The word I keep using about Madam Secretary is “underrated”, because it seems to me that despite its obvious strengths – tight plotting, political relevance, and one of the best casts on network TV – it kind of gets damned because it isn’t The West Wing, rather than appreciated as a solid, smart, grown-up drama which almost always delivers. This is its fourth season, so it probably isn’t going to snag any uncommitted viewers by now. But I expect it to remain one of the highlights of my TV week (tonight, 9pm, Sky Living).
And there are two new offerings from Netflix, both available as of now. Probably the more intriguing is Spike Lee’s ten-episode adaptation of his own 1986 movie She’s Gotta Have It. I liked that a lot at the time, but to be honest haven’t seen it since, so it’s entirely possible that it would look a little anachronistic in 2017. The good news is that, according to the positive advance critical response, Lee might well have managed to successfully bring the lead character, Nola, into the 21st century without sacrificing the film’s verve and energy. Very probably worth a look.
Godless, meantime, stars Michelle Dockery, Jeff Daniels, Jack O’Connell, and Unpopcult royalty Merritt Wever and Sam Waterston in a seven-part Western, created by Scott Frank and Steven Soderbergh. This, too, if the critics are to be believed, is exceptional. But who has time to watch all this TV?