The year 2019 is only two months away, and it looks set to be a more promising television year than 2018, thanks to a combination of new entertaining shows and new favorites.
So we decided to make a short list of our favorite debut of the month, like in January, with a focus on the series that went a little under the radar in the era where it is easier to turn on your favorite streaming service and let him suggest what he wants. (But, agree, you will also find that we have included the very rented, much loved Russian doll. We are not made of stone.)
And where the programs we recommended in January were mainly cable, this month's pick includes several shows that you can now listen to in full.
We will continue to recommend new shows each month for the rest of the year – and hope that something will appear on any of these lists that you will appreciate.
With this in mind, here are our five favorite TV debuts in February 2019, including three new and two previous shows.
FX Better things is even better in season 3
I enjoyed few TV shows as much as I liked Better things in his second season, which aired in 2017. I have written beautiful and brilliant things about it. And then, just at the end of season 2, his co-creator and co-author, Louis CK confessed to being masturbated in front of women who did not want him, after the New York Times revealed his misconduct .
It did not matter that Better things is an original idea of star Pamela Adlon (who also directed each episode of seasons two and three). The scandal threatened to swallow the entire show. C.K was fired from the series (and FX in general), and Adlon explained how much she was shocked by this experience.
And it really stinks that I have to more or less tell the whole story here, because Season Three is as good as the series has always been – even better, really. Sam Fox, the character of Adlon, played the lead role in the first half of the season (I saw eight episodes out of a total of 13) and confronts the many ways in which society does not have as much room for aging women only for aging men. She is 50 years old and her eldest daughter, Max, goes to college in Chicago. She thinks about these things.
But Better things always loose and freewheeling in the best possible way. The characters are funny, but the series never forces others to laugh, and when Sam and Max discuss at length the question of whether to choose the best room or the best bed in a dormitory, is both fun and lived.
Add to that the other two children of Sam-Frankie, his second daughter, who is testing the limits of his adolescence, and his youngest daughter, Duke, who sees ghosts – not to mention his increasingly distracted mother, Phil, and you recipe for a planned sitcom mom that never quite becomes her most cliche self.
Better things The series follows more closely the adventures of Max in Chicago and the specters of Sam's father and ex-husband multiply. And the Adlon management, always great, offers a sunny, aerial view of the birthplace of the family, Los Angeles, who never feels sentimental or cynical. It's a wonderful show, and the television is lucky for the depth with which Adlon has overcome the terrible circumstances in which she has had to face to make the series even better.
Watch Better things if you want: Lights, Murphy Brown, You are the worst
Where to look: Better things Season three begins on Thursday, February 28 at 10 pm Eastern Time, on FX. The previous two seasons are available on Hulu.
From the TBS Miracle workers is the kind of weird series that television could use more than
There are times when Miracle workers, a new limited-series comedy on TBS, looks a bit like those Twitter chats where God designs animals and angels react with horror – but, you know, as a comedy in the workplace. And then, there are times when the series captures some of the bittersweet vibe of Simon Rich's previous series, the FXX skit rom-com three seasons Man looking for woman.
Rich's work takes a strange place in the world of comedy, where his shows do not fit into the world of sketches or traditional sitcoms. The best way to describe its programs is to associate with the principles of magical realism and traditional sitcoms.
Therefore, Miracle workers can be put in paradise, among the angels who complain about their boss (God), while having some vibe of Office or Hypermarket. Whenever Rich wants to leave the reality behind for something extremely weird, he can. But it can also turn into romantic realism (in the sense of storytelling that carries the heart on the sleeve, not in the sense that everyone is kissing all the time).
It is reinforced by a brilliant cast that incredibly includes the game Daniel Radcliffe, who finds laughter even in lines that are not explicit jokes; Steve Buscemi was a bored, bored God, who may not be able to read when we go straight to the point; and an extraordinary performance by young actress Geraldine Viswanathan. Miracle workers It takes a little time to go, and it never really escapes the feeling that its parts are bigger than its all, but the parties are very fun.
Watch Miracle workers if you want: The right place, 30 rocks, Fargo
Where to look: Miracle workers Tuesdays at 10:30 pm EST on TBS. Previous episodes are available on the network's website.
In season 3, Netflix One day at a time is still one of the coolest and funniest sitcoms on television
Here is an excerpt from my previous article on the third season of the series, entitled "Four and a half stars". One day at a time, The warm and traditional traditional Sitcom of Netflix on a single mother and her family:
I still have the impression of selling One day at a time In short, because it is so easy to talk about its beauty, its serious subjects, or the extent to which it can move you or make you cry. he is a very funny show, one of the funniest on television, if only because no one is as good at snatching all the laughter out of a joke as this casting.
