Takahiro Kanazawa: “After Life,” produced by British actor and director Ricky Gervais, just came out on Netflix. Tony, working for a local paper in a small town in England, unexpectedly loses his wife from breast cancer and his nice-guy persona transforms into an arrogant, impulsive and sarcastic attitude. Although he considers suicide, he begins to slowly accept his loss as he encounters quirky and curious characters. The soundtrack, which includes Daughter’s “Youth,” plays a huge part in the drama and I’m really excited to see where it develops in season 2.
Paul McInnes: HBO’s political comedy “Veep” gets stronger every season. This year sees the last installment of the show as career politician Selina Meyer, played brilliantly by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, has one last attempt at the presidency. Acerbic and often very close to the bone, it’s the best political comedy to come out of the U.S. and is more in line with British political satires such as the BBC’s “The Thick ofIt” (by series creator Armando Iannucci) and the original BBC series “House of Cards.”
Camille Miller: From autobiography to manga to 10-part Netflix series, “My Husband Won’t Fit” has done well to reel audiences in via its provocative title (surprisingly suggestive for Japanese media) and curious storyline following the quiet yet impossibly frustrating lives of a couple unable to have sex. Kumiko, a placid and docile personality, falls in love with the compassionate Kenichi, who is apparently so well-endowed that he — well, doesn’t fit. Far from erotic, the show is a serious, melancholy reflection of marital struggles and shifting definitions of love.