The Morning Show
The Morning Show uses an ordinary setting to explore societal issues. Honestly, it’s Aniston’s best performance to date in my opinion and positions herself so far removed from the ditsy, lovable and ever iconic girl-next-door role that defined her career (Rachel in Friends, of course). In the show, Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon play two television hosts tasked with revamping their early-morning talk show. While trying to boost ratings, the duo uncovers a slew of problems within their workplace. We see office affairs, power struggles, horrible bosses, and of course, a whole lot of drama.
This was the best show I saw in 2022, no shadow of a doubt. It’s so brilliantly existential and merges dystopian schools of thought with Classic and religious imagery and themes in a way that’s so fresh and entertaining. The cast is also stellar. Adam Scott plays an employee with a purposefully meaningless and confounding job at a biotech company called Lumon. He has undergone a process called severance, where your consciousness is split when you arrive at work—so that your personal life and memories are compartmentalised. Now why the hell would anyone put themself through this? Well, friend, that’ll just be one of the many questions you’ll be asking throughout the show.
I’ve never fancied a much older man as I do when it comes to Harrison Ford, especially in this show. The lead stars Jason Segel who plays a grieving psychotherapist in a small private firm with Ford starring as his mentor and the brilliantly dynamic Jessica Williams as his bubbly yet fierce colleague. As Segel’s character starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks, ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives … including his own.
The Shrink Next Door
While we are on this theme of psychotherapists, The Shrink Next Door remains a comical tone but takes on a much darker subject matter. Inspired by the true story of Marty (Will Ferrel) and the therapist who turned his life around then took it over. When Marty first meets Dr. Ike (Paul Rudd), he just wants to get better at boundaries; he learns all about them and what happens when they get crossed.
Starring two of the hottest French actors to ever exist, Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) and Eva Green (Casino Royale) play two agents – and former lovers – who must work together to combat international cyberattacks threatening the United Kingdom while also confronting the buried secrets of their destructive relationship.
The newest and hottest edition to Apple TV this month, Sharper sees a con artist take on Manhattan billionaires. As everything unravels, motivations are suspect, and expectations are turned upside down. Julianne Moore stars in it – you sold yet?