THE PRESENT

Otherwise known as Cate Blanchett’s first Tony win. Adapted from a little-known 1880 Chekhov play by husband and former co-articstic director of The Sydney Theatre Company Andrew UptonThe Present is quite simply, Blanchett’s very own diamond platform.

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Australia’s royalty: Toby Schmitz, Jacqueline McKenzie, Susan Prior, Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, Anna Bamford and Chris Ryan

When the curtain rose, a general and very subtle gasp resounded. Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett was pointing a gun to the horizon, her foot on a bench and her expression imperturbable. Barefoot and rocking long blond locks tied up with a hairband, “her throaty laugh suggested a cynical intelect and wanton abandonment that could drive men wild,” as Variety put it. Blanchett plays widow Anna Petrovna, a Russian landowner intent on celebrating her 40th birthday with some close friends. Internally afraid she won’t be able to hang on to her home much longer, a mid-life crisis begins to show when her anticipated party goes off the rails.

Her guests include Mikhail Platonov (Mr. Roxburgh), a schoolteacher of rueful wit and unfulfilled dreams who knew Anna when she was the young trophy wife of a respected general; her stepson, Sergei (Chris Ryan), who was best friends with Nikolai (Toby Schmitz) and Mikhail, who is married to Nikolai’s sister, and lastly Sasha (Susan Prior). Though Mikhail is a bloviator, a womanizer and a mean drunk, Sasha loves is all about her bad-boy husband. So, more problematically, do all the other women in the play, who, in addition to the patrician Anna, include Sergei’s wife, Sophia (Jacqueline McKenzie), a humanitarian physician, and Nikolai’s girlfriend, Maria (Anna Bamford). It’s hard to fathom the attraction, but apparently once you’ve had your first whiff of him, Mikhail is as addictive and dangerous as can be. Maybe it’s because he’s livelier and more subversive than the other guys, who include Anna’s rich older suitors, Alexei (Martin Jacobs) and Yegor (David Downer). But like most of his contemporaries, Mikhail can’t stop talking about how directionless his life is.

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Anna and her friends party in Russian fashion

More than once, Anna would have monologues that began with a sober reflection, invited laughter and ended in tears. And that’s why this production surpassed Broadway shows and made an average $1M in its first weeks – because it’s a Blanchett masterclass you’re attending. Aware my subjectivity often takes over, it’s unbiased to say the other actors looked at her like they were learning, affording the privilege to abandon their characters for a minute to look at Cate and be blown along with us audience members. Her deep voice and stare, combined with the masterful delivery of very smart and up-to-date lines, accompanied minimal gestures to generate an ethereal grace that we already associate with the name of the performer. Hence resulting in the purest and most thridimensional form of acting I for one have seen, layers are fearlessly taken off so that, both throughout and at the end, you as a viewer hopefully will relate to her reactions and wonder if you would have taken the same road.

Richard Roxburgh, who starred with her in Uncle Vanya in 2013, brings a truthfulness and irresistible allure that make him shine in his own right. The rest of the cast boasts worlwide credits and awards, and generously accomodates in a vehicle otherwise steered by the two smashing leads, who truly save it and elevate it to Broadway quality. But having satisfied political correctness, the play is, obviously, Blanchett’s big gig. Debuting in Broadway in nothing short of diamond form, The Present is something you attend knowing it’s going to be a huge deal. Uproarious, unapologetically honest and at times, ruefully funny, it’s not hard to fathom why pundits have unanimously gave it a pass at the very least.

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Sparks fly between Petrovna and Platonov

For all this, I absolutely recommend and cherished this unforgettable experience. Two meters away from my favorite actress (along with Meryl Streep) and now Tony Award-nominee, I can’t wait to see her long overdued theater gold star, in a surely charged ceremony that will be hosted on June 11 by the genius and hopefully next Emmy winner Mr. Kevin Spacey. Get ready for presidential jokes.

Running time: 2h 55.

Location: Ethel Barrymore Theater, Broadway.

Preview: Dec 17, 2016.
Opening: Jan 08, 2017.
Closing: Mar 19, 2017.
Grade: A+

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PASSENGERS

Jennifer Lawrence’s and Chris Pratt’s names alone can gross twice the budget. Thrice, in this case, making a staggering $302M. But with this sci-fi drama, it’s not only the unconventionally pretty faces that sell the ticket, but also the attractive – yet repetitive at this point – concept of being trapped in space, romantic tension floating. 

