WARNING: This blog contains spoilers for the previous season of The Flash TV series.
I recently had the great privilege of watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. Initially, I had no particular interest in checking it out because it seemed to be aimed at teenagers. While I have two teenagers of my own, we don’t really enjoy the same shows. I was at my best friend’s wedding in California, and over dinner she mentioned it and recommended I watch it. She and I have similar taste in television shows, so I figured, what the heck?
Fast forward a few days and three hospital visits (I didn’t mention that I was sick as a dog at the wedding). My doctor loaded me with infection-killing drugs and pain killers and gave me specific instructions to rest for the next four to five days. I wanted to get better, so I listened. Besides, I had a new show to check out on Netflix.
I quickly realized that 13 Reasons Why isn’t just for teenagers, it is for everybody—every mother, father, child, teacher, counselor, neighbor, and human. After some investigation, I found out that that 13 Reasons Why the show is based on the debut novel by Jay Asher. In my opinion, this is a story that should be read or viewed by students starting from middle school on. It teaches us that bullying occurs on so many different levels, that the most seemingly harmless statements or events could have lifelong and potentially damaging results. If parents watched it with their children, perhaps lines of communication could be opened from a new place.
The series takes place in a setting that plops us directly into the lives of individuals who had an active or inactive role in the events leading to a young girl’s suicide. It highlights how impressionable teens are and how afraid they are of standing out and being ridiculed themselves. It is a good thing that our schools implore students to speak up when they see bullying happen, whether or not they take part in the act. Our children should never have to suffer at each other’s hands. What I loved about the show is that it portrays the moral and emotional price we all pay by being “innocent” bystanders.
Of course, this show won’t change everyone, the ending proves that. But I believe it is an invaluable tool to head in the right direction. My hope is that it may help a parent see that their own child needs help, or that someone who works in a school will see the impact of social isolation and bullying from the victim’s point of view.
America’s Next Top Model
(The day of the week keeps changing on me, but I try to watch on Monday). These girls are the cattiest the show has ever had, so much so that I have a hard time watching. They turned the drama up to 11, when level 6 was just fine! The only thing that keeps me going are the photos and transformations, though I am barely holding on.
I’ve stuck with this program. It’s light and breezy entertainment, and I love girl superheroes.
What a fun way to learn more about history! Reminds me of Quantum Leap or Back to the Future. A team of heroes must stop a villain from misusing a stolen time machine to alter the past and present. Of course, they have to do all of this without altering history themselves.
This show is one of my favorites! Also, Grant Gustin is extremely easy on the eyes.
This is Us
This Is Us has received wonderful reviews, and rightfully so! It’s an amazing new show. Watching this has gotten a tear or two out of me on more than one occasion. I highly recommend it.
I think we know by now that superheroes are kind of my thing. Who can lose with Stephen Amell? He’s so beautiful.
I’m thinking this show may have run its course, but we’ll see. I’ve loved it so long that I have to keep watching. If Olivia and Fitz get back together it will have all been worth it for me!
Don’t watch while you’re eating! This show is about forensics, after all. It helps that Morris is so gorgeous!
I know this show hasn’t gotten very good ratings, but I still love it. I just think Ken Jeong is hilarious!
Shows I’ve dropped
Kevin Can Wait – Sorry I keep waiting for the wife and dad from King of Queens!
How to Get Away with Murder – While I love Shondra and Viola I think I overloaded myself on dramas.
Bull – It was quirky, but I just can’t.
Emerald City – Never got past the first episode.
Shows and movies I’m excited for:
Designated Survivor, Empire, and 24 Legacy. I probably shouldn’t add more to my weekly watching schedule, but I just can’t help it! I will have to make good use of my DVR.
What shows do you love? Make suggestions in the comments below. Maybe I can add just ONE more!
Fall is upon us again, and it’s time to cozy up under a blanket on the couch for some TV time! When I’m not reading or writing, I love to relax and escape into these make believe worlds. Here are my faves, by day of the week, in case anyone is looking for entertainment for a stay-in evening:
There you have it! I DO have an extensive list of can’t-miss shows which run the gamut and are as eclectic as my writing style. Several air on the same night—thank goodness for my DVR!!! I hope you enjoy watching some or all of them as much as I do! But, hey, don’t forget to get out there and enjoy the outdoors, even if it is just getting out to pick up more popcorn!