Lupin, Never Have I Ever, To All The Boys…, Next in Fashion, and Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy

So I've been watching a lot of TV in between meals and writing and reading…

Lupin  Action, Crime, Drama | 231min | TV Series (2021– ) 7.6
Writer: George KayStars: Omar Sy, Vincent Londez, Ludivine SagnierSummary: Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.

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My husband and I watched Lupin together in the evenings and really loved it. I love a good heist, so this show fell squarely into my wheelhouse. The only problem was that it ended too soon! We finished the first season and then we were crushed when there were no more because it ended on quite the cliffhanger. I'm hoping the next season will be out soon.

Never Have I Ever  Comedy | 1800min | TV Series (2020– ) 7.9
Writer: Lang Fisher, Mindy KalingStars: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Darren Barnet, Poorna JagannathanSummary: The complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Mindy Kaling's own childhood.

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I didn't expect to like Never Have I Ever after the first episode. The main character, Devi, is a real pain in the ass with a wild temper and it does not make her very likable. BUT I had a feeling that this was her fatal flaw and it would be worked on over the course of the show. It was. She became a lot more likable as the season progressed and I couldn't stop watching. I'm looking forward to another season of this too.

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) Comedy, Drama, Romance | 101min | 12 February 2020 (USA) 6.0
Director: Michael FimognariWriter: Sofia Alvarez, J. Mills GoodloeStars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan FisherSummary: Lara Jean and Peter have just taken their relationship from pretend to officially official when another recipient of one of her old love letters enters the picture.

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To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Comedy, Drama, Romance | 109min | 12 February 2021 (USA) 6.3
Director: Michael FimognariWriter: Katie Lovejoy, Jenny HanStars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel ParrishSummary: Senior year of high school takes center stage as Lara Jean returns from a family trip to Korea and considers her college plans - with and without Peter.

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I watched To All The Boys… P.S. I Still Love You and To All The Boys… Always and Forever back to back over a couple of lunch days. These were just as charming and fun as the first movie. I love Lara Jean and her multicultural friends and family. This is how I see the United States, full of promise from everyone, you know? Anyway, the trip to New York was the only unbelievable thing about these movies. Not that I don't believe all of that can happen, but that you bring kids to the Big Apple and just set them loose. There must be a lawsuit in there somewhere. Lol.

Next in Fashion  Reality-TV | 3000min | TV Series (2020) 7.3
Stars: Alexa Chung, Tan France, Marco MoranteSummary: 18 budding fashion designers compete for a $250,000 prize and the opportunity to launch a clothing line with Net-a-Porter.

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As a long-time Project Runway watcher, I decided to give Next in Fashion a chance because I love a good fashion design challenge show. This was a fun one. They paired people up for the first half of the challenges and that added a little more depth to the designers. All in all, I was really happy with the winner, too. And Alexa Chung and Tan France were funny and sweet and knowledgable. I hear that Netflix won't be doing another season, so if you want to watch it and enjoy it for what it is, you can and not feel obligated to watch any more.

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy  Documentary, Reality-TV | 60min | TV Series (2021– ) 8.7
Stars: Stanley Tucci, Felicity Blunt, Cesare BattistiSummary: Stanley Tucci travels across Italy to discover the secrets and delights of the country's regional cuisines. Viewers will go along with him as he enjoys the luxurious creamy carbonara of Rome, the delicious simplicity of Sicily's pasta alla Norma, the saffron-infused silkiness of risotto in Milan, the crispy tenderness of bistecca alla fiorentina, the perfect classic ragu alla bolognese and the world's best pizza in Naples. Tucci comes prepared with a bottomless appetite for it all, showing us how the diversity of Italian cooking offers a gateway through which you can glimpse Italy's history and culture.

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WARNING! Only watch this show if you have a big bowl of pasta AT THE READY or you will regret it like I did. In all seriousness, I love travel and food shows like Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy. I miss Anthony Bourdain a whole lot, and no one will ever replace him. But Stanley Tucci in Italy is not to be missed. He's Italian on both sides, speaks some Italian too, and really has a love for all things Italian, including the history and the food. My husband and I are convinced that we will retire to Italy someday. Nothing will make us happier. This show only has 3 episodes so far, probably because of the pandemic. But I'm hoping for a lot more as he travels all the regions and we learn about the food and history as he does. This one is a highly recommend!