Sometimes, expecting too much from the hype train is not a good thing. This is especially true in TV series, when you do not know what you are really getting into and you end up wasting your time watching hours of content all for a lame twist at the end. That said, there are shows that you cannot really go wrong with because they have withstood the test of time (or, should we say, seasons). So, without further ado, we present to you three of the best TV series that you should get into right now!
#3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013 – )
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an amazingly massive if not convoluted universe. Still, there is no such thing as “too much superhero fun,” is there? While we have nothing against those that only prefer to watch the major film works, we should point out that they are only getting about half of the story.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. follows Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team of agents tackling the hidden world from the sidelines while the major heroes (Avengers, etc.) duke it out in the major films. That is not to say that the show is a spinoff, though. Rather, think of it as a thread that binds with the MCU movies cohesively. There are even some that say Agents of SH.I.E.L.D. is the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Pros: Massive world, great story and character building, all you could want in a TV series. Plus, you get the movie references.
Cons: Already has almost four seasons worth of episodes. If you are just getting into it now, you have quite a backlog ahead of you. Also, it might be boring if you are not really into all the superhero and Marvel stuff.
Status: Season 4 is ongoing.
#2 Orphan Black (2013 – )
This one will click if you are into femme fatales and strong women protagonists. Orphan Black gives you not one, not two, not three, (but actually we have lost count of how many clones there officially are).
Joking aside, yes, this show is about clones. It starts with telling the struggles of single mom Sarah Manning, as she drifts from one place to another trying to keep herself and her daughter safe and secure. One day, she discovered that there existed clones of her self. It starts curiosity-driven and we follow her as she tries to uncover just what in the world is going on. What is the reason for her clones’ existence?
Pros: Interesting sci-fi concepts, strong representation of women. The word “clones” here does not mean that there are multiple mindless versions of Sarah. The clones have their own personalities (some even have families) but they share the same genetic code, the same face. The personalities are so distinct that sometimes, you forget that they are clones and consider them to be identical twins. A lot of twins. Actress Tatiana Maslany does a good job of portraying each of the different personalities, and even won an Emmy for it.
Cons: This TV series does not really tone down the icky scenes (science!), so if blood and violence makes you uncomfortable, then you might want to skip this one. As with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the show has been going on for quite some time now. You get to go through four seasons with ten episodes each if you decide to start watching now.
Status: On season break; season 5 airs 2017.
#1 Stranger Things (2016 – )
You probably have heard of this one, if not finished watching it already (and is now re-watching). But in the off-chance that you have not, prepare yourself for one of Netflix’s best original offerings to date.
Stranger Things is equal parts period drama, sci-fi, and horror. It is set in ‘80s Indiana and tells the events following the disappearance of a local kid named Will Byers. From there, Will’s friends meets a girl who has telekinetic powers. They befriend her, and she helps them in finding the missing boy.
Pros: The above synopsis really does not give the show justice, but it is the most we can give as concisely and without spoiling a lot. But we must say, this show has great attention to detail. When we say the show is set in the ‘80s, you can really feel that this show is set in ‘80s. The atmosphere is really convincing. Also, the elements of horror are not so cheesy as to rely on shock scares. Rather, it focuses on fear of the unknown, and it is as modest with its representation of fantastical elements as possible. Has a great soundtrack, as well, and bonus points for all the nerdy references.
Cons: If the other entries have been around for a while, this one is new, and thus short. So far we got one season with eight episodes. That is not too say that the show feels incomplete, though. Season 1 is already packed and has a satisfying finale. However, you cannot help but ask for more… and you are not getting any more until 2017.
Status: On season break; season 2 airs in 2017.
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