Last time I wrote a binge-worthy TV article, I focused on shows that help you escape to a new world. But what if you need to feel like you are crashing back down to Earth? What if you need a connection, and need to know that you are not alone? Here are some great TV shows to get you through.
This Judd Apatow-produced dramedy has all the messy, dramatic, loser-style that is paramount in many of his awkward relationship movies such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad, Knocked Up, This is 40, and Trainwreck. Unlike perfect romantic comedy shows that follow the same storyline, Love stays in the Apatow universe but feels more real.
This Netflix show stars Community alum Gillian Jacobs as Micki and Paul Rust as Gus as they navigate the perils of intimacy, commitment and all the problems that come with it. Micki is the wild child who attends AA and SLAA meetings (Alcoholic Anonymous and Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) who is trying to turn her life around when she meets Gus, a nerdy guy with less life experience. The two then begin a messy relationship as they try to figure out their lives, themselves and each other.
Love is awkward. There are many times you want to scream at the TV and wonder why they choose the decisions that they did. But the bad choices and the weird feelings are what make Love seem more personal. There are two seasons, so take the plunge.
MASTER OF NONE
If you’re looking for a show to watch that will let you “treat yo’ self!” then get excited for Aziz Ansari’s Netflix TV show Master of None, which debuts its second season on May 12. You’ll remember Aziz Ansari from the widely popular Parks and Recreation and Aziz is putting his personal brand of intelligent and witty romantic comedy to the limits with Master of None.
Aziz stars as Dev, a 30 year-old actor navigating life in New York City as he dates around in a down-to-earth setting (no one on a TV show uses Tinder to the realistic proportions that Aziz does), hangs out with his friends asking the meaningful questions in life, and tries to get ahead in his career. The show may sound pretty basic in its bare bones, but the character of Dev is so pragmatic and so on point in Aziz Ansari’s genuine personality that it’s one of the most realistic TV shows making the rounds
Life is a learning curve, and Master of None nails it in such a positive and enjoyable way. Get on board as season two hits a TV near you.
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY
The new Netflix show is big on trigger warnings and features storylines that follow sexual harassment, sexual violence and suicide, so if you’re triggered by these then it’s best to not delve into this world. But if you can watch it you should watch it. It’s very powerful, it’s heartbreaking and it needs to be shown – if only to affect change in the cultures of our everyday world and the people we connect with.
Thirteen Reasons Why is based on a book and centres around a girl named Hannah Baker (played by amazing Aussie actress Katherine Langford) who commits suicide. She then leaves a series of thirteen tapes that explains why she did what she did and why the actions of her classmates led her into her spiral that ended her life. The tapes wind up in the hands of the shy Clay Jensen (played by Dylan Minnette) who had a complicated but loving relationship with Hannah and we watch as he tries to navigate through the reasons and help put the wrongs in Hannah’s life right.
It’s such a heartbreaking story because you really feel for this girl and deep down you know it will end no matter what, but you also know that is happening to others – maybe even those in your life. It’s a powerful piece that makes you sit up and take note and become more mindful of others. Thirteen Reasons Why will have you binge-watching all night to find out what happened to Hannah, but it will also stay with you long after you’ve watched it.
On a lighter note, the character of Tony (Played by Christian Navarro) is just too cool. Like seriously, get out of town with your awesome hair, jackets and Mustang. If you love little short guys with hearts of gold and hell of a lot of style, then Tony is the only excuse you need to settle in and get the popcorn.
SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY
Seven Types of Ambiguity is a show that only started in early April and it’s not binge-worthy yet based solely on the fact that’s it’s coming out in weekly instalments, but from what has been said about this new psychological mystery is that it is gripping and absolutely worth watching.
This Australian show (broadcast on ABC) is based on a 2003 novel by Australian writer Elliot Pearlman and focuses on the shifting perspective of seven different characters following a chain of events triggered when a child is kidnapped.
Starring V For Vendetta juggernaut Hugo Weaving and Eclipses’ Xavier Samuel, Seven Types of Ambiguity is grounded in the emotional toll on relationships during a similar situation and the result is astounding. Set your iView for this one!