Making a Murderer, and other TV shows I’ve obsessed over lately
Last week I mentioned my obsession with Making a Murderer, and today I’m going to talk about it some more, because apparently there’s no limit to the amount of rambling I can do about a TV show.
I would apologise for this, but the fact is, if you’ve watched Making a Murderer, chances are YOU’VE become obsessed with it too. It’s just how it works, isn’t it? Everyone we’ve recommended it to so far has binge-watched it in 48 hours or less, and then gone straight to Google to read everything they can possibly find about it, so don’t be surprised if that happens to you too, should you decide to follow me down the rabbit hole on this one.
I don’t want to post any spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but if you DO fall into that category, this is a 10-hour documentary, filmed over the course of 10 years, and following the case of Steven Avery – a man who served 18 years in prison for a crime he was eventually acquitted of, only to be accused of another one shortly after his release. As well as the “whodunnit” nature of the crime itself, and the subsequent court case, you should also prepare to reel backwards in amazement as you witness the, er, interesting methods the police department used to investigate it. I’ll say no more – just watch it, and you’ll understand what all the fuss is about, I promise.
Here are some other TV shows I’ve been obsessed with lately…
As a complete change of pace, Happy Endings is a US sitcom following a group of 6 friends living in Chicago. Given that premise, I suppose comparisons with Friends are inevitable, and although the characters aren’t quite as memorable, it does actually remind me of Friends, with lots of great one-liners and some really sharp writing. I’m quite fussy about comedy, and a lot of sitcoms just don’t do it for me, but I loved Happy Endings, and was kinda gutted when I discovered it only ran for 3 seasons before being cancelled. I still sometimes Google it, in fact, in the hope that they’ll decide to renew it one of these days, because when it ended, I honestly felt like I’d just lost 6 of my friends: stupid, perhaps, but true.
This is an older show, so I’m sure a lot of you will have already seen it. I hadn’t until recently, because despite being a huge fan of The Office (which, as you know, was also written by Ricky Gervais), Extras just didn’t appeal to me for some reason. Actually, that’s not quite true: it wasn’t “for some reason,” at all. I think the reason The Office appealed to me so much was because I’d worked in so many offices exactly like the one on the show that it all just rang painfully true to me. Having never worked as a TV/film extra, I didn’t expect to relate to Extras at all, but that just shows what I know, because this show contains the same kind of observational humour as The Office, and it hooked me in in exactly the same way. Again, I was disappointed to get to the end of this and not have any more episodes to watch: if you enjoy Ricky Gervais’s particular brand of humour, I think you’ll like it.
So, don’t hate me too much, but yeah, I’ve been watching KUWTK. I KNOW. The thing is, up until recently, I was actually fairly oblivious to the Kardashian clan, other than what I’d see of Kim and Kanye online occasionally. But last summer we decided to watch I Am Cait, purely because we were interested in Caityn Jenner’s very public transistion, and, of course, some of the Kardashians appeared in the show. That got us curious to know a bit more about them all, so Terry recorded a couple of episodes (Yes, TERRY did this. TERRY.), and we basically got hooked. I mean, I wouldn’t call myself a fan, exactly, and I know a huge amount of the show is staged for TV, but, I dunno, I just find it all quite fascinating, in a “how the other half live” kind of way. Also, and I promise I’m not joking about this, I like quite a lot of Kim’s clothes. Yes, I said it: Kim Kardashian is my new style icon. Well, OK, not really: but if I could just have her collection of Balmain blazers, plus Khloe’s walk-in closet, I’d be one happy woman…