It's one of the best cities in the US for live music. Seattle's maritime climate has helped cultivate its Emerald City nickname, but it's not as wet as it's often made out to be.
In fact, at around 38 inches, annual rainfall is less than that of Chicago, New York City and even neighbouring Portland, Oregon, according to Visit Seattle (February sees Downtown hotel guests gain access to the region's top museums for half-price (you're welcome). Arguably the biggest of the local behemoths is Amazon, with its own campus and some 40,000 employees in the South Lake Union area.
It took the blue-streak-cussing Chris Rock to deliver us the rare worthy Wonder Years successor, a sitcom so intelligent yet so cute, with a teen-boy protagonist (Tyler James Williams) who’s equal parts knowing and naïve, an imposing yet tenderhearted father figure (Terry Crews), and a narrator (Rock himself) who looks back on his own childhood with cheeky compassion. Heck, even Eddie the dog is a sitcom legend in his own right. Not so much a situation comedy as a living, breathing, rumbling, gurgling organism that feeds off life’s hard, funny truths, grafted from the organs of Louis C.
You’re pretty much guaranteed to have more fun staying in with Sam Malone and his regulars than you are going out to an actual bar.
Caustic as sulfuric acid, this new Hulu original series is neatly summed up when bitter TV recapper Julie Kessler (Julie Klausner) says to her bae, bitterer wannabe-comic Billy Epstein (Billy Eichner), “I’m so funny when I write mean things about TV shows. ” And Billy replies, “Because our lives are garbage and it’s the world’s fault.” Self-obsession isn’t just Difficult People’s milieu; it’s a jumping-off point for mining the minutiae of our pop-culture-drenched lives and, ultimately, for illustrating that failure is the stuff that really makes us interesting (and probably insufferable, too).
A pre–Parks & Rec Adam Scott stars as Henry Pollard, a barely-was actor in L. who returns to event catering after his showbiz career goes nowhere.
Alongside him in the chafing-dish trenches are aspiring comedienne Casey (Lizzy Caplan), wannabe screenwriter Roman (Martin Starr), untalented actor-singer-model Kyle (Ryan Hansen), and catering captain “Ron” Donald (Ken Marino), whose life goal is to own his own Soup R’ Crackers franchise.
The show purports to poke fun at pre-millennium after-school specials, all the while getting away with some of the most un-p.c. They didn’t sacrifice coconuts to their monkey gods.”)Even with a cast led by such comedy-riffing ninjas as Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, and Paul Scheer, did anyone think a low-stakes FX sitcom about Windy City dudebros and their fantasy football league could last an amazing seven seasons?
You don’t have to care about sports to love The League; you just have to be cool with raunchiness so raunchy it should be coined ultraraunch.
For nearly 20 years, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s crudely animated, crudely everythinged cartoon has lampooned the macro (organized religion) and micro (shit, both the word and the fecal matter itself) in American society (which may be the key way it supersedes the show it owes so much to, The Simpsons, which has always remained content to spoof the small stuff). Occasionally there are TV shows you think back on like the one that got away, so reliable and sophisticated and funny were they …
Oh, Sports Night, I’m sorry we didn’t treat you well enough to make you stick around.
After collecting your map and pass at check-in, proceed to explore everything from Mo POP, the excellent museum of pop culture (above) to Le May - America's Car Museum or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. OK, you (like many Seattleites) may prefer counter-cultural coffee roasts, but it's hard to pass up the chance to visit the original Starbucks café. Jeff Bezos first arrived in 1994 and began by selling books from his garage - today, the company has a huge impact on everything from culture to traffic management and minimum wage in the city, as this New York Times story illustrates.