List of Best TV Series That Have Every Reason to Get Started This Weekend

You may have noticed there is a craze going on with the television series. Big platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, HBO, Hulu, they are all competing against each other to come up with the best television content than ever.

Almost every month, there is more competition for them to have the best television shows.

For a variety of reasons, television shows are favorite than movies. One significant advantage is they can captivate a big audience if the show is a hit. You can take shows like ‘Games of Thrones,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘House of Card’ and few more as an example. They have a bigger audience with each season coming up every year.

With so many contents and so many options, it is pretty hard to categorize them as the ‘best shows. Because each content is different from the rest and each has a unique contribution.

What if you are confused with so many options available right in front of you, and you can’t decide which one to watch in the first place?

So, I being a movie and television buff, after watching uncountable episodes and series, I have come up with a list of ‘Best TV series’ that you can add up on your ‘to do’ list.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is one of the best television shows ever. The deeply damaged protagonist Mr. Walter white, the evolution of his character from being a sane, simple man to becoming insane for power and money towards the end, his blatant criminal skills have made him a vicious character. This one is one of the groundbreaking TV shows.

Breaking Bad is still streaming on Netflix. I can’t describe more in words which will explain why this particular show is so popular. You need to watch if you haven’t yet.

House of Cards

House of Cards is one of the best political TV shows that depict the story of an ambitious congressman who utilizes his powerful influence to climb up the political ladder by manipulating his several colleagues. How he plots behind the closed doors and accomplishes every personal crusade. There are many other good political television shows, but House of Cards has earned its place.

It is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime both.

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory is one of the most famous American TV show. People love to watch the show for its laughter, jokes, and story which was out of box idea. The Big Bang Theory being a sitcom genre of the TV show is very simple nothing too complicated ‘geek culture’ but surprisingly went well through its time. Even now in 2018, if you want to spend your lazy Sunday evening watching television ‘TBBT’ will be a good choice.

Gilmore Girls

The television series ‘Gilmore Girls’ is available on Netflix. The show is revolving around the lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore (mother and daughter). It is a show which illustrates the mother-daughter relationship which is one of the purest and beautiful forms of love. The show did touch several other elements too, which are essential in our daily life also. The audience did love and admired the two principal characters then, and now too you can relate yourself while watching Gilmore Girls.

Peaky Blinders

If you like ‘Breaking Bad,’ then I guess you should keep ‘Peaky Blinders’ on your next to watch list. This British gangster drama has been considered as a deserving show that can join the club of ‘Best TV Series.’ The show has a collection of some of the best actors in the UK incorporating with fantastic music, acting, criminal mastermind scenes, and plots.

If you have missed it by any chance, don’t miss it now after reading.

Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars on Netflix is quite a popular show amongst the young generation. The layers of stories it has with each episode, secrets, the darkness of character, love, lust, family, murder every element that can glue you to it till the end. There are seven seasons and each season will give you enough suspense and thriller to enjoy. The show has multiple characters and each interrelated, in some episodes, the storyline might confuse you and force you to think about it all day. Interesting isn’t it?

There is news that season 8 is going to air soon but if you haven’t watched it then start this weekend.

The Handmaid’s Tale

This is a show which you should never miss. The Handmaid’s Tale was nominated 20 times for different categories. The subject of the show has set it above everything. The writing, political issues, social hostility it does focuses on the intricate details. To fully understand, you need to get to watch the show starting this weekend. You will see the different aspects that the show talks about through situations.

Narcos

A Netflix Original series ‘Narcos’ is like a documentary of a drug lord named ‘Pablo Escobar.’ The show reveals the rise and fall of Escobar, his millions criminal activity, how he infiltrated drug business in the US. The entire show is compelling and gripping. The lead actor who has played the role of Escobar has done an impeccable job.

A perfect show to watch this weekend with your wife or maybe alone doesn’t matter. But must watch it.

Broadchurch

Many don’t know or heard of the TV series ‘Broadchurch.’ It is available on Netflix in the British category. The show is set on a beautiful remote town based on a police investigation drama. An 11-year-old boy whose body was found lying on the beach, throughout the investigation of the crime reveals several hurtful secrets of the people, families, and town.

Broadchurch is one of my favorite television shows mainly because of the emotional sequences and trauma that each goes through. Each character portrayed so naturally and with precision.

I strongly recommend Broadchurch to watch.