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“Should I wake her?” Jim wakes up ahead of time and makes a very costly decision

Directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts, Passengers delves into the love story between mechanic Jim Preston and writer Aurora Lane, which ensues from quite an unfortunate event. Part of a 120 year journey to a planet called Homestead II, the massive starship Avalon passes a meteor storm which triggers a malfunction and prompts to Jim’s waking up. Feeling the need for human company, 

BLUE JASMINE

The hype around the realese of Blue Jasmine was not hard to fathom. Nor was the almost hysterical reaction of critics, who unanimously deemed it some of the best work by Woody Allen in this decade and a career-best performance by a Cate Blanchett in diamond form.

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Someone pinch her: fresh from 5th Avenue, Jasmine is forced on a “fun” San Francisco outing 

Set in Manhattan and San Francisco, Blue Jasmine finds newly broke socialite Jasmine Francis moving in with her modest and big-hearted sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), who she essentially considers to be a perennial loser mainly based on her choice of men. Taken all her goods away after reporting her husband Hal’s (Alec Baldwin) corrupt businesses to the Police as a result of an Oscar-worthy breakdown where he confesses to being in love with another woman, Jasmine becomes a neurotic alcoholic who downs Sanax like Smints.

Like a fish out of the water, Jasmine struggles to get used to this lesser life but is dead set on making something of herself and begins working as a dentist’s secretary to pay for the computer science course that will enable her to get an online designer license. Dating appears complicated until she meets Dwight Westlake, a handsome diplomat who seems the key to her future, pitch-perfect life. So, afraid of a too costly rejection, she lies her way into an unexpected engagement. But as they say, karma is a b*tch and Ginger’s ex husband Augie, who lost his short-lived economic bonanza after having his jackpot-won $200,000 “invested” by Hal, conviniently runs into the newly fiancées and manages to uncover every lie Jasmine’s future marriage is built on.

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Match made in heaven? Dwight and Jasmine’s future is soon and almost sadly doomed

 

Woody Allen’s writing is as razor-sharp as it is ruefully funny. Few other times has the Queens native’s script trascended so deeply. As Variety put it, “Allen’s sense of class stratification here isn’t exactly nuanced, but his sympathies are more evenly distributed than usual, and he happily reveals more than one side to every personality, a strategy that helps bring out the best in a very fine cast.” A superb cast, I’d say.

Starring the best actress of her generation and arguably the second greatest after Queen Meryl, Cate Blanchett masterfully slips into the shoes of one of the most exquisitely complex characters ever awarded by the Academy and created by Allen. Fearlessly taking off layers without ever lacking plausibility, never had a performance had such an effect on me: I left the theater bugged by how much I could relate to Jasmine, partly fearing my future would even remotely resemble hers. Her eloquence, condescendence, dishonesty and class make for a despicable an unintentionally funny character that you, however, naturally root for from beginning to end. An equal pro on the stage (she is going to win a Tony on June 9), she received all industry accolades including Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, Bafta and Spirit Award while beating Streep, Bullock, Thompson, Adams and Dench in the process.

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Bitter ans absent-minded, Jasmine’s breakdowns are an acting joy to watch

Co-starring are the classy and always fabulous Alec Baldwin, whose years as the driven and narcissistic executive Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock have made his recent supporting turns on screen almost a signature profile. Breakout star Sally Hawkins, who was nominated for every major award and unfortunately defeated in every single one by Lupita Nyong’o (Twelve Years a Slave). Bobby Canavale and Andrew Dice Clay are very convincing as Ginger’s ex husband and fiancé. Louis C.K., the new and better boyfriend Ginger cheats briefly with as a result of Jasmine’s influence is fantastic and predictably humorous.

All in all, I highly recommend this (finally!) brilliant dramedy – terrifically acted, written and directed, stands the test of time and is unanimously deemed some of Allen’s and Cate’s best and most watchable work.

Running time: 1h 39 minutes.

Country: United States.

Release date: July 26, 2013.

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics

Budget: $18M

Box office: $97.6M

Grade: A

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SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson falling in love under Nancy Meyers’ direction. Can it get much better than? The woman behind hits like It’s Complicated (2009) and The Holiday (2006) adds yet another glittering jewel to her heavy crown with this classy and intelectually satisfying romcom about finding love at different ages.

