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By Melissa Radke

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It’s Friday night and you fall on to the couch anxious to watch something new, but like the menu at The Cheesecake Factory…the possibilities are endless. Which is why you listen to Stream(H)er. Host Melissa Radke is the best friend you had in college who has seen it all - and she has opinions about it. She either loves it or hates it, and wants to give you her opinion on every bit of it. From Netflix to Hulu, Disney+ to AppleTV, HBOMax to Peacock and Prime, Stream(H)er is where you go to find out if Servant is really that good (it is) and if 6 Underground really sucks (it does). After all, it was your best friend that fixed you up with your husband - so chances are, if she likes it, you will to.

Episode Date
Shows Kids Should Be Watching
12:42

Hello everyone. I've released two episodes this week. One is called what the adults should be watching and this is the other one. In this episode titled what the kids should be watching, I line you up with some of Remi and Rocco Radke's favorite things that they are currently watching or just finished watching. Of which there are many. 

This idea came from one of my viewers who watches my two precious knuckleheads everyday on their Facebook Live show called Reminade. It comes on Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. Central Time. For some odd reason, this viewer thinks they have enough sense to help her find good quality television for her kids.

Show Notes:

  • [01:04] A listener asks for Rocco and Remi's TV advice. They had everything but Netflix. They ordered Netflix today. 
  • [03:09] Everyone parents differently. What works for us may not work for you.
  • [03:46] You have to do your own homework. If you don't, you're going to be very mad at me.
  • [04:13] When I mention a show, it does not mean that both Remi and Rocco have watched it.
  • [05:17] Remi really likes Ghost Rider on Apple TV.  They also have Snoopy In Space.
  • [06:05] I don't have to tell you about Disney+ They already have Frozen 2, and you can spend $19.99 to watch Onward. 
  • [06:43] Hulu is my favorite place to introduce my kids to The Brady Bunch, Dick Van Dyke, Family Matters, and Perfect Strangers.
  • [07:45] We also watched the Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. We also watched The Miracle Season.
  • [07:58] Remi's favorite show is Good Girl's on Netflix. It was Stranger Things. 
  • [09:33] Both kids loved A Series of Unfortunate Events and Prank Encounters.
  • [09:42] Remi and my granny loved the Umbrella Academy and Locke & Key.
  • [10:06] Remi's all-time favorite was Lost In Space.
  • [10:18] We just discovered On My Block. And Remi loves What's New, Scooby-Doo?
  • [11:17] The last show I'll leave you with is on the IMDb app. The show is The Middle. We love this show. 
  • [12:13] This next week is going to be tough. Let your kids be kids. 

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Mar 26, 2020
Shows Adults Should Be Watching
12:10

I'm going to say something here. I know sometimes you guys think I'm extra and really over the top. That's the last thing I want to be right now. I don't want to be extremely dramatic or sound braggadocious, but I cannot think of a better time for this podcast to exist on this Earth. I really hope that doesn't sound pretentious, but thank God for me and the forethought I had to deliver a life-saving podcast to you and yours during a Pandemic. 

Normally on Stream(H)er, I deliver a candid review of something I'm watching on one of the 8 million streaming services I have in my home. Today's show is going to be a little different because we're all watching TV. Some people are doing crafts and bettering themselves, but that's literally nobody I know. Instead we are clamoring for something to watch. Welcome to a special edition that I like to call what the adults should be watching

Show Notes:

  • [02:52] Amazon has uploaded movies that days ago were in the theaters, but you'll be paying $19.99. If you're willing to pay that you should watch The Invisible Man. 
  • [03:23] Just Mercy is absolutely fantastic.
  • [03:54] There are also great free options on Amazon like The Farewell. 
  • [04:02] Go watch A Quiet Place or Instant Family.
  • [04:16] Clue and Rat Race are super ridiculous. 
  • [04:36] I introduced my family to Super 8.
  • [05:02] 47 Meters Down: Uncaged is two hours I'll never get back. 
  • [05:07] Hulu is one of my favorite streaming services for old and new. 
  • [05:46] Hulu is offering a new series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. It's called Little Fires Everywhere. Start watching it now, because I'll be talking about it later. 
  • [06:04] The Mindy Project is also on Hulu. So is Superstore. It's hilarious. 
  • [06:51] I'm in the middle of watching The Tiger King on Netflix.
  • [07:13] David wants me to make sure you know about Narcos.  
  • [07:47] Schitt's Creek is everything and more. I can't say enough about it. They are my friends.
  • [08:03] Good Girl's was something I wasn't expecting to like, but we absolutely love it.
  • [08:47] HBO is what we turn on after the kids are in bed.
  • [08:51] The Outsider is that good. There's just too much explaining if our kids walk in during the show.
  • [09:29] We are also loving McMillion's. It's a documentary about the McDonald's Monopoly scandal. This is a very interesting documentary produced by Mark Wahlberg.
  • [10:04] Starz also has a good assortment of movies to choose from. We are enjoying The Dublin Murders. It also has the terrible awful Outlander. 

