Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Thirty-One

Busy day today, so I’ll just share a few of the shows (and a movie) that are (and are not) getting us through the COVID-19 sheltering-in-place.*

Last Tango in Halifax: A sweet story but with some grit. It doesn’t get high marks by way of stars, but I like it.

Self Made: The story of the first self-made African American woman millionaire.

The English Game: A clash of class in the history of soccer’s evolution from just a gentleman’s game to the people’s sport.

Peaky Blinders: We’re stalled in the third season, because it’s just more of the same violence, so we’re taking a break from it. But I’ll be back to finish it.

Tiger King: I watched one episode. I don’t need to see more.

Outlander: Yes, I (not the hubs) watch it, although I’m not as engaged as when I binged the first couple seasons.

Red Joan: An 80-something year old British woman gets arrested for treason. Based on a true story.

Ozark: A twisted story set in a place where I used to spend my summers. I was young then, but I don’t recall rumors of a drug cartel laundering money around them parts. And there weren’t any riverboat casinos on the lake. It’s a dark story and embarrassingly engaging. If the characters of Peaky Blinders could show a little bit of redemption in the way Marty and Wendy do, I think we’d see it through the way we do Ozark.

Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 7.03.03 PMDickinson: Love, love, love. A new series (that I heard got picked up for its second season) about the great Emily Dickinson.

Now, it’s your turn. What do you recommend? Feel free to disagree with my comments, too.

In Hawaii, we barely moved the needle by four for a new total of 584 cases. Remember, one data point does not make a trend. We have a .7 percent mortality rate in Hawaii, the second lowest in the country, although Governor Ige is hinting that the April 30 stay-home order is likely to be extended. On Kauai, holding at 21.

Be well. Be sane.


*This is in addition to the replays of old sporting events and car refurbishing shows that my husband has watched.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne C. says:

    The only one of these we’ve seen is Last Tango in Halifax, and it was delightful. We’ve been enjoying Better Things, on Hulu; a comedy (sorta) about a single mom with three girls. Otherwise, we’ve been watching Ozark, which is dark dark dark, but certainly engaging. Then again, I think we’re the last people on the planet to have boarded the Ozark train…


    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      Damn. I forgot Ozark! But I’ve edited my list to reflect it. We’ve been watching since the first season dropped. Dark and twisty and engaging, indeed! I haven’t heard of Better Things (Stranger Things, yes; but not Better Things). I’ll look for it.


  2. Connie Bishop says:

    I’m hooked on Ozark and Outlander!

    Some other shows that I binge watch are Sinner(dark), Stranger Things, Frankie and Grace(hilarious, if you’re of age) and The Crown. These were all started before COVID-19.

    Movies that I’ve recently watched are Overcomer, Breakthrough and Angel Has Fallen(action movie with a lot of shoot ’em up but it has Morgan Freeman!).

    I’ll watch some of the shows you mentioned. I’m always looking for something good to watch.

    Sadly, our governor elected a task force to reopen Florida, with NO medical advisor on the committee. This saddens me greatly! The count for Florida is 27,058 with 823 deaths. Hillsborough county, where I live is 960 with 21 deaths.

    Love and hugs to you both!


    On Tue, Apr 21, 2020, 1:05 AM Kim Steutermann Rogers wrote:

    > Kim Steutermann Rogers posted: “Busy day today, so I’ll just share a few > of the shows (and a movie) that are (and are not) getting us through the > COVID-19 sheltering-in-place.* Last Tango in Halifax: A sweet story but > with some grit. It doesn’t get high marks by way of stars, but I like” >


    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      Thanks, Connie. Some new ones here for me (and us). I’ve seen some photos coming out of your Florida beaches–right as our governor is cracking down and closing beaches. And holy cow, the number of cases and deaths in Florida.


  3. diane tilley says:

    As a Canadian I have not heard of Last Tango in Halifax, guess Marlon Brando wasn’t in it. Speaking of Nova Scotia – all of Canada is reeling about themass killing that took place in small towns in Nova Scotia. this weekend. 19 people killed so far, many of them simply random acts carried out by one crazed individual. The crime scene is spread out over 50 kms. It will take the police months to untangle this. So sad. We are not used to this type of thing in our country so it has really shaken people up, on top of the virus.


    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      Last Tango is British, Diane. News of the mass killing made it to Hawaii but not much. I am so sorry. Have they caught the person?


  4. John McCauley says:


    Enjoying your blog!

    Some stuff Joan & I have been enjoying:

    The Restaurant- excellent Swedish TV series (subtitles) about about a family’s ups and downs in the restaurant biz. Sundance, worth the $6 monthly fee for this show which I’ll cancel after we’re finished watching it.

    The Rookie – regular TV (yes network TV)series about LA rookie cops and their loves & action on the street (usually more action than I would think a cop would see in a career)

    Killing Eve – BBCAmerica, I suspect most discriminating TV watchers have seen this very unusual MI 6 series with Sandra Oh

    The Kominsky Method – Prime, Michael Douglas & Alan Arkin, funnier & funnier as the characters develop.

    Babylon Berlin – Prime or Netflix (can’t remember which) subtitled. Excellent 1930 homicide squad procedural, as well done as any similar American show.

    Fauda- Netflix (subtitled) Israeli action squad, very violent. Joan doesn’t want to be in the same room with it, even though I’m wearing earbuds!

    That was fun!


    John John McCauley Kalaheo, HI



    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      Oooo, a few new ones for us here. The Kominsky Method is a top-ranking favorite of ours, too.


  5. Joan McCauley says:

    Hi Kim, enjoying your daily musings, mahalo! Looking forward to whenever our next seal volunteer meeting will be.
    One of my all-time favorite series is A Place to Call Home, a series that takes place in Australia when a nurse returns home after 20 years abroad. Earlier seasons might be on Amazon, entire series on Acorn.

    Also Bosch is back for a third season on Amazon. Based on Michael Connelly character Harry Bosch.



    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      Hi Joan! A Place to Call Home sounds familiar. It may be in our queue but hasn’t gotten watched yet. And I like Acorn! Some good shows I’ve watched on there when I periodically subscribe. For some reason, we didn’t connect with Bosch’s first season, so we’re not rushing back. But it’ll work in a pinch!


  6. Tommye says:

    Love The Kominsky Method.
    Also: Mr Church with Eddie Murphy. Bring tissues.
    Dirty Money. This can make one angry. I pick and choose episodes.
    Seth Meyer. Lobby Baby. Hysterical!!! I didn’t realize he was so funny.


    1. Kim Steutermann Rogers says:

      Agree re The Kominsky Method. Haven’t heard of the others; will investigate, although we rarely watch movies, because Eric’s asleep within 30 minutes!


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