8 TV Shows You Should be Watching

TV Shows

Viewers these days have so much options with regard to television shows and entertainment. The floodgates have opened to various, overwhelming shows but how do you decide which shows to watch. Lucky for you, I have come out with a list of TV show recommendations that would be perfect for your viewing pleasure. So this is the perfect opportunity to binge-watch some critically praised shows that deserve your time.

1) House of cards: The story of a congressman who works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him is a sensational hit. The first and foremost reason to queue up to watch this show is two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, who plays Frank Underwood with a quiet, ruthless, diabolical menace that simmers just beneath the surface of his smarmy demeanor. This is what writing and creative stories characters heaven would look like and the production is as sleek, well executed as any you would expect from this caliber of talent.

2) Outlander: Based on the bestselling books by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is the story of Claire Beauchamp Randall played by the Golden Globe nominated Caitriona Balfe, a married WWII nurse who finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to 1743 where she meets an irresistible Scottish warrior played by Sam Heughan. The key reasons you should watch this is because the show brings two historical, separate time periods to life.

3) Daredevil: Brooding and bloody, this new show is an ambitious, entertaining Marvel comic. The story is about a blind lawyer, with his other senses superhumanly enhanced, fights crime as a costumed superhero. However the bread-and-butter is long, muted conversations, and some of the strongest material is the good sense of the real conflict at the heart of the series, between good and bad. The characters are strong and the action sequences are exceptional.

4) Sherlock: Why, Elementary, my dear reader. Sherlock is deduction & induction at best. A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. The resolution of an end-of-season cliffhanger usually disappoints because the reality never lives up to the hype but not this show, as evidence by enacting not one but three solutions which tipped a hat to various theories. It was audacious. It was controversial. But it was also brilliant, thoughtful and done for the fans of the original Sherlock series.

5) Game of Thrones: George RR Martin’s epic fantasy novel Song of Fire and Ice is represented brilliant in the HBO show. You will be immersed in a world of Westoros where you can witness dragons, sibling conflicts, blood spurting action  and all set in a medieval and political world. The characters are well-developed, the production is massive and has a big budget to give the fantasy a wonderful ambience. Simply put game of thrones storyline and acting rivals any blockbuster movie. Peter Dinklage who plays Tyrion Lannister work has been heavily praised by critics and fans alike.

6) Mr Robot: Follows a young computer programmer who suffers from social anxiety disorder and forms connections through hacking. He’s recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot. Christian Slater who plays the mysterious anarchist won a Golden Globe award for his performance and the storyline is equally tumultuous and unpredictable.

7) Mozart in the Jungle: Based on Blair Tindal’s tell-all book, Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, this light hearted comedy  shows the inner workings of the contemporary fictitious New York Symphony. The young, quirky, flamboyant, talented conductor is played by Golden Globe winner Gael Garcia Bernal and is the highlight of the show. The classical music renditions are delightful and it takes a tongue in cheek look at what happens in the seemingly genteel world of classical music, showing it to be as cutthroat as any in the entertainment business.

8) The Flash: The premise of the story is that Barry Allen wakes up 9 months after he was struck by lightning and discovers that the bolt gave him the power of super speed. With his new team and powers, Barry becomes “The Flash” and fights crime in Central City. The adrenaline fueled Flash benefits from its purposefully light atmosphere, making it a superhero show uniquely geared toward genre fans as well as novices.

We’re living in a golden age of television. The sudden influx of great TV is about as first-world as it gets: deciding which great show to watch with your ever-dwindling free time and hopefully this list will assist you.

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Lisa Vas

Writer, Journalist, foodie, bonvivant & everything in between. Creative by nature & always seeking new adventures. Based on real life events.