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It’s Friday night and you fall on to the couch anxious to watch something new, but like the menu at The Cheesecake Factory…the possibilities are endless. Which is why you listen to Stream(H)er.

Host Melissa Radke is the best friend you had in college who has seen it all - and she has opinions about it. She either loves it or hates it, and wants to give you her opinion on every bit of it.
From Netflix to Hulu, Disney+ to AppleTV, HBOMax to Peacock and Prime,

Stream(H)er is where you go to find out if Servant is really that good (it is) and if 6 Underground really sucks (it does).

After all, it was your best friend that fixed you up with your husband - so chances are, if she likes it, you will to.
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The Stranger

The Stranger

2020-02-2000:10:10

Last week, I posted something online about Outlander and how watching it made me want to pluck my eyeballs out. The public was up in arms. They came after me with pitchforks. I had no idea how many of you actually watch Outlander without a gun pointed to your head forcing you to do so. I put this online, and a sweet woman commented that she too hated Outlander.  Then she added a show that I would like. Little did she know, I had already watched it. I had already formed opinions about it. I am here to tell all of you about a show that looked fascinating based on the trailer. I’m emphasizing that point. Based on an International bestseller by Harlan Coben, today we are talking about The Stranger streaming on Netflix.  Show Notes: [02:02] Netflix came out with this little gem called The Stranger. [02:12] It also brought us a series by another Harlan Coben called Safe. I can't tell you how this one turned out, because it was like watching grass grow but slower. [02:48] Why would I dive into another series based on one of these books? The trailer! The music was scary and gripping.  [03:27] It also made me think I would care about the woman at the center of all of this madness. [04:22] The Stranger reveals Corinne's deep dark secrets, but she is revealed in flashbacks because she is missing.  [05:02] All of her flashbacks are glorious. I hated her, and I didn't care that she was missing. [06:27] The lead detective is the same woman who played the mean spiteful Miss O'Brien in Downton Abbey. The same lady's maid who dropped the soap and made Cora lose the baby. [07:04] Lady detectives need to wear clothes that have a little stretch and give in case they need to chase a rapist. [08:01] I had problems with the show. I wanted it to be good. It just didn't do it for me. [09:02] I'm giving this movie 1 Spanx because that crossbody bag held up to some pretty intense stuff. Links and Resources: Eat Cake. Be Brave. @MSMelissaRadke on Instagram Melissa Radke on Facebook Melissa@MelissaRadke.com The Stranger Harlan Coben Safe Siobhan Finneran
Troop Zero

Troop Zero

2020-02-2000:07:16

I reviewed Servant which is about a child that dies and then comes back as a doll. The show was scary and creepy, and I raved about it. Then I reviewed the new Disney Plus original movie Timmy Failure. I also stated that I'd rather shoot myself in the foot then watch that again. I don't want to become that cynical family movie hating reviewer. I don't want my reviews to be known as not family friendly. I have kids. I know how hard it is to find something where we can all sit down and watch together.  This is why I watch most of the awesome stuff after they've gone to bed. The point of this is that I'm not only going to watch profanity-laced graphic violence based films and television, which you all know I love. I'm going to watch other stuff. I'm just not going to like it near as much. To prove this point, I reviewed Troop Zero. This one is from Amazon Prime video. When I saw this advertisement, I didn't realize this was a kid show. I was wrong. Well done, Amazon. Show Notes: [02:40] I didn't realize Troop Zero was a family friendly film. Sorry Amazon. This movie was labeled as a comedy-drama. It's pretty much your standard fare of little girl doesn't fit in. [02:55] The little girl wants to fit in, and she makes friends with other kids who want to fit in. She learns friendship means more than fitting in. The end. [03:03] This is typically every movie made for kids these days. [03:15] Unlike Timmy Failure, you are actually rooting for the kid in Troop Zero. [04:12] Throw in a little talk about NASA, outer space, shooting stars, a little girl who misses her mama who died, and some 1970s music. [04:28] You also have Allison Janney. She plays every pearl clutching Southern woman I've wanted to avoid. She is awesome! [05:01] Just looking at Mike Epps makes me laugh. Then we have Viola Davis who is legit. She is awesome in this. [05:35] Jim Gaffigan is precious in this movie. He was perfectly cast as the dad who lost his wife. I wanted him to marry Viola Davis and star in Troop Zero 2. [06:17] This is a 4 Spanx show. Whenever I watch with my kids the score will be lower since we have to stop 25 times.  [06:40] This show is clean and sweet. I even shed a tear. Links and Resources: Eat Cake. Be Brave. @MSMelissaRadke on Instagram Melissa Radke on Facebook Melissa@MelissaRadke.com Troop Zero Servant Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Jack Ryan The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Allison Janney Mike Epps Viola Davis Jim Gaffigan
The Morning Show

