What’s Streaming on Netflix – October 2017

October 2, 2017
/   Movies

Here’s what’s been added to Netflix this month: TV Shows October 1 • Cleverman: Season 2 • Lockup: Disturbing the Peace: Collection 1 • PJ Masks: Season 1 October 5 • Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen): Season 1...

My Emmy Win Wishes

September 15, 2017
/   TV

The Oscars for TV is upon us and will be happening on Sunday, September 18. Due to scheduled life programming chances are high that I will not be watching this year’s offerings – which...

My First True Guilty Pleasure – #TerraceHouse

August 23, 2017
/   TV

One day I was talking to a friend about TV and asking what he planned to watch that weekend. He listed the shows/movies and casually mentioned that he wanted to check out this show...

My 90 Day Fiance Rant About Chantal’s Family

August 12, 2017
/   TV

I have written before about 90 Day Fiance (see here). Since I wrote that post, the show has decided to focus on just a few of the couples and continue to document their journey....

Magazine Cover: Niecy Nash on Essence

August 11, 2017

Coming off the successes of Scream Queens and Getting On, Niecy Nash has scored herself another hit. This time as the lead on the fun show, Claws (see my thoughts on it here). She...

Love and Hip Hop Hollywood Recap: Season 4 Episode 3

August 7, 2017
/   TV

Princess, still looking snatched from head to toe finally makes an appearance this season and comes out with Ray to celebrate A1’s record label launch. Alexis Skyy comes with her boyfriend, something called Solo...

A Summer Show You Should Be Watching – Claws

August 1, 2017
/   TV

“Claws” is TV series starring Niecy Nash as Desna. A mama bear manicurist and her group of friends who all work at her nail shop. Desna has big dreams of owning her own nail...

What’s Streaming on Netflix – August 2017

/   Movies

Can you believe it is August??! Here is what is streaming on Netflix this month. August 1 Crematorium: Season 1 The Hollywood Masters: Season 1 The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1 Surviving Escobar...

A Show You Should Be Watching – Last Chance U

July 30, 2017
/   TV

Last Chance U is a Netflix original reality series that focuses on the football team at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC). As the title suggests, it really is the last chance for these players....

My Thoughts On “Girls Trip”

July 23, 2017
/   Movies

Group of friends known as the Flossy Posse back in college, have grown apart. Ryan (Regina Hall), now a famous author and personality is invited to be the keynote speaker at the Essence Festival...

For The Love of GoT

July 11, 2017
/   TV

It’s no secret that while I appreciate GoT as a drama, I just don’t get the dizzy spells and trance like status that most do at the mere mention of the show or any...

My Thoughts On Some Netflix Originals – Part 1

July 5, 2017
/   Movies

Over the last year, Netflix announced its intention to move more towards original shows and invested about $6 billion. Yup – BILLION – into original content. If you haven’t heard the numerous shows that...

Fan Friday – Shameless

September 20, 2013
/   Fan Friday

I’m from a large and polygamous family fully fitted with all the incessant bickering, unrequited love, and the best set of nephews and nieces that life has on offer. To an extent, I’ve always...

Look of the Day – David Beckham

February 5, 2014
/   Red Carpet

Umm yea, this wasn’t about his style or anything. Just something to look and bless your eyes with because we all know he looks good in anything – or nothing..if you watched his Superbowl...

Streaming on Netflix – April 2014

March 31, 2014
/   Movies

New month, New Additions. Here’s a list of the new additions for the month. Feel free to bookmark for those days, you are looking for what to watch. You can always come back to...

Fan Friday – Blue Bloods

November 1, 2013
/   Fan Friday

CBS’ Blue Bloods is one of my favorite shows on TV right now. On the surface, it seems like another run of the mill American police procedural show, but after watching just one episode you...

25 Movies to see before Oscar Night

February 24, 2014
/   Movies

The Oscars will air next Sunday, March 2nd. Most times, most people haven’t watched a lot of the movies that are nominated. For some reason, I think this year is different and people will...

Fan Friday Rules Explained

August 16, 2013
/   Fan Friday

Hi Guys! Some of you might have been following the new segment I started called Fan Fridays. So far, most of the writeups I have received have been for TV Shows, so a lot...

