Family day: the tv series to watch together
Organic, adoptive, traditional or dysfunctional: families rarely fall into one category. The labels? Totally superfluous because it is difficult to find two that look alike. Here because World Family Day is celebrated on April 15th: in the company of the TV series currently in circulation, binge watching tries to dispel the myth of “snake relatives” and – where it does not succeed – at least you can enjoy the atmosphere of nostalgia resulting from the forced separation from Coronavirus. In short, a momentary truce in which even the defects of some invading uncle seem delightful and the typical-breaking screams of a certain granddaughter are transformed into angelic notes.
In the next few weeks some of the most anticipated titles are coming, starting from Little fires everywhere (from May 22 on Amazon Prime Video), based on the novel of the same name by Celeste Ng, with the couple Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, two moms at the antipodes who meet-clash in spite of themselves and try to bury the hatchet in a sort of forced truce.
The episode adaptation of the young adult novel Looking for Alaska (from May 27 on Sky Atlantic) is the new version of a John Green bestseller, which so far has always shown in the bookstore – but also in the cinema and on TV – to be able to speak a language that unites the generation of parents with those of their children . One of the not-to-be-missed returns, as well as another transposition of a very famous literary saga, is Outlander (on FoxLife the fifth season from 11 June): in the next episodes it revolves around the concept of home hearth, blood ties, abandonments, betrayals and revenge. Waiting to see them all in one breath, or almost, here are i titles already available on the various streaming platforms, which alternate small cult with intriguing novelties and promise, as always, sparks.
1. Modern Family (Netflix and FOX)
While really on May 15, the eleventh and final season starts on Fox, you can retrieve or review the other episodes in a Netflix marathon to say the least hilarious. For over a decade, in fact, the Pritchers and their unconventional dynamics have shown that there is no single parenting model to follow. These three families, although united by blood ties, are far from traditional: the very elderly breadwinner remarries with a thirty-year-old Colombian single mom while her two children in turn have a house “off the screens”.
A little odd, but decidedly adorable, they stage every possible domestic difference, from age to ethnicity, in a sort of virtual embrace and total acceptance of every possible eccentricity. Each family is in its own way and finding a rhythm and a domestic balance that perhaps seems surreal outside. It works, however, if there is love to put a patch on any quarrel, even fervent.
Perfect for parents dealing with the most surreal situations and for children who need help to make their voices heard at home.
2. Gossip Girl (Rakuten TV)
It could be the missing generational link: Gossip Girl reminds young parents of the past youth while Millennials can have fun seeing how high schoolers were doing without selfies and social networks. In short, a full-blown experiment to spend a few hours together on the sofa. Today Blair and Serena The “influencers” and the “it girls” would probably do it, with millions of followers: two scions of old society with a lot of money, a lot of good taste and a scary wardrobe. Upper East Side high school stars have everything except unconditional family support. Parents encourage them as long as they respect the rules of bon ton and attend the first like. Certainly not schoolmates like Dan, who attends their own private institution but without the right pedigree or bank accounts in the Cayman Islands. Yet nothing is as it seems: who would have thought that Dan’s father as a boy was a rock star and that Serena’s mother at the time was the nomadic groupie of her group?
Suitable for families with parents around the “anta”, who choose to have a relationship based on friendship and complicity with their offspring (pending 20s remake)
3. Skam Italia (TIMVISION and Netflix)
The fourth season of the series created by Cross Productions and TIMVISION has been loudly requested by the public of the very young (and not only). It is perhaps it most effective serial tool for parents today: through the multimedia exchanges of the protagonists, a whole world opens up.
The main topic of the new episodes, told from Sana’s point of view, which addresses adolescence in Italy as a practicing Muslim and with parents of foreign origin. The business seems particularly complex: it is a matter of defining one’s own identity while maintaining independence from one’s roots without at the same time betraying the ideals of one’s peers. The questions of the protagonist are shared by the many multicultural communities of our country, which still does not fully understand the concept of diversity and tolerance (or better welcome).
Recommended for those who are curious to discover different realities to start a confrontation, a dialogue and a mutual knowledge. At home and away.
4. Hanna (Amazon Prime Video)
The survival drama, which returns from July 3 with season 2, tells the family in extreme conditions. In a post-apocalyptic future – which in itself creates some problems – a father is forced to raise his daughter alone (after the death of his wife) in the woods, in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Europe to protect her. From what? At first it is unclear, but suffice it to say that little Hanna learned to walk and fight around the same time: her father, a former government agent, trains her to survive in extremely dangerous situations and keeps her isolated from the world for a while. excellent reason. Meanwhile, the situation becomes more complicated and the protagonist, now a teenager, goes to live at her friend Sophie’s house where she understands the mother-daughter relationship, begins to discover the “first times” of her body and interpersonal relationships.
Ideal for those who love to mix various genres, such as thriller and family drama, and want to educate their children to question everything, offering experiences rather than strict rules.
5. Wizards of Waverly (Disney +)
Selena Gomez, today diva with 176 million followers on Instagram (practically in the top ten of the most followed accounts in the world), was born – like many of her colleagues from Ryan Gosling to Justin Timberlake – as a Disney starlet. Those who are nostalgic for those times or are simply looking for a topical hook to talk to their children / teenagers, perhaps a dip in the past with The Wizards of Waverly does not hurt. Mainly because it would succeed to agree on children of different ages and would become a way to live a fun and family-friendly adventure, with lots of laughter and few conflicts. Over 100 episodesin short, to enter the everyday life of the Russian, Italian-Mexican magicians who run a sandwich shop. Many troubles are always lying in wait for the father who renounced the powers to marry a mortal but who will then have to bequeath them to one of the three children in a race to say the least.
Recommended for those who do not take themselves too seriously and love to spend time in the family in a fun way, without dramas of any kind.
Selena Gomez in The Wizards of Waverly
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