When I’m not dragging myself to the gym, trying a new restaurant, or attending a local event, I’m escaping into entertainment land for respite. I’m so far past the point of finding Real Housewives, Love & Hip Hop, or any other ratchet drama fulfilling. Sure, I catch an episode here and there, but mostly I find those genres sickening and ridiculous. That being said, aside from Empire (I love me some Cookie), there isn’t much left on cable tv. Thank God for Netflix and praise Jesus for Youtube! Unbeknownst to many, quality entertainment exists, mostly on alternative channels. So what am I watching?
Now in its second season, First follows the birth of a new couple, complete with all the ups and downs that accompany love. The characters possess soul, and depth, and sing a tune so soulful it reminds us of Love Jones. If you have an internet connection, you should be watching.
Roomie Lover Friends
Backed by Black and Sexy TV, Roomie Lover Friends is just as hilarious and raw as it sounds. The characters are comedic and relatably flawed. Beneath the complex plot lies authentic vulnerability and of course, love. Friends with benefits and roommates? You can only imagine the shenanigans that unfold. Stop imagining, start watching. Thank me later.
House of Cards
This. Show. Is. Brilliant. Originally a British series, Kevin Spacey outacts himself in this chilling drama. Robin Wright is cold as ice, yet charms us viewers with her unabating dedication. I DESPISE spoilers, so I’ll stop there. House of Cards is not to be missed.
I’m so completely over cable that I’d never even heard of Reign until it infiltrated my Netflix suggestions. I was too busy watching The Tudors, where Jonathan Rhys Myers dazzles as ruthless King Henry VIII. After it was done, I was so inconsolable that I turned to Reign as a distraction. Turns out, this watered down royal soap opera is quite entertaining. So much so, that I’ll be returning to cable just to watch Season 2.
*Bonus: Reign’s Sebastien aka Bash also appeared as a naughty character in The Tudors
Another Netflix original, I was impressed by the action and storyline found in Marco Polo. Having only played the Marco Polo game a few times at swim practice, I was totally unaware of the actual story behind this historical figure. Season 1 left me dangling, desperate for more and Season 2 can’t come quick enough. This one’s especially perfect for couples to watch together.
With these shows gracing the silver screen, television has suddenly become interesting again!
What are you watching these days?