Jane the Virgin

Very recently, I completed watching ‘Jane the Virgin,’ a television drama with a unique storyline ‘a woman named Jane who gets artificially and accidentally inseminated, and her journey throughout. The character Jane has brought forth the ‘motherhood’ element in the show which has successfully won audiences heart. Not only this but Jane the Virgin has also talked about issues like economic, immigration.

One reason people loved the show because it has embraced the Latin Language, the importance of Catholicism, and parental guidance.

It is available on Netflix.

The Wire

As per the report, The Wire has crossed 4 million viewing figures on HBO. You can imagine what makes the show so popular.

For that, you seriously need to watch the classic show ‘The Wire.’ Critics say it is ‘one of the best things ever on TV.’

I can say a ton about ‘The Wire,’ but I rather leave it to you the audience to figure out why it is the best of all.

Jack Ryan

The new Jack Ryan is like the small screen Bourne. Lots of action, terrorist activities, plan and plot with the motive to end terrorism. Jack Ryan the character is a very bright and smart government agent, with the superb intellect he aids solutions and crack codes. If you are a fan of Bond or Mission Impossible series, then I guess you will love watching Jack Ryan too.

It is an Amazon Prime Original Series.

The Crown

The Crown is the best show on Netflix. A queen is fighting for her survival, maintaining the legacy, torn between duty and family. It is a period British drama that depicts a part of the history of the Queen. Critics have showered praises for the remarkable performances. Claire Foy, who played the Queen has been awarded the Golden Globe for her marvelous performance. The Crown is an expensive television show, but it is worth your time at every respect.

Bates Motel

For a long time, ‘Bates Motel’ has been my all-time favorite unconventional television show. The story is very eccentric to capture your attention. The mother-son duo with a psychological twist. A psychotic, over-sensitive son who slide into a dissociative state turning him into a murderer in which he finds pleasure. The madness and horrific character flaw is something to watch.

Big Little Lies

The show mainly centers the female characters, has combined several secrets, lies, and revelations with each character. The plot is surprising enough to hold the audiences’ the attention. I have added ‘Big Little Lies’ because it deserves to be in the top.

Cable Girls

‘Cable Girls’ is yet another Netflix Original Series set in a period of 1920s in Madrid which follows the story of four cable operators. It is Netflix’s first Spanish production, so worry not if you don’t know Spanish that’s why subtitles are for.

The storyline has twist and suspense, a core drama series.

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Streaming on Amazon Prime Video, the show is a period-comedy series. The lead character Midge Maisel is a flawed fictional character who tries to find her path. A simple light-hearted beautiful story.  Season 2 is soon coming too, so better you wrap up with Season 1.

Better Call Saul

One must watch ‘Breaking Bad’ if he/she wants to understand ‘Better Call Saul’. Saul Goodman who was the lawyer of the meth kingpin Walter White (Breaking Bad). The show is all about him, his character, his cases.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

The show is an absurdly delightful gothic genre of drama. A wonderful masterpiece, brilliant performances, and detailed production might encourage you to watch. It is a modern fairy tale highly fascinating to watch the show on Netflix this weekend with a big bucket of popcorn.

If you have something else in your mind or you want me to add anything left out, you are welcome to engage in a conversation in the below comment section.

Thank you so much.

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Why Am I So Addictive to ‘Netflix’?

A year ago, I was in Seattle living my peaceful life away from my people. It was tough and was the first time I went outside the country. Needless to say, a fantastic city to stay and I had a mixed feeling about my experience staying aboard. After working vigorously, entertainment is all that I needed at the end of the day before going to bed. Being an introvert, I like to stay being myself doing my things at my leisure time.

Watching good movies is one such thing that I like. I didn’t have a television either was I intend to buy. I had my amazing laptop with me and had a wi-fi connection.

Wanting to watch movies at night, I started looking for movies online, but it wasn’t enough. Most of the sites were untrusted, movies were old and even the annoying part was the quality of the video.

Now, what to do? Annoyed and irritated I expressed my annoyance to one of my dear colleagues. She was living in the States for a long time, and she has been quite helpful to me.

“There are sites where you can sign up and enjoy watching some great contents if you want?”

‘NETFLIX’

Okay, this might work. After a whole crazy day, I grabbed my dinner from the ‘Whole Food’ along with some other items. Drove back home, took 10 minutes to do things, opened my laptop googled and set an account in Netflix.

