The Catalogue: No. 12

Tuesday, August 7, 2018



Anyone who knows me knows that I love watching TV. On average, I probably have spent more time in college watching TV than studying (sorry mom, sorry dad, sorry grades!)

This is a list of my favorite TV shows! And since I watch way too much TV, I will definitely have a part 2 in a couple months.

1. Parks and Recreation

This is a classic "feel good" show that people who can get through Season 1 and 2 love. I have never not laughed watching this show and it's a great pick for a post-finals binge watching session. By the time you finish the show, you'll be saying "treat yo' self" and wish you had met Lil Sebastian. One of the reasons why I love this show is that the humor comes from a positive place. While I also love  Bojack Horseman and Rick and Morty, the show is comforting and relatable in a happier way. In case you need more convincing, here are some great quotes from the show:
  • “What I hear when I’m being yelled at is people caring loudly.” - Leslie Knope
  • "There’s only one thing I hate more than lying: skim milk. Which is water that’s lying about being milk.” — Ron Swanson
  • “I’m allergic to sushi. Every time I eat more than 80 pieces, I throw up." — Andy
  • "When people get a little too chummy with me I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don’t really care about them." — Ron Swanson
  • "I would like to be President someday so no I have not smoked marijuana. I ate a brownie once at a party in college. It was intense. It was kind of indescribable actually. I felt like I was floating. Turns out there wasn't any pot in the brownie, it was just an insanely good brownie." — Leslie Knope 

2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

This is another classic "binge-worthy" TV show with amazing set of characters made from an amazing cast. The show has viewers invested in the characters and they feel like a comedic family. One of my favorite characters is Gina Linetti for being my #girlgoals. She loves herself and is always honest with others and never tries to be anyone but herself.

A couple months ago, Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans were shocked and saddened when Fox announced this week that it was canceling the beloved sitcom after five seasons. Viewers, including a few A-list celebs, immediately got #RenewB99 trending on Twitter, and as with many other shows that were canceled too soon, it became clear just how deep people's love for the one-of-a-kind comedy goes. Fortunately for everyone involved, NBC rescued the show from extinction. If that's not proof how good the show is, I don't know what can be.

3. Westworld

By now you're probably thinking I only watch "feel good" comedic shows, but I do love my serious introspective shows too. Westworld is probably one of the most popular sci-fi shows in existence right now. This sci-fi series is based on a Western world, but you'll soon discover it's more than that. The "Westworld" amusement park is a futuristic park for rich people who are allowed to play out their fantasies on "robot humans". You'll think about immortality, human nature, your own secrets, individuality, and so much more.

It's also FULL of plot twists. Every episode, I am left with a couple answered questions but even more unanswered questions. One episode I'm rooting for one character and the next episode, I find that same character evil. This show leaves me feeling a roller coaster of emotions (especially if you binge-watch the show). The cast is also amazing and low-key diverse (Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Tessa Thompson, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright and more). A perfect time to watch this show is NOW as there are only two seasons, each with 10 and most episodes are an hour long! You're only spending a day of your life watching this if you started today and you can probably watch a couple hours a day and finish in 2 weeks.

Those are my top 3 recommendations right now.
But here are three other great shows:

Black Mirror (pretty great if you're just looking to watch an episode here or there since there's not really an overarching plot between episodes, this series features suspenseful, satirical tales about technology and what could become of the modern world), Queer Eye (amazing reboot of a show where the "Fab Five" help makeover the lives/homes/cooking styles/fashion senses/grooming habits/culture of men and women in Atlanta, this show is hilarious and full of raw emotion), and Dear White People (with a tagline like "Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that's not nearly as "post-racial" as it thinks" you already know it's relevant to many millenials, the show is controversial and very provocative and may simplify a lot of the racism that actually exists in elite colleges, but it's still an eye-opener for many and it comes with discussions on guns, interracial relationships, and more).

Watch TV with love,
CL

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