Let’s Talk About: The Morning Show and Euphoria
I’ve been talking about a lot of movies here so I thought it was time to switch it up a little. Today I wanted to touch on two really good, but really different TV shows; The Morning Show and Euphoria.
Both of these shows I’ve seen all the way through twice and I’m eagerly awaiting second seasons. They have lots in common in terms of quality of writing and acting, but they differ vastly in terms of tone and plots. Let’s talk about them in turn.
The Morning Show
At first I wasn’t super interested in seeing The Morning Show. I wasn’t totally aware of the plot but I honestly did question “how dramatic could a show about a morning talk show be?” Well, I was wrong to ask.
Not only does The Morning Show contain some high caliber acting from big names like Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carrell, Billy Crudup and Reese Witherspoon, but several key performances for me were from Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Bel Powley. On top of amazing performances, the show deals with the very current social issue of #MeToo. And, from my point of view, they portray it in the right way.
While the show works to unpack the public and private downfall of an accused sexual predator, they also tackle the power structures that often lead to the allowance of such actions. The show also doesn’t gloss over the complications on the private side, showing how long-time public friendships become inherently complicated and involve all aspects of their familial and professional lives.
As I’ve mentioned, the show doesn’t restrict itself to the complications of one person’s downfall as it takes into account the over-arching power structures and addresses the toll, mental health and otherwise, that actions and events like these can have on an individual, no matter the situation.
Overall, while the show only had ten episodes in the debut season they didn’t hold back and took thorough advantage of every minute. I think the success of the performances, writing, and other technical details ultimately end up being the bow on top of an already great show.
This show definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s sure captivating and one of my personal favourites.
While I would say The Morning Show deals with some pretty dark and complex social issues, Euphoria takes it another step forward exposing some very real and horrific issues that young adults can face. Each character is essentially battling their own demons to the fullest extent, stemming from hard drug abuse to intimate relationship abuse to pursuing sexual relationships online.
On top of the darkness of the plot, the cinematographic choices, make-up, costuming, directing and scoring ultimately make Euphoria a really amazing art piece. In addition to all of that, the performances are on another level. Although nearly the entire cast are in their 20s (the main actors all being under 25) this ‘lack of experience’ that some may criticize prior to seeing the show sure doesn’t show up. Namely, having personally first seen Zendaya on the Disney channel show ‘Shake It Up’, seeing her brilliantly portray the complexities of hard drug abuse was quite the surprising and impressive switch up. Although she did manage to snatch an Emmy for the first season,I firmly believe she’ll win some more big awards for her performance following season 2, and it hasn’t even come out yet.
While The Morning Show and Euphoria (both available on Apple TV, Euphoria also on HBO) are two very different shows at their core, they’re both great short choices to binge over this winter break if you’re looking for some social critique portrayed by some really, really amazing actors.