Gird your loins people because the tsunami of streaming content continues to race towards us at great speed.
Getting through it all is likely next-to-near impossible, but while that may be true, this reviewer is going to be giving these five shows a red-hot go because they all represent the kind of storytelling that makes switching on a streaming device very much worth the while.
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When 16-year old Mia returns home after a lengthy recovery from an eating disorder, she is thrust back into the chaotic world of sixth form only to find that her friends have moved on with teen life without her. Along with an ever-evolving bucket list, three best mates and a major new crush, Mia throws herself headfirst into a world of dating, parties and first kisses, soon discovering that not everything in life can be planned for. (courtesy Netflix Life)
Everything Now premieres on Netflix on 5 October.
A beloved Roald Dahl story about a rich man who learns about a guru who can see without using his eyes and then sets out to master the skill in order to cheat at gambling. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is once again written and directed by acclaimed American filmmaker Wes Anderson, director of the films Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, and The French Dispatch, along with this year’s Asteroid City in theaters earlier. Adapted from the Roald Dahl short story of the same name. Produced by Wes Anderson, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson. Co-produced by Octavia Peissel, John Peet, Alice Dawson. (courtesy First Showing)
The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar premieres on Netflix on 27 September 2023
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Inspired by the real-life story of the “Gentleman Pirate,” Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby), and his adventures with the infamous Edward Teach, aka Captain Blackbeard (Taika Waititi), Our Flag Means Death is one of the more inventive television comedies of recent years. Now, the second season is set to pick up the story where things left off, following Bonnet and Teach as their complicated love story continues to unfold, while the sails of conflict unfurl around them. (courtesy Consequence TV)
Our Flag Means Death S2 premieres its first three episodes on 5 October on Max (Binge in Australia) with two following each week thereafter until 26 October.
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Set in the early 1950s, Lessons in Chemistry follows Elizabeth Zott (played by Larson), whose dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a patriarchal society. When Elizabeth finds herself fired from her lab, she accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show, and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives — and the men who are suddenly listening — a lot more than recipes. (courtesy Apple.com)
Lessons in Chemistry premieres on AppleTV+ on 13 October.
The series will take place in Boston, where Cheers—on which the character of Frasier was introduced—was set, as opposed to the Seattle setting of the original Frasier. The setting will also involve a university campus. Variety states that the series follows Frasier “in the next chapter of his life as he returns to Boston, Massachusetts, with new challenges to face, new relationships to forge and an old dream or two to finally fulfill”. (courtesy Wikipedia)
Frasier premieres on Paramount+ on 12 October.