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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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A friendship under the ocean

Documentary | Man and mollusk bond in My Octopus Teacher
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 10/22/20, 01:50 pm

From childhood, filmmaker Craig Foster has loved the ocean, spending hours exploring the shoreline and waters. Despite the cold temperatures of the South African coastal waters near his home, he decides to explore one particular kelp forest every day for a year.

In these daily dives, he encounters among hundreds of other creatures a female octopus who seems curious about this pale visitor to her world. “A lot of people say that an octopus is like an alien,” says Foster. “But actually, we are a lot like each other.”

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