But most of all, I feel like selling the show when I try to recommend it because I like it so much. When I started watching season three, even when a joke was not successful or the choice of narration did not pay off, I felt a little like welcoming an old friend. It's impossible to say if anyone else is watching this show, thanks to the Netflix program. obscuring its own numbersbut if you have not done it yet, it's time to start. One day at a time is a TV treasure, and it would be a shame to see him leave. You would not take my friends, is not it?
Watch One day at a time if you want: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mum, This is us
Where to look: The three seasons of One day at a time are streaming on Netflix, and if you watch them, I'll come and cook some brownies, because you have to watch this show!
Hulu & # 39; s Pen15 is the teenage squeak that will remind you how bad adolescence can be
Here is an excerpt from the four-star review by Alex Abad-Santos on Pen15, Hulu's comedy of arrival on two girls of 13 years in 2000 – played by the creators of the series, who are in their thirties:
Pen15The reluctance of the reader to transform the behavior of his characters into a time conducive to learning could be more honest than most shows want to admit: children do not always learn the lessons, some any of them end up being adult jerks (they must come from somewhere, right?), and bullied children may never get the respect they deserve.
But that does not mean that it contains no hope. Pen15 recognizes that college is indeed a special type of hell, but he also understands that if we were lucky, we could have called on someone like Anna or Maya.
Watch Pen15 if you want: My so-called life, basically, anything on YouTube, Parks and Recreation
Where to look: Pen15The first season is broadcast on Hulu.
Netflix Russian doll It's so good. So, so, so, so good.
Here is an excerpt from my five-star review of Russian doll, Netflix's ingenious comedy about a woman who does not seem to be able to escape her birthday party:
Natasha Lyonne is one of my favorite actors. This is one of my few shareable reactions to the new Netflix comedy. Russian dollBecause the less you know about this fantastic new series, the better. So let me assure you that Lyonne is the star, she has to present her considerable range and her gift for extremely unconventional line readings is exposed. The series is probably too strange to win a lot of Emmys, but God willing, Lyonne will be nominated. She is so good.
But she does more than play the central role of Nadia, a woman who is trapped in the most unusual circumstances, then tries to find a way to get out of it. Lyonne also co-created Russian doll and wrote several of his episodes. And she led the season finale. If you're looking for an incredibly efficient Natasha Lyonne delivery vehicle (and me), this series is for you!
Watch Russian doll if you want: The X-Files, The twilight zone, Veep
Where to look: Russian dollThe first season of eight episodes is broadcast on Netflix. If you have not looked at it now, for the sake of God, what are you waiting for?
Five other programs that are worth seeing …
If the five shows above are my priority since I started on television in February, you can also check the five programs below to see if they are right for you.
- At home with Amy Sedaris (truTV, Tuesdays at 10 pm Eastern Time) is a really wacky and endless series of inventiveness that simultaneously parodies Martha Stewart's DIY types and builds a whole universe around the fictional show within a show, also called At home with Amy Sedaris. It has shades of the soap opera parodic 70s Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
- I have never seen the movie Boomerang (BET, Tuesdays at 10 pm Eastern Time) is based on, so I'm afraid to miss something in this romantic drama that is kind of a sequel to the original movie and also a bit of a remix of it. But the story of a future Lothario who discovers that his new boss is even more a player than she offers with impertinent and sexy fun, even for those of us who do not know the source content.
- It's hard to believe that Documentary now (SFI, Wednesday at 11 pm Eastern Time) even exists, let alone that it is in its third season. But if you fall in the incredible specialized audience of the series, namely the people who are looking for a series of anthologies that mock very specifically very specific documentaries, will you like it as much as me?
- Doom Patrol (streaming on DC Universe) do not have convinced I wish to subscribe to his streaming service based on the two episodes sent to critics, but I appreciate his pleasantly torn vision of a team of superheroes with very strange powers. In addition, the cast (which includes Brendan Fraser and Matt Bomer!) Is excellent.
- Finally, if you just need a show to watch while you fold the laundry, Whiskey Cavalier (ABC, Wednesday at 10 pm Eastern Time) is one of the best cloth folding shows to debut in a while. This involves two people with a sexual chemistry that they will not play for several seasons, spy missions and sexy complications. What's not to like ?!
And do not look now, but Mars is at the rendezvous, taking with him everything that has happened since the return of The good fight to a great new series based on Lindy West's book Acute. To the television!