A rundown on the shows that you want to be watching
After a stressful and busy week at school, everyone knows that there’s no better way to unwind and have fun than spending Friday night at home, binge-watching TV alone. Services like Netflix, Amazon and HBO Go have already hit the ground running in 2017, releasing series’ met with critical acclaim. Here are some of the best options for people looking for a new show to watch after finishing Grey’s Anatomy for the fourth time.
Westworld (available on HBO Go)
With executive producer J.J. Abrams and the high standard of HBO television, Westworld has faced extremely high expectations from audiences and critics alike. The series, based off of the 1973 film, revolves around an amusement park in the future where wealthy people can pay to live out their fantasies of living in the wild west. The androids that populate the park serve merely as playthings for the visitors and are incapable of harming them, at least as far as the guests know. Told from several different points of view including park executives and the androids themselves, Westworld is an exciting and thought provoking series for science-fiction fans and general audiences alike.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (available on Netflix)
Most will remember reading the series of novels this show was based off of back in elementary school. For those who are unacquainted with it, the series stars the 3 Baudelaire children, who were recently made orphans after a fire left their parents dead. They are placed in the care of Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris, who has an ulterior motive of stealing the children’s inheritance in various complicated ways. The series, which encompasses the first 4 books, manages to perfectly encapsulate the dreariness and dark humor of the show, and will leave you already waiting for a second season.
Sneaky Pete (Available on Amazon Instant Video)
While some may dismiss this show due to it possibly having the worst name for a TV show since Manimal, Sneaky Pete will leave you constantly on the edge of your seat with its wonderfully built suspense and tension, and will make you laugh with its humor and pure absurdity. Currently sitting at a 100% rating on rottentomatoes.com, the show stars Giovanni Ribsi as a con man recently out of prison who decides to take the identity of his cellmate Pete and goes to live with Pete’s grandparents to avoid a mob boss, played by Bryan Cranston, after his life. The concept may seem fairly ridiculous, but the show is aware of this and doesn’t take itself too seriously, leading to a fun show that is a good break from the usual intense and serious dramas of today.
By Patrick Sundin
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