Remember when “Shiva Baby” came out? It felt so unbelievably refreshing to have a piece of media hit the mainstream that was funny, fresh, well-crafted and telling an undeniably Jewish story.
Over the last two years, I’ve been chasing that high. And folks, I’m pleased to report that I think I’ve found it.
Premiering today, “Kid Sister,” from Jewish Kiwi actress Simone Nathan, focuses on Lulu (Nathan), a Jewish girl whose family is insistent she marry within the culture; Lulu runs in to trouble, however, when she finds out she’s pregnant by her very-much-not-Jewish boyfriend, Ollie. The whole show has, to quote my colleague Gabe Friedman at JTA, “Rose Matafeo vibes,” infused with prominent Jewishness and with plot and performances that seem both hilarious and heartfelt.
The only problem?
“Kid Sister” is only available to watch in New Zealand!!!!
Being a Jew in the world today is extremely difficult for many and more serious reasons, but unfortunately, the fact that I can’t watch “Kid Sister” right now just got added to the very end of the list. If you’re in New Zealand, I’m deeply jealous of you.
Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max — dare I even say, Netflix: I genuinely believe this show is the next “Fleabag” and I am begging you to stream it so the Jewish community can 1) actually watch “Kid Sister” and 2) give Simone Nathan the views she so clearly deserves.