When it comes to TV shows, I’m fairly particular. People are always giving recommendations for what to watch next, but I often struggle with their choices. You see, I really struggle committing to shows. Being a busy student, I only have so much time to devote to staying on top of TV. I really hesitate spending time on a show if I’m not going to fall head-over-heels in love with it. In general, shows that are character driven usually bore me. Sitcoms, medical shows, crime dramas… it feels like the same thing over and over again. I get bored quickly. I tend to favor shows that are more plot-based where episodes build into a larger story arc.
Because I’m a tough-sell, when I for a show, I fall HARD. That being said, I don’t make recommendations lightly. If you’re looking for something new to watch, here are some shows I’ve been obsessed with lately.
When my brother first recommended this to me, I was like “Eh, no thanks. Not my thing.” I gave the first few episodes a chance, but quickly lost interest. Although I love superhero movies, the characters didn’t feel like anything special and the plot wasn’t anything to write home about. However, this summer, I kept hearing people talk about how AMAZING this show is. “Season one is good,” my older brother explained, “but it’s definitely something you have to push through. Season two, though… season two is absolutely phenomenal.”
So I gave Arrow another chance. And my brother was right. Season one is a little rough, but it picks up and season two… Season two is one of the best seasons of a show I’ve ever seen. Every episode is solid and the finale is absolutely incredible. The third season is currently on and, although it’s less gripping than its predecessor, it’s still one of my favorite shows on t.v.
During my sophomore year of college, my roommate and I stumbled upon a Masterpiece Classic show called Mr. Selfridge about an American entrepreneur who sets up a department store in London. We were immediately sucked in (mainly because we liked Henri, the French window display designer). As time went on, though, the show was disappointing. Our favorite characters made choices we weren’t comfortable with. The story got boring.
When I was in England, one of my British friends presented an alternate option. The Paradise is also about a department store. Lead by the charismatic Mr. Moray, the show plunges into the workings of the store and its employees. The show’s heroine is Denise Lovett, a sharp small town girl with a natural knack for business.
The Paradise, unfortunately, only has two seasons. But if you’re a fan of BBC dramas, you’ll like this show. The characters are endearing and the story is downright charming. (Also, I’d like to note that the trailer below makes it look more racy than it actually is.)
I grew up watching adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ novel. I’ve always loved The Three Musketeers. Each adaptation aims at capturing the heart of the novel and, although each does so differently, there are portions of the plot remain the same. D’Artagnan always goes to Paris to avenge his father. He always joins up with trusty Musketeers Athos, Aramis, and Porthos. They always strive to protect the King of France against the wiles of Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter. How the story goes depends on the adaptation. The problem, though, is that none of them seem to succeed at telling the story right. The 1993 version with Charlie Sheen is too campy. The 2001 adaptation deviates from the core story too much. The Mickey Mouse version is… well… it’s Mickey Mouse. And the 2011 version with Logan Lerman is an absolute train wreck.
Then, last winter, the BBC came out with a television series based on the book that is ABSOLUTE GOLD. It’s The Three Musketeers as I have always wanted it. The acting is good, character development solid, and the story is exciting. It’s got an excellent blend of political intrigue, romance, and swashbuckling action. It’s an absolutely fantastic show and, for whatever reason, I’m the only one I know who watches it.
What are some of your favorite t.v. shows? Are there any you think I’d like? Let me know in the comments!