The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of June 11, 2018

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.

 

The Bold Type: S2E1

The Bold Type
(Season Premiere)

Tuesday at 8 pm on Freeform

Why: The Bold Type definitely took me by surprise last season. I was expecting another trite series about living the Sex and the City dream in New York City, but instead found a well-done and thoughtful show, which really succeeded in exploring and addressing relevant issues, particularly for the network's young adult female audience. I also appreciated its realistic portrayal of female friendship between Kat (Aisha Dee), Sutton (Meghann Fahy), and Jane (Katie Stevens). It will be interesting to see how the series changes in this second season, now that Kat has left Scarlet magazine for a new job opportunity at Insight. Will she regret her decision? The last season also concluded with Kat taking some time off to travel with Adena, although it resumes with her returning, so it will be interesting to find out how that relationship progressed (Nikohl Boosheri, who plays Adena, is now a series regular, so probably pretty well?). The show has a new showrunner this season, although she has stated that she was already a fan of the series, and just wants to do more and dig deeper into what the series was already doing.

Prepare to talk about: New love interests; meeting the parents of multiple characters; if we are for/against the Sutton/Richard relationship.

 

Goliath: S2E1

Goliath
(Season Premiere)

Friday at 3 am on Amazon

Why: David E. Kelley, who brought us all of your favorite legal shows from yesteryear from Ally McBeal to Boston Legal (as well as last year's non-legally themed smash-hit from HBO, Big Little Lies), has struck again with Goliath for Amazon. While featuring an excellent cast, including Billy Bob Thorton - who won a Golden Globe for the role, as down-and-out attorney Billy McBride - and William Hurt as his ex partner who wronged him, the show's first season was not *as* buzzy as some other online originals. That being said, the show was enjoyable (and certainly good, just not necessarily great), so fans of the show are likely happy that the show is returning for a second season after a pretty lengthy wait, with a new organization to confront. This time, instead of battling Billy's old law firm, he will be taking on a Mexican drug cartel when he takes on a murder case pro bono. With Hurt no longer part of the cast, Ana de la Reguera and Mark Duplass join as a Los Angeles mayoral candidate and real estate developer respectively, who also become embroiled in the battle.

Prepare to talk about: Behind the scenes drama; how Mark Duplass always turns up in the least expected places; if the series will survive to see a third season.

 

Queer Eye: S2E1

Queer Eye
(Season Premiere)

Friday at 3 am on Netflix

We already sang the praises of the new and improved Queer Eye back in our March weekend binge guide, so we are delighted that Netflix somewhat surprisingly is already delivering a new batch of episodes (the first 8 episodes came out in just February). The (new) Fab 5 - Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Karamo Brown, and Antoni Porowski - are back, and this time they are not just helping men, but people of all gender identities, including women and trans men. As we mentioned in the binge guide, we first raised an eyebrow at the return of this series, but Netflix has done a solid job modernizing the show, staying away from the stereotypes that drove the original, and genuinely helping people. The show is a legitimate feel-good treat, and we highly recommend checking it out if you haven't yet done so!

Prepare to talk about: Where you land on the "Can Antoni even cook?" debate; which Fab 5-er is your favorite; if anyone truly understands Karamo's job (culture expert)?

 

Rachel is the product manager of SideReel, and she believes deep down that Antoni indeed knows how to cook, but she would love him either way (because he is the most adorable).

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Jun 18, 2018 1:40PM EDT

I can't speak to the behind-the-scenes drama, but season 2 of Goliath may be my last. Looks like it will be for many others, too. Check out the viewer ratings. 5 stars? Season one (some dated after June 15). 1 star? Season 2.

While watching I kept wondering why Amazon's response to BBT getting a Golden Globe for season 1 was to shit all over season 2; and then drag the audience through it. Looks like another series to add to the list of "great TV series that crashed & burned in season 2", I'm sad to say.

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