Mind the TV gap

Ever since Breaking Bad, True Blood, Dexter, How I met your Mother, The Office, and the L-Word have ended, I’ve been on the prowl for a new show to binge on. Netflix is a wonderful companion, but if you’re already subscribed to it, you can also spend an evening just browsing through what you could be watching without actually watching anything. Which can turn out to be extremely frustrating and you have no idea how the last couple of hours passed and you didn’t develop an addiction to any new shows. It’s a bit of a let down.

If you’re in the same predicament or just curious about what I’m doing with my free time, here are some shows that I started watching in order to fill the void that Walter White and Dexter left in my TV-loving heart. For all shows, I usually wait until an entire season is out because what’s binge watching without the binge? Here’s what’s happening with the following:

  1. Orange is the new Black

Three seasons are out so far and I just completed season 3, which was released this summer (feels like the wait has been forever). The show is a crime/comedy about Piper Chapman, a woman in her 30’s living in New York City. She is sentenced to a year in prison for smuggling drug money. Getting accustomed to the daily life in a woman’s prison, she makes “friends”, learns the hierarchy of power and has a shift in personal priorities. Love this show, but season 3 was “meh”.

  1. House of Cards

I just started watching this one, but it looks like something I could binge on, especially since season 3 is released tomorrow! House of Cards is a political drama series in which Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) becomes the US Secretary of State and then looks to achieve an even greater level of power. Underwood directly addresses the viewer, which is a technique that no other show currently applies, and reminds one of a higher level Saved-By-The-Bell-Zach-Morris talking to the camera. The conflict is mainly political, moral, human, and how far one may go for power.

  1. Bates Motel

If you read my previous post about Universal Studios Hollywood, this show is a logical consequence. It’s closely related to Hitchcock’s original Psycho, where Normal Bates takes the center role and together with his mother Norma, moves to Oregon to run a little motel. Norman’s eerie performance is magnificent – he kills and smiles; the show has twists and turns and keeps you on the edge. The characters are versatile and keep you watching.

  1. Homeland

My favorite show right now, and unfortunately not on Netflix. Season 4 was released in 2014, and the show has been renewed for season 5. If you haven’t watched it – you need to catch up! The political thriller revolves around Carrie Mathison, a CIA agent with bipolar disorder, fighting for her country and against Al Qaida to catch the head of the operation, Abu Nazir (season 2 mainly). All summaries of the show sound rather dry, but this show is amazing and really worth watching – Claire Danes is superb!

  1. Californication

I’m not a big fan at this time, although I love David Duchovny and Evan Handler. This show is extremely LA and California, but for my taste, too vulgar and makes me depressive. It follows Hank Moody (Duchovny), a writer in Los Angeles, who looks to relieve his writer’s block with alcohol, drugs, and loose relationships. Some people are really into it; I never got past episode 7 of the first season, but may try again.

  1. Scandal

I haven’t checked it out, but hear that it’s worth it. Similar to House of Cards, Scandal is a political thriller revolving around Olivia Pope in Washington D.C. and her crisis management firm. There are 4 seasons so far and it looks like it will be renewed for season 5 as well.

  1. Heroes

The good news: It’s on Netflix and there are 4 seasons ready to be watched. It’s a SciFi Drama about regular human beings who discover that they have superhuman abilities. It is based on American Comic books and was filmed in Los Angeles, which is nice since you recognize a lot of the sights if you live in the area or have visited. Worth a try!

  1. American Horror Story

Jessica Lange is worth watching just by herself. So far, each season has had a different theme, but after a little research, we find out that all of them are secretly connected. The latest season that’s out on Netflix is Coven (Season 3). Season 4 is currently airing on FX with its current theme “Freak Show”. This one is based on a circus of freaks and “unnatural talents”, who make it a point to keep to themselves and want to be recognized and accepted. You don’t have to watch all seasons in sequence, but it’s nice to be familiar with the characters and to see how versatile they are. Definitely a must-watch!

  1. The Walking Dead

Another one I came to watch thanks to Universal Studios Hollywood and their Halloween Horror nights. Each year, they have a Walking Dead zone where you are chased by zombies and fight for survival. Naturally, after experiencing that, you gotta watch the show. It’s about a guy named Rick who loses everything and almost everyone in a zombie apocalypse, gathers the last survivors on earth to rebuild what was originally his/human. Must watch as well, especially the first 2-3 seasons!

  1. The Fall

A new crime drama series with Gillian Anderson (the X-Files). If you like The Killing, this show portrays a similar mood – gloomy, rainy, mysterious – wonderful! Two seasons are out so far, and it’s worth watching. It’s set in Northern Ireland, where Stella Gibson (Anderson) is a police officer, investigating murders in Belfast. Her target so far is a serial killer played by Jamie Dornan (50 Shades of Grey). Worth a try!

Which one is your favorite or has intrigued you? Feel free to make your own suggestions :).

(#My500Words Day 11)

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