We are seeing a shift in programs for the small screen as Netflix, cable and apps fight it out to hit the top and not the bottom. These are our choices for August.
The Get Down
Editor’s Pick: What a treat this series is from the lights to the music Baz Luhrmann has indeed brought his vision to the small screen. Baz Luhrmann and his creative wife, Catherine Martin (nominated for 4 Academy Awards with 2 wins) are a creative powerhouse, alongside Stephen Aldy Guirgis have put together a power struggle and music exploration of the impact of New York on the world, both in fashion and music. The story sees the changes that swept through the Bronx in the 1970’s, ultimately changing the international music scene. A must see. Check out our more in-depth look at their work here in our review.
Another Netflix original series created by the Duffer Brothers the story takes place in Indiana during the 1980’s. Influences such as Spielberg and Stephen King are strong in this drama/fantasy/horror genre. If you wished you had grown up in the 1980’s this one is for you. The show is rated 9.1/10 on IMDb and 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Check out Stoudman’s Netflix Pix review for further details.
Running Wild with Bear Grylls
The show by NBC (but does air on Discovery Channel) featuring Bear Grylls and celebrities doing crazy things is an interesting watch. From the comfort of your home, watch adventure and some celebrities do some extreme stuff, well for them, as they get challenged. The only downside is some want to share their emotional baggage, (we all have them) but that is TV, I guess. Still, not a bad show.
You’re The Worst
Created by Stephen Falk, the show follows two people that are a little unbalanced trying to have a romantic relationship. A bit of love, comedy and romance, we watch their story as they try to have a loving relationship.
IMDb describes the story as “Centers on two toxic, self-destructive people who fall in love and attempt a relationship.”
This showing is rating high with an 8.2/10 score.
New York becomes a backdrop to this series created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The story follows a Vampire like infection that sweeps through the city. The New York Times critical review is well written and goes into a bit more depth. The Strain has horror themes and a bit of mix of drama and thriller.