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Mar 26, 2020
Ozark
05:08

Sometimes we forget to watch something. Everyone tells us about it, and we hear over and over how good it is. We honestly just plain forget, until we need something new to watch, because we're stuck inside the house like dummies. Then we start scrolling through and notice the one that we haven't watched. 

We watch it. Then one or two episodes in we start wondering why the crap are we just now watching this. That's the story behind this week's show. I'm late to it. I'm late to most everything in my life, so get over it. Better late than never, right? This week, one week before its season 3 release, we're discussing Ozark.

Show Notes:

  • [01:03] Ozark comes to us by way of Netflix. Watch it now and you can finish season 1 and 2 before season 3 releases next week.
  • [01:20] You just need to know that this show is dark. It's dark, it's bloody, and it's dark.
  • [01:33] How can anything with Jason Bateman be anything but fun and comical and a little bit nerdy? If that's what you're saying to yourself, you would be wrong. He's not Michael Bluth from Arrested Development.
  • [02:36] This show is that good. You will be hooked. Jason Bateman is so good in this. Laura Linney plays his wife. She's so good too.
  • [02:54] I think what makes these two actors so good in the series is that they both looked so normal.
  • [03:12]  I don't know how they deal with the stress in their lives. They have to launder $50 million and then $10 million will go missing, and they'll have to come up with the other $10 million in like 48 hours. I don't understand how their organs aren't shutting down.
  • [03:43] You're not going to want to watch this when the kids, mother-in-law, or ladies group are around. But you are going to want to watch it. 
  • [04:01] Turn the subtitles on when Jacob Snell is on the screen. I was personally raised around rednecks, and I still can't figure out what he's saying half the time.
  • [04:09] I'd give Ozark 4 Spanx. 
  • [04:21] I like my shows dark and heavy. If you're trying to decide between this and The Walking Dead. Try this. If you're trying to decide between Ozark and The Big British Bake Off, I doubt this one's for you.

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Mar 19, 2020
A Fall From Grace
06:50

Listen to me Stream(H)ers, these are perilous times we are living in. It's one thing not to be able to buy a loaf of carbs at the grocery store. It's one thing to have to wipe yourself with Kleenex, because Kleenex aren't cheap. It's another thing entirely when Tom Hanks and Idris Elba get the coronavirus. I suppose COVID-19 is no different than us. You don't see it infecting Steve Buscemi. I'll bet Corey Feldman is at home as healthy as you please. But it's coming and taking down the good men and the handsome men. 

This is a time when we need to be there for each other like never before. Which is why today’s Stream(H)er is so important. It's not good information. It’s life-giving information. I'm not being overly dramatic. If I didn't share this with you, I don't think I could live with myself. I'm going to talk to you all about a movie I just watched on a plane. A movie that has left me a bit speechless. Today, we are talking about A Fall from Grace.

Show Notes:

  • [02:09] A Fall From Grace is brought to you during quarantine from Netflix. More importantly, it's brought to you by Tyler Perry, the man who brought you Madea, Acrimony, and The Haves and the Have Nots.
  • [02:35] I think this is his first Netflix movie, and we have some things to talk about.
  • [03:27] I share what I believe is the origin story of this horrific train wreck of a movie. I almost want you all to watch this one just to tell me if I'm wrong or not.
  • [03:58] This movie is overdramatic and overacted. There was lip licking, terrible music, and making love under a mosquito tent.
  • [05:07] I didn't care who lived or who died. I didn't care that it was a movie about a bunch of senior citizens chained to radiators.
  • [05:25] I just wanted you all to know that someone, I don't know who, tied Tyler Perry up to a radiator and made him make this movie.
  • [05:40] I shall wear no Spanx for this movie. That is how much I hated this movie.

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Mar 19, 2020
Hunters
08:21

"Living well is not the best revenge. You know what the best revenge is? Revenge." This is a quote from this week’s show. It’s something else. It's a lot to talk about. It's a lot to watch. In fact, David Radke is here with me again (note he won't be a regular guest), because he watched this show with me and has some thoughts to share. 

Some loved this show, and some hated it. This show is bloody, gruesome, and historical fiction and nonfiction all rolled into one. It's a show that, at its core, asks the question of does it take evil to fight evil. Do you have to be a bad guy in order to fight a bad guy? That's the question for anyone who's watching or maybe considering watching the Hunters.

