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Well, it’s summer time. A lot of us either have a lot to do or nothing to do. If you are the former, good for you!  If you are the latter, like me, why not spend some time catching up on a few really good TV shows? Here are a list of 5 really awesome TV shows you should watch.

1. Orphan Black

Who created it: John Fawcett and Graeme Manson

Who’s in it: Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Évelyne Brochu, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando

What is it about: The story starts out with Sarah Manning, who arrives at a train station and sees someone who looks exactly likes her commit suicide via jumping in front of a train. Wanting a better life, she decides to steal this mysterious woman’s identity, also known as Elizabeth Childs. As she tries to live her life with this new identity, she gets more than she bargained for. (Spoiler Alert: Beth Childs is not her long lost twin sister.) 

Why you should watch it: The writing in this show is just superb. The show is pretty fast paced and you never know what is going to happen next. All you know is that you want more. But the best thing about the show is the issues that it addresses. They talk about very important things such as body autonomy, sexuality, identity, and science’s age old question: nature vs. nurture (some serious stuff, yo). You would think that clones will be pretty similar to each other. Nope. This is why the show is so good. The writers understand that people (especially women) are extremely varied – even genetic identicals. So you get a clone who is a soccer mom, a clone who is a science geek and what not. What’s even better is that Tatiana Maslany, who plays the clones, is amazing at what she does. But really, the entire cast are gods, I tell you. GODS!  I have so much more (super awesome things) to say, but I will just let you find out yourself. Have fun, guys. You will not regret watching Orphan Black one bit.

2. The Newsroom

Who created it: Aaron Sorkin

Who’s in it: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Olivia Munn, John Gallagher Jr., Dev Patel, Sam Waterson, Thomas Sadoski

What is it about: Watch the behind the scenes of the fictional news network, Atlantic Cable News (ACN), after Mackenzie McHale comes back to produce the show that Will McAvoy, the anchor of News Night, really should be making.

Why you should watch it: Aaron Sorkin, duh! But seriously, this show is really well written. It’s so witty and so smart. The characters are so fun to watch. The actors themselves just fit the roles really well and do a great job in what they do. This show is essentially the “ideal” news show. The characters aim to create the news that will provide important news to people that will actually help them, not news that will help them get the most views. So in order to do that, they aren’t afraid to tell the truth, whether or not people want to hear them. It also uses real life events, such as the BP oil spill in 2010 and the capturing of Osama Bin Ladin in 2011. This is a great show to watch if you want a good laugh.

3. The Returned (Les Revenants)

Who created it: Fabrice Gobert

Who’s in it: Anne Consigny, Frédéric Pierrot, Clotilde Hesme, Samir Guesmi, Yara Pilartz (There are so many more. It’s a huge ass cast.)

What is it about: In a small mountain town in France, dead residents start to return home. However, they are not your typical zombies. They look completely normal and has no idea of  their demise. Their families, completely shocked at finding their deceased loved ones, keeps their return a secret and tries to live a normal life. Through various strings of events, the entire town finds out that there are many others who have been brought back from the dead.

Why you should watch it: Okay. Before you scroll pass this because it’s French and you don’t feel like reading subtitles, I just want to tell you that you should totally give this show a chance. This show is based off on the French movie with the same title. So, if you want to, you can totally give the movie a try before you watch the show. But, The Returned is a super good zombie show that has a nice twist to it. Trust me. First of all, the dead don’t look dead. Second of all, they aren’t there to eat your brains. The purpose of their return is totally different. (To be honest, I don’t even know why they returned.) But the show just really have you at the edge of your seats. It’s intense. It’s scary. Even Stephen King loves it.

4. The Bridge

Who created it: Meredith Stiehm, Elwood Reid

Who’s in it: Diane Kruger, Damián Bichir, Annabeth Gish, Thomas M. Wright, Ted Levine

What is it about: A body was found on the border of the U.S. and Mexico, forcing American detective, Sonja Cross, and Mexican detective, Marco Ruiz, to work together to catch a serial killer.

Why you should watch it: Yes, this is a crime drama. But, it’s a really awesome crime drama! I mean, you have detectives from two different cultures coming together to work on this one case. The characters themselves are also super interesting. Sonja Cross, the American detective, has Asperger Syndrome. Marco Ruiz, the Mexican detective, tries to be a good cop amongst all the corruptness in Mexico. The two of them are complete opposites, which seems like the usual cop shows, right? But the two of them just create a very fascinating and fun relationship to watch. Unlike the usual crime dramas though, the detectives aren’t working on a separate case each show. The show works on trying to catch this one serial killer. This show is based on the Danish/Swedish show of the same name. There’s a British/French spinoff of the Danish/Swedish one as well, called The Tunnel. Have your pick.

5. The Mindy Project 

Who created it: Mindy Kaling

Who’s in it: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Zoe Jarman, Ike Barinholtz

What is it about: Mindy Lahiri, a quirky OB/GYN who is in love with romantic comedies, tries to balance her work life and private life in New York City. Watch how she handles life with her funny co workers at their private practice.

Why you should watch it: If you aren’t too into the serious stuff and want something more lighthearted, this is the show for you. The Mindy Project is another hilarious show. There are a lot of pop culture references, because you know, it’s Mindy Kaling. It’s quirky. It’s fun. The characters are very loveable.  It’s just an a super nice show to watch when you are feeling down or just need to laugh it out.

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Chloe is currently a student studying at a international school in Hong Kong. Her favorite subjects are biology and chemistry. When she is not cramming for her tests or rushing to finish her homework, she enjoys scrolling through Tumblr, checking Instagram, and watching TV shows (Castle fan over here!) religiously. Her obsessions include Grumpy Cat and K-pop.

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