Enthusiasm

Broadcast the end of the pandemic with these five recommendations – Lowell Sun

Now we are really near the end. To the right? Maybe wait two more weeks and retain your enthusiasm for your March plans. And hold your remote even more firmly.

While you’re looking forward to the Boston Ballet, Billie Elilish at the Garden, or seeing the next movie “Downton Abbey” in theaters, here’s what to watch to pass the time with a bit of joy, laughter, and tears.

In a world where everyone has a few streaming services and no one has them all, here’s the best of the best out of five services.

“Mythic Quest”, Apple TV

F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, David Hornsby, Rob McElhenney and Charlotte Nicdao in “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” is now streaming on Apple TV+.

A tech-centric show for people who don’t care about tech (like “Silicon Valley”), “Mythic Quest” is a workplace comedy about a video game company full of quirky, lovable, and complex characters. (as “The Office”). Created by “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” talents Charlie Day, Megan Ganz and Rob McElhenney, the show explores major social inequalities and minor anxieties. McElhenney opens the door for you, but Charlotte Nicdao’s Poppy Li – a constantly in-demand computer engineer – proves to be the heart of the series.

“All About Eve”, the Criterion Channel

Actress Bette Davis, right, is shown in a scene from the film ‘All About Eve,’ with her co-stars Gary Mitchell, left, and Anne Baxter, 1950. (AP Photo)

“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night,” quips Bette Davis’ Margo Channing in this sharp look at life behind the scenes. “All About Eve” pits aging actor Margo against doe-eyed star Eve Harrington in a hilarious and fun drama written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. (The film gets bonus points for introducing much of America to the scene-stealing charm of Marilyn Monroe.) For more Mankiewicz masterpieces, the Criterion Channel has a retrospective of his work from the intimate (frank look at racism “No Way Out”) to spectacular (“Cleopatra”).

“Star Trek: Picard”, Paramount+

“Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2” – Episode #110 – Pictured: Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard from the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: PICARD. Photo Credit: Trae Patton/CBS ©2019 CBS Interactive, Inc. All rights reserved.

“Picard” is your gateway to the Star Trek universe. The series reintroduces the great Jean-Luc Picard as he continues to mourn the death of Data and deal with the implications of the collapse of the Romulan Empire. Let Jean-Luc guide you home, then stream “Star Trek: Discovery” and its bold reimagining of the Klingons.

“Only Murders in the Building”, Hulu

Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin (left to right) star in ‘Only Murders in the Building’, which airs on Hulu.

The show for people who love true-crime podcasts and people who hate true-crime podcasts — which seems to be everyone. “Only Murders in the Building” follows three unlikely friends on their quest to solve a murder in their apartment building (and find meaning in life). Just a few of the things the show does: nail cross-generational humor, give Martin Short his best ever role, remind America that Steve Martin is the master of physical comedy.

“I’ve Never Done It”, Netflix

(L to R) MAITREYI RAMAKRISHNAN as DEVI VISHWAKUMAR and DARREN BARNET as PAXTON-HALL YOSHIDA in ‘NEVER HAVE I NEVER.’

Mindy Kaling’s “Never Have I Ever” builds on classic touchstones “The Wonder Years,” “My So-Called Life,” and John Hughes while reinventing the coming-of-age genre for a new generation. Native American teenager Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishan) is looking for “a stone cold hottie who can rock me all night.” Instead, she makes a mess of everything. Again and again. Deeply flawed and utterly adorable, Devi swims upstream to overcome awkwardness, tragedy, cultural clashes and Southern California hormones. Oh, and tennis champion John McEnroe narrates, and it totally works.