What We're Watching

Everything We're Streaming This Labor Day Weekend

"White Lotus," "Only Murders in the Building," "The Chair," "Real Housewives of Potomac"—there's so much good TV right now.

By The Editors September 2, 2021

The White Lotus (HBO)

"I spent six straight nights binge watching Season 1 of HBO’s The White Lotus. It’s a tragicomedy about a group of rich tourists vacationing at a luxury resort in Hawaii called The White Lotus. Along with their piles of expensive luggage, the guests bring their usual overwhelming sense of entitlement. The six episodes take place over the course of a week at the resort, and nothing ends up the way you expect. The episodes are filled with racial and class tension as employees—struggling and often Black and Native Hawaiians—and guests bump up against one another. Eventually, there’s a death. But the series also has enough comic relief and satire that you’ll laugh (in a dark sort of way) rather than take a Prozac. Mostly, I came away wondering how many of us would give up a life of luxury and privilege for the chance of a little more equality." –Susan Burns, editor-in-chief

Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

“I’m really enjoying Only Murders in the Building, on Hulu. It stars Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez in a comedy/mystery/drama mix that takes off from their coincidental meeting because, A: they live in the same upscale Manhattan apartment building, and B: they are all true crime podcast aficionados. When someone is actually killed in their building, it gives them a chance to do some sleuthing of their own—and, just maybe, fight off the loneliness that big-city dwellers like themselves can face. Plus, you gotta love brief appearances by the likes of Nathan Lane, Amy Ryan and even Sting.” —Kay Kipling, executive editor

The Brian De Palma Canon

"I've been on a Brian De Palma kick lately, and since the director has made more than two dozen movies, I've got plenty of films of his left to watch. Start with Blow Out, a 1981 conspiracy thriller starring John Travolta that has a stunning gut-punch of an ending, then move on to similarly blood-soaked movies like Carrie (1976), Scarface (1983), Body Double (1984) and The Untouchables (1987) and then you've still got Sisters (1972), Carlito's Way (1993) and Dressed to Kill (1980) to look forward to." —Cooper Levey-Baker, senior editor/food editor

The Chair

"As a former English major—and a big Sandra Oh fan—I was excited for The Chair, which debuted on Netflix late last month. Oh plays Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair, and first chair of color, of the English department at Pembroke University, a 'lower-tier' Ivy League school in New England. The series touches on everything from racism to ageism to cancel culture, not to mention the politics of academia. In signature fashion, Oh is relatable, funny and empathetic as Kim; meanwhile, Holland Taylor and Jay Duplass are particularly excellent—and hilarious—in their supporting roles as her colleagues. Bob Balaban and Nana Mensah round out the department, stepping into their roles as professors with very different points of view with aplomb. But in my opinion, it's Kim's adopted daughter, JuJu (Everly Carganilla), who steals the show—or, at least, every scene she's in." —Megan McDonald, digital editor

You (Netflix)

"Joe is understated, romantic and ridiculously well-read. He’s controlling, obsessive and vengeful, too. And somehow, this psychotic character is charming. In the Netflix series You, Joe does bad things for good reasons, and once he grows on you, cheering him on through his arguably justified murderous moments makes you feel justified, too. Deluded by his sense of superiority, Joe's quest for true love disarms viewers, and you almost picture him the victim of a world soured by ego and social media. He’s a knight on a white horse whose kiss may lead to a stabbing, and at times it's a lough-out-loud experiene. After relocating to the west coast, Joe finally finds a love who understands him: she has murder in her past, too. In a new season kicking off in October, they have a baby, sealing them as a united couple who won’t hesitate to silence a foe." —Kim Doleatto, associate editor

Real Housewives of Potomac

"After an explosive reunion that left tensions high, I anxiously awaited the return of the lovely Real Houswives of Potomac. Fan favorites Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger and Ashley Darby returned for the sixth season, which captures the women's  business ventures, including homeware lines, expansions in the beauty industry and, for one, a pop music career. Coming off her rookie season, Wendy Osefo returned to our screens unveiling a whole new look, leaving the housewives questioning her motives behind her transformation. They also welcomed a newcomer—entrepreneur Mia Thornton—who will certainly ruffle some feathers this season. Will they be able to top messiness of last season? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see." —Dedriana Perry, editorial intern

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