Current Obsession Wednesday: The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell (TV Show)
What: A bizarre baking show with some homicidal puppet monsters, beautiful sets and wardrobe, and a sprinkling of plot. Each 30 minute episode contains 2 or more creative tutorials, a reason for a big baked feast, amusing banter, and a lush feast for your eyes. The tutorials are most often over the top decorative baked goods that a normal person would never attempt, but somehow feel accessible and reasonable in this setting. There are a few non-baking related crafts thrown in to round out this creepy domestic show. I think Netflix describes it as Addams family meets Martha Stewart.
To be clear: This is NOT a children's show.
Why: This six episode series was so relaxing and beautiful to watch. Christine McConnel’s (Instagram link) aesthetic is like The Munsters mixed with Pushing Daisies. The sets are saturated with color. The baked goods are unbelievable. The costumes are to die for (no pun intended). I was pleasantly surprised by the heartwarming messages of inclusion, feeling loved, being who you are, and feminism. None of it was heavy handed or out of place, it just felt like stepping into a beautiful and strange world where being different was normal.
If you like any one of the following then you’ll enjoy this show; alternative culture, ‘50’s fashions, Jim Henson, Dita Von Teese (who guest stars), baking, cake decorating shows, strange dark humor, Pushing Daisies, necromancy...I could go on. Basically if you say you like things that are “normal”, don’t watch this.
Where: Netflix (this is a Netflix original series)