So, not too long ago, I posted about Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s book The Bucolic Plague in a post titled Spying On Hope, because that is how the book made me feel, like I was spying on hope. Needless to say, spying on hope is very inspirational, and it feels amazing, and you don’t really want to stop spying on it. Ever.

Well, guess what? Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner, Brent Ridge, are allowing us to spy on their hope ever so much more! They have a show called The Fabulous Beekman Boys, which is essentially like one big, long, delicious hope-spying romp of fun and joy that even the kvetching and bickering can’t cut down. There are two seasons of it available and I’ve greedily watched them both – uh, more than once. The first season is great and introduces you to Josh and Brent, and it fills you in on their situation and their struggles. But the second season is the real winner for me, because there are moments in it that just absolutely twisted my heart up – in the good way.

I suppose what I like best about the show is how real their relationship feels to me. They’ve been together over ten years. They don’t have a show to put on for each other anymore, and the shine has been clearly worn off the relationship long ago, replaced by comfort, trust, annoyance, and dedication to each other and to the life they’re building together. They are also clearly very in love, even when they’re fighting.

So, what’s the deal with Josh and Brent? They bought this farm in upstate New York, along with a gorgeous house, and (if you read The Bucolic Plague you’ll see the full story there) ended up with Farmer John and hundreds of goats, a cheese and soap business, and a lot of dreams that are never quite fulfilled.

While for some unknown reason Josh is my favorite, I often really feel for Brent who clearly adores Josh with all of his being, and there are moments when you can see that Josh’s words have really cut him to the quick, even though he doesn’t say anything. But they always make up, and in very healthy ways. In fact, there’s a scene at the end of Season 2 that I think people could model classes on communication after. It’s just that well done. And there are baby goats in that scene, too! A lot of baby goats!! It’s hope-tastic with goats!

Where you can spy on some Josh and Brent and Beekman Boys hope:

1. Netflix Instant is currently hosting Season 1 of The Fabulous Beekman Boys
2. Amazon currently has both seasons and the cheesetastic Christmas Special on sale. It’s worth the price!
3. I’ve heard iTunes has them, too!
4. They are awesome with social media. Check out their Facebook. They also have twitters that are active.
5. Their website is something to aspire to! It’s gorgeous!
6. Goats, Goats, Goats – one of my favorite YouTube videos from outtakes of the show.

Right now they are currently looking for a network to take them on after Planet Green called it quits this past year. I hope they find something, because I have to say, while their YouTube channel allows me to spy on hope off and on, I need something more regular and longer lasting. I need the show back!

So, to sum up: spy on hope by watching this show. Tell me below about other shows that feel like spying on hope, por favor? Or maybe tell me about watching shows that feel like spying on despair and how you’ve had enough of it? Or tell me how you eat despair for breakfast with a side of bones and gristle? Just tell me something, okee dokee? I love to hear from you!

4 thoughts on “Watching: Spying on Fabulous Hope

    1. Yes! They are wonderful! I’m so glad you’ve started the books and I just know you’ll love their show. The second season is better than the first, in my opinion. I sure hope they get someone to take them on soon.

  1. I haven’t heard of the Beekman Boys, but I’m definitely going to look into them! I have a feeling I would love the show. We could all use a little hope to spy on.

    1. Meg, I hope that you do watch and I feel confident that you will love them, too. The second season is my favorite. The first was a bit rocky for various reasons, but by the end of the second they had my heart. 🙂

      I also highly recommend Josh’s books: found here on, especially The Bucolic Plague, which is the story behind the purchase of their farm, and their decision to make a go of it as an actual farm, and how that almost destroyed their relationship, but ended up making it stronger.

      Thanks for the comment and I hope you find them as inspiring as I have!

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