ELF’s Trad Eye View-TV and Movies Worth Watching

Emerald Lisa Furnari in Town Center Mall
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We at Jolt Media want to help you find entertainment that doesn’t insult your values and beliefs. Covering both television and movies with recommendations from our staff of conservative writers to review quality shows we think you will enjoy.

What makes a review right-leaning and traditional? These are some general rules that most of us on the right could agree on.

Historically accurate entertainment.

Traditional families are respected.

Males are honored and appreciated.

Ridiculous feats of strength and impossible fighting skills by females are frowned upon. As well as crude, abrasive, and male-bashing women as main characters.

Placing modern attitudes in historical settings is disliked.

Hard work, sacrifice, and entrepreneurship are elevated and promoted.

Borgen on Netflix: 2010-2022 3 Seasons 

Sidse Babett Knudsen
Sidse Babett Knudsen

An excellent Danish fictional series about the first female Prime Minister in Denmark. Over three seasons, we see her rise to the top of the political hierarchy and her personal and professional wins and losses over a decade. One of the most honest portrayals of the price of political success, particularly the difficulty for a politician’s children. As we watch the Prime Minister sacrifice her marriage and relationship with her son and daughter, the viewer can’t help but wonder if it was worth the price of fame. The back story about the journalists and television news shows that cover Danish politics is also fascinating. Sidse Babett Knudsen, who plays the main character, brings the PM to life as you root for her to find some balance in her career and personal life. 

Suitable for ages 16 and above. In Danish with English subtitles.

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Crash Landing On You- 2019 -16 Episodes on Netflix

As the first introduction for any newbie to South Korean dramas, C.L.O.Y covers it all. Romance, comedy, and political intrigue. It is a perfect example of what the South Koreans have accomplished in filming great stories where the writing and acting shine. A South Korean heiress played by Son Ye-Jin from a Chaebol (a South Korean conglomerate that’s family-run) accidentally paraglides into North Korea. A tall, handsome, stoic Army Captain, Hyun Bin, rescues her. The ensuing adventure unfolds over 16 episodes of his arranging for her to escape back to South Korea. The captain and his hilarious and endearing soldiers cross into South Korea, and the series takes off as they are enthralled by the plenty and freedom in the capitalist south. The chemistry between the two main characters is powerful, and Spoiler Alert, the actors married in real life after the series ended. The side stories include the mysterious death of the captain’s brother, dirty politics by the North Korean military elite, and a wealthy cello-playing fiancé. The two comedic side stories are about the women in a village in North Korea and the team of soldiers under the captain. Both are charming, and the contrast between the lives of South and North Koreans is interesting. The series was a monster worldwide hit, and for good reasons. The small village in Switzerland where several scenes took place has become inundated with Korean tourists because the series is so well-loved.

In South Korean with English subtitles.

Appropriate for all ages

Crash Landing
Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin

Escape To the Chateau-PBS on Peacock Season 1-9 

Why would a British couple (who barely speak French) buy a crumbling chateau in France when there are hundreds of estates in England to be fixed and purchased? Insanity? Yes, and that’s what makes this series so fun to watch. He’s an engineer and retired colonel; she’s a designer with two small children. The colossal and overwhelming task of repairing and modernizing this gorgeous, dilapidated beauty (4 floors and 45 rooms) on 12 acres is lovely. The unbridled delight the parents bring to their parenting and love of family is heartwarming, and when their in-laws join them, you root for their success in getting the chateau ready for their wedding business. The only negative is that I detest the wife’s cherry Kool-Aid hair color. The series ended in 2022, but the family is starting a travel show throughout France. 

Appropriate for all ages. 

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