Paul T Goldman on Peacock
For much of my twenties, since I worked most weekends, Sunday nights kind of became TV night for me, cause I was too broke to go to movies or have cable. In grad school, we only got 2-3 channels, and one of them was ABC, so I locked into "The Practice."
After that, I stumbled onto "The Sopranos" at a friend's house. I didn't have HBO, but he had weekly Sopranos parties, and then I got a job, where they had HBO in the break room, so I strategically asked for Sunday shifts, so I could keep up with Tony and the gang. "The Sopranos" was my gateway to "The Wire," which is might be my favorite show of all time. I still despise Idris Elba, cause "Where's Wallace?"
Found a new diamond last week, on Peacock streaming service, Paul T Goldman, a brilliant blend of True Crime with a Larry David-ish protagonist. From the mind of the title character (his alleged real name is Finkelman) and brought to life with the guidance of Jason Woliner (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Human Giant, Nathan for You), it's truly compelling documentary/reality hybrid presentation. It chronicles how Goldman goes from "Wimp to Warrior" after divorcing his second wife, only to learn that she'd been living a rather nefarious double-life.
Some years ago, a friend recommended I go see "King of Kong" supposed documentary about Billy Mitchell, the self-professed master of the "Donkey Kong" video game. To this day, I don't know if it was real or not. But it almost doesn't matter. It created a compelling story, through rich characters, which is what Woliner and Goldman/Finkelman have done here. If it were a book, you'd call it a page-turner. Four episodes down, and I can't wait for the next one. Until Sunday.