Counter-program the algos and all those killers and slashers with some inspiring new movies or series.   The Watercooler’s contributors have rounded up their picks for anyone looking for a fresh start, a fresh hero, or a fresh perspective.

Tug My Heartstrings
Arlene Schindler

The Inspection

A psychological drama about feeling alienated that captivates the lost loner in all of us, The Inspection also examines how men are “toughened up” by society. You’ll be hearing more about star Jeremy Pope.

Inspire Me
Kanene Ayo Holder

King Richard

A riveting and thoughtful look at all of the extraordinary members of the Williams family, King Richard is the rare Oscar caliber film that entertains as it inspires, shedding new light on the lives of two of the most iconic athletes of our time and what they and their parents had to overcome.

Surprise Me
Arlene Schindler

Blindspotting

At a time when our lives have become more isolated, with nameless people providing food and services through our phones, Blindspotting drops us into a community of neighbors who show up for each other. Old school? Maybe, but it could be what we need right now.

Uplift Me
Cindy White

Ted Lasso

Earning the most Emmy nominations for a freshman comedy, Ted Lasso delivered the role model we didn’t know we needed, and proved that upbeat comedy can win over critics, academy voters, and fans across the generations and political divides.

Give Me Hope
Cindy White

The Me You Can’t See

For anyone dealing with any kind of mental issue, this series will show them they’re not alone. It doesn’t have all the answers, but it sparks a conversation and may even provide a lifeline to those longing to be seen.

Enlighten Me
Melissa Roth

Dolores

A gripping history lesson that also sheds light on the methods, risks, and compromises required to organize and sustain a movement.

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