It’s that time of year again – exams are wrapping up, school is out and it is officially summatime. As per usual, everyone will come home and go into post-exam hibernation mode, and how else does one start their post-school-detox than with a new television series? There is no better way of nursing your overworked brain back to health than to provide it with hilarious/dramatic/addictive stimulation, that will blow you away with zero effort.
Jacky’s Sass has done the field work, and gathered 15 fan-favourites for your consideration. You have definitely heard of these shows before, and if you have not seen them yet, you need to seriously consider watching all of them. Definitely before you get a job.
1. Breaking Bad
If you like character driven dramas, you definitely want to watch Breaking Bad. It is impossible to turn away from Mr. White’s slow, authentic transformation into Heisenberg, and watching how our generation’s twisted version of Batman and Robin get themselves out of situation after drug-fueled situation is incredible.
2. New Girl
New Girl is a comedy about a newly single girl (played by Zooey Deschanel) who moves into a loft with three single men. As one could imagine, hilarity ensues. If you love quirky, witty banter, New Girl is definitely a show for you. Plus, Zooey Deschanel is the most charming actress ever. What’s not to love?
A new series based on the Green Arrow comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, Arrow follows billionaire Oliver Queen as after he’s been shipwrecked on an island for five years. Much of the story tells the tale of how he finally returns home to Starling City and his mother and friends, but a number of discoveries from his twisted past compel him to lead a double life- carefree billionaire by day, but arrow-wielding vigilante by night, determined to right the many wrongs of his past.
Arrow is an action-packed series that is perfect for anyone who likes a good hero and a lot of good fight scenes.
Imagine what it would be like having six brothers and sisters growing up. Now imagine your single-parent father was a raging alcoholic. Interesting.
Shameless takes a new spin on the family theme, following the troubled life and times of the the Gallaghers; a family of kleptomaniacs, alcoholics, arsonists and nymphos. Don’t even tell me you’re not intrigued. Also, Emmy Rossum is naked all the time. Just saying.
Where do I even begin? Dexter is soon going into its eighth and final season this summer, but don’t worry, you will have no trouble catching up – this series is dangerously addictive. As in, it’s 3 o’clock in the morning, you’ve already watched four straight episodes, but need to watch just one more, kind of addictive.
Arguably one of the most complex character’s on television, Dexter is an oddball blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police department by day, and a serial killer by night. The twist is that he only hunts bad guys, which will have you wondering if this makes him the show’s hero, or just a really likable villain? You decide.
You must have lived in Yemen for the past three years if you are unaware of The Walking Dead’s premise. Actually, I’m sure even Yemen locals are Walking Dead faithfuls. A group of survivors find themselves in a post-apocalyptic world, and their only company are thousands of zombies. The weirdest thing about TWD is that you soon realize that it’s the humans that actually end being more dangerous than the actual zombies.
One of the hottest shows at the moment, in a nutshell Game of Thrones is about a group of royal families fighting for control of a mythical land. Only three seasons in and at 12 episodes per season, Game of Thrones would be very easy to catch up with. The production, costumes and cinematography make you feel like each episode is a Lord of the Rings movie, in addition to some politics and sex are thrown in for good measure.
A mini-movie each episode, Game of Thrones is an epic odyssey that transports you to a different reality every time you watch it.
Former communications director for the President of the United States, Olivia Pope leaves the White House to open her own crisis management firm, but the secrets she used to cover up continue to follow her even after she’s left. As if the name of this series wasn’t intriguing enough, Scandal is sure to have enough political drams to keep you occupied. Plus, Kerry Washington is smoking hot.
One of this year’s breakout series is Homeland which is about a CIA officer who is convinced that a U.S. Marine is actually working against the army and government, and is a threat to the United States, despite being “held captive” in Iraq for eight years. If you appreciate good writing and story-telling, hefty performances and shows that are critically acclaimed, Homeland may be the series for you this summer. If you don’t like any of those things, then I’m not sure why you clicked on this in the first place…
When phony lawyer Jeff Winger (played by The Soup’s Joel McHale) gets caught with a fake Bachelour’s degree, he is sent to a community college where he is introduced to some, lets say, interesting characters. This an extremely original series, with a solid comedic line-up, and you won’t find humour like this anywhere else. If you love hilarity, Community is definitely worth a watch.
Suits follows the young and brilliant Mike Ross as he tries to escape his less than legal lifestyle by miraculously lying his way into landing a job at one of New York City’s most prestigious law firms, alongside the city’s best legal closer, Harvey Spector. With Spector’s undeniable swag and Ross’ brilliance and photographic memory, the dynamic duo manage to make their way in and out of complicated legal situations, suits still pristine and reputations intact.
Never knowing when Ross’ past will catch up with him is a constant fear, because you grow to love this dream team and nkow that you won’t be able to bare seeing them fall apart. A fun fact is that a lot of this series is filmed in Toronto - see what you can recognize as you watch!
As it’s one of the most popular show among those that love good comedy, its next season is coming out on Netflix in May, and it is in the process of being made into a movie, so now is probably a pretty good time to start watching Arrested Development. Jason Bateman plays a man whose ambitious-yet-crooked father is sent to jail, leaving him with the job of keeping together their highly dysfunctional family. The Bluth family has kept audiences laughing since 2003, and this show is literally too legit to quit.
If you are a fan of the outrageous, you need some Hank Moody in your life. Californication is a hilarious, witty, intelligent comedy about an author, Hank Moody, who wants nothing but the best for his daughter and her mother (who is also the love of his life), but unfortunately he also can’t seem to put down the bottle, not accept drugs when offered or stay away from women.
You would not believe the situations that Hank gets himself into even if I told you! Whether it’s getting oral from a nun, or sleeping with his ex-wife’s underage stepdaughter, or instructing a man on how to pleasure his girlfriend after he’s had sex with her, the dude is just out of control! And that all goes down in episode 1!
14. Mad Men
An oldie but a goody. Nobody can seem to get enough of Don Draper and his charming ways. Mad Men is a show that’s on the slower side of the spectrum, but you need that pace to keep up with the endless societal themes that this series plays around with. A time period piece set in the sixties, there’s a lot of good stuff here. Mad Men is definitely a show you will sink your teeth into and form a
mild full-blown obsession for.
Another highly-talked about series is HBO’s Girls, which looks at the journey of four very different young women as they make their way through life in their early twenties. Tackling the complicated webs of friendship, romance and chasing your dreams, all while trying to pay rent,
Girls is refreshingly honest and completely hilarious. You should watch it even if only to finally see what the big deal is about writer/director/actress Lena Dunham, who has won many awards for her work on this show. Not that any of this matters… you had me at “HBO”.
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