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Cheers for good men

Television | Ted Lasso is a hit with nearly everyone for good reason
by Megan Basham
Posted 10/22/20, 01:56 pm

Ted Lasso, a new hit comedy about an American college football coach who inexplicably accepts a job coaching a professional English soccer team, is like nothing else streaming right now. 

The show’s warm heart and optimistic attitude have transcended the cultural divide, winning fans from conservative Christian writer David French to the hard-left feminist website The Mary Sue. Maybe that’s because, in a moment when we all seem to be at each other’s throats, it’s calming to watch people learn to have each other’s backs.

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Fleshly brood

Television | Lurid content drags down Flesh and Blood, a TV mystery about a death amid a dysfunctional family
by Bob Brown
Posted 10/22/20, 01:53 pm

There’s no shortage of suspects in PBS’ new four-part miniseries Flesh and Blood. Even the deceased’s identity and cause of death—accident or murder—remain unknown, at least during the first two episodes. In a series of flashbacks, individuals answering questions from a detective (David Bamber) paint a picture of a family enmeshed in rivalry and deceit. Their recollections piece together the events that led to the probable foul play.

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Wax on, wax off ... again

Television | Cobra Kai is a clever reboot winning over audiences
by Megan Basham
Posted 9/23/20, 11:45 pm

It’s a Cinderella story worthy of any cheesy sports movie. A few years ago, YouTube made a late, halfhearted attempt to enter the streaming game. Most of its scripted series were flops. But it gambled with a reboot of the 1984 film The Karate Kid with the original two stars (whom America had barely heard from in decades). The show became a sleeper hit and eventually landed a lucrative Netflix sale. 

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