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FHR Culture Club: Our fav tv shows

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Just like most people around the globe, our team began quarantining at home mid-March. Naturally, in pursuit of an entertaining escape and in an effort to fill newfound free time, we turned to our screens and our bookshelves, looking for captivating and inspiring stories. In this first installment of "FHR culture club”, we’ve rounded up the TV shows that our team has been watching while at home. The list is a little bit of inspiration for those who feel like they’ve reached the bottom of Netflix.

KILLING EVE (HULU)

Eve's life as a spy is not adding up to what she had hoped it would be when she started. She is a bored, very smart, MI5 security officer who is very desk-bound. Villanelle is a very talented killer, mercurial in mood, who clings to the luxuries of her job. Eve and Villanelle go head to head in a fierce game of cat and mouse, each woman equally obsessed with the other as Eve is tasked with hunting down the psychopathic assassin. 

Recommended by Adrienne Connell, Partner, Senior Vice President:

“I love watching Killing Eve. While it appears serious given it’s about an assassin, there’s a lightness to the characters and plot lines that makes it a great escape.”

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (CRAVE)

Seinfeld co-creator Larry David plays a version of himself on the improvised series. He faces a constant barrage of life's little annoyances, which in David's sometimes well-meaning but terminally fumbling hands don't tend to stay small for very long.

Recommended by Kate Sexton, Account Director:

“Anything with Larry David hits.”

THE GOOD FIGHT (CBS ALL ACCESS)

The series follows Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, as she loses her employment after an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of her goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie) and Diane's savings, leading them to join Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago's preeminent law firms.

Recommended by Yulia Balinova, Senior Consultant:

“I’m surprised this state-of-the-art television show has been flying under the radar for the last four years. The official synopsis doesn’t do the series any justice – it’s really a political satire disguised as a legal drama that draws its inspiration straight from the American and global news headlines. As the news cycle escalated over the recent years, the show continued to up the ante each episode and each season, addressing key cultural issues head-on. The show is filmed in New York, not Hollywood, and much of the cast are theatre actors, which gives the performances a bit more of a dramatic flair. Also, Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald. On screen. Together. For four seasons. Should I say any more?"

THE WIRE (CRAVE)

In the city of Baltimore, Detective James McNulty and his team investigate crimes and try their best to bridge the gap that exists between the drug kingpins and the law enforcement agencies. Other facets of the city that are explored in the series include government and bureaucracy, the school system and the news media. 

Recommended by Kent Carter, Senior Account Director:

“There’s good reason why many universities around the world offer courses dedicated to analyzing The Wire's brilliantly layered plot. I’ve watched all five seasons six times each. At first glance, you might think that the show is about drug dealers and the police who try to thwart them. But it’s about so much more than that. If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I would say The Wire is about the decay of the major American metropolis and how the residents – knee deep in despair caused by the very institutions formed to serve them – consequently sling rot at each other. The show is a slow burn and requires your undivided attention; however, once you give it, you will never get it back.”

FAUDA (NETFLIX)

After retiring from the Israel Defense Force, Doron is working on a vineyard. He gets roped back into active duty, though, upon learning that an enemy who Doron thought his unit had killed is still alive and plans on attending his brother'swedding. Doron rejoins the IDF team with the intention of going under cover at the wedding, but the plan goes awry when the team's cover is blown

Recommended by Pierre Cyr, Vice President:

“It’s official. I’m addicted to Fauda. The series provides interesting perspectives on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I have a penchant for spy movies more generally - this series is great.”

MIDDLEDITCH & SCHWARTZ (NETFLIX)

Comedy duo Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz improvise performances based on audience suggestions from NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

Recommended by Antoine Balouka Chadwick, Graphic Design Intern:

“It's a very entertaining improv show with one of the funniest Canadians I know of.”

THE LAST DANCE (NETFLIX)

In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls allowed a film crew to follow them as they went for their sixth NBA title in eight seasons. That resulted in a stunning portrait of one of the sport's most iconic athletes and a celebrated team. The Last Dance follows the Bulls' 1997-98 season from start to finish, while also covering the rest of the chapters in Jordan's remarkable career.

Recommended by Emily Schuler, Account Manager:

“If you want to fully immerse yourself in 90’s basketball culture and get to know the real Michael Jordan, this 10-part documentary is for you. It’s no joke when they refer to him as the greatest of all time.”

THE PHARMACIST (NETFLIX)

After losing his son in a drug-related shooting, small-town pharmacist Dan Schneiderembarks on a crusade to bring a reckoning against the powerful figures behind the nation's devastating opioid epidemic.

Recommended by Wendy Meyer, Vice President:

“A Netflix documentary that looks at how one man took on the Oxycontin addiction problem in his hometown and ended up changing the world. An example of what true perseverance looks like.”

MADMEN (NETFLIX)

In 1960s New York, alpha male Don Draper struggles to stay on top of the heap in the high-pressure world of Madison Avenue advertising firms.

Recommended by Miranda Nero, Account Executive:

“Late to the game on this one, but I have loved watching this show for some 60-70s glamour during the golden age of advertising. The characters are complex but loveable – worth going back for!”

HUNTERS (AMAZON PRIME)

Nazi hunters discover hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials in 1977 New York City, conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S.; the Hunters set out to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.

Recommended by Kate Sexton, Account Director:

“It’s a heavy topic but the show is filled with lots of suspense and a twist at the end.”

Stay tuned for a post featuring FHR’s favourite podcasts next week.

