Casual. A good example of what TV watching is like now that we’re in Peak TV. Casual is a pleasant comedy with lesser-known-to-me actors, about a woman (Michaela Watkins) who gets a divorce and moves, with her daughter (Tara Lynne Barr), to the house of her brother (Tommy Dewey). I like what I’ve seen so far. It’s a Hulu original, and they released an episode a week, unlike the usual streaming plan of releasing all episodes at once. There are ten episodes ... I’ve seen five, which means I’m about a month behind. Because it’s a good show, but so far not a great one, and I have to crank up Hulu to watch it (which isn’t really that difficult, to be fair), so did I mention I’m a month behind? Already renewed for a second season, and I want to say I’ll finish Season One soon, but I know about those kinds of promises.
Catastrophe. Another example, like Casual, of a decent show that gets a bit lost. This one is British, and shows here only on Amazon Prime. The series is created by and stars Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, and tells the story of a quickie affair that gets complicated when the woman becomes pregnant. Maybe it matters that there were only six episodes in Season One, because I made it to the end. It’s rewarding to accomplish this nowadays. Meanwhile, Season Two has already started airing in the U.K. I recommend both of these series, with the caveat that neither is earthshaking.