Hey, just what you need: More TV to watch! Here's what we're watching right now at Mercury HQ, which is another way of saying here's what we think you should be watching right now.
Bri Brey, Social Media Director
I just finished watching Sex Education on Netflix, which is heartfelt and hilarious. PLUS SCULLY PLAYS A SUPER HOT MOM.
Blair Stenvick, News Reporter
I just finished American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace on Netflix and I can't get Penelope Cruz's Donatella Versace accent out of my head. The show has beautiful styling and an unchronological sequencing that staves off the predictability that often accompanies "based on a true story" narratives. It's about gay people in the '90s, so of course there's heavy AIDS subtext, but its depiction of the tragedy of late 20th-century queer life digs deeper than most, probably because it was—imagine this—actually made by queer people.
Suzette Smith, Arts Editor
A show I don’t have time to watch (but I’m still watching) is Romance Is a Bonus Book, a Korean drama on Netflix about a divorcee who can’t re-enter the job market after a child-raising career gap. She lies about her experience to take an entry level job at a book publisher, and a SPICY rivalry for her affection—between the hot-headed young editor and the EQUALLY hot-headed freelance book designer—ensues. Is this my life? (It is not.)
Ciara Dolan, Senior Editor
I've been watching the Jordan Peele-produced documentary Lorena on Amazon, which examines the domestic violence that pushed Lorena Bobbitt to infamously cut off her husband's penis (which somehow became the story's main character), the racist implications of her portrayal in the media as a young Ecuadorian immigrant, and the way her trauma was turned into a punchline. It's good but intense and shouldn't be watched in one sitting.
Wm. Steven Humphrey, Editor-in-Chief
Just watched Faults, a 2014 flick starring the always great Mary Elizabeth Winstead. A failed mind-control expert is called upon to rescue Winstead's character from a cult, and the plot goes from funny to creepy to WTF in a brilliant fashion. Available on Amazon Prime and Vudu, and HIGHLY recommended.
Chipp Terwilliger, Calendar Editor
With Broad City in the midst of winding down an epic run and Detroiters getting cancelled in its prime, it’s time to embrace The Other Two as Comedy Central’s next great half-hour sitcom. From the minds of former Saturday Night Live head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, the show chronicles the lives of two struggling siblings who are thrust into the spotlight when their younger brother becomes an overnight YouTube sensation of the strength of his hit single, “I Wanna Marry U at Recess.” Ken Marino, Wanda Sykes, and Molly Shannon supply huge laughs in recurring roles, but it’s the central pairing of Drew Tarver and Heléne Yorke that takes this entertainment industry satire to the next level.