The world is such a scary place right now and indulgences in heavy genres like horror can be acts of self-torment. Consider the list of the 5 best comedy series on Netflix South Africa as self-care!
Schitt-heads are probably nodding enthusiastically to the appearance of this one on the list. Yeah, we know our Schitt.
Basing our predictions on the sixth and final season, which aired its last episode in April this year, we’d bet the comedy series and its cast will probably be dominating the awards season in 2021. The season was a brilliantly written port of call for the Rose family and their journey – with its wildly funny misadventures – in the small town of Schitt’s Creek.
The award-winning Canadian offering is based on a wealthy family’s fall from grace. When they lose everything in one devastating calamity that strips them of the lavish, upper echelon life and its accoutrements, they relocate and move into a stuffy motel in the small town. There, they adjust and redefine the world in new terms. And, well, humble not-so-beginnings.
In some circles (my friends make up quite a chunk of those circles, but most of them also work in the South African film and television industry so who the hell are we?), Schitt’s Creek is being touted as the funniest show out there right now. While I can’t commit to this dramatic view, I’d say the emotional final season is floating right up there. What’s more, the series literally gets better with each season. Rare, I know, but you will understand as you become fully immersed in their bizarre world and fall in love with all the characters. Literally, ALL.
I feared the second season might drop the ball, but that was just PTSD talking as an upshot from experiencing too many exceptional first-seasons that were followed by cringe-worthy sophomore slumps.
But this British teen comedy, which debuted its second season on Netflix earlier this year, has pushed the envelope even further. Bits of it swirl around the typical white teen angst that black folk can’t reconcile with our experiences, but most of it an entertaining engagement with complex issues affecting modern youth.
The diversity on the show’s characters, along with the exploration of their lived experiences, also forms part of why this weird series is so bomb.
The series, which explores a vast range of taboo topics and themes in a manner that can be as sometimes as over the top as can be slightly radically transgressive, returned with an even more potent delivery. As the title gives way, there’s lots of sex. And all the gross and complicated and dark and funny stuff that surrounds sex as a signifier of identity in a deeply problematic world.
Sex Education centres on a mother-son relationship as they navigate their way the messiest edges of life. But that doesn’t even begin to cover it.
The idea of an animated series at my big age can be a bit of a struggle sometimes. Throw in a horse as the main character and you’ve lost the pitch. So it’s wild how I binged the entire first four seasons of Bojack Horseman four years ago, and have continued being an avid viewer of this critically lauded adult animation.
Now in its sixth season, the adult animated American series chronicles the adventures of a human-like horse named BoJack Horseman. Set in Los Angeles with the faded landscape of Hollywood barely glittering the whole time, the series attends to BoJack, a has-been star of a half-forgotten 1990’s sitcom who’s trying to ascend back to his former glory with an autography to be penned by a ghostwriter.
What follows is six years of dark and sharp humour, epic storylines and a complex portrayal of life in it’s psychological and emotional messiness. You will love it if you love the best from this genre. But even if this kind of thing doesn’t necessarily catch your attention at first, Bojack is always worth a try.
A GOOD PLACE
A comedy that centres on the afterlife? Sure. Sounds like something either tragically lame, or deliciously genius. The black dude has an impressive collection of bow ties, the gang say ‘fork’ as a substitute for the f-bomb when the odd opportunity to yell obscenities shows up, which, and here’s the plot twist, can happen in the afterlife.
The comedy series is set a place, dimension, alternate universe, or whatever it is, that could either be heaven or hell. The whole time they are just basically figuring out where they are, and how their moral characters have played out their fates.
Micheal Schurr, who also created other timeless hits like Parks & Recreation, The Office and Brooklyn Nine Nine, stepped into the territory by introducing Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), who wakes up in ‘the good place’ after her death. Initially, she’s being told that she’s in heaven, but can’t shake off the feeling that it’s unlikely as she knows the dirty ways she conducted her life back on earth.
The adventures that unravel from there are so entertaining and addictive that you are guaranteed to binge The Good Place quick, fast, in a hurry.
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DEAD TO ME
Along with Schitt’s Creek, Dead To Me is the only other show on this list whose funniest moments are so potent they bear repeating. Scenes will be paused, replayed, and replayed again because you just don’t believe how the hell!?
The script is that sharp.
For one, the cold and deadly tension between Jen and Lorna, her ice-cold bitchy mother-in-law, is such a guilty pleasure. They absolutely can’t stand each other, but theirs is as toxic as it is full of some of the most lethal shade.
This dark comedy is so good that you sometimes forget how sick the plot actually is, and how messed up the lead characters are. Based on a friendship that develops between the recently widowed Jen and Judy. The two hit it off at a therapy group for bereft spouses. They soon get very close, only to find that a dark secret makes them the worst of enemies, who will later reconcile because they collaborate on a cold murder.
The natural flow of the storylines, as bizarre as they are, and the comic timing of both Christina Applegate (Jen) and Linda Cardellini (Judy) is almost enough to dismantle the time-bombs they evidently are.
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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.