You might be wondering what to watch when GoT is over for good. We’ve got you covered.
Let’s be honest, we’re all bingers. In the golden age of television that we’re in now, there’s an over-saturation of quality television that – because of the segmented streaming platforms – it’s nearly impossible to watch everything. Time and time again, someone will proclaim a show as “the best shit ever” or say some rendition of “YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS.” I’m here to help you weed out all the bullshit and watch shows that are holistically above average; from a dynamic plot and incredible acting, to loveable characters and beautiful imagery, these are the shows that you won’t be able to keep to yourself after watching.
DISCLAIMER: I made sure to include Netflix originals, since most of us either have a Netflix account, or we’re still using our ex’s account when they’re not logged on *cough cough*
This is the only show that isn’t on Netflix, but I’d be doing everyone a disservice by not bringing this up. This show arguably is one of the best TV series created in the last 10 years. Just let that sink in. After you get past your “no way” phase, understand that The Americans wasn’t as heavily promoted (especially in the beginning of its run) as other high-market television series. The series kicked off in 2013, where we meet Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Kerri Russell) who on the onset are a poster of the American Dream, complete with a family, nice house, and corny ass one-liners. In almost an instant, the plot switches as Philip and Elizabeth reveal themselves as Russian spies, working for the KGB during the tenuous period of the Cold War.
Philip and Elizabeth set the tone early, encompassing a mix of intense familial love with an uncanny, almost horrifying dedication to the Soviet Union. They take duality to another frontier entirely, running covert assassination operations, bugging federal agents for reconnaissance, and meeting with top secret Soviet officials while still being home in time for dinner. The plot, in one word – magnificent. Philip and Elizabeth have so much going on with their secret lives that you almost forget about their kids, who begin to develop and blossom almost in disguise. Philip and Elizabeth incur a rollercoaster of emotional and physical traumas and challenges, all while coming home, fake smiling, and trying to maintain a family. What draws me most to this show is just that – the tension. So many close calls, so many almost failures, but at the same time, you begin to connect with each character to the point where you don’t want to see ANYONE lose or go down, but you know ultimately, someone is going to get the short end of the stick.
Master of None
I’m going to have to try and contain myself, because I have an intense love with this entire series. Written and directed by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Dev Shah (Aziz) stumbles his way through his life, acting in small roles, searching for love, and eating some of the best food I’ve seen depicted on TV. What draws me the most to Master of None is the innate connection it makes with its viewers; his problems aren’t just realistic, their organic and relatable to any and everyone who’s ever pursued love, a career, and an overall meaning and purpose of their life. The plot structure is flawless – he touches almost every aspect of a millennial life, dealing with his parents, maintaining friendships while working, and searching for a partner that may never truly meet his expectations of what I think love should be. As the plot delves deeper, you become attached not only to Dev, but to his happiness and overall well-being. He’s just like us in a sense, a kid playing adult, frantically searching for a sense of structure and overall stability while living in one of the most fast-paced, everchanging cities in the world.
Season 2 is nothing short of magical and somehow funnier and even more awe-inspiring than the first. and Dev gets into one of the most romantic forbidden love stories on the planet. There is an episode in particular (with a John Legend cameo I might add) that I literally had to pause because I was so emotionally invested in the show, I needed to take a breath and detach from the moment. Stunning shots of Italy (you’ll understand when you watch it), New York, and his subliminal dates with his new love interest elevate the entire series to another level. Absolutely hilarious, emotionally driven, and beautifully depicted, Master of None is one of those hidden gems I suggest you watch with either your significant other, or someone you have an interest with, you’re welcome in advance.
Whenever I ask anyone if they’ve seen BoJack, I always get a flurry of mixed reviews and “I didn’t really understand it” statements. Let me be clear – BoJack Horseman has some of the most eloquently written dialogues ever. Period. BoJack Horseman is a former sitcom star, drinking his way through his former fame, vying for appreciation and attention for his past accolades in an attempt to satisfy this massive hole of uncertainty and self-loathing. And that’s just the beginning. I think what really throws the show off is the mix of animals and people seamlessly interacting, and in some cases, dating (and getting married, but I digress). The show is absolutely hilarious, witty without trying too hard, and so dark that the scenes of deep introspection from BoJack and the other characters catches you off guard – and in some extreme cases – makes you tear up (speaking from personal experience).
As you watch BoJack continue to actively ruin his own life, while subsequently effecting the lives of the people around him, you begin to have this weird mix of angst and sadness towards him. Pity isn’t the right word, because it literally feels like utter sadness, exponentially heightened by some of the best soliloquys that I’ve witnessed in entertainment. All the characters – from BoJacks agent/past lover Princess Caroline, to his quirky best friend/roommate Todd, go through intense moments of introspection that make you feel like you just listened to Marvin’s Room, while it’s raining, after downing a bottle of wine. You almost forget that this weird world of people and animals seamlessly coexisting isn’t real, and as BoJack continues his drug-infused, debilitating shit show, you begin to realize that everyone has a little BoJack in them, maybe a little too much.