Hey, are you still doing your TV show binge, too? Yeah, I have yet to stop. Who would have thought that having Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime, AND Netflix would be this great? Not I. That’s for sure.
Listen, we have a lot to be grateful for when it comes to streaming systems. I couldn’t imagine being on quarantine without some type of television or movie. Mainly because I keep forgetting to read my books, but still my subscription services definitely got me all the way together during my short winter work-from-home break.
Let me be real, I watch a lot of television shows. Sometimes, it serves as background noise, and other times, I’m truly engaged in a show. But, I’ve been doing this since my college days which opened my eyes to Bones and earlier episodes of Criminal Minds. These days when I get a hold of the remote (having a Cocomelon obsessed toddler is not fun), I tend to find a tv series that I can binge quickly so I’m not waiting on the next episode.
Now, I’m going to share some of my guilty pleasures. Some of these shows will raise your blood pressure and others will leave you feeling good and warm inside. Not going to hide it, I’m a girl of variety when it comes to my TV shows. I like to test out the categories.
Let’s start on my tv picks!
The Babysitters Club on Netflix
Hear me out with this choice — I read the books as a kid! And, I loved the idea so much that I tried to start my own club in the sixth grade, but it didn’t really happen. Nonetheless, I’m never too old to watch a show based on a classic. One of my favorite things was how they made Mary-Jane biracial. Maybe not important to you, but it’s important to me and representation is there in a way. The Babysitters Club is cute and makes your heart warm. Basically, it’s the book all wrapped up. I wouldn’t say it’s similar to the made-for-tv movies, because of the technology and changes in time, but the characters are represented well.
The Teacher on Hulu
Okay, this is a story that we’ve all heard. Female teacher partaking in a relationship with her young male student. This teacher has her own struggles and the young guy has his struggles, as well. That’s where they fall for each other. FX/Hulu did really well with this show. I enjoyed the ending and how it wrapped up the series. I will say that it’s interesting to see how they play high school out on television compared to real-life. Honestly, I just can’t wrap my head around teachers with this thought process, but it happens. This isn’t necessarily a true story, I’m sure they cultivated based on what we’ve seen in the news.
Bridgerton on Netflix
Okay, it took me some time to get into this. Probably a week or so, after everyone else had binged it was when I started to watch. Now, I’m a fan of the royals and I like juicy shows which Bridgerton falls under. Many people have been comparing it to the ‘whatever’ century Gossip Girl and I can see it. Basically, you’re getting a debutante presentation and seeing these girls/women strive to be a wife. There is drama and craziness along with feelings and secrets. If you haven’t watched it and you want something new to watch, I would definitely push this your way. Plus, who doesn’t love a cute Duke?
Grand Army on Netflix
Grand Army is a show that I was skeptical about, at first. But, it draws you in and it captivates you. It captures a crazy high school experience for one student (drugs, rape), racial issues for two other students, and issues with a younger student (I’m not sure what is going on with her and I’m not going to assume). You’re getting these four different students perspectives of what is going on in their life and their struggles. There isn’t anything boring about this show, which I haven’t really said about a Netflix show before. Netflix did really well with this show.
Blackish on Hulu
Blackish has been around for years. I’m pretty sure season seven is out, which is good for someone that hasn’t tuned in because you have seven seasons to binge. I love Blackish (and it’s spin-offs — Mixedish and Grownish). The one thing that I love is it’s centered around a Black family in suburbia that is dealing with different ordeals in a humorous way. Blackish is definitely light and funny, perfect for those days that are a struggle. Honestly, I will be sad when they decide not to go on because this show is it. You have two successful Black parents with five children that are all different and you’re peaking in to see how they do life.
Big Sky on Hulu
Technically you can’t binge this show because it’s the whole season isn’t out yet, but add it to your list! The concept surrounds two girls that go missing which brings an alert to a detective agency and brings up the thought of human trafficking. It’s really good. Like, I never get hip to shows when they first come out, but I went in with this one. Plus, I’m a fan of Kylie Bunbury who was in Pitch and Twisted. It’s definitely a thriller and plays on some topics that have been in the news, although the show concept might have came before the QAnon stuff last year.
Scandal on Hulu
A classic. A 2000’s classic. If you have not watched Scandal, you are missing out on an amazing tv. Shonda Rhimes is a genius that continues to give (hello, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, and Bridgerton). Grey’s Anatomy is my go-to when I have nothing else to watch, but Scandal is really it. Scandal took the page and wrote a whole new book. In this amazing show, we get to follow Olivia Pope who is a handler — she fixes and handles all scandals that are thrown her way, including her rendezvous with the President. There is so much wrapped up into this show, you have to tune in to
Now, I could go on and on. If you want me to, I will go on for you.
I’m pretty much an TV/streaming service professional, at this point. If one of those job postings were going around to watch Netflix or Hulu, I’d apply. But only, for good tv shows and movies. Nothing that’s going to put me to sleep (unless I get paid to rate these things).
Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy this list and take a chance on one of these shows. Do Scandal, you won’t regret it.
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