The Umbrella Academy (2019-)

This Netflix TV show is adapted from Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way. It's best described as a dark comedy, and has all of the zany, creative flair that I would expect from him. I've always been picky with TV shows, as many are dragged longer than their storylines should permit and lose traction; but in The Umbrella Academy, the worldbuilding and complementary plot lines between the main characters are invigorating and paced appropriately, making it my favorite comfort TV series.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty (2022-)

As a preface, the media I choose to write about on here isn’t because I find it prolific and hard-hitting. I write about something because I have something to say. “The Summer I Turned Pretty” (TSITP) is a fun, albeit juvenile TV show on Amazon Prime. While the show centers its marketing around the controversial love triangle between a 16-year-old-girl and the sons of her mother’s college best friend, there is something to say about grief, particularly in conjunction with a girl’s coming-of-age journey. (I also really love delving into things that maybe aren’t meant to be analyzed in depth, just for the sake of doing so.) And yes, there will be some spoilers discussed, as I will talk about a few major plot points, so please proceed with caution.

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