5 TV Shows You Should Get To Know Immediately
As I’m sure many of you already know, there is a ton of television nowadays and a lot of outlets to consume it on. Even if you have nothing else to do but watch television all day everyday, you couldn’t even scratch the surface of the amount of content out there.
Heck, television critics are getting a bit irritated at the idea of trying to watch all of the screeners being sent their way for review. It’s impossible to watch every show, especially the ones that you probably should be watching, like for instance, The Americans on FX. It’s arguably the best show on television, which you might have heard of with most critics praising it as one of the best shows of 2014. It’s tough to argue with that sentiment, so you should just trust the critics and catch up on it ASAP.
Anyways, this isn’t going to be a discussion about the best shows on the air, because you could just search the Internet real quick and find that out. I’m here to give you 5 TV shows you may have heard of but just haven’t had the chance to get acquainted with. These aren’t necessarily the best the television industry has to offer, but they are certainly worth your time.
I know you read Cinemax and think “Skinemax,” but here me out. Banhsee is one of the most entertaining shows on television. Shit, I could argue that it is the most entertaining show on television. The premise is ludicrous, but sometimes you have to just accept it and enjoy the ride.
Banshee follows an ex-con who assumes the identity of newly appointed sheriff Lucas Hood after witnessing his murder. From there, the new Lucas Hood becomes the new sheriff of Banshee, imposing his own brand of justice. It has action, violence, sex and a pulp thriller mentality that separates itself from any other show on the air.
The violence is brutal and the action set pieces are shot in such a way that you can almost feel it yourself. The series is currently in its third season and will be back for a fourth. Get acquainted with it.
Fresh Off The Boat (ABC)
This is a series you can catch up on pretty quickly, with only a handful of episodes in the can. Fresh Off The Boat is a sitcom about an Asian-American family who moves from Washington D.C. to Orlando in 1995. The man, who wrote the memoir the series is inspired by, Eddie Haung, narrates the series.
Eddie and his Taiwanese family struggle to adjust to life in Orlando, with the new steak restaurant his father opened getting off to a rough start and Eddie’s mother (played hilariously by Constance Wu) struggling to adjust to American culture, especially in a mostly white suburb. It’s funny, relatable and it most definitely pushes a few buttons rarely seen on network television.
If anything, watch the show for Eddie’s embrace of hip-hop culture and his two hilarious younger brothers Emery and Evan. Still, there might not be a more hilarious performance than Wu’s, which is already being touted as one of the best all-around performances of the year.
Jane The Virgin (CW)
This is another series with a ludicrous premise, but that’s sort of the point of the series. It’s based on an actual telenovela from Venezuela and the American version revolves around Jane, who also happens to be a virgin who is mistakenly artificially inseminated. Jane is religious and took a vow to save her virginity until marriage, but once she’s pregnant the telenovela aspects of the series begin to take shape.
The series understands itself and embraces its telenovela elements while also grounding its characters emotionally. It’s already garnered award recognition, most notably with Gina Rodriguez, who plays the titular character, winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy. From that alone you might’ve heard of the series, but if you can get past the premise and accept the series for its indelible charms, it’s worth getting caught up on.
This sitcom doesn’t get the love it deserves, but I’m here to rectify that. And yes, USA Network does air sitcoms other than Modern Family reruns. It failed with Benched, an often funny take on the legal genre, but was swiftly cancelled after it concluded its first season. Fortunately, Sirens has had better luck and is by far a better series.
It follows three Chicago EMT Paramedics who are narcissistic, crude, but somehow qualified to do their jobs. Denis Leary and Bob Fisher adapted the series from across the pond and have turned it into a hilarious world where these men jabber on about ridiculous pop culture events, their love lives and, of course, the meaning of life. They also get into some odd situations on and off the job with hilarious results. It’s only in its second season, which has certainly upped its game from its first.
I don’t have kids and I’m too young to have a mid-life crisis, but somehow I get along nicely with HBO’s new half-hour Togetherness, which airs Sunday’s along side the critically discussed Girls and the “gay version” of Girls, Looking. What I like most about this series is that it focuses on everyday moments and finds ways to make you laugh at mundane things while also being honest about middle-aged life in Los Angeles.
This is easier to understand knowing that it comes from the Duplass brothers (Jay and Mark; the latter stars) who know how to tell small-scale stories with meaningful intentions. What I love most about this series is the relationship between Alex and Tina, two adults who seem to avoid responsibility but also try to push each other in their respective life choices. Played by Steve Zissis and Amanda Peet respectively, it’s the one element that I was sold on from the very beginning.
If you have the opportunity or feel like watching something fresh and new, check out these five shows; there’s a good chance you’ll fall in love with one of them.