of an HGTV flipper. My favorite agent, though, is Maya who is pretty low drama. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure type of show and I can’t stop watching. 

Watch If You Like…

Drama style reality tv shows like The Hills or Real Housewives

What are you streaming right now?

Streaming Saturday: The Stranger

We all love books here, but I thought I might start dedicating some posts on Saturdays to highlight one of my other loves – TV!

What I’m watching

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The Stranger on Netflix. 

Follows the lives of suburban families whose secrets and lies are made public by the appearance of a stranger.

Why I’m Watching

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The show is based on the book by Harlan Coben. Though I’m generally a fan of Coben, the book was just ok for me. When I saw him on book tour last year, he talked about working on the show and that made me want to watch it. He said that there would be some big differences from the book and he was fine with the changes as he thinks the watching experience should be different than the reading experience. I kind of disagree with that idea, but that’s ok. I’m only two episodes into the show so far and have noticed several differences. The stranger on the show is a woman instead of a man. The show is set in England rather than the US. And there’s a whole new sideplot introduced featuring the kids. 

Watch If You Like…

Lies by T.M. Logan

No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez

Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay

What are you streaming right now?