Show Notes:

  • [01:36] This show is from Amazon and has only been out for about three weeks. There has been plenty of talk about this show and Nazi hunters.
  • [02:10] This show is about a group of vigilantes who seek revenge on Nazis hiding in America. 
  • [02:41] The show was intriguing from the beginning. The opening scene was super violent.
  • [02:55] We saw the previews and Al Pacino is in the show so we had to watch it.
  • [03:19] There's a very diverse group of people hunting down these Nazis. There's also the debate about do good people have to do bad things in order to fight evil.
  • [03:29] There's also a lot of nods to Quentin Tarantino.
  • [04:18] There were some concerns from the Auschwitz Museum about not wanting the fictional portrayals to devalue what really took place.
  • [05:59] It does bring up the question of what really happened to these Nazis after the war. 
  • [06:33] It's depicted in the 70s and Al Pacino has some great lines. 
  • [07:02] David would give this series 4 Spanx. Melissa gives it 2 Spanx. 
  • [08:03] If you're looking for something different, this show is a change-of-pace.

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Mar 12, 2020
Spenser Confidential
11:18

Here are a few things that I'm an expert on TV, hair, carbs, movies, parenting, how to murder your husband and get away with it, mom jeans, pop culture, and bacon. I could keep going because the list is long. Here are the things my husband is an expert on creating a budget on Excel, filling a car up with gas, and Mark Wahlberg movies. The list is short. I'm not bragging when I tell you, I'm embarrassed by it. Let's just say, we know who will be invited to the most parties. 

David Radke is straight-laced and boring, but he looks adorable in khakis. When David sees a Mark Wahlberg movie it's like he comes alive. There's a spring in his step and a smile on his face. He tells jokes that actually land. It's the man I fell in love with all over again. I finally figured out why. It's because he looks at Mark Wahlberg the way he looked at me in the 90s. It's a one-sided bromance, but still David likes Mark Wahlberg. 

Imagine how excited David and I were when we saw a new Mark Wahlberg movie pop up on the streaming service Netflix. I couldn't in good conscience review this movie without the man himself, David Radke. We are discussing Spenser Confidential. 

Show Notes:

  • [05:01] This movie was amazing and you can watch it in your underwear and on your coach. 
  • [06:02] This movie will not require you to put on your thinking cap. Mark Wahlberg plays a Boston cop. 
  • [07:12] It has action like a spring blockbuster. 
  • [07:33] It's not for tender ears. There is some language. 
  • [08:12] If you're going to be a cop in Boston, it's going to come with some trouble.
  • [08:59] Mark Wahlberg is paired up with Winston Duke. 
  • [09:25] Melissa gives this movie 3 Spanx. David thinks it's a solid 4.
  • [10:06] This is one that the ladies can watch with the men. 

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Mar 12, 2020
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
09:35

Hey, it's your bestie, Melissa. What are you doing this weekend? Do you want to get together and watch the most depressing and brutal piece of television you've ever seen? No. I'm not talking about Love Is Blind. I'm talking about a show that someone literally said to me, have you watched it. It's so good. I know this person well. I know they weren't suggesting that the subject matter or the cast of characters was good. 

They were talking about how it was a documentary that was done well. It was thorough in its investigation. At least, I hope that's what they meant. I will give you that. All of it was done very well, but trust me when I tell you that the music you are about to hear in no way depicts the theme of what we are reviewing today. Today, we are reviewing The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez.

Show Notes:

  • [02:15] The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez is a documentary from Netflix. It's about six episodes. Netflix is really great with their documentaries.
  • [02:53] My favorite place to watch documentaries is on HBO. Even if they got rid of all of the other shows, I would keep them because of their documentaries.
  • [03:10] We live in a true-crime culture. We are drawn to anything with true crime or trial in it.
  • [03:28] David and I just got back from a trip to Honduras. We work with a children's poverty organization. The trip was awful. It was real, and it was sad. 
  • [03:58] Sometimes it's necessary to see it, and that's what this week's show was like.
  • [04:03] It was horrible and painful. I stopped it and started it 8 million times.
  • [04:11] I finished this series, but it wasn't easy. One episode was more than enough for me.
  • [04:21] Seeing poverty close up isn't easy. Seeing abuse close up isn't easy.
  • [04:28] Watching a system fail an 8-year-old child over and over again is infuriating, but that's what happened with 8-year-old Gabriel.
  • [05:54] Netflix is labeling their top 10 shows. This show was listed as number one.
  • [06:45] I'm not going to give away any spoilers. You will know going in that Gabriel died, and the people who killed him weren't human.
  • [08:02] What do we do when the system is broken? How do we start that change? This went through the minds of everyone who saw this.
  • [08:44] I'm giving the show 1 Spanx. Netflix did a good job with the documentary, but it is heavy and depressing.
  • [09:11] I'm also giving it 1 Spanx, because I'll need to be able to move around unencumbered if I ever come face-to-face with one of those social workers who failed Gabriel.

