Top 10 Shows You Should Be Watching…

The Top 10 Shows You Should Be Watching If You Didn’t Vote – Trump.

In other words, here are the top 10 shows that are as inclusive, inspirational, artistic and classy as it gets. If you voted for Trump, then you may not see the special sparkling light in these shows, but here’s to hoping.

10. Westworld (HBO)

I’m trying to keep all the HBO/Showtime big hitters at the bottom of this list, we all know how big their budgets can get, so they should be creating masterpieces each season. 1274080_mkt_pa_westworld-s1_po_v1_pHaving said that, Westworld and it’s freshman season made us look at our lives in a completely different way. What if we’re already on our loops? Expected to do exactly what was programmed into us…by society…? Mind blown right? There’s also a fearless leader involved played by Anthony Hopkins…and we all know how important a fearless leader can be these days. Am I right or am I right?.

9. Game of Thrones (HBO)

Real talk Game of Thrones can probably top this list, but since they win at everything else (except Golden Globes 2017) I’ll keep them at the bottom of this list. But seriously, at the root of this entire show lies some pretty bad ass women, some have fallen along the way, some have dyed their hair black only to realize ginger is totally their colour, and if you’re Khaleesi it took her losing the triple threat dragons to realize how strong she was. But also she really needs them so thank God they came back. Season seven is coming up, and so is winter, and so is a bunch of grown up Starks who we’re hoping kick some major butt this season.The women just rule in this show, don’t deny it.

8. The Affair (Showtime)

Again I’m keeping these really powerful big budget shows at the bottom of this list to give the newcomers a bigger spotlight. But there is so much to be said for probably one of the smartest shows on television. I’ve been a fan since the beginning, and this season, although we’re sympathizing with creepy Noah, it’s given an opportunity for wifey Helen (Maura Tierney) to shine bright like a diamond. Her performance this season has been beyond chilling. This show does such a great job at presenting the different perspectives, mainly between a man and a woman, husband and wife. But if you really look at it as something bigger, none of us see things the same. This causes huge confusion, major conflicts, but at the same time it’s also what makes us human. We all need to be able to live together, and not be shady. Duh.

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7. Black Mirror (Netflix)

This show might be the most low key (aka unknown) on the list, it’s on Netflix, and each episode is about something different, but they all have something to do with technology cover29and how crazy this world can get. At a time when there are a lot of unknowns, Black Mirror shows, what are world can be, and sometimes it’s really unnerving, and sometimes it’s really beautiful. I don’t want to get into each episode, I still haven’t seen them all, but the stand out episode has to be San Junipero, wait I can’t even tell you what it’s about! It’ll just spoil it, so go and watch it!

6. Shameless (Showtime)

What doesn’t Shameless talk about? There’s nothing that goes untouched with this show and this season brought us femme fatale Fiona, and Ian’s new boyfriend…that was a girl…and now is a boy. You know what this show does? This show makes it okay to talk about anything and everything. It makes it acceptable for anyone to do whatever they want, with whoever they want, it’s freedom, it’s crazy, but the world hasn’t exploded, it works, and it’s okay. And that is all. Just watch it. But you probably already are.

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5. Kingdom (DirecTV)

Kingdom makes my list for one reason and one reason only – Kiele Sanchez. The second half of this season saw the return of Lisa Prince played by Kiele, and it was one of the most powerful and heartbreaking episodes I had ever seen. When Kiele has a miscarriage late into her real pregnancy, both creator and Kiele decided to include it into the show, because Lisa was pregnant as well. For a show that’s 98% sweaty men fighting their faces off, I can’t tell you the amount of power Kiele brought as a female character to the screen. A lot of her scenes where she’s breaking down, they felt so raw and honest, because I mean it did all happen to her. It was more empowering to hear that she wanted to tell her story to lisa_small-4e2029a3the world, there was nothing to hide or be embarrassed about. Over a few episodes she tries to heal, she tries to get back to #werklife, and her acting honestly was brilliant. She was always a side character before, but this season she showed how strong she is as an actress, as a character, and how big this show can be. It’s a show about MMA fighting, but put that aside and you realize all these characters are fighting for different things, maybe some of the same things, things that can resonate with us as the audience. But the point is, life can knock ya down, life might be shi*** for the next couple (4) years, but the fight just makes you stronger.