Just like most people around the globe, our team began quarantining at home mid-March. Naturally, in pursuit of an entertaining escape and in an effort to fill newfound free time, we turned to our screens and our bookshelves, looking for captivating and inspiring stories. In this first installment of "FHR culture club”, we’ve rounded up the TV shows that our team has been watching while at home. The list is a little bit of inspiration for those who feel like they’ve reached the bottom of Netflix.

KILLING EVE (HULU)

Eve's life as a spy is not adding up to what she had hoped it would be when she started. She is a bored, very smart, MI5 security officer who is very desk-bound. Villanelle is a very talented killer, mercurial in mood, who clings to the luxuries of her job. Eve and Villanelle go head to head in a fierce game of cat and mouse, each woman equally obsessed with the other as Eve is tasked with hunting down the psychopathic assassin. 

Recommended by Adrienne Connell, Partner, Senior Vice President:

“I love watching Killing Eve. While it appears serious given it’s about an assassin, there’s a lightness to the characters and plot lines that makes it a great escape.”

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (CRAVE)

Seinfeld co-creator Larry David plays a version of himself on the improvised series. He faces a constant barrage of life's little annoyances, which in David's sometimes well-meaning but terminally fumbling hands don't tend to stay small for very long.

Recommended by Kate Sexton, Account Director:

“Anything with Larry David hits.”

THE GOOD FIGHT (CBS ALL ACCESS)

The series follows Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, as she loses her employment after an enormous financial scam destroys the reputation of her goddaughter Maia (Rose Leslie) and Diane's savings, leading them to join Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at one of Chicago's preeminent law firms.

Recommended by Yulia Balinova, Senior Consultant:

“I’m surprised this state-of-the-art television show has been flying under the radar for the last four years. The official synopsis doesn’t do the series any justice – it’s really a political satire disguised as a legal drama that draws its inspiration straight from the American and global news headlines. As the news cycle escalated over the recent years, the show continued to up the ante each episode and each season, addressing key cultural issues head-on. The show is filmed in New York, not Hollywood, and much of the cast are theatre actors, which gives the performances a bit more of a dramatic flair. Also, Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald. On screen. Together. For four seasons. Should I say any more?"

THE WIRE (CRAVE)

In the city of Baltimore, Detective James McNulty and his team investigate crimes and try their best to bridge the gap that exists between the drug kingpins and the law enforcement agencies. Other facets of the city that are explored in the series include government and bureaucracy, the school system and the news media. 

Recommended by Kent Carter, Senior Account Director:

“There’s good reason why many universities around the world offer courses dedicated to analyzing The Wire's brilliantly layered plot. I’ve watched all five seasons six times each. At first glance, you might think that the show is about drug dealers and the police who try to thwart them. But it’s about so much more than that. If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I would say The Wire is about the decay of the major American metropolis and how the residents – knee deep in despair caused by the very institutions formed to serve them – consequently sling rot at each other. The show is a slow burn and requires your undivided attention; however, once you give it, you will never get it back.”

FAUDA (NETFLIX)

After retiring from the Israel Defense Force, Doron is working on a vineyard. He gets roped back into active duty, though, upon learning that an enemy who Doron thought his unit had killed is still alive and plans on attending his brother'swedding. Doron rejoins the IDF team with the intention of going under cover at the wedding, but the plan goes awry when the team's cover is blown

Recommended by Pierre Cyr, Vice President:

“It’s official. I’m addicted to Fauda. The series provides interesting perspectives on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I have a penchant for spy movies more generally - this series is great.”

MIDDLEDITCH & SCHWARTZ (NETFLIX)

Comedy duo Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz improvise performances based on audience suggestions from NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

Recommended by Antoine Balouka Chadwick, Graphic Design Intern:

“It's a very entertaining improv show with one of the funniest Canadians I know of.”

THE LAST DANCE (NETFLIX)

In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls allowed a film crew to follow them as they went for their sixth NBA title in eight seasons. That resulted in a stunning portrait of one of the sport's most iconic athletes and a celebrated team. The Last Dance follows the Bulls' 1997-98 season from start to finish, while also covering the rest of the chapters in Jordan's remarkable career.

Recommended by Emily Schuler, Account Manager:

“If you want to fully immerse yourself in 90’s basketball culture and get to know the real Michael Jordan, this 10-part documentary is for you. It’s no joke when they refer to him as the greatest of all time.”

THE PHARMACIST (NETFLIX)

After losing his son in a drug-related shooting, small-town pharmacist Dan Schneiderembarks on a crusade to bring a reckoning against the powerful figures behind the nation's devastating opioid epidemic.

Recommended by Wendy Meyer, Vice President:

“A Netflix documentary that looks at how one man took on the Oxycontin addiction problem in his hometown and ended up changing the world. An example of what true perseverance looks like.”

MADMEN (NETFLIX)

In 1960s New York, alpha male Don Draper struggles to stay on top of the heap in the high-pressure world of Madison Avenue advertising firms.

Recommended by Miranda Nero, Account Executive:

“Late to the game on this one, but I have loved watching this show for some 60-70s glamour during the golden age of advertising. The characters are complex but loveable – worth going back for!”

HUNTERS (AMAZON PRIME)

Nazi hunters discover hundreds of high-ranking Nazi officials in 1977 New York City, conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the U.S.; the Hunters set out to bring the Nazis to justice and thwart their new genocidal plans.

Recommended by Kate Sexton, Account Director:

“It’s a heavy topic but the show is filled with lots of suspense and a twist at the end.”

Stay tuned for a post featuring FHR’s favourite podcasts next week.

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