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Remember that time when you said you didn't have time to watch TV? Well, now you do! Thanks to COVID-19 many of us are finding ourselves stuck at home with nothing but time to kill. Luckily, I'm listing my top 10 TV shows to binge-watch.
I’m not talking about watching trashy reality TV because if that’s what you’re looking for then you're in the wrong place. This list is curated by myself with some of my favorites shows ever. We got drama, action, comedy, sci-fi, and cartoons. So gear up and get ready because we’re going to be in our homes for a while!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This cult 90s drama is my favorite show of all time. Did you know that Joss Whedon, director of the first two Avengers films, created this hit TV show?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer helped bring vampire shows into the mainstream. So fans of Twilight, Vampire Diaries, and True Blood can all thank Buffy.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a supernatural drama about a high school girl named Buffy, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, who finds out that she’s a Slayer. One in a long line of young women chosen by fate to battle the forces of evil.
As the Slayer, she has mystical powers that grant her increase physical strength, endurance, agility, and accelerated healing. The series starts with Buffy as a reluctant hero who wants to live a normal teenager life and follows her battles as she grows older and learns to embrace her destiny as the Slayer.
If you think the show is just about vampires you’re wrong. Buffy the Vampire Slayer uses demons as a metaphor for all the inner demons we face throughout our lives.
The series spear-headed the female empowered movement which is one of the running themes throughout the show as well as the personal sacrifices one has to make for the sake of the world.
With a richness of innovative story-telling, Emmy-nominated episodes, and an epic supporting cast of actors this show is a must-watch. Get ready for all the feels because I’ve never laughed and cried so much in any series in my life.
Once you watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer you’ll find out why this series is constantly listed as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Other actors you’ll recognize in the show include Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz, and James Marsters.
Avatar: The Last Airbender / Legend of Korra
This is one of my favorite cartoons ever! I just finished rewatching it for the third time and it’s still epic. If you think this is a children’s cartoon then wait until you see it!
This show has such a deep and emotional subtext and showcases dark subject matters such as genocide and authoritarianism. In Avatar: The Last Airbender, we’re introduced to the four nations of the world based around the elements of water, earth, fire, air.
Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed before the Avatar, an Airbender named Aang, emerges.
The show follows Aang as he struggles with the complete loss of his people and culture, learns to master the elements and brings balance back to the world from the destructive fire nation.
The Last Airbender created such a rich and vibrant world and the conception of bending the elements is completely well thought out and superbly drawn. Each bending style is derived from a specific Chinese martial art form and each nation takes its cues from the physical embodiment of their respective element.
Water-bending is modeled after Tai Chi.
Earth-bending is modeled after Hung Gar.
Fire-bending is modeled after Northern Shaolin.
Air-bending is modeled after Ba Gua.
The show has garnered critical acclaim for its impressive storytelling and praised for being one of the most moving cartoons ever made.
The series even delves into the issues of war, gender discrimination, female empowerment, oppression, and questions surrounding fate and destiny.
Now, how good is this series?
It's good enough that Netflix is currently underway in creating a live-action version for it’s streaming service. FYI, pay no attention to the live-action film that came out in 2010. It’s a disgrace. Shame on you M. Night Shyamalan!
The series became so popular that it spurred a sequel titled The Legend of Korra. The Legend of Korra is set 70 years after The Last Airbender and follows the journey of the new Avatar Korra, who is the female reincarnation of Aang.
The Avatar is cyclically reincarnated amongst the four nations and this time the Avatar is a member of the Water Tribe. The series follows Avatar Korra as she faces political and spiritual unrest in the modernizing world.
Where Aang struggled with the learning of bending elements in The Last Airbender, Korra’s journey through her series is more spiritual with her connecting with what it means to be an Avatar.
The Legend of Korra is even more mature than The Last Airbender. It’s a magnificent masterpiece and addresses spiritual and sociopolitical concerns, loads of character development and world-building, heart-racing action, and is fantastically animated.
If you’re wanting a more funny sitcom show to watch then look no further than Schitt’s Creek! I originally started watching Schitt’s Creek as a background show. But, I became so enamored with the characters that I had to restart it from the beginning while giving it my full attention.
The series centers around the wealthy Rose Family of Johnny and Moira and their two adult children David and Alexis. In the very first episode, the family loses their fortune after being defrauded and forced to rebuild their lives in a small town called Schitt’s Creek. A town they own solely because it was bought as a joke birthday gift for David.
The hilarity ensues as we watch the Rose family struggle to adjust to living in their two adjacent rooms in a run-down motel and the conflict of their well-to-do attitudes amongst the more provincial people of the town.
The show starts with a lot of fish-out-of-the-water jokes with the Rose Family dealing with their current situation but comes into its own as it builds memorable characters such as the weirdly accented matriarch Moira Rose.
The show was called the best show on TV right now in 2019 by TV Guide and praised for its depiction of the pansexual character of David and how his sexuality is simply accepted without any homophobia. The show features Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, and Annie Murphy.
Sense8 begins when a psychic connection between eight strangers from different parts of the world and cultures is awakened by a woman called Angelica, who kills herself to avoid capture by a nemesis named Whispers.
The eight eventually discover they form a group called a cluster of Sensates which are human beings who are mentally and emotionally linked, can sense and communicate with each other, and can share knowledge, language, and skills.
This show takes the theme we’re all the same and connected to such a higher level of action and drama. It’s filmed across the entire globe with sensates being in Nairobi, Seoul, San Francisco, Mexico City, Mumbai, London, Berlin, and Chicago.
This show was truly ahead of its time even for the streaming giant Netflix. Although the show’s critical reception was positive, Netlfix ending up axing the show after the second season. But fanfare took to the Internet to demand Netflix bring back the show. Which it did with a two hour special to give the series a proper closing.
Sense8's diverse characters and creative intersections between the stories make it a visually and emotionally compelling show. The power of the show lies in the Sense8’s ability to empathize for one another even though they are from different parts around the world. Its themes of diversity and tolerance are prevalent throughout.