Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear White People is a send-up of the now post “post-racial” America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a wholly unique path. The satirical series — based on the acclaimed 2014 film by the same name — continues to follow a group of Winchester University students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the millennial age. Through an absurdist lens, Dear White People utilizes biting irony, self-deprecation and sometimes brutal honesty to hold up a mirror to the issues plaguing society today, all the while leading with laughter.
We gathered favorite television shows from your full and part-time staff at Fairfield Public Library for 2017. The list this year is massive, a nod to the outstanding programming available in this golden age of television. And by television we mean the traditional networks, cable channels, PBS imports, originals from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and more. Our staff watches a diverse batch of series.
Staff Favorite Television 2017
* = more than one vote
L = available on disk at the library
#1 = most popular show for 2017
American Crime Story: OJ Simpson (L)
American Gods* (L)
Better Call Saul* (L)
The Big Bang Theory (L)
Big Little Lies* (L)
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (L)
The Crown* (L)
The Deuce (L)
The Durrells in Corfu (L)
Game of Thrones* (L)
Gilmore Girls (L)
The Good Place (L)
Grace & Frankie* (L)
The Great British Baking Show* (L)
Halt and Catch Fire (L)
The Handmaid’s Tale* (L)
The Leftovers (L)
Legends of Tomorrow
Midsomer Murders (L)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (L)
Mr. Robot (L)
The Night of (L)
Orange is the New Black (L)
Peaky Blinders (L)
Prime Suspect: Tennison (L)
Ray Donovan (L)
The Sopranos (L)
Stranger Things* (#1) (L)
Twin Peaks (L)
The Walking Dead* (L)
You’re the Worst
The Young Pope (L)
2017: was it a good year for film?
Certainly television continues to rule the roost with outstanding new series and seasons including those available on DVD through the library:
American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson
Big Little Lies: Season 1
Broadchurch: Season 3
Fargo: Season 2
The Great British Baking Show: Season 1, 2, and 3
Home Fires: Season 1, and 2
Orange is the New Black: Season 5
Prime Suspect Tennison Season 1
Rectify: Season 4
Hollywood, Foreign, Independent and Documentaries continued churning out this year. Browse the list below, all of which are in the catalog:
The Official Top 40 biggest selling DVDs/Blu-rays of 2017 so far
1 Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
2 Beauty And The Beast (2017)
3 Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
4 Bridget Jones’s Baby
8 Guardians Of The Galaxy – Vol 2
9 Doctor Strange
10 The Girl On The Train
12 La La Land
13 Hacksaw Ridge
14 Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar
15 Fifty Shades Darker
16 The Lego Batman Movie
17 T2 Trainspotting
20 Kong – Skull Island
21 The Magnificent Seven
22 Jack Reacher – Never Go Back
23 The Boss Baby
24 Suicide Squad
25 Sully – Miracle On The Hudson
26 Deepwater Horizon
28 Finding Dory
29 The Secret Life Of Pets
30 John Wick – Chapter 2
31 A Street Cat Named Bob
33 Assassin’s Creed
34 The Great Wall
35 Alien – Covenant
36 John Wick
38 Underworld – Blood Wars
39 Bad Moms
40 The Accountant
The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 5 pm and all day Thursday and Friday as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our friends and family. While our physical doors are closed, take some time to discover our digital resources available 24/7 from home or on the road. All you need is an Internet connection and a valid Fairfield Public Library card. Discover
Overdrive for ebooks and audiobooks (download their new app: Libby)
hoopla for ebooks, audiobooks, comics, streaming movies, television shows, and music.
RB Digital for e-magazines, audiobooks, and ebooks
Freegal for digital music
Databases for research (including Consumer Reports, Morningstar, Valueline, Reference USA, and Mango Languages to name a few)
Lynda.com for how-to technology and business instruction.
Need an escape from the cruel world? Nothing better than tapping into a 21st Century version of the Archie Comics. The CW’s Riverdale boasts the original cast of characters with a decidedly murder-mystery bent. Join Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, Josie (and her Pussycats), and Kevin Keller as they tackle the mysteries of their small town. Oh and the parents are all played by known actors – many from 90’s TV shows. Lots of fun.
In the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, nothing is quite as it seems. Doting moms, successful husbands, adorable children, beautiful homes: What lies will be told to keep their perfect worlds from unraveling?
Told through the eyes of three mothers – Madeline, Celeste and Jane – Big Little Lies paints a picture of a town fueled by rumors and divided into the haves and have-nots, exposing the conflicts, secrets and betrayals that compromise relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors.
Based on the New York Times number-one bestseller of the same name by Liane Moriarty, this seven-part limited series is a subversive, darkly comedic drama that weaves a tale of murder and mischief as it explores society’s myth of perfection and the contradictions that exist beneath our idealized façade of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship.
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, for which he received an editing Oscar nomination; Wild; Demolition), Big Little Lies is written for television and created by David E. Kelley (seven-time Emmy winner for Picket Fences, LA Law, The Practice and Ally McBeal; Goliath).
The stellar cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Santiago Cabrera, P.J. Byrne and Virginia Kull.
With the continued popularity of television series in our collection, we added a number of classics on Blu-ray. Included in mix are:
Click on the title to view the series in our library catalog.
Already in our Blu-ray collection:
Need a break from the intensity of the world these days? We can’t think of a better antidote than the BBC import, The Great British Baking Show, originally aired as The Great British Bake-Off in England. Yes, this is a reality show. Yes, this is a competition show. But what makes this gem rise to the top is the camaraderie between the contestants. They actually care and help each other. It’s a feel-good, food lovers, sweet tooth lovefest. Find the first two seasons at our branch, Fairfield Woods. Season 3 will be coming in June.
p.s. You don’t have to bake to watch.
Some of us watched a lot of television in 2016. We are in the middle of another Golden Age of Television with choices beyond the networks including cable, premium, and streaming services. We polled the library staff to see what they loved in 2016. Criteria included watched a season in 2016, we own the series in our collection (Main or Woods), and you love it! Our diversity really shows in this wonderful list:
Staff Favorite Television 2016
new shows we watched or older shows we discovered
(find these in our DVD collections at the Main Library and Woods Branch)
American Horror Story
Big Bang Theory
Better Call Saul *
The Crown (coming soon on DVD)
The Disappearance (French)
Game of Thrones
Scott & Bailey
The Walking Dead
* more than one vote
The short-series (mini-series) The Night Manager based on the John LeCarre novel comes to DVD this week starrinddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, and Russell Tovey From AMC,
This short, thrilling series presents Jonathon Pine as the night manager for a hotel in Cairo. Conflict unfolds as Pine develops a relationship with the girlfriend of a local gangster through whom she has acquired information on an illegal arms dealer, Richard Roper. Due to her knowledge, the woman is murdered. Pine, fearing of his life, leaves Cairo and takes refuge at a secluded hotel in Switzerland. For two years Pine works at the hotel before Roper arrives and incites Pine’s need for revenge. Enlisted by British Intelligence, Pine spies on Roper, and story the spirals into conspiracy and betrayal.