What to Watch: January

Drunk Leftovers with Jason Bateman on TikTok … Or Something Like That.

by Jamie Joffe, Culture Editor

January always finds me in a bit of a rut. The holidays are over. I’m cold, broke and sober. Furthermore, to quote Regina George of Mean Girls fame, “Sweatpants are the only thing that fits me right now.” Honestly, I haven’t worn jeans since November.

Luckily, I have a strong Wi-Fi signal and an incredible support group that I can always count on. You know them as Netflix and Hulu. In addition to the return of Ozark (Netflix) and Euphoria (HBO Max), January brings a ton of binge-worthy series and feature films. So, if you made a resolution to binge less TV in 2022 … Good luck with that. Here’s what I will be watching.

Courtesy of ABC.

Abbot Elementary (ABC)

I am thankful for our teachers. I honestly don’t know how they do it. The critically acclaimed mockumentary “Abbot Elementary” tells the story of a group of Philadelphia educators. Even though their school is ranked the worst in the district, they are determined to help students succeed.

As We See It (Amazon Prime)

I am VERY excited for this one. Jason Katims, the Emmy-winning writer of “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” brings us “As We See It,” in which three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum navigate work, love and life as they live on their own for the first time.

Hype House (Netflix)

I have never made a TikTok. I’m hoping to be inspired by Hype House, which follows TikTok “creators” as they live and work together. Obviously, lots of drama ensues. I’ll be watching for the eye candy … and the hope that this will keep me relevant on social media.

Courtesy of Freeform

Single Drunk Female (Freeform)

As sobriety continues to call my name this dry January, I will be tuning into the series “Single Drunk Female.” The dramedy follows Samantha, a recovering alcoholic. When her public drunkenness leads to a criminal conviction, she’s forced to move home to live with her overbearing Mom, played by 80’s brat packer Ally Sheedy. 

Best Leftovers Ever! (Netflix)

Even though I don’t cook, I do find myself with the conundrum of (takeout) leftovers. The reality is that I would prefer to hop on DoorDash and order chicken tikka masala. But sadly, after I got my credit card statement this month, I’ll have to heat up a Lean Cuisine. The concept of “Best Leftovers Ever!” showcases a group of contestants that use random leftovers to create a tasty meal. The winner also scores $10,000. This was released in 2020 but I guess Netflix may have also seen my credit card statement as this gem was offered under “suggestions for you.”

I’ll try and take the hint. 

Courtesy of Netflix

Editor’s note: Ozark’s final season debuts on Jan. 21 on Netflix. Mrs. Joffe is fully aware of this editor’s perfectly healthy, completely understandable, forever crush on Jason Bateman . This editor hopes that Mrs. Joffe understands that, as member in good standing of the Silver Spoons Fan Club, she is obligated (there was an oath) to make everyone aware that Mr. Bateman is not only starring in Ozark but also directing episodes. If you have not yet watched Ozark … do.

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