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By Guneet K. Singh
The semester is riling up, which means you may not have a copious amount of free time anymore. But that does not mean the search for quality television should end!!! No, no, no. You need to seek out some shows you can watch on a Friday night, a rainy day or as an excuse to procrastinate work– this is that list.
This is a new show on Freeform and I am ADDICTED. It is a spin-off of the hit show “Black-ish” and follows the eldest daughter, Zoey, as she takes on college. Some aspects of college life can be a bit exaggerated in the show, but there is sharp, relatable dialogue. You will find yourself rooting for Zoey! Each episode is about 22 minutes, so it will not take up much of your time! Perfect for those random gaps between classes. Catch up on Hulu.
2. This Is Us
This show will have you feeling your highest highs and your lowest lows. It is emotional and is exactly the type of show you would watch late at night when you need an excuse to cry and let out your stress. It follows the Pearson family across generations and uses a flashback format to highlight significant moments in the character’s lives. It will have you reflecting on your own life and the type of person you want to be. It is only on its second season, so there is plenty of time to catch up! Current episodes are available on Hulu.
3. Black Mirror
This show is four seasons, but do not let that deter you! Each episode is a standalone. It is like each episode is a new movie, so you will not be lost if you start watching at a random episode. The show examines the unexpected consequences of new technologies and brings intriguing questions about our society to light. This is a show I recommend watching with friends. You are going to want to see their reactions! Every episode is available on Netflix.
4. Grey’s Anatomy
This is the type of show that has my inner feminist screaming “Preach, girl!” It was created by the talented Shonda Rhimes who is also responsible for hit shows “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” It is a medical drama, with an emphasis on drama. If you want a captivating show that empowers you, this is it. Seasons 1-13 are available on Netflix and current episodes are available on Hulu.
5. The Office (U.S.)
This show is not currently on the air, but if you have not watched it you should! It is insanely quotable. I am confident you have encountered some quotes from the show in your daily life and did not even realize it. It follows the employees of a paper company and takes a humorous approach to corporate life. This is the type of show I can watch over and over again without growing tired of it. I think I might be on my sixth viewing of the show, actually. All nine seasons are available on Netflix.
6. The Bold Type
This is another great show for your inner feminist. It follows a group of friends who work at a women’s magazine and emphasizes the strength and beauty of strong female friendships. In the first season, it explored topics like sexual assault, sexuality and religion. Only 10 episodes have aired so far, with Season 2 coming out this June. You can watch current episodes on Hulu.
7. Game of Thrones
It is Game of Thrones!!! Need I say more? Watch the first episode, and it is like you have joined a cult. It is a fantasy series based off the novels by George R.R. Martin. It follows noble families fighting for their claim to the throne. Characters are complex, dialogue is witty, and YOU will be hooked. Be prepared for some cursing and nudity, so I would watch it in appropriate company. And guess what?? Stony Brook students have access to the entire series on HBO Go!