After a few moments, I was gazing at the categories and what amazed me? It has every genre of movies. I do still remember, for like 20-25 minutes I was only searching and looking at the contents that Netflix had. I was more curious to watch the television styled series.

There were less of Indian content at that time as compared to now where you can see more participation from the Indian film industry.

So, the first Netflix series that I enjoyed watching that night was ‘THE ORIGINALS.‘ And I finished two episodes that night. I found the content very fresh and quite enjoyable. All the vampire fantasy stories that I used to read when I was in college. I was sleepy, tired willing to shut down my brain for that night but still, it hooked me up.

From that night my journey with Netflix started, and it still goes on in India too.

It’s been months when Netflix has started streaming in India too. With more than a million subscribers Netflix is still competing with Amazon Prime Videos in India.

No Commercials

Yes. No commercials which I find superb. You can watch hours of content without obstructions. I always find commercials very distracting. It takes away the moment of excitement.

Unique Content

One of the key strategies of Netflix is ‘they are focused on their content from the starting.’ If you look in detail, you will come to understand how much they give priority and put their investment on creating exceptional content. They try to live up to customers demand and sustain higher quality content to compete with other television giants like HBO, HULU

It is from the year 2011 (correct me if I am wrong) they have started to add original content to its streaming service. Popular Netflix Original shows like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Crown’ and a few more have successfully created a magic line in the entertainment world.

Some other quite legendary TV series like ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Narcos,’ Marvel’s superheroes ‘Daredevil,’ ‘Luke Cage,’ ‘Jessica Jones,’ ‘House of Cards’ and the list goes on and on. There is no end. But these are a few that I guess every Netflix lover has admired.

Apart from the TV series, Netflix does offer some of the fantastic movies too. You need to choose which genre of film you want to watch, and their website will deliver you that. They also have several independent movies. Some of my favorites are ‘Ankhon Dekhi,’ ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots,’ ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ ‘The Fundamentals of Caring.’

I can not deny the fact that because of its ability to provide the viewers something offbeat and refreshing we who love Netflix want to keep coming back to see what’s more it has to offer.

Disadvantages

I think we all agree with this, how Netflix addiction has poisoned our brain. I used to watch a lot of Netflix, but then I realized how my mind was getting restless in the thoughts of streaming. With so many options available right at my fingertips, I had Netflix all caught up inside my mind and free time. As a result, I wasn’t using my time in doing anything productive which is a step backward in ‘self-improvement.’

Too much indulgence in Netflix damages your time management. I was lucky enough to realize it sooner and mend my way.

I believe I am not the only one with a Netflix problem. The company has given us every reason to get glued with it.

I admit I love Netflix more than Amazon Prime Videos or Hulu or anything. They have added a few theme oriented contents like ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, ‘Haunted’ especially for this year Halloween.

I am currently watching ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ which is quite enchanting. I desire to watch more every night but prefer to stick to one episode per day.

We still don’t have a cable connection, so Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are the two that I enjoy watching at the end of the night.

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Daredevil Season 3 Has Every Exciting Element That Makes It Successful

Daredevil is streaming on Netflix now, and I just finished watching the season 3. With Luke Cage and Iron Fist getting canceled by Netflix, I was really into Daredevil. From the beginning of the series, I have grown a fondness towards the character Daredevil. I feel in many ways the superhero is different from others. Although season 2 wasn’t much satisfying for me, so I was eagerly waiting for the season 3 to come. And surprisingly, season 3 stood up to my expectation.

Wilson Fisk

The new season features the epic devilish character Wilson Fisk, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, whom we have seen behind bars with a bunch of other criminals. The season has brought him back on the foreground by bringing him out from the prison, he skeptically manipulates the FBI and declared himself the ‘Kingpin of crime.’ Neither anyone can touch him, nor voice against him.

Wilson Fisk is the best villain so far. Fisk is the one reason why Daredevil is such a hype. A villain with detail layered character, complexities and the Machiavellian traits is what defines Wilson Fisk.

You will see at one side Fisk’s monstrous character and on the other his unconditional love for Vanessa. Their relationship where he is entirely a different personality. This love connection also humanizes Wilson, draws out temporarily his brutal and cruel nature.

Matt Murdock

On the other side, the crimefighter Matt Murdock is back but all broken and battered physically and emotionally. The season has introduced a few new characters to bring a twist in the drama. Sister Maggi who is a nun and who has been healing Matt from his grievous wounds, however, reveals a mysterious truth later.

