The 6 best shows you (probably) aren’t watching
If you ask a lot of people about the state of televsion today, a lot of them will tell you we’re in a “Golden-age,” and I personally would agree. There’s so many quality shows available today on network and cable channels that it’s hard to keep track of what to watch. Because of that, it got me thinking about the shows that people aren’t seeing for various reasons such as ratings,the time the show airs, or lack of mainstream appeal. Whatever the reasons, here are six television shows that if you’re not watching them, you really need to be.
6. Game of Thrones (HBO)
I’m kidding, EVERYONE watches Game of Thrones. Actual list below.
6. Broad City (Comedy Central)
Okay, so I’ve written about Broad City three times on this blog, but it really is that good. Since I’ve written about this show many times before, I’m going to keep this part REALLY short. If you want a more detailed description of the show click here or here. Basically, Broad City is a comedy about two twenty-something year-old women living in New York dealing with common issues of young women post-college. If that description sounded pretty boring, the clip below will probably be better at showcasing what the show is about.
5. Silicon Valley (HBO)
Think of Silicon Valley as “Parks and Recreation” meets “The Big Bang Theory.” This Hbo show premeired last year and revolves around six guys who work for a startup company called Pied Piper that resides in the area in San Francisco known as “Silicon Valley.” A lot of the jokes come from the common issues startup companies go through when trying to build a business from the ground up such as name changes, investing, and numerous competitors. The ratings for the first season did really well due to it airing after episodes of Game of Thrones, but it’s still worth watching even with out the help of Game of Thrones.
4. Portlandia (IFC)
Portlandia is a sketch comedy that heavily focuses on dry humor. The show stars former SNL cast member, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, who is lead guitarist/singer for Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney. As you can probably guess from the title, the show is filmed/based in Portland, Oregon and it incorporates a lot of the Portland scenery and culture into their sketches which includes selective restaraunts, bars, and museums. Despite Portlandia not being a huge mainstream success, it has a very loyal fanbase and also has numerous guest stars appear on the show including Aubrey Plaza, Steve Buscemi, and Olivia Wilde. If you don’t believe me that the show is good, maybe you’ll believe Jerry Seinfeld.
3. The Newsroom (HBO)
The Newsroom is a political drama that takes place at a fictional news station called Atlantis Cable News (ACN). Jeff Daniels stars as Will McAvoy, head anchor of ACN, who–with the rest of his staff–makes it their mission to report important and relevant news instead of the “fluff pieces” other networks are puting on the air. The show benefits from a talented ensemble cast and very well-written dialogue coming from Aaron Sorkin. If you’re not familiar with Aaron Sorkin’s previous work, expect his signature speedy dialogue and lenghty monologues.
2. Archer (FX)
If you’re a fan of any of the shows on Adult Swim, Archer will quickly become one of your favorites. Archer is an adult animated comedy about Sterling Archer, a talented but extremely self centered agent who works for the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS.) What makes Archer one of my favorite shows is how there is no weak link when it comes to the scenes involving Archer and his co-workers show which includes his mother and ex-girlfriend. The “rapid-fire” delivery of the jokes as well as all of the running gags makes Archer a show that comedy fans should definetly get invested in. It’s available on Netflix right now, so you don’t really have an excuse not to watch it.
1. You’re the Worst (FX)
Since You’re the Worst just premiered last summer, it’s not surprising that the show isn’t a hit yet, but it’s coming. Categorizing itself as an “anti-romcom,” You’re the Worst is about two people–Jimmy and Gretchen–who meet at a wedding, hook-up, and end up in a reluctant and dysfunctional relationship. What makes this show different from other common romantic comedies is that the two main characters are somewhat unlikeable people–but in a good way. You’re the Worst’s greatness comes from the constant realization that Jimmy and Gretchen would be horrible with anyone else, but somehow they’re seemingly perfect for each other–but in a bad way.
Is there a show I’m missing? Let me know in the comments!