Distractions from reading: TV shows that I highly recommend

I got a cold during the holidays. One that made my life a little miserable. I could barely get through books because I was so exhausted and did not want to get out of bed.

This is where binge-watching TV shows came in handy.

I recently caught up on a few that I feel are worth mentioning:

5. Outlander

Most bookworms probably know all about Outlander. This show was created off of a series of books written by Diana Gabaldon. It follows the story of Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser. Claire travels to Scotland with her husband in 1946 as a second honeymoon. It is on this honeymoon that Claire discovers a circle of standing stones, which she travels through and disappears from 1946.

Claire wakes up in 1743 with nothing but the clothes on her back. It is in 1743 where she meets (and has to marry) highlander, Jamie Fraser,  and their love story begins.

This show is currently on season 3, which is well into Claire and Jamie’s story. If you haven’t watched this show, I highly suggest it. It’s a great historical fiction love story that is filled with adventure and interesting politics. I also can’t complain about Sam Heughan and his looks.

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I mean… c’mon.

I will give you a fair warning though! Season 1 is quite slow and I had to power through the first couple episodes. I think the last few episodes of season 1 is where the show really finds its stride and is definitely worth watching by that point.

4. Ultimate Beastmaster

I might need to explain this one a little for you.

I love competition shows.

I especially love obstacle course competitions.

Ultimate Beastmaster is both of those things. This show has competitors from around the world (season 1 and 2 focus on different countries) to take on, what they call, “The Beast”. Each episode focuses on 12 competitors (2 from each country) as they make their way through a physically demanding obstacle course. The winner from each episode then goes on to compete in the final episode for a prize of $50,000 and the title of “Ultimate Beastmaster”.

This show is ridiculously fun and exciting. My favorite part of the show is the hosts. There are two hosts from every country so there is diversity and fun rivalry. This is a great show to have on in the background when just need something mindless.

Ultimate Beastmaster currently has two seasons on Netflix so, if you have any interest, go watch it!

PS. Did I mentioned Terry Crews is a host in season 1?

3. The Good Place

Kristen Bell is my idol. She is fun and bubbly and adorable and, of course, loves sloths. So when I found out she was in a new show, I knew I had to watch it.

The Good Place is about the afterlife. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up in “the good place”, but it doesn’t take her very long to figure out she’s not supposed to be there. She hides in plain sight from the good place’s architect, Michael, and enlists the help of her neighbors and soulmate so she can earn her place in “the good place”.

This show is bizarre, fun, and utterly hilarious. The chemistry between all of the characters is amazing. All of the characters are eccentric and are what make the show so good.

The Good Place is a classic sitcom. The characters find themselves in some far-fetched mess that they need to clean up by the end, but the twist at the end of season 1 turned the whole show up on its head. It also has funny jokes throughout each episode that I can’t help but laugh at.

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Quite possibly my favorite joke in the show: The Shrimp Dispenser

I cannot recommend this show more. It takes a boring trope and surrounds it with such strangeness that it turns it around completely. The jokes are well thought out and I will sing the praises of the cast until the end of time.

2. MINDHUNTER

Do you like true crime? If the answer is yes, then MINDHUNTER is for you.

MINDHUNTER is a fiction retelling of the conception of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI. It follows young FBI agent, Holden Ford, and veteran agent, Bill Tench, as they begin to study a new type of criminal: serial killers.

The best part about this show is Jonathan Groff (of Glee, Frozen, and Hamilton fame). Groff plays Holden Ford and does a stellar job. He captured the essence of the character so perfectly and made me forget that he was the king in Hamilton any time I watched the show.

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Kind of hard to forget Groff’s performance as King George… but he made it happen!

MINDHUNTER is classic true crime. It features prolific serial killers, questionable characters (even those who you think are supposed to be the “good guys”), and intense themes. Every minute of this show put me on my toes and made me want to watch more of it.

It’s definitely not a quick watch and you have to focus on it while you’re watching it, but I think it’s totally worth it!

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Let me tell you about my favorite show ever. It stars Andy Samburg and it is the most important cop show ever.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine a sitcom about the 99th precinct of the Brooklyn police force. The show starts with a new captain joining the force, Ray Holt. Holt’s commanding presence throws a wrench in the life of Jake Peralta (Samburg) an immature, but talented officer.

This show is the perfect balance of chemistry between characters, cold opens, and witty humor. It is funny without being insulting to any groups of people. There, of course, is the right amount of stupid humor. There are jokes that have made me laugh uncontrollably. Andy Samburg has had stare-downs with a corgi, Terry Crews constantly refers to himself in third person, Chelsea Peretti’s character is a role model… I could go on.
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There are so many reasons to love this show, but the friendships between all of the characters is what keeps me in it. Sure, they all make fun of each other, but you can tell it’s because they all love each other. The 99th Precinct is a team that compares to no others.

If you need a show to put you in a good mood, to make you laugh, or to revel in how amazing human friendships can be… Brooklyn Nine-Nine is for you.

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