Matt’s spiritual being torn in pieces. Physically he isn’t strong and incapable of being the Daredevil. He is shattered and angry when came to know that Fisk is out of the prison and plotting to corrupt and rule the city. The emotional decisions that he has made cost him severely. In the process of stopping Fisk, many are dying, and he held himself responsible.

Failing Faith

One thing I find it very interesting in this season is ‘faith.’ The show has established faith as one of the important themes. Faith has always been a crucial part in Matt Murdock’s life. But in this season, there shows a conflict between the two. How deeply Matt is struggling between faith in God and seeking justice. He understands the Catholic values, but his feelings are intense that God isn’t with him. He has defied Him. We can see the changing equations. Mostly, he has been shown questioning a lot about God’s decisions for him.

The season has also explored the darker side of human emotions and much more character- driven. The entire season depicts how fear dominates each character and makes them do terrible things. Fear drives everyone in season 3. The fear of losing someone you love, the fear of losing morality, the fear of losing your family, and the fear of losing yourself.

New characters

Also, one more exciting character that has been added in season 3 is Benjamin Poindexter (Dex), the FBI sniper. The robust childhood backstory, his aggression, and skills have transpired him into a prominent figure.  The transition of Poindexter from a good FBI employee to a devil and murderer is very detailed. The season has remarkably showed the grim story of him being a troubled child to an FBI agent to a villain wearing the decorative ‘Red Daredevil’ suit. Whereas, Matt Murdock throughout the season has shown geared up in ‘black’ symbolizing the ‘darker and angrier side of Matt.’

I found it amusing and quite gripping on how the story of Dex unraveled slowly like layers.

Apart from Karen Page, the journalist and Foggy Nelson, the lawyer, season 3 has also brought FBI agent Ray Nadeem. An honest person whose strength and weakness both lies in his family, but the character explores more. Fisk played Nadeem and trapped him into a dirty game. He is in despair and shocked but can’t do anything to make it right. He was the prime reason that put Fisk behind bars again.

But how?

For that, you have to watch the entire season. No Spoiler!

Stunts that will amaze you

I love watching Matt Murdock doing the impressive stunts. It seems the show has hired a new stunt coordinator too for this season. And thankfully, it did work. The combat sequences are much more intense and realistic. All the punches, kicks and backflips are quite interesting to watch. The action scenes of Poindexter are more like a fantasy, so accurate and detailed. Especially, the two characters engaging in a combat scene in the NEW YORK BULLETIN office.

Two Amazing Supporting Characters

Last but not least, the two fantastic supporting characters Karen and Nelson, supported Matt profoundly through his ups and down. Even though with Matt away most of the time and when he met them he pushed them back hard which was emotional. Still, they stood beside him like a rock.

I liked how the Daredevil team has built up the character of Karen Page, revealing her dramatic and exhaustive past. The constant struggle of being alone, guilt and fear of death is killing her. Her relentless effort to stop Fisk and sending him back to prison is in a way ‘to do justice on her brother’s death.’ The character of Karen has dramatically taken a change from ‘The Punisher.’

How can I not say a little about the adorable Foggy Nelson who has played quite a positive role throughout the season. His character symbolizes the existence of ‘hope’ when everything goes upside-down.

 

Switch on your tv or laptop and binge into Netflix to watch the most fantastic TV series ‘Daredevil.’ Do let me know how you feel about the show. You can reach me at Paulomidutta89@gmail.com or add your comments below.

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Why I feel the #MeToo Movement isn’t Enough to Cleanse the Dirt of the Entertainment Industry

It’s been weeks, and there is unrest in the entertainment industry due to the prominent and much supported #MeToo movement. It isn’t just a hashtag or a platform or even a discussion forum. It is a storm raised by the women to say “enough is enough, we won’t tolerate any more”. A voice that has sprung up now across the country and overseas, to protect themselves each other against the unethical status quo of our society.

It was depressing when I heard and read the news of sexual harassment, torture and what not by these powerful so-called ‘stars’ of the glamorous industry. Every day a new #MeToo story erupt and reveal where the industry stands today, leaving people like us questioning.

With so much glam, money and power, moral values are getting submerged. Even though, I heard people say, “things happen in the glamour world.” I feel fumed.

Finally, I got an opportunity to express my thoughts on “Why I Feel strong that even the movement isn’t enough where patriarchy exists in our world.”

