With Spring break coming, you’re more than likely to finally have some extra time on your hands. Even if you might want to take that time to get some advance on your schoolwork, you also need to reward yourself for all of the hard work done during the semester. One of my favorite ways to relax is watching my favorite shows on Netflix. I cannot be more grateful that I finally indulged in getting myself a subscription!
I am not sure whether Netflix is actually the best thing that has happened to me or if it ruined my life…
This is actually sort of a TV Show Recommendation masterpost. I’m not going to include TV shows that I’ve mentionned in this series before, so go read my previous posts if those interest you! (because they’re all totally bingeable too)
I have only discovered Gilmore Girls this summer (shame on me, I know), but I’ve completely fallen in love with it. I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I’ve seen on television. For those of you who, like me, have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a short summary:
When Rory Gilmore gets into a private high school that might help her pursue her dream of studying at Harvard University, Lorelai, Rory’s single mother, has to ask her own mother for money. But, the thing is, Lorelai hasn’t spoken much to her rich parents ever since she ran away from home at the age of sixteen, when she was pregnant with Rory. The TV show follows the life of Lorelai and Rory in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.
I don’t think I’ve ever connected with the main characters of a TV show more than I did with Gilmore Girls. Both women are smart, witty and very well written. I found myself laughing every single episode at Lorelai’s babbling, the Gilmores’ sass and their upbeat, imperfect life. The situations these two can get themselves into are simply hilarious. But what’s even more funny is seeing them trying to get out of it.
Gilmore Girls is not about romance, but about the importance of family. Rory and Lorelai are so close, I kind of find it impossible for it to be true. But the truth is, their bond is unbreakable. It stretches sometimes, to the point it makes you worry it’s going to break, but they always find their way back to one another. They are not only mother and daughter, but they are also best friends. Their relationship is definitely one of the best things on this show.
What is also so amazing with Gilmore Girls is what minor characters bring to the show. Without the people of Stars Hollow, the story would be dull, boring even. They bring a certain dynamic to the show, and I cannot help but love them more for it. They all bring something different to the story, they’re not only fluffers.
With the revival coming soon (!!!!!), you should definitely start watching (or rewatching!) it now!
Okay, let’s be honest here. Who has never heard of Friends? Whether you’ve watched it or not, we all know this TV show is a masterpiece in American television.
When Rachel Green runs away from her own wedding in an act of rebellion against her parents, she seeks out her childhood friend, Monica Geller. Monica decides to take her in as her roommate and soon enough, Rachel joins Monica’s group of friends, composed of single people in their mid-twenties: Chandler Bing, Joey Tribbiani, Phoebe Buffay and Ross Geller, Monica’s older brother. The shows follows the adventures of these six friends as they try to get through life.
The show is hilarious. Quite honestly, I think this is my favorite thing about it. No matter if I’m in a good mood or not, this show is bound to make me laugh. Whether it is because of Chandler’s sarcasm, Phoebe’s weirdness, Joey’s naivety or the crew’s improbable adventures, I can promise you that you will laugh until your stomach hurts.
Another thing that will make you fall head over heels for Friends is the characters. You have six unique characters with very vivid personalities. But what makes them even better is that they are relatable. Sure, they are in their mid-twenties and thirties, but you share some things. I can relate to their worries, hopes and fears, to the point that I see myself in them.
Friends is not only a TV show. It also thought me about life and the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people.
The Mindy Project
I’ve only recently started watching The Mindy Project, and now I’m completely obsessed! To tell you just how much I love this show, I’ve watched the entirety of what is available online (so four seasons and a half) in a week. I know, right? I’ve been binge watching in mid-January, and now I sort of wished that I had taken my time, because the second half of season 4 will only be aired in April.
For those of you, who, like me before I started watching, are clueless about this show, here’s a quick overview: Dr. Mindy Lahiri, who just got out of med school, landed a job in a obgyn practice. We follow the life of the colorful Mindy as she goes through relationships and adventures.
The Mindy Project will have you hooked within a few episodes. Mindy Lahiri is a female inspiration. I aspire to have her level of confidence. Mindy doesn’t settle for anything less than perfection, and she believes she deserves the best. Not only does Mindy excel at her job, but she also has a great personality. She’s hilarious, well-dressed and colorful. She will make you wish you had her as a friend.
But Mindy isn’t the only great character on the show. You have a ton of amazingly built side characters that bring something unique to the story. Some of them are given more space and importance, but I find it so interesting to get even the slightest bit of background story on secondary characters! And The Mindy Project delivers well on that part. Some of my favorites include Danny
(for obvious reasons), Annette and Morgan!
