One of the things I’ve noticed watching streaming rather than networks is the quality of the shows is better. Maybe it’s just the shows we’ve watched recently. For all I know, the rest of the shows are terrible.
So far, though, the scripts are sharper. Lady detectives wear flats and everyone is appropriately dressed for the weather. Even while visiting alternate universes.
Our big entertainment winner for this year is “The Good Fight.” It’s a lawyer show based on “The Good Wife” which starred Juliana Margulies. That was a good show too. It was on CBS for 7 years. “The Good Fight” has a chunk of the same cast, minus Juliana Margulies but starring Christine Baranski. It picks up a year after the previous fictional firm closed.
It is political and liberal, but not necessarily what you expect. Weirdly different, often hilarious and intermittently scary while being funny. At the same time. A hard act to pull off, especially while remaining sharp and witty. The script doesn’t get dull. The writers stay on track. There are four streaming years. Year five begins June 24th, two weeks from now. I can hardly wait.
The show comes at politics from a different angle. It isn’t always easy figuring out who the good people are because they aren’t always as good as they should be and sometimes, they roam pretty far from my idea of good — although bad stays about as evil as you’d expect.
The first show in the series is called “The Inauguration,” and is in fact the inauguration of Donald Trump. It proceeds from there. Along with “Picard” — seasons two and three are already in production — “The Good Fight” has been our favorite show this year. I’m glad it will be back soon.
I need it.
In the interim, we’re watching “Instinct.” Which is better than I expected. And, of course, baseball. For some reason, the Red Sox are winning. How did that happen?