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Netflix never fails to deliver some pretty amazing content, especially when it comes to their original series. However, when it comes to popularity or sheer controversy, few shows can top its runaway hit series, 13 Reasons Why! Unless you have been under a rock the series centers on a misunderstood, misjudged, and complicated teenage girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide; and leaves behind thirteen tapes, for thirteen different people, explaining why she did it.

The first season dealt with the revelation of why she committed suicide and those who contributed to it, the second season, however gets LEGAL and deeply personal. Herein lies more controversy as we delve more into what exactly each person did to hurt Hannah, the affect the suicide has had on her family and “friends,” and just how warped the American legal system can be when it comes to dealing with sexual assault.

What We Liked

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-This series gets a number of things right. Especially in its portrayal of misogyny, white privilege, mob mentality, and social issues plaguing teens.

-We loved seeing a posthumous Hannah haunting Clay, forcing him to not only “avenge” her suicide, but making him the glue that brought most of the other tape recipients together. Clay became a bona fide hero, however, we wonder to what cost?

-Jessica came into her own. It took a little while for her to go from victim to victor, but she got there. Although she did not win her case against Bryce, at the very least she is now ready to move on with her life and heal.

-Hannah’s mother is a fighter, and no matter what she learned about her daughter she held steadfast in her belief that the school failed her as it is failing other children like Tyler Down.

-We knew Tyler was going to finally snap based on the bullying and social isolation he’s endured since the first season, but we had no idea he himself might become a new set of “13 Reasons Why” I decided to become an active shooter at my school. His story line will definitely be the one to watch in the next season.

-Tony and his boyfriend are really cute together. Tony seems to be trying to get his anger under control and having a boxer boyfriend to keep him on the straight and narrow path works in his favor. That bloody kiss though…

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-Hannah finally transitioning. That scene with her walking into the light told us her soul was finally set free and her work there was done. Because of her pain and demise, the corruption of a school has been exposed and scrutinized.

-The tape recipients finally began to move on with their lives. We loved the camaraderie between all of them and how they were there for Clay when he began to mourn Hannah at the dance. It really shows that in the darkest of times a little love can go a long way.

What We Hated

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-Bryce got off completely with a mere slap on the wrist. At the very least we hoped he would not be breathing at the end of this second season.

-Watching Tyler be attacked and sodomized had us spinning and mortified. You hear about stories like this in the news, but to actually see it–and so graphically–is a memory we would rather try to forget. Still, we understand how important a moment this was to transitioning Tyler’s character to the active shooter he nearly became.

-Hannah’s parents split up. Her father left her mother for the woman he was having an affair with during their daughter’s trial? She really got the short end of the stick in so many ways.

-Jessica and Justin hooking up is something we definitely could have done without. We know he redeemed himself when he testified on her behalf against Bryce, but he was still an accessory to her rape. How she can move past that to forgive him, let alone hook up with him in a locker room is beyond us. Jessica we love you, but you have got to make better choices when it comes to these guys.

We definitely encourage you to see 13 Reasons Why for yourselves. It is definitely a timely series and the next season will tackle the issue of active shooting. This is a topic that needs to be explored now more than ever as it seems to be appearing more and more frequently. What do you guys think of the series? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Clips | OWN’s Unscripted Relationship Series “Love Goals” Off To a “Spicy” Start!

There is no better time to reflect and work on your relationship than while you “#QuarantineAndChill!” If you need a few examples of what to do–and not do–check out OWN’s newest reality series, “Love Goals!” As you may already know the show centers on five couples with various issues working together to fix their relationship issues.

The first season is already off to a spicy start and we have a few clips to share with you! Check them out below ahead of this Saturday’s latest episode:

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There is no better time to reflect and work on your relationship than while you “#QuarantineAndChill!” If you need a few examples of what to do–and not do–check out OWN’s newest reality series, “Love Goals!” As you may already know the show centers on five couples with various issues working together to fix their relationship issues.

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The first season is already off to a spicy start and we have a few clips to share with you! Check them out below ahead of this Saturday’s latest episode:

(P) Saturday, March 21 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: All Buttoned Up

Spirit tries to help Breyon and Sundy through some of the difficulty facing their relationship. Breyon struggles to come to grips with the idea of ending things with his other girlfriends, but Sundy’s hardened exterior makes it hard for him to fully commit.

