State of the Union
From the brilliant mind of Nick Hornby (Brooklyn, Fever Pitch) comes a series of ten ten-minute episodes about contemporary relationships. Each episode is set in a pub immediately before Tom (Chris O’Dowd) and Louise (Rosamund Pike) have their weekly marital therapy session. Tom and Louise banter and bicker, spar and spat but as blame and guilt get dealt out, an energy re-emerges in their partnership. With each successive episode, a jigsaw puzzle comes together of how their lives were, what drew them apart, and what may draw them together again. Now the recipient of three Emmy Awards including Best Short Form Series and for the performances of both Chris O'Dowd and Rosamund Pike.
5. Normal Slope
Following a bad session, Tom has moved out. This could be the start of a slippery slope.
7. Call The Midwife
Louise admits that she's ashamed of Tom's unemployment. They decide to communicate more openly.
9. Prison Sex
Louise and Tom discuss a breakthrough in their relationship - Louise wonders what it means.
A great, quick, addicting watch. Loved it and hope there's a season 2.
Laconic yet incisive. Great flexibility and development within extremely limited constraints (e.g. single setting, short running time, few characters). Not sure if it reached the sustained commentary on national identity it aimed at, but still the best and funniest TV I've seen in a long time. Are there many cases of TV series jumping to the stage? This could be that play.
I’m terrible at describing things, or *why* I like them. Some things just hit differently, in your brain, your heart. This was definitely one of them. Nick Hornby is one of my favorite writers, and I found this delightful. I was genuinely sad that it had to end.