This is a jewel of modern television. Not only do you have a great representation of today’s society, but the relationships are all realistic. Mindy goes through a bunch of relationships before finally meeting the right man, and it’s a beautiful thing to see her evolve through her relationships. But what’s even more amazing it’s how relatable they are. We all have met similar men to the types Mindy encounters, and we’ve all been through some of the same things. And let’s not forget The Mindy Project also addresses the topic of friendship in a very modern and relatable way!
It was also this summer that I’ve started watching the masterpiece that is Sherlock. Honestly, I don’t know what I was doing with my life before I started watching this TV show! I can honestly say it’s one the best thing on television right now (even though we won’t be getting season 4 until God knows when).
I’ve started watching Sherlock because I was reading the entire work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, over the summer, and had heard lots of good things about its modern adaptation.
Well, let me tell you Sherlock is well worth the hype! It has amazing main characters. Even characters that tend to get sidetracked get a developed background story! The characters are complex, not fluffy at all. Yes, there are some stereotypes and clichés, but I honestly think the cast did an incredible job at adding depth to their characters.
Talking about the cast… Sherlock‘s never ceased to amaze me. I had never watched any of them in anything else (beside The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch), so I was surprised by how talented they all were. Not that I would have doubted it, but I was blown away by their amazing performance on more than one occasion. I don’t think the characters could have been casted better. Each one of them brings something to their character.
The intrigue on the show is impressively well-built. I don’t normally watch a lot of crime/mystery tv shows, so maybe I’m not in the right position to judge, but the storyline is amazing! Even if I’ve read the books, the show is very different and leaves much place to surprise and unexpected plot twists (all I will say is The Reichenbach Fall – those who have already watched it will know what I mean). The adaptation to modern life is also very well done. I couldn’t help but grin every time I heard a reference to the books. I also like how the modern adaptation has place for humour. Sherlock can be very direct, and what he says will make you laugh more than once. The very first episode, A Study in Pink, has some pretty hilarious one-liners.
Quite honestly, this show has made it onto my list of favorites. It never ceases to disappoint!
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
I had heard good things about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and back in January, I just randomly decided to dive into it.
I was absolutely clueless as to what is was about, but I ended up loving it! Kimmy Schmidt and three other women have been kept underground for 15 years by a cult when they get rescued. Kimmy decides to move to New York and the story follows her adventures as she tries to ajust to her new life.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of those light, fun TV shows to watch. There’s no heavy drama or overdramatic storyline. Of course, the show has a basic storyline and you’re wondering where all of this will lead, but you don’t have to invest yourself emotionally or mentally. Basically, it’s the perfect kind of series to just relax to.
This is definitely a comedy. I mean, it’s written and produced by Tina Fey, so it has to be funny. But the humour isn’t mean or sarcastic. You laugh at the situations the characters get themselves into. It’s a genuine laugh at some of Kimmy’s naive and outdated lines, at the way she perceives life and how she gets herself into some of the most ridiculous situations.
But I think what made me love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt the most is the great characters. Not only are you offered a great variety of characters, but all of them are special and unique. No fluffy non-sense, they all have a genuine purpose. I think my favorite, besides Kimmy, has to be Titus Andromedon, Kimmy’s roommate. This man made me laugh so hard, I almost cried!
I had heard lots of amazing things about Sense8, but I had absolutely no idea what is was about. So it’s clueless that I headed into this TV show.
Let me try to explain: when a woman dies, eight strangers from different parts of the world have a vision of her death happening. From this very moment, they become linked. The plot revolves around the lives of these eight strangers and shows them learning to communicate and use their skills as sensates. Meanwhile, another sensate, Jonas, is trying to protect them from “Whispers”, another sensate who is hunting them down by using their psychic link.
If you think it looks weird and complicated, well, I have to agree. The concept and the storyline are very unique. I’ve never seen anything like it. But this is what makes is so great. It’s unexpected, it’s new. I was very confused at first, but I quickly became engrossed with Sense8 and soon enough, I couldn’t stop watching. I grew attached the amazing characters and wanted to know what would happen to them next.
As I mentioned, the characters are amazing. They’re each very different, but I could somehow see myself in every one of them. They live very different lives, but they are linked through their connection. What’s amazing is that they can help each other out. Each one of them has an ability that helps the group grow stronger and they even save each other’s life on some occasions.
These amazing characters were played by a strong cast. I didn’t most of the actors on the show, and I was greatly surprised by the incredible performances that I’ve seen. This show is a tornado of emotions, and the cast renders that well.
The cultural aspect of this TV show is very strong and I think that’s why I loved it so much. We are confronted with realities from all over the world, and I think the story allows us to understand all of these cultures a little better. They’re also a great diversity of characters and cultures, and for that, I couldn’t be more grateful.
I loved the first season of Sense8 and I cannot wait to see what the second one will bring!
So get comfortable, because you’re in for a Netflix marathon!
Have you watched any of these TV shows? Do you have any other suggestions for me?