How often have you had a friend, family member, or some random person standing in front of you at the grocery store completely overhype a television show or series? Intrigued, you nod your head in compliance, make a mental note of said show, and clear your calendar for a much-needed personal binging dalliance. For me, more often than not, I either don’t finish the so-called “greatest show of all time” or I walk away shrugging my shoulders wondering what all the hubbub was about.
Never fear ladies and gentlemen, for I am here to save you. No more aimlessly loitering in front of your television set in search of entertainment eminence. Below are four shows that deserve your hard-earned time; not only do they meet the hype, but they also bulldoze right through it.
Schitt’s Creek (2015)
This riches-to-rags story about the Rose family and their fall from grace starts slowly out of the gate in its initial season, but all the character development by writers Eugene and Daniel Levy paves the way for a show that is at times heartfelt and always hilarious. There is a reason Schitt’s Creek pulled off a historic sweep in last year’s Emmys. This one is destined for cult classic status, as well as repeat viewings.
WandaVision is the story of Marvel Avengers Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bethany) living happily in 1950’s sitcom suburbia. They both start to suspect that things aren’t what they seem. WandaVision starts off as bizarre hodgepodge—something resembling science fiction and I Love Lucy—but look a little closer and you will see a poignant story about love and loss. No one tugs on our heartstrings like Marvel.
The Mandalorian (2019)
By now, everyone who isn’t trapped under the large rock on planet Tattoine has some sort of social awareness when it comes to The Child (Baby Yoda). But once you peel away the bug-eyed baby’s exterior, you will find a seamless Star Wars show about a bounty hunter and his search for redemption. Every episode feels like a mini Star Wars film that is actually better than the Star Wars films that came before it. Show creator Jon Favreau has created a show great enough to please older Star Wars fans, all while roping in thousands of new ones.
By SCOTT PETERSON