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Mar 05, 2020
Britney Runs a Marathon
05:58

Do you want to know one of the number one reasons why I started this podcast? I don't want you to miss out. What if there is something amazing that you missed? What if there is the best movie ever and you never heard anyone talking about it? I’m not going to let that happen. 

Today's show is about a movie that may just be buried down at the bottom of your queue. This show is about an unknown movie called Britney Runs a Marathon. If you want to laugh and have fun watching someone that most of us can relate to, then check out this flick starring Jillian Bell. 

Show Notes:

  • [01:55] Amazon Prime is our streaming service today. 
  • [02:04] Every once in a while, Amazon will surprise us with a cute little movie without much fanfare.
  • [02:36] This movie doesn't really need a synopsis. It's about a young woman who's battling her weight, drinking, and pretty much her entire love life. She then decides to run a marathon.
  • [03:21] Britney enjoys dates featuring tacos and candlelight.
  • [03:32] This movie is rated R. There are some language and sexual situations.
  • [03:46] This movie is funny! Jillian Bell plays Britney. 
  • [04:09] Sometimes there are hidden gems waiting for us inside our streaming service, and we just don't know about it. This is one of those gems.
  • [04:19] This movie entertained me. I recommended it to people. This movie gets 4 Spanx.
  • [04:29] I was rooting for her even when she messed up and even when she was her own worst enemy.
  • [05:00] I recommended this movie to my aunt Melba, and she loved it. This movie is funny.
  • [05:23] Check this movie out. You'll be happy that you watched it.

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Feb 27, 2020
OBG: The Mindy Project
08:10

I'm excited about this one. I've created a new segment that I will be doing once in a while. It's called Oldies But Goodies. OBG is for shows that are offered on streaming services but came out before we even knew what streaming services were. These are old shows that we once again get to enjoy. These are old movies that we have long forgotten about. The other day, I came across the movie Some Kind of Wonderful. I instantly remembered how that movie made me feel.

I first realized I needed an Oldies But Goodies segment when Netflix removed Friends. We watch shows that feel familiar to us. Don't you feel at home in Monica's kitchen? I can fall asleep to The Golden Girls, because it makes me feel like I'm in my mom's kitchen listening to the women talk. Maybe you've missed some of these Oldies But Goodies. Well, guess what? You didn't miss it. They're back. Today, I'm bringing you a show that maybe you missed. If you're looking for something just to binge on, allow me, because I'm here with this week's Oldie But Goodie: The Mindy Project.

Show Notes:

  • [03:20] Today's streaming service is Hulu where you can find The Mindy Project. They have the best old shows that I have forgotten about.
  • [04:27] The Mindy Project is still relevant and as funny as ever.  If you thought she was funny in The Office, you haven't even scratched the surface. She is absolute perfection. Her books are also incredible.
  • [05:02] This show is written perfectly and the characters in it are absolutely incredible. I don't give these compliments out lightly, either.
  • [06:18] The characters are awesome like Morgan Fairchild Ransom Tookers played by Ike Barinholtz, but Mindy is the most awesome character of all. 
  • [06:58] Love me in a way that I can show people on Instagram. She just gets it.
  • [07:05] The show gets 4 Spanx. You may ask why not 5? Let's just say, that I'm still holding a grudge because of what happened towards the ending.
  • [07:36] Four is good and this show deserves every layer of spandex.

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Feb 27, 2020
Honey Boy
11:47

Today's movie is different. It's not something I would normally watch, but here I am about to review the crap out of it. Here's why. It was a weird strange coincidence. A couple of weeks ago, David and I went out of the country with a couple of friends. One of them was obsessed with the actor who stars in this movie. I kept hearing this actor's name over and over, all week long.

After the trip, I came home and plopped on the couch and turned on one of my streaming services. What did I see? A brand new movie starring this actor. Three days later, David and I went to LA for work. Have you ever been to LA? They advertise movies and television everywhere. For a solid week, I drove around town and saw signs, park benches, and buses touting this movie. Still, it wasn't for me.

A few days after we got home, I was watching the Hollywood Roundtable. Once again, there was this actor. I knew then that I needed to watch the movie. Sometimes you find the movie and sometimes the movie finds you. I think Shia LaBeouf and Honey Boy found me.

