TV Shows You Should Be Watching
If you’re going to spend your free time laying in bed and streaming shows online, you might as well be streaming something other than Friends, Grey's Anatomy , or The Office. (No tea, No shade) These three shows each have fleshed out characters, intricate plots and important themes to take away. Don’t just mindlessly stare at your screen, invest in the story and people whose lives you are getting peer into.
By Kennedy Woodard
The Man In The High Castle
This show streams on Amazon Prime and is actively still in production for further seasons. ( So no need to worry on cancellations) The premise centers around a dystopian past in which the outcome of World War II is very different. America has been divided into three sections. The West is controlled by the Japanese, the East by the Nazis and the middle ground is neutral territory. The plot follows a girl named Juliana Crane, who discovers a film that could lead to the freedom of the American people. Not only is this show full of thrills and mind games, but it makes you think. It forces you to question the society we live in today and what we stand for as a country. The plot allows serious character development that forces us to think about our identity in the world. What do you stand for? Who do you fight for?
Big Little Lies
If you have not heard of this show or book, are you living under an actual rock? This show premiered in February 2017 and literally left everyone in awe. Not only because of the amazing writing and casting, but also because of the fact that it was produced by women and created by women (YASSS to girl bosses taking over a male dominated industry). Based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, it centers around five moms living a successful life in Monterey, California. However we go on to learn that these families have dark sides full of betrayal, adultery, abuse and even murder. The way in which the show is shot will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time, waiting to see who did it and how. You really start to connect with these characters and feel for the very human actions they make, though they may be wrong. This story is a perfect display of how we all lead lives no one knows about. What big little lies have you told? Season 2 premieres this June!
The Twilight Zone
The first time I encountered this series was in seventh grade in my history/english class. (Shoutout to Mr. Saffold, you a real one) The episode was called “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”. Those 20 minutes of pure genius blew my mind, and from then on I was hooked. The show premiered in 1958 and ran until 1964. Created by Rod Serling, the each episode does not correlate together, but rather have their own individual plots. It covers all the basics; sci-fi, thriller, psychological, suspense, horror, and fantasy. Each story has a moral twist at the end that never failed to make you audibly gasp. I fell in love with this show because of the idea that even though these people and these different worlds are so far away, we can still learn from them. We can get the moral conflict and decide for ourselves what our own outcome would be. The entire show streams on Netflix. Though I am partial to the original series, (there is just something about black and white film that adds an ominousness to it), I am excited for the re-make hosted by Jordan Peele. I think it is a match made in heaven and set to premiere on April 1st.