What I’ve been Watching

I’ve been stitching quite a bit so that means I’ve had the television on too.  Sometimes I will sit and listen to an audiobook while I stitch but more of the time, it’s the television that’s on.  It’s going to seem like I’ve watched a lot of television but most of these were only 4-6 episodes.

On Netflix, I watched a show called Anatomy of a Scandal.  This one has six episodes and it just flew by.  I don’t think I stitched much while watching this.  I TOTALLY got drug into the drama.

The show is based on this book which I haven’t read.  After watching I was prompted to check to see if there were any of her other books available via my online library.  I really liked the show.


I got the “catch” in the show early on…but that was totally okay.  I still loved it.

If you are a Downton Abbey fan, the gal who played Mary, Michelle Dockery, plays a leading role in this show.  She’s a British lawyer.

Here’s a synopsis:
Parliamentary minister James Whitehouse is a happily married man with a loving family home, then a scandalous secret comes to light.

Here is the trailer…

I really liked this show.  The only bad thing…it ended too soon.  I can see that there might be an opening for a season 2 but who knows.

The next show I watched was…
A Very British Scandal on Prime.  This is the second season of the show.

Here is the trailer of it…

I wasn’t nearly as impressed with this show.  The gal from The Crown, Claire Foy is the lead in this show.  She did a fine job…I think the director was a little off with this.  The show really made me feel like I had “missed something as the show opened” and that made me feel a little behind.

I’ve told you that when I read a book there has to be a character I can relate to in order for me to like it.  This show had ZERO people I could relate to.  So while the scenery was interesting.  The actress was awesome.  The story was sad …still nothing I could relate to.

If you watched it, tell me what you thought.  Maybe I missed something.

The next series I watched was The Girl from Plainville.  This show is disturbing.  It is based on a true story.  I watched this on Hulu.  I have told you about this before.  The series just came to an end.  So what did I think?


Here is the synopsis:
“The true story of Michelle Carter’s “texting-suicide” case, exploring her relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events leading up to his death, and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter.”

In this show, I fluctuated from being upset and feeling terrible about how disturbed this girl was and how much help she needed with how awful she was, and how she needed to be punished for hurting this young man.  It was really a rollercoaster ride for me watching this.

Here is the trailer for it.

The next show I’ve watched is Jo.  It’s on Prime.

JoTVPoster.jpgHere is the synopsis:
“Joachim “Jo” Saint-Clair is a veteran detective in Paris’ elite Criminal Brigade, which tackles the city’s most challenging murder cases. His partner is rookie detective Marc Bayard, a college-educated cop whose by-the-book methods are in opposition to Saint-Clair’s lone-wolf methods. Together, the pair match wits with pathological killers to solve their cases. Their supervisor, Beatrice Dormont, is intensely loyal to her team but has a tumultuous history with Saint-Clair. But, ultimately, the team bands together to solve the murders and bring closure to the victims’ families.”

Here is the trailer.

This show was pretty good.  If another season comes out, I would definitely watch it but I have seen other series that I like a little better…

I got totally wrapped up in the show The Staircase.  It’s on HBO Max.


I was familiar with this story before as I watched the documentary, The Staircase on Netflix some time ago.

The Staircase tells the story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed.”

I was very caught up in the real-life documentary when I watched it on Netflix some time ago so when I saw HBO was doing a drama series on it, I jumped in to watch that as well.  If you like crime whodunnit stories, this one is for you.

Here is the trailer for the show…

This show is unfolding one episode per week.  There are a few out already but not all of them.  So I’ve been watching one each week.  Being I watched the Netflix show, I know what’s going to happen but it still totally has my attention.

I actually would recommend both the Netflix and HBO Max shows even though they are about the same case.

That’s what I’ve been watching…as always, I love suggestions for shows to me occupied while I’m cross stitching.

8 thoughts on “What I’ve been Watching

  1. Toni W.

    I just saw an article in Vanity Fair about the documentary and the HBO series. It was published May 13, and the title is “The Staircase Filmmakers Feel “Betrayed” by HBO Max’s Adaptation”. Since I haven’t seen either show, I didn’t read the article, but I thought you might be interested.

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  2. LolaZ

    Any series based on a book by Harlen Corbin. It all comes together at the end, there is always a surprise at the end. I have found them on Prime, Netflix, and Britbox. I search by Corbin. He is also one of my favorite authors.

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  3. Sally

    Well, none of these sound too appealing to me…BUT I just finished watching Bridgerton from your recommendation and really enjoyed it! Now, I am FINALLY watching Downton Abby. I must be the only person who’s never seen it! Trying to pace myself and not binge…Loved those high waist empire style gowns in Bridgerton and am thinking they would be beautiful in white cotton for nightgowns (maybe a little looser in the bust though). Maybe use vintage cotton tablecloths for the nightgowns?? Hmm, I don’t make clothes….but maybe I could try nightgowns.

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  4. Joan

    I loved Anatomy of a Scandal. I had read the book, so knew what was happening, but thought they did a great job portraying. Everything that I have watched with Michelle Dockery in it I have enjoyed.

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  5. Sue

    I am watching The Flight Attendant on HBO Max. The second season just came out. It is a murder mystery with a bit of quirky humor mixed in. interesting editing to help tell the story as well.

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  6. Marlene Clausen

    Most of the time when doing handwork, my go-to for regular and binge watching is PBS Passport. Worth every penny!! I can never catch up with all the episodes of so many excellent shows. The latest show that is an absolute MUST is Ben Franklin from the incomparable Ken Burns. C-Span’s “First Ladies” is still available to watch and it is a marvelous look at each of our First Ladies. Provides insight into the lives of each, the history of their journey to the White House, and a wonderful look at the customs, life, and politics of their time.

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  7. Sharon Browne

    I just finished watching Dark Blue on TNT. I got the DVD from the library. It was one of the best series I have seen in a long time! I couldn’t wait for the next episode so I binge watched the whole first season. There is supposed to be a second season starting in August, I think. It is a cop/detective drama and the acting is superb! The male lead is Dylan McDermott. Another great series is called The Red Road. It is about cops on an Indian Reservation. I really enjoyed this one too.

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