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5 Surprisingly Good TV Shows That You Can’t Miss

TV shows over the years have become an incomprehensible part of our culture and lifestyle. Their significance has seen an exponential growth owing to new and relevant concepts. This augmentation has attracted a lot of big movie stars. The interspersion of diverse cultures around the world has resulted in a potpourri of expectations exceeding, and hitting rock bottom. Thankfully, we have the former in abundance. Their significance has grown with increasing influence on the youth. Adolescent problems, which are commonly neglected, have been highlighted and provided with much attention. TV today has become a portmanteau of all kinds and forms, with varied genres to cater to the tastes of the masses. They also have a larger audience owing to the comforts of ones home and also the capacity to give a lot of time building a story. The following list canvasses such TV shows, which despite not having the biggest of names have successfully established themselves, in spite if slipping away under the radar of favorites and the more talked about.


5. Big Little Lies 

Just four days old, the first episode absolutely blew my mind away. Boasting of a stellar cast including stars like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shaleine Woodley and Laura Dern, the HBO miniseries contains seven episodes, all directed by the mercurial Jean-Marc Vallee. The dark-comedy drama, which itself is based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, opens with a crime scene,plausibly murder, with the victim and the suspect unidentified. Vallee being the magician he is (Dallas Buyers Club, Demolition, Black List), presents an interspersion of scenes, cutting to and fro from present and the past, introducing us to the main characters. With sudden bursts of adrenaline in the story-line, and the engrossing fables of the character’s past and present secrets, and vanilla-drenched skies and beautiful vistas, the series has set an exciting precedent for itself. The ensemble, ornamented with intrinsic shades of human emotions, did a fabulous job in the opener, with Woodley specially garnering praise for her performance. The end features the interviews the police transcript-ed while interrogation, and also shows us a glimpses of the impending doom that is about to strike the protagonists.


4. How To Get Away With Murder 

Starring Viola Davis as the charismatic and ruthless Annalise Keating, the show is the brainchild of Peter Nowalk, premiering on ABC in 2014. The show is about  a law professor (Davis) at a prestigious Philly university and her group of five students, who get dragged in a murder plot and then use their wits and their knowledge of the law to estrange themselves of the accusation. Critical acclaim followed, with special accolades reserved for Davis, who “creates an implacable surface beneath which shimmers all manner of fleet and startled emotions.”  With the first season, Davis became the first black woman to ever win an Emmy award for Leading Actress in a Drama, and the show was critically acclaimed, scoring 85% on Rotten tomatoes. The second season received further acclaim, scoring a mind-boggling 94% on Rotten tomatoes. With its intricate storyline and evocative performances, the show professes a knack of punching above its weight and having a perennial element of surprise.


3. Stranger Things 

This show emerged as a surprise hit of 2016, garnering critical acclaim and doting love from the audiences alike. With a fledgling main cast, including old-salts like Winona Ryder and David Harbour, the show is an exciting and adventurous, and sometimes spooky, story of a fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana, set in the 1980’s where the US Department of Energy ostensibly performs scientific research, with surreptitious paranormal human experiments. The show has garnered praise for its engaging plot-line, coupled with coming of-age performances by the novices of the cast. Ryder and Millie Brown have attracted special praise for their roles, getting multiple nominations including the SAG’s and the Golden Globes. The main cast of children also featured in the opening of the Golden Globes awards, cementing is place as one of the shows to look out for in the coming years.


2. Master of None

The show, featuring Aziz Ansari as the lead, has the distinction of being one of the only three shows to have a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show shadows the life a 30-year old actor Dev Shah, whose trysts with daily life innuendos and career struggle evoke lung-busting laughs and make hilarious predicaments. It not only bagged multiple award nominations and wins, but has also been touted as “the best rom-com cum sit-com of recent years.” Ansari has been heavily praised, with some calling him the “transatlantic cousin of Ricky Gervais’ Extra” , while also applauding the single-camera approach of the directors. The show’s refreshingly offbeat take on familiar premises like food, relationships, dating etc has made it a favorites among teens, while also throwing Ansari in the limelight of big television stars.


1. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 

I started watching the show after going through the Wikipedia page of Ellie Kemper, with whom I fell in love watching ‘The Office’ (imagine a show having Steve Carell and not falling in love with him) . Right from the first episode, the show, which has been called as “the first great sit-com the the streaming era”, created a niche for itself being downright hilarious to empathizing and literally crying with Kemper’s character. The critics have showered heavy praise on the show, with special plaudits directed towards the performance of the main cast and the writing. The award in the first season had a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the second one going to conjure up a perfect 100%. The show has had multiple award nominations and wins, with it being a particular favorite on the People’s Choice Awards. The show creators, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, have reiterated their surprise at Kemper’s unique style of dialogue delivery and her improvised tirades. With humor, sensibility and  profound sense of familiarity, the show is a must watch for people who love sensitive and moving content.

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