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“Family” dinner: Frances McDormand, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Amanda Peet

The Hamptons. Early 2000s. Heartthrob and rap label owner Harry Sanborn (Nicholson) arrives at the marvelous home the mother of his young girlfriend Marin (Peet) owns on the coast. With a “promising” weekend ahead, everything gets tricky when he has a heart attack and her job auctioning at Christie’s forces her mother, acclaimed playwright Erica Barry (Keaton), to reluctantly take care of him. Harry and Erica couln’t be any more different: following quite the Hakuna Matata mantra, he only dates younger women between scotches and expensive cigars, whereas she wears turtlenecks in summer and can’t wrap her head around anything outside her comfort zone.

But familiarity makes the heart grow fonder, and his continuous questioning of all she does, sees Erica starting to find Harry amusing, and suddenly interesting. Interest she’ll somehow feel hesitant about when Julian Mercer, Harry’s middle-aged doctor and huge fan of hers, openly declares his admiration. However, as confused as we might expect the longtime divorcée to be upon finding two men at once, the proximity in age draws her to Harry. But Harry is a self-described “old dog” who has never operated further than the end of the night, and when they realize it’s getting serious, he backs off and unintentionally triggers a double heartbreak. Sending her in the big-hearted and dazzled Julian’s direction, Erica seemingly embodies Nora Ephron and writes a Broadway hit (A Woman to Love) based upon her affair with Harry – butt stuntmen for the hospital scene included – that will be the first step to eventually bring them back together.

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Erica and Harry arrange a “pajama party” via chat

Gifting us along the way with razor-sharp, Nany Meyers signature lines like “Erica, you are a woman to love,” “Try not to rate my answer,” “Words have been invented to describe women like you, [such as] flinty [and] impervious,” or “I don’t know if it ends in a ‘ya’ if it’s a true ‘I love you’,” the writing is absolutely irresistible, inventive, spot-on and illustrative of what a good romantic comedy can and should be. The idiolects are marvelously captured in a way that makes the characters relatable, thridimensional and in a perfect world, our best friends. Plus and much like in Streep and Baldwin-starred It’s Complicated, this movie is unafraid to delve into both the magical and bleak aspects of romance without ever settling on either.

The cast is practically unsurpassed, with Diane Keaton receiving a Golden Globe and both SAG and Oscar nominations. Jack Nicholson shines, arguably playing a version of himself that confers a disarming intelligence and likability to the character. For their part, Keanu Reeves, Amanda Peet and Frances McDormand as Erica’s love interest, daugher and sister, prove great supporting characters that generously accomodate to reinforce the plausibility of the whole production.

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Sanborn and Barry enjoy a wine and cherries picnic by the ocean

And finally, the house. Oh my God the house. When Googling “Something’s Gotta Give,” the first suggested search is “house.” And not surprisingly, because any fan of Nancy’s recognizes her signature, off-the-chart fabulous scenarios: spacious kitchens, living rooms full of books, enviable studios and all around perfect homes by the coast. All in beiges, whites, very pale browns and greys. The essence of her movies can only be done justice using the world “classy” – the words, the music, the color range, the setting… to the point where, as a whole, they’ve become an instant part of the films’ identity. Entertainment Weekly called Nancy’s features “a cream-toned, cashmere-swaddled universe unto itself.”

In short, I cannot recommend highly enough this exquisite and lovely movie. It’s a neck massage with vanilla candles for grown ups with good taste. Whip-smart, well-crafted, terrifically acted and… The. House.

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Erica’s studio, full of beiges, greys and creams

Running time: 2h 8 minutes.

Country: United States.

Release date: December 13, 2003.

Distributed by: Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros Pictures

Budget: $80M

Box office: $266M

Grade: A++

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HOUSE OF CARDS

“You know what I like about people? They stack so well.” That line alone might sump up the manipulation and hunger for power House of Cards is really all about. Featuring an editing format that oozes a signature appealing mystery, the enthralling marriage of the sly writing and the majestic cast has rightfully made Beau Willimon’s a long-running hit.

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Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as then-congressman Frank Underwood and Claire Underwood

Adapted from the BBC miniseries of the same name and based upon the novel by Michael Dobbs (Margaret Thatcher‘s Chief of Staff), it’s no wonder how accurately well-crafted the show is when we look at the creator’s career itself – having worked in presidential and senatorial campaigns including Chuck Schumer’s (yep, her uncle) and Hillary Clinton’s, the Columbia and Juilliard-graduated playwright sorted through, summed up thousands of EU documents and held positions in Vietnam, South Africa or Estonia back in his days as a student. That may explain why the writing behind the debates, primaries process or inaugurations feels that lifelike. So lifelike, in fact, that it achieved the unlikely feat of winning the Emmy for Best Drama Series in its first year.

