Anyone who knows me is aware I don’t play when it comes to my TV shows. They feed my soul in ways I can’t describe. I love a good story so if a show can give me fun characters, a good plot and some piping hot tea, I usually stay until the end. Like with Game of Thrones (R.I.P.) So here are 10 TV shows that you should be watching or should consider watching. This is not an inclusive list of everything I watch btw. I like to think there’s something in here for everyone but I mean… let me know?
History lovers, UNITE! We’re taking a trip back to 1557. This one is an oldie, but a goodie.
Reign is a historical romantic drama TV series that follows the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. It starts at the beginning of her life when she’s a teenager and finishes with her death (which, I’m honestly still hurt about. But it portrays what really happened in history.) It originally aired back in 2013 and went four seasons, ending in 2017. I’m a lover of past centuries when women wore over the top costumes and it was scandalous to even show your ankles. I fell in love with this show because a) I love history, b) it portrays what really happened behind closed doors back then and c) I love a good romance, which in this show there is plenty of. I’ve also always been intrigued with the life of Mary, Queen of Scots since I was little. I would encourage you to go read about her and then give this show a shot.
2) The 100
The 100. A show about what will probably happen to the human race since we continue to keep destroying the planet and each other.
The idea here is that the human race got into a giant nuclear war causing Earth to become inhabitable and killing everyone. Thankfully, the people on the space stations orbiting Earth survive and all countries across the world combine their space stations to create what’s called The Ark. They then live life on this space station for 97 years, having three generations of children, learning how to grow stuff in space, all of that stuff. Well, of course the time comes when that whole situation isn’t going to work anymore. They’re running out of food, space, water, the will to live honestly, so what do they do? Exactly. THEY ROUND UP 100 KIDS FROM THE JUVENILE CENTER IN THE SPACE STATION AND SEND THEM BACK DOWN TO EARTH TO SEE IF IT’S LIVABLE. Like they don’t even tell these kids, they just load them on a spaceship and are like ‘See ya!.’ And what happens when they get down there? They live obviously but find out that somehow various groups of people survived the nuclear war and have been surviving like hunters and gathers ever since then. I could go on but do I need to? Go watch the first episode and tell me you’re not hungry for more answers.
3) The Handmaid’s Tale
If you’re not watching this show already I don’t know where you’ve been but get Hulu or steal someone’s password and get to watching. (it’s a Hulu original so it’s created by them.)
In the beginning of this show, you learn that the United States, and honestly the world, has continued to go to shit. Most importantly, the birth rate has plummeted due to pollution and radiation. Like, no one is having kids or is able to. So, a radical politcal religious group known as the “Sons of Joseph” take it upon themselves to take over the U.S. They kill the president, everyone in Congress, create a military dictatorship and rename the U.S., calling it the Republic of Gilead. The new society is run based off the teachings of the Old Testament in the bible. The biggest change is the severe limit of people’s rights, specifically women.
Some are chosen to be wives of commanders, who are in control, while those women who are fertile, a.k.a. able to have kids, are chosen to be Handmaids. Being a Handmaid sucks. You’re raped monthly by a commander during a special ceremony while his wife watches. Then, if you get pregnant, you get to have the baby and give that baby to the Commander and his wife to raise as their own. Basically, you’re just there to have a baby. You mean nothing. And even as a commander’s wife, you mean nothing. You can’t read, write, handle money or own property.
The show rocks. You get to see the strength of women, the determination of mothers and basically the best badassery around. There is nothing like it and I’ve been hooked since day one. If you’re a women, I especially am putting emphasis on this one because it will hit home. I’ve cried more than a few times.
P.S. The queen herself, author of the book that the series is based off of, Margaret Atwood, is releasing a sequel novel, The Testaments, in 2019. Praise be. I haven’t decided if I want to read the books yet but this is still important.
Who’s the hunk in the gif above? That’s my main man Buck, the best (and hottest) of the L.A.F.D. And there’s plenty like him in the the TV show 9-1-1.
9-1-1 is a drama tv series that follows the lives of Los Angeles first responders, so police officers, paramedics, firefighters and 9-1-1 dispatchers. The main focus is on the firefighters from a specific house in L.A. and each of their daily lives. I really like this show because it has a lot of drama, action and a hint of romance. My boyfriend watches it with me and loves it just as much as I do. It gives you a glimpse into first responders lives and also shows you what really happens behind the scenes when you make that 9-1-1 call. And the cases they deal with are INSANE. Like people getting suffocated by giant snakes and getting metal rods through their heads and surviving. Every episode always has me on the edge of my seat and I feel like I know every character and am a part of their daily lives with how good the storytelling is. And season 3 comes out in a few weeks, LET’S GO!
5) Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Olivia Benson alone makes this show worth watching. She’s just one of the badass women that are on my list but she’s held a special place in my heart since I was a kid.