Show Notes:

  • [02:37] Honey Boy comes to us from this week's streaming service Amazon Prime. You actually have this if you are an Amazon Prime member.
  • [03:27] At first glance, Shia LaBeouf is not someone who I have to go see. If you take a deep dive, he may be a great actor. He just doesn't make the type of movies I'm naturally drawn to.
  • [04:50] I've never been a huge fan of Shia LaBeouf. I don't know why he is so high maintenance, but that Roundtable episode piqued my interest. He held his own among some great actors. 
  • [05:27]  When he started talking about Honey Boy I was intrigued. Honey Boy is a movie about his life. He started as a child actor. The movie starts when he was at the age of 12.
  • [06:03] Young Shia is played by Noah Jupe. Shia plays his nutcase father. Young Shia is a boy named Otis, but it is a depiction of his life. The movie flips between his 12-year-old life and his life as an adult entering a mental health facility. 
  • [07:51] I share what Shia said about getting his father to sign the contract for the movie.
  • [08:22] Being in a mental institution taught Shia empathy for his father. The biggest villain in his life.
  • [08:48] This is a tough movie to watch. It's a heavy depressing movie. I had to watch it in bite-sized chunks. 
  • [10:19] Shia's acting is great. Fans will want to watch it. 
  • [10:51] This movie gets 4 Spanx. 

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Feb 27, 2020
The Stranger
10:10

Last week, I posted something online about Outlander and how watching it made me want to pluck my eyeballs out. The public was up in arms. They came after me with pitchforks. I had no idea how many of you actually watch Outlander without a gun pointed to your head forcing you to do so. I put this online, and a sweet woman commented that she too hated Outlander. 

Then she added a show that I would like. Little did she know, I had already watched it. I had already formed opinions about it. I am here to tell all of you about a show that looked fascinating based on the trailer. I’m emphasizing that point. Based on an International bestseller by Harlan Coben, today we are talking about The Stranger streaming on Netflix. 

Show Notes:

  • [02:02] Netflix came out with this little gem called The Stranger.
  • [02:12] It also brought us a series by another Harlan Coben called Safe. I can't tell you how this one turned out, because it was like watching grass grow but slower.
  • [02:48] Why would I dive into another series based on one of these books? The trailer! The music was scary and gripping. 
  • [03:27] It also made me think I would care about the woman at the center of all of this madness.
  • [04:22] The Stranger reveals Corinne's deep dark secrets, but she is revealed in flashbacks because she is missing. 
  • [05:02] All of her flashbacks are glorious. I hated her, and I didn't care that she was missing.
  • [06:27] The lead detective is the same woman who played the mean spiteful Miss O'Brien in Downton Abbey. The same lady's maid who dropped the soap and made Cora lose the baby.
  • [07:04] Lady detectives need to wear clothes that have a little stretch and give in case they need to chase a rapist.
  • [08:01] I had problems with the show. I wanted it to be good. It just didn't do it for me.
  • [09:02] I'm giving this movie 1 Spanx because that crossbody bag held up to some pretty intense stuff.

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Feb 20, 2020
Troop Zero
07:16

I reviewed Servant which is about a child that dies and then comes back as a doll. The show was scary and creepy, and I raved about it. Then I reviewed the new Disney Plus original movie Timmy Failure. I also stated that I'd rather shoot myself in the foot then watch that again. I don't want to become that cynical family movie hating reviewer. I don't want my reviews to be known as not family friendly. I have kids. I know how hard it is to find something where we can all sit down and watch together. 

This is why I watch most of the awesome stuff after they've gone to bed. The point of this is that I'm not only going to watch profanity-laced graphic violence based films and television, which you all know I love. I'm going to watch other stuff. I'm just not going to like it near as much. To prove this point, I reviewed Troop Zero. This one is from Amazon Prime video. When I saw this advertisement, I didn't realize this was a kid show. I was wrong. Well done, Amazon.

Show Notes:

  • [02:40] I didn't realize Troop Zero was a family friendly film. Sorry Amazon. This movie was labeled as a comedy-drama. It's pretty much your standard fare of little girl doesn't fit in.
  • [02:55] The little girl wants to fit in, and she makes friends with other kids who want to fit in. She learns friendship means more than fitting in. The end.
  • [03:03] This is typically every movie made for kids these days.
  • [03:15] Unlike Timmy Failure, you are actually rooting for the kid in Troop Zero.
  • [04:12] Throw in a little talk about NASA, outer space, shooting stars, a little girl who misses her mama who died, and some 1970s music.
  • [04:28] You also have Allison Janney. She plays every pearl clutching Southern woman I've wanted to avoid. She is awesome!
  • [05:01] Just looking at Mike Epps makes me laugh. Then we have Viola Davis who is legit. She is awesome in this.
  • [05:35] Jim Gaffigan is precious in this movie. He was perfectly cast as the dad who lost his wife. I wanted him to marry Viola Davis and star in Troop Zero 2.
  • [06:17] This is a 4 Spanx show. Whenever I watch with my kids the score will be lower since we have to stop 25 times. 
  • [06:40] This show is clean and sweet. I even shed a tear.