The Morning Show

2020-02-2000:09:15

I was told not to watch it. It was boring, overproduced, and not even a good storyline. I watched it anyway. Why do we do this? Why do we hear what people are saying, and think that we still need to find out for ourselves? Why don't we just take their advice? Because what if they're wrong? What if you watch it anyway and discover one of the best TV shows you've seen all year? That's what happened to me when I watched the Morning Show. This was Apple TV's first launched series. It was the first one right out of the gate. They wanted to make it big and get everyone interested. They held nothing back. It had Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. The critics went to town on this show. According to Apple, The Morning Show was not based on the Today Show Matt Lauer sex scandal. Although, it almost mirrors it. This was an entertaining show that Apple got right.  Show Notes: [02:39] Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston are 15-year co-hosts. She's left reeling after coming to work and discovering that he was fired for inappropriate conduct. [02:48] Reese Witherspoon becomes the new co-host. [03:01] The performances in this show are amazeballs. [03:59] Reese Witherspoon was on fire and Steve Carell was heartbreakingly sleazy and gross. [04:12] You want to kill him, but you also want to see how it plays out. [04:33] This show belongs to Billy Crudup. He is a real stand out in this show.  [05:30] People have dogged on this show because it puts men in a bad light and makes all of them look like predators. It also makes women look like they're not responsible for their choices. [05:47] Some people also thought it didn't address the relevancy that is the #metoo movement right now. [06:03] It's television. As a consumer of Television, I don't want to be preached to. I don't want to be pandered to or swept up by politics. I want to be entertained. [07:02] I watched the season finale, and I bawled. Jennifer Aniston killed it. The writing was OMG a demonstration of how hurt people hurt people. And the collateral damage caused by brokenness. [07:56] I don't want to give it away, but the last episode was amazing. [08:02] I loved it, and I'm a woman. My husband loved it, and he's a man. [08:22] I would wear all five Spanx from top to bottom for this show. [08:54] Apple got this show right. Links and Resources: Eat Cake. Be Brave. @MSMelissaRadke on Instagram Melissa Radke on Facebook Melissa@MelissaRadke.com The Morning Show Steve Carell Jennifer Aniston Reese Witherspoon Billy Crudup
Hey, it's your cool Aunt Melissa asking you to gather around. I watched something so that I can bring it to you, the families. Props to me, because this wasn't pleasant. I'm not happy about it. This week, I did something for the kids and for the mom and dads who just want to lay on the couch and turn something on for their kids. This week, I watched Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.  This week, I'm coming at you from the streaming service of Disney Plus. We have Disney Plus. We got it the morning it came out. It's actually really good. There's a ton of stuff for my kids to watch. One of the offerings they have is called Out of the Vault and it's the old movies I grew up with like Cinderella. The other day the kids and I sat around the television and watched Swiss Family Robinson.  I grew up watching this kind of stuff and it's wonderful to share it with my kids. Kudos to Disney plus. I love what they're doing. They're also creating some original shows. This week they put out an original movie made for the streaming service. It was a Friday night, and we were all at home chilling out. We let the kids pick the movie. It was the newest release of the week called Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. Show Notes: [03:00] I think, if I'm not mistaken, this movie is about an 11-year-old boy who thinks he is the best detective in town. He runs an agency called Total Failure with his best friend who is an imaginary polar bear. [03:54] All I can say about this movie is parents listen up. If you're feeling sick, and you think you're coming down with something, turn on this movie you'll be out in a second and the kids will love it. [04:08] What kid thinks he's running a detective agency in his closet? Also, he wears a red scarf everywhere. [05:04] Every time this kid's parents asked him a question his answer would be, "mistakes were made." My mistake would be putting the wooden spoon away.  [06:06] Why did they name the polar bear Total? [07:02] Now I know why they wouldn't let Kyle Bornheimer talk in a Marriage Story.  [07:51] After the movie was over David said, "I hated that kid." [08:28] He didn't have a good personality.  [08:39] The movie is clean and family-friendly. The kids liked it.  [08:59] Rocco thought it was cool because it showed that kids have imaginations. Remi thought it was funny and quirky. [09:59] This is a zero Spanx movie. My kids liked it. Maybe, sometimes, that's what matters.  Links and Resources: Eat Cake. Be Brave. @MSMelissaRadke on Instagram Melissa Radke on Facebook Melissa@MelissaRadke.com Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Cinderella Swiss Family Robinson Kyle Bornheimer Marriage Story Craig Robinson
Fleabag

