CarolineKurzawa, Staff Reporter
The idea of television has evolved as online streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu, have taken off. Additionally, very few people watch TV in real time anymore. More often than not, shows are recorded and watched during free time. However you watch TV, make sure you tune into these shows.
This NBC drama is on its second season and is slowly growing a devoted fan base, known as “clockblockers.” The series follows a trio of characters: Wyatt (Matt Lanter), Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) as they time travel to save important historical events. They have traveled from colonial times all the way to the 1980s. The show earns its merit with great acting, well-written plots and accurate time period clothing.
“Blue Bloods” (CBS)
While this series has been on air for eight seasons now, it seems to have fallen by the wayside and been forgotten. For eight years, the series has followed the Reagan family as they balance family life and their jobs in law enforcement. Frank Reagan, played by the famous Tom Selleck, is the police commissioner of New York City, his two sons are members of the NYPD and his daughter is an assistant district attorney. “Blue Bloods” uniquely combines humor, crime scene mystery and heartfelt family moments, making it an all-around great show.
“One Day at a Time” (Netflix)
This Netflix comedy-drama is a reboot of the 1970s sitcom by the same name. The series has had two seasons so far and follows a Cuban-American family as they struggle with fitting in, while also maintaining their Cuban culture. The main character is a single mother with two kids who also lives with her mother– played by the famous Rita Moreno. “One Day at a Time” realistically demonstrates struggles families face while also maintaining a comedic tone.
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Crown” is a historical drama that follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II and has completed two seasons. It illustrates the many challenges the young queen faced after taking the throne, following her father’s sudden death. It embraces the reality that nothing is what it seems, and that you can never know what is happening behind closed doors. While the first season focuses on the queen’s first year in power and her coronation, the second one highlights how her position impacted her marriage. Other important royal family members like Prince Philip and Princess Margaret are featured throughout the series as we learn more about their personal struggles as well. Currently, the series is recasting in order to accurately portray the ages of the royal family.
“Younger” (TV Land)
After divorcing her husband of over 20 years, Liza (Sutton Foster) must find a way to reenter the workforce, but it’s not easy when you’re 40 and have been out of work raising your daughter. When Liza realizes she’ll need to appear younger in order to get work, she assumes the persona of a 20 year-old, changing her style and covering her digital footprint so that people will only know her younger self. She finds work in a publishing firm and befriends an up and coming editor, Kelsey (Hilary Duff). Things get tricky when she must hide her secret from everyone at work and her new twenty-something boyfriend. The series comes back for its fifth season on June 5.
“Teachers” (TV Land)
This series, started by a group of female comedians, follows elementary teachers and the daily struggles of teaching and relationships. Each teacher has their own personal issue, anywhere from being forever single, to possessing self destructive tendencies, to being an unorganized hot mess, that they are having to face while shaping of the minds of students. They remodel your typical idea of teachers, while also making you laugh out loud. Though there have only been two seasons so far, the punch lines these comedians provide could keep the show going for years to come.
“The Bold Type” (Freeform)
This summer drama is loosely based off of “Cosmopolitan” magazine and follows three twenty-something women: Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) as they attempt to make their way in the fashion and publishing world. “The Bold Type” follows pop culture and includes strong narratives like a woman’s place in the workforce and even addressing the topic of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. It is both empowering and heartwarming to watch as these women make their presence known in the world while also establishing lifetime friendships. The second season will premiere June 12.
“Jane the Virgin” (The CW)
“Jane the Virgin” has maintained a devoted audience. The series begins with a young woman named Jane, who through a series of events becomes accidentally artificially inseminated and ends up pregnant with another man’s child. The show follows the pregnancy and eventual birth of the child while also examining the dramatic characters involved now that two families are combining. While many may not take this show seriously because of its telenovela style dramatic twists, Gina Rodriguez who plays the main character, Jane, won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy following the first season of the show. If you want a show that’s heartwarming, laugh-out-loud funny and suspenseful, this is a show for you.
“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Shonda Rhimes has not disappointed audiences with another drama series. “How to Get Away with Murder” is a stunning and suspenseful series that follows law professor, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her five law interns/students. However, this law professor is anything but law-abiding. Each season begins with a glimpse of a cliffhanger and then each episode works backward until the night of the tragic event. This unique style of storytelling keeps the audience coming back for more, so they can know more about the night in question. After four seasons, the show only seems to be getting better and more intense. A true thriller, each episode will have your heart racing.
“This is Us” (NBC)
This NBC drama has taken audiences by storm and is only two seasons in to what will surely be a long run. The series takes place in both the present and past and follows the Pearson family. In flashbacks, you see the three pearson children at various ages, but you also see the parents, played by Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, as a younger couple. This show is all about family. Each Pearson child faces their own struggles, whether its obesity, alcoholism or extreme anxiety. Every episode carries a lesson and helps to demonstrate that even when you think all hope is lost, family is always there for you. Do yourself a favor and watch this show, but don’t do so without a box of tissues nearby.