Let Me Entertain You…


Other than NY Giants back to back wins there is nothing like finding thoroughly entertaining and compelling TV programming during a pandemic lockdown.

Now that the Three Amigos are motivated to escape to a nightly Santa Fe living room drive- in experience I must give a huge shout-out to The Queen’s Gambit and The Good Fight.

Both are female driven, compelling, well written series that provide hours and days of distractions.

The Queen’s Gambit is riveting.

I started watching the series when it debuted on Netflix the end of October. The climate was so politically charged before the election that when Beth Harmon was taken to the orphanage and drugged along with all the other children I thought, checkmate…this game is over for me.

Subsequently, there has been so much chatter about the Queen’s Gambit that the family decided to have a go.

We were mesmerized.

The story, based on a 1983 novel by Walter Tevis, plunges the protagonist, Beth Harmon (superbly portrayed  by Anya Taylor-Joy), into a turbulent journey from a Kentucky orphanage to the top of the world chess rankings.

The show grabs you and doesn’t let go.

I loved the Alma character who is played by Marielle Heller, an actress/director who notably directed, Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy and A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, featuring Tom Hanks.

Make the “opening move” and invest in the Queen’s Gambit.

The Good Fight is a legal based television series on CBS All Access.

Do not fret about doling out more money for yet another cable station. There is a 30-day free trial so jump on the offer because the 40 episodes will keep you busy and happily occupied.

The four seasons (a 5th has been ordered), starring Christine Baranski, along with a brilliant cast, is a spin-off and sequel to The Good Wife.

The Good Fight deals primarily with the storylines of its three female leads…Diane, Lucca, and Maia and contains a  preponderance of political and social commentary.

I would normally say get up and get your body moving, but in this instance, sit down, get comfy, bring out the popcorn, chips and a lovely Cabernet and hunker down with these two outstanding shows.

You’re welcome.

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