TV for the Holidays


We’ve all been watching TV for what seems like two years straight, and there’s no end of great programming all over the Internet – including a slew of excellent movies, which I’ll post about elsewhere. Here are a few shows that I have recently seen and very much enjoyed, something for when you’ve gobbled up White Lotus and The Crown.

Gary Oldman and Jack Lowden, Slow Horses

Slow Horses – The title refers to Slough House in London, where a sad cadre of rejected M15 spies are huddled down, trying to regain respect by climbing back up the gumshoe ladder. They follow the lead of their nasty, slovenly and brilliant boss, played to sloppy perfection by Gary Oldman. Trust me and dive into Season One – it’s the gum on the heel of James Bond, metaphorically, and counts on you loving the underbelly as much as you love the shiny side of spy-porn. Enjoy this on on Apple TV.

The Murdochs: Empire of Influence – Understanding the breadth and power of the Murdoch empire is required homework in today’s media age. You won’t quite believe how nasty this gets or how embroiled in the family has been in the political and media juggernaut of our age. If you love Succession, you’ll appreciate the inspiration. Based on Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg’s New York Times Magazine article “How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire of Influence Remade the World.” . Streaming on CNN.

Reservation Dogs – I fell for this comedy about indigenous teens growing up in Oklahoma after one of the show runners wound up at dinner in my backyard over the summer. Embarrassed not to have seen the breakthrough hit, I set about watching the first season and really enjoyed the characters and light touch. The kids are angry and confused and real, and the legacy of their native past is treated with humor and pathos. Kudos to creators Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi – the second season is even better than the first. Produced by FX and streaming Hulu, the show has been picked up for a third season.