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Feb 20, 2020
The Morning Show
09:15

I was told not to watch it. It was boring, overproduced, and not even a good storyline. I watched it anyway. Why do we do this? Why do we hear what people are saying, and think that we still need to find out for ourselves? Why don't we just take their advice? Because what if they're wrong? What if you watch it anyway and discover one of the best TV shows you've seen all year? That's what happened to me when I watched the Morning Show.

This was Apple TV's first launched series. It was the first one right out of the gate. They wanted to make it big and get everyone interested. They held nothing back. It had Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. The critics went to town on this show. According to Apple, The Morning Show was not based on the Today Show Matt Lauer sex scandal. Although, it almost mirrors it. This was an entertaining show that Apple got right. 

Show Notes:

  • [02:39] Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston are 15-year co-hosts. She's left reeling after coming to work and discovering that he was fired for inappropriate conduct.
  • [02:48] Reese Witherspoon becomes the new co-host.
  • [03:01] The performances in this show are amazeballs.
  • [03:59] Reese Witherspoon was on fire and Steve Carell was heartbreakingly sleazy and gross.
  • [04:12] You want to kill him, but you also want to see how it plays out.
  • [04:33] This show belongs to Billy Crudup. He is a real stand out in this show. 
  • [05:30] People have dogged on this show because it puts men in a bad light and makes all of them look like predators. It also makes women look like they're not responsible for their choices.
  • [05:47] Some people also thought it didn't address the relevancy that is the #metoo movement right now.
  • [06:03] It's television. As a consumer of Television, I don't want to be preached to. I don't want to be pandered to or swept up by politics. I want to be entertained.
  • [07:02] I watched the season finale, and I bawled. Jennifer Aniston killed it. The writing was OMG a demonstration of how hurt people hurt people. And the collateral damage caused by brokenness.
  • [07:56] I don't want to give it away, but the last episode was amazing.
  • [08:02] I loved it, and I'm a woman. My husband loved it, and he's a man.
  • [08:22] I would wear all five Spanx from top to bottom for this show.
  • [08:54] Apple got this show right.

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Feb 20, 2020
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
10:33

Hey, it's your cool Aunt Melissa asking you to gather around. I watched something so that I can bring it to you, the families. Props to me, because this wasn't pleasant. I'm not happy about it. This week, I did something for the kids and for the mom and dads who just want to lay on the couch and turn something on for their kids. This week, I watched Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. 

This week, I'm coming at you from the streaming service of Disney Plus. We have Disney Plus. We got it the morning it came out. It's actually really good. There's a ton of stuff for my kids to watch. One of the offerings they have is called Out of the Vault and it's the old movies I grew up with like Cinderella. The other day the kids and I sat around the television and watched Swiss Family Robinson. 

I grew up watching this kind of stuff and it's wonderful to share it with my kids. Kudos to Disney plus. I love what they're doing. They're also creating some original shows. This week they put out an original movie made for the streaming service. It was a Friday night, and we were all at home chilling out. We let the kids pick the movie. It was the newest release of the week called Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.

Show Notes:

  • [03:00] I think, if I'm not mistaken, this movie is about an 11-year-old boy who thinks he is the best detective in town. He runs an agency called Total Failure with his best friend who is an imaginary polar bear.
  • [03:54] All I can say about this movie is parents listen up. If you're feeling sick, and you think you're coming down with something, turn on this movie you'll be out in a second and the kids will love it.
  • [04:08] What kid thinks he's running a detective agency in his closet? Also, he wears a red scarf everywhere.
  • [05:04] Every time this kid's parents asked him a question his answer would be, "mistakes were made." My mistake would be putting the wooden spoon away. 
  • [06:06] Why did they name the polar bear Total?
  • [07:02] Now I know why they wouldn't let Kyle Bornheimer talk in a Marriage Story. 
  • [07:51] After the movie was over David said, "I hated that kid."
  • [08:28] He didn't have a good personality. 
  • [08:39] The movie is clean and family-friendly. The kids liked it. 
  • [08:59] Rocco thought it was cool because it showed that kids have imaginations. Remi thought it was funny and quirky.
  • [09:59] This is a zero Spanx movie. My kids liked it. Maybe, sometimes, that's what matters. 

