Review: Three fun shows to binge watch
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
With the holiday break quickly approaching and the possibility of a second COVID-19 related shutdown, everyone can use new recommendations for TV shows to watch.
“American Housewife” (Five stars out of five) – This hilarious show is a classic sitcom that follows the life of a Westport, Conn., family, the Ottos – Katie, a housewife; Greg, a professor; and their kids Taylor, Oliver and Anna-Kat – who don’t quite fit in with the stereotypical wealthy and snobby Westport family.
Katie plays the role of “super mom” in more ways than one, helping her family solve their day-to-day problems. She is confident, sassy and, above all things, caring. Katie and the rest of the Otto family are far from perfect, but they are kind-hearted, genuine people.
Despite the family’s struggle to fit in, they have a few close friends, including Katie’s best friends Doris and Angela, Taylor’s boyfriend Tripp, Oliver’s best friend Cooper and Anna-Kat’s best friend Franklin.
In the latest season, the Ottos’ oldest daughter, Taylor, graduates high school and starts college. The other kids start a new school year as well and the family adjusts to living with an extra person in the house.
The fifth season of “American Housewife” airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Seasons 1-5 are also available on Hulu.
“The Crown” (Five stars out of five) – Based (somewhat) on true events, “The Crown” follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family beginning when Elizabeth married Prince Philip and took the throne in 1953. It highlights the struggles and triumphs faced by both the family and the United Kingdom during her 67-year reign.
In the latest season, Prince Charles meets and eventually marries Diana Spencer, the first woman Prime Minister of the U.K. Margaret Thatcher takes over and the health of the queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, worsens physically and mentally.
The fourth season of “The Crown” is available for streaming on Netflix.
“Keeping up with the Kardashians” (Four stars out of five) – As problematic as the Kardashian-Jenner family has been in their nearly two decades of fame, their show is a guilty pleasure for many reality television fans.
The never-ending sister fights, baby/daddy drama and promotion of their numerous beauty and health brands make for trashy, yet binge-worthy material.
I always find myself coming back to this show after a long break and then I sit and watch four or five episodes in one sitting. The chaos keeps fans, like myself coming back for more.
In the latest season, the family is dealing with life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the usual drama.
Seasons 1-18 are available on Hulu and season 19 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on E! The 20th and final season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is set to air in 2021.