Comfort Food Shows

The book I’m reading is particularly long and I’m not in the mood for any movies (depression is a bitch), so I thought I’d share some of my ‘comfort food’ shows—some of which are actually about food.

1—Halloween Cooking Competition Shows

Halloween Baking Championship, Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, and Halloween Wars all air on Food Network and all are competition shows. In Halloween Baking Championship, individual bakers compete and one gets eliminated each week until there are only three left in the final episode. In Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, the contestants are in teams of a primary baker and their assistant, and they are allowed to bake their pieces ahead of time in their own kitchens, then ship the pieces to the studio where they must assemble their pieces. Halloween Wars is my favorite, where teams of three—a pumpkin carver, a sugar artist, and a cake artist—create creepy scenes utilizing all three of their mediums together. Continue reading “Comfort Food Shows”

Supernatural—After Ten Seasons, I’ve Had Enough

Supernatural
Supernatural

Supernatural is a paranormal horror tv series that follows brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they travel around America hunting monsters and demons. The bloody, beating heart of the show is the close but tortured relationship between the brothers.

1—In the Beginning

Supernatural begins with two deaths—that of Sam and Dean’s mom many years ago, and with Sam’s girlfriend in the present. Both end up pinned to a ceiling and catching fire. This should give you a good indication of if you can handle this show’s level of gore and violence. From there, the boys head off to find their father, who recently disappeared, and discover a demonic conspiracy. Continue reading “Supernatural—After Ten Seasons, I’ve Had Enough”

Over the Garden Wall—Fun Fairytale About the Brink of Death

Over the Garden Wall poster
Over the Garden Wall

Over the Garden Wall is an animated short series (just ten episodes) following Wirt and his little brother Greg as the traverse the forest of the Unknown and try to avoid becoming prey to the Beast.

1—Liminal Places

Liminal places are places that are between—between life and death, between human and animal, between madness and sanity, between dreams and reality, even between roles in life. Over the Garden Wall is made of such liminal places. Continue reading “Over the Garden Wall—Fun Fairytale About the Brink of Death”

American Gods Season One—Intense

American Gods
American Gods

Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, the tv series American Gods follows Shadow Moon after the death of his wife and hiring by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. As Shadow and Wednesday cross the American landscape meeting with old gods from across the world and preparing for war with the new gods, the narrative intercuts with other stories, including that of Shadow’s undead wife.

Warning: full frontal nudity, both male and female.

1—Spectacular

American Gods is a beautiful show. Every scene bursts with color and atmosphere. Even the dark scenes are rich in hue. Every piece seems well chosen to convey the story being told at that particular moment. The effects are gorgeous, but more than that the symbolism is really well-chosen. Some of the imagery is of a giant bison with flaming eyes, dandelion fluff that goes up into the clouds and turns into snow, and a noose made out of a spinal column. American Gods does spectacle well. Continue reading “American Gods Season One—Intense”

Lost Girl—I Just Feel Like Something Is Missing

Lost Girl tv series
Lost Girl

Lost Girl is a SyFy show now on Netflix. It’s about Bo, a young succubus of mysterious origins raised as a human who must now contend with the world of the Fae.

1—The Fae

The Fae are a collection of species that live alongside humankind. There are a ton of them, all drawn from mythology (or, in this world, the inspiration for human mythology). There are sirens, werewolves, succubi, kappa, furies, and so many more. They make for an interesting cast of characters, recurring and one-shot. Continue reading “Lost Girl—I Just Feel Like Something Is Missing”

Penny Dreadful Season One—Dreadfully Good

Penny Dreadful tv series
Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful is a Gothic horror series that mashes up stories from the 1800s—Dracula, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray, etc. The story centers on Vanessa Ives, who along with Sir Malcolm Murray and several others, try to save Sir Malcolm’s daughter Mina from a vampire.

Be aware, there is full frontal nudity of men and women in this show. Not a lot, but it’s there.

1—Monsters

The vampires in Penny Dreadful aren’t the suave sexy kind—they’re grey-skinned, have many sharp teeth, and rip into people, and were never human. The vampire’s human servants are transformed to an extent—white-haired women, all craving blood and fresh flesh. There’s Frankenstein’s Monster, strangely sympathetic for all his murderous ways. It could be said that all the characters are monstrous in their way. There is also a werewolf. Continue reading “Penny Dreadful Season One—Dreadfully Good”

The Good Place Season One—A Good Twist Ending

The Good Place
The Good Place

The Good place is a fantasy sitcom (I think it’s a sitcom) about a woman who accidentally gets into heaven—the titular Good Place—and all the things that go wrong as she tries to keep her secret.

1—A Quirky Sense of Humor

Not that Eleanor is a Quirky Girl (TM). She’s actually a selfish jerk. But with the help of her “soulmate” Chidi, who was an ethics professor in life, Eleanore tries to learn to be a good person who actually deserves to be in The Good Place. Continue reading “The Good Place Season One—A Good Twist Ending”

Midnight, Texas Season One—Supernatural Fun

Midnight, Texas
Midnight, Texas

Midnight, Texas is a tv series based on a book series by Charlaine Harris. Psychic and conman Manfred is on the run and his dead Aunt suggests he hide out in the titular town.

1—Cast of Characters

Midnight is full of people with secrets and supernatural abilities. There’s vampire Lem and his human lover Olivia the assassin. There’s the Reverend Sheehan who runs the town’s chapel and pet cemetery, who’s a were-tiger. There’s husbands Joe and Chuy, a fallen angel and half-demon respectively. Bobo, another human who runs the pawnshop, and who’s missing fiancé turns up dead and kickstarts a bunch of trouble. And there’s Fiji, a powerful witch who’s in love with Bobo. And of course, now there’s Manfred, who has the lay of the town explained to him by local waitress and love interest Creek. Continue reading “Midnight, Texas Season One—Supernatural Fun”

R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: the Series—Atmospheric

R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour The Series
R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour The Series

R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour is a kids’ show, a horror anthology series that clocks in at two seasons.

1—Dark

The thing this series does best is atmosphere. It’s always genuinely creepy. They do a lot with such a short time frame—less than half an hour (though there are a few two-parters). It’s a short story format, sometimes focusing on plot, sometimes focusing on character, but always with that mood. Continue reading “R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: the Series—Atmospheric”

Castlevania Season One—Just A Beginning

Castlevania season one
Castlevania season one

Castlevania season one is a Netflix original animated series. It’s horror and there is gore but the story so far is intriguing.

1—No, Really, Just A Beginning

At just four episodes long, this season is short. The first episode is taken up with Dracula and why he unleashes demon hoards upon the world. The rest of it is mainly Trevor Belmont coming to terms with what happened to his family and deciding he actually does want to protect people. Continue reading “Castlevania Season One—Just A Beginning”