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TV Series: ‘Homeland’ (2011 – 2020)

Thank you, Homeland for nine years of great entertainment:

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Putting Hillary in Context

“Hillary” on Hulu includes exclusive interviews with Hillary Rodham Clinton herself, Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, friends and journalists. The series provides an inside look of an important public figure. The director, Buffalo native Nanette Burstein, had behind the scenes access to Hillary’s 2016 campaign. Although much in the series is familiar, the inside look is […]

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“Babylon Berlin” Now in its Third Season on Netflix

“Babylon Berlin” follows Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch), a police inspector on assignment from Cologne, who arrives in the German capital committed to repressing his traumatic past. His unlikely partner is Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries), a typist, nighttime reveller, and aspiring homicide detective eager to escape the hardships of her impoverished neighborhood and to succeed […]

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TV Series ‘Bad Banks’: Smart and Intriguing

Bad Banks is an intriguing German-Luxembourgish TV series about young ambitious bankers trying to make in the modern cut throat world of German banking and high finance. The series takes place mainly in Frankfurt and Berlin and there are some nice scenes in each city. The star of the series is 25-year old Paula Beer […]

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TV Series: ‘Arctic Circle’

I just finished watching a Finnish-German TV series entitled Arctic Circle. Most of the series takes place in Lapland, the largest, northernmost and least densely populated region of Finland. Less than 4% of Finland’s 5.6 million people live in Lapland. The crux of the story is the hunt for a deadly virus that has the […]

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TV Series: ‘The Americans’

There aren’t many TV shows I miss long after they end. The Americans is one of them. Even though the series ended almost two years ago, I still miss the anticipation of the next episode. The Americans is an American television period drama series created and produced by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg. It premiered […]

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TV: Two Worthwhile Series by Hugo Blick

Hugo Blick, is an English writer, producer, director and occasional actor. I’m familiar with his writing and directing of two TV series in which two different genocides figure prominently. ‘The Honourable Woman’ The principal character in The Honourable Woman is Nessa Stein an Anglo-Jewish businesswoman ably portrayed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Stein’s mother died in childbirth. […]

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German TV Series Depicting Life After WWII

I just started watching the second season of an excellent German television mini-series called Tannbach (or “Line of Separation” in English). Tannbach is a fictional German village. Viewers see what happened to the village and its inhabitants after WWII. The first season opens in the final days of WWII as the Nazi regime collapses. The villagers […]