Our Top TV Shows, Audiobooks, and Movies.

Our post this month is worth binge-reading! Literally. Our three authors are bringing you our ‘current’ favorites to binge-watch…and listen. The selections are so gripping, you might feel like you are up against the ropes, trying to survive the end of the world, and escaping to space. Every month, Molly, myself, and Jessica will bring you a collaborative blog post. We will brainstorm ideas we each can write about. Then we will bring those stories together for our fourth post of the month. Enjoy!

Listen to the blog post by going to our Podcast page.

We start with Molly.

Molly Schroeder

I have to admit that I don’t spend a lot of time watching TV or movies. Mostly because I have a hard time sitting still. It drives my boyfriend, Jason, crazy. When I do sit down and watch a show, I’m coloring or trying to fit in a workout at the same time. For that reason, I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I can pop in my headphone and wash the dishes, do yard work, or go for a walk. I feel like I’m reading a book while being productive. The series that I am currently binge listening to is A Court of Thrones & Roses  by Sarah J. Mass. I’m finishing up the novella right now and have already put myself on the waiting list for the next book in the series, A Court of Silver Flames. I was introduced to this series through one of my book clubs that consists of my college friends. Most of the books in this series are all over 500 pages so listening instead of reading has helped to make sure that I am staying on track with my book club goals. The Court of Thrones & Roses Series follows the journey of mortal-born Feyra and she breaks curses and fights evil that has fallen on the land of the Fae. Think Game of Thrones meets Narnia, with teenage Twilight love stories. However, this is not a series for teenagers. I was NOT expecting or ready for how steaming some portions of the books were. This series is definitely for those 18 and older. With the risky sections aside, I really do enjoy all of the drama and adventures. The character development not only of Fyre but all of those in the Court of Dreamers has been kept my attention along with the many plot twists. Check out the Court of Thrones & Roses series, you might be binge-reading or listening to this series too. If you have any great book recommendations, please share them with me. I’m always on the hunt for great books to read or listen to. 

When the weather doesn’t cooperate for me to get outside or it’s too dark to get in a run, I grab my stationary bike out of the closet and turn on Schitt’s Creek. I know I am very late to the party as the series has wrapped up already after 6 seasons. But remember it’s better to be late than to not show up at all and I love this show. I have been watching two to three 22 minute episodes per workout and I’m at the tail end of the second season. I need to know how Alexis’s job and love life are going to wrap up for the season. Also, I’m getting impatient to find out who wins the city council seat, I have a feeling it’s not Moira, but heck I have been wrong before. I’m hooked now but it did take me a few episodes to get over how spoiled and over the top all of the characters are. For most of the first season, I couldn’t stand David but now he has grown to be my favorite character. I think his sense of humor is the best. Plus, I feel like we would be best friends in real life. Has anyone else subconsciously started wearing more black and white outfits like David and Moira? But seriously, Eww David. 

The one thing everyone needs to know about Jason is that he loves watching wrestling. But like I said before I have a hard time sitting still long enough to really watch anything. So Jason and I have found a happy medium of watching old wrestling shows while I am doing other things. This way I am able to accomplish whatever I need to get done but I can stop and watch a five-minute match before heading off to my next task. So when we first started dating five years ago we purchased the WWE Network to watch one Wrestlemania and we just kept watching. Last year when we were spending more and more time at home, our WWE Network watching was taken to a whole new level. We watched all the specials we could and in March of 2020, we started watching WCW (World Champion Wrestling) shows all the way back to 1997. We started as close to the beginning as we could and have been making our way to the end. Jason has been reliving his childhood by watching all of these matches and I’m finally learning more about the greatest matches and wrestlers. I now know who and why Diamond Dallas Paige is considered a legend. I have also learned the different members and walk-out songs of the nWo Wolf Pack and the nWo Hollywood. In fact, every time I hear the nWo Wolf Pack walk-out song, I’m the first one to make the wolf pack sign with my hands. I have also watched all of Hulk Hogan’s iconic matches and have seen the many sides of Rick Flair (wooo). We are nearing the end of the WCW era and have about 28 episodes left. The timing works out great for us, as the WWE Network is going to transition their content to NBC’s Peacock and we are hoping to finish watching all of WCW shows before the switch. Especially because once the switch is made to Peacock, we won’t be able to watch all the old shows in order. I think we’ll make it, but I have no idea what we are going to watch together that won’t require my full attention once we finish WCW. I might have to start biking more or pick up a few more coloring books for the next series Jason and I watch together.

