What I’m Streaming. You Should Too.

There are two delightful, binge-worthy streaming series that I’ve been watching lately that I am certain you’d like to watch them too. The first one, is a sheer delight entitled “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and streams on Amazon Prime (@$12.99 a month). Don’t have Amazon Prime? No worries. You can get one month free and spend the month binge watching. You won’t be sorry.

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It’s the late 1950s and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn’t previously know she had — stand-up comedy. This revelation changes her life forever as she begins a journey that takes her from her comfortable life on the Upper West Side through the cafes and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she makes her way through the city’s comedy industry on a path that could ultimately lead her to a spot on the “Tonight Show” couch. The series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”).

Winner of 8 Emmy Awards, Rachel Brosnahan, who delightfully plays Mrs. Maisel just won a 2019 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Comedy (again!) for her perfect portrayal of Midge. Each and every cast member of the series is exactly perfect for their parts. Turn on your TV, start streaming Mrs. Maisel and I guarantee you will get so absorbed and lost inside the series, you will actually feel as if you were part of the story line. Yes! It’s that good! Side note: Tony Shalhoub is outstanding! The actor who portrays the haunting, touching, Lenny Bruce, Luke Kirby, is the show stopper. Kirby’s rendition of Bruce will bring tears to your eyes as he and Mrs. Maisel suffer gladly the trials and tribulations of stand-up life in the late 1950’s. Lenny Bruce was way ahead of his time and died a tragic early death.

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The second binge-worthy series I am recommending streams on Netflix. It’s just perfect for this New Year as most of us are obsessed with downsizing, getting rid of clutter, purging unnecessary stuff out of our lives and just plain tidying up.

Her name is Marie Kondo and she is the current queen of “tidying up“.

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Marie Kondo

In the business of keeping spaces clean and tidy, few people have made as much of a name for themselves as Marie Kondo, the woman who got the world talking – and decluttering – with her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying.

Kondo has received international praise for her KonMari method of decluttering and now she has her own Netflix show all about helping people to tidy up their homes and transform their lives.

One of the first things Marie Kondo advises people to do is address the amount of clothes they have packed away inside their houses. Ms. Kondo has her clients yank all of their clothes out of their closets and pile them on top of their beds. The visual effect of a person seeing all their clothes piled, sometimes as high as the ceiling, is a powerful one. If you are serious about getting your life in order, start streaming this series on your Netflix account (first month free). Since most of the readers here are retirees or near-retirees, I recommend starting with the empty-nester couple. Prepare to be astounded!

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20 comments

  1. Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve already been watching the Marie Kondo series, but the other one sounds delightful! I’m trying to get every last penny from my Amazon Prime membership. $119 seemed a bit steep for a yearly membership.

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      • Sharon, I found the series to be very sad. It doesn’t happen to people all at once. It happens over time. You have to be vigilant every day to keep clutter under control. I’m a maniac when it comes to clutter. I hate and despise it! Nick and I did a purge last year. Now, I feel as if my home is in perfect balance. If I buy something and bring it into the home, something must be tossed to make a place for it. ENOUGH!

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    • Sharon, you are going to love, love, love Mrs. Maisel. From the very first episode. WOW! It’s just the best thing I have ever seen on TV in my whole entire life. Let me know what you think when you start watching, OK?

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  2. I just finished the Tidying with Marie Kondo series on Netflix and absolutely loved it!!
    I haven’t watched Season 2 of Marvelous Mrs Maisel yet but loved Season 1.
    I’ve just started watching Victoria on Materpiece on PBS and it is much, much better than I had anticipated.

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    • Yes, Victoria on Masterpiece is also excellent. Thanks for reminding me because it’s back on PBS. All this wonderful television viewing is just perfect to get me through the winter!
      Marie Kondo has such a wonderful attitude. She was very kind and very gracious to all her clients. No judgments. Just guidance. I loved how she prayed and blessed each home before any work was done. Our homes are a special place, for sure.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  3. I watch Mrs Maisel the first season loved it, The second season starts out a bit bizarre and stopped it before the first episode was done. I loved JACK Ryan. Have you watch Homecoming with Julia Roberts? I will have to try watching the second season when I am not tired.Mrs Maisel againLara

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    • The 2nd season of Maisel is definitely different from the 1st. That’s because (I think) because so much time elapsed between seasons (over a year). It does get better. And more interesting AND complicated.
      We started Homecoming but never finished. I only have a few more days left for my free month. I think I’ll start Jack Ryan tonight!
      THX

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    • HI Teri. We watched the Kominsky Method. Loved It. I was good to see Michael Douglas. Gonna start watching Jack Ryan tonight. I’ll check out The Man In The High Castle also. Thanks for the tips!

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  4. Hey friend, just started Maisel. Love it so far. Had a good giggle about her father not realizing his wife had moved to Paris! Husbands! Can’t live with them, can’t live with them! Period.

    Read Kondo’s book but didn’t realize she has a series. Will check this out. It is so hard to find anything (in my opinion) worth watching on regular TV. We could probably just about pull the plug on cable TV except we are so close to the mountains we would have no reception whatsoever.

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    • Mommy Hon, wasn’t that hysterical about the mother going to Paris? And then the husband joins her and has a blast. MEN!!
      The only reason why we have cable is to get our local news. I grin and bare it each time I have to pay that bill ($63)!!!! We live engulfed by the mountains and get no reception whatsoever! We only watch Netflix or now it’s Amazon Prime. After the evening news, I like to watch a good movie (at least it gives my brain a much needed break from the news!)
      Enjoy the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Growing up in NY, my BFF and I used to sneak off and go to Greenwich Village and hang out back in the 1970’s. It was awesome there!
      Thanks again for your comment.

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      • Cindi, not sure if you realized that I am Leslie at Once Upon A Time & Happily Ever After. Not sure why I show up as Leslie some places, mommyhon333 at others, and Once Upon a Time, occasionally, too. Just call me Sybil.

        Wanted to add that I was born in Buffalo but moved to Boston at the age of 4 and only returned to upstate NY once after that. Would love to visit again.

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      • Leslie, of course I know its you! I just didn’t think you would want others to know it, so I stick to the name you post.
        Anytime you want to come back to NY, let me know. I’ll keep the light on for you!

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