Badass women, openness, tolerance and acceptance, representation – Read on to find out what our Local Hood superwomen, Pooja, Shobhana and Ania loved about the shows they binged watched!
Be it the three millenial women in the Bold Types who are portrayed as perfectly imperfect, real and relateable modern women owning their life choices or the sexual misadventures at Moordale High School or as our Local Hooder, Shobhana puts it, “Downton Abbey on steroids”, each of these Netflix shows had something interesting and fresh about them that keeps us waiting for the next seasons to air!
The Bold Types
What did I like in the bold types is exactly what it promises - life story of women that are bold. Those that live life to the fullest. With its good part and its challenges. It portrays a group of 3 “millennial” besties who are there for each other and give support and encourage each other. These girlfriends enjoy the good parts that life showers at them and are not afraid of facing the thorns it throws them too. They take risks and get out of their comfort zone to live life their way.
In addition, I liked the fact that there is a fair amount of romance across the sexual spectrum, that teaches us acceptance and respect.
All in all, on 10 ‘d rate it a good 7.
Happening in Moordale high school, Sex Education is definitely the most “sexy” of them all. Yet, it is about so much more than just sex 😊 Otis Milburn, a son of a sex therapist, ironically very sexually unexperienced, sets up a sex therapy clinic for his schoolmates. Over three seasons “the clinic” helps the Moordale teenagers with their sexual misadventures. It is funny, colourful, surprisingly wise, and very British. It is a tale about openness, acceptance, tolerance, curiosity, self-awareness, and honesty. And don’t be fooled, even though it is a story about high school, it will be definitely appreciated by all ages.
Our favourite axis of the series is the mother and son relation between Jean Milburn (played by genius Gillian Anderson) and Otis (Asa Butterfield) who struggles over boundary issues. Apart from these two, Sex education is full of colourful characters with their individual stories.
The retro aesthetics of this Netflix show is inspired by the 80ies, but the anxieties and teenage problems are definitely modern ones.
So far you can binge-watch 3 seasons and be prepared, it is gripping! Unfortunately, the fourth season might be released as early as this autumn, so there’s still a bit of waiting.
While I have enjoyed reading Regency romances as a teenager, I initially thought Bridgerton would be like any age old wine in a new bottle, but boy did I miss out on the steroids the said new bottle was amped up on!
On the heels of the vastly successful Downton Abbey, which presents the life and trials of the Grantham family in the Victorian era, comes this series telling the stories of the Bridgerton siblings: each season is dedicated to how an individual sibling finds love and happiness in the post London society, with Queen Charlotte overlooking the proceedings to add to her entertainment.
The fact that this show is produced by Shonda Rhimes of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal fame adds on to the oomph factor. She is famous for using what is known as colour blind casting, wherein actors are assigned to roles based on how best they match the character, irrespective of their racial backgrounds. While this renders Bridgerton historically inaccurate and culturally incongruous, it does a lot from a representation perspective. We are seeing actors of colour finally in roles that would never have come their way, and this is definitely a welcome change.
The next season of Bridgerton is set to premiere late March 2022 and has various South Asian actors in pivotal roles.