Mid-Valley Media’s Pop Culture Choices from 2021 | Mid-Valley Live




Here’s a look at some of the TV shows, music, and more that our staff at Mid-Valley Media loved in 2021.


“The Marvelous Years”, ABC and Hulu

This funny, poignant reboot is better than the original TV show, and that’s a big praise. The show is once again centered around a college kid trying to navigate the world in the turbulent 1960s. Looking through the lens of a black protagonist adds a layer of complexity. This perspective is always present, but often subtle and nuanced. The ultra cool Don Cheadle tells. – Kyle Odegard

“Bo Burnham: Inside,” Netflix

People will talk about “Inside” 50 years from now as a perfect encapsulation of the COVID era. Not only is it an incredibly funny commentary on pandemic life, it is a moving artistic expression. It’s not just laughter; there are also poignant moments. Burnham made a name for himself creating a scathing musical, but the songs here are just part of what makes “Inside” great. What’s really impressive is that this is a completely individual production and Burnham handles a really impressive quality for a guy who is locked in one room and does it all on his own. – Troy shinn

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“Midnight Dinner: Stories from Tokyo,” Netflix

It’s my favorite show to end the day. There is an unexpected tranquility in these short episodes which take place in a tiny Tokyo restaurant open from midnight to 7 a.m. The chef, known as the “Master”, is a serene host and creates an atmosphere in which diners are ready to share their details of their lives. – The Gehrett

Of the many Marvel titles to get on TV shows this year, “Loki” was by far the best and most interesting. From stunning visuals to mind-boggling storylines and more than a pinch of humor, this was definitely the most enjoyable superhero (er… villain) title for this comic book nerd to watch. – Troy shinn

“High Voltaire”, Amazon

This French television show, known as “Mixte” or “Mixte” in its home country, takes place in 1963, when female students can attend a local high school for the first time. The program features flawed but likeable main characters and plenty of racy secrets. While the episodes can turn a bit sensational, the program is anchored quite majestically by the setting and the period. Take a look and you might be tempted to search for early French rock tunes in order to carve out a rug. – Kyle Odegard

While the opioid crisis in the United States has been extensively described and portrayed on screen, “Dopesick” is truly the definitive miniseries on the subject. It not only explores the stories of doctors, sales reps, and drug addicts who were drawn into OxyContin’s lies, but it also shows how investigators and policymakers unraveled the plot and helped hold Purdue Pharma accountable for it. fraud. – Troy Shinn

“The Beatles: Come Back”, Disney +

This stunning documentary series from Peter Jackson resuscitates the Fab Four as they near the end of their time together. Their mutual affection (and Ringo’s extraordinary patience) is evident even under these difficult circumstances. Billy Preston’s appearance in Episode 2 is a highlight and the series culminates with the famous Rooftop Concert. – The Gehrett


“The Words” by Paul McCartney

Macca has never written a formal autobiography and at 79 it seems unlikely he would. What he published this year is something like a musical autobiography. This two-volume set is nearly 900 pages long and includes the lyrics to 154 of his songs, as well as his reminiscences of how those songs came to be. Includes hundreds of handwritten photos, illustrations and lyrics. – The Gehrett


“Ancestors of sound” by Madlib

A hugely accessible gateway to DJ culture that sounds soulful, jazzy and, at one point, like a transmission of a lost song “Wings” heading into space and bouncing off Mars. Even if you don’t like rap, you’ll still find it oddly appealing. And the uninitiated can look for other great instrumental hip-hop albums from Prince Paul, J Dilla, DJ Shadow, and Madlib himself. – Kyle Odegard

“Delta Kream” by the Black Keys

A hazy haze of mostly mid-beat blues covers that equates to the garage band’s equivalent of comfort food. There’s a blatant lack of raw aggressiveness that characterized the Keys’ early work, but that laid-back vibe really charms. This album, which features songs from Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside and more, is a sort of sequel to the band’s underrated 2006 EP, “Chulahoma”. – Kyle Odegard



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