Berdan's Binge-Watch Corner #517 April 2018
Dear readers, my name is Berdan and welcome to my binge-watch corner. As for today, I will monthly update you with the best recommendations when it comes to binge-watching. Whether it’s movies or series, whether it’s comedy or horror, drama or science fiction; you’ll find all of it over here on the EmbrACE online magazine. So, jump in, and join me on my crazy ride through the land of Netflix. Who wouldn’t want to live there?
Binge #5: Please Like Me
Jo… Josh. I want to talk to you about something
Oh… no. No, no you don’t [not shocked, at all]
I think we should break up
Oh… oh, that’s bad [sarcastic undertone]
I just… I just kind of feel like we’ve drifted, you know?
This isn’t good at all [still not surprised]
Also, you’re gay.
What? N… No, no I’m not
Please Like Me is written and directed by the Australian Josh Thomas. Oh, and he also stars in it! And, yes, I said Australian; let’s put some shrimp on the barbie! Okay, crossed the line there. However, this show has a very unique sense of humor. The Australian accent, the awkwardness of the cast and Thomas’ bewildering talent; it’s the perfect threesome.
Let me introduce you to Josh and his friends. There’s Tom, who works at the office and looks like a stereotypical, heterosexual nerd. Also, he’s into giraffes but not in a creepy way. Tom has a girlfriend, her name is Niamh (I know right), pronounced ‘Neemph’… I think? She’s a total b*tch and will not let Tom break up with her. Then, there’s Geoffrey AKA sweet Australian treasure. He comes in at 3 minutes and 15 seconds of episode one. I’m just preparing you; he’s nothing special. Josh also has a dog, John, and a rabbit, Shaniqua. Yes, Shaniqua. Oh! And how can I forget: the girl that just broke up with him; her name is Claire. They’re still friends; lovely, innit?
The first episode of Please Like Me is called Rhubarb and Custard (just like every episode is named after some sort of food – another reason to watch it) and will do it all for you. You’ll be introduced to Josh’s daily life, his ‘loved’ ones, his alcoholic, mental mother, and his grumpy divorced dad but also to his one-of-a-kind personality. Josh doesn’t really like to share his feelings, or talk to strangers, or anybody else. Let’s just say he’s not quite into chitchat.
Anyway, the level of sarcasm on this show, the irony, the cursing, the several awkward silences that cannot be counted on one hand during an episode, and the unbelievable chemistry between the actors clearly showcases what masterpiece Thomas has created. You should definitely watch this 4-seasoned, 32-episoded artwork of a sitcom and if you cannot deal with this so-called ‘type’ of humor, then go freakin’ read this article by my dear friend Lena Mingzhu Weiberlenn because you clearly need a new set of eyes.
Now, go check it out! Only on Netflix.
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