I’m a little embarrassed to admit the amount of shows I stream each month. I like watching TV. Now that I’ve said it, we can move on. I watch a lot. Good ones, bad ones and everything in between. And, since Megan shares with y’all the hundreds of books she gets through each month, I thought it would be fun to share some of the movies and television shows I watch. So, welcome to What Wendy Watched for March 2021.
Last Chance U: Basketball on Netflix
Recently on the podcast, I recommended Last Chance U: Basketball available on Netflix. If you like sports, if you like rooting for kids who want to turn their lives around, or if you have any heart, you’ll like Last Chance U.
Last Chance U: Basketball is the fourth installment in the series but it’s the first season they’ve covered basketball at the JUCO level. JUCO is short for junior college. This is a sports documentary that follows elite college athletes who have had trouble with academics or who have gotten in trouble off the football field/basketball court and have returned to play at the community college level.
The previous Last Chance U seasons were football centric starting at East Mississippi Community College (two seasons), followed by Independence Community College (also two seasons) and finally Oakland’s Laney College (one season). Laney was by far my favorite of the football bunch because I loved coach John Beam.
Last Chance U: Basketball is new for 2021 and the series takes viewers to East Los Angeles College. Different sport, same circumstances. Coach John Mosley is nothing short of inspiring and you can’t help but hurt, cry and cheer for these kids as they figure life out.
What Else is Sporty to Watch on Netflix
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal recently dropped on Netflix but there’s been little said about it in my online circles. This is a reenactment made-for-TV movie starring Matthew Modine (as Rick Singer) but also features interviews with real-life FBI agents and those affected by the college admission scam that made headline news a few years ago.
I enjoyed Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal but the reenactment parts of the movie were weird. They used word-for-word transcripts to create the script and sometimes it just sounded like poorly written lines.
There was a great takeaway with this movie. Essentially, there are enough colleges in this country that offer an exceptional education. Lying, cheating, or buying your child’s way into a top-name school isn’t necessary.
Gangster Capitalism is a great companion piece to this story if you want to get familiar with the scandal before settling in for the Netflix movie.
The Choice Should be Easy: Marriage or Mortgage
Netflix added Marriage or Mortgage to its line up during March. This show straight up follows the HGTV format where a couple has to choose one thing or the other. I likened it to Love It or List It. The twist here is that the couple has to choose to spend their money either on a wedding or a house.
Marriage or Mortgage is ten-episodes. Each episode features a new couple where they are presented a wedding of their dreams or a home of their dreams – within budget, of course – and in the end they have to choose.
So many bad decisions are made in Marriage or Mortgage. You’ll like watching it.
Is this Lifetime or Netflix?
Trending on Netflix in mid-March was a movie called Deadly Illusions starring Kristin Davis and Dermot Mulroney. I’m not sure why this wasn’t a Lifetime movie. It was mysterious and sexy with a scary twist. And, it wasn’t great. But, if you want to kill about 90 minutes I would say try this one out.
Catch Up with Good Girls on Netflix
Good Girls stars Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman as three suburban moms turned criminals. Season 4 is currently airing on NBC (with new episodes available on Hulu the following day). But, if you’ve never given this show a chance, I suggest you dive into season one on Netflix.
With that said, season one gets off to a slow start but give it a handful of episodes. Rio will woo you. So will the writing. And, Retta. I love Retta.
Another note: season three loses it’s way a little bit but you can blame COVID on that. The show has come back strong with season four.
Feel Good Comedies on Hulu
Megan has said for months, maybe years, that I should watch Superstore.
The series has recently concluded on NBC but all six season are currently available on Hulu. You guys, I didn’t want to watch this show. Megan and I like two very different things when it comes to what we watch. I thought for sure Superstore was not for me. I hate silly comedies with canned laughter. This is not that.
I’m only a few episodes in and I really like it. Moreover, it makes me feel warm. Superstore is a feel good show and America Ferrera is just lovely. I will follow up and give you a complete run down of what I think about it when I finish the series.
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