The concept of the new Netflix documentary series “Pretend It’s A City” is pretty straightforward: author Fran Lebowitz speaks, while Martin Scorsese (who is both director and on-camera) listens and laughs.
Lebowitz’s reflections across seven episodes are organized by loose themes, such as “Metropolitan Transit” and “Library Services,” with more recent footage interspersed with snippets from older interviews. That’s pretty much all as far as the structure is concerned; While Lebowitz shares a number of fun anecdotes, there is no attempt to explore the wider arc of his career or explain why we watch a show about him.
And yet, as we discuss the last episode of the Original Content podcast, we both enjoyed watching the whole show.
Darrell describes Lebowitz as the consummate guest of the party, full of aphorisms and provocative opinions on everything from tech to sports to the New York subway. And there’s something delicious about seeing an accomplished director like Scorsese relax and have a good time.
On the other hand, it would be a little maddening not to find Lebowitz’s remarks as hilarious as Scorsese, and watching one episode after another meant she’s finally exhausted her welcome. So it’s probably better to enjoy the show all at once, rather than banging everything at the same time.
In addition to reviewing “Pretend It’s A City,” we also discussed Nielsen’s ranking of the most popular streaming services of 2020.
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If you want to continue, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:34 Auditor’s email
5:46 Discussion on Nielsen Streaming Data
14:03 “Pretend It’s a City” review