5 TV Shows to Help You Ignore the Inauguration
Are you doing a social media blackout this weekend? ‘Tis a pity, you’re missing TVRD’s alternative viewing guide. Fans of horror will have 24-hour access to watch ghouls, zombies, and blood-suckers on TV. But for the rest of us, here are some TVRD favorites.
- Season 3 of The Wire: If you’re intellectual and crave thought-provoking, realistic and character-driven TV, you’ve likely already seen The Wire. This is not the show for rank-amateur viewers; the series requires an attention span. There are no flashbacks (except for one at the end of Season 1 which I believe HBO forced on David Simon.) There is no manipulative soundtrack to guide your feelings. Season 3 draws a picture of breathtakingly corrupt Baltimore politics. It won’t necessarily make you feel good, but it will confirm everything you were thinking and grants a license to rant: “I told you! Isn’t this what I’ve been saying? Sheeple! Brexit! I unfriended another asshole on Facebook today. OMG, Idris Elba is soooooo hot. I don’t care if you’re a bad guy, Stringer Bell.”
- House of Cards US: Watching Frank and Claire Underwood manipulate their way into power is compelling. It’s a show for cerebral viewers who are fond of acerbic wit and dark humor. The protagonists lie, cheat and kill. Literally. They will kill for the power. They are well-read, savvy, and detail-oriented. God, I love ‘em. “Incidentally”, Netflix happened to drop the Season 5 release date on Inauguration Day. I see you, Netflix.
- House of Cards UK: The original version set in the UK is clever and brims with caustic humor. The storylines are aligned with the US version but in a foreign and prehistoric setting. No Tweets or Buzzfeed. The mobile phones are big enough to be bandied about as weapons. Selfies aren’t a thing yet. (You’d have hated it, Zoe Barnes.) Good for Anglophiles, bad for viewers who don’t want spoilers. If for no other reason, you’ll get to add a shady undertone to gossip. Yes, Frank Underwood also says it. But crisp British accent adds a lovely level of malice.
- Orange is the New Black episodes “WAC Pack” and “Blood Donut”: Unexpected choice, we know, but the two episodes focus on an election for the women’s advisory council. The campaigning is amusing.
- The Man in the High Castle: The Amazon original series imagines a bloodcurdling“what if” scenario in which the Nazis won the war. True confession, I only watched a few episodes when the series debuted, but based on what the TVRD advisory committee says, (By which I mean my friend Naomi.) I’ll tune in when I want to be a masochist and muse on a dystopian America.
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