Gather 'round, youths. Let me tell you about a little show called Entourage. You see, in the mid-2000s there was an HBO comedy that was basically if cans of Axe body spray became sentient and said things like, "Hug it out, bitch." The show ran for a whopping eight seasons and was loosely based on the life of Mark Wahlberg before he became famous. (But made sure to leave out any of those pesky hate crimes! Go ahead, look them up!)
The California bro show (starring Adrian Grenier as "movie star" Vincent Chase and his gaggle of pals) was the embodiment of sexism and homophobia, and it was *wildly* popular. Like, if you hung out at someone's house, there was a good chance they had the DVDs. It was a critical hit during most of its run and it was nominated for 26 Emmys, with Jeremy Piven taking home three of them for screaming ethnic slurs at his assistant.
But unless you're an elder Millennial like me, there's a good chance you've never watched it, let alone heard of it. Unlike other HBO shows from that era like The Sopranos and Sex and the City (which are still churning out iterations of shows and movies), Entourage is the thing we all pretend never happened. It's so dated and embarrassing and why on Earth did any of us care for so damn long about the making of the fictional Medellin?!
Is Entourage the ultimate example of pop culture shunning? Or is there another show that we all watched and collectively swept under the rug so well that I've already forgotten about it?
And you can't make me! Let me be clear: James Gunn's newest DC outing "Peacemaker" on HBO Max is certainly worth watching without the intro (the number of audible LOL moments that I have are ridiculous), but that intro sure does make me look forward to clicking on the HBO Max app every Thursday, getting off of my couch, putting my WFH laptop aside, and doing the dance routine alongside John Cena, Danielle Brooks, and Chukwudi Iwuji. Have I perfected the routine yet? No! But... I'm certainly on my way. Do I log onto Youtube on a random weekday, queue up the Peacemaker intro, turn my soundbar up to maximum volume, and basically pretend I'm a Beyonce backup dancer on the "Formation World Tour?" Yup. We just need to take a moment to appreciate the amazingness that is... the Peacemaker intro. We were constantly told by James Gunn and the cast not to skip the intro before the show premiered, and now, we truly understand why. Bravo, James Gunn! Bravo!
It's been three (3!!!!!) years since we last had a new episode of Barry and I had to re-binge it all today before tonight's Season 3 premiere. I'm not gonna lie, I forgot so much (understandably so) and I think I've timed it just right to be caught up by the 10 p.m. premiere. These huge gaps in time between shows is killing me, especially this week with both Barry and Russian Doll. Anyone else ready for the loooooong overdue return of Barry?
I just started watching this show on HBO Max. I'm two episodes in and loving it. Is anyone else watching? What are your thoughts? Love it, hate it, think it's meh?
PHEW! While the second season finale of Hacks would have wrapped things up pretty nicely if it had been the series finale, the comedy is coming back for a third season: https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/hacks-renewed-season-3-hbo-max-1235296179/
Honestly I love this show so much and I feel like all the characters are evolving so much and I wasn't at all ready to say goodbye. I can't wait to see what this new chapter brings. Anyone else as happy as me about this news?
hi beautiful people! What are we watching this weekend? I think I’m gonna be stuck on HBO Max for most of the weekend. I’ve been loving Tokyo Vice, and now the Flight Attendant season 2 and that new series about the Staircase murder are out! I know many of you will probably be watching Selling Sunset, but I still haven’t watched last season lol I will though!
Is there anything Jon Bernthal can't do? (Besides marry me, on account of already being married.) The insanely talented actor shows serious range in everything from The Walking Dead to The Many Saints of Newark. But he completely caught me off guard when I heard his pitch perfect Baltimore accent in the HBO miniseries We Own This City. Seriously, it's as good as Kate Winslet's Philly accent in Mare of Easttown. Of course, Bernthal is from DC, so he probably heard Baltimore accents all his life, but still! It's spot on! Anyone else catch him in this series? Which star's accent totally blew you away, be it on the big screen or on TV?
Ok, so I’m doing a staycation at the Canopy hotel in my city, and I’m watching ALL OF THE THINGS in a super cold room (things dreams are made of). I’ve already watched two thing: Bad Vegan on Netflix (cannot recommend enough. My mind is BLOWN. At this point, y’all deserve Anna Delvey, Tinder Swindler, and Joanne the scammer because WHAT DECISIONS ARE YALL MAKING?! 🤣). I’ve also watched Ben Affleck and Ana de Ramos’s new movie Deep Water on Hulu. It was a WILD RIDE! Highly recommend that too. Now I’m deep in this hotel bed watching DMZ on HBO Max (Rosario Dawson’s new limited series). It’s only 4 episodes and I’m liking so far! What are you guys watching and recommending?
I know that everyone is obsessed with the (admittedly, sexier and flashier) HBO lead-in, Euphoria, but I cannot be the only one head over heels in love with the down-to-Earth dramedy Somebody Somewhere. It's as funny as it is touching and it's a world I truly love being in. I always feel a little sad when an episode is over. (It reminds me of how I felt watching another HBO treasure, the short-lived and brilliant Enlightened.)
Sam and Joel's friendship is so authentic and effortless and the family dynamics are just as powerful and, at times, totally hilarious. Plus, now there's a really cute dog in the mix! I was so glad to hear it already got picked up for a second season, so I hope it gains even more traction and word of mouth makes it the hit it deserves to be. Is anyone else as into this gem of a series as I am?