We’ve all been there: deadlines are just around the corner, looming over the horizon, but it’s not quite crunch time just yet. So we could totally fit in some entertainment between now and then, right? But of course. Not sure where to start? We got you covered; here are five of the most easy-to-get-into shows out there:
Note: In the interests of making sure that you would actually get around to hitting the books, the shows listed below are exclusively those with episodes running for a maximum of 30 minutes (Sorry, Game of Thrones fans!).
If you’re sitting in your dorm room wondering about what college life might entail elsewhere, Community is definitely for you. Filled to the brim with meta-humor and pop culture references (there’s an entire episode to Pulp Fiction!), Community is centered on a disgraced lawyer who is forced to return to return to community college in order to earn a legitimate degree. Along the way, he finds a friend/study group that is as quirky as Iggy Azalea is provocative. Trust me, Community is a show that all college students can relate to on some degree.
Vowing to run for “six seasons and a movie,” the show is well on its way to do so despite being shafted by NBC (as with all good shows) after season 5. Look for Community on Yahoo this time of year; you won’t regret it!
2. The Mindy Project
Whatever you might think of her brother, Mindy Kaling is nothing short of awesome. As one progresses through the show and follows her antics as she fills out her role as a quirky and consequently romantically frustrated OBGYN, it doesn’t take long for her to grow on you. While some have described this show as a bit of a chick flick, guys are more than welcome to join the audience to experience some not-so-guilty pleasure. While Mindy is a bit of a maverick among contemporary stars and can often come across as a bit polarizing, (I initially found her voice to be irritating myself), many individuals, myself included, have found ourselves with an acquired taste for her show. For many, the show packs a lot of substance and laughs into neat little episodic packages. And I think that’s all we can ask for.
3. Parks and Recreation
As far as I’m concerned, Amy Poehler can do no wrong. In Parks and Rec, she plays a quippy municipal bureaucrat whose ultimate goal is to be elected President. In the meantime, she drags her colleagues into various activities and projects aimed at making their city a better place. Parks and Rec is filmed in the same style as The Office (as if they were making a documentary) So if you enjoyed The Office or are a political junkie (or both), this show was meant for you!
This one’s for all you hippies out there. After all, the show is meant to parody life in Portland, Oregon. Even if you don’t consider yourself a hippie, you might as well as give Portlandia a shot too. The majority of the show’s jokes are geared towards satirizing hipster culture (in a good-natured fashion, of course), and most of it’s completely original to boot. However, this originality can come across as just completely bizarre. Consequently, there are those who find themselves completely detached from the show. At the end of the day, Portlandia is, suffice it to say, strange. Its humor can come across as brilliant, dry, or simply awkward. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about it myself. All I can say is that it’s really a hit-or-miss; you’ll either get it or you won’t. There’s only one way to find out, so go ahead and give it a go!
I’ve saved my personal favorite for last. For the longest time, I didn’t care for animated shows, but Archer was good enough to change my mind. The show follows its titular character as he trapezes around the world as “the world’s greatest spy” as a prominent member of a global spy agency (with a most unfortunate name, I might add). That being said, the show is, in the simplest of terms, a rauchy spy spoof overflowing with wit and pop culture references geared towards us millenials. As such, I honestly cannot recommend Archer enough. But why take my word for it? Go and see for yourself!