Happy Christmas week! That’s what I’m calling it, okay?
We had our annual Christmas date day on Saturday. I planned on doing an entire post about it, but we vowed to not be on our phones (even though I tweeted and IG storied a few times!) so we could soak it all in, and I didn’t take many pictures. We were short on downtown hotels so we stayed at the Embassy Suites on 4th Street. If you’re from the Louisville area, you know 4th Street is not a great place if you’re over 30 (or at all?). But the hotel was nice and offered free booze for two hours and there were plenty of places to watch the UK game so it was a great time. We watched A Christmas Carol at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (another fantastic production!) and ended the night with drinks at Mr. Lee’s. I drank my first ever Manhattan! We had a blast – our 10th holiday date in the books!
I love watching tv in the mornings while I get ready for work. I typically don’t watch much tv at night, but I sit on the couch while I apply my makeup and am able to view several shows that I know J wouldn’t like. I need this alone time!
My favorite shows of 2017:
The Mindy Project: I hate it’s over! I know it didn’t end the way many of you hoped, but I thought it was great. Mindy Kaling is hilarious and wonderful and I can’t wait to see what she does in the future. Available on Hulu.
GLOW: You don’t have to like wrestling to get into this show: in fact, I’ve never watched wrestling in my life. It’s funny and heartwarming and does a great job showcasing the dynamics between women. If you’re a fan of Cheers, Alison Brie’s Ruth reminds me SO MUCH of Diane Chambers. Available on Netflix.
Grace and Frankie: Not sure what took me so long to watch this show, but I think I was afraid I couldn’t identify with the older characters. Not true! Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are gems, and the show has a phenomenal supporting cast. I just finished Season 3 last week, and believe Season 4 will be released at the beginning of the year. Available on Netflix.
Catastrophe: Anyone else get tired of seeing “perfect” relationships portrayed on tv or in the movies? This showcases anything but. The characters are real and raw and the result is comic gold. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but somehow manages to be sweet. Available on Amazon.
American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson: The acting is top-notch (hello, Sterling K. Brown and Sarah Paulson!) and it’s a deep-dive into the case. It can be heartbreaking and infuriating. Season 2 of the series focuses on the murder of Gianni Versace (beginning in January), and I believe Season 3 will focus on Hurricane Katrina. It’s a must-watch. Season 1 appeared on FX.
Feud: A dark show that focuses on the making of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. It provides commentary on aging, jealousy, and relationships between women. If you’re interested in old Hollywood, you’ll love it. Appeared on FX.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: From the creator of Gilmore Girls but don’t let that stop you (I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea). It’s fast-paced, funny, and, well, marvelous. I identify with Mrs. Maisel even though I am not in fact a 1950’s Jewish housewife. Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein are delightful. I’m thrilled Borstein is finally getting a starring role! I can’t recommend it enough. Available on Amazon.
The Handmaid’s Tale: No show is more timely. I watched the first episode and had to go to bed at 8:00 because I was so distraught. It will piss you off and make you cry and want you to resist. It’s unlike anything else. I have to overlook the fact that Elisabeth Moss is a Scientologist because she kills as Offred (and Peggy Olson, of course). Alexis Bledel is equally fantastic in her role. Available on Hulu.
You’re the Worst: If It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia focused on relationships. The characters are in fact the worst, but they’re also raw and have real issues. They tackle tough topics like depression and PTSD while remaining light. Another show that’s not for the faint of heart. There are lots of nude scenes but the result is worth it. Appeared on FX and I believe it’s available on Hulu.
Z: The Beginning of Everything: This show focuses on the early life of Zelda Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife and muse. The scenery and costumes are beautiful, and I loved getting a closer look at a woman who was the inspiration (and perhaps author!) of many of Fitzgerald’s writings. I almost hate to recommend this as the second season was cancelled, but the first is certainly worth a watch. Available on Amazon.
The Real Housewives Series: I know this makes me a garbage person, but nothing makes me laugh like these crazy women. Luann falling in Mexico. Dorinda being Dorinda. Throwing cake in Jersey. Chateau Sheree’ and Moore Manor. Kim Richards giving back Lisa Rinna’s bunny gift in Beverly Hills. The list goes on. If this isn’t Emmy-winning material, then I don’t know what is! Truthfully, there was no better distraction from this wild year. God bless these crazies.
Most of my favorite shows centered around women which tells you where I was this year.
What were your favorite shows in 2017? Share below!