Thursday, February 23, 2023

Thursday Movie Picks #448: Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition - Friends To Lovers

Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share your picks each Thursday. The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five titles and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.


This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition - Friends To Lovers

Hey it's February and it's time for the Romance Tropes Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the month. 

February 2 - Romance Tropes Edition: Travel Romance
February 9 - Romance Tropes Edition: Cinderella Plot (A heroine being swept off her feet by a wealthy guy)
February 16 - Romance Tropes Edition: Forced Proximity (characters are stuck together perhaps sheltering from a storm together, or are on a long haul flight, or stuck in a lift…etc)
February 23 - Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition: Friends To Lovers

This theme turned out to be quite tricky. I’m picking three British series I like.

Misfits (2009 -2013)   
This is a gem. A favourite. The gist: 5 juvenile delinquents (about late teens early 20-ish youths?) are stuck doing community service at their community center when they get hit by lightning during a freak storm and get some special abilities. They all sort of become friends as they each learn how to use their new powers. Two of them eventually become more than friends, but in the new world of special abilities, things get difficult for them.
Fresh Meat (2011 - 2016)
This is a funny comedy about six university students sharing a house, two of them eventually form a romantic relationship, though a difficult on and off type. The series ended in 2016, but I thought it was the kind of series that could have continued on with a fresh batch of students living in the house.

Crashing (2016)
The series follows a group of mostly 20 and 30 somethings who are friends/lovers/rivals living in a disused hospital as property guardians. Two of them are childhood best friends who have recently reconnected and have always been sort of in love with each other but have trouble admitting it, so much so that when one or the other inadvertently admits it, each immediately take it back treating it as a joke. They're a disaster but the series itself is very funny and I was disappointed that it only had the one season.


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  1. I haven’t even heard bout these shows. The lightening one sounds interesting

  2. I haven't seen any of these in their entirety. I did look up some scenes from Misfits when Iwan Rheon was cast as Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones to see what he was like.

  3. Oh I totally forgot about Misfits!
    I still need to finish watching the show - just after season 2 I got fairly annoyed and took a break


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