Welcome to our sixteenth installment of Sunday Streaming Suggestions!
Writers Evan Linden, Jack Martin, Sarah Smith, and Evan Northrup have delivered a fresh slate of streaming suggestions for your Sunday.
Bob’s Burgers - Hulu
No matter how pretentious one’s taste in media is, there’s still some common ground that most media consumers share: indulging in animated, easy-to-watch titles from time-to-time. When it comes to well-written comfort comedy, Bob’s Burgers is one of television’s premier options.
Airing alongside similar FOX shows such as Family Guy and The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers separates itself in beautiful fashion. The animated sitcom follows the Belcher family—owners and operators of the titular “Bob’s Burgers” establishment. Bob (H. Jon Benjamin, who also voices a plethora of other characters) is a struggling restaurateur with a passion for puns and experimental cuisine. He’s a goofy family man who means well, but he has some of the worst luck on the planet. He's married to the love of his life, Linda (John Roberts), an eccentric but caring mother who helps Bob run the chaotic family business with the “help” of their three kids. Their eldest child, Tina (Dan Mintz), is an awkward, boy-obsessed 13-year-old who can’t lie to save her life; their middle child, Gene (Eugene Mirman), is a carefree pre-teen with a knack for music and flatulence; and their youngest child, Louise (Kristen Schaal), is an adventurous antihero who always has a scheme up her sleeve. Presumably, much of the show is centered around the misadventures the kids bring the family into. The cast is also rich in memorable recurring characters who often provide the show’s best moments.
Developed by respected comedy writers Loren Bouchard and Jim Dauterive, Bob’s Burgers has blossomed into one of the best shows of its kind over the course of its 11-season run. With two more seasons on the horizon and a feature film due to arrive this April, Bob’s Burgers will only continue to be a cultural staple.
WandaVision - Disney+
23 movies into the MCU, there is one major question/problem facing Marvel and Disney: How long can you go on making formulaic superhero movies and still sustain an insane level of popularity? The answer: not forever. The solution, WandaVision.
WandaVision is a new Marvel TV show that follows Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olson) and Vision (Paul Bettany), as they journey through different eras of classic TV, taking over the roles of the main characters. It’s an odd premise, and one that I was skeptical they could pull off. But two episodes in, the show has done a fantastic job of mirroring old TV shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show and Bewitched.
For someone who grew up watching a lot of mid-1900s TV shows, the show is a treat to watch because of the way that it masterfully replicates the details and aura of the old shows it’s copying. However, even if you’ve never watched old TV, the comedy, charm, and performances by Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany still make the show feel like comfort food—relaxing and easy to watch. On the other hand, the underlying mystery of the show (Why are the two characters in an old show, what is happening?) keeps it engaging.
Creative, unique, and charming, WandaVision is the beginning of a new era for the MCU. By far the most outside-the-box project that they have released so far, there is hope that this could signal a more creative direction for future Marvel projects. With new episodes out every Friday, WandaVision is a great 30-minute show to add to your weekly schedule.
A Star is Born (2018) - HBO Max
As I scrolled through HBO Max searching for my weekly suggestion, the title card for this heartbreaker popped up. With my last two picks being centered around pirates and grown men hurting themselves on purpose, it only felt right to grow up with this one.
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