Kevin Spacey plays ruthless pragmatist Francis J. Underwood, who goes from congressman to VP and then President of the United States. Thanks to unapologetic manipulation and the help of the sly and ever-classy wife Claire (Robin Wright), who as of Season 4 was the other half of the re-election ballot, the ambitious marriage keeps climbing Washington’s ladder of political power, often at their own expense. The rest of the cast features this year’s Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala Ali and Emmy nominees Elizabeth Marvel, Michael Kelly and Paul Sparks as the Underwood’s repective opponents and confidants.

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The Underwoods planning their next move in the Oval

As is the case of any long-running hit like The West Wing or Veep, not only does the writing need to be spot-on, but also consistently engaging and always up-to-date (especially after “stunning” elections like 2016’s.) To make sure of that, Willimon, Dobbs, Kenneth Lin, Sarah Treem and the rest of the team strive to find the perfect balance between fiction and reality, strength and vulnerability and impulse and restraint. In conjunction with a masterful direction (often by Ms. Right as of last season), the results are sharp, nuanced, sly and appealing enough to keep a fanbase that tuned in in Season 1 and only continues to grow. Like that, House of Cards became the first and best definition of binge-watching. Netflix struck gold by offering the possibility of returning over and over to this addictive, outstanding show.

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Supposedly submitted by mistake, Claire’s VP bid at the end of S4 leaves many open possibilities 

Spacey – this year’s Tony host! – has two Oscars, a Globe and a Tony under his belt while the uber-talented Robin Wrigth became the first actress to win a Golden Globe for a streaming TV show. So this September, the Television Academy better come to its senses and give the Underwoods what’s theirs, because we don’t want any pundits’ heads rolling down the underground. Limos, who are we kidding.

All jokes aside, I undoubtedly and highly recommend watching what has become my favorite drama show and part of pop culture, with the show’s account tweeting at Sean Spicer or fans wearing Underwood ’16 hoodies as an alternative to the insane campaigns we lived last year. Under a perfect direction, marvelous script, enticing editing format and spot-on costume design, the cast and plot only keep getting better and better. And after such cliffhangers (hi, Madam President) as the ones S4 ended on as well as the real 2016 election, we can expect a nail-bitter and very charged fifth season.

Country: United States.

Release date: February 1, 2013

Original network: Netflix.

Seasons: 4.

Awards: 6 Emmys, 2 Golden Globes, 2 SAG Awards

Grade: A++

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON

There’s nothing like the remaking of an event that thrilled an entire generation: ‘Pearl Harbor,’ ‘Apollo 13,’ Titanic…’ And what better than reviving the so-called trial of the century? From cast and writing to directing, it goes without saying that Ryan Murphy’s ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ did win big.

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Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown as prosecutors Marcia Clark and Chris Darden

Based on Jeffrey Toobin‘s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson (1997), the limited series revolves around insanely crazy, 10-month trial concerning the murder of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown and friend Ron Goldman. Back in 1995, everyone at the renowned trial was or would be a star: Orenthal James Simpson was one of the most famous and beloved running backs in football history and beloved, Lead Prosecutor Marcia Clark became a national obsession due to her looks and Lead Defense Attorney Johnnie Cochran would later take over the Snoop Dogg or Michael Jackson trials.

And in 2016, the cast is no lesser known: Sarah Paulson (‘Carol’) plays Clark, Cuba Gooding Jr. (‘Jerry Maguire’) portrays Simpson, Courtney B. Vance embodies Cochran and the rest of the cast features John Travolta, Sterling K. Brown, Nathan Lane and David Schwimmer (looks like the break is over.)

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In arguably the most decisive moment of the trial, O.J. (Gooding Jr.) shows struggle to fit the glove he was allegedly wearing when committing the double homicide

But however royal the cast, the massive popularity and acclaim is almost entirely due to the outstanding writing. The challenge was major – how do we retell a story everyone recalls in an objective yet interesting way? Doing justice to both sides but plausibly presenting it two decades later, when societal standards have supposedly changed? We start by putting Ryan Murphy (‘Glee,’ ‘AHS’) in charge. Secondly, we hire the screenwriting team formed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who accurately reflected how the defense played the race card and triggered sexism from the people, destroying the confidence of the brilliantly sharp Marcia Clark, who had to change her look repeatedly and bear the unfathomable pressure of single-handedly raising two kids, being the nation’s b*tch simply for being a tough woman doing good job (sounds familiar?) and going high even when her ex-husband released nude pics of her on the beach. And lastly, we pray Sarah Paulson, who masterfully portrayed the lawyer’s restraint and turmoil without having it be self-pitying, isn’t seducing critics opposite Cate Blanchett or Kevin Spacey. (My God! Somebody give her a movie!).

