Ever since I implemented my self-imposed Netflix limitation, I have cut down on the amount of hours spent watching TV. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t had the occasional binge session on a sick day, or that I haven’t enjoyed good shows coming out. Because, let’s be honest, there are a lot of good shows out there. So I thought for this week’s non-magic Wednesday I’d share some of my favorites with you guys.
Bale’s top TV shows
The following shows are my favorites of the past few months. I don’t watch much, so there are only a few. But I do highly recommend all of them.
- The Newsroom (HBO) — When this show first came out last year, I immediately fell in love with it. I was a journalism major in college and interned at two different TV stations, so I had an immediate connection to the show. I loved the premise: quality reporting needs a place on cable news networks. “The Newsroom” takes real news stories from the past couple years and shows its fictional reporting team covering them. The second season has more of an overarching storyline to it, and it’s really good. Season one was about showing how news should be covered, and season two is about showing how hard it can be to get facts right… and, in a way, how news should not be covered. Anyways, “The Newsroom” has definitely found a place in this journalism nerd’s heart, and I definitely recommend it.
- House of Cards (Netflix) — Before I actually watched “House of Cards”, a lot of my friends told me I’d love it. There was a journalist as a main character, and it presents a critical look at how things really get done in Washington with Kevin Spacey starring as a vengeful senator. But I was skeptical. I don’t really like politics — I have my opinions, I respect other people’s opinions, I discuss it occasionally and I vote. That’s it. I didn’t really think I’d like it in my entertainment. Boy was I wrong. I started “House of Cards” on a day I stayed home sick from work and pretty much didn’t move all day because I was too engrossed in the story. It’s dramatic. It’s fairly unrealistic. And I hated the journalist character. But I couldn’t stop watching because the storyline was too intriguing. It’s the perfect mix of mystery and revenge. I finished the whole season in less than a week, which definitely means it’s at least entertaining.
- Game of Thrones (HBO) — The third season has been over for a while, but I never missed an episode. It’s one of those shows that once you’re invested in, you can’t really stop. I have mixed feelings about the series, though, because I don’t really enjoy the books. I read the first one and started the second, but I really don’t like the writing style or George R. R. Martin’s storytelling. The series makes for a much better TV shows than books, at least in my opinion. (Hopefully the first and last time I’ll ever write that sentence.) The books are too episodic, with very little overarching storyline to follow; something that works much better on screen. So even though I have made several attempts to read the series, I’ve decided to just wait for the TV show and enjoy the soap-opera-esque series that way. Although after a certain episode in season three, I almost gave up. I’ll see what season four has in store, though, before I give up entirely. And don’t get me wrong. GoT is a really good fantasy show, which is why I love it. I’m just a little snobby when people start comparing it to “Lord of the Rings” and saying GRRM is as talented as JRR Tolkien. Because that is definitely NOT true. But if you enjoy fantasy, you’ll enjoy GoT at least enough to watch the show.
- Orange is the New Black (Netflix) — Astro convinced me to give this show a chance. I’d heard good things from other friends as well, but I didn’t really think a show about prison would interest me. At all. But Netflix surprised me again. I haven’t gotten through the whole first season yet, but I’m making steady progress. The best part of the show is the character development. “Orange is the New Black” tells the inmates’ stories through flashbacks, which is a neat way to get to know the characters as they were before they were incarcerated while explaining why they’re in prison. The flashbacks also often give you an idea of why the inmates act the way they do, which is also neat. I wouldn’t say “Orange is the New Black” is the best show ever, but I do really enjoy it so far.
These shows are shows I’ve watched and enjoyed, but are purely entertaining. No emotional attachment necessary for these. And all of these can be found on Netflix.
- Queer Eye for the Straight Guy — for hilarious fashion, food, interior design and ‘culture’ advice from the early 2000s, look no further. Entertaining as hell, but not the best show ever.
- Say Yes to the Dress — Wedding dresses and emotional girls. Drama ensues. It’s awesome.
- Coupling — A British comedy that came before “Friends” that somebody told me was its inspiration, “Coupling” is about six friends and is hilariously raunchy and pretty much all about sex and relationships. If you need a good laugh, give it a shot. (If you’re not easily offended, that is.)
- The IT Crowd — Another British comedy that is just downright funny. It’s all about a couple of socially awkward guys who work in IT, and the definitely-not-tech-savvy girl who ends up in their department.
So there you have it. My favorite TV shows from the past several months. I wouldn’t say these are my favorite of all time (I just realized Law and Order: SVU never made an appearance), but I really like all these shows, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
All for now,
What are some of your favorite TV shows?