If you’re anything like me, you always have to have a TV series on deck, ready to entertain you at any moment. Below I have compiled a list of my favorite TV shows (that I’ve watched this year only) that keep me occupied during my downtime. Some of them I have watched every single episode & others I am still watching!
HERE WE GO!!
- SHAMELESS (Showtime, Netflix)
I have watched every episode available to stream. This series had me hooked really early on. It is set in southside Chicago and follows a family in poverty. The oldest sister, Fiona, takes on the role of guardian to her 5 younger siblings and chaos often ensues. The comedy in this show pulls the whole thing together. Something serious and sad will happen and CUE DADDY FRANK, the alcoholic, drug addict, father of the family swoops in with some comedic, unorthodox actions to wipe your tears away and provide you with a laugh. This series takes many twist and turns that I never expected, often leaving me frustrated at the characters (but in a good way). I WANT MORE!! I definitely recommend adding Shameless to your watch list!
2. WEEDS (Showtime & Netflix)
Weeds follows a widow, Nancy, and her two sons, as they find ways to cope with their husband/father’s untimely death. To support her family, Nancy decides to start selling Marijuana. Only intending to be small business and sell to the parent’s at her kid’s school, Nancy finds herself in bigger business, selling to big names like Snoop Dogg. Her children become involved and while things work well for awhile, they eventually go south. The humor is heavy in this show as well but also finds places to stab a dagger right through your heart. Weeds was mostly a late night watch for me, but I finished it very quickly. The only downfall of this series for me was the ending. It seemed very thrown together and as if Showtime decided to end the series the day before the writers gathered to tie a bow on the box that was Weeds.
3. THE ACT (Hulu)
If you enjoy anything based off a true story, this short series is a show for you. The Act follows Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee in the years leading up to Dee Dee’s death as well as Gypsy’s incarceration. Dee Dee suffers with Munchausen’s by Proxy, leading Gypsy to believe that she was deathly ill with various diseases, disorders, and other medical conditions. Gypsy had been told and treated as if all of these issues were true for her entire life until she became old enough to realize it was all a lie. We meet her neighbors as well as the boyfriend she secretly meets online. This man becomes the person to work out Gypsy’s plan in murdering her mother to get away from the toxic life she’d been born into. Before watching, I watched a lot of news/media coverage on this case and it made the show that much more interesting for me. This show made me scream, cry, and want to kick a chair over. Watching Gypsy’s story unfold as she finds out she could’ve lived a normal life was very unnerving but worth the watch.
4. BLACK MIRROR (Netflix)
Black Mirror is for those of you who enjoy darker subject matter. Though some of these episodes may appear happy and upbeat at the beginning of the episode, most take a dark turn for the worst. This series does not follow a plot line, as every episode is different. It is like watching a bunch of movies in a series. With Black Mirror you never know what to expect. The latest season, consisting of three episodes, features celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Anthony Mackie. Though the Miley Cyrus episode was not my favorite, it still gave me that Black Mirror gut wrenching feeling that I have come to know and love. Start from season 1 and keep going! No worries if you skip around. You won’t miss any important details to the episodes because they are all a different story. This series is one I did not binge, but rather spread out over time. It was a lot to take in, but definitely left me thinking every episode.
5. The Chi (Showtime)
The Chi follows several different characters in southside Chicago as they deal with the death of two teenage boys in the area, Coogie & Jason. I have just started watching this show and their are only two seasons available at the moment, but I am hooked. A friend has been recommending it to me for over a year now and I am SO happy I finally decided to start watching. This show has more of a serious tone, occasionally throwing some humor in for our release of tension. I love the characters and the acting is PHENOMENAL. I truly believe this is an artistic show and deserves more main stream attention. This is my current binge session and I hope you join me!!
These shows are not the only ones I have watched this year, but these are the five that I have caught the most interest in. Comment below some suggestions you have for me, as watching awesome TV shows is my favorite past time!
Others I’ve started watching/are currently watching:
-Dead to Me
-Ted Bundy Tapes
Comment your suggestions below! Thanks for reading. 🙂