I represent that part of my generation that doesn’t watch TV. And no, this isn’t some intellectual decision to bury myself in books. I just don’t watch Italian TV but find myself binge watching tv shows online all the time. No ads, no weekly appointment with a show, and the opportunity to stop and replay whenever. Here are my Must Watch TV Shows (while waiting for Games of Thrones)
Shows that I love love
Game of Thrones: I’ve been dividing people into two categories. Those who watch GoT and share their excitement with me, and those that don’t watch GoT. I have dedicated my life to pushing the latter group into watching GoT. It hasn’t been a success. This group, headed by my boyfriend, refuses to watch the show to spite me. It is totally their loss. GoT is coming back in September and I’ve been reading the books to fill the void.
Black Mirror: When it comes to groundbreaking TV the United Kingdom is the place where these shows are born. Monty Python and their surreal comedy, SKINS with its drug, sex, and no fun for 14-year-olds, The Office, Happy Valley are a few of the British shows that I have loved over the years. Then in 2011 came Black Mirror, a show that reaches a new level of weird with its analysis of modern society and the consequences of new technology. There is no one way to describe this show given that every episode is a stand-alone story that just keeps you wanting more. If you have a morbid or dark humor this show is for you. Genius is a word that I don’t use often but this show would be the one that fully deserves to be called genius.
Shows that I love
Stranger Things A nostalgic piece set in the mood of E.T., and Poltergeist. If they had told me I would have been hooked to a show set in the 80s with the plot revolving around the disappearance of a boy and the search for him by his pre-teen friends, including a girl with psychokinetic powers, I would have laughed. But here I am loving this show and looking forward to the second season.
The OA If you loved the movie Inception and its mind games you will love “The OA”. This is a think-piece of mystery mixed with deception. If you manage to go through the difficult-to-understand first episode you are in a for a treat. Sometimes the plot takes weird turns and the dialogues are laughable but if you are bored with reality and use your time watching shows to escape it this is one of the shows that offers just that.
Laughing Out Loud
Louis C.K. 2017 I discovered and started loving stand-up comedy the day I watched the first video on Louis C.K. It was 2005 and from that day I’ve followed all of his productions from stand-up shows to the TV show Louie. In 2017, my favorite non-politically correct performer who is at the same time ‘inappropriate’ and ‘inspiring’ is back on TV with the ‘2017’ special.
“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.” – Louis CK
Amy Schumer: The Leather Special The voice of women who just give 0 f**** and count me in on that category that feels represented by Amy Schumer’s unapologetic way of being a woman. I discovered her through the show Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central and have been following her performances ever since. The Leather Special was released on Netflix just recently but it was filmed before Donald Trump was elected president so it might feel a little out of touch for the times we live since November 2016. Nonetheless, Amy’s take on body image, sex and love offers an hour of an hour of hilarious, raunchy comedy.
“It’s work having a vagina. Guys don’t think that its work but it is. You think it shows up like that to the event? It doesn’t. Every night it’s like getting it ready for its first Quinceanera, believe me.” – Amy Schumer
Watch & Learn
Minimalism – On my latest outfit post I already mentioned this documentary that made me start to rethink the way I consume.
“Success for me has little to do with money or possessions or status. Rather, success is a simple equation: Happiness + Growth + Contribution = Success. That’s the only kind of success I know. Hence, I want to partake in work that makes me happy, work that encourages me to grow, work that helps me contribute beyond myself. Ultimately, I want to create more and consume less. Doing so requires real work.” – The Minimalists
Abstract: The Art of Design After having binge-watched the Netflix documentary Chef’s Table, lately I’ve been watching the newly released ‘Abstract’ pure a celebration of design. Starting with the illustrator Christoph Niemann and his works on the New Yorker covers, Platon and his portraits of the people in power, Tinker Hatfield and his work behind the successful Nike Air Jordan shoes and many others for 8 episodes of beauty.