Fan Friday – True Blood

August 2, 2013
/   Fan Friday

Oh my gosh….9 letters…9 letters send me into a frenzy. A frenzy of excitement, anticipation, and good old fun. People look for that sensation in roller coasters, drugs, sex, food…okay yes, I like some...

BET Awards Red Carpet

July 1, 2013
/   Red Carpet

The BET awards were televised last night. The Red Carpet was terribly underwhelming. There also seemed to be a lot of white on the Carpet. Below are some looks. What do you guys think?...

VMA Red Carpet

August 25, 2013
/   Red Carpet

        Do you have any favorites? *pictures from Yahoo and Hollywood Life  

List of Drunk in Love Remixes

February 18, 2014
/   Music

Unless you have been under a rock, you should know Beyonce’s hit “Drunk in Love”. Apparently, the stars love it as much as the public does because there’s been a bunch of remakes of...

Now Streaming on Netflix [February 2014]

February 3, 2014
/   Movies

Looking for what to watch on Netflix? Check out these titles that have been added this month. TV: Feb 1 – Bates Motel, Season 1 —I liked this. It’s a bit creepy but an...

It’s been a minute since I have done of these but I couldn’t let you guys not know about the goodness of Happy Valley.

Happy Valley is  a British crime drama series set in West Yorkshire and tells the story of police officer, Catherine Cawood (pleayed by the fantastic Sarah Lancashire). She is recently divorced  and living with her sister, Clare (Siobhan Finneran, who you might recognize as Mrs. O’Brien on Downton Abbey). Clare happens to be a recovering alcoholic but a great help to Catherine as she is the only family member who accepts and helps Catherine raise her grandson, Ryan.

Ryan is Catherine’s daughter, Becky’s child

Becky commited suicide 8 years ago, not long after Ryan was born

Ryan was a product of rape by Tommy

All of Clare’s immediate family want nothing to do with Ryan

 

I felt like I had to break that down, so back to the premise.  Catherine already has a stressful job and sometimes carries her job home. A bit of a hard nose, she is pretty good at her job and has a heart of gold. All this helps to mask the pain and struggle she feels from the loss of her daughter and raising her grandson. Dealing with all of this, she finds out that Tommy (the guy who raped her daughter) is being released from prison and that kicks of Series (or season as Americans say) 1 of Happy Valley.

When my friend first recommended this show to me, I resisted it strongly. I am not a fan of crime shows and I like to think that I don’t care for British shows (except going through my memory bank, I seem to have watched a few of them, so I don’t know if I can continue making this claim)

First of all, it’s quite ironic that this show is called Happy Valley because there’s not a lot of happiness going on in this Valley. You may think that I gave away too much info in describing the premise but trust me it doesn’t even touch the surface of the whole season which is part of the beauty of this show. How they manage to weave in so many story lines without making it convoluted or making your head spin in just 6 episodes.

There are many characters and different story lines and somehow they are able to make everyone connected to each other in some way or the other. It probably helps that the leading lady is such a great actor and conveys Catherine’s weariness and strength so effortlessly. Not to discount the supporting cast because to be honest, there isn’t a weak link. Everyone does what they are supposed to do well. And that’s another thing, the supporting cast have actual roles and aren’t used as filler with no direction (Think Vee in Shameless)

There has to be a word for when the second season of a show, that did so well in its first, keeps up its goodness. After that word is found, a word for the feeling as a viewer should be invented. I was so nervous that season 2 wouldn’t live up to 1 but it really did. I will say that the wrap up for this season was less plausible than its predecessor but it wasn’t anything so terrible to knock it.

Some complaints viewers might have might be the accents, which is different from the usual “Brit” accents Americans are used to, so it might be a little difficult to understand what they are saying. It wasn’t really an issue for me but you can always use your closed caption to catch bits you missed. I happily and strongly urge you to watch this show. If you are a fan of Brit shows, you will see a lot of familiar faces in the two seasons.

Happy Valley is originally aired by BBC but is available for streaming via Netflix. There are two seasons that consist of just 6 episodes in each. It’s so enjoyable you should be able to knock it out quickly. If you do watch, let me know what you think.

 

 

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