The 2019 is two months old and seems to be a year of television more promising than 2018, thanks to a combination of new shows and favorites.
Then, we continue and progress and we make a short list of our favorite debuts of the month, as we did in January, focusing on programs that flew a little under the radar at this time when it is becoming easier to simply activate your favorite broadcast service and Let him suggest what he wants. (But, I agree, you will also discover that we include the very praised, very beloved ones Russian doll. We are not made of stone.)
And where the recommended concerts in January were mainly by cable, the picas this month include several concerts that you can broadcast in total right now.
We will continue to recommend new concerts every month during the rest of the year and we hope that something will appear on one of the lists that you will end up enjoying.
With this in mind, here are our five favorite TV debuts from February 2019, including three new concerts and two back.
FX & # 39; s Better things It's even better in season 3
I have won a few television programs as much as I like Better things in his second season, which was issued in 2017. I wrote beautiful and beautiful things about it. And then, just when the second season was finishing, its co-creator and co-writer Louis C.K. He confessed to have masturbated in front of women who did not want him to do so, after the New York Times revealed his misconduct.
It almost did not matter that Better things It's the idea of the star Pamela Adlon (who also directed each episode in seasons two and three). The scandal threatened to swallow the entire show. C.K. He was fired from the show (and FX in general), and Adlon talked about how he was shaken by the whole experience.
And it really strikes me that I have to resort more or less all the ordeal here, because the third season is as good as it has never been, even better. The first part of the season (I saw eight episodes of a possible 13) involved Sam Fox, Adlon's character, confronting the many forms that society has not had so much room for aging as aging men. He's 50 years old, and his eldest daughter, Max, is out of college in Chicago. So you're thinking about these things.
But Better things It is always loose and unbridled in the best possible way. The characters are fun, but the show will never force the lines of laughter and when Sam and Max have a long discussion about whether it is best to get the best room or the best bed in a college dormitory, feel fun and alive.
Add to the other two children of Sam: the middle daughter, Frankie, who is testing the boundaries of her teens and younger daughter, Duke, who is seeing ghosts – not to say anything about the increasingly absent mother of Sam, Phil, and has a recipe for a television comedy mother who never becomes her most topic.
Better things It is also a bit more serialized this season, as the show follows the adventures of Max in Chicago and the specters of Sam's father and former foreign husband continue to emerge. And the direction of Adlon, always fantastic, offers a windy and overlapping view by the hometown of the Los Angeles family who never feels sentimental or cynical. This is a wonderful spectacle, and television is fortunate to know well what Adlon has overcome the horrible circumstances that he had to face to make the show even better.
Watch Better things if you like: Illumination, Murphy Brown, You are the worst
Where to look: Better things Season three will be released on Thursday, February 28 at 10 in the evening at FX. The two previous seasons are available in Hulu.
TBS Miracle workers It's the kind of oddly missed television that could use more
There are times when Miracle workers, a new comedy series limited in TBS, feels a bit similar to those threads of Twitter where God projects animals and angels react in horror, but, as you know, a comedy of work. And then there are times when the show captures part of the vibrant and bitter of the previous series of the creator Simon Rich, the sketch FXX of three seasons rom-com Man Looking for a woman.
Rich's work occupies a strange space between space in the world of comedy, where his shows fit comfortably into the comedy world of sketches, or the world of traditional sitcoms. The best way to describe your shows is that you subscribe to the principles of magic realism and traditional comedy comedies alike.
Therefore, Miracle workers it can be established in the sky, among angels who complain about their boss (God), besides having some atmosphere of The Office ou Supermarket. Whenever Rich wants to leave the reality behind something completely strange, he can. But you can also turn to romantic realism (in the sense of the narration that carries your heart in the sleeve, not in the sense that everyone kisses all the time).
It is reinforced by an excellent cast that includes an incredible game by Daniel Radcliffe, who finds laughter even in lines that are not explicitly jokes; Steve Buscemi like a bored and boring god, who may not be able to read when he comes down; and an excellent performance of the escape of the young actress Geraldine Viswanathan. Miracle workers It takes a while to get started and never feel the feeling that its parts are larger than its totality, but the parties are very fun.
Watch Miracle workers if you like: The good place, 30 Rock, Fargo
Where to look: Miracle workers On Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. m. in TBS. The previous episodes are available on the web site.
