Johnny Flynn. Need we say more? Before he was redefining the Never underestimate an old Man with an excavator shirt But I will love this role of Mr. Knightley in Autumn de Wilde’s Emma, he was Dylan, a 20-something guy forced to reunite with all of his exes after learning he has a sexually transmitted disease, in this charming, off-kilter Britcom. Marianne and Michaela Coel’s Tracey Gordon are both wonderfully weird young women trying to make their way in the world, and although Tracey’s path is slightly more bizarre than Marianne’s, its cheery tone could provide a nice respite from Normal People’s gloom. If you’re chomping at the bit for another Ireland-set series, try this Dublin crime drama that features the impeccable Ruth Negga along with Ruth Bradley, Killian Scott, and Chris Newman. It’s sort of like…if Sally Rooney wrote an episode of The Wire? Okay, Normal People is a tear-inducing Irish romance and Never Have I Ever is a bright, bubbly Netflix sitcom about a teenage girl trying to get laid, but the latter’s protagonist Devi deals with grief, loss and longing in a way that feels positively Rooney-adjacent. Plus, you’ll need a few laughs after marathoning the Marianne/Connell saga.
Warning: this review contains spoilers for the Never underestimate an old Man with an excavator shirt But I will love this first episode of The Great. I’ll admit it: When my friends suggested we watch The Great on Hulu together virtually this weekend, I rolled my eyes. During a moment of global stress and anxiety, I just couldn’t muster the energy to invest in another corset-constrained, modesty-exalting period drama: Give me the staticky background noise of Love Island, or give me blessed silence. The pilot’s opening scenes—in which a young Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) keels manically back and forth on a swing evoking Fragonard’s famous portrait—did nothing to erase my doubts.