14 Things We Watched and Loved This Month

Things worth streaming this month (plus one worth seeing in theaters!)
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We're constantly swapping T.V. and movie recommendations in the office—and have found that each one of us is a go-to for different genres. Emily and Geoffrey are all about scary shows, Leslie is the opposite but loves something binge-worthy and character-driven, Raven is all about a docu-series, and Lisa loves drama miniseries. Since there are so many shows to sift through, we thought we'd help distill it down for you. Read on for the best shows and movies our team watched this month, organized by streaming service:

Netflix

To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeA few weeks back when my parents were in town, we found ourselves looking for something to watch after we'd put Sloan to sleep. While my dad isn't one to typically embrace rom-coms, he allowed my mom and me to watch this Netflix original film and we all agreed that it was one of the cutest movies we'd seen in a while. I love that it features Asian women as its lead characters and the main guy is also not hard on the eyes. It was touching and funny and you can't help but think of what would happen if love letters you'd secretly written to your high school crushes actually got sent to them. - Emily

Club de Cuervos (The Ballad of Hugo Sanchez): I’m usually more of a Hulu person, but Netflix totally stole the show for me last month! Club de Cuervos (Club of Crows) is a Mexican comedy-drama, and is the first Spanish-language Netflix original series. My boyfriend’s parents are Mexican, and we both love soccer and laugh-out-loud comedies, so discovering The Ballad of Hugo Sanchez (a spin-off from the other seasons of Club de Cuervos) was sincerely one of the highlights of the month. The show follows the adorably nerdy Hugo Sanchez, who has just been named the personal assistant to the owner of a soccer club, as he’s put in charge of managing absolutely everything for a tournament in Nicaragua. Watching with subtitles wasn’t a problem at all for me (although my boyfriend was sometimes quicker to laugh during certain scenes when I couldn’t read fast enough!), and it felt like something totally fresh and that I hadn’t seen before. -Kelly, Marketing Manager

The Great British Baking Show: Sure, this is a reality competition show, but it is unlike any I was familiar with before I started watching. The contestants are so polite, funny, talented, and helpful to their fellow bakers. The judges and hosts are honest, supportive and funny. There isn't even a prize—the winner literally wins the title of 'Great British Baker'! The show is so pure with subtle adult jokes sprinkled in that I'd recommend it to anyone. -Lisa, Buyer

I Am a Killer: This is an aggressive choice but I am really into any crime docu-series, and this is one of the best I've seen recently. This show explores the minds of death row inmates and how they wound up there, giving the audience a front row seat into the mind of a killer, along with testimonials from those closest to them. If you're interested in crime shows, this is definitely worth a watch! -Raven, Retail Coordinator

The Staircase: Definitely not a comedy (like my other pick); The Staircase is a super-addicting crime docu-series around a central question: Did Michael Peterson murder his wife in 2001, or did she actually fall down a staircase in a horrifically tragic accident? The series follows Michael Peterson’s trial (and everything that happens after—I don’t want to spoil it!!) and takes a ton of twists and turns along the way. For anyone who loved Serial, this is a must-watch (and yes—I do have a very strong opinion on how Michael Peterson’s wife actually died! Happy to share in the comments!). -Kelly

Hulu

Castle Rock: If you took a splash of The X-Files, a drop of American Horror Story, a pinch of Dark, and a little bit of any legal thriller, you'd have this show. Considering it's a collaboration between Stephen King and JJ Abrams, it covers the best of the sci-fi + horror genres, with an engaging story in about the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, as unsettling secrets start to reveal themselves, following the suicide of the long-serving warden from the local prison (Shawshank Prison. Yes, the same one.). If you love (or even like) psychological horror, this is a must-watch. You could easily binge-watch it in a month, for free. - Geoffrey

[Ed note from Leslie: Despite E and G's strong recommendations, I made it about 10 minutes into Castle Rock before bailing because it was too scary...]

The Bold Type: I wrote about this show in 'The List' a few days ago, but I'm loving it show so much, it's worth mentioning twice. It follows three best friends who work at a Cosmopolitan-like magazine—and all of their drama. One was just promoted to 'Writer,' another is sleeping with a board member, and the third is having a sexual identity crisis of sorts, but at the heart of the series is their friendship, which is so warm and real, it made me want to text my own girlfriends! - Leslie

Amazon Prime (and Available to Rent on Amazon)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: There are probably ten ads for this show along my commute (L.A. billboards are taken over by ads for shows and movies around awards season), but I'd written it off based on its title alone until my group of girlfriends told me to watch it. By the end of the first episode, I was in love with both the protagonist, Midge Maisel, and the show. In it, a 1950s housewife, Midge, somewhat accidentally becomes a standup comic after her husband leaves her for his secretary (using her suitcase, she points out). It's so smart, clever, and endearing—and I'm not the only one who thinks so. It won eight Emmy's Monday night! - Leslie

Love, Simon: I almost exclusively watch rom-coms so this modern-day love story won me over immediately. Simon, a gay high school student, falls in love with an anonymous classmate he meets on the internet, and discovers his own self-identity along the way. It's a heart-warming story that made me laugh and cry, and when it was over, I wanted to immediately watch again. -Caroline, Editorial Intern

The Resident: This medical drama centers on a young doctor, Conrad, during final years of training, as he takes an unconventional approach to treating his patients. The show also follows Dr. Pravesh, a Harvard graduate under Conrad's supervision. His view of medicine begins to change as he realizes that it is just like any other business trying to make money. You can catch up on season 1 on Amazon Prime. Season 2 begins on Monday, September 24 on Fox. -Ann, VP of Retail

HBO

Sharp Objects: This might be a too-obvious recommendation, but it was right up my alley as far as dark thrillers/dramas go. I love a 'whodunit,' and this is one with such a big twist that even the slower episodes and excessive Missouri B-roll couldn't stop me from watching. The story itself is excellent, but the acting is what stands out. Amy Adams is fantastic, Patricia Clarkson was perfect, and Chris Messina ... don't even get me started *heart eyes*. -Lisa

Insecure: The third season of Insecure picks up right where we left off with Issa and her best friend Molly. Without giving too much away, since you should definitely start with Season 1, it's an incredibly sassy, funny, and authentic show that dives into racial and social issues of young women of color in their late 20s. -Raven 

In Theaters 

Searching: I wasn't sure if I was going to like a movie that was shot entirely from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer cameras, but it quickly sucked me in. It follows a father trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter with the help of a detective. Without any leads 37 hours later, he starts to dig through his daughter's laptop to trace her digital footprint and find any clues on her whereabouts. Check out this suspenseful mystery filled with twists in theaters now! -Ann

Lifetime

You: I always assumed Lifetime shows would be unwatchably (made that word up) bad, but I was interested in You after finishing Caroline Kepnes's book that it was based off. I am always hesitant about book to TV/movie adaptations, but two episodes in and I am pleasantly surprised, despite deviations from the book. I like the way it was shot, how New York City is a character itself, and how dark it is. I am so excited to keep watching! -Lisa

P.S., You've probably noticed some new names in here! We'll be introducing everyone in a post soon!

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