Hello again, fellow Tamara Tattles readers! Our fearless leader may not be a huge fan of streaming TV, but I am! I’m always looking for new content to binge, and I’m always open to suggestions on what else to watch. But first, here are some streaming shows that I definitely have on my “to binge list”.
The Real Housewives of Miami (RHOM)
For some reason, Peacock still hasn’t released a hard premiere date for the long-awaited Season 4 of RHOM. But then again, they didn’t stick to their original schedule for RHUGT, so maybe this is for the better? Regardless, as a long-suffering RHOM fan, our eight-year-long drought of new episodes is finally nearing its end!
Like RHOC most recently, RHOM got a major reboot with new Housewives Guerdy Abraira, Dr. Nicole Martin, and Julia Lemigova joining returning Housewives Alexia Echevarria, Larsa Pippen, and Lisa Hochstein. Housewives alums Adriana de Moura and Marysol Patton, along with model and philanthropist Kiki Barth, are joining the Season 4 cast as Friends of the Housewives. RHOM gave us so much iconic content during its first three seasons on Bravo, and the already leaked storylines thus far suggest an epically drama-filled fourth season, so I’m really holding out hope that Peacock will do justice for this underappreciated gem of a show.
Tiger King 2, And Carole Baskin’s Cage
Admit it: You totally watched that shit. It was basically “required quarantine viewing” during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the eyebrow-raising Tiger King sequel now available on Netflix is just as messy as the original. What could have been a deep investigation into Joe Exotic and the many abuses at his “exotic animal” park and traveling mall show – as Wondery’s Over My Dead Body podcast actually did – instead became a wild goose chase of a “documentary” that centered on unproven murder allegations targeting Joe Exotic’s archnemesis Carole Baskin. Whatever you thought of Round One, expect more of the same in Round Two.
Speaking of Carole Baskin, she has her own rival show now available on Discovery+: Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight. In her two-part docuseries, Baskin not only returns to the scene of the crimes where some of Joe Exotic’s worst abuses occurred, but she also takes on additional hot spots of animal abuse targeting big cats. So if you really can’t get enough Tiger King madness, you now have content on two streaming platforms to indulge in.
Black and Missing
In true crime, we often run into a series of tropes, cliches, and mainstays – including the constant fixation on certain missing and murdered victims (think: young white women from middle-class or wealthy families), and the constant spotlight on certain criminal suspects (think: working-class people, especially in communities of color). Emmy Award winning filmmaker Geeta Gandbhir and Emmy Award winning journalist Soledad O’Brien flip the script all over the place with Black and Missing, a new HBO docuseries that follows Black and Missing Foundation founders Derrica and Natalie Wilson as they investigate specific cases and reveal the institutionalized racism at the heart of both the crimes themselves, and law enforcement’s different treatment of victims of color. Black and Missing is now available on HBO and HBO Max.
O’Brien and Gandbhir also call out the mainstream media for their overreliance on certain tropes, cliches, and mainstays in true crime that tend to focus more on sensationalizing certain crimes and less on searching for the full truth. As someone who’s grown very jaded after working a few years in digital journalism, I’m really looking forward to this one.
Insecure has been one of my favorite sitcoms since the beginning (as in, 2016). For four seasons, Issa Rae has turned in award-winning performances as Issa, a non-profit educator who creatively navigates life as a single Black woman in Los Angeles. Yvonne Orji also stars as Molly, a corporate lawyer whose love life hasn’t always been as illustrious as her work resume. Over the years, Insecure has had an all-star cast that has included Amanda Seales, Jay Ellis, and Neil Brown Jr. Though it’s saddening to think that Insecure has reached its final season, at least this show is going out with a real bang. It is now airing on HBO and HBO Max.
Not only has Insecure been a trailblazer in bringing much needed diversity to the premium cable primetime lineup, but it’s also been so hella funny. Insecure has also always found ways to strike at the major issues and hot topics of the day without feeling like performative activism, and thus far it looks like they’re off to a solid start for their fifth and final season this year. In Season 5, Issa strikes out on her own – with her new startup company, and with a fresh breakup from her ex Lawrence.
Sort Of is one of those shows that possibly would have had trouble gaining traction on any of the major U.S. networks, but it’s now one of those shows that’s making waves in the streaming scene. Sort Of stars Bilal Baig as Sabi, a non-binary queer Pakistani-Canadian who juggles their life as a bartender at a local LGBTQ+ bookstore and bar, a nanny for the children of a posh local designer (Grace Lynn Kung, as Bessy), the de facto parent of a “chosen family” of hipster friends, and someone whose parents are still coming to terms with Sabi not living more of a “traditional life”. Sabi was supposed to move to Berlin to pursue bigger and better things, but Bessy suffers a life-threatening accident, and that pushes Sabi to reassess their “boring” life in Toronto.
Though we’ve had plenty of sitcoms over the years featuring thirty-somethings navigating life in the big city – sitcoms like Friends, Sex and the City, and Girls – they’ve tended to center on affluent white professionals and their “wild and crazy sex lives!” It’s refreshing to see shows like CBC’s Sort Of not only continue the HBO tradition of offering edgier comedic material, but also updating the formula (as Insecure also does – see above!) with a more diverse cast and “edgy” material that go beyond the usual sex jokes. Sort Of premiered earlier this month, so HBOMax already has plenty of episodes on tap for us to binge.
What are you watching, and what are you hoping to binge soon?
Now that the winter holiday season is here, I’m looking for more content to add to my binge list. Hell, I can’t watch The Real Housewives and Oxygen/ID-style true crime shows all the time! What have you been streaming lately? What are you hoping will drop onto the big streaming platforms soon? Do you have certain streaming platforms that I should check out? Feel free to let us know in the comments. You never know what may end up on my next “to stream list”!