There are numerous variations when it comes to Law and Order. There’s Law and Order, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and probably others that are irrelevant because Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) is the best hands down. Law and Order: SVU follows the detectives of the SVU unit on their cases. It gives you an inside look at the criminal justice system and portrays how things actually go when it comes to crimes such as these. This series covers the tough topics such as sexual assault, cases with children and other things similar to that. And did I mention the bangin’ characters? You have Olivia Benson, a.k.a. MOM who is out here beating ass and taking names. You’ve got Tutuola (played by ICE T) who doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap and then there’s Rollins who is an angel on this planet. And did I mention both of these women are single parents as well? Iconic. It’s the longest-running primetime TV drama and praise be, the 21st season is set to premier on September 26th. Literally start at season 1 or a random season, it doesn’t matter. Thank me later.
Another Hulu original for the win. This one is raunchy and should only be watched by those old enough to understand sex so you’ve been warned. You can see an example of what I’m talking about in the gif above. To be point blank here, you see full sex so like, skip over this if you’re faint of heart.
This show is all about love, lust, murder and of course, PIPING HOT TEA. I live for some good drama in TV shows and when I say this show goes above and beyond, watch the first episode and you’ll see what I’m saying. This series, set in 18th century London, follows the ladies who work at a brothel run by Margaret Wells. Every women you see plays an integral role in keeping the business afloat, including Margaret’s two daughters, Charlotte and Lucy. But of course, Margaret has a main enemy, Lydia Quigley who is literally a serpent. She does some messed up stuff, causing a huge turf war to break out between the two houses and the ladies that work at them. You’ve got back-stabbing, betrayal, some hot and heavy romance and murderous activities steeped in secrets. I’m getting chills just writing about it.
Welcome to Riverdale where everyone’s got a secret that others don’t know about. And most likely a secret crush they’ve never shared. And they’ve most likely killed someone, planned to kill someone, helped kill someone, wanted to kill someone or known that someone has killed someone. Can you tell it’s a drama?
Riverdale is an American teen drama TV series that focuses on the life of teenagers that attend Riverdale High. It’s based off of the Archie Comics which I know nothing about but feel free to read about them here. The main character is supposed to be Archie Andrews but in my book all of the characters you see are the main characters. The show starts out with an unsolved murder of a high school boy that puts a blanket of tragedy over Riverdale. People start pointing fingers and naming names which makes everyone start to collectively lose it, unearthing secrets and showing how the town of Riverdale is not as perfect as it seems. The fourth season is set to premiere on October 9, 2019 so you have time to binge watch and prepare for the next drama filled episodes.
This show is something like you have never seen in your life I guarantee it. My mom and I watch this show together and it’s a doozie.
sMOTHERED is a series on TLC that follows mother/daughter duos who take their bonding to extremes. To such extremes that it regularly gets in the way of events and causes them to put each other above their significant others and friends. One duo is so obsessed with each other that they share bath water. THAT’S RIGHT. The mom will take a bath and when she gets out the daughter will get in after her and use the same water. I almost vomited when I saw that but I was so hooked out how ridiculous these relationships were. One pair lives a couple houses away from the other and have meals together everyday. And they also want to get boob jobs so their boobs match. Another pair wears matching clothes all the time. I can’t with these people which is exactly why I watched the entire season.
9) The Sinner
The Sinner was one I didn’t know if I would like but was genuinely surprised and happy with the outcome. And of course, hooked.
The Sinner is a psychological thriller show that really makes you think about what people think and do and how their actions connect with things that have happened to them. It follows Detective Harry Ambrose and the disturbing and mysterious cases he deals with. The first season focuses on the case of a young mother who fatally (and violently) stabs a stranger during a beach outing but has no memory of committing the crime and no idea why she would. The second season takes Ambrose back to his hometown and deep into the investigation of a 13-year-old boy who murders his parents with poison. You find that his whole family belonged to some kind of cult that’s into some weird stuff. And they’ve renewed it for a third season, this one supposedly focusing on a fatal car accident that reveals a much larger and distributing case around it. If you want a thrill and to start second guessing everything you know about a person, this show is the one for you.
Another historical romantic drama series that has my heart in full and makes me wish I was born in another time. Can you tell I’m a history nerd? I won’t lie, this show is a bit hard to get your hands on but so worth it.
This series follows the harrowing tale of a woman named Claire and her love story(s) that travel through time and show that true love can never be stopped. The show starts with showing Claire, a World War II nurse, fresh after the end of war and her charmingly handsome husband, Frank, who fought in the war. The year is 1946. The couple had been separated for years because the war so they decide to take an ancestral trip to Scotland where Frank’s family originated from. They do some exploring and find a circle of ancient stones called Craigh na Dun that are supposedly magic. They visit multiple times and think nothing of it until Claire visits alone one time – and is transported back to 1743 Scotland. It’s there that she encounters dashing and rugged highland warrior Jaime Fraser and well…ends up having to marry him. She thinks she can never get back to Frank, and part of her doesn’t want to but with history beginning to come true and violence rising in 18th century Scotland, Claire has a choice to make. Two husbands in two time periods? What could go wrong.
And that my friends, is the end of this article. Thanks so much for reading. You should comment below some other show recommendations. I’m always looking for new ones.
Stay weird. Drink Water.