Who doesn’t like delving into something or just about anything to keep themselves entertained ??(aka protected from boredom or idleness). Sometimes these medias of entertainment become much more such as turning to knowledge hubs and bases of inspiration, goals, personality etc. We can all agree entertainment has played a major part in our lives, especially TV shows and series in this era of online streaming.
But we always want to make the most out of things. So, I have picked out 5 of the best TV shows and series which I think my readers would enjoy, understand and probably find as entertaining (also uplifting) as I do. Here we go peeps:
Can you even start a list of best sitcoms, shows and series without mentioning Twin Peaks??!. This American surreal, horror and mystery story aired first in the April of 1990 on ABC. It has got 89% ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and still manages to knock the minds out of recent viewer be they new or old ones just binging on this good ol’ favourite again. Set in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington it takes us through the journey of FBI Agent Dale cooper and the Sheriff of the town Harry Truman investigating the murder of Laura Palmer, the homecoming queen. But it’s no simple detective show (no detective show ever is simple…). With notes of supernatural, humour and unusual, the viewers are enticed into wanting to explore more of Twin Peaks. Unfortunately, it was cancelled after its second season in 1991 and put on a 25 year hiatus. The creators stated declining views as the reason (…what!?!). In 2017, after the long wait, Twin Peaks returned with a third and final season named Twin Peaks : The return and Twin Peaks: A limited events series. It is commonly agreed that the fantastic series would have garnered many more fans were it premiered in this era.
Firefly is another piece of work we just can’t create our list without. Created by Joss Whedon ( rings a bell?… Yes!! Buffy the vampire slayer is one of his most loved and well-known works) it aired on Fox network in the September of 2002. It has got a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is still missed just the same as it was in 2003 when it was cancelled after the airing of the 11th episode of the first season which originally had 14 episodes. The numbers it seemed wasn’t supporting it. The viewer is taken to the future year of 2517. Humans have colonised another galaxy with various planets and moons because ‘Earth-that-was‘ could no longer bear the strain. There are fused cultures, languages and class discrimination based upon a war that took place. It’s positive reception pushed it towards winning the primetime Emmy award for outstanding special visual effects for a series (Shiny eh?…okay, watch it so you get the reference). In 2005, Whedon with Universal studios released Serenity which follows from the events of Firefly. Fans however still speculate over what it could have been. Watch it people, it’s futuristic setting is sure to get you hung on it.
Ah! Another series desperately missed by the viewers. Dead like me took off in the June of 2003 on SHOWTIME and scores 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. It deals with, as the title suggests, death. Our ‘salty‘ and detached protagonist Georgia ‘George‘ Lass (famous five vibes anyone???..) who has dropped out of college gets hit on the head with a toilet seat (yes, you heard that right...) on her first day at her temporary job and dies. However, as the Grim who collected her soul finished his number of collections required to pass on to the next plane, she is given the new position as the Grim and now has to go around collecting souls of accident and murder victims ( most of which have personalities as complex as her own) while maintaining a day job. It’s full of sardonic humour and is somehow really relatable. As we go through the aftermath of her death with her family, her group of Grims and through the lives of others we realise, it’s more of a journey to find one’s self ( even if it’s after death). Dead like me has been nominated for several awards including Emmys, International Horror Guild and Satellite. It was cancelled with the last episode airing on Halloween (31st October) 2004. It’s cancellation was as said by creator Bryan Fuller due to a loss of quality and controversies. Damn, can you even begin to imagine how much this generation would have cherished it??.
Alright. Before anyone comes at me criticising it, let me tell you ; Sense8 has won the GLAAD media award for outstanding drama series, a Location Managers Guild award and a Primetime Emmy award for original musical score ( Ha! can’t beat the stats can ya?…okay, chill). It’s just beautiful, b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. It deserves to be here. The series has an 87% score on Rotten Tomatoes and premiered with the first season consisting of 12 episodes in the June of 2015 on Netflix. It follows the life of 8 people from different countries and continents of the globe who are mysteriously connected through telepathy which isn’t really telepathic ( I understand it’s a bit complex to take in….please just go and watch it). The drama is filmed across various different locations in the world and it’s just mind-blowing. You’ll most definitely fall in love with some of the scenes or sequences where these eight people despite being literally miles away from each other communicate and execute a rescue whenever one of them is threatened by the BPO ( watch it to get the reference) or anything else ( Spoilers!!! my personal favourite is when they can all hear the music one of them is playing and sing, dance, nod or tap to it….it’s absolutely heart-warming). It is especially appreciated because of its diversity of cast, acceptance of different sexualities and just the entire concept. The second season was released in two parts ; a Christmas special in December 2016 and the remaining episodes in May 2017. However, it was then abruptly cancelled. The Vice President of Netflix, Cindy Holland had said in an interview that despite its success, Sense8 cost too much to film and the ratings didn’t cover what was spent on filming it ( * heart breaks achingly *). Fans were left very disappointed and we are just hoping it’ll still somehow gain more attention to get more episodes.
Okay. I’m not sure if this should even be here but as of now i.e May 08th 2020, the fate of Veronica Mars stands undecided. It aired in the September of 2004 on UPN (now CW) and was originally a young adult novel with a male protagonist which was later changed to female because it was believed to be more interesting. Its first premier had 2.49 views in America and has a score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Through its course, the series has been nominated for multiple categories across many prestigious award ceremonies and has won 2 Saturn awards, an American film institute awards and a Family Television award. It ran two seasons on UPN till 2005. The plot follows Veronica Mars, a highschool student and daughter of County Sheriff Mars in the fictional town of Neptune by the coast of California whose life turns over after her best friend is murdered and her father is denounced of his position for not being able to solve the case. Her mother, developing a drinking problem leaves town and after being boycotted by the community and her high-class ‘fake‘- friends, Veronica with her father open a private investigation agency with her working there part-time. So begins the journey of young detective Veronica Mars ( I’m getting Nancy Drew vibes….) . The show grew a very strong and loyal fan base who are referred to as ‘Marshmallows‘ (reference to the show peeps…). The third season was aired in 2007 on CW and cancelled. However, with funding from the fans a film was released in 2014 which grossed 3.5 million worldwide. A fourth season was released on Hulu in July 2019 but it was revealed that there are no plans about a fifth season. Damn, I would really love for it to keep going. I can’t believe how dedicated the fan base is. Hope you all give it a try as well.
If you feel something has been left out or would want to suggest more shows or movies then please comment below.