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Feb 20, 2020
Fleabag
07:34

Oh let's talk about it. You've heard about it. You've read about it. You know that numerous awards have been given to it, but have you watched it? I don't know why, but my gut tells me no. Critics are watching it. I have a feeling James Corden watched it. I know that Hollywood was watching it, but were we watching it? Are stay-at-home moms, bank tellers, and Margie down the road watching it? I'm just not sure. 

It's gained so much notoriety and won so many awards and yet no one in my circle is talking about it. Just so you know, I have several circles, and they're big. I have to believe the reason you haven't been watching this is because you've been waiting on me. That's sweet and I get it. That's why I watched it for you. Ladies and gentlemen today we discuss Fleabag.

Show Notes:

  • [01:37] My one word review is meh. 
  • [01:57] Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the writer, creator, and star of Fleabag.
  • [02:11] I like a woman who says, "I'm going to be on TV and if I have to create it myself, I will."
  • [02:15] I like somebody who is funny and quick. I think she's talented.
  • [02:31] Any awards she has won, she deserves. It's the show, I'm not wild about.
  • [03:01] One of the things that makes Fleabag kind of different is breaking the fourth wall. That's the moment when they look at the camera and talk to you.
  • [03:12] This used to never be done. Now it's been done in Parks & Recreation and Modern Family, The Office, and even House of Cards.
  • [03:37] Her's isn't a mockumentary style. She's just looking at the camera and talking. She gets away with it.
  • [04:06] Olivia Colman is also in the show. She just won best actress for The Favourite. She's phenomenal in everything that she does. In the last few episodes of Fleabag, I was watching for her.
  • [04:25] Season 2 got better because they introduced the storyline of the hot priest.
  • [04:45] I didn't think season 1 was terrible. I didn't think season 2 was extravagant and glorious. It's just not my type of show and that's okay.
  • [05:27] I can spot talent, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge is talented. There's just a rhythm that I can't get into. 
  • [06:12] Don't watch the show if you're easily offended.
  • [06:53] For this show, I'm only putting on 2 Spanx!
  • [07:06] Ones for Olivia Colman and the other ones for Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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Feb 13, 2020
Servant
11:47

Boy have I got a show for you. I have told exactly four people to watch the show because I wanted other reactions before I did this actual podcast episode. Honestly, this show is very different. It's most certainly not everyone's cup of tea. I can tell you. The reviews from these people are so varied and so mixed. 

One is absolutely addicted. One wants to kill me for bringing it to their attention. One hated it and won't ever watch it again. The last one texts me about the show every time a new episode comes out. This week we are talking about one of the creepiest shows I've seen in a long while. This week we are discussing Servant from Apple TV.

Show Notes:

  • [01:23] Servant streams from Apple TV. 
  • [01:51] A lot of people think you need an Apple TV to get the Apple TV streaming service. 
  • [02:59] Apple programming has really high-quality production. They have quality over quantity, at this point. 
  • [03:29] This show is so out of the box. It's described as American psychological horror television. The show is creepy.
  • [04:00] I love M. Night Shyamalan. If you're familiar with his movies, you'll know that there's a creepy factor to them.
  • [04:28] He's only directed one episode and that one is titled Jericho.
  • [04:48] I watched the entire season. Then I went back and watched the trailer so I wouldn't give away too many things.
  • [05:03] The show is 30 minutes long to keep the creepiness factor up, and it worked.
  • [05:52] We have a mom and a dad. The dad is a chef and his wife is a news correspondent. They hire a nanny to come to their home and care for their son Jericho.
  • [06:20] The problem is that Jericho is a doll.
  • [07:02] The doll is for connection therapy for the wife and mom. 
  • [07:27] The nanny is played by Nell Tiger Free and is as creepy as all get out. 
  • [07:42] The woman who plays the mom is Lauren Ambrose who used to be on Six Feet Under.
  • [08:41] I hate movies like Saw. I like movies where you hear someone in the house.
  • [09:06] This movie was not a trigger to me in anyway. 
  • [10:13] This was an entertaining crazy show, and I loved every second of it.
  • [10:17] In a nutshell, I'm giving this show 4 Spanx. I like scary things, and I like creepy things. This is both.
  • [10:31] I love M. Night Shyamalan and the effects and darkness he brings two things.
  • [10:44]  I can't give the show 5 Spanx if Lauren Ambrose is going to be on season 2. The show has already been renewed for season 2.
  • [11:25] I could see Rachel McAdams or Kirsten Dunst as the newscaster.