Theresa And Spinderella Bond Over Their Relationships | Love Goals | Oprah Winfrey Network

Breyon Struggles With Sundy’s New Expectations | Love Goals | Oprah Winfrey Network

Can Spirit Get Through To Sundy? | Love Goals | Oprah Winfrey Network

Breyon Brings Receipts To The Therapy Session | Love Goals | Oprah Winfrey Network

We have to say we are really rooting for all of these couples. We recently had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Dwayne and Theresa Bowe, and we are convinced Spirit is working some magic over there. This series is definitely off to a fiery start. From the looks of it Sundy and Breyon have a lot to sort through. Sundy’s stance is a bit tough, but we have to admit the infidelity on Breyon’s part seems intolerable. Multiple girlfriends?  Theresa and Spinderella seem to be bonding and relate well to each other. They definitely seem to have it more “together” than some of the other ladies involved in the show.

You all just be sure to check out “Love Goals” this Saturday night only on OWN, at 9/8 PM EST, check your local listing for showtimes.

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BET+ & Tyler Perry Studios New Original Drama, “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” Available NOW on BET+

The BET+ new original drama from Tyler Perry, “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless,” is available today exclusively across all platforms the service is available. The first three episodes, of the one-hour drama, are available now with new episodes launching every Thursday. 

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The BET+ new original drama from Tyler Perry“Tyler Perry’s Ruthless,” is available today exclusively across all platforms the service is available. The first three episodes, of the one-hour drama, are available now with new episodes launching every Thursday.

“Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” is the first new original series from Tyler Perry to stream on BET+, a joint venture between BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios.

“Tyler Perry’s Ruthless,” a spin-off of the hit television series “Tyler Perry’s The Oval,” tells the riveting story of a woman named Ruth who kidnaps her young daughter to join her in the dark underworld of a fanatical religious cult. “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” stars Melissa L. WilliamsMatt Cedeño, Lenny D. Thomas, Yvonne Senat JonesBaadja-Lyne Odums, Jaime Callica, Nirine S. BrownBlue Kimble, Stephanie CharlesHervé Clermont, Anthony Bless, and Bobbi Baker.

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Melissa L. Williams as “Ruth”

“Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” is executive produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed will also serve as Executive Producer of the series for Tyler Perry Studios.

We have to say Tyler Perry is really making moves in 2020 with all of his new series and films being released. He is the epitome of “Never Not Working,” as we like to say on our various social media accounts. “Ruthless” definitely deserves a chance! We definitely want to learn more about this cult Ruth is a part and how, or if, she and her daughter can be liberated from it. Furthermore, how will this affect the story lines of “The Oval” at large?

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What do you guys think of Tyler Perry’s newest series? Sound off in the comments’ section below! Happy viewing! #QuarantineAndChill!

For more information about “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and BET+ visit the network’s official page at BET.com, and join the conversation on social on the show’s official channels @JoinTheHighest  (Instagram:Twitter).

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Check It Out! Netflix Reveals Cast & Key Art for “The Babysitter’s Club!”

Netflix’s new series THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB is based on the best-selling book series, that follows the friendship and adventures of Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), Mary-Anne Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph), and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez) as the middle-schoolers start their babysitting business in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Rounding out the cast, Alicia Silverstone plays Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the selfless single-mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of all around good guy Watson Brewer, played by Mark Feuerstein.

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Netflix’s new series THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB is based on the best-selling book series, that follows the friendship and adventures of Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), Mary-Anne Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph), and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez) as the middle-schoolers start their babysitting business in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Rounding out the cast, Alicia Silverstone plays Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the selfless single-mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of all around good guy Watson Brewer, played by Mark Feuerstein.

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Ann M. Martin, the beloved series author and producer on the new series, was the first to conceive the idea of these inspiring young girls with different backgrounds, personalities and opinions that were brought together by a business venture they conceived and bonded through the friendships they forged. The adaptation of the contemporary dramedy that continues to champion friendship, female empowerment and entrepreneurship was led by Rachel Shukert (Glow) as showrunner and Lucia Aniello (Broad City) as executive producer and director.

We are really excited about the release of “The Babysitter’s Club!” Growing up it was one of our favorite books to read in grade school. Netflix has been running low on family friendly shows as of late with the surprising cancellation of popular series like Fuller House and One Day At A Time. This reboot, hopefully, will be as heartwarming as the book and the series from 1990; but updated for a new generation!

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