• TV Show Review

    Veep (2012-2019)

    To the international audience, Julia Louis-Dreyfus became well-known for her role as Elaine in the famous American comedy Seinfeld. So, when a TV Series called Veep, a political satire, a genre I love, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus appeared in 2012, I started watching it. The series had seven seasons by 2019, the later seasons were available conveniently in Disney+ Hotstar App. The show gets a Ripe in mangoidiots rating. The show follows the journey of Selina Meyer, the vice-president (VeeP) of the USA. The first three seasons covered the incompetent team of Meyer, a perfect setting for bringing out the comedy based on the prevailing mood of the American public. Season…

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    Becoming You (TV Series 2020-)

    If you have an Apple device (laptop/iPhone/iPad) then check out the “Becoming You” in Apple TV+. It is about how human kids develop in the first 2000 days. The first 15-20 itself was priceless. Seeing those little kids in 4K melts away the worries of the pandemic. The opening story is about a 3-year old boy “Ruru” living in Tokyo, going out to buy sushi all by himself and returns safely. Something unthinkable in most places outside of Japan. The five-minutes long sequence was so touching. Similar was the next sequence of a boy in Nepal running around everywhere and taking breathtaking pictures with his camera. As a parent of…

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    Avenue 5 (TV Series)

    Avenue 5 (2020) is a sci-fi comedy from HBO available on Disney+Hotstar in India. It is about a spacecraft that’s travelling around planets in the solar system carrying thousands of holiday-goers on an 8-week cruise. As imaginable, something bad happens and they are stuck in space for the next three to four years before they can return to earth. Adding to the mix, the ship is piloted by an incompetent crew and an eccentric & stupid billionaire. Watching the first episode, I was expecting a science fiction but what I got was some non-sensical science and dark comedy. I thought, just like I was disappointed with the pilot episode of…

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    Time Enna Boss (TV Show)

    I am half-way through the first season of a comedy show “Time enna Boss“(டைம் என்ன பாஸ்) that released in Amazon Prime Video and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It was unlike anything we see in the Tamil satellite channels. It stars Bharath Srinivasan, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Robo Shankar, Karunakaran, Sanjana Sarathy & Alexander Babu. The 10 episodes season follows a familiar theme of five strangers (who become friends) living under one-roof. Interestingly, here the writers: Mahakerthi, Naru Narayanan and Super Subu have given a twist of casting the four of the five being accidental time-travellers from different time periods. This turns a routine script into one that was engaging and…

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    TV Show Review

    Indian Matchmaking (TV Series)

    Indian Matchmaking (2020): This was a ridiculous reality show about a professional matchmaker being engaged to find life partners for a handful of singles spread between India & the USA. Still, I watched the full season because it was well made with professional choreography, visuals & screenplay by Netflix. A couple of the singles, came out to be self-centered and overly demanding on their specification for a life partner, felt like they are trying to order a product. I was reminded of the classic Tamil Comedy film Manal Kayiru, unfortunately here they were for real. Even today in India, predominant percentage of marriages are “arranged” by the parents, with the…