Fleabag

2020-02-1300:07:341

Oh let's talk about it. You've heard about it. You've read about it. You know that numerous awards have been given to it, but have you watched it? I don't know why, but my gut tells me no. Critics are watching it. I have a feeling James Corden watched it. I know that Hollywood was watching it, but were we watching it? Are stay-at-home moms, bank tellers, and Margie down the road watching it? I'm just not sure.  It's gained so much notoriety and won so many awards and yet no one in my circle is talking about it. Just so you know, I have several circles, and they're big. I have to believe the reason you haven't been watching this is because you've been waiting on me. That's sweet and I get it. That's why I watched it for you. Ladies and gentlemen today we discuss Fleabag. Show Notes: [01:37] My one word review is meh.  [01:57] Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the writer, creator, and star of Fleabag. [02:11] I like a woman who says, "I'm going to be on TV and if I have to create it myself, I will." [02:15] I like somebody who is funny and quick. I think she's talented. [02:31] Any awards she has won, she deserves. It's the show, I'm not wild about. [03:01] One of the things that makes Fleabag kind of different is breaking the fourth wall. That's the moment when they look at the camera and talk to you. [03:12] This used to never be done. Now it's been done in Parks & Recreation and Modern Family, The Office, and even House of Cards. [03:37] Her's isn't a mockumentary style. She's just looking at the camera and talking. She gets away with it. [04:06] Olivia Colman is also in the show. She just won best actress for The Favourite. She's phenomenal in everything that she does. In the last few episodes of Fleabag, I was watching for her. [04:25] Season 2 got better because they introduced the storyline of the hot priest. [04:45] I didn't think season 1 was terrible. I didn't think season 2 was extravagant and glorious. It's just not my type of show and that's okay. [05:27] I can spot talent, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge is talented. There's just a rhythm that I can't get into.  [06:12] Don't watch the show if you're easily offended. [06:53] For this show, I'm only putting on 2 Spanx! [07:06] Ones for Olivia Colman and the other ones for Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Links and Resources: Eat Cake. Be Brave. @MSMelissaRadke on Instagram Melissa Radke on Facebook Melissa@MelissaRadke.com Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge Olivia Colman The Favourite
Servant

Servant

2020-02-1300:11:472

Boy have I got a show for you. I have told exactly four people to watch the show because I wanted other reactions before I did this actual podcast episode. Honestly, this show is very different. It's most certainly not everyone's cup of tea. I can tell you. The reviews from these people are so varied and so mixed.  One is absolutely addicted. One wants to kill me for bringing it to their attention. One hated it and won't ever watch it again. The last one texts me about the show every time a new episode comes out. This week we are talking about one of the creepiest shows I've seen in a long while. This week we are discussing Servant from Apple TV. Show Notes: [01:23] Servant streams from Apple TV.  [01:51] A lot of people think you need an Apple TV to get the Apple TV streaming service.  [02:59] Apple programming has really high-quality production. They have quality over quantity, at this point.  [03:29] This show is so out of the box. It's described as American psychological horror television. The show is creepy. [04:00] I love M. Night Shyamalan. If you're familiar with his movies, you'll know that there's a creepy factor to them. [04:28] He's only directed one episode and that one is titled Jericho. [04:48] I watched the entire season. Then I went back and watched the trailer so I wouldn't give away too many things. [05:03] The show is 30 minutes long to keep the creepiness factor up, and it worked. [05:52] We have a mom and a dad. The dad is a chef and his wife is a news correspondent. They hire a nanny to come to their home and care for their son Jericho. [06:20] The problem is that Jericho is a doll. [07:02] The doll is for connection therapy for the wife and mom.  [07:27] The nanny is played by Nell Tiger Free and is as creepy as all get out.  [07:42] The woman who plays the mom is Lauren Ambrose who used to be on Six Feet Under. [08:41] I hate movies like Saw. I like movies where you hear someone in the house. [09:06] This movie was not a trigger to me in anyway.  [10:13] This was an entertaining crazy show, and I loved every second of it. [10:17] In a nutshell, I'm giving this show 4 Spanx. I like scary things, and I like creepy things. This is both. [10:31] I love M. Night Shyamalan and the effects and darkness he brings two things. [10:44]  I can't give the show 5 Spanx if Lauren Ambrose is going to be on season 2. The show has already been renewed for season 2. [11:25] I could see Rachel McAdams or Kirsten Dunst as the newscaster. Links and Resources: Eat Cake. Be Brave. @MSMelissaRadke on Instagram Melissa Radke on Facebook Melissa@MelissaRadke.com Servant M. Night Shyamalan Lauren Ambrose Toby Kebbell Rupert Grint Nell Tiger Free Six Feet Under
Marriage Story

