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CULTURE | 22.09.2016

Five Must-See Series: Our TV Highlights This Fall

Who would have thought a few years ago that good television could turn out to be so stressful? Almost hourly Amazon, Netflix and other streaming services release new series, most of which look like must-see shows. And no sooner have you found the matching trailer on YouTube than you see something even more interesting in the suggestions popping up in the margins of the screen. Switching off the TV? Downright impossible. In order to offer you a total experience and carefree service not only when it comes to modern cashmere fashion but also with this entertainment problem, we’ve collected our personal highlights of fall streaming here. Stay tuned.

The Crown
The reason why we’ll steadfastly avoid stepping outside the door in the near future is not the falling temperatures but rather the history series “The Crown” by screenwriter Peter Morgan. Its focus is no other than Queen Elizabeth (played by Claire Foy), who ascended to the throne in 1952, when she was just 25 years old, and hasn’t left it since then. What she experienced during this time can hardly be summarized in just one season. It’s just as well that several are planned. Premieres November 4 on Netflix.

Even 18 years after the first episode aired, and watching the 100th rerun from the living room sofa, people are still engrossed in “Sex and the City” as if seeing it for the first time. The new HBO series “Divorce”, in which Sarah Jessica Parker trades her Manolos for divorce papers, could now gain similar cult status. Playing Frances, she tries to put an end to her marriage, receiving help from (of course) her girlfriends. Premieres October 9 on Sky on Demand.

Good Girls Revolt
Women who make a career and mercilessly surpass their male counterparts in the process? Fortunately, this doesn’t sound quite as outlandish as it did in the time of our mothers and grandmothers, for whom professional advancement often remained a dream. So too for a group of young women researchers who, in 1969, try to assert themselves in the newsroom of the fictional magazine News of the Week and struggle for equality and respect. The story is based on the memoirs of a female Newsweek journalist. Premieres 28 October on Amazon.

Crisis in Six Scenes
After countless (cult) movies, including “Manhattan” and “Midnight in Paris”, “Crisis in Six Scenes” is Woody Allen’s first foray into television – in which he, just like in the old movie times, stars himself. In “Crisis in Six Scenes”, Woody tries to survive the turbulent sixties, as a novelist and head of the family. During the time of the anti-Vietnam war movement, he wants to change his career to screen writer; in the meantime his wife is planning questionable (in his eyes) protests with her women’s book club. And as if that were not enough, a weed-smoking hippie girl suddenly shows up.
Premieres September 30 on Amazon.

Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life
There’s no doubt that millions of women around the world associate important chapters of their own lives with the ups and downs of Lorelai and her daughter Rory, as well as exclamations such as “Just like me” and countless wet handkerchiefs. For instance, when we recognize ourselves in the wordy arguments of the leading characters or when we sit sobbing on the sofa, suffering with them over their latest heartache. What became of …? We’ll find out on Netflix when the sequel, “A Year in the Life”, premieres on November 25.

Photo: HBO

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