After a lengthy and heavy first post, I want to balance it out with something lighter. After Game of Thrones finished its fifth season with a cliffhanger, you might be wondering what else can fill up that dragon-shaped cavity in your heart. In years past, we had to wait until September, the start of the US Fall season, to get quality shows. Luckily for us in this age, good TV doesn’t run out. I have here a shortlist of shows that you might consider watching in the next few months. All four are new shows that garnered much praise from critics. I’ve also added some references for comparison.
Current Metacritic rating: 83 (based on 16 reviews)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100 (based on 15 reviews)
Availability: All six episodes available in Amazon
Synopsis: Catastrophe has a simple plot: an American advertising executive (played by Rob Delaney) hooks up with an Irish school teacher (Sharon Horgan) at a bar during a business trip in London. Much to their shock, Sharon gets pregnant afterwards. They decide to keep the baby and Rob relocates to London where they try to coexist considering how they barely know each other.
Why it’s good: Catastrophe is unapologetic yet charming. It tries to capture the human experience and emotion of two adults bound to a predicament that they did not want. The story’s much like Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl’s Knocked Up but with more humanity and less manchildren and bong smoking
Fun Fact: Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia of Star Wars fame) plays as Rob’s mom.
Current Metacritic rating: 77 (based on 15 reviews)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97 (based on 29 reviews)
Availability: Four episodes aired in Lifetime
Synopsis: After a nervous breakdown on set, Rachel “The Dragon” Goldberg (Shiri Appleby) returns as assistant producer to a reality TV dating show called Everlasting (think of it as The Bachelor).
Why it’s good: UnREAL gives some real talk to the whole reality TV business. As one of the producers, Rachel must “produce” the drama in the show by manipulating contestants, by hook or by crook. And it’s amazing how far they go and how often they succeed. And in traditional soap opera fashion, every episode is not without a big confrontation that gets you glued.
Fun Fact: Shiri Appleby was one of the leads of the 90s teen drama show Roswell.
Current Metacritic rating: 78 (based on 22 reviews)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96 (based on 25 reviews)
Availability: One episode aired in USA
Synopsis: No this doesn’t have anything to do with Styx. Elliot (Rami Malek) works as a programmer at a cyber-security agency by day, and a vigilante hacker by night. After thwarting a cyber attack to one of his company’s biggest clients, the eponymous Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) invites Elliot to join his group of cyber freedom fighters.
Why it’s good: Mr. Robot benefits much from the character of Elliot and Rami Malek’s performance. Elliot’s an anti-hero. He chooses to distance himself from today’s society, but at the same time, desires to uphold justice in the same society. His idealism and demeanor is reminiscent of Death Note’s Light Yagami. Malek, And boy does Malek able to convey this difference in his performance.
Fun Fact: The USA Network has so much confidence in the series that they’ve renewed it for a second season even before its premiere.
Current Metacritic rating: 68 (based on 12 reviews)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 69 (based on 16 reviews)
Availability: One episode aired in Comedy Central
Synopsis: As its title implies, Another Period is set in the early 1900s that focuses on the lives of the Bellacourt family, mainly Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome) and their servants.
Why it’s good: Simply because Another Period pokes fun at period shows like Downton Abbey. It goes against the strict and formal treatment of period dramas that makes it refreshing. Something you can watch without the worry of using brain cells.
Fun Fact: Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame plays as a new servant girl with a secret.
Stay tuned for more news and picks on TV shows in the coming months.
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