Marriage Story

2020-02-1300:12:041

This is my first movie review. There are so many choices out there that I just picked one. I was interested in this movie when it was first released, and I watched it the day of the release on TV. In the middle of watching this movie, David came in and said that we got the domain for Stream(H)er, and the podcast was going to be a reality. That's when I decided that this is the movie that I'm going to do.  If you don't like my choice or have another movie you would like me to review give me a shoutout on Instagram @MsMelissaRadke. You can also find me on Facebook or message or email me at Melissa@MelissaRadke.com. Ask me, and I’ll try to get to it. When you share our show don’t forget #Streamher as in girl power.  When I chose this movie I didn’t know what it would turn into. I just knew I wanted to review it. I didn’t know it would end up with six Golden Globe and six Academy Award nominations. Here is my review for Marriage Story. It’s a movie streaming on Netflix.  Show Notes: [02:12] I didn't know what this movie would turn into. I just knew I wanted to review it. I didn't know it would have six Golden Globe and six Academy Award nominations. [02:55] This week's streaming service is Netflix.  [03:34] This movie is directed by Noah Baumbach.  [03:54] A marriage story is as plain Jane as marriage is. Once the glitter is off, we become a marriage story. [05:14] I wasn't rooting for anyone after watching this movie. There wasn't a bad guy. I saw both of their points. That was a plus for me. [06:20] Laura Dern is getting a lot of attention. She was a really great divorce lawyer. [07:00] Alan Alda killed it as the first divorce attorney who was too kind. [07:59] Kyle Bornheimer was also in the movie, but he didn't have any speaking parts.  [08:33] Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansen were the leads. They were both incredible.  [09:12] There is a scene where Adam Driver sings that didn't resonate with me. [09:45] How can two people who love each other so much end up so far apart? This was at the heart of the movie and this is at the heart of most marriages. [10:07] They have an intense discussion in the movie, yet she refers to him as "honey." I thought this was really powerful how she fell back on words and rhythms that were in her marriage.  [10:53] Go watch a Marriage Story. It is worth it. It deserved all of the nominations and awards.  [11:03] I was going to make my first Spanx review a 4 just because of the Hallmark movie girl in me. I wanted everything to be wrapped up in a bow, but I’ll give it a 5 Spanx review.   [11:52] Go watch it. 5 Spanx! Links and Resources: Eat Cake. Be Brave. @MSMelissaRadke on Instagram Melissa Radke on Facebook Melissa@MelissaRadke.com Marriage Story Noah Baumbach Laura Dern Alan Alda Ray Liotta Kyle Bornheimer Adam Driver Scarlett Johansen
Stream(H)er

Stream(H)er

2020-02-1300:12:111

You know those people who say, "I don't really watch that much TV?" You know those people who say, "how do you have so much time to watch TV?" I have two kids. It feels like I have eight. I travel and speak all over the United States to thousands of people. I'm working on my second book. I'm on social media every single day. I do a live video every single morning with my husband for 15,000 viewers, and I feed my husband at least three times a week. If I can do all of this, America, you can sit down and watch some TV. Am I busy? Yes. Do I have a lot going on? Yes, but I still watch TV because I love it. It's my jam. I love movies, and I love television. Then one day streaming services happened. There were movies and TV all in one place. In my living room with my electric blanket and my cat. Now we have endless streaming choices, just like the Cheesecake Factory menu. This is where I come in. I’m going to watch it and tell you about it. If a movie sucks, I’ll tell you, just like your best friend.  Here's what I want you to know about Stream(H)er. I can't stream everything, but when something comes out, and it's getting rave reviews, I'll try to cover it for you. If something comes out, and it's buried at the bottom of the list, I'm also going to cover that. If it's good, I'm going to cover it for you. I'm going to talk about the different streaming services. I also won't spoil the show for you. I’ll just give an honest Spanx rating, because I’m Melissa. I’m the Stream(H)er. Show Notes: [02:00] Do you remember when Netflix was a DVD? What happened to Redbox? Now we have endless streaming choices.  [04:52] I'm your new best friend. I'm going to watch it and tell you about it. If a movie sucks, I'm going to tell you.  [05:49] When it comes to streaming, I've got you.  [06:15] I can't stream all the things.  [07:55] I will stream what is good and bad. I'll talk about the different streaming services, and I won't include spoilers.  [08:11] Each episode is the title of the show I'm reviewing. I'm going to review one show an episode. The episodes will be short.  [09:28] A play with David and Melissa reenacting a review from Rotten Tomatoes. [11:34] These reviews are going to be rated by Spanx. You'll want to watch a 5 Spanx movie.  Links and Resources: The Irishman Rotten Tomatoes
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2020-01-2200:00:06

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Comments (2)

Bridget McSherry

Congrats on your new Podcast!! like all things Radkes, I love it! Although we are opposite on most reviews; I LOVE to hear your point of view. can you imagine... there are still people in the world that can be open to others opinions!?!?! what the what! Seriously though, I look forward to listening here to see what I should watch next on Netflix!

Feb 14th
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Andrea Stewart

A new take on reviewing! Melissa speaks honestly with humor added in just the right amount. I love anything she does and enjoyed every each one of her new endeavors.

Feb 13th
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