4. This is Us (NBC)

At this point you’ve probably heard about the show with the ‘special’ spin at the end of the first episode. Yes, it was that clever. This is not one of those shows that I’m tuning into every week, but I have been following and I just think this show is definitely breaking barriers. I really didn’t know how long the show would go on for, honestly it wasn’t about the quality of the show, I just didn’t think it would survive in a place like NBC. I just felt like to show some of the raw moments, they couldn’t be things that are shown on NBC, but nevertheless it has succeeded it’s first season right where it started. Then I saw they were nominated for a few Golden Globes and I was like damn. Now, I know all the politics involved  with certain shows getting certain nominations, but still, the show is really good, the writing is funny and cute, and the actors just play their characters right. It’s like one big happy family, ahem ahem.

3. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

I feel like we’re always waiting for this show to return because we end up watching the entire season over a weekend. It’s just that good. You know, this season of OITNB really talked about some hard issues that have obviously been going on forever, but just had more attention in the last year. And not to say they don’t talk about OITNB,poussey,season 3hard issues, they always do, that’s what makes the show so special, but this time OITNB got HEAVY. The season finale ending, Poussey, it was a lot, it was shocking, disturbing, sad, it’s everything that can go wrong in our world, it’s what’s happening now, and it’s not fun to watch. I think it was that much more disturbing because it all escalated so quickly and it was characters behaving in ways we had never seen the behave before. How did it go from 0 to 100 so quickly? I think that’s a big question we need to explore further. When things escalate that quickly, you lose yourself in the jump, and when you add weapons to the mix, things happen that can never be reversed.

2. Pitch (FOX)

LOL, this show is on FOX so even if you did vote for Trump you might like it. JK JK, it’s about a female baseball player so you’ll probably think it’s disgusting. But honestly, this show really did a number on me this season. Yes it’s about the first ever female professional baseball player, but again, it’s so much more than that. All the characters in this show are dealing with different things. I’ll give you an example of when I knew this show was different. There’s one player on the team, and his wife is also a main character. Well, instead of making him that typical athlete who cheats on his wife, or making her the typical wife who’s getting cheated on but doesn’t mind because she’s got pretty things, they completely flipped it around and put her in the power seat. Instead, she’s the strong supportive WAG (lol just wanted to use that word), she takes care of her man, yes she did a detour with her own dreams to support her husband, but her character is sort of having this awakening where she’s like, now it’s my turn to do my thing. Roles are shifting, people are changing, it really sucks this show is on Fox though.

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1. The Crown (Netflix)

God save the Queen! Or Claire Foy because she’s absolutely killing it playing Queen Elizabeth II. This show surprised me the most and that’s why it’s in the number one spot. I’m not into all this old school, Victorian era, stiff sh**. Never got into Downtown Abbey. Don’t hate. But, I gave this show a chance, and right from the start I was in. I can’t tell you exactly what it is, I know the acting is amazing, and the writing is really magical. They could’ve made this show really long and boring, but it’s clear, concise and kind of funny. Claire Foy plays the Queen in a naive, playful, but really smart way. One of my favourite lines of the season, is when the Queen’s father has just passed away and she’s on the way to his funeral and she reads a letter from her grandmother and in the letter granny writes something like, today you are mourning two people, your father, and yourself because the person you were before is dead. Because she’s obviously the Queen now and she needs to step up, and stepping up may require her to be a different person, or a different version of herself. If you’re a sucker for epic lines, trust me, this show will give you plenty. So just watch it. #imwithher

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I know, there are so many shows out there that is making waves, there are so many different stories to be told, each one of these shows is bringing a different question to the table. What do you guys think? Comment below

TV Fall Preview

It’s about that time of the year when all the good shows are back in business (exclude: Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black) with a full schedule lined up, it won’t be a surprise when the streets seem a little emptier.

Here are some of the upcoming shows we’re excited about and when you can expect them to premiere:

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Scream Queens (Sept 22)

The only show on this list that’s a series premiere this season. It is the highly anticipated new series by AHS creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. There’s a murder, there’s a college campus and a bitchy sorority, mixed in with a star studded cast and we’ve got a potential hit on our bloody hands. Look out for Nick Jonas, Emma Roberts and Ariana Grande.

How to Get Away with Murder (Sept 24)

Last season’s explosive and shocking finale left us all wondering who dunn’ it…again! How do these people keep killing people and making it all so shocking? I’m going to blame Shonda Rhimes because she’s the genius behind this show (also Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy) I really appreciated the storytelling of the first season, it’s such a smart show and very thought out. Once you figure out what’s a flashback and what’s not…you’re good to go.

