The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown, The Rift: Catch Up TV Ideas For The Holidays

The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown, The Rift: Catch Up TV Ideas For The Holidays

A quiet vacation is brewing. TV remains a companion in times of distancing. Lots of things have landed on our airwaves this year despite everything. Here are a few series that are worth catching up on if they’ve gone under your radar.

The Crown

We are in the 4th season. We are in the 80s. Margaret Thatcher is in power, Diana Spencer arrives in Charles’ life. Olivia Coleman plays the queen for a second season with accuracy and restraint. This season is even more talked about than the previous ones. Several defenders of the royal family do not appreciate the freedoms that the screenwriter has given himself. To see for the general quality of the series, for the reconstitution, although romanticized in certain respects, and for the pleasure of being a little voyeur of the daily life of the mythical royal family.

◆ Available on Netflix

The Queen’s Gambit

Beth Harmon quickly won over a whole community so enthusiasm for chess was felt in several countries. We follow the atypical journey of an introverted orphan who, thanks to the janitor of the orphanage, develops a passion for chess of which she will become a champion. Woman in a man’s universe, she fights at the same time against the scars left by abandonment as well as an addiction to drugs and alcohol. To see for this lucid look on the 50s, for Beth’s quest and for the reconstruction of outstanding parts that happen to interest even neophytes.

◆ Available on Netflix

This is how i love you

We are in the suburbs of Quebec in the 1970s. Two couples of neighboring friends are bored while their children are at camp. A misunderstanding makes them fall into crime, which gives a breath of fresh air to their ordinary life and a boost to their couples. To see for the writing and the tasty tone of François Létourneau who handles humor and melodrama like no other, for the colorful characters embodied by a five-star cast, for the reconstruction of a decade not so distant whose references are well anchored in our memories.

◆ Available on Tou.TV and on VOD


The bodies of two young men are found following a traffic accident. Two guys from very different backgrounds. Two guys we didn’t know were friends. This series finely written by Serge Boucher, master of family secrets, follows the journey of Félix and Dominic, two men in (re) construction of themselves who bond with a friendship that is as improbable as it is saving. To be seen for the intrigues that confuse the spectators that we are and for the accuracy of the actors whose characters are emotionally complex.

◆ Available on Tou.TV and VSD

The fault

A body is discovered in the conduits of the wall of the mining town of Fermont. Where all come together, where all know each other. A detective sergeant from Quebec arrives to lead the investigation and finds herself confronted with her own past when she finds her daughter there, with whom she had lost all contact. As more deaths occur, it appears to be dealing with a serial killer. To see because we show little our winter and the situation of Fermont on the North Shore is very special, for the quality of the suspense, a genre that we devour, for the diversity of the characters who all have something of something special. a little fishy.

◆ Available on illico and on VOD

Can you hear me ?

Three friends from an underprivileged Montreal environment, an environment marked by poverty and violence, who support each other, encourage each other, love each other despite everything and against everything. This is the backdrop for this infinitely human series written by Florence Longpré, Nicolas Michon and Pascale Renaud-Hébert. Each episode focuses on a character with his vulnerabilities, but also sometimes in his moments when the light shines a little. To see for the authenticity of the approach, the direct dialogues, for the resilience and the hopes of Ada, Fabiola and Carolanne and because we must not close our eyes to the realities for which we can make a difference.

◆ Available on and on VOD

The Mandolarian

After the fall of the Empire, we follow the journey of a lone gunman in various remote corners of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic. See for the exceptional quality of images and special effects that push the limits and to come to terms with the universe Star wars if some films have disappointed you.

◆ Available on Disney +

I May Destroy You

He saw stories like Arabella’s. Date rape drug. Reconstruction. And everything in between. Michaela Coel’s series is a punchy piece thanks to this daring and limitless protagonist. To see for the audacity of the series, for the disarming topicality of the subject, the sexual consent, and its treatment, for the complexity and the nuances which result from it and which are so well embodied.

◆ Available on Crave

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

The “Golden State Killer” may ring a bell. Responsible for 13 murders, 50 rapes, 120 robberies in California between 1973 and 1986. It was not until 2018 that he was arrested. Last August, he received several life sentences. Her journey had been recounted in a book by Michelle McNamara who was obsessed with the character still on the loose. The series follows his investigation. See if you like the “true crime” genre, for the richness of the archives and the close, fascinating and breathless investigative process.

The Last Dance

In the 90s, Michael Jordan was a mega star. The Chicago Bulls dominated basketball. This is what we are witnessing in this documentary series. See for unseen footage from the time and behind the scenes of the 1997-1998 season, as Jordan retired, for the archives that chronicle the life of one of the greatest players in history and for his narrative construction which is closer to suspense than to sports bio.

◆ Available on Netflix

The Undoing

We are in New York City as a psychologist sees her world turned upside down when her husband, a doctor, becomes a potential suspect in a murder case. Could he lead a double life? To see for the game of Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant and for the anxiety side of the psychological thriller.

◆ Available on Crave

The Good Lord Bird

This historical drama chronicles John Brown’s fight against slavery in Virginia in 1859. The story is told by Henry, a young slave who joined the brigade of abolitionism. To be seen for Ethan Hawke’s ardor in the skin of Brown and because it is a pivotal moment in black history, a story to which we should all be sensitive.

◆ Available on Crave

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