“If your show doesn’t have a dragon or a white Bronco, go home now,” 2016 Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel predicted. The result, 9 Emmys (Series, Writing, Paulson, Vance, Knight, Casting, Editing, Hairstyling and Sound mixing) out of 22 nominations, 2 Globes (Series and Paulson) and countless other accolades for the actress including the SAG Award.

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Paulson kissed her date for the night, the real Marcia Clark

All in all, I undoutedly recommend a serious binge-watching session of this fantastic all around series due to the writing, cast and brilliant characterization. Also worth saying, it starts getting addicting after episode 6!

Country: United States.

Release date: February 2 – April 5, 2016

Original network: FX.

Episodes: 10.

Awards: 9 Emmys, 2 Golden Globes

Grade: A-

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VEEP

Biting, absolutely hysterical and seemingly predictive of the future. After five critically acclaimed seasons, HBO’s political satire Veep is going stronger than ever: Best Comedy Series and Best Casting in 2015 and 2016; Best Writing in 2015, Best Supporting Actor for Tony Hale in 2011 and 2013, and Best Lead Actress for Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who made Emmy history by beating Bergen and Tyler Moore for most wins last year after winning) in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She also won Best Supporting in 2006 for The Old Adventures of Old Christine and in Best Lead in 1996 for Seinfeld. The writing is glorious, far and away the best in television – in a while. And the rest of the cast generously accomodates while each providing a distinctive brand of humor.

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Vicepresident Selina Meyer and her goofy team: Mike, Amy, Gary, Sue and Dan

Filmed in Baltimore and then in Los Angeles, Armando Ianucci and David Mandel’s Veep revolves around VP Selina Meyer’s political rise. Louis-Dreyfus (who got her start on SNL and became a TV icon as the beloved Elaine Benes from Seinfeld) plays a potty-mouthed, anapologetically self-centered woman who “will pretty much say anything to stay alive politically,” the actress told Stephen Colbert. Tony Hale (Arrested Development) portrays Selina’s awkwardly mousy yet loyal assistant Gary. One zigs where the other zags, sharing a love-hate (respectively) relationship that makes them relatable and never fails to get laughs. Anna Chlumsky (yes, Vada from My Girl!) is Amy Brookheimer, the mean, workaholic and only efficient member of Meyer’s team, who occasionally fools around with Dan Egan, the ambitious and cocky CBS Anchor who used to serve as Selina’s senior advisor. Matt Walsh (original co-founder of Amy Poehler’s UCB) and Sufe Bradshaw (2009’s Star Treek) play Mike and Sue, the messy Press Secretary and acerbic secretary and scheduler.

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Selina Meyer falls asleep at an international summit

But despite the A-list cast, it is the writing that shines. As is the case of any long-running comedy show – 30 RockModern Family or SNL – the screenplay must be an absolute and solid foundation. First of all, the nature of the characters is hilarious in itself, which resonates and engages the audience from minute one. For a President to constantly swear and treat staff like sh*t is both a treat to watch and a guilty pleasure because that’s what we think is going on behind close doors in real life (who hasn’t imagined Hillary hitting Bill with a telephone after the L-gate.) Thus, the concept is immediately attractive. Secondly, the crazy incidents ensuing from her questionable management have resulted in countless unforgettable and gifable moments: Selina crying about losing Nevada at her mother’s funeral, creating a Twitter account for the mole she got on her face to appear relatable, or telling a congresswoman she’s “gonna have the IRS crawl so far up [her] husband’s colon, he’s gonna wish the only thing they find is more cancer.” I dare you to not to cry.

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Selina and US VP Joe Biden, caught eating ice-cream by veggies advocate Michelle Obama

However, probably the best thing about Veep is that it’s become a significative part of popular culture. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a very vocal supporter of the Democratic party, appeared in character in a sketch alongside Uncle Joe and Michelle Obama in 2013, and has attented several White House events where Selina is often referenced. In her 2016 Emmy speech, referencing the election’s nonsense she said: “I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate. I think that ‘Veep’ has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire, but it now feels more like a sobering documentary. So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall ― and make Mexico pay for it.”