Empire (Sept 23)

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Arguably the most popular show of last season, Empire follows Lucious Lyon (sort of a Puff Daddy or Russell Simmons persona) as he continues to run his empire with his three sons and cray cray ex-wife Cookie played by Taraji P. Henson. Although the show’s on FOX, okay I really shouldn’t say that because they brought us The O.C and that was the greatest gift from God. But for a primetime show that doesn’t have a big budget like HBO or Showtime, it’s pretty freakin’ entertaining! The writing is borderline soap opera but still fun to watch. And the music is on point people! Also, the drama is always hot and Cookie is always crazy.

Homeland (Oct 4)

I feel like Homeland continuously blows minds, and it has been since the first season. Homeland has evolved into really, a completely different story and I love that the writers were able to do that in the aftermath of a major character death. There is definitely a challenge in keeping this show as entertaining as it is. It takes place in present day, within the confines of reality. It’s not in a mystical world, it doesn’t depend on zombies or dragons to bring that greater than life feel. It’s straight up real world drama, politics, war…and motherhood. Which leads me to Claire Danes, who is phenomenal in this series. I honestly believe she’s crazy in real life, because nobody can play crazy that good and still be faking it.

The Affair (Oct 4)

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One of my favourite picks from last seasons line up. The Affair also proved that HBO and Showtime are full out going head to head bringing us the most diverse and entertaining shows on our screens. The Affair follows 2 couples, the man from the city falls in love with the girl from Montauk, that sort of thing. But here’s what they did differently, and what makes the show that much better. You know how everyone has their own version of events, or you notice something that the next person doesn’t notice. The Affair cuts between ‘his story’ and ‘her story’ one coming after the other in the episode. They’re never being juxtaposed. And you notice things in his version that never happened in hers. (eg. In his version she is much more aggressive and wants to pursue him even though he’s a married man. In her version he’s the pursuer and she’s holding back) It’s a very unique way of telling the story, even though we’ve seen our fare share of affairs on screen.

American Horror Story: Hotel (Oct 7)

Lady Gaga kicks off the new season of AHS playing a matriarchal figure in the season, aka the boss ass bitch. Which comes at a good time as our usual ‘mama dearest’ role was played by Jessica Lange who left after last season. So what do we know about all the characters this season? Not a whole lot, but we do know there are a ton of new actors filling up roles. Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are back again, and the whole season is taking place in a hotel. Hello, The Shining, this season is going to be crazy. But I said that about last years Freak Show and it turned out to be my least favourite.

The Walking Dead (Oct 11)

If you haven’t been watching Fear the Walking Dead you’re missing out on a whole new experience in zombie watching. It is such a different show, the world is completely different because we get to see what went down before all the zombies. It’s been nice watching Fear as it’s become like the appetizer dish to the full course meal that is The Walking Dead. So apparently everything’s going down this season, Morgan’s back and those wolf people know about Alexandria. So yeah it’s probably going to be a crazy season. Just please don’t kill Beth, oh right you guys already did that and ruined everything.

Kingdom (Oct 14)

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If anyone wants to see Nick Jonas perma sweating and half naked this show is for you! But for real, this show has an amazing first season, taking place in an MMA gym in Venice Beach. Trust me just watch it, the drama is all good.

 

So what do you guys think? Will you give any of these shows a shot? Let us know what you think or what you think we should be watching this fall.

TOP 5 SHOWS THAT SURPRISED US THIS FALL

The time has come, Fall is officially over, which means put your Pumpkin Spice Latte and UGG boots away – pull out your Snuggie and Snorel’s and get ready for the winter season. Here’s a list of the Top 5 Shows That Surprised Us This Fall.

 

1. Homeland

Homeland Yes Homeland is in it’s fourth season, and it is definitely not a newcomer. But after last season’s shocking ending killing off it’s   main character Nicholas Brody, it was hard envisioning a season that could trump the past ones. How could a show go on without it’s main character? And by main character I literally mean Clair Danes and Brody’s character (Damian Lewis) were the central storyline, and without either one of their characters, there wouldn’t be a point to the show. So you see why it was extremely important for the writers to ramp up this fourth season and basically makes us forget all about Brody, which we did. Until they brought him back in a dream/drug sequence last week. Regardless this show is on fire! And if you’re not already watching – then watch. Now.

 

Homeland airs Sunday nights at 9 pm on Showtime.