It’s been for decades women are witnessing and experiencing sexual aggression inside and outside the cinema world, but it has come into the limelight now. Kudos to those who have shown their immense strength and courage to come forward and share their terrible memories of the past experiences with the world. Hundreds and thousands of more are coming forward with their own #MeToo stories, speaking or tweeting through media channels. Let everyone knows, how monstrous one can be and think that they can be get away with what they have done.

Women who were silenced before, are now feeling comfortable expressing their painful thoughts.

‘Social Pressure’ again is one such reason why women don’t come forward and speak about it. They fear about their families, friends. How will society react to all these issues?

#MeToo has provided that much-needed support to the women.

Even though, experts say that the entertainment industry has brought social changes, giving men and women equal work opportunities, salary, and respect. But with more and more stories like this, we know where it stands.

In various ways, the movement has given new hope to ‘women voice.’

Now, when we talk about the entertainment industry, through a very recent series of news, we came to see the two-faces of several celebrities hiding under the cloak of patriarchal power.

I amn’t saying all men are evil, but those who are they shouldn’t be supported anymore.

Through microblogging platform, several celebrities have come forward to support by showing their concern over the matter. But here is my question, is it enough? Will only showing concern solve or eradicate the problem?

My take is ‘no.’

What Needs to be Changed?

One of the major global issues in our society lies with ‘patriarchal power.’ You might see me using this particular phrase quite a few times and can label me as a ‘feminist.’

But I believe, feminism has nothing to do with this matter. Some men in interviews, there was a debate over this issue in a news channel, where I heard them say ‘now that everyone is a feminist, they have to stand against a man and women henceforth, try to defame men.’

First of all, there is a big misconception about the notion of feminism. Let’s not go into that part. When we are addressing the problem of sexual harassment and aggression, or any gender misconduct, the issue lies in the ‘mindset of an individual.’

Not only Bollywood but entertainment industry in other countries, too have similar campaigns where women are raising against the on-going sexual misconduct.

Celebrities often get vocal about the existence of gender inequality, men power, casting couch and so on in the glamour industry.  Never before anyone has pointed out someone publicly, which has happened now after decades. It is indeed, a big step moving forward towards ‘hope.’

Several victims of whom we have seen movies and who are well-known public figures have now come forward after 7-8 years, feeling comfortable and supportive enough to be able to share their experiences of sexual abuse at workplaces.

#MeToo movement is not just about sexual abuse or harassment; it is also about men making or passing sexist jokes or comments in a work environment.

Almost we all have experienced such incident in our work environment, an individual’s behavior that we feel isn’t positive or malicious. Like our elders had taught us when we were kids ‘to stay away from that person.’ All men aren’t bad yet they aren’t even supportive too.

It is shameful when you realize that this section of good men at the workplace, they knew of such habits and incidents are probably taking place right under their nose. Did they raise any concern? Did they stop him?

They would probably whisper, “are you okay?”

“The other day I was listening to a podcast where a journalist was sharing a similar story. Her male boss who was married although, pretending to take extra care of her now and then. Started sharing his failed marital episodes, keeping her late at the office, dropping her home. And after a series of such events, she felt her boss is a good man but what happen when that image gets shatter. He tries to get close to her which was unprofessional and unethical of him to do. That journalist later had to quit the company.”

There would be perhaps, hundreds of such similar events that are happening across the country in different sectors.

If you see or hear something similar happened to your colleague, instead of looking the other way support her. Motivate her and encourage her to speak up against that person, regardless of knowing the consequences.

Respect is key

I strongly feel, more and more women have to stand against this for themselves, to protect each other. The more, the better. I know it is tough to come forward and tell what you have gone through. But that time has passed, when you used to feel vulnerable, lonely and deprived.

#MeToo is a global movement.

Now, What men can do?

  • Stop objectifying women
  • Respect her
  • Stop degrading her
  • Don’t let women fight this alone, stand beside her

Our world could be a better place if men understand these key elements. Hundreds of articles, books, debates, interviews have taken place where women and even men are writing and speaking about this very same social issue, but things aren’t getting better I feel.

We need more strong laws that can protect women. We need more such global movements where women of all age can freely talk about and come forward. We need men to care more about us. We need husbands and parents to be more supportive during the process.

If you want to share any such event of your life with me, I welcome you to engage in a conversation. If you want you can mail me too at Paulomidutta89@gmail.com

Thank you.

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