Best TV Shows You Need To Watch

I remember a time when you had to go to the movies to see a good drama or comedy, and the shows you would see on TV became very watered down. Wow, have the times changed. I look at the current movies that we see, and it’s all sequels (I can’t believe there is a Fast and Furious 7), and very generic movies with the exception of a very few. However TV has changed so much because of the advent of streaming services like Netflix along with Cable TV now taking over for movies in terms of overall quality. I have always felt TV can tell a much better story than movies can, because you have so much time to invest in the characters on a regular basis. I wanted to let you know what shows you may not be watching that you definitely should. Even if you can’t find these shows or the shows are too far along remember most of these shows can be streamed on Netflix or Hulu Plus. These are shows that I love and ratings wise a lot of people haven’t picked them up yet. So put down those shit shows like Empire, The Biggest Loser, The Voice or any of that shit and watch something with real substance. Watch these shows and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

The Americans- This show is without a doubt one of the best dramas I have seen in the last five years. The show is about two KGB spies in the 80’s living in the US under assumed names and identities while living next door to an FBI agent. This show is full of intrigue and twist and turns, and it is great to see Keri Russell shine in this show. I have always been a fan of hers and this is the perfect show to see her showcase her talents. The first two seasons of the show are currently streaming on Amazon Prime and you definitely need to watch this show.


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Better Call Saul- When they first announced a prequel for Breaking Bad starring Saul Goodman the sleazy grease ball attorney who represented Walter White, I was initially apprehensive about this show. Boy was I wrong, this is probably my favorite show on TV right now. It is so much fun to see who Saul was before he turned into the man we remember from Breaking Bad. Watching this show you see a totally different side of him, and actually come to root for this guy. I recommend watching this show regardless if you liked Breaking Bad or not. Watch for great performances from Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean who plays his attorney brother.

True Detective- Although we have only seen one season of the show it captivated me like no other show in a long time. It is a show like you have never seen, as the show starts twenty years ago we so both of the main characters then and now. If you like crime thrillers at all you will love this, and this is without a doubt the performance of Matthew McConaughey career as he is superb. This show has many twists and turns, and the unique thing about this show is you will have new actors and a new story each year. Keep in mind this show will totally fuck with you at certain points just enjoy the ride.

Justified- This show is in its seventh season and it just continues to get better. Justified is about a US Marshall named Raylan Givens who decides to come back to his home state of Kentucky to take down his high school buddy Boyd Crowder who is now the major drug dealer and crime kingpin in the area. Watching the scenes with Raylan and Boyd talking with each other are alone enough to watch this show. Justified is in its final season and looks to go out with a bang. Absolutely great performances by Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins as Raylan and Boyd.


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Fargo- I was never a huge fan of the movie, but I have to be honest I loved the first season of this show. The show is based in Bemidji, Minnesota which I loved, but the real thing that drew me in was Billy Bob Thornton playing the criminal Lorne Malvo. Lorne basically goes through the first season on an absolute crime spree that is fun to watch. The show has a lot of dark comedy with it and like I said Billy Bob is excellent in his role. One of the best shows on TV last year. Much like True Detective we have different actors and different story lines each year. Make it a point to binge watch this you will not be disappointed.

The Flash- Like many of you out there I love Superheroes, I will watch pretty much anything that has to do with a Superhero, heck I even watched the Green Hornet movie with Seth Rogen. The Flash is one of the best Superhero to TV shows I have ever seen. The nice thing is you don’t have to be an avid reader of the comics to enjoy the show. They have done a great job with casting of this show. I really enjoy Tom Cavanaugh playing Dr. Harrison Wells who is a character that is not in the comics. The Flash stays true to form in the comics and actually has a very humorous side to it. Unlike most TV Superheroes we see who the flash is right away and you get to see the rogues he does battle in each week. Currently in its first season, I recommend you give it a watch. The Flash can also be streamed on Hulu Plus.


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