 

2. The Affair

the affairShowtime’s The Affair is in its first season, as of this publication it is on it’s 6th episode and more than halfway through the season.(10 episodes) One of the main reasons I wanted to watch this show was for the main character – Noah Solloway played by The Wire’s Dominic West. He is hot stuff and we haven’t seen him in anything since The Wire, which spiked an interest in this new romantic drama. Can we call it that? Right from the start everyone’s assumption is that this show is another adult romance show that will probably include a lot of ‘HBO-esque’ sex scenes. Which it is..and it has, but there’s something else that’s made this show completely different from what you expect from a romance/drama. What makes this show so entertaining is that it dives into the darker more psychological effects of having an affair, and the secrecy of wanting to live a secret life that ultimately pulls our two main characters away from their every day normal. From the way it’s shot, edited, and laid out this show is completely thought out and proves why video editing is just as important as script writing. Each episode is split into two perspectives, usually the first 25 minutes is ‘Noah’s Story” and the remaining 25 minutes is “Allison’s Story”. For the first 4 episodes their version of events were running simultaneously, different things being said/heard/seen in each of their perspectives. Which adds another layer of intrigue, why is Allison the sexually aggressive partner in Noah’s story? But in Allison’s story she is more timid and resistant to Noah’s passes. Very interesting to see the different perspectives the characters have, as a viewer it’s a real mind-f*** because you never really know which story of events to believe. The premise of the show is so basic, but the way they’ve presented it to us, it’s really brilliant, and absolutely surprised me. Definitely a show to watch this season.

The Affair airs Sunday nights at 10pm on Showtime.

 

3. Kingdom

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Another show that’s surprised me this season is DirecTV’s Kingdom. Yes, it’s the show with Nick Jonas. First off, I would like to thank the entire production of this show for offering an incentive to people who wouldn’t necessarily watch a show about mixed martial arts. We would however watch a show with sweaty hunky men with muscles working out half naked. So thank you people for giving that to the rest of us. Also, the show takes place in Venice, California so I don’t mind seeing palm trees while I watch it either. Okay, the premise is; Alvey (Frank Grillo) a onetime successful MMA fighter who runs a gym with his younger girlfriend Lisa. Alvey trains his son Nate (Nick Jonas) as he tries to becomes the next great fighter but an injury puts this dream on hold for a bit. Alvey needs to get more business to his gym Navy St. and decides to re-train Ryan (Matt Lauria, Friday Night Lights), former MMA Champion and former fiancé of Lisa. Also, Ryan’s fresh out of prison for beating the f*** out of his dad. Intrigued yet? I usually give it two episodes to decide whether or not a show is worth watching, by the first episode I already knew I was hooked.

Kingdom airs Wednesday nights at 9 pm.

 

4. How To Get Away with Murder

murderEveryone keeps talking about Shonda Rhimes like this girl is the Thursday night TV whisperer. Her new show How to Get Away With Murder, had me skeptical because of three reasons:

  1. I was worried everyone in this show would start talking like everyone in Scandal
  2. I had enough shows to keep track of on Thursday night’s I didn’t need another one
  3. Not crazy about Viola Davis’ face

Valid points. I kept seeing the promos for HTGAWM for a few weeks, but it wasn’t until I was bored with an empty PVR that I decided to finally give in and check the show out. I started late, I think 4 episodes in so I missed a lot, as I would soon realize (didn’t even know there were flashbacks happening). But I was immediately hooked. Even though Annalise (Viola Davis) annoys me, nobody seems to talk like they’re in Scandal (for now), so I’m good with that. Also, it’s a really smart, well thought out show so I definitely don’t feel like I could get dumber by watching it. If you haven’t watched it yet, you should. Just start from the beginning, the longer you wait, the more confusing it’s going to be.

How To Get Away With Murder airs Thursdays at 10 pm on ABC.

 

5. Red Band Society

red-band-society_jpgO-M-G I love this show! It makes me so happy even though it’s about a sick children’s hospital. I’m so over the hospital dramas, so this one was a breath of fresh air. From the beginning, I could tell this show was going to be different. I wasn’t crying – which was…a breath of fresh air! It is a show for the younger audience, so I’m not running hurdles to watch it on a weekly basis, but it is a cute story with cute teenagers dealing with not so cute things. The writing is absolutely surprising, seeing how they turn cheesy situations into really entertaining and witty moments. I like that. Unfortunately, the ratings haven’t been great so far, so they might not even make it to season 2 but it definitely surprised me. Just be ready to laugh and cry at the same time, which is absolutely better than laughing and crying at different times.

Red Band Society airs Wednesdays at 9 pm on FOX.