I’m not usually one for watching live television shows with episodes that air every week. I’m more of a sit down and binge-watch every episode type of person. This might be because my family no longer has cable, only Netflix and Hulu. But, recently, I have found myself watching television shows where I actually have to wait for the next episode. They are shows that I really enjoy, love talking to people about, and want more people to watch!
All of the shows i’m currently watching can be found on Hulu. I am also a repeat watcher of Friends, The Office, and Parks & Recreation, but those hardly need a recommendation at this point. I hardly, if ever, see anyone talk about these shows (especially the last two), and would love to see more people interested in them.
1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine: A show about a precinct in Brooklyn following the events of the characters’ lives. This show is as funny as it is important. The cast embraces diversity in multiple forms, as well as feminism, while not being too heavy. Andy Samberg (Det. Jake Peralta) and Terry Crews (Sgt. Terry Jeffords) are the two biggest names in the show, however, you’ll quickly fall in love with the rest of the main cast. Before watching B99, I had never heard of Melissa Fumero (Det. Amy Santiago), Stephanie Beatriz (Det. Rosa Diaz), Andre Braugher (Cptn. Ray Holt), Joe Lo Truglio (Det. Charles Boyles), or Chelsea Peretti (Gina Linetti). However, they are all funny in their own unique ways, and bring a special aspect to each episode. B99 embraces sexuality, race, and feminism in a funny and charming way that is easy to get behind, and keeps bringing you back for each episode. There are currently 3 full seasons and the fourth is in the midst of being aired.
2. The Last Man on Earth: It’s a funny take on a classic, deadly virus trope but has serious and heartwarming moments. It follows the events of Phil Miller (Will Forte) who has survived the epidemic and is looking for other survivors. The show also embraces diversity, and keeps the sadness to a minimum, though there are definitely some sad scenes about being the last person on earth. I’ll admit, I had trouble getting through the first season. But I stuck with it, and I’m glad I did because the character development is crucial to the show. There are also random guest stars that steal the episodes, and make it all the more entertaining. (Beware: cliff-hangers in almost every episode!) There are currently 2 full seasons with season 3 airing right now.
3. Trial & Error: This show takes on a The Office/Parks & Recreation style of a mockumentary with fourth wall breaks. It’s a story following the trial of a man who is accused of murdering his wife in a very old school, backwards town. The characters all have their own thing that make them especially funny, and they all bring something to the table. There are twists and turns in every episode that left me having no idea what was going to happen next. I was wary of it at first, but it is just so ridiculous at times that it’s impossible not to laugh. Season 1 just ended, and I’m not sure when season 2 will air.
If you start watching any of these shows, or are already watching any of them, I’d love to talk about it with you! We can freak out, be sad, or be angry over them together.