November 7, 2020's Recommendation: GOOD BEHAVIOR
GOOD BEHAVIOR (TNT, 2016-2017, Hulu/hoopla/TNT)
The closest thing to misfit neo-noir TV has seen in years. While the show is loosely based on Blake Crouch’s* Letty Raines series of heist novellas, it improves on it in every way: the show sees Letty (played with gusto and a wavering American accent by DOWNTON ABBEY’s Michelle Dockery) as a conflicted, stubborn addict slowly trying to improve herself and her life, but keeps making terrible life decisions, including falling for a hitman (handsomely played Juan Diego Botto).
It’s a surprisingly emotionally grounded show that balances conflicted romance with pulpy plotting. Also, the chemistry between Dockery & Botto is off the goddamn charts.
The second season becomes a tad too convoluted and ends on a a major cliffhanger, and then the show was canceled so, if you’re the type easily frustrated by open endings, this probably isn’t the series for you. There’s been talk of a TV movie to give closure but, given the world nowadays, that’s unlikely to happen.
“Can I give you a bit of relationship advice? The only thing you can change about a man is his hair.” “…I like his hair.”
* Blake Crouch is also responsible for the WAYWARD PINES trilogy. Similarly, the show improved on the source material.