What is the one television show (past or present) you'd recommend as must-watch TV?
Emily: Hands down, Six Feet Under (2001-2005). If you’ve ever met me, I’ve probably brought this up in our first conversation. I think it’s the closest television has gotten to truly representing family dynamics. Each character is so well-developed, flawed, and grows individually across the series, it’s difficult to choose a favorite (If pressed—I’m partial to a combination of Nate and Claire). There are raw moments (Lisa’s fate), and shocking episodes (the elevator scene) that will stick with you long after the show ends. And the series finale will leave you devastated. I realize all of this may not sound appealing, but Alan Ball created a show that somehow finds beauty and humor in death and sadness. I can’t think of another show which has forced its audience to face their mortality so directly. I could talk about it ad nauseam, but instead I’ll leave you with my favorite Six Feet Under image of Richard Jenkins …
Taylor: Ahh!!!! I am going to cheat on this because I want to and I think these are equally important shows to watch right now. My two shows happen to be great, but one has only aired two episodes so it is a little bit of a prediction. The show I think will change the comedy/dramedy landscape as we know it is, Atlanta (2016— ). The show’s creator, Donald Glover is a genius and the first two episodes had me laughing out loud. If you do one thing at least check out the clip of the show that takes place in the police station, just amazing. The writing is as quick as it gets and the landscape of the show is perfect. The best part is the characters, which we have just started to meet. Keith Stanfield is amazing as Darius and Glover’s character is played perfectly. This show is a must-watch for all of these reasons and more. The most important is we need great 30-minute sitcoms and that is just what this is.
And speaking of which, you need to be watching Aziz Ansari’s Master of None (2015— ). If you are a fan of Aziz Ansari you will obviously love this show, but if you are also a fan of very well-written comedies, you will really love it. Its story lines are fresh and new and always entertaining. Master of None is pure comedy. If you need to watch a show for a good laugh, this is for you. There you have it, two current shows you should be watching.
Sarah: Gilmore Girls (2000-2007). This quick-witted, quirky show about a mother-daughter duo by Amy Sherman-Palladino, has been some of the best writing on TV, and not to mention, some of the best characters! Lorelai & Rory Gilmore’s relationship is the epitome of cool, as both characters are smart, witty, and wonderfully flawed; relying on each other as best friends first, mother and daughter second. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking this is a super “girly” show — it’s some of the best feminist, truthful portrayal of women to date, going far beyond the topic of boys and dating, to things that actually matter like family, education, dreams, rock and roll, and of course, coffee. “I am kayak. Hear me roar.”
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