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In this week:
- Grateful for the comedies that made summer bearable.
- Grateful for the greatest show there is: Bluish.
- Grateful for Olivia Newton-John’s most random videos.
- Grateful for bravo memes during the FBI raid.
- Grateful for what’s next!
Bluish is so good – even for adult, single, childless adults
I say this without irony, sarcasm or attempted trolling Bluish is one of the biggest shows on television.
The Australian animated series is, yes, “for kids”. But that’s a reductionist and exclusionary label, since it’s one of my favorite TV shows to watch and I’m most certainly not a parent. (Well, I’m a proud father of my flowering fiddle leaf fig tree. My therapist and I have talked about not selling ourselves short.) I’m not told that this series, which I enjoy so much, “isn’t for me ” is. because I “am not four years old”.
Bluish is airing on Disney+ in the US, and the third season finally arrived this week. (Not that I was counting backwards…) It’s phenomenal in the way that it’s both appropriate for the extremely young demographic and hilarious, but also offers slick and imaginative writing worthy of the best TV sitcoms . It’s not one of those shows that kids like, but at least there’s something for the grown-ups to laugh at that younger folks might get over their heads. With Bluishwe all laugh at the same jokes.
Bluey himself is a dog who lives in Australia with mum, dad and little sister Bingo. As with many children’s shows, most episodes follow Bluey and Bingo as they try to make each day an adventure, and there’s usually a lesson to be learned at the end. but Bluish gives a 360 degree view of what that day entailed and shows just how much effort Mom and Dad put in to pull off the activities, fun and education. It is an inspiring portrait of what play means to children and how adults can be an important part of it.
There’s an episode where the whole family pretends every household item is almost too heavy to carry. Physical comedy gold. “Rain” is incredibly moving and reveals how great it is when parents embrace their child’s sense of wonder. An episode set in a big box store where the family buys a pizza oven is as short-tempered as a powerful lesson in jealousy and responsibility. Don’t even talk to me about “Sleepytime”. i get emotional
In the new season, Bluey and Bingo want to make Father’s Day breakfast for dad and mess things up Lucy style on the conveyor belt, but it’s okay anyway. “Bedroom” explores the difficulty of growing up with siblings and learning to be an individual. In Mini Bluey, Bingo dresses up as her older sister and she teaches her how to be. “I like to talk a lot,” says Bluey. “It doesn’t even have to make sense. Sometimes I just make noises.” Then they just start honking their horns and yelling gibberish.
Did you meet a child? This is brilliant writing. I was with my family when the new episodes were “cancelled” – the first time that term was used for children’s programming. My young nephews started cackling as they started making the noises. I laughed heartily. My father yelled and repeated the line over and over, marveling at its truth. It’s a perfect observation made fun of for everyone.
It’s not a novel to say so Bluish is that good. It has appeared on many critics’ top TV lists, particularly by parents, and countless essays have been written about its brilliance. Just happy to add to the stack.
My new favorite Olivia Newton-John videos
There’s no better character appearance in a movie than when Olivia Newton-John struts into the carnival as “Bad Sandy.” Fat. More demanding movie buffs will resist. Moralists will protest the almost inexcusable lesson the scene teaches: change who you are and get rid of all your values to placate a man and you will be happy too. I do not care. There’s a reason it’s so indelible, so permanent. And only a star with Newton-John’s magnetism could have done that.
I thought this would be the clip on my mind the most this week after Newton-John’s death. Then I saw the footage of her duet on Hopeless Devoted to You with Mariah Carey. (Sensational.) My colleague Coleman Spilde brought my attention to the music video for a Christmas carol she recorded with John Travolta in 2012. (Fascinating and amazing, which I lovingly say.) Then several celebrities posted the same clip, which I had no idea existed. I couldn’t believe I had never seen it before and I won’t go a day without watching it again.
It comes from a 1990 fundraiser for the organization Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet. Newton-John is part of the offbeat supergroup of Bette Midler, Cher, Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin performing “What a Wonderful World.” (Check it out here.) It’s cheesy. It’s nice. And above all, Newton-John is beaming. As she always was.
The best way to report the news
If there’s a way to get me to pay attention to the news, it’s to report that Mar-a-Lago was searched by the FBI but explained Reality TV Memes.
They said there would never be a service like Jon Stewart’s The daily News, finding ways to engage young people in the news by fusing politics and entertainment. Well, whoever “they” were, they clearly had never heard of Bravo fans or seen their incredible meme-making talent.
Exciting stuff is falling!
I usually end this newsletter with a photo of a shirtless celebrity or Anne Hathaway looking flawless or a very funny tweet related to pop culture. I am very sorry that is not the case this week. I promise you, however, that if any of these things interest you – or anything you’ve ever read in this newsletter has – then there’s good news on Monday. Shameless plug! Stay tuned!
What to watch this week:
i love my father: This movie is one of the wildest rides I’ve had this year and it’s well worth it. (Fr. on VOD)
A league of its own: One of my absolute favorite films gets a refreshingly beautiful reboot series. (Fr. on Amazon)
I have never: A precious gem of a TV series begins its final season. (Fri. on Netflix)
The princess: Anyone obsessed with Princess Diana—that is, all humans—should prepare for it. (Sat. on HBO)
What to skip this week:
day shift: Jamie Foxx directed a vampire comedy for Netflix. I am stunned that it’s not good. (Fri. on Netflix)
Mack and Rita: Please someone save Diane Keaton from her agent!!! (Fr. in the cinema)
https://www.thedailybeast.com/bluey-the-best-kids-show-on-tv-finally-streaming-on-disney-plus?source=articles&via=rss Bluey, the best kids show on TV, finally streamed on Disney Plus