Ronnie Coyle

Wow, that was a trip down memory lane, Molly. I remember watching wrestling with my dad and enjoying the likes of Junkyard Dog, ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan, Ted “Million Dollar Man” DiBiase, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, The Ultimate Warrior, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. Awesome. So, this was really hard to narrow down. I thought I would look at it from three different points of view. What movie(s) should you watch again? What series takes a look at how we navigate our current world with COVID-19? And, what series is getting good again?

First one. Who knows where this quote came from? “One does not simply walk into Mordor.” Yes, I know, it is one of the most well-known memes. However, it also comes from one the best trilogies known to humans and orcs. The Lord of the Rings. The full quote from Boromir goes like this, “”One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.”

One of the downfalls to the Lord of the Rings is when they released The Hobbit trilogy. The Hobbit trilogy is a prequel series to the LotR trilogy, but was released after the LotR trilogy. Sound familiar, Star Wars fans? Harry Potter fans?

I am happy to say that watching the trilogies again, in the correct order, was not only gratifying but also very enjoyable. Also, our two boys had not watched them before, so they took part in our six movie binge-athon. 1031 minutes, or 17.2 hours, of Middle Earth destruction and victories. A long journey, and one we will surely take again with the Baggins of Hobbiton. 

Here is one of my favorite parts.

Next quote for you. “Don’t let fear keep you quiet. You have a voice so use it. Speak up. Raise your hands. Shout your answers. Make yourself heard. Whatever it takes, just find your voice, and when you do, fill the damn silence.” This was one of many I wanted to select, from a plethora of different characters that has been on this show over the years. This show started on March 27, 2005. My wife and I haven’t missed an episode, 371 episodes over 17 seasons. A lot of main characters have come and gone during that time. Some have taken on their own shows with success, and several have been in spin-offs and crossovers.

Have you guessed it yet?

Grey’s Anatomy. If you never started this series, or you stopped, or you haven’t stayed current…it is time. This is your binge-worthy series. Currently, the series explores the early stages of COVID-19. It attempts to give you a glimpse into what hospitals, medical staff, and families are going through. There is also an interesting twist, a touch of the afterlife…or that stage before? It will make you curious, while also connecting to the characters. It is easy to do. 

On that note, I would also suggest New Amsterdam. With Grey’s Anatomy, you begin to compare every new medical show to it. And…that makes it hard to enjoy a new one. Some may say that about ER. However, New Amsterdam fits the bill. It is a refreshing new look. New situations. New relationships. A diverse group of personalities. And, they too are showcasing the early stages of COVID-19…in New York City. Put this one on your list too.

Okay, one more. Well, kind of. This one comes from a frequent conversation with family and friends. In those conversations, I hear it every time. It goes something like this. “I liked it more in the beginning. The first 5 or so seasons were good. Then it became human versus human. I didn’t really care for that.” Those that made it even further were also tired of the same scenarios happening over and over. We, however, stuck it out and have since enjoyed the resurrection of the series, as well as, have enjoyed the two spin-offs. It has come back from the dead, so to speak. 

Any ideas?

Yeah, The Walking Dead. We also really like Fear the Walking Dead, and have enjoyed the start of The Walking Dead: World Beyond. There have been moments here and there with all three that it gets sleepy. Or feels like the same. Yet, the moments they get it right, they get it right. The Walking Dead is now in Season 10. Fear the Walking Dead is in season 6. The Walking Dead: World Beyond is filming for season 2. 

