The hottest TV shows to have hit our screens this past year. There’s something new worth watching in every genre on every streaming platform.
By Isabelle Delostrinos
With vaccinations rolling out, our time in quarantine is almost over. Dates for reopening are slowly being announced and it looks like we might have the summer we have all been longing for. As we await the green light to go outside regularly, here are some TV shows worth the binge.
If you like action and suspense: Outer Banks (Netflix)
Set in North Carolina’s outer banks, a group of four teenagers look to have the best best summer ever. John B and his friends are the outcasts as they are part of the working class, also known as the Pogues. They live in constant battle with the Kooks, the higher class members of town, who run the community and have the shiniest possessions. After a hurricane hits the outer banks and leaves the town in rubble, John B and his friends stumble upon a valuable possession. What seems to be a piece of trash turns out to be hunted down by many. Their summer of partying and surfing turns into an investigation to reveal the truth about John B and the outer banks.
Also check out: The Mandalorian (Disney+), Game of Thrones (Hulu)
For the ones who love intense drama: Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
Based on the book, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, this show follows the lives of Mia Warren, played by Kerry Washington and Elena Richardson, played by Reese Witherspoon. Warren’s unconventional life brings her and her daughter to Shaker Heights, Ohio where they fall into the hands of the picture perfect Richardson family. The city’s close knit community and “American Dream” environment struggles to find a place for Warren and her daughter. As Warren shakes up the neighborhood with her defiant manner and disregard of the status quo, Richardson looks to unveil her mysterious path. Her obsession with bringing down Warren somehow bursts her life up into flames.
Also check out: Big Little Lies (Hulu), Queen’s Gambit (Netflix), Behind Her Eyes (Netflix)
If teenage drama is your jam: Ginny & Georgia (Netflix)
Ginny & Georgia highlights the special relationship a mother and daughter have. Georgia, a single mother, decides to move her two kids, Ginny and Austin to a new town. At fifteen years old and full of teen angst, Ginny enters a new school where she becomes known as the girl with a MILF mom. At times, Ginny feels as if she is more mature than her mother. But as they settle into their new town, the truth about Georgia’s life slowly begins to unfold, leaving Ginny to wonder who her mother really is. The hope to have a fresh start begin to fade away as Georgia’s past comes back to jeopardize their future.
Also check out: The Fosters (Hulu), Gossip Girl (HBO Max), Bridgerton (Netflix)
For viewers needing a good laugh with a side of drama: Cobra Kai (Netflix)
As a sequel to an iconic movie, Cobra Kai dives back into the lives of Johnny and Daniel from The Karate Kid. Years after Johnny’s intense defeat to Daniel, he finds himself hitting rock bottom in his adult years. Daniel grew up to live a successful life: getting married, starting a family and establishing his own car dealership. While Johnny continues to figure out who he is, he finds himself in a parking lot using karate to defend a high school kid from his bullies. This night reignited his passion for martial arts where he later reopened the Cobra Kai dojo as its sensei. With Johnny stepping back onto the mat, Daniel learns about his return bringing their childhood rivalry back into their lives.
Also check out: Ted Lasso (Apple TV), The Office (Peacock), Friends (HBO Max)
Honorable Mentions: The Mighty Ducks (Disney +), Babysitters Club (Netflix)
Light hearted TV shows featuring the lives of young middle schoolers. Great for easing up your day as you watch these young characters learn about themselves and their place in the world.
Melanie Moyer '22,