In season 3, Netflix One day at the same time It's still one of the funniest and fun TV comedies
Here is a fragment of my previous, four and a half star magazine of the third season of One day at the same time, The warm and traditional Netflix comedy about a single mother and her family:
I always feel like I'm selling One day at the same time In short, because it's so easy to talk about this in terms of how well you're elaborated or about the issues you're addressing, or how much you can move or make you cry. He is it a very entertaining program, one of the most entertaining TV in reality, just because nobody has the same advantage of making a laugh as a cast.
But above all I feel that I see the short show when I try to recommend it because I love it so much. When I started watching the season three, even when a joke did not land or a choice to tell stories was not enough, I felt a bit like getting an old friend back. You can not tell if someone, but I, watch this show, thanks to Netflix obfuscation of their own numbers, but if you have not done it yet, it's time to start. One day at the same time It's a television treasure, and it would be a shame to see it go. My friends would not take me, right?
Watch One day at the same time if you like: Brooklyn nine and nine, Mom, We are
Where to look: The three seasons of One day at the same time They're broadcasting on Netflix, and if you look at them, I'll go and cook the brownies, because you need to see this show.
Hulu & # 39; s PEN15 It's the cringe-like adolescent who reminds him of how crazy adolescents can really be
Here is an excerpt from Alex Abad-Santos's four-star critique PEN15, Hulu's comedy to win over two 13-year-old girls in the year 2000 – which are played by the creators of the program, which are in their 30s:
PEN15the reluctance to turn the behavior of their characters into a teaching moment could be more honest than most programs they want to admit: children do not always learn classrooms, some of these children end up being adult gestures (they have to come from somewhere, to the right?), and children who are intimidated may never get the respect they deserve.
But that does not mean that it contains no hope. PEN15 He admits that high school is really a special kind of hell, but he also realizes that if we were lucky, we had someone like Anna or Maya to cross it.
Watch PEN15 if you like: My life so called, basically anything on YouTube, Parks and Recreation
Where to look: PEN15The first season is in streaming on Hulu.
Netflix Russian doll it's so good So, then, so good.
Here is an excerpt from my five-star critique Russian doll, The ingenious dramatic of Netflix on a woman who can not escape to her birthday party:
Natasha Lyonne is one of my favorite actors. That is one of the few reactions shared for the new Netflix comedy Russian doll, because the less you know about this fantastic new series, the better. So let me make sure that Lyonne is the star, she gets to show her considerable rank, and her gift for unconventional line readings is on full screen. The series is probably too rare to win a group of Emmys, but God is willing, Lyonne will be nominated. She is so good
But he does more than play the central role of Nadia, a woman who is trapped by the most unusual circumstances, and then works to find out. Lyonne also co-created Russian doll and wrote many of his episodes. E He directed the end of the season. If you are looking for an incredible delivery vehicle Natasha Lyonne (and I have) – this is the series for you!
Watch Russian doll if you like: The X files, The Twilight area, Veep
Where to look: Russian dollThe first season of eight episodes is streaming on Netflix. If you did not see it now, because of God, what are you waiting for?
Five other shows deserve sampling …
While the five previous concerts are my best television february debut priorities, you can also consider revising the five shows below to see if they are of your liking.
- At home with Amy Sedaris (truTV, Tuesday at 10 at night of the east) is a truly crazy and infinitely inventive series that simultaneously parodia the types of DIY Martha Stewart and builds a whole universe around the fictional show within a program, also called At home with Amy Sedaris. You have the twin tones of the seventies Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
- I never saw the movie Boomerang (BET, Tuesday at 10 at night of the East) It's based on, so I fear you're missing something in this romantic drama that is a kind of saga, a sequel to the original movie and also a kind of sorta, a remix of this. But the story of a Lothario who discovers that his new boss is even more a player than what he offers is fun and fun, even for those who are not familiar with the source material.
- It is hard to believe in that Documentary now (IFC, Wednesday at 11 at night of the east) It even exists, much less that it is already in its third season. But if he falls into the auditorium of the incredible niche of the concert, that is, people who are crying for a series of anthologies that makes very specific fun of very specific documentaries: boy, he will love as much as I do.
- Doom Patrol (transmission in DC Universe) he did not convinced I subscribe to your broadcasting service based on the two episodes that are sent to the critics, but I like its pleasant and crackled 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 only need a program to watch while doubling clothes, Whiskey knight (ABC, Wednesday at 10 at night of the east) It is one of the best folding laundry shows that will debut long enough. It is about two people with sexual chemistry that will not act for several seasons, spying missions and sexual complications. What do you not want?
And do not look now, but March is around the corner, bringing everything from the back The good fight to a fantastic new series based on Lindy West's book Shrill. To television