One of the things I find very intriguing about the Walking Dead shows is how much the world changes in the stories, yet the more they stay the same. A lot like our real world. Not to be confused with The Real World Homecoming: New York reunion show. If you like to see character development, where they struggle, find enlightenment, and continue to follow that path of peaks and valleys, the Walking Dead shows are very much worth watching, or catching back up again. I see some interesting things coming into play soon, which are developments I think we all wanted to see in the original Walking Dead several seasons ago. 

Alright, that’s it for me. Now, to check out what Jessica has in store for us. As a side note, she makes a reference to one of my favorite quotes that I still often use. Can you figure it out?

Jessica Norwood

I’m certainly taking notes from Ronnie and Molly’s favorite streams and adding them to my watchlist/audiolist! Now I need to catch up on Grey’s. Molly, when you finish Schitt$ Creek let me know!

You have no idea how much time I spent choosing three streams for this post. There are way too many to choose from! Streaming in our house falls into a few different categories:

  • What the kids want to watch
  • What we want to watch that is kid friendly 
  • What we watch when the kids are in bed

I’m sure many of you can relate to this! Many nights, after the kids are in bed, we find ourselves turning on shows we have watched to the point of memorization. It is great for those days when we want our brains to let go of the day. We don’t have to fully pay attention, yet we know what is going on. “I don’t want to think days” are for Friends, Big Bang Theory, and Schitt$ Creek. The other days were for rediscovering or exploring.

Spending more time at home has allowed us to rediscover shows we have not watched in a long time. Hulu recently added Blossom. Remember Mayim Bialik in the 90s? The hats, the spontaneous dancing, “Whoa!” It’s quirky in many ways. I’m having too much fun re-watching this show. Honestly, I don’t remember much from when it originally aired in the 90s. I know I was always jealous of how fast Six could talk (video below). There are some episodes that didn’t age well, but others that were ahead of their time and still relevant today. For some reason I thought it was longer than five seasons, but I’m discovering that with a lot of shows I’m rewatching. When I’m done with Blossom, I’m going back another decade to one of my all-time favorites, Punky Brewster! I’ll have to go old school and pull out DVDs for that one.

Our whole family loves watching animal shows, even though half the time my husband, Rob, and I find it’s just us watching them as the kids have disappeared. Secrets of the Zoo on Nat Geo is a favorite. There continues to be so much conversation around zoos, but this show has revived my love for them with their animal conservation. We enjoy learning the “behind the scenes” work that goes into saving an endangered species and the care that is needed for the animals. These zoos are also about rehabilitation, or rebuilding the population and releasing animals back into their natural habitat. Some animals would not exist if it weren’t for these zoos. There are three “versions” of the show that take place in Columbus, Tampa, and North Carolina. Several seasons are streaming on Disney+ and we’ve enjoyed watching them multiple times. There is so much to learn about animal conservation!

I wanted to share one of our favorite streaming channels before I talk about my last stream (Here comes my unpaid plug). I heard about Curiosity Stream in one of my favorite podcasts, The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe. It’s a documentary series channel, and I can’t say enough good things about it! We enjoy documentaries. It is well worth the $20/year…you should check it out! I was going to talk about our favorite series, Spy in the Wild, but sadly that is no longer available. Animatronic animals placed on a spy mission, anyone? It was so cool! A close second is the Destination series. Destination: Pluto and Destination: Jupiter taught us so much about the spacecrafts flown out to the planets to gather pictures and data. The science of it all is so intriguing. Did you know the New Horizons spacecraft took over nine years to reach Pluto? We geek out over science and space.

I hope you enjoy all the streams we have listed. I also hope we have given you some new things to add to your watchlist. What should we add to ours?

Absolutely Jessica, please leave us your top picks on our Facebook page or in the comments of this blog post. We love hearing from you. 

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Until next time, don’t let a DDT or orc blade slow your day. Look to the skies and dream what might be. Take care everyone, and be safe.

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