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Still image of the BBC show, Fleabag starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Still image of the BBC show, Fleabag starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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Every month we take a look at all of the options you have to stream, from Hulu and Netflix to Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Showtime Anytime. Our very own Mark Jordan Legan offers three great new picks.

Fleabag focuses on a single woman living in London – she’s a bit lost, dealing with a lot of emotional issues and the whole series is a tour de force for the lead actress and creator of the show, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.  She  first presented this as a one-woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival back in 2013 and then adapted it into this wickedly funny, yet poignant television series.

Mark calls this TV series perfect, even though it is a comedy – it is one of the most honest portrayals about grief. And it is definitely not for children. 

The show is set in the early personal computer days of the 1980s – it focuses on the men and women tech geniuses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who were pioneers in getting computers into people’s homes and also the early days of the World Wide Web. 

It also captures the blatant sexism that many women in this field had to deal with, and the whole series is full of sharp writing, superb acting and it is a fascinating look at the early days of the personal computer era.

Adapted from a Swedish TV series, this BBC sci-fi program is set in the near future where robots, which they call synthetic humans,  are now affordable and being used in factories as common labor, and in households as maids, nannies and health care workers.

The series captures how this would affect society.  It is thought provoking and filled with superb performances.

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