Annie Dear: Small-screen options are quickly fading

Staff Writer
The Examiner
The Examiner

Come across any good TV series lately? In this time of social distancing, with our access to distractions staying much closer to home than some would like, it brings us to indulging in a $27 bucket of popcorn at home – and let me tell you, that’s a USS Gerald R. Ford’s worth of the stuff when you make it yourself.

As an aside, I just read that this particular United States Ship is the largest aircraft carrier in the world, housing 75 aircraft, but can’t bless itself with a urinal. Doesn’t have a pot to piss in, really, but I digress.

Sir is very good at ferreting out good shows, and he is my advanced scout, if you will. I have so little patience that if a show doesn’t grab me by the ears and shake violently within the first two episodes, I am, as they say, outta here.

But Sir is the absolute model of patience in this regard. Even if I go “oh pish and a tad of tosh” at a program, Sir will doggedly watch it to the end in his own time. God bless him, he does love his TV, but darling heart, love of my life, honey of my bun, if I pished and toshed it really means that I don’t want a rundown of it over breakfast. These rundowns are usually proceeded with “boy, that show is weird” or “I have no idea what’s going on but …” so you can imagine my patience level drops even further.

Over the years we’ve of course watched the reruns of all of the episodes of “Cheers,” “Frasier,” and “Third Rock from the Sun,” so wonderful is their writing. We loved “House of Cards” and “Scandal” for a while, but neither show seemed to read the writing on the wall and would have been better advised to quite while they were ahead.

“Luther,” a British drama starring Idris Elba (yes please – slippers under my bed any time thank you) is brilliant, but I’m almost loathe to watch it as it is so intense I don’t think my nerves can take it.

“Goliath” with Billy Bob Thornton was great – for the first season, where after it got all a tad silly and I gave it the Annie Dear heave-ho (pish tosh mark III).

The one to absolutely capture the both of us to the point that having finished the available three seasons, we immediately went back and watched all of them again, is “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Amazon Prime. Set in the ’50s and ’60s primarily in New York, it follows a modern miss who decides to go into comedy. Suffice it to say it is absolutely fan-mazing, the scripts are brilliant, and I would love to know the production costs, so stunning are the costumes and sets they intoxicate you with every episode.

Tragically season 4, which went into production at the beginning of the year, has been put on hiatus for a bit, as it’s evidently quite tricky to produce with everyone having to stand 6 feet apart.

So do tell me of any “you cannot possibly miss this” series you’ve come across – I don’t know if I can bear watching “Cheers” again for the 47th time.

Annie Dear lives in Lee’s Summit. Email her at