BAFTA award-winning British sitcom from writer and creator Michaela Coel, who also stars as Tracey Gordon, a 24-year-old woman experiencing a sexual awakening while living with her evangelical Christian family in a London housing estate. Tracey tries her best to channel her idols Beyonce and Rihanna as she navigates cringe-worthy hookups, interracial dating, relationships with the other lively characters in the estate, and her job at the corner store. Chewing Gum is the most delightfully uncomfortable show on TV, with masterful physical comedy and an insular charm that makes Tower Hamlets feel like an entire world. Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix.
- Jane Morgan
Set in 18th-century London, Harlots is the ongoing saga of two rival madams, the aging Lydia Quigley and the not-so-young-herself Margaret Wells. What makes this show addictively watchable isn’t just its racy subject matter but the personable, well-developed characterization of virtually all of the players. The costuming is vibrant and gorgeous, the dialogue snappy, and the setting mirrors the storylines, ranging from poignant and charming to gritty, dank and dark. New episodes air every Wednesday, and you can binge the previous ones. This is Hulu at its finest.
- Joni Williams