While Miss Dee is enjoying the heat and sunshine of Cuba, I (her 19 year old cousin Isabella) am currently housebound as the weather in Toronto is proving to be the very opposite of a beautiful tropical paradise. Fortunately for me however, I am a HUGE fan of these snow days because I get to spend the entire day doing something I am really talented at- watching television. I wasn’t born with it but it’s a gift (and sometimes burden) I’ve been perfecting these past few years. I watch anything from the highly acclaimed Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to shows that will never be quite as distinguished such as Mad Men. I like to cover all my grounds. So I thought with all the programs starting up again in the new year, I’d list 4 shows that I believe are definitely worth a watch in 2013.
1. GAME OF THRONES
An HBO program with a remarkably high budget, Game of Thrones is an adaption of A Song of Fire and Ice, a book series by George R. R. Martin. With only two seasons so far and the third beginning on March 31st, the story follows the quest of several Houses as they each believe they are deserving of being crowned and ruling on the Iron Throne. Each episode follows a handful of different story lines and very quickly do you decide who you want to root for (Team Targaryen holla). Dealing with issues such as social hierarchy, sexuality, war, morality and crime, it definitely makes for awkward viewing if watching with your parents (I learned the hard way). While there is a high level of fantasy in the show, the characters are surprisingly all relatable and quite realistic. Also, the scenery is absolutely stunning as they shoot this series on location in various places such as Ireland, Iceland and Morocco. If you decide to commit and watch this show, I promise you will NOT be disappointed! Characters to watch out for: For a story that is deeply rooted in patriarchy and war, the female characters of Game of Thrones play some of the most important roles. Cersei Lannister, Arya Stark and Daenerys Targaryen are all beautiful, powerful and above all, entertaining. Plus, Daenerys has dragons, need I say more?
2. PARKS AND RECREATION
Parks and Rec is a NBC show starring Amy Poehler that takes place in a Parks Department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. I’m always surprised when I hear that people have never heard of this show because I personally think it’s one of the best comedies on TV right now. Currently in it’s fifth and final season, the style of filming is similar to that of The Office where the episode plays like a documentary and characters give confessionals and break the fourth wall constantly. Amy Poehler plays protagonist Leslie Knope who is overly enthusiastic and dedicated to her seemingly menial job. The characters in this show are hilarious, unique and dysfunctional and it includes an all star cast with members such as Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones and Aziz Ansari. This show is heavy on guest stars as well, some of them including Megan Mullaly, Andy Samberg, Will Arnett, Louis CK and Fred Armisen. In other words, Parks and Recreation is literally comedy gold. Character to watch out for: April Ludgate (played by Aubrey Plaza) is the intern of the Parks Department and her deadpan, unenthusiastic attitude and lack of care for almost EVERYTHING makes her one of the oddest yet most endearing characters on television.
3. BOB’S BURGERS
I’ve never been a huge fan of animated adult cartoons. That’s why I’m not completely sure WHY I’m absolutely in love with Bob’s Burgers…all I know is that I am and I think more people should be watching it. In its third season, the show focuses on a middle class family who owns a burger restaurant. The Belcher family has 3 kids, and it MORE THAN concerns me that I exactly resemble the oldest one Tina. This is the strangest
show I watch as there is never a normal day at the restaurant. This show is not for everyone but I recommend it especially if you pride yourself in having a weird sense of humour. If you’re not sure, check out the episodes Hamburger Dinner Theatre in Season 1 and Food Truckin’ in Season 2. Characters to watch out for: I may be biased because I am identical to Tina, but she is painfully awkward and never really knows what is going on…which makes her my favourite character (also SURPRISE, she is voiced by a man).
4. BREAKING BAD
The last show on this list, Breaking Bad is undoubtedly the most intense out of the four. This show is lying on a mountain of well deserved Emmy awards for its morally questioning story of Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston who FUN FACT played the dad in Malcolm in the Middle), who is a chemistry teacher who gets diagnosed with cancer. Worried about his family’s finances in case of his death, he begins to make and sell meth with his former student Jesse Pinkman. Currently in its fifth and final season Breaking Bad calls to question society’s views of moral absolutism. As the series progresses it’s interesting to see Walter’s stance on this change as well. With the last half of the last season beginning Summer 2013 there is plenty of time to catch up and enjoy this thought provoking show. Character to watch out for: Introduced in Season 2, Gus Fring is a meth distributor disguised as an owner of a fast food chain, but more importantly is a certified badass.
So finally, let me know what I should be watching in 2013! I’m always open for lying in bed and watching 6 seasons of a show at one time. It was so much fun guest posting for Daniela and hopefully she’ll have me back soon. Enjoy the last few days of 2012 and have a very happy new year!