Top Tier TV Pick #4 – What the Constitution Means to Me

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What the Constitution Means to Me” is a video adaptation of an award-winning play (Pulitzer Prize finalist and received two Tony Awards) and it makes the transition to film well.  It centers on Heidi Schreck as a 15 year old who earned her college tuition by competing in Constitutional debate competitions, sponsored by the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). It turns out one of my good friends participated in these debates and was able to add a good amount of color that enhanced the experience for me.

Reviewers have called it a work of devastating clarity: Funny, compassionate, surprising and optimistic. My recommendation is somewhat reluctant as some might find it painful in parts, but one comes away knowing a great deal more about the document that defines our political landscape.  As a high-school debater, I was flooded with memories of the ingenious way in which debates reveal so many sides of an issue.  The play is impeccably structured with a scintillating script that provides an amazing experience as it unfolds and the amazing ending.  I especially recommend it to anyone with a daughter, or who is a daughter or has had a mother.  Watch it for them. You can find it on Amazon Prime Video.

Top Tier TV Pick #3 – Good Omens

When you find yourself watching a mini-series 4 times, it probably means you liked it.  Maggie and I rarely share the same affection for television programs. So when we are both uncompromisingly enthusiastic about a production, you can be sure it’s special.  And Good Omens is quite special.  Here’s why.

Good Omens, video seriesBesides a 1930’s Bentley, it has the apocalypse and its four horsemen, angels, demons, magic, a hell hound, a flaming sword, the Antichrist and witches.  It is based on a brilliant novel written by two amazing writers – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.  The show stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant, a pair of terrific British actors at the top of their game.  American actors Jon Hamm, Frances McDormand and Michael McKean also play key roles, and Englishman Benedict Cumberbatch shows up, too.

What most drives this unabashedly endorsement is that it is pure fun – every single minute.  We’ve suggested it frequently to friends and been rewarded with grateful thanks every time, without exception.  Like the movie “The Princess Bride,” it does not get old.  Suddenly one of us will think of a particular scene, say one of the ones with Michael McKean and Miranda Richardson, and before we know it, the other one is laughing and we’re saying, “Oh God, let’s watch it again.” You’ll find it on Amazon Prime and, rumor has it, there will be another season starting soon.