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Recent Top 10 Must-See TV Shows

Updated on November 6, 2017

I once asked a guy If he watched TV, and it was probably one of the stupidest questions to ever leave my mouth. His response was something cheesy, along the lines of, "do people eat?", and well he made a huge point. Who doesn't get home from work, settle in, kick their feet up and turn on the boob tube? What a stupid nickname, though, I think it actually fits this generation more than the generation that called it that. I am a huge fan of television. To me, there is nothing sweeter than a good old marathon to bury your feelings in a fantasy of pretty much whatever you can dream of these days. Oh, the selection. On a scale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians to The Walking Dead, how great is your taste? I, personally, like to dabble in a little bit of everything, from cooking shows, to crime shows, to reality game shows, to the most serious of dramas written. Plenty of times, I settle into a program and then lose interest after 2 seasons. Sometimes, I find this the network's fault, and their giant gap between seasons. Game of Thrones is an excellent example of this. I watched 4 seasons straight, couldn't stop watching it, but there was such a time span between the 4th and 5th season, by the time it came out, I had no clue what was going on. I have now seen Season 5 and 6, but have yet to watch Season 7. It is a fantastic show. One of the best. The Following is another. Now, there will probably come a day when I decide to catch up, but that day is far in the distance, as I'm too busy diving deep in episodes of The Walking Dead, and living vicariously through Donna on episodes of Suits. I recently got an Amazon Firestick, which is a lot like Netflix only it has everything, so you don't have to sit through hours of endless searching in a limited selection of unappealing why-the-hell-did-Netflix-even-put-this-crap-on-here? I highly recommend you get one. Anyway, I really just wanted to suggest a few shows that I feel almost anyone would enjoy, and tell you why they will warm your heart like a good bowl of your grandmother's chili. It allows you to get a feel for what kind of person I am, and at the very least, may intrigue you into trying out a new show. My favourite part about TV is how you can get lost in a world that isn't your own, and allow it to take you away from the pressures of everyday living. Now, I'm talking about television like it's a life long friend I can console my deepest darkest secrets to. So before I get any more carried away, I'm going to go ahead a list my top 10 favourite TV shows...

10. Orange Is the New Black

A Netflix original, Orange is the New Black is basically about a woman's struggle in prison. I'm sure you've heard of it. It made quite the hype when it came out. Despite it being based on a true story, the show has too much fantasy to actually be a reality. The storyline is priceless, and the characters are not so interchangeable, considering it being based in one location. It's actually classified as a comedy, but it can go from humor to seriousness in 5 seconds flat. There is never a dull moment. It is only on Netflix, and they wait far too long between season releases. However, you will keep coming back for more.

9. Chicago Fire

The ladies can think 'hot men in uniform with substance', and the men can think 'action-packed', Chicago Fire is a great one to watch as a couple. It's quite serious with bits of humor at times and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are full of depth and you will feel what they are feeling. There is heartache, joy and every other emotion you can think of. You will not want to miss an episode. Other shows that connect to this one include: Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med, all which crossover together at times. More recently, Chicago Justice, has been added to the mix and though, I have yet to expand into these other shows, the fact that they have branched out should silotify the quality. Certainly all good options to jump into during those cold winter months.

8. Suits

Suits, a very well-written law, I won't say drama, though it's filled with it, story, seems more appropriate. You will fall in love with the characters more than anything, and you will enjoy the fast-paced storyline and subtle humor that would please any audience. The main character, Harvey Spector, is not only gorgeous, but highly intelligent, hires Mike Ross, an absolutely brilliant screw up, in the first episode, and the show takes off from there. It is not your typical 'law' show, so do not be afraid of that word. Most of it takes place in the office, and it keeps you guessing what will happen next. I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed. The first episode will have you hooked.

7. Breaking Bad

Walter White a 50 year old chemistry teacher, with a pregnant wife, a son with cerebral palsy, and a second job working at a car wash, is barely making ends meet, when he gets diagnosed with lung cancer. Fearing his wife and children will suffer a financial burden due to his illness, he enlists the help of a former student, and puts his chemistry skills to use, by making and selling crystal meth. With his laid-back temperament, wound-up wife, DEA brother-in-law, spun drug addicted partner, and wannabe money maker lawyer, this show has you on edge most if the time. It's funny, but very dramatic at times. A few scenes actually turned my stomach, but if you ask me, that can just make for better TV. It's good example of the lengths a man will go through to protect his family, and the consequences that follow when you get caught up in something that unexpectedly spirals out of control. I don't like drugs, but this show is great. I even got my mother watching it.

6. Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy has been around for 13 seasons and if you have not seen it, get on it now. The first 3 seasons are spectacular and by the end of them, you will be too attached to the characters not to continue watching. It is full of ridiculous drama, far beyond reality, yet it runs your emotions so high, you have to believe every second. There have been some disappointing seasons, yet the writer's ability to bounce back is phenomenal. It begins with Meredith Grey, daughter of the world class surgeon, Ellis Grey, beginning her internship at Seattle Grace Hospital, the night after she has a one night stand with her unknown-soon-to-be-boss. The character development is fascinating, and new interesting characters will emerge throughout seasons. After 13 seasons, the show has change dramatically, but the heart of it remains throughout. This show will rip your heart out, stick it back in and warm it up like a kiss from the person you love. As a warning to you now, there will be very few episodes you watch that you don't cry your eyes out in. Though it's popular with the ladies, the right man would also enjoy it.

5. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead - Need I say more? It is definitely one of the best shows ever. Though it's based on a comic book, it does tend to stray slightly from the original story. It starts out with Rick Grimes, waking up in a hospital, clueless that a virus has spread turning people into what they will soon call 'walkers'. Walkers are basically zombies, yet ironically, not once on the show will they ever be called that. Once Rick figures out what's going on, the hunt is on for him to find his family. Much of the show is people running from not only these walkers, but enemies, as people have become quite vicious in their mode of survival. Some may avoid watching it, just by the thought that a 'zombie apocalypse' is highly unlikely to occur, but I garentee they make sense of all of it. It is original, and fascinating, scary at times, and the character development is fantastic. This is a must-watch. You will be on edge pretty much every second, every episode.

4. Shameless (U.S)

Shameless, a show that originated in Britain, but copied in the U.S., is one of the best all- round shows going. If there's a modern issue present, this show addesses it. The show is based around, alcoholic Frank Gallagher, a single, not-so-great father of 6, who will do pretty much anything for a drink, including screwing over his kids. He is 'shameless'. The stuff that happens in this show is beyond my imagination. You will laugh, cry, and sometimes even yell outloud at the characters out of anger. I love, love, love this show, and I garentee you will too. I highly recommend it. It will shock the shit out of you.

3. The Office (U.S.)

The Office is one of the most original, funniest shows you will ever watch and you must! You will be in stitches laughing. This show is also a copy from the British version, though the U.S version is much more colourful. Steve Carell, portrayed as Michael Scott, is a boss in an office, in charge of about 15 people. Though, 'in charge' isn't exactly how I would describe him, Michael's number one motto is, "friends first, boss second". With the exception of a few employees, it seems as though not a whole lot of work is generated out of the office, a paper sales company, by the name of Dunder Mifflin. The characters are extremely well thought-out, as I garentee you will personally know someone in real life, exactly like each one of them. The staff violates so many rules, you can only wish you could do the same in reality. The show actually makes you want to work in an office, if by chance, it was anything actually like that in real life. This is a show you should have on constantly playing in the background as you complete other tasks. It's the best comedy on TV, though the show has been over for a few years now. I highly recommend binge watching it, whenever you can. You will not be disappointed, and this is a definite pick-me-up, if you're feeling down.

2. Lost

After their plane crashes on a mysterious island, the characters on Lost struggle with their own inner demons, and the strange encounters they are faced with. This show has twists that will keep you guessing until the second it ends. Filled with science fiction, and just unexplained events, missing one show will leave you just that: lost. It is built on character depth and you will be captivated by each individual's authenticity. This show does jump all over the place, but it doesn't take much to keep up. Critics ripped apart the conclusion of the show, and I can't say they were wrong, but the ending was just more disappointing than anything, as you hoped it was just something a little more extravagant. It doesn't change the fact that the show is amazing.

1. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is a sci-fi period mythical drama set during medieval times, which makes it extremely unique. The struggles the characters face and encounter is a story within itself and the intensity is brilliant. Nine different families make violent efforts to gain power and free themselves from restrictions using any means available. This show has every single topic you can think of. It is filled with violence, sex, fantasy, mythical creatures, culture, marriage, deception, love and hate; I could go on and on and on. The new ideas they come up with on this show are outstanding and beyond your wildest imagination. It is one of the best shows to every set foot on television, and if you make it passed the first episode you will not stop watching. You will miss it when you run out of episodes. If I had to pick one show to recommend to anyone, this would be it.

Other shows worth checking out are:

  • The Goldbergs
  • Madame Secretary
  • The Following
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • Dexter
  • Love
  • Rick and Morty
  • Westwood
  • The Killing (Fantastic - should be on my list)
  • Big Little Lies
  • Disappeared
  • Masterchef
  • This Is Us
  • Mr. Robot
  • The Last Ship
  • 3%
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Last Man Standing

Shows I tried to get into (watched a season or 2), but couldn't:

  • Mad Men
  • Scandal
  • Homeland
  • True Detective
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • How To Get Away With Murder
  • Hannibal
  • Wentworth
  • Blindspot
  • Fear the Walking Dead
  • The 100
  • MacGyver (2016)
  • Better Call Saul
  • Bates Motel
  • Archer
  • Castle
  • The Strain
  • Shooter
  • Stranger Things
  • The 4400

Take a peek at any I've selected, and don't hesitate to tell me what you think!

© 2017 Joanne Kristin


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    • JoanneKristin profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanne Kristin 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Try 'The Office' Rochelle. :)

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      2 years ago from California Gold Country

      Must See? Well, maybe I'm just too old. Haven't seen any of these, and by the descriptions I don't feel drawn to give any of them a try. Real life news is horrifying enough I don't find fantasy horror to be entertaining. To each his own.


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