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Presidents Grant, Underwood, Meyer, Mayor James and Councilwoman De Forest

Presidents are fashionable and make for perfect award buddies: Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton won and will win her another Emmy. Amy Poehler, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey (my God, somebody give them the Emmy!) snabbed Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015 for their adorable and appealingly despicable presidential hopefuls, respectively. Allison Janney won four Emmys for portraying WH Press Secretary C.J. Cregg and everyone else from Tony Goldwin to Kerry Washington have been a constant presence in awards season.

In conclusion, I absolutely recommend watching Veep because being having watched every sitcom worth its salt, I can say without hesitation that it’s the best show I’ve ever seen. Razor-sharp, always up to date and … Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Running years: 2012-

Country: United States.

Release date: April 22, 2012.

Awards: 12 Emmys, 2 SAG, 2 WGA, 2 Critics’ Choice Awards

Grade: A++

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30 ROCK

Delightful cast, inherently relatable characters, outstanding writing and exciting cameos are a winning combination. And so, throughout its seven consistent seasons starting in 2006, critics acclaimed and awarded nonstop Tina Fey’s master sitcom, NBC’s 30 Rock.

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The cast of ’30 Rock’ wins SAG for Best Comedic Ensemble in 2009

Based off of Tina Fey’s experiences as a cast member and first female head writer at Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock (where said show is filmed) stars Fey as Liz Lemon, the head writer of a variety show called ‘TGS.’ Co-starring are studio studio head Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and the stars of the show Jenna Maroney and Tracy Jordan (Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan.)

Liz is arguably the most relatable character on television: a woman who does her utter best to keep everything and everyone together at her workplace without getting any credit, whose lovelife is disastrous and who’d honestly rather eat a sandwich and binge-watch bad programming than go have a drink or talk to neighbors. Jack is her classy, openly narcissistic boss and self-proclaimed mentor, whose relationship with “Lemon” is one all siblings can relate to. Lastly, the self-centered and childish Jenna and Tracy (un)intentionally drive her crazy every single week with their hilarious antics.

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Jenna crashes Jack’s mother’s funeral to marry her boyfriend Paul, who dresses as her in drag

However thorough and hysterical the performances, if 30 Rock stands out for something, that’s its phenomenal writing. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (‘Friends’ producer and writer) joined forces with Tracey Wigfield, Matt Hubbard, Jack Burditt and more to consistently provide the best lines on television – winning Best Writing twice including its last season and Best Comedy in the first three. From the first episode until the very last one, the script is sharp, inventive, heartwarming, true to the characters’ idiolects and in many cases, vindicative on behalf of women. (Thanks, Tina.) Plus, the countless cameos slash recurrent characters played by Matt Damon, Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Al Gore, Robert De Niro, David Schwimmer, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, the late and unique Carrie Fisher, Oprah or the super adorable Amy Poehler each contribute a particular and exciting brand of humor to the show.

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Liz Lemon fangirls for all of us when meeting talk show queen Oprah Winfrey in season two

In essence, even if it never was a ratings bonanza, the inherent wit of the writing and professionally funny cast made critics fall for 30 Rock so much so that it snagged the 18th place out of the 100 best shows on TV in 2015. I absolutely recommend watching now that it’s on Netflix, because being a demanding comedy fan myself, only ‘Veep,’ ‘SNL’ and ‘Modern Family’ have made me laugh as hard.

Running years: 2006 to 2013.

Country: United States.

Release date: November 10, 2016.

Awards: 16 Emmys, 5 Golden Globes, 7 SAG Awards

Grade: A+

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My little love letter to Tina Fey

The sentenceGravity […] is the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age” instantly made me a fan of Tina Fey’s. 20 seconds of frenetic laughter explain why the writing and delivery were excellent. But then again, pretty much every sentence uttered by her becomes either a headline or a quote: from movies Mean Girls and Sisters and hit shows SNL and 30 Rock, to tributes to Steve Martin and Carol Burnett, the sheer wit and intelligence behind her pen has perfectly wrapped her message that women are strong, capable, funny and grounded bosses. That message struck deep and opened the doors for other comediennes like the lovable Amy Poehler and Kate McKinnon, Sarah Silverman or Amy Schumer to use their brains and create outstanding and binge-watchable work.

And that confidence is priceless when you’re an aspiring Bossypants yourself.

So for that I thank you, Tina Fey❤️

“We in the comedy community recognize genius when we see it and Tina, you are one.” – Steve Martin.