When I was a kid I loved to watch TV shows. Then came a time where I felt like they interfered with my productivity.
Throughout my middle school years, I almost never watched TV. I didn’t see the point of getting addicted to sitting in front of a screen when you could be exploring nature, creating stuff with friends, or doing anything else. For a while, I was happy not watching any shows.
But then, something took off that is known as “Golden Age of Television”. Even though it had technically started in the 90’s before I was even born, I began to appreciate the quality of the shows that were airing around me. They were new, exciting, captivating, and created on a larger-than-life scale. The stories of TV shows gave me places to exercise my imagination, and opportunities for my mind to learn from their themes. Here are 5 of my favorite TV shows (and 5 more honorable mentions because I couldn’t narrow down a top 5), and why they convinced me that watching TV is NOT a waste of time. (No spoilers ahead.)
-Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is by far the show with the highest production value I’ve ever seen. To me it was inspiring to see how the writers, directors, cinematographers, actors, and visual effects teams all worked together to create something that came out looking so artistic. This is the show that made me realize producing shows and movies takes a HUGE amount of team effort to get it right.
-Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty is another show that made me appreciate the group work between the writers, actors, and animators, but it also is one of the first shows that made me think about the meaning behind my own life. Without giving too much away, Rick and Morty is a comedic show that also focuses on the darker curiosities of existential philosophy. If you like exaggerated characters, wacky adventures, and a sprinkle of deep/relatable undertones, this show will satisfy you.
Westworld is one of the first shows that was capable of actually blowing my mind. The whole concept of the show introduces multiple mysteries throughout it, and the depth of the story made me value the quality of the writers. Also, this is a prime example of what captivates me about Directing: the fact that the story and visuals making up this whole show originated inside someone’s head, and now I am experiencing them.
This is a show I can’t really talk about without spoiling, so I’ll just say what inspired me about it. This show made me appreciate humanity. It made me feel grateful to be who I was. It made me feel like I cared about what happened to the main character, which is hard to accomplish. It also taught me to look deeper into perspective. When I finished it, I was left feeling like I had just consumed a masterpiece. The story offers the audience a chance to interpret things for themselves, which makes watching the show a more immersive experience. The 3-seasons together truly create a work of art. It is a perfect example of a show that I would one day be proud to work on myself.
This is literally the first show I had ever watched from the Pilot the Finale. Breaking Bad was my introduction into the “Golden Age of Television”. It is a show that focuses on character development, and explores humanity’s values and morality. This is the show that made me consider TV as a viable career option. It was the first time I had been left speechless and breathless by the conclusion of a story. I wanted to create that feeling in audience members when showing my own content. Hopefully one day I can.
HONORABLE MENTIONS (AND WHY I ENJOYED THEM):
This show is probably one of the funniest, most clever shows ever made. The characters are incredibly written. The jokes are so well-thought-out. I would recommend this show to anyone who just wants to relax and laugh for 20 minutes every now and then.
Silicon Valley combines clever situations, nerdy humor, current references, and a great cast. The plot is well developed, the comedy is hilarious, and overall it is just super addicting to watch.
Wilfred is a show that is funny, but also makes you think. It is an example of a show that makes you keep watching because you want answers. You can take it at face value, or you can look at the deeper themes and understand it on a different level. It is definitely one of the more “absurd” shows I’ve seen, but that works very well to advance its humor and storylines.
This show uses some of the most creative editing I’ve seen, and has a very consistent and interesting style. It is a show that proves that mysteries and action can still be clever and funny. It really has elements of all the best genres.
Fargo is a show that knows how to hook you with the first episode. It is super easy to get sucked into, because all of the story elements they give you feel so disconnected, and as the viewer you want to continually watch to see how it all gets resolved. This is another one of my “you just have to watch it to see why it’s so good” shows.
Overall, watching TV has inspired me to become a better writer, a better thinker, and a better creator. It has solidified what I want to be when I grow up, and it has even taught me how to live the best life I can. Storytelling is what I am passionate about, and that might be because TV has helped me become the person I am today.