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Feb 13, 2020
Marriage Story
12:04

This is my first movie review. There are so many choices out there that I just picked one. I was interested in this movie when it was first released, and I watched it the day of the release on TV. In the middle of watching this movie, David came in and said that we got the domain for Stream(H)er, and the podcast was going to be a reality. That's when I decided that this is the movie that I'm going to do. 

If you don't like my choice or have another movie you would like me to review give me a shoutout on Instagram @MsMelissaRadke. You can also find me on Facebook or message or email me at Melissa@MelissaRadke.com. Ask me, and I’ll try to get to it. When you share our show don’t forget #Streamher as in girl power. 

When I chose this movie I didn’t know what it would turn into. I just knew I wanted to review it. I didn’t know it would end up with six Golden Globe and six Academy Award nominations. Here is my review for Marriage Story. It’s a movie streaming on Netflix. 

Show Notes:

  • [02:12] I didn't know what this movie would turn into. I just knew I wanted to review it. I didn't know it would have six Golden Globe and six Academy Award nominations.
  • [02:55] This week's streaming service is Netflix. 
  • [03:34] This movie is directed by Noah Baumbach. 
  • [03:54] A marriage story is as plain Jane as marriage is. Once the glitter is off, we become a marriage story.
  • [05:14] I wasn't rooting for anyone after watching this movie. There wasn't a bad guy. I saw both of their points. That was a plus for me.
  • [06:20] Laura Dern is getting a lot of attention. She was a really great divorce lawyer.
  • [07:00] Alan Alda killed it as the first divorce attorney who was too kind.
  • [07:59] Kyle Bornheimer was also in the movie, but he didn't have any speaking parts. 
  • [08:33] Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansen were the leads. They were both incredible. 
  • [09:12] There is a scene where Adam Driver sings that didn't resonate with me.
  • [09:45] How can two people who love each other so much end up so far apart? This was at the heart of the movie and this is at the heart of most marriages.
  • [10:07] They have an intense discussion in the movie, yet she refers to him as "honey." I thought this was really powerful how she fell back on words and rhythms that were in her marriage. 
  • [10:53] Go watch a Marriage Story. It is worth it. It deserved all of the nominations and awards. 
  • [11:03] I was going to make my first Spanx review a 4 just because of the Hallmark movie girl in me. I wanted everything to be wrapped up in a bow, but I’ll give it a 5 Spanx review.  
  • [11:52] Go watch it. 5 Spanx!

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Feb 13, 2020
Stream(H)er
12:11

You know those people who say, "I don't really watch that much TV?" You know those people who say, "how do you have so much time to watch TV?" I have two kids. It feels like I have eight. I travel and speak all over the United States to thousands of people. I'm working on my second book. I'm on social media every single day. I do a live video every single morning with my husband for 15,000 viewers, and I feed my husband at least three times a week. If I can do all of this, America, you can sit down and watch some TV.

Am I busy? Yes. Do I have a lot going on? Yes, but I still watch TV because I love it. It's my jam. I love movies, and I love television. Then one day streaming services happened. There were movies and TV all in one place. In my living room with my electric blanket and my cat. Now we have endless streaming choices, just like the Cheesecake Factory menu. This is where I come in. I’m going to watch it and tell you about it. If a movie sucks, I’ll tell you, just like your best friend. 

Here's what I want you to know about Stream(H)er. I can't stream everything, but when something comes out, and it's getting rave reviews, I'll try to cover it for you. If something comes out, and it's buried at the bottom of the list, I'm also going to cover that. If it's good, I'm going to cover it for you. I'm going to talk about the different streaming services. I also won't spoil the show for you. I’ll just give an honest Spanx rating, because I’m Melissa. I’m the Stream(H)er.

Show Notes:

  • [02:00] Do you remember when Netflix was a DVD? What happened to Redbox? Now we have endless streaming choices. 
  • [04:52] I'm your new best friend. I'm going to watch it and tell you about it. If a movie sucks, I'm going to tell you. 
  • [05:49] When it comes to streaming, I've got you. 
  • [06:15] I can't stream all the things. 
  • [07:55] I will stream what is good and bad. I'll talk about the different streaming services, and I won't include spoilers. 
  • [08:11] Each episode is the title of the show I'm reviewing. I'm going to review one show an episode. The episodes will be short. 
  • [09:28] A play with David and Melissa reenacting a review from Rotten Tomatoes.
  • [11:34] These reviews are going to be rated by Spanx. You'll want to watch a 5 Spanx movie. 

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The Irishman Rotten Tomatoes

Feb 13, 2020