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Binge-worthy: Four Shows You Need to Watch in January

Well, it’s 2021 and TV is still my life. And FYI, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. These four shows will get you through the snow. Until next we meet…


History of Swear Words

Now here’s a show I feel was made specifically for me (well, actually, us). Nicolas Cage hosts this highly educational series about the “history, evolution and cultural impact” of some of the most profane, funny, horribly icky swear words in the English language. While we won’t know exactly which words were selected until the show premieres, one can surmise the classics will be covered. This is a docuseries, so don’t think we’re suggesting you watch a bunch of bullshit—you’ll get schooled. Who decided “twat” was a bad word? Let’s

find out together. Available on Netflix on January 5.


Call Your Mother

While we’re excited about this new sitcom, it’s not one you can actually binge unless you fire up the DVR and hoard episodes (that’s my MO), because this show is on cable (yes, cable TV—we’re going old school). Call Your Mother stars Kyra Sedgwick as a mom who feels she’s lost her identity when her kids fly the nest. When she can’t figure out who she is without her offspring, she picks up and moves across the country to reinsert herself into their lives. We can only guess what happens next. Premieres on ABC on January 13.

Flack

Premiering two years ago in Britain, Canadians can now get in on this comedy starring Anna Paquin, who plays Robyn, a witty American publicist living in London who spends her days making sure her clients’ messes and discretions stay out of the press. No one’s better at making the best out of a bad situation. And while she’s a genius when it comes to work, her private life is a dumpster fire. Sophie Okonedo plays the head of the PR firm, and guest stars include Daniel Dae Kim, Sam Neill and Bradley Whitford. Available on Amazon Prime, January 22.


Jann: Seasons 1 and 2

If you didn’t catch it on first-run cable TV, Hulu is streaming both brilliant seasons of Jann at the end of the month. Fans of Schitt’s Creek will love Jann, a hysterically funny tongue-in-cheek show about singer-songwriter (and Canadian legend) Jann Arden, who basically plays a fictional, comical version of herself. (Shoutout to Jann for providing endless hours of “Could I Be Your Girl” in high school.) The show’s Jann was a hit in the 1990s and she’s now learning how to adjust to a not-so-scorching music career as she approaches 60. The rest of the cast is stellar, including her hilarious publicist (Elena Juatco), sister (Zoie Palmer) and mother (Deborah Grover), who—like Arden’s late mother—has Alzheimer’s. Available on Hulu on January 29.


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