What I’m Watching (and Already Watched)

Happy Tuesday! I figured a little break from all the bookish stuff may be warranted, as sometimes things can be a bit monotonous. Lately, I find it hard to break from the usual “review, blog meme, review” format.

I have to be honest though, I don’t watch a lot of television, and a show has to really grab me from the get-go in order for me to continue watching. Also, I seem to have a rather short attention span when it comes to shows I’m invested in.

This list also spans the start of the pandemic as well, since I started working from home in mid-March (I’m now at the office full time though). I definitely binged some shows during that time, lol.

I don’t know what drew me into Call the Midwife but I binged all the available seasons on Netflix (8 of them!) within a few weeks. Outside of the midwifery, the show itself focused on the poor during the late 1950s and early 1960s London in a town called Poplar. I loved that it’s based on a memoir as well. The show spans things such as birth control and the lack of it, living conditions, racism, sexism, and early vaccinations for diseases like polio. It’s quite fascinating and absolutely riveting. Trust me, I’ve cried a lot while watching this show.

Okay, you want to talk about crying?! This K-drama killed me. I haven’t cried so much since watching “Goblin.”

The premise of this is that the CEO of a beauty company is testing a parachute-like product and due to a freak storm lands in North Korea where she’s found by a high-ranking military official who then has to hide her (in his own house!) while trying to figure out a way for her to return to South Korea without causing some government fiasco. It’s wild and SO good. Like really, how can these two be together? I’m getting teary-eyed just thinking about it, lol! It was a wonderful show, and I recommend it to people looking for a good K-drama, but you really gotta bring a box of tissues with you because those last couple of episodes are grueling.

I remember watching this 25th anniversary edition of The Phantom of the Opera on Netflix a long time ago. I absolutely loved it and was sad when it left. Well, lo and behold, there’s a YouTube channel called The Show Must Go On that premieres full musicals in order to raise money for the many actors who are out of work due to the pandemic. TPotO was available mid-April for 48 hours in the U.S. and I watched it three times before it left. I loved it so much that I bought the show on Amazon Prime. It streamed against for free earlier this month and I watched it twice. To say this pandemic has reignited my love for Phantom would be an…understatement.

And of course I had to watch Hamilton when it was made available on Disney+. Now I literally have this and Phantom soundtrack going all the time while I’m at work.

Taylor at NerdNarration recommended Julie and the Phantoms to me. I’ve only watched two episodes but it’s really adorable so far. I love that the show casted an actual teenager as the main character instead of a mid- or late-20-year-olds acting like one.

I’m about halfway through with The King: Eternal Monarch. I’m excited to see Lee Min-ho in another K-drama, and I really liked Kim Go-eun in Goblin so I’ve gone in with high expectations. I can definitely tell this show is riding the coat tails of Goblin, but it has its own twists and turns that I think I may know but… I probably don’t, lol!

My TV habits haven’t necessarily changed since the pandemic. I don’t watch much of it, and I’m a creature of habit who watches the same thing over and over again without getting tired of it.

How have your TV habits changed? Have you found yourself binging more shows? Let me know in the comments, and let me know what you’re watching and if you think I should watch something!

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